Giveaway for the Month of May: $50 Mastercard Gift Card

Giveaways rock!   Thanks so much for all your comments in April – there were officially over 200 entries for the April giveaway of a  30-minute facial at Blue Heron Wellness! (Value: $50) If you need some pampering and wellness this weekend, they’re holding classes and have appointments for treatments this weekend.  Visit their site and give them a call at (301) 754-3730.

And the April winner was…

Lori Nicholson!

This month I was too crazybusy to coordinate a local business as the giveaway sponsor, so I just picked up a $50 Mastercard Gift Card for one of you lucky peeps to use anywhere for literally any little thing your heart desires.  Does mama need a new pair of shoes? A date night or girls’ night out?  Gas? Groceries?  Your choice!

To be entered,

Here are the rules:

  • This monthly giveaway is totally separate from any other giveaways that I may hold on A Parent in Silver Spring or APISS Reviews.
  • This means if I write 30 posts a month and you leave a comment on each one, you’ll be entered in the drawing 30 times…and um, them’s purty good odds.
  • When you leave a comment, please click the FOLLOW button directly below the comment text box.  This way I can notify you that you are a winner.  (I HIGHLY recommend simply clicking the follow button and entering your email for notification of replies to your comment, rather than leaving the text to your email address within your comment – this is how you get gross spam.)
  • This month, additional entries can be received for voting in Washingtonian’s Best of Washington 2010 survey and subscribing to the A Parent in Silver Spring email feed, as detailed above.
  • Constructive criticism, differences of opinion = completely fine.  Offensive comments or spam = will be deleted.
  • Friends and fellow bloggers are eligible.
  • All winners will be drawn completely Randomly.
  • All winners must reside in the United States.
  • Comments sent to me via email are always appreciated, but will not be counted for this monthly giveaway series.

Featured businesses may provide the gift certificates and gift cards and swag.  All giveaways in this series will be worth at least $50 each and require no further purchase of goods or services from the winner.  (Have a business you’d like to promote through giving a gift to gracious A Parent in Silver Spring reading parents?  Send me a line!)

So please leave comments, comments, comments galore!  Write what you like, what you don’t, what you think needs to be changed, events that are happening in your community, your own great finds…whatever!


  1. Jeanne Salvado says:

    Would love some free money!

  2. Jamie LaRue says:

    I am loving checking Jasmere every day for cool deals!  Today’s is the cutest!

  3. I look forward to my Jasmere alerts everyday!  Thanks to Katrina and Jeremy for putting in all the effort, so that I can get such cool products!  I have purchased through Jasmere, and I have always had a fantastic experience! 

  4. Bet I wouldn’t have any trouble finding a way to spend $50 on Jasmere while my toddler naps. 🙂

  5. Love the jasmere alerts – and how fun to have a giveaway from them this month!

  6. Lee-Ann Ticktin says:

    Sounds good to me!

  7. says:

    You have such a wonderful resource for all of us!  Thanks!

  8. You have such a wonderful resource for us all!

  9. Alexandra Taylor says:

    Would love to have Jasmere $

  10. Jasmere rocks!  I love the idea, and that they have so many eco-friendly, organic products!  YAY.   Ellie

  11. Jasmere is a great site, thanks!

  12. Devorah Walder says:

    what a great list! i’m new & really enjoying it. thank you!

  13. Trish Atkins says:

    lovin’ the free stuff! kkep it comin’ 😉

  14. A blog that tells me about cool stuff to do with my toddler AND gives away free stuff?  Sign me up!

  15. cool site!

  16. Allison Leaver says:

    Thanks for offering such fun items!

  17. Sarah S. says:

    Thank you for providing the links within the activities calendar-it really does make finding fun things to do incredibly easy!

  18. good luck everyone 🙂

  19. Jasmere has GREAT products and if you refer people you make money too.  Really really want this giveaway!  Thanks for posting it

  20. OH and the fact that Jasmere deals get cheaper by the second is an even bigger plus

  21. I’ve signed up to Jasmere thanks to your recommendation. I always trust your tips…except I’m still not watching The View. 😉

  22. Sounds gret! Thanks!

  23. I recently found Jasmere and have already ordered from them twice, so I’d love to get to order again for free! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Jessica,
    Your blog is full of energy and enthusiasm– gets us thinking creatively about what to do when with our kids and solo.  Thanks!!!

  25. I am a subscriber to Jasmere and have made a purchase. Cool site – thanks for sharing, Mary Beth

  26. Jessica Corb says:

    Thanks for always giving us cool sites to visit!! 🙂  

  27. Jamie LaRue says:

    I am loving Jasmere!  I just bought a super cool birthday present for DH on that site!

  28. Just a note to let you know how much this blog rocks!!!! I won the tickets for “Porgy and Bess” from the site and I treated my parents to the freebie. Just a little token for all they do to help  me raise my own family. I could never have returned to work without their help and they courageously handle my hectic schedule of raising 4 kids age span 7-14 on the days I work my long 12 hour (really 14) hour hospital shifts. Thank you sooooo much for not only for the incredible resource you offer but also the wonderful freebie “perks”.  They loved the show and the seats were awesome. My dad got to hear the song “summertime” that he used to sing to me as a baby and danced with me for our dance many years ago at my wedding. Again, Jessica , in your own words…..YOU ROCK!!!!!!

    Your fellow mom-reader
    Renee McCaw

  29. JessicaAPISS says:

    You have TOTALLY made my day!  🙂

  30. Thanks for all the amazing suggestions of things to do.  I can always count on APISS to come up with something fun and exciting.  Thanks for all you do to make me the best mom I can me!

  31. Sonia Mena says:

    Thanks for all the information sharing and for providing ideas on fun things to do. 

  32. Catherine says:

    Your blog rocks!  Thanks so much for all the great info about our town.  And I just voted for you for best local blogger at the Washington Post best of site.  Hope you win!

  33. Wow, thanks so much!!
    On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 9:32 AM, Echo <

  34. I voted!

  35. says:

    Thanks for all the great info on your website!

  36. I voted @ washingtonian

  37. Sylvia Kim says:

    I voted at Washingonian. Hope you win! 🙂

  38. Ashanthi Kiridena says:

    Absolutely the best!

  39. kenia garcia says:

    Need some ME TIME!!! thanks

  40. Bndavis1987 says:

    Im a nanny and this site is so helpful for things to go with the kids. Thanks so much for the ideas…. 

  41. Heidi Miller says:

    Hi! My family, which includes 3 children under 4, is moving to the area this July. We are fairly certain we will be in Silver Spring, but it is possible we will end up in Alexandria, VA. Do you have any suggestions of where to look for preschools in that area as well. We are searching for both right now until we get nailed down where we will live. By the way, this site is GREAT!! It has been soooooo helpful in my preschool search . . . among other things. THANK YOU! Could you email me perhaps? 

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