My mother was adopted through a private closed adoption. My grandmother never told my mom she was adopted, but one of her cousins told her when she was a teenager. It is unclear if my grandmother never told anyone...
Valentine's Day is internationally known as a day of love – but the romantic kind of love. Hallmark, Kay Jewelers, etc. capitalize on romantic relationships when it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day. But what about celebrating the love of...
Find an escape from the winter cold at some of our favorite indoor spaces as they host family-friendly events that will keep you and your children warm, entertained, and enlightened. While many annual events have been cancelled due to...
Hello mamas! I’m Amanda Holliday-Bembridge; I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain… no wait, wrong intro (and secretly, I hate Pina Coladas!). As one of the original contributors to DC Area Moms (formerly DC Moms Blog),...
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! As I get set to embark on this glitter and sugar-filled adventure with my kids, I’ve been looking for ways to celebrate that go beyond the typical cards and candy (I'll still eat plenty of...
The Washington, DC area is full of amazing moms: working moms, stay-at-home moms, single moms, moms of multiples, foster moms, adoptive moms, etc. We want to highlight some of those moms like Alicia Dalton! Each month we will feature...
For years after we had children, my husband suggested participating in The Au Pair Program. I was very hesitant and worried about someone else living in our house and having to entertain them 24/7. I like my space and...
Our snowy weather probably got you thinking about skiing. Maybe you grew up skiing. Maybe you didn't but want to learn. Maybe you want your kids to learn. Either way, here is the ultimate family guide to skiing with kids...
Disney's 60th animated movie Encanto, with its brilliant colors and fabulous music, shows us the family Madrigal's journey of acceptance and healing. It also teaches us the importance of mental wellness for all family members. Upon watching the film,...
"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become." -Brooke Hampton When I first found out I was pregnant, I experienced a range...
As a mother of children ranging from 18 to 3 years old, celebrating a holiday of any kind can run the gamut. They are often lovingly chaotic, and there are elements I do forget. I try to make sure...
COVID-19 has caused so much uncertainty for nearly two years now. Like every other family, we are craving and missing our “old” social life and not living in the fear of the unknown. For us, getting a COVID vaccine and having...
Happy New Year to you and your family! With plunging temperatures and increases in COVID positivity rates, families in the DMV may find it challenging to find ways to get out and enjoy our area this month. We have...
I'm just going to come out and say it. Pregnancy is torture. Are you shocked by this statement? Or do you agree? I'm currently in my fourth pregnancy. I have two children, which means I suffered one loss. I just entered...

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DC Area Moms’ Favorite Things Guide 2022

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We are thrilled to present our 2022 Favorite Things Guide! Our inaugural 2021 guide is outstanding and we are grateful to shine a spotlight on...