We are so fortunate to live in an area where markets are plentiful during the summer. I visit the Burke market (Saturdays) frequently. The Burke market has bakeries, produce stands, butchers, florists, a salsa vendor, a couple cheese vendors, and last year there was even a while-you-wait ice cream vendor. The Reston market also has had an artisan section with clothes, bags, jewelry, and other assorted items. Please share your favorite part of the market near you in the comments!
Northern Virginia area is beautiful in the spring! Meadowlark is a wonderful place for a walk after the long winter. There is a children’s play area down the main path and to the left, with some sand and a few features to play on that overlooks the lake. There are ample pathways and some meadows for kids to run around. (But take care to look for signs and flowerbeds!) The gardens have cherry trees, lakes, shaded and sunny walkways, two gazebos, and a beautiful Korean Bell Garden.
I can still remember the first cut and sew toy that my mother made me as a little girl. She was a pink doll, with a removable skirt. My mother had taken the time to intricately mark the doll’s hair and dress with little painted details. I remember thinking in the world of plastic toys, even as a child, that there was something magical about how a simple piece of fabric could be made into my own doll, and that my mother had made it!
A few months after my daughter was born I was ready to join the world again. I had left a career teaching Art to stay at home with my baby and had no regrets but I also had almost no creative stimulation. I was looking for like-minded moms to inspire and encourage me in this new phase of my life and found NoVA Creative Chicks with Babes on Meetup.com.