Costco, Family Dinners and National Pork Month

Charlie, Eve and their cousins enjoying a yummy family dinner My husband loves pork and my kids love variety. So when the chicken and beef dinners get too tedious and people say things like "This, again?", after sending them to their rooms, I take that feedback as a hint to serve more fish and pork dishes. Boneless chops and roasts are the pork cuts that my kids dig the most - the texture is similar to the lean poultry and steak they like and the taste is both mild and flavorful. I also love Read more...

Rockville Restaurant Week Giveaway – Two Gift Certificate Winners

Rockville Restaurant Week is September 10th through 18th and it is the perfect time to head out to eat with your family, your friends, your loooove. You will live large and save big with special prix-fixe menus priced at either $8 lunch/$15 for dinner or $15 lunch/$30 dinner, depending on the place. It’s a super chance for lovers of both fine food and a good deal to hit the town. My family and I started our own Rockville restaurant eatin' a week early by breaking out of our same old, same Read more...

Free Yogurt and Weight Loss Help (Please God)

I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own. For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.oikosyogurt.com or www.Facebook.com/oikos. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. Only I would agree to be in a fashion show a few months after having a baby and weighing 25 more Read more...

Fire Station 1 Restaurant in Silver Spring Plum District Deal: $40 Worth of Food and Drink for Just $20

Wow Deal of the Day: $20 for $40 food and drink at Fire Station 1 from Plum District Fire Station 1 Restaurant and Brewing Co. is one of family's and my favorite restaurants. It strikes the perfect balance of cool brewery restaurant for adults, and fireman rescue hero dream for the kids. Mom and Dad get low-priced, quality beer on tap like Hook & Ladder, some of the best crab cakes and french fries in the DC area (from the Examiner's restaurant review, "Is there a such thing as a perfect Read more...

Peeps & Company Store and Products GIVEAWAY to Promote World “Peeps”: Five $20 Gift Cards

Eve heartily agrees that PEEPS candies are a great call any time of year. A week ago our new baby Alice was baptized, and after the dunking we invited our family, neighbors and some friends over to our home for a small celebration. As the woman of the hour was our a ten week old baby girl, I couldn't resist frilly, feminine treats. We served sparkling rosé, loads of pink rose-topped cookies and the most popular item was a big basket of pink chick PEEPS 5-packs on which we placed a sign: Please Read more...

Kids Eat Free Deals in the Washington DC Area

Free kids meals at Washington DC, Montgomery County and even some Northern Virginia restaurants! I've been making it my personal goal to find as many local kids eat free deals as possible. (UPDATED and I keep updating 🙂 ) As the Frugal Families columnist for Wheaton Patch [in addition to the Mom of a Million Mistakes column for the site - psst, check out the great guest columnists who filled in for me while I took a baby break: Jean, Leticia, Colleen and Garine!], I've published three separate Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Moorenko’s Ice Cream Cafe $10 Gift Certificates

Eversave Washington DC is offering TWO lucky A Parent in Silver Spring readers free $10 gift certificates to Moorenko's Ice Cream Cafe in Silver Spring! And ALL of us today on Eversave DC can score $10 worth of ice cream for just $5! Also cool today: new Eversave members get Save Rewards to welcome them to the site and today the first-time buyer credit is $5 – which means that anyone who is new to Eversave will get the Moorenko’s deal for FREE. More details and purchase info I love Moorenko's. Read more...

Add Your Own Toppings to Tony’s Pizza and Get MORE

My kids will only eat cheese pizza. Booooring. It's time that Charlie and Eve learned that pizza is simply the perfect vehicle for all sorts of great stuff. But I don't have the energy, the cooking prowess or an artisan wood-fired stove to create my own delish 2Amy's style pizza weekly at home. So we've been attempting all sorts of fun new topping ideas for those plain Tony's cheese pizzas I've been picking up since signing on as a Tony's Pizza Mom. Here are some winning toppings Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Tassimo Coffee Maker Home Brewing System (the cool single-serve kind!)

UPDATE: The Randomly-drawn winner was Amy Farrar!  Thanks everyone for entering! This month there was a death at our house. The coffee maker died. Or actually, I put it to sleep.  Old Mr. Coffee, he was in a lot of pain. He couldn't even get warmed up in the mornings. It was a very sad day. I like to think he's in a better place. Then through my grief, my conniving blogger self remembered that the swell people of Tassimo had reached out to me oh, about a year ago, offering me one Read more...