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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Craft Corner: Borax Snowflakes

November 16, 2020

As winter quickly approaches this fun science project is a great way to spend a cold afternoon inside. Use pipe cleaners to create custom snowflake shapes or long, straight icicles that will magically crystalize overnight with only two easy household ingredients. Supplies Borax laundry detergent booster Pipe cleaners (white or different shades of blue) String…

Back to the Movies: Monsters Inc.

November 6, 2020

If it wasn’t for the fact this is a Pixar movie, this would be the stuff nightmares are made of! You see, in the monster world, electricity is powered by, children’s screams! In order to get those screams, employees like James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, work at a plant where every night, they pop…

Back to the Movies: Hocus Pocus

October 30, 2020

Max who is new to Salem, lights a candle on Halloween night and summons the infamous trio of witches known as the Sanderson Sisters. These witches aim to suck the life of ever child in Salem so that they can live forever, they have been waiting for 300 years to do so! Someone must stop…

Books for Your Future Voters and Politicians

October 29, 2020

Election Day is coming up. If your kids have seen ads or heard enough talk at the dinner table and school to start asking questions or want to be involved, there are a few books that can help jumpstart their political careers, even before they’re old enough to vote. From biographies to explanations of change to activism,…

Get Kids Involved in Election Season

October 29, 2020

Election Day is coming up on Nov. 3 and with a presidential election this year, it’s a great opportunity to discuss the concept of voting with your kids. While politics might seem like a complicated topic for them, it’s never too early to teach our future voters. Here are some engaging ways to get your kids involved…

Election Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

October 29, 2020

Election Day is an important day to see how our U.S. government operates and Our future voters have a lot to learn about the election season. On Nov. 3, after you’ve finished voting, focus on a craft, game or lesson to help your child learn more. Here are some Election Day activities for kids of all…

Roanoke Valley Family Halloween Candy Showdown

October 23, 2020

100% Premium Virginia Orange Juice

October 21, 2020

100% Premium Virginia Orange Juice Fall has finally arrived, and that means here in the Blue Ridge mountains it’s time to start picking oranges. Yes, that’s right. Move over, Tropicana, make way for… Poncirus trifoliata. Ok, so maybe you’re suspicious, and maybe rightfully so. But the first time we found a trifoliate or hardy orange…

Interior Color Trends for 2021

October 4, 2020

Article provided by Burchett Homes A native of the area, Curtis Burchett has more than 18 years experience as full-time Realtor. He currently lives in Southwest Roanoke County with his wife and 3 children. Many of us spent time in quarantine doing home improvement projects – deep cleaning long neglected areas, purging the garage or…

Halloween Safety During a Pandemic

October 3, 2020

Hosting a Halloween Celebration If you will be hosting a celebration, follow these CDC tips for hosting gatherings. Below are some additional considerations for hosting a holiday celebration: • Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to host an indoor…

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