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.

Parents have to get out sometimes. We need alone time, date nights and shopping trips without kids hanging on our hips. That basically means we have to rely on babysitters. We have to leave our children, our precious, beautiful children with people that aren't us. It's always tough. I feel so grateful to have found some really nice, reliable and sweet sitters. It's toug…

It's tick season and it seems like we hear about Lyme disease everyday. I live in a very wooded area which means I worry all the time. I thought I was being a bit of a worry-wart, so I asked our pediatrician. It turns out she worries, too. Dr. Jennifer Miller is on staff at Western New York Pediatrics and she's also a mom. "I have three kids of my own and I worry about …

There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids? The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's …

It's another thing to worry about, right? Kids and their screens - television, tablet, phone, computer - all of them. I know I'm not telling you something you didn't already know. As a mom of four girls, I watch and worry. I talk about my days growing up on 17th Street in the Falls when I'd play outside all day, come in only when the the lights came on. They've heard it a …

There are many wonderful places to picnic in the Buffalo area. Countless parks to make countless memories. But beyond the location and having some little sweeties to share it with, there’s not much needed for a perfect picnic. The trick is to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Here are ten things to include in your picnic basket. Sunscreen. In my opinion, it…

I remember hearing about "Star Wars" Night at Coca-Cola Field last year. Seemed cool, but I never got around to getting tickets. My 5-year-old is a huge fan, so I remember wanting to get tickets, but, as things often do, it slipped my mind. Then, I remember being super mad when I saw all of the pictures on Facebook. It seemed like every one of my friends had gone. And h…

I've lived here my entire life, but had never been to Griffis Sculpture Park. It seemed like it was too far away, or too much walking for my kids, or maybe just not family friendly. Boy was I wrong. One day, my girls and I decided to take the drive. It was about 45-minutes from our East Aurora home. The Park is in Cattaraugus County between Ashford Hollow and East Ot…

If your kids are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, they'll be thrilled to hear this: Thomas is chugging into town. The annual "Day Out with Thomas: Friendship Tour 2017" will zip into Medina, giving little engineers a chance to head to the mainline for some family fun. "Day Out With Thomas" includes a 25-minute ride to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway.…

The weather is great, isn't it? The temperature is warming up into the 50s and 60s. I love it. My kids do, too. Sure they're very much looking forward to the dog days of summer, but a nice spring is a step in the right direction. Now, it's time to visit some of our favorite spots. We like free places, mainly because my 2-year-old, Ella, doesn't like to stay in one place ve…

If you've never heard of "Music with Mar," it's a national program that brings music and learning to kids. Classes are designed for children ages 6 months through 6 years to teach educational concepts through music. And it's a whole lot of fun, too. There are dozens of different classes around, taught by different teachers, but they all follow the same basic idea - use …

It is an amazing, rewarding honor to raise children, but it's also challenging, frustrating, hard work. There are countless parenting books - I've read many of them - that give you advice, guidance and tips for making things easier. For raising nice children. Happier children. Healthier children. They tell you how to bathe, feed, discipline and educate your children. …

When my kids ask me who my favorite child is - and they ask often - I always maintain the same stance. I do not have a favorite. I love them all the same. Exactly. I remember my older girls counting pictures on our walls, after we had Emma, to see who was in more. It’s a true story. Thank goodness, miraculously, there was an even amount for each child. Whew. Same with Ch…

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…