Monthly Archives: July 2017

By the Seashore at Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

bytheseashore-logo-webLast weekend I took my girls to see By the Seashore at Arts on the Horizon. It was super cute! If you have little ones ages 0-6, you should definitely check out their shows! “Arts on the Horizon values intelligent, innovative, and original work for diverse young audiences that is accessible, affordable, inspiring and fun.”


By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit – the beach!  From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky (with no need for wings or scuba gear!). Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers.

Even though this show is recommended for ages 0-2, my girls ages 4 & 6 really enjoyed it! Before the show started we checked out the all the fun stations set up in a separate room. There was a Beach Day photo station where the kids could try on leis and hold beach toys for a fun photo opp. A sensory station contained items of different textures like things you would find at the beach. My girls had fun in the sandcastle station where they built a castle out of blocks.


After we explored all the different stations it was time to go into the theater for the show. At the performances the children sit on the floor, right in front of the stage area. Parents can join them or sit in the row of chairs directly behind the floor seating.


There are three actors in the show and it is all non-verbal. The actors make noises and are accompanied by music and ocean sounds. The children love how the actors interact with them and let them feel the props throughout the show. We were very impressed with the props that are so creative and visually appealing to the little ones. There is a fish mobile, a sea turtle made out of a life preserver, and jellyfish made out of a beach balls with lights inside. Running time is 20 minutes, plus a 10-15 minute exploration time after the production where children can interact with the props used in the show and the performers (30-35 minutes total). The show is perfect for ages 0-2 but if you have older children, they will love it too!

There are just 3 shows remaining:

Friday, July 28th at 10:30am
Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am
Saturday, July 29th at 11:30am

 $6. Purchase tickets here.Save




National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is one of my favorite green spaces in the city. I love that it always feels quiet and relaxing even though the Mall is crowded and bustling just steps away. My girls and I stopped here on Sunday while we were museum hopping to rest and refuel. We grabbed treats in the Pavilion Cafe and then took them out to the fountain to enjoy. After we relaxed with our toes in the water for a bit we were ready to head to our next destination – The National Carousel. Another summer must-do if you are in the Mall area with kids. It’s also a great way to reward (or a bribe) for good behavior in the museums!

Click here to see our complete guide to visiting the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on Mommy Nearest!

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Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO is Coming to Baltimore this Summer!


For the first time ever, Cirque Du Soleil’s award-winning OVO is coming to the DC/Baltimore region. The internationally touring show is coming to the Royal Farms Arena from August 23 to August 27. OVO is the quintessential Cirque performance, filled with the acrobatic stunts, spectacular costumes, sets and theatrics audiences have come to love.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.  It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.  The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $36. Purchase here.


DC Pediatric Smiles Dental Practice Opens in Bethesda

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The team at DC Pediatric Smiles and Dr Derek Blank are excited to announce that their new office in Bethesda is now open! They take pride in creating a relaxed environment for children of all ages to enjoy their dental experience.  Dr Derek, as he is known to his patients, is a board certified pediatric dentist and father of three young children.


  • Board Certified – DC Pediatric Smiles is proud to be the only pediatric dental practice in Bethesda owned and operated by a board certified pediatric dentist.
  • Free Parking – We offer ample, surface parking just steps away from our door.  And the office is completely stroller accessible, no stairs or elevator.
  • Convenient Hours – Open select evenings and Saturdays with 24/7 on-call services provided by our pediatric dentist for any after-hours emergencies.
  • Complimentary Initial Visit – For children ages 2 and under, we offer a free initial appointment.  And for patients of all ages, please stop in for a complimentary office tour!
  • Latest Technology – Our all-digital office is excited to offer the newest high-tech conveniences including iPad check-in, online appointment booking, and Netflix.
  • Potomac Surf Club – Have you ever surfed the Potomac?  Doubt it.  But a clean check-up will earn your child a spot in our exclusive Potomac “Cavity-Free” Surf Club.

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The DCPS Experience

At DC Pediatric Smiles, we understand that a child’s experience with dentistry is a journey.  Each child enters our office at a different stage along that journey.  Dr Blank and his team are specially trained to identify how to help your child feel comfortable and develop a patient-provider foundation of trust.  Our Laugh.Grow.Smile. approach is critical to this success.


Teeth aside for a moment, we want to start by learning about your child.  Your child’s interest in music, sports, language, art, and dance.  What makes your child excited?  And of course, essential questions like… Paw Patrol or Cars?  …Daniel Tiger or Nemo?  …And Anna or Elsa? (or Olaf?).


At each appointment, Dr Blank and the team at DCPS aim to make a real, direct impression on your child.  The goal?  To instill one pearl of practical dental knowledge in your child’s memory.  Sometimes this can be a brushing demonstration, a new way to hold floss, or even a healthy snacking tip.


At the end of the first appointment, we strive for your child to leave the office grinning from ear-to-ear.  Does this really happen?  Yes, most of the time.  And when it doesn’t, we work even harder to ensure that we improve your child’s level of familiarity and enthusiasm with each subsequent appointment.

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DC Pediatric Smiles is now scheduling new patients! They look forward to seeing your smiling face in their office soon!

DC Pediatric Smiles is located at 5640 Shields Dr. in Bethesda, MD. They can be reached at 301.363.9026.

Premama Maternity Wellness


I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with baby #3! This pregnancy is going by so quickly. Thankfully after a rough first trimester, I have been feeling pretty good ever since! With two little ones who keep me on the go constantly and a husband who works extremely long hours, I’ve had to focus on staying healthy and energized to get through this pregnancy. I’ve been really trying to eat healthy, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and take vitamins and supplements. A brand that I recently became aware of with lots of helpful “non-pill” supplements is Premama.

Premama® was born from the idea that daily prenatal essentials and maternity supplements should be easy to take and easy on the stomach. Since 2011, Premama has endeavored to make all moms happier with its best-in-class line of natural powdered supplements formulated to support preconception through postnatal nutritional needs, concerns and conditions. Our pill-free, drink mix solutions contain high-quality, clinically-studied and physician-approved ingredients, and are designed to blend seamlessly with liquids and soft foods. Just mix and enjoy! The award winning Premama is available online at and retailers across the US, including GNC, CVS, Sprout’s, Buy Buy Baby, Vitamin Shoppe, H-E-B,,, and Amazon.

One Premama product that I have found especially helpful during this pregnancy is the Premama Prenatal Fiber + Probiotic Soft Chew. They actually taste really good – almost like a piece of candy.


  • Supports healthy digestion and a healthy immune system during pregnancy
  • May ease constipation, bloating and other minor digestive discomforts associated with pregnancy
  • Formulated with 1 Billion CFUs of Probiotics and 2g of Fiber per chew
  • Vegetarian, naturally flavored
  • Vanilla Caramel flavored

Premama also makes these other supplements for before, during, and after pregnancy:

  • Premama Fertility Supplement Drink Mix
  • Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix
  • Premama Prenatal Vitamin + DHA Drink Mix
  • Premama Prenatal Vitamin + DHA Gummy
  • Premama Prenatal Sleep Aid Soft Chew
  • Premama Prenatal Energy Drink Mix
  • Premama Lactation Supplement Drink Mix

If you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive, you should definitely head over to the Premama website and request free samples! They also offer a coupon you can use online or in stores. In the D.C. area, Premama products are carried at Target, CVS, GNC, and the Vitamin Shoppe.



National Building Museum’s “Hive” Exhibit

The National Building Museum’s highly anticipated Hive installation is now open and, trust us, it’s a must-do for both D.C. families and visitors! As part of the Summer Block Party series, Studio Gang (an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York) brings us the tallest installation to ever be constructed in the historic Great Hall—it’s built with more than 2,500 wound paper tubes. The Hive consists of three interconnected domed chambers reaching 60 feet tall that are designed to be experienced through sight and sound. This interactive exhibit is very kid-friendly and something the whole family can enjoy together. (Not to mention the perfect summer outing to escape the D.C. heat and humidity!) I took my girls the day it opened and we had such a fun morning at the museum.

Click here to read our article on Mommy Nearest to see what all the “buzz” is about, and make sure to plan your visit before the exhibit closes on September 4.

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Badlands Play Space

Badlands, the new nature-inspired play space is now open in Rockville, MD. You must check it out if you are in the D.C. area. It’s a 30,000 square foot place where your kids will be happy to play for hours! My girls have been begging me to take them back ever since we attended the preview.

Click here to read our article on Mommy Nearest to find out just how much fun you’ll have at Badlands!

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Day Trip to Chesapeake Beach, MD

We spent the 4th of July at one of our favorite little beaches on the bay. Brownie’s beach (also known as Bayfront beach) is just an hour away from D.C., so it’s much easier to travel to than the Atlantic. My girls especially love this beach because there are lots of fossilized shark teeth to hunt for and they are very easy to find.

Use our family guide to start planning your trip! Click here to read the article on Mommy Nearest.

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Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre – Review


Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook is now showing at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. This is one that you should not miss this summer. It is so entertaining and hilarious! I’ve been taking my daughters to shows at Adventure Theatre for a few years and this is definitely our favorite yet. We are even planning to go see it a second time!

Junie-2The cast of Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. Photo by Bruce Douglas.

The show is based on the popular book series by Barbara Park and is directed by Rick Hammerly. “When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some “stealers,” she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too.” Is it “Finders Keepers”? The performance takes the audience along as Junie explores this question.

The show is recommended for all ages and runs about 80 minutes with no intermission. From beginning to end, the energy is high and my daughter and I were both laughing throughout. There are a couple of cute musical numbers when you just can’t help but start singing along!

junieb1Megan Gravies as Junie B in Junie B Jones is Not a Crook. Photo by Michael Horan.

We were “wowed” the moment we walked into the theatre and saw the bright and beautifully designed set. A few of the supporting cast members were out welcoming guests while swinging on the swings and hanging from the monkey bars.  There are lots of objects hidden in the rafters of the ceiling, so it was fun to play a game of “eye spy” before the show started. The costumes were equally impressive! And of course the acting was brilliant too!


Go see this show! (Buy tickets here.) It’s the perfect summer outing with your kids. Make a day of it and ride the Dentzel Carousel while you are at Glen Echo. There is also a little cafe where you can grab lunch or a snack and a playground too.