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Online shopping may have the benefits of convenience and variety, but consumers should be on alert for counterfeit products that could threaten their health. Recent research from MarkMonitor, which focuses on brand protection, found that more than a quarter of respondents, or 27 percent, unknowingly bought counterfeit goods online, including makeup, skincare, supplements and medication. “The threat of counterfeiters is ever present, affecting both brands and consumers. For brands, it’s all about the loss of revenue, reputation and customer trust. However, when it comes to non-genuine consumer goods such as cosmetics, skincare, sun care and medicines, the consequences for shoppers…

Mary Kay Inc. is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations who are working tirelessly to prevent and end domestic violence and dating abuse nationwide. “We created this program as a way to stand with our community and recognize the unsung heroes working to preventing domestic violence and dating abuse,” said Crayton Webb, vice president of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Mary Kay Inc., in a news release. “For more than 20 years, Mary Kay has been committed to ending domestic violence. We now want to recognize those we stand alongside in this fight.” Nominations are being accepted by 11:59…

David’s Bridal is offering exclusive discounts to brides and their bridesmaids who were affected by the closure of the Alfred Angelo retail stores. These offers are only available before Aug. 14. “While we do not celebrate the closure of a respected competitor, we are honored and fortunate to have the resources and ability to help assist customers impacted by this news,” said Paul Pressler, chairman and chief executive officer of David’s Bridal, in a news release. Brides will be given 30 percent off the current price of all gowns, including current promotions and those marked with clearance prices. Bridesmaids will…

Preparing for a wedding involves not only careful planning but also an eye toward deals. For the second consecutive year, local and national bridal shops are joining the one-day National Bridal Sale Day. On July 15, brides “can walk into any participating bridal salon across the country that day and touch, see and feel what they are purchasing with no surprises” rather than just searching on the Internet, said event creator Sue Maslowski in a news release. Participating stores in Maryland include the following: Annapolis Formal and Tuxedo in Annapolis Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Pikesville Curvaceous Couture in Columbia…

by Heather Vecchioni | Contributing Writer The blue crab: a Maryland delicacy that is easy to eat but potentially difficult to catch. The good news is, if you have a hunkering for the delicious treat you can visit your local crab house to satisfy your craving. However, if you want to take matters into your own hands, you can attempt to catch the crustaceans on your own. Just like in real estate, the most important aspect of crabbing is location, location, location. Finding the perfect place in which to crab can make all the difference between a successful day and…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer Fourth of July weekend is time for food, fun and friends. If you’re spending your holiday outside, you’ll definitely be in need of refreshment and watermelons are thirst-quenching and inexpensive. Here are two watermelon cocktail recipes—one for adults and one for children—that are sure to please. Just to make things easy, both recipes can be made with a simple muddler, a bartender’s tool that smashes and mixes ingredients. No blender or electricity required! Watermelon Crush 2 ounces Ménage à Trois Vodka, chilled 3-4 pieces watermelon, rind removed 1/2 ounce hibiscus syrup, see below 3/4…

by Therese Umerlik and Christa Emmer Looking for something to do this Fourth of July? There’s no shortage of activities in the area. Chesapeake Beach Firework’s Over the Bay. Featuring band Split 2nd, festivities and fireworks at dusk. July 2. 5-9 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Ave. Rain date is July 3. Fireworks Cruise aboard the Miss Lizzy. July 2. 8-10 p.m. Departs from the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock, Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Ave. Cockeysville The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Music and Fireworks Extravaganza. Featuring performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer What’s a crab feast without beer! Maryland has a burgeoning brewery industry producing a large number of craft brews that will go great with all of the crabs you eat this summer. Feed the Monkey Jailbreak Brewing Co. in Laurel Feed the Monkey is a German-style hefeweizen brew with oranges offering just a slight hint of banana and cloves. This light crisp flavor makes it great to consume on a hot day and a welcome distraction to opening crabs. Blood Orange Neon Gypsy DuClaw Brewing Co. in Baltimore If you’re looking for something a…

by Heather Vecchioni | Contributing Writer You might be a Marylander if your first thought when the temperatures rise and the days become longer is crabs. Smothered in Old Bay or other seasoning of your choice, steamed blue crabs are a must-have for parties, weekends and basically, any time or day of the week. Most Marylanders and seafood aficionados agree that blue crabs are far superior to other types. The meat’s sweet taste and soft texture sets them apart from other species of crabs. Their unique flavor is likely due to the different seasons the crabs experience in the Chesapeake…

Whether it’s business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there’s one thing you dread, it’s packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how you can fit it all in. Do you look with envy at savvy jet-setters who seem to navigate airports with ease while only toting a small carry-on? It’s because years of travel experience has taught them some packing tricks that make the process simple. Now you can use these…

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