Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

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Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with them on important issues. This February, honor Black History Month by taking time to read with your family, and encourage your kids to learn and talk about diversity and our country’s history. Check out […]

Pasta Primavera Recipe

KID-FRIENDLY PASTA PRIMAVERA RECIPE FROM VA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S MYPLATE Pasta is a favorite food among many, but it can sometimes get a bad rep in today’s health climate. The Virginia Department of Health‘s easy-to-make Pasta Primavera Recipe that is loaded with vegetables and perfect for the whole family. With simple and nutritious ingredients, the […]

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Creating a Family Art Gallery

HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY FOR DISPLAYING KIDS’ ARTWORK Everyone with little artists at home knows that those masterpieces can pile up fast. If that’s the case in your household, why not Create A Family Art Gallery? It may sound like an ambitious project, but you can make it easy for yourself by starting with […]

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Colic, Crying or Fussiness

HOW TO COPE WITH COLIC Come dusk, you don’t see many mothers of newborns out running errands. Because, as the day winds down, most newborns experience an “evening fussy period.” During this time, which can vary in duration from approximately 30 minutes to several hours, babies cry often with impressive zeal and volume. But for […]

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Holiday Gifts They’ll Love

8 LOCAL GIFTS YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Looking to add local flair and make holiday shopping easier this year? Create a new tradition and try trading out some expected toys and sweets with a few unique and local stocking stuffers. We’ve compiled a few favorite finds from The Wine & Country Shop […]

Family-Friendly Holiday Events and Volunteer Opportunities

A ROUND-UP OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE December is here and holiday events are happening! Check out this round-up of Family-Friendly Holiday Events in the Charlottesville area for a sampling of the many things to do and explore this holiday season. Learn more about these events and discover many other family outing ideas on our […]

Interactive Indoor Daytrip Ideas for the Wee Ones

BUSY BRAINS: TOUCH & LEARN INDOOR DAYTRIP IDEAS TO ENGAGE KIDS’ BRAINS No matter a person’s age, touch and movement are essential to everyday life and learning. With this in mind, the winter months provide the perfect opportunity for kids to develop skills through hands-on learning and activities in fun indoor spaces. Whether it be […]

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Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms

FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THIS LOCAL ROUND-UP This year, enjoy venturing out of the house with your family to find the perfect Christmas tree. There are many local tree farms in the area, and we’ve compiled this Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms to help make planning easier. Be sure to call ahead and ask if […]

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Autism & Communicating

HOW TO SHOW SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN YOUR COMMUNITY There’s a good chance that you’ll know a child with autism before your own kids have finished high school. Autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 1 out of every 54 children in the United States. An autism diagnosis can leave many […]

Family Event Round-Up: November + Family Volunteer Ideas

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHARLOTTESVILLE EVENTS IN NOVEMBER + VOLUNTEER IDEAS The holiday season is here, and it’s time for festive fun galore and giving back! Check out this Family Event Round-Up: November + Family Volunteer Ideas for a sampling of the many things to do and explore this month around Charlottesville. You’ll also learn about opportunities on […]