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Celebrating MOM!

Celebrating MOM!

Today’s Friday Favorites are all about MOM! I know it sounds so cliché and every mom says it, but honestly we mean it when we say our favorite gifts are the ones our kids make…and time…time is such a great gift. Ok…so maybe a little […]

RVA’s Historical St. John’s Church

RVA’s Historical St. John’s Church

Who could pass by historic St. John’s Church and not take a photo or two – or ten? It’s such a beautiful building surrounded by beautiful scenery right in the heart of RVA. A recent visit left us with lots of great photos and some […]

Celebrate Your Teacher!

Celebrate Your Teacher!

National Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up in May and WOW! Our teachers are amazing! We’ve had some fantastic teachers over the years who truly love what they do and we love to celebrate them with fun and meaningful gifts. One of the things I did […]

NEW: Interior Decorating Services

NEW: Interior Decorating Services

Each design project is unique and no project is too small. We will work together to meet your design goals whether it’s for one room, multiple rooms or your entire home. Hourly design services are one-on-one, traditional in-person design consultations to discuss your design problem. […]

Home Staging 2 Ways

Home Staging 2 Ways

RVA Living now offers Home Staging and not just staging your home to sell. We also offer staging to stay. If you’re planning to move and want expert advice on clearing the clutter…OR if you’re staying in your home and want to clear the clutter […]

Our 6 Favorite Spots to Get Away

Our 6 Favorite Spots to Get Away

There are so many great restaurants, sights and fun places to explore in RVA, but if you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, with or without kids, you’re in luck. There are lots of great options within a 3-hour drive. Here are 6 of our […]

A Quick Getaway

A Quick Getaway

I don’t like to travel far when we’re only going to be a night or two. I mean who wants to waste that precious kid-free time in the car driving?! I’d rather be at my destination enjoying the alone time with my husband. I do […]

NEW: Virtual Design Services

NEW: Virtual Design Services

Virtual design is an easy and affordable option for those who don’t need a great deal of design help, but simply want to refine or finish a space or for those comfortable communicating virtually and don’t have the time to meet in person. With each […]

Family Fun at Family Camp

Family Fun at Family Camp

One of our favorite traditions is family camp. Family camp is just like summer camp, but for the whole family. It’s a time to get away to the beautiful Eastern Shore, relax, and have fun with family and friends. And best of all? UNPLUG! If […]

RVA’s Top Coffee Spot

RVA’s Top Coffee Spot

I love a good cup of coffee. I especially love a creamy, rich vanilla latte. And Lamplighter Coffee did not disappoint. It’s easy to see why Lamplighter is often named top coffee in RVA. One of my favorite things to do, especially on a cool […]

Shagbark Brings Local to Life

Shagbark Brings Local to Life

With three children and our busy lives, it’s rare my husband and I are able to enjoy a ‘date night’ out for dinner. But when we do, we love to explore some of RVA’s local restaurants. Being on the ‘four diamond list’ and named Taste50 Best […]

Wedding & Floral Design with Amanda Day Rose

Wedding & Floral Design with Amanda Day Rose

It started as a hobby that became a passion that grew into an incredible wedding design and floral business! Let me first say that I am so proud of my ‘little sister’, Amanda Day Rose, who has turned her incredible love of nature and creativity […]


SPOTLIGHT

Family Fun at Family Camp

Family Fun at Family Camp

One of our favorite traditions is family camp. Family camp is just like summer camp, but for the whole family. It’s a time to get away to the beautiful Eastern Shore, relax, and have fun with family and friends.

And best of all? UNPLUG!

If you haven’t been to Camp Silver Beach yet, you’re missing out on something big!

Camp Silver Beach is a YMCA camp located on the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore. Adults and kids of all ages enjoy a variety of water and land activities, sports and arts & crafts. Evening programs include games, skits, an ice cream dance party, and a bonfire with s’mores.

And how could you not love these great little individual family cabins all decked out for Memorial Day? Not to mention the air conditioning and private bathrooms (a personal favorite).

We’ve enjoyed family camp on Memorial Day weekend dating all the way back to 2000 before we even had our own family. It’s one our family’s favorite weekends of the year. There are so many fun land activities available from zip lining and rock climbing, to skateboarding and archery.

And tons of water activities to choose from…the famous “wet willy” waterslide at the pool and activities in the bay like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and our family’s favorite, banana boating.

There’s so much freedom. Days are simple. Our kids ride their bikes around with siblings and friends, hopping from one activity to another. They lie in hammocks and read books. They laugh. They relax. They’re unplugged.

And then they meet us in the dining hall for meals (which are cooked for us by the way…no cooking, no cleaning)!

The kids want a drink, they run to the dining hall. They want a snow cone, they run to the pool. I’m off duty for a few days…and it’s great!

The best part is that everyone can do whatever they want. You can be active. You can be lazy. You can get wet. You can stay dry. You can read. You can play. You do you.

There’s no driving, no carpooling kids, no cooking (no grocery shopping – double bonus), no cleaning, no coordinating. No internet, no email, no phones…no distractions.

As soon as we arrive, everyone feels lighter and happier.

It’s such a great time to get away, enjoy the outdoors with a mix of fun activities for all ages and kick off summer.

S’mores, sailing, sunsets and lots of smiles. We’re looking forward to continuing our tradition at family camp in May.


Our Favorite Finds

RVA’s Historical St. John’s Church

RVA’s Historical St. John’s Church

Who could pass by historic St. John’s Church and not take a photo or two – or ten? It’s such a beautiful building surrounded by beautiful scenery right in the heart of RVA. A recent visit left us with lots of great photos and some […]

RVA’s Top Coffee Spot

RVA’s Top Coffee Spot

I love a good cup of coffee. I especially love a creamy, rich vanilla latte. And Lamplighter Coffee did not disappoint. It’s easy to see why Lamplighter is often named top coffee in RVA. One of my favorite things to do, especially on a cool […]

Shagbark Brings Local to Life

Shagbark Brings Local to Life

With three children and our busy lives, it’s rare my husband and I are able to enjoy a ‘date night’ out for dinner. But when we do, we love to explore some of RVA’s local restaurants. Being on the ‘four diamond list’ and named Taste50 Best […]

Wedding & Floral Design with Amanda Day Rose

Wedding & Floral Design with Amanda Day Rose

It started as a hobby that became a passion that grew into an incredible wedding design and floral business! Let me first say that I am so proud of my ‘little sister’, Amanda Day Rose, who has turned her incredible love of nature and creativity […]

Greenbrier Getaway

Greenbrier Getaway

We were looking for a fun spot, within close proximity to RVA for a quick weekend getaway. A friend suggested The Greenbrier, a national historic landmark and world class resort that’s been welcoming guests since 1778. We’ve been wanting to try it out for quite […]