Archives for July 2010

Stuff I Love: Summer 2010 Reviews & Giveaways

Favorite New Children's Novel & Giveaway:The Last Guardian and the Reject Bike by Darren SimonThis inspiring fantasy book about a misfit kid and a seemingly-hunk-o-junk bike that turns out to have magical powers was a big hit with my six year old son Charlie.  Completely original, the story possessed some aspects of the time-traveling adventures of The Magic Treehouse and  the magic of the Harry Potter series, as well as some Roald-Dahlish-preyed-upon-kid-conquers-all themes Read more...

Olney National Night Out on Tuesday with Drama Kids International

Olney's National Night Out is next Tuesday, August 3rd, on the grounds of Montgomery General Hospital from 5pm - 8pm. The National Night Out is a time when the community comes together to highlight crime prevention and police awareness.Drama Kids, a great local drama program with camps and classes for kids, will be there promoting self confidence and high self esteem in children.  According to child safety experts, a strong sense of self can be a big factor in helping kids stay safe and keeping Read more...

Twitter party Wednesday Night at 9 p.m. for a great cause: Huggies Every Little Bottom

Join the Twitter party that's all about a great cause - helping moms and babies in need! The fun and advocacy happens TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET on Twitter, hashtag #Elb So last week I didn't post much. (OK, I didn't post at all.) It was the first time in the years I've been writing A Parent in Silver Spring that this blog was not updated in less than five days with new information to assist and entertain parents.The reason?I was helping my community in person, and not just behind the screen of Read more...

Post-Tornado Stress Syndrome

Yesterday I felt like a damsel in a cheesy summer apocalypse movie. I stood at my sliding glass door and stupidly watched as three 30-foot pine trees from our neighbors' yard came rushing towards me. They barely missed the house, took out a beautiful Japanese maple tree we love, but kindly missed the kids' wooden swing set and the shed. And there those pines will lay until the tree guys in the area finish counting all their cash and finally return our calls.Today I feel like the leader of a band Read more...

Brazilian Hair Straightening by Jillian Behram of Headlines – Hot Mama Humidity-Proof Hair!

Jillian Behram of Headlines Hair Designers is a genius with color, cuts and now the new Brazilian hair straightening treatment, too! The Washinton, D.C. area humidity and heat is turning every day into a bad hair day for some of us.  But I have to admit, I've been doing OK in the hair department in this weather, thanks to Jillian Behram of Headlines Hair Designers in downtown Silver Spring. If you've been reading this site for awhile, you've heard me gush about Jillian before--she's the gal in Read more...

Lilith Fair Ticket Giveaway: Two Winners!

Free Lilith Fair Tickets August 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Two Winners Will Win Two Tickets Each! UPDATE: The winners, randomly drawn, were Jenny D. and Kristin H.!  Thanks to all who entered!Lilith Fair. With Sarah McLachlan and Indigo Girls. And don't worry, you don't need a DeLorean time machine: The great woman-centric concert series from 1997-1999 is back in 2010!Joining Sarah, Amy and Emily are Court Yard Hounds (aka sisters Martie and Emily of The Dixie Chicks), and other Read more...

Washington DC Area County Fairs & Maryland State Fair: Pass the Cotton Candy

County Fairs in Maryland and Virginia this July, August and September UPDATE: This post was mentioned in Post Now yesterday. You can take the girl out of the small town, but you can't...anyways, the big, I mean HUGE, social event of the year when I was a kid was the county fair. And even though the closest my own little Montgomery County kids will get to raising their own 4-H pig is a performance of Charlotte's Web at The Adventure Theatre, I love that Charlie and Eve can still get the fair experience Read more...

Rocknoceros Show on Sunday at Sixth & I

Shark Watch This Weekend, Cupcake Love and GIVEAWAYS

Discovery Channel Shark Week Alert: According to Patti, as of noon today Chompie is up!The big inflatable shark that sometimes appears on the Discovery headquarters building to celebrate SHARK WEEK is rumored to make his appearance this weekend.His name is Chompie.And he is awesome.What's also awesome?  The cool wildlife shows about SHARKS that will dominate the programming waters on Discovery starting August 1. Shark Week is the longest-running annual special on Discovery - the Read more...