Aarika Friend

Aarika lives in Trumbull with her husband, two daughters (2013 and 2015), and son (2020). Originally from Ulster County, NY, she fell in love with her husband at a UConn football game when she told him he had nice biceps and the rest is history. Outside of work and motherhood, she enjoys eating good food, sharing a drink with friends, summer days spent at Pinewood Lake or on vacation in Cape Cod, and mindlessly streaming too many shows with her husband. Her favorite time of day is early morning before her kids wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

Fairfield County Farmers’ Markets

With the start of summer comes yummy local fresh food like fruits and veggies, and there is no better place to get them than at a local farmers' market. We have so many great...

Why Is This Getting Harder? {Another Year of COVID}

We are rapidly approaching our junior year of COVID. We now know that it won't take two weeks, or even two years, to flatten the curve. Instead, it feels like we are on a...

Where to See Holiday Lights in Fairfield County

In my humble opinion, driving around to see holiday lights after dark is one of the most magical things you can do. To hear my kids oooh and aah from the backseat fills me...

My Kids Are Getting Toys for Christmas

My kids are getting toys for Christmas. I know this may be an unpopular opinion. I can hear the social media posts in my head now: "Gift experiences instead! Only give them four gifts -...
Do Your Thing CT - Trumbull

Do Your Thing CT {Trumbull Edition + GIVEAWAY}

When my husband and I started searching for our first home to buy when our oldest daughter was nine months old, Trumbull was top on our list because of its commutable distance to both...

Six Must-Watch Streaming Shows

In the carefree days of my 20s, pre-kids, and pre-streaming services, I loved nothing more than zoning out to Grey's Anatomy on my DVR, popping in my House DVDs, or hunkering down for a...

A Letter To My 2020 Baby

Dear baby boy, You have now been in this crazy world for 3 months. For 3 months, you have brought us daily happiness and light in a way that only a baby can. I've wanted...
the struggle is real


You can't scroll through a day's worth of social media posts without seeing #thestruggleisreal. What do you think when you see a mom use that hashtag? It's often a hashtag to a funny post,...

We Needed This Summer

We are a two-parent working family that does not get summers off. We both work full-time, year-round, sun or shine. In fact, my husband usually travels for the Army Reserves 4 weeks out of...

To Kindergarten or Not to Kindergarten During COVID-19

The classic Kindergarten question comes around every year. "Should I send my child with a late-year birthday to Kindergarten or "red shirt" them for a year?" Although this question pops up a lot in...