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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 | 12 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” […]

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    Visiting Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways

    by Carolyn on 7/08/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    As a transplant from the middle of the country, I still find the ocean new and exciting. Luckily, my children share this awe and affection and accompany me on trips to play in the sand and splash in the water.  One of my favorite beaches in New York City is Jacob Riis Park. After visits […]

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    Who Needs Las Vegas When Brooklyn’s Got Brighton Beach?

    by Paula on 7/08/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    It had been a long time since my husband and I had a night out.  Sure, we’d had the occasional sitter and gone out to a local restaurant, but I wanted to do something different.  I wanted to be reminded that New York City (and Brooklyn especially) is full of possibility – I wanted an […]

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    Dance Trial Classes- Pay What You Wish at Cumbe

    by Nicole on 6/27/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    For the next two weeks your child can try out some truly unique summer classes- for a price you designate.  Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, is offering “pay what you wish” trial classes through July 8th. Your kids can learn how to dance and tell stories with live percussion, try out musical instruments, […]

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    From Brooklyn to the Catskills

    by Tonya on 6/25/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    While living in Brooklyn is nothing short of awesome due to the wonderful people and amazing things to do, there are just times when you need – desperately – to get away and Calgon is NOT going to cut it. While I’d love to grab a flight to some exotic locale, my bank account and […]

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    Why You Should Stop Using Anything With Triclosan

    by Nicole on 6/18/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Triclosan, the chemical used in a variety of products, including soaps, mouthwashes, dish detergents, toothpastes, deodorants and hand sanitizers, is coming under scrutiny once again.  We referenced the New York Times article about it last year as a potential danger for children and adults, but in reality, Triclosan has been a concern for decades.  Several […]

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    Our Free Meetup at Moomah This Weekend

    by Nicole on 6/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    We love to do meetups here- and this weekend is a special one that is exclusive for our readers. Newly reopened Moomah is hosting a free art workshop and day of play in their Funky Forest.  Sit back and chill in their calming cafe and enjoy an award-winning latte* or signature smoothie and listen to […]

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    Dads and Dads-to-be Night Out Tonight

    by Nicole on 6/17/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Moms and Dads need all the recognition they can get- and Birth Day Presence is celebrating fathers tonight by hosting a Dad’s Night Out for dads and “dads-to-be.” The night out is for dads to meet other dads, swap stories and tips and sit back and enjoy a free drink at South Slope bar and […]

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    New iphone App Makes Lunch Planning Deliciously Easy

    by Nicole on 6/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you have yet to start camp like us, then you are busy labeling and wondering how to cram all your kids’ stuff into one backpack: including a nutritious lunch that’s supposed to stay cold through a scorching hot morning. I hate to cook, let alone plan meals, so packing camp lunches makes me dread […]

    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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    Entrepreneur Workshops For Brooklyn Businesses

    by Nicole on 6/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are a business owner then June is full of opportunity to make your business shine.   BOC Women’s Business Center has plenty of June workshops to help make your business healthy. In addition, there is an Entrepreneur Expo at the Brooklyn Central Library for all genders. Need financial advice in a hurry? The Financial […]

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    Need a passport stat? Try Brooklyn Public Library

    by Nicole on 5/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    The one place I refuse to go to in Brooklyn is the post office. It’s like hell on earth- you wait in a snaking, long line with other disgruntled customers, and then someone snaps. It always happens- and really can you blame them? The last time I did go to the post office was 2 […]

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    Brooklyn Parents: Your Skills Wanted for Our Public Schools

    by Nicole on 5/14/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    You know you have it, and now you have the opportunity to use it. I’m talking about your skills, knowledge and expertise.  Support our Brooklyn public schools by connecting with other Brooklynites who also care about education and give back to the community. PENCIL partners professionals with public school principals to develop long-term projects to […]