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    Meatloaf Mummy!

    Meatloaf Mummies, Witches Fingers, Spider Cupcakes

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn goes a little bit crazy on Halloween: how do we know? How about the 66 Halloween events we listed last year for Brooklyn parents and their little witches?! Carroll Gardens mom and blogger, Maggie da Silva, has found a way to get your little urchins to eat something of Halloween fun before trick or [...]

    Brooklyn Babes Running

    Miss Running? New Brooklyn Babes Running Group

    by Nicole on 8/28/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you miss running and would like to find some other moms to run with? So did another mom: Brooklyn parent, Susan McBarnet, had a baby girl nine months ago and found herself ready to get back into her running, but lacking a team and group of women to do so with.  She founded a [...]

    What are some “true” organic dairy products?

    by Nicole on 6/10/12 | 10 Comment(s)

    Our book club just finished reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan and it touched off a lot of debate about what is truly “organic” and what isn’t. I wanted to learn more.  The Cornucopia Institute is a solid resource that rates dairy farms and their products. Just who is the Cornucopia Institute? The Cornucopia [...]

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    How To Teach Your Kids About Sugar

    by Nicole on 5/17/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    Donna has extremely helpful advice about mitigating the candy wars with your kids. (I write this with a movie-sized pack of Twizzlers next to me). Most of us need help in controlling our desire for sugar, so it sure is hard to teach our kids what we are still learning. How Many More Bites Before [...]


    Cooking For a Family: Workshop and Recipe

    by Nicole on 5/11/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Is it possible to get a satisfying meal on the table with a baby attached to you, a child clamoring for your attention and your own self begging for sleep? According to Brooklyn mom and chef Debbie Koenig; yes! Debbie, author of Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks [...]


    Natural Remedies For Treating Eczema

    by Nicole on 5/03/12 | 15 Comment(s)

    We have written about eczema on this blog before: it’s an incredibly upsetting condition for both children and parents- there doesn’t seem to be one easy solution to cure it. Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, [...]

    If you aren't eating lots of this, you probably need Vitamin D

    Vitamin D: Why You and Your Kids Need it NOW

    by Jill on 4/13/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    This morning at breakfast, I remembered that the kids and I hadn’t taken our vitamins since before vacation, a week ago.  Not really a big deal, though with all the press that vitamin D has gotten lately, I made sure the kids and I took ours today. What can happen if we don’t have enough [...]


    How Much Sugar Does Your Yogurt Have?

    by Nicole on 4/10/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    We are a yogurt household. We drink it, eat it, slurp it and devour it…sometimes my kids will eat 2 bowls a day.  I never thought to consider its sugar content until recently.   Our tiny refrigerator is stocked with yogurt: Stonyfield Fat Free, Chobani, Ronnybrook drinkable yogurt, Trader Joe’s squishers and YoBaby too. We [...]

    Half Share from Local Roots

    CSA Offers New Shares & More Locations For Summer

    by Nicole on 3/19/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Though we live in the city, we actually have easy access to local farm goods- from eggs, bread and beef to honey.  One way to receive food directly from a farm is to join a Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA. In Brooklyn, Local Roots is a particularly wide-reaching one with pick-up locations in 5 [...]

    Todd Heisler/The New York Times  The site of the proposed Whole Foods supermarket, at Third Street and Third Avenue, Brooklyn, near the Gowanus Canal.

    Whole Foods is Finally Green Lighted!

    by Nicole on 2/28/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Great news today from Brownstoner that “The Board of Standards and Appeals voted unanimously moments ago to grant Whole Foods Market a variance to build its long-planned supermarket in Gowanus on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. The store has been in the works for 8 years, and the variance request represented the company’s last regulatory [...]


    Flipping the “Off”- Switch: Teaching Your Overeater How to Stop

    by Nicole on 1/15/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    Do you have a child who loves to eat…and eat and eat? Do you wonder if it’s an issue?  My daughter will say “mmm” with such enthusiasm when she slurps down her soup that it gives me great happiness to serve her another bowl…and even another sometimes.  My husband is concerned. I’m not. So, when [...]


    Cooking Classes for Brownstone Brooklyn Families

    by Nicole on 12/06/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Parents know that cooking balanced and healthy meals can be the last item on your “to do” list when bills and laundry beckon. There are local classes that help parents to learn simple recipes for the whole family, most notably by Debbie Koenig, and a new and unique cooking series begins this week.  Setting the [...]


    Spinach Squares from Brooklyn’s Susie’s Supper Club

    by Nicole on 11/14/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    One of my favorite gifts for new parents used to be the delivery of homemade meals from Brooklyn-based Susie’s Supper Club. They stopped delivery to Brooklyn and NYC to make their delish dishes accessible to the rest of the country with frozen versions of their kid-friendly best sellers.  One of my absolute favorite recipes of [...]


    50% Discount On My Fav Vitamins For My Fav Readers

    by Nicole on 11/09/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Last year I wrote about my triumph in finding the perfect multivitamin for my children. Yes, some go on a quest to find themselves, but my 3 year quest was to find the ideal kid’s vitamin! SmartyPants gummy is an all-in-one vitamin that has BOTH the Omega-3s and 100% of recommended daily vitamins. Forget that [...]

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    Extreme Fitness for Stressed Out Parents

    by Nicole on 10/10/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    I thought Zumba at Mark Morris was extreme thanks to my little-t0-none workout program for 5.5 years but the new Extreme Fitness Program that kicks into high gear this week, will kick my Zumba butt. Extreme Kids & Crew, a group for children with disabilities, their siblings, parents, and friends, has debuted their Extreme Fitness [...]


    Alternatives to Teflon

    by Nicole on 8/21/11 | 11 Comment(s)

    My husband decided TODAY to throw away our teflon pan and roasting rack, both of which had flecks of teflon missing. Duh, why hadn’t we done this before?  It’s amazing to me that I can be neurotic about buying organic apples and then let a deteriorating Teflon pan go by… month after month. Courtney from [...]

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    Want farm fresh goods? Shares still available for this Brooklyn CSA

    by Serena on 8/18/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Though we live in the city, we actually have easy access to local farm goods- from eggs, bread and beef to honey.  One way to receive food directly from a farm is to join a Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA. In Brooklyn, Local Roots is a particularly wide-reaching one with pick-up locations in Boerum [...]

    Snack Happy with these Healthy FInger Foods

    Healthy Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

    by Serena on 7/06/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    It’s amazing how kids gobble up their bite-sized food and snacks- is it because of the size? We think so. Finger foods seem to be appealing to children since they can make them feel more independent by feeding themselves. Since a little one’s taste is constantly evolving it is important to focus on finger foods [...]


    Deal: SmartyPants all-in-one multi with fish oil

    by Nicole on 5/26/11 | 3 Comment(s)

    Last winter I was sent these new multi-vitamins with fish oil by SmartyPants. Investigation is what I love to do and so on a freezing February day, I hunkered down with the SmartyPants multis, my own vitamin bottles, the internet and some tea (fortification). For four years I have been feeding my children both a [...]


    Cooking Class: Parents Need to Eat Too!

    by Nicole on 5/19/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that baby’s here, are you living on takeout and jarred pasta sauce? Learn a new way of cooking, specifically created for new parents. “Parents Need to Eat Too”, the class that inspired the cookbook, focuses on recipes and techniques that are easy enough for beginners and frazzled new parents—delicious, nutritious meals you can make [...]

    Apple Puff from The Whole Family Cookbook

    Family Cookbooks Worth Their Salt + Baked Apple Puff

    by Stacie on 5/02/11 | 3 Comment(s)

    I’m not big on most kid or family cookbooks. They’re usually filled with cutesy foods or “kid menu” favorites in which I have no interest (or can figure out how to make myself). I mean, can you imagine your Hungry Papa getting excited about “Spaghetti and Eyeballs”? Really. Before you write me off as a [...]


    Pumping: when, how and why

    by Nicole on 4/13/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    I remember when my sister first pulled out her backpack-style breastpump, strapped on her bustier and the pump cups and turned the machine on- all while she was giving me some sisterly advice. To her, it was like nothing was going on…to me, it was like: Woah! what are all those tubes and how is [...]


    Can You Indentify Your Kid’s Eating Style?

    by Nicole on 4/12/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    I think being concerned about what your child eats consumes a lot of us. My friend Rena tells me how her son will barely eat for days and then suddenly will wolf down anything in the fridge. For an eternity, Birch ate only white foods (yogurt, bread, milk). My sister’s children are grazers so they [...]


    Quick and Healthy: Quinoa “Fried Rice”

    by Stacie on 3/21/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    This week is crazy. I know, I know. They all are! Well this week feels even crazier than most. See, I’m hard at work putting together a charity cookbook for Japan (more details coming soon!) and my sitter is gone for the week (her first grandson just arrived!). All great things, but not so great [...]

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    The Ultimate Snack: Homemade Cheddar Crackers

    by Stacie on 3/07/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Friends! It’s been too long since I’ve been here. (Two months and one week, but who’s keeping track?!) After such a long absence, I feel it’s only right to come bearing gifts. And what better gift to a parent than the ultimate snack recipe? There are too many to list all of the reasons why [...]