DC Area Moms Blog is written by a team of dynamic volunteer writers! Each contributor brings their own ideas, experiences, and inspiration for parenting around our Nation’s Capital. We will be covering the full range of DC parent-related topics: from best birthday party locations, kid-friendly events, and favorite parks, to school decisions, planning healthy meals, and balancing self-care with the demands of parenting.
Team photos provided by Erica Baker Photography.
Adrienne was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Even though she is a proud 6th generation Texan, she is thrilled to call Alexandria, Virginia home for the last 10 years. Adrienne enjoys exercising the left part of her brain working for the Federal government, and the right part of her brain on her blog Brunching With Kids. She is a mom to a smart & beautiful 8-year-old daughter, and kind & rugged 4-year-old son. Her husband is attending nursing school full time and is scheduled to graduate May 2019. (Praise BE!) The entire family loves exploring all aspects of this amazing area, especially anything outside and/or along the Potomac River. Major likes: a good cup of coffee, fire pit, fried okra, and outdoor happy hours. Major dislikes: Laziness, a messy house, and mansplaining.Alice was born and raised in northeast China. She studied Teaching English as her major at Shenyang Normal University, where she met her husband. After graduating, she opened her own language learning center, which served 100 children age 3 to 12. In 2015, she moved to the US with her husband and started to work as a Chinese immersion teacher in DC. Her favorite thing is to spend time with her husband and new baby girl. Her favorite TV show? Game of Thrones!Ali came to DC “for the summer” in 2000 and has been here ever since. She worked for more than a decade as an environment and energy reporter on Capitol Hill. But after the birth of her second son in 2013, she traded chasing lawmakers for full-time chasing children. Sometimes it feels like the same job. Ali lives in NW with her husband, two sons, and a rotating menagerie of foster animals from the Humane Rescue Alliance. She loves reveling in the awe and wonder of the ordinary with young children. To that end, she started a Montessori-inspired weekday class at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom. She also serves on the parent leaders board for PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education), volunteers at her sons’ charter school, and loves to explore DC on the family cargo bike. Likes: Long runs, sacred spaces, pour-over coffee, theatre, nature, seasonable weather, and DC’s amazing array of free museums. Dislikes: Mosquitoes, mayonnaise, and change.Amanda has always loved music, movement, and young children, but never dreamed how these passions would all come together in life! She started Bouncing Bambini to share what she loves with lots of local families! Years of working with prenatal/postnatal mamas and tons of little kids have given her hours of material that she is excited to share in her blog posts. (She had her half-Jamaican son born during a blizzard and traveled to the hospital in Uber. Just one of the fun stories she has to share!) To stay in touch follow her on IG @zumbini_with_bouncingbambini. Likes: NY Pizza, Chocolate Everything, Game Nights Dislikes: Sci-fi movies (except Back To The Future!), Calories, SnowBorn and raised on the bayou in South Louisiana, Angelle moved to DC for undergrad at Georgetown. After working on the Hill and Disney's government relations office, Angelle traded-in her Mickey Mouse ears for law school at GW. An election law and white-collar defense attorney at Covington & Burling, Angelle's other full-time job is Mom to twin toddlers Emma and Evan (2016). She and her husband Jordan live on Capitol Hill/H Street, where the twins excitedly yell "choo choo" every time they see the streetcar. In her spare time, Angelle scours the internet for coordinating smocked clothing for her twins and dreaming about the international family travel she will do once Emma and Evan learn to sleep or watch feature-length movies on a plane. All posts are her own views.Brooke is a Maryland native and a stay at home mom to two children, age three and five. She loves helping others learn the joy of living with less, through her declutter business Simplify with Brooke. She also spends a few hours each week doing international recruitment for a local nonprofit. Brooke plays soccer every week with a bunch of dudes in her neighborhood, enjoys the rhythm and inspiration of being a Waldorf family, and has incredible gratitude for her husband and their non-traditional marriage. Likes: solo nighttime walks, nonviolent communication, new relationships, vegan food. Dislikes: spending time on computers, baby showers.Chaia grew up in Hartford, Connecticut (Go H U S K I E S) before heading to D.C. to attend Howard University. After college, she spent a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (you read that correctly), before going to law school. Soon after, she met a handsome man named Derek, moved back to D.C., and got married. Chaia spends her days gushing over her 2-year old son, drinking coffee (and Prosecco!), and baking sweet treats (IG: @cupcakesbychaia). Likes: Laughing, reading, brunch, Iyanla, Fix My Life, and traveling. Dislikes: Olives and cold weather.Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (of 13 years). Since then they have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back a little over two years ago. She has three energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), and Solomon (2016). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but she is constantly challenged and stretched in ways she couldn't have imagined. She spends her days talking legos, playing dress-up, and chasing her toddler, and thought she'd start a blog with all her free time--just kidding! We all know motherhood is challenging so she wanted to start this site to band together with other mothers to inspire, learn, and grow together.She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days), and finding good deals. She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering and doesn't enjoy clothes shopping.Dana was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to New York with her family in 1995. Dana met her husband in NY and they have been living in the DC area since 2012. She has 4 children: Jennah (2008), Maryam (2011), Saleh (2013), and Noura (2016). A Graphic Designer by profession, Dana is currently enjoying being at home with her children. She homeschools her two older daughters and she is very passionate about working out at home, making delicious/nutritious meals for her family, and being all around creative. Dana loves exploring the DC area with her family, she likes drawing, enjoys escape rooms, and loves unwinding with a cup of tea and a good book at the end of the day. Stay in touch with her through her Instagram @danascreativekitchen, and check out her food blog (danascreativekitchen.com) for some of her favorite recipes.Dara lives in Potomac, MD with her family and is the Owner and Chief Organizing Officer of Orderly Method Professional Organizing. She turned her passion for organization into a business after having four kids in less than five years--Emerson (2011), Riley (2013), Dylan (2014), and Logan (2016). For many years, friends have asked how she keeps things so organized with such a hectic family life. Dara thrives and functions best in an organized space and has developed several methods as a personal and home organizer. She loves to organize and wants to help others bring order and peace into their homes. Her goal is to bring solutions to your life through what she has lived and learned. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @OrderlyMethod Loves: Gummy Candy, Real Housewives of Wherever & Trips to Container Store & TargetEbeth Johnson is mindful eating & well-life mentor for women who are ready to live deliciously. As a mom, professional chef, plant-based nutritionist and mindful eating coach, Ebeth marries her love of food, cooking, wellness, and mindfulness while supporting women and their families to incorporate nourishing foods and nurturing lifestyle practices into daily life. Ebeth was raised in DC and returned her (after a 15-year stint in the Big Apple) when her child Cayenne was born. When she's not in the kitchen, at the grocery store or DuPont farmers’ market you'll find her roller skating, reading, watching HGTV, making handcrafted beaded jewelry or briskly walking wherever she needs to go. One of her favorite meals is perfectly scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast, sliced avocado, and a green salad. She could do without shopping for clothes and shoes. Please stay in touch with her on her site ebethjohnson.com and on IG: ebethdelishlife.Elizabeth Reid is originally from Houston, TX. She and her husband moved to DC from San Francisco nine years ago. They currently live in Georgetown with their three girls, Caroline (6), Charlotte (5) and Ellie (2) and their lab Maggie. She loves to exercise, travel and spend time with her family. But, jogging is her main outlet. As a Mother, she has had many challenges and exercise helps clear her head, but so does a glass of wine! Now that her girls are getting older, last year she became a Consultant for Beautycounter. She is helping spread the mission of safer personal care products.Emma is a DC native, mom of two, and licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in perinatal mental health and parenting. When not at work you can find her chasing around her kiddos and trying (failing) to get them into 90's music. She loves going for runs, eating a lot of hummus, and listening to podcasts. You can learn more about her at her website at dremmabasch.com or check out her blog Maternity Matters.Joy is a mother of two children, ages 9 and 7, and she has been working as their primary caretaker since the first one arrived. She loves that she can pursue her other passions and training while being a stay-at-home-mom, including teaching, being outdoors, lessening her environmental footprint, being with friends and family, dancing, and playing! Now that the kids are in elementary school, she has enjoyed using the extra time to work on projects such as school, church, and neighborhood volunteer efforts, helping others with new baby prep and care, political resistance, and tutoring.Julia is a Chesapeake Bay girl who moved to the District two years ago with her husband and kids. A Spanish teacher by trade, she feels lucky to be in a season of staying home with her three daughters, ages five and under. She is passionate about fostering community with moms in her area and encouraging other women. She enjoys exploring the city's gems with her family and documenting the beauty and humor of daily life on her personal blog. She is happiest with an iced coffee in hand and never says no to a cupcake.Julie is a proud born and bred Texan, but has called DC home since 2001. She studied at the University of Texas and then moved to DC to get her MPA at the George Washington University. Julie worked for ten years for a Member of Congress, where she loved working to impact public policy. In 2013, her world turned inside out when she gave birth to twins and decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Currently, Julie lives in the H Street Corridor with her husband, two kids, and their increasingly grouchy senior dog, Presley. Yes, please: movie dates with her husband, trying new restaurants, exploring DC with her kids, last minute road trips, being outdoors, festivals (of any kind), girls’ night out, and a rainy day with “Pride and Prejudice.” No, thank you: hot and humid summers, mistreating animals, Legos (ouch!), public speaking, laundry, raw fishIt took Juliet a while to fall in love with DC but, 9 years later, she wouldn't want to live anywhere else! Juliet is a middle-school teacher turned SAHM to two little girls and loves raising them in this vibrant city. She loves laundry day (!), visiting ALL the museums, eating sweets, and planning overseas adventures.Katherine lived on four different continents before settling in Washington, D.C., to raise her family. She works at a global think tank during the day and raises twin boys the rest of the time. When she isn't working on a spreadsheet for work, she loves walking in the forest with her family, which invariably involves stomping in puddles and climbing on logs. Though she is less of a world traveler these days, she continues to seek out adventures, from exploring D.C.'s museums and playgrounds to taking road trips to national parks. When it's time to unwind, she can be found snuggling with her husband on the couch. Likes: adventures, sleeping past 7 a.m., being surrounded by forests, the sound of her boys laughing, and locally made ice cream. Dislikes: whining, the patriarchy, and people who judge parents/kids.Kathy is a somewhat crunchy mama, pediatric speech-language pathologist and now a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and another little one due in October 2018. Kathy enjoys keeping her family busy with local DC activities and events, visiting museums, exercising and traveling. Some of her favorite things include coffee, Target runs, warm weather, essential oils, social media and being her toddler's personal stylist.Kim is a native Northern Virginian. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two children ages 3 and 4 plus a beautiful foster daughter. They live in Northern Virginia where her husband is a local pastor. She has a passion for fostering, adoption, advocating for exploited women and children, and going green without breaking the bank. She blogs about how the Bible applies to everyday life on thehonesttruth.org. She LOVES: Jesus, yoga pants, her husband’s cooking, nap time, and the beach. She could do without: humidity, bugs, winter, tantrums, knick-knacks, and writing thank you notes.Kristin grew up mostly in the midwest but has lived all over (California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, and DC). She currently stays at home with her 18-month-old son, but previously worked as a youth social worker and in various corporate positions. She loves to be outside as much as possible and prefers walking everywhere (especially with DC traffic!). She is a sucker for donuts and cannot live without coffee. Her hope in sharing her writing is that other moms will feel less alone in their motherhood journey.Maggie was born and raised in the tiny town of Sandpoint, Idaho, but moved east for college and stayed. Her husband is a Virginia native and refuses to leave the Commonwealth, so they reside in NoVA. She is an at-home mother to a son, 5, and a daughter, 2. She is passionate about birth, breastfeeding, house plants, finding things on Craigslist (where she met her husband via missed connections!), and most of all, knitting. A fan of folk music, family, fiber arts. Not a fan of temperatures over 80 degrees, fake plants, the whiny voice of a 2-year-old.Mallory is a digital marketer and mom to an energetic 2-year-old. She lives in Cleveland Park with her husband, Will, and son, Liam. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Mallory moved to DC in 2007 after graduating from Wake Forest University (go Deacs!). Mallory went to graduate school for Health Communication and Marketing, so she especially enjoys writing about health-related topics. She’s an advocate for all things in moderation, including moderation. Likes: sauvignon blanc, Netflix, true crime, reading, all things crafty, sleeping (in my past life, before Liam). Dislikes: traffic, winter, teething.Mariana is a Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, specializing in helping women balance nutrition, fitness and lifestyle goals by looking at how all areas of their lives are connected. As a mother of a 6-month-old baby, Mariana understands how difficult it might be to find time for yourself. The very nature of motherhood is such that there aren't enough minutes in the day. As a health coach, Mariana helps her clients find the right path towards a healthier lifestyle and a happier life. She currently lives in Washington, DC with his husband, baby, and two Pomeranians. When she is not coaching you can find her in the kitchen testing new recipes. Please check out her website at Mariana Diez.Nicole Harkin, an award-winning writer and natural-light photographer based in Washington, DC, is a mom to two boys. Tilting, A Memoir, her first book, explores the themes of sickness and resiliency. She founded and runs the DC Family Biking page. Find her photography at NicoleHarkin.com and on Instagram: @harkinna.Paige is a DC area native who grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. After a 5-year stint in San Diego with her husband, they moved back to DC to start their family. They have one daughter, Coco (2016). Paige loves exploring everything the city has to offer, especially kid-friendly museums, parks, and coffee shops and is looking forward to discovering more as her daughter continues to grow. Paige loves coffee, pilates, and writing.Porsha was born in Maryland and raised in Georgia, but life eventually brought her back to the Washington, D.C. area. She is happily married to Reginald, and together they share four children ages 14, 7, 5 and 3. Formerly a stay-at-home mom, she is now juggling a full-time career. However, her family always comes first! She truly believes being a mother is her most important mission. She loves laughing, cooking, planning children’s events, attending paint nights, wine, shopping and listening to live music.Rebecca is passionate about market-based social change, values-based consumptive behavior, and ending homelessness. She founded the DC-based sustainable fashion company Maven Women to create a socially conscious option for elegant, flattering professional women's attire and "move the needle" in the global garment industry. Rebecca's son, Nathan, was born in 2017 and her parenting passions include social justice and minimalist parenting, (re)claiming her authentic self in her journey, and hyper-local child-raising. Likes: vegetarian street food, sunning & swimming, long city walks, sleeping late, old Hollywood fashion. Dislikes: mushrooms, driving, the saying "everything happens for a reason", being told something is impossible.Steph grew up in Chicago and remains a midwestern girl at heart. She moved to Virginia just before college (Go Hokies!) and then settled on the outskirts of DC to teach and start the Audubon Nature Preschool in 2006. Stephanie loves being outdoors and connecting her own kids (7, 5, & 3), her students and their families, with the natural world. Likes: hanging with her hubby, hiking, biking, traveling, live music, camping, and yoga.Tatiana was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States at age 15. She moved from Houston to DC in 2007 to work for an international organization. She met her husband at work and married in 2011. She has two children: Santiago (2013) and Antonio (2015) and a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution. After the birth of her second child, she decided to take time off to stay home and focus on the kids. She is passionate about nutrition, self-led weaning, and homemade food. She strongly believes that a wine a day keeps the doctor away and that the key to parenting two boys is to keep in good shape. She is not a fan of baking and is an advocate for natural foods, Montessori education, and allowing children to get bored. One day she dreams of building an organization where she can combine her passion for food with peacebuilding. Stay in touch with her on her website The Story of my Table and through her Instagram account.