It always makes me laugh when people ask me if I know how to grill. I mean, I don’t — I leave that to basically everyone else I know who loves to be at the helm while I chop veggies. But that’s not what’s funny. The funny thing is that asking, “Do you know how to grill?” is so broad, because knowing how to grill a steak doesn’t mean you’ve mastered the perfect technique for veggie kebabs. Because, sure, I know how to turn on the grill (unless it’s one of those fancy, complicated ones), and I’m not too shabby…

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Summer came on fast and furiously here in the Washington, DC area — as it always does. And right on schedule, I found myself standing in the produce aisle on my weekly trip to the grocery store drooling over the watermelon stand. Nothing says summer like watermelon. But here’s the funny part … when I was younger, I was so not into watermelon. It wasn’t until an early-September (and very hot and insanely humid) half marathon in 2013 when I was handed a piece of watermelon at the finish and thought to myself “my goodness, where has this deliciousness been…

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Summer is my favorite time of year. It means freedom: road trips, adventures, late nights, and overall, a good time. The stars are kind enough to mark each year with a summer solstice. You may be wondering: What is a solstice and why should I care? Well, we have some answers. What is a Solstice? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, a solstice occurs when a planet’s rotational axis is in either the southern or northern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, our summer solstice is usually on the longest day out of the year, which means more daylight — yay! On…

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I was lucky enough to go to a fantastic summer camp as a kid. My mom, being the savvy lady that she is, negotiated a deal with an all-girls outdoor wilderness camp near Bemidji, Minn., Camp Birchwood. My mom would work as the camp nurse and her four daughters would attend camp for free. I spent my adolescent summers kayaking, hiking, and learning how to backpack in the great Northern Minnesota wilderness. Needless to say, this was exactly what I needed as a teenager. My summers at Camp Birchwood helped me gain confidence, learn how to stay organized, and be…

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Summer is fun. Summer liberates my schedule from all the errands, homework, and worries that the school year brings. Oh, wait. I’m a mom … not a teenager counting down the days until I can sleep in until noon. I’m not my 5-year-old making plans for all the places we will visit during summer vacation. Cancel the liberation. Summer vacation as a mother with a school-aged child takes on a new meaning. Now that I’ve experienced a year with my son in school, I’ve indulged in more availability during my day to do things that normally would take more time…

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