Archives for July 2011

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Kleenex Save the Field Trip Sweepstakes

For years my two oldest children have awoken on Saturday mornings and immediately started begging my husband and I to take them to  "the outside zoo" or "the inside zoo." The outside one is, of course, the Smithsonian National Zoo where my family and I are FONZ members."The inside zoo" is my kids' nickname for their beloved Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is also their favorite place in the world to attend with their school class for a field trip!They call it thus Read more...

Crocs Makes School Shoes

Thank you to Crocs for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Crocs’ new Back to School line. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.I have only been back-to-school shopping for a few years now - my oldest child is a rising second grader - but over the last five years we have established one definite school shopping tradition: the kids always get new shoes in August. (I've written about it before.) Read more...

Fire Station 1 Restaurant in Silver Spring Plum District Deal: $40 Worth of Food and Drink for Just $20

Wow Deal of the Day: $20 for $40 food and drink at Fire Station 1 from Plum DistrictFire Station 1 Restaurant and Brewing Co. is one of family's and my favorite restaurants. It strikes the perfect balance of cool brewery restaurant for adults, and fireman rescue hero dream for the kids.Mom and Dad get low-priced, quality beer on tap like Hook & Ladder, some of the best crab cakes and french fries in the DC area (from the Examiner's restaurant review, "Is there a such thing as a perfect Read more...

Maryland Youth Ballet at Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods This Week: Caroline Goes to the Seashore

See this sweet ballet, choreographed by the Maryland Youth Ballet especially for children, this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and also catch a bonus performance by the Monumental Brass Quintet.All Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods Summer 2011 shows on sale now! View all performances. New this year — tickets for both performances in one day are only $8 (the cost of a single performance last year)!Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1(877)WOLFTRAP, or at the Filene Center Read more...

Shark Week Party in Silver Spring on Friday – Free! – and More Shark Week Family Fun

SHARK WEEK, that annual summer programming of shark-tacular documentaries and shows on Discovery Channel, begins on Sunday July 31. And since we're all so lucky to live near Discovery headquarters, we're invited to the local Shark Week kick-off party.The celebration will include a free preview screening in downtown Silver Spring of the brand new show Great White Invasion. The one-hour special looks into why great white sharks are coming closer to shore, swimming among unsuspecting humans Read more...

500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl – REVIEW

500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl  is a memoir by a woman who is one of our own.She is a local (her beef-cattle farm is near Middleburg in Fauquier County).She is a mother of two boisterous boys who, she writes, eat almost as much as the thousand pound-plus cows.She is a woman who often stops in the middle of her day, looks around the new life she has built, and wonders where are the trappings of her pre-farm, snazzy New York/New Jersey existence. Read more...

Peeps & Company Store and Products GIVEAWAY to Promote World “Peeps”: Five $20 Gift Cards

Eve heartily agrees that PEEPS candies are a great call any time of year. A week ago our new baby Alice was baptized, and after the dunking we invited our family, neighbors and some friends over to our home for a small celebration. As the woman of the hour was our a ten week old baby girl, I couldn't resist frilly, feminine treats. We served sparkling rosé, loads of pink rose-topped cookies and the most popular item was a big basket of pink chick PEEPS 5-packs on which we placed a sign: Please Read more...

OneVoice Rocks Festival Free Family Concert Tuesday July 19 5-9pm in Gaithersburg

A great family music festival that will raise money for OneVoice, a fabulous charity started by talented musician and host of SiriusXM Kids Place Live. OneVoice is fundraising to build a secondary school in Tanzania - students at this new school will be doing cross-cultural exchanges through music with students in the US, starting with Lakelands Park Middle School here in Gaithersburg.The full roster of performers is awesome! Robbie Schaefer, of course, will perform and the event will be emcee'd Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Steve Songs at Wolf Trap on Thursday – Tickets, CDs and more

We love SteveSongs on PBS Kids. And Mr. Steve is playing Wolf Trap''s Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods all this week Tuesday July 12 - Saturday July 16.Geared towards kids age 2-10, you're invited to come sing and dance along. The shows will include award-winning favorite songs as well as songs from his new album. The performance also includes African American griotic storytelling by Baba Jamal Koram. Tickets are just $8 for everyone three and older, children two and younger are free. Buy Read more...