J.J. Newby

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{Sponsored} Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Brings Joy

by J.J. Newby December 5, 2013 Day Trip Destination

Disclosure: As part of a Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ Blogger Preview Event, my family was provided with complimentary tickets, a meal, photos with Santa, and an ornament painting experience at Caribou Pottery. All opinions are my own. Each night during Advent, our family reads from a devotional. In addition to the usual prayers and lessons, […]

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Drinking + Driving + Motherhood = Recipe for Disaster

by J.J. Newby January 5, 2012 News

I like to call it “The Daddy Hour.” It’s that period of time when Mom’s patience has worn thin, and Dad isn’t home from work yet to take on the second shift of parenting. That’s when Twitter and Facebook start crackling with “Mommy needs a glass of wine” updates. Usually they are jokes, a way to vent, and […]

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Reston Firm Reports Record-Breaking Cyber Monday

by J.J. Newby November 30, 2011 News

When employees returned to their office computers the Monday after Thanksgiving the first thing on their minds may not have been the bulging email inboxes awaiting them, but the Cyber Monday deals that were a few keystrokes away.  Reston, Va.-based digital marketing intelligence firm comScore, Inc. reported that Cyber Monday 2011 was the biggest online […]

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Did You Respect the Bird This Year?

by J.J. Newby November 24, 2011 News

My 5-year-old daughter, infused with knowledge (and endless questions) about the journey of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, Squanto and the Big Thanksgiving Feast from her kindergarten class has deluged me with a seemingly endless supply of drawings of turkeys.  And absolute outrage every time she sees any sign of Christmas on street corners or stores. […]

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Arlington Second Best City to Live

by J.J. Newby September 22, 2011 Politics

Forget the recent earthquakes, hurricane, and flash floods, we live in a highly desirable area. Bloomberg Businessweek.com announced it’s first Best Cities ranking of 100 cities in the US based on criteria including recreational and cultural amenities, availability of green space, public school performance, percentage of populations with bachelor’s degrees, poverty levels and air quality. Based […]

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Struggling to Return to “Normal” – Aftershocks, Outages, Cancellations

by J.J. Newby September 1, 2011 Politics

The transition from summer break to the first week of school is often a struggle (albeit met with shouts of HOORAY from some parents) for families throughout the DC area, but throw in aftershocks (did you feel the 3.4 Thursday morning?),and power outages still lingering from Irene, school cancellations in some areas; and attempts to […]

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Will Gas Prices Tank Summer Plans?

by J.J. Newby July 12, 2011 Politics

This summer was to be my last hurrah as a stay-at-home mother.  The past two years a very intense volunteer engagement took me away from the home almost as much as a job would and The Plan has always been for me to return to my career (or, ahem, start thinking about it) once our […]

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