Mary Friona-Celani
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Mary Friona-Celani

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Mary is an Emmy award winning journalist who spent nearly 20 years as a television news anchor and reporter. She is married and has four beautiful daughters. Mary and her family live in East Aurora.

Can't you feel it? The warm air on your skin. The sun beating down on your face. The smell of flowers. Birds singing. Frogs croaking. OK, you get it. I have spring fever - big time - and my kids do, too. So, now that spring is officially here (despite lingering snow on the ground), we have some fun must-dos. Treat our animal friends. We love this. We take a string,…

Itching to hit a few? Ready to show your little one why you love golf so much? Teach them a thing or two? OK, maybe you just want to get your kids interested in something besides video games. Either way, you can head over to The Dome, the year-round indoor golf establishment on Wehrle Drive. I know what you are thinking, my kids are too young. That's what I thought, …

We rarely do fast food. That being said, there are times we've stopped at McDonald's. And Emma, 5,  absolutely needed one of the must-have kid toys. For the most part, the toys make the trash within a few days. There is one exception, but it wasn't McDonald's. We stopped at Chick-fil-A on a recent trip to Florida, and would you believe the item that came with the k…

During the recent winter break, the spring-like temperatures got us outside. It was gorgeous and so much fun. Cabin fever was beginning to set in, so the sunshine was a breath of fresh air. Friends invited us on a play-date to check out the park at Wales Primary School.We had never been to Butterfly Park (4650 Woodchuck Road, East Aurora) and were happy to check it out. …

When my husband and I were planning our trip to Florida, our first decision was whether to drive or fly. After about a nano second, we decided that driving with our little ones was not a great idea. Our next decision was which airline to fly. We did some research and checked air fares across the board. Holy moly. For my husband, our daughters ages 2 and 5, and me it was…

We all know the winter-break is much needed for the kids - and it's usually a pretty fun week - as long as we keep them occupied. Otherwise, they're bored and on our nerves. My plan was to do a mixed list of indoor/outdoor fun. Well, Mother Nature foiled that plan. So, with warm temps continuing - here's a list of 10 fun things to do without snow. Let's start with insid…

Want a great way to keep the kids from climbing the walls at home? Take them to jump their little hearts out at Get Air in Cheektowaga. Yes, they absolutely will be jumping for joy. I can pretty much guarantee it. We are a fairly non-traditional family - as in our kids are 21, 20, 5 and 2. So finding something for everyone is a bit of a challenge. We found it at Get Air…

As parents, we all know that there isn't enough energy in us to fight every single fight. So, we pick our battles. It's actually a lot like life itself. We pick and choose what is worth the fight. Sometimes, we get it wrong. Sometimes, we get it right. This can be challenging when it comes to raising happy children. And yes, we all want happy children. Here's what I ask…

I am not a good cook. I'm average, at best, although, I do try. Still, I hope my kids are better in the kitchen. That's one of the reasons I was excited to take my daughter to a kids cooking class at Wegmans. We headed over to the store at 8270 Transit Road for a class on a Monday afternoon. The class is for kids ages 4 and older. I brought Emma, 5, to see what it was a…

The Buffalo Museum of Science has an awful lot to offer. The exhibits are always changing, there is so much to do and learn. It's fun for everyone and kids have a great time. And let's face it - getting our kids interested in science at a young age can only help them down the line. In addition to the exhibits, the museum offers a few cool classes for kids. So, on a c…

Hey moms, self-care is not selfish. There is nothing wrong about caring for yourself along with your family. The hustle and bustle of the holidays has died down. The tree is out to the curb and things are getting back to business as usual. This year, make that mean more time for you. It's a new year and we all have big plans. We all hope to do better, be better. For mom…

I feel like I'm always telling my kids things like "I used to do that when I was a little girl." or "I used to love that when I was little." I like when my kids like what I used to like. I'm not alone. When my 5-year-old recently announced that she wanted to play guitar, my husband began jumping for joy - in a cool musician kind of way. It's a great way to make memories…

As long as I can remember, taking my kids ice skating has always been a favorite part of what can be a dreaded Buffalo winter. Once you lace up and bundle up, not much can beat it. You don't even have to be out there all that long. In fact the kids tire rather quickly. Still, there's something about that time on the ice. Your little sweetie doing her best to balance. Th…

Once the ball drops so do our good-intended resolutions. Yep, Christmas is barely over and the commercials are already running non-stop for weight-loss, gym memberships, financial advisers. They're all ready to help us. Or maybe help themselves. At any rate,  my resolutions rarely work out, and I know I'm not alone. I've read that roughly 80 percent of Americans make r…

Baby, it's cold outside. And babies, of course are tiny, fragile and need the most protection from the chill. That being said, those heavy, bulky coats might be even more dangerous to your baby and small children, than the elements. That is why experts are reminding parents of some very important information concerning your children and their car seats. New York State P…