Health & Beauty
In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to feature rockstar momma and breast cancer survivor, Melissa Levy. After 15 years running her own company, declutter + design, helping people maximize the value of their space, she was faced with an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis which began with her first mammogram, and led her down a road she had never expected to travel. As she continues her own fight, Melissa is working to create an online space for people going through the journey she has to share, to support each other, and to heal together, and could not be more excited about its potential. In another life, she will return to her acting and singing roots, and looks forward to a time when we all can travel once again! In the meantime, she continues to fight – with her husband and eight year old son by her side – and looks forward to empowering other women to do the same! Melissa’s story is extremely real, raw and inspiring, and we are so grateful she has shared It with us! We are sending her – and all those fighting this fight – all our positive energy, love and strength during this time!
reminds us all how precious each moment is, how much stronger we are than we often even know, and that we need each other to get through! Thank you for sharing; you are an inspiration!
Wondering about CBD? Meet New England Hemp Farm – a new Westport company, committed to delivering only the highest quality, thoroughly tested, CBD products to their customers. Not only are the founders two local Dads but the VP of Sales- Colin Bannon is the coach for the Staple’s High School Lacrosse Team! Use the discount code “MOM15” for 15% off your first purchase.
As moms, we all want to give our kids a healthy start, and that’s why so many of us have made our own baby food. From those adorable first bites to enticing picky toddlers, feeding our kids can be rewarding, a struggle, or (in most cases), both. That’s one of the reasons we love Cerebelly, a new brand of baby food developed by neurosurgeon and mom Teresa Purzner. Learn more about her story, and why Cerebelly might be the right choice for your family!
Mom to 13 year old Sadie and formerly the fashion Editor at Vogue, O Magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons and Gotham Magazine, Samantha is new to Westport and couldn’t be happier to be here! A branding and marketing expert, she has her hand in many projects including launching her own agency (Samantha Yanks Creative) and serving as the VP of Marketing for Fashwire – a fashion marketplace for discovering new designers! Samantha and her family love museums, visiting local farmstands (follow her at @curated_for_you) , and eating delicious food. Fun facts: Samantha still doesn’t know how to ride a bike (though is open to being taught!), might be a lobbyist in another life, and is a daredevil at heart. By those closest to her she is often described as fiercely loyal, confident and caring – and her creative genius is bar none. We are thrilled to have her here in Westport, and look forward to all the amazing things we know are ahead with her in our community!
Whether we’re homeschooling, doing virtual school, or simply giving more TV/tablet time in order to get 15 minutes to ourselves, many of us are allowing more screen time than in years past. But how bad is extra screen time for kids’ eyes? And are tech-y accessories like blue light glasses a good idea? Here’s what we learned when we spoke to experts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and NY Presbyterian-Columbia.
Check out the details for Athleta’s Friends & Family Sale beginning September 10th!!
With the world a bit upside right now, our kids could all use some fun this fall! Many programs are operating outside with new protocols, or inside with many new restrictions to ensure they are being safe! If you are trying to figure out what to do with your kids this fall, here are some great things being offered!
Get ready! On Saturday, September 12th from 10am – 4pm, the Westport Downtown Merchants Association is holding the first Fitness Expo on Main Street. Sign up for outdoor classes with JoyRide, RowHouse, Pure Barre and Athleta. Learn more, and sign up today!
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we reached out to our friends at @theparentcollectivetpc for resources that will help get you off to a good start with breastfeeding.
Do you need a reset when it comes to your Nutrition and eating habits? Are you sick of trying fad diets with so many rules and products? Then sign up TODAY for local mom and nutritionist, Robin Barrie’s, week-long program beginning Monday, August 10th! Learn more here!
If you’ve been wondering about the new hotspot in town, Franny’s Pharmacy, check out this great interview with it’s owner, Griff Conti. In March of this year, Conti continued his mission to educate consumers about the life-changing potential of cannabis that has been wrongly stigmatized and misunderstood for the last generation through his latest endeavor. Check out this interview with entrepreneur Griff Conti on how education, safety, and connection to community play a vital role in hemp-retail success.
While Father’s Day this year may be a little different than in years past, there is no reason you still can’t splurge on your dad, husband, or another dad you want to celebrate. Check out some great local places that are looking to help you this week!
Looking to keep your kids safe from the sun this summer? The first thing to look for in a sunscreen is a physical (as opposed to chemical) formula. Safer ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, while ones to avoid include avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule. See the list here for the Environmental Working Groups top picks for kid’s sunscreens in 2020!
Happy Mother’s Day to you! Though you may not be doing all the things you normally do to celebrate, check out these local food, fashion and feel good special offers for YOU-and the moms you love!
Since none of us moms are going to a spa or nice restaurant for Mother’s Day this year, bring that spa-like healthy and delicious food to your home/someone you love! This full menu of recipes from Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Westport Mom, Robin Barrie...
Weston mom of two girls, Larissa is a real life hero on the front lines of this pandemic as a physician’s assistant at St.Vincent’s Medical Center. While her focus is typically caring for orthopedic, neurosurgery and trauma surgical patients, her new reality is temperature checks when walking into work, PPE of all sorts, supporting patients whose families can not be with them, and the ups and downs of a job where risking one’s own life to save others is part of the everyday.
Local heroes come in many forms, especially during times like these. Superstar moms Nicole Straight (local site director for Food Rescue US) and Stephanie Webster (Founder and Editor of CTbites.com) teamed together in mid-March to keep local restaurants afloat and front line workers fed, and have raised over $100K doing so! Motivated solely by a desire to help – and a deep understanding of the role food and restaurants could play during this time, they collaborated and began one of the most remarkable fundraising efforts of this pandemic. Westport is lucky to call them our own! Donate today as they still need help – let’s keep these restaurants and our medical professionals on their feet!
Superheroes are all around us these days, and Amanda Sandrew is undoubtedly one of them! Mom to 4, Medical Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Norwalk Hospital, and currently finishing up chemotherapy for breast cancer, Amanda is juggling It all these days.
During this time, it’s become more difficult for people with arthritis to get access to the treatments they’re used to. We’ve all got a million things to do and many of us are stuck in our homes (thanks, Coronavirus). Luckily, there are some simple things you can do at home to help manage your arthritis symptoms and feel better.
Have you run out of your favorite salad dressing? Do not fear! Rinse out the bottle and fill it back up with this recipe instead! It’s simple, delicious AND likely healthier than the one you bought from the store! And try It on this easy and foolproof bean and avocado salad, perfect for any lunch or dinner!