Children’s Holiday Shopping Experience


When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for Santa’s Workshop to come to my school. Every year, I drafted several lists and planned ahead. I would walk in, final list in hand, money saved, and my head full of dreams about the magnificent gifts I was going to give. Everyone was just going to LOVE my thoughtful selection. When…

Winter Wonderland Train Show


In an age where electronic tablets and smartphones dominate the imagination of our young, there is a greater need to introduce them to the world of trains. The Winter Wonderland Train Show provides the perfect introduction. When you enter the display, all eyes are wide with curiosity. You can see and share their fascination with the details of the miniature…

Winter Wanders


  The transition from russet leaves to rosy cheeks will soon be complete. Holiday memory makers and winter wonders to explore are at hand. Check out our Winter Wanders collection of local and semi-local activities. Brave the outdoors or find warm indoor activities that will keep boredom at bay.

Winter Walk of Lights


Cold, fresh air awaits. Step into holiday magic by taking your family for a walk among over 750,000 magical lights. An annual display with several years of crafted expansion, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens knows how to present a magnificent display. It’s one of the best Christmas light experiences in the D.C. area, making it worth the drive.Dress for the cold and…

2018 Mazda 6 Test Drive Review


Ultimately the car you decide to buy comes down to how well it fits your life – and your style. Choosing one, getting to that point where you and a car align into a purchase, well, that requires that you navigate a gauntlet of marketing and advertising designed to entice and shape your perspective. “Car A” is sporty. “Car B”…

Next Stop, College: Do Your Research


By Jessica Kronzer August. The breath of impending freedom for rising seniors is near and many are eager to begin the year so that it may end as quickly as possible. Sadly, before this “life is a party” mentality can kick in, there are some tough decisions to be made. As a fellow student, I’m all too familiar with the…

ChristmasTown Holiday Tradition


When our little family moved to Virginia, we didn’t REALLY consider the impact that living so far away from our loved ones would have during the holidays. We had to get creative and come up with new, cost-effective family holiday traditions to help make up for the lack of family. That was when we discovered ChristmasTown at Busch Gardens. Years…

Christmas Tree Hunting


While I may have grown up surrounded by trees, the thought of cutting down our own tree was almost comedic, like a scene from a Christmas movie. I never even considered where the trees actually came from. Our local grocery store usually had a tree lot where everyone went to collect a tree. Now, I have children of my own…