Archives for March 2011

DC Diaper Bank Diaper Drive This Weekend at Whole Foods & GIVEAWAY for Charity

UPDATE: The comments and Facebook "likes" from readers garnered a 192-count box AND a 144-count box of Huggies diapers from A Parent in Silver Spring to the DC Diaper Bank!  It was so easy to make this tax-deductible donation of diapers, thanks to the DC Diaper Bank's Amazon Wishlist. Thanks everyone for participating and commenting! Some parents don't change their kids' diapers more than once a day...or they may even re-use soiled diapers.And it's not because they're bad moms and dads - clean Read more...

Consignment Sales!

THIS WEEKENDUniversity Park Co-Op Annual Spring Children's Clothing and Toy Sale this Saturday April 2 from 10am - 12pm at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in University Park, MD.University Park is just half a mile from downtown Silver Spring, right across the PG/MoCo border. The church is located at 6513 Queens Chapel Rd, University Park, MD, 20782.This sale only lasts for two hours and then the stuff is gone - it's THAT good. Be sure to note that the sale is cash only.Thrift Read more...

Free Family Fun in Washington, DC – Getting More, Sponsored Post

For my last sponsored post as a Tony's Pizza Mom, I'm going with their MORE theme and listing some of my favorite ways to have more fun with kids in the Washington, DC area...TOTALLY for free.Because every hour spent at a free activity with your kids = more money you DIDN'T spend at Target, Michael's, CostCo., online at DSW or where ever else those hard-earned dollars tend to slip away from ya. I hope these free activities give all you parents living in or visiting the Washington, DC area some Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Olney Ballet Theatre Storybook Ballet Saturday April 2 & Sunday April 3

This weekend the Olney Ballet Theatre presents their annual Storybook Ballet. UPDATE: The randomly-drawn winner was Kristen Penman!What an accessible way to introduce your own tiny dancers to ballet! Favorite characters like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz crew, Alice in Wonderland and the Sorcerer's Apprentice are sure to keep their attention.My five-year-old ballet-dancing daughter is excited to attend, and I love that the performances are so family-friendly. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Books in Honor of National Reading Month, Reading is Fundamental and Pine-Sol Study

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States, has been given $40,000 by Pine-Sol to help provide free books and literacy resources to families who need them most.UPDATE: The winner of the book pack is Tricia!And since March is National Reading Month, Pine-Sol is hosting a Facebook campaign to drive awareness for RIF. Why is this big cleaning company getting behind literacy? Because according to a recent study, 84% of children who have good Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Patch 3D Floor Puzzle

I'm always on the lookout for reasonable, original birthday party presents for my kids to bring to their pals on the weekend party circuit. Sometimes we'll have 3 parties a weekend, which is GREAT for the kids, but can be hard on ye olde budget. The Patch 3D Sneaky Puzzles are our latest present fave.They're priced at just $12-15 and are both an educational present (to please the parents) and a fun toy with a uniqueness factor (to please the kids). After assembling the puzzle, kids don the Read more...

Circus DC, Baltimore and Fairfax: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Was Fab!

Last night the family and I attended opening night of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. This year's show, Barnum's Funundrum, is FANTASTIC! It has an old-school, retro circus theme, hearkening back to the time of circus legend P.T. Barnum.  But the acts and the special effects are totally state of the art.The live band was spectacular, scoring all of the acts, and Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson is a world-famous tenor. His live performances and songs were really enjoyable, Read more...

Child Hunger Ends Here and How We Can Help Hungry Kids

17.2 million children in the United States don’t get enough food.That’s one in four kids who, when they go to their mom or dad and say "I'm hungry", their parent may not be able to provide anything for them.There are kids in this country who do not know where their next meal is coming from.And while lucky parents like you and me dread grocery shopping (mainly because of the hassle), other parents simply don't have a cent to spend at the store.Also, while many families look forward Read more...

GIVEAWAY and Author Interview: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson is the BEST pregnancy book I have read in a long time. And Erin is giving away FIVE copies to A Parent in Silver Spring readers! It is written by my in-real-life friend and mentor (we worked together as writers at Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect) and Erin's voice in the book is every bit as real, helpful and hilarious as Erin herself.  She also has a funny, down-to-earth blog, Christian Mama's Guide: Advice for Life—Girlfriend to Girlfriend, Read more...