Visiting Baltimore with Kids




Baltimore is an amazing city to visit with kids! It’s less than a one hour drive from DC, making it the perfect one day road trip destination and even a weekend staycation!

Baltimore is absolutely one of my family’s favorite places to enjoy quality time with our kids. love the walkability of the beautiful Inner Harbor. The water-focused neighborhood offers a ton of fantastic kid-oriented museums, transportation themed museums, family friendly restaurants, boat rides and other attractions! I absolutely LOVE this city!

The transportation doesn’t begin at the museums. From arriving by Amtrak train to catching a water taxi to light rail to regular taxi cabs, your entire weekend could be a glorious car-free trip!


Light City: A Festival of Light, Music & Innovation (March 28 – April 6, 2016)

Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City Baltimore will feature 28 original innovative art installations from local, national and international artists placed along a 1.5 mile waterfront art walk, 50 concerts and 100 live performances, all complimentary. Light City’s large-scale light displays will illuminate Baltimore in a spectacular display — as a celebration unlike anything the country has seen before, it’s a not-to-miss event for those looking to feed their creativity. In addition to art displays, live performances highlighting an array of artistic expression including poetry, puppetry, music, dance and theater, another element of Light City is Light City U. This ticketed one-of-a-kind innovation conference will provide an opportunity to interact with influencers and visionaries who power social change.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: The Maryland Zoo is where the wild things snore! Join other zoo-loving folks for one of the upcoming family sleepovers being held at the Zoo in 2016.  Sleepover guests will explore the Zoo in the dark with expert staff guides to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals, and some of the native nocturnal animals that roam Druid Hill Park. Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome to join in the fun!

The National Aquarium: One of Inner Harbor’s most popular attractions, the National Aquarium features an incredible 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Explore a tropical rainforest, the animals of the Australian Outback, an Atlantic coral reef, hundreds of jellyfish, 4D immersion films and their newest exhibit the “Living Seashore”. Special add-on tours give you a behind-the-scenes look at life in the aquarium. Care to toe a catwalk just inches from swimming sharks? Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a sleepover with dolphins. You’ll need several hours to peruse this Baltimore aquarium, and you’ll love every minute of it.




In Baltimore, you’ll want to stroll through the Inner Harbor and Harbor East, and historic neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill and Little Italy. Pack your most comfortable walking shoes. While Baltimore is both casual and fancy, there’s a really cool hipster vibe. Dress in layers like a tank, long sleeve top, jeans, scarf and a beanie or wear a nice v-neck, a dressy jacket and jeans with really trendy boots. For kids, anything goes. In the summer, you’ll want to remember sunscreen and in winter, you’ll definitely want to make sure everyone’s nice and bundled!

Happy Traveling!
If you have any questions or tips about Baltimore that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
{Editor’s Note: Thank-you to and Hampton Inn/Inner Harbor for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}


Gift Them Something To Talk About: A LivingSocial Giveaway


I absolutely LOVE gift giving. It’s my love language! And one of my favorite gifts is to provide my loved ones with experiences. LivingSocial is the go-to destination for experiential gifting, this holiday season and all-year round. Most LivingSocial deals can be gifted – just look for the gift icon on the purchase page. Whether you want to give the gift immediately or schedule it for a future date, the LivingSocial digital delivery options make “wrapping” a cinch.

This year, think outside of the box – literally – by giving the unexpected and extraordinary. From heart-racing activities such as jet skiing, jet flight simulation and racecar driving to the more cerebral such as cooking or photography lessons, you can easily gift them something to talk about with LivingSocial.

Finding the perfect gift, or the perfect deal for you, is easy. You can search by interest, price, type of deal and more. This makes narrowing down choices much easier.

Have someone in your life that “has it all?” Having a challenging time finding the perfect gift? Visit LivingSocial and check out the once in a lifetime experiences, events, gifts and more. The official website is

In addition you can follow LivingSocial on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

See what others have to say about the fabulous deals and gifts and share your holiday finds from LivingSocial using the hashtag #Gift2TalkAbout on social media.

And guess what? LivingSocial is gifting ONE lucky Clarendon Moms reader $50 LivingSocial Deal Bucks Gift Code (to be used on

It’s a Flash Giveaway! You only have now til 12 Midnight, December 24th to Enter! So, act fast! Leave your name & all of your handles in the Comment Section and be sure to Tweet about the Giveaway for additional entries!  It’s that simple! Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

The Rafflecopter Giveaway will begin tonight at midnight and end at midnight on Thursday, December 24th! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 24, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

{Disclosure: Thank-you LivingSocial for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

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Gaylord National Harbor ICE! Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town

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Visiting Washington DC this holiday? Take your family to the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor to celebrate Christmas on the Potomac’s 45th anniversary! Explore the season’s indoor winter wonderland, featuring a retelling of the classic television special: Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town. This interactive exhibit tells the story of how Santa began giving toys to good boys and girls. There are seven chilly rooms (9 degrees to be exact), filled with two million pounds of hand-carved, colorful ice sculpture depictions of all your families’ favorite scenes! It also features five ice-slides for everyone to enjoy (adults included), as well as The Frostbite Factory – a live carving exhibit where you and your family can watch the sculptures come to life before your eyes.
The ICE! Exhibit will be open from November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and is located on the Orchard Terrace of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is located at 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. Click HERE to learn more and pre-purchase tickets.

{This post is sponsored by Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. All opinions are my own.}

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Baltimore


My husband and I usually spend the holidays waxing nostalgia with family traditions and driving long hours visiting his side of the family, followed by a trip to visit my family. However, this year we’re taking a lovely break from all the hustle and bustle. We’re planning to relax and celebrate the holiday season with just our kids for a few days in the wonderful city of Baltimore.

Consider taking your family to celebrate the holiday season in Baltimore! Here are just a few of the highlights sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit!

Where to Stay

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor has several packages for the holiday season including Christmas Village, Ice skating Fun, Christmas Carol Package, New Year’s Eve Live and Ultimate Romance. The Royal Sonesta’s special holiday rate offers 20% in savings and Brookshire Suites is offering an Inner Harbor Winter Holiday Escape deal, complete with hot cocoa and Baltimore’s signature Berger cookie upon arrival.

Festive Sights To Explore

The Polar Express 4-D Experience at National Aquarium, Inner Harbor

Treat your family to an immersive movie experience and 4-D adventure with special effects like snow, wind, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Break the ice with the season’s best outdoor activity. The PANDORA ice rink is open daily, with special programming and events happening throughout the season including several holiday-themed events and programs including Costume Skates, Frost Fest, Pajama Skate, and SkateFest.

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, December 1 – January 3

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express is a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities.

Christmas Village in Baltimore, West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor, Now until December 27

Modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg, Christmas Village in Baltimore offers a delightful Christmas shopping experience. The charm is enhanced with 60 German- inspired wooden huts and a heated festival tent, with vendors selling traditional European food, holiday gifts and high-quality arts and crafts. New in 2015, the village will be decorated for the first time with the traditional Herrnhuter Moravian stars imported directly from Germany.

Miracle on 34th Street, 34th Street, Hampden, Through January 1

One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of row houses string Christmas lights across 34th Street, inflatable snow globes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes – and a few even allow visitors to peek inside! The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1, including all night on Christmas Eve.


The Holly Jolly Trolley, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, December 4 through January 3

Step aboard the holiday trolley and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore’s holiday lights beginning in the Inner Harbor. The Holly Jolly Trolley will take you on a festive tour of Baltimore’s most decorated neighborhoods and attractions, such as Hamden to see the world famous 34th street annual Christmas Festival of Lights and the first monument to George Washington in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.


12 Days of Science, Maryland Science Center, December 20 through December 31

Deck the halls, journey to the Arctic, build a winter wonderland—at the Maryland Science Center, kids will be able to participate in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building. If midnight is past your child’s bedtime, then the 8th annual Midnight Noon celebration will be the perfect way to ring in the New Year, with activities and a performance by popular kids band Milkshake.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Inner Harbor, December 31

Celebrate the beginning of 2016 with friends, family, live music, a light show and spectacular fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, a bounty of color fills the sky above downtown Baltimore, leaving residents and visitors in awe.

New Year’s Eve Charm City Fireworks Cruise, Inner Harbor, December 31

Ring in the New Year with a cruise on Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor. Enjoy a night of dancing and celebrating with a view of Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the sparkling water.

{Special Thanks to Hampton Inn & Suites and for partnering on this post!}

Go Nuts for the Holidays with Cashews From The Sunshine Nut Company

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Sunshine Nut Company makes gifting for the holidays easy! Great for snacking, holiday entertaining or relaxing at home, Sunshine Nut Company’s Cashews are the greatest tasting cashews under the Sun!

They have four packages of cashews to choose from — and they are the freshest, creamy, most delicious cashews I’ve ever tasted. Cashews are also considered a “green food” and are very healthy. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil.

Grown and roasted in Mozambique, their cashews are the freshest,  most delicious nuts on the market! Cashews are roasted in sunflower oil and lightly seasoned with natural flavoring for excellent taste. Never size sorted, the cashews come in the sizes nature intended, just as they’ve grown on the tree. Not only is there a real difference in taste, the story of the Sunshine Nut Company is truly inspiring!

Sunshine Nut Company is transforming lives in Mozambique through offering opportunity, dignity, and fairness to the people there beginning with the crop grower. The roasting facility in Mozambique allows the nut company to deliver the freshest product while training and employing adult orphans.

Their profits are re-invested in Mozambican communities with a total of 90% of their proceeds financing transformative initiatives! Of the proceeds, 30% supports farming communities through ‘hand-up’ assistance, 30% increases care for orphans and vulnerable children, and 30% funds creating new food companies. They are very proud of their beliefs that the “Sunshine Approach™ Philosophy” has the potential to do great things!

Sunshine Company Cashews are the perfect holiday gift for teachers, mail carriers, clients, neighbors and friends — two packs cost about $10 and are available locally at all Giant stores in the DC/MD/VA area.  There’s a great holiday promo offered right now.

For more information about them & to find out locations to purchase, please visit

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Sunshine Nut Company.Thanks to KB Concepts for partnering on this post!}


Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta: An Arlington Staple

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I’ve lived in Arlington Virginia for almost ten years now and had never visited Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta until last weekend. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately transported back to a time when families had a neighborhood restaurant. A local place where everyone knew everyone and the servers knew what you were ordering before you were even seated. This place just felt like “home”.

It was a Saturday afternoon and Joe’s was bustling. The staff and fellow patrons were super friendly. And everyone there seemed to have come hungry. There’s an All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet for only $10! The buffet turns over within minutes and includes several types of fresh, New York Italian style pizza, a hot bar that consisted of baked chicken, eggplant parmesan, baked ziti and more. The cold salad bar had very fresh ingredients and the most delicious homemade bacon bits ever! If you’re in the mood for more specialized items, the menu at Joe’s has over a dozen Italian entrees—something suitable for everyone in your family.

Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta is a neighborhood classic in Arlington. The food is delicious and the ambience is warm and inviting. The service was impeccable. My husband went to the salad bar at least five times. The kids ate everything on their plates. We rewarded them with a serving of gelato at the end of our meal. This is a restaurant that has won the hearts of my family and me and we can’t wait to return for another fun, family dining experience.

For more information about Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta, visit And to see more of our dining experience, check out our Tastemade Video Recap by clicking HERE.

{Special Thanks to KB Concepts and Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta for partnering on this post!}

Bob Evans: Best In Class Breakfast (Fresh Matters)

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{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Bob Evans. All opinions are my own.}

It’s never a challenge to find a good weekday or weekend breakfast if you live close to a Bob Evans. Bob Evans offers new breakfast entrees featuring cracked shell eggs, fresh rather than frozen sausage, “fresh-baked” brioche breads and biscuits, not-from-concentrate orange juice and hand-scooped butter instead of margarine packets. There are also fresh hotcakes and omelet recipes.

Over the weekend, my family and I enjoyed an early morning breakfast at Bob Evans. It was the obvious choice because of the following:

Best In Class Breakfast: “Breakfast so fresh you can taste the difference”

  • Fresh-Cracked Eggs: 100% fresh eggs collected daily from Midwestern farms
  • Fresh Sausage: Bob Evans famous original recipe Fresh, Never Frozen Sausage Patties and Links
  • Butter Blend: Creamier and scooped just for you
  • Fresh-Baked Buttermilk Biscuits: Baked Fresh every day!
  • Fresh Potatoes: Shredded Hash Browns and Golden-Brown Home Fries

New! Breakfast Blend Coffee

  • A balanced roast with chocolate and caramel notes and a clean citrus finish
  • Try it with one of our flavored creamers; Hazelnut, French Vanilla or seasonal Cinnamon Vanilla.
  • Also available: Signature Harvest Roast and New! Harvest Roast Decaf

Apple Cinnamon Griddled Breakfasts:

  • Apple Cinnamon Brioche French Toast: Two slices of Freshly Baked Brioche Bread topped with thick-sliced cinnamon apples, baked streusel crumble, cream cheese icing, powdered sugar and whipped topping!
  • Also available: Apple Cinnamon Sweet & Stacked Hotcakes, Apple Cinnamon Crepes, and Apple Cinnamon Waffle.

For more information, visit

#GTBloggerCrawl: Pinstripes in Georgetown

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Photo Credit: Kristyn Alysse of Primp & Proper.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure and honor of participating as one of the blog ambassadors for the Georgetown Blogger Crawl (#GTBloggerCrawl) hosted by Spicy Candy DC and Guest of a Guest. The Blogger Crawl was founded by Carlis of Spicy Candy DC and Jessica of Guest of a Guest as an awesome way to better acquaint some of the DC area’s most successful social media influencers with a selection of businesses (many of which we’ve already become familiar). We’re invited to learn more about their particular brands, services and products. The Blogger Crawl is also a fantastic way for each business to learn more about how partnering with bloggers can increase their exposure by promoting brand awareness and marketing thru our social media channels.

I represented Pinstripes, Georgetown’s bowling, bocce and bistro. I take my husband and kids there frequently for family game nights. It’s kind of a date place for me and my husband, except we actually enjoy sharing that date with our kids. It is a really fun place for family time, bowling, bocce and food! We were given a fantastic tour of the large venue and enjoyed some gal pal time together sampling the delicious Italian American cuisine, playing bocce and enjoying a round of bowling.

The menu is incredibly kid friendly! It includes delights such as flat breads, pizzas, pastas, baby back ribs and crowd favorite, tenderloin sliders. I’m getting excited just thinking about how much fun we have there! It really is one of the best places in DC for family and friend get togethers, date night and celebrations! They even offer private parties!

Pinstripes is located at 1064 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC. For more information, click here.

Bob Evans Family Meals To Go: Take the Night Off




{This is a #sponsored post courtesy of Bob Evans. All opinions are my own.}

November and December are the busiest months for my family and me because it includes a lot of travel and hosting visiting guests. I cook my family’s meals most of the time, but I have to admit that I tend to take a break from all the cooking towards the end of the year. I discovered an amazing deal at Bob Evans—offering a mail program where you can receive offers, discounts, coupons and more! Who doesn’t like receiving actual mail in a mailbox that isn’t meant for email? The kids and I love to see what goodies arrive in our mailbox.

Bob Evans offers an awesome Carry-Out Menu (Family Meals To Go), providing a ton of options to feed your entire family and guests beginning at only $19.99.

  • Slow-Roasted Turkey and Dressing
  • Slow-Roasted Pot Roast
  • Slow-Roasted Pork and Mushrooms
  • Grilled or Crispy Chicken Breasts
  • Slow-Roasted Chicken–N–Noodles Deep-Dish Dinner
  • Grilled or Crispy Chicken Strips
  • Wildfire Chicken Salad
  • Cobb Salad
  • Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
  • Broasted Chicken options also available where Broasted Chicken is available.
  • All served with choice of one or two family-sized sides and choice of bread

For more information about Bob Evans program and find locations near you, click HERE.

You’re Invited: The Best of SnobSwap Thursday, November 5th


I’m happy to announce that I will be partnering with SnobSwap on The Best of SnobSwap event in DC next month!

SnobSwap was recently named one of the best consignment websites by Harper’s Bazaar and is my absolute favorite place to shop for luxury brands including: Celine, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and more.


  • Click HERE to purchase your tickets! $20 Early Bird/$30 at the Door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Turbo’s mission to send care packages to deployed sailors, marines and other service members.
  • Join me as I’ll be offering FREE styling tips!
  • Shop high end designers like Balenciaga, Burberry, Christian Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and more for up to 80% off from Chic to Chic, Ella Rue, Reddz, Fillmore & 5th, N’Used and more!
  • Enjoy amazing food and beverages from DC’s most talented and newest innovative chefs.
  • First 50 guests to arrive get a free swag bag
  • $20 credit for new Lyft riders. Use Code: SNOBSWAP
  • Chance to win a $500 SnobSwap shopping spree

SnobSwap is offering a generous 20% discount (up to $100) right now thru November 30th. Use the code: ClarendonSXSS (Valid on Boutique Purchases only.)

I can’t wait to see you all there!!