Josie Ortega writes about parenthood, faith, and culture from her home in Alexandria, VA. Every single year, Josie resolves to improve her Spanglish, and she loves to play Elvis and Otis Redding for her three kids and call it homeschool.
Starting kindergarten is an exciting new adventure! Read on for some great back-to-school tips from an older and wiser second grader.
Still have no clue what to give to your loved ones this Christmas? Check out these last-minute gift ideas from Josie Ortega that everyone in your family will
Martin Luther King Day is a perfect opportunity for talking with your kids about race. Here are some helpful ways to have meaningful conversations.
Bundle up, get some cozy clothes, and go outside in winter! Here are some great tips to enjoy the simple pleasures and benefits of outdoor living!
Find out all about the multicultural Thanksgiving origins and how we can celebrate with food, faith, and freedoms today. Read on to learn more!
Josie Ortega describes how to set up a lovely space for praying with kids, and how to read the Bible together in a joyful, peaceful way.
Josie Ortega and her family celebrate Epiphany by closing out the Christmas season with a multicultural, forward-looking Three Kings Day.
Use sensory experiences like baking and gardening to develop family traditions and make Easter an even bigger celebration each spring.
Learn here how you can make room for love, hope, and joy and a peaceful Advent!
Josie Ortega shares ideas for parents to make church at home enjoyable and nourishing for the whole family.
Learn about great Lenten traditions and how they will enhance your family Easter celebration this year!
Streamlined Minimalish Mom on the Street has a chic and cohesive style. Read on for her fabulous eco-friendly style tips!
Halloween can be a great time of year for preschoolers, but sometimes it can be scary, too. Here are some ways to keep the celebration.
Josie Ortega suggests summer movies —baseball flicks, westerns, and island adventures— for a Family Movie Night both adults and kids will love.
Looking for the perfect movie for family movie night? Have no fear! Josie Ortega recommends her favorite feel-good spring movies!
Josie Ortega lists winning classic, romance, and comedy movies that the whole family can enjoy for Family Movie Night on Valentine's Day!
Looking for winter movies that the whole family can enjoy? Josie Ortega suggests classics, comedies, and wintry sports films for Family Movie Night.
Josie Ortega shares the Christmas movies that are becoming beloved holiday traditions for everyone in the family: comedies, classics, and the unexpected!
Whether running kids to practice or running her own business, jewelry designer Betsy Hill is our Always Accessorized Mom on the Street.
Josie Ortega offers ideas for after school snacks that kids and parents will love! Read on for her healthy, quick and easy snack recipes!
What do you do with your family while you're in Nashville for the weekend? Josie Ortega has some great ideas for all ages!
Looking for an easy way to declutter your home and save money? Josie Ortega has nine tips on how to host a clothing swap.
Congrats, you're expecting a baby! Now, onto the tough part: choosing a baby name. Josie Ortega will help you think through the process.
Josie Ortega samples the favorite tailgate food to make ahead of time for a fancy-yet-easy parking lot party on game day!
Josie Ortega takes stock of the functional and beautiful cooking tools and kitchen basics that help us love being in the kitchen. Read on for her top tips!
Need some stocking stuffer ideas for your kids? Here are 50 great ideas for everyone on your list, from the practical to extravagant.
Looking for patriotic movies for the whole family? Josie Ortega suggests Fourth of July flicks that adults and kids can enjoy together.
If planning a date night feels like a lot of pressure, take heart, and keep it simple! Here are some great classic movies to watch again and again.
Looking for inspiration for your next family movie night? Josie Ortega lists nine solid fall family movies that adults and kids will love.
For a Family Movie Night in October, Josie Ortega suggests nine great movies that offer Halloween fun for both children and parents.
Disappointed that Easter traditions won’t be the same under social distancing? Join Josie Ortega in brainstorming new twists on a joyful Easter celebration.
What is All Saints Day? The morning after the frightful night of October 31 is All Saints Day, a great opportunity to celebrate life, death, and your family
Josie Ortega has great tips for easy, thoughtful, unforgettable birthday traditions that are special for her own family. Read on for more ideas!
Mom on the Street Josie Ortega reviews Rent the Runway’s monthly subscription service for special event dresses and her everyday Mom Uniform.
Still considering whether you should take a Zumba class? Let Josie Ortega help you decide with a fun and unique insight to the dance workout!
Looking for the perfect family getaway? Then head to Hot Springs, Virginia, home of the beautiful historic resort, The Omni Homestead.
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to share your favorite things with friends? Try these great ideas for a gift exchange!
Want to raise awesome children who love to read, ride bikes, and pick up their own clothes? It all starts with us! Read on for tips on parenting by example.
Thanksgiving Stew is a simple vegetable beef stew recipe that will bring communities together to celebrate a nostalgic holiday full of gratitude.
Author Kelli Stuart shares a window into her world of reading, writing, and motherhood in an interview with Josie Ortega. Get inspired by her reading goals!
For NYE Family Movie Night, Josie Ortega offers nine classic New Year's Eve movies that parents and kids of all ages might enjoy together.
Our Colorful Impressionist Mom on the Street Emily York Ozier—or EMYO—is a painter whose life and personal style resemble her art: loose, lively, colorful!
A love of reading can begin early, but you don't have to stress over flashcards. Instead, you can create a print-rich environment at home, and here's how!
The family dinner table provides a perfect place for setting up lasting family traditions. Read these tips from Josie Ortega.
Just a quick hour with an interior designer can make a huge difference for your home design. See what Josie Ortega learned from her consultation.
Prior to the pandemic, the Yellis family embraced simple living. They’ve discovered simplicity prepared them to weather the storm with minimal disruptions.
Anyone can create a natural outdoor play space that the kids will enjoy for years! Josie Ortega interviews designer Leigh Dameron.
Diverse movies develop empathy and start great conversations. Plus, they tell great stories to enjoy during Family Movie Night. Check out these suggestions!
Ready or not, summer is here! And here are some summer survival tips to help you and your family have the best season, yet.
Use this summer style inspiration checklist to refresh the basics, simplify, and figure out what’s fun and what works this summer!
Our Uptown Artist Mom on the Street Melisse Copley brings her laid-back, upbeat, southern, artistic sensibility to the streets of Manhattan.
Spunky Spitfire Mom on the Street Amanda Hazelwood is changing the world, one book club at a time—with style that's functional, and (a little bit) loud!
Ready to change up the ol' hair routine? Whether classic or out-of-the-box, Josie Ortega suggests trying some fun braids on your kids!
For Father's Day movies, Josie Ortega suggests great on-screen movie dads, action-packed adventures, or ridiculous 80s comedies.
Whether you consider yourself an artsy parent or struggle with stick figures, here are some great tips to enjoy art with kids.
Looking for a great way to encourage your children's appreciation of art? Take them on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Creative Contemplative Mom on the Street Amy Rowe uses artful accessories and unusual combinations to express her unique sense of style.
Josie Ortega shares her journey to get every family member on a bike. Get ready to start your family bike adventure!
Josie Ortega shares authentic, easy Mexican food ideas for a fun family Cinco de Mayo fiesta: appetizers, sides, and desserts to make with kids!
Every family can celebrate Cinco de Mayo, learning about Mexican-American culture while sharing great food, music, and family togetherness.
Kids and parents will benefit from choosing hands-on, open-ended toys that encourage creativity. Break out the costumes, blocks, and mud pies!
Procrastination happens all too often! But these helpful tips will help you get more productive and organized as you learn to manage your time.
Looking for last-minute ideas for your kids' Easter baskets? Look no further! We've got great ideas for kids of all ages.
Spice up your taste buds with a bath of Mexican Hot Chocolate! Josie Ortega loves to keep the mix in the pantry all winter, ready to share with familia!
With a wardrobe full of wayfarer shades and brightly-colored shirts, Spicy Preppy Dad on the Street Izzy Ortega puts his twist on a classic look.
Available for free
FamilyApp © 2021