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If there was a silver lining to quarantine and social distancing, it was a schedule reset. Gone were the four-birthday-party-two-sports-practice-three-game weekends. Gone were the whirlwind flights for two hour business meetings. Gone were the early morning coffee work huddles, lunchtime sweat sessions at the gym, and constant errand list that orchestrated our everyday lives. What emerged for many of us was a rediscovery of nature and the outdoors, especially of the amazing natural gems in our communities. We explored trails we didn’t know existed. Took our yoga classes outside to grassy spaces. Opted for daily walks around the neighborhood or local park. In a sense, green spaces kept us grounded as the world tilted. As we emerge into whatever 2022 holds for us, one thing is for certain: we all need to keep nature as part of our wellness plan. Luckily, Irvine Nature Center realizes how important this is and…

We make a list and check it twice, and have a really easy time finding the perfect gift for some of the adults and kids on the list. But then we get down to the ones who have everything, the ones who don’t want any more “things,” or “she’s easy to buy for but he’s not,” and those kids that you have no idea what they like and want now – what the heck do you get them?

Here are 8 amazing experiences to gift…

Introducing Charmed Holidays 2021: Your Guide to the Holidays in Baltimore and Beyond! We partnered with (cool) progeny to help make their annual holiday guide the best ever!! Inside the digital magazine, you’ll find over 100 pages of stories, gift ideas, holiday events, party inspiration, and more. This year’s guide features more than 40 local mom makers and holiday hacks that will help take the stress off so you can enjoy the merriment with your family. Be inspired by holiday traditions from area families and get ready to make some new ones of your own! Click on the image to open the full-screen magazine.

Horses and horse sports are a traditional and integral part of life in Maryland. We have so many ways to enjoy them – horseback riding, polo, flat track racing, pony races, steeplechasing and timber races – and it’s a great way to get outdoors. Even just a weekend riding around horse country, enjoying the beautiful countryside views of pastures, and fields of hay and grain, is a treat. I often say that so many people spend thousands of dollars to travel to Ireland or England for the scenery, and they actually have it 20 minutes away in any direction outside I695. The women involved in the horse world of Maryland are down to earth, hardworking, energetic, practical, warm, and funny. They share two traits – a no-nonsense streak, that they definitely need to be able to work around 1200-pound animals with quirky minds of their own. And an unconditional, undying…

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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