Kathryn M. Van Druff, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

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Halloweenify Your Home

The tale of Halloween’s beginning goes back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain—a day devoted to turning away ghosts, as the Celts believed ghosts returned to be among the living on that day. People roasted their bonfires high and donned costumes to chase away spirits, but this time also celebrates the arrival of harvest time and the advent of the darker half of the ... »

Speak Out for Domestic Violence Awareness

Speak Out for Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence often goes unnoticed, shrouded by pretenses at the surface level. The fact of the matter is that domestic violence is the number one killer of women worldwide. Does this staggering figure scare you? It should. “Globally, 6 women are killed every hour by someone they know,” says Heidi Markow of Beginning Over Foundation and TruthtotheMasses.com. “And last ... »

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all you really need is a little fresh air and a glimpse of nature to lower your stress levels. The Lehigh Valley is home to so many beautiful creatures and stunning nature preserves and sanctuaries. Add these natural settings to your list of must-see outdoor attractions right here in our own backyard. Trexler Nature Pr... »

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

It’s no secret that children learn about the world around them through playing. They discover and absorb new things like thirsty little sponges. By ensuring that children take the time to play, you have a sturdy hand in the trajectory of their future. “Maria Montessori said, ‘Play is the work of the child,’ says Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, Head of School at The Swain Schoo... »

10 Activities with Pop!

10 Activities with Pop!

Great Family Outings & Things to Do with Dad The earliest inklings of Father’s Day began as a way to honor many men lost in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. The first Father’s Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910, at the urging of Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA. As the founder of the holiday, Dodd called for a day to celebrate fathers after witn... »

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

For more than a century, Mother’s Day has served as an official holiday to honor moms and maternal figures across the country. The holiday became official under Woodrow Wilson in 1914 when he signed a proclamation to mark the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today’s moms tend to wear many hats as they attempt to do it all—from raising a family to handling the housewor... »

Mom to Mom

Mom to Mom

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that statement couldn’t be truer for Nikki Brezack. Brezack opened Hello Baby in the Lehigh Valley as a family business with her husband and two young children last May. Inspiration for the boutique struck as she and her husband were choosing baby furniture for their own kids but not finding anything special close to... »

Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage

Before you read this article, pause and think about something. Are you leaning forward, hunched over, head down, shoulders scrunched up? Are you feeling a little tense, and noticing yourself in this position more often than you’d like to admit? If so, you may be squarely in need of a massage! “The #1 complaint I hear is neck and shoulder pain or pain between the shoulder b... »

Good Ol’ Family Fun

Good Ol’ Family Fun

LIL’-LE-HI TROUT NURSERY Warmer weather reminds us to get outside and there’s nothing better than a little fresh spring air for the body, mind, and soul. If you haven’t been to the Lil’-Le-Hi Trout Nursery, you’ll find that you’re never too old to enjoy it. And if you have been there, well, you likely already know what a local gem this natural park and wildlife area truly ... »

Zest

Zest

WE LOVE Owner John Trapani and Chef/Owner John “JP” Pukanecz have teamed up to open this exciting new restaurant in South Side Bethlehem. ZEST brings a new twist on some of the award-winning flavors of its Lehigh Valley sister restaurant, Grille 3501, such as the crispy lobster risotto appetizer, sea scallops, and filet, along with a few carryovers like the crab and mango ... »

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