Monday, May 13, 2013
Meet our winner Heidi Boutros.
One very happy Patch reader won a Mother's Day Breakfast Bag courtesy of Society Fair in Old Town Alexandria. Heidi Boutros, of Old Town Alexandria, won the breakfast bag as a prize for Patch's "Memories of Mom" contest. Heidi had such a positive experience with the breakfast bag that she returned for seconds: "The brunch bag was fantastic," she wrote to Patch. "All the food was really fresh, and the dressing they made for the salad was delicious! My mom, my brother, my husband and I all really enjoyed the meal. "In fact, my husband and I liked Society Fair so much that we returned the next day for cappuccinos. We have very high standards for our coffee, and we were so pleased with the drinks the barista made for us. I'm sure we will …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We want to hear from you, Burke. Tell us why the mom in your life is special.
Mother's Day is a time to appreciate the special maternal figure(s) in your life and pamper and spoil them with more love and attention than they can handle while also reflecting on why you're thankful for their presence. I'm thankful for my mom because, well, she gave me life. That sounds like such a cop-out answer, so let me explain. I'm the youngest of four children. When I say I'm the baby of the family, I really mean it. I'm 19 years apart from my eldest brother, 16 years apart from my other brother and 13 years apart from my sister. People in our neighborhood assumed I belonged to one of my siblings because of the age difference. As you can imagine, my mom was pretty done on the kid front before I arrived, but my sister really wanted…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
They're all right here.
Your Mom's day is almost here. If you've procrastinated on that special last-minute Mother's Day gift, you can find everything you need here in Burke. Where to Buy Flowers Flowers 'N' Ferns in Burke Town Plaza has several special Mother's Day gift arrangements available for mom's day, including their Springtime Delight Vase for $55 and their Mommy and Me bouquet for $59.95. An employee at the store said customers have until Saturday to pick up those arrangements. There's also Burke Nursery & Garden Centreand Twinbrook Floral Design off of Braddock Road in nearby Fairfax for all your Mother's Day flower needs. Twinbrook also offers chocolates and fruit baskets for sale if you're in need of an extra gift. If florist prices are too much for …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Where to buy flowers, gifts and more to show your mom how much you love her.
Mother's Day is almost here and if you're looking for last-minute ideas, you can find everything you need here in Burke to celebrate with the special mom in your life. According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), many consumers will splurge on brunch or dinner for Mother's Day this year. Consumers are expected to spend a total of about $3.5 billion. Where to Buy Flowers Flowers 'N' Ferns in Burke Town Plaza has several special Mother's Day arrangements available for mom's day, including their Springtime Delight Vase for $55 and their Mommy and Me bouquet for $59.95. An employee at the store said customers have until Saturday to pick up those arrangements. There's also Burke Nursery & Garden Centre and Twinbrook …
You could win a free Mother's Day breakfast bag from Society Fair in Old Town Alexandria.
Sunday is Mother's Day, the one day out of the year when moms everywhere are celebrated. Why not surprise Mom with a decadent Mother's Day breakfast, especially when you can do it for free just by telling the world how great she is? Enter Patch's Memories of Mom sweepstakes to win a Mother's Day Breakfast Bag courtesy of Society Fair in Old Town Alexandria, valued at $85. Society Fair's Mother's Day Breakfast Bag includes: The breakfast bag feeds four, perfect for the whole family. To enter, comment below with your favorite Mother's Day memory. If you have photos, share them by clicking "Upload Photo and Video." Photos count as a bonus entry. The contest closes Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be selected at random and emailed Friday …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Rachael's entry was selected from close to two dozen nominations.
It's hard raising one child, nevermind five. But that's what the 2012 "Best Mom in Fairfax County" is doing. Her daughter, Rachael, called her "amazing." Rachael's entry was randomly chosen from almost two dozen that Patch received. Rachael and her mother won a $50 gift card and, of course, bragging rights. See all the entries here. Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Whether your mom is a designer, a photographer, artist or moviemaker--the right tools are often the best gifts
As a mom myself, I generally don't recommend getting tech tools as Mother's Day gifts. Seriously, unless mom specifically requests a new vacuum cleaner, socket set or ironing board, she want gifts that are more personal and less task-oriented. Giving her a present that allows her to further her skills, or discovering new means of expression can be the most meaningful gift you can give. There are many non-technical tools that can help her develop her creative side, of course (flowers and a card), but as more and more artistic expression is digital, giving the right gift means looking to technology. Here are some great ideas for creatives of all sorts--mom or not. For the Photographer While a digital SLR would be an ideal gift for someone …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Chances for rain mainly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Northern Virginia residents will make do this week with partly cloudy days and chances for rain and thunderstorms before hitting the weather jackpot on Friday. Temperatures this week will dance around 75 degrees, the average high for May in Northern Virginia. On Monday, The Weather Channel predicts a high of 73 degrees, increasing to 76 on Tuesday, and 74 on Wednesday with that threat of rain. Temperatures will dip into the high 60s or low 70s for the rest of the week. The area could see a few showers on Tuesday (30 percent chance) and Wednesday (40 percent chance). Thunder and lightning could be part of the mix both days, according to The Capital Weather Gang. Friday may be sunny with a high of about 70 degrees, according to several …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
For a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, upload a photo of your mom and a note about why she rocks.
This contest is now closed and we'll be notifying our winner shortly! Poets write about them. Strong men cry in their presence. We honor them each year with a special day punctuated by hearts and flowers, and perhaps even breakfast in bed. Don't just settle for all the customary ways to celebrate how awesome your mom is. Instead, upload a photograph of her to this article and write a caption telling us what's so great about the moms of Fairfax County. Next Friday, May 11 at noon, we'll randomly pick a winner and call her the "Best Mom of Fairfax County." Now that's a gift. But if that's not enough, we'll also award you a $50 gift certificate to spend any way you want on mom. (C'mon, dads, if your kids can't upload a photo of your …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Brunch, flowers, chocolates, a day at the spa. What is it that Burke moms most want for Mother's Day.
Mother's Day 2012 is on Sunday, May 13, so it's time to start planning. But what is it that Burke moms would like as a mother's day gift? There's always a special meal at a Burke restaurant. Flowers from a local florist, or an Edible Arrangement. Garden plants and supplies from Burke Nursery & Garden Centre or the Wild Bird Center. Craft supplies from The Yarn Barn, The Artful Quilter or Photo Craft. A trinket from one of Burke's jewelers. Perhaps a haircut, a pedicure or a day at a spa. Tell us in the comments what you wish for on Mother's Day, and where your loved ones can find that special gift.