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Nesting Magazine - A Local Resource Guide for Moms Family, Home, Wellness

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    Local Trips for Parents and Kids page 6Dont Get Burned This Summer page 14Why Moms Shouldnt Spit in the Air page 18

  • Family vacations, fi reworks and days at the beach make summer a wonderful time of year. We packed this issue of Nesting with great tips for how you can enjoy a safe and fun summer with your family. Lots of people are changing the way they vacation. Many families are going for local day and weekend trips since theyre both easier on the budget and simpler to pull off, especially with small children. On page 6 Jenn Morson gives us day trip ideas that are fun and easy on the wallet. Speaking of easy, on page 14 Brooke Balderson gets the 411 on summer skin care with simple but essential ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun. And on page 18, in an essay titled Dont Spit in the Air, local author

    Melissa Stanton (The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide) shares timeless wisdom about, she says, the need for us all to be a bit easier on one another. Lastly, when you just cant stand the heat and need to stay out of the kitchen, this months Check it out column by Kathryn Hope provides great suggestions for local, family-friendly eateries that kids and parents will love. Have a great summer!

    Kim OBrien

    P.S. See page 4 for how you can share a tip with us, and win a (beach) handy tote bag.

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    Summer Day-TrippingGet out of town without drivingtoo far or spending too much.

    Summer Skin CareDont let a dangerous sunburn ruin your familys fun in the sun.

    Dont Spit in the AirA mother of three explains why its so important to cut ourselves and other moms some slack.

    10 Handy Uses for a Chip-Clip... other than for bags of chips.

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    Check it out!Family-friendly restaurants.

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    Nesting RPublisher

    Kim OBrien

    Creative DirectorMolly Zlokovitz Design

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    Contributors Brooke Balderson, Terry Cooch

    Kathryn Hope, Jenn Morson Melissa Stanton

    Distribution ManagerKernan Bussiere

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    Recommend a playground, shop, book, moms club, destination, etc. Selected tips will appear in a future issue of Nesting, and each winner will receive our environmentally-friendly ChicoBag shopping tote. Email your wise words to featherpublishing@gmail.com. (Include your name, town and contact information.)

    Cover Photograph by Catherine PeluraPictured: Drake and Scout Mullikin,

    ages 5 and 3, with Nicki

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    As soon as the mercury begins to rise in the

    Nesting area, its time for Ritas ice, crab fests,

    swimming, and sailing. But once school is out and our

    children are home, theyre bored in less time than it takes

    for a popsicle to melt. Annual vacations may be enough

    to satisfy parents, but kids need more frequent, immediate

    xes. These day trip suggestions wont break the

    bank or drain your gas tank.*

    By Jenn Morson

    *For a sense of how far a drive these destinations are, were providing mileage from Annapolis (specifi cally, the Westfi eld Annapolis Mall).

    SummerSummerSummerDay-Tripping

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    As soon as the mercury begins to rise in the

    Nesting area, its time for Ritas ice, crab fests,

    swimming, and sailing. But once school is out and our

    children are home, theyre bored in less time than it takes

    for a popsicle to melt. Annual vacations may be enough

    to satisfy parents, but kids need more frequent, immediate

    xes. These day trip suggestions wont break the

    bank or drain your gas tank.*

    SummerSummerSummerDay-Tripping

  • With waterslides, fountains, waterfalls, a lazy river, and a separate activity pool for very little ones, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park (chesapeakebeach waterpark.com) will keep your kids fully entertained for the day, and ready for a good nights sleep. Food and drinks can be purchased at the concession stand, or you can bring your own and eat at tables outside of the park. (Distance: 27 miles south of Annapolis.) If your children love dinosaurs or just nature in general, Calvert Cliffs State Park (dnr.state.md.us) offers several hiking trails, a recycled-tire playground, and even a large area for fossil hunting. Children will be amazed to learn about prehistoric species that lived in our own backyard, and they can keep the fossils they find. Calvert Cliffs is a pet-friendly park, so long as you clean up after your furry family members. (Distance: 50 miles south of Annapolis.) Although slightly farther away, Cunningham Falls State Park (dnr.state.md.us) has so many activities for families that its well worth the drive. The waterfall is the largest in Maryland, and its accessible to visitors by way of a short path. Although you cant swim in the falls, there are three designated swimming areas in the park. During the summer, you can also bring a boat or rent one at Hunting Creek Lake. Cunningham Falls also offers a Scales and Tales program for groups that teaches important environmental lessons and showcases captive reptiles and birds of prey. This outing is a great way for parents to sneak in a little summer

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    learning. (Distance: 81 miles northwest of Annapolis.) The Plumpton Park Zoo (plumptonparkzoo.org) in Rising Sun is home to 300 animals from more than 80 different species. Kids can learn about monkeys and giraffes as well as alligators and crocodiles in one of the zoos many family-focused learning programs. Animal lovers will enjoy The Summer Safari series, which allows participants to touch the smaller animals. (Distance: 73 miles northeast of Annapolis.)

    Did you know that you can sail the high seas of the Chesapeake Bay aboard a pirate ship? Pirate Adventures of the Chesapeake (chesapeakepirates.com) offers an interactive, role-playing adventure for kids, complete with buried treasure, pirate nicknames, maps, costumes, and face painting. From start to finish, the crew stays in pirate character as they

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    draw kids into the drama of the treasure hunt. The ship is extremely kid-proofed, so parents dont need to worry too much about a tot going overboard. (Location: In Eastport, adjacent to downtown Annapolis.)

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (gettysburg.com) might appeal to parents for its historical value, but kids will enjoy the sprawling battlefi elds that feature cannons and other artifacts of the Civil War. Located less than two hours from the Annapolis area, Gettysburg is also home to several family-friendly activities. All ages can appreciate the Land of Little Horses Farm Park (lando ittlehorses.com), a highly interactive attraction that features demonstrations about such activities as goat milking and grooming the little horses. Another plus: children can pet the horses and other farm animals. Another fun stop in Gettysburg is Boyds Bear Country (boydsbearcountry.com), which is home to the famous Boyds Bears. Attractions include a Bear Museum, a build-your-own bear center, and an adoption agency for newborn teddy bear cubs. A unique feature of Bear Country is a fully-decorated station for each holiday. Christmas in July is indeed happening at Boyds Bear Country, as well as Halloween, Easter, and Valentines Day. (Distance: 80 miles north of Annapolis.) With all of these possibilities within reach, theres no reason for bored kids and cranky parents. Enjoy all our area has to off