Guest Guru: Karen Connell of A Child Grows in Brooklyn

July 6, 2011    |    By +
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As the founder and Editor-In-Chief of A Child Grows In Brooklyn, Karen Connell sought to create an all-in one resource for Brooklyn parents.

As the #1 parenting site in Brooklyn, the site encompasses information on everything from the best teething products, pediatricians and playspaces.

What started out as a personal blog in 2006 has grown into a community of parents, readers and a team of local contributors all enthusiastic about raising kids in the big city.

So while she knows a thing or two about living in an urban environment, we asked Karen to share her favorite gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer Dad as part of our What Type of Dad Are You + Britax Series.
Outdoor Adventurer Dad


Adventurers all need sustenance to get them through that next climb, jump or mogul. What better way to store your delicious trail mix, pretzels or goldfish than in a reusable snack bag? The strong velcro double-back enclosure means that even a goldfish can’t slip through. There are designs for every dad’s style including skateboards, tie-dye and astronauts.

Gaiam Natural Cotton Mat

It’s not always sunny outside, so what’s a poor adventurer dad to do? He can get out his own mat to stretch or do his exercise routine. The Natural Cotton Mat by Gaiam is an unbleached, undyed natural cotton shell stuffed with untreated natural cotton batting that’s handtufted for an extra supportive surface. Any hard surface is fine when you can work out with a soft mat at your back.

Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater Vest

Layering is key to being comfortable outdoors and this cool urban design with the power to keep you warm in alpine conditions, is perfect. It’s so compact that you can fit it into its own internal pocket. Stuff, fold, zip and away you go!

Britax B-Ready Stroller

When Dad hits the road, the family comes with him. Perfect for any travel situation, whether out in the park or family field trips, this new stroller from Britax can handle anything. It packs flat with ease and features 14 different configurations so it’s ready to go on any adventure. Plus there’s plenty of storage for extra traveling essentials. Fits newborns to kids up to 55 lbs. And you can enter for a chance to WIN one of your very own today.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.