Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

Keeping Kids Entertained While Traveling

IDEAS & TIPS FOR KEEPING KIDS ENTERTAINED WHILE TRAVELING No matter whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or heading to visit family during summer break, it’s easy to overlook one of the biggest challenges–traveling with kids. Long hours in the car can be hard for little ones with lots of energy, so we’ve put […]

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big part of our lives, it’s natural that our kids are drawn to it, too. There’s plenty of good to be found online, but when children are left to their own devices, they can end up in not-so-friendly corners of the […]

American flags in front of Mount Vernon

Patriotic Daytrips in Virginia

9 FAMILY-FRIENDLY PATRIOTIC DAYTRIPS NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE It’s no secret Virginia is a top destination for historical attractions. This summer, consider taking the family on a daytrip (or several) to celebrate American patriotism. These attractions offer various tours, hands-on activities and special events. Many of these historic homes and museums even offer specific Independence Day events […]

teenage boy climbing a rock wall

Active Adventures

DAYTRIPS TO GET THE WHOLE FAMILY UP & MOVING Are you feeling cooped up in the house too much? Are you looking for fun ways to get your family up and going? These four daytrip destinations will get the family up and active, and show the kids how to move their bodies in different ways. […]

Days Out With Dad

EDUCATIONAL OUTING IDEAS FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND Looking up with puppy dog eyes as bright as the sun, she earnestly declares, “It is the only thing I’ve ever wanted, and will ever want again!” Every day for nearly a month, it seems she’s begged and pleaded for this special toy. I can appreciate her sincerity, […]

Mother and her little sons hiking.

Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Charlottesville

8 FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKES AND HIKING TIPS Spring has finally sprung and it’s time for the whole family to get out of the house. We’ve been cooped up inside and the time is now to escape to nature. Thankfully, there’s so much nature to behold in and near Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Leave the screens behind […]

Strawberry Shortcake with Wild Blueberry Sauce Recipe

FESTIVE AND DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPE Looking for a simple, yet delicious recipe for summer celebrations? Then you’re going to love this simple strawberry shortcake recipe. I don’t know how it happened, but it is already Memorial Day weekend! In honor of this very special holiday where we take a moment to honor the brave […]

A Dozen Spring Daytrip Ideas

12 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAYTRIP IDEAS IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA THIS SPRING Take advantage of the warmer weather and get out and about in the area this spring! Before the heat of summer comes in hot (no pun intended) plan a few fun family outings. Enjoy this list of a dozen ideas that offer a variety of […]

watering a garden

Herbs Made Easy

GROWING HERBS AT HOME Nothing compliments all of the wonderful produce coming from the farms during the spring, summer, and fall than homegrown herbs. Having a small garden of herbs, within easily accessible snipping distance, is a boon to the home chef. Try these lower maintenance, high-return herbs if you are new to gardening. Especially […]

Fossil Daytrips & Easy Dinosaur Crafts

4 FOSSIL DAYTRIPS FOR LITTLE DINO LOVERS If you are a parent of young children, chances are you have a dinosaur fan or two in your house. Luckily, you do not have to go far to experience some dino fun and exploration! These two fossil-themed daytrips are easy to get to and sure to leave […]