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.

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…

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…