Bena

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Bena is a a wife and mom to a little girl born in July 2017 and another little girl born in April 2021. Her and her husband, both born and raised in Long Island, randomly ended up living in New Rochelle, Westchester when they fell in love with what Westchester had to offer: beautiful parks, hiking trails, restaurants, cute towns, all while still being close to NYC. Since then they have moved around and ended up settling down in Edgemont/Scarsdale. Mostly, Bena is just trying to figure out how to do this mom thing, while also working a full-time job. After a few years of the juggling act, she feels a little more confident, but everyday there are new challenges, especially when #2 arrived. When she is not momming, she is usually lawyering, working out, cooking, running errands, having coffee, chocolate or wine, or somewhere out exploring nature and the world.
A girl holding a teddy bear being prepared for surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

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Over the holiday break, my 5-year-old daughter ended up having surgery. It was not a surgery planned well in advance; we had only had an appointment with the ENT a week prior to the surgery....
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Am I Too Tough on My Firstborn?

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I have been questioning the behavioral expectations of my firstborn daughter, who is five years old. I often hear myself reminding her that her younger sister, who is 18 months old, is watching everything...
A Christmas town.

Hallmark Holiday Towns to Visit

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Have you ever wanted to go to one of those cute, Christmas card picture-perfect Hallmark holiday towns? Well, you are in luck because there are a bunch of fun destinations in the Northeast. Stowe, VT:...
apple & pumpkin picking

A Guide to Apple & Pumpkin Picking in and Around Westchester County

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Nothing says fall like spending a day at the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. It's a Westchester County fall family tradition to go apple picking and pumpkin picking. Luckily, Westchester and the Hudson Valley area have lots...
A woman relaxing in a chair drinking coffee.

Don’t Forget About “Me” Time

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As the last few days of summer are winding down and we are getting ready for a new school year, parents (usually moms) are running around trying to get last-minute school shopping done, figuring...
Girls playing in a local splash pad.

Keeping Kids Cool This Summer at Westchester Splash Pads

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After the July heat wave, where we had multiple days in a row of 90-degree weather, what better way to keep kids cool than by visiting some of Westchester's splash pads. Here are a...
A family discussing home improvement.

Home Improvement Tips for the Novice

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My husband and I purchased a home last year and took on a significant renovation project that was overwhelming. It was our first single-family home purchase. We were condo owners who, although we lived...
A mother sitting at the computer with a toddler in her lap.

The Mom Burnout

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The past few months have seemed impossible and I'm suffering from burnout. My family, which includes a 4-year-old and a 9-month-old, dealt with multiple health issues, including the flu and COVID, on top of...
Men and women in a running club.

A New Year to Run

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I have been a runner for over ten years now, but I did not start that way. Growing up, I never really ran for more than two miles at a time for a workout....
holiday weekend trips

Holiday Weekend Trips with the Kids

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With the holiday winter recess around the corner, and everyone needing a little break from our daily routines, here are some easy weekend or short weekday trips. Most are less than three hours away...