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What to Drink When You’re Cutting Back

What to drink when you're cutting back

The Holidays 2019 Edition were  full of celebration, festivity, friends and family. It was also a time of decadence and indulgence: Things we would not ordinarily eat (we’re looking at you, gravy), sweets we would not regularly consume, drinks we don’t stir up on a weekly basis all became part …

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Weekend Family Fun: Jan. 9-12

Weekend Family Fun: Jan. 9-12

Thursday Preschool Story Time Today is a great day to read. Baltimore County Public Library has 10 (count ’em, 10) different story times today. Check their calendar for times and branches. Baltimore County Public Library. Free. Jazz in the Stacks Enjoy a live jazz ensemble in the library, led …

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DIY: Hot Chocolate Slime

hot chocolate slime

It’s only January, but it’s been cold long enough that you might be running out of ways to keep the kids busy indoors. Fortunately, I have a solution: hot chocolate slime! Slime can be tons of fun for a wide range of ages. For toddlers, it’s a sensory activity. Put …

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When Your Kid Is Diagnosed with Celiac Disease

when your child is diagnosed with celiac disease

Just before the holidays, my teenage son was diagnosed with celiac disease, an allergy to the gluten protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Exposure can damage his intestines, causing nutrient deficiency and disease. The good news is, we know the problem and can fix it with dietary changes. The …

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12 Resources for Kids Who Like Politics

12 resources for kids who like politics

Hello, 2020: the first year in a new decade, a leap year and also another year for elections. We talked with experts late last year who gave us advice on how to talk with our children about politics, particularly when elections are contentious.  But we also wanted to share these …

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Needle and Thread

Mountains of paper piles sit crookedly on my kitchen table. Paper cutters, awls, bone folders and rulers are strewn about. Pages must be printed, covers cut to size and then paper folded and punched with holes. It takes weeks to make several dozen books this way. Every single time this …

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Some Like It Hot: 6 Places to Get Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate

With the unpredictable Maryland weather finally deciding to be cold, we’re scrambling for our seasonal drink fix. We’ve had the peppermint mochas and the pumpkin spice lattes, but sometimes we’re not in the mood for decadent coffee drinks. Sometimes, we just want to enjoy a piping cup of hot chocolate …

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Hygge: Winterize Yourself


Winter has never been my favorite season. Growing up in the Midwest, I regularly encountered temperatures below freezing and was cautioned more times than I can count about the dangers of black ice. You’d think I’d have developed greater fortitude for slogging through these cooler months of the year, but …

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15 Years of Mantras

15 years of mantra

It’s that time of year, when we all look back over the past year and look forward to the new one. This often comes with the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions. Years ago, around the time of having my first child, I decided to stop making myself empty promises …

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Plan Your Best Party Now

Planning a party is no easy task! There are so many amazing options that today’s parents never dreamed of as kids. Our Party Guide is your one stop shop to finding everything you need to help your little ones feel extra special on their big day. Whether artsy or active, …

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Forty-seven percent of teens say they are addicted to their phone. On average, kids spend over five hours a day on screens and just 12 minutes outside. If you’re concerned about your kids screen time, you’re not alone. River Mountain Retreat is a new camp experience that helps kids and …

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Not every child wants to participate in a team sport. Many like to be active and learn new things, but at their own pace. Martial arts is often an activity that appeals to these kids, and for more than just its physical workout. “Martial arts has been around for thousands …

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February 17, 2020

Camp Tall Timbers Meet and Greet
at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda

School is Out, History is In: Sewing!
at Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore

Little Leaders Book Club
at Central Library, Children’s Department in Baltimore

Monday Night Comedy Shows by Baltimore Improv Group
at Baltimore Improv Group in Baltimore

February 18, 2020

Lines of Sight: Signs and Signals of the Railroad
at B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore