10 Marvelous Mother’s Day Menus on the Hill (Plus 3 More Ideas)

Mother’s Day brunch by Emilie’s

You can treat mom to an awesome Mother’s Day restaurant meal this weekend (pickup or delivery), but you may need to plan ahead. Some of the following restaurants have specified deadlines on Wednesday or Thursday for pre-orders, and availability may be limited. This list focuses on restaurants on Capitol Hill. Note that some are offering hot, ready-to-eat meals, while others are offering heat-and-serve or meal kits. Call the restaurants with … Read the rest

Mother’s Day, Delivered: 10 Lovely (and Local) Ideas

Give mom a gorgeous bouquet from local florist Fleurs DC.

Since no one is sure what day of the week it is, a friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10, a week from tomorrow. As we are all (painfully) aware, moms have it especially tough this year. Mother’s Day won’t be quite the same, but it can still be special. To that end, here are 10 ideas for treating superhero moms while … Read the rest

“Paula and the Pandemic”: Explaining Social Distance to Preschoolers

In “Paula and the Pandemic,” a little girl watches a flower grow from a seed while missing her best friend.

“I have been in this house forever!” my frustrated 3-year-old complained earlier this week. It was a good time to introduce him to “Paula and the Pandemic,” a sweet children’s book that I discovered through a recommendation on Moms on the Hill (MOTH).

The story follows Paula, a little girl who struggles when she is … Read the rest

Paint and Plant With Home Garden Kits for Kids

Makeshift partnered with Bloompop to create Home Garden Kits for kids.

Here’s a fun idea to entertain the kids, brought to you by Makeshift, the local art-and-music workshop: paint and plant with a Home Garden Kit. Makeshift partnered with Bloompop to create the kits for kids, which include succulents and mosses, pot, specialized potting mix, craft paint and paintbrush.

Use the promo code MAKESHIFT to get $15 off each kit in your order. The kits … Read the rest

“Solo Streaking”: New Social-Distance Trend?

Close the blinds, avert your eyes! “Solo streaking”–the trend of running while nude–has hit Capitol Hill just as the mayor’s stay-at-home order goes into effect. Residents have reported sightings of runners wearing only a smile at Lincoln Park, Eastern Market and even the Supreme Court.

Combining fresh air, exercise and joie de vivre, running al fresco appears consistent with the spirit, at least, of the mayor’s order, which specifies that individuals may leave … Read the rest

Capitol Hill Kid Turns 1

It’s Capitol Hill Kid’s birthday!

Capitol Hill Kid is celebrating its first birthday. Now a toddler, Capitol Hill Kid is up on its feet and taking steps. The baby blog was born a year ago (actually March 27, but I was too tired to post yesterday). It sure has grown, and made a lot of friends, too.

If you’d like to show the Kid some birthday love, there is nothing it would like better than … Read the rest

Porch Happy Hour Is Happening Again, Tonight at 5

Councilmember Charles Allen invites you to hang out on your porch, balcony or stoop tonight at 5 p.m. to get to know your neighbors better. Reminder: Stay six feet away! Share photos with hashtag #Ward6HH.

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News and Notes: City, Schools, Parks and Kids’ Activities

“Who Are the Helpers in Your Neighborhood?” Councilmember Allen will hold a Q&A for kids on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Here’s a roundup of news and notes about the city, schools, parks and kid activities.


  • The mayor announced last night a third death in DC due to coronavirus (COVID-19), a 75-year-old woman.
  • As of 7:30 p.m. last night, the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) data includes 48 new positive cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case
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Social Distance Diary, Day 10: “Homeschool” Hurdles

AJ talks to his teacher on Zoom on my laptop (which he isn’t usually allowed to touch).

I was feeling conflicted–grumpy, really–about technology-based distance learning for my 3-year-old.

This is the third installment of my Social Distance Diary. The purpose is to share, connect and record some of the details of these strange times. I’ll will keep this up regularly (not daily) for the duration.

But then we tried it today, and it was … Read the rest