There’s a lot of talk right now about toxin-free living. Maybe you’re a skeptic of this movement, much like I used to be. But my mind started to change as more research came out about the harmful effects of...
With summer almost over (or over for some today!), school prep is in order. For me, it means it's time to deal with the stack of last year's school papers sitting on my dining room table.  This stack includes all...
My husband and I moved to Virginia when our second daughter was almost a year old. Having two young children and living away from close family was manageable. It was easy for us to visit our families back in...
Labor Day has always been one of my favorite weekends, and a little family getaway can be the perfect way to close out the summer. One of my favorite Labor Day destinations is family-friendly Middleburg, Virginia. Middleburg is a great...

Joy’s Screen Time Limits

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I just wrote a post about having the confidence to just say no to more and more screen time for our little ones. And how freeing, calming, and joyful it is to watch your children delve into a variety of...
As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure our children's teeth are taken care of. My job is to support you on this journey and help fix any problems that arise. Here are some of the most Common Questions...
What would you say if I told you that I took my 7 and 9-year-old children on a road trip this summer—without screen time or devices? Ah, so antiquated, so quaint! Nice for one challenge, but good luck keeping...
With back to school just around the corner, here are 9 tips and tricks to get organized as summer comes to an end. 1. Make a list of school supplies needed and shop ahead of time. Whether your school provides a...
For our family, summertime is all about making fun memories and playing in the water. Whether it is visiting one of the local splash places or pools, we look for the opportunity to have our kids get energy out...
“You had me at ‘free water jitney,’” my friend told me. I had just described the delightful romp my family had in DC for my birthday: mini-golf, free boat ride, lobster rolls, and ice cream on a pier. Yes....
As parents, it is easy to feel like you are getting nothing done. Even the basics, like cooking, showering, and eating can feel impossible in the beginning. It's easy to fall into a rut of feeling overwhelmed and stuck.  We...
I’m curious. Have you tried breastfeeding in public? Or do you want to… and then stop yourself out of shame, fear, or insecurities about what people around you will think?  You’re not alone, Mama. These days, intense controversy surrounds breastfeeding and...
Is Breastfeeding Really A Choice? When I was pregnant I was regularly asked if I would breastfeed. My reply of “I’m going to try” left many people confused and prompted a few insensitive remarks. My pregnancy was high risk due to...
Five years ago I became a mom for the first time. Like most parents, I had compiled a list of advice on breastfeeding. From classes at the Breastfeeding Center, to lotions and tips on how to produce more milk....

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Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Birthday Parties in the DC Area

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Is your child’s birthday around the corner? Are you overwhelmed by all the birthday party options, not to mention all of the over-the-top inspiration...

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