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Mary Friona-Celani

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.


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We’ve taken our girls to quite a few of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's kid-friendly events at Kleinhans Music Hall over the past three or so years. We went to the Halloween Symphonic Spooktacular, the Cirque de la Symphonie at the BPO,  Peter Rabbit and Other Tales, and a few others. Every time - very single time - my girls have had the best time. The shows are…

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I’ve always loved fall. Everything about it. It’s no longer the beginning of the school year, and it’s not quite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. (Regardless of what the big-box stores seem to think.) Fall is that time between where things are kind of chill; where you’re not exactly running around like a mad-person. Not all the time, anyway. I feel l…

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Kids love to dress up for Halloween, so here's a great opportunity for them to wear their costume over and over. Hey, maybe you won't feel so bad about spending a small fortune on it or taking months to make it from scratch. Or if your kids are like mine, they can't make up their mind and end up with more than one costume. Here are eight events that are fun, family-f…

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Summer can be a fun, exciting and care-free time for kiddos. And, unfortunately, it's winding down quickly. It'll be back to the books for kids shortly and that means it's transition time. My sweet Emma is heading off to kindergarten and I am a wreck wondering how she will go from this beautiful summer of sleeping in and hanging out, to a rigid schedule of reading, writing…

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I know, I'm sorry. I don't mean to rush things, but I mean we are more than halfway through August. That being said, there is plenty of time to squeeze in some must-dos with your little ones. If you haven't done the three things listed here - I'd encourage you to try your best to fit them in. Your kids will thank you. Head to Canalside There's just so much to at Cana…

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When you’re a mom, you come last. Dead last. Eating meals. Showering. Getting dressed. Going to the bathroom. Everything. Every. Single. Thing. Dead. Last. So you adjust.  You learn to deal with it. You move quickly, accept that you'll barely have time to put on your shoes, let alone mascara. So, you deal. I had a morning like that not too long ago. It was …

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Summer is flying by, so don't miss out on the many free activities in the area. Here's a guide to a free family-friendly event for every day in August. Aug. 1  Movies at Canalside. Enjoy a family movie outdoors. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; concessions will be available. This week's movie, starting at about 8:30 p.m., is the adorable feature "Trolls." Au…

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Anyone who knows me knows that my kids are my life. I would do anything for them. And I basically do. But I'm not afraid to admit (OK, maybe I'm a little afraid) that my marriage is my top priority. Please don't fire up the hate-mail yet - let me explain. If you have a bad marriage, you're likely stressed, unhappy and maybe even clinically depressed. There's no doubt th…

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One thing is certain, we have to soak up the amazing Buffalo summers before they're gone. There are plenty of things to do, many of them are free. Don't believe it? Here's a list with a free event each day, all month long. Free. Zip. Nothing. Nil. So don’t go broke savoring the summer, follow our guide to free fun. July 1  Old Falls Street. Games, arts and craf…

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Sometimes in the busy world we live in, there's a need to slow down and maybe get a taste of farm living for a few hours. My kids love animals and being outside, so for us, it's always fun to head over to Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence. The farm is a family-operated business that takes pride in showing off its adorable animals and teaching about what life's really like on …

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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…