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Healthy Baby – Why our Moms are Loving these Products!

Healthy Baby – Why our Moms are Loving these Products!

As new moms and then as second or third-time moms welcoming more babies, nothing is more important to us than keeping our babies happy and safe. That’s why we are thrilled to share all about a growing baby brand that is completely shaking things up (for the better): HealthyBaby. Founded by mom of two Shazi Visram, who created the industry-changing HappyBaby food brand, HealthyBaby is on a mission to protect babies while encouraging developmental support.

3 Cold Remedies that Can do More Harm than Good

3 Cold Remedies that Can do More Harm than Good

From Vitamin C supplements to hot toddies, some of the most popular #coldremedies might be causing more harm than good. Have no fear! Hartford HealthCare Medical Group gets to the bottom of why these remedies probably aren’t the superheroes we think they are. Discover the truth in our latest blog post featuring Dr. Rosario Giacomini, a family medicine provider in Westport!

Join us for a Mom’s Night Out Thursday, February 1st!

Join us for a Mom’s Night Out Thursday, February 1st!

With the dark nights and cold, dreary weather, we could all use a MOMS NIGHT OUT! Check out Embrace Orthodontics’ NEW spacious, beautiful and bright office, and meet local mom and orthodontist, Dr. Emily, THIS Thursday, February 1st anytime from 7PM-930PM at 24 Imperial Ave in Westport! Enjoy a MAGICIAN, apps, and delicious tequila cocktails with the hottest new tequila from Lebron James! Friends welcome!

5 Pregnancy Apps You’ll Love

5 Pregnancy Apps You’ll Love

*This story originally appeared on the Local Moms Network. If there’s one thing pregnant moms aren’t lacking in this high-speed, digital life, it’s information. What we once trusted to Google search is now available in detail – and with much more reliability and accuracy – through a medley of apps. Yet the options at our fingertips can even get overwhelming, until now. We’ve narrowed down our top 5 pregnancy apps that will actually help you stay informed, connected and organized throughout your pregnancy and beyond – so you can focus on what matters most: nurturing yourself and your growing baby.

Meet Olivia

Meet Olivia

Local mom of one little girl (with a son on the way!), Olivia always knew she wanted to be a divorce lawyer, and has worked at Ferro & Battey, LLC since finishing law school over eight years ago! Olivia loves Westport, and has been amazed by how outgoing, warm and inviting people she has met have been, and is thrilled to be a part of this community. Olivia loves ice cream, any true crime related podcast, lazy mornings watching TV in bed (a rarity now as a mom!), and hopes to one day visit India and ride in a hot air balloon! Olivia is a morning person (always has been), and enjoys nothing more than hugging her daughter after a long day at work! Westport is lucky to have another rockstar momma in the community!

Paris Hilton’s Mom Era: 6 Reasons We’re Loving It

Paris Hilton’s Mom Era: 6 Reasons We’re Loving It

Paris Hilton is currently promoting her show Paris in Love, which airs on Peacock, and chronicles her self-proclaimed “Mom Era”…and what an era it is. Just over two years ago, in November 2021, she married venture capitalist Carter Reum, and quickly welcomed son Phoenix (born in January 2023) and daughter London (whose birth was announced at Thanksgiving, both via surrogate. It’s certainly a different Paris than OG fans from the 90s and ‘00s remember; nights out with pals like Britney Spears and the Greek shipping heir boyfriend of the month are now replaced by nights in with a nanny and Carter, aside from the occasional work trip. And Millennial and Gen-X moms are totally here for it. Here’s why:

3 Ways to Transform your New Year’s resolution into Healthy Habits

3 Ways to Transform your New Year’s resolution into Healthy Habits

Tired of making New Year’s resolutions that quickly fizzle out? You’re not alone — 80% of people abandon them by February. But this year, we have good news! Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has the inside scoop on beating those odds and turning your health goals into sustainable habits. Our latest blog post features Dr. Muhammad Bhutta, a family medicine provider in Stamford, who spills the beans on 3 game-changing ways to transform your resolutions into healthy lifestyle changes.

Meet Melissa Bernstein

Meet Melissa Bernstein

Meet Melissa Bernstein, the co-founder of inimitable toy brand Melissa & Doug, and now Lifelines, a collection of physical tools designed for stress relief using a revolutionary wellness technique called Sensory Immersion™: using your senses to send calming signals to your brain. In addition to becoming an incredibly successful entrepreneur, Melissa built a beautiful family; she is mom to six children ranging in ages from 30 to 15. Underneath all the success, though, was an undercurrent of depression. After facing her mental health struggles and sharing them in her memoir to help others, Lifelines was born. Already, the brand is receiving praise for being as innovative for the wellness space as Melissa & Doug was for the toy industry. Learn more about Lifelines and Melissa at the link in our bio.

Meet Amanda, Founder of Rebel & Rose

Meet Amanda, Founder of Rebel & Rose

Mom to a little baby boy, Amanda is the Founder and Owner of Rebel & Rose Tattoo Studio in Downtown Westport, which opened in 2022. After over a decade tattooing in Long Island, and more recently in Connecticut, Amanda found the industry to be very male dominated, and decided to create a space for herself – and other like-minded female artists. Rebel & Rose is the first female founded and operated Tattoo Studio in Fairfield County! An artist at heart, Amanda thought she would work in Art Therapy prior to finding tattooing, and resurfaced her love for painting during COVID. Amanda loves the mountains (she dreams of visiting Montana one day), swears by her Apple pencil for all of her designs, is a morning person, and she owns a 1932 Ford Coupe which her grandfather built for her and gave to her before passing away. Amanda’s love for her work is evidenced by her amazing studio and clientele, and she loves nothing more than sharing her passion with others.

Ear Molding with Dr. Jandali

Ear Molding with Dr. Jandali

Dr. Shareef Jandali is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Trumbull, Connecticut and Manhattan, NY. He specializes in non-surgical ear molding for newborn ear deformities such as prominent ears, ear lidding, pointed ears, Stahl’s ear, constricted ear, and cup ear. Ear molding is a painless procedure performed in his office that gently corrects the misshapen ear cartilage. It is best to start in the first few weeks after birth for full correction, but improvements in shape can still be obtained up to 4 months of age. Ear molding does not affect hearing development, breastfeeding, or sleeping. Ear molding is usually covered by insurance. Visit www.ear-molding.com for more information.

9 Things to Say No to this Month

9 Things to Say No to this Month

No-vember: This new term is all over social media, and moms everywhere are embracing it in real life, with good reason. It describes the act of saying no to protect your physical, emotional and spiritual energy this month—a reserve all parents will need once the holidays hit. Saying no to things that don’t serve you, or your family, can be the most powerful thing in the world, because it frees you to say yes to things that do. From 7 meetings with Santa for the kids, to helming every event at school, not everything has to get the go-ahead. Here are 20 things to consider turning down—but you’ll know your own No-vember boundaries best.

Meet Diana

Meet Diana

If you are looking for a fresh start health wise, some help recovering from childbirth or a surgery, or just looking for some lifestyle changes, Diana may be just who you are looking for! A family nurse practitioner at many leading hospitals (including NYU, Columbia and Mt. Sinai) before kids and COVID, Diana decided to enroll in a Nurse Health Coaching program, and is excited to assist clients recovering from surgery, guiding them through post-partum recovery, medication management or a broad-based program to achieve a healthier lifestyle. As a mom to a little boy, 3 dogs and 7 chickens, she is busy, but loves family time eating Mexican food, playing tennis, and swears by putting lemon on all things, including chips and popcorn! Her Columbian grandparents have always been her inspiration and she believes she was always destined to help others, and is so grateful to be in this community doing what she loves!

Molly Sims’ 5 Minute Beauty Routine!

Molly Sims’ 5 Minute Beauty Routine!

Moms don’t have time for elaborate skincare routines – whether they’re mere mortals like us, or iconic model and entrepreneur Molly Sims. Recently, she shared her 5-minute skincare routine with The Local Moms Network CEO Layla Lisiewski. “We were in the sun for the last three months, so now it’s time to bring your retinols back, and incorporate brightening essentials to target any dark spots, hyperpigmentation and sun damage to the skin, while also continuing to protect your skin from the sun with SPF,” says Molly.

What a Psychotherapist Learned from Parenting a Child with Anxiety

What a Psychotherapist Learned from Parenting a Child with Anxiety

I thought at 20 years in practice I had seen most of what there was to see when it came to anxiety. For the last two decades, I have treated adults and adolescents in private practice in Connecticut. When you work with young people, often you are also working with families to help support them and guide them in reinforcing treatment goals at home. There was a piece that I was missing, however, until I became a mom of a child with anxiety. Without sharing too many details, the past few months have been a struggle for our family. Having a child that developed a phobia that prevents them from attending school regularly impacts everyone in the family, including moms who are anxiety therapists…

Meet Allison…another Warrior!

Meet Allison…another Warrior!

If you know Allison Walmark, she has likely been making you laugh – and helping you keep perspective when the going gets tough for years! If you don’t know her, you’re welcome! Allison is a mom of two in Westport who truly is the definition of resilience and warrior. Just over 6 years ago, Allison was diagnosed with breast cancer, and given she had two kids, and was in her early 50s, she decided to do a double mastectomy without looking back (the day she refers to as “Jug Removal Day!”). Today she is sharing her story- and her journey with us – and It is unquestionably one that will make you laugh (because she’s hilarious), feel stronger, and remember that sharing with others is how we all heal, so thank you Allison!

Meet the Pink Aid Trio – Andi, Jill and Lindsey!

Meet the Pink Aid Trio – Andi, Jill and Lindsey!

If you live locally, you have likely heard about PinkAid, an amazing organization that provides support and financial assistance to families (and patients) battling breast cancer. Founded in Westport by four amazing individuals impacted by Breast Cancer in a meaningful way, the organization has exploded, and now has a national reach. This Thursday, October 12th, the 13th Annual Pink Aid Luncheon and Warrior Fashion Show will take place at Mitchell’s in Westport. We had the chance to speak with the three amazing women chairing this event about their role in the organization, their passion for the cause, and why PinkAid matters so much to those in need.

Meet Ali Heitz (Kerri Rosenthal’s Daughter)…A True Warrior

Meet Ali Heitz (Kerri Rosenthal’s Daughter)…A True Warrior

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, another amazing warrior – Ali Heitz (daughter of beloved artist and local mom, Kerri Rosenthal) – shares her story of battling – and surviving – breast cancer! At the young age of just 30, Ali learned she had breast cancer through a routine visit to her OBGYN, reminding us that this disease does not discriminate against age. With the support of her mom – and her community – she did all that was needed to fight, including 20 rounds of radiation, chemotherapy, plus freezing her eggs before treatment started given her young age and life stage. We are thrilled to share that Ali is doing remarkably well! She is very excited about she and her mom’s recent collaboration with Pink Aid – and Bloomingdales – where Kerri painted an incredible piece of art to help support Pink Aid, a locally started- and now national organization, providing Compassionate Support and Rapid Emergency Financial Assistance to patients in treatment who do not have the resources needed. Learn more about Ali’s story- and the journey she and her mom are on.

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