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How to Have the Best Summer Ever with Kids in D.C.

Summer break will be here before we know it! The last day of school for most kids in the D.C. area is within the next couple of weeks. Are you ready?! This will be my first summer with 2 kids + a baby, so it will be challenging to say the least. I’m pretty sure I will be completely exhausted by the end but I definitely want to make it lots of fun. After all, we only get 18 summers with our kids before they head off to college.

I have found that a mix of structured camp weeks and unscheduled free weeks works best for us. My girls really enjoy camp and I need that time to recharge and get work done, run errands, exercise, etc. But I also like to have a few weeks where we don’t have any classes or camps so that we can go on adventures and take advantage of the many fun outdoor kid-friendly things there are to do in the DC area. Also, just having time to play at home and in our backyard is important too since we are always in go, go, go mode during the school year.

My girls and I like to come up with a list of our “must-do’s” before summer break begins. The summers seem to fly by so having a list and a plan of what we want to do most will help us accomplish our summer bucket list. We are ready for the best summer yet!

1. Go to a farm to pick fresh fruit.

The pick-your-own season starts in May with strawberries and continues throughout the summer with cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and peaches. Click here to read our article on Mommy Nearest with a list of our favorite farms to visit in Maryland and Virginia.


2. Cool off at a splash park.

Sometimes it’s fun to change it up and play at a splash park instead of the pool on a hot summer day. We have so many fun splash pads in the area. Here are a few of our favorites: South Germantown splash park, Chevy Chase sprayground, Palisades splash park, Georgetown Waterfront Park, and The Yards Park.


3. Take a trip to the beach.

We usually go to a couple different beaches over the summer. Chesapeake Beach, MD is one that we enjoy and only an hours drive from DC so it makes for the perfect day trip. Read more about it in our article with Mommy Nearest here. My girls love it mostly because you can hunt for fossilized shark teeth. The other beach we visit each summer is Rehoboth Beach, DE and a couple of must-do’s for my girls at this beach are Funland and Crab Claw Adventures.


4. Play in our own yard.

Swimming in the pool, water balloons, slip n’ slide, sprinkler fun, sidewalk chalk, ice block treasure hunts, giant bubbles, outdoor art, picnics, and lemonade stands are some of the fun things we plan to do right in our own yard. Thanks to DC Mosquito Squad we are enjoying our yard free of mosquitoes and gnats!


We absolutely love to spend time outside and don’t want the bugs to drive us back inside the house, so we’ve already started our annual mosquito & gnat treatments that repel and kill the pesky bugs to help us enjoy our yard to the fullest throughout the summer. About every three weeks a DC Mosquito Squad technician comes out to apply a long lasting barrier spray to our front and back yard that repels and kills mosquitoes and gnats for about 21 days. I didn’t even know there was a treatment for gnats until this year when I was browsing the DC Mosquito Squad website. I was thrilled to find this out as there is nothing more annoying than a swarm of gnats around your face and it’s even worse when they get in your eyes or mouth….noooooo thanks! The nice thing about the gnat treatment is it’s just an add-on to the mosquito package so they can spray for both at the same time. You can read more about it here.


Are you wondering if the barrier treatments really work? I was skeptical at first too but then I realized it does work extremely well! I’ve been getting our yard sprayed for 7 years now….ever since my oldest was born. I remember taking Clara outside to swing as a baby and having to shoo away mosquitoes on her face. That’s when I decided I needed to do something about the mosquito problem and it has been absolutely worth it!

Mosquito Squad logoI’ve been really happy with our services from DC Mosquito Squad.


5. Enjoy outdoor children’s concerts and theater performances.

Every Thursday morning in July, Strathmore offers their Backyard Theater for Kids program. The family-friendly performances are lots of fun, plus the kids enjoy the free snow cones! We also love the Children’s-Theatre-In-The-Woods performances at Wolftrap.

6. Ride the carousel at Glen Echo.

The carousel at Glen Echo is our absolute favorite in the DC area. There are several that you can read about in our article here but we think the Dentzel carousel in Glen Echo is extra special! Plus there are so many other things to do while you are at the Glen Echo park: see a puppet show at The Puppet Co., catch a show at Adventure Theatre, visit the aquarium, and play on the playground.


7. Visit the Zoo.

One of the many great free things in Washington, D.C.! When we visit in the summer, I make sure we get to the zoo early in the morning (by 9am) before the heat + crowds arrive to enjoy it the most!

8. Go to a summer fair, carnival, and theme park.

My girls live for the Montgomery County Fair! They get so excited for the animals, rides, and games. We also like going to the Frying Pan Farm Park 4H Fair and Carnival every summer. It’s a small carnival but easy to manage with small children. We also have plans to visit Dutch Wonderland for the second time this summer. We had such a great experience there last year. Click here to read more about it + get a discount code for tickets!


Of course along with these things we will be making the rounds at our favorite ice cream shops, parks, and playgrounds too! What do you have planned this summer? Let me know if there’s anything else we can’t miss out on!

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with D.C. Mosquito Squad who is providing standard barrier treatment for our yard this summer.

Dutch Wonderland Summer 2018 + Discount Code!

dutchwonderlandThe countdown to summer break is on and I am so excited to take my family to Dutch Wonderland again! Last year we visited for the first time in June and it was the best experience I’ve ever had at a theme park with my kids. It’s about a 2 hour drive from the DC area so it makes for a great day trip. When we visited on a weekday there were no lines and I was impressed that the park was very clean. It’s the perfect place for families with younger children!

I am happy to share the promo code summerblog18 with you to save $4 per ticket this season! Click here to purchase the discounted tickets.

If you would like to read more about our experience at Dutch Wonderland last summer, click here!

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Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart

We had a great time at Disney On Ice last Wednesday night at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia! We had seen the Follow Your Heart show a couple years ago so we pretty much knew what to expect and enjoyed it even more this time! Everything Disney does is great and I especially love how joyful the kids get….that’s really what it’s all about! We’ve been to a few different versions of the Disney On Ice shows and Follow Your Heart definitely did not disappoint!

IMG_8176This show was at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax and do I prefer the shows at this arena versus the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center). The traffic can be just as bad as going in to DC but The Eagle Bank Arena is smaller and the parking is way easier….you can park very close and it’s also free.

IMG_8177The show opens with Riley from Inside Out, her hokey teammates, and a cheer squad in a fun and upbeat musical number.

Riley-1-of-1-1024x749A Beauty and the Beast act follows and this was very entertaining! I love how Disney finds new ways to retell the Classic stories.

Beauty-1-of-1-1024x615The thing I love most about Follow Your Heart is the incredible aerial performances. When I asked my oldest daughter Clara what her favorite parts were she said it was the aerial acts. The first one is The Little Mermaid doing acrobatics while dangling on a rope from the ceiling. And the second is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider flying through the air on yellow silks that represent her long locks.

Rapunzel-1-of-1-1024x682Halfway through the show, the production takes a brief intermission (15-20 minutes). It’s a great time to take the little ones to the bathroom or grab a snack. The kids can also have their picture taken with various backdrops in the concourse. The second half opens with the hit “Finding Dory”.

Dory-1-of-1-1024x682Finally, the last half hour of the show is dedicated to Frozen. Even if you are sick of Frozen by now, you’ll appreciate the beauty of this act. The snow falling, costumes, choreography, and set is all incredible!

Frozen-1-of-1-1024x682All the other Disney princesses make an appearance in the show as well as other favorite characters from Toy Story. It is an overall fantastic show that I highly recommend!


Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart + Trivia!

image001(1)Only two weeks away until Mickey, Minnie and all our Disney friends are coming to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, April 12 to April 15 for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. The ice skating extravaganza features Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.

Are you taking your kids to the show? Here is some fun Disney Trivia that you can play to get them excited!

What are the 5 emotions that are in Riley’s head?
Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust
What is Riley’s favorite sport?
What state does Riley move to San Francisco from?
What team does Riley play for?
The Foghorns
Which emotion reinstalls the core memories and ends up saving the day?
What song does Dory’s mom make up to help baby Dory?
“Just Keep Swimming”
Who does Dory go on a search to find?
Her Parents
Where was Dory’s first home?
The Marine Life Institute
What does Dory remember about where she is from?
Jewel of Morro Bay
Who helps Dory get out of Quarantine to find her parents?
Hank is an octopus, but how many legs does he have?
What do Dory’s parents leave out to help her find home?
Who is Elsa and Anna’s snowy friend?
What is Kristoff’s profession?
Ice Harvester
What kingdom is Hans the Prince of?
The Southern Isles
What upsets Queen Elsa into freezing the summer?
That Anna wants to marry a man she just met
Anna and Hans think “Love is an Open _____”?
Who helps Anna go find Elsa to bring back summer?
Kristoff and Olaf
What thaws a frozen heart?
An act of true love
Who is the Yodeling cowgirl in Toy Story?
What camp is Woody going to?
Cowboy Camp
What is the name of the TV show that Woody and Jessie are from?
Woody’s Roundup
Who guides Belle when she first arrives to the castle?
Lumiere and Cogsworth
What does the Beast give to Belle?
Her own library
Who is trying to woo and marry Belle and take down the Beast?
Who are the 7 dwarfs?
Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Grumpy
What kind of pie does Snow White make for the dwarfs?
Gooseberry Pie
Who is the Disney Princess who lives under the sea?
What does Ariel have 20 of but who cares, no big deal, she wants more?
What is Merida skilled in?
Who helps Cinderella get to the ball?
Her Fairy Godmother
What does Cinderella lose at the ball?
Her glass slipper
What does Rapunzel want Flynn Rider to take her to see?
The floating lanterns
Which group is Mulan and the Chinese army fighting?
The Huns
What is the name of Mulan’s leader in the army?
What does Tiana want to open?
Her own restaurant
What kingdom is Price Naveen from?
What was Aladdin’s first wish?
To turn into a prince
Where did Jasmine and Aladdin first meet?
The marketplace
What household item does Mickey turn magical in Fantasia?


Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart – TICKET GIVEAWAY!


GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7:00pm show on Thursday, April 12th at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on Thursday, March 29th. Good luck!

Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart comes to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, April 12 to April 15! The ice skating extravaganza features Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.

Follow your heart straight to adventure when this new Disney On Ice production skates into your hometown!

Fairfax, VA

EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

Date and Time of Performances:

  • Thursday, April 12th @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13th @ 10:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at:                                     $15

To order tickets by phone:               1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:           


Isle of Dogs – Free Movie Tickets!


Fox Searchlight’s upcoming film, ISLE OF DOGS takes place in the future, focusing on an outcast of dogs who are banished to an island after an outbreak of canine flu infects a Japanese city. The dogs must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.

I have 25 admit 2 passes for a screening of the film on Monday, March 19th 7:00pm at Landmark Bethesda Row! Click here to claim your passes before they are gone!


ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.


Directed by:        Wes Anderson
Screenplay by:   Wes Anderson
Produced by:      Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
Cast:     F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff   Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Akira Ito, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Live Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance, Frank Wood

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Review


Yesterday, I surprised my girls after school and told them we would be going to see Disney On Ice. It was so fun to see them get so excited, jumping up and down and screaming! They have been to a few different versions of Disney On Ice over the past several years but it has been a couple years since we last went. It made for a fun Valentine’s date night with my girls. And my husband was more than happy to order Chinese food and stay home with the baby!


We arrived at the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center) early and attended the media party where we got to see Mickey. The girls munched on snowflake cookies, blue hot cocoa, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip – all in keeping with the Frozen theme. They were also thrilled to get their faces painted. Then it was time to grab a few more snacks and head down to our seats.


The show opens with Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie skating onto the ice, followed by several princesses including Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White. A few more Disney characters from Finding Nemo/Dory and Toy Story come out and they all perform during the opening song.


Then the show proceeds into the Frozen story and pretty much follows the movie itself. The production, set, costumes, and special effects are all top notch per usual with Disney. It’s such an entertaining show and completely engages the little ones.


If your kids are Disney fans, they will absolutely love the show. And if they are Frozen fans, they will love this even more! Tickets are very affordable and it’s definitely worth it! Just be forewarned that the concessions are steep ($15 for cotton candy and $12 for popcorn). There are also merchandise stands everywhere and your kids will want to buy all the things! I thought ahead this year and dug through the playroom and found several of the spinning light-up toys from previous shows and brought them along.


There are still lots of shows remaining throughout the long holiday weekend:

  • Thursday, February 15th  7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th  7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th  10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th  12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th  12:30 p.m.

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000
To order tickets online:        

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Coming Soon to DC – Feb 14-19!


I’m so excited to surprise my girls with a Valentine’s Day date to go see Disney On Ice! Are you taking your kids to the show? There are still tickets available and you can use code BLOG to save $5 on tickets.

Here is some fun trivia to play with your kids:

  1. In which kingdom do Anna and Elsa live?

Answer: The Kingdom of Arendelle.

  1. Who helped Young Anna recover from being hit by Elsa’s powers?

Answer: Grand Pabbie.

  1. Who likes “warm hugs”?

Answer: Olaf.

  1. What is Kristoff’s profession?

Answer: He is an ice harvester.

  1. What phrase does Elsa repeat when trying to control her powers?

Answer: “Conceal it…don’t feel it…don’t let it show.”

  1. Why do the guards open up the gates of the palace?

Answer: Elsa’s coronation.

    1. Bonus: How long have the gates been closed?

Answer: 13 years.

  1. How many salad plates do Anna and Elsa own?

Answer: 8000.

  1. Anna and Hans finish each other’s ______.

Answer: Sandwiches.

  1. What is the “amazing smell” Anna and Elsa detect at the coronation celebration?

Answer: Chocolate.

  1. Who does the crazy dance with Anna at Elsa’s coronation?

Answer: The Duke of Weselton.

  1. Why doesn’t Elsa want Anna to marry Hans?

Answer: Because Anna and Hans just met.

  1. What does Elsa build during the song “Let It Go”?

Answer: An ice castle.

  1. What is Sven’s favorite snack?

Answer: Carrots.

  1. Which animals chase after Anna, Kristoff and Sven when they begin to search for Elsa?

Answer: Wolves.

  1. What is Olaf’s favorite season?

Answer: Summer.

  1. What animal does Olaf dance with in his song about summer?

Answer: Seagulls.

  1. What is the name of the enormous icy snowman Elsa creates?

Answer: Marshmallow.

  1. Fill in the blank. “Some people are worth ______.”

Answer: Melting for.”

  1. When Elsa breaks Arendelle’s eternal winter, what does she do to keep Olaf from melting?

Answer: She creates a snow flurry that follows him everywhere he goes.


  1. What part of Anna’s body did Elsa hit with her powers when they were young?

Answer: Her head.

  1. Who does Anna tell to “hang in there” during the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Answer: Joan of Arc.

Additional Frozen facts:

The following trivia can/should be utilized during cast interviews to segue back to the show messaging or as an added fun element for the segment.

  1. During the song “For the First Time in Forever” how many pictures does Anna pass and imitate?

Answer: 5.

  1. When Anna asks Olaf to wait outside Elsa’s castle for “one minute” and Olaf begins to count, it is exactly one minute in the film until he enters the following scene.

Anna and Olaf

Something to Smile About!

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My third baby (Teddy) was born at the end of September and he has brought so much love and joy to my family! He is a super happy baby and I can’t help but smile when I look at him. He has completed our family in every way. But adding another child to our crew has definitely not been easy! In fact, it has been extremely challenging in many ways. I’m just having to figure out how to prioritize, balance, and do things a bit differently now that my life is even more crazy busy.

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One thing that is especially hard is making time for myself. But I’ve realized that I can be the best mother to my kids if I make sure to fill up my own tank. So, I try to get to the gym at least a few times a week, get a mani-pedi or massage every now and then, and most recently I made time to whiten my teeth. When I was pregnant with Teddy, I started to feel like my teeth needed brightening after years of running on coffee! Now that I’m out of the newborn haze I felt like I could dedicate some time to make that happen. I am really happy with my results after using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system.

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The system was super easy to use! After I received the kit in the mail, I made my impressions using the paste which only took about 15 minutes. Then I placed them in the prepaid envelope and mailed them back to Smile Brilliant. The lab then created my trays using an exact model of my teeth from the impressions. Once I received the customized trays, I began the whitening process – about 45 minutes with the whitening gel followed by 20 minutes with the desensitizing gel. I completed about 10 treatments to get my pearly whites!

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Here are my teeth before:

teethbefore (1 of 1)And my teeth after:

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If you are thinking of trying Smile Brilliant but still have questions, feel free to ask me or check out these 10 facts about teeth whitening and the Smile Brilliant FAQ. You can read other people’s testimonials too.

GIVEAWAY!!! I’d love for one of you to get the chance to try Smile Brilliant for free! So I’m giving away a kit to one lucky reader! Enter here for your chance to win. And if you simply can’t wait, use this code capitolmomma15 for $15 off your kit. You can order one here.

*Giveaway is open for two weeks. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $149 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.

How to Whiten Your Teeth

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen + Ticket Giveaway!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7:30pm show on Wednesday, February 14th at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, January 30th. Good luck!

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen!  The heartwarming, Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Frozen is performing at Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, from February 14 to 19.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Washington, D.C.
Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Date and Time of Performance:  

  • Wednesday, February 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15th @ 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th @ 12:30 p.m.

                Tickets start at:                                  $20

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:        

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

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