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articles from december

  • Shop Fred: The Ultimate Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide

    To view this guide as a digital magazine, click here.Each image below clicks through to the store's website or Facebook page (if available). AMELIA ST ETC by Southern Accents 109 Amelia Street Estate furnishings and home decor. Half modern + half Read More
  • 2017 Holiday Events around FXBG

    Scroll down for ongoing events Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Nov 24. 6 - 8 pm. Holiday music, carriage rides (free with the donation of a canned good), Face painters, balloon artists, ice sculpting and more. Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Centre. Read More
  • Ask The Expert: Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    Are you ready for the holiday season? Spotsylvania Towne Centre is! With festive concerts, an iceless skating rink and Santa Claus himself in residence, they have everything you need to get in the holiday spirit and get a few gifts Read More
  • Baby Levi

    On August 17, three weeks after a routine pediatrician appointment for their then 4-month-old son, Levi, Liz and Angel Colon received news that no parent ever wants to hear: Levi’s liver wasn’t processing bile correctly, and he will very likely Read More
  • Babysitting Exchanges – Your House or Mine?

    You and your spouse finally agree on a movie you want to see. You find a free weekend night on your calendar. You call up your qualified, reliable, affordable babysitter. Wait...what? Qualified and reliable and affordable? If you’re anything like Read More
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articles from december

IMAGE Babysitting Exchanges – Your House or Mine?
You and your spouse finally agree on a movie you want to see. You find a free weekend night on your calendar. You call up your qualified, reliable,... Read More...
IMAGE Focusing on What Really Matters
Cookies with Santa. Ornament-decorating events. Tree-lighting ceremonies. Holiday movie nights with hot chocolate. Holiday-themed horse and carriage... Read More...
IMAGE Secrets of Creative Families: 10 Ways To Encourage Expressive Kids
Think the arts are frivolous, impractical, and over-priced? Sometimes a parent's "the-arts-just-aren't-necessary" attitude can tragically squelch a... Read More...
IMAGE How to Cut Corners and Be Generous During the Holidays
A bit of creativity can really go a long way when trying to cut the dollar bill’s corner during the holidays. Setting realistic budgets and keeping... Read More...
IMAGE Marisa’s Story: The Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter
When Marisa arrived at the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter (the Center) in Fredericksburg last year, she was at the lowest point in her life. The... Read More...
IMAGE Angel Tree: Giving the Gift of a Brighter Christmas
When Zena Hemp of Hartwood first became involved with Angel Tree, she only intended to buy a few holiday gifts for a senior in her community. But... Read More...
IMAGE Shop Fred: The Ultimate Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide
To view this guide as a digital magazine, click here.Each image below clicks through to the store's website or Facebook page (if available). AMELIA... Read More...
IMAGE Paragon Gym for Kids Ribbon Cutting
Paragon Gym for Kids has a brand new location! On Saturday, November 4, Paragon Gym for Kids celebrated their grand opening in Spotsylvania County... Read More...
IMAGE Volunteer Wisdom: 7 Ways To Be A School Helper Without Losing Your Balance
Every parent has been there. You are attending a parent meeting for your child's class, sport or activity, and here it comes — the pitch to pull in... Read More...
IMAGE New Year’s Resolutions: Help Your Kids (And Yourself) Set Reasonable Goals
A new year, a new start. Each year 62 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions hoping to make positive and healthy changes. Statistics show... Read More...
IMAGE Ask The Expert: Spotsylvania Towne Centre
Are you ready for the holiday season? Spotsylvania Towne Centre is! With festive concerts, an iceless skating rink and Santa Claus himself in... Read More...
Downtown Fredericksburg Holiday Events
Downtown Fredericksburg is magical around Christmastime. Lights are twinkling, boutique windows are decorated festively, and jingle bells tinkle... Read More...
IMAGE 2017 Holiday Events around FXBG
Scroll down for ongoing events Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Nov 24. 6 - 8 pm. Holiday music, carriage rides (free with the donation of a canned... Read More...
IMAGE How Do You Say Cookie in Mandarin?
Add international flair to boring holiday cookie exchanges with these recipes Baking in the kitchen with kids this time of year is a delight. Cookie... Read More...
IMAGE Baby Levi
On August 17, three weeks after a routine pediatrician appointment for their then 4-month-old son, Levi, Liz and Angel Colon received news that no... Read More...
IMAGE A Meal to Remember
It was 2007—the last of our “pre-child” and parenting years. The end of that season of life when you could leave everything behind, travel... Read More...

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  • We're All a Little Mad Here

    We're All a Little Mad Here

    Gratitude Attitude - I do believe that the gratitude attitude is important to stay sane in the business of life. Every night, maybe, you can start practicing with your family to say one thing you are thankful for- just one. I guarantee there is at least one thing to be grateful for.

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  • Practical Pantry

    Practical Pantry

    A Meal to Remember For me, food is often the link between experience and memory, and whenever I make these crab-stuffed twice-baked potatoes, it brings back cherished memories of that night. They may not be the real thing, but they certainly are still super yummy and representative of that special time in our marriage.

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  • Rain in Style

    Rain in Style

    Holiday Attire- Casual and Festive- Remember how I mentioned that adding buffalo plaid to an outfit makes it instantly more festive? Actually, maybe I should have just titled this post "Ode to Buffalo Plaid" LOL. But, really, case in point...this next sweatshirt style top that I found at Target, here, is a perfect example.

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On August 17, three weeks after a routine pediatrician appointment for their then 4-month-old son, Levi, Liz and Angel Colon received news that no parent ever wants to hear: Levi’s liver wasn’t processing bile correctly, and he will very likely need a liver transplant—and time is of the essence.

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