Archives for November 2012

The Nutcracker for Kids: The Washington Ballet, and Maryland Youth Ballet’s Mini-Nut

My Nutcracker Story When I was a kid growing up in a small town in the '80s, I learned about The Nutcracker ballet through a children's story book and record, and then as an elementary schooler playing Tchaikovsky’s score on the piano. I first saw the ballet performed via telecast on PBS and by watching the Mary Tyler Moore sob-story movie Six Weeks on HBO.Then when I was in 7th grade my father bought tickets for my sister, cousin and I to see The American Ballet Theatre's production of The Read more...

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Family Week

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is hosting a week's worth of kid-friendly events to celebrate and introduce children to The Bard's most delightful play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.Family Week at The Shakespeare Theatre Company occurs December 11-16 and includes..FREE abridged performances of four scenes from the play, "A Mini-Summer Night's Dream," geared toward younger audiences. To reserve tickets to the performances on Tuesday December 11 at 11am or Wednesday December 12 at noon, please email Read more...

GIVEAWAY: ICE at Gaylord National Family 4 Pack

Attending ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor has become one of my family and my favorite holiday traditions.  And this year one lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader family will get to check it out too, for free!  This year’s ICE! theme is “Shrek the Halls." Based on the DreamWorks animated holiday TV special, the family-focused interactive world is full of colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of Read more...

Living Social Gift Guide Deal: Spend $25, Get $10 More!

LivingSocial has produced awesome gift guides for DC, Montgomery County, Fairfax and in honor of holiday shopping they have a current extra-special deal: Spend at least $25 at Living Social before December 2 and you will receive a code for an extra $10 to spend at Living Social December 23-January 5, 2013. Limit one $10 code per LivingSocial account.My favorite section of the local Living Social gift guides is Family Fun which features family-friendly experiences, outings and gifts from Read more...

Gift Guides, Giveaways and Happy Thanksgiving!

Have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving!To get you in the holiday mood, here's some help with your shopping in the form of giveaway gifts you can win and gift guides!Gifts for Kids Gift Guide with GIVEAWAY Gifts Under $10 Gift Guide - Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts Best Buy Gift Card GIVEAWAY - FIVE readers will each win a $25 Gift Card Otterbox iPhone Case GIVEAWAY  Now, isn't shopping from home and winning a gift or two on a blog better than hitting those Black Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Buy $25 Gift Cards (5 Winners!) + New Best Buy Stores in DC Area

The newly redesigned Best Buy stores in the DC region have the feel of Apple stores, but with the space and the diverse gadgets, gifts and low prices that bring us to the big blue and yellow again and again. They are awesome. And what's even more awesome is that Best Buy gave me FIVE $25 gift cards to give away to you guys!I visited the Rockville Pike Best Buy on November 10, the day the new design was revealed. I was impressed. It felt larger, with more products, but with a more intimate, Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Clifford Prize Pack (and Get Ready for the Holiday Gift Guide Giveaways!)

Clifford the Big Red Dog BIG RED PRIZE PACKAre you already freaking out about compiling those presents for the holidays to make your children’s eyes go all aglow without making your own credit card go to the limit?Then be on the lookout for BIG GIVEAWAYS as part of the A Parent in Silver Spring and A Parent in America GIFT GUIDES!This Clifford the Big Red Dog BIG RED GIVEAWAY is just a taste to get you prepared for the upcoming gift guide bonanza!The folks at Scholastic are offering Read more...

Washington DC Travel Using GoGoBot

I just learned about Gogobot.com, a new travel review website, and I am finding the site very easy to navigate with a toddler on my lap. I like the layout and real person reviews of hotels, museums and restaurants in other cities, as well as my own nearby Washington, DC.The SITS Girls and GoGoBot invited me to write about Washington, DC places I recommend for family travel, which is like asking a circa 1999 single me to go to second base with Clive Owen. TWIST MY ARM.Washington DC Read more...

MomTV Show 9pm ET Tuesday Night LIVE with Giveaways!

 Tuesday November 13th at 9pm, I am hosting a LIVE show for MomTV, Real Life Style with Jessica McFadden. The topics I’ll be covering in weekly shows (and one monthly live show with GIVEAWAYS) are accessible ways real women like ourselves can keep our looks and homes cool without spending a bundle. Tomorrow night’s show will be all about shopping our closets and wearing items we already have in current, very 2013 ways. I will also be giving away two $25 American Express gift cards Read more...