Archive for the 'community' Category

swellbeing on chicago’s 190 north

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Our in-home consultation services were just featured on ABC7 Chicago’s 190 North program. If you fast-forward to minute 18 you will see our clip!

190 north clip

giggle guru blog – Sweet Dreams

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Two weeks ago I began blogging for giggle on their giggle gurus blog.  The blog is titled Sweet Dreams, and as you may well have guessed, the topic is sleep.  This blog is in great company with some other fantastic blogs authored by a great network of experts in other arenas, such as child development, organization, healthy eating and creating a green nursery. Please head on over and check them out.

help needed: send diapers now!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I was reading my Daily Candy emails this morning and was reminded of tremendous need many impoverished mothers have: diapers for their babies.  Help a Mother Out is an organization in San Francisco who collects diapers and distributes them to those in need.

Early in my career I worked for a non-profit program in the inner city of Milwaukee.  There I worked with many teen mothers and saw firsthand how hard some people work to stretch a diaper or two…some for an entire day.  It was heartbreaking to see, and with two little ones myself, I can’t imagine not being able to put a clean diaper on them whenever the need arises.

Fortunately, there are great people and organizations (such as Help a Mother Out) throughout the US, as well as virtual diaper drives who are collecting diapers to distribute to these very needy families. Spread some diaper cheer!

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

Please help Kai!

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I am reposting this letter asking for help for this beautiful little boy.  This originally came from the Hudson River Park Mamas.  Please let as many people as you can know about this!

Kai Anderson has a rare form of Leukemia
He is not even five years old
To cure it, he needs a bone marrow transplant


Hope For Kai
Bone Marrow Donor Drive

Saturday, May 2nd
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Montessori School of Manhattan
53 Beach St.
(Between Hudson and Greenwich)
For more info call: (212)-334-0400

Just days ago Kai had symptoms that his parents thought might be the flu, or even just a cold. Now he is in the hospital, diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia (Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), being treated with a cocktail of seven chemotherapy drugs. Only, for this acute, high-risk form of leukemia, chemo is rarely enough. Kai’s best hope lies in a bone marrow transplant.

That’s where you come in.

The Anderson family absolutely need your prayers, kind words, home-cooked meals, practical assistance and generous donations for the enormous medical costs ahead (at More than you can know. You see, last year, Kai’s dad and special buddy, David, was diagnosed with a type of cancer (also rare and complicated) called Mantle Cell Lymphoma. That’s right. Two cancers in one small family. Kai’s parents are operating day-to-day with unimaginable levels of stress and heartbreak.

But right now what they need, more than anything, is a way to save Kai’s life.

Thanks to amazing refinements in medical technology, a miracle may yet be possible. But it will take all of us.

Bone marrow transplant is probably very different from what it was the last time you heard about it. Getting tested for compatibility takes only seconds. Dab a swab on the inside of your cheek and register with the national bone-marrow registry. If the marrow is a match, donors are asked to undergo one of two minor, non-invasive outpatient procedures that extract some of your healthy stem cells to replace a patient’s unhealthy cells. It is that simple to give someone a second chance at life.

Astonishingly, despite these advancements, every year thousands of patients in desperate need of bone marrow transplants go without, due to a lack of available compatible matches. Less than 20% ever get the transplant that may be their last chance for survival. The technology is there; it’s the donors who are not. That’s not only shameful, it’s
short-sighted. Because this is something that can happen to any of us, to any of our children.

If you can’t attend the bone marrow drive above, please visit for a free kit you can use at home. Then help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to everyone who may be able to help.

Kai and Birgit Anderson have been part of the Hudson River Park Mothers Group from the beginning. He is her firstborn, the one who made her a mother.  And from the beginning, the Hudson River Park Mothers Group’s mission has been to create a caring community for families.  The only assurance we can offer our children, and the most valuable lesson we can teach them, is that while bad things in life can’t be prevented, their load can be shared. Please do what you can to help us share this one.

Who knows?

The thing that could happen to any of us may just be cured by one of us.

Thank you!

The Hudson River Park Mothers Group

important product warning – mommy’s bliss nipple cream

Friday, June 13th, 2008

If you have this product – throw it away. If you are using it, stop immediately. A friend and new mother shared the May 29, 2008 post from the FDA informing consumers to neither use nor purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream.  Here is what the FDA said:

The product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Potentially harmful ingredients in the product are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause slow or shallow breathing in infants. Phenoxyenthanol, a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications, can also depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants. Mothers and caregivers should seek immediate medical attention if their child shows signs and symptoms of decreases in appetite, difficulty in awakening, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant’s strength of grip and a change in skin color.

the vaccine book

Friday, June 13th, 2008


I recently attended a talk given by Dr. Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child. He is part of the Sears family and has made vaccines his area of pediatric specialty. What I liked about his presentation is that he spoke from a place of balance, neither overstating nor understanding the importance of vaccines. He gave parents all the latitude necessary to make informed decisions for their child and family. He was clear about what science has learned and where there are shortcomings. In his book, he offers information about each vaccination, children’s risks for each disease and a vaccine schedule that he follows in his practice. A good, comprehensive read if you are searching for information to help you make a vaccination choice.

mr yuk – poison prevention

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008



I have no idea what prompted me to do a search for Mr Yuk earlier today, but I’m so glad I did. In so doing, I reached way back into my childhood and connected with an icon that was plastered around our house (on the phone and toilet seat for starters). Created in 1971 (by the Pittsburg Poisen Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg), and selected for being the most “loathed” by children in testing, Mr Yuk continues to be the face of danger some 37 years later!!

Mr. Yuk now bears the national, toll-free number to call in a poisoning emergency, 1-800-222-1222. Dialing the number routes the caller to the nearest poison control center anywhere in the United States.

To request a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, send a self-addressed stamped business size envelope to:

Mr. Yuk
Pittsburgh Poison Center
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
3705 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583

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