Hedgeland Manor

“Wonder” is the only word that adequately describes a visit to Hedgeland Manor in Waterford, a kid, pet and adult paradise. The property spans 40 acres and is surrounded with wide meadows, ancient trees and an acre lake, conveying a sense of perfect privacy. One can look in every direction and not see another home while taking in breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge…

‘Kindness is a Superpower!’

Kids feeling bored because “there’s nothing to do?” Introduce them to the Venkats. Teen sisters Shreyaa (16) and Esha (14) Venkat co-founded NEST4US to inspire kids to feed the needy, foster volunteerism and spread kindness. As they say on their Facebook page, “Kindness is a Superpower!” Here they offer tips to make your volunteering impactful.

Ahhh, August!

Ahhh, August! It’s our last chance to lick up those last tasty morsels of summer…that’s what I thought when I discovered our cover art for this month’s issue of Leesburg Lifestyle in a show by painter Laurien Dowdy. Laurien lovingly depicts “rescues” who revel in life as they give us a full measure of joy. … Continued

Digging into Summer!

Succulent workshops just for kids are designed to get kids outside and digging in the dirt!  Each child takes home a succulent creation. The workshops are hosted by Garden Gatherings, located at The Old Lucketts Store. LuckettStore.com Social: @GardenGatherings

Newsies

Ashburn's Stage Coach Theatre Company combined summer camp with the extraordinary talent of student actors to produce Disney's Newsies in June. Camp continues in late summer with the July 29-Aug. 2 acting camp for Knights of the Round Table. The performance is Aug. 3. Improv Camp is Aug. 5-9, and Movie Cabaret Camp is Aug. 12-16. StageCoachTC.com/Summer-Camp Photography … Continued

Superhero Fun Run

More than 600 racers participated in the Loudoun County Chamber’s Superhero Fun Run. Here we showcase Lulu Morris, (#WakandaForever!), Stephanie Morris in her Wonder Woman costume co-leading Brownie troop 70162 with Jennifer Wilder out of Sycolin Creek Elementary and our everyday heroes from the Loudoun Sheriff's office who ran the 1K in full uniform.

Let’s Play!

 “Sometimes you just need chicken nuggets!”  “Let’s Play!” is more than a brand for speech pathologist Susan Morgan—the exhortation is central to her approach to communication therapy and goes a long way to explain why her patients adore her.  “In some ways, I’m a big, giant kid,” Susan says, explaining her uncanny ability to build instant rapport with her patients, who…

Literary Linebacker:

A little more than 20 years ago, former Redskins linebacker Kenneth Ray Harvey wrote a storybook for his then young sons, Anthony and Marcus. At the time, it wasn’t hard for the young African American boys to imagine themselves growing up to become pro athletes like dad, who played with legends like Darrell Green. What was harder to visualize was all…

BeBalanced Opens in Leesburg

Jan Benjamin, owner of the new BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Center in Leesburg, celebrated the store's grand opening June 13. Guests learned more about the mission of BeBalanced from the founder, Dawn Cutillo. BeBalanced helps women who face hormone imbalances through an all-natural, nonmedical approach called natural hormone balancing, which allows better sleep, improved mood, … Continued

The College Whisperer

More students head to college next month than ever before, and schools are becoming more selective regarding applicants, not to mention more expensive. It’s enough to give parents fits. The tension causes them to put even more pressure on their children to excel, creating a kind of anxiety spiral that can put the whole family on edge.