Measles Outbreak in NYC: Vaccine Time

    by Sarah on 3/11/14 | 7 Comment(s)

    Measles outbreak. This is what Jenny McCarthy and unethical medical research can get you: a resurgence in the leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood mortality. Sure, we can give up on vaccines and return to 1920’s America when 30% of the death rate was caused by measles pneumonia. No? You’re not ready to go heavy in tin […]

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    GMOs: Fear vs Fact

    by Sarah on 3/06/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Molecular biology is not my strong suit. At my freaky, progressive high school I took the class, but students dubbed it “Science for Graduation,” which alludes to both the quality of the course and of our engagement in it. And maybe that is why I struggle to get my head around the whole GMO thing. […]


    The Doctor Is In: Oral Hygiene

    by Sarah on 2/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from our favorite pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff: Every baby is born with their 20 teeth! They can cut through the gums at any point, but usually around 6-9 months, and most, if not all, will come in by 2 years old.  Yes, they will eventually fall out around 6 years old, but that doesn’t mean […]


    Upstarts! Parents Raising Children, Building Businesses: Zoe Levine

    by Sarah on 2/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you’ve had a kid in the last decade and you live somewhere in the vicinity of Prospect Park, you’ve probably heard of (if not met) Zoe Levine. Zoe is the queen of prenatal and postpartum fitness, running her own personal training and fitness program, The Thriving Body. You need your diastasis recti measured? You […]

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    Suck It Up: Top Lactation Consultant Demystifies Extended Breastfeeding

    by Sarah on 2/20/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Breastfeeding a baby well past his first birthday is common world-wide and has been for centuries. Then why is the practice so often debated in modern American culture?  According to Jewish law, compiled by literary master Rabbi Joseph Caro, a healthy baby can breastfeed until age four and that an unhealthy baby should be allowed […]


    Is The Fit Mom a Feminist? A Child Grows Interviews Maria Kang

    by Sarah on 2/16/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    You know what our culture likes best? Girl-on-girl crime. That’s right, Maria Kang, aka The Fit Mom, has been cast by the media as one opponent in a virtual mud-wrestling showdown.  After my interview with Maria, I walked away thinking, “she’s great!” She is down-to-earth, funny, smart and, wait for it, not a robot. She […]

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    Functional Fitness – Finding Strength Through Motherhood – 7 Ways to Build Strength Through Everyday Activities

    by Nicole on 2/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: AnnaCatherine Rutledge I don’t know about you, but since becoming a mom I find it incredibly hard to find time to fit in my workouts. And I run a fitness business. For moms. But between running the business, teaching classes and working with personal clients, preparing three somewhat wholesome meals a day, laundry, dishes, blogging, […]

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    Giveaway: Enter to Win a 60 min. Massage at Slope Wellness!

    by Nicole on 2/12/14 | 4 Comment(s)

    Enter for your chance to win a 60 min Custom Tailored Massage from Slope Wellness!  At Slope Wellness, each of their therapeutic massage treatments are customized to meet the needs of the client. Whether you are looking for very specific targeted work or just looking to relax and unwind your tense and sore muscles, their licensed […]

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    Mono: Not Just for Slutty Teens

    by Sarah on 2/03/14 | 2 Comment(s)

      Raise your hand if you thought Mono was a virus teenagers in the 70’s got? In my neighborhood Mono was the milquetoast STD. In my junior high, when they preformed Grease as the school musical, per the director’s edits, Rizzo had mono, not an unplanned pregnancy. I mean, what could be worse than frenching […]

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    Adventures with Food: Mermaid’s Garden CSF and Market

    by John on 2/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    At this moment I am at a restaurant in Cobble Hill on a Saturday morning, alternating between writing this and handing out neat packages of yellowfin tuna to familiar faces as they come in and out. Four-year-old Checkers is eating a fresh chocolate croissant from Bien Cuit next door and coloring happily, sometimes greeting people […]


    Gymnastics for Kids: Because Your Couch Can’t Take Anymore

    by Sarah on 1/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Yesterday I asked my daughter, “if you could do anything what would you do?” She said, “Jumping on my hands.” Then she tried to launch herself backward and ended up sprawled on our hallway rug, saying, “it’s tricky.” I discerned that what she wanted to do was a back hand spring. Tricky indeed. Apparently, it’s […]

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    You’re Sick!: Cold Remedies That Work (Those old wives were right)

    by Sarah on 1/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We have now hit the lowest point in the dim valley of  winter, the place where the holidays are completely behind us, so their glittering magic and good cheer is utterly forgotten. Now, we are plunged into darkness without the ornamentation. We are cold and wet and running late and, of course, coming down with […]


    Child Language and Cognition Lab Study: Take Part!

    by Sarah on 1/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wish you could have an objective perspective on your kid? You’re pretty sure they are ready for a Fulbright, but…Unconditional love can make us both a bit blind to issues, or, conversely, overly concerned. Did she just say that green ball was red? Is she color blind? Is her career as a […]


    5 Reasons Your Kid Needs a Pet

    by Sarah on 1/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       I’m sure your kids have been bugging you for a pet since they began to talk. Even my daughter, growing up in a house with three cats, expressed her desire for a dog with her first word, “woof.” Like any sensible parent, your answer to their requests has been of the “hell no” variety. […]

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    Resident Dad: What Is Child Abuse?

    by John on 1/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Shortly before Christmas, I saw a link on my Facebook page to a blog post by novelist and game designer Chuck Wendig titled Spanking Your Children is Hitting Your Children. I haven’t read any of his novels, and I’m not much (or anything, really) of a gamer so I haven’t experienced his work on that level […]

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    Healthy Alternative for Everyday Cooking: Could It Be That Easy?

    by Nicole on 1/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    One of the best parts of the holidays is the food! And I am not one to be afraid to take part in every last bit of it! So therefore I am grappling with the annual 5 pound weight gain. This is nothing I typically stress about, as it usually evens out a couple of […]

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    Baby Massage Workshop: Tricks to Chill That Kid Out

    by Sarah on 1/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      Who doesn’t love a massage? Your colicky, nipple-confused, nocturnal newborn is clearly in desperate need of a rub down. You know that skin-to-skin contact is good for Petunia, but lying around with your screaming baby on your bare chest doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, so get yourself to Caribou Baby for their […]


    Dear Maria Kang, aka: ‘Fit Mom’ (not that you care)

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/07/14 | 4 Comment(s)

    I started out as a fan of yours supporting your controversial Facebook post and even feeling sorry you received (in my opinion) a lot of unwarranted backlash. I posted a comment supporting you and your obvious hard work and dedication to living a healthy, fit life. I was one of the ones who thought good for you! Would […]


    Anxiety in Kids: What is Normal?

    by Sarah on 1/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As my daughter grows there are many things that she does that make me think, “Oh God, this is horrible, this is what she is going to be like forever.” Then a few months go by and the phases passes and I remember that she is constantly evolving, that my dread over having a spoiled, […]


    “Mom”: Pet Peeve Number 11

    by Sarah on 1/01/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Dear Medical and Educational professionals, My name is Sarah. My name is not Mom, as in “We’ll be right with you Mom,” or “Mom, if you’d come this way,” or “keep pushing, Mom.” There are two people in this world who get to call me that, my daughter and her father. And he only gets […]


    Let’s HIIT it. A Workout You Might Actually Have Time For

    by Nicole on 12/30/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    By: Anna Catherine Rutledge So by this point you’ve probably heard about HIIT – high intensity interval training and the amazing benefits this type of workout can afford you. In case you haven’t heard about it  because maybe suddenly keeping up with current fitness trends fell off the priority list because maybe your current workout consists […]

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    5 Tips for Trips to the ER

    by Sarah on 12/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The night before we were to left for our Christmas holiday our daughter had her first trip to the emergency room. We’ve been lucky. She is four and we’ve had no major incidents, no broken arm from a fall a JJ Byrne, no head on collision with the wall at the Y, no raging fever […]

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    Brooklyn Business Spotlight: Slope Wellness

    by Kim on 12/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t love a chance for some “me time” in the form of a relaxing treatment?  Receiving a massage and spending the rest of the day feeling relaxed and peaceful fits my definition of a pretty darn good day.  Lucky for me, I had this experience TWICE recently when I signed up for an acupuncture […]

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    Give the gift of treatment and housing to a cancer patient this Christmas: The American Cancer Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) According to the American Cancer Society over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. That means a far greater number are subsequently affected, myself being one of them. I lost someone to cancer a few years ago and I will never forget her. Cancer is a difficult topic to address but it needs […]

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    How to Cry It Out With a Preschooler

    by Sarah on 12/10/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Recently, my four-year-old has been struggling with sleep. She has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Her explanation: bad dreams. When I tell her to think happy thoughts she says, “I can’t find them in my brain.” And when she asks me, “why are the bad dreams always winning,” I want to crawl into bed […]