Have you noticed your grocery bills getting larger and larger? And I don’t mean by the amount of coupons you receive, but by the total amount of money on them. If you have, you are experiencing the effects of...
I still remember that rainy fall afternoon when I walked out with my hijab (headscarf) for the first time. Covering up was one of the biggest and most important decisions of my life. It was extremely LIBERATING for me. I...
In case you haven’t seen the Tweets, the Facebook posts or the emails -- It’s Screen-Free Week (April 29-May 30). No, screens are not the devil, and this post is not meant to preach. As a mom, I know as...
Mother's Day isn't just another Hallmark holiday  Mother's Day for most brings about memories of making cards and other treats for your mother. Then as adults, we have memories of mad dashes online to find some sort of gift or...
Veterans Day has always held special meaning to me. My great grandfathers served in the Army, my grandfather served in the Air Force, and my husband served in the Marines. When we lived in San Diego, I worked for...
Those two well-crafted lines from This Is Us summed up a huge culture shift for me since becoming a mama to my mixed-race son. While most weeks I’m sobbing from the show’s powerful emotional messages, this week felt like...
I had been enrolled in the FSA FEDS program since before I was a mom, and enrolled in the DCFSA since becoming a mom. Both are offered to federal employees, working parents may be eligible for FSA (flexible spending...
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...
This is a guest article written by Elle Cole from CleverlyChanging.com. World Sickle Cell Day is on June 19. Started in 2008 by the United Nations, the day helps raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Sickle Cell Disease is...
I used Instagram before I became a parent to keep up with friends, family, and highlights of others' lives. It wasn’t used for any educational purposes. As the COVID-19 pandemic began and everything went virtual, I started using Instagram...
Certainly, no one expects to experience a traumatic birth, to enter a hospital and wonder if you will be leaving. Even after the health crisis is resolved and physical scars are healed, there is traumatic pain remaining. In my...
The other day a good friend asked me, “What is it like to be an autism mom?”  My answer was simple, “It’s like being a mom.” Just like most moms, I worry about my child, every day. I ask...
With virtual school this entire past year our children have been on screens way more than I like to admit! And as we all know, screens can damage the health of our eyes. I took my 10-year-old son, Cormac, to...
For the past few years I've shared a list of places that make getting fall flu shots for kids as easy as pumpkin pie. Who are we kidding? Baking a pie is a lot of work-- getting a flu...

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Spring and Summer U-Pick Produce and Farm Fun Guide

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It's time to get in nature! There are lots of ways to enjoy spring and summer with u-pick produce (including strawberry picking), markets, and...