Fairfield County Mom Favorite Things 2023 {+Giveaway}


Fairfield County Mom is a locally-focused parenting resource for moms and families. Passionate about parenting and our community, Fairfield County Mom strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can’t-miss happenings, and most of all — each other!

This year, Fairfield County Mom celebrated ten years! Our contributor team of 35 local moms willingly shares their lives through personal mommy experiences, perspectives, and local knowledge. We occasionally get together to talk business and share ideas. We recently gathered in person for our ninth annual Favorite Things Party!

Each contributor shared their number one favorite thing (three of the same item – but possibly different colors, styles, etc.) with a $10 limit. We randomly selected names, so each of us would receive three new favorite things. Sharing our favorite things helps us get to know one another better and discover new products that make our days as mommies and women easier and more enjoyable.

Fairfield County Mom Favorite Things

{provided by our favorite sponsors and photographed by Three Anchors Photography}Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka :: New Zealand’s award-winning premium vodka is the fastest-growing vodka in the US for the second year in a row, according to the 2022 Liquor Handbook. Crafted and bottled in New Zealand, Broken Shed is gluten-free from start to finish, made without additives, sweeteners, or GMOs. It is created using only three ingredients – setting it apart from other premium vodkas in its class. These ingredients are ancient, mineral-rich aquifer water from New Zealand’s South Island; filtered spring water from the mountains of New Zealand’s North Island; and sustainable whey sourced from free-ranging New Zealand dairy cows – a spirit so pure that it only needs to be distilled three times. Because Broken Shed uses whey – a naturally-occurring, sustainable byproduct – versus diverting resources into growing grains, Broken Shed could be the most environmentally-conscious vodka yet. Using whey as the main ingredient creates an exceptionally silky mouthfeel and citrus-like flavor. Broken Shed Vodka started in a ‘broken’ down shed on the shores of New Zealand’s picturesque Lake Wānaka (pronounced wuh-naa-kuh). Since entering the US market in June 2012, Broken Shed Vodka has won a legion of loyal fans and an impressive collection of awards. Recently, this has included the Chilled 100 Bartender Seal of Approval and Sustainability Emblem.

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Winfield Coffee

Winfield Street Coffee :: Created to be a community gathering coffee place where guests can find a warm smile, excellent coffee, and creative food. Serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, and catering to Fairfield County, Westchester County, NYC, and Southwest Florida residents. Winfield collaborates with Future Five in Connecticut and STARability in Naples, Florida, to give opportunities to teens and young adults from all walks of life, needs, and abilities. They also recently began roasting their own coffee beans and are excited to bring them to the community! The beans are of Brazilian origin from a small family farm in central Brazil. They are happy they use organic, sustainable farming techniques!

Receive 10% off all orders with the mention of Fairfield County Mom through December 31, 2023.

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Baked and Sauced :: Looking for something unique and special for your child’s birthday party, graduation, or even a family get-together? Baked and Sauced has you covered. They make some of the most delicious sweet treats you’ve ever tasted. Fun cupcakes, push-pops, cakes, and mouth-watering craft cocktails too! They deliver free in Fairfield County, or can roll up to your party in one of their Vintage Airstreams to serve your guests in person.

Receive 10% off all orders with the mention of Fairfield County Mom through September 30, 2023.

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Ripe Bar Juice

RIPE Bar Juice :: RIPE Bar Juice is a premium line of 100% all-natural, small-batch, cold-pressed bar juice. Just add spirit to make bar-quality craft cocktails anywhere! Made in Connecticut, RIPE Bar Juice is made from clean, simple ingredients and is free of preservatives, additives, and GMOs. Refrigerated by design, RIPE Bar Juice comes in seven varieties, including Agave Margarita, Classic Cosmopolitan, Agave Mojito, Classic Lemon Sour, Bajan Punch, San Marzano Bloody Mary, and Classic Cranberry.

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Owls Brew

Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea :: Owl’s Brew is a clean boozy beverage company that uses 100% natural ingredients 100% of the time. They make Boozy Tea, a hard tea seltzer, and Tea Cocktails, which include the Skinny Hibiscus Margarita and Real Tea & Vodka canned cocktails in flavors like Green Tea & Passion Fruit, Blackberry Half & Half, and Black Tea & Pomegranate. All of Owl’s Brew’s products are made with freshly brewed organic tea and botanicals and natural fruit juice and are gluten-free and vegan. Inspired by a love for tea, cofounders Jennie and Maria were inspired to make a great-tasting beverage that consumers can trust.

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Garlic Expressions

Garlic Expressions Vinaigrette :: Why be average at a few things when you can be an expert in one? Meet Garlic Expressions. They exclusively produce a zesty vinaigrette dressing fused with hand-sorted, pickled garlic cloves. Dub it a dressing, marinade, condiment, sauce, or your secret weapon in the kitchen – the flavor’s versatility adds a flavorful punch to your favorite dish. Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and allergen-free. The simple ingredients result in a versatile flavor.

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Links Drinks

Links Drinks :: The Transfusion is a golf club classic made with vodka, ginger ale, and grape juice. For years, golfers have looked forward to this delicious and refreshing cocktail at the turn or in the clubhouse. Links Drinks has created a “Ready to Drink” Transfusion cocktail in a can! Gluten-free, with no preservatives and natural ingredients. Now available in 3 different flavors. The “Classic” with Grape Juice, the “Front Nine” with Orange Juice, and the “Back Nine” with Cranberry Juice. You can enjoy this golf tradition anywhere…the course, beach, boat, or bbq at home with family and friends. Get out there and Enjoy life!

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Manny's Ultimate Bloody Mary Mix.

Manny’s Ultimate Bloody Mary :: Manny’s Ultimate Bloody Mary is a truly authentic, non-alcoholic mix with no artificial colorings or preservatives. Handcrafted and produced locally with authentic ingredients. It is gluten-free, nut-oil-free, and low sodium, with no measurable amounts of seafood. Made with Sacramento tomato juice, organic horseradish (grown upstate Connecticut), Lea and Parens low sodium Worcestershire, true Tabasco, celery salt, fresh ground pepper, European sea salt, and lemon juice. Together with four proprietary ingredients, make for a bold, savory, and spicy experience. Chill and serve as is (virgin), or beside the obvious vodka, feel free to try it with tequila, gin, sake, or even a clear moonshine. Great for adding to tomato sauce, marinating meats, and replacing cocktail sauce. Available in various sizes, from their signature 16 and 25-ounce mason jars to the ever-popular 34-ounce Liter Bar bottle. Available in over 1500 locations statewide, including 11 others. Ask for them by name at your local wine and spirits shops and specialty food stores, or you can order online.

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Light This Way

light this way :: Karin Zannella is the founder and creator of light this way luminaries. They are truly one-of-a-kind luminaries that turn every celebration into a party! They are reusable and customized with fun, seasonal designs. The real magic is that they come with water-activated, floating tea lights. You simply fill the luminaries with water and drop in the tea light. Then magic! The light turns on, and you’re ready to light up your party.

Receive a 20% discount with the code FCM2023 through September 30, 2023.

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GoSili Travel Mugs :: GoSili is the first brand that focuses on creating silicone products with a high-end design at affordable prices, competing directly with plastic. The company is dedicated to building a social movement away from toxic and unsustainable plastic wares by providing an alternative. With the excessive amount of plastic tableware linked to adverse health and environmental issues, GoSili is creating a cultural shift away from overusing these “throw-away” plastics. As GoSili continues to grow its brands, the primary goal is to promote the silicone benefit, lead the industry, and change how we live. GoSili cups are incredibly durable, can grow with your child, and are meant to last a lifetime. It’s an easy, sustainable solution to kicking the single-use cup habit, whether at home or on-the-go. GoSili reusable silicone straws are soft and flexible but strong enough not to collapse when you drink. This key design technique makes our reusable straws the best reusable straw! A GoSili reusable silicone straw won’t melt in your drink like a paper straw or hurt your pearly whites like a stainless-steel straw.

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Stylish Spoon :: Founded by a local Fairfield County mom, Stylish Spoon is a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free bakery that opened in SONO. What makes Stylish Spoon’s allergy-friendly baked goods special is that they taste amazing and are also made with nutrient-dense ingredients. Basically, what you would want to make for your family if you had the time! Stylish Spoon’s signature is a baked OatMEAL Cup, a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert. The founder, Ilana Eck, created the cups when she was a nursing mom and needed an easy way to get good calories in with one hand while holding a baby. (Bonus: They also help to naturally boost milk production for nursing moms since they contain naturally lactogenic ingredients!). Stylish Spoon’s cups can be shipped to your door (they offer subscriptions online) for pick-up at their SONO bakery and the Westport and New Canaan Farmers Markets.

Cancion Ultra-Premium Tequila :: When choosing a spirit, it is easy to get lost among all the choices — especially with Tequila. Tequila is one of the most misunderstood bottles behind the bar or in most people’s cabinets, but it is also a staple for liquor connoisseurs worldwide. So what separates Canción Tequila from all the rest? In a word — quality. Unlike Don Julio, Casamigos, Clase Azul, and many others, no artificial sweeteners are included in their ultra-premium tequilas. They harvest agaves from the valleys of Jalisco, Mexico, and age tequilas much longer than any other tequila brand to get the highest quality. They practice commerce with a conscience – solar panels on the rooftop of our distillery generate more than 85 percent of the electrical power to make their tequila.

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Rose Sisters Chips
Rose Sisters Chips:: They manufacture their 4-generation old, life-changing, seasoned, baked flour tortilla chips. Created by their grandmother back in Poland 110 years ago and perfected by their Mom (Ann) and Aunt Paula, they launched as a business at the end of 2018 and have been growing ever since! Proudly based in Bridgeport, CT, woman-owned, and 99% of the staff is part of the underserved/underrepresented community. Their “chips” are unique in every way…taste, texture, and experience. The Original Family Recipe is their savory flavor, and the Mesquite BBQ is a creamy smooth taste with a touch of heat. All bags come with three full round tortillas, which you break in the bag to make your own chips. They are absolutely delicious and memorable on their own, but they pair beautifully with ANYTHING; dips, charcuterie, soups, salads, tapenades, casseroles, and on and on. You can even use them as breadcrumbs on fish, chicken, mac-n-cheese, etc. It’s tough to go wrong with grandma’s recipe!

Use the code FCMFAN and receive 15% off your purchase through October 15.

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Alchemy, the Salon

Alchemy, the Salon :: No more need to plan trips to NYC for gorgeous hair! At Alchemy they are a discrimination-free, inclusive adult-only hair salon. Voted best haircut and color in Fairfield for three consecutive years, they provide clients with gorgeous, lived-in color services in a relaxed yet upbeat environment. Come to Alchemy, where they invite you to come as you are, get cozy, and leave better.

Receive a complimentary blowout with Jenn with the mention of Fairfield County Mom.

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Lesser Evil Popcorn

LesserEvil Snacks :: They’re all about simple acts and doing the little things right day after day. For LesserEvil, this means sourcing organic, minimal processing, using better oils, and practicing sustainability. They are here to make products contributing to a healthier community and a thriving planet.
Kash and Liv Coffee
Kash & Liv Coffee Creations :: They made their big debut at the Newtown Labor Day Parade in September of 2022. From day one, Kash & Liv Coffee Creations prides itself on handcrafting beverages that only consist of house-made syrups and locally roasted beans. While they operate “coffee house” style six days a week at My Place Restaurant (weekdays) and Newsylum Brewery (weekends), they also specialize in bringing the fully customizable experience to you via pop-ups and catering options for any event, from intimate get-togethers to corporate meetings to formal events. To find where they are, follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with hours, locations, weekly specials, and collaborations.

The Sparkly Bun

The Sparkly Bun :: “The Sparkly Bun” is a children’s book about individuality for kids of all ages, notably five years through 12, written by a Fairfield County resident and father of two! In a world where fitting in is the norm, “The Sparkly Bun” shows children the importance of being true to oneself. Join Emme as she navigates the tricky world of schoolyard fashion. Emme loves her clothes and accessories, but she especially loves one item. When she wears it to school two days in a row, her friends start to tease her. Will Emme be able to learn the valuable lesson that being an individual is more important than fitting in with the crowd? With charming illustrations and a heartwarming story, “The Sparkly Bun” is the perfect addition to any child’s library.

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The New Canaan Cancy Co

New Canaan Candy Company :: It’s really not about the candy; it’s about creating possibilities. Owner Jen’s brother has multiple diagnoses, and his journey inspired her to enter a career in special education. Throughout Jen’s career, she worked as an educator, therapist, and head of school, primarily serving students ages 4-22. She decided to move from that career to spend more time with her daughter (now 10). Over the past few years, she became increasingly aware of her students, now adults, sitting at home or being part of day programs instead of being employed in their communities. That realization nagged at her, and she decided to do something to be part of the slow but steady solution. The mission of the New Canaan Cancy Company is to create competitive employment opportunities – same wage, same benefits as any minimum-wage adult in Connecticut. More specifically, Jen wants to ensure that everyone has a place in the company.


Jessie Lou

Jessi Lou Books :: Jessi Lou & The Magic of You!” is a heartwarming children’s picture book that takes young readers on an enchanting journey of self-discovery and emotional resilience. Join Jessi Lou, a spunky girl with a zest for life who experiences her emotions in a big way. Whether it’s happiness, excitement, or even frustration, her feelings often become so overwhelming that they interfere with her ability to enjoy playtime. But fear not because Jessi Lou is about to embark on a magical adventure that will change everything! In this captivating tale, Jessi Lou encounters her wise and loving guardian angel, who unveils the secret of “The Magic of You!” With each turn of the page, readers will witness the special bond between Jessi Lou and her guardian angel grow stronger as they navigate the challenges of emotional expression. As Jessi Lou embraces her unique temperament and learns to harness the power of her emotions, children will discover empowering lessons on self-acceptance and resilience. Through delightful illustrations and engaging storytelling, this book gently encourages young minds to explore their feelings and find positive ways to channel their emotions. You can purchase your copy here.

Bare Life:: Just add hot water to enjoy a delicious chocolatey treat! Their hot cocoa has five natural ingredients that are allergen friendly and sustainably sourced from socially conscious and environmentally friendly producers. Their whole ingredients, which contain no preservatives, make their hot cocoa mix organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, kosher pareve, paleo, plant-based, and woman-owned small business that makes the hot cocoa mix in a gluten-free, organic, and kosher-certified space. All of the packaging is recyclable and BPA-free. These single-serving packets of our hot cocoa mix are the perfect easy and convenient treat to take on the go!

Use the code FAIRFIELDMOM15 for 15% off your order.

Bug Bite Thing :: As Seen on Shark Tank, Bug Bite Thing is a chemical-free solution that instantly alleviates the stinging, itching, and swelling caused by insect bites and stings. The reusable tool solely uses suction to remove insect saliva or venom from underneath the skin, making it safe for all ages. Bug Bite Thing is Amazon’s #1 selling product for insect bite relief with over 75,000 reviews, and is also available in over 30,000 retail locations across the United States.

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The Bite CompanyThe Bites Company :: They have reimagined and reinvented the traditional biscotti cookie into a modern round shape to make it more appealing and more fun to eat! Five delicious flavors Lemon, Almond, Brown Butter, and Chocolate, are available in a 4.5oz bag, perfect for enjoying yourself or with friends – it also makes a great hostess gift! Their Bites To Go 1.25oz offering includes an additional Key Lime flavor, ensuring you’re prepared with Bites for your busy lifestyle. Located in Bridgeport, CT, The Bites Company has produced biscotti Bites for over eight years. Twice baked, their Bites are made with organic, clean ingredients locally sourced from New England and Non-GMO. Their “better for you” Bites are certified Baystate Organic, Kof K Kosher, low in sodium, low calorie, peanut free, tree nut free, and do not use preservatives. Women-owned and operated, they employ a female workforce from Bridgeport.

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Wildwood GranolaWildwood Granola :: Eleven unique flavors of gluten-free, plant-based granola in three different sizes, sweetened with 100% pure CT maple syrup, with no added sugars. All flavors are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and vegan. Most flavors are also soy-free. Wildwood Granola also offers two completely nut-free varieties and one for the diabetic/keto lifestyle. A woman-owned business bringing granola back to its roots of being a healthy breakfast or snack. Wildwood Granola is a granola that tastes as good as it’s good for you!

Receive 10% off your order with the code FCM2023.

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Aunt Jojo's CookiesAunt JoJo’s Cookies :: Some call them cookies because they are sweet, some call them cookie chips because they are so crispy, and some call them crack-y cookies because you can’t eat just one! That combination makes Aunt JoJo’s Cookies “the best d♥mn cookies you’ll ever eat!” These bite-sized cookies are perfect for all occasions, including party favors/platters, birthday/teacher/holiday gifts, college care packages, late-night snacks, corporate events, and more! Gift certificates, monthly subscriptions, customizable labels, and shipping across the US are available. Check out, follow, and support this CT mom-and-daughter duo today!

Mention Fairfield County Mom and receive a 10% discount through August 31, 2023.

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NaturalAnnie Essentials

NaturalAnnie Essentials :: They are an island-inspired home fragrance company. They make hand-poured soy candles with a feel-good vibe! Their non-toxic natural soy candles fill your home with vibrant scents, lift your mood and make you want to escape to a tropical place.

Buy two candles and get two candles for free when you click here. 

Pause and PurposePause and Purpose :: A sacred space for anyone to invoke deep realizations through the nurturing support of meditation, yoga, healing workouts, and circling. Their signature adult gatherings are the full wellness experience in just 60 or 75 minutes; meditation, supportive group discussion, sound, journaling, and different levels of movement from lie-down to yoga to cardio.

Receive a free trial class with the mention of Fairfield County Mom.

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Wonderland Jam

Wonderland Jam :: Incomparable methods and exceptional flavors that are unmatched. Using traditional methods, jams, and syrups are slowly macerated before being cooked down in copper kettles, creating a premium product that puts fruit first, not sugar. All products are hand-stirred, hand-poured, and absolutely jam-packed with fruit. The intense flavors of our syrups and jams often lead customers to consume a jar in one sitting. They’re that jam good.
Sunnyside Sweet Shoppe
Sunnyside Sweet Shoppe :: A cottage food bakery specializing in scratch-made unique desserts. Owner Amber Samaroo also loves to make bespoke cakes to make any event extra sweet! Her treats are simply homemade, from scratch, and delicious!

Mention Fairfield County Mom and receive 20% off your first Trumbull Farmers Market Purchase.

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Evenements, LLC:: As party and event planners, they have the party inventory to SAVE you money with NO additional charges! They offer various services for all things celebratory, from weddings to birthdays to religious events and more. Additionally, Rentals by Événements has the best oversized games and party items you’ll want to rent at an affordable cost! DM or call 929.216.0885 for pricing.

Use the code FCM10 for 10% off event planning services through August 15, 2023 (excludes rentals).

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2023 Favorite Things products

YOU have the chance to win a bundle of our favorite things from our sponsors! FIVE winners will be selected on Thursday, August 10. To enter to win, please click HERE.

Contributor Favorite Things

Michelle :: COVERGIRL Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara and Total Hydration Tinted ChapStick

Maria F. :: Pampellone 4-pack of Sparkling Wine

Aarika :: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Elisabeth :: Sand + Fog Candles and Trader Joes Vitamin E Oil

Leanne :: Mist Spray Water Bottle

Melissa K. :: Handheld Milk Frother

Jamie :: Supergoop Sunscreen & Skincare Kits

Jenna :: Megababe Anti-Chafe Stick

Janice :: Bombas Socks

Nancy :: ANBALA Hair Claw Clips and HATE STAINS CO Stain Remover 

Melissa L. :: Trader Joes Smores Clusters and Candles

Lindsay MG. :: Beekman1802 Whipped Goat Milk Body Cream

Jen :: Hydrating Body OilAlison :: Haus Laboratories Lip Gloss

Gloria :: Trinket Dishes

Vanessa :: Newbury Farms Goat Milk Lotion

Lindsay S. :: Scunci Spirals, Batiste Dry Shampoo, and Hair Wraps

Cindy :: Bada Bing Cherries

What favorite things would you pass along to a fellow mama?



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