In March, I had a four day in-patient hospital stay for severe tonsillitis and, what the doctor called, “sepsis-light”. While recovering at home afterwards I watched the movie “Wild”. It stars Reese Witherspoon as the real-life Cheryl Strayed on...
Birthing Doulas are in demand. Their skills, while not medical, are a tremendous help to mothers. Hiring a doula saved my life. She was my support person, educational resource, and advocate, and she made my birthing experience one for...
It is true; we are our children's first teachers. The beauty is they are our teachers. My son will be one at the end of the month, and I am amazed at how much I have learned from him....
I'll soon be forty (and figuring it out). Forty. ForTY. FORty. FORTY. As forty drew closer and closer, I kept thinking I would be one of those people who would pick a goal. Forty marathons by my 40th birthday or 40...
It was a regular day--well as regular of a day that was possible during the sourdough/banana bread days of the pandemic, and my daughter was in the kitchen, hard at work decorating a cake. Our Daughter's Big Reveal Once she finished,...
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 ways I have learned to...
This piece started as a journal entry about three years ago, while I was a newly-minted mom contemplating the healing process after my C-section. I learned that even among other moms, there can (understandably) be really strong opinions, and...
Hey Moms, I am so happy you're here and ready to see 5 unique, budget-friendly date night ideas! We all know it is especially hard to have a date night with kids. Plus, there is the added financial stress...
Reflecting on Black Maternal Health Week, I wanted to acknowledge mothers. I see you. I hear you. You inspire me. I am rooting for us. Read these positive affirmations for black mothers aloud when you need a reminder of how special...
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 maternity leave with a baby...
At DC Area Moms, we value supporting one another in all stages of motherhood. If you have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of these groups or organizations. These are here...
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 that requires lots of self-care...
Divorce feels like a hot topic right now. Whether it’s talk of increased divorce rates due to Covid, the rise in ”gray divorce” (divorces in couples who are over 50 years old), high profile celebrity breakups, or even divorce...
In the span of a week, I found myself complacent in feeling numb as a parent. First, my child had been a close contact with Covid three times in a matter of days. Three times. And each time, I...

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Guide to Outdoor Movies in DC, MD, and VA

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There’s something truly magical about watching a movie outdoors, and the Washington, DC area offers a myriad of venues where you can enjoy your...