Can’t-Fail Ways to Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

Posted on May 4, 2021 by Warren Duffie

The pandemic may have kept us apart from our loved ones for the past year, but it’s going to take more than a virus to undermine the bond between a mother and child! This Mother’s Day, show Mom how much you care with these clever tips and gift ideas—even if you can’t be together on Sunday, May 9.

Set up a video call. If you’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day from afar, be sure to pencil in some face time with Mom, albeit virtually. This might entail some advance planning if your favorite mother needs help installing or getting acquainted with a video-conferencing app or software. Take a moment to get her up and running in advance so that your time together won’t be interrupted by technical difficulties.

Say it with flowers. A bouquet of fresh blooms is the quintessential Mother’s Day gift. And while there’s nothing necessarily “original” about gifting her flowers, it’s the thought that counts, particularly if you request that the vase or bouquet includes her favorite stems. Don’t skip a meaningful note! If Mom’s just not into flowers, consider sending her takeout from her favorite restaurant instead!

Send a photo gift. Texts are great and all, but a picture speaks a thousand words. Why not gift Mom with a custom-made photo album of some of your favorite memories together? Alternatively, a digital photo frame is a perfect way to instantly share photos with your mom. You can send the photos to her frame at the touch of a button, so she can connect with you via your most recent photo-worthy moments.

Spring Is in Bloom at Meadowlark Gardens

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Every season brings something new to discover at Meadowlark Gardens, and the lingering spring into full-on summer is no exception. This is perhaps when the grounds are at their best, with colorful blooms, bright buds on the warm-weather plants, and lush greens covering every inch of the gardens. Spring also means that the fauna of the area are emerging from a long winter’s nap, and can best be seen by the lake and forest walking trails. Take a quiet walk among the Piedmont Hills, Korean Bell Garden, and more. All of this natural beauty, and it’s only a few dollars to visit? You can’t find a better value for such a well-maintained, gorgeous outdoor attraction. 

Meadowlark Gardens opens at 10 a.m. daily and is just $3 – $6 per visitor. If you plan on making frequent trips this year (the gardens truly do have new plants to discover year-round, in addition to the popular Winter Walk of Lights), then consider a membership for you or the whole family.

Start Your Day at Le Vingt Trois Cafe & Bakery

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You might have a little trouble pronouncing it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give new eatery Le Vingt Trois Cafe & Bakery a try. This local, female-owned establishment promises freshly baked breads and pastries, exceptional coffee, and traditional café fare. Make a stop at lunchtime for a handmade sandwich on a hot-from-the-oven baguette, or a custom lunchbox complete with dessert and salad. The chicken avocado or smoked salmon sandwiches are popular choices, especially when you can finish your meal with a sweet treat like the apricot tarte. Le Vingt Trois Cafe & Bakery also turns their bread-expertise into pizzas or spinach and cheese pies. 

Find the café on Sunset Park Drive in Herndon, with operating hours Monday through Friday only.

Must-Haves for Your First Warm-Weather Run

Posted on May 23, 2020 by Warren Duffie

With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors.

  1. Lightweight, sweat-wicking layers. Since spring bridges the gap between winter and summer, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of temperature. Make sure you’re ready for whatever awaits you outside by dressing in breathable layers, including a lightweight spring jacket. That way you can simply shed layers if it ends up being a warmer run, but you won’t be left shivering if it’s a little chilly on any given morning. Make sure your layers are sweat-wicking to avoid skin irritation.

  2. A hat or sunglasses. You’ll probably want to enjoy as much of that spring sunshine as possible! But maybe not when it starts to make you squint. Keep the sun off your face by donning a sweat-wicking hat or tossing on a pair of athletic sunglasses. Make sure the glasses fit well so they don’t slide down your nose as you run.

  3. Waterproof sunscreen. Before you put on those glasses, make sure you apply a layer of sunscreen! Even when it’s not particularly hot, your skin can still be damaged by the sun—and who wants to deal with a sunburn before summer even hits? Find a waterproof sunscreen that can withstand sweating, and stick with SPF 30 or higher.

  4. A handheld water bottle or water belt. Staying hydrated is super important any time you exercise, but even more so as the temperatures begin to rise. Make sure you take along plenty of water for your journey! Opt for a handheld water bottle, a CamelBak you carry on your back, or a water belt outfitted with several smaller water flasks.

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Open for Business in Herndon: Green Lizard Cycling

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Warren Duffie

If you’re looking to get into biking this season, but want to go somewhere that provides you with a sense of community, not just a bike, try Green Lizard Cycling. Opened in 2013, the family has created something special. While the bike shop is at the forefront, they also have a cafe and serve icy cold brews in the summer months. According to them, nothing goes better with biking than an ice-cold beer with your friends after a great ride. We don’t think anyone can argue with that, especially when Green Lizard serves up a list of just over 10 stellar craft brews at any time. If coffee is more your jam, you can ride by any day and grab a perfectly brewed cup, with beans roasted by an Alaskan coffee company they discovered while living there. Pair your brew with one of their locally sourced baked goods for the ultimate post-ride pick-me-up.

Now, back to bikes. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for you can schedule a time for them to help fit you based upon your requirements. Their ultimate goal is your happiness, so don’t be afraid to ask questions to get that perfect ride!

Pups Can Roam and Romp at Baron Cameron Dog Park

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Has your dog had the zoomies being cooped up in the apartment for a while? Good news, there’s a solution. A trip to the Baron Cameron Dog Park! Bring your furry bestie on a ride and meet some new friends of both the dog and human variety.

The park is located at the intersection of Baron Cameron Drive and Wiehle Avenue with two areas for puppy playtime. One is open for all, whereas the other is for small dogs under 25 pounds who may not want to romp with the big dogs. Both areas are off-leash and have tons of space for running, playing and enjoying the great outdoors. One major perk of the park is how well-maintained it is. The town has dog park volunteers who report maintenance issues in a timely manner for ultimate upkeep, as well as clean up the space daily. It makes for a super enjoyable experience every time!

Open hours are 7:00 a.m. to just before sunset during the week and 8:00 a.m. to just before sunset on the weekends. Time to play!

All-Day Breakfast and Boozy Milkshakes at Ted’s Bulletin!

Posted on May 27, 2019 by

For a fun, unique, and delicious dining experience, treat yourself to Ted’s Bulletin in Reston Town Center!

This inviting family restaurant is a showcase of classic American comfort food. The menu features items such as homemade pop tarts, grilled cheese, eclectic burgers, boozy adult milkshakes, and all-day breakfast.

To view the full menu and learn about tasty deals and specials, visit

Ted’s Bulletin

11948 Market Street

Reston, Virginia

Celebrate the Written Word at Reston’s Used Book Shop!

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Does your idea of a good time involve curling up with a good paperback? Do you adore the smell of weathered paper and the feel of gently dog-eared pages so often found in used books? Or perhaps you have a special bookworm in your life.

Join your fellow bibliophiles and lovers of the written word, and browse the selection at Reston’s Used Book Shop! Serving book lovers for more than three decades, this enticing store offers a literary living room for readers of all ages. Enjoy special author events, a unique book club, and a buy-and-trade system.

Learn more at

Reston’s Used Book Shop

1623 Washington Plaza

Reston, Virginia

(703) 435-9772

A Tasty Taste of Reston!

Posted on May 7, 2019 by

Local foodies will rejoice at the annual Taste of Reston, held June 14-15, just steps from The Avant at the Reston Town Center!

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Reston is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” for the past six years by Virginia Living magazine.

Tantalize your taste buds and indulge in food samples from more than 20 area restaurants. Relax and treat yourself to a refreshing libation in the beer and wine gardens. Enjoy live music, cooking demos, and a Family Fun Zone.

Whatever your appetite, Taste of Reston will be a palate-pleasing experience for food lovers.
Admission is free, but food tickets are available for purchase. To learn more, visit

Taste of Reston
Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15
Reston Town Center (Pavilion and Market Street)

Attend the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival!

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Looking for some thought-provoking art to decorate your home? Attend the 28th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at the Reston Town Center!

Held May 17-19, the festival will be presented by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). View and purchase art from more than 200 artists from across the nation, and enjoy three days of live performances, acclaimed children’s activities, and more.

The festival is free and open to the public, although $5 donations per adult in support of GRACE are encouraged and appreciated. Each patron receives a robust festival program containing more than $100 in dining certificates, a map of the festival, and a complete artist listing.

For more information, call (703) 471-9242 or visit

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 17-19

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reston Town Center

(703) 471-9242