Imagination Stage

Inside Out: Dress-up Fun at Imagination Stage

by Allison March 7, 2014 Entertainment

It’s time for bed, but instead of quietly going to sleep two children use their imaginations to create a wild adventure right in their bedroom – along with a huge mess. If this sounds like something that could happen at your house (or perhaps already has!), then Inside Out is the show for you. Part […]

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5 Beauty Products

Five Beauty Products Under $50 I Can’t Live Without

by Sandie March 6, 2014 Beauty

I don’t have a TON of make-up, but what I do have tends to be from department stores and beauty specialty shops like Blue Mercury, Ulta, or Sephora. My mother (may she rest in peace) was a make-up hoarder, and as beautiful as she was, having that much make-up never appalled to me. I tend […]

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Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read Across America

Snow Day Fun: Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

by Sandie March 4, 2014 Books

Yesterday was both Read Across America and the kick-off of a week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on PBS Kids, which started with a new one-hour special “The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That.” The “Cat-ebration” continues all week with new half-hour episodes following the Cat, Nick and Sally on their adventures […]

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Bowling and Bocce in Georgetown: Pinstripes

by Allison February 28, 2014 Around Town

It’s not often that a single location makes for both a date night destination and a spot for family fun – but that’s what Pinstripes brings to DC’s Georgetown Park Mall. Describing itself as a unique bowling/bocce/bistro experience, Pinstripes manages to have a little something for everyone. With five Midwestern locations, Georgetown is Pinstripes’ first […]

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Health Conference Organizer Shares Insights on Parenting and Healing

Thumbnail image for Health Conference Organizer Shares Insights on Parenting and Healing by Jessica Haney February 25, 2014 Fitness

For Everyday Health & Wellness Conference organizer Pam Snyder, everything changed when she temporarily lost her sight in 1999. Her children were 2 ½ and 5 at the time, and she had to rely on the kindness of neighbors to get her family through a three-week ordeal that included daily steroid IV therapy lasting three […]

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doctor visit

Parenting Firsts: Getting Kicked Out of the Doctor’s Office

by Sandie February 25, 2014 Parenting

Yesterday I experienced a new milestone as a mother: the first time I was kicked out of the exam room, so the pediatrician could perform my 12-year-old son’s physical. I was there when the nurse weighed and measured him, stayed for the pre-exam evaluation/talk, but when it came time for the pediatrician to take a […]

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Not Afraid of the Weather: Outdoor-Happy Preschools

by Jessica Haney February 21, 2014 Green

 What gets kids outside at school on super cold days? Where I live, if it’s under 34 degrees and you’re in a public school, your walk into the building is about the extent of it. Even rain or muddy playgrounds are reason to stay inside at lots of schools and preschools. What’s a nature-loving parent […]

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Wicked Waffle

Not Your Usual Mall Fare: Wicked Waffle

by Allison February 20, 2014 Dining Out

Trips to the mall often end in a visit to the food court, where options tend to be heavy on the fried and greasy side. My kids are always happy to go for fries and a toy, but I usually leave wishing there was a better, healthier option. On our family’s last visit to Montgomery […]

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Parenting Teens is a Lonely Business

by Sue Wagner February 18, 2014 Parenting

I found parenting to be a lonely vocation when my kids were toddlers and I was bound to the house by nap schedules and sheer overwhelming logistics. My world often shrunk to the size of my neighborhood block, where I walked up and down the sidewalk, pushing strollers, trikes, holding hands, drawing chalk lines. As […]

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Urbana Restaurant

Urbana Restaurant: Great for Valentine’s or Family Meal

by Sandie February 13, 2014 Dining Out

Urbana Restaurant in Dupont Circle treated my family to a complimentary meal for my son’s 12th birthday last week to try out their new kids’ menu. The highlight of the kids’ menu is a “Build Your Own Pizza” for $8 that comes with veggie or meat toppings. Two of my three kids tried the BYOP, […]

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