If balancing it all is something you struggle with much like we do, Dermatologists and new business partners, Deanne Robinson and Ronnie Klein are two amazing moms to watch! With 8 kids among them, these two powerhouse mommas are launching their own practice (a lifelong dream!) – Modern Dermatology – right here in Westport this summer and their own skin care line Pure BioDerm. They both find the age of 3 the toughest as kids are figuring out that balance between toddler and big kids, value honesty in friends first and foremost, and love Bar Taco. In another life, Deanne would try out for the Rockettes and Ronnie would be a tour guide; she can’t wait to take her kids to Africa when they’re old enough! These two moms admit the balance isn’t easy, but take pride in not losing any kids yet! As moms, skin care feels more important than ever; we are lucky to have these moms here to look out for us, and can’t wait to visit Modern Dermatology in the coming weeks!
After 15 years as an actress, new mom Eva Amurri Martino felt It only right to follow her own dreams and passions as an inspiration to her daughter, and launched her beloved and very popular fashion, travel, and motherhood blog, Happily Eva After. As a mom of two toddlers, Eva loves visiting local farms and taking walks as a family, can not get enough of Bar Taco, and prioritizes finding balance with work and family – wherever and however possible. She swears by iS Clinical Cleaning Complex face wash, and would binge-watch shows on Netflix if she had some extra free time. Eva is both incredibly interesting and perpetually interested, while not being afraid to share those tough mommy moments we all experience day to day. Whether you are looking for travel tips, fun activities to do with the little ones, or just enjoy that guilty pleasure that comes with reading a daily blog you love just for you, Eva makes us all feel a little happier ever after.
In the spirit of reminding us that not all the dads out there are in finance, politics, or law, meet Mike, a renowned celebrity and fashion photographer who works for the New York Times, and has worked for many other prestigious networks and publications, including CNN, The Today Show, and Entertainment Weekly. Dad of two here in Westport, Mike loves taking his family fishing around the Norwalk Islands, Cortado, and roots for the Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. He fully supports rewarding good behavior with ice cream, and encourages teaching one’s kids to make breakfast so you can sleep in. He found photography somewhat by accident, but feels incredibly fortunate he did. Mike is phenomenally talented, yet extremely humble; without question, he’s a superstar dad and guy Westport is lucky to have!
While these two dads may seem remarkably similar (both work at Bridgewater, both love golf – one slightly more than the other!- and both are often willing to hold down the fort at any bar on a Saturday night), they met fortuitously through their wives (go us!) just 5 years ago. Fred and Greg both have older daughters and younger sons, and love spending time with them at the Beach, on hikes (Fred) and at Longshore (Greg). Some may not know that Fred loves playing the piano and the always up for a good time Greg embraces his quiet time at home with the kids. While they both claim that we keep their lives in order and help them be the best dads they can be, on this Father’s Day, we are grateful to them for loving us, our kids, and for supporting us on this journey.
If you don’t already know Greg, he is certainly someone to watch! A Westport dad of two boys, he has sparked his own personal passion via involvement in local politics, and is currently running for the CT House of Representatives as a way to ensure Westport and the state of CT remain a great place for families to live. He somewhat regrets not working more in education (and also thinks he may have missed his opportunity to be an NFL QB…=)), and hopes as a state government representative, he can really make a difference where we need It. Many may not know he is a Vegan, who swears by iced coffee, any and all things Compo Beach, and gets his workouts in by doing sit ups and push ups with his boys. Greg cares about people, and our town, and about CT at large. If you haven’t met him, keep an eye out; he is undoubtedly – in Westport fashion – making waves.
If you often see a dad around Westport who looks very familiar but you cannot figure out how you know him, chances are it’s because you usually see him when you are drinking coffee while watching NBC News or as the co-anchor of The Today show Saturday edition (and many weekdays now too). Craig Melvin is a Westport dad of two, who balances reporting on topical issues that matter most while also making his family feel like his number one priority. When Craig is not working he loves to spend time with his family at Compo Beach, Saugatuck Sweets, or grab dinner at Dunville’s. He loves Bourbon, the Carolina Panthers, and is grateful for Twitter for keeping him in the know. Though reporting runs crazy hours, he loves what he does, and even met his wife – Westport Mom, Lindsay Czarniak, and rockstar reporter and sports anchor – doing it! Together, Lindsay & Craig are a force to be reckoned with on and off the TV, and we are so lucky that they chose Westport to call home.