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  • We're All a Little Mad Here

    We're All a Little Mad Here

    Me Time: Time is such a funny thing, going by super fast when I least expect it, and dragging so slowly when I just want to get a move on. I can spend a whole afternoon waiting in a doctor’s office, and it feels like midnight by the time I get seen, when it's only really been under an hour.

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  • Pillow Talk

    Pillow Talk

    Tradition...Tradition! I have to remind myself to take a deep breath and know that if I didn't make the Christmas parade this year or forgot to get the photo with Santa, it's o.k. because at the heart of these traditions is spending time with my family and friends.

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  • Practical Pantry

    Practical Pantry

    How to Relax When Kids are Helping in the Kitchen: As Aidan brought over the huge gallon of unopened milk, he paused and said, “But how do you pour it?” We both realized that our 8 ½ year old had no idea to pour his own milk because….we had always done it for him! But how could this have happened?

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  • Fresh Voices

    Fresh Voices

    First Time Job Fair...Beware! I totally felt out of place from the second I walked in. I may have let that get to my head. You could smell the stench of competition in the air. People were here for blood and I was a goldfish among sharks.

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  • My Stomping Grounds

    My Stomping Grounds

    Top 5 Things This Fat Girl Will Enjoy in Skinnyhood: Then, Thanksgiving arrived. The turkey, the cranberry salad, the lumpy mashed potatoes, the bread, the sweets… but I digress. We chose not to weigh-in that week. For obvious reasons. Those pilgrims knew how to throw a darn good tasty party.

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articles from december

  • Christmas and Holiday Events 2016

    Santa's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops. Dec 4 - 24. Hours vary. Crafts, activities, free photo with Santa, and more! Where: Bass Pro Shop, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy, Ashland, VA. www.basspro.com/santa Ignite the Night Village Laser Show. Fri & Sat evenings through Dec Read More
  • Shop Fred: The Ultimate Downtown Shopping Guide

    Amelia Street Downtown Salon 103-A Amelia Street Wine glasses, jewelry, totes, style tools & more, the Unique Boutique inside of Downtown Salon has the perfect eclectic selection for your gift giving needs! William Street Bistro Bethem 309 William StreetDuring the month Read More
  • 5 Awesome Alternative Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

    Three years ago, as we were taking town our tree after the holiday, I asked my kids what their favorite Christmas present had been that year. “I don’t know. I don’t really remember what I got,” they both, in essence, Read More
  • Ask the Expert: Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    December is here and the Christmas season is in full swing with its special moments and sweet nostalgia. If you are anything like the Fred Parent team, it also means big, intimidating to-do lists. Ones comprised of Elf on the Read More
  • Family Favorites: Belmont Christmas Tree Farm

    Nothing fills you with Christmas cheer quite like bringing home your Christmas tree. It’s one of those special family traditions that everyone remembers. If you are looking for an old school, family-owned Christmas tree farm that offers and variety of Read More
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articles from december

IMAGE How to Save More by Making a Game of Budgeting
Budgeting must be in my blood, or at the very least has been on my mind since I started tracking my income at 12 years old in my little black ledger.... Read More...
IMAGE Shop Fred: The Ultimate Downtown Shopping Guide
Amelia Street Downtown Salon 103-A Amelia Street Wine glasses, jewelry, totes, style tools & more, the Unique Boutique inside of Downtown... Read More...
IMAGE From Gashed to Gushing (with Delight)
Last December I had an unexpected opportunity to enjoy Caroline Street’s festive holiday decorations after dark. My son was at a play rehearsal in... Read More...
IMAGE Ask the Expert: Spotsylvania Towne Centre
December is here and the Christmas season is in full swing with its special moments and sweet nostalgia. If you are anything like the Fred Parent... Read More...
IMAGE Family Favorites: Belmont Christmas Tree Farm
Nothing fills you with Christmas cheer quite like bringing home your Christmas tree. It’s one of those special family traditions that everyone... Read More...
IMAGE Christmas and Holiday Events 2016
Santa's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops. Dec 4 - 24. Hours vary. Crafts, activities, free photo with Santa, and more! Where: Bass Pro Shop, 11550... Read More...
IMAGE 5 Awesome Alternative Gift Ideas for the Whole Family
Three years ago, as we were taking town our tree after the holiday, I asked my kids what their favorite Christmas present had been that year. “I... Read More...
IMAGE Share the Love
With the holiday season upon us, it the time of year we reflect back and we look forward. we have spent 2016 sharing with you various local... Read More...
IMAGE Top Toys from Tots to Teens for 2016
Everything old is new again this holiday season. From Pokémon to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nostalgia may cause some parents to want to play with... Read More...
IMAGE An Auto Insurance Primer: Learning the Basic Terms on Your Policy
The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage in 2015 was estimated to be $412.1 billion, according to a statistics... Read More...
IMAGE Manners, Respect & Gratitude
Mom: “Say ‘Thank you.’”2-year-old: “NO!” Dad: “Shake his hand.”4-year-old (protrudes his tongue at nice gentleman) Mom: “Share your... Read More...

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FredParent on Twitter

FredParent Our latest Fresh Voices blogger, Claire Dwyer, is a sophomore at University of Mary Washington… https://t.co/4oYeT6Agt4
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FredParent RT @Fxbg2day: Photos with Santa to Benefit Rappahannock United Way https://t.co/aBQ1CBJJyY @rappunitedway @FredParent @TedSchubel @FxbgDNTN
FredParent Get a little nervous about letting your kids help in the kitchen. Debra has some tips! https://t.co/HK2cOW0bIahttps://t.co/FeiuWBPYka
FredParent Have you grabbed your December issue, yet? Pick one up at newsstands all around town! 🎉📚 @… https://t.co/IrBGIS644q

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