Despite living in a diverse area in Northern Virginia, it’s all too easy to live segregated lives. As a middle-class white woman, I grew up distant from the issues people of color face and therefore I was often very...
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? Since I got married, I have had the desire to homeschool my kids at some point. As a public school Spanish teacher and believer in the power of education, I struggled to decide when...
What does Mom want for Mother's Day? Likely, the answer is simple: a happy family. But if you're scrambling for a gift idea, here are a few suggestions that may put a smile on Mom's face—and on yours! 1. For...
My children are 8 and 5 years old, pretty magical ages when I stop to appreciate it. They are old enough for adventures, conversations, and chapter books, but still young enough to climb in my lap and ask me...
If you love someone who lives with depression, mania, or bipolar (1 or 2) this post may help you with acceptance and awareness of neurological-diversity. Or if you happen to be the person preparing for or receiving treatment for...
With back to school just around the corner, here are 9 tips and tricks to get organized as summer comes to an end. 1. Make a list of school supplies needed and shop ahead of time. Whether your school provides a...
I will never forget the day we signed our adoption agreement. Sifting through the medical records the social worker handed me, I found a document with tiny feet imprinted in ink. My heart skipped a beat and tears welled in...
I prayed for a little sister for my first 11 years of life and just before my 12th birthday, she finally arrived. Shortly after birth, Caroline started having seizures and stopped breathing several times, marking the beginning of a...
Is sleep away camp right for your child or maybe the question should be, is sleep away camp for you? Did you go to sleep away camp growing up? We have decided to send our oldest daughter to camp....
Every four years we get an extra day. That elusive February 29. The day usually passes without notice except for the leaplings (people who were born on February 29) who finally get to celebrate their real birthdays. Why don't...
Summers in DC are super hot and humid. This means we are always on the lookout for ways to keep cool which often includes enjoying frozen treats here and there. As every discerning parent knows, the challenge with many frozen...
Right now there is a lot of hype about New Year's Resolutions. We all say we want to eat better, exercise more, lose a few pounds, yell less to our kids, keep our house cleaner, be on time, the...
“So, do you want more kids?” “What are you waiting for? When will you have another?” “Are you going to give him a sibling?” Looking on at my joyful and vibrant 5-year-old, these are some of the questions I...
  Summer is over, and this mama’s heart is a little broken.  We toasted the end of summer with lemonade and ice cream, as we filled our final summer days with trips to the pool and a rush to visit the...

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Conrad Washington, DC: Our Much Needed Staycation Destination

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Recently my husband and I snuck away for a luxurious Conrad staycation in Washington, DC. We were instantly reminded of how magical and beautiful downtown DC...