Adventure Us: Roanoke area day trips, Part I

Now that we are finally getting gorgeous fall weather, the time is right to plan some weekend day trips to enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique attractions within driving distance of Roanoke. So, here are a few fun day trips that our family has enjoyed over the past few years, in the hopes that your…
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Virginia’s Native Allspice

This fall we noticed, for the first time, some bushes with bright red berries dotted across our nearby woods. Thanks to the reputation of hollies, poke berries, and other brightly colored inedible wild plants, my first thought was “poisonous!” But after doing some research, we have made quite a contrary discovery. Say hello to spice…
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Roaming Roanoke: Little Green Hive

For this edition of Roaming Roanoke, we visited a popular coffee and smoothie bar – Little Green HIve! It is hard to believe that summer is winding down! Some are already back in school and others will go back soon! I feel like my kids just got out of school and we still have months…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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National Family Day!

September 27, 2021

Family time has become a very precious commodity in today’s frenzied world. It’s more the norm to spend time shuffling our kids to their practices and after-school activities than to actually devote one full hour during the entire month relaxing at home together. Now that school is in full swing, and we embark on a…

Adventure Us: Pandapas Pond

March 31, 2021

If your family is seeking to get away from the busy routine for a few hours and enjoy outdoor beauty and spring weather for free, Pandapas Pond might be the place for you. Beloved by fishermen, families, and college students alike, Pandapas Pond Day Use Area is nestled within the Jefferson National Forest a few…

The Best Fermented Drink for Your Kids

March 31, 2021

Our family’s eating habits aren’t too strange. I mean, sure, we do buy oatmeal in 50 pound bags from the bulk food store. We have accidentally raised corn smut and then decided we might as well eat it. And there was that time that our family all mutually agreed to cook a fat grub and…

Disney March Movie Madness

February 17, 2021

Vote for your favorite movie and you could win a $100 LFA Gift card! Vote everyday! Each week is a new round of voting as movies get eliminated in our March Movie Madness Bracket!

Meet Your Neighbors: Mills and Shannon Dentistry

February 9, 2021

Dr. Michele M. Mills and Dr. Travis M. Shannon spread cheer through Salem and Roanoke one smile at a time!  From their family dental practice, to baseball fields, to local parks, you can find them and their family taking care of the community and enjoying all the Roanoke Valley area has to offer. The married…

Snowmen of Roanoke 2021

January 30, 2021

6 Ways to get Your Home Ready to Sell this Spring

January 29, 2021

If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring, don’t wait: this is the best time of year to sell. Inventory levels are very low, which is pushing average selling prices way up. It is a great time to sell – now is the time to get your house ready for a spring listing! Afraid…

Meet Your Neighbors: The Lugars, Unleashed Dog Bakery

January 25, 2021

Meet your neighbors, Jenn and Chris Lugar! Jenn and Chris own Unleashed Dog Bakery & Boutique in downtown Roanoke.  In March 2015, they began Unleashed as a mobile bakery, and then they opened their brick and mortar store in July 2018. While the business is owned by the two of them, Jenn and Chris have…

Meet Your Neighbor: Noel Anderson, Anderson Music Therapy

January 25, 2021

Meet Your Neighbor… Noel Anderson! When Noel Anderson MMT, MT-BC, moved to Roanoke in 2011, it didn’t take long for her to notice the challenge families had in getting services for their children with special needs. So she created Anderson Music Therapy to fill that need and be a resource in helping families find the…

Meet Your Neighbor: Misty Lenk, Lenk Orthodontics

January 25, 2021

Dr. Misty Lenk loves smiles! She loves giving smiles to others and creating smiles on her patients! Dr. Lenk is an orthodontist and operator of Lenk Orthodontics in Daleville. She is also a wife, mother, basketball coach, volunteer, and whatever else is needed to support her family, patients, and community. Dr. Lenk grew up in…

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