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Adventure Us: Walrond Park (North Roanoke)

Adventure #4: Walrond Park (North Roanoke) If you’re looking for a convenient place to relax and enjoy nature in the Hollins area of Roanoke, then Walrond Park is a great place to explore! Located just off Peters Creek Road near I-81, Walrond Park offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities plus the chance to experience…
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Chickens and the Animals that Love Them

In a previous post, I mentioned some of the advantages of raising chickens in the Roanoke valley. As I wrote, I was reminded of one disadvantage of chicken owning: it allows you to encounter the Roanoke valley’s range of predatory animals up close. There are effective ways to protect chickens from each of these predators,…
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Roaming Roanoke: Salem Drive-In Movies!

Welcome back to Roaming Roanoke! This week’s blogging destination is an event – the Salem Parks and Recreation drive-in movie at the Salem Red Sox stadium! When we lived in Kentucky, we took our young kids to the drive-in movies. It was the perfect place to watch a movie with children because they don’t have…
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Having Fun at Home With Communication – Part 2: In the Kitchen

By Marissa Siegel Do you have a burgeoning baker on your hands? Turn those interests into communication (and culinary!) discovery. Working on speech and language at home can help your child increase their own understanding and help them feel confident communicating their wants and needs. Cooking allows families to spend time together, developing hobbies and…
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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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Meet Your Neighbor: Moretti Chiropractic

August 13, 2020

Dr. Moses and Amy Moretti are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and love helping others achieve optimum health too! The couple operates Moretti Chiropractic on Cloverdale Road in Troutville. Dr. Moretti is the chiropractor, and Amy is the office manager and marketing director. The chiropractic practice is their passion to help others improve their well-being,…

Creating a Study Space

August 7, 2020

Back to school in 2020 looks very different for all of us. Whether your children will attend their regular school full time, part time or will learn entirely virtually, they will need a quiet learning place within the home. Just doing homework at the kitchen table may not cut it when they require peace and…

PRODUCT REVIEWS

August 5, 2020

Introducing kids’ products reviewed by you, our readers! We’ve partnered with some fantastic brands so you can get a close, honest look at some of the newest kids’ stuff out there.  If you are interested in joining our testing panel, send an email to the editor at jackie@virginiafamily.com. Product: Snack in the BoxBrand:  Precidio DesignBrand Website: Drinkinthebox.comWhere…

13 Books to Help You Explain Racism to Kids

July 16, 2020

13 Books to Help You Explain Racism to Kids One step to teaching kids about race is to introduce other cultures into the media you present: books, movies and music. Another way is for kids to read and understand racism directly. These books are age appropriate for readers of all ages and levels to understand racism…

9 Anti-Racism Resources for Kids and Families

July 16, 2020

Not being racist is a good start toward creating real equality in our country but it’s not enough anymore. If we really want to see change, we need to learn our country’s history, acknowledge privilege, realize we all have our own implicit biases, work toward overcoming those biases and confront bias and racism — no…

11 Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

July 16, 2020

As we continue to talk about race at home, many parents are focused on resources and books to dive into the subject. You can also easily get creative to start the conversation early with your kids. Try these hands-on learning activities and crafts focused on diversity and anti-racism. M&M Experiment Photo Credit: Crayon Freckles Sometimes visual examples allow children to…

A Guide to Safe Travel During Pandemic

July 13, 2020

A Guide to Safe Travel During a Pandemic Our experts have been inundated with questions about travel during COVID-19. The bottom line is, if you do not need to travel, it is best to stay home and socially distant. If you must travel, here are some tips about how to do it safely. These tips are…

Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Coronavirus

July 13, 2020

Courtesy of Carilion Clinic   Summertime means travel, even in a pandemic year. In fact, having been under quarantine or stay-at-home orders for several months, people are more anxious than ever to get away from it all on a much-needed vacation. Epidemiologists and infectious disease experts agree that this year, a staycation is a better idea. The…

Low-Tech Budget Friendly, Summer FUN!

July 9, 2020

School’s out and now it’s summer! The kids are ready, but are you? With a little preparation now and a few supplies, you will be able to keep those kiddos busy, happy and exhausted all summer long. Cue some sanity for mom! Bursting Bubbles All kids love bubbles, and the bigger the bubbles, the better. So create your…

Restaurant Coupons

July 6, 2020

RESTAURANT COUPONS AS SEEN IN ROANOKE VALLEY FAMILY MAGAZINE TO USE ANY OF THESE COUPONS – PLEASE PRINT AND BRING TO THE LOCATION.   If you have a restaurant and would like to receive a free coupon ad – please contact JOSH@VIRGINIAFAMILY.COM

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