Many folks ask me about my advertising packages, how to get a story published, how to get their information out to my list about events, special happenings, their businesses, etc.  I have headed down the path of the non-profit model — I want to continue as a community resource; people love the calendar, they use the resources, they find things on here that help them in their daily lives as parents — but I hate selling ads.  So, I am turning the site over to you all — if you send me posts, stories, events, etc. I will post them, but in order to save my sanity, I need the submissions to come from the community.

Submissions will only be considered if entered by our form here and please READ parameters below.

Your best bets for getting something on are the following submissions:
— Events that are upcoming and open to the public, don’t submit after event/follow up stories
— Short and sweet rules the day — if I have to edit something down, it’s likely not getting another glance
— Ask nicely…and say thank you…I am doing my best to help you get your word out,  and it’s just me here
— Make it easy for me
— Remember I get HUNDREDS of requests a week…and though your idea, business, event, etc is central to you, it is one of hundreds of others

FREE Site Listingpreview
We encourage ALL local businesses and not for profits to use this option, allowing families to find you at all times throughout the year, when and where they are looking for you. Submit 100 words to Please include contact information, a program/product description, a link to your site, and a logo. *Submissions over 100 words will not be accepted.

Calendar Listings:  No charge
Please submit any listings for the calendar via our events form — click here to submit.

I am always amazed by the response that we get when we use a listing on Last month we had a Grand Opening of our “Quest” on the Westchester Wilderness Walk preserve in Pound Ridge. You listed it in your weekly newsletter that Thursday and on Sunday we had an overwhelming turnout – at least 70 people. When I questioned them about where they had heard about the Grand Opening, about 90% responded that they had read about it on Despite the fact that we sent out a couple hundred postcards and put it in the local paper, the greatest response was from your newsletter. So thank you so much for getting the word out to the right people for us. We were delighted with the outcome! — Bobbe Stultz, Director of Events, Westchester Land Trust

Can I just share how much we rely upon you and EssentialMom to know “the goods” locally for kids activities. After catching the Sunday posting for the Family Country Fair at the John Jay Homestead (where we had never been), we hopped in the car, drove up and all had a fantastic time there on a gorgeous afternoon. And we discovered a great new place! Thank goodness for you Gretchen! — KB, local mom

Have I told you recently how valuable I find your web site…both as a mom…and as a marketer! You have a unique way of bringing people together. — Susie Danziger, School Director of Communications

Have to tell you I LOVE the summer camp section – was just what I needed to find and with some great stuff I knew nothing about – thank you! — KS, local mom

Doing very well thanks to you! I`m also on a couple of blogs but your newsletter and gift list has been the best exposure yet! — Under Construction DVD

Thank you for running the “10 tips” email. It has been a crazy month! I have been getting a lot of online orders, and I`m sure running that and the ad really helped. — Happy Heads

Thanks to an ad on your website, I’m teaching a science class once a week after school. I love Essentialmom! — RS, local mom