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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

spring ahead – daylight savings tips

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

On Saturday night at midnight we spring ahead (this means we lose an hour overnight). What does this mean in terms of your child’s sleep schedule? See my tips below and decide which plan is best for your wee one.

Plan A:

1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night at the usual bedtime.

2. Change your clocks so they are one hour ahead.

3. Set your alarm to get you up at the usual wake up time and wake your child up to start the day (this means one less hour of sleep for your child).

4. Put your child down for naps and bedtime according to the time on the clock.

Plan B:

For those early risers, don’t change anything but your clocks.  This means that if they normally nap at 9 am, the clock will now ready 10 am, and so on.  They will be going to bed one hour later and will wake up one hour later… Remember that there is more daylight as we get closer to June so you’ll also want to ensure that you have a good blackout system, otherwise your early riser will be back!

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!

new iphone app for nyc parents

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Navigating NYC with kids just got a whole lot easier.

iKidNY is the must have app for savvy NYC moms on the move (and diligent urban daddies too).  A true favorite of locals and NYC visitors alike, this essential tool will change your life in the city as you know it.   Imagine being able to find the closest parks, playgrounds, changing tables, indoor playspaces, museums, libraries, subway stations with elevators, kid-friendly restaurants, and more, all with the touch of a button.   We don’t stop being efficient New Yorkers just because we have little ones!

personal shopping for busy parents

Thursday, August 14th, 2008


I met Hilary Waterous, founder of Pride & Joy many months ago at a local park. Pride & Joy is a children’s personal shopping and gift buying service, designed to relieve parents of the stress and time consuming job of shopping for gifts, baby gear and clothing for their children.

“All parents, especially those raising their children in New York City, wish they had more free time,” says Hilary Waterous, founder of Pride & Joy. “We combine our knowledge of the best children’s boutiques in New York and our extensive experience caring and shopping for children, to ensure that busy parents are purchasing the best clothing and gifts, with none of the legwork.”

During her years as a professional nanny in some of Manhattan’s most high-profile and affluent homes, Waterous noticed many busy parents could not devote the time to finding the perfect gifts for the endless baby shower and birthday party invites. “I can’t tell you how much time I save by using Pride & Joy to buy presents for all the birthday parties my kids attend,” says Elissa Federman, a mother of two in Chelsea. “And I get the best compliments on the great gifts she picks out!”

By employing the services of Pride & Joy, parents eliminate the hassle of running from store to store between Little Maestros, naps and play dates. Pride & Joys incorporates the input of parents and children during a free consultation to assess their style and needs. Pride & Joy frequents a range of the best shops from uptown’s Spring Flowers and Bonne Nuit to downtown’s Yoya and Estella. “Pride & Joy always comes back with the clothing I described I wanted for my kids, only better,” says Laura Connolly, a mother of three in Rye. “Not to mention they are from the cutest shops I never would have found on my own.”

Pride & Joy is a children’s personal shopping and gift buying service located in New York’s Upper East Side. Pride & Joy’s services include; children’s clothing, gifts, baby gear consulting, off-season shopping, specialty items and party favors. Their services are available at hourly, day or retainer rates.