Worried About Getting the Shopping Done Before the Storm? Use Instacart – DISCOUNT TRIAL AVAILABLE!

by Elaine February 12, 2014 Living

Instacart, an online grocery shopping service, has launched in the DC metro area, and they are ready to take your order! Place an online order and then sit back and wait less than an hour while they shop at Harris Teeter. Soon, you’ll be able to get groceries from Whole Foods as well! You can […]

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Girl Scouts

The Laid-back Troop Leader

by Sandie February 7, 2014 Child

I am my daughter’s Brownie Troop Leader, but I am actually pretty laid-back about it after a year-and-a-half (except when I have to collect Girl Scout Council-mandated forms, in which case I am a stressful mess until every girl has submitted the necessary bureaucratic documents). We sing songs (“Make New Friends,” “Princess Pat,” “Brownie Smile,” […]

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Classroom Valentines

by Sue Wagner February 4, 2014 Parenting

I am not a crafty mom. I don’t sew, knit, or enjoy operating a hot glue gun. I’m never the one with the handmade anything. Except Valentines. I’m not sure why, but every year, I pack an entire year’s worth of creative bliss into one excruciating all-nighter on February 13th. The internet was the obvious […]

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My 12 year old son

Entering the Great Unknown: My Son is 12 Today

by Sandie February 3, 2014 Parenting

Today my son is 12, and my husband and I brace ourselves for the adventure of parenting him in his transitional year from tween to teen. We’re very lucky. He’s a straight-A student with great friends and even greater sense of humor. He’s beloved by his younger siblings (well, in fairness, his sister could go […]

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summer camp

Summer Camp Craziness

by Sandie January 29, 2014 Parenting

How many of you are already scheduled for summer camp? With so many camps offering early bird discounts if you register by Jan. 31, it’s no wonder that parents scramble to register their kids, even if they aren’t completely sure what their summers are going to look like. I I’m one of those who’s torn […]

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Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley Opens This Summer at Universal Orlando

by Sandie January 24, 2014 Entertainment

This year is a fabulous time to visit Universal Orlando Resort. Not only is there a new budget-minded ’50s-themed resort opening in March called Cabana Bay Beach Resort, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is being expanded to include the brand-new attraction of Diagon Alley. “Harry Potter” stars Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), James Phelps […]

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Snowday Blues

Singing The Snowday Blues

by Sandie January 23, 2014 Parenting

Snowdays are fun, sure, but too many snowdays are keeping this mama down. It’s not that I don’t love to be with my kids, but with deadlines looming, and a teleworking husband who throws things even more off center, this latest round of snow delays and days off made me decide to just say no […]

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Catch Brain Games on Nat Geo

by Elaine January 15, 2014 Entertainment

Last Monday, a new season of Brain Games began on the National Geographic channel. Viewers have a lot to look forward to this season – particularly those in their upper teens and beyond. This fun and creative show seeks to reveal how our brains work, and in the process, folks can learn some fun tricks. […]

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Winter Weather

by Sue Wagner January 14, 2014 Living

It’s the words that strike fear into the hearts of parents across the DMV… wintery mix. (Insert WTOP breaking news music.) It means lying in bed after watching Doug Hill on the 11 o’clock news, strategically plotting a backup plan for my entire morning routine. It means spending another 30 minutes stalking The Capital Weather […]

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Little Mermaid Jr. Brings Smiles at Encore Stage and Studio

by Elaine January 13, 2014 Entertainment

Arlington’s Encore Stage and Studio has managed to deliver a fantastic performance of the Little Mermaid, Jr. When I saw the show on Saturday afternoon, the theater was nearly sold out – so snag your tickets for next weekend fast! Little Mermaid, Jr. follows the classic storyline where Ariel, the mermaid princess, must ransom her […]

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