Hudson Valley Parent

HVP May 2017

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n May 2017 ON OUR COVER In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 5 Marketplace: Discover Hudson Valley products and services 6 Editor's Journal: Pets are positives in a growing home BY SARA DUNN 32 Calendar: Springtime welcomes in fair and festival season! 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Susan Cianfrani: Empowering girls through math and science BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Me Time: Just for moms Five tips to help make you feel beautiful and to get you going BY BRILAH HARRIS 16 A mother shares a story of loss and hope A mom talks about how she sought peace after the loss of one of her twin sons BY BRIANA TORTOSO 22 Change the scenery for mom on her day Six locales offer unique treats and settings for Mother's Day 24 A teenager's first job search Helpful hints from those who do the hiring BY ELORA TOCCI 30 Make a big decision, the right one, too Book and upcoming fair offer unique insights on picking a college BY SARA DUNN This month's cover kid is Lennox from Newburgh, pictured here playing in his yard with a favorite stuffed animal. His mother said Lennox, who is two and half years old, enjoys playing with his toy race cars on a toy race track and his toy fire engine and watching "Paw Patrol" on television. Photo by Michael Bloom HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What is your ideal Mother's Day gift? "A day off!" — Barbara M. "A spa day!" — Jessica C. "Concert tickets...but to a band I want to see!" — Linda F. "Just being with my kids." — Mary C. "Anything handmade from my daughter." — Carrie T "A shopping day." — Raquel M. "A day at the spa." — Katie A "A whole afternoon to myself where I can just sit quietly and read my book. Or a gift certificate to the spa." — Anja T. "A nap." — Amy C. "The ability to sleep in and have breakfast made for me! I'd take a nice massage, too!" — Kate-Lynn C. "Pedicure time" — Jacqueline P. "A spa day!" — Nikki C. "A photo session gift certificate! Mom needs to be in more photos!" — Jessie K. "An essential oils starter kit." — Lourdes S.

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