Stephanie Shipman

Stephanie and her husband moved to the DC area from St. Pete, Florida (but hail from the Midwest) with their French Bulldog Reggie in 2018 for her husband's job. A few weeks after arriving, she discovered she was pregnant. Carson was born later that year, and with no family around, had to create her own village of mom friends. The family of four live in Mclean, Virginia. A former journalist, she recently rejoined the client success industry after being laid off at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She enjoys activities with both Carson and Reggie, including walks around the neighborhood and visiting dog-friendly parks and monuments in the DMV area.

A Momcation Series: Part 2 – Staycation Near the DMV

This is the second article in a three-part series highlighting three different types of staycation or vacation destinations for "momcations." Co-authored by Caroline Quat and Stephanie Shipman. If you want to venture a bit further...
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A Momcation Series: Part 1 – Local Staycation

This is the first article in a three-part series highlighting three different types of momcation staycation or vacation destinations for moms. Co-authored by Caroline Quat and Stephanie Shipman. Being a mom is a tough job...
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13 Simple Crafts and Activities for Kids

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