19 Quick & Healthy After School Snacks

Nutrition: Whether kids have a set snack time during the day or have after-school activities such as football or band practice that will delay mealtime, keeping them energized is an issue faced by every parent. […] Read more…

Insurgent Movie Review

Movies: The highly anticipated film Insurgent opens this weekend and, from our KIDS FIRST! Critics comments, you won’t be disappointed. This second film from the Divergent series shows how Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna B. comments, “Insurgent has a strong message about choices. The choices you make affects what will happen later in your life, so you should always try to make the right choice.” See her full review below. Read more…

The Jewish Museum In Manhattan

Hot Topics: As your child embarks on bar/bat mitzvah preparation, you may want to do more than describe Jewish history and culture. An interactive lesson can teach beyond words. It may be time to head to The Jewish Museum (TJM), the oldest museum of its kind in the world. Located in the elegant, century-old Warburg Mansion on Museum Mile in Manhattan, The Jewish Museum is the ideal place to explore the Jewish experience with grandparents and great-grandparents, parents and children. It provides the opportunity to discuss and learn. The Museum itself and the people who visit tell stories, a powerful way to pass down values and tradition. Read more…

Bar Mitzvah on a Budget

Hot Topics: I'm what you would call a b’nai mitzvah warrior. I successfully planned my daughter’s special day nearly three years ago so thoroughly I even created a Google spreadsheet with contact numbers and prices of every single vendor we used for her bat mitzvah. Read more…

The Art of the Invitation

Hot Topics: We’ve all heard the expression, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” So it’s no surprise that so much thought and effort is put into choosing invitations for a bar or bat mitzvah. They are the first impressions you will make on your family and friends for one of the biggest days in your child’s life. But there are many options and the styles are constantly changing. How can you make an informed decision that’s also on par with the latest trends? You’re invited to read on for some expert advice from three Westchester stationers. Read more…

Gluten and Nut Free Birthday Cupcakes

Parties: I have published several recipes for gluten and nut free birthday cakes and cupcakes. All have been well tested and approved by many friends, family and even the editorial team at Bon Appétit magazine. However, when I serve cupcakes at my children’s birthday parties, or if I am asked to take them to school, I actually use a box mix. I am also very careful about cleaning my pans and using cupcake liners. Read more…

A Guide To Great Facials

Hot Topics: When it comes to skin care, it’s a beauty jungle out there. With such a wide spectrum of products that promise to cleanse, lift, exfoliate and hydrate the skin, many seekers of a smooth complexion are left wondering: Is it better to DIY, or do professional spa facials still have great benefits? Read more…

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

Travel: When I was a denizen of Yorktown Heights, I must have passed Hilltop Hanover Farm hundreds of times. And honestly, it is one of the most beautiful farms I’ve ever seen. While a picturesque locale could be enough reason for me to stop, I learned last year that the farm has a lot more to offer. Read more…

Spring Allergies or a Common Cold?

Health: While spring usually means warm weather, chirping birds and rebirth of nature, it is also the silent reminder that the allergy and common cold season is also approaching. Read more…

How To Plan and Throw a Frozen-themed Birthday Party

Parties: Your daughter loves everything about Walt Disney’s Frozen. She dressed up as Elsa for Halloween and “Let It Go” is her favorite song. It is no surprise to you that she wants to have a Frozen-themed party for her birthday. Ditto for little boys who are also Frozen fans. Unfortunately, a quick look at your budget does not leave much to work with. Don’t worry. There is no need to spend a fortune to make your child’s dreams come true. These budget-conscious ideas will allow the birthday child and friends to enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts and other Frozen-themed activities without breaking the bank. Read more…

Let's Get Organized

Hot Topics: When it comes to de-cluttering it seems like a never-ending task. After a big move, a lifestyle change or family addition, we are always surrounded by stuff we need to sort out. Experts say the warmer months can be a perfect time for a cleanup. “Absolutely! It’s rejuvenating and it’s a wonderful time to clean out and go through items,” says Leslie Josel of Order Out of Chaos. Read more…

Cinderella Movie Review

Movies: From Disney comes the live-action Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Cate Blanchette and Richard Madden. The story takes off when Cinderella’s father unexpectedly passes […] Read more…

A Girl Like Her Movie Review

Movies: 16-year-old Jessica Burns has a secret that she's afraid to share with anyone - except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year she's been victimized by another girl - her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular and beautiful students. What can you do when the world sees the image of a person but not the reality? With Brian's help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery's relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed-bringing both girls and their families face to face with the truth. KIDS FIRST! Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film should be seen by everyone over the age of 9. This film shows you that the world isn't always a happy place with sunshine and smiles.” See his full review below. Read more…

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