October 2015
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B’nai Mitzvah On the Beach

Travel: If you’re interested in booking a destination b’nai mitzvah for your child and are on the hunt for the ideal location, then St. Thomas could be calling your name. With non-stop daily flights and no U.S. passports required for travel, the Caribbean island offers your family and guests the ultimate chance to partake in your child’s special day while spending the weekend vacationing in style. Read more…

Put Away Those Electronic Devices And Talk With Your Family

Technology: Please give me your phone,” my husband, Phillip, says to our son holding out his hand resolutely. Our 19-year-old’s eyes darted to his buddy and then back to my husband. “You, too,” he says to the friend, holding out his other hand. Read more…

Aromatherapy

Work & Family: Of all the ways to de-stress and decompress, aromatherapy just might be one of the simplest. Any frazzled mom who’s had the good fortune to indulge in professional body treatments such as a massage or pedicure has surely experienced the blissful, mood-altering benefits of this treatment, which is often added on to a number of traditional spa services. Read more…

National Museum of the American Indian

Vacations: In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan, hidden inside a beautiful historic building in New York City’s oldest park, you’ll find a small but inspiring museum dedicated to the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere. The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), George Gustav Heye Center, a branch of the Smithsonian, is free for visitors and is worth a peek if you are venturing downtown . Read more…

Car Seat Installation and Safety Tips

Safety: A click here, a snap there, a little pull and tug … installing a car seat is easy! Well, hold your harness straps for just a minute! Installing a child’s car seat may appear as easy as pie, but unless you follow the installation directions you could be making a deadly mistake. It’s true that installing a car seat has become a lot easier in the last 10 years. Many manufacturers consider “ease of use” as a vital part of the design stage when developing a new car seat. After all, a car seat that is easy to use will be used correctly. Read more…

Jamie Loeb Local Tennis Star

Hot Topics: Westchester native Jamie Loeb was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina (UNC) when she won the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Single’s Tennis Championship, making her the first woman in UNC history to do so, as well as ensuring her a spot at the U.S. Open. Read more…

Birthdays with a Cause

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Pet Adoption

Pets: At the New Rochelle Humane Society your family can adopt a cat, dog or even the occasional bunny rabbit. This private, non-profit organization has been serving the community for more than 100 years. Open seven days a week, this shelter provides homes for lost, abandoned and mistreated animals. Prospective adopters must be at least 18 years old and must provide proof of home ownership. See photos and descriptions of pets available for adoption on their website. Read more…

Special Needs Expos Westchester

Hot Topics: More than 40 exhibitors gather at this outstanding event, which connects families who have children with special needs find schools, camps, therapists and more. This expo is a great opportunity to learn about college and vocational programs, therapeutic services, financial services, recreational sports teams and other important resources and services. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver and they won’t be bored because there are kid-friendly, hands-on activities to make the day fun. Read more…

5 Characteristics of the Ideal Nanny

Work & Family: Hunting for the perfect nanny to fit your family can be a tireless journey. The first questions parents ask me when starting their search for a nanny is, “What am I even looking for?!?” My answer is, go back to the basics! Here are the top characteristics when searching for a new nanny to invite into your home. Read more…
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Do I Need a Lawyer?

Dealing with the Unthinkable: Childhood Leukemia

Hot Topics: Jenn DiFatta was devastated when her 6-year-old daughter Savanna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) the month she started first grade. “You know it’s not your fault but you try to do everything right when it comes to keeping your kids healthy,” says DiFatta, who lives in New Rochelle. Read more…

Gone Skiing

Vacations: Don’t waste time feeling bad that the pools have closed. Here’s your chance to change gears and introduce your family to the winter sport of skiing. Skiing happens to be an excellent family sport, and living in Westchester County puts you within easy driving distance of a host of fantastic ski mountains the whole family can enjoy. Read more…

The Benefits of Eating Locally

Nutrition: As a child, you may have gone apple picking at a local orchard, raided a wild raspberry patch or had a few tomato plants in your backyard. But more likely than not, you now feed your family fruits and vegetables that you pick up at the local grocery store. And fair enough – the convenience of one stop shopping, reasonable prices and just force of habit drive many of us to pick up our spinach where we get our pet food and detergent. Read more…

Supercharge Your Student with Brain Foods

Nutrition: The kids are back to spelling words, science experiments and multiplication tables. They will need nutritious foods to stay alert, focused and energized to learn. Deborah Levy, MS, RD, health and nutrition Consultant for Carrington Farms says to supercharge their breakfasts and lunches with nutrient-dense brain foods. Try these suggestions. Read more…

Why Your Teen's Hearing May Be at Risk

Technology: Teens aren’t generally known for their superb listening skills. But if yours constantly responds with “What?” when spoken to, insists on blistering music volume and seems frustrated or withdrawn at school or home, something larger could be at play. Rates of hearing loss in adolescents have spiked dramatically in recent years. Your teen could be one of millions with noise-induced hearing damage, a condition that could have an impact on everything from safe driving to school success. Read more…

The Stigma of Head Lice

Hot Topics: Head lice. Just mentioning them makes most people start scratching their heads. But is it possible these tiny, blood-sucking creatures are actually getting too bad of a rap? Read more…

A Friendly Choice

Hot Topics: As an expecting mother, you are undoubtedly curious about the birthing experience. With so much information at our fingertips in today’s world, it is easy to research all of the different options that are available. At the same time, so many options can make it difficult to figure out what is best. The safest way is to focus on your own questions and wishes and to integrate them in a discussion with your obstetrician or midwife about what is currently considered best practice. Read more…

Tips for Tummy Time

Safety: To reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation, you know the mantra: Place babies to sleep on their backs (unless your pediatrician advises otherwise) at naptime and nighttime in a crib that meets the latest safety standards. Read more…

Time to Shop

Hot Topics: Moving into a new home means you will most likely need to shop for a few things. Whether it’s sheets or school supplies, Westchester is packed with shopping venues perfect for your needs. Each town has a nice selection of local stores that we encourage you to explore. When you’d like to venture out to a larger venue consider these local malls and shopping centers. We are sure you will find what you need. Read more…

Chow Down

Nutrition:  Kids who love pizza are right at home at Bellizzi. The special kid’s menu, that includes soda, juice or milk plus a $2 gift certificate to Frannie’s frozen yogurt across the street or gelato in-house, is only $7. Once dining is over, kids can play in the designated arcade play space earning tokens to redeem for prizes. It’s a place where mom and dad can get to finish their meal with even a glass of wine. They also feature a gluten-free menu. Read more…

7 Most Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

Safety: You finally purchased your new home. It’s probably your most expensive investment. Do you know how to take care of it? Read more…

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