The DC Playground Crawl

DC playground

Happiness is sliding down to open arms.

Are you yearning for your college bar crawl days? Times may have changed but your thirst for a walking challenge doesn’t have to dry up. You just have to switch your glass to a reusable bottle and your drink of choice to water for this crawl. DC is sprawling with neighborhood playgrounds to let you plan the perfect outing. So strap on your walking shoes, grab your rugged jogging stroller, and head outdoors for a day of exploring in the nation’s capitol.

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Exploring the Florida Coast: Barrier Island Sanctuary

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

If you’ve ever been in the presence of a toddler, you know they like to touch things. All things: Sticky things, gross things. pretty things, breakable things, it doesn’t matter. If it exists, they’re reaching for it. That’s why learning centers like the Barrier Island Sanctuary Center off A1A on the east coast of Florida are so spectacular. Every single thing in the center is meant to be explored with both your eyes AND your hands.

These types of learning centers are a benefit of state or county funds and foundation partner grants, and can be utilized by local residents and tourists alike. Many are located near or in state parks and have hiking trails attached to them. They are absolutely worth the trip.

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Planes and Picnics

DC's secret park gem.

DC’s secret park gem.

Looking to get out of the city, but don’t want to go too far? Gravelly Point Park is just the place for you!

Just 400 feet from Reagan National Airport’s runway, this park boasts epic sights and sounds for both young and seasoned minds.

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From new parent, to seasoned vet?

At birth, the world is before in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

At birth, the world is before us in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

What a difference a year (or in this case 19 months!) makes. There are moments in life when you realize just how impactful that moment in time is, yet you have no way of truly understanding the full effect the changes that will come will have on you. For me, those moments have been leaving for college, graduating from college, marriage and the birth of my child. I’m sure more moments are to come, but for now, I’m reflecting on what has changed for me in that most recent significant moment. A reflection from my son’s birth to now…

New baby: Bundle him up, take diaper bag filled with every possible thing you could ever need, bring two back-up outfits, text everyone pictures of his outing.
One year later: Throw a diaper, and if I remember some wipes, in my purse and grab him as we run out the door because we’re late, take selfie of his food all over me when sitting at stop light.

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Top five things to keep in mind when planning a first birthday party

Birthday cake is happiness at any age.

Birthday cake is happiness at any age.

Ah, the first birthday party. It’s a tone-setter, a significant moment in your life, in the grandparents’ lives, even in your friends’ lives. It says – look at us, we made it through year one! It’s a celebration of the triumph over sleep loss, stained clothing, and insane childcare bills. It’s that opportunity you have to breath for a second because your child is just mobile enough for you to be excited and want more, but not yet at full capacity so you can actually enjoy a sip of coffee again. (Don’t get too excited, that only lasts about one day.)

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