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Adventure Us: Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Hidden away on a mountain ridge at the end of a steep, windy – but beautiful! – drive west from Roanoke into West Virginia is an old fire-tower that has been converted into one of the best bird-watching stations in the region. Dubbed the “Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory,” this 3,812 foot high perch offers views…
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Illustrious Roanokers, Part 3: Dr. Charles T. Pepper

Following the pattern of loosely interpreting “Roanoker” to mean someone who has influenced Roanoke’s development, let’s consider…  Dr. Charles T. Pepper (1830 – 1903) A doctor and pharmacist from nearby Rural Retreat, Dr. Pepper is renowned for his greatest medicinal creation: a concoction of herbs, roots, and… you guessed it… carbonated water. This beverage would…
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Roaming Roanoke: Chuck E. Cheese

This week’s blogging destination is a popular chain restaurant for kids – Chuck E Cheese! Chuck E. Cheese has pizza and games – it’s many kids’ dream, haha. The national chain has been around for decades (43 years according to the website). So many of us parents have childhood memories there (playing skeeball!) and now…
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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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So You Want To Go To Summer Camp…

February 28, 2013

I grew up surrounded by summer camps, day camps, activity groups and sports teams. My parents wants to expose me to any and everything they could think of to help me develop as a well rounded and engaging person. As a parent myself I feel it’s up to me to help my child find her…

Family Night Ideas: Dessert Wars

February 17, 2013

Are you in a family night rut? Does it seem you’ve watched all the good movies and played all your board game a zillion times? Will you pull out your hair if one more kid whines that they are bored? We’re here to help! Every month we’ll feature at least one fully planned family fun…

Cabin Fever Busters

January 21, 2013

Earlier this week on our Facebook page, we had an impromptu picture contest of your snowman when the snow first started coming down. We got a few fun entries: but the winner and coolest of all was from Reader Elizabeth and Susan Woods! Her family had to stay indoors but didn’t miss out on the…

Potty Training

January 14, 2013

I decided to bite the bullet and begin potty training my almost 3 year old. Let me just say before I had kids, I never imagined that is how I would be planning to spend my weekend! Preparation: We were very prepared. We got Charlotte excited for her sparkly potty seat, the huge new sticker…

Valentine’s Day Crafts

January 12, 2013

 

How to Choose a Physician

January 12, 2013

Finding the right physician for your family is one of the most important decisions you will make.  Parents must find physicians for the adults in the family, a pediatrician for their children, and spets if anyone needs specialized care for underlying ailments.  All of these pediatricians need to also be in your insurance network if…

Boudreaux Butt-Paste Debacle

January 8, 2013

Let’s just say I have some experience in this. A mother usually treasures the quiet moments in a busy household. I’ve come to fear them. Here are the best ways to get Boudreaux Butt-Paste out of everything.  Seriously – as you can see in the picture, we had to find out the hard way! For…

Balloon Drum – Shoebox Guitar

January 5, 2013

DIY Balloon Drum Supplies: large empty metal can large balloon rice packing tape scissors two unsharpened pencils. Instructions: 1. Cut the end off of the balloon 2. Stretch the balloon tightly over the open top of the metal can and secure with packing tape 3. Play the drum with the eraser-end of the pencils. Do you…

Eyes on Health

January 5, 2013

Telltale Signs of Poor Vision in Children Keeping your child healthy is a huge undertaking.  A parent’s concern goes from the foods they eat to the exercise they receive. One important area that must not be left off the check list is your child’s vision.  Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of child’s…

The Science of Snowflakes

January 5, 2013

By: Ann Shepherd The Science of Snowflakes The story of a snowflake begins with water vapor in the air.  Evaporation from oceans, lakes, and rivers and transpiration from plants puts water vapor into the air.  Every time you exhale, you put water vapor into the air! When air cools down, the water vapor it holds…

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