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Adventure Us: Read Mountain Preserve

East of town, tucked back behind Bonsack, lies Read Mountain, where a short climb affords one of the valley’s most beautiful views. The Read Mountain Preserve is 243 acres of scenic woodland and ridgetop, jutting out between the I-81 and Route 460 corridors. The hike up the mountainside, while steep in places, is manageable even…
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Cornmeal, Whiskey and Gourmet Fungus

This summer, on a not-quite-whim, we turned a large chunk of our backyard into a cornfield. It wasn’t quite a whim, because we knew we wanted to expand our garden; however that hadn’t materialized by June, when we took a family trip across the western border to beautiful Monroe County, West Virginia. There we found…
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Roaming Roanoke: Mill Mountain Zoo

This week’s Roaming Roanoke destination is Mill Mountain Zoo! You might remember we tried to go to Mill Mountain Zoo on Labor Day weekend but did not get inside before it was full-capacity. We finally made it back this past weekend! My middle child’s birthday was on Saturday. She turned the big 5! She asked…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and How Does it Impact You?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 American adults have a disability? According to the CDC, that includes over 61 million people. Specifically in Virginia, 23.6% of adults are living with a disability. The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act,…
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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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Watch this, Do That: The Princess Bride

September 18, 2020

Watch this, Do That: The Princess Bride Available for purchase here. A grandfather shares a book from his child hood with his grandson who is stuck at home sick. The story centers around Westley, a farm boy who returns from years at sea to find his one true love Buttercup promised to a prince. It’s…

Literacy and Reading: Just 20 minutes a day will set your child up for success

September 14, 2020

by Sara Howell, Kids Soar Three out of every five children grow up struggling to read. They fall behind in school making them more likely to drop out of high school, hold a low paying job, and live in poverty as an adult. Kids Soar, a local nonprofit, provides an after-school literacy program so that…

Life Lessons along the Baseline – September 2020 Lance Beheler

September 14, 2020

by: Gene Marrano Lance Beheler is headed to Roanoke College this fall and plans to play tennis for the NCAA Division III school while pursing his studies. He’s already played team tennis for 7 years – all four years at Cave Spring High School and three before that in middle school. He was the number…

Watch This, Do That: Tangled

September 10, 2020

Watch This, Do That: Tangled In this crazy pandemic world we live in right now, we figured this was the best movie to start off our new weekly column with! After all we can all relate to Rapunzel now: stuck in one building for weeks and years with no end in sight. That’s the life of…

The Ultimate Online School Supply List for Kids

August 14, 2020

As parents prepare their kids for more remote learning, school supply lists are looking a little different this year. Skip the back-to-school wardrobe shopping and instead, purchase some new tech accessories or organization tools. We’ve assembled a list to spruce up your child’s at-home learning space before school starts. Workspace Essentials A dedicated learning space can…

Meet Your Neighbor: Moretti Chiropractic

August 13, 2020

by Angela Evans 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…

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…

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