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.

6 Indoor Experiences for Kids to Beat the Heat (or Air Quality)

Air quality issues now can keep kids inside, not just the heat, in the summer. If either get you down for the remainder of the summer, there are several seasonal pop-up indoor experiences for...

9 Waterfalls in Maryland & Virginia – Plus A Few DC “Waterfalls”

Want to see some waterfalls, but don't want to travel to Hawaii to see them (even if you do, that's a long airplane ride for littles!)? You don't need to travel all that far...

7 Fun Mom’s Night Out Ideas

Ready for a fun Mom's Night Out? If there's anyone who could use a break from real life every now and again, it's us, Moms! We need a night off every now and then...

Outfit Ideas for School Drop Off That Aren’t Your Pajamas

Spring is finally here! I don't know about you, but when the weather is nicer out, it makes me want to dress a bit nicer – sometimes, anyways. Plus, the end of the school...

How to Cope with a Suicide in the Family

Losing a family member is one thing, but when it happens by suicide, it's very different. Someone made a choice to end their life. It causes confusion. There are loose ends everywhere. Here are some...

11 Things To Do On Maternity Leave with a Baby in DC

When I was on maternity leave, I barely did anything – I was a first time mom and definitely needed to get my bearings. But there are so many great things to do on...

10 New Restaurants to Try This Valentine’s Day

It's so easy to frequent tried and true restaurants we know and love, especially for date nights. But quite a few new restaurants have opened in the DMV area since last fall, and what...

How to Take Halloween Candy off the Pedestal

Trigger warning: candy. I'm only half joking – kids eating candy is a hot topic. I understand – the sugar levels, the hyperactivity, the teeth concerns, etc. Plus, the incessant begging for candy once they...

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...
Best Patios to Dine With Kids

The 8 Best Patios to Dine With Kids

It's summer, AKA patio season! With kids, patio season might mean something different—maybe you bring your kids to a happy hour/early dinner on a patio, or perhaps you do a family breakfast or brunch...

The Best Quick + Free Workouts for Busy Moms

Moms are busy. And I don't know about you, but when I find myself with some ever-rare free time, usually the last thing I want to do is workout. But moms, we have to look...
13 simple crafts and activities for kids

13 Simple Crafts and Activities for Kids

Summer is here, and if you haven't signed your kids up for a summer camp yet, your kids might be uttering that dreaded phrase: "I'm bored." But fear not—if you don't want your kids sitting...
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My Family Finally Caught COVID – And I Had All the Emotions

Two years (and maybe a month, give or take): that's how long we were COVID-free. That's if you start counting from the lockdowns for "two weeks" that started back in March 2020. I remember those...