The Life of Riley

a quest for the good life in New York City and beyond



Some KIND of Wonderful

Tiffani Thiessen at Little Sisters of the Assumption

Families at Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA) in East Harlem received a special act of kindness this past Friday when Baby Buggy, KIND, and actress and mom Tiffani Thiessen delivered diapers and other essentials. A Baby Buggy partner since 2004, LSA has been providing family health services for more than fifty years.

“What we love about LSA is their focus on the holistic health of the family,” says Baby Buggy Executive Director, Katherine Snider. Working diligently with a network of community-based organizations, Baby Buggy distributes new and gently used essentials, providing for families throughout the United States. Founded in 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld, the nonprofit has donated more than 5.4 million items to families in need. Partnering with KIND became an important way to incorporate the Baby Buggy motto: Love. Recycled. This initiative was a simple reminder to do a kind thing and give back.

As part of the KINDMovement, thousands of New Yorkers accepted Tiffani’s challenge to do the KIND thing in support of Baby Buggy. “The website response, people wanting to do kind things, was overwhelming,” says Thiessen. “It’s nice to know that maybe the world is moving in a better direction and people really are wanting to be a little kinder in our communities.”

Each month KIND challenges and encourages people to do random acts of kindness. If enough people participate, KIND offers its own act with a little help from friends, partners like Baby Buggy.

“They have this initiative once a month, and we thought for Baby Buggy the most perfect fit was doing a KIND thing for a parent in need, because that was the genesis of Baby Buggy,” says Snider. As a nonprofit, Baby Buggy is extremely careful about choosing organizations to partner with, and they immediately saw KIND’s messaging as spot on. And when they needed a spokesperson, or more precisely, a spokesmom, Tiffani, mom to two-year-old Harper and longtime friend of Baby Buggy, proved to be the perfect fit. “I know how hard it is to raise a kid and how expensive it is to raise a kid,” Thiessen says. “When you’re a mom, your perspective definitely changes. I’ve known about Baby Buggy for quite some time. So it was exciting to know when I was a mom that I could actually bring something to the table, and it’s been really nice to work with them. “


Meet the Parents

My friends at New York Family Magazine will be hosting a New Parents Expo this Saturday and Sunday at Pier 92. Let’s just say this expo has it all, and so much so it even makes me reconsider having another child . . . well, almost. I’m dealing with the teenage years now—there’s no going back for me. But that’s a story for another day.

Introducing innovative new products and services, this exciting event caters to New York City expectant and new parents. A line up of celebrated speakers includes America’s #1 pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block DVDs and books, Liz Lange, Designer of Liz Lange for Target and Co-founder of, Dr. Bob Sears, Co-Author of The Baby Book and The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s Health!, Rosie Pope, Founder of Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep classes, and Star of Bravo TV’s Pregnant in Heels and many others. You can view the speaker list in its entirety here.

From Stonyfield to Brooklyn Baby World, the list of exhibitors is endless. Shop for the latest baby fashions or maternity couture. Test drive a brand new stroller. Or bring your old stroller in for a tune up. Enjoy everything under the big top including face painters and balloon makers at the Big Apple Circus. Then kick off your shoes and relax awhile at the lounge.

Dads won’t feel left out here either—this expo caters to the entire family. And thanks to the guys at the NYC Dads Group, there’s also a special dads lounge where new and expectant dads can find support and information specific to their needs. Father will know best after spending a few hours hanging with this special community.

The team at New York Family Magazine works with an amazing group of organizations located throughout the city. With sponsors like Totsy and Baby Buggy, this family affair will most certainly be a weekend to remember.    

The New Parents Expo will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, from 10 AM to 6 PM, at Pier 92 in New York City. Tickets are $25 per person, or $40 per couple. There are a limited number of VIP tickets for $50 per person; $80 per couple.

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