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U ARE HEARD is here to help students in the way THEY need!

U ARE HEARD is here to help students in the way THEY need!

Let’s face It – parenting is super hard sometimes. What can a parent do when they are concerned about their young adult? U ARE HEARD was created to make getting help easier. We streamline the process of getting assistance by hiring amazingly talented therapists and coaches to ensure quality care and providing online assistance that is easy, private, convenient and done in the fashion young adults prefer to communicate. Helping students is our passion. Learn more about us!!

Meet Erin!

Meet Erin!

Meet Erin! Mom to two daughters, and a superstar person, Erin recently joined the team at New Beauty and Wellness in Westport as a Board certified Physician Assistant specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. After 13 years at a larger dermatology practice, Erin was inspired by her dad to make a career move to a place where she could spend more time with each patient, and focus namely on non-surgical facial rejuvenation which is her passion. Some fun facts – Erin dreams of of being a dancer in a next life, is addicted to Hot Tamales (the candy!) in this life, and once owned- and rode – a motorcycle! As a mom, Erin has recognized her own increasing need to focus on “wellness,” and is thrilled to be helping others focus on their own as well at her new home! Erin is renowned in her field, and Westport is lucky to have her!

Meet the Founder of “Giving Digitized” – A New Approach to Digital Giving

Meet the Founder of “Giving Digitized” – A New Approach to Digital Giving

A new digital charitable tool, Giving Digitized, aims to bring charitable giving online into an easy to use platform—a simple solution for the times! In 2020 alone, they helped 17 charities in 4 cities, and are just getting started. “We make it easier for you and charities to help the community by taking the stress out of organizing and tracking toward your promise to help,” explains Giving Digitized’s NYC-based founder and CEO Shazia Peeran. We chatted with Shazia, whose background is in finance, about her new company, including her inspiration as well as future plans.

Meet Lauren (from It’s Lauren of Course!)

Meet Lauren (from It’s Lauren of Course!)

Many people know Lauren for her incredible recipes, unique style of cooking, and her charismatic personality which has stolen the heart of millions on talk shows, cooking shows, and social media! What many don’t know is she is a Westport mom of two boys who left Wall Street for culinary school after her then-boyfriend-now-husband dared her to quit her job and go to cooking school! Since graduating from the French Culinary Institute. Shortly after, she launched her own catering company, while simultaneously working as a private chef, teaching cooking classes, and pursuing her passion for food styling on live television. During the pandemic, she brought joy – and delicious meals – to so many via her Instagram, It’s Lauren of Course, doing 100 live shows! She couldn’t live without smoked fish, is a self-proclaimed night owl, and loves nothing more than a vacation in France! If you are looking for yummy food, some new inspiration, or just someone to make you smile (all the time), Lauren is your girl!!

Summer Chicken Milanese from “It’s Lauren Of Course”

Summer Chicken Milanese from “It’s Lauren Of Course”

Any combination of farmer’s market lettuces and tomatoes will work with this Milanese. The simplicity of quality ingredients is what makes this dish shine! People often don’t think of Milanese as seasonal, but I surely do. Vine-ripened colorful tomatoes, basil, and tender, fresh lettuces from the farmer’s market . . . these are summer staples. ENJOY!

Easy Summer Cocktail – Pineapple, Lime and Mint Sparkler!!

Easy Summer Cocktail – Pineapple, Lime and Mint Sparkler!!

Thank you to The Local Moms Network contributor Maria Provenzano of From Scratch with Maria for sharing this delicious recipe! It’s really the perfect summer sip—refreshing, special, and able to be prepped ahead of time. Make a batch of the mint simple syrup on Sunday as part of your “meal prep” and you can whip up individual cocktails during the week without taking much more time than pouring a glass of wine!

Meet Rick (think Challah at The Granola Bar!!)

Meet Rick (think Challah at The Granola Bar!!)

If you remember Great Cakes in Westport – or have been to The Granola Bar lately, you may have seen the pillow-like Challahs that people line up for on Friday mornings – or the beautiful cupcakes and baked goods making you hungry! Thank you Rick! Rick has been a Westport celebrity since 1989, owning his own bakery for many years, and after a stint at Peter’s Market in Weston, he returned here to continue sharing his love for all things delicious with us at The Granola Bar! He loves making birthday cakes for grown adults who he made toddler cakes for 30 years ago, and seeing the joy he can bring to so many! He has 3 nearly grown children who he adores, and loves Opera and CrossFit in his spare time (he starts making Challahs at 2am on Friday mornings!). If you haven’t tried Rick’s goodies yet, head over there soon; he is a rockstar, and we’re so glad and grateful he keeps doing what he loves in our community. Thank you Rick!!

Make 4th of July FUN for your PUP with YUPPUP!

Make 4th of July FUN for your PUP with YUPPUP!

For HUMANS, 4th of July is a celebration. For PUPS, 4th of July is a nightmare. Make 4th of July FUN for your PUP with YUPPUP. Fireworks, without the ANXIETY. July 4th BBQ without the BELLY-ACHE. Summer fun runs, without the JOINT PAIN. Pick up a bag of YUPPUP treats at yuppup.shop. You can also find YUPPUP at Earth Animal and this Saturday at the Westport Summer Sidewalk Sale.

Meet Green Mattress Founder who has Changed the Sleeping Game!

Meet Green Mattress Founder who has Changed the Sleeping Game!

As parents, good, healthy sleep for our whole family is always a priority. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with My Green Mattress, which specializes in certified organic, USA-made healthy and affordable mattresses. Read our interview with founder Tim Masters, who launched My Green Mattress after his daughter Emily developed allergies and eczema as a baby. Use code LOCALMOMS to save!

Meet Jon

Meet Jon

If summer camp, kids sports, leadership development, or good humans are things you enjoy, you should know Jon (and Sara) Deren! Dad to three kids, and a Westporter for ten years plus, Jon is an entrepreneur through and through and continues to create experiences that will change children’s lives and enable them to have active, tech-free experiences outside of their ‘comfort zone’ (and away from their parents!!. He currently owns and runs a boys sleep-away camp in Maine, owns a girls camp and performing arts camp up there as well, and runs Experience Camps for children who have lost a parent or sibling! His newest project is creating a place here in Westport where kids can play sports, socialize, and be part of a community that believes in the values and skills that are built through a positive version of youth athletics, similar to what he does at camp! In his free time, he loves skiing, coaching and watching his kids activities, and is eternally grateful to his wife Sara for agreeing to spend her summers with him in Maine! Jon is just the greatest, and Westport couldn’t be luckier to call him ours!

Thank you Active Dog for these tips, tricks and things to do with our 4 legged kids this summer!

Thank you Active Dog for these tips, tricks and things to do with our 4 legged kids this summer!

Don’t forget to include your pup in your summer plans! Here are some tips, tricks and things to do with your 4 legged kids this summer thanks to Active Dog! There are lots of dog friendly parks right in our area, perfect for a day trip! With plenty of activities at these parks to keep you, your kids, and your pet’s occupied and stimulated, the hardest part will be choosing where to go.

Easy Dinner – One Pan Skillet Spaghetti Recipe!

Easy Dinner – One Pan Skillet Spaghetti Recipe!

There’s a time and place for cooking an elaborate meal, and it’s not during the week. Especially in the fun but frenetic weeks between school finishing up and camp beginning. This one-pan skillet spaghetti recipe from Kathleen, the mom behind CatwithaK Cooks, is more of a technique than a rigid recipe, because it’s so easily adapted to your family’s tastes and dietary restrictions/allergies. “I learned this method when I worked for Martha Stewart. She was doing a one-pan pasta way before Tik Tok!” says Kathleen.

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