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Things To Do With Kids in Washington DC

By Brooke Barker

The holiday haze lifted from my house this past week, and I'm trying my hardest to embrace 2014 right now. It's hard with it being sooo cold-- all I can think about is baseball games and cherry blossoms. I finally sat down to write my goals for the upcoming year, and like last year, I have a few ... Read More

2013 DC Area Turkey Trots

By Brooke Barker

Crisp air means juicy turkey, flavorful dressing and delicious pie (I come from a long line of banana cream pie lovers). My husband told me this week that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. Like before Christmas and Independence Day.  I had no idea. But it kind of makes sense: food, footbal... Read More

Fall Camping in Maryland and Virginia

By Brooke Barker

Fall camping is hands down my favorite. You've got beautiful colors, toasty marshmallows and relatively warm weather in the evenings. We've been fortunate to always have friends here who love camping as much as we do, and we try to go as often as possible. Sometimes this is difficult with some of th... Read More

First Time Gardener: Lessons Learned

By Brooke Barker

I grew up in an area where everyone had a garden. Every man, woman and child could tell the difference between the sprout of a weed and that of a tomato. Maybe I'm exaggerating. Maybe. My husband is not a gardener. He ran over the watermelon plants taking over our backyard with the lawn mower. ... Read More

Apple Picking in Maryland and Virginia

By Brooke Barker

Whether you like your apples green and tart or red and ... Read More

Gooey Caramel Popcorn: My Favorite Fall Treat

By Brooke Barker

We are smack dab in the middle of an Indian summer here in the DC area, and I still can't help dreaming of college football games, sweaters, Halloween costumes and pumpkin spice candles. My favorite season. By far. One of my favorite treats by far is caramel popcorn. Problem is, I can't seem to ... Read More

DC Races this Fall

By Brooke Barker

Fall is a great time to sign up for and run a race, especially here in DC. The crowds are ... Read More

Free Admission to Museums Across the US: Sept. 28

By Brooke Barker

Museum Day Live is just around the corner. I mark my calendar every year for this one day perk. And the best part is, no matter where you live, museums and historic sites near you will be free on September 28. Museum Day Live is an opportunity to visit some of the historic sites you’ve been pu... Read More

Library of Congress: Young Readers Center

By Brooke Barker

Imagine all your favorite books in one place. Then imagine all of your kid's favorite books in one place. If the thought makes you giddy, head to the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress NOW. We finally made our way to the Young Readers Center for the weekly story time and have be... Read More

National Book Festival: Sept. 21-22

By Brooke Barker

How often can you meet the person on the other side of the story? At the National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress you can! Held September 21-22 this year on the National Mall, artis... Read More