Category Archives: Parenting

Meet Lynne Byrne – Founder, Artistic Photography

By Holly Hurd ,Venture While shooting photos during family hikes in New Hampshire, Lynne Byrne never thought her passion for photography would lead to a successful business venture.  Byrne had worked in advertising on the marketing  and client management side. But because she is creative, she also worked with the teams assigned to promote… Read More »

Great Holiday Gifts to Make for Grandparents

 “Mommy on a Shoestring”  Ask any grandparent and they’ll tell you, the best holiday gifts are those that are made by hand and if the gifts include fun games the whole family can play, even better. Here are my favorites: Block Photo Puzzle Not only does this 6-sided photo puzzle provide hours of family fun,… Read More »

Meet Jayne Benton – Founder, My Cupcake Party

Whether you’re assisting an orthopedic surgeon or frosting a cupcake, precision is key.  Jayne Benton left her career as a Physician’s Assistant when her family moved to the East Coast.  With two young children, she focused on motherhood rather than going back to her career in the OR. “I always loved baking, especially cupcakes,” said… Read More »

Meet Ann Quasarano – Founder of The Fairfieldista Blog

By Holly Hurd Freelancing often inspires you to start your own venture.  Ann Quasarano was writing two columns for a news website that covered happenings in her local community.  Before that, Ann worked for Warner Bros. before her son was born, organizing premier parties and planning the press for big events. “I did a lot… Read More »

Family-Friendly Workplace Pays Off

How would you like to work for a company that has a mandatory five-week vacation policy? How about no meetings on Wednesdays and flexible work schedules? “We want our employees to recalibrate their lives and their souls,” said Pamela O’Hara, CEO and founder of, a cloud-based software platform for small business owners Batchbook is… Read More »