Archives for December 2010

Winner of the Huggies Every Little Bottom/Capital Area Food Bank Diaper Drive Donation Sweepstakes

Thanks so much to everyone who donated to the Capital Area Food Bank in support of the Huggies Every Little Bottom campaign to assist families in need. As the food bank is in dire need of donations and 1 in 3 moms in the U.S. struggle to provide clean diapers for their children, your efforts are awesome.There were 15 entries/ $25 donations made by A Parent in Silver Spring readers, for a total of $375 raised!  Thank you to Barbara, Sue, Karla, Mary Rose, Laura F., Laura M., Elaine, Jen, Jean Read more...

SWAGG Gift App & Sweepstakes

SWAGG is a free mobile app (download here) that lets you shop smarter using your mobile phone. Buy, send or swap SWAGG GIFTS and organize your old school plastic gift cards. For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000. Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to Read more...

Pregnancy Beauty Services & Products I Love

Alternate title: How I'm Able to Handle Looking Like a Female Walrus (again)...minus the chin hair.I'm SO STOKED that so many of you other mamas reading are expecting too! Thanks for emailing me with your requests for shopping and beauty recs for your own bellies and bods.As someone who shops and adores products and magazines and reading online reviews more than should be legal, I'm going to have to break down my recommendations into several posts by topic.First up are my fav Read more...

Reminder: Last two days to donate to Capital Food Bank and enter to WIN $200!

If you’re a regular reader of A Parent in Silver Spring, you know that my patron cause is helping families in need through the Huggies Every Little Bottom campaign. I have taken up the gauntlet to assist in Huggies’ efforts to address the chilling fact that 1 in 3 moms in the U.S. struggle to provide clean diapers for their children.That’s why I’m asking you guys to make a $25 donation to the Capital Area Food Bank which provides not only food to people in need (check out all their great Read more...

Great Kids Village Events Dec. 19, New Year’s Eve and January 2 with The Great Zucchini

Looking for a combination of indoor playtime fun AND a family friendly performance or party? Great Kids Village is serving it up for the holidays!We're personally going to be heading to the Great Zucchini show on January 2nd for sure  -- my kids are OBSESSED with him. No one makes them crack up like this crazy guy can!This Sunday, Dec 19: Reptiles Alive Show and Tell from 10:30-11:30am at Great Kids Village Silver Spring- See a Show and Go Behind The Scenes! $8 pp per show advance; Read more...

Moms Night Out Tonight – Free!

You are invited to drop by a free, fun holiday party and moms night out tonight! Hosted by Moms Inc. of Silver Spring, the "Holiday Stop and Shop” is this evening, Wednesday December 15 from 6-8pm.There will be giveaways and door prizes every 10-15 minutes, seated massages, refreshments and shopping opportunities from local mama-owned businesses such asDream Dinners VitaMark Nutrition MSS Concierge Funfit Family Fitness Tom Boy Tools The Barking Cat Scentsy Mary Kay The Pampered Read more...

Ripples of Kindness Carries Students to the Imagination Stage (Thanks Yahoo!)

I'm proud to be a member of the Yahoo! Mother Board of blogging women with children. And during the holiday season, we were offered a pretty goodwill-tastic opportunity: participate in Ripples of Kindness.  Ripples of Kindness is the concept that good works to brighten others' days will create a ripple effect, and inspire others to do the same. So far over 41,000 kindness updates and good works have been posted!Some people have been doing totally random acts of kindness around town like paying Read more...

Gaylord National Harbor: A Room With a View, A Getaway Without a Long Drive, A GIVEAWAY of Kids’ Gifts for You!

My family and I just returned from experiencing firsthand the Christmas on the Potomac package at Gaylord National Harbor.  Staying at the Gaylord was an ideal one-night getaway for a family...or a couple with access to an overnight babysitter. We're huge fans of the family or couples weekend or overnight getaway (previous weekend reviews here), and we're now adding the Gaylord to our arsenal of drivable mini-vacation destinations.  It's superb.We checked out ICE! with its How the Grinch Read more...

Season’s Greeetings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens – Guest Post by Rachel Saladino

Rachel is a reader of A Parent in Silver Spring and a  stay at home mom of two. She grew up in the DC area, and now is sharing all the outings (and more!) with her children that she herself loved as a child. And she was awesome enough to share her family's experience at the U.S. Botanic Gardens holiday display with us!Recently my school-aged kids and I stumbled upon a fantastic exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Gardens, right next to the Capitol and the Air and Space Museum. We went the day before Read more...