Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that gets a lot of hype for not a lot of reason. I’m a mom so I get why celebrating mom is important. After all, we love you when you’re at your worst and spend all of our days keeping you alive. Plus, I am all for being celebrated. But, when it comes right down to it, no family seems to really be able to pull off a spectacular, entirely relaxing, all inclusive Mother’s Day. Take my kids for example. Every year, they vow to be really well behaved as a treat for…

Happy Hour at JoJo's in Frederick, MD

  Once a month on Tuesdays I leave work and head to JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House on Patrick Street for our AAF-Greater Frederick board meeting. It’s the perfect location to meld happy hour and creative productivity, because nestled discreetly in the back is a space that’s big enough to hold a small private party. And because they serve wine. And beer. And hard cider. And liquor. Happy Hour at JoJo’s is buzzing over in the bar area on Tuesdays! Our board of directors seats 14 at one long table in the private room, with plenty of space to spare for additional tables…

  I started going to Zumba about two years ago. It was back when Zumba was the next big thing and women everywhere were rallying their work friends and mommy group mates to check out the newest way to dance themselves skinny. I fell into it too, because seriously, dancing is fun, working out kinda isn’t, and anything I could do to make moving fast and sweating more bearable I was interested in exploring. Like everyone else on the face of the entire planet, I loved it. I felt good, I got a little bit fitter, and I was having…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Bacon

  Brussels sprouts are one of those “old school” vegetables that garnered a bad rap a few decades ago when housewives (okay, maybe househusbands, too) served them up to their families BOILED. TO. DEATH. Boiling Brussels sprouts does them absolutely no justice. Those little, delicate leaves on the outside of each mini-cabbage-ish bundle? They scream to be roasted or fried, turning into melt-in-your-mouth bite sized packages of yum. Add in a little bacon? Well, let me just tell you: roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon will win over just about any picky veggie eater. If the appetizer and small bite menus of…

Happy Hour at Family Meal in Frederick, MD

  Admittedly, happy hours aren’t a regular occurrence these days. In fact, I’m not sure they ever were. But what I DO know is this: happy hour as a grown-up (versus the happy hours I knew as a college student – whoa) can be really fun if done right. Like happy hour at Family Meal, for example. I belong to a small group of co-workers who have a recurring calendar reminder to meet once a month for happy hour, right after work. Destination TBD, but always somewhere in Frederick, MD, and ideally downtown. The reality? We end up managing one…maybe two…of those meet ups…