Archives for February 2011

Rockville Town Square Mardi Gras Festival

TOY GIVEAWAY Bonanza!: Weebles, Alphie, Books, DVDs and more!

UPDATE: All winners have been drawn and notified!In honor of my first daughter's upcoming 5th birthday, and my second daughter's arrival in just a couple months (9! more! weeks!), I think it's fitting that I give away a bunch of toys and items for YOUR kids, dontcha think?Leave ONE comment with your email address at the end of this post to win any one of these great gifts.For additional entries, post to Facebook or Twitter "A Parent in Silver Spring.com is giving away a boatload Read more...

Volunteer in Montgomery County – Guest Post by Meghan Dwyer Biko

Fellow local parent Meghan Dwyer Biko emailed me about her rewarding volunteer experience with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s Pro Bono Consultant Program and I urged her write a guest post. Read on for her great insights and info!Like many parents out there, I recently gave up a successful and rewarding career so that I could stay home full-time with my toddler son.  Since I’ve been home, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to volunteer my time, to find something meaningful Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Mars Needs Moms Free Movie Screening and After Party with Ice Skating!

UPDATE: All movie and skating party winners have been randomly-drawn and contacted. Check your email!Would you like to see the new movie Mars Needs Moms before it is released AND attend an exclusive, free ice skating party after the screening with your family?Because I have 25 family-four packs of tickets to this fabulous movie and ice skating party combo! And where is the party and movie fun happening? Right here in Silver Spring baby!First, here's the movie synapsis: Produced Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Madeline at the White House Book & Prize Pack

UPDATE: Jen B. was drawn via Random.org (her Facebook status update was the winning entry!).There's a new installment to the beloved Madeline series, and this time she's visiting the White House!My daughter Eve and I are LOVING Madeline at the White House, which combines her favorite little girls from the "old house in Paris that was covered with vines" with American history and social studies facts about our country...and her hometown of  Washington, D.C.!The story also is based Read more...

Birthday Parties for Your Kids Every Year?

I'm over on Wheaton Patch today talking about our new house policy to only host birthday parties for the kids' friends every other year, and why this fills me me with both relief and guilt.I've also listed some great places to host your kid's b-day party this year, oh you GOOD parental units who are going to make your kids' eyes sparkle with glee, whilst mine cry into their pillows.Come have a read!Kid Birthday Party Ground RulesAnd the latest Moms Talk topic is on child spacing.  Read more...

Tony’s Pizza Instead of Delivery & Prizes for You

I'm done with ordering pizza to be delivered. It's totally a waste of cash, often arrives cold and burnt and tastes no different than a good-quality frozen pizza. I've been burned (pun intended) this year by Domino's, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut. Never again. And one night last week right when I was ranting to my husband about how bad delivery pizza was lately, I received the request to be a Tony's Pizza brand ambassador in my in-box. So I went out and bought a couple from the grocery store before Read more...

GIVEAWAY: $25 Rockville Rewards Membership Cards (SIX Winners!)

I'm excited to tell you guys about a way you can shop to support local non-profits...and also win one of six special savings membership cards, worth $25 each!The program is called Rockville Rewards and it is a partnership between local area businesses and 15 Rockville area non-profits. The non-profits sell $25 membership cards valid for a discount at local area businesses. The discounts are great, giving you anywhere between 10-50% off your purchases at local restaurants, stores, salons and more.Through Read more...

Macy’s Fashion Show & Makeover Event – Free, Next Weekend!

New York Fashion Week just wrapped up (not that I was there or would be allowed in...I just read gossip sites and style sections when I should be concerning myself with foreign policy). Don't the words "Fashion Week" sound so deliciously decadent? They remind me of watching Style with Elsa Klensch or MTV's House of Style and reading Vogue back in the early '90s as a kid, when I believed that by the time I was 35 I would of course wear Azzedine Alaia dresses and Calvin Klein suits every day. (I'd Read more...