Author Archives: Sarah Short

Essential Oils That Repel Ticks

Looking for more outdoor fun? Visit our Events Calendar and check out the Family Fun section of our website for children’s museums, zoos, Charlottesville attractions and more. Terrific recipes to refuel include pasta primavera, hearty soups, and a fruit-loaded strawberry shortcake. We hope these tips and pieces of advice will help you enjoy time outside […]

5 Projects to Do with Dried Flowers

We hope the energy of spring will flood your home with these fresh family projects. Take a photo and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #myprojectwithCharlottesvilleFamily to let us know how you stopped and smelt, and air dried or pressed, the flowers of spring. VIRGINIA SYER, a fourth year student at the University of […]

5 Ways to Engage Young Children with Music

WHY & HOW WE SHOULD INCORPORATE MUSIC INTO OUR HOME As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. We want them to be kind to others and feel successful and fulfilled by pursuing their goals. We want them to be strong, resilient, lifelong learners. And for the most part, we know that […]

For the Win!

13 STEPS TO BEING A WINNING PARENT If you want your child to come out of their youth sports experience a winner—feeling good about themselves and having a healthy attitude towards sports—then they need your help! You are a vital and important part of the coach-athlete-parent team. If you do your job correctly and play […]

How to Make Rose Scented Bath Bombs

EASY DIY MOTHER’S DAY GIFT We all need the reminder every so often about self care. It’s such a pleasure to make your own bath products and to be able to share them with loved ones. These lush-inspired DIY Rose Scented Bath Bombs only require a few ingredients to make, but once you gather them, […]

Safe Summer Camp

EXPERT ADVICE, PROACTIVE CAMP POLICIES & A CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE TO HELP CHILDREN ENJOY A SAFE SUMMER EXPERIENCE This summer, parents all over the country are looking forward to a return of more and more in-person educational and recreational opportunities for their children. We know our kids need face-to-face time with friends and teachers. We […]

At-Home Spring Break Fun

7 LOCAL WAYS TO ENJOY SPRING BREAK AT HOME This Spring Break, like everything within the past year, looks different for most of us. To help you keep the kids entertained and learning all week long, we compiled a list of 7 Local Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at Home. This list is a mix […]

Organized laundry room with cream cabinets, neat shelves and double stack washing machine and dryer

Tips for Remodeling & Upgrading Your Laundry Room

3 STRATEGIES FOR REIMAGINING YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM The laundry room is easily one of the most used spaces in the entire household, second only to the kitchen. Its functionality is important to helping you prepare for the upcoming week, as well as for secluding the clothes clutter. This is why remodeling and upgrades are needed […]

Mindful Meals

6 THINGS FOR MOTHERS-TO-BE TO CONSIDER Pickles and ice cream. Say these words, and most everyone will know you’re talking about pregnancy cravings. The bizarre food cravings, the increased appetite, the third-trimester acid reflux… Eating while you’re expecting definitely has its highs and lows. In some ways, it’s sweet and nostalgic how society wants to […]

At Home Science Challenges

Science Mysteries to Solve As an aged, Nancy Drew wanna-be, I understood all too well when my 10-year-old son walked into the kitchen and announced, “If I don’t find a mystery to solve, I’m going to burst!” The Hardy Boys had sucked him in! I sympathized. At around the same age, I was haunting old […]