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Expert Advice: Nursing Must-Haves

BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION AND SUPPORT The best way to ensure breastfeeding success is to set yourself up with prenatal breastfeeding education and on-going support. Education can come in many forms - from a breastfeeding class, from a local breastfeeding support group (like La Leche League) or from breastfeeding books. Some of my favorite books are The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding. The most helpful on-going support usually comes in the form of a postpartum doula and lactation counselor or consultant. Pro tip: begin your search for postpartum support while you’re still pregnant so that you have it lined up once baby arrives. NURSING PADS Nursing pads

Little List: Best Learning Apps for Kids

Photo credit: Even though we try, it is seemingly impossible to put an end to our children's obsession with our phones and tablets. If they are going to play with them, they may as well do something educational. So here is a list of some of our favorite educational apps. ABC Mouse Cost: FREE for 30 days followed by $7.95 per month or $79 annual rate Description: Ages 2-8. Curriculums are designed with 10 levels and over 850 lessons in Reading, Math, Science, and Art Dexteria Dots 2 Cost: $3.00 Description: Ages 6+. Helps children improve math and fine motor skills. Duolingo Cost: FREE Description: Ages 4+. Teaches over 25 foreign la

LH Spotlight: William Brennan Courthouse, Jersey City

The William J. Brennan Courthouse was built in 1906 and housed all county courts, until it was abandoned in 1966. It was left for ruins and looted of any brass or valuable materials. Scheduled for demolition, concerned Jersey City citizens, thankfully, realized the history and culture of this architectural masterpiece, and rallied to have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was officially registered in 1970 and underwent a complete restoration throughout the 70's and 80's, finally reopening in 1985. The courthouse now houses the county's civil courts and several county offices including the Office of the County Executive. Today, the courthouse has regained its former gl

Back of the Pack

Oh Ruby. Rubes. Rubester. Rubylicious. Ru Ru. Ruby Buby. These are all of my adorable yorkie's nicknames. She is the sweetest, cutest, most lovable, and affectionate little girl ever. Except when she's not. Ruby is a high anxiety dog. She is a yapper and a jumper. She doesn't like any change in her environment which includes noises inside or outside, tv station changes, rain, doorbell rings, people in the hallway, blinds moving up or down, or even anyone saying goodbye- even if it’s not to her. Yes, all of those things are real. Yes, my dog barks at rain. And, after our move to a new apartment a few months ago, it seemed that all of the changes have literally caused Ruby to lose. her. damn.

Moms Love Wine (and Books!) Club

Our last meet-up was another successful evening of book discussion, tangents, wine, snacks, and just a good old-fashioned night out! If you were there Thursday, you already know the new book, but if not, you're gonna love this one! Each meeting, we ask attendees to recommend books for future meet-ups and this was a referral from our first meeting. Defending Jacob by William Landay is a crime-drama novel about a father (Asst. District Attorney!) dealing with the accusation that his 14 year old son is a murderer. (I'd say this is just as good as a Sunday SVU Marathon!!) As always, we scored you a deal on your copy from Little City Books for 10% off when you mention the LH Book Club both in-sto

Mom Boss of the Month: Jamie Lieberman

This month's mom boss is a bad ass lawyer, business owner, and podcaster among other things. She happens to be Little Hoboken's attorney, but more importantly, she's our friend. Jamie is a mother of two boys and an "I'm staying in Hoboken forever" resident. You and your husband are both lawyers…so we are dying to know. How do arguments go in your house? Have you ever yelled “OBJECTION!” during a marital spat? This question always makes me laugh and we get it a lot. We pretty much argue like everyone else, although occasionally I find myself mentally building a case against him, like I would in court. But there is no judge, so it is pretty much a waste of time. Besides, I win every sing

Property Mom: How to Win a Real Estate Bidding War

You’ve been searching for your perfect new home in Hoboken for what seems like forever and now, you’ve finally found it! You put in a full-ask offer, do a happy dance, and start calling every moving company in town. Then, your real estate agent calls to let you know the property has received multiple offers and is going to “Highest & Best.” Unfortunately, real estate “bidding wars” are extremely common in Hoboken’s super competitive housing market. There are, however, several ways you can sweeten your offer to help you get a leg up on the competition and become the proud new owner of your dream home: * Offer Above Asking Price: Of course, one of the best ways to make your offer more attracti

LH Spotlight: Club Pilates Hoboken

The newest Hudson Tea building is bringing us some exciting businesses in uptown Hoboken. Last month, we welcomed Little City Play and this month we are excited to welcome Club Pilates Hoboken. Their doors officially open this week! Club Pilates is a nationally recognized gym with over 380 active studios around the country and another 600 scheduled to open in the near future. The classes are a modernized method of Joseph Pilate's original reformer based workout allowing for group practice on state of the art equipment. With classes for all levels, and classes including reformers, TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu balls, mats, rollers, and more, there is definitely something for everyone. Club Pila

Single Mom: How to Get Your Non-Mom Friends Involved In Your Life

Sometimes you've gotta meet in the middle. Sometimes you've gotta meet at a bar! When I became a mom, my friends were pretty split in terms of who had kids and who didn’t. And some friendships ended pretty quickly after I had Lucy—we just weren’t able to connect, and I found myself getting angry at some non-mom friends who didn’t understand just how much my life had changed. I found that other friendships adapted, as I made room in my life for mom friends, who became my lifeline the whole first year of Lucy’s life. Now that Lucy is two and a half, and I’ve adapted to motherhood—and become a lot more comfortable hiring babysitters—I wish I hadn’t been so quick to write off some of my non-mom

Tough as a Mother

Literally every time I see that on our sweatshirts or tank tops, I immediately think of my mom. Although, she was about 100 lbs and 5’ tall, she was the toughest, strongest woman I ever met! She took on three types of aggressive cancers, advanced Lyme disease, surgeries, chemo, radiation, immunotherapy, and a million and one tests and scans and yet, she never stopped moving, hosting parties, climbing the Spanish Steps in Rome, hiking a ski slope in Park City, having girls’ nights with her lifelong friends, going out with my dad for date nights and cross-country road trips, or spending time with her most cherished person…my son. My mom refused to let anything take her down. She fought harder

LH Spotlight: Fertility Together

Being so open about my own fertility journey has brought on many conversations with many different people, and has really been an eye opening experience for me. The amount of couples that experience infertility is astonishing, and the number of these women who feel alone and confused by the process is scary. Throughout my journey, so many have reached out to me to show their support, but many also reached out to seek my support and ask questions. Truthfully, I don't always know what to say. I can only speak to my own experience, and, being that it took 2 years to get pregnant, much of my experience was trying and depressing. Some of the most common questions I get are, "What should I be doin

The Helpful Mom: Understanding Depression in Your Child

The untimely deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have left me feeling unsettled. Maybe you feel the same way too. Suicide in the news will often cause us to wonder about our own loved ones. We become extra attentive to our children's emotional status and even fearful that there could be something quietly happening beneath our awareness. As parents, our fierce instincts to protect our children kick in, and we become hypervigilant - constantly looking for warning signs of trouble ahead, hoping that we will see it before it's too late. If you're antennas are up, that's good. You have step one done. But we can do better than that. You will be relieved to know that you are not alone in this

LH Travels: Credo Beauty

Recently I have been looking to upgrade my makeup routine. And by “upgrade” I really mean “start” because I have been rocking the au naturale look for a while now. I am intimidated by makeup, so I go bare faced rather than walk around with the wrong foundation shade. I am also careful about the products I use, and look for nontoxic, vegan products whenever possible. I decided to take a trip into the city to Credo Beauty (9 Prince Street), and brought along Little Hoboken’s resident beauty expert, Amanda Mayr. We were both super impressed by the selection and aesthetic at the store. Credo is committed to clean beauty with an emphasis on natural ingredients. They have a nice selection ranging

Beyond The Photograph

The title of this blog post is also the name of a business in that is so important and meaningful to me. While this isn't a sponsored post or an "LH SPOTLIGHT," it still felt right to use this name. And I know Craig from Beyond The Photograph would agree. Let me explain. My journey into photography was an accident. I never aspired to be a photographer, and, although I was always intrigued by it, the thought of doing it myself never crossed my mind. I was definitely someone that admired photography and, thinking back, I spent a lot of time looking at great photos. As soon my husband and I got engaged, I poured over hundreds of photographers looking for the perfect one for our eng

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