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Editor's Note:

Announcing Our 2017 Family Favorites Award Winners

Each year, our Birmingham Parent Family Favorites awards are more and more popular. We have more participation, more votes, and add more categories. Now in our 11th year, our awards are often emulated by other publications, but as the original local Favorites Awards, we remain true to our process – you, the reader, are in charge of the nominations and the votes – and YOU choose all the winners. This has happened in a big way this year – with the largest number of votes EVER! 


For shoppers, a personal referral to a business can’t be beat – and that’s a big part of what the Family Favorites Awards are all about. Some winners this year have never won before, and some are repeat winners. If a business received an Honorable Mention, it’s no consolation prize – it means the voting was very close! That’s why you only see a few Honorable Mention awards – not every category was that close. There is a great honor in being named an Honorable Mention in our awards.


Just like last year, we’ve organized the categories again to make the announcements more reader friendly. And you can reference it all year long in the digital edition at


And for the first time ever, check out our Preschool guide (insert name here when we get one), starting on page 32.  It’s a guide to keep all year long, when you may need to find a preschool, mother’s day out program, etc.   

 Click here to read the current issue 


Click to Read the July 2017 issue of Birmingham Parent


Don’t miss our Destination Guide’s patriotic visit to Washington, D.C. It’s a trip you can make ANY time of year, too


Be sure to save the date for our Happy Healthy Kids Fair, coinciding with our August Back-to-School issue, on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Riverchase Galleria. Admission is FREE. Great giveaways and local entertainment with WDJC Radio. Vendor booths and sponsorships are still available for this popular event.

Happy July 4 – enjoy it safely!

Carol Muse Evans

Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA


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Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA). 


Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.