Meet BRENO DONATTI, owner of WINFIELD STREET COFFEE in Westport. In addition to running an amazing coffee shop and cafe, Breno has been donating a meal to a family in need for every $20 spent at Winfield throughout the pandemic. Thank you Breno for all you do for Westport; we know It has been a hard time! You can read a bit about him below, feel free to order online or stop by to support his business – and amazing initiative- and watch a short video about Winfield and all they offer HERE!
As we all anxiously await the end of this dreadful pandemic, we look forward to what 2021 will bring us. Hear from Dr. Joshua Frank at OrthoConnecticut what he has learned over the many years in sports medicine about a sudden change in activity in terms of increasing the risk of injury!
If this last year has taught us anything, it’s that spending excess time with family can be HARD (while simultaneously wonderful), and also that we owe It to ourselves to pursue work that fulfills us. A lifelong actress and mom of two, Wynter’s newest movie, G-D Committee (featuring Julia Stiles and Kelsey Grammar) comes out soon, and most recently, she has also decided to pursue a long-time interest to become a family and marriage therapist and will start school this fall! Wynter left LA 12 years ago to join her husband in CT, and hasn’t looked back. She has loved the lazy mornings of this past year and enjoying her husband’s cooking, though longs for the days of travel and time with girlfriends! Thank you Wynter for reminding us all to take care of us; while it’s not always easy, it’s more important than ever!
A few warm days has us all excited for spring! We know that with spring comes warmth, growth, and renewal and often times gets us in a mood to hit the refresh button. As you are putting together your checklist for spring cleaning, don’t forget to include your pet! Here are a few things to think about from our friends at Active Dog in regard to spring cleaning as a pet owner!
Wondering if it’s possible to have a friendly divorce? Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC pride themselves on helping families go through the divorce process amicably. Hear from Carole Orland herself some simple ways they go about doing this!
Have you ever seen the way a child’s eyes light up when they find out that they get to create something all on their own? It is simply amazing! When kids engage with the arts, they are not only building essential skills, but they are also discovering more about the world around them, and learning about themselves. Learn more about this – and about the amazing opportunities MOCA Westport has to offer this spring and summer!
Check out the Classic Prep Flagship Store now open in Rowayton!!
At long last, the 2021 Summer Day Camp Guide is HERE! To make things easier for you, we have broken the guide down into three sections: 1) FEATURED CAMPS, 2) ALL AROUND CAMPS, and 3) SPECIALTY CAMPS! HAPPY CAMPING! **If you run a camp program and would like It to be included, please email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!
40% of children who live in the United States will experience parental divorce before they reach the age of 18. This is a sad and staggering statistic. For those of you who may be going through a divorce or thinking about one, please join Ferro & Battey LLC & Hayvn Coworking on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 730pm for an interesting panel discussion via zoom on How Divorce Impacts Children. Hear from a lawyer, marriage therapist and someone who can share what she learned from her own divorce and what mistakes NOT to make. Register HERE!
Say goodbye to harsh ingredients, and hello to beautiful hair color. Madison Reed Hair Color Bar is now open in the heart of downtown Westport! The Hair Color Bar concept is designed to deliver stunning salon-quality hair color, that is both affordable and convenient for time-pressed individuals, with ingredients they can feel good about. Get 20% off when you book with code “WESTPORTMOMS!” Check them out today!
If you’re like us, you’re hoping to make Summer 2021 extra special for your kids this year. With that in mind, we’re excited to share our annual Sleep-away Camp Guide! Check out a short list of amazing options here. These wonderful camps are all sure to help your child make memories, forge friendships and most of all, have fun!
Whether you’re dreaming of travel – or beginning to think about that first (Covid-safe) trip after a long hiatus, Jen is your girl! After a lifetime planning trips for her own family and friends – and a career in the insurance industry – Jen decided to follow her passion and launched Jen Terra Travels, a business where she helps people plan everything from weekend trips to multi-week adventures! Mom of two girls, Jen is thrilled to be back on the East Coast after a short stint in Dallas. Jen loves sourdough bread, her evening cocktail, and one day dreams of doing stand-up comedy, despite having stage fright! If you are still considering planning a spring break or summer trip, and want to do It right, contact Jen and make those dreams a reality!!
We LOVE Westport, and that’s why we are thrilled to launch our first ever “Light Up Westport!” We partnered with Ali Dorfman of Purpose 2 Purchase (@purpose2purchase) to create “The Light Up Westport Appreciation Project,” a fundraising initiative where members of our community can send luminaries and personalized notes of gratitude and friendship to friends, local businesses and first responders. We have all been through so much in the past year and even small gestures of appreciation can have a huge impact on community pride. On February 4th at 7PM, all participants will be asked to place the luminary in front of their homes, stores or headquarters so we can light up this incredible town TOGETHER. 100% of proceeds will go to Filling in the Blanks, a local non-profit that helps fight childhood hunger by providing weekend meal bags to local children in need.
Just in time for the big game, we asked some of the moms from around The Local Moms Network for their absolute favorite football recipes. From French Onion Dip to Chicken Chili, here are a few to try!
Whether your kids are into football or not, having something to keep them occupied during the big game can be clutch. All the adults will then be able to enjoy the action on the field (not to mention the commercials and half time show!). We rounded up 4 of our favorite crafts from around the blogosphere, perfect for game time or any time you need something to do (which, for most of us, is all the time). Pro tip: for toddlers, use plastic cups instead of mason jars, for obvious reasons.
January and February aren’t the easiest months under normal circumstances. In most parts of the country, it’s cold, the days are shorter, and by the end of January the luster of New Year’s resolutions has worn off. Of course, these aren’t normal circumstances at all. We’ve emerged from 2020 into a new year that doesn’t look all that different from the last one. But we’re committed to staying as positive as we can, and are looking towards the future when things are finally closer to normal. In the meantime, we scoured the research and picked 9 easy ways to feel better—today.
In the spirit of finding bright light during this dark time, we would like to introduce “Westport Whisperers,” a NEW initiative focused on featuring amazing humans in our community who are doing something special for our community or the world around them behind the scenes. We would love YOU as our community to help NOMINATE these people simply by emailing us anytime at info@westportmoms to let us know who you think is a Westport Whisperer, and why they should be featured! This month we are featuring Annette Norton of Saavy + Grace Westport, owner of the cool, funky place with unique gift items at all prices points tucked under the old Tavern on Main on Main St. Thank you Annette for all you do for Westport!
Calling all CHEFS! With Super Bowl 2021 coming up next weekend, we all are looking for some fun new recipes given those Superbowl Parties are likely not happening in the traditional way this year! Thanks to Robin Barrie (@robinbarrie) for some new, healthy takes on the traditional GUACAMOLE and CHILI!
Moms looking for better virtual learning experiences will enjoy the playful learning approach offered by the Stepping Stones Studio. Starting in February, families can enjoy the Every Day Fun content they’ve come to love at the museum virtually delivered by passionate STEAM-team educators, plus special guest appearances and community partner videos that help children make connections to the world around them. Click here to learn more.
Need a fun activity to make it through these long days – or even just to nap time? You have to try this secret letters activity – your little learners will love it! It’s a combination literacy and art activity and that’s a whole lot of fun in one simple project. It’s the perfect way to pass the time!