Best Christmas Tree Ever: Tree Classics Snap Tree

Putting up your Christmas tree should always be joyful and easy. We learned this thanks to TreeClassics and will never go back! The first year of our marriage, Chris and I purchased a live Christmas tree from a local lot. We lugged it home atop my Jetta, scratching the car's paint and getting sap in every crevice of our one-bedroom apartment. The next year newborn Charlie had just joined our little family, so Chris took care of the tree transportation to our Silver Spring house solo. That tree 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...

On the Purple Couch for Chalk Paint, Décor and More

On the Purple Couch in Kensington, Maryland's antique district is a lifestyle creative space. Here you can learn how to savvily DIY home décor in the workshop, get guidance from the design pros and shop for original pieces you will not find anywhere else.This summer I, along with blogger friends Tanvi Rastogi of Tanvii.com and Laura Harders of Beltway Bargain Mom, had the chance to learn firsthand about On the Purple Couch from the creative brains behind it all: owner Bahia Akerele. Read more...

FREE Night Out with FLOR in Georgetown #FLORdesignchallenge2015

Friends of A Parent in Silver Spring are invited to a FREE DESIGN-THEMED GIRLS NIGHT OUT!  Tuesday, June 9th from 5-8pm at FLOR in Georgetown, 1037 33rd St. NW  The FLOR store in Georgetown is inviting us stylish mothers (and fathers) to an exclusive party to celebrate innovative interior design. Attendees at this free event will have the chance to create an original FLOR rug that we can enter in the FLOR 2015 Design Challenge, and one winner at the event will win an 8 x 10 rug that they Read more...

Miller and Smith Homes at Poplar Run in Silver Spring

Have you ever lived in a brand new home? I have not. The two homes my husband and I have bought in Silver Spring have been oldies - 1955 and 1970 - both purchased from the original owners.We have become experts at wallpaper removal and hardwood refinishing.The opportunities for purchasing a newly-built home, customized to your specifications, are few in the fabulous S.S. But there is an area of new construction that is stunning, and my friends and I had the chance to experience these Read more...

Fall Family Organizing Tips from Rachel and Company

I am honored to feature this guest contribution from celebrated local organizing expert, Rachel Strisik Rosenthal of Rachel and Company.  As we all work to establish order and healthy routines for our families this fall, her tips and advice are lifesavers! - Jessica  Back To School Is Stressful for Everyone, So Give Yourself a Break The beginning of a new school year is stressful for kids, but it’s stressful for us parents too. Some parents may be asking if I am crazy right about now as Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Organizing Manifesto Poster from Kacy Paide (as seen on Young House Love)

Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office loves to organize offices and paper. I will just let that sink in for a minute.Kacy finds joy in doing what gives most of us a low-grade panic attack. Tackling projects big and small, she works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office.  She says that she "loves a good mess and wants to fix yours." A Professional Organizer since 2001, I met Kacy in 2011 and was immediately blown away Read more...

DC Office Organizer Kacy Paide: 10 Ways to Create An Organized, Inspiring Office

I worship Kacy Paide, Washington, DC-area/Silver Spring office organizing expert of The Inspired Office. She loves to do what most people hate: organize offices and paper.  I am obsessed with Kacy's blog and YouTube channel in which she makes creating functional and even beautiful offices look so easy! Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Read on for Kacy's incredibly useful tips on how to start your own office on the way to awesome. -- Jessica  10 Read more...

GUEST POST: The Maids Tips on Decluttering and Organization

Judy McGhee works for The Maids of DC and therefore knows all about clutter as a professional in the home cleaning business. She offers tips and advice to help homeowners keep their houses squeaky clean!As a busy mom, we all struggle with the clutter in our homes! We all want everything to be in its place  when the phone rings and your mom, of heaven forbid, mother-in-law is on her way over. A girl could twist an ankle running around the house stuffing things into closets and under beds!There Read more...