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…

The family cycle

Biking road rules for your family to ride by Whether for recreation or a mode of transportation, bicycling is an excellent way to get exercise and get where you want to go. Cycle safely by following riding rules for the trail, the street or anywhere your two-wheeler takes you. Be a helmet head A helmet…

TJ Maxx for the Fourth, and beyond

A trip to TJ Maxx for a one-stop shopping spree for everything Fourth of July As I loaded up for Independence Day festivities at my secret place, before I noticed two hours had passed. I wondered how the time had gotten away from me, as it always does when I go there; and more broadly,…

When you notice a little off the top

Solutions for when you are at a loss about hair loss There is such a thing as “Female pattern baldness,” but not too many women want to talk about, or even acknowledge their thinning hair and balding.  Because so many sufferers keep this problem under their caps, the beauty industry has been slow to find…

The pants make the woman, or something like that

SlimSation everyday pants, to wear wherever you are There are a lot of crop pants out there, but SlimSation pants by Multiples are not your garden-variety pants. This slimming pant, as the name implies, is designed to slim your figure, and make you look your sensational best. The pants feature a flexible tummy control panel that…