In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. Read more Dream Days here.

Shortly after Barbara Biddle gave birth to her first son nearly four years ago, she started experiencing postpartum depression. “All the ups and downs that come with just having had a baby,” she says. After some friends started using hemp-derived CBD products to treat pain relief and anxiety, she tried CBD herself. “It made me feel normal again,” Biddle says.

Now the 26-year-old owns District Hemp Botanicals, a small chain of CBD-focused wellness stores in Manassas, Leesburg and Dupont Circle. The Dupont store opened last month and, like the others, features a variety of products — tinctures, balms, sparkling waters, dog treats — infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and cannabis that’s been said, by its proponents, to treat all kinds of ailments.

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Biddle lives in Centreville with her two sons, 3½ -year-old Oliver and 10-month-old David. She’d bring them and their father, Joseph, with whom she co-parents, along for part of her perfect D.C. day — before making time for herself.

I like to start my day at home with a protein shake — not a cup of coffee. Then I would probably get breakfast at Ted’s Bulletin [on 14th Street NW]. Honestly, I’m really just addicted to their handmade pop tarts. The blueberry flavor I had right after my birth with David and so it’s been really sentimental to me. That’s always what draws me there.

I would be with my kids and Joseph, their father — he’s my best friend, still. We’d hit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. That always awed me as a child, so I definitely want them to experience that. I have not seen the new dinosaur hall yet, so we’d see that. Oliver is very into dinosaurs right now. And visiting the insect zoo — that has to be in it. I hate bugs, but I just love the experience there. It’s nice to see them when they’re not, you know, able to crawl all over me.

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That’s probably a long trip. So we’re going to grab lunch. I would go to Surfside in Dupont Circle. That’s my favorite lunch spot. I get the Cabo San Lucas tacos, but I’m super boring and I ask for the grilled peppers and red onions to be left off. I crave it daily. The kids and Joseph are eating tacos with me. Well, David’s not, he’s eating baby food that I brought along with me.

Speaking of the kids, I’m probably needing a reup on caffeine at this point. Un je ne sais Quoi … is such a cute little French bakery. They have amazing chocolate croissants, so if I need something sweet I’ll grab some for me and the kids. I’m drinking a caramel macchiato.

Now I’m gonna take care of myself and leave the kids with Joseph. I’m going to hit the river and go kayaking in Georgetown. It’s very calming. I tried stand-up paddleboarding, and that took a lot more concentration. It was more stressful than it was calming.

I’d go to Georgetown Cupcake and there’d be no line. I’d get a Red Velvet cupcake. I love the whipped cream that they have. It’s like a cream cheese type of taste and it’s not too sweet.

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I’m going to get pampered at Parlour Salon on U Street NW. It’s the only salon that knows how to treat my curls. I’d probably get my hair straightened, honestly — it’s so much less maintenance — but they leave my curls healthy after that. I’d just get my hair done because that’s the most important thing.

Dinner is the Capital Grille for the filet mignon — oh my god. I’m not a wine connoisseur, but [its] wine selection was quite impressive. It’s a special-occasion place for me.

Muse is my favorite band, they have been since I was in middle school, so I’d go see them in concert. I grew up with them. They’re one of the only concerts that I’ve frequented. I went to one for my birthday a few years ago and the experience is just mind blowing. If I had a choice, I’d love for them to play the 9:30 Club, a small, intimate type of show.

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