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52 Career Continuing Education

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I’m a warm weather girl at heart, so I am very excited that summer is finally here! Sunny days, beach visits, summer reading, vacation travel, garden-fresh food—these are a few of my favorite (summer) things, and all topics that you’ll find in the pages of our summer issue! We’re calling this our “farm fresh” issue—we’ve covered several articles celebrating local and seasonal foods, such as healthy summer eating, farmers market recipes, farm to table food (and drinks!), and a “sweet” business spotlight! Plus, we get to meet some kick ass female first responders—special thanks to Jessica Patterson Photography! Not to mention, we’ve spotlighted two phenomenal women—one who is a successful local author (did someone say summer reading?), and the other who overcame a rocky childhood to follow her dreams. And don’t worry, we’ve also got your beauty and fashion needs covered, with summer beauty essentials and body positive fashions. Find a sunny spot and get comfy, we’ve got a full, fresh issue for you. Additional thanks to all our supporters. We continue to receive positive support, feedback and suggestions! Keep it coming by completing our (short!) reader survey found at Additionally, a big thank you to all our advertisers! We know investing in a new business and media publication seems scary. Thank you for taking a chance on us—we will continue to work very hard for you! Our advertisers allow us to keep Sass Magazine running as a free resource for our community. So, please be sure to support the businesses you see highlighted in our pages—visit their stores, follow them on social media, attend their events…and let them know you saw them in Sass Magazine! Lastly, don’t forget to visit us at, where we bring you weekly articles and content. Throughout this summer issue, pay attention to our “Web Exclusive” icon for online Sass extras or fun behind the scenes photos and videos! Be sure to sign up for our weekly eNewsletter for carefully curated, but super quick links to inspiring articles about women, health, business, travel, fashion and much more! And if you don’t already follow us on the “interwebs,” be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest! Thanks for picking up Sass Magazine, we hope you enjoy yourself! Happy Summer and happy reading!


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Sweet Farm

A self proclaimed “accidental entrepreneur”, Rachel Armistead and her husband, Luke, have turned a mutual hobby into a growing (and tasty!) business. Whether you’re looking for classic, beet, curry, or one of their seasonal offerings, Sweet Farm Sauerkraut provides fresh and local krauts that are as healthy as they are delicious.


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BIZ SPOTLIGHT Why did you decide to start this business? A: When I started bringing our sauerkraut to local farmers markets I didn't really set out to start a business; I never even thought about how the business would grow and change over time. By the time I realized what was happening—that we were owners of a real, growing business—the roller coaster was already at full speed, and I was just trying to hold on!

How did you decide on your business name?

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run your business? A: I don’t have a business degree or background. I’ve really learned everything as I go along. It's been a tough struggle at times, and I’ve lived outside my comfort zone for the past several years, but it's also been extremely rewarding. It's easy, when I am feeling stressed or frustrated by a new challenge, to forget how far we've come, but then someone will call or email for advice about starting a business. I'll get to talking to that person, and realize I do know a few things after all!

A: As my husband and I were planning our move to the farm in Woodsboro (it belonged to Luke's grandparents and was What is your background? going to be sold, so we decided to take it over), we dreamed A: I have a liberal arts degree in Philosophy and Religious about all the "sweet" things we would do with the land, and how "sweet" the farm was going to be someday. So when we Studies, so not too much crossover there! Before I moved to arrived, "The Sweet Farm" was the obvious choice for a name. Maryland, I worked several odd jobs, such as at an organic vegetable farm, a brewery, a winery, an apple orchard and What makes your business stand out? cider house, a paper maker. I worked side by side with many A: The educational component of our business really sets us small business owners, shared in their struggles and joys, apart. Even though we make sauerkraut and pickles for a livand gained so much respect for them. This was before I ing, we are passionate about empowering and educating peo- even thought about starting a business, so I got an education ple to make their own fermented foods at home. Fermenting without even realizing it! was a dying art until very recently, the more people who know What is it like to work for you? the process, the longer we preserve this ancient technique. A: A bit of a rollercoaster! We're small enough still that evWhat is a typical day like? eryone is doing everything. Our production folks might help A: No day is typical here! But I do always get up and have with a weekend event or in store demo, our communications a good breakfast (complete with kraut, of course!) with my manager comes into the kitchen when we're short staffed, husband and son, Max. Then it's either to the office for emails and I might even lure friends behind the counter to help at a and admin stuff, out to our Frederick kitchen for production, or big event, with the promise of a few free jars! No matter what into the car for sales calls, demos, or deliveries. Summers get we're doing though, or how crazy it gets, we always have a a bit hectic—we’re juggling all that, plus markets and festivals good time and get the job done. every weekend!




A: Frederick is such a wonderful community, and we love that The Sweet Farm is based here. There's so much support for local business, both from area residents as well as the local government. There are tons of resources in the county for small businesses and many of them are free. Area business owners are also often willing to talk and share what they've learned. That cooperation and support is invaluable.

What is the best part about what you do? Most challenging? A: I love teaching workshops and talking to people about fermented foods. It's very rewarding to get people excited about fermenting, and then hear how their projects turned out. It's also awesome to hear how people's health has improved by eating fermented foods. On the flip side, my biggest challenge is balancing my business and personal life. With the office upstairs, and a million ideas and to-do list items running through my head all the time, it's easy to work just one more hour, or work on Sunday.

Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? A: This next year is about focused growth and development. We've got some exciting plans in the works, and we look forward to seeing them come to fruition. One long-term goal is to move our production to the farm in the next few years. There's a lot of licensing and planning that goes into that, but it's slowly in the works.

pickle trends, older folks who are reminded of their grandmother's kraut‌ We even have tons of converts who didn't like kraut before they tried ours!

What is the single most critical talent you possess in your role as a business owner? A: I joke that my biggest strength is being able to look like I have it all together! In fact, a pretty common phrase among small business owners is "fake it 'til you make it," and there's certainly some truth to it. Running a small business and juggling all those roles can be chaotic. Being able to filter all that background noise and action into an organized and calm presentation to the public is an unrecognized skill lots of small business owners possess in spades!

When you're not running your business, what are you doing? A: What do I do when I'm not running my business? I guess I'm not supposed to say, thinking about running my business! I admit, I am a bit of a workaholic, and it's on my mind a lot! I also spend as much time as possible with Max and Luke. We have a lot of friends and family in the area, so we're fairly social as well. I love reading, cooking, and getting outdoors for hikes and walks.

What matters most to you in your business?

Can you describe your customers?

A: The most important part of The Sweet Farm is our customers. We pride ourselves in having really great customer service, and making our customers feel special. We feel honored that people choose our products to put on their table and feed their families, so we try our best to convey that gratitude in everything we do.

A: With the growing interest in gut health and fermented foods, our customers run the gamut: moms trying to feed their families healthy foods, millennials jumping on the kimchi and

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TO TRAVEL By Jackie Lamothe

Jackie Lamothe, a travel expert, is the founder and owner of Circa Travel. After spending a college semester in Florence and Rome she remains a passionate Italophile. Jackie has been returning ever since, and happily sending and accompanying hundreds of people to Italy. She makes her home in Frederick’s Historic District.

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girl's guide Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, said it beautifully, “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” Travel is a small word used to describe a plethora of experiences. For the sake of this article, I shall define travel as journeying from one place to another, usually for enjoyment (OK, I added the last part). As a well-traveled woman, I am astounded to hear an adult say “I have never left my home state,” or ventured far from the mid atlantic area. As a travel advisor, I find great joy assisting clients in the creation and execution of their dream vacations, however far or near. I have sent people all over the world, and like Michael Palin I plan to be happily infected until the day I leave this earth. Let’s have a looksy at some travel tips you may find useful as you plan your big vacation.

1 Why are you traveling? Is this a BIG bucket list trip, a business trip, an annual family visit? Even if it’s a business or family trip, why not add an excursion just for your? Maybe you love walking in nature? Look for parks to discover wherever you are headed. Are you a knitter? Perhaps there is a 50 year old shop in town with yarns from around the world. Research your destination on google, trip advisor, youtube, or for additional trip ideas—you’ll be surprised at what you find. Try to squeeze in an activity just for YOU.

2 When are you traveling? Set firm dates. I know this seems pretty basic, but the truth is, you can’t get real pricing unless you have exact dates of travel. Pricing and availability are greatly affected by dates.

3 Will you need a passport, and is yours up to date?

Beware, many popular destinations now require at least 6 months remaining on your passport to gain entry. Be sure yours is up to date at all times. Your inner jet setter is dying to get out, so it's always good to be prepared! Go ahead and hop on that jet, Sass girl!

4 How much do you want to spend? Set a realistic budget. I know, I know—everyone hates this part, but believe me it’s no fun getting a whopper of a credit card bill the month after you return from that glorious European vacation. Why not pre-pay as much as you can before you even depart?

5 What are you going

to pack? Make a packing list the week before you depart. For me, making this list adds to the joyful anticipation of the trip. I always start with a favorite piece of clothing or an accessory and build from there. To avoid looking wrinkled and rumbled on your vacation leave the actual packing to the night before (See page 14 for packing tips).

6 Do you need some help? Strongly consider these last 2 tips: A) Use the services of a professional travel advisor and B) purchase travel insurance. Both can save you time and hassle. Truly. With the current instability in certain parts of the world, it’s a really good idea to get “cancel for any reason” insurance. Best tip of all is to get out and explore. Even in our beautiful state of Maryland there is so much to see and do. What are you waiting for? Start packing!

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A Girl’s Guide

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By Jackie Lamothe

As a travel professional, I give travel talks and packing presentations to civic, networking, and women’s groups. I usually ask the audience “who here LOVES to pack for a trip?” Typically audiences respond with groans and a barrage of “EW”s. For me, packing is the beginning of the adventure. Here are my favorite packing tips—some you will find very useful, one you may not like a single bit, but you should still at least consider it! No, not the movie, although I love it and still cry every time. I’m talking about a travel notebook. I’ve kept a notebook among my bedside books for years. As soon as I plan a trip, I note it in the book with travel dates and an outline of each day's activities. I then design an outfit for each day. I also keep a space for the “must haves” that go with me on every trip like chargers, favorite accessories and medications. I can tell you EXACTLY what I packed for my first river cruise in 2014.

4 Bag or Belt: The great debate when you're consider-

2 Roll or Fold: Totally a matter of personal preference.

It’s usually the first thing that goes on my must haves list. It serves so many purposes—decorative, corrective (Oh dear, did I spill red wine on my top?), for warmth, or a pillow on a plane. Find a good quality scarf and it will become your favorite travel companion.

1 The Notebook:

I'm a roll AND fold lady myself. Here’s how I typically pack a bag: shoes first (always be sure they are filled with small items like jewelry and chargers); pants—rolled and I rarely bring more than two pair; packing cubes (see below); and scarves. Tip: scarves are a girl’s best travel friend; they can really enlarge your wardrobe options and keep you from packing five tops when 2-3 will do.

3 Packing Cubes. The greatest travel invention since the rolling bag! Made of a mesh material and sold in sets of 3, cubes are used to separate and organize your clothes. I use one for tees & shells and one for undies & socks (haven’t figured out a good enough use for the third). I then put my folded scarves on top of everything before closing the bag.

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ing where to carry your wallet and funds. Some like a money belt or a fanny pack. No thanks! I have enough around my middle without adding a money belt. And fanny packs are… fanny packs. Enough said. I greatly prefer a cross-body bag of nylon, so I have hands free for photo taking and eating a gelato. Kate Space, Baggallini and LeSportsac are my go to companies for great cross body bags.

5 Shawl it: I never travel without at least one shawl.

6 Less is More: The night before you leave, cut at least a third of the items on your list. You don’t need them! (Especially shoes since they are what takes up the most space in your baggage.)

7 The Lift Test: If you can’t lift your suitcase over your head without assistance—even if you’ll be checking your luggage—you have DEFINITELY over packed. Take a deep breath and refer back to tip #6, your back will thank you!

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Kelly Fiore-Stultz began her writing career at the tender age of six when her short story “The Peach Tooth” was included in the Kemptown Elementary School first grade newsletter. While she has since moved on to such publishing giants as Penguin and HarperTeen, author Fiore-Stultz remains friendly, down-to-earth and charming. Kelly is a Frederick county girl who graduated from Linganore High School before attending Salisbury University. She later received an MFA in poetry from West Virginia University and now teaches at Shepherd University. Fiore-Stultz began her adult career as a poet, earning the Maryland State Arts Council 2005 and 2009 Artist Award, and publications in various literary journals. She found work writing as a government contractor and then settled into a ten year stint as a high school english teacher, where she found herself intrigued and inspired by the excitement of young adulthood. During this time Kelly became a mother, wrote her first work of fiction and later fell in love and married a former high school classmate. She admits her life (and love) story is “something out of the movies,” juicy and full of surprises, with a happy ending. After giving birth to her son, Kelly struggled with postpartum depression and found writing (this time fiction) to be an act that instilled joy to her heart and mind, while ultimately bringing her back to life. After six months of writing she finished her first Young Adult (YA) novel and had an agent shopping publishers. In 2013 her first YA novel, Taste Test, was published by Bloomsbury USA, and Fiore-Stultz, the little girl from Frederick County, exploded into the publishing world. She followed up her debut novel with Just Like the Movies a mere twelve months later. She has been lauded for

creating engaging plots and characters that are both enchanting and identifiably realistic to YA and adult readers alike. Her latest release, Thicker Than Water, is a darker novel inspired by experiences from her own life and her brother’s struggle with addiction. A Booklist review found the novel, “Gritty but never melodramatic, it explores tough choices, the price of forgiveness, and the lengths we will go for family.” While Kelly began writing for YA audiences she has also ventured into the world of romance, garnering success as a romance novelist under the sassy pseudonym Annie Kelly. Fiore-Stultz explains “writing romance is almost as good as the real thing. (Almost).” Sizzlers like After Tonight are available through ebook providers, download a copy for some steamy summer beach reading! Fiore-Stultz works hard and writes fast. In fact, she never stops writing. She eventually and courageously left teaching to pursue a career as a full time author. Her days now are filled with writing, and the endless business of writing, alongside roles as mom, wife, friend, educator and mentor. Her most recent accomplishment, and an item on her “author bucket list,” is the addition of her novel, Just Like the Movies, to the September 2016 Scholastic Book Fair! Look for her work in your kiddo’s school library this fall! Kelly continues to work tirelessly to pursue a dream that began long ago at Kemptown Elementary School. We think she is doing a kick ass job and are proud to call her our summer 2016 Woman to Watch!

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woman to watch 1.Tell me a little about yourself.

My real, legal name is Kelly Stultz, but I’ve got a lot of names—I write young adult novels under the name Kelly Fiore or Kelly Fiore-Stultz and romance novels under the name Annie Kelly (an inversion of my first and middle names.) When I’m not writing, I teach at Shepherd University and fill my weekends with “kid-mmitments.” I’m married with three children—my son and my two step-daughters—and they’re all involved in different activities, so most evenings and weekends have us running from cheerleading to tumbling to cub scouts and back again. It’s a crazy life but I consider myself profoundly lucky to live it.

2. How did you get to where you are today?

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I worked really, really hard. I wrote for years without publication as a poet, then switched to fiction and wrote even more. I queried 60 agents before finding my first one, only to ultimately switch agents just as my career was taking off. I write fast and often. I take criticism well. I love to edit. I am a hard worker. I’ve written three books this year already and I’ll finish at least two more before the end of 2016. This is the business of creation. It’s not the creative work itself, but the business model, for sure. I’ve learned to roll with punches. I’ve learned to reinvent myself. I’ve learned that I am not my best self when I’m not writing. So I write and I write and I raise a family and I clean toilets and I take the dog to the vet and then I write some more. It’s the job I chose and it’s the most brutal, most beautiful thing I’ve ever been a part of.

woman to watch 3. Describe your typical work day. Do you have any specific “writer quirks” that must be met? Assuming I’m on a deadline or working on something with specific goals in mind, I always aim to write a certain number of words every day—usually between 1000-3000. I will get those words written in between car pools and classes, during cheer practice or while I’m cooking dinner, but I make time for those words. I try to focus on getting the book written and not on the end product. I try to devote a chunk of time to social media or blogging or reader emails or whatever the “business” of the day involves. But, really, every day is different. That’s the joy and the curse of being an author.

4. How did you establish your authorial voice and why did you chose to write for young adult readers? I write for young adults (age 13-18 essentially) because I believe that their window of time is the most exciting, momentum-driven period in life. All of the “firsts” that teens get to experience are so exciting and fun and heart breaking and hard and scary and dramatic. I respect and admire what teenagers manage to pull through in order to reach adulthood. I still understand them, I think, better than I understand other age groups. And I love re-capturing moments that feel timeless in any era—first kisses, first love, and the first time you figure out just how impossibly hard all of this life stuff really is.

5. How do you create your characters? Are any inspired by the people around you? I taught high school for ten years, so I would say that my high school teaching experience has had a significant impact in young adult character development. I moved into writing romance just as my now-husband and I started dating, so I’d be lying if I didn’t say there are major elements of my male protagonists that remind me of him. I do have a few characters that are reflections of people I know or have known in terms of their way of speaking or their approach to life, but almost all of my characters are jigsaw puzzles. Somehow, I’ve managed to take my teen self and what I know of teens today and create characters that are relatable—at least on their best days. Some of that is out of my control, actually. Some of that is the work of the character —the “big magic” part, as Liz Gilbert would say.

6. What are three pieces of advice you could give to Sass readers? 1) C elebrate every victory, big or small. This is advice I really need to take myself. I have a tendency to minimize the exciting things that happen in my life. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to go out to dinner every time a book comes out or buy a cute pair of boots when I have some sort of writing success. I’m not one to self-congratulate—I’m much more in the “What’s next?” camp. But I know that if I forget to stop and be grateful, I’ll regret it. I think you will, too. So celebrate all your victories! 2) A lways be five minutes early. I’ve been in a lot of fields— corporate, entertainment, education—and every single one of them values punctuality as a tenet of it’s internal faith. More than that, being early gives you opportunities that don’t always befall those who run perpetually late. We live in a world where you are judged by your promptness and I make an effort to be on time or early to every event I’m involved in, big or small. It shows effort and investment— something people really value. 3) D ecide what is more important to you RIGHT NOW—money or time—and then live your life accordingly. This is a cycle— there is no definitive decision. In my life, I’ve gone through periods where I’d rather forgo extra cash and work part time, focusing on my writing over my economic advantages. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve found myself wanting to have more cash to complete life goals or pay debt or whatever, and then writing creatively isn’t always my main concern. This is a fluctuating life choice, so you’ll make it over and over again, but it is a constant struggle and one you need to be honest with yourself about.

7. What is one sassy saying or quote that inspires you? I have this little wooden block on my dresser with my absolute favorite saying: “She took the leap and built her wings on the way down.” When I decided to write full time, I had no idea if it would be a good bet or a bad investment. There are days when it’s one, or the other, or both. Everything in my life has been a gamble in some sense and most of them have paid off. Even the mistakes. ESPECIALLY the mistakes.

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At the early age of four, Dominique was removed from her home due to child abuse, and raised in the northern Maine foster care system before being adopted as a pre-teen to a family in Baltimore. This adoption didn’t last long. At 17 she moved out on her own following the divorce of her adoptive parents and the death of her adopted mother to cancer. Despite this rocky start, Dominique remained empowered to move forward. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hood College in 2008, and is currently finishing her Master’s Thesis in Literary Theory. Following college, Dominique trekked across southern France and Spain for Camino de Santiago and has traveled extensively since. Dominique spent thirteen years working for nonprofits and gained political experience in the areas of at-risk youth, counseling, and human rights advocacy. She has worked tirelessly as 22 SASS magazine |

a case manager for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and with other area nonprofits such as the PAL Program, a local runaway shelter, and AmeriCorps VISTA in South Dakota overseeing vocational training for at risk youth from Lakota Reservations and the Sudanese refugee community. Currently, she works as the chief of staff for Maryland State Senator Ronald Young while freelance writing on the side. She serves as president of Young Democrats of Frederick County, communications director for Young Democrats of America – Women’s Caucus, cochair of Foster Care Alumni of America – Maryland Chapter, and as member at large for Slight Light Brunswick Poetry Association, Association of American University Women, the Frederick Chapter of NAACP, the Advisory Board for National Foster Youth Career Development Center, and Young Democrats of Maryland.

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inspire/empower I own my story, my story doesn’t own me. I accept who I am and where I come from and I am not ashamed.

Q: What surprised you?

As I get older, it is foster care alumni that inspire me, that move me, that touch me so deeply I can’t imagine giving up. I could never give up on them. They are the closest thing to family that I know. When I find someone who is part of the 1-3 percent of foster youth who survived and thrived into adulthood, I make room for them in my life. No matter who they are or where they are, they are my family.

Politics has surprised me. I had no idea when I started working for Senator Young as his chief of staff, that I would love policy work so much. I had no idea that working for the Maryland General Assembly would be kind of like working with family.

Q: What was the hardest part of your journey? The hardest part of my journey has been continuing on when the struggle only intensifies. There is a tendency for us as a culture to put endings on experiences, to want the traditional journey narrative with a beginning, climax, resolution, and ending for issues of significance and traumatic experiences. Whether it is adoption, aging out, or marriage, etc. The popular narrative about foster youth is that the story ends when there is a transition from care. That is an incredible lie. The story doesn’t stop. It never stops. It didn’t stop when I was adopted. It didn’t stop when I graduated from college on my own.

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Q: Is there anything you would do differently? No. I don’t believe in regrets. I believe in living fully. Life is finite. Go big or go home.

Q: What was the most important decision you have made along the way? That I was going to do what it takes to survive and I was not going to let myself feel an ounce of shame. I own my story, my story doesn’t own me. I accept who I am and where I come from and I am not ashamed.

Q: What advice would you give foster youth? Foster youth and alumni: Don’t let another person’s perceptions define you. You have to learn that you are not a case or a project. You are a person. Your foster

parents, bosses, teachers, case managers, therapists, do not define you. Learn to use your anger for fuel, fight for a better life. You are uniquely equipped with an arsenal of compassion, empathy, and perception most demographics cannot understand. There is a bright, beautiful, and vibrant world out there and you deserve to see it. Please love yourself. You don’t need permission to live your life— to live your grandest life. You survived so much and you didn’t get up today to be mediocre or to compromise.

Q: What is next for you? I am going to join the National Guard Reserves so I can serve my country, gain some more professional skills, learn a few languages, and transition to some federal positions I have my eye on. I am going to one day be a rock star foster parent. Life, for all it entails, is the most beautiful gift imaginable and it is our responsibility to ourselves to live it fully. That’s what I will be doing. That and having epic adventures. Go big or go home.

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Table The last thing I’d expect to be doing on a Saturday morning is picking chicken bones out of potting soil. It’s not that I have anything against getting my hands dirty, but on weekends my fingers are normally wrapped around a coffee mug or turning the pages of a novel…

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I was browsing the Common Market’s website in early April when I saw a notice for an upcoming “crop mob.” A crop mob is a group of volunteers who gather to pitch in around a local farm. Something compelled me to sign up, and a few days later I found myself bumping along the gravel driveway of House in the Woods farm in Adamstown, where my introduction to the concept of farm to table began. I received a warm welcome from Ilene Freedman, who owns the farm with her husband Phil. Freedman splits volunteers (ranging from kids to adults) into groups to make potting mix for seedlings. The Freedman's sell their heirloom and red tomatoes at the Common Market. They also have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. It’s clear Freedman loves schooling community members about where their food originates. “When people come to the farm they experience the food directly — sometimes it’s been harvested the day they pick it up. They’re amazed at how vibrant fresh food is,” she said. “It’s exciting! You’re not just eating locally grown food, but you’re connecting to where it comes from and how it gets to your table.” The farm to table movement is a popular trend across the country, and here in Frederick there are dozens of ways to connect to local products. Take the Wine Kitchen on the

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Creek, for instance. The downtown Frederick restaurant sources their beef from Roseda Farm outside of Baltimore, and their wine and spirits list features many local orchards and distilleries (try the local wine flight, which features only Maryland wineries). “In our minds, it’s a bit of a waste to ship something all the way across an ocean when there are good local products here,” John McCain, general manager, said. “It helps the local economy, plus we’re proud of what we [feature].” You can even connect to a local farm, orchard or apiary when sipping a beer at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. “There’s an old saying ‘God makes wine and brewers make beer,’ because wine is so dependant on mother nature,” Erin Weston, Senior Director of Communications, said. “But beer is just as much of an agricultural product. We want the best quality ingredients for our beers.” Each fall Flying Dog releases a harvest ale called “Secret Stash,” which features ingredients from several local farms. The head brewer was once inspired by a berry harvested by Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson and created a limited

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The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Clean Fifteen™ lists produce least likely to hold pesticide residues. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, updated every year since 2004, ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 35,200 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Every day, consumers rely on EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ to help make the best choices for their families and reduce their exposure to toxic pesticides. Since EWG first launched the Shopper’s Guide, it has received tens of millions of website visits, been covered in top publications and touted by healthy living experts. * A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.

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edition Aronia Belgian Ale. The staff is currently working with the Frederick Beekeepers Association for an upcoming “Bee Beer” that will come out in late September. Miriam Nasuti, of Leesburg, was inspired to start buying local products (particularly meat) after watching “Food Inc.,” a documentary that exposes how our food is produced in often unsettling conditions. Watching the film “completely changed how our family ate,” Nasuti said. Each year her family now purchases half of a cow from a local farmer, as well as a CSA (they try a new farm each year). Like Freedman, Nasuti’s excitement for eating local products is obvious when she speaks. “It’s a no brainer—doesn’t it feel better to purchase farm products grown three miles away rather than 3,000 miles? I don’t even think twice that I’ve spent a little bit more money,” she said. According to Zoe Brittain, the Education Specialist at the Common Market, the benefits of eating local outweigh the cost. “The farm to table movement is not necessarily to pay the cheapest price—it’s the way to get the best quality food and to support the farmers in your area,” she said.

Plus, Brittain adds, buying local is not only better for your health and local economy, but for the environment as well. “Your [local] farmland is by and large your water recycling [and] your water purifying — it’s a carbon sink. It’s a provider of habitat for wildlife [and] where the ecosystem is continuing to be a working system,” she said. After participating in the crop mob at House in the Woods farm, I now know a pair of local farmers, I’ve seen how and where they grow their produce and I know where I can buy them. I’ve seen Freedman’s pleasure in tearing off a bunch of kale to hand to me as a parting gift for volunteering, and, like all of my new friends promised, I tasted the difference. This summer as you choose which restaurant to try, consider one that supports the farm to table movement. Drive past your typical supermarket and instead mosey into the Common Market or experience a local farmer’s market and create your own farm-to-table meals. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Laura is an interior decorator and freelance writer in Frederick. She loves reading memoirs, cooking curries and exploring new places. Her most unique travel experiences include sledding in the Alps, getting engaged in London and being stared at in a Korean spa in Seoul.

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Feature “You don’t want to ride with me!” jokes Kristine Yaroschuk, a Civilian Helicopter Pilot for the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack. Not because she isn’t highly experienced—she had nearly four years of “blade time” before joining the force—but because most of us hope not to find ourselves on our way to Shock Trauma inside Yaroschuk’s “ambulance in the sky.”

If you do experience an emergency, Maryland has a network of highly-trained professionals like Yaroschuk who can be on the scene within minutes. “Certified First Responder” is a general term for those designated and trained to respond in a fire, safety, or medical emergency but training can be highly specific depending on the role. It’s also a career field seeing more and more women signing up to serve and protect their communities. Katie Kent is a firefighter and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) in Howard County and she always arrives an hour before her shift begins to prepare for the day or night ahead. “The station runs over 3,000 calls a year,” she says, which aren’t just for fighting fires but all

manner of rescues including water and active shooter situations. “The term ‘firefighting’ does not capture the complexity of the job. It’s not only physically demanding, it’s mentally challenging. You do not have time to look up what to do, you must know every aspect of this job back and front.” Many First Responders work twelve hour shifts that run around the clock. “Always ready, day or night,” says Yaroschuk whose typical shift might include an airlift to Shock Trauma, a search-and-rescue in mountainous territory, or assisting local law enforcement with aerial tracking. Both Yaroschuk and Kent will tell you that emergencies don’t break for holidays, and neither do they.

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“Sometimes I miss family gatherings or special events and holidays,” says Kent who has an eight-month old at home. “But they all know it’s part of the job.” First Responder teams are traditionally (and still majority) male but more and more women are entering the ranks and proving they can excel. Yaroschuk is the first female helicopter pilot for the Maryland Police and works closely with a rotating team that may include only one or two other women. “I am sister, mother, friend, and equal,” she states though admits that anyone can have biases without realizing it. Due to the strength and stamina required in firefighting, Firefighter Kent strives to “stay ahead of the game physically and mentally.” Everyone is challenged at first though “it’s not about gender or because you’re short or tall, it’s because you are new and your shift mates want to see your abilities.” Being a First Responder is not only about physical requirements. There is a service component which, for many, is the most rewarding part of the job. “It’s not just about ‘arresting the bad guys’,” says Officer First Class Sara Evans of Frederick. “We wear many hats. A relationship counselor, a role model to kids, a friendly face who’s always available

to answer questions, a liaison for the community, etc.” The hardest part of her job, she says, is remaining level-headed and calm in tense situations but this is outweighed by duties beyond law enforcement. According to its Annual Reports, Maryland State Police consistently has “the highest rate of hiring for minority officers including African American and female candidates” when compared with neighboring states. Currently, 7 percent of sworn Maryland Officers are female, a statistic the state wants to raise to be more representative of the area it serves. On a national level, the US Department of Labor reports that females account for 25 percent of all EMTs and paramedics, 12 percent of police officers, and five percent of firefighters. The Department notes that “the gap between male and female earnings [...] is much smaller than is typically seen in the labor force as a whole,” so while females are in the minority they’re making a similar living to their male co-workers. It’s also a field always in need: Maryland State Police is dedicated to hiring 100 Troopers a year with “the more qualified women, the better,” according to Personnel Commander Major Dalaine Brady.

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2016 also saw Maryland’s first female Trooper of the Year award recipient, Trooper First Class Casey Ruth of the Leonardtown Barrack. If the award is any indication, women are not only finding successful careers as First Responders but excelling and receiving recognition for their efforts. “I just want all females to know that we are just as capable of making history in any male-dominated profession,” says Trooper Ruth. “Anything is possible. It starts with a dream or a goal accompanied by the right attitude, a driven work ethic, and a solid support system.” What all of these women have in common: they really love their jobs and many had an early calling. “If you ask me, I have the best job in the world!” says Kent who was inspired by her

mother, a nurse for over 30 years. Evans credits a visit from an officer as part of her school’s D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in the fifth grade as inspiration. “All of us looked up to him—he was a hero in our eyes.” Yaroshuk’s career realization came when seeing someone airlifted off of a mountain after an accident. “I love what I get to do,” Yaroschuk says. Her career advice is simply to be the best you can possibly be at whatever you do and keep getting better. “Every day is precious. Folks going about their normal day could have one moment that changes everything,” she concludes. And if and when this does happen, these First Responders will be there—always ready, day or night.

Lindsay Smith Rogers Lindsay Smith Rogers is a freelance writer and Communications professional in Baltimore City. She loves running, reading, cooking, and traveling. She spent the last two years living in the Middle East but is happy to be back in Charm City with her husband. You can follow their adventures at

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If there's one thing I've learned from working with woman it's that EVERYONE has trouble finding clothes that perfectly fit their bodies. While each woman’s struggle is different, most women will blame their bodies rather than the badly cut shirt or unflattering pant thrown on the dressing room floor. I often see beautiful, personable women tearing down their bodies and shredding their self esteem. This is disheartening to say the least. It kills me to hear women commiserate about body “issues� that, honestly, are all in their heads! The leap from hating to loving your body does not magically occur overnight. Instead, it's about making small changes that lead to a whole new outlook. The first change is to find pieces that fit your body as it is now. Not when you lose 20 pounds or when you suddenly become 5 inches taller. Look for pieces that flatter your frame, no matter the size they are marked. I find that women tend to try and hide in oversized pieces to cover their problem areas. There is no more hiding ladies, it's time to proudly embrace your glorious, magnificent self! We found four stunning, REAL women with REAL bodies who feel the struggle when dressing every morning. These women prove that no matter your size, height or curves you can look amazing in your own skin.

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Alli (Petite) Proportion is key! Stick to pieces with a higher waist to give yourself more length.

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Don’t be afraid of prints and patterns! Your main focus should be on the fit of the piece. Once you have something that fits your body, play it up with a fun pattern!

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Kady (Tall) Watch your hemlines. Pick pieces with extra length so your clothes don't look like they were accidentally shrunk in the wash! Don’t be afraid of heels! While Kady has the luxury of not wearing heels, a good pair of comfortable heels not only make her long legs look even longer, but they also show the confidence she has in her height.

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Category fashion feature header Chloe & Jenna (Curvy Divas) Don’t be afraid to show off your curves! Pick pieces that fit the smallest part of your body. A thick waist band brings attention to your tiny waist and makes your legs look like they go on for miles! Ask yourself “does this bring me joy?” Look for pieces that make you feel amazing every time you wear them. Don’t be afraid to sparkle and shine! Color, sparkle and prints give your wardrobe depth and personality.


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TREND ALERT! OFF THE S H O U LD E R T O P S This sexy and fun trend will show off a part of your body you might not consider sexy at all—your shoulders! But trust us, this style is what you've been dreaming of, and the flirtiest piece of the summer. Get ready to bare your sun-kissed arms and shoulders with these playful styles!

1 A shoulder slit is the perfect way to work this trend without showing too much skin.

2 Worried about a bra? Pair this style with a lacey bralette!

Feel daring? Rock a style that is cropped and wear with a high waisted bottom!

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Dry Shampoo: Summer sweat is no bueno for your locks. If you listen to your hair stylist and wash only 1-2 times a week, you may already be familiar with dry shampoos. They come in sprays, but I much prefer the powders. Most powders have a cornstarch or baking soda consistency and when applied to roots absorb oil and add great volume. A good dry shampoo is a necessity for beach life, when the ocean is your shower. Mane Tip: You can keep that tousled mermaid mane going long after you’ve returned from your holiday. Apply dry shampoo as directed then spritz hair with a salt spray to add texture. I prefer pink Himalayan salt, which actually binds moisture to the hair and won’t dry it out.

Face Wipes: Sunblock: Experts have recently discovered that 20 minutes of sun per day is a great way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, however if you’re outside basking in the rays for an extended period of time you’ll need sunscreen. If you’re the outdoorsy type or a self proclaimed beach bum like myself, sun protection must be habitually reapplied every few hours and each time you get out of the water. BEWARE, not all sunscreens are equal. Here are three ingredients to avoid when shopping for your sunscreen this summer. Oxybenzone: This chemical sunscreen penetrates deep into the skin protecting the deepest layers. Studies have shown it can disrupt the endocrine system and in many people this leads to allergic reactions presented as an itchy rash or even hives. Parabens: Found in almost all generic beauty products, these preservatives have been shown to cause cancer. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ and soaks everything in like a sponge. Fragrance: Sure you may smell like a coconut and feel like a Hawaiian Tropic model, but added fragrance isn’t necessary. Not only do many people have allergic reactions to them, they can also disrupt the endocrine system. Drinking a nice coconut flavored beverage just might be your best bet! Tip: Studies have shown that boosting your sunscreen with an anti-oxidant can increase its potency by up to 20%. My favorites are antioxidant rich face oils that can be worn under the sunscreen or mixed in before application.

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The "lazy girl's cleanser," they're one of my favorite beauty inventions of all time and are especially helpful in the summer! If you invest in good wipes they cleanse, refresh and moisturize all in one step. By removing sweat and oil from the face during warmer months you’ll reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin, therefore reducing breakouts. Face wipes are perfect after any beach activity—running, yoga, swimming, laying out—ahhhh, the beach! “Lazy Girl Tip”: Avoid the ouch! Stay away from any face wipes with glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids or Vitamin C. These ingredients in any beauty product make your skin much more sun sensitive, leading to quick and painful sunburns.

Cucumber H2O: I will NEVER stop preaching about water. It is not only life-sustaining, but also essential for great skin. Adding sliced cucumber only enhances water’s benefits by keeping you hydrated, flushing out toxins and delivering skin-friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon H2O Tip: If you are interested in the Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet in particular, you’ll find that cucumber is a food to be eaten in the summer, it fights heat both inside and outside of the body to cool us down. Sip some cucumber water and you’ll literally be as cool as a cucumber.

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TRAVEL In the DMV, when someone mentions the beach most of us immediately picture the eastern shore with its miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay.

But for those of us in Western Maryland, or West Virginia, planning a one-day excursion to the eastern shore can be a bit of a hike for some sun and sand. Back in the day, my family’s getaways consisted of packing the beach gear into our 1970’s blue and wood paneled station wagon and cruising down to Lake Caroline, a beach community in Virginia. Day-trips were easy because it was a much shorter drive. Still, our anticipation to get there probably drove our parents crazy. We couldn’t wait to see the “Lake Caroline” sign along the side of the road. At that point, it was just a matter of minutes before we would jump out of the car, run onto the beach, and straight into the water. Sunny memories my siblings and I will never forget. My twin sister, Terri and I now have families of our own. Our kids are like brothers to each other. During the summer months, we brainstorm ideas for keeping our boys active. We fondly remember the joy of long summer days hanging out on the beach, eating packed lunches and swimming to our heart's content. We now strive to create those same memorable experiences for our own children. Living in Frederick County, Maryland, we’re extremely lucky to have lakes with beaches nearby. But really, no matter where you live, you’re bound to find a lake with a beach worthy of a day-trip. How? Two words: State Parks. There are 7,804 State Parks in the United States. can help you find a state park near you. While you’re there, download free apps, read up on the history of each park, skim featured articles, and even become a State Park Ambassador.

In Maryland, the State Park entry fee per person is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is free for visitors with a Golden Age Pass, a DNR Universal Disability Pass and for children in car seats. Amenities abound with nature centers, visitor centers, beach lifeguards, boat rentals, concession stands, picnic areas and tables, grills, playgrounds, lakefront gazebo rentals, restrooms, campsites, and hiking trails. Hours are morning to sunset and adhere to a limited capacity policy. Once a park is filled, any additional visitors will be turned away. So make sure to get there early and claim your spot! Greenbrier State Park, in Boonsboro, Maryland, is nestled among the Appalachian Mountains. This park has a 42-acre lake and a 1,000-foot sandy beach awaiting summer day-trip visitors. In Thurmont, Maryland among the beautiful Catoctin Mountains, is Cunningham Falls State Park. A beautiful white sandy beach sits beside the 43-acre manmade Hunting Creek Lake, beckoning beachgoers to spend the day. For us, part of the fun of a day-trip is exploring the world outside of town and checking out something new. So, don't be afraid to venture out of the area either! Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland sits on the northwestern shore of the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay. South Beach offers visitors a place to set up for the day and enjoy the breathtaking, scenic water views while getting that true beach experience. You’ll be surprised by how big the waves actually get.

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TRAVEL We’re lucky to live in an area surrounded by State Parks, the opportunities for loading up the kids in the family truckster and taking a day-trip to the beach are plentiful. Another beautiful place to go is Cowans Gap State Park in Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania. This park has a 500 foot sand beach to park your flip flops and set up your blanket along the 42acre Cowans Gap Lake. If you get tired of swimming, rent a paddle, row boat or kayak and venture a bit further into the waters. Pine Grove Furnace State Park is located in Gardners, Pennsylvania. This park has two mountain lakes: 1.7-acre Fuller Lake & 25-acre Laurel Lake, each with its own sandy beach to claim your

spot and go for a swim. After you’ve walked along the shores, venture off to the famous Appalachian Trail which runs through the park. Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania has a 340-acre lake, Pinchot Lake, with a large beach to satisfy all of your castle-building needs. The lake is large mouth bass designated so bring your fishing rods and cast a line or two. Cacapon Resort State Park is located in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The 6-acre Cacapon Resort State Park Lake has a wide sandy beach to get

that much needed sand-between-yourtoes fix. Cacapon also offers golfing for seasoned players and a golf academy for newbies. No matter which park you decide to visit, be sure to go to their individual website for specific park amenities, fees, and policies. We’re lucky to live in an area surrounded by State Parks, the opportunities for loading up the kids in the family truckster and taking a day-trip to the beach are plentiful. For Terri and I, SUV’s have replaced the old wood paneled station wagon, but the experience remains the same. These day trips are full of fun memories for our kids, just like they were for us when we were young. And as they grow up and start families of their own, they’ll preserve and continue this memorable beach tradition.


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Continuing Education: Smart Career Move or Waste of Time? By Amanda Magoffin

Many of us often wonder if we would benefit from continuing education opportunities, whether it be pursuing a graduate degree, taking a few professional development courses, or simply to pursue our passion as lifelong learners. Lets face it: the world is getting bigger, more complicated, and highly technological. It’s no wonder adults are taking more time to go back to school and continue their education well into their established careers. It is important for women to stay fresh and relevant, regardless of their career path. Women have many options available to them, and schools are creating such diverse program offerings it's difficult to know where to start. While it may seem like a daunting task at first, finding the right program is paramount to your long term success. Course offerings are vast and continually evolving. You could become an industry expert

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and elevate yourself or your small business to the next level; learn to speak with authority, confidence and verve to create an impact at networking and speaking engagements; or learn how to launch the latest marketing techniques for social media. All of these topics and more are at your fingertips, you just have to know where to look! If you’ve been considering this path as a smart (and practical) move, we offer the following resources in the DMV as a jumping point to start your continued education adventure. Keep in mind that as virtual learning becomes more accessible, costs too will decrease.

Career The Mount (Mount St. Mary’s University)

Why You Should Check It Out: Diverse offering of Adult and Graduate Programs. Classes are interactive, with an emphasis on teamwork, presentations, writing, discussion, and debate. Program Snapshot: Offers degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, and Human Services. Undergraduate classes are held on the Frederick Campus in 5 or 8 week sessions, and classes meet once a week, from 6-9:30 p.m. This is great for busy professionals who have limited time and sessions are held year round! Average Cost: Around $490 per credit hour depending on your program of choice.

Shepherd University

Why You Should Check It Out: At Shepherd University their Continuing Education courses have been carefully crafted to enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Whether you seek career advancement or personal enrichment, Shepherd has something for everyone. Be sure to google image search their campus, it is absolutely stunning! Program Snapshot: They offer continuing education to the general public in business math and statistics, economics, law, management, marketing and many other subject areas. Check out their conference calendar for additional one or two day opportunities for learning. Average Cost: Tuition varies (with continuing education courses starting at $49 a unit), and they have a fantastic Net Price Calculator to estimate total costs based on your area of study. Awesome right?!

Frederick Community College (FCC)

Why You Should Check It Out: FCC has a wide variety of programs and classes, all at half the cost of a typical Maryland university/college. For this reason alone you should check out their course catalogue. My personal favorite is the Secrets of Better Photography course offered in their Home & Hobbies department!

Program Snapshot: A vibrant selection of programs, from career training and workforce development to information technology. Plus, they have great offerings for those wanting to learn a new skill or take a few classes with a tremendous amount of flexibility. Average Cost: Very affordable! In-county residents can take classes for just $144 a credit hour and options for in-state and out-of-state residents are very reasonable.

Hagerstown Community College (HCC)

Why You Should Check It Out: The Continuing Education and Business Services Division offers courses for those who may not be seeking a degree, but instead want to upgrade their career skills, get re-certified to maintain a license, start their own business, develop a new hobby, or simply learn something new and interesting. Program Snapshot: A variety of offerings but a huge thumbs up from us on their business administrative course offerings, including (but not limited to): Bookkeeping set-up & clerical support, Cashflow planning and financial analysis, HR planning and policy consultation, market evaluations (including sales forecasting and strategizing!), and manufacturing assistance. Average Cost: A highly affordable program with cost ranging from $150 - $200 per credit hour.

George Mason University

Why You Should Check It Out: George Mason strives for results with five key values: Driven To Serve, Focused On Your Future, Inclusive and Accessible, Making A Difference, and Redefining Excellence. If these values meet your needs, GMU could be the perfect fit for you! Program Snapshot: Convenient, flexible, and affordable, choose from dozens of academic programs available on campus, online, and on-site to further your education. Graduate programs meet the growing demand of professionals who wish to pursue advanced studies or more effectively serve their industries and communities. Average Cost: Full year graduate programs have an average tuition total of $9,934 based on 9 credit hours per semester. Other flexible options are available upon inquiry.

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Career American University

Why You Should Check It Out: Individuals wishing to continue their education choose American University for numerous reasons. AU offers a world-renowned faculty composed of academics and real world practitioners, an exciting location inside the Nation's Capital, and multiple well-regarded academic programs. American University has graduated more public servants than any other institution of higher education in the nation, and has claimed the title as "most politically active" university in the United States. Program Snapshot: They offer a diverse range of options including but not limited to graduate certificates, individual auditing of summer classes, BA degrees for adult learners, and Master/PhD Programs. Average Cost: Around $1,500 per credit hour depending on your program of choice.

This is just a small sampling of continuing education and graduate programs in the DC/MD/VA area. Plus, learning happens everywhere, you don’t necessarily have sit in a campus classroom to enhance your skills. Many businesses, libraries and community groups offer course work for adults; there are plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom for continued learning well into your adult years. Bottom Line: You shouldn’t stop learning. Ever. Continued growth is key to your career and life successes. Expand your horizons not only for your professional development, but for your personal fulfillment as well. It doesn’t have to be in a traditional classroom, and it doesn’t have to burn a deeper hole into your student debt—the possibilities are limitless. What are you waiting for? Check out the resources in this article or do a google search for a smorgasbord of offerings in your area and begin your journey today! It's never too late.

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Eat to Radiate By Sandie Lynch MS, RDN, LDN, CPT

Energy and Confidence

Women and men alike are captivated by those who radiate confidence. I’m not talking arrogance, but rather an authentic confidence in one’s self. Truly feeling good in your skin. Confidence does not demand a specific size or shape or salary, and is multi-cultural. So, ah, yeah… what does eating have to do with it? Through years of research, scientists have discovered eating healthy foods changes our appearance, how we function and how we feel. Eating a healthy diet, including whole grains, legumes, lean meats and fish, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, and plenty of fruits and vegetables improves our health and energy while preventing chronic disease and lowering our risk for cancer. Fruits and vegetables alone make the biggest impact on our health and longevity, as they are packed with antioxidants which reduce the damage from unstable molecules called free radicals within the body. Free radicals increase inflammation leading to chronic disease, increased risk of cancer, and premature aging. Unfortunately, 87% of adults don’t eat the recommended 1.5 to 2 cups of fruits a day and only 9% eat the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables each day.1 Eating fruits and vegetables not only improves our health but also helps increase our confidence in the following ways.

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1 Weight loss and healthy gut: If you have a desire to drop a few pounds, adding more fruits and vegetables is a great way to get started. They are packed with fiber and water helping us to feel fuller more quickly. Fruits and vegetables also keep our gastrointestinal tract flowing regularly, leading to a healthy gut and a flatter stomach due to slow motility. Fruits and vegetables are great low calorie snacks and help reduce the overall calories of a meal when taking up half of the plate. 2 Protection from the sun: Warm weather means less clothing and more skin exposure. Red pigmented foods such as watermelon, tomatoes, red peppers, pink grapefruit, and red cabbage contain lycopene, an antioxidant shown to protect the skin from UV damage, contributing to the overall maintenance of skin health and appearance.2

health 3 Slows premature aging: Too much sun

5 Improved energy and mood: Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source when engaged in strenuous activity. Fruits are filled with simple carbohydrates and are digested within 30 minutes. They are filled with water to help hydrate. They also contain fiber to slow the absorption of the carbohydrates, which sustains energy over a longer period of time, much longer than soda or juice. Most fruits are great snacks to have on hand for outdoor activities. (No seriously, try a banana; they are easily portable, provide a no mess peel, and contain high 4 Promotes an attractive glow: Often it is amounts of potassium, essential for maintaining believed a suntan gives us a healthy, attractive electrolyte balance during heavy sweating.) glow, but a study led by Dr. Ian Stephen at the Fruits also help increase happy-go-lucky seroUniversity of Nottingham, shows that eating your tonin levels in the brain, a neurotransmitter that fruits and vegetables is more effective. When produces a calming, contented mood. Fruits people are shown pictures of individuals with a are a fantastic way to stay cool and keep your tan, or those who have a carotenoid coloration; a energy up during competitive activities. golden coloring caused by eating fruits and vegBe sure to add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, the individuals with the carotenoid glow were perceived as healthier and more attractive.3 etables to your day to promote optimal health and wellbeing, as well as increase energy to create that confident healthy glow. Have your BEST most CONFIDENT summer yet! exposure contributes to 80% of environmental aging. Vitamin C is an antioxidant necessary in the formation of collagen and elastin, the primary proteins in skin and connective tissue. Eating foods high in Vitamin C helps protect and repair collagen and elastin to slow premature aging due to sun exposure. Food sources include bell peppers, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, kiwi, and citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons.

1. http://www.livescience. com/51500-fruit-vegetable-consumption-united-states.html 2. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Nov;96(5):1179S-84S. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.034819. Epub 2012 Oct 10. 3. E volution and Human Behavior, May 2011, (Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 216-227; Ian D. Stephen, Vinet Coetzee, David I. Perrett. “Carotenoid and melanin pigment coloration affect perceived human health” DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.09.003

Sandie Lynch MS, RDN, LDN, CPT Sandie has 25 years experience as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and Well-being Coach. She is a co-founding coach with Wholistic Woman Retreats and owner of ATP Consultants, LLC where she offers fitness classes and private coaching helping individuals to Attain Top Performance in life, with more power, more peace and more joy every day.

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Growing up, it wasn’t very hard to convince me to eat my vegetables, especially during the growing season. I loved being a member of what my grandmother called “the green bean team.” Garden fresh tomatoes were eaten like apples and raspberries picked right from the bush were my favorite afternoon snack. I know, I was probably something of an outlier as far as children’s eating habits were concerned, so I developed these recipes with the veggie phobic in mind. I’ve snuck some of my favorite seasonal produce into two classic dishes, making it easier for you to enjoy the bounty of our farmer’s markets and please a plethora of palates around the kitchen table.

Succotash Stuffed Shells

6 oz jumbo pasta shells (about 24) 15 oz ricotta cheese 1 C shredded parmesan cheese, divided 1 oz crumbly goat cheese 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 shallots, minced 1 1/2 C corn, fresh off the cob, or thawed from frozen 3/4 C lima beans, if frozen, thawed salt freshly ground black pepper fresh dill fresh parsley

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1 Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a large pot, set water to boil for the pasta. 2 Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until they become fragrant. Add 1 cup of the corn and the lima beans and sauté for 4-6 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Set aside in a bowl to cool. 3 Once the water is boiling add 1 teaspoon salt and the pasta. Cook for 6-8 minutes, just until it is al dente. 4 In a food processor add the ricotta, 3/4 cup parmesan, remaining 1/2 cup corn, 1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley, 1-2 tablespoons fresh dill, 1 teaspoon salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Process until combined. 5 Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and begin to fill the shells. Pinch the shells on the short ends to get them to open up and spoon a few tablespoons of the filling into each. Place them in the baking dish once filled. 6 Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan and goat cheese. Return to the oven for a few more minutes until the cheese has melted a little bit. Serve with a little more black pepper, parsley and dill.

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Succotash, the simple combination of buttery sweet corn and creamy lima beans, is the stuff backyard barbecues are made of. This is my attempt to elevate my favorite summer side to main dish status.


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1 Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray a 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick spray. 2 Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and coconut sugar) in a small mixing bowl. 3 Combine the wet ingredients (honey, vanilla, banana, eggs and greek yogurt) in a large mixing bowl. Stir well then add the dry ingredients and stir again until everything is just combined. Gently fold in the raspberries. 4 Spoon the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

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