Melissa Wickes

IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

(Dec. 07, 2018) - The rumors are true, IKEA U.S. announced on Monday that it will be opening its first city store on the Upper East Side! The new location is contributing to the company's commitment to bringing IKEA to urban areas. The "IKEA Planning Studio" is slated to open in Manhattan in the spring of 2019. The store will open at 999 Third Avenue.


Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

(Dec. 06, 2018) - A recall has been issued for over-the-counter infant ibuprofen sold by the retailers CVS, Family Dollar, and Walmart, according to Tris Pharma. The Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50mg per 1.25mL could potentially have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore dangerous.


2018 Holiday Markets and Fairs in Suffolk and Nassau Counties

2018 Holiday Markets and Fairs in Suffolk and Nassau Counties

(Dec. 04, 2018) - The holidays are a time for relaxing, spending time with family, and, of course, shopping. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Roosevelt Field Mall and dodge the crowded parking lot at the Walt Whitman by gift browsing at one of the many holiday markets in Suffolk and Nassau counties. From the free-of-charge Northport Holiday Craft and Gift Fair at Northport High School to the Hicksville Winter Farmer's Market, you won't go into this holiday season without something unique for the whole family. Find the perfect 'looks homemade but actually works' gift for all of your friends, kids, nieces, nephews, and even the colleague that you barely speak to but picked for secret santa.


Hour of Code Offers One-Hour Coding Tutorials

Hour of Code Offers One-Hour Coding Tutorials

(Dec. 03, 2018) - The Hour of Code is offering one-hour coding tutorials beginning today through Dec. 11 in honor of Computer Science Education week which ends Dec. 9. You can host an Hour of Code at any time throughout the year at your school, at an extracurricular, at a non-profit, or at work.


5 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

(Nov. 28, 2018) - Cold and flu season. Every parent dreads it. It can feel crippling knowing there is likely a sneeze coming in your child’s direction or a kid with a fever drooling on your day care’s set of Legos. Remember: Kids are still building their immune systems, so it’s normal for them to get sick frequently. “I have parents tell me that they can remember more days when their kid had a runny nose than days when they didn’t,” says Aimée Kahn, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare in Nyack. This year, get ahead of the cold and flu game by instilling these simple practices in your children and taking these precautions, as suggested by Dr. Kahn.


The Churchill School Partners with Cos Bar in Support of Students with Learning Disabilities

The Churchill School Partners with Cos Bar in Support of Students with Learning Disabilities

(Nov. 28, 2018) - This December 5-7, customers shopping at Cos Bar, the luxury, multi-brand downtown Manhattan beauty retailer, can donate 10 percent of their purchase to The Churchill School's initiative for children with language-based learning disabilities. By using the code Churchill10, shoppers are participating in Shop For the Cause both online and in-store.


The Westchester Mall to Offer 30-Minute Free Parking Through the Holiday Season

The Westchester Mall to Offer 30-Minute Free Parking Through the Holiday Season

(Nov. 26, 2018) - This holiday season, The Westchester aims to make your holiday shopping experience easier by offering thirty-minute free Holiday Express Parking at the Nordstrom Valet, now through Jan. 15, 2019. Every family is busy during the holidays, especially when it comes to gift shopping. This complimentary service will expedite the shopping process for all Westchester families, especially those stopping in for a quick return, exchange, or those picking up an internet order.


The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle

The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle

(Nov. 13, 2018) - The Nurtury Montessori School opened a day care center in Larchmont this October and began offering new after-school programs at its New Rochelle location this September. The Larchmont location will offer full-day programs for children ages 3 months to 3 years, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm, year-round. The New Rochelle location is now offering after-school programs for children kindergarten-first grade.


The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is Set for Wednesday, Nov. 28

The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is Set for Wednesday, Nov. 28

(Nov. 12, 2018) - This year's tree made its grand arrival to Manhattan this Saturday via flatbed truck, according to NBC New York. The two-day, 75 mile journey from Wallkill in the Town of Newburgh to Midtown, Manhattan will prove well worth it on Wednesday, Nov. 28 when the tree is lit at during the ceremony that will be broadcasted on live TV. The tree will remain lit every night until 11:30pm through Jan. 7, 2019.


5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

(Oct. 30, 2018) - November is a time when we all tend to think about gratitude; your family is likely familiar with the ‘what are you thankful for’ exercise at the Thanksgiving dinner table. But it is vital to instill the importance of gratitude in your children year-round, whether it’s by being polite to servers when your family dines at a restaurant or by simply saying thank you to the barista handing you your morning coffee. Alan Daniel Schlechter, M.D., clinical assistant professor at the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, director of outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, and instructor of the course The Science of Happiness at New York University shares five ways you can teach your children to express gratitude all year long.


Saving for Retirement: 401K vs IRA vs Nothing

Saving for Retirement: 401K vs IRA vs Nothing

(Oct. 01, 2018) - Whether you’re just starting your career, switching jobs, or you’ve been working for three decades, making sure you’re saving for retirement is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for the future. And the sooner you start saving, the better off you’ll be financially. After all, of those who participated in the Charles Schwab 2018 401K Participant Survey, 60 percent said their 401K will be their largest source of income when they retire.


5 Ways to Help Your Teen Have an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Have an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

(Oct. 01, 2018) - Good exercise and eating habits are vital and are best established at a young age. By teaching your teen effective and enjoyable ways to exercise and stay well, you are setting her up to live a healthy and happy life. Here are five things you should do to help your teen get excited about physical fitness and wellness, according to Christian Palmer, strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer at Equinox Mamaroneck.


Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Brings the First Escape Theme Adventure to NYC

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Brings the First Escape Theme Adventure to NYC

(Aug. 15, 2018) - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, the world’s museum for weird, out-of-this-world enthusiasts, opened Ripley’s Relic, an interactive adventure with “scientific discovery” for the whole family, this June. This interactive, escape adventure takes visitors on an underground quest to unlock puzzles and decipher scientific symbols. The attraction is great for families, date night, or even a New Yorker in a rush!


Knorr to Deliver Free Local Fresh Produce in Manhattan for National Farmers Market Week

Knorr to Deliver Free Local Fresh Produce in Manhattan for National Farmers Market Week

(Aug. 07, 2018) - To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, Knorr is making local fresh produce deliveries on a first-come, first-serve basis until this Thursday, August 9, to Manhattan only. How do you receive a fresh, delicious meal straight at your door step? Three easy steps:


Brooklyn Nets Players and Coach Kenny Atkinson to Attend Nets Youth Summer Basketball Camps

Brooklyn Nets Players and Coach Kenny Atkinson to Attend Nets Youth Summer Basketball Camps

(Aug. 03, 2018) - Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets Head Coach, and Nets players Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, D’Angelo Russell, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, will attend Nets youth basketball camps this August. The Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy summer camps teach children of all levels personalized basketball instruction while placing a focus on sportsmanship and teamwork. The visiting Nets will sign autographs for campers as well as participating in drills and shoot-arounds.


5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

(Jul. 27, 2018) - Does your son love to sell lemonade on the corner of your street? Is your daughter always making duct-tape wallets and decorating her own jeans? If your child demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, you should encourage him to pursue that. Here are five ways you can teach your child to be an entrepreneur, even as a kid, with help from Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the hit TV show Shark Tank, Shaan Patel, M.D., M.B.A., founder of Prep Expert, an SAT and ACT prep company that was pitched on Shark Tank in 2016, and Ian McCue, a rising senior majoring in economics at UNLV and the founder of Spark Skill, a technology summer camp provider. All three co-authored Kid Start-Up: How You Can Be an Entrepreneur.


The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

(Jul. 25, 2018) - Talking to your baby can be fun, but it’s not all fun and games. Everything you say to an infant (and even a toddler) influences the way and the speed at which he learns to speak. Narrating what you do every day, singing, reading, speaking in “baby talk,” asking questions, facilitating conversations, and virtually any noises you make when you are around your infant affects her speech development as well as other skills. In all, babies and toddlers need to hear more than 20,000 words a day, according to Krysti Maloney, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and supervisor at The Suffolk Center for Speech.


Important Information to Leave for Your Babysitter

Important Information to Leave for Your Babysitter

(Jul. 06, 2018) - In a world of constantly checking your cellphone, tracking your kids down via satellite, and nanny cams, it can be easy to forget to give your babysitter all of the information she may need when watching your kids. Fill out this handy checklist with tips and reminders from Mommybites.com and Gina Lamb-Amato, M.D., Manhattan-based pediatrician at Agho Medical practices and Village Pediatrics. Give this info to your sitter to ensure that no question goes unanswered for everything from emergency contact info to your child’s favorite bedtime story.


Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

(Jul. 06, 2018) - Car seat regulations are hard to keep up with and manage, especially because they are constantly changing and are different state to state. Keep this checklist, compiled with the help of Shane Bland, certified car seat safety technician through Safe Kids Worldwide Westchester, and Greg Durocher, child passenger safety technician instructor at Safe Ride 4 Kids, on your fridge, in your glove compartment, in your purse, or wherever you will remember to reference it for properly purchasing, installing, and putting your child in a car seat.


A Nutella Cafe is Coming to NYC

A Nutella Cafe is Coming to NYC

(Jun. 13, 2018) - By the end of the year, Ferrero, the confectionery company that makes the ever-popular Nutella Hazelnut Spread, will be opening a permanent Nutella Cafe at 13th Street and University Place near Union Square, according to a press release. The cafe will have a Nutella-inspired menu featuring a variety of unique dishes and specialty espresso beverages.


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