DC Thrifty Mom Nicole Luke and her Family, North Petworth, Washington, DC

DC Thrifty Mom Nicole Luke and her Family, North Petworth, Washington, DC

Today, Nicole Luke is the mom behind the popular community blog, DC Thrifty Mom, continuing what she calls her “civic responsibility” by helping parents find rewarding experiences to enjoy with their kids—without blowing the family budget or even leaving town. 

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Meet Belinda Garza, Matt Hartwig & Graciela, Petworth, Washington, DC

Meet Belinda Garza, Matt Hartwig & Graciela, Petworth, Washington, DC

The last “first” time that Belinda Garza and Matt Hartwig met, they were at an engagement party, seated at opposite ends of a large table. First impressions can count for a lot. But not in this case. Garza and Hartwig already met more than once over the years, but those meetings never quite registered until that fateful party. As Garza says more than five years later, “Timing is everything.” 

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Corinne Cannon of the DC Diaper Bank is Making a Difference from the Bottom Up

Corinne Cannon of the DC Diaper Bank is Making a Difference from the Bottom Up

Corinne Cannon, an expert on the effects of care on infant brain development, is more skilled in handling babies than most people. But back in 2009, awake in the dead of night with her inconsolable, colicky first child, Jack, she felt as helpless and alone as every other mother in that desperate situation. She woke up her husband, Jay, asleep in the next room of their Capital Hill home, and handed over the wailing infant to get some relief. “The physical reality of parenthood is brutal, and that’s when it’s going absolutely perfectly,” says Cannon, now also mom to two-year-old Callie. But what happens to the women who have no one to wake when they’ve had enough, she wondered. And what happens to fussy babies when their mothers have reached their breaking point?

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Meet the Silickis of Tenleytown, Washington, DC

Meet the Silickis of Tenleytown, Washington, DC

On a recent brisk, snowy day in Tenleytown, Pleasance Silicki was watching out her window as her 3-year-old son, Milo, played in the newly fallen snow.  Preschool had been called off due to the weather. And since Milo’s big sister, Saylor’s, first grade class at Janney Elementary School was enjoying no such luck, Pleasance had only one kid and the family dog to keep her eye on as she chatted about the life she and husband Mel have built for themselves in this historic neighborhood on Washington, DC’s Red Line.

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