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    Holistic Moms- New Chapter Debuts This Week

    by Nicole on 1/07/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Are you interested in holistic health or living green? Maybe you want to learn more about it or are an expert in the field. Either way, you will probably find some other like minded moms at the newly formed Brooklyn (Williamsburg/Greenpoint) chapter of Holistic Moms Network!™. Holistic Moms Network!™ is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization connecting […]

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    Review and Giveaway: Crazy about the Ninja 3-in-1

    by Nicole on 12/21/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    Regular readers to this blog know that I’m a terrible cook; I’m talking heated fish fingers and turkey burgers here.  So, when I got an email from a publicist asking me if I wanted to try a fabulous new easy cooker, I said, “heck, yes!”  The Ninja 3-in-1 arrived in October and it’s changed my […]

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    Where to Buy Used Ice Skates in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 12/20/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Gliding on fresh zambonied ice, sipping hot chocolate at break time, spinning perfectly on point- well, now I am just dreaming. But you don’t have to dream to find inexpensive ice skates in Brooklyn. Good Footing in Park Slope has new and used skates. (Used are mainly just available for children; as the store owner […]

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    Mommy Boxing + Baby Bungee + Climbing? Uh Huh!

    by Nicole on 12/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Everyday Athlete® is a Brooklyn fitness studio that has some of the most glowing reviews of any business in our Marketplace.  So, it’s welcome news that the Carroll Gardens fitness company has opened a second location in Brooklyn Heights. The new studio’s central feature is a custom-built, 2,500-square-foot bouldering wall that’s integrated into classes from […]

    Shannon Watts, Zionsville, launched One Million Moms for Gun Control on Facebook in the wake of the Connecticut shootings. She wants more than words, though. She wants action. / CHARLIE NYE / The Star

    Sandy Hook: What We Can Do Now in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 12/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    This is my first post since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. It is weighing heavily on all of us. I am on a roller coaster of emotion; one minute I feel soul-emptying grief, and at others such intense anger that I almost don’t recognize my own thoughts.  And, then I just feel so nakedly, […]

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    Latest Polling Site Changes in Brooklyn

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

    Great updates from NY1 about polling site changes. Check the site for any new information, but this was the latest as of 1 minute ago! General info about the changes from NY1: “Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday that will allow registered New York voters in counties affected by Sandy to vote by […]

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    CANCELLED: Free Baby Massage and Product Toxicity Workshop by Seventh Generation

    by Nicole on 10/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are looking for a way to soothe your baby in a relaxing way (for both of you!) then you might head to the free massage fest on November 8th.  Seventh Generation is hosting this public event in Park Slope with Tina Allen, a well-known baby massage expert. So, why is Seventh Generation hosting […]

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    Ina May Gaskin To Appear in NYC at Doc Festival

    by Nicole on 10/25/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Ina May Gaskin is coming to town and tickets to view her documentary have already sold out for the evening show- but the daytime show has openings.  The birthing guru and author Ina May, attracts expecting parents, birth professionals, doctors and parents in droves.  When she came to Brooklyn a couple of years ago, the […]

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    Haunted House Movie on Monday

    by Nicole on 10/11/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you love classic movies and want to share them with your child in an actual theater, then head out to the popular series Big Movies for Little Kids. This series, begun by two mothers, is meant to be totally casual: no one minds if your child bursts into tears or runs into the aisles. […]

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    For Parents of Children with Special Needs

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Parents of children with special needs can have their own emotional needs unmet as they navigate everything from finding therapists to navigating the NYC school system.  But who takes care of them? The Seleni Institute & Extreme Kids & Crew are hoping to do that with an upcoming workshop called, “Supporting the Supporters: A Workshop […]

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    Is Face Painting Dangerous?

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

    It seems like every children’s event these days has an arts and crafts table with a face painter.  But, is that face paint safe? Two years ago, I did a post on face paint and the report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where researchers tested 10 different face painting kits, all commonly found […]

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    Need Culture? Stroller Tours Offer Art for First Run

    by Nicole on 10/04/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Making the trek into the city to visit the hushed silence of Chelsea galleries with a baby seems rather….well, intimidating. I remember pumping milk in the bathroom of one of those galleries and feeling soooo lonely and so out of place. But, there’s strength in numbers. Two BoCoCa moms are betting that there are lots […]

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    Support Midwives with 5K Run and Wellness Fair

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    For many women, midwives are an important part of the birthing process but they aren’t always supported or even understood in our health care system. To help support midwives, raise awareness and raise funds for this cause, the NYC Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives & Choices in Childbirth is holding the 10th Annual […]

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    Top of the Shop: Iris Lingerie and Bra Fitting

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    This is the twelfth installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly (well, sometimes!) look at a shop in Brooklyn. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. Amazing photographer, Justine Cooper, took the gorgeous photos, although she is mainly […]

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    Radiators- Childproofing and Safety

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 13 Comment(s)

    Now that we are in September, those of us less inclined to the cold chill, have started our heat. That means steaming hot radiators and floor-to-ceiling scalding hot pipes. How do you child proof them and do you really need to? The short answers are: many ways, and definitely yes, yes! (We covered how to […]

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    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North […]

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    RIF is RIP?! Help Get it Back

    by Nicole on 9/11/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    If you have been to any Brooklyn library, you know how important RIF programs are to the branches: children attend story times and receive free books to build their home library. And, now it’s gone. Yes, GONE! Due to the loss of Federal funding, RIF programs at Brooklyn Public Library ended August 31, 2012. During […]

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    New Listings: Dentists, Sleep Help and Daycares and More

    by Nicole on 9/11/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our Marketplace is busting out! We now have 1,384 listings in our Marketplace (our blog’s directory), where you can find classes, doctors and yes- even roller derby! Below are the latest listings that have been added. Don’t forget- if you have a review for a business, please drop by the Marketplace and leave one and […]

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    Free Workshops for Brooklyn Businesses

    by Nicole on 9/11/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are a business owner then September is full of opportunity to make your business shine.   BOC (Business Outreach Center) Business Center has plenty of workshops to help make your business healthy. Need financial advice in a hurry? The Financial Fitness Hotline is a free resource for women to speak with financial planning specialists. […]

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    ZZZZZ Help: Need a Sleep Consultant?

    by Nicole on 8/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are dozing off during the day, snapping at people for minor infractions and just all around not feeling like yourself….you might be sleep deprived. If it’s your child that is keeping you up at night because they are waking up every 45 minutes, having nightmares, waking you up with wet beds, unable to […]

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    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 […]

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    Urgent Care Facilities in Brooklyn: Which Ones are the Best?

    by Nicole on 8/08/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    A new urgent care center in Park Slope has been getting very good reviews on the parent list serves and on Yelp. Premier Care of Park Slope has been getting kudos for efficient and thoughtful care for everything from sore throats to broken arms.  I’m glad to have another urgent care center to include in […]

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    Dropping Naps: When, Why and What Next?!

    by Nicole on 7/22/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    All parents love nap time. It is essential for kids and for us. So, what do you do when your toddler decides to drop her one and only nap? It can happen for kids aged anywhere from 2.5 years old and up. How do you know when they have actually dropped their nap? Has she […]

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    Consumer Reports Best Bike Helmets: Only 2 Make the Cut

    by Nicole on 7/15/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    If you think your bike helmets are good enough: think again. Consumer Reports tested nine adult helmets and only one had enough protection for their most stringent test. And for youth helmets (those for children ages 5 years and older)? Only one of the four helmets tested passed their toughest impact absorption tests. That’s just […]

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    The Best Sunscreens: Reviews and Ratings

    by Nicole on 7/13/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    You can spend days researching and testing all the “good’ sunscreens out there. Believe me- I’ve done it. After 2 years of scrutinizing, ordering and testings various sunscreens- I have my “best sunscreens” list. And, I want to share it with you. Sunscreens for kids are widely available and there are just as many “informed” […]