Archives for October 2013

Childcare in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Olney: Wee Friends Daycare

Wee Friends Daycare in Burtonsville is Incredible This is my first-ever personal daycare endorsement. Although my most common e-mail advice question these six years of blogging has been how to find a daycare, nanny or babysitter, I have been reluctant to recommend any individual or facility that my family has not personally used. And as a mainly stay-at-home mother, I have never before employed a daycare provider. In fact, the idea scared me.Until this year. Alice turned two, I turned up my Read more...

Northern Virginia Pumpkin Patch: Wayside Farm (with Angry Birds!)

Wayside Farm off of Route 7 in Berryville, Virginia has animals, hayrides, a big pumpkin field and yummy food. They also have an Angry Bird-themed corn maze and an live Angry Bird launch coming up! The 10-acre Angry Bird corn maze is full of twists, turns and dead ends. Use your imagination to see the Angry Bird being "launched" at Wayside farm with a superhero-like slingshot and land at Dan-D Farms in Knoxville, Iowa. It's the first-ever multi-state corn maze!There are also pig Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Fiona Apple Tickets + Upcoming Concerts

Win two tickets to see Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.Join my husband and me in our concert-going obsession.Three babies, two jobs, nearly 80 years between us and this crazy-crazy DC pace has done this to us. We live for new music. We spend way too much on various radio subscriptions and mp3s. Our entire date night budget and all gifts to each other are tickets.All because my husband Chris and I have realized that there is no better night out (without the kids) than seeing a quality Read more...

{sponsored} Baby Shower Expo for DC Mamas: Professional Belly Shot, Massage + More!

Held at the gorgeous Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, T.H.E. Baby Shower is a deluxe evening that is all about pampering your bod, your babies and loading up your arms with prizes and swag.And exclusively for A Parent in Silver Spring readers -- half price general admission tickets! Just enter promo code APSS13 at checkout and you will get half-off the $25 price! Get tickets. On Tuesday October 22 at 6pm/6:30pm you will be wowed by all the great treats in store Read more...

Wheaton Area Moms Preschool Fair 2013

Looking for a preschool for your child but not sure where to start?Intimidated to call a ton of nursery schools to set up interviews and school visits?Too busy to attend an endless stream of open houses?Thank goodness for the Wheaton Area Moms moms' club (one of the best parents' groups in the DC area). They are hosting their amazing Annual Preschool Fair, a fabulous FREE event for parents to meet representatives from a variety of schools in the area.Yes, you can bring your Read more...

Macy’s Fall Fashion Event: Free Moms’ Night Out! {sponsored}

Macy's Presents Fall's Five Essentials!Macy's presents Fall's Five Essentials. These handful of key pieces can be your building blocks for look fly this 2013.  Enjoy a live DJ and sweet treats and totally free admission. E-mail your girlfriends and join us on Thursday night!You will also spend time with professional stylist Amy E. Goodman (you will totally recognize her from The TODAY Show) who will show you how easily these 5 essentials will update your wardrobe for fall. Plus learn Read more...

Best Washington DC Area Pumpkin Patches: My Piece in Washington Post Weekend

11 Pumpkin Patch Family Favorites in Maryland and Virginia I was honored to contribute to the Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Weekend a directory for DC-area parents of some Great Pumpkin places. Have a read and happy orange squash season!Pick your perfect pumpkin at one of these area patches By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostFinally, the 90 degree days are over, and between the weekend soccer games, birthday parties and other obligations, it's time to kidnap your Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring Redesign, Better Access to Activity Ideas

A Parent in Silver Spring's redesign has improved navigation to help parents find family fun to share with their kids. After nearly six years of writing nearly every day about topics of interest to DC-area families, A Parent in Silver Spring was in need of better organization. And a new outfit is always fun.I also wanted to make sure that A Parent in Silver Spring was something you all would enjoy viewing on your iPads and mobile devices. Additionally, I thought larger, clearer images could Read more...

Best Family Photographer in Washington DC: Marian Lozano

I have had many lucky breaks in my life, but few as fortunate as working on the Hill with the amazing Marian Lozano of Marian Lozano Photography. Thanks to our 15 years of friendship, I am beyond blessed to have the Washington, DC area's best family, newborn, expectant mother and children's photographer document our family every year. Although I am totally biased, Marian Lozano is at the top of every awards list in this town for family photographers.Although Marian has before photographed our Read more...