SPAC Family Tickets Giveaway: Pixar Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra 8/8

Pixar-In-ConcertThis is such a fun and special family event at SPAC with The Philadelphia Orchestra, it’s Pixar in Concert! On August 8th at 8pm, join them for a multimedia presentation featuring a montage from the soundtracks of Pixar’s acclaimed films, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and UP! Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the performance, and with Mamatoga you can go for free!

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Saratoga Race Course: Opening Day {Photos}

IMG_5949Opening Day of the Saratoga Race Course is usually a bit of a marathon for me, a little bit of work, a little bit of play, and a lot of walking in heels. A LOT. We like to bring the kids for Opening Day, so Sean and I will usually trade off with the kids while I attend the Whitney Luncheon and then we meet up with friends all over, up in Turf Terrace, down in the Clubhouse, it is sort of like a mini reunion and I love seeing everyone again.

This year Jack loved seeing the horses up close and personal in the paddock, and we managed to avoid getting caught up in the storm that at one point forced all of the horses off the track for a few minutes. In all of the rush I forgot to make any bets, but I will make up for it at some point over the next few weeks…

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Family Camping? Sort Of.

John C. MaxwellThere are photos from when my oldest brother was a baby camping with my parents, in an actual tent, in the actual woods, when he was an actual baby (in the 70s and my mom’s super long hair was amazing). I like to point this out because camping with a baby is not really in my wheelhouse, and camping with four kids, including one baby who literally just started walking and one Jack, is also not in my wheelhouse. Instead, we like to “rough it” in a cabin in Vermont. Indoors? Yes. Electricity? Yes. TV and electronics? No. Wifi? No. Iced coffee? Not far away. That’s about as rough as we get. There’s a fire pit out front so we can have the feel of camping, a lake just a three minute walk away, and you can sleep with the windows open and it is almost like being in a tent. Except, you know, not as tent-y.

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My Can’t Live Without Summer Product

STOCKWe’ve family field tested it for weeks now and I have to say I will NEVER buy a different kind of this again.

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Family Nights, Concerts, Kids in Free & More

OutfittersWhere? Find it all right here on the Mamatoga Calendar! Have an event you’d like to see featured? Email me at jenny@mamatoga.com!

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Kids and Manners: Where do you Stand?

d e v e l o p m e n T(1)Life with four kids can get hectic at times, but there is always one constant that I am a stickler about, and that is manners. Some of the first words I teach the kids are “Please” and “Thank You”, and even though my oldest is going into fourth grade we still have to do the reminder “What do you say?” at least once a day.

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Mamatoga’s Guide to the Saratoga Race Course 2015

racecourse-1024x649The Saratoga Race Course is one of the world’s finest sports venues, and it is a fantastic day out for families as well right here in our very own city. There are many different ways to do the track as a family, and I’ve got the definitive Saratoga Guide for taking the family to a day at the races!

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Mamatoga is 4!

mamatogais 4!Four years ago today I published my first ever post as Mamatoga, Saratoga Springs first parenting website, and I couldn’t be happier to still be sharing and posting today! I absolutely love what I do, and I want to thank all of you for reading and supporting Mamatoga through the years, as well as all of my amazing sponsors and advertisers for making it possible to continue writing. Thank you so much! xoxo

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WEEKEND GUIDE

WEEKEND(1)Click the photo above to see the complete local family weekend guide, and click the calendar below to get the whole glance at July. Happy weekend guys! xoxo

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Should You Take Your Kids to the Opera? {Yes, and Here’s Why}

levyWith four kids, finding one on one time with each of them isn’t the easiest thing, which is why I jumped at the chance when Opera Saratoga invited us to attend a matinee performance of La Cenerentola (Cinderalla, in Italian) and to do another “Kid Review” like we had originally done a couple years back for their very fun H.M.S. Pinafore.

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