Give the Gift of Relaxation this Holiday Season


(Note: Leaving your browser open to this post, leaving a printed copy lying around, or ‘accidentally’ forwarding it to your spouse or significant other is highly recommended!) The holidays are upon us and the kids are just about to enjoy a fun winter break. That means that moms and dads everywhere will be even busier […]

A Richmond Tradition: Richmond Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker (1)

I was provided three tickets to the The Nutcracker by The Richmond Ballet. All opinions are my own.    Last night, my husband and I bundled up a sleepy four year old and headed downtown to Richmond’s Centerstage Theater to see The Nutcracker. It had been on our calendar for weeks, and even though I’ve […]

Fanning the SPARC


When I moved from the D.C. metro area to Richmond in 1991, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, a.k.a. SPARC, had already been founded and thriving for 10 years. In the year 2001, our twins were born—and SPARC celebrated their 20th anniversary. Last week, our now 11-year-old twosome felt the SPARC […]

Real Richmond Review: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt


Do you love frozen yogurt? Well you just have to check out the latest craze in frozen yogurt at the locally owned Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Richmond. As the story goes, Menchie started mixing yogurt and delicious toppings when he was just a baby.  He made delicious treats for his sweet friends and as he […]

theNeatNiche Tames the Clutter-Monster!

Yup, we can't find our stuff!

My daughter Dahlia and I were pretty excited about having Erin Podbielniak from theNeatNiche organize our upstairs crap room – sorry, I mean Craft Room. At least Erin’s written assessment had indicated that my home wasn’t beyond hope. The comments were: “clean and well-kept overall despite select areas of clutter. Main exits are not blocked, […]

Real Richmond Review: The Holiday Arts Mash Up

Emma and Connor with some of their art projects.

Do you remember the fantastic Holiday Arts Mash Up for kids during the holidays? It was a threesome of art, food, and fun for the kids: The first stop  was at Sweet Spot Candy where kids decorated a gingerbread house. Then they headed over to All Fired Up to paint a ceramic snowman. They finished at Spirited Art Richmond to paint […]

Real Richmond Review: All Fired Up

All Fired Up logo

My family has been doing a lot of fun activities at All Fired Up this summer, and we’re planning on going back during the school year too. It’s a great place to unwind and get in touch with your “inner artist”. My nine-year old daughter enjoyed two of their summer camps – Peace, Love & […]