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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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Whenever someone comes up with a good business idea I always feel a pang of jealousy run through me as I wonder why I hadn't thought of it first. That's sort of how I felt when visiting Shear Madness with my girls. They claim to cater to kids,  and they really do. I was surprised. Pleasantly. It's a small store in a little plaza on Sheridan Drive. I brought my gi…

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It's hard to believe that this year is almost over. I think we all say that every year, proving how quickly time flies. Before we know it, we are celebrating Christmas, New Year's Eve, and bam, it's a brand new year. This is the time of year when I spend a ton of time planning birthdays for my four fall girls, then it's shop-til-we-drop, and the hustle and bustle of the…

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This election craziness really does put parents in a tough position. To be honest, I had no clue that my 4-year-old was paying any attention at all. Then, one day during the primary, there was something on the news about Florida. A reporter talking about Donald Trump said something about it being a close race in Florida between "the two men." That's when Emma looked up fro…

There's nothing scary about having a ball with your kids this Halloween weekend, and not spending any money. And it's absolutely possible. With a myriad of events taking place all over Buffalo and beyond, your kids will love the fun and you'll love the cost. Oct. 27 Galleria of Treats. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walden Galleria. This is an annual event that the kids al…

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As a feature writer, I often do reviews on family-friendly places to bring the kiddos. That's why I headed over to Lothlorien, a stable close to my home in East Aurora. I brought my four girls and assumed we'd check out their horse-back riding lessons and be on our way. Boy was I wrong. What they do goes way beyond horsing around. This place is making life better for ch…

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Fall is such a special time of year. It’s not too busy, not too cold and there is so much to do. It’s an exciting time for kids – picking out their Halloween costumes and playing outside before the snow falls. The only problem is that fall will be over before we know it, so we have to enjoy it while it lasts. Here are some of our favorite fall activities. Visit a farmer…

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Wanna hear something scary? According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend - are you ready - a whopping $8.4 billion this Halloween with $3.1 billion on costumes alone. Crazy. And fun, I guess. I mean who doesn't love a few headstones on the front lawn mixed in nicely with some scarecrows, maybe a witch or two, and those must-have pumpkins. It's all goo…

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Looking to have fall family photos shot? Wondering what colors are best to wear? Or where you should go? What kind of backdrop? Me too. That's why I asked for help. David Barone-Vu has been shooting professional photos for about five years. I asked for some advice on capturing the best moments with family during the fall season. Whether you are hiring a professional or d…

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It's been a beautiful fall so far, and it's only just begun. One thing is certain – there is no shortage of fall fun to be found. And this weekend might be the biggest and best all season long, with a variety of options and something for everyone. Canalside Fall Fest 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Canalside There is always something fun to do Canalside, but it really kick…

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Pumpkins, apples and fun. We took a chance on a trip to Zittel's Country Market in Hamburg, not knowing what we'd find. I guess I thought it was just a place to buy produce. Boy was I wrong. It was a riot. For fall, Zittel's goes all out with things for the kids with some free fun available during store hours. It has a super neat straw maze. Not just a little maze, either…

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It's fall y'all! And who doesn't love pumpkin picking, hayrides, and apple cider. We are pretty lucky too, with so many fun places to visit during this spectacular time of year. Hopefully, we will make it to most of them - but we started off with The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. It was a gorgeous weekday and we headed over. We've been there on weekends - but to be hone…

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Yep. It’s true. Looks like walking down memory lane on a regular basis, is a good thing. Local psychologist, Dr. Sandy Jensen summed it up like this, “Being nostalgic is good for you to the extent that it makes you feel happy or content or connected to others who share the same memories.” Whew. We aren't coo-coo if we keep talking about the past. For us moms and dads who…

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There sure are a lot of fun fall activities for families. One of our favorites are those sometimes-impossible-to-get-out-of corn mazes. My little ones - 20 months and age 4 -  love the small ones, and my big girls, ages 19 and 20, love the big ones. They're fun, you have to use a little brain power, and it gets everyone outside. First, here are a few things to keep in min…

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Yep, you read that right, go to a museum for free. Just one day, but still it's pretty cool. We love free. Here's the deal. "Museum Day Live" is Sept. 24. It is sponsored by Smithsonian magazine which offers free tickets to participating museums across the country. Just go smithsonian.com and plug in your zip code. Then print the tickets which are good for two people. (If…

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I don't know how you feel about kids and iPads, tablets or smartphones. Heck, I'm not even sure how I feel about it. But, I'm a realist and I know my 4-year-old will get online now and again. So, I say, if she's going to be on "the pad" as she calls it, she might as well do some learning. I mean, if I'm being honest - she's used my iPad since she was about 18-months old. …