Ways to celebrate Shark Week around Maryland

Discovery Channel kicks off its annual Shark Week programming on July 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. . This year marks the 30th anniversary of the successful shark-centric week of programming with appearances by Rob Gronkowski, Shaquille O’Neal, Guy Fieri and more. The entire lineup of “jawsome” programs can be found online at discovery.com. Off the screen, there are many ways you can entertain your inner shark this week around Maryland.

Georgetown Cupcake

Georgetown Cupcake has partnered with Discovery to create special cupcakes just for Shark Week. The special dozen assortment includes Shark Fin Vanilla, Triple Caramel Beach, Chocolate Sunshine, Red Velvet and Valrhona, available at area Georgetown Cupcake stores through July 31, 2018.


Walmart will be offering a plethora of Shark Week themed merchandise including toys, clothing, plush and beach towels. You can also pick up a special 30th anniversary Shark Week DVD.

Glory Days Grill

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Kids can enjoy a special “Shark Attack” drink complete with grenadine “blood” and a plastic shark for just $2.99. The drink is available to all shark lovers at all participating Glory Days Grill locations.

Shark Expedition in Ocean City

Experience these scary beasties up close with a shark week charter in Ocean City.  Fish Finder Adventures offers shark fishing, shark research trips and shark school; an educational tour in which any shark caught is returned to the water. Prices start at $150 per person, visit the website for more detailed information on pricing, dates and charter length.

Mill Creek celebrates grand opening of new home community

New model at Mill Creek in Clarksville.

NV Homes celebrated the opening a new community and new model this past weekend in Clarksville. The Mill Creek community has 22 one acre sites and five single family floor plans ranging from 3,820 to 5,562 square-feet, starting in the high $900’s. Floor plan options include first floor guest suites, bedrooms with en suite baths, 2 to 4 garage bays and finished basements.

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Standard features include first floor hardwood flooring, five-inch baseboards, NEST Learning Thermostats, 9-foot ceilings and oak staircase. Kitchens include a GE stainless steel appliance package, undermount sink, 42 inch maple cabinetry, ceramic tile backsplash and pendant lights. Master baths feature elevated vanities with undermount sinks, ceramic tile flooring and frameless shower door.

Mill Creek has one finished model and is located at 6781 Haviland Mill Road. Lot premiums range from $0 to $100,000 and the model at Haviland is available for purchase with rent back from the builder. For more information contact me! or visit nvhomes.com.

Farmers Markets in and around Howard County

Summer is a great time to enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables Maryland  farmers have to offer.  Here is a list of Howard County farmers markets, organized by days of the week to help you find a market near you. Use this produce guide to up your game and purchase those veggies and fruits at peak season.

Wednesday Markets

Ellicott City – Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., May 9 – Nov. 14


Blue Dyer Distilling Company, Exotic Bean greek Super Foods, Harborque BBQ, Great Harvest Bread, Hensing’s Hilltop Acres, Lewis’ Orchards, Mike’s Gelato, Penn Farm, Real Food Real Tasty, River House Pizza Co., Stone House Cakery & Cafe’, Sugar Thumbs, The Crepe Shoppe, Thistle Rock Farm and  Nursery, TLV Tree Farm.  Check the website for a list of guest vendors.

Saturday Markets

Maple Lawn
Behind McDonald’s
Route 216 at Route 29
Fulton, MD 20759

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 – Nov. 3


Falcon Ridge Farm, Full Circle Farm, MacBride, Gill Falcon Ridge, Ancient Oaks, Sugar Sweet Treats, Let Them Eat Cake ,Greek Olive Oil ,PINKAVA Coffee Co, Sweet Tooth Cupcakes, Tasty Peruvian Cookies, James Scott from Fogo LlO, Batter Up Patisserie, Great Shoals Winery, Buck’s Dough Bakery, Greek Super Foods, Crepe Shoppe and various crafters.

Clarksville Commons
12262 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 12 – Nov. 17


Blue Dyer Distilling Company, Earth First Farm, Hensing’s Hilltop Acres, LLC, Neat Nick Preserves, Not Your Grandma’s Goodies, Pong’s Orchard, Shore to Door Blue Crabs and TLV Tree Farm. Check the website for guest vendors.

Ellicott City Old Town Market
Mt. Ida (Temporary through August)
3691 Sarahs Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Saturdays  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 12 – Oct. 27


Baccarella Farm, Farm Boy Pickles, Breezy Willow Farm, Green Bird Farm, Harborque BBQ, Little French Market, Lisa’s Love, Lots Homestead, Riverhouse Pizza, Rogue Pierogies, Strohmer’s Farm, Sofia’s Flowers, White House Donuts, Indigo Love Potions, Chutney’s Gourmet and The Wine Bin.

Sunday Markets

Oakland Mills Village Center
5851 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045

Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 13 – Nov. 18


Chutney’s Gourmet, Full Stacks BBQ, Kenny’s Produce, Great Harvest Bread Co., Lewis Orchards, More then Java Cafe, Neat Nick Preserves, Pan2pen Rustiq Sourdough, Pleitez Produce, Stone House Cakery & Cafe, TLV Tree Farm    

Catonsville’s  Farmers Market
15 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

Sundays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 6 – Nov.18


A Bite of Heaven, Angelina’s of Maryland, Baltimore Waffle Company, The Baltimore Whiskey Company, Beechwood Orchards, Belles Acres Artisan Goat Milk Soap and Lotions, Brooks Brand Salsa, Charlottetown Farm, DanCandle, LLC, DMV EMPANADAS, Galena Blooms, Great Shoals Winery, Green Bird Farm, Indigo Love Potions, Jurassic Pork, King Mushrooms, Liberty Delight Farms, Max’s Degrees, Milkhouse Brewery, Natural Nick’s Produce, Neat Nick Preserves, Phil’s Dills, Ray’s Pork Rinds, Real Food Real Tasty, Rogue Pierogies, Scotty Cakes Sweet Tea & Cornbread, Table for Twelve, Taste This Cake, The Breadery and more!

Know of a market that isn’t listed here? Email me!

*All farmer’s markets in Howard County accept WIC and Senior FMNP checks.


Summer Movie Deals Around Howard County

School is finally out for summer! If you’re trying to figure out what to do when it’s too hot out,  look no further! These local summer movie deals will get your kids out of the heat and entertained without putting a dent in your wallet.

AMC $5 Ticket Tuesdays

See any digital movie for $5 on Tuesdays or get a discount on IMAX, 3D and other premium movie formats. Pair it with a special Tuesday pack of a popcorn and Coke product for $5 too! You must be an AMC Stubs Insider (apply for free here) and convenience fees apply if you buy tickets online or through the app. Valid at AMC Columbia 14.

Cinemark Egyptian (Hanover)

Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse is a schedule of 10 kids films playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for just $1 each, download the schedule here. On Tuesdays, movies are $5* all days (plus tax) and every day get a ticket for just $7* before 1 p.m. Sign up for the weekly email to get discounts on food and drink. *Digital basic movies only.

Columbia Lakefront Free Movies

The Columbia Association is hosting free movie nights throughout the summer. Early summer showings are Mondays and Fridays, June 18-Aug. 31 and late summer dates range from Aug. 31-Sept. 8, Fridays and Saturdays. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m., click here for list of movies.

Have something to add? Email me and I’ll include your listing!

Simple advice on how to stage your home to sell

Professional home staging has become an integral and effective tool in the home sales process. A survey by the National Association of Realtors© found that 62 percent of  agents said staging a home decreases the amount of time on the market. Buyers agents surveyed also said staging to a broader audience can also increase a buyer’s offer. I enlisted the help of professional stager (and Maryland local) Laura Carr to help unwrap the mysteries of staging your home. Carr says all homeowners can benefit from staging when listing a home for sale or rent.

“Whether a home owner has resided in the home for a few years or 30 years, a stager’s assistance can be valuable in helping to highlight the home’s assets. Stagers can also furnish and accessorize vacant homes to make them more appealing.” Empty rooms can look smaller than rooms of the same size that have been properly staged.

DIY Home Staging!

If you can’t fit home staging into your budget, she has some suggestions for DIYers. Begin by giving the house a deep clean. Dress up rooms with affordable accessories like pillows, candles and greenery. Pops of bright color, including art and rugs can warm up neutral walls and flooring. Avoid using strong air fresheners and sprays. The subtle scent from soaps, unlit candles and fresh flowers will keep the house smelling fresh! For vacant homes make sure all plants and flowers are artificial.

Carr says there are some common mistakes sellers can avoid when staging. Taking de-cluttering too far is one of them.

“If the home has built-in shelves that are an asset, completely emptying shelves won’t draw the attention of the buyers. It’s best to place some knick knacks, books, games, etc. to draw attention to the usefulness of the shelves.” Another common mistake is hanging artwork in the wrong place. Pictures should tie the room together, not float above it. You can also use accessories to draw attention to features like mantels and architectural niches.

If your creative prowess doesn’t lend to staging or you need to furniture to fill a vacant home, you can always contact Laura for a free consultation at (410) 533-4162, or online at www.laurashomestaging.com.