Best Snow Shots: From building igloos to blizzard proposals

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Valentine Crafts for Snow-bound Kids

The kids will have a blast in the snow but at one point you gotta come in and warm up and drink some cocoa. Then what? It’s a perfect time for them to make their valentine’s for those they want to share the love with. I’ve included some that are wasy to do. You’ll just need to grab a few things while you’re at the store before the big snow hits! For more ideas on beating cabin fever including how to paint the snow check out my segment on KLG & Hoda.

You’re One in a Minion by Controlling My Chaos

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Iconic LOVE art– just get a canvas, finger paint and your kids’ hand and feet!

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Glitter Rocks! Collect your rocks now, add glue and glitter!

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 You Da Bomb! By Making Memories with your Kids

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 Star Wars: You Light Up My Day! by Keeping it Simple

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Brilliant!

Loved this idea of a waterproof changing pad  for baby! Changing the the cloth can be tedious and this really solves that problem! Plus, I love the variety of prints and colors. Just another parenting hack I thought I’d pass along. Check it out. Here’s more information

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NBC4 Health Expo Time!

Come out and see us January 9th and 10th at the Washington Convention Center. On Saturday at 11 a.m. join me for a forum on “Smart Ways to Manage Weight and Prevent Diabetes”. We’ll have top experts on hand. Then I’ll be at the booth with my colleagues from noon-2pm. I would love to meet you. For more information and a schedule of expo events check out our Expo Page.

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KLG & Hoda: Keeping kids busy during Winter break

Loved joining the fabulous Kathie Lee and Hoda to talk about ways to keep the kiddos busy while they’re home on school break! Hope you find some of the tips helpful. Feel free to message me with any questions on facebook or twitter!

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Faith, Family & Finding Strength to Keep Moving

I recently sat down with Denise Mattison, the Ashburn mom who saw her ex pull the trigger destroying her new life and new love. Shortly after her husband’s death Denise found out she was expecting the couple’s first child. This Christmas talks about what she is thankful for despite losing so much.

ICE!

ICE Frost

The Ice village and slide are back at Gaylord National at National Harbor. The kids got a kick out of the new Jack Frost theme. The slides are always a hit. Be sure to grab some hot chocolate after before hopping on the carousel or decorating gingerbread cookies. Here’s more information on the exhibit which will be open through Christmas. You can get photos with Santa too.      ICE Frost

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On the day you turned 5

I woke up extra early so I could watch you sleep a few minutes longer before heading to work. I have to be honest… I’m a little sad I won’t be there the moment you open your big brown eyes and realize you are FINALLY five! You’ve been waiting for this moment your whole life…so you tell me. I just want to say how much I’ve grown to love you always asking what we’re doing tomorrow even when I doubt I’ll make it through that day. I’ll never forget that time in the car when I tried to hide tears from you but somehow you knew… and without a question offered to fill my bucket. And I will always remember when you threatened to run away this year and I found a picture of you and me holding hands in your getaway bag. The stories could go on but the bottomline is your heart is so big and ours are overflowing because of it. Happy birthday sweet angel. We love you.

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Raising Kind Kids

Adora was recently featured on the TODAY Show sharing how we practice being kind. For more advice be sure to check out these great posts by the TODAY Parenting Team

Tree Lighting in Georgetown Tuesday

fairmont DCHow does thousands of tiny white lights, shimmering Christmas trees and more than 30 animated reindeer sound? Magical would be the perfect word. Well add the 12th Annual Tree Lighting and you’ve got a wonderland experience waiting at the Fairmont Washington DC in Georgetown.
I’m honored to help light the tree with my daughter Adora on Tuesday Dec 1st at 5:30pm. We hope you can join us too. There will be hot chocolate and cookies of course. Enjoy the sounds of the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals while kids take time to decorate holiday crafts.
Oh did I mention Santa and Rudolph will stop by too?
The big stars of the show are the US Marine Corps Reserves who will be there as we celebrate the Toys for Tots Program. You’re encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate or donate online at ToysforTots.org.

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