Best of A Parent in Silver Spring: How to Delete All Unread Messages in Gmail

Every month or so I receive an e-mail from a fellow Gmail user asking for the link to my old post on how to get rid of the dreaded Inbox (863) or whatever three digit number is haunting you. As I work to muster the mojo to create new content again, here is that oldie but helpfulie.How to Delete All Unread Messages in GmailAnd when I say all, I mean ALL. Every last one of those messages that you figured out from the subject you didn't need to open.Like those hundreds and thousands of Read more...

DC Area Weekend Snow Day Poll

It’s the first “real snow” of the year in the DC area, and thankfully, it’s not enough to disrupt our lives and weekend plans. (Hallelujah.) How are YOU spending your snowy day?

Beach and Frivolity

Sorry my posting has been light these last two weeks, but I have been on a vacation with my family. After a hectic year, it has been heavenly to enjoy some periods of unplugged time with my children, husband and baby.I've been playing Beach Blanket Bingo...And fancying myself a mid-thirties Gidget as I boogie board with the kids.I have used my downtime to research kid-friendly rap music offerings...But find myself returning to good ol' pop and '80s nostalgia...Sadly, Read more...

Funny kid quote

"This is my mama. Her name is Jessica. She's wearing that giant hat and sunglasses so she can be saved from being put in a ditch or a box." — How my daughter Eve introduced me today to another mother on the beach, misquoting my earlier joke to her daddy that my over-sized sunglasses and sunhat were a last-ditch effort to stave off Botox.These photos were taken with the incredible Nikon D3000 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens that I randomly, luckily won at the Read more...

Splash Parks, Spraygrounds and Dad Life: Viral Video of the Week

It's official: Hitting the spray park with your kids, rocking the Dockers and Blackberry holster, tearing up during Toy Story 3 and tending the hydrangeas are totally gangsta. Aw yeah.Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo. Was your first thought, "Where's a 'splishy-splashy' I can hit with the kids today?" You're a mom or dad after my own heart. Here are the places I checked out a while back in  "A Hot Time to Get Soaked" in the Post. A ** indicates places we have re-hit this year 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...

Dance Party, Snowed In Style

We are going cuckoo at our house.  Are you feeling similarly insane?We're trying to dance off our cabin fever.Here are some videos for your viewing pleasure, featuring the dancey talents of Eve and Charlie.Check out their Snow Lake Ballet.AndThe Boom Boom Robot (with Lil Sister Shakeyerbooty)If you have any similar fun videos of your kids, leave a link in the comments! Read more...

Washington Without Plows, Power or Provisions?

Sorry I was not able to do a "What Is Open on Monday" post today, the day you probably most need it with cabin fever insanity reaching record levels and with the kids all out of school.  To those of you that e-mailed or Tweeted me wondering where my 4-1-1 post was, I apologize that I was not able to personally get back to you with tailored activity ideas like I normally try to do.You see, my road has not been plowed, and we are three city blocks of waist-deep snow from any major roads.  We've Read more...

#Snowmageddon Important Phone Numbers and Links

Are you reading this on your phone because you're out of power or connection due to the snow storm?  Let me help you.  I wish I could provide you with a beer, some hot Thai takeout, a deep tissue shoulder massage after you shoveled out your front walk, but since I'm snowed in too, these are  the best virtual pressies I can provide.Hypothermia Hotline - If you see a homeless person, calll 1 (800) 535-7252 IMMEDIATELYPepCo - Report an Outage 1 (877) PEPCO-62, Report Downed Wires (202) 872-3432 Read more...