Aarika Friend

Aarika Friend
Aarika is a full-time working mom who moved to Trumbull in May 2014 with her husband Kris, two daughters, Emmy {July 2013} and Ruby {December 2015}, and Shiba Inu furbaby, Meiko. She has lived in Fairfield County since 2010, but is originally from Ulster County, NY. Aarika and Kris fell in love at a UConn football game in October of 2005, married in June of 2012 and expanded their duo to a threesome in July of 2013. In addition to being a mom, she is a CPA by day, as well as enjoys being an amateur chef and baker and binge watching TV series.

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...
pregnancy during covid-19

Life is Still Beautiful {Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic}

Four months ago, life was beautiful and exciting. We had just found out that we were expecting our third and last baby, and we toasted to an exciting year ahead with sparkling cider. Knowing...
second born

Dear Second Born {What You Taught Me}

Dear Second Born, Almost 5 years ago, when I was 8-months pregnant with you, I wrote this heartfelt letter to your sister. I told her that she would always be my first, and that love...

Thinking Outside the {Gift} Box: Gifting Experiences

We love the idea of gifting experiences for the holidays. We asked our contributors for their favorite experience gifts and we've put them together in this guide, sponsored by Music Together of Fairfield County....

For the Love of the {Football} Game

Growing up, my family was not a "sports" family. I did not grow up watching weekly sports on TV, with the exception of national championships, and we were not fans of any specific team....

Thanks for Coming {Party Favors}

I LOVE throwing my parties. It's my jam. One of my favorite parts of planning the party is the FAVORS! What kid doesn't love leaving a party with something in hand? A favor makes...