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Celebrate dad this weekend with one of these awesome fun & local Father's Day Events! From brunch cruises to auto festivals, you'll be sure to find the perfect event for your family!

It's time to vote in our Father's Day Photo Contest! 

The submissions are in and now it's time to vote! The four photos with the most votes AND four lucky "voters" will win one of two amazing prizes.

Voting & prize information can be found HERE!

 
FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS
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ARTICLES   
Five Ways to Grow Your Child's Love of Reading This Summer

You can avoid the summer slide by helping your little one blossom into a reader this summer. Here are five tips to inspire your child's love of reading. After all, children who love reading live happier ever after! "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Find a few spare pockets of time during the day to read your child a book. Having books handy in your car, throughout your home, or in your bag will remind you to make time for reading.  
 
If the surge in barbecue and smoking competitions across the country is any indication, grilling has become an art form. This Father's Day, grab dad and gather around the grill to try a technique that's rising in popularity - smoking - and create memories together.

Smoke like a pro with these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Karl Marsh. 
 
EVENTS   
Taste of Reston

When: June 17
Where: Reston Town Center
11900 Market St.
Reston, VA
Saturday Morning Children's Event

When: June 18
Where: Old Town Square
3999 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA
 Summer Fridays

When:
June 17
Where:
National Harbor
163 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 
 
Click here for events happening this week!

Mom Review: Neater Feeder for Dogs
Mom Reviewer: Debbie Williams

As soon as we brought home our little 8-pound rescue puppy, my daughter wanted to go on a shopping spree for "Cocoa." We headed to the pet store and bought leashes and collars and toys and all sorts of puppy paraphernalia. My daughter picked out food and water bowls with a fun pink design that have served us well. So when I was given the Neater Feeder to try, I wasn't sure we really needed an upgrade.

The feeding system is a plastic base with holes for two bowls, one for water and one for food. The stainless steel bowls are easily removable and dishwasher safe. Our little puppy is now a whopping 60-plus pounder, and meal time is... to read the rest, click here! 
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