Parenting is hard already, even before you include D.C.’s commuter traffic. It’s no secret, the DMV is home to political powerhouses and mom/dad bosses who manage to DO. IT. ALL. (despite the unforgiving beltline). Now, some of these parents are sharing their experiences. Whether you’re looking for practical tips or just an empowering story for an exhausting and sanity-imperiling day, these D.C. mom and dad blogs have got you covered.
Carolina was born and raised in Costa Rica but moved to D.C. in 2011, when she got married. She is a mom that’s obsessed in researching what’s best for her kids, from foods to toys and anything in between. Her blog provides information about all things parenting, the different phases of child raising, recipes, travel tips, product recommendations and living a non-toxic lifestyle. She hopes her blog will help other moms in their journey, whether to help them make a decision of what non-toxic toy they should get or to realize that they are not alone in this journey.
Adventure Moms DC
In 2017, Jen and Colleen launched Adventure Moms DC! They are moms who are on the go with their little ones exploring the DMV. They not only want to share their adventure experiences but also offer practical advice and honest reviews They find the adventure in every day to share with other families. Their goal is to adventure in the daily routine and also in the spectacular events and kid-friendly activities around the DC area. BONUS, they love to share their fave STEAM adventures, introducing families to different aspects of the arts and sciences. Go adventure with them!
This hip and chic upscale family travel website was started by Elizabeth Thorp, a writer and mom to three little divas. The site is all about fantastic family getaways and travel tips–and you can even search their topics for specific travel ideas such as vacations with pets or eco/green vacations.
Capitally Frugal DC
The mama behind this blog is Sarah, who compiles store deals, freebies, product reviews/giveaways, and everyday savings for families in the Washington DC Metro area. Check in daily to get the 411 on money saving in DC.
Tiny Steps Mommy
Nicole Dash is a mother of four living outside Washington, DC in Northern Virginia. She also runs a home-based daycare and, as you can imagine, life is a never-ending adventure with all those kids. Nicole knows “There is no perfect parent or child” and she enjoys writing about pertinent childcare issues, her own family, her daycare and more. She also occasionally does giveaways, contests, and reviews of products.
This site is all about keeping your family busy in fun and fantastic ways. Mom Kristina seeks out the events and activities in Prince William County and collects them into a calendar that gives you easy access to the best the area has to offer. You’ll also find giveaways, reviews, and more on this handy site that keeps an eye out for fun.
Andrea is the Social Media-savvy mom behind this blog–and you can totally get a sense for her friendly personality through each post. In addition to social media tips, giveaways, and calls to connect and network with other fabulous women in Northern Virginia, you’ll find posts that focus on practical parenting or Andrea’s own family adventures.
Parenting playgroups, travel tips, summer camps, and more! This blog is a great resource when you want to check on the goings-on around town. The folks at the Kid Trips blog gather local events they think you should know about, share ideas for simplifying your life, and host great giveaways. Check it out!
Beltway Bargain Mom
The brains of this blog is Laura–a busy mom of two, who happens to coupon, teach workshops, and blog. BeltwayBargainMom.com is aimed to “Keep you in the loop” on DC-area deals. Laura shares local deals, features money-saving tips and you’ll find everything from grocery store deals, valuable coupons, free food offers and frugal family events on her site.
The Moneywise Moms blog is split into 4 totally helpful categories: Family Finance, Home Cooking, Around the House, and Frugal Fun. You’ll find everything you need to know about family budgets and financial goals, meal planning and shopping for special diets, plus DIY projects and organizational tips. This site is a bounty of information–you’re sure to get inspired.
A Parent in Silver Spring
Jessica McFadden is a mother of three children who loves providing her fellow Washington, DC-area parents with ideas for fabulous family activities, knowledge about local resources, useful information and entertainment. Her goal is to is to motivate readers to laugh, try something new, and find greater joy in their own families.
Click here for an honest (and hilarious!) take on parenting. The Scary Mommy in question is Jill Smokler, mom of three and New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies). On the Scary Mommy site, you’ll find message boards, frank talk on the ups and downs of parenthood, and the totally addictive Scary Mommy Confessional–a place where moms can anonymously confess to parenting “sins.”
KidFriendly DC is a go-to resource for recreation with kids in the DC-Metro area. From the tried and true to the new and cool, find out where to go and what to do with the kiddos in the nation’s capital. You’ll find everyday play ideas, a calendar of events, seasonal activities, and more.
Representing local dads is Suburban Daddy, a blog that presents thoughts, experiences, stories, and parenting information from a Northern Virginia dad’s point of view. The Suburban Daddy behind it all writes about the places his family goes, the things they do, and the crazy-fun chaos of life with 4 kids.
This site is a great resource to find out what’s going on in and around Alexandria. Primarily a catch-all calendar and local news source, this blog also has suggested summer reading lists for kids, family outing ideas, and more.
Very Busy Mamá
The mama behind this blog is María José, a very busy mom of two. Her blog is a space to share things that busy mothers and women love, such as fashion, beauty, fitness, but often put aside when the children come along. She knows that many moms no longer have the pre-kids income or body and writes about working with what you have, how to shop your own closet and staying stylish on a MAJOR budget.
Angelica, part-time writer, blogger and a full-time devoted wife and mother, has lived all over the world but chose to make the Courthouse-Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington Virginia home. Her blog features practical tips and advice on pregnancy, parenting, family, cooking, career, health, wellness, beauty, books, entertainment with a focus on fashion, local events and other fun stuff.
A Reading Specialist, writer, consultant, and mom to a three kids, Amy Mascott shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers for their children. On her site, you’ll find posts such as “Top 10 Ways to Talk to Kids About Books,” craft and DIY learning ideas, critical thinking ideas, and more.
Stimey is a stay-at-home mom, writer, and parent to three neurodiverse kids with a range of autism, ADHD, and SPD. Stimey herself was diagnosed with Asperger’s in early 2012 and writes candidly about her family’s experience, along with favorite and familiar topics like movies, parenting observations, and pop culture. Stimeyland was also selected as a top autism blog by both Babbleand The Stir.
The DC Moms
This site offers a dynamic view of the world through the eyes of some of the savviest and most entertaining moms in the DC metro area. The DC Moms bring you news, reviews and reactions on an array of subjects including world events, family, health, culture, sports, home, fashion and more. What else? Try giveaways, date night ideas, local outings, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Tots 2 Tweens
This is a totally helpful online directory for parents in MD, DC, VA, PA & WV. Here, you’ll find everything from birthday party venues to summer camps to sports to music lessons and ideas for family fun in your area–plus, recipes, public school guides, and more.
DC Thrifty Mom
Run by a thrifty mom who hates paying full price, DC Thrifty Mom is a great place to get the scoop on free or cheap happenings in the Washington DC Metro Area. Join the community of other thrifty moms and share budget-friendly events and cost saving tips.
The mom behind Momastery has had plenty of ups-and-downs; she is a recovering bulimic and alcoholic and her road to motherhood and who she is today included lots of struggle and learning experiences. Now, she blogs with a refreshing honesty and isn’t afraid to admit to mistakes and find the funny in everyday things. She writes about her faith, her family, and the importance of living a kind and brave life.
The Meanest Momma
The Meanest Momma (a.k.a Kendra) is a stay-at-home mom to three kids who chronicles the minutiae of her family’s lives, shares homemaking tips, reviews [mostly] kid products she’s come to love (or hate), and highlights areas for kid fun in the Metro DC area. Kendra is a proud Christian and “mean” mom who sometimes plays “bad cop” to ensure her kids get the structure and discipline they need.
Hip Mama’s Place
This is a helpful and fun online community of moms who love to shop, save money, and talk about anything woman. The site also features local Washington D.C. events, daily product reviews, parenting tips, cooking, craft ideas, technology trends, money-saving tips, coupon sharing and more.
On this awesome site, you’ll find tips and tools for “the business of motherhood.” Mom Amy has three active sons and is a nationally recognized source on parenting. On her blog, she writes about parenting tips, money matters, tech safety for families, and organizational ideas. You’ll also find recipes, Mom Inspiration articles, and lots more.
DC Metro Dads
Dads do it too! D.C. Metro Dads is a network of stay-at-home dads living in the Washington D.C. metro area. They provide support to other stay-at-home dads and dads who are considering this life choice. They help reduce the isolation that stay-at-home dads experience, and provide social and educational activities for their followers.
I’m Not the Nanny
As the mom of biracial children, Thien-Kim has too often been mistaken for the nanny in D.C. area parks! Raising two Hapa children (Vietnamese-American and African American), she shares the fusion of these two cultures in parenting, food, and technology. She started her site as a way to share the challenges and joys of raising biracial children. It has evolved as she shares her foodie obsessions, journey towards a healthier lifestyle, and the latest tech and apps she’s addicted too.
DC Area Moms Blog
These moms are passionate about the D.C. community and the moms who live here! Their goal is to make this big city feel just a little bit smaller. By using their website as well as various social media outlets, they are able to keep their readers up to date on family friendly activities around town, provide advice on parenting and motherhood, and encourage parents to get out and explore all that D.C. has to offer!
—Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Guiomar Ochoa and Abigail Matsumoto