Tech the halls with the season’s coolest electronics

Eight smart gifts of gadgets, toys and accessories for electronics lovers Plug into fun this holiday season with these awesome devices and tech toys that will make the holidays  electric. We will, we will Roku Binge watchers will love the ultimate top-of-the-line streaming device, Roku Ultra, that streams high-quality HD and even 4K video with…

Click and gift for a stress free holiday season

Save a trip to the mall by filling up your virtual shopping cart with these great gifts The holidays should be a season of joy, not a marathon of stressful shopping. Make it easy on yourself and order up these sure-to-please gifts, all available online – and in stores – if you must, for everyone…

Sunday supper memories, and cherished family meals

Our family’s Sunday treks to both grandparents’ homes made for a very filling day, in many ways Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest, but growing up in my family, Sundays were hectic. First it was Sunday school for me and my brother. Usually Dad stayed home to do yardwork, and mom took us to…

The all-nighter survival guide for midterms

8 items that get the grade for studious students It’s midterm time, and staying up until the wee hours of the morning is and unfortunate reality for hard-studying students, but pulling an all-nighter does not have to be a miserable experience. Here are a few survival items for making the hours go faster and easier…

Girl’s Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide helps women keep on driving

Engineer creates women’s car care clinic and guide to help women perform basic car fixes and maintenance Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is just the kind of book my father wished I’d had when I got my first car, and second, and third, and so on. Instead of calling him up or…

Kids learn music and coding through gameplay with Osmo

Coding Jam is the latest gameplay system that teaches kids to code while they play The other day my son commanded Google Home to play a custom playlist he had created on a Pandora. Two things occurred to me about this. First, wow. The digitally connected future vision of the The Jetsons was coming true;…

Messick’s Market and fall festival is a cornucopia of fun

Country market offers fresh farm fare and fun It’s that time of year when the pumpkin patches start sprouting up all over Fauquier County. Each year it seems to be more competitive, with local farms endeavoring to create the most circuitous corn maze, the scariest haunted hayride, and of course, the largest market of pumpkins…

Vint Hill Fall Festival celebrates a new season

Annual event showcases beauty of the former grounds of Vint Hill Farms Station U.S. Army Base There are many small town festivals, but Vint Hill Fall Festival is one of the loveliest I have attended, mostly due to its beautiful surroundings and its rich history. The festival was held this year on September 23 on…

Check the back seat when heading back to school

More children get left in cars during back-to-school season GMC has announced a new vehicle feature to help prevent caregivers from accidentally leaving children in cars, which can be a fatal mistake in hot weather. GMC’s “Rear Seat Reminder” is an industry-first technology intended to help remind the driver to look in the rear seat…

10 essentials for the end of the summer season

Gear up for the last days of summer A hot Indian summer can last for weeks, or longer, after Labor Day, so don’t give up yet on fun in the sun. For summer’s last hurrah, do it right with these 10 essentials for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Gear up and get outside, while you…

A bedroom retreat for all seasons

Beautify and refresh your bedroom, any time of year Many a travel-weary soul has exclaimed, “There’s nothing like being home in your own bed.” Your bedroom is your private sanctuary, so make it an inviting place where you can rest, sleep and feel restored, surrounded by pure comfort and beauty. Blooming bed Bring a lasting…

Celebrate America’s Birthday with a bang

Get your red, white and blue on for the holiday Independence Day is around the corner, so get ready to celebrate in style and spirit. Be a star at your July 4th party with festive food, drink and Americana accoutrement made for entertaining and enjoying your holiday. Hole-in-won! You can’t miss with a flag themed bean…