Etiquette Academy

March 21, 2014

My name is Karen Felix. My daughter, Kailee, and I recently moved from coastal NC due to her acceptance to study in NYC at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. We left dad at home, we left Orin at college, and we moved from here… so Kailee could pursue this dream… Allow me to   Read more (…)


The Guide for Finding Classes In NYC!

December 20, 2013

  Living in NYC is  great because there are literally a thousands ways to enrich your lil’ darling’s life (as our great sitter2Mom, Samantha, talked about in her post this past Wednesday). However, the downside to this is that busy parents don’t have the time to  actually find, research, and compare the hundreds of class   Read more (…)


Our Ultimate LLD Baby Names List!

November 16, 2013

We’ve been hard at work at LLD compiling a list of some of our favorite baby names. Don’t see one you like? Feel free to add it to our comments section below! Girls: 1. Avery 2. Madeleine 3. Rosie 4. Olivia 5. Maggie 6. Brooke 7. Scarlett 8. Eva 9. Milly 10. Clementine 11. Hayden   Read more (…)


“It’s Amazing You All Survived”

November 6, 2013

For me, my mother is and always has been a wealth of information on a variety of topics; since having my first child, she now more than ever is my first call for just about anything. However, it is clear that quite a bit has changed since the day I was just a wee one.  Tomorrow is   Read more (…)


Just Say No!!!

November 4, 2013

I was born in the late 70’s and recall family member’s saying, “Children should be seen and not heard” or “…because I said so” or my all-time favorite, spoken in a whisper through clenched teeth, “When I get you home…” Thirty plus years later, parenting protocol and limit setting has changed drastically. Punitive punishment is   Read more (…)


Spotlight: Wedding Services

October 16, 2013

It’s Fall wedding season and LLD is here to help. Lucky Lil’ Darlings offers many high-end childcare solutions for  your every day needs and your special occasions. This week we’re spotlighting our services that can help out with weddings! Let LLD help make that special day even easier and allow you to focus on the   Read more (…)


Back to School Time

August 27, 2013

As I watch one back to school commercial after another, I can’t help but reflect back on my years as a teacher. I have such admiration  for teachers as they have a daunting, often thankless job and sometimes end up dealing with bad press: “teachers are paid too much for what they do,” “they have summers   Read more (…)


Last minute baby shower ideas

August 23, 2013

Planning an end of summer baby shower & need some last minute ideas? Provide onesies for all attendees & encourage them to decorate.  You can buy iron-on backed material at Joann Fabrics or some place like that then ask everyone to draw some shape, cut it out and have an ironing board set up to   Read more (…)


Pass The Pickles ‘n’ Ice Cream… STAT!

April 19, 2013

Lately I can’t seem to escape a pregnant belly – everywhere I look my friends are getting preggers! Cue wicked ‘n’ weird pregnancy cravings like pickles and ice cream. Cravings are our body’s way of telling us to give it more of something – specific nutrients, water, primary food (TLC). Ever wonder what’s behind cravings?   Read more (…)


Best Burping Methods

March 29, 2013

Dear Ask-A-Sitter, What are the best burping techniques?  I have heard so many. I just want to communicate the best one to my sitter when I leave her with my infant.  What do you recommend? -Tooty Twins Dear Tooty Twins, Yes that is true, everyone seems to have their own method, which makes sense because   Read more (…)


To Swaddle, or Not To Swaddle

March 13, 2013

With two new nieces, my mind has been completely taken over by all things BABY. One thing in particular that I have been obsessed with is swaddling. The twins were literally taken from the womb & placed immediately into a swaddle. This simple technique mastered by many hospitals to comfort a newborns is preached to   Read more (…)


LLD Cycles for a Cure

January 17, 2013

If you live in the Hamptons, chances are you have seen LLD’s clip about Cycle for Survival that began airing this month on the following days & times: Tuesday at 3pm Thursday at 10:30am Friday at 9pm Saturday at 2pm For those of you who don’t live in the Hampton’s, this video shows the connection between   Read more (…)


New Year’s Resolutions for the Family

January 4, 2013

With each ball drop we formulate great, forward-thinking New Year’s resolutions- but seldom do we stick to them. Creating New Year’s resolutions as a family incorporates the spirit of team-work and responsibility- encouraging you to stick to your goals. We used our experience and expertise to devise a list of realistic and beneficial family resolutions. Here’s   Read more (…)


I wish Adam Lanza knew about Transcendental Meditation…

December 14, 2012

I am sure you all have read about the awful school shooting in Newtown, CT today. Adam Lanza, a 20 year old man shot his mother, a volunteer at Sandy Hook Elementary School & then proceeded to take his anger out on her students & other children & staff at the school. This young man   Read more (…)


Twas the Night Before Christmas Part 1

December 10, 2012

When I got married Christmas Eve was celebrated with the in-laws. I would look forward to going to my mother in laws kitchen to see large spreads of delicious food awaiting me. She was a cook by profession. I was preparing food out of boxes at the time. This tradition continued for a few more   Read more (…)


Wake up Sleepy Heads Get Out of Bed, it’s Black Friday!

November 26, 2012

The alarm sounds at the Bell house at 4:30am the day after Thanksgiving, and six sleepy but determined heads roll off their pillows.   There may be a slight grumble from the shopping enthusiasts, but they know they have a big day ahead. So 30 minutes of getting ready chaos, including throwing on clothes for comfort and not style and making peanut-butter sandwiches for   Read more (…)


Thanksgiving Delight

November 19, 2012

Having seven people in your immediate family is already a full house, add grandparents and three brothers’ families and you have a recipe for disaster. But not at our house. My kids loved the family gatherings and the chaos that came along. As family started arriving the shoe pile grew at the door as did   Read more (…)


Kidz Central Station

November 16, 2012

Living in NYC is great because there are literally a thousands ways to enrich your lil’ darlings life. However, the downside to this is that busy parents don’t have the time to actually find, research, and compare the hundreds of class providers, classes, and scheduling options NYC has to offer for children. There are so   Read more (…)


Grandma Barb’s Mouth Watering Carrot Cake

October 22, 2012

As with my grandmother’s special recipes this one from my mother I hold closest to my heart.  She introduced me to a carrot cake against my better teenage judgment and hooked me on it for the rest of my life. Coming from a family of three brothers, being the only daughter created a unique bond   Read more (…)


Everyone’s Favorite Pumpkin Bread

October 15, 2012

My children and I were blessed to have the most wonderful great grandmother and grandmother. She loved her family selflessly and brought great joy into all of our lives. After I had my children I had to go back to work, which made me much in the need of babysitters. Of course, my grandmother offered   Read more (…)


Living Eco-Friendly in the City Just Got Easier

October 11, 2012

Ever wish your kids could get outdoors more and explore nature? Looking for ways for the entire family to live in a more sustainable and eco-friendly fashion? Enter Erika L. Haberkorn, our eco-friendly and nature guru in NYC. Erika is the founder of two organizations in NYC that focus on how families can live more   Read more (…)


Oktoberfest at the Bell House

October 8, 2012

As soon as the clock strikes 12:01 on October 1st, the Bell house would transform into its own lil’ Oktoberfest. The kids were so excited to decorate for the fall season. Dad’s cornstalks would adorn the mantle dotted with our own pumpkins if we were lucky enough to have a good growing season. They are   Read more (…)


Expecting Twins? What to read?

October 2, 2012

Who has read “A Contented House with Twins?” A few of my mommy friends asked me what my sister is doing to prepare & asked about the books she is reading. I did some digging & found mixed reviews on this one. Now, I have babysat twins on numerous occasions, but I truly do not   Read more (…)


The Day I Found Nirvana

October 1, 2012

My husband curses the night I discovered HGTV.   One summer evening when the kids were all in bed and not a creature was stirring not even a mouse I sat down to do some channel surfing. I love decorating and HGTV’s do it yourself approach was perfect for me.   I had a house   Read more (…)


Snowcial: Snowy, Special & well…Social

September 17, 2012

Snowcial, a children’s book written by Chelsea Prince, another former LLD sitter doing great things, who puts a whole new spin on “social network” in her newly-released book, Snowcial: An Antarctic Social Network Story. Based on the real life adventures of a family vacationing on a cruise in Antarctica, the book explores how Rory and   Read more (…)


Make Learning Fun!

August 31, 2012

My two–year–old  nephew loves nothing more than to play with an iPad or grab a Nook and touch the screen. Even if absolutely nothing happens, he is still having fun because he’s playing with a cool tablet. LLD has noted this early fascination with technology, prompting us to research the educational benefits of both tablets   Read more (…)


5K Runs Offer Fitness and Fun for the Whole Family!

August 24, 2012

It seems that every weekend there are 5K running races taking place all over Los Angeles. Some benefit charity, some boast beautiful scenery, others have costumes and themes. But no matter what the draw, these weekend runs are a great way for families to kick up their heels and sweat together.   I’ve been training   Read more (…)


Menus Made Easy – Finally!

August 23, 2012

Guest post from Parent Maze If you’re anything like us, the takeout menus are right by the phone, you don’t have a lot of time to cook, and the thought of putting together a “menu” just doesn’t fit in your brain. Luckily for us all, there’s an app for that! There’s been a new trend   Read more (…)


September is National Literacy Month

August 21, 2012

Did you know according to the National Center for Family Literacy, more than 30 million Americans have reading skills below basic literacy levels? Mom, Dads & Sitters let’s get the kids reading! Check out this FREE READING EVENT in honor of literacy month September 8th and 9th at Theater 80 in NYC. It’s called Boogaloo!    Read more (…)


The Back to School Blues

August 20, 2012

Dear Moms, I’m sure right about now your kids are feeling the ‘back to school blues’. As a former teacher, I always felt them too.  It was the dreaded 4th of July when the giant pit started growing in my stomach. Fellow teachers out there I am sure you understand. After weeks of looking at   Read more (…)


5 Easy Activites to cure “I’m bored…”

August 17, 2012

Who’s sick of summer? I know how could we possibly feel this way? But we do…   When you feel at a creative loss during these dog days pull out our go-to list of five activities sure to engage, inspire & create laughter.     1. Host a Hoola Hoop & Limbo contest with the   Read more (…)


Family Travels gone wrong…it’s all part of the memory

August 16, 2012

I spent the weekend with a family that I met nearly six years ago (one of our first LLD families), and we kept getting delayed, canceled, denied…you name it. But it was kinda fun.   I have a long history of bad travels. My flights always get canceled or delayed. It’s routine so I’m rarely   Read more (…)


Make Travel Easier for the Family with a Routine!

August 14, 2012

This July I spent two full weeks in gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard babysitting for a family I’ve known for nearly six years. I cared for two young girls in the small village of Edgartown, MA. Each day was a new adventure, but each was carefully mapped out to make sure we got everything we wanted accomplished.   Read more (…)


Garage Sale Entrepreneurs

August 13, 2012

I’ve certainly had my share of garage sales. Every summer when the kids were younger I would have them clean out closets and toy boxes in preparation for our annual garage sale. The kids would fill with excitement that they would soon be loading their pockets with layers of garage sale cash. Ha! Best cleaning   Read more (…)


LLD Sitters Participate in our Quarterly CPR Training

August 8, 2012

We wanted to give a shout out to all our sitters that attended the Lucky Lil’ Darlings quarterly CPR & First Aid Training seminar hosted by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) & sponsored by Pure Yoga NYC.   The FDNY has been educating our troupe of sitters & staff for over three years   Read more (…)


The Dog Days of August at the Bell House

August 6, 2012

The heat plus humidity does not equal a happy Mama Bell.   The only thing that made these two components bearable was the backyard pool where the kids would spend hours entertaining themselves . You remember those 4 feet round above ground  pools in every midwest backyard? That’s the one.     While the kids swam,   Read more (…)


Thinking about Taking the Family to the Bay?

August 2, 2012

I had the good fortune of spending the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, an AAA four diamond resort in Cambridge Maryland. It boasts of picturesque landscapes and waterways, sunset cruises, luxurious accommodations, plenty of family fun activities and an acclaimed golf course with walking trails. What more can you ask for? How   Read more (…)


Sanity in the City: End of the Summer Treat

July 31, 2012

I can’t believe July just flew by and as always it is tough to say goodbye. It has been a joy and an honor to write for Lucky Lil’ Darlings Blog. My best tips for good-byes are preparation and to leave lasting memories.  So as the summer comes to a close. I wanted to leave you with a treat   Read more (…)


Happy Chaos Friday’s:Top 5 Bedtime Stories

July 27, 2012

In our house we are firm believers in routines and our nighttime routine is one of my favorites that I do not like to break.  We call it the “3 B’s”…BATH, BOTTLE, and BEDTIME STORY!!!!  I started this routine with my daughter when she was very little and it has paid off for a very   Read more (…)


I never liked germs…

July 26, 2012

As a former 5th grade teacher I was constantly around sneezing & coughing kids. I never had something like CleanWell in my classroom…and I wish I did! How easy would it have been to give each of the kids a squirt of CleanWell’s Instant Foaming Hand Sanitizer after recess or have each student wipe down   Read more (…)


Sane in the City: Keep Your Sanity with Kids in Tow!

July 25, 2012

As August is around the bend, many families flee the city for the fresh country air or sandy beaches. It can be tough to stay in routine nor keep your little ones from going insane. Here are three tips to stay sane while you travel.   1. Don’t bring the kitchen sink: I know it’s   Read more (…)


Bell Family Vacations Take 4: Las Vegas

July 23, 2012

One summer I decided to take my girls on vacation with a friend and her son (lucky boy was traveling with 5 girls his age). My friend and I had been working at Continental Airlines as summer ambassadors and had the good fortune of flying for $20 per ticket. It was the best deal ever!   Read more (…)


Happy Chaos Friday’s: West Side Green Baby Review

July 21, 2012

Hello again everyone, it’s been quite a week. I took the plunge and decided to try out cloth diapers! I used a service called West Side Green Baby that allows you to try it out for the first week for free and then decide if it is for you or not. I think being able   Read more (…)


Calling all lemonade lovers who want to give back!

July 20, 2012

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) recently announced the launch of a new program that provides a fun and engaging way for kids, communities and companies to make a stand – a lemonade stand, that will help give the gift of play to disadvantaged children around the country.   Now how can parents & kids get   Read more (…)


Sane in the City: MORE Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Child Busy this Summer

July 18, 2012

Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing some online sources with activities to keep you and your child connect with one another this summer. Today, I would like to share one word that would help you stay sane in this heat.   The word is routine.       I know it seems counter   Read more (…)


Family Vacation: Atlantic City, NJ Take 3

July 16, 2012

Let me share a very special anniversary family vacation we took to Atlantic City. We stayed at a Ramada on the boardwalk so we would be close to all the action. I got a decent price on a “luxury suite” that all of us could share (remember I have 7 people in tow). The first   Read more (…)


Happy Chaos Friday’s with Kelli

July 14, 2012

Well where does the chaos begin…31 years ago when I was born, at least that is what I have been told. I was a little terror. I cried a lot, got into everything, and started arguing at an early age because I knew it all! I guess that is why they say, “What goes around   Read more (…)


Dessert Only Cafe!

July 13, 2012

It’s after dinner & you need one last activity for the kids to wear them out just a bit more before bedtime.  To sleep extra soundly of course.     Time to get creative.   I always like cooking or baking.  It’s educational, interactive & challenges the kids creativity.   I was babysitting last night   Read more (…)


Sane in the City: Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Child Busy

July 11, 2012

If you missed the last few weeks posts from Renee, she is a Parent & Child Educator through and through (7+ years of education/family industry knowledge!) She becomes a sounding board for overwhelmed working parents to help guide them toward creative parenting solutions. Here are her tips to stay sane in the summer…   The   Read more (…)


Mama Bell Monday: Chapter 2 The Car

July 10, 2012

Another memorable travel experience was our trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts again back in the ole 90’s.   We had just bought a new car, a red Dodge Caravan , a definite upgrade from the wood paneled station wagons of the past. Each child had their own suitcase to pack and I took care of   Read more (…)


Get Your Party on with party SWANK

July 6, 2012

Meet Loretta Lester, Co-Founder of party SWANK, a full service event planning company.   With a commitment to the client’s vision she creates events that show their personal edge of SWANK.     They are dedicated to keeping IT fresh and passionate about introducing diverse and eclectic talent to their clients. With a keen eye   Read more (…)


What’s a Pop-up Childcare Center?

July 5, 2012

Imagine you are at a wedding, baby shower, blowout birthday party, corporate event or family reunion & there is an area that you can drop off your children when they get bored, fussy or just want to be engaged in something new?   Yes I said…Drop. Them. Off.   Enter LLD Kid’s Zone our version   Read more (…)


It’s so HOT! Part 2: It’s like Walking over Hot Coals Out There

July 3, 2012

If you missed last weeks post from Renee, she is a Parent & Child Educator through and through (7+ years of education/family industry knowledge!) She becomes a sounding board for overwhelmed working parents to help guide them toward creative parenting solutions. Here is her take 2 on what she has to say about getting creative   Read more (…)


Mama Bell & troupe: Off to DC!

July 2, 2012

Happy Monday mamas & beyond!   July’s theme will be family vacations. Each Monday will be a new chapter of my family travel experiences that I am happy to share with my readers. Hope you all enjoy them!   Every summer I would plan a trip to get my troupe of seven from small town   Read more (…)


Borrow Baby Couture, The Savvy Solution to Lil’ Ones Fashion

June 29, 2012

We love kid’s fashion and we know you moms do too! Who doesn’t love dressing up their lil’ ones in the most fabulous new frock from the best designers in town. But when your lil’ ones are growing so quickly and they only get to wear their special pieces once or twice, we know it   Read more (…)


Tried & Tested: LLD Focus Group

June 28, 2012

Last night LLD hosted an introductory focus group with 8 of our NYC sitters where we informed, tested & discussed some local products & services. The sitters were introduced to VMV Hypoallergenics Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion, CleanWell’s Nature’s AntiBac Liquid Soap & Disinfectant spray, Sunology Sunscreen for Skin that prefers NO chemicals, Snikiddy Cheese Fries, MyGym   Read more (…)


It’s so HOT! Part I: We’ve got Cabin Fever!

June 26, 2012

I recently met Renee, who is a Parent & Child Educator through and through (7+ years of education/family industry knowledge!) She becomes a sounding board for overwhelmed working parents to help guide them toward creative parenting solutions.   Here is what she has to say about getting creative in this heat…   It’s so hot!   Read more (…)


Hello again. It’s me, Mama Bell

June 25, 2012

Where was I? Oh yes, onto kids. Our first daughter was born when I was 27. We were excited and ready to start a family. So ready were we that our second daughter came 12 months later, which was soon followed by my three other daughters. This instant family came within eight years all the   Read more (…)


go-to network for recent female grads

June 21, 2012

I got a call a few weeks ago from a cheerful woman that works at Her Campus the #1 online community for college women. She just so happens to be BFF with a few of my NYC sitters.   Her Campus…what a novel idea.   Founded by three students while they were undergraduates at Harvard—Stephanie   Read more (…)


5 Must Have Travel Tips

June 19, 2012

I attended a travel centric event hosted by MomTrends last week & gathered some great packing tips for the ‘over packer’ & ‘under packer’ to become the ‘just-the-right packer’! Here are a few of my favorite tips from A-Dress the Issue owner Katrina: -make sure that everything you pack works well together and has multiple   Read more (…)


Introducing Mama Bell Mondays!

June 18, 2012

Anyone that knows my daughter knows she loves her family. And for being 483 miles away from home, I can honestly say I see her more than most of my mom friend’s daughters in the same state. I’ve been around LLD since the beginning & always told my daughter to let me know how I   Read more (…)


What’s a Family Rule Sheet?

June 14, 2012

Every family has different rules. Wouldn’t it be nice to simply communicate what your family follows to your sitter? In comes the family rule sheet. Take 10 minutes & list out what you prefer. For example: Bell Family Rules Sheet 1. No shoes in the house 2. No food outside the kitchen 3. Homework must   Read more (…)


Who you gonna call? HFC!

June 12, 2012

We have exciting news for families traveling to the Hamptons this Summer! There is a new, elite, full service concierge service focused exclusively on families and children – Hamptons Family Concierge (HFC).  They want to save you time and guesswork – by coordinating and scheduling all of your children’s activities and services. They guarantee the   Read more (…)


3 Get Fit Tips for the Summer!

June 11, 2012

Meet Aubrie Therrien a Personal Trainer and Health Coach based in NYC who works one-on-one with clients in their homes or home gym’s. She is a licensed exercise professional and holistic health counselor who is NCSF certified. Her specialties include Kettle Bell’s, Pre-Post Natal Training, Women’s Wellness and Nutrition, Weight Loss, TRX Strength Conditioning and   Read more (…)


College graduates are out & on the prowl for work!

June 8, 2012

By the reports on the news it does not look like an easy ride.  Our words of wisdom for recent grads is to not get discouraged, but find things that you enjoy doing for the time being that pay the bills & just keep working hard. What is that one thing you love to do   Read more (…)


Confessions of a Scary Mommy

June 7, 2012

Looking for an honest & irreverent look at motherhood? My friend (who is not yet a mom) recommended that I read Confessions of a Scary Mommy. She said you will just smile & then laugh out loud when you read this stuff… And I did. I chatted it up with the author Jill Smokler and   Read more (…)


NEW travel companion to entertain & engage your lil’ one

June 5, 2012

Check out LaZoo’s new app Let’s Color,  a magical (and educational) new twist on children’s coloring books! It’s great for your car ride out east or for the plane ride cross country.  Simply click here & download! Simply color a page, press the GO button, and watch your drawings come to life. A few dots   Read more (…)


Pet Hotel…yes it exists!

June 4, 2012

We sat down with D Pet Hotel partner Kerry Brown to get the scoop on what they are developing in Chelsea… Okay pet care is becoming way cooler than childcare, what’s with the trend? Childcare and Pet care are actually really similar!  Many people view their pups as an extension of their family or even   Read more (…)


Get Carried Away by Mama-to-be & Chef Kate Homes!

May 31, 2012

I met Kate recently at a local family event & I just loved her story.  Here she is to share it with all of you… I started Carried Away Chefs as a personal chef service for busy moms and families after realizing that all my clients’ kitchens had child safety locks on the cabinets… we   Read more (…)


5 Important Tips to know when searching for a Chicago Nanny Agency

May 29, 2012

Meet Childcare Expert Erin Krex the President of First Class Care, Inc. which was selected as the 2010 APNA Agency of the Year!  First Class Care places exceptional nannies, newborn care specialists, housekeepers, house managers, personal chefs & more throughout Illinois. Here is what Erin has to say when finding a nanny agency… When you   Read more (…)


Fun in Chicago with Macaroni Kid

May 27, 2012

By  The Loop Publisher Mom Sara Youngblood, Macaroni Kid Chicago is such a kid-friendly town with all of the wonderful museums, parks, kids-eat-free restaurants and more!  But it can also be overwhelming trying to figure out what is going on when.  Luckily MacaroniKidChicago is here to help!  Listing all of the family-friendly events and activities   Read more (…)


Need a Nanny Referral?

May 24, 2012

Need a nanny referral-come to us! Over the years we have had many families come to us looking for a trustworthy, loving nanny for their child (ren). As our service only provides on-demand, occasional & temporary sitters we knew we had to find a few hand-selected agencies to refer to our wonderful families. In comes   Read more (…)


The Green Ploy

May 22, 2012

How do you get your kiddos to eat more greens? Check out my latest article on mommybites The Green Ploy: Broccoli & Your Lil’ One   I asked my trusty sitters about the tactics they have used over the years. And they are good. Tell us what you do to get your kids to eat   Read more (…)


Turning Home-Made Pictures into Dolls?

May 21, 2012

We came across Child’s Own Studio & thought what a cool idea. Making dolls out of home-made pictures. Now you can display your child’s art in a whole new form! We tracked down the founder Wendy Tsao & here is what she said… Tell us your story on how you started Child’s Own Studio? About   Read more (…)


Check out BarkBox this weekend!

May 18, 2012

“Earlier this week my furry, four-legged friend, Stella, was ‘lucky’ enough to receive a package in the mail from the good people at BarkBox.     If you are looking for a great way to indulge your pet, or are looking for the perfect gift for a pet owner, BarkBox offers a monthly delivery of   Read more (…)


Traveling to LA with baby? Call LA Bound Babies

May 17, 2012

Working out your summer travel plans?  On your way to LA?  In need of a crib, stroller or car seat for your lil’ one? Don’t bother with the hassle of packing your equipment & those hefty shipping costs. LA Bound Babies is to the rescue. Our new friends & co-founders Francesca Pappagallo and Nicolle Endoso   Read more (…)


LLD Sitters meet Lil’ Chef Sensation Jack Witherspoon!

May 14, 2012

Jack Witherspoon, 11 year old cancer survivor & author of “Twist It Up” attends book signing in Grand Central on his first visit to NYC! Our LLD sitters had to meet this kid. Laura, Bridget & I (in photo above with Jack) stopped by the book signing to ask him questions about his recipes, learned   Read more (…)


LLD Kids Zone @QueensMamas Expo

May 7, 2012

Last Saturday, May 5th at the Queens Mamas Expo was a day to remember! The organic snacks from Plum Organics were delicious and you wouldn’t believe the incredible giveaways from vendors like Giggle and The Children’s Place. Even the venue was totally out of this world. New York Hall of Science has over 450 interactive exhibits and one of the   Read more (…)


Book Your Overnight Sitter-It’s Date Night!

April 24, 2012

A few of my member moms reached out to me recently asking if I had any date night dinner recommendations & a savvy hotel to suit. Of course I do. What a great idea; a one night couple getaway only a mile or two away from home. No real travel required. Just take a cab   Read more (…)


LLD Austin Enjoys Baby Loves Disco & Meets Sunshine Photographers!

April 23, 2012

A few of our Austin Sitters kicked off Baby Loves Disco Austin last week. It was the perfect indoor activity on a rainy day.  LLD Sitters Mandy & Kelly helped kids create family trees through coloring.  Another vendor nearby left early, so LLD jumped in to make sure all the kids were covered at the   Read more (…)


Meet VMV: They are Skingenious

April 19, 2012

Here’s a social media success story. I have been looking for a boutique skincare brand to align with LLD. Low and behold I reach out to a mother of two on Twitter, her posts are always chipper, hilarious and their brand focus surrounds the family. Love it. After a month of learning about their products   Read more (…)


Your Family Plan for Earth Day!

April 17, 2012

Earth day is this Sunday! What does your family have planned? NYC: City Tree House will be hosting a ‘Recycled Art’ class on Sunday, April 22nd from 11am-1pm where they create rocket ships, using recycled materials and paper mache techniques.  Read more about their events here Austin, TX: check out the Austin Earth Day Festival   Read more (…)


Celebrate Spa Week!

April 16, 2012

It’s Spa Week! Live a Healthier, Happier, Better Life! I kicked off my celebration last week with a facial at VMV Hypoallergenics. Their shop makes you feel like you are beachside in the Hamptons. Check out their unique brand of hypoallergenic skincare, cosmeceuticals and make-up for women, men and children. It’s worth it, I promise!   Read more (…)


Book Your Summer Sitters Today!

April 14, 2012

Ready for summer?! We are! Email us TODAY to get your summer sitters booked! Get a sneak peek of our stellar sitters ready to serve for the summer. Our summer sitters are available in NYC, Brooklyn, Long Island, The Hamptons & Westchester  for the summer (May-August). Check out  a few highlighted bios of available sitters    Read more (…)


The Best Hair Stylist in town!

April 12, 2012

For nearly all my years in NYC I have been going to one hair stylist. Ilda. She is the hair stylist to many of my Radio City friends, The Rockettes themselves & staff. The mother of two recently added private consultations to her list of services to tailor to the hectic lives of city moms.   Read more (…)


LLD Rocks Out with Shira from Shira & Friends!

April 10, 2012

Meet our friend, Shira Kobren, a New York based ”kindie rocker” and educator who performs with her rockin’ family friendly band Shira & Friends.  Shira Friends’ debut EP, “When You’re A Kid” will be released this June. As an early childhood music educator and “kindie rocker,” Shira considers herself to have one of the best jobs in the world. Not only does her job   Read more (…)


Proud Partners with Baby Loves Disco

April 9, 2012

Lucky Lil’  Darlings is a proud partner of Baby Loves Disco, the most hip, child-friendly party around. From the dancing and crafts, to the great music and new friends you meet, it really is the best weekend activity. We know parents are always looking for something new and fun to do with the kids, and   Read more (…)


Lesson from the Playground

April 6, 2012

I decided to mix up my normal routine of writing in a local coffee shop, and instead took to the park.  There I started to observe childcare providers and their interactions with children. Honestly, I want to make this a regular job, it is so interesting people watching! I learned new techniques, ran into a   Read more (…)


How do I know which doctor is BEST for my child?

March 1, 2012

Parents often question which doctor they should choose to help manage their child’s Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and an interesting and often mis-diagnosed disorder called PANDAS (a disorder where children develop sudden onset OCD behaviors and tics from STREP). They have been trying to cope by reading books, online blogs, and getting advice from their friends   Read more (…)


Downtown Parents: Your Winter Woes have been Solved!

February 7, 2012

Prior to the Super bowl this Sunday, I enjoyed the launch of40-year old family run business J&R’s new baby…you guessed itJ&R Jr.  Kid zone at J & R Thank goodness, a solution for downtown parents on where totake their tikes during those long winter weekends in NYC! Father of two Jason Friedman, and son of   Read more (…)


Bedtime Routine Tips from the Experts!

January 10, 2012

Big City Moms always supporting LLD, invited us to their Sleep Experts Lunch to speak about the importance of communicating bedtime routines to your sitter. Here are a few important tips! 1. Give your sitter a tour of your home. Show your sitter the kids rooms, point out dangerous areas you want the kids to   Read more (…)


How young is too young for a babysitter?

October 26, 2011

As the oldest of five girls, yes five! I have spent much of my life as a mother’s helper for my own mom. That background and experience is without a doubt what led me to run Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD). My mother always believed (and I now agree) that a 12 year-old is too young   Read more (…)


Beauty, Fashion and Event Planning tips from stylEast Group!

October 13, 2011

Hey moms! Are you ready for some great fashion, event planning, and style advice? Well, you’re in luck! This week LLD had the opportunity to interview with an expert from stylEast Group, an event planning and beauty company, and we have answers for you. StylEast Group does everything from fashion consultations to spray tanning, and   Read more (…)



October 11, 2011

Need a babysitter at the last minute? Wish you could find acpr/ first-aid trained babysitter that you can trust? Do you needa regular babysitter for date night?Need an extra pair of handson your next vacation? Well…you are in “luck”! Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD) is a dependable family care solutions company equipped with a hand-selected group   Read more (…)



September 29, 2011

Want to enjoy a leisurely lunch with your husband, wife or friends? Wish you could find a cpr/ first-aid trained babysitter that you can trust? Well…you are in “luck”! Let us take the kids! Drop off your lucky lil’ darlings for a rainy day at the museum from 12-2pm on Saturday, Oct. 1st meet in   Read more (…)



September 12, 2011

Need a babysitter at the last minute? Wish you could find a cpr/ first-aid trained babysitter that you can trust? Do you need a regular babysitter for date night? Need an extra pair of hands on your next vacation? Well…you are in “luck”! Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD) is a dependable family care solutions company equipped   Read more (…)


Eating Healthy

August 9, 2011

This week we really wanted to look into the phenomenon that has been sweeping the nation. Eating Healthy! We interviewed one of our favorite mothers of four who also happens to be a health consultant know as Nutrimommy by her dedicated followers on her blog. See what Anne has to say about eating healthy! LLD:   Read more (…)

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Privacy Policy

Lucky Lil’ Darlings, LLC’s Privacy Policy applies to all personal information collected by Lucky Lil’ Darlings (hereinafter LLD or we/our). This policy governs our collection, usage, and dissemination of your personal information by LLD. We reserve the right to update, change, or modify this policy.

We respect your privacy and work diligently to protect your privacy.


Lucky Lil’ Darlings only collects the minimum amount of personal information needed to provide our services to each client. Information may include names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and billing information.

We do not use "cookies" on our website. Lucky Lil’ Darlings may collect basic information such as your IP address, your ISP, your browser version, the site you last visited before our website, and related traffic information, which is stored separately from your personal information. This information is not matched with your personal information and is used only for site monitoring and development purposes.


All personal information is stored in a secure, encrypted database on this website. Only employees of Lucky Lil’ Darlings and you may access your personal information. Babysitters may only access the limited personal information provided by Lucky Lil’ Darlings via the Lucky Lil’ Darlings website.


Your personal information will not be shared or sold to any other organizations, companies, or individuals not affiliated with Lucky Lil’ Darlings, except as the law may require. Minimal information will be provided to each babysitter to allow them to work for you; however, each babysitter has signed a confidentiality agreement forbidding them to disclose this information to anyone except Lucky Lil’ Darlings.


Should you have questions about Lucky Lil’ Darlings’ Privacy Policy, please contact us at

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use apply to, owned by Lucky Lil’ Darlings, LLC, an Oregon Limited Liability Company. We reserve the right to modify or change these Terms of Use or our website at any time without prior notice. If changes are made, we will make an effort to inform you of any changes, and all changes will be updated on the website.


All content (logos, text, audio, video, etc.) is copyrighted by Lucky Lil’ Darlings and may not be used without the express, written consent of Lucky Lil’ Darlings, except as allowed by fair use principals under United States copyright laws. Lucky Lil’ Darlings does not claim copyright protection for content that is part of the public domain, content licensed to Lucky Lil’ Darlings, or any other content not created by Lucky Lil’ Darlings or content otherwise not protectable by copyright.

Communicating with Us

By using email or other forms of electronic messaging you agree to continue communications via electronic means. Further, you assume the risk that electronic messaging may not be secure and can be misdirected. To that end, we will not send personal information to you via electronic messaging unless you request we send your personal information via electronic means. You may request communication be completed over the telephone or by mail.

Your Usage

We reserve the right to terminate your account or refuse service at our discretion. You must provide with accurate information. You are responsible for maintaining your account and password, as well as preventing the unauthorized use of your account. Lucky Lil’ Darlings suggests not writing down your account information and not using a common password to further protect your account from unauthorized use.

You agree that the governing law for any disputes is the laws of the State of Oregon in the United States, excluding conflicts of law principles. You further agree that any disputes must be submitted to the jurisdiction of any competent court in a county Lucky Lil’ Darlings, LLC is registered in with the proper state authorities. These Terms of Use represent the entire and complete Terms of Use for, other terms apply to the use of Lucky Lil’ Darlings services.

Should any portion or provision of the Terms of Use be found to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable by a court with proper jurisdiction, then that provision is stricken from the Terms of Use and all other provisions remain valid and enforceable, and these Terms of Use remain in effect.

All users who are minors in the jurisdiction in which they reside (generally under the age of 18) must have the permission of, and be directly supervised by, their parent or guardian to use our website. If you are a minor, you must have your parent or guardian read and agree to these terms of use prior to you using our website. By continuing to use, you agree you have read these terms of use and agree to these terms of use. You also agree that your continued use of the website after any modifications to these Terms of Use is consent to the modified terms. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, then do not use this website.

You hereby agree that Lucky Lil’ Darlings is not to be held responsible for any type of property damage (to your car or a third party's car, or any other property) or bodily injury or death (to either occupants of your car or another car) resulting from one of its sitters using your vehicle. It is against LLD policy for sitters to use their own vehicles, and if you choose to allow a sitter to drive your vehicle, or drive any vehicle while working for you, LLD cannot be held liable for any results of your choice to do so. LLD makes no representations about its sitters driving records or claims any responsibility for the quality of the driving services performed.


You agree to hold harmless Lucky Lil’ Darlings, for any damages caused by one of its sitters working as a Domestic Provider for the Family.  The Family hereby acknowledges that LLD served only as placement agent among Domestic Provider and the Family.

You hereby agree that Lucky Lil’ Darlings is not to be held responsible for any type of property damage (to your car or a third party's car, or any other property) or bodily injury or death (to either occupants of your car or another car) resulting from one of its sitters using your vehicle. It is against LLD policy for sitters to use their own vehicles, and if you choose to allow a sitter to drive your vehicle, or drive any vehicle while working for you, LLD cannot be held liable for any results of your choice to do so. LLD makes no representations about its sitters driving records or claims any responsibility for the quality of the driving services performed.

Please also note that cancellations or rescheduling done within a 24-hour period of the start time of services are subject to the following fee: $50 fee in NY, NJ, CT & CA; and $40 fee in TX, IL, PA, GA & MA. By agreeing to this waiver you grant us permission to charge your credit card.


All users who are minors in the jurisdiction in which they reside (generally under the age of 18) must have the permission of, and be directly supervised by, their parent or guardian to use our website. If you are a minor, you must have your parent or guardian read and agree to these terms of use prior to you using our website. By continuing to use, you agree you have read these terms of use and agree to these terms of use. You also agree that your continued use of the website after any modifications to these Terms of Use is consent to the modified terms. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, then do not use this website.


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