Hair Cuttery Back to School Haircuts for Good: #ShareAHaircut

Getting ready for back to school in our house always means shopping for springy tennis shoes, sharpening a bushel of new non-chewed-on pencils, and heading out for fresh haircuts. New tees, jeans and school folders are nice, sure. But as long as you have comfy new shoes, bright yellow pencils and a reflection in the mirror that makes you smile, you're ready to face a brand new grade. We all may know of a few local and national back to school programs that connect kids in need with necessary Read more...

Jumanji at Adventure Theatre MTC: Do Not Miss!

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew almost missed Jumanji this summer, but we are so happy we didn't! Swim team. Summer camps. Vacations. Sitter coordinations. As my kids get older, summers become an even more complicated Jenga game of adding and taking away activities and obligations. But there is one game you need to make time for this summer before it is put back away in the closet: JUMANJI at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park. This children's theatre play runs through August 28, and Read more...

UniverSoul Circus DC Discount Tickets

My crew and I had a blast at UniverSoul Circus this week! This Atlanta-based but internationally renowned big top show is performing at National Harbor through July 31st, and if you and your family would like to see it before it leaves I am proud to offer this exclusive ticket discount for you! Get 25% off the following shows with the special code HARBOR  With this discount, tickets start at just $10 for weekday shows and just $17.50 for weekday evening shows!  Wednesday July 20 10:30am Wednesday Read more...

Waterfront Family Getaway Near DC: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

A waterfront, swimsuit-soaked weekend getaway without the long drive or the crowds is what the A Parent in Silver Spring crew found at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina last weekend. The resort is less than two hours from DC (only 1.5 hours for us Marylanders), located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore and directly on the Choptank River. On Friday night as we made the turn for Cambridge, we breathed sighs of beauty at the surroundings and relief as we left Read more...

DeNada Summer Fashion GIVEAWAY

DeNada is the coolest knitwear line you have ever seen...and now there are warm-weather designs to keep us cool in the DC heat!  Last summer I met the incredibly modest and approachable Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, designer and founder of DeNada. This DC-based artist and weaver has been blending cutting edge styles with the traditions of her Peruvian heritage in her scarves, wraps, cloaks and now, summer pieces. Virginia is also a mom of a preschool-aged son, and she invited me to drop Read more...

Bucket’s Buddy Adventures: Explore the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia is just a short drive for DC-area families, but it is BIG on amazing summer fun! We DMV parents may know that heading West to Virginia is full of fun for our families, but where should we begin? What are the best outdoor, historic, entertainment and foodie-focused offerings available between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains? Go Blue Ridge Travel Kids Trail resources are a great place to help us find the best day-trip and 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...

Gaylord National Harbor SummerFest for Families (With Pirates!)

SummerFest Package at Gaylord National for 2016 Featuring Pirates on the Potomac This summer our family is not going to the beach for a week. Instead, we are experiencing unique adventures on the weekends at nearby jaunts. But although Gaylord National is only one podcast length's drive away from our house in Silver Spring, our two day/one night pirate-themed weekend getaway felt like a completely special vacation. The SummerFest 2016 Package featuring Pirates of the Potomac getaway for Read more...

Best of Hersheypark A-Z and Ticket GIVEAWAY!

This summer you have to head to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This amazing amusement park has thrilling rides, a water park and zoo included in your single admission, and more incredible family fun. Read on for the reasons A-Z that this getaway for East Coast families rocks, and at the end of the post enter to win 4 free tickets to Hersheypark for 2016!  App - The official Hersheypark app is like having a Hersheypark staff member guide in your pocket when you are on-site at the park. Read more...