I'm J.J. Newby and once I had kids, my caffeine intake quadrupled. This blog is for people who have busy lives but still want to feel connected to their families, their communities, and themselves. You'll find tips for simplifying life, making a difference, and having fun -- as well as the occasional self-reflective post. I approach life and my blog with a sense of humor. I highlight family-friendly events in the Metro DC area, especially in my annual Summer Fun Guide.