Spring and summer are finally here! Even with COVID-19 here, there are lots of ways to enjoy the spring and summer with we can still enjoy u-pick produce (including strawberry picking), markets, and farm fun. Farms with a 🍓emoji...
Where can you find our family on most Saturday mornings of the year? The soccer field!  Our oldest has been playing soccer since he was three -- those games were notable for the lack of any actual soccer being played. Instead, the...
I'm sure you've read about, or at least seen the headlines, promoting simple childhoods and minimal toy rooms. I always liked the idea of this, but experienced the benefits for myself a few years ago. Right before Christmas, I...
Like you, I know exactly where I was when I learned about the Sandy Hook School shooting in December of 2012: I was walking across the campus near the teaching hospital where I worked, nine months pregnant, when I...
Now that school is out and summer is well underway, we’ve been experiencing some changes in routine. Some days our schedule is jam-packed. Other days I’m scrounging for things to do to keep my little one stimulated and having...

Joy’s Screen Time Limits

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I just wrote a post about having the confidence to just say no to more and more screen time for our little ones. And how freeing, calming, and joyful it is to watch your children delve into a variety of...
I asked my mom friends and fellow DC Area Moms Blog Writers “What’s something you wish you’d known as a new mom or that you can’t believe nobody warned you about?”. Here are their responses (I kept it anonymous since...
When I was a child, my grandparents were such a significant part of my life. As long as I can remember, we called them often. We also visited them once or twice a week for Sunday dinners. My parents...
Over the last eight years, I have read a lot of parenting books. Before my girls were born, I read a lot about how to care for my body during pregnancy, how to feed and nurture my babies in...
Quick and healthy 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Balls. Loaded with oats, peanut butter, and chia seeds these Energy balls make the perfect healthy protein-packed breakfast or snack.  If you have a toddler at home you have probably wondered more...
This article is written by Lauren Engler, founder of Via Graces. Does any of this sound familiar? My baby still wakes up multiple times a night for a feeding. My child gets out of bed all night long.   My baby...
The conversation at 3:45 a.m. in your home today may have sounded like this: "Zzzzzz". S  i  l  e  n  c  e  .  Here's what was happening at 3:45 a.m. in my home this morning: I was in the kitchen...
If you'd have known me in my adult youth, aka my 20s, you would never think I'd end up deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn't think my instincts were so great when it came to children. I...
If you are like one of the millions of women currently trying to conceive, you have probably wondered what you can do prior to seeking out fertility treatments to boost your fertility naturally. My top 7 nutrition tips to boost...

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The Best Local Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs

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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...