How to Avoid a Computer Virus – Tips from BitDefender

One of the most annoying and debilitating illnesses my family experienced this past year was a virus... on our family computer. Sure, I was pretty freaked out about H1N1. And last year we dealt with our share of barf-your-brains-out norovirus and seeping, crusty pinkyeye. But taking care of my family and children's wellness is part of my job description as Mom and I have patience for those ailments. But for my other, secondary job as a work-from-home-writer-editor-user-of-a-computer, computer Read more...

June Giveaway: Bitdefender Internet Security Software 2010 & 2011 – THREE COPIES

Mom blog giveaways of gift cards, gift certificates and free products rock, right?  That's why every time you leave a comment on a post on A Parent in Silver Spring, you're entered to win. (Dude, that sounded so commercial-y!  Can you tell I've been letting the kids watch more TV since they've been let out of school?  Yikes.) Thanks so much for all your comments in May – there were officially over 200 entries for the May giveaway of a $50 Mastercard Gift Card to be used where ever Mastercard Read more...

Best Mom Blogs Ever: Momz Share Attendees Rock the Write

If you're reading this you probably have a kid.  And you obviously read blogs (thanks!) But do you have a blog yourself?  Are you thinking of starting one? Then you have to get your cute self to a Momz Share event!  These great in-person networking parties just started this year, thanks to the genius of Hip As I Wanna Be's Jennifer Gerlock and Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom's Lara Di Paola. The second event was held this weekend at The Little Gym of Silver Spring (a SUPER party Read more...

Twitter vs. Facebook – which big time suck do you prefer?

I recently turned 35.  It was my harshest b-day to date.  I know there's nothing you can do about it besides work to be healthy and happy but dude, it threw me into an official NOT YOUNG demographic.  But rather than waste precious time worrying about something I cannot change, on my birthday I instead wasted precious time reading all of the awesome wall posts I received on Facebook.  The return for having everyone from your past, present and online worlds wish you well and give you compliments Read more...

Virtual Road Trip Tour Guide for Washington, D.C. Needed on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect – YOU Should Apply!

Nickelodeon ParentsConnect - the fabulous website for parents - is gearing up for a Virtual Road Trip in June.  And they're looking for a virtual tour guide to tell the country why Washington, D.C. rocks! I think the readers of A Parent in Silver Spring are the best candidates for the job. You guys are always sending me great recommendations to feature on APISS, like where your kid had a blast of a birthday party (Jodi), where you and your child tried to drink a massive milkshake (Rosa), where Read more...

MomzShare and Mom Blogging: A Great Way to Connect…and Great Way to Party

This month I'm quoted very flatteringly in an article on mom blogging in the awesome Maryland Life magazine article, "It Takes A (Virtual) Village." This honor was in no small part to connecting this past autumn with the article's author, the incredible freelance writer and fellow mom blogger Jennifer Gerlock of Hip As I Wanna Be.  (Are you reading Hip As I Wanna Be?  Because it is a great site on balancing all of the push and pull of mothering while still keeping your sense of self intact - Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring Website Redesign

How do you like the new look? Sam of Temptation Designs was the incredible web and graphic designer that tricked out the entire site, migrated all of the old A Parent in Silver Spring info from Blogger to WordPress and helped me get a fresh new face. (APISS didn't change as much as Heidi though, right?) The site should now look fabulously formatted for all screens, whether you're viewing from your iPhone, laptop or desktop monitor. However, it could take a few days for the new site Read more...

DC Metro Moms Blog: Fun with Bert and Ernie

For those of you that like your parenting essays light, and dig the opening bars of "sunny days sweepin' the clouds away...", I'm over on the DC Metro Moms Blog musing about the Berts and Ernies of the world.Read it here.This post was brought to you by the letters B, E and the number 2.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

APISS on the News Friday at 5pm on NBC 4 & in Friday’s Washington Post

After shrieking like a crazed Beatles fan on Twitter and Facebook today, I figured I'd do it here at the main place I make a geek out of myself:I'm going to be a guest on the NBC 4's 5pm broadcast tomorrow! I'm appearing to talk about free, family-friendly local activities to share with your kids. I'll be on the air live in the second half of the broadcast.This opportunity is thanks to the incredibly supportive editorial staff of The Washington Post's Weekend Section that recommended me for the Read more...