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Maryland Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals and Events

I don’t know about you but I love fall and nothing makes celebrating it more fun than fall festivals and pumpkin patches. We’ve been enjoying Maryland pumpkin patches since we moved here in 2001. From farm based Maryland pumpkin patches to Oktoberfest celebrations, you can find countless fall festivals across the state to help you and your family soak up all the fall season has

Donating a Kidney: Real Things You Need…

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Sanofi to write about the realities of kidney transplantation. All opinions are my own. I partnered with MedIQ to spread awareness around kidney donation because someone I care deeply about is on the kidney transplant list as I type this. After a sudden illness that resulted in a kidney disease diagnosis in 2019, my younger

Fall Amazon Dresses You Need…

Fall is upon us and that means time to get your fall dress game in order. Amazon dresses have been a part of my wardrobe for several seasons and fall will be no different. While I do have some Amazon dresses I’ve transitioned to fall (hello pocket cardigans and jean jackets also found easily and affordably on Amazon), I’ve also pinned down some super chic

How to Succeed in High School

How to Succeed in High School: What…

*This post is sponsored by Patient First. All opinions are my own.* Want your child to have a great high school experience? Figuring out how to succeed in high school is about more than managing assignments and getting good grades. High school is an exciting time in a child’s life and you want to be sure it’s memorable, for a good reason. How to succeed in

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Patient First – The Name Fits…

*This post is sponsored by Patient First. All opinions are my own.* For many, choosing where you take your family for medical care is as important as selecting a home or choosing a school district. When you need urgent care for a non-life-threatening illness or injury, know that Patient First has been providing medical care since 1981 for people in parts of Virginia, Maryland, Washington

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Back to School Tips for Middle Schoolers…

*This post is sponsored by Patient First. All opinions are my own.* Back to school season is upon us and, if you’re like me and the mom to older tweens and teens, ensuring they have a great year is about more than a new backpack and good shoes – although those things definitely help. Middle school can be a challenging time for so many students. New

It’s Not You, It’s…

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc. to write about the realities of obesity as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own. I have written about my weight, body image and health numerous times in this space. It’s something that has been an issue for me since I had my first son in 2001. As I’m getting older,

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