Archives for January 2011

Prayers for Susan – A Novena for Families in Silver Spring and Around the World

As many of you know, the incredible Susan of Toddler Planet, also a parent in Silver Spring, is fighting cancer again, for the fourth time in four years. She has fought the disease with two rounds of chemo, radiation, surgeries, medications and has begun a clinical trial. Susan's side effects have been many.And the cancer is still there.Susan's and my friend, and fellow parent and church member, Colleen of Wrecklamation, had the wonderful idea to begin a Novena, a nine day communal campaign Read more...

UPDATE: They’re All Gone – FREE MOVIE TICKETS to Gnomeo & Juliet – 100 tickets for first responders!

UPDATE: ALL the tickets are gone and the waiting list is full!Were there garden gnomes during Shakespeare's time? And could William ever have imagined an animated adaptation of his celebrated tragedy Romeo and Juliet? Because the makers of Shrek are bringing us GNOMEO & JULIET. And you can see the movie FREE a full week before it is released in theaters!I have 100 tickets to give out to the free advance screening on Saturday February 5th at AMC Mazza Gallerie in Chevy Chase at Read more...

MEGA GIVEAWAY: Tickets to SteveSongs, CDs and DVDs too!

Are your kids fans of SteveSongs on PBS Kids? Because I have a few ways for them to indulge their fandom.First off, Steve has two live kids' shows in the area in February!Saturday, February 12 he plays THREE shows at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA at 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM.  Geared towards kids age 2-10, you're invited to come sing and dance along with "Mr. Steve".  Shows will include award-winning favorite songs as well as songs from the band's upcoming album.  Tickets Read more...

Free Parenting Seminar on Wednesday: Setting Limits for Young Children

St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center Board in partnership with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) invite you to a free program, open to the public. The topic is Setting Limits for Young Children.When: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 5:30-7:30pm 5:30-6:00 pm Open SAECC Board meeting with food and drink 6:00-7:30 pm Speaker presentation / Q&A sessionWhere: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church - Satterlee Hall, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-5006Child care will be provided. Read more...

LympheDIVAs & Crickett’s Answer Donations: Thank You Everyone!

A huge thanks to everyone who commented on this post in order to contribute to the $1 per comment fundraiser for the Crickett's AnswerLympheDIVAs partnership. Your comments raised $84, which I am happily rounding up to an even $100, the cost of a full LympheDIVA sleeve and gauntlet set for a breast cancer patient or survivor who cannot afford one.Read on for Susan (aka WhyMommy) of Toddler Planet's full post on the importance of these compression sleeve sets that many health insurance companies Read more...

Family Dance on Saturday for a Great Cause

Don’t miss this weekends's Make Some Noyes Family Dance Party on this Saturday, January 22nd from 3-5pm in the Kensington Town Hall at 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington.The reason for the fun? Preserving the historic Noyes Children’s Library that has been serving the children and families of our community since 1893 and is one of the few public libraries in the nation specifically for kids!There will also be games and crafts for the kids. The family-friendly music will be provided Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Mirandy and Brother Wind at the Adventure Theatre

How's this for an incredible partnership and way to celebrate Black History Month:The Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park, the African Continuum Theatre - the only professional African American theatre company in Washington, D.C., and the Dance Institute of Washington present the world premiere of the children's musical Mirandy and Brother Wind.This production for families is based on the Caldecott Honor Book and was adapted for the stage by Washington, D.C. native Patricia McKissack, Read more...

Snow Day Options

Note: If you go and comment on this weekend's post here, for every comment received I am donating $1 to Crickett's Answer and LympheDIVAs partnership to assists breast cancer survivors! (Full info about the project and partnership started by WhyMommy Susan of Toddler Planet). You can comment once daily.As parents we fall into two camps: Those who love snow days and those who can do without them.  Are they one big snuggle...or one big struggle?(I believe I fall into both camps, and Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring on CNN, how the story changed & how I’m changing it again for Crickett’s Answer

UPDATE: I've extended the commenting donation to Crickett's Answer of $1 per daily comment until Friday January 21st.I received an email last Thursday from a CNN producer, wondering if I would be willing to talk on-camera with my family about how we set digital limits for our children and make efforts to unplug as a family.My husband Chris and I discussed it and thought it was a good idea. We agreed that we might be a good family to interview. The CNN team wanted to come to our home on Friday Read more...