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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.


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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 re…

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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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When you think of an art museum filled with priceless works of art, you might think it would be a little - I don't know - maybe stuffy? But, not the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. At least I've never felt that way, and I've been bringing my kids there for many years. The staff is always so friendly. They want to engage children, they'd love to create art lovers, future memb…

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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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Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree? It’s as wonderful as the holiday itself. Sure, you can get a can of pine-scented spray or a fragrant candle, but is it really the same? Obviously, the folks at Lindstrom’s Farm in Hamburg say no way. Linda Lindstrom, who has been pushing pines for 27 years, said there are two reasons folks buy real trees: the s…

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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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It really is a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is just that - a time to give thanks and a time to do some giving. It's a time when you can stop and think about all that you have to be thankful for. A time to reflect on years past, and wonder about what is to come. It's a time to show your family and friends how much you love them. Let's be honest: During the re…

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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,…