Looking for a Fun Bonding Experience? Visit Lake Needwood!

I always feel at home near the water or on the water. My preference is the ocean, but if one isn’t near, I’ll take a lake. Especially, if it is a gorgeous day and I’m with my favorite girl! If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor activity, and live in Maryland, visit Lake Needwood.

It’s a beautiful serene 75 acre lake where you can rent kayaks, row boats, canoes, pedal boats, or even take a tour on a Pontoon boat. We decided on the pedal boat. They provide everyone with a life jacket and at least 4 people can fit in the boat.  We paid $9.50 for a half an hour and was on the lake for about an hour and a half. We paid under $20 bucks which was a great price for all the fun we had!

The first time I went to Lake Needwood I was pregnant which was 10 years ago! Now, my girl is 10 and can help pedal the boat! What better way to celebrate a glorious Sunday then hop into a pedal boat on a lake? It was a ton of fun and I totally recommend going with your kids. It was a sweet bonding experience just being out on the glistening lake, talking, laughing and pedaling.

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For a complete list of prices and park hours, Visit: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/lake-needwood-boats/

15700 Needwood Lake Circle
Rockville, MD 20855

Would You Rather…. A Fun Way To Get To Know Your Kid Better

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My little one isn’t so little anymore! She is 10! I’ve had the pleasure of being in the company of this amazing, incredible and beautiful human being for a decade. Wow a decade flew by! It makes me really cognizant of how quickly she’s growing. Right now she still enjoys being around me and is somewhat of an open book so I’m taking advantage of it before those teen years roll around.

One fun way to get to know your kid is by playing the game, “Would You Rather?” I started playing this in the car on the way home from school. Basically, I ask her questions like, “Would you rather eat salmon or chicken?” or “ Would you rather visit California or NY?” or you can get silly and ask questions like,” Would you rather eat a worm or an ant?” It is just a fun way to keep the lines of communication open and find out some pretty interesting things about how their minds work. She also asks me questions as well and finds out stuff about her momma too!

VisArts at Rockville Worth the Visit!

Visit VisArts in Rockville, MD!

My daughter is very creative so I’m always on the lookout for a class or an activity that encourages and inspires her along with being fun! A couple of weekends ago, I found an African Mask making class on a Saturday morning for $20.00. I quickly registered her and I’m so glad I did! The class was at VisArts in Rockville, MD.  I was totally impressed with the various classes, teacher, and spirit of the center. It was a chilly day, but I found a french bakery and settled down with a cup of coffee and a delicious croissant and worked on my play.

If your child loves at like mine does and you live in the Maryland area this may be a great fit for them. They have regular classes and camps. I plan on enrolling Anya in either a class or camp in the summer and can’t wait to see what she creates! If you want to try your hand at something new there are classes for adults as well!

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Have Fun In Your Own Backyard! Our Day in DC

Before we got slammed by Jonas, Anya and I decided to have some fun in our own backyard. It was a Saturday and I was itching to go somewhere and contemplated a road trip, but then I thought, wait we live right next to DC! Let’s go hangout and have a sort of staycation! It was inexpensive, fun and memorable. Here is a peek at a great day I had with my favorite person on earth!

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Weekend Fun in the DC Metro Area!

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It is MLK weekend! If you live in the metro DC area you can have a ton of fun with the kids this weekend! Here are some events you may want to check out! Don’t forget to look for service projects you and the kids can do this weekend in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Or just do something nice for someone :)

  • Meet the Giant Panda Cub Bei Bei at the National Zoo! You can see Bei Bei on Saturday, January 16th from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. It’s FREE!
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts an Indie Arcade. On Saturday, January 16th from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM. The art museum will be transforming into a video game haven this weekend!
  • It’s the first fee free day of the year for National Parks, on Monday, January 19th which means there’s no entrance fee where they usually charge to get in. Visit Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive, or visit Harpers Ferry.
  • The National Gallery of Art will be playing the movie, “The Little Polar Bear,” on Saturday, 10:30 AM and Sunday & Monday, 11:30 AM and it is FREE!
  • Visit the Spark!Lab Challenge Kick Off at the American History Museum on Sunday from 10:00 AM o 4:00 PM for FREE! Your kids will meet inventors and innovators!
  • Martin Luther King Parade on  Monday, January 18, 2016, 11 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE, Washington DC.
  • Friendship Skate at Cabin John in Wheaton, MD on Friday, January 15th from 4:45-6:15 PM. Celebrate National Skating Month! Skate 2-for-1 with a friend, just $7.00 for both of you (2 admissions and 2 skate rentals).

It is November! Create A Blessings Box and Start Counting Them One by One!

Let’s Give Thanks!

I love the coziness of November! There are so many reasons why this month makes me smile. Let’s see… I love the crispness of the weather, the warm vibrant colors that bursts forth from the trees, everything pumpkin, turkey, Thanksgiving and the list just goes on and one! Although gratitude should be on our minds and in our hearts all year, I do think this month brings gratitude toward the forefront of most people’s minds. So, I want to challenge you to write down something you are grateful for everyday and encourage your family to do the same! When the end of the month comes take some family time and read all your blessings you’ll be incredibly thankful, humbled and feel extremely blessed at how present God is in your life and provides for you on a daily basis.  Last year we made a blessings box. This is just a simple box that my daughter and I put together that was an inexpensive and fun activity! I encourage you to try this with your children and start a new meaningful tradition that keeps your family mindful of the many blessings in your life both big and small.

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Register For The Mom Conference! It’s Free!

Register for the Online Mom Conference

How would like to attend a Conference for moms by moms that is FREE and you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Sounds like a dream right? Well dreams come true because you can register for the FREE Online “Mom Conference, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th! That’s three days filled with 20 speakers, authors and bloggers! (Including Rachel Ramsey Cruze, Crystal Paine and Amy Mccready to name a few)

Visit http://conferenceformoms.com/ to look at the topics, see a complete list of speakers, register and receive 3 fun free gifts! I already registered and wanted to share this cool opportunity!

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