Melissa is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997. She and her husband live in Mount Kisco with their son Corey (2004) and daughter Mia (2007). Melissa spent many years working in Human Resources and currently works in enrollment and marketing for a child care organization. Melissa is a two-time survivor of Postpartum OCD. She initially became interested in writing to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders but has discovered that writing is a newfound aspect of her life that she thoroughly enjoys. Melissa is excited to write with the Westchester County Mom team and hopes you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations of a born-n-raised city girl raising teenagers growing up here in Westchester.
Husband leaving for a business trip with his suitcase.

Feeling Disconnected: Managing Your Partner’s Business Travel

I've jokingly referred to my husband as the traveling salesman. He is not in sales, but his job often requires business travel.  In my opinion, the "idea" of business travel is much more glamorous than...
A team at a business meeting using business lingo.

Business Lingo: Let’s Hop on a Call and More

How funny is business lingo? Sometimes, I spew phrases such as, “I’ll loop you in” or “Let’s touch base.” Almost like an out-of-body experience (was that me?). With a shudder and a sense of...

WECO Hospitality: It’s What’s for Dinner

In my home, the question, “What’s for dinner?” often results in my husband and I staring blankly into each other’s eyes. And not those loving gazes, but rather more like pure piercing stares. Neither...
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Making Memories Across Westchester County

My husband, daughter, and I went to Stew Leonard's not too long ago. As we walked around, memories crept up as I started thinking about the times we had been there as a family...

Nesting and the Bookends of Childhood

My son is a freshman away at college. A few days before moving him to school, I started having trouble falling asleep at night. My mind raced with things to include on his college...
Charcuterie boards for a girls' weekend.

Charcuterie and Camaraderie

Charcuterie boards have become much more than meats, cheeses, and crackers, especially when you make it a fun girls’ night activity! That’s exactly what some good friends and I did on the first night...
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Local Libraries to the Rescue: Programs and Resources for Families

A public library is truly an amazing place. Sometimes we need a reminder that it is more than books! Our local libraries host awesome events for all ages, including arts and crafts, computer coding...
A college-age son hugging his mom.

When Can I Start Missing My College-Bound Son?

May 1st is an important day for a college-bound high school senior like my son. It's known as National College Decision Day - or more commonly referred to as "Commitment Day." This is the...
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The Best of Times: Growing Up in the 1980s

The television show “The Goldbergs” played in the background one night while cleaning up from dinner. I can’t say that I was really listening, until the end of one of the episodes when I...
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What I Was Reminded About Marriage in a Span of 12 Hours

Many of us take those traditional vows at our wedding ceremony, “...for better and for worse, for richer or for poorer, in good times and bad, etc...” And life and marriage have ways of...