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Weecycled Wardrobe

By Lenore Kruk-Mullanaphy After frequent trips to a consignment sale in another part of the state, two long-time friends thought it would be ideal to...

Stafford Crossing Community Church

Written by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done—you matter to God, and that means you matter...

Family Favorites: Snead’s Asparagus Farm

Written by Chris Jones Situated in Caroline County, Snead’s Asparagus Farm has a reputation across the region for its spring asparagus, fall pumpkins and Christmas...

How to Pick a Financial Advisor

Before I write about picking a financial advisor, you might be asking yourself what exactly is a financial advisor? Well, a financial advisor is...

Turn Average Dollar Store Items into Holiday Storage Solutions

By Nikki Ducas Do you have a game plan for putting away holiday decorations, or do you scramble to just get them out of sight?...

How to Shop Smart & Save Time on Amazon

Written by Nikki Ducas If you’re like me, you like a good deal and hate leaving money in the store. The same holds true when...

Pizza for Breakfast

I’m not a morning person. The cliché of a preteen sleeping in all morning and his frustrated early bird parents is reversed in this...

Get Out of the Kitchen Faster

By Debra Caffrey   Sitting down to a great family meal is awesome, but preparing it and cleaning up after it can be a drag, am...

Playing with Pizza Dough!

by Debra Caffrey As much as I love to experiment a lot when I cook, I also appreciate a plain old easy night of preparation,...

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Bringing Baby Home: Top Car Seats for 2021

Bringing baby home is an exciting moment that new parents anticipate for months leading up to the big day. Choosing the right car seat...

7 Things to Remember When Your Child Throws a Temper Tantrum

By Sarah Lyons When your child throws a tantrum, it is easy to get frustrated, overwhelmed, angry and embarrassed especially if the tantrum occurs in...

5 Home Hazards Facing Young Children

Written by Rhiannon Ellis Home. It’s our sanctuary and our safe place. It’s where we start and end each day. Home is where we make...

4 Tips for Tear-Free Check-Ups

Written by Sara Lyons   The average child will have nine well visits in their first two years of life and at least one checkup every...

What to Do When Parenting Styles Clash

Written by Christa Melnyk Hines   We all come to parenthood with a certain set of expectations and assumptions about raising kids. Naturally, we assume our...

Ask the Expert: Learning Enhancement Centers

When a child is struggling in school, it can be hard for parents to know where to turn for solutions. But when parents have...

Ask the Expert: Mary Washington Sleep Medicine

Good Sleep Keeps You Healthy from Head to Toe by Emily Freehling   It’s hard to overestimate the importance of getting enough quality sleep. Good sleep keeps...

Ask the Expert: Fredericksburg Academy Partnership Gives Students a Role in Protecting the Bay

Interviewed by Emily Freehling Learning isn’t a one-way transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. It’s an experience that changes the way a student understands...

Expanded Fitness Options Coming to the Ron Rosner Family YMCA

Written by Emily Freehling Variety is key to sticking with a fitness routine. Having access to different types of workouts on a daily basis, and having...

Ask the Expert: A Mother’s Perspective Doula Services

Interviewed by Emily Freehling   Parents have nine months to prepare for the transformational experience of bringing home a new baby, but those first few weeks...

Snowy Morning Memories

When I was in my 20s I had occasion to visit the village where Silent Night was written. Since I was living in Munich...

Why Me? (A Thanksgiving Reminder)

By Dianna Flett "Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Why me?”, then a voice answers “Nothing personal, your name just happened to...

Mental Health for our Children

  Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. I have done a lot of research for this blog and talked to some experts to...

ASK MOM: Am I Raising a Liar?

AM I RAISING A LIAR? by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: My daughter (she’s in sixth grade) lies about everything. I can’t tell if...

ASK MOM: My Boys Can’t Stand Each Other

My Boys Can’t Stand Each Other by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: My two boys are ages 10 and 7, and when my second...

ASK MOM: Too Many Choices for Kids?

By Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson ​ The Problem I’ve always heard how important it is to let children make their own decisions about little things, which...

Latest Articles

Little Fish Swimming Brings Personalized Swim Instruction to Central Park

This spring, a home-grown business is taking root in Fredericksburg’s Central Park. Little Fish Swimming started in 2007 when sisters Keri Rayford and Rochelle Preut...

List It!: Getting Your Home Market Ready for Your Family’s Move

You’ve made the decision to sell what is probably your greatest financial asset—your home. You couldn’t have picked a better time. There are many...

Stop Apologizing and Start Saving!

It’s a well-established joke that there are plenty of “Karens” out there who, in an effort to get what they want, are nasty and...

Tips for Organizing the Playroom

Over the years, I have tried dozens of organizing strategies for the playroom. Who doesn’t love clean lines, order and almost no clutter? But...

Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

The best tip I received from a realtor when I was looking to buy my house was to find a good realtor, not just...

For colonoscopies, 45 is the new 50

Mary Washington Healthcare urges adults of all ages to remember that early detection of colorectal cancer saves lives The rate of diagnosis of colorectal cancer...

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St. Mary’s Shelter

Founded in 2006, Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg has grown from a two-room apartment into a community of six shared homes for up to 18...

AJ Drew’s Parade

AJ (Arthur James Frederick) Drews is afun-loving 2-year-old boy. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome- which means he has no left ventricle in...

Pohanka Honda

One thing that changes when you have children is automobile choices. While sporty, two-door vehicles with just room enough for an overnight bag may...

How Birth Order Affects Kids

Have you ever thought about how your birth order affects your personality and how you interact with others? Birth order can play a huge...

Aquia Landing

Looking for an educational activity during Black History Month? Aquia Landing Park in Stafford County is a beautiful outdoor park that also marks the spot...