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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Kid Science Experiment: Change the Baby

August 31, 2012

…so you reach for a disposable diaper.  As advertised – baby is kept dry and the “used” diaper is, well, amazingly heavy. You toss it out, it’s gone. But wait!  How does the diaper HOLD all that water? Disposable diapers have been a part of our child-rearing culture ever since Pampers were introduced in 1961…

Garnished with tomatoes, lettuce and pickles, served with French Fries.

Shake Up Your Weekly Recipes

August 31, 2012

Every family has mealtime favorites that they rotate during the week: meatloaf, spaghetti, and chicken are some of the most popular. Change the old routine up a bit by incorporating these three kid-friendly dinners into your family’s weeknight meal repertoire. Asian Chicken or Turkey Meatballs with Teriyaki Glaze This delicious Asian-inspired meal (serve with steamed…

Apple Printing Craft

August 31, 2012

This is a fun, simple craft that is perfect for a back-to-school party! You use sliced apples to decorate a simple tote or t-shirt. It would also make a great teacher’s gift at the end of the school year! Supplies: Fabric paint Canvas bag Apples Knife (Adults only!)    Have a grown up carefully cut…

Get Your Child Ready To Read

August 27, 2012

Did you know proficient reading by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of future academic and life success? However, learning to read well begins long before a child enters elementary school. According to literacy experts, reading proficiently results from a combination of experiences and skill building that begins in the earliest years…

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