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Meet Melissa!

Meet Melissa!

While almost anyone living in Westport knows what an enormous influence “Melissa & Doug” has had both on our children and this local community, not many know that Melissa has lived here for 35 years, has 6 children, and is a self-proclaimed introvert! She is also the quintessential bargain shopper (embarrassing her kids at times with her coupon cutting!), uses no apps, and holds a small number of friends close like precious jewels. In the midst of her very full life, she has recently found herself fantasizing about dance parties with everyone she loves most, and only regrets not being immortal so as to be there for every moment of her childrens’ lives. She has been using her imagination to create products since she was a child, and feels incredibly fortunate to have met Doug and to have taken a risk to follow her passion almost 30 years ago.

Meet Linda!

Meet Linda!

Since 2002, Linda Sharkey and her husband Scott have had a tremendous impact on the Fairfield County community with their founding of Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, a business that now has 40 franchises worldwide. While Sharkey’s has been like a child in and of itself, Linda has 3 other children who she loves spending days with at Compo and a night out at Pink Sumo. She is recently addicted to SnapChat, a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie (Maybelline Baby Lips is a recent fave!), and like so many of us can’t get enough of Joey’s fries! She values loyalty above all, and shares how important she feels it is to ensure each of us maintains something – be it a hobby, job, friend – just for ourselves!

Dan Woog- meet the man behind 06880!

Dan Woog- meet the man behind 06880!

For many people in Westport, Dan Woog’s “06880” blog is how they find out anything and everything going on locally. What many don’t know is that Dan grew up here, has been the Staples Varsity boys soccer coach for 15 years, has written 11 books, and has been at the forefront of the LGBT community for over a decade. We were honored to sit down with Dan and get the inside scoop from this incredible man who keeps so many of us in the know!

Westport Library 25th Annual Book Sale THIS Weekend!

Westport Library 25th Annual Book Sale THIS Weekend!

  The Library’s huge book sale is this weekend (http://westportlibrary.org/support-wpl/book-sales) and volunteers are still needed on Saturday between 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunday between 1:00 - 5:00 PM and takedown on Tuesday between 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Ideally, volunteer...

Meet Irene!

Meet Irene!

Though many in Westport know Irene for her incredible photography and passion for the “wonder Woman”, many don’t know she was raised on a catfish farm in Oklahoma, and had a very robust career behind the camera for many years helping to style models and fashion designers in NYC, including Betsy Johnson, and working alongside Annie Leibovitz. Here in Westport, she loves hiking at Earthplace, a good dinner at Bodega, and is a CrossFit addict! She also reveals how the Cozi app has helped her stay organized in life, and that her secret guilty pleasure is the show Scandal!

Camp Essentials – Ideas for Meals and Snacks!

Camp Essentials – Ideas for Meals and Snacks!

Summer is here, which means school is out and camp is in. If you’re sending little ones off to day camp, it’s time to think about what the heck they’re going to eat. Since camp meals can be more stressful than packing school lunches, we turned to registered dietician and athletic trainer, Dana White, for some tasty, healthy and easy ideas to make meal prep feel like you’re on vacation.

Meet Anne!

Meet Anne!

You may recognize Anne from around town- or because of Beau Soleil- her new line of fun, beach friendly visors! What many may not know is that Anne used to be a fitness model in NYC, and was featured in a MTV fitness video. While Anne absolutely adores her three sons, one of her biggest regrets is that she did not meet her husband sooner in life so she could have had 6 kids! She loves The Whelk, values creativity in all its forms, and is known for often calling loved ones “cutie”. A constant bursting of positive energy, Anne is one not to be missed!

Sunscreen 101: Top Recommendations for kids, moms, dads and more!

Sunscreen 101: Top Recommendations for kids, moms, dads and more!

If you’re anything like us, every summer involves a new attempt to figure out the best sunscreen options for our kids – and ourselves. With the constantly evolving perspectives on the frequency of application needed, and which sunscreens actually work and are safe, we turned to Westport mom of four, and renowned Dermatologist, Rhonda (Ronnie) Klein for her “favorites” for this summer – and year round!

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