16 Holiday Gifts Moms Will Love & Actually Use

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When it comes to holiday gifts, moms are pretty easy. While we love the classics (pasta necklaces, salt dough ornaments and DIY photo frames), we also love anything that lets us splurge on ourselves a little. From stacked necklaces to coffee and delightful goodie boxes, we’ve carefully curated a list of gifts perfect for every kind of mom. Keep scrolling to find out what we would love to unwrap this year.


Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Ribbed Ceramic Candle

$32 & up   BUY NOW

This stunning candle is decor in itself with the ceramic base. Choose from three different scents.


Birth Month Flower Kit

$35   BUY NOW

They’ll love this simple flower kit that includes everything necessary to watch flowers grow from seed to bloom.


The Merino Slipper from Rothy's

$155   BUY NOW

Released just in time for holiday shopping, these slippers from her favorite brand will make any mom feel relaxed and appreciated this holiday season. They go from home to school pickup line in a flash.


Reclaimed Bread Board

$60   BUY NOW

Keep it simple with a stunning reclaimed wood board. Use it for cheese, bread, pizza and more.


Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask

$20   BUY NOW

It might sound like a drink rather than facial care, but this cult-favorite mask is super hydrating and offers a boost of Vitamin C as well.


Rifle Paper Co.'s Floral Serving Tray

$48   BUY NOW

Handmade in Sweden, these charming 15” serving trays come in three bright designs.


Valerie Madison XO Earrings

$95   BUY NOW

These stud earrings come in different metals and offer tons of style while being safe from little grabbing hands.


In Good Taste's CA Mixer

$65   BUY NOW

One should never have to choose just one type of wine. With this mixer, they’ll get a whole range of California styles.


Surf Shack's Sunset Groove Puzzle

$30   BUY NOW

From a Hawaii-based small business comes an uber-cool collection of puzzles by artists.


Caputo’s Online Cooking Classes

$99   BUY NOW

The foodie in your life will be thrilled with a cooking class in themes that vary from cheese boards to chocolate, a Tour of Italy and more.


Franklin 12

$29   BUY NOW

This planter comes in four different colors and will make a green thumb out of just about anyone.


Welly Traveler

$33   BUY NOW

The popular line of water bottles just dropped a limited-edition line in collaboration with BIPOC artist Walker Noble!


I Want It All Bangle Set

$45   BUY NOW

Imagine having (almost) everything you need right where you need it. We love this key bangle that also includes a place for hand sanitizer, a USB charger and a reusable tote bag.


Presentation Box Wellbeing

$37   BUY NOW

This box of infusions has over 20 selections that purify, invigorate and invite serenity.


Xyron Creative Station

$80   BUY NOW

Perfect for the crafty mom, this machine will produce creative invitations, laminate baubles and more.


Classic Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Collection

$70   BUY NOW

A perfect trio of cheese from one of the country's best cheesemakers.

—Amber Guetebier & Gabby Cullen

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Santa is back in town and if you missed him IRL last year, now is the time to jump on one (or all) of these photo-worthy events. From a pizza party that features Santa AND superheroes to letters from the North Pole delivered by the Big Guy himself, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to mingle with Kris Kringle

Epic Santa Events

Waterskiing Santa

For over thirty years, Santa has skied the open waters of the Potomac River. This year, Santa, his elves, and Frosty the Snowman will make a special appearance on Christmas Eve (right before they hop in the sleigh!). After the show, mingle with Santa, Mrs. Clause and his merry helpers by the Christmas tree in Waterfront Park. Want to skip the crowds this year? You can view past performances online here.

Date: Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Where: Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Park
Online: tinybeans.com

photo: HIller Aviation Museum

Fly-In Santa

Watch Ol' St. Nick touch down at the historic College Park Airport at 10:30 a.m. After, kids can participate in hands-on crafts and tour the museum. Take-home crafts are also available. If you want to share your Christmas Wish List with the Big Guy himself (and pose for a photo op), you'll need a separate reservation. 

Date: Dec. 4, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $5
Where:  College Park Airport, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park, MD
Online: tinybeans.com 

Santa, Superheroes & Ice Queens

What is more amazing than a visit with Santa? A holiday party with all of your superhero and princess favorites; Elsa, Anna, Batman and more join Santa and Mrs. Clause at this pizza party. Guests receive a cooking decorating kit, an ornament craft kit and a $5 play card. 

Dates: Sundays, Now-Dec. 19
Cost: $25
Where: Fun Land Fairfax, 5111 Westfields Blvd, Centreville, VA
Online: tinybeans.com 

 

photo: The Capital Wheel

Take a Spin with St. Nick

Before you board The Capital Wheel, snap a pic with Ol' St. Nick in a specially themed holiday booth. Santa will be behind a plexiglass shield so guests can safely take photos sans masks. This special photo op is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4-19.

Dates: Sat.-Sun, Dec. 4-19, 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $10 & up
Where: The Capital Wheel , 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD
Online: tinybeans.com 

photo: Wheatland Spring Farm & Brewery

Hand Delivered Letters from Santa

This special annual event lets your child receive a personalized letter from Kris Kringle himself! Have your child write a letter to Santa and pop it in the Red Mailbox on this farm (or email it ahead of the event). On Dec. 19, Santa will make the rounds to guest tables handing each child a letter straight from the North Pole. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served; food and beverage can also be purchased.

Date: Dec. 19
Cost: $14/child
Where: Wheatland Spring Farm & Brewery, 38506 John Wolford Road, Waterford, VA
Online: tinybeans.com 

Noteworthy Mall Santas

Tysons Galleria

Beat Tysons Corner Center crowds by ducking into its near-by neighbor, Tysons Galleria. This mall has always offered a convenient reservation system for a hassle-free Santa visit; this year it isn't mandatory, but it is recommended. Santa is located on the lower level near the old Macy's. If you want your pooch in the pic, nab a reservation on a Mon. between the hours of 4-8 p.m.

Dates: Now-Dec. 25, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 12-6 p.m., Dec. 24., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $19.99 & up
Where: Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean, VA
Online: tysonsgalleria.com

Westfield Montgomery

If you're looking for a free sit-down with Ol' St. Nick, you'll find that here as a walk-up. But if you rather not roll the dice, you can secure a 15 minute slot with Father Christmas for $19.99; this fee is non-refundable, but you can apply it towards the photo package of your choice. Get ready to say "cheese!"

Dates: Now-Dec. 24
Cost: FREE
Where: Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
Online: westfield.com

Mall at Prince Georges

Santa comes in all colors. Having trouble finding one that looks like your family? Check out this app. Or you can simply head to Prince Georges, which hosts the closest Black Santa to the DMV. The Mall of PG has been celebrating Christmas with a Black Santa for over a decade. Reservations are required, so act fast; people travel 100's of miles to visit with this St. Nick and there are limited spots available this season. Want to include your four-legged friends in the pic? Be sure to visit on a Monday when your pets are part of the picture!

Dates: Now-Dec. 24
Cost: $19.99 & up
Where: Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville, MD
Online: mallatprincegeorges.com

photo: Shelley Massey

Dulles Town Center

Visits with Santa are always free at this mall! You don't have to purchase a photo package to chat with the Big guy. Children can maintain a safe distance from St. Nick while they share their wish list or they can drop off a letter in the onsite mailbox.

Dates: Now-Dec. 24. Hours vary.
Cost: FREE
Where: Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Dulles, VA
Online: shopdullestowncenter.com

A Virtual Visit

photo: Children's Museum of Richmond

Zoom with a Legend

A Richmond tradition since 1936, Legendary Santa and the lovely Snow Queen have been delighting families for 85 years. You don't have to make the drive to Richmond to get in on this tradition. Invite up to six of your friends for a magical Zoom where Santa hints that he knows just a little bit more about you and your fam than the run-of-the-mill mall Santa. After all, he is a Legend! 

Dates: Dec. 10, 13, 14, 20-24
Cost: $35/10 minutes
Online: childrensmuseumofrichmond.org

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

featured photo: KrakenImages via Unsplash

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‘Tis the season for giving! Shop local and do double-duty giving; find sensational stocking stuffers and thoughtful gifts right for your loved ones while supporting these DC small businesses. From toys for kids to the best gifts for DC parents, here are our favorite places to check off a holiday shopping list locally.

Stocking Stuffers

For Glam Girls (and Guys!): Janet & Jo

Tuck a little bottle of beauty in your favorite glam girl (or guy's) stocking. Black woman-owned nail polish company Janet & Jo was named as one of the top nail lacquers on the market by beauty magazines like Allure, Nylon and Cosmopolitan; this DC-based business boasts bright, vivid colors perfect for your next holiday bash. You can purchase Janet & Jo at The Wharf's Shop Made in DC shop or online at JanetandJo.com

Online: janetandjo.com

photo: Tea Collection

For the Matching Family: Tea Collection

These snuggly, footed pajamas can be rolled up and tucked in baby's stocking with coordinating PJs in mom's and dad's stockings (perfect for Mama Bears and Papa Bears!). Tea Collection even has scarves for your pup, so the whole family can be coordinated for Christmas morning pics! Other pajama party picks include Swedish-inspired prints, like these winsome reindeer. Matching pajamas aren't just fun on holidays; family game nights and move nights are also a great time to be twinsies with your mini me.  Mom-and-Pop shops Wee Chic in Fairfax, VA and Kindhaus Toys in Alexandria, VA carry the line. 

Online: teacollection.com

 

photo: City Bonfires

For the Outdoor Enthusiast: City Bonfires

When two Maryland Dads unexpectedly found themselves home with their children once their jobs took a hit from pandemic-related closures they knew it was time to get creative. Chris McCasland, a sports and concert industry broker and restaurateur, and Michael Opalski, a senior restaurant industry salesman, wasted little time learning new skills. They put their heads together and  founded City Bonfires, a portable, reusable mini bonfire that you can take on all of your outdoor adventures or trips to your backyard. These small bonfires, created from a non-toxic soy wax, are perfect for making s’mores even if you don't own a firepit. Because they are made in Maryland each purchase helps support multiple local families. And their pint-sized packaging makes them the perfect fit for stockings! 

Online: citybonfires.com

For a Gift that Keeps Giving: A Local Membership Pass

Fill 2022 (and those stockings) with more family adventures! Tuck a membership card to a favorite museum, zoo or play space in a stocking (with care) and give the gift of family fun all year long. For the best deals on family memberships, go here

Online: tinybeans.com 

Gifts for Kids

photo: Little Likes Kids

For Pint-Sized Puzzlers: Little Likes Kids

Up your problem solving with an illustrated educational game by DC company Little Likes Kids. These picture puzzles come packaged in their own cardboard tote so you can easily pack an activity when you visit relatives or head for your winter break vacation. Joyful Carousel is a 24 piece set perfect for kids 3 & up featuring a whimsical carousel with a ride-on zebra, horse, rabbit and more. 

Online: littlelikeskids.com

 

When You Want to Celebrate Black Girl (and Boy!) Magic: Epic Everyday

When a couple of DC Moms got tired of seeing only fair-skinned princesses and could not find many images portraying Black and Brown girls and boys in positive ways they decided to do something about it.  The result is Epic Everyday, a collection of backpacks, t-shirts, towels and more featuring kids in a range of mocha-hued skin tones and hair types. Epic stands for Empowered, Positive, Innovative, and Creative!

Online: shopepiceveryday.com/

photo: Hooked and Loopy

For the Stuffie Obsessed: Hooked and Loopy

Hand-crocheted from 100% cotton, these winsome stuffed animals, Sheroes, Creatures of Politics and dinosaurs make great gifts for babies, toddlers and even adults! You can even have a custom doll created to match your favorite furry friend, resemble your favorite star or honor an extinct animal. 

Online: hookedandloopy.com

For Kids Under 7: Finding Feelings

Penned by Ashburn, VA mom and former teacher Jennifer Gafford, Finding Feelings is a must-read for kids 7 & under, but even adults will find this delightfully illustrated children's book enlightening. Each page presents daily scenarios where readers have to search-and-find emotional clues; it's an excellent springboard for helping little ones tackle big feelings. 

Online: amazon.com

For Your Favorite Foodie

For Moms-to-Be: The Mocktail Club

Skipping cocktails because of pregnancy, being the designated driver or staying sober for whatever reason used to mean sipping Shirley Temples or another bland drink.  One DC Mom said no more and founded Mocktail Club to ensure that everyone has access to tasty drinks weather they want alcohol or not.  A four-pack of Mocktail Club’s bold flavors makes a great gift to get any parent who doesn’t drink through the holidays. Bonus: kids can upgrade from juice for a festive holiday toast! Mocktail Club is sold at local Whole Foods and served in some restaurants so look for it in the wild.

Online: mocktailclub.com

 

For Gluten-Free Fans: Pure Love Macarons

Mom-on-a-mission Kim Moehnke started this home-based, gluten-free bakery business after wrestling with food allergies in her own home. Choose from an assortment of flavors or custom order a batch of an inventive flavor for a true aficionado (custom orders require at least 3 business days).  Moehnke recently competed in the World Food Championship with chocolate macarons filled with Bacon Fleur de Sel; it's the perfect sweet treat to fill a bacon lover's stocking with! 

Online: purelovemacarons.com

A Gift They'll Flip Over: Wilma's Pancake & Waffle Batter

Wilma’s Pancake and Waffle Batter was inspired by owner Tamara Cole's grandmother's southern cooking.  Cole has perfected her late grandmother's recipes and now offers the original mix in gluten-free and sugar-free options. You can also find sweet mixes with blended ingredients like blueberries, chocolate chips and butter pecans, as well as savory mixes, like garlic and herb and cheddar bay. 

Online: wilmasbatter.com

 

For Tea Lovers: Ivy's Tea Co.

Not a coffee drinker, but still need a caffeinated kick in the morning? Ivy's Tea Co. is a MD based pop culture and Hip-Hop inspired holistic tea company. Owned and operated by first-generation herbalist  Shanae Jones, she aims to introduce African holistic health remedies into the holistic health industry. Her goal is to make the industry as inclusive and reflective and accepting of all cultures as Hip-Hop. 

Online: ivystea.com/collections/tea

Distinctly DC

For Pet Lovers: Naked Decor

Play I-Spy a Presidential pup with this playful tea towel from Naked Decor. George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier Barney makes an appearance, as does Barack Obama's Portuguese Water Dog, Bo; a hound represents the twelve beagles that lived with George Washington and a German Shepherd as a nod to Joe Biden's dogs. 

Online: nakeddecor.com 

photo: Beasties & Besties

For Your Furry Friend: Beasties & Besties

If you have a beloved dog, you have to include something under the tree for your most faithful companion! Beasties & Besties lets you coordinate with your pet by matching you dog's bandana to you mask. So very 2021!

Online: etsy.com

photo: Bailiwick Clothing Company

For the Best Dressed: Bailiwick Clothing Company

From raglan tees to hoodies and knit hats, Bailiwick Clothing Company celebrates all things 202. Choose from clothing emblazoned with Douglas Commonwealth (in honor of Frederick Douglas), District of Champions, The 51st State and more. These gifts showcase hometown pride in the hippest way. 

Online:  wearbailiwick.com

That’s a Wrap

photo: Erica Nordberg

Wrap It Up in Local Love

From holiday recipe cards to gift tags to wrapping paper, local artist Erica Nordberg has created a whimsically winter-themed paper suite that is Santa-approved. From a North Pole Postal Service wrap to Nordic Dala horse-themed gift tags to candy cane recipe cards, you'll find everything you need to get your gifts Christmas Day ready.

Online: ericanordberg.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Wendy Miller and Jamie Davis Smith

featured photo: iStock

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December starts with a bang with the much-anticipated fireworks at The Wharf. Catch the start of the boat parade in Old Town Alexandria at 5:30 p.m. Or watch it swing by The Wharf at 7 p.m. The Wharf’s fireworks start at 8 p.m. Looking for some small town charm this holiday season? Head to Manassas for a 27 year tradition when Santa rolls into town on a train at 6 p.m. If you need to entertain out-of-town guests, there are a number of family-friendly productions, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The National Theatre and The Puppet Company’s production of The Nutcracker.

photo: Jill Wellington via Pixabay

In The City

Holidays at The Wharf
Make Christmas special by heading to the waterfront for this tree lighting ceremony and boat parade. This free event is packed with holiday fun, including a Santa photo op, miniature boat making, ornament decorating, live music, a boat procession that starts at 7 p.m. and a fireworks finale at 8 p.m. A little word to the wise: carpool (parking is hard-to-find) and come early if you can for a good viewing spot. Sat. Event details. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Catch the Broadway hit, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, at The National Theatre this holiday season. Praised as “100 times better than any bedtime story” by The New York Times, this production is suitable for all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

In The ‘Burbs

Festival of Lights & Carols
Get ready to belt some Christmas classics (and a few new tunes) at this annual sing-along event. Head to Old Town Square to listen to live holiday music, eat s’mores and sip hot cider. Be sure to stay for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.

The Puppet Company’s The Nutcracker
For the youngest of the bunch, or families interested in a “My First Nutcracker” experience, The Puppet Company offers Tchaikovsky’s familiar story of Clara and her prince with nursery rhyme spin. The Puppet Company is especially sensitive to the needs of children in theater, with gently dimmed lights and family-friendly seating. Sat. Event details. 

Santa Lights Manassas
Choo, choo! Santa coming through! Get hyped for the arrival of Santa by VRE train. Now a 27 year tradition, Santa arrives by rail to light the Manassas tree followed by a very special meet-and-greet. There are plenty of holiday activities to make an evening out of this annual event. Go ice skating, take a wagon ride or get a jump on holiday shopping. Fri. Event details. 

Holiday Family Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Discover how how the holiday season was commemorated in the 18th century through family-friendly activities. Visit the Bowling Green to learn about the holiday season at Mount Vernon. Enjoy fun activities such as take home crafts, a special children’s dancing program and a holiday passport to explore the estate.  Activities and take-home craft kits available while supplies last. Sat. Event details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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November is Native American Heritage Month and it’s an important opportunity to recognize and honor the original inhabitants of North America. Help kids (and their grown-ups) make that connection by filling their tummies with indigenous cuisine. These recipes are also great for cooking with kids. We caught up with Chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart of Etiquette Catering in Rapid City, SD for some mouth-watering menu items that incorporate traditional Lakota ingredients.

“As the original inhabitants of this land, it is important to teach all children the significance of indigenous foods, history, and existence,” says Chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart. “We all reside upon the ancestral lands of indigenous people.”

With full recipes below, Chef Tilsen-Brave Heart has curated a special menu for Native American Heritage Month and beyond. The following mouth-watering dishes incorporate ingredients like pumpkin and bison, which are major food staples for the Lakota people. You’ll also find foods like cranberries and rice that are also indigenous ingredients.

Magic Pumpkin Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • Olive oil

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree

  • 2 cups coconut milk

  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds (for topping)

Instructions:

  1. Roast a large peeled and cubed butternut squash at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of garlic powder, sprinkle kosher salt, and cracked black pepper

  3. Toss with olive oil and put in on a baking sheet before putting in the oven

  4. 1 stick of butter melted with a chopped medium yellow onion, sprinkle with some salt until translucent.

  5. Add 1 can of organic pumpkin puree

  6. Add 2 cups of coconut milk

  7. Add 4 cups of chicken broth or vegetable stock

  8. Add the roasted butternut squash

  9. Simmer for 30 minutes

  10. Then blend with an immersion blender

  11. Top with roasted pumpkin seeds

 

Wild Rice, Cranberry and Bison Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground bison

  • 1 lb Italian sausage

  • 3 tbsp. butter

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 6-8 baby portabella mushrooms

  • Qtr. cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup wild rice {optional: purchase wild rice from: https://redlakenationfoods.com}

  • 2 cups bone broth or vegetable stock

  • Olive oil

  • Kosher salt 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Melt 3 tbsp. of butter with a half chopped yellow onion Sauté

  3. Wash and clean 6-8 baby portabellas remove stems and chop add to the butter and yellow onion

  4. Add qtr. cup of dried cranberries

  5. Add 1 cup of wild rice, continue to saute all together (you are popping the wild rice, it will become fragrant)

  6.  Add 2 cups of bone broth or vegetable stock, lower heat and cover to simmer; set timer for 25 minutes

  7.  In another pan saute  2 tbsp of butter and the other half of your chopped yellow onion, cook until translucent

  8. Add 1 lb of ground bison, 1 lb of Italian sausage and 1 tbsp of garlic 

  9. Cook until brown over medium heat 

  10. Add wild rice and bison mixture together

  11. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt over portabellas 

  12. Stuff with bison wild rice mixture

  13. Bake for 15 minutes; serve warm

Bison Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs buffalo meat

  • 3-4 tbsp. olive oil 

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt

  • 1 tsp. black pepper

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric

  • 3-4 bay leaves 

  • Mirepoix (chopped onions, carrots, celery)

  • 6-8 cups of beef broth/stock or water

  • 6-8 russet potatoes

Instructions:

  1. Braise 2 lbs of Buffalo meat (1-inch cubes) with half an onion (fine chop), in a warmed stockpot with 3-4 tbsp. olive oil 

  2. Spice 1 tbsp. garlic powder, 2 tbsp. kosher salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, and 3-4 bay leaves 

  3. After browned, add Mirepoix (chopped onions, carrots, celery), and can of diced tomatoes 

  4. Add 2 cups of water or stock/broth and simmer on medium-low heat for 30-45 mins or until tender. (Stir occasionally, more water or stick/broth may be needed) times will vary with the size of meat and location

  5. When meat is tender add 6-8 cups of beef broth/stock or water, bring back to boil 6-8 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces or bigger 

  6. Cook an additional 15-20 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender 

  7. Remove from heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes, serve

Buffalo, Cranberry and Wild Rice Meatballs with Blackberry Wojape

Ingredients:

Meatballs

  • 1 lb Buffalo (Can be substituted with beef)

  • 1/4 lb Italian Sausage

  • 1 cup Wild Rice

  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion

  • 3 cups of Chicken Bone broth

  • 1/2 cup Rehydrated Cranberries

  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs (optional)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. Salt

  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

  • Dash of Paprika

Blackberry Wojape 

  • 1 cup Berries

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups Water

Instructions:

Meatballs

  1. Clean wild rice with cold water 

  2. Saute wild rice with 1/2 cup of yellow onion and some oil for 5 minutes, allowing the rice to gently pop

  3. Add in 3 cups of bone broth per 1 cup of wild rice

  4. Add in rehydrated cranberries, cover and simmer for 45 minutes 

  5. Add in 1 cup finished wild rice to buffalo 

  6. Add 2 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce

  7. Add 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs (optional) 

  8. Add in 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. garlic powder, and a dash of paprika 

  9. Place meatballs on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees

Blackberry Wojape

  1. Add into a pan: 1 cup of berries (of your choosing), 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of water 

  2. Render down for about 10 minutes

  3. Drizzle blackberry wojape on top of the meatballs and enjoy 

 

 

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For those families who can’t wait to return to the tradition of attending Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the 2021 season in the greater Washington metropolitan area has many options. From traditional ballet to circus-style performances, from hip-hop reimagining to a puppet show, there are so many exciting Nutcracker performances to choose from, you won’t want to pick just one!

The Washington Ballet

The Washington Ballet’s American Revolution-themed Nutcracker featured historical figures like George Washington and King George III. Note, the performers dance to a recording of The Nutcracker, not a live orchestra, but the kids won't notice. 

Insider Tip: Attend on Family Day, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and enjoy craft stations for coloring and ornament making, photo ops with dancers, and watch rehearsal to learn how dancers prepare for performance.

When: Nov. 27-Dec. 26
Where: Washington Ballet-Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW
COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours is required to attend.
Online: tinybeans.com 

 

photo: The Puppet Company

The Puppet Company

For the youngest of the bunch, or families interested in a “My First Nutcracker” experience, The Puppet Company offers Tchaikovsky's familiar story of Clara and her prince with nursery rhyme spin. The Puppet Company is especially sensitive to the needs of children in theater, with gently dimmed lights and family-friendly seating.

Insider Tip: The Irish Inn at Glen Echo is walking-distance from the park and a great spot for a hearty pre- or post-performance meal. The Fish and Chips are delicious!

When: Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Where: Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD
COVID Policy: Performances are capped at fifty percent capacity and masking is required.
Online: tinybeans.com

photo: Troupe Vertigo

Cirque Nutcracker

Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a truly unique Nutcracker experience! Fusing together elements of cirque acrobatics, classical dance and contemporary theater, this promises to be a spectacular addition to holiday performances. 

When: Dec. 11 & 12 
Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1201 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD
COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours is required to attend. 
Online: tinybeans.com 

 

photo: The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

A remixed and reimagined version of the classic, The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns to Strathmore as a holiday spectacle for the whole family. Enjoy a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. 

When: Dec. 20–22
Where: Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD
COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours is required to attend. 
Online: tinybeans.com 

Worth-the-Drive Nutcrackers

Loudoun School of Ballet
If you are longing for a Nutcracker-themed tea, head to Purcellville to see excerpts from the Loudoun School of Ballet’s upcoming full-length Nutcracker. Enjoy delicious food and a host of photo opportunities as well. Loudoun School of Ballet will also perform a full-length Nutcracker on Dec. 4-6. 

When: Nov. 21 (tea); Dec. 4-6 (stage performance)
Where: 200 E Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville, VA (tea);  340 N Maple Ave., Purcellville, VA (stage performance)
Online: lbpac.org

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre offers a full-length Nutcracker as well as a shorter performance.  Their Nutcracker Suite is a wonderful option for younger audiences who want to experience the ballet in under one hour. Audience size will be limited due to safety protocol for Covid-19, so get your tickets today and be a part of this seasonal ballet tradition!

When: Full-Length Performance: Dec. 4-12 (full length); Dec. 5 & 12 (short version)
Where: 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD
Online: mbtdance.org

Frederick School of Ballet
A Frederick holiday tradition, this full-length ballet features artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classical Ballet. Children under 2 are exempt and for children ages 2 to 12, the only requirement is to wear a mask.

When: Dec. 10-12
Where: 20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD
COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours required.
Online: weinbergcenter.org

The Maryland Theater
The Nutcracker features Washington Ballet artists Nicole Graniero and Oscar Sanchez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. A full cast of over 100 dancers, brilliant costume and prop design, and a good dose of theatrical magic bring this family Christmas tradition to life! 

Editor's Note: The Maryland Theater does not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. 
When: December 11 & 12, 2021
Where: The Maryland Theater, 21 S Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD
Online: mdtheatre.org

—Mary Martha Aubry

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New parents have questions. So. Many. Questions. Thankfully—if you’re struggling with tandem feedings, baby wearing, or anything in between—there’s a new mom support group that can answer all those Q’s. We rounded up the best mom clubs and inclusive parenting groups in MD, VA and DC to help you find new friends and tried-and-true parenting advice. Scroll on for the best places to meet other new moms (and dads) in Washington, DC.

DC Moms

Parents of Anacostia
Parents of Anacostia (POA) is a network of parents that live in Anacostia and engage in supportive kid-friendly activities. From book clubs, to scavenger hunts, if you are looking for a parenting community in Anacostia, POA will allow you to connect on all things kid-related!

Brookland Kids 
With almost 1,000 active members, Brookland Kids is an online meeting place for a diverse range of parents and caregivers in the NE DC area. Whether you’re new to the area, or as a parent, this is an excellent resource for finding support and friendship in your community.

MOMS Club of DC NW
This is the NW DC chapter of MOMS Club International. From book clubs and moms’ nights out to playgroups and fun daytime outings with the kiddos, MOMS Club of NW DC is a great place to connect with other at-home mamas in your community.

Moms in Logan Circle
Exclusively for parents in the Logan Circle neighborhood of DC, this online group is a great way to connect with other moms and dads in the area, find new playmates for the tots, and dish on all things kid-related.

Moms on the Hill
Moms on the Hill is a private online forum where parents and parents-to-be in Capitol Hill meet to dish about the latest parenting trends, organize playgroups and family activities, and find new friends in the neighborhood for themselves and their little ones.

TakomaPAKK
Connecting parents in the Takoma Park, Silver Spring, and Prince George’s County areas, TakomaPAKK is a community-run listserv and forum aimed at helping parents find the best options for themselves and their kids. Whether you’re looking for the best local playgrounds, the most kid-friendly coffee meets, or fun family activities in the neighborhood, with more than 2,000 active members this group is sure to deliver.

U Street Tots
For families living in the U Street area of DC, U Street Tots provides an online forum where parents can meet to set up playgroups, plan special events, and dish on everything from pediatricians to preschools. A great tool for connecting with other moms, dads, and kiddos in your neighborhood, this group also supports local organizations that work to improve the community through new development projects.

DuPont Circle Parents
Boasting nearly 800 active members, this group is an online community for parents of infants and toddlers living in the DuPont Circle neighborhood.

Georgetown Moms
If you’re looking to meet other moms and dads in the Georgetown area, be sure to check out Georgetown Moms. From setting up playgroups and finding babysitters to dishing about the best local resources for families, this online forum will introduce you to parents in your own backyard.

Glover Park Moms & Dads
An online forum where Glover Park parents dish about all things kid-related, Glover Park Families is a great resource for meeting others moms and dads in your neighborhood, building lasting friendships for you and your little ones, and discovering new tricks and tips from the group’s 500 active members.

Virginia Moms

Arlington-Falls Church Mamas
For mamas in the Arlington and Falls Church areas, AFC Mamas offers support and community through online forums, playgroups, and regular special events. It’s a great resource for meeting new friends for you and your little ones!

Arlington Moms & Dads
Welcoming all parents in Arlington County, Arlington Moms & Dads is an online forum where the topics range from homebirth, adoption, and childrearing, to yard sales, neighborhood events, and local childcare programs. Dedicated to building a broad community of support for all Arlington families, this group is an excellent resource for finding the best the county has to offer you and your family!

MOMS Club of Alexandria-Franconia, VA
Part of the Internationally recognized support group for at-home moms, MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) hosts monthly meetings throughout the DC Metro area, including this chapter for Alexandria and Franconia, VA. This group boasts educational and social activities for mamas and their little ones, and contributes to a variety of philanthropic projects throughout the community. An excellent group for meeting fellow moms and introducing your tots to new friends, MOMS Club is one of the most respected and prolific member organizations for mamas in the world, with more than 2,000 chapters in eight countries and more than 100,000 active members worldwide.

MOMS Club of Alexandria NE
This chapter of MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) serves at-home mamas and their little ones in the northeast region of Alexandria, VA. Planning all social activities on weekdays when at-home moms need support the most, this group also holds monthly meetings with informative guest speakers, a monthly newsletter, playgroups, community service projects, and much more!

MOMS Club of Alexandria-South
For at-home mamas in south Alexandria, this chapter of MOMS Club offers support, social and educational activities, and a great way to meet fellow moms and new friends for the little ones.

MOMS Club of Annandale
Designed to support at-home moms or working moms with flexible schedules, MOMS Club of Annandale connects mamas to a community of support for themselves and their little ones. Offering weekly social and educational activities, monthly meetings, guest speakers, and special-interest clubs, this group is an excellent resource for moms in need of daytime support, companionship, and community involvement.

MOMS Club of Burke-North
For at-home moms in the Burke-North area of VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International offers monthly meetings with guest speakers, member-hosted get-togethers, holiday events, a babysitting co-op, weekly playgroups, and much, much more!

MOMS Club of Burke-South
Serving at-home moms and little ones in the Burke-South and Fairfax Station areas of VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International offers local mamas a tight-knit community of support. Through monthly meetings, regular playgroups, member-hosted events, and so much more, this group helps moms stay connected with their community - and helps the kiddos meet new playmates!

MOMS Club of Falls Church-North
Serving at-home moms in the northern area of Falls Church, VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International holds monthly meetings, regular playgroups, and a range of activities and field trips aimed at enriching the lives of mamas and their little ones. Offering a nurturing environment of support, this group is great for moms interested in discovering the best family-friendly fun their community has to offer!

MOMS Club of Falls Church-South
Offering support, friendship, and fun activities to families in the southern area of Falls Church VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International is a great way for at-home mamas to connect with fellow moms in their community - and find new playmates for the kiddos!

MOMS Club of Herndon, VA.
For at-home moms in Herndon, VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International provides mommy-and-me outings and activities, monthly meetings with guest speakers, special interest clubs, a babysitting co-op, and age-specific playgroups. A fun reason to get out of the house, this group offers a strong community of support and friendship for mamas and their little ones.

MOMS Club of Leesburg-North, VA
Also part of MOMS Club International, this chapter serves at-home moms in the Leesburg-North area of VA. Offering monthly meetings, community service projects, and exciting new activities each week, the group gives mamas the opportunity to share friendship and support while the kiddies play!

MOMS Club Stafford-East, VA. 
For at-home moms in the Stafford-East area of VA., this chapter of MOMS Club International offers all the staple services and resource of the club - in your own backyard! Creating a community of friendship and support through a wide range of activities, service projects, and special events, the MOMS Club is a great way for moms and kids alike to meet new friends and discover the best family-friendly fun the area has to offer.

Mothers of North Arlington
For mothers in northern Arlington, MONA offers support, friendship, online message boards, and a range of fun activities for mamas and tots. Hosting monthly socials for current and prospective members, this group is an excellent resource for local moms to meet new friends.

Parenting Playgroups of Falls Church
Located in Falls Church, VA., Parenting Playgroups lives up to his slogan, “Where parents learn and children play.” Featuring workshops for parents and playgroups for kids, this group is a great way to connect with the community and make new friends for you and your little ones.

Vienna Moms, Inc. (VMI)
A support group for both stay-at-home and working moms in Vienna, VA, VMI boasts more than 400 active members and a wide range of social activities. Whether it’s meeting up for a pizza party, a playgroup, or a moms-only night on the town, this group is always planning fun new events the whole family can look forward to!

Maryland Moms

AU Park Parents
For parents who live around American University Park, this online forum is a great resource for connecting with other parents in the neighborhood. Boasting more than 500 active members, you can dish about community news, trade parenting tips, and schedule playdates.

MOMS Club of Bethesda
Part of the international organization, this chapter of MOMS Club is for mamas living in the area of Bethesda, MD. Hosting playgroups and other social events twice weekly, this group also holds monthly meetings, organizes special events for holidays, and participates in various service projects that will help you and your little ones get more involved with the community!

MOMS Club of Chevy Chase-Kensington, Md.
This chapter of MOMS Club International serves primarily stay-at-home mamas in the Chevy Chase-Kensington area of MD. Offering meetings, playgroups, fun family activities, and special outings every month, this group has no shortage of things to do for mamas and their little ones!

MOMS Club of Gaithersburg
Geared to at-home mamas in the Gaithersburg area, this imprint of MOMS Club International is an excellent resource for moms looking for friendship, playmates for the kids, or a great reason to get out of the house and explore! With monthly meetings, social and educational activities, and a variety of special events and service projects, this group welcomes Gaithersburg mamas to a fun, nurturing community of support.

MOMS Club of Germantown-South, MD.
With 3-5 kid-friendly activities planned each week, there’s always something to look forward to in this chapter of MOMS Club International. Serving mamas and little ones in the Germantown-South area, the group also hosts monthly meetings, social and educational activities, fun field trips, regular special events, and much, much more!

MOMS Club of Kensington Park, MD.
Serving at-home mamas in Kensington Park, Bethesda, and Garrett Park, this chapter of MOMS Club International offers friendship and support through a range of fun social and educational activities, regular outings and get-togethers, interest groups, community service project

MOMS Club of North Potomac-Muddy Branch, MD
Offering monthly meetings, playgroups, special activities, and of course a nurturing community of friendship and support, this chapter of MOMS Club International serves at-home mamas in the North Potomac and Muddy Branch areas of MD.

The Wednesday Morning Group of Montgomery County
Meeting weekly during the Montgomery County school year, the Wednesday Morning Group welcomes parents, grandparents, and empty nesters alike who are looking for support, camaraderie, and intellectual stimulation. Featuring lectures and discussions, this group is great way to connect with other members of the community who share interests in a range of topics, from childrearing and education to literature and current events - and everything in between!

Wheaton Area Moms (WAM)
Welcoming stay-at-home moms and dads in the Wheaton and Silver Spring areas, Wheaton Area Moms meets regularly for playgroups, nature walks, service projects, and so much more! A fun excuse to get you and your little ones out of the house during the day, WAM also offers parents-only nights out and a book club when you need a little time away from the kiddos.

 

Specialty Groups

DMV Littles for Single Moms
Single moms come together in this mighty group to share experiences and build a support system and friendships with one another. Expect plenty of playdate options (and the occasional girls night out) across the entire DC metro area.

Holistic Moms Network
A national organization with a chapter in the Alexandria/Arlington area, the Holistic Moms Network holds monthly meetings for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers who are interested in holistic health and green living. A great way to connect with like-minded parents, this diverse and open-minded network offers education, community, and support as you continue your journey to health and wellness for you and your family.

International Women’s Group
For international women new to the DC Metro area, Bethesda, or Rockville, MD., the International Women’s Group provides support and companionship for women adjusting to life in a new country. Uniting women who share the same language, nationality, and circumstances, this group is a great resource for moms.

Mocha Moms
A support group primarily for at-home moms of color with chapters throughout the Metro area, Mocha Moms welcomes any mom who shares its vision to nurture healthy families and communities. Connecting mamas of all backgrounds, income levels, races, and religions, this group empowers women who choose to devote less time in the workplace and more time with their families.

VA Homeschoolers
For VA parents who choose homeschooling for their children, VA Homeschoolers is an excellent resource for connecting with other homeschoolers in your area. Dedicated to spreading awareness, diversity, and advocacy for homeschooling, this group boasts conferences, special events, an online community and resource center, and much more!

DC Autism Parents
Offering community, education, and support to all families in the DC area affected by autism, DC Autism Parents promotes advocacy, awareness, and inclusion through a variety of classes and fun family activities. From barbeques and scenic hikes to mentorship programs and political action committees, this nonprofit organization is a great support system for families dealing with autism.

DC Urban Moms & Dads
An online forum for parents seeking support, advice, debate, gossip - and everything in between! - DC Urban Moms & Dads is a fabulous resource for meeting like-minded parents in your area.

DC Working Moms
With 700 active members, DC Working Moms is a social network where professional moms in the DC area organize playdates and lunches and dish about everything from the latest parenting fads to the best networking opportunities in town. If you’re a working mom on the go, this group is a great way to stay connected with other women in the area who know what it’s like to juggle family and work.

Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
For NOVA parents who are looking for extra support and advice on everything from a new diagnosis to IEP strategies. POAC-NoVA offers a community ready to give advice and empower parents on their difficult journey.

P.A.C.E.
For more than 30 years, PACE has delivered on its mission to promote wellbeing for families throughout DC, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. Offering groups for new and second-time moms, workshops on parenting techniques and infant care, and so much more, PACE is a nonprofit organization that connects moms to a nurturing community of motherhood experts and other like-minded parents.

Parents of Multiples
Providing support, education, and social activities for parents of twins, triplets, or higher-order multiples, Parents of Multiples has chapters in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, VA, and Central Maryland. Hosting monthly meetings that unite parents, educators, doctors, and other experts in dialogue, this group also offers special events such as consignment sales, moms-only spa days, summer picnics, and much, much more!

 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Peter Kusnic

featured photo: iStock

 

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Going from the crib to a toddler bed; introducing solids; potty training—the list of milestones (and changes) in the first few years of your kiddo’s life seem endless. And making the leap from daycare to school is one of the biggest transitions of them all.

Which is why Concord Hill School stands out. This small, independent school located in Chevy Chase, just minutes from Friendship Heights, focuses entirely on early childhood education. Designed to give your children an incredibly positive educational foundation, they accept children from age 3 to grade 3, the most critical time of academic and cognitive development in kids.

Read on to find out why this school is the right choice for your family.

Concord Hill School is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit concordhill.org to schedule a visit or join them for an Open House.

Small Classroom Size
The current enrollment of the entire school is just over 100 students with an average class size of 16 kids. That means your children will get the attention they deserve each and every day.

A Focus on the Early Learning Years
There is nothing on Earth that compares to a young child’s imagination or innate curiosity. CHS focuses on the early years as both a magical and incredible time in a young person’s life. Through project-based and experiential learning, CHS fosters all of the natural curiosity, wonder and creativity that goes along with the early years of education.

Learned Leadership Skills
Because of the age range from just 3 and ending at 3rd grade, there is a strong emphasis on developing leadership characteristics within each student, creating a strong foundation for the transition to upper elementary and beyond. Third graders at CHS lead the school-wide community meetings, manage the school store and act as guides and mentors for the younger learners. (And we can’t help but mention how cute it is to see 3rd graders in leadership roles!)

Experienced Dedicated Faculty
Concord Hill School has highly trained teachers who not only have extensive experience in early years education, but 82% of whom hold advanced level degrees.

Concord Hill School is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit concordhill.org to schedule a visit or join them for an Open House.

Diversity
Concord Hill School’s increasingly diverse community currently is representative of over 20 countries. Diversity is celebrated in all facets of the school with a focus on Anti-Bias Education.

Parental Support
Because the school focuses on ages 3 to grade 3, helping parents navigate the early years of parenthood is a key component of the school’s philosophy. Throughout the school year, parents will find a variety of programs and sessions featuring educational experts, child psychologists and behavioral specialists, and school leadership.

4th Grade Outplacement
When it’s time to transition to the 4th grade, there is a tailored process in place to help find the right fit for each child. Led by the Head of School, families will have help navigating every step of the application and outplacement process. CHS students are highly sought after as inquisitive learners, capable leaders, and confident young people

Longevity
Founded in 1965, CHS has been a leader in Early Childhood Education in the DC metro area for more than 50 years.

Concord Hill School is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit concordhill.org to schedule a visit or join them for an Open House.