Archives for November 2011

GIVEAWAY: T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q

This week on A Parent in Silver Spring you can win a T-Mobile myTouch or a T-Mobile myTouch Q. Both are valued, when purchased separately, at $279.How is that for a cool holiday present for your loved one (or yourself)?Both myTouch and myTouch Q are so easy to set up and use, this is the perfect time to make the move to a smartphone. So which one’s right for you? Simple. If you prefer the ease of a slide-out keyboard in addition to a touch screen, you’ll want the myTouch Q. More comfortable Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and the Institute of Musical Traditions Family Awesome Concert Saturday December 3

This Saturday December 3rd Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are the Institute of Musical Traditions' Family AWESOME Concert Experience monthly concert at the Takoma Park Community Center. There are two showings, one at 1pm and another at 3pm. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 door. Cathy and Marcy are trailblazers in children's and family music. They play dozens of instruments from banjos to mandolins to rockin' electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele. They sing, yodel, chicken cluck in harmony, twirl Read more...

The Nutcracker in Washington DC…for Kids!

Kid-Friendly Nutcracker Productions The Maryland Youth Ballet's Mini-Nut December 10th & 11th, shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Georgia Avenue at East-West Hwy A delightful, 50 minute, abbreviated presentation of the classic production. Tickets in advance from Maryland Youth Ballet, (cash or check only.)The Nutcracker at The Puppet Co. in Glen Echo Park December 1-31. Thursday-Sunday December 1-11, daily Read more...

GIVEAWAY: $250 American Express Gift Card and Small Business Saturday

Did you hit the shops today (or even last night?!) for Black Friday? I, a committed shopper, was way too exhausted from cooking for four days and hosting Thanksgiving at our house to hit the stores today. Besides, I am saving myself for tomorrow's Small Business Saturday. I know that by focusing the bulk of my shopping on area small businesses this season, I will be invigorating my local economy (and giving more personal, imaginative gifts as well).I will also be smartly shopping with American Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Mega Bloks Toys

Charlie was a little cuckoo with the excitement of having eight families with kids over for the Mega Bloks party Recently I had the opportunity to host a Mommy Parties party for some friends and their children featuring Mega Bloks. Mega Bloks sent a big bin of toddler and preschooler blocks for the party guests to play with, and also provided each family that attended a Mega Blok gift pack.The group that came to my house were the mothers and children of my regular Tuesday morning prayer group Read more...

The Still Point: My First Acupuncture Session Changed My Life

The Still Point in Takoma Park is My New Favorite PlaceAt The Still Point I experienced acupuncture, massage, an eco-makeup application and a facial that was equal parts natural and high tech.I have never felt so awesome after spa or holistic treatments.And believe you me, I am not the kind of gal who forgets to treat herself. Oh no. This princess believes paying others to perform services on her person is the all-time best way to spend a few hours. The Still Point is a women-owned small Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Christmas Cards from The Little Card Company – $25 Gift Certificate and Gift Basket

The Little Card Company: Faith-Based Christmas Cards With Free Shipping...and a Giveaway Here on A Parent in Silver Spring I send Christmas cards. Not "holiday cards."And I love it when my family and friends send us Hanukkah cards, Kwanzaa greetings, cards with messages of peace on Earth in Arabic. As a family of faith, I am partial to cards with personalized messages that give a shout out to God. Just as I look forward to each family's annual personal photographs, I also look forward to their Read more...

Preschool Fair Thursday November 17 Hosted by Wheaton Area Moms

Every November, the Wheaton Area Moms mother's groups hosts the BEST preschool fair I have personally ever attended, and it is happening this week on Thursday November 17 at Crossway Community in Kensington from 10am-Noon. If you are searching for a preschool in Montgomery County, DO. NOT. MISS. So far TWENTY-FOUR (note: I just spoke to a WAM member and learned they are up to TWENTY-SEVEN! schools attending) of the very best preschools in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase and Rockville Read more...

Weekend Pick: Christmas Bazaar Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Silver Spring

Head to the kid-tastic St. John the Evangelist Christmas Bazaar in Silver Spring this weekend! Did I mention it’s totally free? And that Reptiles Alive will be there on Saturday at 11am? And the incredible local musician Sasha Bondarev  will be performing with singers from his CD Sand Castle at 1pm on Saturday, as well as 11:30am on Sunday? And amongst these super shows, you and your kids canShop for cool, artisan gifts featuring oodles of fabulous vendors Grab a yummy, reasonably-priced, Read more...