Archive for the 'events' Category

eco-friendly play spaces

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

If July 31st wasn’t my daughter’s first birthday, I would make my way to Colori in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Colori is an eco paint boutique and on July 31st they are hosting an all day, hands-on workshop focusing on creating beautiful green play spaces for kids.

I have used Mythic paint, a brand of eco-paint they sell, and it is wonderful.  It has no VOCs, is very durable and is competitively priced.  I honestly can’t think of a good reason NOT to use this paint.

Michelle Quaranta is the owner of Colori Eco Paint Boutique and is a color therapist/consultant.  Friends and I have relied on her eye for color and have been thrilled with the results.  She can consult with you right in the store or can make a house call to really help to refine your color vision.  Really, if you’re going to make an investment in paint for a room or entire house, shouldn’t it be right?!

navigating the nyc nursery school system

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

If the title of this post raised your blood pressure even a little bit, then it’s probably a good idea to head to apple seeds in Chelsea on Thursday night to attend a nursery school seminar being offered by New York Family Magazine.  An expert panel of neighborhood nursery school administrators will be available to provide an overview of the admissions process and answer all questions.

Seats are limited and dwindling.  Register now at

WONDERful. Wildflowers and Lullabies.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


Melissa Errico, a dear friend to Swellbeing, has poured her large and generous heart into her latest album, Wildflowers & Lullabies. Melissa has described this project as a series of love songs to her darling daughter. As a mother who is smitten with her daughter, I can wholly appreciate the power of the love behind this kind of expression. If only we all were blessed with such beautiful, perfect voices!

Melissa is a broadway actress, solo artist and founder of Bowery Babes. Bowery Babes is easily the most impressive grassroots mothers group I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. Melissa started this group in her prenatal yoga class. The Bowery Babes, originally 12 members strong, now has four ‘sister’ groups/generations and 300 families. This group gets to the heart of women not feeling alone. Women making New York a sweeter place in this sweetest of times. Friendships and a shoulder to cry on, a real mothers support network.

Join me in supporting this great art coming from a pure maternal place. The album is available today at Amazon and would be beautiful background music for your Mother’s Day!


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Jo Frost will be in NYC soon at a Babies R’Us Store near you.  She is the star of ABC’s hit show “Supernanny” and author of Confident Baby Care.

Friday May 9th at 1 pm in Union Square Babies R’ Us

Saturday May 10th at 12:30 in Westbury Babies R’ Us

Saturday May 10th at 4 pm in Staten Island Babies R’ Us Store

Happy Birthday Workit, Mom!

Monday, April 14th, 2008

A place where working moms connect

Workit,Mom! is celebrating their first year in business this week. To celebrate, they are giving away one gift per day to members during the week of April 14th! For more information, please visit: Happy 1st Birthday. Wishing you many, many more!

bashed – kids party planning event this weekend

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007


BASHED! The ABCs of Party Planning ( taking place this Sunday (10/28) at the Altman Building (135 West 18th Street, between 6th + 7th Avenues) from 10 AM – 6 PM. The event includes a full-day of music (including Gustafer Yellowgold, Bari Koral, Uncle Rock and more) and an amazing line-up of top party planners who will talk about everything from food allergies to what makes NYC the best place on earth for a kids’ party. Sponsored by Apple & Eve, the event also features 35 top-notch exhibitors and lots of freebies! You can purchase tickets in advance at

a party, you’re invited!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007


nyc healthy birth fair

Friday, July 20th, 2007


Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day – the kind of day you want to spend outdoors, likely at one of NYC’s beautiful parks. Might I propose one park in particular: Union Square Park. In addition to the bountiful farmer’s market there each Saturday, tomorrow from 11a – 7p, for the first time ever, there will also be a healthy birth fair to raise awareness of maternity-care issues. Choices In Childbirth, along with The Grassroots Advocates Committee of CIMS and Friends of the Birth Center are hosting a fair to help improve maternity care for women in New York City. This is in light of the fact that the World Health Organization states that the rates for c-sections should not exceed 15%, however the 2004 rates in Manhattan on average were nearly double that.

Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Childbirth Connection gave a report in December 2006 titled “Giving Birth in the Dark: City Hospitals Still Failing to Provide Legally Mandated Maternity Information:” in which she outlined the following,

“In 2004, the average cesarean rate in New York City was 28.6 percent, a 2 percent increase over 2003, when the rate was 26.6 percent. Many New York City hospitals now have a c-section rate over 30 percent.”

The New York Healthy Birth Fair will launch a few important initiatives at tomorrow’s event that aim to illuminate the truths about maternity care as well as reshape the landscape of birth in New York City. These projects include: 1. the New York City pilot of The Birth Survey; 2. the release of the 2nd edition of The New York Guide to a Healthy Birth; and 3. the public announcement of plans for an independent Manhattan-based Birth Center.

Swellbeing will be there tomorrow in support of these initiatives. Please come down and stop by to say hello. Whatever you do, get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!