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The 6 Rules of Sports Injury Prevention for Kids, Teens and Young Athletes

The 6 Rules of Sports Injury Prevention for Kids, Teens and Young Athletes

Has your child – or someone on their team – been injured lately? Are they missing out on games, or possibly the full spring season? The longer an athlete is inactive, the longer it takes for them to come back to full activity after a break. Connecticut Children’s pediatric and adolescent sports medicine experts have been hearing one question a lot: How can athletes prevent injury, and what is the best way to return to full activities after a break? There a number of strategies to prevent that, and Sports Medicine Doctor, Imran Hafeez, MD., shares 6 tips all parents should know!

Five Reasons to Choose Bumble Bee Blinds for Your Custom Window Treatments!

Five Reasons to Choose Bumble Bee Blinds for Your Custom Window Treatments!

We know that shopping for window treatments can often feel overwhelming! We PROMISE that will not be the case when you work with us! Bumble Bee Blinds of Fairfield County provides a simplified approach to delivering custom window treatment solutions, including blinds, shades, shutters, drapes, curtains, and outdoor screens. We recognize that you have many companies to choose from when selecting your window treatments, but here are five reasons that set Bumble Bee Blinds apart from the rest of the pack. 

5 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

5 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

When your blood pressure levels are in question, medications may not always be the best answer. Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, can make a big difference in your health.
In our latest blog, Dr. Nabeel Salih, a primary care provider with Hartford HealthCare MedicalGroup in Fairfield, discusses five natural ways to keep your blood pressure under control.

Meet Becca Zipkin

Meet Becca Zipkin

So often, we don’t even know about the amazing work being done by the moms around us! Meet Becca Zipkin, mom to two boys (9 and 7). After starting her career as a lawyer and a sex crimes prosecutor (like SVU) in Brooklyn, she went on to work at nonprofits providing legal representation to survivors of sexual violence and sex trafficking. Today she is the Policy Director at a national nonprofit – World Without Exploitation (WorldWE), an advocacy organization focused on passing laws to help survivors of sex trafficking and educating the public about the harms of sex trafficking and prostitution, and how the Internet is facilitating sex trafficking and exploitation. In addition to her meaningful work, Becca loves ski trips with her family (despite her fear of skiing=)), popcorn, coffee, and time at the beach. In her free time, she helps run charity shopping events as part of a company she founded called No Stone Unturned, and her personal heroes are Gloria Steinem and Ashley Judd. Becca is a truly a gem of a person working to drive meaningful change in this world; thank you Becca!

Why Mosquito Squad might be for you!

Why Mosquito Squad might be for you!

Signing up with a tick and mosquito spray service may not be the most sexy decision you’ll make as a parent and homeowner, but it is a crucial one. Ticks and mosquitos can be pesky and even dangerous to your family’s health, and many carry diseases from Lyme Disease (for ticks) to West Nile Virus (for mosquitoes). Here’s what local moms are loving about Mosquito Squad, a company founded in 2005 that has protected over 300,000 backyards in this area – and perhaps yours next!

Your Garden to Your Table With An Edible Garden In Connecticut

Your Garden to Your Table With An Edible Garden In Connecticut

Unlock the secrets to a farm-to-table lifestyle. Learn to cultivate your own Connecticut edible garden with fresh produce and aromatic herbs. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a novice gardener, there’s something gratifying about growing your own food. With some careful planning and effort, you can enjoy a continuous supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, and aromatic herbs, providing a delightful farm-to-table experience all year round with your own edible garden in Connecticut.

Meet Sara Deren…!

Meet Sara Deren…!

If you (or your child) loves camp, Sara Deren is someone you should know. When she married into the world of camp (her husband Jon is a camp lifer – and director), she fell hard for the experience it gave to children. While camps have existed for decades, Sara recognized the need for camp for grieving children (to experience camp and to support each other), and founded Experience Camp, which currently provides a FREE week of sleep-away camp to 1500+ kids nationwide who have lost a parent or sibling. In Westport, the annual Day of Champions Event (a local color war for families to support Experience Camps) is highly revered, and this year’s event will be on Sunday, 5/19! Mom of three kids (and two chickens), Sara loves traveling with her family, wishes she were better at karaoke, and has showed so many in our community – and far beyond our borders – that heroes truly live among us.

Meet a Mom – Country Singer Sarahbeth Taite!

Meet a Mom – Country Singer Sarahbeth Taite!

This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with rising country star and former American Idol standout Sarahbeth Taite! With the support of her parents, Sarahbeth signed her first record deal at just 14, and drove herself to Nashville at age 17. But it wasn’t until five years later, in 2020, when she put an old single, Long Way, onto TikTok—and garnered 9 million streams of the video and a #1 spot on iTunes, that she started to receive national attention. Since then, she’s performed in front of Katy Perry and other celebrity judges on American Idol, signed with DA Music, and welcomed her first child with her husband , a daughter named Isla (1).

Sprinkle Matzah Toffee Recipe!

Sprinkle Matzah Toffee Recipe!

As far as matzah-based desserts go, variations on matzah toffee are one of the most popular. This version, shared by Shannon Sarna, author of Modern Jewish Baking: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More, is made effortlessly festive by the addition of rainbow sprinkles. “My kids love matzah toffee because it’s sweet, crunchy and we have fun adding lots of toppings,” says Shannon. During Passover she also loves turning matzah into “layered” cakes, like matzah tiramisu, or a matzah funfetti cake, layered with whipped cream and sprinkles.

9 Earth Day Books your Kids Will Love

9 Earth Day Books your Kids Will Love

To help honor Earth Day, Rosemary D’Urso, aka Library Mom, chose nine fantastic books perfect for the occasion. Says Rosemary: “From its sparkling waters to its majestic mountains and curious creatures, there is much to love about this beautiful planet we call home. With Earth Day around the corner, I’ve put together a list of my favorite books that capture the splendor of Earth as well as stories that inspire children to help protect it.” Read her list below.

Bring the Spring Inside with Interior Green Walls and Tropicals

Bring the Spring Inside with Interior Green Walls and Tropicals

As the desire to infuse indoor spaces with the beauty of nature grows, interior green walls are emerging as popular trends. Imagine stepping into your home or workplace and being greeted by the serenity of a living wall; a vibrant oasis adorned with succulents, grasses, and colorful perennials. This is the promise of interior green walls and tropicals—an opportunity to integrate nature seamlessly into our built environments. The experts at Laurel Rock Landscaping share the key factors to consider when making this kind of design decision!

Meet a Mom – Shazi Visram of Healthy Baby!

Meet a Mom – Shazi Visram of Healthy Baby!

Mom of two and entrepreneur Shazi Visram first turned the baby industry upside down with the Happy Baby food brand, and now, is doing the same with her HealthyBaby product line.
All of the products are EWG Verified Safe. Their diapers and diaper cream, prenatal vitamins, deodorant, baby balm and cream, lundry detergent, shampoo and even  home cleaning products each bear this official stamp of safety that will save busy moms hours researching the best products for their families.

Meet Elyse – Author of “A Shark ate my Bagel”

Meet Elyse – Author of “A Shark ate my Bagel”

If you are a lover of BAGELS, business, entrepreneurship, and learning about badass local moms who have done badass things, look no further! Elyse Oleksak – mom of three kiddos here in Westport, founded Bantam Bagels (mini bagels pre-stuffed with cream cheese), which you may have seen on Shark Tank, in Starbucks, or in supermarkets a few years back! THIS WEEK, Elyse has launched her memoir, A SHARK ate my bagel, sharing the journey she and her husband Nick took founding, growing, and ultimately selling Bantam Bagels. What started as a little side project in their NYC apartment grew into a massive success, but not without its bumps along the way. With authenticity, humility, humor, and a whole lot of love, Elyse shares her story, and we promise It is one you won’t want to miss!

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has several primary care physicians throughout Fairfield County who are welcoming new patients now. Whether you’d like to be seen in-person or virtually, our teams provide you easy access to the care you need, when you need It. Visit our website to easily schedule an appointment online at our Fairfield, Bridgeport, Milford, Oxford, Stamford, Stratford or Westport offices.

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