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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Movie Review

Movies: This highly anticipated sequel in the Mission Impossible series stars Tom Cruise as Ethan who, along with his team take on the most impossible mission yet – eradicating the Syndicate, an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are committed to destroying the IMF. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, “This film has incredible car chases, mind blowing stunts and gadgets that even James Bond would beg for. Every scene is better than the last.” See his full review below. Read more…

5 Apps To Get Your Kids In Back-To-School Mode

Technology: Oftentimes, families travel, lounge at the pool or beach, and visit their favorite amusement parks during summer vacation. It’s great that children are able to rest up and save their energy for a new school year, keeping in mind, that their minds are resting too. It can be quite tricky for kids to get back into the swing of things, given the excitement and first-day jitters, new teachers, and maybe even some homework! To help your children enter back-to-school mode, here are five apps that will ensure the process is as smooth and easy as possible. Read more…
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Pixels Movie Review

Movies: The highly touted film, Pixels opens this weekend to much applause. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan, this is sure to be a hit with families looking for their summer entertainment. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film is fantastic! The special effects are absolutely mind blowing.” Mia adds, “The computer animation is fantastic. The animation is realistic, detailed and just so incredible. “ See their full reviews below. Read more…

Divorce: How to Put the Children First

Hot Topics: The most important way that you can put your children first is to avoid a lengthy litigation battle with your spouse at all costs. Although a couple may no longer be right for each other, that doesn’t mean they are no longer a family – they are just a different kind of family. To put children first during and postdivorce, here is the best tip an attorney can give you: find a way to partner with your soon-to-be ex to create that new post-divorce family. That is the biggest gift you can give to your children. Read more…

The Dutchess County Fair

Hot Topics: It’s good to have a plan when heading to the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. Every member of my family has their own checklist of what to see, do … and eat. My 15-year-old son wants to go on every ride using centrifugal force to scramble his brain. My 8-year-old daughter wants to pet baby calves and cheer on Rosaire’s Racing Pigs. I ask only for the chance to walk through the horticultural building to see who won the blue ribbon for flower arrangement. And my husband, who has starved himself for days prior, prepares for an onslaught of deepfried Oreos and the milkshakes made by the local 4-H club. Read more…

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Cakes

Feeding Your Family: Many years ago, Henry Bieler, M.D., a renowned medical doctor who catered to the glamorous Hollywood starlets of the early 20th century, created a soup – the infamous “Bieler’s Broth.” This zucchini-based concoction was touted for its wonderful healing properties. Although Bieler certainly helped propel zucchini to a new level of fame, I wonder if even he realized the many uses of this delicious and plentiful summer squash. Read more…

Meditation Tips

Hot Topics: With frenzy being the default mode of many modern families – Work! Soccer! Travel! Ballet! – maxed-out moms and dads are turning in ever-increasing numbers to lifestyle changes that can help improve well-being and also bring down the stress level. Read more…

The ABCs of a Successful School Year

Behavior: Accept New Challenges Push your child to go outside of his comfort zone. Encourage him to try activities, learn new sports and make new friends. Read more…

Summer Fun Round Up

Vacations: Golf may be a humbling sport, but miniature golf is tons of fun. Grab a club and get out on the course at these local spots. Read more…

Water Safety

Safety:  As local residents cool off at the beach and pools this summer, Westchester County Commissioner of Health, Sherlita Amler, M.D., says, “Designate a water watcher to supervise children in the pool, spa or at the shore. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone, or otherwise distracted.” Read more…

School Refusal

Child Development: As the summer winds down, many parents are confronted with a familiar complaint from their children – they don’t want school to start. Summer is fun, so this common lament is understandable. Yet, most children will be ready to attend the first day of school. Read more…

The Best Water Parks for Kids

Entertainment: Touted as America’s biggest little beach, the “Bob the Builder Splash Works” section features more than 50 interactive features designed for preschoolers. Read more…

Jodi's Gym Offers NEW Classes

Hot Topics: Signing your children up for a class this fall? Consider two new programs offered by Jodi's Gym: Ninja Challenge (4-8 yrs)Get fit Ninja style! Children will navigate challenging obstacle courses of climbing, swinging, balancing and jumping that will improve their coordination, balance, flexibility, core strength, agili Read more…

Style Tips & Picks for Summer Dressing

Hot Topics: So many people think that fashion is an elite word that could not possibly apply to them.  It is as though celebrities, designers and models lie in a world of fashion, while the rest of us simply wear clothes. This is such a myth.  Fashion is about expression, personal style, utility, comfort, and individuality. Fashion is as unique as each of our thumbprints. Why then, does fashion seem like such an abstract concept for so many people?  Because, as with most things, if you don’t have a strong foundation, it’s difficult to achieve.  Read more…
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Minions: A Movie Review

Movies: Who didn’t fall in love with the Minions when we first saw them in Despicable Me? Now, they have a movie all of their own with the ever-so-talented Director Pierre Coffin voicing all 899 minions in this film. The story shows Stuart, Kevin and Bob being recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kayla P. comments, “Minions is a wonderful summer movie. It is filled with action and funny moments that will entertain many.” See her full review below. Read more…

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