Symphoria CNY in one word? Amazing!

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We had such a blast at Symphoria this past weekend and the kids (and us!) can’t wait to get to another performance. The orchestra is captivating and the talent of all the musicians was evident. Conducted by the very personably and welcoming Lawrence Loh, Symphoria transported the audience through a variety of scores. The Cirque de la Symphonie dazzled and, quite often, made us hold our breath as the artist climbed a fabric ladder and literally flew above us & the orchestra.

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Save $5 for Disney Live!

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Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt

Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast,and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories. Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.

When: November 15, 2015

Where: ‘The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater’

Save $5 on select seats when you enter code MOM2. Restrictions and additional charges may apply. Subject to availability. Not valid on premium seats. Offer expires on 9/30/15. Valid online only.

Symphoria Ticket Giveaway!

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Symphoria began the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a performance of “Symphonie Fantastic” at the Crouse Hinds Theater. Holiday Pops, Meet the Orchestra and An Afternoon with Itzhak Perlman are only a few of this exciting lineup!

The concerts are being held at different venues and new collaborations with Disney are only a few of the changes for this season. For all concerts, kids under 18 are free and college students are $5 with their student ID. View the full line up of events on the Symphoria website.

We are hosting a giveaway!

 Win a four-pack of vouchers to any performance during the 2015-16 season.

Winner announced Sunday, September 27th. Please post here (or on our Facebook page) and simply tell us which instrument you wished you had learned to play as a kid. We just had this discussion today– I was stuck with the flute and wanted to play the drums or piano!



Free Skating on Wednesdays at Clinton Square

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs has announced a partnership with Excellus/Blue Cross Blue Shield and Pathfinder Bank which will bring free ice skating to Clinton Square on Wednesday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“We appreciate when the business community partners with the Parks Department to provide opportunities like this to the community,” said Baye Muhammad, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. “I appreciate the contributions of both Excellus and Pathfinder Bank who made this possible.”
Through underwriting from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, skaters will be able to enjoy free admission to the downtown ice rink on Wednesdays in January and March 4 and 11. Pathfinder Bank, which has recently opened a branch in the Pike Block in downtown, will underwrite free admission to the rink on Wednesday evenings in February.
“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to partner with the City of Syracuse to help fund free skating in Clinton Square this winter,” said Arthur Vercillo, M.D., regional president, Excellus/BlueCross BlueShield. “As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health insurer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield strives to live up to its mission of continually seeking ways to improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities it serves. Free ice skating in downtown Syracuse will give thousands of people an opportunity to get more physical activity and increase their ability to stay healthy during the winter months.”
The Clinton Square Ice Rink, located in the heart of Downtown Syracuse, serves over 20,000 skaters each year. It operates annually from November through March. Skate rental is $3.00. More information about the rink, including full hours of operation and group rate fees, can be found at the City of Syracuse Department of Parks website at

Disney on Ice was a blast!

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On the drive home my husband and I couldn’t decide if watching the kids as they watched the show was better than the show itself! We all had a blast and enjoyed Disney on Ice. The skating was, of course, impressive, but the costumes really were spectacular. It seemed that everyone had a favorite character to wave at as they skated onto the ice.

Loved the music!

Loved the music!

There were numerous snippets of Disney movies such as Cars, Toy Story 3 and The Little Mermaid. The show lasted 2 hours with a decent size intermission between each (2) 45-minute half. Smaller kids were getting a little fidgeting near the end and we saw a few sacked out fans being carried out of the War Memorial!


Tow-Mater in the House!


Don’t miss out on flying fairy Godmothers, zooming race cars and skating potato heads!  Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy is presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and shows are held today through Sunday, January 4th.  On Jan. 1, tickets for nonpremium seats are $5 off. Order tickets here. Happy New Year!


Disclosure: Feld Entertainment provide me with tickets for the opening show of Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice Giveaway!

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Disney On Ice presents The Worlds of Fantasy! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, the show is coming to the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse Wednesday, Dec. 31 to Sunday, Jan. 4.

Rev up for nonstop fun with your beloved Disney characters from Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt will take audiences from wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, with dazzling skating, special effects and stunts certain to create a lifetime of memories.

We are giving away a (4) pack to see the show on Opening Day, December 31st at noon. To be entered in the giveaway, comment on this post about your favorite character or their kids’ favorite character from these four Disney stories. Winner will be announced December 28th. Deadline to enter the contest is midnight, December 27th. Tickets were provided by Feld Entertainment.


Win Fair Tickets (with parking!)

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The Fair kicks off tomorrow and they have generously given us 2 general admission tickets with parking ($25 value)!

NYS_Logo_Color-014Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair. Students 16 and under are admitted free on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Let us know what your favorite part of the Great New York State Fair is in the comments. We’ll pick a winner Friday at 10:00am. Winner will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond before we choose another winner.   Tickets and parking pass will be at the Will Call window at Gate 1 for the winner to pick up upon their arrival at the Fair.

Ready, set, go!

Baby Food Workshop

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Batches of Baby Food
Saturday January 11 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Dewitt Community Church | 3600 Erie Blvd. East

For moms of young children, we will be gathering to make loads of baby food to freeze! $15 includes a variety of vegetables and fruits that we’ll be cooking and pureeing to freeze for babies. Squeeze pouches provided, but please bring your own containers (freezer-friendly) to fill and bring home. Also, feel free to bring your little one. There will plenty of moms to help cook and care for kids! Email Rebecca to sign up at or call 464-0224

Flatout Bread Giveaway

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Flatout Bread asked me to give their products a try and create ways to enjoy them at home. So far we did make-your-own burritos (big hit), tuna and/or chicken roll ups with spinach, tomato and Kerry Gold cheese and, the favorite? Pizza! We filled a tray with the toppings, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheeses, pesto and spinach & broccoli. Happily, those were eaten before the pizzas were even topped.

[Exhibit A]


The kids enjoyed making what they wanted and a bonus is that they crisp up really quickly in the 425 degree oven. I love ways that you can put out a host of ingredients and everyone has a hand in making their own meal.

You will want to visit the Flatout Bread Facebook page for some awesome ideas on way to use Flatout Bread. Today on twitter I will be checking in to hear about your favorite pizza toppings. You can win prizes from Flatout just for tweeting, use hashtag #flatoutgood and be sure to let me know, @cnymamas.

Flatout Bread is giving away a $50 Walmart gift card so you can pick up our own to try at home!

Giveaway details:
*Giveaway runs 12/24 through Monday 12/30/13, 7PM EST.
*Winner must respond to email within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
*Only One Name entry per household and you must be 18 years or holder.

The $50 Walmart gift card was provided by Flatout Bread products. Everything I wrote in this post is 100% my opinion. Flatout compensated me for my time with promotional product.

Craft Tray

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Simple idea that has already entertained the kids (and during a play date!) this weekend. I picked up the craft items at the dollar store, AC Moore when I had coupons and added in odds & ends that we had laying around the house. The plastic tray is also from the dollar store, but you can use smaller bowls or another divided container.

The open-ended manner in which the supplies are given to the kids truly lead to some cute crafts. Having these supplies on hand will help keep us busy over the holiday break.