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.
Aimee is a freelance writer and personal essayist with a focus on family, career and the unique intersection of both in the military spouse experience. She is the very thankful (and tired) mother of two boys. Likes: London and all things royal, modern art (the weirder, the better), memoirs, hot strong coffee, audiobooks with great narrators, documentaries, libraries (especially old ones), exploring DC. Dislikes: cold weather, traffic, dental work, conflict, car maintenance, paperwork, daylight savings time, customer service call trees and spam emails.Senior ContributorAli 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. After her second son was born, she took some time off to chase her children instead of lawmakers. She's now juggling both as a freelance reporter and mom of two active sons in elementary school. She explores DC on a family cargo bike. Ali lives in NW DC with her husband, 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 as a guide for a Montessori-inspired class at <a href="http://www.stpauls-kst.com"> St. Paul’s Episcopal Church</a> in Foggy Bottom. Likes: Long runs, pour-over coffee, theatre, nature, seasonable weather, and DC’s amazing array of free museums. Dislikes: Mosquitoes, mayonnaise, and change.Senior ContributorBorn 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.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.Deborah Haile is originally from Eritrea, but grew up in Minnesota and moved to the DC area in 2010. She loves spending time with her son Jonah, workouts at the gym, going to church, going out with girlfriends and traveling the world. She holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University and works as a Legal Manager in DC. She is passionate about exposing children to global cultures, and created a company called Tiny Global Footprints to motivate families to travel the world with their little ones just like she does with her son. She also published her first children’s book series titled “Jonah’s Global Footprints” in 2019 inspired by their visits to over 10 countries around the world.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.Jane was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. She met her husband 20 years ago and settled in Fairfax, VA in 2004. Jane is an only child turned big family mom of 9 kids ages 14 to 1 with baby #10 due in June 2019. They are the family next door just supersized. Jane considers herself an expert in free and low cost family friendly activities in Fairfax County and DC. Jane has battled Hypermesis Gravidarum (HG) in 6 pregnancies and Postpartum Depression last year, she is an advocate for awareness and support of HG and PPD moms. Likes: a good cup of Earl Grey tea, working out or walking with friends, exploring new parks and activities with her family, and reading travel websites. Follow Jane on IG at @9busybeesfamily or FB at @9busybees.Jennifer Liao is a mom of two curious kiddos who unabashedly loves exploring museums and traveling with kids. A global nomad as a child, (14 moves in 4 countries) she finally found her home base in Fairfax County. She created FamilyTripGuides.com to help other families have great visits with their kids to the Smithsonians in DC. She also loves cooking with her husband and long bike rides.Jennifer is a television producer, wife and mom-of-one. She relocated to the DC area, from Los Angeles, in April 2018 to be closer to family. It is very important to Jennifer and her husband that their son knows his family. Between working full-time and being a mom, she doesn't have a ton of extra time, but she love to write, read and have a drink(s) with friends. She is also a true crime addict and listens to podcasts constantly!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.Senior ContributorIt 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.Senior ContributorKim is a native Northern Virginian. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two children, Leland (2014) and Christy (2015). She is a foster & adoptive mom and a pastor's wife and is passionate about advocating for exploited women & children and going green without breaking the bank. You can find her educating and empowering women to live consciously and take care of their health by switching to safer and ethically produced products over in her Facebook community. She LOVES: Jesus, her husband’s cooking, snuggling her kids, taking naps, talking about the Enneagram, and the beach. She could do without: humidity, bugs, winter, 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.Laura is from a beautiful island town in Northern Ireland. She moved to the bright lights of London for university then spent her 20s scrambling up the corporate ladder working in Finance. She recently qualified as a lawyer, however the arrival of her daughter and relocation to DC has create a welcomed pause in her plans to practice law. She is taking advantage of this time to unleash her inner history geek and undertake a PhD in legal history. Laura is having a wonderful time raising Georgia (2) and exploring this vibrant city. You’ll find us hanging out in the playpark or running parkrun on Saturday morning.Lauren was raised in Potomac, Maryland. She attended Georgetown University and then the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in NYC where she graduated Valedictorian and received her Masters in Contemporary Art History. After living in Florida while her husband was on active duty in the United States Navy, her family moved back to Maryland to be closer to relatives and the DC area that she loves. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom to their energetic young son, Lauren founded an art advisory business, Lauren Heller Art Consultant, to help others feel confident when selecting art for their home or office.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.Senior ContributorMallory 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.Mari is a Florida native who moved to the area for work after grad school and bought her home in the DC Truxton Circle neighborhood in the early 2000s. A few years later she began blogging about the Shaw. The InShaw Blog ran for 10 years until she took a break and quietly restarted it in 2017. That same year she became a new “old mom” through the adoption of an insanely handsome little boy. She loves swing dancing with her husband and exploring new things with her son.Melanie was born in the Philippines and, as a military brat, raised all over the world. Her husband is a DC native, so they moved with their daughter (who is now 5 ½ years old), from DC from Chicago about 5 years ago. Melanie attended Old Dominion University with hopes of having a career in federal law enforcement but her passion for helping others landed her with a career in the nonprofit world. In her free time Melanie enjoys traveling, shopping, exploring museums and attending NBA and MLB games. Fun fact about Melanie is she is fluent in Spanish.Nicole is passionate about being a mom and creating autism acceptance. She founded the DC-based company Untypical to create autism acceptance everyday by everyone. Nicole and her husband, Steven, have two children: Tyler (3) typically developing, and Savannah (6) untypical. Nicole spends most of her free time advocating and presenting to audiences about autism. Nicole has a BS in Forensic Chemistry and has been a civil servant for 20 years.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.Rachel, a Maryland native, is Director of Conferences at an International non-profit organization. Living in Bethesda, she stays busy as a mom to three kids: Hannah (2010), Josh (2012) and Emma (2017). In her spare time, Rachel teaches Zumba, serves as a room parent and Girls on the Run coach, and sneaks in as much exercise as she can. Her guilty pleasures include watching TV, wine dates with friends, and frozen yogurt with sprinkles.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.Shaniece is a California girl living in DC. She discovered DC in 1995 when she came to study theater arts at Howard University and left DC for New York in 2000. In 2008, she excitedly moved back to DC with her husband and daughter (grew her in Atlanta). She’s been living, loving, creating art and making connections in DC ever since! She now has two daughters (11 and 6). Shaniece enjoyed working in the non-profit/NGO sector for years until making the transition into full time chef, organizer, manager and volunteer (a stay-at-home mom) and a part time artist, and occasional thrower of a good party. Shaniece loves family, reading, art, international relations and development, and building bridges. Exploring the world is very important to her and she loves to travel with family and friends.Shannon was born and raised in Virginia and lives there currently with her volunteer firefighter husband, Karam, and their three daughters, one son, and dog. She is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom to her four children, is involved in the local 4-H with the kids, and co-leads a nature-based co-op school. Shannon also works as an office manager for her husband's business Reach Systems, Inc. and owns a crafting business, Tiers of Joy LLC, making diaper cakes and other gifts. She is also an Usborne Consultant and overall lover of books! Shannon especially enjoys outdoor activities! Even with a busy life and energetic kids, she enjoys going on adventures to local places with her kids and believes in slowing down whenever you can.Susan Brown is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her favorite DC area restaurant is Nada at Pike&Rose! Her ideal day would be spent drinking coffee while doing work for her business followed by an afternoon full of cuddles and play time with her 3 children, and ending with a fun dinner date with her husband. Our favorite family outing in the DC area is in warmer weather heading into DC to Navy Yard for the splash pool, ice cream, and a walk with the river. She loves raising her kids here because of the wealth of diversity and amazing opportunities to see, hear, taste, and experience the world each day.Tamieka is originally from New Jersey and has lived in the Washington DC area for 13 years. She has moved all around the DMV but now lives in Prince William County with her husband Isaac, their 12-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old son. She works full time as a civil servant. When she is not shuttling her children to various activities, she enjoys genealogy, at-home spin classes, dancing and reality t.v.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.Tiyi is the happy mother 6 little monsters. She’s been married for about 14 years to her husband Josh. Growing up a Virginia girl, Tiyi has lived along 95 from Alexandria to Richmond, Virginia. Calling herself a “Child of the 95 corridor”, Tiyi has the “local perspective” since she grew up a Virginia native. After years of the hustle and bustle of commuting to work, Tiyi and her family made the collective decisions that she would become... wait for it... a SAHM!!! Boom mike drop... Hopelessly devoted to each and everyone one of the little monsters. To Tiyi, being present was and still is the most important thing.