The Daily Dish in Silver Spring: Delish, with and without the kids

"The Daily Dish is a play of words that reflects the passion of its two owners, Jerry Hollinger and Zena Polin, who believe in serving comfort food with a twist — food that is seasonally inspired, locally sourced and farm fresh." I have been a regular visitor to The Daily Dish restaurant in Silver Spring since it opened. It is one of my favorite places to bring friends or share a meal with my husband. For me, living in east Montgomery County, The Daily Dish is the perfect place to meet up with Read more...

GIVEAWAY: The Still Point at Haven on the Lake Half Day Spa Package

SPA WELLNESS IS FOR EVERYONE ... REALLY The older I get (almost 40, gah!), the more I realize that if I take care of myself, I am much better at taking care of my kids Charlie, Eve, Alice, and even my husband Chris.Items I used to view as extras, such as time by myself to exercise, are now daily necessities.Experiences I used to regard as extreme luxuries, like wellness treatments, are now simply extras. I work to carve out the time and budget for the extras a few times a year.A Read more...

Best Getaway: Salamander Resort and Spa

My husband Chris and I have never been away together for a weekend...without the kids. We have had a handful of overnights together (one of which was when Chris stayed the night in Holy Cross Hospital with me after Alice was born) and solo trips to see friends, family or do work. But this was the first time we spent two consecutive nights away without kids since December 2003...when our oldest child was born.We are not martyrs. We are not helicopters. We just had not yet had the opportunity, Read more...

HotMammaHaute Experience Friday Oct. 10 – Discounted Tickets

Join me and some of the DC area's most stylish women for a fashionable women's night out. Grab your fellow fashion lovers,  style enthusiasts and beauty connoisseurs in the metropolitan area and head to DC on Friday evening October 10th.The HotMommaHaute Experience is hosted by Monica Byrd, moderated by Christine St. Vil of Moms ‘N Charge and features fashion, beauty and lifestyle panelists, Malonda Richard-Sia (Love, Mrs.), Aracely Collins (Mama Fashion Files), Marie Jose Ovalle (Very Read more...

Saturday 9/20 Macy’s Wheaton Center Free Fashion Event & Live Performance by Jasmine Villegas

You may have heard of New York Fashion Week, but have you heard of Silver Spring Fashion Week? Me either, so I made it up. This week on A Parent in Silver Spring and A Parent in America, the posts will be full of style events, giveaways and fall fashion features. Head over to A Parent in America for an eShakti gift certificate giveaway, good to use to choose you own fashion pick on the site, and more fun throughout the week!Saturday Free Fashion Event at Wheaton Macy's This Saturday September Read more...

Snowshoe’s FreeFall Festival: Great Getaway Sept. 26-28

This looks fun: Snowshoes's FreeFall Festival A weekend (sans kids) of live music, yoga and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia sounds pretty darn heavenly. Just a few hours drive from the DC area, attendees can see headliners Michael Franti with Spearhead and Slightly Stoopid, G. Love and the Special Sauce, as well as many other musical acts.The musical stages provide guests with 180-degree sunset and fall foliage views, guaranteed to deliver dramatic evening Read more...

My Interview with Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Director Jake Kasdan

Why would a Hollywood studio fly out a group of mom bloggers, me included, to be a part of the Los Angeles media junket for Sex Tape?I mean, just typing the words SEX TAPE may have landed this in your spam filters or blocked by your network administrator.And don't I usually write on this blog about where to find things to do with your kids?Well, first of all, don't see it with your kids!  The comedy is a great date movie or women's night out flick. I saw it, and I recommend you Read more...

Friday May 9: Runway Moms for the Cause – Support Needed

Date Night ~ Girls Night Out ~ Great Cause! An event close to my heart which I passionately recommend to families is happening this spring, Runway Moms for the Cause. Runway Moms for a Cause (RMFC) is a fashion show and gala which raises funds for non-profit organizations.  The beneficiary of the Friday May 9, 2014 show is Kidsave International, which finds loving homes for forgotten older children worldwide living in orphanages and in need of parents.Kidsave International. Kidsave has Read more...

Listen to Your Mother Weekend Shows

Listen to Your Mother Baltimore on Saturday April 26 at 6pm Listen to Your Mother DC on Sunday May 4 at 2pm Listen to Your Mother is live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested life of mothers. In celebration of Mothers Day, women writers in each city will read their personal stories about the humor and the heartbreak that go hand in hand with motherhood.The DC show is produced by Kate Coveny Hood and directed by Stephanie Stearns Dulli and the Baltimore Read more...