(Play)dating on a budget

Summer is coming to a close, but I’m determined to keep the fun going.  Bean’s calendar is more impressive than mine these days!  I’m excited to get a play date invitation because it’s time for me to chat with another Mom (I could do that ALL day) and a chance for Bean to get some…

The Stroller Run

No way it’s been a month…right? My bad…Bean’s side eye is always ready for me when I’m slacking! A few weeks ago, I teamed up with The Stroller Run to get the word out about the fun run taking place at the National Harbor.  The Stroller Run holds races all over the U.S.  that benefit…

Tapping Into Me

The first year of motherhood was…amazing, beautiful…but consuming.  Being a mother to an infant consumed EVERY part of me physically and emotionally!  I thought about Bean in everything that I did.  I don’t want to say that I was obsessive about him because of the negative connotation, but I kept him in mind in ALL…

Fun in the Sun

It’s heating up in DC and it means more time outdoors enjoying rooftops, cookouts, playgrounds, and splash parks!  Bean loves the playground and is increasingly engaging with other kids outdoors.   Fun in the sun means sunscreen protection.  While melanin provides natural protection for people of color, our skin can still burn (just takes a…

Year One Lessons

I can’t believe we have a 1 year old…it’s surreal even while typing this.  We have a vibrant, increasingly independent, giggling, sprinting, climbing, toddler on our hands.  He’s grown so much…and so have we as parents.  Here are some of my year one lessons! Ask for help.  I’m still working on this.  It takes a…

Splashing into Summer

Bean had his first pool experience and while I was excited, there was also a bit of anxiety I felt.  I love being in the water and I want Bean to also enjoy water activities, so it was really important to me for his first experience to be a great one!  I called on a…

Stage 5 Clinger

Around 10 months, Bean began showing signs of separation anxiety aka stranger danger to the extent that we hit Stage 5 Clinger levels!  Sure, it felt good to have him snuggle and hold on to me, but of course the downside is I can’t be with him ALL the time.  Whether it was putting him…