Let's Go To...(Nov. 2011)

Entertainment: They’re tall, looming and it can sometimes hurt your neck if you look up at them for too long. Yes, skyscrapers are amazing. Did you ever wonder how they are created? Now you’ll know with a visit to The Skyscraper Museum. Located in the Financial District of New York City, this gem is devoted to the architectural, structural and historical elements of world famous high-risers. Read more…

Education (Nov. 2011)

Work & Family:  Teens text more than they talk, they sleep with their cell phones, they consider e-mail obsolete, and to back that up, some recent surveys have suggested that they are sending suggestive messages, known as sexts, to each other at an alarming rate without realizing the true consequences of their actions. Read more…

Health Notes (Nov. 2011)

Relationships:  So, what is a “tween boy?” According to Urban Dictionary, a tween is between the ages of 9 and 12 and therefore “in-between” being a child and a teen. Some late-blooming 13- and 14-year-old boys are still fairly “pre” in their development, so I prefer to think of this age group as “between” rather than “preteen” as they are sometimes called. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are currently 20 millio Read more…

Last Laugh (Nov 2011)

Relationships: Several years ago, while visiting my parents, my then 18-month-old son started complaining of a sore throat. After doing the old hand to palm test to see if he had a fever, I handed my mom a flashlight and asked her to take a look and offer her mother-knows-best opinion. She handed the flashlight back to me and said, “Why are you giving this to me? I don’t know what I am looking for.” I pointed out the fact that for years when I was growing up she would point a flashlight down my or my sibling’s throats. With a professional so Read more…

What’s New (Dec.2011)

Nutrition: Feeling a little round these days? A new personalized fitness and organic nutrition center called Skinny Buddha may be just what you need. Created by trained chef Elyce Jacobson and Golden Gloves boxer Shaka “The K.I.N.G.” Davidson, Skinny Buddha, located at 128 Radio Circle in Mount Kisco, works with each client to customize a program to meet individual needs. Their programs include physical fitness, weight loss, pre-natal, restorative yoga and body massage therapy as well as prepared organic foods. Davidson and Jacobson describe Skinny Bud Read more…

Out & About (Dec 2011)

Nutrition: The Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M.), a living, breathing, community-centered arts, media and social change museum, which amplifies the voices and experiences of mothers and connects “the cultural family” while pioneering new areas of academe in mother studies, opened its doors to the public earlier this season. Read more…

Let's Go To...(Dec 2011)

Vacations: Recently, my family and I drove to Queens to visit the New York Hall of Science. Located in a building that was originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the museum has been open since 1986, and to excellent reviews. Even as we drove into the parking lot, we immediately knew this was not your ordinary museum. Looking up we saw the tops of what looked like massive rockets jutting up from over the fence. It turns out we were looking at part of the Hall’s Rocket Park which houses real rockets from the mid-1960s (donated by the Read more…

Last Laugh (Dec 2011)

Relationships: Have you ever seen one of those cheesy Hallmark holiday movies? You know the ones I am talking about. The main characters conquer sleet, rain, fog and snow and after a 20-hour excursion, arrive just in time for holiday dinner. When granny and gramps open their door our loving traveling family is standing there; not a hair out of place, clothes completely ironed, perfect smiles on their faces, presenting exquisitely hand-wrapped gifts. Hugs are exchanged, mugs of warm apple cider are raised, a hearty meal is eaten and then Read more…

Feeding the Hungry

Nutrition: Living in Westchester, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, many people forget that there is poverty right in our backyard. More than 80,000 Westchester residents live at or below the federal poverty line, and some 200,000 are at risk of hunger. Many of these are children. Read more…

Editor's Note (Dec 2011)

Hot Topics: Daily life is so much easier than it was 100 years ago. Back then each day of the week was devoted to a single household task. The general chore for Mondays was washing the family’s clothes and it took the entire day. The homemaker would heat a tub of water, add soap shavings and boil the clothes for 10 minutes. Then the clothes were scrubbed on a ribbed washboard and finally put into a fresh water rinse. Read more…

The Ecology of Diapers What’s Better for the Earth? Cloth, Plastic, Hybrid – or None of the Above?

Nutrition: To you, it’s an adorable 6- to 10-pound baby girl or boy, the light of your life, giving new meaning to your very existence. To our planet, however, that baby is the source of another ton or more of solid waste, in the form of soiled diapers. Read more…

Last Laugh (Apr 2012)

Relationships: I bribe my children. It is one of my most reliable mom tricks. I don’t bribe them in a public-official-taking-an-envelope-filled-with-hundred-dollar-bills type of way. No, it’s more of an “I’ll give you an M&M if you tinkle on the potty” approach. I hate to say it, but it works. You can raise your eyebrows if you like, but if a promise of a cookie from the bakery at the end of a grocery shopping trip helps stave off tantrums in the isles, I say use it. And until recently that was exactly what I did. Read more…

Food Allergy Tips for School Functions

Nutrition: Today, 1 in 17 children, or 3 to 4 million kids, are affected by allergies to foods such as milk, peanuts and tree nuts, ingredients commonly found in their favorite treats. Read more…

Editor's Note (Apr 2012)

Feeding Your Family: When did children’s birthday parties become such a stressful event? Maybe when everyday moms and dads decided to compete with celebrity parents. Sean “Diddy” Combs bought his son a $360,000 car on his 16th birthday. I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I am competing with that gift. I can just imagine what the party was like! Only because I’ve seen the TLC reality show, “Outrageous Kids Parties.” I’d advise you not to tune in – it’s far too scary. Read more…

How To Diagnose & Treat Concussions

Visit The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Vacations: As leader of my son Daniel’s Cub Scout den I need to find activities that interest my son and his fellow scouts, as well as those that fit into the criteria of scouting. Last year, I came across a wonderful solution to this ongoing challenge – the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, N.Y. Read more…

Out & About (Apr 2012)

Entertainment: Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM) helped bring young imaginations to life with the help of recyclable materials that also promoted green initiatives at “Come In and Play.” Co-sponsored by Pop-Up Adventure Play, an international non-profit organization, families were encouraged to use environmentally-friendly materials for various art activities while members of WCM’s Education Committee served as “Playworkers.” The event was hosted by the Ethical Culture Society of Westcheste Read more…

What’s New (Apr.2012)

Work & Family: Let’s party! That’s easy with Lavish Events. Founder Lisa Lombardi has decided to bring her love of entertaining and exquisite detail to special events and children’s birthday parties in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Her Kids Lavish Parties division helps you throw themed children’s parties with an upscale flair at a reasonable price. Lombardi’s decorations have graced bridal and baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, communions, baptisms and more. For more information call 548-2047 or see www.lavisheventsny.com. Read more…

Local Farmers' Markets

Nutrition: If your goal is to offer your family more fresh fruits, produce and perhaps organic meats and cheeses then head to one of the many farmers’ markets in our area. Take the children along, many markets offer activities for children, entertainment and if kids help pick out their veggies there’s a better chance they’ll eat them. Admission is free with a rain or shine policy. Unless other wise noted most markets open Memorial Day weekend. See www.communitymarkets.com t Read more…

Divvies Chocolate Cupcake and Vanilla Frosting

Nutrition: Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Read more…