What’s In a Name?

IMG_7040Welles, Wellesley (her actual full name), Wellie, Welsie, we have run the gamut of nicknames already for this baby. I think we all have a favorite: I call her Welles, Levy calls her Wellie, Jack likes the full formal name Wellesley, and Talley just calls her “Baby”. Finn and Sean are partial to Wellsie. We shall see which one sticks…

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My Mom Life: Tara


For the next few weeks some Mamatoga readers are going to be giving us a glimpse into their lives as mothers in the My Mom Life series, this week, meet Tara…

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{Photos} Baby Wellesley Charlotte O’Keefe

IMG_6535Our new baby is here! She arrived on Monday morning and we are head over heels in love with her. A big thank you to Dr. Knoeller who has delivered three of my babies perfectly and the maternity ward staff at Saratoga Hospital for taking such good care of us while we were there. Having such a smooth transition back into new mommyhood has been so important for the whole family.

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Pick Your Own Strawberries 2016 {Local}


Strawberry picking season starts in June with some local spots opening up this weekend! There are a bunch of local places perfect for picking, here is a listing of some of the close by places for pick your own. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they are still picking that day as sometimes they run out of crops. We visited Hand Melon Farm for strawberry picking a few years ago (see the photos below) and had such a great time, with a very kid and family friendly environment.


Bowman Orchards
157 Sugar Hill Rd, Rexford.
(518) 371-2042
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun 12-5pm

Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich
(518) 692-2376
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
(low spray)***
They will open for strawberry pick you own this Friday June 10th! Picking will be limited at first with the best picking the following 2 weekends. $2.75/lb
Hours: 8-6 Monday- Friday
8-5 Saturday & Sunday
Bring your own containers or use theirs!

Ariel’s Farm
194 Northern Pines Rd, Gansevoort
(518) 584-2189

Winney’s Farm
113 Winney Rd Schuylerville
(518) 695-5547

Altamont Orchards
6654 Dunnsville Rd, Altamont
(518) 861-6515

Engelke Farm
463 Garfield Rd, Troy
(518) 275-8433
(a no spray farm)***

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Rd, Altamont
PYO Strawberries has started


Whatever recipe you decide to make with all of your freshly picked strawberries, I urge you to make at least one with some homemade whipped cream. There are few summer desserts better than a slice of angel food or pound cake, a dollop of homemade whipped cream and some fresh strawberries…xoxo

***These terms refer to the application of pesticides, if there is no information next to the orchard listed that doesn’t necessarily mean they do or do not use spray, please contact those places for specific spray questions.

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Baby Welles

13419221_10153646344018715_233855605890150315_nBaby Wellesley Charlotte O’Keefe arrived on June 6th happy and healthy. Thank you all for the well wishes! xoxo

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Screenshot 2016-06-05 11.55.50click the photo above to find out what’s happening locally for kids and families this week in the Saratoga area at Mini City

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The POP Club for Kids at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

timthumb.phpclick the photo above to learn more about this free program happening on Wednesdays at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

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My Mom Life: Caitlin


Hi Mamatoga readers! My name is Caitlin Lewis, I have been married to my husband Shane Lewis coming up on 11 years and we have 2 boys, Bryson (8) and Chase (4) and our favorite family dog Casey! I’m a working mom as a Marketing Specialist at a local company, Guyson Corporation.

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What to Do this Weekend?

indexMini City has you covered. Click the photo above to see The Kids List.

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Feeling all the Feels (Last Week of Pregnancy)


My husband asked me this morning how I was feeling, knowing that I was perched precariously on an “all the feelings” edge (also exasperated by the fact that I can’t decide on what to eat, obviously a big pregnancy problem). I told him that I am a bundle of nerves and wonder and worry and happiness and frustration and impatience and possibly every single emotion I am capable of feeling all in one moment, and for a second I worried that he might run out of the room immediately and go into hiding under an assumed name until it’s time to have this baby, but luckily he didn’t flee, and let me laugh and cry for a second about how over this pregnancy I am but how sad at the same time I will be that it is over. Makes sense, right?

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