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Top Ten Tuesday: FXBG Area Pools And Waterparks!

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We're just a little over a week away from schools letting out for summer! We have to admit though, we're pretty much already in summer-mode...grilling, popsicles, blockbuster movies, vacations, and POOL TIME! We know a bunch of you guys headed out to area pools and waterparks over Memorial Day weekend. A few pools even had to turn people away at the door! If you're new to the area, or just looking to branch out and try a new place you'll definitely want to bookmark/pin this list!


Top Ten Pools And Waterparks.

1)  Rappahannock YMCA pools- Each YMCA branch offers a pool for open swim, water therapy, swim lessons, swim teams, and American Red Cross certifications! Visit them online for branch pool descriptions.

2) Massad YMCA Waterpark- Boasting a super fun splash pad, zero-depth entry kiddie pool, puddle jumpers, and water slides of all sizes, the Massad YMCA has really put a lot of thought into meeting the needs of families at all stages in life. Season and day passes are available

3) Dixon Park Pool- Located in Fredericksburg City, Dixon Park Pool has waterslides, a zero-depth entry wading pool, and is FREE for city residents. Dixon Park Pool also hosts several family friendly events during the summer.

4) Curtis Park Pool- Love to swim? Curtis Park Pool has an Olympic size swimming pool with diving area, a zero-depth entry wading pool with water umbrella, swim lessons, and a concession stand.

5)  Loriella Park Pool- Loriella Park Pool is the classic community pool we all grew up with, including swim lanes and a separate baby pool. Loriella Park Pool is available for birthday parties. Note: They are a cash only pool. Please check their website for daily fees.

6)  Grafton Pool- This South Stafford pool is conveniently located near downtown Fredericksburg!  It has a separately enclosed "baby" pool, deck space around main pool with lounge chairs, a snack bar, and swim team. Sign-ups and practice for swim team usually begin in June.  Grafton Pool is also available for birthday parties.


7)  Woodlands Pool & Splashpad- Looking for a splashpad for the kids? Check out Woodlands Pool & Splashpad off of Garrisonville Road! Woodlands Pool & Splashpad is also available for birthday parties.


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8) Pirate's Cove- Lorton, Va- Pirate's Cove has a large pirate themed structure with a 300- gallon dumping bucket, spraying palm trees, large pool, spacious tot pool with clam shell slide, and Buccaneer Beach- a large sand play area. Have a Jake and The Neverland Pirates fan? You must add this to your summer bucket list. 

9) Soak City Water Park at Kings Dominion, Doswell, Va- Soak City Water Park is a whopping TWENTY ACRES and has water activities for all ages, including exciting water slides, a wave pool, chutes, and Splash Island. Splash Island is a splash pad with slides designed for young children.

10) Atlantis Water Park- Centreville, Va- Atlantis has it all: Large pools, a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket, waterslides, water squirters, great food, souvenirs, and kids activities! You have to click on the link and check out how awesome it looks!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Avocado Recipes (Think Beyond The Toast!)

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It’s avocado season! Whoohooo! Who doesn’t love a good avocado? They're creamy, savory, and full of delicious healthy fat. They make a great addition to sandwiches, a substitute for numerous ingredients, and they even make a killer face mask.

Also, they look like dragon eggs which is pretty cool...

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If you spend any time on the internet ( which, obviously...) you know avocado toast is pretty much a thing. I don't know if there has been a dish ‘grammed, snapped, or tweeted about quite as often. Don't get us wrong. We do love avocado toast. There’s just more out there! The world is full of amazing avocado possibilities! Let’s dig in, shall we?


Top Ten Avocado Recipes (Think Beyond The Toast!)


Avocado pasta (bonus points if you use spaghetti squash or zoodles)- There are hundreds of recipes for pasta with an avocado based cream sauce. Go ahead and run it though Pinterest. Better yet, we’ve done it for you! This recipe from Damn Delicious looks tasty and easy! You can’t beat that.

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Egg/tuna/chicken salad- Basically, substitute the mayo with a smashed avocado and you are golden! This is a great way to make a quick lunch a little healthier. We're currently digging this recipe from Fresh Family Meals

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Avocado hummus- So easy. So tasty. Try this recipe from Cafe Delites

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Avocado ice-cream- Hear us out on this. It sounds weird. Maybe it kinda is, BUT that doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. Give it a whirl! Recipe: All Day I Dream About Food

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Avocado egg bowls- Paleo Hacks will have your new favorite breakfast on the table in 23 minutes. It’s seriously a great way to start your day and all the protein and fat will keep you full for hours!

Easy Baked Avocado and Egg Recipe


Avocado fries- Move over sweet potato. There’s a new french fry alternative in town. recipe: STL cooks

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Avocado brownies- 
Remember when we told you to give avocado ice-cream a chance? You need to do the same for brownies! The avocado makes them super rich and moist. Don’t just take our word for it. Take Frugal Momeh's and try her recipe!

Avocado Brownies 

Avocado pesto-
Put that summertime basil to work by making pesto! recipe: wholesomelicious

Avocado Pesto 

Avocado chicken meatballs- We plan on trying these Mango + Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs from The Whole Smiths asap!

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Avocado face-mask- Why should your tastebuds have all the fun? Avocado is not only delicious, it’s also great for soothing the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. This recipe from Family Focus Blog can be whipped up in minutes!

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What's your favorite way to eat avocado?


Written by Brenda Sapanghila


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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.