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This week we’re crushing on Mary Alice Monroe — New York Times bestselling author of 27 books and a favorite author of many of our Women’s Daily Post readers! Her Beach House books are set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and against that scenic coastal landscape, she tells the story of the Rutledge family – the bonds between mothers and daughters, tales of class, infidelity and domestic abuse, and of resilience and strength. Summer reads at their best! We have one in our beach bag right now. Mary Alice is also an avid conservationist and she weaves her conservation work into every novel – Bottlenose dolphins, monarch butterflies, shorebirds, and loggerhead sea turtles make important appearances. She is on the South Carolina Aquarium Board Emeritis, The Leatherback Trust, The Pat Conroy Literary Center Honorary Board, Friends of Coastal Carolina and Casting Carolinas Advisory Board. Her website has more information about her conservation…

Leah Eskin, writes the food column, Home of the Range, which runs weekly in the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of a memoir, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum – a book of recipes and the stories that go with them (the names Emergency Cherry Pie and Beach House Spaghetti give hints to the tales.) Leah is a Baltimore resident and happy to do readings, coaching and teaching at book clubs and events if you contact her. She graciously shared her recipe for Sweet Cherry Pie with Women’s Daily Post, just in time to enjoy the local crop of sweet cherries! (top photo Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune) SWEET CHERRY PIE Prep: 1 lazy afternoonBake: 50 minutesMakes: 1 9-inch pie, serves 8 Ingredients Pie pastry (recipe follows)2 pounds (about 5 cups) fresh sweet cherries, pitted¾ cup granulated sugar3 tablespoons cornstarch1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice1 teaspoon…

Our crush this week is Hiba Stancofski! Hiba emigrated to the USA as a young woman escaping civil war in Lebanon and transitioned from an early career in research to teaching beach yoga and mindfulness. Her yoga and mindfulness practices helped her overcome childhood trauma, and she is now using them to help families thrive during the chaos of the pandemic. Tell us a little bit about your background and family I grew up in Lebanon, a beautiful country on the Mediterranean, but left in my early twenties to start a new life in the States after 13 long years of raging civil war. I got my Bachelors degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut, followed by my Masters in Biology from American University, Washington, DC. I then worked in research at Georgetown University, until I moved to Baltimore with my husband, Erik. I worked at the University…

We love when fashion meets function — which is why we’re head over heels for Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud designed its towels to be light, sand-resistant, quick-drying, and soft. (You read that right — skip packing sand and soaking wet towels when you pack-up after a day at the beach). Even better? Sand Cloud is on a mission to help save Marine Life. They are focused on creating the best sustainable products in the world. From packaging to products, everything is designed with sustainability in mind. Their towels are made of 100% cotton, so they are known for being super soft. The cotton actually improves with wear, so a few uses and washes will increase your towels’ comfort. With a variety of designs, you’re sure to find one that fits your personality or hey — matches your favorite suit! You can purchase Sand Cloud towels locally at Karma Fashion Boutique in Lutherville. Want…

Write for the sheer joy of writing! Join Susan Weis-Bohlen and Women’s Daily Post for bi-weekly Summer Salons designed for everyone – whether you are working on a manuscript, an avid journal writer, or someone who hasn’t taken pen to paper since elementary school. Everyone can write — with a bit of encouragement — and thought-generating prompts. Susan can help you find the muse, get the writing muscle moving, quiet the monkey mind that says “you can’t write!”, and find that sweet spot where the words flow. Writing is a form of healing, self-expression, and sharing. Writing with a group you trust creates community. These Salons are based on Gateless Method which helps you access the theta state of mind, allowing you to be fearless and creative. Susan is a certified teacher of the Gateless Method. How Does It Work? We will gather together in a small group and Susan…

Every summer, one of our ‘must visits’ at the beach is Bethany Beach Books. But did you know you can have their favorite books delivered right to your door through their subscriptions service? The Book Drop is a fabulous way to discover new favorite authors — and support an independently-owned bookstore. When you sign up for The Book Drop, you’ll receive a surprise hand-wrapped paperback book once per month. Each month, the store selects their most favorite titles across a handful of genres and send them to readers around the world. It’s not a complete grab bag; you can sign-up for a curated collection! Books to Tea Collection: Historical and Contemporary FictionThis subscription is for readers who enjoy mostly historical fiction with a mix of contemporary and literary fiction. If you enjoyed books like “The Nightingale,” “Where the Crawdads Sing,” “The Orphan Train,” or “The Light Between Oceans,” this is…

Today’s fave is going to have you craving a dose of vitamin sea! Introducing Kristy Wright and her genuine sea glass art and jewelry. All of the unique pieces that are part of her Beachy Keen by KK collection are handmade with genuine sea glass that is from Kristy’s family’s collection. Growing up in New Jersey, Kristy would take annual summer vacations to Lavallette Beach. One of her favorite things to do after a full day in the sun was to look for sea glass and seashells. The pieces used in designs are the way she found them on the beach, as Mother Nature intended. “I love working with my clients on custom orders,” said Kristy. “It’s so sweet to hear the stories behind their requests and find out who the piece is being gifted to. It’s an honor to be a part of those celebrations.” Kristy made sea glass…

Have you tried riding an electric bike? We weren’t sure what the purpose was other than getting out of the hard work on a bike ride — but quickly changed our minds after talking to Becca at Pedego Baltimore County Electric Bikes for a few minutes! The beauty of an electric bike is that it gets you outside and moving and staying active – but it takes away the stress of worrying about whether you can handle a bike tour.  How many would like to go out touring through beautiful countryside but worry about how hard the hills will be, or if the distance is too far for you, or that everyone else will be far ahead and waiting for you to catch up? The Pedal Assist mode solves that – it can be set at different levels and turned on or up when you need it, off when you…

One bright spot in a year of social distancing and meet-ups with friends and family mostly taking place outdoors, is that more people discovered the local parks and trails, “stopped streaming and went to the streams.” If there’s a downside, it’s that a lot of parks and trails are now so crowded, cars are being turned away and many parks are considering a reservations system to limit capacity. When we witnessed a tubing logjam on the Gunpowder Falls and saw a line of cars stalking tubers to grab their parking spots as they left, we knew it was bad. But there’s help. Download the All Trails app on your phone or visit the All Trails website and you will be amazed at how many trails are available for hikes. You’ve probably been driving past trailheads and didn’t notice them. Here are three suggestions. One takes you out of the city…

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