My Love Is With You Wherever You Go and A Very Special Christmas Tree: Perfect Christmas Gifts

One of our favorite children's authors has a new book that is holiday present perfection: My Love Is With You Wherever You Go by Debra Buchanan, illustrated by Nataly Vits.The lyrical verse tells the child recipient or listener of the story how much he or she is loved and treasured by his or her family member. It is a beautiful gift from a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt or uncle to the children in their life who they love beyond measure. There is a gentle spirituality to the book Read more...

Winter Goals: Less Stress, Less Migraines

Since becoming a parent, every new season I have had an overarching goal that colors everything. When I had a newborn or a toddler who enjoyed running towards busy streets, that goal was “keep the baby alive.”Other goals have been more complicated, regarding individual children’s developmental or educational needs. Potty training, tantrum phases, food aversions, classroom behaviors and social-emotional stumbling blocks have all occupied my efforts and worry bank through each season Read more...

Skincando Services, Skin Care and Sale!

Sara Damelio of Skincando has a new out of this world treatment and a once-a-year only sale that I just had to tell you about! I am a massive fan of Sara Damelio, the creator of Skincando, and eco-aesthetician of green beauty treatments at the Emerald Door Spa (located right on the Silver Spring/Chevy Chase/NW DC border). Sara is one of the country’s first eco-facialists and has been practicing and studying natural skincare for over 15 years.Sara's facials have done wonders to Read more...

Cirque Dreams Holidaze in DC at MGM National Harbor 12/6 – 12/9

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE at MGM: The most magical holiday show of the season!  Cirque Dreams opens its acclaimed Holidaze show at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Wednesday, December 6th and runs through Saturday, December 9th. Get tickets before they are gone! For its 10th Anniversary National Tour, the critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza makes it way to the MGM National Harbor's gorgeous theater for this cirque spectacle. We cannot wait to see this show which reviewers say Read more...

See Mount Vernon By Candlelight: Just 3 Nights Left!

December Special Event Your Family Will Remember All Year: Mount Vernon By Candlelight! Remaining tours for 2017: Friday December 8, Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 17. Get tickets. The A Parent in Silver Spring crew loves a visit to Mount Vernon any day of the year (even Christmas Day!) but for a highly special experience, take one of the holiday season candlelight tours! You will you get to see the Washington family estate by night and decorated for Christmas.The experience Read more...

Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest: Get Tickets!

Don't Miss Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17 Every Nats-loving family should make sure to attend Nats Winterfest this month at Washington Convention Center. It is the Nationals' event of the offseason will again feature two days of fun!Open to fans of all ages, guests can enjoy holiday and baseball themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals player and coaches, take a photo with Santa, enjoy their favorite Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Busch Gardens Christmas Town Getaway!

My family and I drove down to Williamsburg for a festive holiday family getaway, and the highlight of the kids' time there was definitely Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!Read on to hear about why this trip rocks, and at the end enter to win your own family getaway to Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town, complete with park tickets, a hotel stay for your family and more! Select days between Thanksgiving and Jan. 1, 2018, holiday season lovers of all ages are invited Read more...

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens: Holiday Must-Do (and Giveaway!)

Nothing will fill you with more holiday happiness than walking through Garden of Lights with your family!Pick an evening between now and New Year's Day to visit Brookside Gardens and experience the dazzling Garden of Lights. It's magical and marvelous for literally every age, baby to grandparent. My family and I have attended every year since 2004 and it keeps getting better and better. Strolling through this winter wonderland is one of our favorite holiday traditions.This year we Read more...

The Best ICE at Gaylord National EVER: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

My family and I have made a holiday pilgrimage to experience Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! attraction each year since its inception. But I have to say, this year's display featuring the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is my favorite ICE! to date. If you have always wanted to don those snazzy blue parkas, see the colorful ice sculptures and slide down those massive ice slides, this year is the year!Of course, ICE! is just one element of Gaylord National Resort complete holiday Read more...