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Meet Nikki!

Meet Nikki!

While many people in our community know and rave about “Dr. Nikki” from Village Pediatrics, what many may not realize is that she recently established – and is now the CEO of Westport Medical and Wellness Center, a membership-based care model where patients pay a flat fee directly for unlimited access to primary and preventative services. The wellness center is the result of Nikki’s belief that a better adult primary care model was needed in our community! Nikki’s passion for taking care of others started as a young child, and her love for travel most recently enabled her to spend time in Africa helping people there, a lifelong dream of hers. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her three children, in another life she might have been a writer, and fun fact – her real first name is Carol! Nikki has now started four unique medical practices over her career, and continues to find ways to provide kids (and now adults) with the health and wellness support they need. Westport is so lucky to have Nikki – and we look forward to all that’s ahead!

Meet our Mother Daughter Dynamic Duo – Kerri & Ali!

Meet our Mother Daughter Dynamic Duo – Kerri & Ali!

For many years now, Kerri Rosenthal has been disrupting the art world – and winning over the Westport community – with her unique paintings full of vibrant color, but many may not know she runs her business side by side with her daughter, Ali! After having her children, Kerri was itching to go back to work, and was inspired by some art she saw at a restaurant to begin painting again. After creating her first small collection, clients began buying art off the walls of her home, and strangers began commissioning pieces. Shortly after graduating and spending some time in the fashion industry, Ali joined her mom, and they have watched their business explode with a foundation of mutual respect, and love for colors and creating beautiful spaces. Just six years after opening the Kerri Rosenthal concept shop, the business has expanded into a mix of Retail/ Ecomm, Trade, Wholesale and Interiors. Together with Ali, they get to create, enjoy time together, and value family time more than anything. Their recent collaboration with Roberta Roller Rabbit (where their art was on PJs) sold out across all channels in under an hour, showing how truly beloved their work has become! This Mother’s Day, we wanted to share their story, and hope you enjoy learning more about this dynamic duo!

Meet Stephanie!!

Meet Stephanie!!

Mom to three, and one of six, Stephanie has always loved and valued the importance of the home and ensuring It is a space for people to eat, play and live well. While working in advertising in New York, she knew she needed both a change in lifestyle and a creative outlet, so she went to design school at Parsons School of Design to pursue interior design as a passion, but also as a serious career. For many years, Stephanie has loved working with clients who are inspired by fashion and edgier styles, and appreciate how custom design can elevate their lifestyle! Born and raised Italian, Stephanie couldn’t live without pasta, often can be heard using the word “chic,” and in another life would love to be a singer (she is currently amazed at how off tune she actually is!) Growing up in a big family and raising one has shown Stephanie how important It is to listen to others, to have a living space (especially a kitchen!) conducive to a family’s lifestyle, and to feel inspired in your own home.

Get Fabulous Spring Photos with Shoott!

Get Fabulous Spring Photos with Shoott!

As moms, we’re usually behind the camera instead of in front of it. While that means that our phones are full of fun photos and memories of our families, we unfortunately aren’t *in* any of those photos. Shoott, a female-run company making professional photography accessible to everyone, can help us all change that, without making a big commitment of time or money. Curious to try? Go to Shoott.com to find a location close to you, and take advantage of our code, LOCALMOMS, for 15% off 5+ photos.

Meet Michelle Brandriss, Founder of Name Bubbles

Meet Michelle Brandriss, Founder of Name Bubbles

If you have a child going to camp this summer, Name Bubblesis a mom-founded brand that can help you stay organized! These Made in the USA custom name labels were created in Michelle Brandriss’s basement when her son Cooper was starting daycare. Cooper is now 15, and Name Bubbles is a team of twenty working on orders that ship to all 50 states and around the world, with labels for everyone from babies to teens! Want to buy some Name Bubbles labels for camp? Head to namebubbles.com and use code CAMPMOM15 for 15% off all products!

Meet Dana!!

Meet Dana!!

Founder and medical director of Westport Medispa, Dr. Dana Brownell is a board-certified physician, with a sole focus on Aesthetic Medicine, specializing in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. She has two daughters (10 and 12), and shares she was inspired at a young age by the mantra: “take care of your skin, take care of you” which led her on her career journey to where she is today! She loves the ability to combine artistry with science, and to customize each patient’s outcome! Outside the office, Dana loves to travel, enjoys her husbands cooking (she herself has set her microwave on fire=)), and swears by chocolate! She was born in Israel (despite having no accent!), will be a hard core drummer in another life, and enjoys dressing up when she’s not in scrubs! Dana has built an impressive business with the goal of helping people look and feel their best, and loves being part of this community!

How Hormone Imbalance Affects Everyday Life

How Hormone Imbalance Affects Everyday Life

Hormones decline naturally with age, but sometimes the changes can occur earlier than usual and can cause a significant impact on the way you feel and function. If your hormones aren’t optimized, you may feel tired, moody, experience weight gain, a decrease in your energy and libido, and have trouble sleeping. You don’t have to simply” deal” with these symptoms- bioidentical hormone optimization can normalize your hormones and help you feel like yourself again.

WestportMoms Spring Essentials from Stylist Natalie Decleve!

WestportMoms Spring Essentials from Stylist Natalie Decleve!

Spring is FINALLY just around the corner, and while you may be more than ready–is your wardrobe?? Now is a great time to think about spring cleaning that closet of yours and making way for some seasonal updates. Personal NYC Stylist, Natalie Decleve, shares first hand how cathartic it can be to purge a stuffed dresser, and how life-changing it is to learn wardrobe staples that actually suit your body and lifestyle. Fashion should be fun and getting dressed shouldn’t be hard. See her picks for spring!!

Meet Rosie!

Meet Rosie!

Meet Rosie! Born with no forearms, she embraced her disability and began painting with her toes as a toddler. By 6, she was winning art competitions, and has gone on to become a tremendously successful artist, after many years in film production and TV focused on visual effects. Mom to three kids here in Westport, Rosie really found her calling at a retreat called We Want More several years ago when she had the chance to paint in front of others, and has been painting and sharing her story to empower others ever since! In her spare time, she loves kdramas (a guilty pleasure!), playing retro Nintendo games, and still hopes to one day be an Oscar winner for a Short Animated Film! Rosie has lived a life to be admired, focused on embracing her differences, sharing those with the world, and choosing to be extraordinary, rather than ordinary. Extraordinary she truly is!

Meet Jen!!

Meet Jen!!

While many in town may know Jen, mom to three who has been in Westport with her family for 14 years, what many may not know is that she works for Save the Children (STC), an amazing organization locally that works to provide resources and support to children across the world when crises strike. At a time like this, the work they do is as important as everI After a pre-kids career in real estate finance, Jen found herself at STC doing research for their strategic foundation partnerships group which she loves, feels good at, and feels good about. In her spare time Jen loves traveling with her family, eating pizza, reading a good book, and avoids snakes at all costs. She is an awesome human doing awesome work!

How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News!

How to Talk to Kids About Scary or Tragic Events in the News!

Your child has probably heard about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and they may have seen disturbing footage on the news or on social media. This raises a question that parents often struggle with after scary and tragic events: What’s the best way to talk to kids about the news while also managing your own emotions as parents? Connecticut Children’s developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares advice…

Meet the Moms of Send me a Trainer!

Meet the Moms of Send me a Trainer!

Looking to get fitter in 2022, but not sure where to start or if you have the time? Send Me a Trainer (with mom-owned locations in Northern and Southern Fairfield County) is an innovative fitness app that helps you quickly book vetted trainers for at-home (or live virtual) workouts. Use code CTMOM1 for a 20% discount for any 4-month, 8-month or 12-month program!

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