Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Nicole Heriot-Mikula is making her dreams come true. At the beginning of September, the Shelton native opened the Hoop Shop. It’s hard to miss the excitement and passion as Heriot-Mikula talks about the Hoop Shop — the first shop devoted to hula hoops in the state. “We are an educational...
St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s Medical Center dedicated a healing garden in memory of Cookie Kelly Petrakis at the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care in Bridgeport. The healing garden was a way of commemorating Petrakis’ life, where she cared and helped others. As the eldest daughter of eight children, Petrakis...
Buying a retirement home? Think it through

Buying a retirement home? Think it through

I have had the pleasure recently of consulting with a few retired homeowners who are empty nesters and thinking of selling their homes. Their present homes, which once were so accommodating to their larger families, are now just too much space to take care of. What should they do? Where...
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Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Do you have a Blossom uCap Sipping Cap? If you don’t, you may be missing out on one of today’s newest kitchen items. It’s a colorful, durable, silicone cap that transforms a mason jar into a beverage container with a watertight seal, explains Sanjay Dipchand, vice president of Cook’s Nook (mycooksnook.com), Norwalk. With numerous gadgets...
Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Tag sale and flea market Held at the First United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 11, 9-6 p.m., in Shelton. Vendor space is available for $20 a table. The church is located on the corner of Long Hill Avenue and Rocky Rest Road. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church. Information: 203-929-3537 or office@umcshelton.org. Pre-holiday...
Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

The kids are back in school for about a month now, but that doesn’t mean that toys have to be tossed aside in place of a homework center. The playroom just needs to be organized in a way that allows room for both learning and play. Having a playroom at home that encourages creativity, independence...
Photo: Spooky home for Halloween

Photo: Spooky home for Halloween

This home on Huntington Road, Stratford, is all set for Halloween, which is coming up right around the corner. Homes throughout the area are getting decorated for the fall season. This home is right across from Bulldog Road and the Huntington Fire House.
Resources for first-time home buyers

Resources for first-time home buyers

The housing market has begun to heat up thanks to an economy on the rebound. Few people aspire to rent for life, and home ownership is a dream shared by both natives and immigrants who came to the country seeking a better life. Each year the National Association of Realtors compiles a profile of buyers...

Things to consider before downsizing your home

The decision to downsize a home is often bittersweet. Many couples who downsize their homes do so after raising a family. A home might be filled with memories, but downsizing a home helps couples save more money, and that financial flexibility often allows men and women to more fully enjoy their retirement. But in spite...
Sprucing up your Autumn garden

Sprucing up your Autumn garden

I spent about two hours recently in my garden pulling off dead leaves and stalks from the Daylilies, deadheading Chrysantamum Becky’s and staking the Echinacea. Why? I want to keep this garden looking presentable through fall without spending a small fortune in new plants. Although Labor Day has come and gone and October has rolled...
A story to make you smile: The return of the lost wallet

A story to make you smile: The return of the lost wallet

My father is getting on in age, and therefore he forgets things sometimes. Such as the fact that he might have put his wallet on top of my sister’s car Friday evening before heading to the Bridgeport Flyer Diner for a bite to eat. It didn’t take him long to notice that he didn’t have...
Brides of a certain age

Brides of a certain age

Doing it over with experience at their backs

Older and wiser, the bride-to-be  who is, say, north of age 45, is going to truly and finally have the wedding — and more, importantly, the marriage — she always dreamed of. This is not to say her first wedding was a disappointment, but if she is getting remarried, chances are very good that the...
Lacy, not racy

Lacy, not racy

Bridal fashion trending toward illusion

Off-the-shoulder necklines, bold colors, tulle overskirts, capes. Breezy fabrics. Cut-outs and crop tops. These are some of the looks that are trending right now in bridal fashion. There are also creative dresses that boast convertible skirts, particularly in tulle, so that the bride can wear a floor-length skirt for the ceremony and then take off...
Wedding dress stress

Wedding dress stress

Pressure points and how to work them

The wedding gown tends to be the most visible marker at a wedding celebration. And considering the emotions around that gown, it also tends to be a major source of stress for the bride — and sometimes her entire entourage. “Many brides will tell me horror stories of not being able to make a dress-shopping...
Wedding day transportation options

Wedding day transportation options

Couples about to tie the knot must make a host of decisions when planning their weddings. When and where to get married may be the most significant decisions a couple has to make, but such selections are only the tip of the iceberg for engaged couples. One important decision is how to get their guests...