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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Meet Your Neighbor: Ellen Cleveland, LFA Consignment

January 25, 2021

Roanoke native Ellen Cleveland loves to serve her hometown community and families as well as create events! She successfully merges the two into the LFA Kids Consignment sale in Roanoke.  For more than fifteen years, the LFA Kids consignment events have helped families sell and buy baby and children’s items! The sales are held twice…

Back to the Movies: Lilo and Stitch

January 5, 2021

Six-year-old Hawaiian girl, Lilo, who was raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents died in a car crash, adopts a new “dog” that she calls Stitch. She does not know yet, that her new dog is actually a genetically modified blue alien, engineered for chaos! Stitch learns a bunch from Lilo, even though…

New Family Movies and Shows Streaming This January

January 5, 2021

As we look for more ways to have fun while we stay home, the streaming universe will keep you entertained. There are many classics to enjoy in January, along with a few new TV shows. Here are the best streaming picks to watch this month. Shrek — Hulu, Jan. 1 This isn’t your normal fairytale, but it…

New Years at Noon at Home!

December 29, 2020

Live performance from Einstein’s Monkey and Balloon Dude Travis! BUY YOUR KITS BELOW – ALL KITS WILL BE HAND DELIVERED ON DECEMBER 30th! Buy your New Year’s Kits for just $4!

Fun and Easy New Year’s Crafts to do at home

December 10, 2020

If you want to celebrate with the New Year with kids, here are some easy crafts to try out. You should have all the materials on hand, so a last-minute trip won’t be needed. After all, this new year we’re all for simplicity, right? Ornament Noisemaker You’ll need: Clear ornaments Didn’t have time to DIY ornaments…

Christmas Movie Showdown

December 1, 2020

Make a Snoopy Chef Hat

November 26, 2020

Image courtesy of WIldBrain Ltd. and Sony Worldwide Supplies needed to make one hat: 2 pieces of white computer paper 5 feet of white parchment paper 1 rubber band (elastic) 1 sheet of black felt Stapler Scotch Tape Tape two pieces of computer paper together at shorter end. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and…

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

By Pam Molnar Through the eyes of a child, Thanksgiving is a letdown holiday. Sandwiched between the candy rush of October and gift giving holidays of December, it seems like more of a holiday for the adults. To make matters worse, the kids are seated at a separate table, shushed during the football game and…

Celebrating Safely in 2020: Holiday Guidelines from the CDC

November 21, 2020

Our family will be spending Thanksgiving at home, but I wanted to share some holiday guidelines from the CDC. Maybe this will be helpful to anyone still on the fence about their holiday plans for this year! All of this advice – and more – can be found at The Stress of Disappointing Family The…

Back to the Movies: Frozen

November 20, 2020

Image from Frozen courtesy of Disney. Perhaps the biggest Disney movie since the Lion King, Frozen took the world by storm in 2013. It was widely believed to be the beginning of a Disney Renaissance. The movie led to merchandise that could be found everywhere, a musical, a sing along, a holiday movie and of…

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