Top Toys for the Holidays: A Parent in Silver Spring on the News

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the hosts of WUSA 9's Great Day Washington with some suggestions for high impact, sure to delight toys for kids ... that can arrive by Christmas!Check out the TV segment, read below for descriptions and links to the recommended toys and also learn about A Parent in Silver Spring's charity partner, DC Diaper Bank. Under the Tree Winner Toys For big squeals and even bigger memories, the Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage fits the bill. Read more...

Sprinkles Cupcake Toy & Holiday JOY Box

The only thing my daughter will love more than a visit to the Sprinkles Cupcakes shop is very own Sprinkles Cupcake shop to play with!  This adorable, locally-focused, fun holiday gift is just $15 and is available at the Sprinkles Cupcake Georgetown location. It is the perfect size for play with Barbie-sized dolls or a cute addition to a dollhouse. I remember having a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors toy for my dolls when I was a little girl, and I love that my daughter will be able to serve her Frozen Read more...

#GivingTuesday 2013: Easy Ways We Can Help

This post is sponsored by #GivingTuesday and TheMotherhood. Funds received go to support the charities mentioned. All words and opinions are mine. Although I am a professed consumerist, I don't put much stock into Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I look for great deals all year online, and I have no patience for crazy crowds. I would much rather spend the time off with my loved ones.I can get behind Small Business Saturday and especially #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Gift Card for High Tech Westfield Montgomery Location

Updated, High Tech Build-A-Bear Workshop at Montgomery Mall One reader will win a $25 gift card for your child to create his or her own cuddly pal! Last year my children and I had the chance to try out one of the first new high tech Build-A-Bear locations at Westfield Annapolis. I wrote about how the expanded technology made the Build-A-Bear experience more joyful, exciting and longer for the kids when they created their Build-A-Bear friends.The Westfield Montgomery location in Read more...

GIVEAWAY: ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor + $3 Off Tickets

ICE! featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at Gaylord National Harbor November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014$3 off promotion code for all A Parent in Silver Spring Readers: SOCIALMOM13 (valid on non-peak dates) One family will win 4 tickets: Enter at the end of this post! Heading to National Harbor to don the big blue coats and view the sparkling, interactive ice sculptures has become a family holiday tradition. And while I can get my Christmas kicks driving around in Read more...

Cattiwampus Coupon Code Exclusive for A Parent in Silver Spring Readers

You CAN support small, local businesses AND shop online! Cattiwampus is my favorite, fabulous online children’s store. This Washington, DC-based, women-owned e-shop offers beautiful toys, clothes, books and games for kids that you will not find anywhere else. All the offerings are imaginative and many are eco-friendly.Right now there are over 200 items priced under $20 that make for perfect presents!My personal favorites:Indie Rock Button Factory $14.21 for School-of-Rock-attending Read more...

Build-A-Bear at Westfield Annapolis: High-Tech Holiday Heaven

The Build-A-Bear High Tech store at Westfield Annapolis updates and improves the Build-A-Bear experience, expanding the fun for children.We were already HUGE Build-A-Bear store fans. My three children all adore the build-your-own snuggly animal experience. Charlie and Eve regularly ask for Build-A-Bear gift cards for Christmas, because they love how a trip there is a special day AND a top-notch, customized toy.But the brand new Build-A-Bear High Tech store at Westfield Annapolis simply blew Read more...

Gift Guides, Giveaways and Happy Thanksgiving!

Have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving!To get you in the holiday mood, here's some help with your shopping in the form of giveaway gifts you can win and gift guides!Gifts for Kids Gift Guide with GIVEAWAY Gifts Under $10 Gift Guide - Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts Best Buy Gift Card GIVEAWAY - FIVE readers will each win a $25 Gift Card Otterbox iPhone Case GIVEAWAY  Now, isn't shopping from home and winning a gift or two on a blog better than hitting those Black Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Buy $25 Gift Cards (5 Winners!) + New Best Buy Stores in DC Area

The newly redesigned Best Buy stores in the DC region have the feel of Apple stores, but with the space and the diverse gadgets, gifts and low prices that bring us to the big blue and yellow again and again. They are awesome. And what's even more awesome is that Best Buy gave me FIVE $25 gift cards to give away to you guys!I visited the Rockville Pike Best Buy on November 10, the day the new design was revealed. I was impressed. It felt larger, with more products, but with a more intimate, Read more...