Trying to find affordable childcare for my son was more terrifying than giving birth. As an early childhood educator who has been lucky enough to work in and experience some of the best schools for young children, I knew...
"Ten years from now, your husband will be the person you built him up to be."  A wise friend said this to me several years ago. We were on a walk around our neighborhood, toddlers in tow, and I was...
This is a continuation of a three-part series answering common questions about foster care. Check out Part 1 and Part 2. I don’t feel called to be a foster parent, but I want to help. What can I do? Not everyone can...
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...
One of the many things I love about DC is the notion that it is full of transplants.  So many of us were born and raised somewhere else.  We bring these different cultures and perspectives with us, making DC...
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...
I am a stay at home mom to two preschool-aged kids, 13 months apart. These days are long and often feel like groundhog day, the same thing over and over. Having Bridget Eldridge come and photograph us for a...
Gentle parenting: Great for all ages For the last three years, we have been a homeschool family and I have considered our journey of discipline and behavior to be relatively smooth. While I am no parenting expert, I am well-versed...
I joined the club no one wants to be a part of 4 years ago, the club of women who lost their mothers too soon. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s always too soon to lose your mom and...
My husband and I have been fostering in Fairfax County for three years. It’s one of the best and hardest jobs in the world. What makes it the hardest, is the same reason people say the following statement when...
We love playing board games and card games with our kids. There are usually some tears and disgruntled players, but also lots of laughter and fun. As a child I loved playing board games with my parents. I have...
As a parent, we want to make sure our kid’s lives are hearts, stars, and rainbows every day. We want them to see the beauty in the world around them and have new discoveries be magical. And then sometimes life...
A friend of ours, who adopted using the same agency we used, told me if I wanted to adopt again, start as soon as possible. When I reached out to the agency, the social worker said the wait time...
If you haven't taken your kids to experience the magic of The Kennedy Center yet, now is the perfect time! This summer, The Kennedy Center is home to Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, and it is a performance...

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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...