The Pump and Dump Show is Coming to the Hudson Valley!

The Pump and Dump Show

Have you heard of The Pump and Dump Show?

Described as a one-of-a-kind, interactive, live comedy production that is the Ultimate Mom’s Night Out, The Pump and Dump Show is coming to the Hudson Valley on Thursday March 16th for a show at Levity Live Comedy Club in West Nyack, NY (just a short trip over the Hudson River in the Palisades Mall).

Combining hysterical original songs like Lies We Tell Ourselves and Eat Your F-ing Food with irreverent humor, games, prizes, and more, the “Band of Mothers Tour” is a cathartic night away from the kids hosted by lifelong friends and comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee.

I got a chance to pick Shayna’s brain a bit on the show and how it all got started…

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5 Tips to Avoid Getting Lice

Guest post by Jennifer Kilduff, founder of The Lice Chicks, Inc.

tips to avoid getting lice - lice treatment in Westchester

Did you know that the holidays are a prime opportunity for Ol’ St. NIT to spread some holiday cheer?! Visiting family and friends, hugs, pictures, sleepovers, cuddling, and all of the wonderful things that make holiday time so special, also put us at risk for head lice.

After the holidays, we see a big surge in head lice infestations due to the nature of the season. Therefore, parents must be proactive and check their children’s hair regularly in the following weeks to catch an infestation at the onset. Here are a few tips…
  1. Schedule a head check at your local lice salon. If you have any symptoms or concerns, an infestation can be spotted by a professional at the onset and treated immediately.
  2. “Take a peek once a week” as always, but especially during the next few weeks.
  3. Wear long hair up in a ponytail, braid or bun.
  4. Be sure to use an all-natural lice shampoo and conditioner, and/or a mint-scented lice spray. The more minty you smell, the less desirable your head will be.
  5. Remind your family that most lice spread through head to head contact and/or by sharing personal items like brushes and hats.

the lice chicks - lice treatment in Westchester
The Lice Chicks are certified, professional lice removal specialists that employ the Shepherd Method of “Strand by Strand” lice and nit removal. Located in Jefferson Valley, they’re available to help parents throughout the Hudson Valley who are battling a head lice infestation. They will be hosting a free head check week the week of January 22nd to educate families on head lice detection in response to this busy time. If you would like more information on lice prevention, detection, and treatment, please contact The Lice Chicks at 914-302-2927 or visit them on the web at

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An Adoption Journey

Guest post by Amie Getis

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“Have you told your mother yet?” my father asked after I told him that Adam, my husband, and I were trying to adopt.

“No. I told you first.”

“Don’t tell her that you told me. Let her think you told her first,” he advised.

Twelve years earlier at my wedding, my father had drunkenly toasted us with the hope that we would suffer the same as he and my mother had obviously suffered as my parents. My father still held that hope.

“Did she tell you?” my mother excitedly inquired of my father after I told her.

“Tell me what?”

“They are adopting!” was my mother’s gleeful response. That was in September 2011.

Every adoption story is unique and special for the family that goes through the experience. Adoption is the culmination of an emotional rollercoaster joined with a paperwork tsunami that becomes the centerpiece of your life. Adam and I did it twice.

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What I Learned—And Taught My Kids—Through Obstacle Course Racing

what I learned and taught my kids through obstacle course racing

Guest post by Renee Levine of ParentNation

I get it. Not everyone loves the idea of running through thick, smelly mud, crawling under barbed wire, carrying unwieldy boulders and logs up treacherous inclines, and jumping over eight foot walls. For seven hours. All for a t-shirt, a medal, a banana and a beer. In fact, most of my friends and family think I’m a little nuts.

Ever since I was little, I hated getting dirty. Why, then, was I even considering a race that revolved around mud? Obstacle course racing pushes your boundaries in every respect, and I wanted to see if I could overcome the obstacles, both mentally and physically.

By the time I took my first step into the thick, cold mud at my first race, I had my answer. To my surprise, not only did I enjoy the mud, I wanted—no, I needed—more.

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2016

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2016

Get your favorite stretchy pants ready! It’s just about time for the fall edition of Hudson Valley Restaurant week!

From November 1st through November 13th, more than 200 restaurants in the mid- and lower-Hudson Valley (with 113 restaurants in Westchester alone) will offer up three-course dinner menus for $29.95. Many of the restaurants are also offering three-course lunch menus for $20.95 (prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip).

For the last couple of years, HVRW has been my absolute favorite excuse for a ladies night. The last couple of times we’ve hit Thyme Steak and Seafood in Yorktown Heights (their wide variety of delicious gluten free options has completely won me over). Other great options that I always love include Chophouse Grille in Mahopac and Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring. And there are a ton of places on the list that I’d like to try including Rosemary & Vine in Rye, Exit 4 Food Hall in Mt. Kisco and Madison Kitchen in Larchmont.

Some of the restaurants participating already have their menus posted to the HVWR website. Once you decide which one (or bunch!) you want to try out, be sure to make a reservation. These restaurants fill up really quickly during restaurant week and you don’t want to show up and find there is no space for you. You can make reservations for some of the restaurants through Open Table right on the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week site by clicking “book now.” For those that don’t participate, you can call the restaurants directly to make a reservation.

What restaurant are you most excited about checking out for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week?


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Fit for Life: Key Shifts to Feel Fit, Focused and Energetic

Guest post by Jane Savage, Health Coach

As moms, our hearts are basically living outside of our bodies every single day. It’s emotionally and physically hard to balance yourself, your family and maybe even your work. There are many days where we don’t feel very fit for life. We crash into bed depleted at the end of the day because we sacrificed our exercise, stayed up too late the night before and skipped lunch to grab another cup of coffee.

So what gets us to make changes for the better?

In seven years of coaching, I’ve seen a trend. A work or life transition gets us up and moving forward. It could be the kids starting school, going back to work, changing careers or even preparing for an empty nest. You know this change is coming and you have paused for a moment to reevaluate your own health and well-being. You perhaps notice a few things like this…

Your clothes don’t fit that well.

You’re feeling a bit depleted and not very sharp.

You grab the wine glass a little too often to cope with stress.

You don’t have a fitness goal so you are just going through the motions.

When these transitions happen, we have an opening. An opening where we feel ready and motivated for change. This is when you need to act. These work/life transitions are the fuel you need to get back to feeling really fit, focused and engaged.

And it is possible to take care of yourself and your kids. Now is the time to start placing the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others. You don’t have to try every latest and greatest diet or exercise plan. It truly is a lifestyle change. A shift in mindset and routines will get the job done.

Here are 3 key shifts that can help you feel really fit and focused, for good.

moms and self care: 3 shifts to feel fit, focused, and energetic

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Friday Favorites | Westchester Instagram Favorites

I’m a tiny bit obsessed with Instagram. Like, when my husband and I are binging on Netflix (right now we’re watching Supergirl because we’re nerdy like that) and he catches me trying to steal glances at my phone, he immediately asks me what’s happening on Instagram. I laughingly refer to myself as an InstaAddict. I mean, there are worse problems to have, right?

Since I know there have to be at least a few of you out there who are with me (I’m especially talking to the zombies with infants who scroll away at all hours of the night while feeding and rocking), I thought I’d share some of my Westchester Instagram favorites from this past week.

Westchester Instagram favorites | @siouxmadden

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Is Community College Right for Your Student? Five Factors to Consider

Guest post by Gayle Chaky, College Transitions Coach

A new school year has just started! School buses, crossing guards, lunch boxes, soccer practice, music lessons, football games and, oh yes, the inevitable grumbling about cafeteria food and homework assignments!

That should be enough to keep any family busy in September, but if you have a junior or senior in high school you have the added excitement of listening to your student start worrying about college issues: entrance exams, AP classes, majors, college search, financial aid…. wow! It seems like they will never make it to college, but it does indeed happen! One of the biggest and most stressful issues is WHICH COLLEGE? Along with that question comes a BIG DECISION:

Should they go to the local community college for the first two years or start at a four-year school?


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Taking Advantage of Westchester’s Trailways

taking advantage of Westchester's trailways

Between my husband’s weird work schedule, my neuroticism about the people who I let watch my children, extracurricular activities and straight up laziness, we don’t get out alone very often. In fact, “date night” at our house generally consists of Netflix and ice cream. Most of the time, that’s totally ok. We’re busy and tired and it’s easy. But it’s also really, really nice to have a little chunk of time set aside once in a while when you aren’t listening for the pitter patter of feet above your head.

Enter date morning.

Yeah. I know. It’s weird. But bear with me.

With the girls back in school—and our littlest one in full time now [insert teary sobfest here]—we’ve found ourselves with a little pocket of time some mornings between when the bus comes and when my husband has to be at work. Instead of using it to scroll through Instagram or chortle at Twitter (that last one is all him, by the way), we now have a running (albeit untraditional) date: a two-mile morning walk along the river.

No, it’s not drinks or a movie, but we’re willing to work with what we’ve got—and if there’s anything I’ve learned since becoming a mom, it’s that sometimes you have to get creative.

Luckily, there are a lot of pretty trailways in Westchester to take advantage of before the snow rolls in. Many of them are paved and perfect for walking with strollers or little walkers if you’re looking to get them outdoors and in the sunshine. While we love the RiverWalk, which runs just about top to bottom of the county, there are so many other options!

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InstaAddict | Hudson Valley Edition

Guys, I need to tell you a secret: I am an Instagram addict. I’m a screen-scrolling zombie come bedtime (which might be the reason I have such a difficult time sleeping, but that’s a whole post in itself). My eyelids may droop, but my thumb keeps scrolling and double tapping until I just. can’t. even.

Is this the most productive use of my time? Uh, no. Most definitely not. But sometimes I try to trick my brain into thinking it’s OK by saying, “Hey brain. I’m actually conducting really important research here by checking out some local accounts to find some cool things to do. For the girls.” Because my brain is highly susceptible to mom guilt.

In case you’re interested in a really pretty time suck—I mean, highly productive research project for the good of your children—I put together a list of some of my favorite Hudson Valley Instagrammers. These guys regularly post gorgeous shots of things to do and see and eat and buy in our pretty stinking beautiful NYC suburbs.

Hudson Valley Instagrammers | Hudson Valley Compass

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