As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we are reminded everywhere from decorative hand towels to Hallmark movies to be thankful and generous. We give thanks for the people and things in our lives. We donate food and...
Many of us growing up learning that talking about politics and religion in public is a no-no. But in this area the rules of public discourse are completely different, we ask people what they do when we first meet them, we...
I have many happy memories of Halloween. My mom made amazing costumes every year, and every year she made them super last minute. My dad decorated our house with spooky decorations, and together my parents threw a Halloween party...
Fall is my favorite time of year in DC with all the great Halloween events and fall festivals and pumpkin patches.  This year, though, I would like to propose a new addition to the family fun agenda and suggest...
This is a guest post from Andrea Powell. Walking alongside my five year old daughter as we explore the National Zoo, I treasure the delight that makes her lips curve into a huge toothless grin when she sees her favorite...
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...
Halloween is my Superbowl. I spend weeks preparing and the full day executing a number of events in school, at home and in the neighborhood. I have always loved Halloween, but when we moved into a new neighborhood three...
Maybe it was growing up in a half-Catholic family where passing someone in need filled me with guilt from an early age. Maybe it was growing up in an Army family, where serving was just part of what you're...
This Spring we got family photos taken with Bridget Eldridge Photography. We had a fun morning and Bridget was there to capture it all. I am so grateful to look back at these photos and see how much has...
To be honest, I felt nervous about strapping two toddlers into a bicycle trailer and pulling them to school, let alone making it from school to my own office on time. Hearing from other moms who bike-commute successfully inspired...
I am a full-time lawyer, wife and mama to a rambunctious 3.5 year old. I start my day early, arriving to work before 8 a.m., while Dad does drop-off. I always say that I have the fun part of...
There may be times that someone else, family or friends, are caring for our kids. This came up for us when my husband and I were lucky enough to get away on a child-less vacation, and we are now...
When I scheduled photos with Bridget Eldridge with my family one morning, I didn't know what to expect. I hoped for good behavior and some smiles. What I didn't realize is that capturing the everyday moments, whether they be smiles or...
After we've made the decision to homeschool, this is how my family moves forward to plan for a successful year! Write a Mission Statement This may not even be on radars yet, but it is literally the first thing we've done. ...

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I love personal handcrafted gifts, but I'm not a crafty, DIY kind of mom. I am typically  more of a what can I order...