Archives for February 2009

GETAWAY GIVEAWAY: Free Night at the Marriott Bethesda North

UPDATE: I LOVE these stories! Thanks everyone for entering and keep 'em up - you have until Thursday March 5th at midnight to leave your story as to why you should win the night away! The lovely folks at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center contacted me and offered me the choice of a night's staycation at their fancy hotel or the gift of a free night's stay to a lucky reader. Now, my husband and I had a overnight getaway sans kids earlier this winter, and both my preschool age Read more...

Adelaide Photography Offer for APISS Readers

The lovely and amazing Kristin Callahan of Adelaide Photography is offering 25% off all photo sets for the entire month of March. Kristin takes photos of babies, children and expectant moms that become family heirlooms and works of art in your home. Check out her work here.And Kristin has another fun promotion in the spring: On the first day of the month in April, May and June, a special password will be clearly listed somewhere on the Adelaide Photography website. The first person to email Read more...

Week 3 of Swing Dance Lessons With Gotta Swing at McGinty’s

This is me dancing with instructor Dabe during the dance at McGinty's that follows beginner and intermediate swing dancing lessons by GottaSwing every Sunday night: I told you, my dignity would not be spared! However, it's hard to look too clumsy while being led by your experienced instructor.Chris and I have now taken three of the eight weekly sessions. We are now comfortable dancing in the basic six-count style as exhibited in the video above. This past week we started to learn the more tricky Read more...

Giveaways on APISS Reviews

Want free baby gifts, eco-savvy kid gear, children's CDs and DVDs? Come on over to APISS Reviews for a chance to win one of many awesome prizes.If you'd like to receive notices of all giveaways on my review site via email, click here. If you'd like to add APISS Reviews to your feed reader, click here. And today is the last day to leave a comment here for a chance to win the Balanced Living swag bag with yoga mat, meditative music CD, Franklin Planner and more. You can also enter the BOCA Balanced Read more...

Get A Sitter Going Out Ideas

Because Valentine's Day is any night that nice teenage girl down the street is free and you can always use a GNO (Gals/Guys Night Out.)FRIDAY - March 7DCist ExposedTuesdays-Saturdays 12-6pm from February 20-March 7Opening reception Friday February 20 5-9pmCheck out this exhibition of the best DC-centric photographs featured on DCist, the amazing local blog. Both professional and amateur photographers showcase their work, presenting a vast array of perspectives of our fair capital. The art photography Read more...

APISS Weekend Picks for Feb 20-22

FRIDAY-SUNDAYIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie Opening at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo! Based on the beloved book by Laura Joffe Numeroff, it's the story of one hungry mouse and a hospitable little boy in a tale of endless delight. Appropriate for all ages. Buy your tickets now because this one will sell out fast. Saturdays at 11am & 1:30pm, and Sundays at 11am, other weekday and special needs performances listed here.SATURDAY & SUNDAYMaple Syrup Festival at Brookside GardensFrom 12-3pm both Read more...

Help

Thank you all for the kind comments. I will pass them along to Vivi's parents at an appropriate time, and they may be reading them and finding comfort.I never had the pleasure of meeting Vivienne Esme Martin, but Vivi's mother and father are very dear to our family. As fellow parents, it is impossible to comprehend the gravity of the loss of a child. Feeling powerless grief for Vivi's parents' pain, all I could think to do was let other people know her story.If you would like to help, please Read more...

Becoming A Parent Is An Act of Supreme Bravery

Last night my cousin and her husband lost their dear little daughter to cancer. Darling Vivi was almost 10 months old and had Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors in her brain and spine. The outlook for Vivi's survival with this diagnosis as an infant was grim. But due to her parent's ardent love, diligent research, faith in God and committment to do everything in their power to fight for their girl, Vivi underwent surgery and experimental treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Vivi's Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Balanced Living Means Meditation, BOCA Burgers & 20-Something Blogging Queens

UPDATE: Patti, the amazing, creative, unpaid sometime contributing writer to APISS is the winner, chosen TOTALLY RANDOMLY by Random.org's integer generator! (If I were able to pay her or other contributors for content I would make her ineligible, but since I can't I believe she is definitely eligible for da swag!)BOCA Foods invited twenty DC-area women bloggers last week to a night of balance and pampering at Nusta Spa in DC. I was surprised and happy to be asked, didn't know what to expect but Read more...