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The Fit Mom: 8 Things to Consider When Hiring a Personal Trainer

Credentials & Experience To call yourself a Personal Trainer you must have a certification from a nationally accredited organization. Some of these include The National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), to name a few. In order for trainers to obtain these certifications, they must pass an exam that covers exercise physiology, anatomy, nutrition, and weight management. They must also be CPR certified in order to take the exam and obtain a certain number of continuing education hours per year to keep their certification up to date. A trainer should never hesitate to show you their credentials.

Star-Spangled Celebrations

Photo credit: www.libertytowersapts.com The Fourth of July is fast approaching and this year's celebrations are shaping up to be some of the best, with events all around Hoboken and Jersey City, and even several opportunities to teach your kids a thing or two about exceptional 90's music. From Snoop Dogg to TKA, your Fourth of July will be lit by more than just fireworks. Celebrate with Snoop Dogg at the 5th Annual Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival This is by far the largest celebration of the day with over 200,000 spectators assembling on the Hudson River Waterfront near Exchange Place Plaza. The day will begin at 12:00 PM with a full scale carnival, several beer gardens, foods trucks,

"Shocking" Confessions of a Pregnant Woman

Photo: Danielle Guenther Photography Ladies, let's chat about the second pregnancy. It's so different. I am so different. With my first pregnancy, I knew exactly how far along I was down to the minute. 23 weeks? No, I'm 23 weeks and 3 days. I knew what size fruit my baby was currently being compared to on 3 different apps, and could tell you the development that was happening at any given time in my womb. I was a walking, talking, non-toxic baby-making machine who changed the kind of face wash I used, the water I drank, and the nail polish I used. I had an argument with my husband because he bought me non-organic apples when he knew full well that I only ate organic ones. This time, not so m

Total Beauty Mom: Tanning Made Easy

As moms, we can all agree that we are all insanely busy. all. the. time. I often amaze myself at how much I manage to get done in a day between taking care of the kids, the hubs, and the endless household chores. So many a night, I’ve plopped onto my couch after a long day with a glass of red in hand, finally getting in some much needed ‘me’ time after putting the boys to bed, thinking how nice and convenient it would be to have someone come over and give this tired mama some glam. Well, I took my own advice and booked spray tans for a few events I had coming up with two places right here in Hoboken – Tre Chique Salon and Glow + Co Mobile Airbrush. They’re both on the LH Hook-Up, so make sur

The Fit Mom: National Yoga Day

It’s National Yoga Day and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Hoboken! With 8 yoga studios located in our square mile there is no shortage of choices to get your zen on and om it out! Whether you like hot yoga, aerial yoga, a live dj, or simply a meditation practice, we’ve compiled a list of every studio that will leave you feeling like you're walking on air. Namaste! Photo Credit: Asana Soul Practice ASANA SOUL PRACTICE Resident DJ Prana puts his heart into every playlist, creating a unique mix for each class that's sure to inspire, motivate, and help you reach that next level of bliss! Asana offers all levels of Vinyasa Flow as well as guided meditation practices. (LH Hook-U

Introducing Little Hoboken Health & Wellness

I am so excited to partner with Little Hoboken to bring you Little Hoboken Health and Wellness! As a registered nurse of ten years, and a certified health coach, better living through healthy eating, mindset, and lifestyle changes is my true passion. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this to our community in a way that is doable and accessible for everyone. Little Hoboken Health and Wellness will be focused on helping mothers (and mothers-to-be!) on living with vitality, nourishing our bodies with healthy and delicious food, and taking care of ourselves – all while juggling parenthood, career, friends, and family. I promise you, it is possible and I am here to guide you! I will

LH SPOTLIGHT: 718 Jefferson Street

Raise your hand if you're never leaving Hoboken! For many of us, the decision to stay in the Mile Square is a big one. It means great things like short commute to NYC, everything you need within a short walk, great schools, (yes, I said it) and an incredible community for ourselves and our children. But, staying can also mean some not-so-easy-to-deal-with things like closet space, living space, personal outdoor space, parking, etc. Developers like Schmitt Capital are fixing that problem, and building some beautiful homes in Hoboken that check all of those boxes...and then some. 718 Jefferson Street is a boutique condo building of only 4 units, each with private outdoor space and parking. The

Expert Advice: What is a Postpartum Doula?

What IS a postpartum doula? A postpartum doula is similar to a birth doula in that she is there to support the mother in non-clinical, reassuring ways. Whereas the birth doula is there to assist during childbirth, the postpartum doula is for the equally tough stuff—when you return home with your baby. She is trained in newborn care and breastfeeding, so that’s part of her focus - helping to get feeding off to a good start and reassuring you by answering the many questions new parents have. Typically she’ll begin with babycare basics, then branch into more complex areas of newborn care—soothing, sleep issues, getting around, and helping parents interpret behavior. She can also assist with hou

The Gourmet Mom: Farmer's Market Shopping and a Recipe!

Every year, I count down the days to farmer's market season. There’s something about the open air markets with fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and delicious prepared foods in cute packaging that makes me finally feel like it’s spring. Plus, by directly interacting with the farmers, you can ask questions to help you know you’re getting the freshest product available. We’re so lucky to live in an area with so many amazing markets, and on National Fresh Vegetable Day, what better to have a farmer’s market round-up. Photo Credit: Garden Street Farmer's Market Facebook Page HOBOKEN Downtown Farmer’s Market :: Tuesdays 2PM – 8 PM Garden Street (between 4th and 5th) Runs: June 5- November

Little List: Local Farmer's Markets

Photo credit: Gardenstreetfarmersmarket.com One of the best things about living in an urban area is the abundance of farmer's markets, and Hoboken and Jersey City are no exception. Here is a list of all local farmer's markets, providing you with an opportunity to visit a new one every day of the week! HOBOKEN Church Square Park Tues., 2:00pm-7:30pm, June 5-Nov. 20 Garden Street and 5th Street Garden Street Sat., 9:00am-2:00pm, May 5-Dec. 22 14th and Garden Street gardenstreetfarmersmarket.com JERSEY CITY Arlington Park Sat., 10:00am-2:00pm, July 7-Oct. 27 Arlington Park at Arlington Ave. and Grand St. Exchange Place Alliance Tues., 12:30pm-6:30pm, May 1-Dec. 18 Christopher Columbus Drive nea

Moms Love Wine (And Books!) Club

Our first Book Club Meet-Up went so well, that we can't wait for the next one! And spoiler alert...we DO actually talk about the book (and drink a LOT of wine!) This month's pick was announced on Thursday night at the meeting and is SO good! The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy focuses on a mommy meet-up group formed online for moms with kids all born in the same month. Sound familiar? Until...one of the babies goes missing during a mommy meet-up! It's filled with twists and turns and as an added bonus is also about to be a movie featuring Kerry Washington (we hear a LH Movie Night in our future!) You can score a copy for 10% off at Little City Books by mentioning Little Hoboken's Book Club an

Little Book Club: June Edition

When author Cori Doerrfeld came to Hoboken last month to read her new book, “The Rabbit Listened” she talked about writing it at a time when some of her adult friends were going through particularly rough stuff. And as she read it, I felt my eyes well up for reasons I couldn’t begin to unpack on the carpet at Little City Books, sitting amongst a room full of little kids giggling at Doerrfeld’s various animal voices. The sweet tale follows Taylor - an adorable little thing in striped pajamas - as Taylor builds an impressive structure out of blocks, only to have the whole thing knocked over by a flock of crows. (BTW, I thought Taylor was a little boy. My daughter thinks Taylor is a little girl

LH Spotlight: Mills Tavern

One of the most common questions we hear (and ask!) is, "Where is a good place to have a party?" and one of the least common answers is Mills Tavern. We aren't sure why, but this hidden gem has been flying under the radar. Mills Tavern is a staple of Washington Street, and with a recent renovation, this space really brings together the new and the old. It is owned by a Hoboken family with strong ties to the mile-square and a commitment to our community. Their upstairs space is perfect for the not-really-for-them-anyway 1st birthday bash, a family gathering, a 30th or 40th birthday party or anything else you can dream up. With a private bar, private bathrooms, lots of tables and lounge space,

Mom Boss of the Month: Amy Franco

How important is your hair stylist to you? In our case, she's VERY important! Shared by Melissa and Cassie, Amy Franco, is not only an an amazing stylist and colorist, a cool AF chick, but a bad ass business owner and mama! After working in many salons, Amy is co-owner of the popular and hard-to-get-in-for-an-appointment salon, 6th Borough Salon on Church Square Park. As a salon owner, your busiest hours are nights and weekends. That means more time away from your family, right? How do you balance the work/mom life with such a busy schedule? It’s definitely difficult. I try and spend as much time in the mornings, days off, and the occasional nights I get home early, with my family. It took s

National Rosé Day

My favorite holiday of the year has finally arrived! Held every year on the second Saturday in June, National Rosé Day was founded in 2015 by wine expert Bodvar Hafström to honor this glorious summertime wine. And to me, nothing says it's summertime more than dining al fresco with a group of my girlfriends while sharing a delicious bottle of chilled rosé. In preparation for this celebration, restaurants all over Hoboken are stocking their wine fridges with beautiful bottles of this pink-colored goodness. If you can't wait to join in on the festivities like me, here are some of the best spots in the Mile Square where you can get your rosé fill: Grand Vin Kitchen & Bar This charming and cozy m

LH Spotlight: Rachel Pauls Food

There is a lot of information out there about what you should eat vs. what you shouldn't, organic foods vs. non-organic, gluten-free diets, and gluten-filled diets. We all want to be healthier and we all try, as much as we can, for ourselves and for our kids too. We recently came across Rachel Pauls Food and were really interested in her food plans and diet information. Rachel promotes the low FODMAP food, which is a diet low in certain carbs that can cause bloating, gas, discomfort, constipation, and/or diarrhea. In fact, their research shows that some popular diets, like a gluten-free diet, may actually be making kids feel worse. Interesting, huh? Of course, we aren't sharing this informa

The Soccer Mom: Welcome To The "C" Club

April 12, 2018 will go down as a day I will never forget. That was the day I heard the words I never thought I would hear, “You have breast cancer.” It all started just one month prior. I did a self-exam, which I never really did, and I found a lump. A few days later, I called my OBGYN and made an appointment. I knew it was nothing. I mean it had to be. I’m young. I eat well. I exercise regularly, and I don’t smoke or do drugs. And...I’m young! My OBGYN recommended a biopsy, but assured me it was most likely nothing. 99% of the time it turns out to be nothing. I'm not worried yet. I schedule a mammogram and biopsy at Englewood Hospital, which came very highly recommended by the local mo

Top Local Spots for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Ah, Chocolate Ice Cream Day. As if you needed a "holiday" as an excuse to go out for ice cream today...right? Here are some of my favorite local picks for celebrating this national holiday. If you're someone who likes the tried and true, Ben & Jerry's is always a great option. Conveniently located on 4th and Washington, this one is a nice lunch time option for those who work in town (or are just out and about!). For an extensive selection of chocolate-based ice cream flavors, head over to Torico in Jersey City. They have the standard chocolate, along with some fun ones like Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Marshmallow, and more. The flavor shown above is Chocolate Blackout! Have a taste for

Little List: ACUPUNCTURE

Photo Credit: acupunctureatelier.com Acupunturists are a lot like Italian restaurants... everyone thinks they know the BEST ONE EVER!! Here are all the BEST places for your acupuncture (in Hoboken of course!) Alice Kim, Acupuncture 89 Hudson Street, #306 Services: Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Cupping, Moxibustion Acupuncture Atelier 1321 Washington Street Services: Acupuncture, Reiki, Essential Oils Classical Acupuncture and Wellness 101 Park Avenue #3 Services: Acupuncture Dao-Sheng Acupuncture 109 Grand Street Services: Acupuncture Hoboken Acupuncture & Herbs 79 Hudson Street #104 Services: Acupuncture Hoboken Integrated Healthcare 90 Hudson Street Services: Acupuncture, Chiropractic Servi

Working Mom: I Need Some "Me-Time"

Last night I met a friend for dinner. As we caught up over half-priced house wine, she told me she had been up since 5:00 AM that day. Not because her newborn was awake. Not because her toddler needed cuddling. She woke up an hour earlier than the rest of her house so she could spend an hour of alone time—writing. She’s going through a somewhat difficult time in life, and what she learned through some therapy was that she hadn’t done anything for herself in nearly 12 years. Writing has given her an outlet to clear her mind and provide an alternate type of therapy. Of course, this got my wheels spinning. When I’m not rushing out the door to do one thing or the next, what am I doing for m

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