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Homework Time: 6 Tips for a Successful Routine!

Homework Time: 6 Tips for a Successful Routine!

Photo Credit: Alexandra Blair Photography Homework isn’t most kids’ favorite part of the day—and it can be painful for parents, too. Rather than turn homework time into a power struggle, simple strategies can help you both work together to get it done without...

Meet a Mom: Actress Brooklyn Decker!

Meet a Mom: Actress Brooklyn Decker!

This story originally appeared on The Local Moms Actress Brooklyn Decker became a household name by dominating the pages of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues as a model, starting in 2006 and landing the coveted cover in 2010. Marrying tennis superstar Andy Roddick in...

Apple Cider Margarita!

Apple Cider Margarita!

ok It’s almost Fall, y’all! If you’re mourning the end of summer marg season, you’ll love this tasty transitional cocktail from Alston and Leigh, the talented duo behind Habitual Hostess. Start with a high quality apple cider you can grab when you’re apple-picking....

Meet a Mom: TODAY Show’s Dylan Dreyer!

Meet a Mom: TODAY Show’s Dylan Dreyer!

Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer is a familiar face on morning television, as an anchor on the TODAY show’s 3rdHour, as well as a regular fill-in for Al Roker and Carson Daly on the first part of the program. Recently, after welcoming her third son in September 2021, she...

Meet a Mom: Soccer Superstar Alex Morgan!

Meet a Mom: Soccer Superstar Alex Morgan!

  In 2009, Alex Morgan joined the US Women’s soccer team, making history as the team’s youngest player, at just 22. Today, at 32, she’s a three-time Olympian, having taken home gold in London in 2012 and bronze this past summer in Tokyo. She helped the US win the...

Daniella Monet’s Tomato Soup Recipe!

Daniella Monet’s Tomato Soup Recipe!

September is a busy time, but it also feels like a chance to forge a fresh start. This year, we’re committing to cooking a few healthy meals a week for our families, and if that’s on our September list as well, you’ll want to check out a new app from actress and vegan...

American Flag Pie Recipe!

American Flag Pie Recipe!

  If you’re throwing a final summer soirée this weekend, add this American Flag Pie from Maegan Brown, the uber-talented recipe creator and cookbook author behind The BakerMama. It uses a pre-made crust and canned filling, so you can save some time to follow her...

Fall Mom Uniform!

Fall Mom Uniform!

This story was contributed by The Local Moms Network contributor Kristin Koch, executive editor at Seventeen magazine, blogger behind closetfulofclothes.comand mom of two. For more mom-friendly fashion inspo follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/kristinmkennedy/....

Backpack Wearing: Do’s and Don’ts

Backpack Wearing: Do’s and Don’ts

A lot has changed over the course of COVID-19 with remote, hybrid and in-person learning, but backpacks are here to stay. They’re customizable, come in all shapes, sizes and colors and are the ultimate in self-expression. But—when not worn properly, they can cause short- or long-term problems in kids’ muscles, joints and—well—back.So what’s the right way to wear and carry a backpack? What else should you know so we can keep our learners in good physical health? Dr. Phil Mack, orthopedic surgeon with Connecticut Children’s, has answers.

Top 5 Lunchbox Tips from Weelicious!

Top 5 Lunchbox Tips from Weelicious!

Top 5 Lunchbox Tips from Weelicious! It’s a common pain point of the back-to-school routine: packing lunches. Though we might typically dread this step on a busy morning, we’re sharing some mouth-watering inspiration – and easy hacks – to help you reimagine the...

Meet a Mom: Meet Kitty Brandtner, Founder of March Fourth!

Meet a Mom: Meet Kitty Brandtner, Founder of March Fourth!

This story was shared by Chicago North Shore Moms.  Hello friendly faces!  It’s that time of the week!  We’re back with a new CNSMoms’ Meet a Mom spotlight brought to you in part by Mary Gifford of Gifford Law. This week we’re introducing the Winnetka mom of three...

Green Coconut Collagen Smoothie Recipe!

Green Coconut Collagen Smoothie Recipe!

End of summer heat and busy back-to-school mornings make it the perfect time to bring back smoothies for breakfast. We love this green version from our Food Contributor Kathleen Ashmore, who has *2 million* followers and counting on her Tik Tok! INSTRUCTIONS 5-8...

Water Bottle Top Picks!

Water Bottle Top Picks!

With fall routines – and lunchbox packing – around the corner, we rounded up eight great reusable water bottle companies you have to check out!

Meet the Founder of Bleuet!

Meet the Founder of Bleuet!

When Elizabeth Rietz’s daughter was eight, she was an “early bloomer.” Like many preteens, she wasn’t quite ready for a bra, but started wearing a second layer under her shirts to feel more comfortable. When Elizabeth scoured stores to find a next step solution—a...

BLT Panzanella Salad Recipe!

BLT Panzanella Salad Recipe!

  Late summer is prime tomato season, and this BLT Panzanella Salad from Habitual Hostess is a perfect way to use up your garden’s harvest or farmers market haul! BLT Panzanella Salad 1/2 loaf of sourdough bread, cut into 1” cubes (about four cups) 6 oz slab...

Weeknight Recipe: Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos!

Weeknight Recipe: Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos!

  If you’re dealing with a picky-eating situation in your home, tacos can be a lifesaver. They’re one of the most easily customizable meals, so every taste, dietary restriction or other variation can be made without creating a totally separate meal. Babies and...

Meet Jessica, Owner of “Samson the Dood!”

Meet Jessica, Owner of “Samson the Dood!”

How old are your kids/fur babies, and how long have you lived in Westport? My son Theo is 2, and my Furbabies are Samson (8), and Charley & Shea (brothers) – 2. We moved to Westport in Fall of 2018 – everyone thought we were crazy for leaving Brooklyn then...

5 Ways to Cook Healthy on Hectic Summer Days

5 Ways to Cook Healthy on Hectic Summer Days

This story was contributed by Autumn Michaelis, author of Whole Food for Your Family Slow days of summer? Not in my house! I am the mom to five boys, ages 10-18 (my “walking stomachs”), I work full time as Whole30’s Coaching Program Manager, and I run my blog Whole...

Beach Reads: 10 Titles to Make Your Summer Sizzle!

Beach Reads: 10 Titles to Make Your Summer Sizzle!

There’s nothing like a fantastic beach read – or a poolside page turner – to prove it’s the simple things in life that make mom content. When the foolproof formula (warmth + book + breeze) comes together, the trifecta feels downright luxurious! Here are ten titles...

Best Outdoor Toys for Summer!

Best Outdoor Toys for Summer!

Summer is here and if you’re looking to upgrade your backyard fun, we have you covered! In our roundup of Best Outdoor Toys of Summer, we look beyond the usual swing set and share toys that will keep your kids outside and off screens for hours—and make your backyard...

Food and Fireworks for the 4th of July weekend!

Food and Fireworks for the 4th of July weekend!

The 4th of July is going to be better than ever with tons of fun events and festive foods in Ridgefield and the surrounding areas.   Ridgefield Fireworks: Saturday, Jul 9, 2022 Gates open at 6 pm! Fireworks start at dusk.Purchase a parking pass ($20 per...

Mommy and Me Swimsuit Roundup!

Mommy and Me Swimsuit Roundup!

Briana of Palm Beach Moms & Daughter in Infamous Swim     We love a matching moment, especially in the summer! Below are some of our favorite brands that offer Mommy and Me swimwear so you and your little ones can enjoy the water together in style!...

8 Summer Air Fryer Recipes to try!

8 Summer Air Fryer Recipes to try!

Korean Cauliflower from Hip Foodie Mom   Air fryer recipes are so popular year round, but we love using the air fryer in Summer. If you need a break from grilling (or haave a rainy day!) it’s a fabulous way to whip up healthy eats, fast, without heating up the...

Mosquito Squad

Mosquito Squad

  Here's a fun idea from our partner Mosquito Squad to get outside and enjoy your backyard this summer!  We give you Backyard Bingo! Download our free bingo card here, and get 25 ideas for summer activities that the whole family can enjoy. Raise the stakes by...

Berry Caprese Salad!

Berry Caprese Salad!

  Summer is synonymous with salad, and now salad is synonymous with Kathleen Ashmore, Tik Tok Star and Local Moms Network Food Contributor. Her “Hungry Lady Salad” series is turning even salad skeptics into believers, and this Berry Caprese Salad is her latest...

How to Talk to Kids About The Uvalde, Texas School Shooting

How to Talk to Kids About The Uvalde, Texas School Shooting

The Uvalde, TX school shooting is so many things—tragic, senseless, terrifying. It has also been described as unimaginable, but unfortunately, it is not. And whether our kids are old enough to remember Sandy Hook, Parkland or Columbine, many of them are asking...

Truffled Asparagus Crostini!

Truffled Asparagus Crostini!

These elegant crostini are a surefire winner for all your spring get-togethers, loaded with fresh asparagus, two types of truffle flavor (oil and salt) and fresh lemon. Thank you to the talented moms from Habitual Hostess for sharing! Truffled Asparagus Crostinis 1...

Your 5 Most Pressing Diaper Questions, Answered!

Your 5 Most Pressing Diaper Questions, Answered!

hoosing the right diaper for your family can feel like a daunting task— We asked you to share your most pressing questions on Instagram, then tapped the experts at our personal favorite diaper brand, Coterie, to help us make sense of it all.

Miss O and Friends New NFT

Miss O and Friends New NFT

At the end of March, one of our favorite mom-founded organizations, Miss O and Friends, launched its first NFT project that will celebrate girls! Previously, we’re shared all about Miss O and Friends, a safe socialization brand for girls, which already encompasses a...

Our Go-To Spring Salad!

Our Go-To Spring Salad!

With the weather warming up and schedules getting busier, we're all about throwing together quick salads—and this spring version from Rachael Mahoney of Kinney Lane, a Greenwich, CT-based healthy prepared meal delivery business, is at the top of our list. "This salad...

Best Raincoats for Spring!

Best Raincoats for Spring!

The weather is slowly warming up & the days are getting longer…Spring is here (finally)! But just when temperatures start rising and the deep winter brain fog starts to clear, the rain starts. And it just doesn’t stop. We’re here to help you combine some retail...

Cobb Salad Board by The BakerMama!

Cobb Salad Board by The BakerMama!

  Two things we’re loving right now—food boards and salads. We’ve been sort of obsessed with the gorgeous boards created by The BakerMama for awhile now. And with warmer weather, it feels nice to be turning off the oven for dinner more often, and loading up on hearty...

Mike’s Marvelous Brisket Recipe!

Mike’s Marvelous Brisket Recipe!

This delicious Brisket Recipe from Mike of Mike’s Organic Delivery is the perfect entrée for your holiday family get together! Ingredients 2 teaspoons Safflower or Non GMO Canola Oil (to sear) 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil (for rub) 3 Cloves Minced Garlic 1 teaspoon dried...

Everything You Need To Know About Helix Piercings: By Rowan.

Everything You Need To Know About Helix Piercings: By Rowan.

Calling all moms and kids!! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Rowan is now offering helix piercings by licensed Nurses. AND now you can also get needle piercings. Needle piercing appointments are available on select days. Please check heyrowan.com for availability.

How Hormone Imbalance Affects Everyday Life

How Hormone Imbalance Affects Everyday Life

Hormones decline naturally with age, but sometimes the changes can occur earlier than usual and can cause a significant impact on the way you feel and function. If your hormones aren’t optimized, you may feel tired, moody, experience weight gain, a decrease in your energy and libido, and have trouble sleeping. You don’t have to simply” deal” with these symptoms- bioidentical hormone optimization can normalize your hormones and help you feel like yourself again.

Meet Michelle Brandriss, Founder of Name Bubbles!

Meet Michelle Brandriss, Founder of Name Bubbles!

Meet Michelle Brandriss, Founder of Name Bubbles! When Michelle Brandriss’s son was starting daycare, she faced a challenge many daycare, school and camp parents have—missing clothing and other belongings. “Cooper started at daycare with name labels created from...

Four Hopkins Parents – On Hopkins

Four Hopkins Parents – On Hopkins

Middle and high school are critical periods in any young person’s life, as these are the years that will help shape the person they will become. Selecting a school for this formative time comes down to a series of choices — about academic quality, community, values,...

Meet a Dad: Skier Bode Miller!

Meet a Dad: Skier Bode Miller!

Skier Bode Miller is a gold medal-winning five time Olympian, a dad of eight and a tireless advocate, with his wife Morgan, for pool safety. After their 19-month-old daughter Emeline drowned in June 2018, the family has spoken out about the layers of safety measures...

Easter Events!

Easter Events!

EGG HUNTS   Easter Egg Hunt for 2-5 Year-olds Monday, Apr 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM Jesse Lee Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield CT Register here! Keystone Bunny Patch Sat, Apr 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM Keystone Place at Wooster Heights, 66 Wooster Heights, Danbury, CT,...

Meet a Mom: Actress & Podcast Host Lois Robbins!

Meet a Mom: Actress & Podcast Host Lois Robbins!

This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with New York City-based actress and mom of four Lois Robbins!  Over her career, she has built a rich resume of credits on the big screen (most recently The Aspern Papers with Jonathan Rhys Meyers), small screen (One Life to Live,...

Pantry Must-Haves & Organizations Tips!

Pantry Must-Haves & Organizations Tips!

Kathleen Ashmore is a social media star, with 1.7 million followers on TikTok alone. Every day, Kathleen (aka Kat) shares recipes and secrets from her chef days. So what does a TikTok chef, and busy mom, keep in her pantry—and more importantly, how does she keep it...

Meet a Mom: Cassandra Freeman of Bel-Air!

Meet a Mom: Cassandra Freeman of Bel-Air!

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of the most iconic sitcoms of the 90s, and launched Will Smith’s career, pre-Men in Black. On Super Bowl Sunday, with Smith as Executive Producer, the show returned as a modern drama, Bel-Air, on the Peacock Network. (Watch the...

Rainbow Cheesecake!

Rainbow Cheesecake!

We love this colorful cheesecake for St. Patrick’s Day, an alternative to a birthday cake or any time you need to mix up a little cheer. It does need to chill overnight, so grab these ingredients below and click through for the full instructions from food blogger and...

Karla Murtaugh: Your Local Realtor with Global Reach

Karla Murtaugh: Your Local Realtor with Global Reach

A resident and active member of the Ridgefield community since 1990, Karla has in-depth knowledge of the area’s school systems, and various sports and community organizations of the towns she represents including Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Westport, New Canaan and...

Leprechaun Snack Board

Leprechaun Snack Board

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We love a good snack board, and one that’s cute enough for a party and gets our kids to eat more veggies? That’s like finding a pot of gold. The BakerMama’s Leprechaun Snack Board is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s full of healthy veggies,...

The Finish Co.

The Finish Co.

Meet a Mom, Stephanie Purzycki, CEO and Co-Founder of The Finish Interior Design help you need, when you need it. 1. Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in CT? I'm originally from Miami, FL but have lived in Connecticut for 14 years. 2. How many...

How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News!

How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News!

How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News! How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News Robert D. Keder, MD As the growing tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates, children are seeing disturbing footage on the news and on social...

Hoffman Landscapes Wins National Decade Award

Hoffman Landscapes Wins National Decade Award

Wilton, CT – Hoffman Landscapes has been selected to receive an Awards of Excellence – Decade Award by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). To qualify for a Decade Award, a property must first be selected as a Gold Award winner by the NALP....

Ring’s End

Ring’s End

There are many reasons you may be looking to replace the windows in your home.  Perhaps your current windows are old and inefficient, maybe you’d like to update the look of your home or create a new opening somewhere.  Whatever the reason, it is sometimes overwhelming...

Meditation 101

Meditation 101

  If there’s ever a time to look for new tools to center yourself, it’s January 2022. Meditation is one of the best tools out there, and not only is it naturally free, but you can do it virtually anywhere. It can even help you be a better, more patient parent. We...

Blueberry Super Food Smoothie!

Blueberry Super Food Smoothie!

                                                                                      Credit: Christine Han Photography One of the easiest way to load up on all the good stuff—vitamins, fiber, protein, and antioxidants—is to blend them into a smoothie. Plus, you can...

Valentine’s Day Spin Art!

Valentine’s Day Spin Art!

This Valentine's craft is not only adorable—and a perfect gift for friends or grandparents—it's a ton of fun for kids of all ages. Thank you to Ximena from Create with XnD for sharing this wonderful idea!Valentine's Spinner Art Materials 1. Salad spinner 2. Cut out...

Hands On Science at Easton Country Day School

Hands On Science at Easton Country Day School

Easton Country Day is a small, independent, coeducational school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Easton Country Day School was founded by educators who wanted the best possible academic and social foundation for their own children, in a learning...

Meet A Mom- Jennifer Besgen

Meet A Mom- Jennifer Besgen

Our latest Meet a Mom is Jennifer Besgen, a mother of four and Associate Director of Athletics at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. We spoke to her about her favorite family activities and why she loves living in Ridgefield!

Heart Shaped Pizza!

Heart Shaped Pizza!

Want an adorable Valentine’s Day activity to do with your kids? Make-your-own Heart Shaped Pizza! This delicious recipe is from Greenwich Moms Asya Geller and her husband Mike Geller of Mike’s Organics. “My wife and kids love pizza, so we have a tradition of making...

Olympic Dad: Luger Chris Mazdzer!

Olympic Dad: Luger Chris Mazdzer!

Parenting can feel like an Olympic sport, which makes the actual moms and dads who make it to the Olympics seem even more impressive. Just in time for the 2022 Winter Games in Bejing, we caught up with Salt Lake City-based Chris Mazdzer, a soon-to-be fourth time...

Valentine’s Day Books for Kids!

This story was contributed by Library Mom Rosemary D’Urso. Follow her on Instagram @librarymombooksand head to  Librarymom.com for more book picks for kids! Valentine’s Day is almost here and I have the perfect read alouds focusing on love, kindness, and friendship...

Meet A Mom: Brooke Shields

Meet A Mom: Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields is one of those rare celebrities who has this innate ability to inspire women decade after decade, with her resilience, intelligence, and of course, natural beauty. Her career has endless highlights, from the 1980s hit Blue Lagoon to Suddenly Susan,...

Binge Worthy TV Shows!

Binge Worthy TV Shows!

The original version of this story appeared on Westport Moms.  Need a new show to binge-watch? From Netflix, to Hulu, to HBO and now even Apple TV, Westport Moms has rounded up some shows you’ll be sure to love! Click the links to learn more and find your new guilty...

Chic & Cozy Winter Coats!

Chic & Cozy Winter Coats!

Chic & Cozy Winter Coats   This story was contributed by The Local Moms Network contributor Kristin Koch, executive editor atSeventeen magazine, blogger behind closetfulofclothes.com and mom of two (with one on the way!). For more mom-friendly fashion inspo...

Winter Board Books for Kids!

Winter Board Books for Kids!

This story was contributed by The Local Moms Network Contributor Rosemary D’Urso of librarymom.com. Follow her on instagram @librarymombooks.   Winter is here and we are celebrating with our favorite picture books showcasing the magic of snow-filled days! Grab...

Vegan Buddha Bowl!

Vegan Buddha Bowl!

Rice bowls are a perfect lunch for busy parents. Prep the ingredients on the weekend, and you can assemble an easy weekday lunch or dinner in just minutes. We love this vegan version from Maria Provenzano of From Scratch with Maria. Don’t have everything listed? Use...

Recipe: Rosemary, Garlic, Parmesan Popcorn!

Recipe: Rosemary, Garlic, Parmesan Popcorn!

Recipe: Rosemary, Garlic, Parmesan Popcorn! Popcorn is a must in our house for snack time and especially… movie time! So I am thrilled that our parent company, The Local Moms Network is sharing a make-at-homegourmet popcorn recipe from Katie Witten, the talented mom...

Intermittent Fasting: 7 Things to Know About This Diet Trend!

Intermittent Fasting: 7 Things to Know About This Diet Trend!

You’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting, and how it can have health benefits, including weight loss. Kate Hudson was just quoted in the Wall Street Journal  talking about the energy boost fasting has given her. Jennifer Aniston, Kourtney Kardashian and Molly...

5 Foods to Eat To Fight Anxiety!

5 Foods to Eat To Fight Anxiety!

They say you are what you eat, and research shows that eating certain foods can help control anxiety symptoms. Of course, if you’re struggling with anxiety, you should speak to a professional about treatment options. Then, consider adding these foods to your diet to...

Send Me a Trainer

Send Me a Trainer

  This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with two area moms helping other moms meet their fitness goals in 2022! Loring Allen is the owner of Send Me a Trainer Southern Fairfield County and Josephine Moran is the owner of Send Me a Trainer Northern Fairfield County....

Four Hopkins Students – on Hopkins

Four Hopkins Students – on Hopkins

Hopkins School students are high-achievers. They love to think and learn. Our students are energized by a strong academic program, and they are willing to work hard to realize their full potential. Students who need and love a challenge flourish at Hopkins. Our school...

Top Your Own Oatmeal Board

Top Your Own Oatmeal Board

  Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? It’s a perfect family-friendly breakfast, because everyone can add their own mix-ins and toppings. You can even make it in the slow cooker overnight for an easy weekday breakfast. We love this version from...

Blueberry Super Food Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Super Food Smoothie Recipe

One of the easiest way to load up on all the good stuff—vitamins, fiber, protein, and antioxidants—is to blend them into a smoothie. Plus, you can share it with your kids, and they won’t even know they’re eating veggies. This blueberry version from contributor...

Tablesetting 101: Host to Perfection!

Tablesetting 101: Host to Perfection!

This story was shared by our contributors Host to Perfection.  The holidays are upon us and this year, more than ever, appreciate being together with your family and friends. So, whether you are hosting a casual or a formal dinner party, take the time to set a special...

New Christmas Books for 2021!

New Christmas Books for 2021!

This story was shared by our contributor Rosemary D’Urso of librarymom.com. Follow her on instagram @librarymombooks. Christmas is around the corner and it is time to break out the holiday stories!!! With more inclusive books than ever before, along with tales...

New Christmas Books For 2021!

New Christmas Books For 2021!

Christmas is around the corner and it is time to break out the holiday stories!!! With more inclusive books than ever before, along with tales focusing on family and community, and, of course, a few that will make little ones giggle, you are not going to want to miss these outstanding new Christmas books!  

Meet the Moms of #IMOMSOHARD!

Meet the Moms of #IMOMSOHARD!

This week’s Meet a Mom is the comedic duo #IMOMSOHARD. Kristin and Jen are real-life best friends and comedians who realized that their nightly conversations over wine would be great fodder for a video series. In just a few years, they’ve racked up 2.2 million...

The Night Before Christmas Cookie Sandwich!

The Night Before Christmas Cookie Sandwich!

These festive ice cream sandwiches are perfect for a Christmas party—or as a new spin on milk & cookies for Santa. Thank you to Katie, the mom and recipe creator behind Witten Kitchen, for sharing! The Night Before Christmas Cookie Sandwich INGREDIENTS Serves 30...

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