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Ten Tips to Soothe Your Dog on July 4th

July 4th Pets

Days like the 4th of July or any thunder storm are a challenge in our house. My poodle, Poirot, just doesn’t like the sound of the explosions and cracks of thunder or the way the air changes during a storm. It is getting better as he gets older because his hearing is not as acute … Continued

Skip the Mall on July 4th

You may not want to go to the Mall for the July 4th fireworks, but there are lots of great places to watch the sky light up without all the crowds. Here are a few choices that will give you a great view without a lot of traffic! Washington National Cathedral I confess that this … Continued

Pet Friendly Outdoor Restaurants

July 4th Pets

It is so much fun to bring your best four-legged friend to a pet friendly outdoor restaurant! Clearly the DC City Council understands how much we love our pets! In 2017 D.C. City Council members approved a bill allowing establishments to custom tailor policies about welcoming your furry friends. Montgomery County and Northern Virginia jurisdictions are equally … Continued

Spray Grounds to Keep You Cool

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Beat the Heat This Summer Spray grounds and splash pads are a relatively new addition to the landscape around the DMV, where little ones can play in the spray, splash in the sun, and cool down with just a swim suit, waterproof sandals and some sunscreen. My first experience with a spray ground was in … Continued

Montgomery Co. Overcrowded Schools Cause Building Freeze

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Planning Board Puts 1 Year Freeze in Place on New Home Construction The planning board voted on June 20, 2019, to freeze new home construction in about 12% of Montgomery County for one year beginning July 1 because neighborhood schools are too crowded. The areas around four clusters of elementary, middle and high schools and … Continued

Weekend Activities in Washington DC for Children (December 7-9)

weekend activities in Washington DC for children

There are lots of weekend activities in Washington DC for children but how do you pick the best ones? Here are some suggestions for you to choose from.  Do you want to build a gingerbread house or listen to the National Philharmonic? You can have it all! Weekend Activities in Washington DC/Bethesda National Philharmonic Holiday … Continued

Moving to a New City Checklist

You are moving to a new city and your belongings are on the truck. How do you get to know your new community? Whether you moved a few houses down the street or across state lines, settling into a new location can be a fun adventure…so long as you’re ready to put in the work … Continued

Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds Saves Birds

History of the Owl Moon Raptor Center Founded in 2002, the Owl Moon Raptor Center is a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation center specializing in birds of prey. It has been a licensed non-profit organization since 2014. Owl Moon is located in Boyds, Maryland at the home of its primary operator, Suzanne Shoemaker, and serves … Continued

Some Facts about a Reverse Mortgage

Staying in your home in the DC metro area is expensive as you start to age.  When you retire, your income typically falls off but the expenses of owning a home do not.  You might be considering a reverse mortgage as a way to make that equity in your home work for you instead of … Continued

Paint Color of the Year 2018

Is gray finally on the way out? In 2016, Simply White and Alabaster White were the hue of the moment. Then in 2017, we saw a shift to darker neutrals, like Benjamin Moore’s Shadow, Poised Taupe and Mushroom. So what is the paint color of the year 2018? The color of the year differs from company to company but at least three big companies, … Continued