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Meet Frontline Hero Larissa

Meet Frontline Hero Larissa

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.

Meet the Moms behind Food for the Front Lines

Meet the Moms behind Food for the Front Lines

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!

A Healthy Dressing (and Salad) for any – and every – day!

A Healthy Dressing (and Salad) for any – and every – day!

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!

How to Work Out at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic from Local Fitness Expert!

How to Work Out at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic from Local Fitness Expert!

Welcome to our new normal. I’m a mom of two young boys in elementary school in Westport, CT, and due to a big outbreak of coronavirus here, we’re pretty much on lockdown. Schools and gyms are closed and restaurants are open for pick up/take out only. So, in addition to being a working mom, I’m now a homeschooler of two kids, a speech and occupational therapist, and a music, art, and Spanish teacher. One thing that’s keeping me sane (at least a little?!) during this unprecedented time is MOVEMENT. I am super grateful that it’s almost spring, and the weather is allowing us to get outdoors and PLAY. Even while social distancing, there are so many ways to keep moving!

5 Tips for Talking About Coronavirus with your Kids

5 Tips for Talking About Coronavirus with your Kids

Covid-19 (often referred to as “coronavirus”) is clearly top of mind for all of us—moms, dads, and, as a result, kids. Even the littlest ears pick up things, and small kids can feel our anxiety as well as notice our actions. We can’t completely shield our families from talk about coronavirus, but we can try to minimize any extra stress it places on our kids. Caitlyn Dunn, LCSW, shares her best 5 tips for talking about things right now with kids.

Whole30 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce: An Easy Weeknight Recipe!

Whole30 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce: An Easy Weeknight Recipe!

Meatballs are one of those go-to meals that every mom needs in her tool bag. Not only do kids love them as much as adults, but they can be customized to everyone’s preference and dietary restrictions. Celiac disease? Use gluten-free breadcrumbs. Trying to limit white carbs? Put over spaghetti squash noodles or chickpea pasta. Don’t have time to cook? Use your slow cooker, or make a big batch and freeze for a later meal. This Whole 30-approved version comes straight from Whole 30 founder Melissa Urban!

Lower Back Facts from Rehab Associates!

Lower Back Facts from Rehab Associates!

Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is often associated with costly, ineffective and sometimes harmful care. Unhelpful beliefs about LBP are associated with greater levels of pain, disability, work absenteeism, medication use and healthcare seeking. Here, our friends are Rehabilitation Associates, Inc. identify some common unhelpful beliefs about LBP and outline how they may influence behavioral and psychological responses to pain.

Meet Jerri Graham!

Meet Jerri Graham!

If you have been anywhere in Westport lately and seen the striking black and white photos of women, men and even children – all photographed to support Stage 4 metastatic cancer research, you should know Jerri Graham was the photographer behind them all. A Westport mom of a 19 year old daughter, Jerri’s love for the camera – and capturing those fleeting life moments – came from her dad, and has come full circle after years in the food industry. Jerri is the real deal – she loves avocados, can’t tolerate superficial conversations, and has a deep appreciation for quiet, having grown up as one of five. At her core, she is an artist who loves finding beauty in the people around her, and capturing It. The incredible portraits she’s done will be featured at the POP’T Art Gallery on March 7th as part of a project she started for AWARE (a local charity organization) in support of The Cancer Couch. Thank you Jerri for capturing the spirit of what makes our community so special.

Meet Stryke Club – The Must-Have Product for Boy Moms!

Meet Stryke Club – The Must-Have Product for Boy Moms!

Meet the Moms behind Stryke Club, a one-of-kind product line made specifically for teenage boys. This dynamic team includes a pediatric dermatologist, a family therapist, a product development pro and an entrepreneur. Click here to learn more about these innovative products and their expert advice for supporting teens dealing with acne! Or to try ot, go to strykeclub.com and use code LOCALMOMS for 15% off.

Meet Meredith!

Meet Meredith!

Meredith is a Westport native, mom of two daughters and a highly respected realtor in town (@weknowwestportrealestate), but most importantly she is one of those people whose name comes up and everyone in earshot can be heard saying “Meredith is amazing!” Knowing she would always return to Westport, Meredith’s mom inspired her to try real estate for the long-term work life balance It would allow for, and she is forever grateful. While a powerhouse in the industry, her latest passion is educating women – and men – on the importance of genetic testing, particularly for the BRCA gene mutation, after her own experience with this knowledge truly changed – and possibly – has saved her life. Meredith loves to sleep, dreams nightly about her morning cappucino and loves nothing more than laughing about anything (particularly reality TV!) with her sister! Meredith is truly one of the most courageous people around – and a true inspiration.

Orthodontics 101 from Westport Native and Orthodontist, Emily Driesman!

Orthodontics 101 from Westport Native and Orthodontist, Emily Driesman!

With some children as young as 7 or 8 having expanders- or even braces now – many parents wonder “when should I visit an orthodontist?” and “how do I know if my child needs anything like that?” While a lot of the orthodontic early intervention can seem pre-mature, there is a lot of good rationale and science behind It. We sat down with Westport native and local owner of Embrace Orthodontics in Westport, Emily Driesman, to get the scoop!

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