Archives for October 2016

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg: Waterpark and Wonder

Curious about Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg? A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Wolves and I are not great friends. I’m a child of the '80's,  and I distinctly remember a fiasco where my teenage aunts were babysitting a pack of us and they thought it would be a stellar idea to pop An American Werewolf in London in the VCR. The movie terrified me and I swore off wolves forever.That was until my kids Read more...

Is it time to improve our house?

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew have been living in our 1970 split-level home since 2009. Bought from the original owners, we have been steadily working to update the house as much as we can each year.But our list of necessary and desired improvements? It is still pages and pages long.Air conditioning unit that needs replacing? Gulp.Original pink tile and fixtures in the guest bathroom? Check.Cracked tiles in the kitchen? Yup.Drywall lines in the living room? Read more...

October Must Do: Hersheypark in the Dark

Two weekends remain for Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween fun! My family and I experienced HersheyPark in the Dark for the first time last weekend and it was an excellent two days to get out of town and get into the spooky (but not too scary) season. Even the Hersheypark characters are feeling Halloween in their costumes.  TRICK OR TREAT AT TREATVILLE Kids 12 and younger are invited to dress up and enjoy a trick-or-treat adventure beginning throughout Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction Read more...

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart: Spectacular Stunts, New Acts

Last night at Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart, I was having flashbacks to our first time seeing the show in 2009, when Charlie was barely five and Eve was just three.As we have nearly every year since, our family adores this chance to be immersed in our love of Disney storytelling, combined with ice stunts, dance, great music and amazing special effects. But now in 2016 at Follow Your Heart, there are aerial tricks and special sets, technology and surprises like we have never seen before!Plus Read more...

WOW Summit Review and Moms Meet Opportunities for Us All

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the WOW Summit in DC, an annual conference in which I was able to connect with health and family-focused brands, and receive new social media learning for my professional development. It was a chance to take two days to focus on improving my blog, work and tighten my communication career goals, merged with my passion for raising my kids as healthfully as possible -- a true win-win. The conference was hosted by Moms Meet, an online community where all Read more...

Diaper Need, Diaper Drives and How We Can Help

All compensation I receive from this sponsored post will be donated by me to DC Diaper Bank. The post is sponsored by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s Healthy Mom&Baby through a partnership with Mom It Forward. Two weeks ago during Diaper Need Awareness Week, an amazing group of DMV social media women leaders joined me for a Lunch and Learn Diaper Drive at DC Diaper Bank with Executive Director Corinne Cannon. We came together to learn Read more...

Roer’s Zoofari Park in Vienna, Virginia

On a day off from school, my kids and I celebrated with a trip to Roer's Zoofari. This 30-acre park in Vienna, Virginia is home to over 200 animals, and offers personal animal encounters and a safari ride. Formerly known as the Reston Zoo, since transitioning to Roer's Zoofari the new owners have added more animals, updated the barns and facilities, and added accessible asphalt pathways to accommodate the needs of all visitors. The park is now open year-round, too!Upon arriving at the Read more...

Best Hair Salons in Montgomery County: Hypnotic Salons Olney and Damascus

Few things can help one's self esteem more than a completely rocking haircut and fresh color.Having a bad day? Week? Month? Get thee to a salon.I have been going to Hypnotic Salon and Spas' two locations in Olney and Damascus for the past five years. Salon founder and owner Chrissy Mayo is my go-to stylist for women's hair care services, primarily cut and color, but I have had the pleasure of working with several other members of the Hypnotic team as well.Below you can see me and Read more...

Win a Family Field Trip or a Chrysler Pacifica #PacifiKids

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew is all about family field trips...it's why we started this blog about Washington with kids, charting all the cool ideas we have encountered when we get out of the house for adventures as a family! We, like all our fellow DC-area families out there, have logged some serious mileage on our cars in the pursuit of exciting and educational outings with our kids.Which is why this Chrysler contest is the coolest: Families who live within 100 miles of the District Read more...