Archives for October 2008

A Parent in Silver Spring in the Washington Post: Art Opportunities for Kids

I have a piece in The Washington Post today on art opportunities for kids in the DC Metro area.Resources for families include the Freer & Sackler, the Textile Museum, the Kennedy Center's Multicultural Children's Book Festival tomorrow and Silver Spring's own Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store.Special thanks to Wendy Green of KidzArt in Loudon and Prince William Counties and the kids and parents of KidzArt; Rachel Gader-Shafran, Tiffany Edmonds and Asia Young of Creativity Georgetown; Karen Read more...

Vote Corina DuBois Military Spouse of the Year!

Silver Spring's own Corina DuBois has been nominated by her loving husband Hal as Military Spouse of the Year!Corina helps the community as creator of national & local phenomenon Celebrate Mama! and owner and heart of the Montgomery County Stroller Strides program. She is also a mother of three beautiful boys and soldiered through her third pregnancy while Hal was on tour in Iraq. See below for Hal's nomination essay, detailing how she helps her family and others.But first, vote for Corina Read more...

Get A Sitter Halloweeny Links

The Cocktail Cafe, a free e-mail newsletter and fun website for styley moms written by hot mama Rhea Brown, has posted a certificate for a free entree at McCormick & Schmick's on Halloween night. Thanks Rhea for the downturn-date-night discount!It's been about a zillion years ago since I danced on a speaker in Adams Morgan dressed as Lita Ford, but if you still consider Halloween the best going out night of the year, the Washington Post's Going Out Gurus have the guide for you. They also Read more...

More Halloween Events – 3 Nice, 1 Naughty

Second Annual Halloween Rocks Festival at Market Square Kentlands in GaithersburgFriday 3-6:30pm, FREE. Concert headlined by Rocknocerus, more live performances, petting zoo, trick-or-treating, creative costume contest, face painting, moonbounce, crafts and games - your basic awesome carnival in a scare-free zone.Halloween Alternative Carnival at Burtonsville Baptist ChurchFriday 6:30-9pm, FREE. Have fun at the 2008 Halloween Alternative at BBC, a safe environment for kids to enjoy fun games, prizes, Read more...

Halloween Picks

WEDNESDAYHalloween Extravaganza at Little Falls Library in Bethesda7-8pm. Crafts, face painting, and games for all ages, as well as "Scary Stories Told in the Dark." Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and the librarians dress up, too. THURSDAYHalloween on Screen at AFI Silver TheaterThursday-Monday, various times. Take the little kids to see a Halloween Wallace & Grommit flick or the teens to see classic creepy movies like Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead and Nosferatu.FRIDAYHalloween Read more...

Giveaway of Women’s Winter Coats By JCPenney on APISS Reviews

Continuing this thrifty theme, I'm on A Parent in Silver Spring Reviews today talking about the awesome winter coats by JCPenney. And Penney's? They're giving away FOUR winter coats to lucky readers.Come see!Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

How I Wasted Over $600 Today After Writing That Smug Post

Leave car accidentally unlocked when running kids into preschoolHave credit and check cards and $500 digital camera stolen from carSpend precious preschool time, reserved for work, on the phone with bankTake $100 out of savings until fraud forms are filed and money reimbursedDude, I'm never writing a smug "oh look at me, learn from me, I'm such a saver" post ever againThanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Changes I’ve made to save potentially $600 a month

I'm taking the rising prices and economic instability seriously, and have challenged myself to actually save more as the times toughen. My spouse and I have done everything we can to avoid debt, protect investments, blah blah, but whatever, I'm not here to talk about the market. I'm talking about small changes I've made in our spending that could save my household approximately $600 per month. Cutting luxuries, DIY, bargain shopping, can potentially save us $7-8,000 per year.Gee, who knew?Converse Read more...

Book Giveaways on APISS Reviews

Come on over to APISS Reviews, where I'm giving away new copies of Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic by Whoopi Goldberg and The Precious Girls Club: A Little Bit of Faith. Both books are the first novels in new series for girls with positive, self-esteem-building messages. Come have a look and you just might win a great stocking stuffer for the princess in your life.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...