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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas As Shared On Fox 5 DC

There is less than a week left before Christmas and if you are like me, this means it's time to scramble to finish shopping. Being a last minute shopper doesn't mean you have to give up creativity with gift buying. On December 19, 2014, I will be on Fox 5 DC’s morning show Good Day DC at 10:30 am to share last minute holiday gift ideas. For the segment, I am sharing ideas from independently owned businesses that are local to the Washington, DC area. I am a huge supporter of shopping locally and supporting business owners, especially those in the early stages of growing their dream. The gift ideas I am sharing are either handmade or created by Washington DC locals for locals. I am also going to share two gift ideas you can make with your kids because the gifts your kids make are the ones that mean the most. My two tips for buying from these businesses are: 1.) Act Fast (remember there are only a few days left) 2.) Reach out to the owner before placing your order. The best part about shopping with independent businesses is that you … [Read More...]

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When Bad Things Happen to Children

I took a buzz feed quiz the other day and it said my most defining personality trait was “sensitive.” I suppose that is a positive thing. I am empathetic and I care. Two things I think we need more of as a society. The problem is that being sensitive can be painful too. It can […]

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Tiny Steps Mommy’s Thanksgiving Ideas as Shared with Fox 5 DC’s Morning News Show – Good Day DC

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. In my family, it is the one that brings everyone together to enjoy good food and more importantly each others’ company. I feel incredibly flattered and blessed that Fox 5 DC’s morning show Good Day DC asked me back to share some Thanksgiving ideas (see my Halloween segment here). Today, […]

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Parenting Different Stages of Childhood

Open, shut them, open, shut them. I can hear her sing-song voice repeating the phrase from the kitchen. I peer around the corner and see the concentration in the folds of her forehead. The little fingers on her right hand are perfectly tucked into the holes of the pink-handled blunt-tipped scissors. A paper plate is […]

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A Dream Come True: I Was Published On The Washington Post

Yesterday, an essay I wrote was published on the On Parenting section of The Washington Post. This is huge for me. I grew up dreaming of seeing my byline in The Washington Post. Even though my piece is only running on their online publication, I am still extremely proud of myself. This is all part of […]

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My TV Debut: Sharing Halloween Treat Ideas on Fox 5’s Good Day DC

If there are two lessons I have learned since I started Tiny Steps Mommy, it is that you have to A.) push yourself outside your comfort zone and B.) say YES. This may seem basic for some people, but for me it is a life changing lesson I have learned very slowly. For years, I hid behind […]

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Please Help Shower Mathias Giordano With Love

There are some people who take root in my heart. Sometimes these people are complete strangers and yet I somehow find myself emotionally invested. I read every social media post, article and update related to their journey. I study their pictures. I donate to their cause. I think of them often and I look for ways to […]

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Sometimes I Run Away

Sometimes I Run Away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. [...]

An Ordinary Day to Remember

An Ordinary Day to Remember

On Saturday, I was determined to get every member of my family of six out of the house for a famil[...]

Are you striking a balance with the loves of your life?

Are you striking a balance with the loves of your life?

Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It’s more than a feeling, but an instinct. A connect[...]

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