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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 a cr…

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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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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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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. …

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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…

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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 …

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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, …

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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…

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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…

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Don’t blink. Christmas will be over. Every year - without fail – December flies by. So every December I vow to try and slow things down, live in the moment and enjoy the season. It's easy to get caught up, to rush, to forget that family is what is most important. We have some favorite things that we do as a family, to enjoy the season a bit more. Remember the re…

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Ah, the lights of Broadway are so shiny, so amazing and so expensive. But, we want our kids to love the theater. We want them to appreciate the arts, learn to love music and dance, and be well-rounded humans. But, we don't want to go broke getting there. Buffalo's theater scene is pretty amazing. But, there's not all that much that directed at kids. And tickets can be p…

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It's nearly impossible to keep up with. Everyday, your child brings home mounds of papers. Beaming, she hands you the pile to look through, urging you to hang it all up in just the perfect place. You tell your little one how proud you are and that you will surely hang it up (you might even put one on the refrigerator right away). Then, you put the pile on the counter an…

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I usually have a "December 1st rule." Meaning, I usually wait until Dec. 1 before I celebrate Christmas. No decorations. No shopping. No merry. Just Mary. This year, I broke my rule to review "The North Pole Express" train ride at the Arcade and Attica Railroad.  I needed to get on board to let folks know what it's all about. Well, it is fabulous. We knew it was goin…

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Let's face it, it's no fun grocery shopping with kids. Especially when the list is long. Back in the day, I used to shop at Wegmans and bring my kids to WKids. I remember it made things easier for me to get what we needed. But, alas my girls grew up and weren't quite as difficult or were just too busy to make a grocery run with their mother. Now, with little ones again,…