Seedlip: The Non-Alcoholic Option for Your Dry January and Beyond

(BPT) - If you're choosing to follow a possibly over-indulgent holiday season with a dry January, you’re not alone. Last year, YouGovAmerica reported that 15% of Americans planned to …

Your key to a healthier new year? Potatoes.

(BPT) - It’s New Year’s resolution season, and many people’s goals involve improving their health — exercising more, eating better and losing weight. While it can be hard to …
Local Eats
The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm
There is now a winery that affords us all an opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of Lake Manassas. The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm in Gainesville is local owned and operated.
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits is an award-winning distillery and tap-room located in Bristow on Wellington Road.
SimaVisions
Whether you are shopping for friends, family or clients, sometimes the holidays make you feel you could use a little professional help.
Local Women Bring Nothing Bundt Cakes to Virginia Gateway
Western Prince William residents Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout are ecstatic about beginning new phases of their lives as owners of the Gainesville’s new specialty bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket.
Country Throwdown at The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm
The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm presents and exclusive Nashville-style Singer Round with 'The Front Guys'
Your CBD Store
Your CBD Store in Gainesville offers holiday gifts to help ease pain, anxiety and overall better health!

Your Winter Weight Loss Guide

(NewsUSA) - In winter, it seems like life slows down in a variety of ways. Maybe that's because we need a break after the busy holiday season or because we have a natural urge to …

January Things to Do in Prince William County, Virginia

Ring in the New Year in Prince William, Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of indoor/outdoor activities, great food, and craft beverages and so much more this year. Check out the events you can find throughout the region to get out and enjoy!

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Thought for Food
Warm up with whiskey barrel aged wines on cold fall nights
(BPT) - The practice of aging wine in barrels dates back thousands of years. Romans borrowed the practice from the Gauls, who used barrels to transport beer. Winemakers soon discovered barrel aging …
Coffee & Spice, Creative & Nice: Flavorful Beverages to Celebrate the Holidays
(BPT) - Start a new holiday tradition with coffee creativity in the kitchen. Whether it’s a new beverage for a holiday breakfast or brunch, an afternoon treat to warm heart and soul, or coffee …
Pop Up Some Winter Fun
(Family Features) A perfect partner for a broad variety of flavors, popcorn is a versatile pantry staple that can be served plain or as a better-for-you addition to seasonal snacks like Furikake Popcorn, Jamaican Jerk Popcorn, Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn or Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters.
Hearty, Wholesome Winter Meals
(Family Features) During the winter months when brisk temperatures chill you to the bone, warming up with hearty dishes at the family table can bring everyone together.
A Secret Ingredient for Winter Wellness
(Family Features) One step toward wellness is maintaining nutritional value in meals. This Orange Honey Glazed Carrots recipe offers a warming yet nutritional, naturally sweet option while this non-alcoholic Orange Juice Mint Mocktail makes for a perfect pairing.
Start A Few New Traditions This Holiday Season
(NAPSI)—For many families this holiday season will be like no other. Without the gathering at the table, some traditions will be impractical this year. So this may be a good time to try …
Foody Features

Sweet and savory ways to indulge during the holidays without sabotaging your wellness goals

(BPT) - One of the greatest pleasures of the holidays is enjoying traditional flavors of the season. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to indulge without discarding all your wellness goals. You …

Celebrate Family and Food

(Family Features) Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food.

Ask a dietitian: Should I use sugar substitutes?

(BPT) - Americans are eating and drinking too much added sugar, which can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. According to the 2020-2025 …
Holiday Health Hints

Four Ways To Have A Festive And Safe Holiday Season

by the We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—Entering the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginians are eager to reconnect with family and …

Between Turkey Day and New Year's Day: 5 easy hacks for low-stress everyday dinners

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, meal planning and prep take on special importance. Between getting ready for festive celebrations and putting "in-between" everyday meals on the table, it can seem …
Family Meals That Deliver Flavor and Nutrition

(Family Features) Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

How you can take a new approach to wellness this New Year’s (BPT) - If you’re seeking ways to boost your well-being for the new year, consider taking a holistic approach. Don't focus on one specific habit to conquer, but instead look at supporting the …
Doing well by doing good: Ways to give back to your community (BPT) - With the giving season upon us, people are thinking about how they can give back to their communities. There are numerous ways to give back whether by helping those in need, volunteering your …
Dietary Supplements Can Support Your Immune System (NewsUSA) - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues after nearly two years, people continue searching for new ways to take control of their health and support overall wellness. This interest in self-care …
Pack a Healthier Lunchbox this School Year (Family Features) When school is in session, it's the perfect time to renew your family's healthy eating habits by getting in a groove of lunchbox packing.
Holiday Entertaining
Party Planning Pointers For The Holidays

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, many Americans are entertaining the idea of having a festive gala.  Here are 6 party planning hints that can help your next get-together be fun for both you and …

Cedar Run Brewery Takes Inspiration from Farm and Family Cedar Run Brewery, a Farm Brewery in Nokesville, Virginia, stands out among Northern Virginia Breweries. As a small family-owned brewery on a real working farm, the family has put themselves and …
Comfort Holiday Guests with a Satisfying Snack (Family Features) Keeping your loved ones full and content can be done with apples, an ingredient that heightens the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes like Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy.
A Festive Menu Fit for Family and Friends (Family Features) These delicious options for a satisfying bread bowl, pumpkin spice potatoes, artfully glazed lamb chops and fresh apple pie can bring your guests running to the kitchen (and keep them there) as you celebrate all the season has to offer.
Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday (NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our …
Making Diet Decisions During A Pandemic
(NAPSI)—Dreadful as the pandemic has been, for some people it has meant a positive health change. Three in 10 Americans made a major change to their diet during this time, according to new …
More food ideas
(Family Features) A well-balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, and these recipes for Watermelon Chia Seed Muffins and Watermelon and Pistachio Salad can help satisfy cravings any time of day. 
(Family Features) Committing to healthier habits in the new year often starts in the kitchen.
(Family Features) This Chocolate and Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bark offers a sweet snack that curbs cravings without ditching your daily commitment to a balanced diet.
(Family Features) This Bacon-Wrapped Halibut recipe calls for lightly seasoned fillets wrapped with all-natural bacon served alongside your favorite grains and vegetables - an easy yet tasty way to put seafood on the table.
(Family Features) Getting your whole family to the table can be surprisingly easy when a savory dish like Cheesy Spinach Ravioli awaits.
(BPT) - This New Year, it is time to take back our health and put better eating habits front and center. Jamie Hess is here to share all the …
(BPT) - Over the past two years, many have been adopting healthier lifestyles, and cooking home meals is key to that goal. At the same time, home cooks also seek variety, looking for new ideas to …
(BPT) - Every year, groundbreaking innovations premiere at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference in Las Vegas, showcasing consumer technology products that aren't just the latest …
(BPT) - Heading into the new year, you may be thinking about ways to work on your health and wellness. A new year is an ideal opportunity to consider positive lifestyle changes, and what you choose …
(BPT) - If you're choosing to follow a possibly over-indulgent holiday season with a dry January, you’re not alone. Last year, YouGovAmerica reported that 15% of Americans planned to …
(NAPSAI)—After the last year or so, many people are anxious to get back into the social swing. To help, here are 6 entertaining ideas that can mean more fun for you and your friends: How To Have …
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, many Americans are entertaining the idea of having a festive gala.  Here are 6 party planning hints that can help your next get-together be fun for both you and …
(NAPSI)—Now that the U.S.-Canada land border has re-opened, and as the weather turns cooler, a wonderful way for Canadians to relax and enjoy time with family and friends is on a road trip to …
by Dr. Jean Buzby (NAPSI)—Each year, the average American family of four loses $1,500 to uneaten food—that’s about 1,160 pounds of food. At holiday or any time, it’s a good idea to think …
by Dr. Jean Buzby (NAPSI)—Here’s a cool idea: A clean, well-organized refrigerator can help your family prevent food waste. Three Ways To Fight Food Waste1. Know and, if necessary, …

This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

A Surprising Assistant

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink. …

Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults

(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not …

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.
Check out these food & cooking videos

A Fresh Twist on Fajitas to Support Family Nutrition

Gather fresh onions and bell peppers to mix with earthy, wholesome mushrooms as the heart of this plant-forward dish.

The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season

(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner which means more to-do’s and less time to do them in. With all the planning and stressing, don't let mealtime inspiration suffer and cooking fatigue set in! This holiday season, whether you have a houseful or a handful, Lauren Barth shares tips to make meal-planning less stressful, more joyous and downright hassle-free.

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Why eggs are an important first food for children

(BPT) - Trying to decide what first foods to feed your baby? Second-generation egg farmer Ross Dean knew that eggs would be one of his son's first foods once he was old enough to start eating solid foods.
Education supply store to open, Aug. 21
Teachables to Hold Grand Opening, Saturday

Just in time for back to school, Teachables, an independently owned educational supply store, is holding its grand opening at Bristow Commons, Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
Old Town Manassas Ends 2020 Strong According to Market Report Philadelphia Tavern Downtown continues to serve as an economic engine for the City of Manassas. It is the "Historic Heart" that helps drive our "Modern Beat" and is a bellwether for the overall …
Five New Alternates Join PRTC Board Kimberlee Short WOODBRIDGE, VA – The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new alternates to the Board of Commissioners, which …
COLUME: Get Happier, Dammit
Want More Happiness? Do the Work.

Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.

Rollins Ford 'Multi-Use' 'Destination' Park to Feature Farm-Themed Playground Rollins Ford Park will be a 70-acres park with fields, a large playground, dog park and trails.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) recognized the Prince William Area Agency on Aging
Prince William Institute on Aging Receives National Recognition n4a recognized the Area Agency on Aging for its sensitivity in recognizing a potentially underserved group and its creativity in meeting that group’s needs.
Column by Author Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed.
Column: Here's Your Chance to 'Get Happier, Dammit!' What if you could enjoy each day a little more than you do now? You’d probably be happier, right? Most of us would be.