Being a tourist in your own city is a great way to spend the day. Avoid the actual tourists and enjoy some unique fun with these fun and fascinating locales that only someone who lives in The District would know about. Read on for seven hidden gems your kids are going to love!
photo: Anderson House
Anderson House was built in the spring of 1905 as the stateside home of American diplomat Lars Anderson and his wife, Isabel. Today, the 50-room mansion on Embassy Row is a museum an...
Everyone loves those five words, “Let’s go out to eat!” It means no dishes to wash and everyone gets to pick exactly what they want to eat. What if you’re tired of the same old standbys, though? These themed restaurants take dining out to the next level to make meal time memorable.
photo: American Girl Washington DC via Yelp
American Girl Bistro
If your mini-me loves her mini-me (aka Truly Me), they’ll love the American Girl Bistro. Located on the second level of the American Girl store, the ...
These 9 tips will ease the way for kids of all ages as they head back to school.
Returning to school, or starting school for the first time, can be a hectic and frustrating time of year. There’s so much to do and so many things to remember. Not to mention how the kids are feeling. But it doesn’t have to be a rushed and exhausting experience.
Try these nine tips for getting the 2019–20 school year off to a great start.
Whether your little is starting school for the first time, or your older ki...
Pregnancy is rough enough on the body. Add in summer temperatures and it’s easy to feel cranky and pained. Use these tips to get through a summer pregnancy.
Both pregnancy and summer can be hard on the body. Combine the two and it can be a recipe for total misery. But it doesn’t have to be. I’m here to give you a few simple tips to surviving summer while you’re pregnant.
The quick and necessary disclaimer: If your doctor or midwife has given instructions that go against any of these tips, you...
When couples begin considering parenthood, there are lots of things to talk about. These five questions are a good start.
Whether you’ve been married just a few days or for several years, you might be ready to start talking about babies. They’re adorable. The idea of creating a life that is a mix of ourselves and our spouse is heart-melting. But how do we know we’re really ready?
If you’re considering parenthood for the first time, there are a few questions to ask yourself before you toss out...
Parenting is a job that requires on-the-job training with the potential for life and death consequences if we make a mistake. Because there’s no way to prepare before becoming a parent, it can be the most stressful thing we ever do. Luckily, there are things we can do to reduce our stress, such as meditation.
Meditation can do more than relieve stress, however. It can teach us more about being a parent and help us stay centered and focused on the task at hand.
Here are five things I’ve learne...
I don’t believe in balance — it implies equality among all areas of our lives, and that’s just not possible. Sick kids prevent work, big work projects can give you less time with the kids, and both kids and work can bring your social life to a halt.
Harmony, on the other hand, is a real possibility. Harmony is when you’re able to shift between the areas of your life, focusing on what matters right now. Here's how to get some harmony in your life.
5 tips that will help a first time mom keep her sanity.
Most of us have a list of things we do because we have to: working, housekeeping, cooking, errands, etc. And to some degree, we do have to do these things. We need money to support the life we want, we have to eat, we have to provide a home for our family. But what would all of that look like if you were FULLY living your life?
I often hear that meditation doesn’t work for someone. While I personally think that everyone could benefit from meditating, I also believe that if someone just isn’t into it, they won’t see the benefits and shouldn’t be forced.
However, when I ask these people what didn’t work for them, I often find that the reason it didn’t work is actually a pretty simple fix. So if you’re one of those people who thinks meditation doesn’t work for you, read on to see if any of these resonate with you.
In meditation, we often hear to let go. Let go of your thoughts. Don’t cling to anything. Everything changes. This is supposed to be reassuring — and if you’re going through a rough time, it often is. Who wouldn’t feel better when reminded that a breakup, a financial crisis, or a health issue won’t last forever?
But what about when things are good? How can impermanence make life better when things are good?
I often tend to be a Type A person, with checklists, spreadsheets and things of that nature. This is not the kind of person I want to be, nor does my life lend itself well to that kind of personality. I’m raising kids, who are free-spirited and spontaneous and working for myself which means working unconventional hours at times.
I don’t just want to be a more laid back person. I need to be. Which is why I need yoga and meditation on a daily basis. Without them, things get way out of whack.