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 Fireworks for the 4th

As things slowly return to normal, we are excited to catch a fireworks display or two this year, as they were greatly missed last year! Here are the details on Fairfield County fireworks displays,...

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...

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....