Community Resources – Staff Picks

Staff Picks

 Blogs to Follow

My New Roots: A great food blog for “specialty” diets.  The focus is vegan and raw, but there’s healthy suggestions for everyone.

Super Healthy Kids:  A great blog (and web site) to help us all get our kids eating fruits and vegetables.

Making Life Delicious:  A blog – with great recipes – run by the talented “Living the Pie Life” bakers. Everything from Quinoa Salad to Melted Chocolate Brownies.  Mmmm.  Their pies are divine, but maybe not so much healthy, every day fare…treat yourself!

The Pioneer Woman:  A pretty well known blog by someone who cooks the truly old fashioned way.  No shortage of butter, sugar, and all things delicious.  She refers to cowboy cooking many, many times.  Great party food.

Simple Green Smoothies:  We love the smoothies that come from our powerful blenders.  This blog is great for inspiration – or follow the recipes to the letter for some no fail (read: not icky) green smoothies.

Books We Love

You can find them all at Amazon or the Library (a definite favorite place for all of us!)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (tweens)

Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare (teens)

The Birthday Series by Wendy Mass (tweens)

Next Stop by Glen Finland

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves by Jane Gross

The Boy on the Moon: A Father’s Search for his Disabled Son by Ian Brown

Oceana by Ted Danson

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Kid Fun

Wholesome Camps for Kids

Ticonderoga Farms, Chantilly, VA

Hartland Orchard, Markham, VA

Cox Farms, Centreville, VA

Kids’ Transportation:  Lets Go Go Go!

Local Getaways

Local Hiking is popular around the office:

Sugarloaf Mountain

Old Rag Mountain

Great Falls Park

Billy Goat Trail

C&O Canal

Angler’s Inn

Fort Lewis Lodge

Mimsly Inn

Khimaria Farm, Luray, VA

Local Shopping

Old Town Alexandria

The Little Garden Spot.  Great new small business – really local. The owner grows many of the flowers in her backyard!

For support selling your unwanted “stuff” – toys, furniture, tools, anything of value – contact Lisa Stern at or 202-821-9648.

Online Shopping

Amazon Smile – go to Amazon Smile and support your local cause or school when you shop.  Set it all up and shop with a Smile!



Fall Soups to warm your body and spirit: Outsource Your Chores (Blog)


Living the Pie Life,

Pure Pasty,

Clinton Cafe,  Clinton, VA

Majestic Cafe,

Peking Gourmet, 

Manhattan Pizza: Herndon, Ashburn

Pomodoro Pizza,

The Sisters Thai, Downtown Fairfax

Seasons 52 – At Tysons Corner Center, Level 1 (703) 288-3852

Rosemary’s Thyme – 5762 Union Mill Rd., Clifton, VA

Masala Wok – Herndon Parkway Crossing (703) 657-0216 and Fairfax Marketplace (571)

Sweet Tree Wellness,

Cakes by Shelby, Custom cakes for any occasion.

Ciao Osteria, great local Italian.

Red Truck Bakery.  A great little award winning shop in Warrenton.



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