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SUMMER! I’ll admit it. I’m super excited! First, it’s my favorite time of the year—the warm weather, long days, trips to the beach, gardening, cook outs—you just can’t beat the summertime. Second, this issue marks the completion of our second year in print! Yay! Or, as I've been known to say once or twice, HOLY CRAP! With this summer issue, we’ve got great warm weather articles for you, such as summer hair AND summer skin care. We’ve also featured some totally awesome ladies in both agriculture and science. Not to mention we’ve spotlighted two phenomenal women promoting wellness—one a doctor who is following a holistic approach to healing, and the other who has turned her struggles into a way of helping others reach their own health goals. Green is the color of summer (or pink, check out page 49!) so we’ve got tips for greening your beauty routine and how to live a greener lifestyle. And, of course, we’ve got your summer fashion trends covered with some very special (and ferocious!) fashions. Just a reminder that Sass is so much more than our quarterly print issues. Head on over to for extended articles or web exclusives ranging in topics such as wellness, business, local travel, fashion, girl’s guides and so much more! We’re always looking for web contributors, so if you have a story idea you’d like to pitch, please don’t hesitate to email us at, or fill out our online contact form. Also, be sure to like, follow, or comment on our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Like us for chances to win some great prizes! And don’t forget to join our mailing list for a weekly newsletter with carefully curated stories, and some exclusive offers and announcements for subscribers only. Lastly, join us at one of our quarterly Girl’s Night Out (GNO) events as we celebrate the launch of each issue. In closing, I can’t forget to thank all our advertisers and partners. Creating a magazine is not an easy feat, and we truly could not bring you Sass without their support. Our advertisers allow us to produce Sass as a free resource—so please be sure to support all the businesses, services and events you’ll find throughout this issue. And be sure to tell them you saw their ad in Sass Magazine! Thanks for joining us for our eighth issue. Now, sit back, soak up some summer rays, and gets tah' reading! Happy summer!


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Public libraries are unlike any other business or organization. When you think of a library, many people will picture a quiet and comfortable place to study and browse the stacks as aged librarians in cardigans shuffle by saying “shhh.” Some think of a hub of activity, a cacophony of noise, as parents pile in just before and after Storytime, a line of strollers parked in front of stacks of picture books. And the truth is, it’s all of that. Our libraries are the beginning and end to curiosity; the spark for conversations about diversity, art, history, music, and literature. They are places where people gather to meet, where children roam the stacks both learning and playing. More than just books, FCPL is a place of opportunity.

Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) is a mid-sized system comprised of eight library branches and two bookmobiles. Each year, FCPL serves 152,000 library card-holders and sees over a million visits. FCPL strives to provide the best possible library services to the people of Frederick County.

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What is a typical day like? At FCPL, a typical day is never “typical.” People are coming and going, dropping things off, and picking things up. But, more and more, people are coming to the library for meetings and events. In 2016, FCPL hosted over 6,000 events. On any given day you can walk into any library and come across giggles spilling out of a Storytime room, an impromptu Harry Potter party, arts and crafts, music, and more. We have events on a huge range of topics geared for all ages and every single program is free. Some “library events,” might surprise you! For example, FCPL has partnered with Flying Dog Brewery to host “Freedom Reads,” an event series based on the first amendment. We’ve also partnered with Heritage Frederick and 10th Ward Distillery to host a “Whiskey History” series. We collaborate with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra to host Symphony Storytime with live musicians and an instrument petting zoo. FCPL has recently collaborated with FCC to host a series of classes for learning in retirement and we are also piloting a new intergenerational series called “Teens Teach Tech” where teens teach seniors all the latest innovations in technology. One event we are most proud of is Frederick Reads. Every year, FCPL, along with our partners, hosts a high caliber author for an evening that is entirely free and open to the public.

How do you get the background and skills necessary to work at the library? Something that most people don’t realize is that not everyone at the library is a librarian – although many are. From front line staff to those behind the scenes, everyone at the library is focused on customer service. In the best cases, the library becomes like Cheers; everyone knows your name, says hello when you come in, and offers you a chair in your usual spot.

The library’s leadership team and many staff members do have their master's in library science (MLS) which is a rigorous course of study that prepares trained information professionals to answer complex questions, offer insightful recommendations, navigate resources, and more.

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FCPL recently began construction on a new library in Walkersville. We hope this The roles of public libraries are changing. new space will include a much-needed When almost everything is digital, the early literacy play and learning space. question we hear most often is “how are A little space designed to address a public libraries relevant?” The answer is big problem. Across the US, children are not that really good libraries are a reflection of getting the early learning opportunities the communities in which they serve. As they need. Last year in Frederick County, the needs of the community change, so 46% of all children failed the kindergarmust the library. ten-readiness assessment test*. These FCPL has worked to offer the best same children become adults who face possible library services to our patrons, higher rates of school dropout, incarcerwhich means expanding digital content ation, and substance abuse. This is a real and services. With an FCPL library card, problem—one that public libraries can do anyone can access movies, magazines, something about. music, e-books, and audio books from FCPL and our supporters have made the comfort of their home at absolutely no a commitment to ensure all children have cost. Everyone can learn a new language with Rosetta Stone, research family history access to high-quality educational opportunities regardless of income. with, grow a business with training, or become a weekend Who are your customers? warrior DIY master! Our customers are your neighbors. They (Don’t worry, we still have books!) are educated women picking up the What is the best part about latest bestseller for book club. They are what you do? Most Challenging? dramatic teens looking to hang out and Serving the community. FCPL is a govern- collect service hours like Pokémon. They ment agency supported by public dollars. are seniors looking to hear an author Economic issues always affect governtalk and continue the magic of lifement services so when the economy long learning into retirement. They are tanks, services are reduced, and when it families with small children looking for a improves, services are increased. To enplace where it’s safe to let the kids play sure the financial stability of the library and on a rainy day. It 's hard to give an average customer profile because the library fund all the things that make the library functions as a space for everyone. great, FCPL looks to the support of our

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Food waste and yard trimmings make up 26% of the waste that goes into US landfills. But, those are materials that can easily be composted instead. Composting is easy and benefits the environment in many ways! Composting food waste and yard trimmings helps reduce fossil fuel use and carbon monoxide emissions from trash trucks. And once that food waste reaches the landfill, it takes up space and releases the potent greenhouse gas, methane. Through composting, your food and yard waste becomes nutrient-dense matter (humus) that can be mixed into your gardens and flower boxes, giving them a nutritional boost that is far superior to the short-term blast from most commercial fertilizers! Composting bins are a great addition to any yard and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes that fit into just about any budget and outdoor aesthetic. If you are handy, there are DIY bins that you can make yourself. Some cities even offer composting bins to residents at a discount. Find a beginners guide to composting online and go for it!

2. PLANT FOR POLLINATORS. Pollinators are animals and insects that move pollen around in the course of their daily search for food. There is disturbing evidence worldwide that pollinating animals are suffering from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites. If you are thinking, “Pish posh, pollinators,” consider this: these busy little bees, bats, butterflies, and birds are what make things like blueberries, melons, peaches, and potatoes possible. To help them (and everyone else by extension), cultivate native plants that provide nectar and food for pollinators. Be sure these plants are not treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. As crazy as it sounds, some garden stores are selling “bee-friendly” plants that have bee-killing pesticides in them. Go figure. Make your yard, porch, or balcony a pollinator's’ paradise by providing food, water, and shelter.



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GIRL'S GUIDE money (a.k.a. green), time, and adds beauty and functionality to your landscape. And, since you are not dowsing your parsley with pesticides, you're reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and protecting pollinators at the same time. Look at you go! You don't need a green thumb for most live herb plants. Place an herb pot outside or even in a sunny window inside, and set a cell phone reminder to water generously once a week. Get creative with it; paint your flower pots as a quick and easy DIY, or Google herbal cocktails for a sassy homemade spirit.

4. STOP BUYING WATER IN PLASTIC BOTTLES. SERIOUSLY. For every six plastic water bottles we use, only one makes it into a recycling container. The rest end up in the landfill, as trash on the roadside or in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Instead, get a stainless steel water bottle for every member of your household. Water bottles come in an infinite variety (it’s true, we’ve counted) of graphics, colors, and sizes. Get a water bottle that matches your workout clothes or your personality and make it part of your “gear.” Don’t leave the house without it and you will always be prepared and hydrated.

5. GET REUSABLE BAGS AND ACTUALLY REUSE THEM. EVERYWHERE. Say “No” to plastic shopping bags. Reusable bags can help to protect marine life and are fun and stylish! Many plastic bags end up polluting our waterways and killing thousands of marine mammals yearly. When they make it to the landfill, it will take 1,000 years or more for one bag to break down. Recycling them is better than throwing them away, but the process still requires millions of gallons of non-renewable resources. Since you will be reusing your bags many times, spend a little more money to get something stylish, unique, or even handmade. Spread the word and motivate your friends to begin their own personal ban on plastic bags!

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Dr. Jyothi Rao There are two types of doctors: those who prescribe medicine based on symptoms and those who take the time and effort to find the cause behind the symptoms. Dr. Jyothi Rao of Shakthi Health & Wellness Center is of the latter. According to her, no one should settle when it comes to their health and wellness.

Dr. Rao has been a practicing physician for over 20 years. She got her start in New York and has since practiced acupuncture, worked with athletes, and co-wrote a book.

Through her practice, Dr. Rao is changing the concept of medicine. Rather than relying solely on prescriptions to band aid ailments she follows a more holistic approach to medicine. Dr. Rao teaches patients how to take control of their wellbeing in order to achieve and maintain optimal health. Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, in Mt. Airy, MD, focuses on lifestyle changes and educating patients on how to seek out the heart of a problem in order to find healing solutions. “We want to go after the root cause and oftentimes that’s stress and gut and what we’re eating and how we’re not sleeping,” Dr. Rao said. “We don’t have to be destined based on our genes. We don’t have to be destined by anything. We have so much control of our health.” Dr. Rao tries to take her own advice. With her busy schedule, she understands the difficulty of leading a healthy lifestyle. “Part of my journey has been about staying well and not succumbing to the stress of my life, too. All the things that I tell my patients to do, I’ve done myself,” she said.

As a woman, Dr. Rao is quick to recognize one of our fatal flaws: the feeling that we have to do everything. “My feeling is that something always gives and oftentimes it’s the health of the woman,” she said. “I would say do what you need to do, outsource whatever you can. Get help when you can.” Dr. Rao is a successful professional, a mother of three, a writer, a volunteer, a tri-athlete—it’s hard not to be inspired by the fulfilling life she leads. While one of her biggest challenges is overcoming tiredness, she makes sure to balance her time with rewards, like spending time outdoors with her family. “I think it’s important to reward yourself everyday, every week, in some sense, whether it’s a 10-minute meditation or a workout at the gym, something that makes you happy and inspires you,” Dr. Rao said. “It’s important to do that all the time and not just wait for that reward at the end because that’s what keeps you from breaking down.”

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Some days we have urgent emergency room evaluations— people are being sent to the hospital because of crises. Other days we’re doing wellness management. A lot of times people get better working with us within a few months. We’re just doing routine checkups and seeing people get well. Other days I’m writing or lecturing. I lecture at a local university. I’m writing for a textbook right now and I’m also thinking about starting a second book with my colleague, Monica Aggarwal. Every day is very different. Some days we just have cooking classes and I hang out, just chatting with patients. It’s kind of like a mom and pop version of a medical practice. We try to get to know everyone, a where-everybody-knows-[each other’s]-name type of thing and nobody feels like a number. It’s a nice place to be.

What is the most important thing to you? I really want to make a difference in terms of creating a knowledge base and changing the way physicians and patients view their health. We’re very much involved in trying to change the concept of what is healthy. It’s about health and mind, body, and spirit. I want to teach people how to sustain that. The most important things to me include creating a place where I can educate my patients personally, making


a difference in the way we’re teaching medicine to students and residents and empowering patients to know that they are really in control of their health. I want to change the way people think about medicine.

What has been the biggest challenge you've overcome to achieve your goals? Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of looking dumb. Fear of making the wrong judgment call. When I left my [previous] practice four years ago I was very afraid because it was safe. It was a large practice and I knew what I was doing: I showed up for work and I did my thing and left. I took care of patients. When I opened my own practice I had to do business stuff. I had to market and I had to run a practice with staff and I had to do the billing and HR – so many things that were very, very, very foreign to me. It was a fear of failure, of not being good enough in these other avenues.

What is one sassy saying or quote that inspires you? The Nike slogan, “Just do it.” That’s the first thing that comes to my mind because so many people are afraid to start new initiatives. My whole thing is about trying to get people to change their lifestyle and their patterns of thought. Part of


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WOMAN TO WATCH Who is your favorite female hero? Who do you look up to or admire? There are so many people. I have to say that Arianna Huffington is someone I really admire because she is all about wellness now. She’s a huge, corporate executive who is very good in business and has done a lot in terms of changing the corporate environment, and the typical corporate thought process. That you don’t have to wear yourself out and run yourself into the ground. I like her energy.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

that is all the reasons why you say “I’m not going to do something.” Oftentimes, I just want to say, “Just do it.” And why should you do it? Because you CAN do it.

What do you think has helped you the most with your success? I have tremendous support from my family. I have tremendous colleagues. I’ve had wonderful mentors. I meet amazing people that inspire me. The one thing I always try to do is learn. Every year I try to do something to challenge myself. Whether it’s speaking at a grand rounds or it’s doing a triathlon—I try to do something new every year that terrifies me, to help me grow as a person. I try to surround myself with very positive influences, which I’ve been fortunate to have. Having a good group of people around you to try to help you succeed is helpful. I’m fortunate to have that.

What is your favorite question to ask others? It’s hard for people to answer it, but my biggest drive is to find out what motivates someone. What would make you happy? What would motivate you to do the next step in order to get you to a better place? What would that be? Is it that you want to go out and play with your grandchildren? Is it that you want to be financially set so that you can take the weekend off and hike? It’s whatever gets people up in the morning.

Don't downplay the role of stress. I am very passionate about dealing with stress response through nutrition and through rest. Women are the worst at caring for themselves and that’s the problem. They care for everybody else and they break down in the process. I see it over and over again. That 25-year-old who says they can do it all—and they can at this point—still needs to set up her habits so that she can schedule rest in. Maybe start meditating. Maybe start exercising. Maybe start turning off their iPhones an hour before they go to bed. Whatever it is to get more restful sleep. But it’s simple changes. Women are so not good at taking care of themselves. I want to shout out to them, “Hey, you need to do something for yourself everyday or at least five times a week, that’s small, that allows you to do what you think you need to do throughout the day!” Go girl—but take a break once in awhile! One of the things we want to do as women is support each other. We support each other by helping each other get through tough times. Maybe watching someone’s kid, or bringing someone a dinner. Some small gestures to form a community. We’re also trying to prove ourselves to men. Women feel like we have to do all this stuff because we're women and we have to prove ourselves in a male world. Like you've gotta do that extra step all the time so that people recognize you. Go girl—but get your rest!

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Julie Harris has had a passion for health and fitness from a very early age. That passion lead to an undergraduate degree in exercise science, and later to a job at a corporate wellness center working one on one with clients for ten years. Although Julie was knowledgeable and passionate about health and wellness, and was able to assist her clients in achieving their goals in a healthy and safe manner, she was unable to do the same for herself. Julie developed anorexia and bulimia and struggled with those eating disorders for nearly fifteen years. Now she runs a successful business and blog, The Healthful Peach, that inspires others to overcome

their eating disorders and live a healthier, happier, more balanced life. She shared her story with Sass Magazine in the hopes that she can empower others to speak out and gain support towards recovery.

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It’s just me and the world. Not me against the world.

Q: What has been the hardest part of your experience? I think the hardest part was living with anorexia and bulimia without having a strong support system or having anybody who really knew about it. None of my family or close friends knew I was suffering from eating disorders and I was really good at hiding it. So I didn’t have the ability to lean on anybody for a support system. Living through my struggle secretly was really hard and challenging. It was what made my eating disorder thrive. It just continued to eat at me and continued to be the part of my brain that overpowered everything else. Being at that stage and being alone even when surrounded by people was hard. It's not that no one wanted to be there for me, I was just so ashamed and so in denial that sometimes I couldn’t let them in and was keeping them at a distance.

I think the biggest turning point and decision was after I’d gone through my divorce with my first husband. My eating disorder took over my life and it really thrived because I was lost. I didn’t know who I was, I had left the Mormon Church, and I didn’t have my husband. The turning point was me recognizing I needed to be courageous enough to be who I was. To truly be myself. I was living a life of pleasing others and my eating disorder brain and I wasn’t really living life for me. The moment I realized I needed help and needed to figure out who I was, I became determined to do whatever it took to recover. You have that drive to recover and it doesn’t always happen the way you want it to it. I share this part of the story now but my little boy was such a surprise. With the eating disorder and the havoc it created on my body, I wasn’t sure I could have kids. It was a miraculous surprise. I was just on the end of my recovery when I got pregnant and it was a definite bump in the road. I knew my body was going to change completely outside my control. But it was important for me to stay healthy for myself and my child. The birth of my son was a big blessing and an affirmation that I was on the right path.

Q: Looking back now, is there anything you’d do differently? That’s an interesting question. Often times I don’t view anything I’ve done as a regret, but more as a learning opportunity. My journey has formed me into who I am. There were challenges that were harder than others but I’ve used them as a learning experience.



Q: What do you think was the most important decision you made along the way during your journey?

CATEGORY INSPIRE EMPOWER HEADER Q: What food can you not live without? Peanut butter and almond butter…though I try and stay pretty balanced!

Q: What keeps you inspired? There are a couple things. Inspiration from others, seeing their strength and hearing their stories as they work through their eating disorders. The second is when I’m connected with nature. It’s my time to think and feel deeply. I like to incorporate that connection with nature when I’m working with my clients.

Q: How do you feel empowered? I feel most empowered when I’m truly connected with my inner self and hope. Hope is one of those words that is overused, but I get empowered when I’m getting healthier or stronger. I used to have such a hard time just being still. But now I have reframed my mindset. It’s just me and the world. Not me against the world. When we look to others for satisfaction and approval that’s when we begin to feel those negative feelings and get down on ourselves. When I let go of those feelings I feel empowered.

Q: How have you used your experience to help others? Depending on where they are in their journey dictates how I help them. I always encourage people to build a strong support system. It can be a therapist, family member, a nutritionist or a combination, but without that support system the road to recovering is even harder. Number two, I share with them that at some point along the journey they’ll have to say goodbye to their eating disorder. The eating disorder can be comfortable, as weird as that sounds. You can lean on it when you're feeling challenged or alone. So along the road of recovery you have to be able to say goodbye to it at some point. You have to say, “I’m no longer going to be friends with you.”

Q: What person do you currently look to for inspiration? Recently I learned about Kathrine Switzer. She’s the first woman who ran the Boston Marathon. When she first ran the marathon women weren’t allowed, and she registered under a different name. Officials tried to pull her out. She ran it again years later. So just the fact that she inspired women to stand up for our rights, something as simple as running a race, but really em-

powered women to get into sports, was great. She did it not just for herself but for every women because it was what was right. That is inspiring to me.

Q: What gives you your Sass? Confidence in who I am and who’ve I’ve become. I didn’t use to have that confidence and now I really admire myself and who I am.

Q: What’s next? I’m going through dietitian courses for my second bachelor’s degree. I will be doing that for a while and then in mid 2018 I’ll be able to take my test. I‘d love to work in an inpatient or outpatient facility, or a private practice to help others with eating disorders. Hopefully I’ll be able to combine my exercise degree with my nutrition degree to help others.

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Women comprise approximately 30% of the workforce in the field of science and engineering, according to a 2017 report from the National Science Foundation. Their jobs vary, yet are concentrated in the life sciences; they are highly educated and just as many women earn bachelor’s degrees in the sciences as men. It’s in graduate programs and leadership positions that men begin to dominate the field. Here are three local women who are succeeding in the sciences.

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Dr. Mei Sun is a senior scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). She studies viruses and infectious bacteria using electron microscopy (EM). “EM is very specialized. Not many people understand [the science] but they know of the microscope,” she says referring to the electron microscope. “It’s important to see the virus to study it,” she adds. “EM is the only way to see a virus because it’s a high-resolution tool.” Sun started her career in the molecular biology division at the University of California in San Diego, where she earned her Ph.D. There she used electron microscopy to study mitochondria and its role in cell death. This led to work in pharmaceuticals, specifically oncology and immunology drugs.


When she moved to the east coast, Sun shifted her focus from drug development to lab research using EM as a research tool to study infectious diseases. “EM started as a research tool,” she says, “but the more experience I had with it, the more it became my thing. The more familiar I became with it, the more I understood it. I invested more time and energy, and it became my expertise.” Developing her expertise has helped Sun advance in a male-dominated field. “It’s really, really difficult being a woman in science,” she explains. “It really helps to focus on one thing.” In her Ph.D. program, Sun says there was an equal number of men and women. When she entered the workforce, however, she says those numbers shifted, presumably because women scientists were opting to raise families instead. Sun credits her family for supporting her through the early years of her career when she was juggling work and motherhood. “I had my first son during my last year of my Ph.D. program. My in-laws helped out. My parents helped out. My husband helped out. I couldn’t do it without them. I cried like crazy thanking them when got I my Ph.D.” “Now, it’s easier. My research career is established. I have my own lab. I have a team. I have more time. I even have time to go to the gym. But back in the early days, it was very difficult. I needed support from everyone.” Sun pays forward that support through an internship program with Frederick County high school students. She assigns her interns “small but very much needed projects,” some of which have led to publication opportunities for the students. “They gain confidence from working in the lab and from presenting research,” says Sun. “And that gives us more faith that we can do this [work].”




STEPHANIE PETERS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Stephanie Peters says her interest in environmental science began with a recycling project in elementary school. “I collected cans,” says Peters of the project. “My interest grew from there. It was something I enjoyed learning about.” Her curiosity about the environment continued through college. She simultaneously earned two bachelor’s degrees, one from Salisbury University and one from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and later a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Finding a job in the environmental sciences proved to be a bit more challenging, however. “A lot depends on your experience,” says Peters. “If you’ve done a lot of internships or volunteer work with environmental firms and state agencies, then that helps you get your foot in. It took me a little while to get there.” Peters currently works as a senior project manager for a state environmental agency. Her work includes water quality, habitat improvement, and wetland restoration projects in and around the Chesapeake Bay. “I like to think I’m making a difference,” says Peters. “I like to think I’m making the planet better.” She says there are a lot of women in her office, about 80%, and that many of her clients and the consultants that she works with are women, too. And this is a good thing. “When you work with a lot of other women, you are recognized for your merits

and knowledge and skills. That’s not always the case when you work with men.” Her work also includes hiring for entry-level positions and doing community outreach. She recently gave a STEM talk to a group of elementary students, giving them advice she wished she’d known earlier in her career. “Get experience before you get into the job market,” says Peters. “I look at volunteer experience and internships because that shows that you truly have an interest. I want people who are interested in the job.”

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This is a new role for her within the education division of ACS and shifts her from a faculty position to an administrative role, a change that Kirchhoff finds exciting. “It’s an opportunity to create something new,” says Kirchhoff. “I didn’t expect this opportunity. I spent the vast majority of my career in education as a faculty member. It’s a little daunting to switch [to administration] but exciting at the same time.” Through her positions in chemistry education, Kirchhoff has witnessed the changing demographics within her field. She’s noted an increase in women but feels the field is lacking in diversity. “When you don’t have [diverse] undergrads, you don’t have a pool to move on to graduate and leadership positions.” And it’s at the graduate level that Kirchhoff sees the scales tip toward more men than women in the field. “Getting through the academics of a science degree is really challenging,” says Kirchhoff. “Finding a mentor is really important. Your mentor doesn’t have to be someone in the sciences. Your mentor should be someone who will encourage you and support you when things get rough, someone to talk you through the challenges.”

Shannon Morgan Shannon Morgan is a freelance writer and the author of 100 Things to Do in Washington, D.C. Before You Die. You can find her on social media @sldmorgan or online at


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Dr. Mary Kirchhoff fell in love with chemistry in high school and continued her studies at Russell Sage College, a women’s college in New York State. “Having that educational experience was really influential,” says Kirchhoff. “At a women’s college, no one is looking to the guys to do the lab work because you’re all women. That part was really important.” She adds, “As a woman at a women’s college, you have lots of opportunity for leadership. The experience built my confidence.” Today, Kirchhoff is the executive vice president for scientific advancement at the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE By Lindsay Smith Rogers

Maryland and the surrounding areas are home to a robust agricultural sector sourced by a network of local farms, many of them proudly family-owned for generations. These farmers, their land and their animals supply the area’s food system with milk for morning lattes, wheat for dinner bread baskets and everything in between. “If you like to eat, thank a farmer!” says Karen Beachley Sowers, who owns Sowers Dairy & Poultry and South Mountain Creamery in Middletown with her husband. They rented their first farm together in 1981 and now collectively oversee more than 2,100 acres across six properties. Sowers is up and overseeing the milking at 1:30 a.m., six days a week. She also manages retail at the creamery, covers farmers markets on the weekends, hosts tours of their working farm, and does the essential chores and errands that keep everything running. “Our dairy business is a lifestyle,” she says, “not a typical nine-to-five job.”



Although there is more and more attention given to food sources, even more discerning consumers probably aren’t on a first-name basis with the people cultivating what’s on their plates.


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FEATURE Amy Stephens also grew up on a farm, spending “One of the most challenging parts about my job is summers raking hay with her grandparents. She’s nev- dealing with things that are beyond my control, such er lived more than twenty minutes from the property, as weather and broken equipment,” she says. which is still owned by her family and where she and Farm life can be unpredictable and difficult at her children now raise their own animals. times. Karen Sowers recalls that their first years on “Agriculture is our lives, it’s our blood,” she says, the farm were turbulent—they took out a second passionately. Stephens works as the Show Feed home mortgage during several difficult seasons of Sales Manager and Store Manager at the Farmer’s dying calves, droughts, and poor crop yields. Sowers began teaching, which provided a more regular Cooperative Association Incorporated in Frederick, income and health insurance for their two young chilMD. Local families come to her for guidance regarding the proper feeding of their show animals, which dren, and it took almost a decade to gain traction with they’ll later ready for sale. Her childhood experiences their business. In 1989, they invested in chickens and raising and judging livestock uniquely qualify her began packing close to 100,000 eggs a day, which both for her career and her volunteer work as an helped stabilize things. advocate and advisor for local FFA (Future Farmers Farms also require work around the clock with no of America) and 4-H organizations. Stephens works guaranteed vacations or sick days. The only vacation with children as young as eight Amy Stephens recalls ever on agricultural projects like taking was her honeymoon People are misled by to Disney World. raising goats and steers. Her various groups that “Growing up, if we left the own two children participate, unfortunately work really hard farm it was to get [machinand she emphasizes that famto discredit the work farmers ily bonding is one of the great ery] parts,” she says. “When do. As an industry, we are colaspects of these clubs. I got married and went on my laboratively working to change She’s grateful for this family honeymoon, I had never been that view, but that’s not time because between minding on a ‘vacation’ that didn’t inan easy task. volve going to get combine or the family’s animals and farm, tractor parts, taking an animal working at the Co-op and volunteering, Stephens keeps more than busy. somewhere, or wearing my FFA coat,” she says. “I probably have too many irons in the fire,” she The challenges of farming are further complicated by public scrutiny of some agricultural practices. admits, “but I wouldn’t know life any other way.” According to these women, the fast-fading connecHannah Waybright is co-owner, operator, and tion between consumers and their food sources is ninth-generation dairy farmer at Mason Dixon Farms to blame. near Gettysburg. She grew up on the farm that’s been “Farm and ranch families comprise just two perin her family since 1784 and now has over three thousand acres of crops that feed their 2,400 milking cows. cent of the U.S. population!” Waybright says. “Because of that, I feel like there is a really big disconnect The farm relies on technology to milk nearly 10,000 today with people who don’t have an understanding teats a day, and proudly reuses manure in a biogas of where their food comes from.” digester that converts methane into energy to run the “People are misled by various groups that unfortuequipment. “We are truly cow-powered!” she says. nately work really hard to discredit the work farmers Her days of overseeing the herd start at six in the do,” she continues. “As an industry, we are collabomorning and might involve delivering calves or trimming hooves. She also serves as the first woman on ratively working to change that view, but that’s not an the dairy’s Board of Directors. easy task.”

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The bottom line for most farmers, Waybright says, is “making sure our animals are well cared-for while providing healthy, affordable, nutritious food.” Stephens echoes this concern and channels her frustration into volunteer work, educating youths about agriculture and respect for the earth. “We’re not out there to hurt people, we’re out there to help,” she says. “We’re out there to feed the world.” Farmers markets are excellent touch points for farmers and consumers. Sowers jokes that some vendors claim it adds an air of authenticity if farmers arrive already covered in dirt so that “you look like you have worked hard before coming to the market.” 36 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM

Another opportunity for people to connect is agritourism, a buzzing industry of farms where people are welcome to taste and pick produce, meet the farmers and animals, and see a working farm in action. Teresa Summers Greenwood is a third-generation farmer who owns and operates Summers Farm with her husband. The 100-acre family farm yields crops of wheat, soybeans, corn, hay, and lots of pumpkins. It’s also home to a corn maze and pumpkin patch that welcomes visitors for a yearly Fall Harvest Festival in September and October. Greenwood grew up on the property when it was an operating dairy, the farm opened to the public for the first Fall Harvest Festival in 1997.


The average kid is never going to hold a baby pig when it’s first born or dry off a calf. My kids know where their food comes from, and they’re able to explain that.




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“I’ve always had a love for agriculture,” she says. “No day is ever the same, and I especially love the lifestyle it provides in raising our two young boys.” “I can’t imagine raising my kids any differently than this,” Amy Stephens agrees. “The average kid is never going to hold a baby pig when it’s first born or dry off a calf. My kids know where their food comes from, and they’re able to explain that.” She still keeps a thank-you card from one of her 4-H clubs from several years ago: a pink paper pig made from the outline of a child’s hand. It reminds her that the best part of her job is educating and exciting the interests of new generations in agriculture.

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By: Rebecca Carrera

Unless you’ve been living under a non-recyclable styrofoam cup, you’ve probably heard about the “green movement.” While recycling is a great start, going green reaches further into foods, cleaning supplies, clothing and yes, beauty products. Women are becoming increasingly savvier about how they eat and clean, and about what beauty products they’re applying to their bodies. Maybe you’re pioneering this lifestyle (kudos!), but if you’re like most women it’s all a little overwhelming. You might be asking, “Where do I start? Do I give up EVERYTHING?!" You could go cold turkey, 100% toxin free, or you can figure out what fits into your lifestyle. Labels are tricky—don’t fall for the beautiful nature shots of plants and lavender fields on the front of the product. Just because something says natural or organic doesn’t mean it is completely organic. Many products are “technically” organic by USDA standards, even if 100% of their ingredients are not. If you want to go green don’t rely on those certified organic labels, instead turn the product over, read the list of ingredients and familiarize yourself with what you’re reading. The ingredients are always listed in order of concentration. The first ingredient listed makes up the most percentage of the product and the second, and third and so on. Here are a few of the biggies to avoid:

SULFATES (SODIUM LAURYL OR LAURETH SULFATE) A known carcinogen, these commercial grade degreasers and foaming agents are found in everything from cleaners to laundry detergent, as well as your shampoo, hand soap, bar soap, shower gel and toothpaste. These nasties are found in products that foam or lather up, and are responsible for many allergic skin reactions. PARABENS These are used in practically every beauty product as a preservative to protect against bacteria. Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenylparaben, Benzylparaben and Pentylparaben. Five have been banned in European nations; the remaining two can only be used as 0.4% of a product's make up. Makes you wonder right? These chemical preservatives disrupt the endocrine system (your hormones). I prefer to stay away from all of them, because there are plenty of safe, natural options out there. PTHALATES Another hormone disruptor, they’re used mostly in plastics to make them more pliable, but it’s also used in creams and lotions to emulsify them. They can also be found in nail polish, eye shadow, hairspray and perfumes.

ALUMINUM Studies have linked this antiperspirant ingredient directly to breast cancer. It’s best to remove it completely from your daily deodorant routine. It takes a little getting used to, but using a natural deodorant doesn’t mean you’ll be stinky. You will perspire, but that’s a good thing and your body’s way of naturally eliminating toxins. Make smart choices that work for you. If you can’t live without your sulfate, paraben, synthetically fragranced shampoo, then keep it. Do what you can. There are several options at all price points, from drugstore to department store, although you’ll find most of the best choices in smaller boutiques. If you need more help when you’re shopping, download the app Think Dirty. Scan the product barcode with your phone and Think Dirty will rate the product from 0-10, zero being the cleanest and ten the dirtiest. Remember, just because it has a little bee on it or comes from Maine, doesn’t mean it’s natural or good for you. Read the labels ladies!

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE Anyone with asthma, allergies or skin sensitivities will see a major difference if synthetic fragrance is eliminated from home and beauty products. Again, another hormone disruptor, it can take up to 200 chemicals just to make one particular scent. You’ll never know what those 200 chemicals are, and that’s problematic.

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By Tammy Brandenburg

It’s summertime—put that hair dryer down RIGHT NOW! It’s too hot for that ish! Skip your normal “do” and try something flirty and carefree. Whether you’re getting ready to hit the beach or head to work, here are a few summer hair care tips and tricks to keep your locks feeling and looking great! 1 Wet your hair down with fresh water and/or run some conditioner through your tresses before jumping into the pool or ocean to lock in moisture. 2 Keep your hair (and scalp) protected from sun damage with a quick braid or throw on a hat. Don’t forget to spritz on your favorite hair sunscreen before you go! 3 Embrace the lazy days of summer, but don’t skip your regular cut and/or color visit to your favorite stylist! If you have questions about summer hair care don’t be afraid to ask.

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AMUSEMENT PARKS By Jennifer Neidenbach

SCREAM and feel the wind in your hair while zipping down a 90 degree angle at 70 miles per hour. Jump on your favorite carousel horse and relive your childhood days. Nibble on the best funnel cakes and chicken tenders money can buy. Grab a tube and get lazy on the river. Pick out an adorable set of sunglasses and stroll through the park.


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All these things and more are waiting for you at a nearby amusement park. If it’s been a minute since you’ve been to a park, then today is the day! Slip on your sneakers, grab some friends, sunblock, and head out!

CATEGORY HEADER TRAVEL Nothing says summer more than spending the day at an amusement park. In our area, we are lucky to be SURROUNDED by fun! There are parks for roller coaster junkies, parks all about the water, and parks just for the kiddos. Below are some great places to share with your friends and family. It’s time to be a kid again! Looking for a Day Trip? Try a Local Hangout! Adventure Park USA

This park is just down the road and jam-packed full of surprises. Adventure Park USA is all about the Old West with a little bit of everything, which reminds me of all of the best rides from my childhood. The park is stocked with outdoor and indoor rides. There is a carousel, a ropes course, go-karts and even two small roller coasters (these pack a punch—don’t underestimate them). One of the best perks is that Adventure Park is a pay-as-you-go park. Admission and parking is free, you spend money only for the rides you are interested in; all credits go on a plastic card so you don’t even have to keep track of tickets. While you are there, be sure to check out the Crater Lake Bumper Boats. Nothing says fun like speeding around the water in your own little boat, trying to crash into your friends and cool them off with an on-board water squirter! Grab your girls for a re-imagined happy hour!

Feel the Need for Speed? Six Flags America

A little over an hour drive away, Six Flags America is full of big thrills. This park is superheroes and Looney Tunes themed—remember Bugs Bunny and that rooster fellow? Be sure to check out the Superman roller coaster—it is one of my favorites! After you’re strapped in, enjoy the view while climbing 200 feet into the air, then fly down another 200 feet reaching speeds of over 70 MPH! Talk about wind in your hair! If you loved your visit, consider buying a season pass, which amounts to the cost of about two visits! A season pass gets you into most Six Flags parks for free! Feel like trekking to New Jersey or Georgia? ROAD TRIP!

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Make it a Road Trip! Kings Dominion

Just two and a half hours away, close enough to get there and back in a day, this park packs quite a roller coaster punch— from loops, to shoots, to backward glides. Not only does this park center around all things Snoopy, they actually have a Dinosaur Alive exhibit with forty three animatronic dinos waiting to meet you! In need of a ride break? Why not skip on over to Paris and check out the Eiffel Tower. This attraction is one third the size of the actual Eiffel Tower, standing at 315 feet tall. On a clear day, you can see over 18 miles away!

Pay as You Go!

Knoebels Amusement Resort Head on over to Elysburg, Pennsylvania where Knoebels payas-you-go park awaits. Entry is free, you can buy a Ride All Day or Sundown (after 5 pm) ride pass or simply pay as you go. Knoebels is a mixture of carnival rides and rides found at larger amusement parks. This park is also filled with free shows and attractions for visitors. There is an Americana section where you might watch a demonstration from a blacksmith or check out the bald eagle habitat. As you are heading out, make sure to ride on the Flying Turns coaster, the only coaster of it’s kind in the world. This ride is a rail free wooden bobsled coaster, each car slides and glides through a bobsled track with only gravity and momentum controlling the ride. Keep your head down and reach for the gold!

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A mere ninety minutes from Frederick, you’ll find a chocolate wonderland—Hershey Park! Before or after your park visit, stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World for a free chocolate tour! Not only is this one of the only air conditioned locations in the park (whew!), visitors also receive free chocolate at the end of the tour. Yea, that’s right, I said free chocolate—let’s go! While you’re there, be sure to challenge your friends to a friendly competition on the Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge. Once on the ride, you will be assigned to either the chocolate or peanut butter team. This small coaster takes riders through

Jump in the car with your sassiest tunes and head the three and a half hours over to Busch Gardens. This park is a garden wonderland, voted the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park time and again. If you need more reasons than a lovely stroll through the European themed gardens, check out the long list of thrill rides and great shows! If you are up for a thrill, be sure to check out the Alpengeist roller coaster. Once you board, the floor drops and your feet dangle through all of the hills, loops, and tunnels. Named after the “Ghost of the Alps,” this smooth

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CATEGORY HEADER TRAVEL riding coaster will leave you screaming, laughing and gasping for air. The Sesame Street kiddy park will be sure to delight the youngest visitors. Don’t forget to look for wine tastings and beer throughout the park, or get your picture taken with one of the park’s Clydesdale horses. Why not make a weekend out of it and check out the local history while in town!


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For many kids, the larger amusement parks can be overstimulating, disappointing due to ride height restrictions or just too crowded. All of the above parks have kiddie sections to appease your little ones, but if you're traveling with kids under 48 inches, you may want to go to a park made just for them! The two parks below offer a variety of rides that fit most heights. Don’t worry parents, you can ride too!

Dutch Wonderland Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this is a great park for first time kiddie riders. This royal kingdom themed park was created with young kids in mind. Stop by and listen to Princess Brooke read one of her favorite tales or escape from the dragon on the Dragon’s Lair log boat ride. When you are in need of a small break, take a ride on the Gondola Cruise. This relaxing ride gives parents a chance to rest their tired feet and kids a chance to look at all of the wonders around them.

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Sesame Place

As you can see, we are surrounded by a ton of options! Be sure to do a little research before your visit so you are prepared. No matter which park you choose, remember to get there early, pack light, and start the day with a smile! Keep in mind that weekends and holidays are always busier in the summer. Remember, think of those long lines as quality time spent with your friends and family! Still unsure? Most of these parks also have other seasonal programs. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens anyone? 52 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM

Jennifer Neidenbach Jennifer "Jen, Jenny, J-Dawg, etc." Neidenbach is an educator, mother, and wife from the Eastern Shore and a transplant to Anne Arundel County. When she is not working in the wonderful world of assessments, she enjoys spending time with family, long baths, and crushing candy. Follow her on Twitter @BeltwayStalker.

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Place? In just three hours, you can venture to the only park all about Sesame Street. Any child fascinated with Sesame Street will be beyond excited to meet all of their favorite characters or be surrounded by the wonders of Elmo. Take a stroll down main street and walk through the classic Sesame Street set. If meeting the characters is on the top of your list, consider reserving a spot at the Elmo and Friends restaurant. During breakfast, lunch, or dinner a food buffet is served while Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and other characters give hugs and high fives at each table. This will save you from sweating it out in the character lines later on!

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SUMMER CHALLENGE is all about fun and learning. Your family will enjoy a variety of programs for all ages and be more motivated to read each day. Why is this important? Studies show that children who engage in reading and learning over the summer are more likely to return to school in the fall ready to learn.*

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* According to a National Summer Learning Association survey (www., 64 percent of teachers reported it takes them at least 3 to 4 weeks to re-teach the previous year’s skills at the beginning of a new school year.


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CAREER Exactly. It’s overwhelming! And very often, you’re so focused on the techniques, apps, and tools you can use to be productive that your productivity actually decreases with all the added fuss. Being a young professional at the top of my game has lead me down the productivity rabbit hole on more than one occasion—and the results were lackluster. Fear not—there is hope! The tried and tested approach outlined below will lead you to productivity bliss. There are no tricks or apps, just four simple steps to success: 1 Set One Or Two Actionable & Realistic Goals

Not three, not seven—just one or two. Why? Because that’s all a person can focus on at one time if they plan on being successful. Don’t be an overachiever. Just achieve. Realistic and actionable. You know what I mean. Don’t set a goal to be out on a NASA space mission by the year 2025. Choose a short term goal with small incremental milestones that lead to a larger, long term goal. For example, if you plan on writing a book in a year set a goal to complete an outline for that book within the next two months. 2 Make A Plan

Sounds easy right? Not if you’re doing it correctly. This is where you need to be the most honest with yourself. Going back to the example we used in Step 1, imagine you have eight weeks to write an outline for your new book. You’ll need to think about the specifics of the plan. How many hours a day should you devote to your goal? What small checkpoints can you add to your eight-week calendar to make sure you’re on track to meet that goal? Decide what you need, map it out and make it happen! Build those tasks into your daily life. Be brutally honest with yourself when you determine how much time you are willing (or able) to devote to your goal. Do you have kids? Does your day job interfere with your free time? Do you like to go out every night? Understanding your daily habits and routines will help you figure out how much time can realistically be designated to working on your goal. You may have to give up something else in order to make the time. If this goal is important to you that sacrifice will be well worth the effort. 3 Get An Accountability Partner

There is a great deal to be said about having a buddy to support you in achieving your goals. It’s so easy to say, “I’ll get to it tomorrow,” and then a week later realize you’ve fallen behind the schedule you mapped out in Step 2 simply because “life” got in the way. And it does, we’ve all been there. But having someone check in with you, who knows you’re working towards something and holds you account-

able can mean all the difference between success and failure. Get a buddy and tell them your plan (or give them a copy) to be productive over the next eight weeks, or however long the goal is you’ve set for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes! 4 Set A Reward

Remember when you were young and your teacher put that gold star on your homework when you did a great job? It felt great to have your hard work recognized. The teacher may be gone, but you aren’t. Put a reward system in place for yourself after a long stretch of productivity. You deserve it! Tell yourself, “if over the next eight weeks I focus on this goal, follow my plan to maintain productivity, and meet my goal, I’ll reward myself with x, y, or z.” It doesn’t have to be something huge or expensive. Just a reminder that you worked hard, achieved your goal, and deserve some praise. After you’ve rewarded yourself, it’s time to set another goal and return to Step 1. This method may seem simple and fairly straightforward, but it takes determination and follow through to be truly productive. It can be applied to your job, your personal life, and goals you’d like to achieve. You simply have to take the time to establish your goals, map out a plan, create the steps to get there, and follow through. You can make your dreams a reality, those goals are well within your reach, you can have the life you’ve always just need to take the first step. Good luck!

Amanda Lee Magoffin Adrenaline Junky. Foodie. Blogger. Quirky Fact: Broken a bone on every limb Can’t Live Without: Tacos #1 Ambition: To Be A Published Author Favorite Quote: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

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STUNNING SUMMER SKIN By Drs. Kathleen Moe & Kevin Hogan


Daily morning application of SPF makes a huge difference. Running errands with direct or indirect sun exposure can take a toll on your skin. Over time, your risk of skin cancer increases, sunspots accumulate, wrinkles worsen, and texture and tone dull with exposure to environmental pollution and ultraviolet rays.

2. NOT YOUR MOTHER’S SUNSCREEN Sunscreens continue to improve. Now many have an added benefit of antioxidants to reduce free radical damage of your skin. Tinted sunscreens with ferric oxide help even more to prevent sun spots than non-tinted formulations with the same SPF. Look for oil free or noncomedogenic formulations for acne-prone skin. Sunscreens with the physical blockers of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are great for those with sensitive skin. Some of our favorites include Alastin’s Hydratint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 36, La Roche-Posay’s Antihelios 60, and Frederick Dermatology Associates’ own Aura Tinted BB Matte Sunscreen 50.

3. SUNSCREEN GUIDELINES 101 a. Make it SPF 30 or higher! Note: your makeup is simply NOT enough! You need to put on your daily sunscreen before your foundation and/or powder. Also, KEEP IT FRESH! Throw out your sunscreen from last year and replenish. Many ingredients will be less active, and therefore, ineffective.

b. Broad spectrum protects against both UVB and UVA damaging rays. c. Wear 80-minute water resistant products, hats and protective clothing, sit under beach umbrellas or palm trees, and avoid the sun in the middle of day (10 am-3 pm for daylight savings time) to help minimize sun damage. d. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen! One of the most common reasons why sunscreens fail is inadequate application. The rule of thumb is to use a teaspoon for the face and a shot glass full of SPF for the body. Sprays are very convenient, but don’t let half of your protection be gone with the wind. e. Remember, reapply SPF every two hours or be prepared to post that lobster selfie on Facebook tomorrow.

4. LOVE YOUR LIPS Your lips are getting exposed to the sun just like the rest of your skin. Use a sun protective lip balm with SPF 30 or higher.

5. PROTECT YOUR PEEPERS AND DON’T BE A CRY BABY Part of the cause of cataracts as we age is accumulated sun damage on the lens. Look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet light rays. And if you can’t find a sunscreen that doesn’t sting your sensitive eye skin, consider a sunscreen stick for your SPF in this area.

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Cover your crown and part line with a broad brimmed hat or use spray SPF to avoid unnecessary burns on your noggin.

It's summer. No cold weather. No snow blowers. No two hour delays from school. Vacations, relaxation, and great family times often involve outdoor activities. So, be safe. Enjoy the summer and keep your skin healthy and youthful!

7. BEACHBODY READY Remember to exfoliate your skin before your application of self-tanner or bronzer. Your tan will last longer and will have a more even look. Watch out for excessive application at knees, elbows, palms, and soles. The products accumulate more in these areas, and make sure you wash your fingernails well after application to avoid bronzing your beautiful French tip manicure.

8. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION Remember your regular skin care. If you are unsure about what skin care is best to keep your skin looking radiant all year long, consult your dermatologist. With expert knowledge and medical grade ingredients at their disposal, they can guide you in the right direction. At Frederick Dermatology Associates, we have a skin store, Aura, in our medical office with experts ready to help.

Drs. Kathleen Moe & Kevin Hogan Drs. Kathleen Moe & Kevin Hogan of Frederick Dermatology Associates, BoardCertified Dermatologists and Raeann Smith, Skin Care Expert & Aura Skin Store Manager Frederick Dermatology Associates is the largest full-service dermatology practice meeting all of Western Maryland’s cosmetic, surgical, and medical needs. In addition, it is the only dermatology practice with a skin store on site, offering personalized skin care advice to the Frederick community and beyond.

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1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed and chopped into 1 inch-ish chunks

1 fennel bulb, stalks and core removed and chopped into bite size pieces

1 english cucumber, cut down the middle and then sliced into half moon shapes

1-2 jalapeĂąos, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced

Optional extras: feta cheese & balsamic vinaigrette (because watermelon is so juicy, I often find I don’t really need dressing for this salad). Salt & pepper to taste 1 Combine all chopped fruits & veggies in a bowl or spread out on a platter. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


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14 oz. can full fat coconut milk Juice of one lime ½ C water Fresh mint leaves ¼ C s weetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar) Optional extras: Mint leaves and lime wedges for garnish 1 Bring ½ cup of water and a small handful of fresh mint leaves to a simmer, add in sweetener and stir until dissolved. 2 Simmer for a few more minutes to make a mint tea. 3 Strain out the mint leaves and allow to cool for a few minutes. 4 Add sweetened mint tea, coconut milk and lime juice to a blender and blend to combine. 5 Pour coconut milk mixture into a shallow dish. Place dish in the freezer and scrape every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours or until your desired frozen texture is reached. Spoon into 2-3 bowls and enjoy!

Sarah Kurtanich Sarah is a food enthusiast. She leads culinary tours of her hometown with Taste Frederick Food Tours and pens food, travel and lifestyle content over at When she isn't cooking, talking about food or traveling you'll find her hanging with her husband and golden retriever.

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