World Down Syndrome Day takes place every year on March 21 (3/21) to celebrate and bring awareness to individuals with Trisomy 21. Here's what you need to know! What is Down Syndrome? Down syndrome is a chromosomal arrangement where a person...
We may not have control of everything or anything in our lives. We do know that we have control of our attitude towards everything in life. How about having an “attitude of gratitude?” What exactly is “attitude of gratitude?”...
Being a domestic violence survivor is a difficult and traumatic experience that can have long-lasting effects on a person's life. For me, it was a part of my journey that has shaped the woman I am today. I was...
My 4 year old son recently had a pretty big change to his daily routine, the addition of glasses. My initial reaction was shock. I was so surprised to find out my son had weak eyesight, specifically in one...
Like many babies born in 2020, our son was blessed with one of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic: a home with both parents around 24/7, for a time that extended beyond family leave. When my husband returned...

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There are quite a few of us in the D.C. area who once called Hawaii home. When we encounter one another, an immediate bond is often formed from that fact alone, followed by a peppering of eager questions: "What...
The Napkin Network provides diapers, wipes and other baby essentials to DMV moms in need. The group works both directly with individuals and in partnership with other non-profits, including diaper banks and pregnancy centers. Lindsay Gill founded The Napkin Network...
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,...
I gave people a chance to ask their honest questions about foster care on my Instagram stories with the promise of answering them in a blog. So, as promised, here are some of those questions and my answers. Do you...
May is one of my favorite months of the year. It finally feels like spring, the flowers are blooming, we get to celebrate Mothers Day… the list goes on.  May is also National Water Safety Month. And while it’s certainly...
April is financial literacy month. This annual event is designed to encourage individuals to learn more about managing their money, making informed financial decisions, and building a secure financial future. For many parents, this is the perfect opportunity to...
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” This Carter G. Woodson quote perfectly sums up what Black History Month means to me. I grew...
Over six years ago, my husband and I started our foster care and adoption journey. We had a spare room, big hearts, shiny rose-colored glasses, and frankly, quite a bit of innocent ignorance. While those things got us through the door...
A highly sensitive person raising a highly sensitive child?! Loud sounds, strong smells, large crowds, all are a hard pass for me. Growing up, I never realized why certain situations were overwhelming for me but not for my peers....

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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...