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24 Questions Teens Should Ask Doctors (from the Experts at Connecticut Children’s)

24 Questions Teens Should Ask Doctors (from the Experts at Connecticut Children’s)

We all work hard to empower our kids to speak up when the time is right. By the time your child enters their teenage years, they should be getting ready to take charge of their own health. The more confident they feel speaking up at doctor’s visits, the better. It gives their doctor more information to support them through adolescence – and sets your child up for healthy behaviors later in life too. How can you empower your teen to get more involved at doctor’s visits? Here are tips, with help from Connecticut Children’s psychologists Lauren Ayr-Volta, PhD, and Siddika Mulchan, PsyD.

Summer 2024 Family Adventures Guide With Ridgefield Travel and Cruise Planners!

Summer 2024 Family Adventures Guide With Ridgefield Travel and Cruise Planners!

Are you ready to turn up the summer vibes and make memories that will last a lifetime? We’ve got the scoop on the coolest family-friendly destinations for Summer 2024! From gelato-filled streets to breathtaking landscapes, get ready to embark on a summer adventure like never before. Let’s dive into the ultimate family getaway guide!

Weeknight Meal: Healthy Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Weeknight Meal: Healthy Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Whether you’re sneaking veggies into your kids’ meals any way you can, or just trying to increase your family’s vegetable intake, this healthy cauliflower alfredo pasta recipe is a weeknight-meal must-try. “Will it taste exactly like the butter, cream, and cheese...

HealthyBaby: Why Our Moms Are Loving These Safe Baby Products!

HealthyBaby: Why Our Moms Are Loving These Safe Baby Products!

Stefanie Horn of Stamford Moms son with his HealthyBaby diapers     As new moms and then as second or third-time moms welcoming more babies, nothing is more important to us than keeping our babies happy and safe. That’s why we are thrilled to share all about...

Weeknight Dinner Idea: Baked Potato Bar!

Weeknight Dinner Idea: Baked Potato Bar!

A daily weeknight dinner can be one of the biggest parts of the mental load for moms. After school and work, we need dinner ideas that appeal to everyone in our families, from husbands to big kids to toddlers and even babies. They also have to be easy—either able to...

Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive!

Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive!

  In 1978, the song I Will Survive not only made Gloria Gaynor a household name, but also turned her into an icon of the entire disco era. In the years since, she’s certainly survived—a lot. After a childhood marked by poverty and sexual abuse, she endured a...

Big Bites: Kathleen Ashmore’s New Cookbook!

Big Bites: Kathleen Ashmore’s New Cookbook!

In November 2020, The Local Moms Network first featured Kathleen Ashmore, a former Martha Stewart food producer turned recipe creator. At the time, she was just starting to build a social media following; now the mom of two (her son William is 7 and daughter Caroline...

3 Popular Cold Remedies That Can Do More Harm Than Good

3 Popular Cold Remedies That Can Do More Harm Than Good

A steamy bowl of chicken soup may not be the cure for the common cold, but it won’t make things worse. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for some over-the-counter or at-home cold remedies, which may do more harm than good. “This is especially true for older people,”...

Essential questions to ask a Family Law Attorney in the initial interview

Essential questions to ask a Family Law Attorney in the initial interview

Consulting with an attorney about a divorce case may seem overwhelming. If you have never been through the process, you may not know what questions to ask or what information may or may not be relevant. In addition, emotions are often high since it may feel like so much is at stake. For these reasons, it can be helpful to be prepared with specific questions during your first meeting with a divorce lawyer.

Meet a Mom: Spinal Stroke Survivor Steph Cowie

Meet a Mom: Spinal Stroke Survivor Steph Cowie

 “When something as devastating and life-changing as paralysis happens to you, it also happens to your family. After this life-altering event, we needed time as a family unit to process this loss,” says Steph.

6 Steps to Getting Back to Work After Time Off

6 Steps to Getting Back to Work After Time Off

Moms who leave their jobs to be with their kids have always been faced with a challenge, if and when they decide to go back to work. And in the last few years, the pandemic forced more moms than ever before to leave their jobs to prioritize their families. By some...

9 Toddler Boots for Cold-Weather Outdoor Fun

9 Toddler Boots for Cold-Weather Outdoor Fun

This story originally appeared on The Local Moms Network.  When it comes to keeping your little adventurer’s feet toasty and dry, a solid pair of toddler boots is essential. From sturdy snow boots to withstand the most frigid temps, to colorful galoshes made for...

Start 2024 Off with a Clean Slate from Feast & Fettle

Start 2024 Off with a Clean Slate from Feast & Fettle

Got New Year’s goals on top of a full schedule? Try turning back the clock. Sign up for Feast & Fettle and win back two hours of every day! Order fresh, fully-prepared meals delivered to your door. Start the year fresh with Feast & Fettle. Use code CLEANSLATE2024 now through January 31st to get your second week free!

9 New Year’s Eve Cocktails & Mocktails!

9 New Year’s Eve Cocktails & Mocktails!

Cheers to the new year, from our families to yours! And a special toast to you, Moms, for shepherding your herd through it all. Here’s a shortlist of New Year’s Eve cocktails and mocktails—perfect for the 31st or any time you have something to celebrate.   Photo...

5 Ways to Look 15 Years Younger in the New Year

5 Ways to Look 15 Years Younger in the New Year

Diet and exercise are the best ways to help stay healthy and keep in shape, but supplementing a healthy lifestyle with cosmetic surgery procedures, med spa treatments and the proper skincare, will leave you in the best shape that you can be in…healthy and beautiful both inside and out!

Gifts Your Hostess Will Rave About!

Gifts Your Hostess Will Rave About!

Hosting during the holidays is so joyful…and so exhausting. As moms who work really hard daily, we can seriously appreciate the time it takes to tidy the house, plan and execute a menu (whether cooking or ordering) and curate tasty cocktails and mocktails.  Hostesses...

Holiday Gifts for Dads

Holiday Gifts for Dads

Shopping for the men in our lives is notoriously difficult, perhaps because they’re so good at buying what they need or want themselves. Whether the guys you’re shopping for like luxury, whimsy or novelty, the shortlist below has some guaranteed winners. Hint:...

Small Gifts Round-Up!

Small Gifts Round-Up!

Small gifts that are lots of fun are in high demand this season whether for stockings stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, Secret Santa exchanges or gifts from your kids to their friends. Of course, we love gifting our kids cute versions of their necessities (socks, underwear,...

Meet a Mom: Fox News Broadcaster Turned Author Elise Hart Kipness

Meet a Mom: Fox News Broadcaster Turned Author Elise Hart Kipness

They say to “write what you know,” and with her debut novel, Elise Hart Kipness did just that. A former television news correspondent turned Fox Sports Network reporter, Elise recently launched a second act as an author with Light’s Out. The book tells the story of...

Molly Sims Skincare Routine

Molly Sims Skincare Routine

Read along with us to hear Molly share her daily routine, using her go-to Yse Beauty products, the skincare line she created!

Meet a Mom: Author & Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner!

Meet a Mom: Author & Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner!

  Geri Halliwell-Horner has been a household name for decades, since the Spice Girls first debuted with their hit single Wannabe in 1996.  Geri was then known as Ginger Spice, the supergroup’s leader. Along with bandmates Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Emma...

Breast Cancer Reconstruction: What Women Should Know

Breast Cancer Reconstruction: What Women Should Know

  Did you know that one in eight women in the United States develops breast cancer in her lifetime? As a result, roughly 3.8 million women in the U.S. are survivors of breast cancer, and this number is expected to continually increase. Early detection is crucial...

What Do Children Need to Thrive?

What Do Children Need to Thrive?

  You are invited to St. Luke’s Upcoming Admissions Events Where will a St. Luke’s education take you? Above and beyond what you ever thought possible. Our inclusive community will inspire you to reach higher, explore new paths, and make a difference in the...

Meet a Mom: Model Lais Ribeiro!

Meet a Mom: Model Lais Ribeiro!

Model Lais Ribeiro is married to former Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, and mom to 15-year-old Alexandre, diagnosed in 2013 with autism. Of advocating for her son, she says,  “Once you find out all the tools you need for your children to achieve their goals, it makes it easier. I don’t like to compare. Every mom goes through their own journey.”

Mary Jane Shoes: The Fall Trend Moms are Loving!

Mary Jane Shoes: The Fall Trend Moms are Loving!

Mary Janes are the latest vestige of the 90s to have a 2023 moment, and moms are sporting them everywhere from drop-off to date night. “They’re a great way to update your shoe wardrobe this fall without sacrificing comfort,” says fashion contributor Kristin Kennedy of...

Meet a Mom, Chrissy Khachane of Gowan Placement!

Meet a Mom, Chrissy Khachane of Gowan Placement!

Meet a Mom, Chrissy Khachane, is a career-long educator, and part of Gowan Placement, an innovative Independent School consulting firm composed of former school leaders–people who have taught classes, coached teams, advised students and parents and as such know young people.

Revive Your Summer Skin for Fall!

Revive Your Summer Skin for Fall!

Looking a bit…lackluster?  It’s no surprise. By the time back to school rolls around, we moms are running low on self-care.  Even if we’ve had a blast soaking in the last rays of summer, our skincare routine is long gone. The sun, sunscreen, chlorine and saltwater can...

Helping Your Child Discover Who They Are in Middle School

Helping Your Child Discover Who They Are in Middle School

      Middle school is a critical time in a child’s learning development. Students are growing physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally. At St. Luke’s, the joy of discovery is palpable. With care and guidance from exceptional teachers, middle...

State Senator Ryan Fazio Talks New K Start Date

State Senator Ryan Fazio Talks New K Start Date

  In June, Governor Ned Lamont signed a law requiring all incoming Kindergartners to be 5 before entering Kindergarten. Previously, students needed to turn 5 by January 1st; starting in 2024, they must have their birthday by September 1st (aka the first day of...

Preparing for the Back to School Hustle- Easy Weeknight Recipe

Preparing for the Back to School Hustle- Easy Weeknight Recipe

As we turn the corner on summer and head back to school, easy weeknight recipes become even more important than ever. Marinade recipes, like this one from Layla Lisiewski, CEO and co-founder of The Local Moms Network, are a true timesaver. “I use surgical gloves for...

Lunch Box Roundup: 6 Styles Kids and Parents will Love!

Lunch Box Roundup: 6 Styles Kids and Parents will Love!

  If you remember taking lunch to school in a brown paper bag, today’s lunchboxes will make you wish you could go back to the cafeteria. The functionality behind keeping food leak-free and at-temperature, while still looking cute, is nothing short of science. The...

Back-to-School Backpack Roundup!

Back-to-School Backpack Roundup!

Does your child *need* a new backpack?  Maybe not.  But it’s likely on your shopping list anyway to fit your kid’s growing personality, homework load, or sense of fashion. Plus, it’s a great way to get your child excited for the year ahead. Each of the brands we are...

Easy Weeknight Recipe: Marinated Mediterranean Chicken

Easy Weeknight Recipe: Marinated Mediterranean Chicken

As we turn the corner on summer and head back to school, easy weeknight recipes become even more important than ever. Marinade recipes, like this one from Layla Lisiewski, CEO and co-founder of The Local Moms Network, are a true timesaver. “I use surgical gloves for...

How to Find a Qualified Nanny!

How to Find a Qualified Nanny!

Are you in search of childcare for your new baby, or school-age children? Let us help you find a trustworthy, responsible, and highly qualified nanny. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny, serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island, stands by your side throughout the search, during placement and after.

Meet the Moms Behind Habitual Hostess!

Meet the Moms Behind Habitual Hostess!

This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Alston Calabrese and Leigh Hansen, the friends (and moms!) behind Habitual Hostess, a gorgeous Instagram and website, both filled with beautifully photographed recipes, and the stories behind them. Their content is all about...

Build Your Own Taco Board

Build Your Own Taco Board

Tacos naturally lend themselves to being a family-friendly meal, since you can customize them to everyone’s preferences. Have a kid who doesn’t eat beans? Leave them off. Have a child who loves spicy food? Let him add his own hot sauce. Another likes only super plain...

Meet a Mom: The View’s Sara Haines!

Meet a Mom: The View’s Sara Haines!

A typical day for Sara Haines, mom of three and co-host for The View, starts early. And like for many working moms, she’s in instant mom mode and then out the door. “My alarm goes off at 6:00am.  I clean up and head downstairs to one or more kids who are in different...

Meet A Mom- Bethenny Frankel

Meet A Mom- Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel instantly became a household name in 2008, as a breakout star on Season 1 of Real Housewives of NYC. A year later, she launched Skinnygirl, first with a wildly popular pre-packaged margarita, then later expanding into markets from salad dressing to...

Easy Sheet Pan Salmon & Veggies

Easy Sheet Pan Salmon & Veggies

Sheet pan dinners are a secret weapon for busy weeknights. We love this salmon and potato version from Joanna Keohane of The Family Food Kitchen, but you can also swap the salmon for chicken or tofu, and use whatever veggies you’d like. Says Joanna: “You can’t beat a...

Meet a Mom: Libby Ward of Diary of an Honest Mom

Meet a Mom: Libby Ward of Diary of an Honest Mom

Sometimes, social media can feel like fake news—particularly surrounding the topic of motherhood. Perfectly coordinated outfits, smiling family dinners, lavish vacations (and no plane meltdowns)…it can all make a mom feel like she’s just not doing enough or savoring...

The Prettiest Cover-Ups!

The Prettiest Cover-Ups!

When it comes to making your beach or poolside outfit perfect, a cover-up completes the look. Fashion Contributor Kristin Koch, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen magazine and the mom of three behind Closetful of Clothes says cover-ups are not only pretty, but versatile...

Meet a Dad, Jonathan Snyder of Contenders

Meet a Dad, Jonathan Snyder of Contenders

  You can’t beat a good Father-Son outfit matching moment, but the guys? It’s a harder sell. That’s just one of the many reasons we’re loving Contenders, an online apparel line of athleisure, underwear and more, all focused on media & entertainment properties...

Roasted Summer Squash & Zucchini with Goat Cheese

Roasted Summer Squash & Zucchini with Goat Cheese

Recipes that are so simple they get committed to memory are a great #momhack. Especially in summer, getting a few healthy weeknight recipes onto the weekly rotation (particularly if they include seasonal produce) can help make meal-planning a snap. Below, Jo, the mom...

Meet a Mom: CEO & Veteran Tisha Ayers

Meet a Mom: CEO & Veteran Tisha Ayers

Tisha Ayers is a United States Air Force Veteran, a founder and CEO, and a wife and mom of two. After serving almost 9 year of Active Duty, she finished her MBA and launched Cashmere Moon, a sustainable, clean and nourishing beauty and body care company. Everything...

Kristin Cavallari’s Salmon BLT Salad with Spicy Tomatillo Ranch

Kristin Cavallari’s Salmon BLT Salad with Spicy Tomatillo Ranch

Kristin Cavallari’s Salmon BLT Salad with Spicy Tomatillo Ranch just might become your favorite healthy, easy meal for this Spring and Summer. The Hills star and Uncommon James founder just published her new cookbook, Truly Simple, which is chock full of weeknight...

Meet a Mom: Nikki Reed

Meet a Mom: Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed is best known for starring as vampire Rosale Hale in The Twilight Saga, and for her breakout role as a teenager in the critically acclaimed movie Thirteen. More recently, however, she’s focused on other roles, including founding Bayou with Love, a...

Asparagus, Swiss Chard & Feta Frittata

Asparagus, Swiss Chard & Feta Frittata

Asparagus is a spring farmer’s market staple, and this frittata is a great way to use up a bunch—or any seasonal veggies you have on hand. Thanks to the TODAY Show’s Joy Bauer for sharing! INGREDIENTS: • 6 whole eggs • 6 egg whites • ½ cup light sour cream •...

Meet a Mom: Linda Fruits of Fruits of Motherhood

Meet a Mom: Linda Fruits of Fruits of Motherhood

Linda Fruits has amassed an Instagram following of over 300,000 moms who love her relatable, humorous and insightful mom content. Among those followers? Celeb moms like Jessica Alba and Alanis Morissette. She’s been featured everywhere from Today.com to...

Quick & Easy Breakfast Idea: 4 Ingredient Ham & Cheese Egg Cups

Quick & Easy Breakfast Idea: 4 Ingredient Ham & Cheese Egg Cups

Does your family love breakfast for dinner? Are you looking for a new Springtime holiday brunch dish? This new recipe from food contributor Kathleen Ashmore will check those boxes and more! Ham and Cheese Egg Cups Yield:  12 egg cups 12 large eggs 12 slices ham (I...

Spring in New York

Spring in New York

The sun streams through the clouds in Central Park. Joggers running around the Reservoir trade leggings for shorts. Sweaters are tied at the waist during lunchtime strolls to the Boathouse. Now that spring has sprung and the Northeast slowly warms up, there’s no...

7 Ways to Reduce Screen Time

7 Ways to Reduce Screen Time

As parents, all of us often wonder – “Are my children spending too much time in front of screens?” The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommends a variety of things depending on the child’s age, and provide recommendations for ways to help balance the screen time. Given screen time IS a reality for kids of this generation, we turned to Connecticut Children’s whose developmental pediatric experts share 7 ways you can help your child reduce their screen time…in a realistic way!

Classic and Cool: The White Shirt Round-Up

Classic and Cool: The White Shirt Round-Up

Fashion and function intersect at the white button blouse. That’s why this staple is so appropriately called a wardrobe workhorse. Classic and chic, the white button shirt exudes calm, cool and collected. Spring is a great time to put this staple at the forefront of...

Why Camp?

Why Camp?

Psychologist Dr. Tracy Brenner, “The Camp Counselor,” is working with Maine Camp Experience on the topic of mental health in a camp-related context. She is incredibly excited to support camps, campers, camp staff, and parents to promote social emotional development,...

Meal Planner: Trader Joe’s Edition

Meal Planner: Trader Joe’s Edition

Ask any mother – working woman or stay-at-home mom, contented chef or takeout pro – busy families need meal inspiration. Use the Local Mom’s Network meal-planning guide to get breakfast, lunch and dinner on the table simply and easily. In this installment, we look to...

Mosquito Shield of Fairfield County

Mosquito Shield of Fairfield County

At Mosquito Shield of Fairfield County, Connecticut, our goal is to provide the best residential mosquito control services with the highest levels of customer service, allowing our customers to enjoy their yards, homes and time with family to the fullest.

Divorce Mediation Center – Rosemarie Ferrante

Divorce Mediation Center – Rosemarie Ferrante

    Tell us about your background and your family, and how long you have lived in Ridgefield? I’m originally from NY, attended college and law school in NY and began practicing family law in NY. I have been practicing exclusively family law for over 25...

Meet a Mom: Emily Hay of Hay There Social Media

Meet a Mom: Emily Hay of Hay There Social Media

Without a doubt, social media has changed the way people communicate, helped brands grow and businesses market themselves. While it’s nice to be active online in their personal life to keep in touch with friends, it’s crucial for moms who are considering the next...

St. Patrick’s Day Festive Food(s)!

St. Patrick’s Day Festive Food(s)!

We have rounded up some sweet, decadent & deliciously festive holiday foods that will surely be crowd pleasers this St.Patrick’s Day! 1) Rainbow Cheesecake We love this colorful cheesecake for St. Patrick’s Day, an alternative to a birthday cake or any time you...

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

These Pot of Gold Cookies from The BakerMama just might be your lucky charm for a fun, festive St. Patrick’s Day party.

5 Ways To Get Your Child To READ More

5 Ways To Get Your Child To READ More

        There are two kinds of kids—kids who love reading and have their nose in a book at dinner, past bedtime, and when they’re supposed to be leaving for school. And then there are those who would rather do anything than read.   For parents who look to...

Alix Earle- Why Moms Over 30 Love Her So Much

Alix Earle- Why Moms Over 30 Love Her So Much

  Alix Earle is the current darling of TikTok, with over 4 million followers who watch her makeup tutorials,  Get Ready with Me (GRWM) and college life-meets-mega influencer content. It’s not really a mystery she’s popular—she’s as gorgeous (in a Paris Hilton...

The 9 Mom Friends Every Mom Needs In Her Life

The 9 Mom Friends Every Mom Needs In Her Life

  Mom friends are the glue that hold us together when shit hits the fan, and motherhood’s fan is being in a wind tunnel while you’re going 100 mph in a convertible. In other words, you’re going to need some good glue. Here, nine moms you need in your crew. The...

5 Phrases To Help You Instantly Connect With Your Kids

5 Phrases To Help You Instantly Connect With Your Kids

Saying “I love you” is fundamental in a healthy relationship with our kids. Those three words are so powerful. Still, we may notice our children craving more.   As Valentine’s Day approaches, psychologist and The Local Moms Network contributor Reon Baird-Felman,...

5 Ways To Be More Present With Your Child

5 Ways To Be More Present With Your Child

  We all want to be present with our kids—but some days, nothing can be tougher. You’ve probably read about ways to stop looking at your phone. And while putting your phone away (and having your kids do the same) is a big part of being present, we are sharing...

Meet the Founder & CEO of Pinstripes!

Meet the Founder & CEO of Pinstripes!

Dale Schwartz spent years working in the financial and pharmaceutical sector, but always dreamed of opening a bowling alley. In 2006, the dad of three young kids launched Pinstripes, which is everything you *don’t* expect from a bowling alley – gorgeous design,...

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