Archives for February 2012

Washington DC Family Getaway: Gaylord National Harbor Dreamworks Experience

Gaylord National Harbor, A Great Weekend Trip for Washington DC Families Other than the obligatory visit to family to show off the new baby, I have not spent a night away from my house since August.To say that I have been going stir crazy is a gross understatement. More like stir-loony-bin-certifiably nuts.What I need is a long, lovely getaway to an international locale with my husband, while all three children are watched by a full-time nanny who is practically perfect in every way.But Read more...

Mocha Moms: A Mother’s Group That Rocks!

Mocha Moms, Inc. is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within its membership. The following is my post about the Silver Spring chapter, which is actually comprised of members who live in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Laurel and Columbia.Other Washington, DC-area Mocha Moms Read more...

Vote The Still Point Best Spa in City Paper Poll

As I have written recently, becoming a customer...nay, a devotee, a groupie...of The Still Point Spa in Takoma Park has dramatically improved my health, appearance and post-partum mojo.So I encourage you guys to check out The Still Point for a facial, acupuncture, massage or other eco-friendly, healthful treatment, as well as send this local, independent, women-owned business some love by voting The Still Point Best Spa in the Washington City Paper Poll.Click the graphic below to vote!The Read more...

Great Websites for Parent Volunteers

I believe the biggest pitfall of parent volunteering for schools or clubs is the reading of lengthy reply-all e-mails. I have lost days off my life slogging through those massive missives and the replies from fellow parents. And even after reading through, signing up for duties and saving them to a personal calendar, those beasts rear their ugly heads when a child gets sick and a parent needs to swap or change.Once in a while an industrious parent will recommend an online organizational website Read more...

Nourish What Counts: Did I Keep Up With the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge?

Have I been meeting the Quaker Heart Health Challenge by eating healthfully and staying on track to complete 15 workouts in 30 days?Surprisingly, yes, I have.Although a good deal of emotional changes have taken place in my life since I last posted about the Quaker Heart Health Challenge, I have tried to keep my health, mental and bodily, a priority. I have a gym membership that I have actually been using. I also have a 9 month old baby who loves her daily walks and two elementary school kids who Read more...

Are You Friends With Your Child on Facebook?

This infographic by Lab42 explores how parents interact with their own minor children on Facebook. I found this interesting, as more children daily acquire Facebook accounts. Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years of age.   Facebook is in no way connected with this survey, infographic or blog post. Survey and infographic credit: Lab42.  Read more...

Best of A Parent in Silver Spring: How to Delete All Unread Messages in Gmail

Every month or so I receive an e-mail from a fellow Gmail user asking for the link to my old post on how to get rid of the dreaded Inbox (863) or whatever three digit number is haunting you. As I work to muster the mojo to create new content again, here is that oldie but helpfulie.How to Delete All Unread Messages in GmailAnd when I say all, I mean ALL. Every last one of those messages that you figured out from the subject you didn't need to open.Like those hundreds and thousands of Read more...

Goodbye Dear Susan

From Toddler Planet:Goodbye Susan Niebur passed away on February 6, 2012 after a lifetime of love, crusades, and strength.  Over the last five years she lived with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that presents without a lump.  She chronicled her life with cancer here on her blog Toddler Planet with honesty and emotion that were even more rare and aggressive.She is survived by her family, friends, achievements, and the indelible marks she made on Read more...

GIVEAWAY – Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic and Coupon Code for $15 Tickets

Update: The randomly-drawn winner is Jamie B.! Thanks everyone for entering.I used to see the television promotions for Disney On Ice when I was a little kid back in the early eighties. I thought the show looked so beautiful as I watched the commercials. But although my parents were great about taking us kids to lots of shows and amusements, we never got around to seeing those Disney characters on ice skates live and in person.So while I claim that I now attend Disney on Ice to entertain Read more...