Health & Beauty
A good sneaker is the perfect finish to your Fall mom uniform. We’ve rounded up a variety of options, so depending on your style, where you live, and your budget, you’ll find something you’ll love on our shortlist. Add a pair of jeans or your favorite Fall dress, and you’ll be ready for the drop-off line in no time.
Meet Kellie Gerardi, an aerospace and defense professional, a mom, and a bioastronautics researcher who will be flying to space on a dedicated science mission with Virgin Galactic! She also is the author of children’s picture book series, Luna Muna. While most of us can’t exactly relate to being an astronaut, Kellie shares relatable parenting content on TikTok, where she has amassed more than half a million followers. We spoke to Kellie about her amazing career, family life in Florida, with her husband and daughter, and more.
You are invited to view the brand new KR x Roberta Roller Rabbit Collection & Holiday Shopping with Stoned Jewelry and complimentary piercings! Join us from 10am-6pm THIS Saturday!
Habitual Hostess’ Beef & Broccoli stir fry is a perfect clean-out-your-fridge, weeknight week, that can be made with any combo of meats and veggies!
Kelly Akehurst, Mental Health Counselor, a mom of two and a survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression shares her thoughts on why Moms could use some additional support from time to time!
It’s not even Winter and a surge in cases of RSV is making headlines. But we don’t need the news to tell us what we’re seeing ourselves: pediatrian offices are backed up with cases, schools are sending out alerts, and families all around us are getting hit. Pediatrician Dr. Krissy Satchi breaks down the basics of RSV so we can be prepared.
If moving to the suburbs or extra time at home these last few years piqued your interest in home decor and design, Jen Berniker is someone you should know! After having kids, Jen struggled with what came next, having worked in TV for many years and still craving a creative outlet. After many part-time and freelance jobs, she recently created Designport (a platform for everyone from DIYers to seasoned designers to connect and share helpful advice on design), and has found a way to combine her storytelling and people-connecting skills with her love of photography, writing, and architecture & design. She also loves the added bonus of getting to visit so many people’s homes! Outside of work, she is an adrenaline junkie – loves skiing, climbing, dark chocolate, and all forms of travel. Jen loved the quiet family time COVID gave their family, but getting to connect with and share so many people’s stories with her newest endeavor has been a gift, and she is excited to share It with all of us!
Every year around Halloween, parents start trying to balance keeping kids safe and letting them have fun—and a little freedom. This year, in particular, we’re hearing a lot of questions about Fentanyl and whether parents should really be worried about drugs in trick or treat bags. We asked Dr. Katherine Noble of Sound Beach Pediatrics in Greenwich, CT, our top questions about Halloween safety.
Like so many other local “breast cancer warriors”, Audrey Symes was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year after a routine mammogram and sonogram, both of which her OBGYN conducts regularly. Though she somewhat privately ventured along her journey of surgery, radiation, chemo and more, she recently shared her story, providing a tremendous source of support and strength to others, and finding herself amazed by the support she and her family received along the way. With an 8 year old daughter, and cancer being somewhat of a “part-time” job, life has changed, but Audrey has found ways to stay active, loves reading and the “You’re Dead to Me” podcast on BBC, and truly sees her oncology team as her real life heroes. Audrey’s story is a reminder to stay on top of our health, and that anything is possible.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 babies in the US are born without a critical strain of bacteria (EVC001) that improves immunity, cognition and metabolomic health? Today we are speaking with Kaile Zagger, Westport mom and CEO of Infinant Health, a company working to replenish this bacteria in newborns, setting them on a trajectory for improved lifelong health! After years spent working on groundbreaking late-stage breast cancer research, she is now focused on revolutionizing the infant health space, and has been hailed by her peers as a “Warrior for women and children.” We are so lucky to call her ours!
Holiday photos are one of the great end of year traditions. Sending out festive cards and updating framed photographs in your home is always lovely and nostalgic. The process itself, however, can get a little tricky (very tricky if you happen to have one or more babies or toddlers, ha!). To help us make our family photos as perfect (and painless) as possible, we asked Rachel Wasserman, Lead Photographer at Shoott, to give us her tried-and-true advice on the topic.
If you are looking for inspiration in any capacity right now, look no further! Meet Courtney Prussin, mom to Camryn and two adorable dogs, who went to her first mammogram after turning 40 and was shockingly diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS (the earliest form of breast cancer). This led her down a path to a double mastectomy and many weeks and months of managing and living with a cancer diagnosis. She shares her immense gratitude toward the village of friends and family that has surrounded her on her journey, and how she stumbled upon Pink Aid, an incredible organization which has enabled her to help others battling cancer who don’t have the resources many of us do, and life on the other side. Most recently, Courtney walked the runway at Pink Aid’s Pinkchella event as a “warrior” with her daughter and husband, a proud and strong mom and woman who reminds us that if you stay on top of your health, anything is possible!
Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer is a familiar face on morning television, as an anchor on the TODAY show’s 3rdHour, as well as a regular fill-in for Al Roker and Carson Daly on the first part of the program. Recently, after welcoming her third son in September 2021, she decided to leave Weekend TODAY, to spent weekends with her family — a choice many working moms can relate to. We spoke to her about life as a working mom, and the hard choices we all have to make!
Slow cooker meals are a lifesaver for busy nights – but we also are beginning to use them on busy mornings. Before school during the week or before early sports games on the weekends, meals like this hearty Banana Bread Oatmeal from recipe creator and Tik Tok star Kathleen Ashmore will get your team fed and out the door, quickly.
Meet Sarah! New-ish to Westport – and mom of two – Sarah is a 15+ year veteran in the pilates, yoga, aerial and coaching industry having led teacher trainings, owned studios and performed aerial with artists like Lady Gaga and Lil Kim. She works with clients locally in her private studio and virtually worldwide. She recently restructured her offerings from the health industry’s standard of hourly sessions to leading 30 day Personalized Transformational Programs that focus on curating your dream lifestyle through movement and mindset work. After recovering from her own addiction, Sarah is as focused as ever on finding things that bring her – and her clients – joy – and is the biggest cheerleader imaginable, despite being a natural introvert! Sarah loves all things Bravo, wishes she could sing, and has a weakness for peanut butter! Sarah’s methods of transforming people’s bodies, minds and lives is truly unique (trust us!!), and she has a gift we are so lucky she has decided to share!
As moms, feeding our kids can take up a lot of our time and brain power. If you have picky eaters or constant snackers, it can feel like half of your bandwidth is taken up by monitoring what your kids are (or aren’t) eating. That’s why we love Lesser Evil Snacks, a company on a mission to make healthier and less processed snacks kids and parents will love. Click here to learn more about this amazing brand, including its superior ingredients, eco-friendly packaging and more! Use code LOCALMOMS20 for 20% off your first purchase, or head to Whole Foods to check out their selection!
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Naturino Kids Shoes & More is NOW OPEN in Westport! Stop in for great back to school shopping, and meet the wonderful owners!
We all know that great intentions can sometimes lead us astray. Case in point, plastic water bottles! Of course, staying hydrated is a huge priority for us and our children. With fall routines – and lunchbox packing – around the corner, we rounded up eight great reusable water bottle companies you have to check out. We realize that reusable water bottles aren’t cheap. But if you consider the cost per use, the investment makes sense!
It’s a common pain point of the back-to-school routine: packing lunches. Though we might typically dread this step on a busy morning, we’re sharing some mouth-watering inspiration – and easy hacks – to help you reimagine the process. (Think: sous chefs and make-ahead options!) We’ve enlisted Catherine McCord, the talented founder of Weelicious, to help. The California mom of three is on a mission to make sure kids enjoy healthy food through beautiful presentation.