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Top Ten Things We're Thankful For In 2016

TT Thanksgiving 2016


Thanksgiving has always been a season devoted to reflection and counting your blessings. The world has become so stressful and tense lately, that finding space for gratitude and love has become essential. So let's all be sure to take a moment (or several moments) to just breathe, love, and focus on the good things. 

We'd love to share a few little (and big) things that made the Fred Parent crew's thankful list for 2016.


What's on yours?


Also... This totally isn't a "ten" list as there are only nine people listed. We're rebels :)


Top Ten Things We're Thankful For In 2016


Julie Brosnan, Advertising Sales Consultant -

  1. Naps
  2. My family (particularly my husband for letting me take those naps)
  3. Sheetz Schmonster breakfast burritos and  flavored water


Chris Jones, Editor -

  1. My family and friends
  2. My clients
  3. My health
  4. Good coffee and craft beer
  5. Creativity and imagination


Cheryl Carter, Graphic Design Ninja -

  1. My family
  2. Hot tea and warm Uggs 
  3. No more learner’s permit drivers - they all have their licenses now! After six years and three learners, I never could get my imaginary passenger side brakes to work!


Leigh Anne Van Doren, Publisher-

  1. My staff
  2. The people I meet through Fredericksburg Parent
  3. The means to impact the community


Heidi DiEugenio, Dir. Business Development and Marketing -

  1. Good health
  2. My family
  3. The love of a good dog


Brenda Sapanghila, Social Media Manager -

  1. All my guys (My husband and 3 boys)
  2. Mocha lattes
  3. Netflix
  4. Friendship


Mary Becelia, Blog Community Manager -

  1. (Mostly) good health for self and family
  2. Snow days
  3. Warm chocolate chip cookies
  4. The lovely town we live in!


Karen Charney, Webmaster-

  1. Boys who are thriving at college, but still find time to text their mother
  2. My husband who is willing to take on any random home improvement idea I have for him. 
  3. Social media to stay in touch with family and friends living halfway around the world.


Stephanie Maldonado, Operations and Distribution-

  1. Silver linings
  2. Love and support of family and friends
  3. Nyquil


Lastly, we're thankful for all YOU Fred Parents out there! We love this supportive, funny, intelligent, thoughtful, fun community we get to be a part of. Thank you for being awesome!



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Top Ten Tuesday: Adorable Halloween Costumes



As parents, we all know the real treat at Halloween isn't the pumpkin shaped Reeces. It's the babies and pets dressed up in adorable costumes! We can't wait to witness the cuteness overload coming this Saturday at the Treats On The Streets event in downtown Fredericksburg! It's going to be nothing short of amazing, guys. Naturally, we really couldn't wait so we scoured Pinterest for a little extra cuteness to get us through until the 29th. Here are our 10 favorite picks!


Top Ten Adorable Halloween Costumes




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Run DMC baby! via HuffPo




We'd be lion if we didn't admit how cute this pug is! via HomerPugalicious




Gnome one can deny this little cutie is amazing! via




This Etsy shop sold out of their granny costume very quickly. We can see why! via SerafinaCreations




A little family bonding in Forbidden Forest! via HuffPo Canada




This Dwight Schrute costume would be so easy to replicate! Who doesn't love The Office? via




So. Freaking. Awesome. via LaughingSquid




It's a guinea pig dressed up as a hot dog. Our work here is done. via Wooster




Look! It's the chicken of the sea! via


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For all the Harry Potter fans! via CostumeWorks






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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches poked her head into an exciting new program for teens interested in law enforcement.

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The long running Spotsylvania Sheriff’s cadet program has reorganized as a Boy Scout Explorer troop, said Sgt. Blackington, who took over the program in February 2017.