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.


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.


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

Reston Holiday Parade is this Friday!

Come out and join me and Doug Kammerer for one of the BEST parades in town! Macy Parade style floats, dancers, street performers and Santa will all be there! Then get your photo with Santa and Mrs Claus after. Be sure to return to the square for the Tree Lighting.. I’m so happy to host again this year!

Untold Until Now: Wavey Inspires

Fairfax Va– Waverly McNeil’s parents aren’t convinced there’s time for current research to save their children.. so they’re doing anything they can to prevent another family from going through this heartache.
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The Back Story: I found out about Waverly and her family through another brave woman Danielle Leach. Years ago I met Danielle after she lost her 5 year old son to cancer. Danielle said she thought I should know about the loving spirit of these amazing parents and children. She was right. We should all know about them.

Sunday morning as told by #snapchat

Loving the snaps these days. User name is nbcangie

JLW Women’s Leadership Luncheon

You can’t walk away from a moment like this and not feel empowered! We had a star panel of women leaders to kick off the inaugural Junior League of Washington Women’s Leadership Luncheon. I love how April Young, the Managing Director of Hercules Technology Growth Capital said that the idea is to continue to make progress so one day we’re not having women leadership lunches.. but rather leadership lunches! The personal stories of struggle, success, failure and humility really captivated the room. Hats off to our other rockstar panelists Bhavana Boggs of Ritz Carlton, WeddingWire’s Kara DelVecchio, Kelli Richardson Lawson from JOY Media Collective and the fab Cathy Merrill Williams of Washingtonian Media! For more on the JLW’s mission and this year’s Holiday Shops visit Missed it? You can watch a replay of the discussion here as it was broadcasted LIVE on Facebook




Gobble Gobble!

Photo: Made From Pinterest

It’s gonna be time for turkey before you know it so wanted to share some fun ideas that anyone can do in little time!
Stuffed Turkey Leg
Not sure what to do with all that Halloween candy. Save it and stuff it into a paper bag. Twist the end and add a little white construction paper at the end of the leg. Now you have an awesome dinner favor for the kids on Thanksgiving! They’ll love ripping it a part.
I found this kit at Paper Source. For the most part everything is already punched out. You just have to use to the template for a coupel things like the wings and the legs. The kids love gluing the pieces on. All you have to do now is go an create some Fowl Play! 🙂


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