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 …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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!
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 …
Anna Whiston Donaldson part of production that gives local bloggers the mic for Mother's Day
When she started her blog four-and-a-half years ago, Anna Whiston Donaldson was looking to chronicle the funny adventures and conversations of her two children, reflect on faith and life, and encourage other moms on the wild ride of motherhood. Above all, the former English teacher, who now runs a small bookstore, wanted the "wife, mother, sister, friend, lazy root toucher-upper, and champion of the underdog" she was in everyday life to come through in her writing, "so that someone who meets me gets the same Anna she knows from the blog." When she lost her 12-year-old son Jack in an accident near the family's Vienna home last September, Donaldson did not abandon that desire to keep her writing authentic. Instead, she continued to write, …