Mom of the Week
Name: Kamber Petty
Hometown: Potomac Falls, VA
Hometown Must Dos: A few parks that I recommend to everyone who heads to Loudoun County and Northern Fairfax County are Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Great Falls Grange Park, and Trailside Park in Ashburn. They offer tons of shade for the kids to play under.
Great Falls Grange Park: http://novaoutdoors.com/nova/?p=127
Algonkian Regional Park: http://novaoutdoors.com/nova/?p=703
Trailside Park: http://novaoutdoors.com/nova/?p=102
Ashburn Dinosaur Park: http://novaoutdoors.com/nova/?p=107
Occupation: I’m a Mom, wife, microbiologist and Realtor in my spare time. I work and support two websites www. novaoutdoors.com and www.kamberpetty.com. I started a small park review blog called ‘The Next Best Thing…’ in 2011 and now it has its own website, ‘NoVa Outdoors’. NoVa Outdoors offers quick information and pictures of local parks in the Northern Virginia Area.
Twitter ID: @Kamberp31
Meet the Family: I’m happily married to a wonderful husband that enjoys me to staying home taking care of our boys. We have two boys, Cooper 3 and Max 2. They have always had a lot of energy and going outside is perfect for them. Park hopping is what we call visiting several parks in a day and they love to review new parks. We also have two cats that are part of our family.
Passions and Interests: Some of my passions are building a beautiful home for my family. Renovations start in the fall on our current home. Before I moved to VA I lived in California and I enjoyed bowling competitively. I still bowl in a league once or twice a week with a few tournaments a year.
One Major Goal you’re striving for: One of my major goals is to starting running 5Ks and make it a regular occurrence.
Biggest Pet Peeve: My biggest pet peeve is when parents just let their kids run wild at the park and not keep an eye on them. If I see an issue arising with the boys I just try to intervene and help them resolve an issue.
Most Controversial thing about you: Nothing to controversial about me. I’m very open about how I feel but not in a negative light. I stand behind my opinions but I respect that everyone can have an opinion.
Favorite Blog/Website: www.supernovamommy.com
Best advice ever received: Some advice I was ever given was when a good friend told me to take a chance on becoming a Realtor because she felt that I would do really well at it. The same friend helped me to create NoVa Outdoors and the rest is history.
Currently reading/Favorite Book: Currently I’m reading the Vince Flynn “Mitch Rapp” Series. I love that it’s based in the Washington D.C. area and about the CIA. My favorite book is The Great Gatsby. I’m also reading several real estate books on short sale transactions and foreclosures.
Favorite kid-free activity: I love to read and go out to dinner with the hubby. We try to get away every once in awhile just to recharge but in the end we always miss the kids.
Favorite Kid Friendly Restaurant: My favorite kid friendly restaurant is Red Robin but my favorite area restaurant is Los Toltecos. The food is great and the kids love the chips and salsa beforehand.
Go to family dinner: Our go to dinner is tacos. It’s easy and the kids and hubby love them.
Summer Plans: This summer we have a few trips on the calendar to the beach and also a visit to G-ma (my mother) in California. We may also take a trip to Canada to visit my sister for her birthday.
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About Tara Dunsmore
Tara is a single mom from Frederick, Maryland just trying to keep up with her crazy life. When she's not at the park with her Boo Boo you can find her either at her day job right here at Tots2Tweens or at her second job as a Jamberry Independent Consultant. Tara spends her days at Tots2Tweens searching for fun family activities and interesting content to share with our readers. Events, recipes, parenting articles and resources…if you live in MD/DC/VA/PA Tots2Tweens is the place to find it. She spends a lot of time on Pinterest and Facebook sharing her finds with our followers. Tara also volunteers her time as the Administrative Coordinator for the charitable photographer's network, Shoots for a Cure.You can read more about Tara's crazy life on her blog i heart my crazy life or follow her on twitter: @heartmycrzylife.