Mom of 6 (YES, 6!) kids, Melissa is a therapist focused on Sensory Process Disorder and the therapeutic treatments availability for kids. After founding the Sensory Kids clinic in Stamford years ago, she just opened a clinic in Wilton (which she helped design!) in partnership with The Southfield Center, offering a multi-disciplinary treatment center with access to specialists of all types. In her spare time, Melissa loves family hikes at Devil’s Den, admits to being quite shy deep down, and claims her new Dyson hairdryer was worth the splurge! In another life she’d be a full-time mom or ski bum, and places tremendous value on screen-free time for her and her kids to enjoy this fleeting time in life! Thank you Melissa for all that you do for this community!
If you are as obsessed with ABC’s new series, A Million Little Things, as we are, you may enjoy this fun fact – Stephanie Szostak (DELILAH!!) is a Westport Mom herself! Stephanie grew up in Paris, met her husband in college, and after years in Corporate America decided to pursue acting at age 29! She shares how the power of saying no may have landed her this latest role and how filming in Vancouver has impacted her family and teenage boys! Stephanie also admits she can throw a football with a tight spiral, swears by Lancome BiFacil Makeup Remover, and longs for an art-house movie theater locally. Stephanie is as impressive in real life as on screen, and we can’t wait for Season 2!
Meet Miki, CEO of Kidbox, the newest subscription box for Kids Clothes which has taken moms by storm! We love that for every box kept, one is given to a child in need. Recently, The Local Moms Network had a chance to catch up with Miki Racine Berardelli, the CEO of KIDBOX, whose impressive resume includes executive roles at Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Chico’s. Here’s what this mother of two boys says about growing this groundbreaking brand.
With Valentines Day around the corner, what could be more important than a gift for YOU? Jen Goldberg, mom of two girls known by many in town for her strikingly beautiful family portraits, also does truly incredible Boudoir photography. Jen launched Private Portraits (an extension of Her business) four years ago, given her strong belief in empowering ALL women to embrace the unique beauty in them. As she says “take these pictures for you. If you choose to share the images, lucky them!” When she is not behind the camera, Jen loves family hikes with her husband, girls and their dog Luna, and dreams of being a backup dancer for PINK! Her work is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Take a look, and consider treating yourself!
While the at-home fitness market has exploded with spin bikes, workout videos, and more, Weston mom, Julie Wald, and her husband were ahead of the curve when they launched Namaste New York, an in-home fitness and wellness business 17 years ago! Namaste matches you with the best in class practitioners in health and wellness for private in-home sessions (think massages, nutrition, personal training!). Outside of work, Julie loves weekend hikes with her 3 kids, particularly at Devil’s Den, family trips (most recently to Portugal and Spain), and in another life might have been a psycho-therapist. Julie’s work keeps her grounded and in the moment, and there is no question that in this crazy world we live in, all of us could benefit from a little Namaste!
Whether you are looking for a kick-start (food or exercise-wise) in the New Year, or just some new kid AND parent-friendly recipes, Robin is a mom not to miss! With degrees in Nutrition and Personal Fitness from Cornell and Columbia, Robin is incredibly talented, knowledgeable and no-nonsense. Growing up, her mom was very health-food focused, and this – combined with her many decades as a dancer – inspired her own desire to eat and live well. While Robin’s body is a temple, chasing after two young boys has helped her become a bit less of a perfectionist, and it is working with clients in NYC and CT on an individual and group basis that keeps her balanced. Robin loves vacationing in Vail and the Hamptons with her family, art and design, and though she hasn’t danced in awhile, her most recent performance was a surprise multi-song dance with her husband at 11pm on her wedding night! Robin’s belief is that healthy eating and living are about a lifestyle – and not a quick fix, and her programs teach each person how to do this. If you are interested her “Nourished for the New Year” program will be starting next week, so you can reach out anytime at email@example.com