Kidz Central Station Profile. Denise Courter, Founder and Publisher of the FiDi Families website that spotlights Lower Manhattan and the neighborhoods that fall below 14th Street. In addition to being a full-time working Mom of two, she is the Lifestyle & Family Editor for Downtown Magazine NYC, featuring Little Apple, which captures the Downtown family lifestyle…http://blog.kidzcentralstation.com/head-of-the-class-mom/head-class-mom-denise-courter/
Richard Blais invites FiDi Families to a Healthy Lunch with alli. The chef, restaurateur and winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars”, has partnered with alli®, to find high fat ingredients in holiday favorites and swap them with healthier options that taste just as great. I recently was invited to a luncheon at the Andaz Hotel to meet him and check out some of his healthy recipes and it was great to watch the well-known winner of “Top Chef All-Stars” in action. Chef Blais has lost over 60 pounds by maintaining an active lifestyle and balanced diet, and his demonstration was a lot of fun.
In addition to his new cookbook, Try This At Home, the Chef has his his own show called “Cook Your Ass Off” on HLN Sundays 7pm EST. He recently released a new cookbook with fun, easy to use recipes in addition to his recent work with alli® .
About alli® – alli® (60 mg orlistat capsules) is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid clinically proven to help boost weight loss efforts. alli® is for weight loss in overweight adults,18 years and older when used along with a reduced-calorie and low fat diet.
You can log onto their website for a ton of menu options that work in tandem with the supplement for better and longer lasting results.
The Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream has released its latest batch of flavors and just in time for the Holiday’s. FiDi Families got a taste of their holiday favorites and we are hooked. The ingredients in all of their creamy concoctions are made from locally sourced farms, without any artificial ingredients, from Hudson Valley. Check out their seasonal collection…
Pumpkin Pie (November only) was a FiDi Families fave; rich, creamy with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and earthy pumpkin. It truly tastes like a forkful of Grandma’s pumpkin pie. This ice cream would be a hit at any Thanksgiving feast.
Peppermint Stick This one is for anyone who loves candy canes and pieces of crunchy goodness in their ice cream. It was my son’s favorite, who also happens to love the character Vanelope from Sugar Rush in Wreck it Ralph…the more sugar, the better. The candy is locally made and no artificial flavors are used. It is really like a stop at Candy Land.
Egg Nog If anyone in your family insists on stocking the refrigerator with Egg Nog during the holiday’s, this will be your new g0-to holiday treat. It is rich, full of flavor and better than the real thing.
Empire State Caramel Apple If you grew up getting candy apples during trips to get a Christmas tree or on hikes or visits to special destinations, it will bring back childhood memories. I could have consumed the whole pint. It was my favorite of the four we had the pleasure of tasting. In recognition of the history and importance of apple growing and candy and food manufacturing in upstate NY, the County Executive in Ulster County will declare Caramel Apple as the “Official County Ice Cream Flavor” for this widely recognized dairy and farming area. Not bad for a company that was dreamed up in a NYC studio apartment.
Their motto is “Farm Fresh. Local. Simple. Udderly Delicious” and I couldn’t agree more. Now, run out to the market and get some of this creamy goodness! Pick up a pint on the way to your holiday soiree or family movie night at some of the following spots: Zeytuna, Whole Foods, Garden of Eden, Fresh Direct, Gourmet Garage and even Duane Reade!
To learn more about their products and additional flavors, please visit: http://www.adirondackcreamery.com
When I was pregnant for the first time, I was quite nervous to envision myself pushing a stroller in Manhattan. I had visions of road rage, NYC-sidewalk style and people pushing me and my newborn out of the way, in their rush to get to work. The day finally came that I could no longer stay in my little downtown apartment and I needed to get back into the land of the living. I needed to see people.
Well, it turns out a stroller is actually a confidence booster and it felt empowering to be with my stroller; it became my ally. And, the pedestrians that I encountered were much nicer than I had given them credit for. They not only moved out of my way, they actually smiled at me. It turned out to be a lot of fun to have a stroller and I soon realized it was the equivalent of taking a cute puppy out for a walk. It’s probably easier than walking a dog, because a baby just sleeps. Dogs are generally super social and want to meet everyone they are walking near. So, maybe that’s not such a good analogy. But, the point is, having a stroller is fun and it makes navigating the City easy, because you can load it up with your gear for the day and the opportunities for fun are endless, when you don’t have to go back home to restock. With my stroller, I learned you take water, snacks, wipes, coloring books and crayons and you are set.
I am about to become the parent of a Kindergartner. I’m not quite sure how it happened so fast. One day I was worrying if my son was ever going to crawl, eat solids, sleep through the night, etc. Those milestones seem like a lifetime ago.
In my attempt to set him up for Kindergarten success, I’ve talked to veteran parents to get their advice on how to approach the upcoming entry into the world of Kindergarten. I’m definitely more nervous than my enthusiastic son, who thinks entering kindergarten is cooler than Lightning McQueen from Disney’s Cars. (To read the full article, click here).
My 4 1/2 year old son is the epitome of a first born. He is a “take charge” kind of kid and is full of confidence. And, he is ALL boy. He is active, energetic and non-stop. I became a coffee addict just to keep my eyes open until his naptime. Needless to say, when I found out I was pregnant again, the week of my son’s first birthday, I panicked. How was I going to have the stamina for two energizer bunnies? When that fateful day arrived, “delivery day”, I was stunned when I delivered a bouncing baby girl. We had chosen not to learn the sex of either of our kids, but I was sure I was carrying a boy so it was a huge surprise when my daughter was delivered and my husband and I looked at each other with fear…how were we going to take care of a girl? (To read the full article, click here).