Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritter Donut Recipe

AN EASY FALL APPLE RECIPE One of my absolute favorite annual traditions that I have with my sons is our fall journey to a local orchard to pick apples. We’ve been doing this every September since they were toddlers, and even though they’ve now entered their teen years, it’s no less exciting than it was […]

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Boosting Immunity

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP KIDS STAY STRONG & HEALTHY Feeling like your child is always coming down with some new bug or infection? You’re not imagining it. Kids get sick more than adults because their immune systems are still developing. “Infants are born with a certain degree of immunity they received from their mothers in […]

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Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Ivan, a silverback gorilla, watches his human friend Julia consistently agonize over homework and remarks, “Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.” Sometimes, but not […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]