Brazilian Hair Straightening by Jillian Behram of Headlines – Hot Mama Humidity-Proof Hair!

Jillian Behram of Headlines Hair Designers is a genius with color, cuts and now the new Brazilian hair straightening treatment, too! The Washinton, D.C. area humidity and heat is turning every day into a bad hair day for some of us.  But I have to admit, I've been doing OK in the hair department in this weather, thanks to Jillian Behram of Headlines Hair Designers in downtown Silver Spring. If you've been reading this site for awhile, you've heard me gush about Jillian before--she's the gal in Read more...

Introduce Your Kids to Science and Toddlers to Planets, for ToddlerPlanet

Today my dear friend Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet will be undergoing surgery to remove a local regional recurrence of the breast cancer she has been fighting since June 2007.  The surgeons will remove the cancer from the lymph nodes under her armpit today, and then she will begin radiation.  Again. She has already endured a litany of treatments and procedures.  And now she is going forth into battle again. Susan is one tough mama. She is also an astrophysicist - a planetary scientist, Read more...

Silver Spring Moms Group: Wheaton Area Moms

Are you a stay at home mom or dad, either full or part time?  Do you live in Silver Spring, Wheaton or Kensington and are you looking for a wonderful, warm group of parents and kids?    Then look no further and join the Wheaton Area Moms (WAM.) WAM is an independent support group for moms and dads.  The group plans activities for the member parents and kids, and most activities are held on weekdays, when at-home parents need the most support.  The group can help you find a weekly play Read more...

DC Parenting Event on Sunday January 31: Free Range Kids – Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry

Lenore Skenazy is a pure punk rock.  She's a committed mother, a freelance writer that regularly pops up in the Holy Grail (aka The New York Times) either with a byline or a pithy quote, and she's the creator of the inspiring website freerangekids.com And she's coming to our town!  She's the latest authored featured in the DC Jewish Community Center's Authors Out Loud Series.  Check out the title of her reading and book:Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Read more...

Autism Resources in Montgomery County, MD at AutMont – A WONDERFUL Website

Resources for children with autism and their families are often tough to find, so Jean of Stimeyland and Autism Unexpected started AutMont. AutMont was first conceived as merely a calendar listing of autism related events in Montgomery County, but has expanded into what Jean hopes will become a gathering place for parents of autistic children, as well as autistic adults and teens.Woman of the Week!  Methinks the crown needs to be bestowed... Jean, as I've gushed about before, is the mom I strive Read more...

Adelaide Photography for Family and Holiday Photos

Kristin Callahan of Adelaide Photography is a master in the art of photography, and she really captured the beauty of our kids in a recent photo session at our home. We are so pleased with the results! You know how sometimes when you see photos of your kids taken by someone else, even if the shots are OK, they just don't look like the kids you see everyday? Well, EVERY photo that Kristin took truly reflects the essence of our kids' personalities. As a special giveaway to A Parent in Silver Spring Read more...

Woman of the Week & Giveaway: Candor by Pam Bachorz

Update - The winner is Mary Beth! For the first time in months, I was sucked in by a book so good, so engaging,that I didn't want it to end.When was the last time that happened to you? When you picked up Twilight last winter? When your book club read The Time Traveler's Wife? Because this book is a Young Adult novel and a science fictiony novel too, but it's so finely written and deliciously creepy that you forget that the target audience is high schoolers about two sentences in.Candor is the Read more...

Woman of the Week: Jean aka Stimey of Stimeyland.com

How many times have you heard,"What camps have you signed your kid up for this summer?"Most of us hem and haw our answers, fearing that the other parent will judge us for1) not signing our kid up for anything other than a long date with Dora and the neighborhood parkor2) farming your child out to every week-long soccer, synchronized swimming and Star Wars program across three states.How about if you turned the entire concept on its ass and developed your own curriculum of adventure and fun for your Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring Man of the Week: DC Urban Dad

For the first time ever on APISS, the Woman of the Week is a Man, baby! DC Urban Dad is a hilarious and insightful local parent blogger, and he's the founder of the best way for dads to spend a Saturday or Sunday - DC Dads on the Run. DCUD was cool enough to accept the nomination and submit to the APISS e-interview.How long have you been writing DC Urban Dad?First I want to thank you for bringing me on as the first ever APISS Man of the Week. It is an honor to be here.I started the blog in December Read more...