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Here’s to you who don’t.
Here’s to you who co-sleep.
Here’s to you who won’t.
I applaud those of you who forgo the epidural.
I am one of you that gave in.
I say brava to you natural birthers.
And rock on those of you with a section.
Some of us feed our kids nuggets and hot dogs.
Some of us do vegan organic.
Some of us say no no no to tv.
For some, if the iPad dies we panic.
And yet, all of us cry when our kids feel pain.
All of us struggle and doubt.
The no sleep, the stomach bugs, the potty training, the school breaks.
The tween years, the teen years, the dramas, the heartbreaks.
But the real fact is we are in it together.
We are mothers, let’s support and let’s share.
Because when they are grown, we’ll have that moment of feeling alone…
For you fellow mom friends, (bringing wine) I’ll be there. xoxo
This week join Saratoga City Ballet as they follow Alice down the Rabbit Hole and the antics that ensue in this exuberant ballet full of unexpected surprises. Performances are happening Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th but here on Mamatoga I have tickets for the exclusive, invitation only dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, May 9th at 6pm at the Skidmore College Dance Theater! I have four tickets (two sets of two) to give away, all you have to do is comment below to enter. Such a fun and special evening with you and your daughter, I’ll be there with my little Lev, we can’t wait! Winners can just pick up their tickets at the box office on the day of the performance. Comment now to win and I will draw two random winners on Wednesday! To purchase tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances, click right here. xoxo
Our very own Lovely Luna will be in front of Impressions of Saratoga tomorrow for Saratoga’s Dog Day representing CANDi International and Putt for the Pups! Luna will be out and about to raise funds for CANDi International and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.
CANDi is dedicated to saving the lives of stray cats and dogs in Mexico and the Caribbean through spay, neuter, adoption and educational programs, supported and funded by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers, and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue is a not for profit volunteer organization providing foster homes for dogs to live until their forever homes are found. Help us raise funds for these very worthy organizations, and meet our sweet little Luna! xoxo
Lexi Gurka, just 3 years old, was recently diagnosed with a rare type of Lymphoma. She has a long road ahead with chemotherapy treatments but with the help of her family, friends and community, Lexi will be back to feeling great soon!
Please join them Sunday, May 5th, at The Putnam Den for the Love for Lexi event! From 1-6pm enjoy great music, food and festivities, including a silent auction with amazing items like Dave Matthew tickets, NY Yankee tickets, professional photography, a dinner at home for 4-8 people cooked by Chef Graham of Max London’s (YUM), plus so much more!
New York Players
… with special guest appearances by:
Garland Nelson – Soul Session
Justin Joyner – Gravity
J Yager – Audiostars
Jill Hughes – Body & Soul
Chris Dollard – City Rhythm
Todd Hanhurst – Refrigerators
Becky Walton – Big Medicine
Cost is just $20 at the door and all proceeds will go to Lexi’s treatment and other related expenses. Donations are also accepted, click here to contribute and click here for the facebook event link. Have any questions? Email: email@example.com.
I am a bona fide horse lover, from polo to the backstretch I want to see it all and do it all. I grew up riding horses and still try to find time to get in the saddle myself, and love watching the kids ride (they’re both going to horse camp at North Country Horses this year). While I haven’t had a lot of luck finding time to ride in the meantime I still love going to shows, and one of my all time favorite ones is the Saratoga Springs Horse Show. Located right across from the track and Yaddo the show runs from Wednesday, May 1st to Sunday, May 5th with a second show running from May 8th to May 12th.
The Saratoga Springs Horse Show is the first outdoor USEF AA Rating and USEF Jumper 4 Rating Show in the Northeast and features Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation classes held in three rings. The show has a long history operating continuously since 1960 and the 2013 show will be their 54th consecutive show!
We bring the kids every year and it is a tradition in our house to make it over there at least once. Admission to the Saratoga Springs Horse Show is just $3 for adults with children under 12 free and tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate. This is such a fun event to bring the whole family to, you can walk around under the trees and watch the riders in the rings, grab a little lunch and pick up something horsey at the vendor tents.
They do the shows Wednesday through Sunday for this week and next week and they start at approximately 8am and they wrap up around 4pm. The main event is the Grand Prix on Saturday at 3pm for both this Saturday and next Saturday, but they pretty much continuously have showing going on throughout the days though all day so you are guaranteed to see some great horsey fun any time.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available and they’ll have great equine apparel, horse care products, show photography and more! I always have to pick up a souvenir shirt or other remembrance of the show at the souvenir tent too. One year I got a little boat and tote bag and we always get the kids t-shirts every year. Make sure to stop by, it’s a Saratoga tradition you don’t want to miss. Check out some of my photos from last year…
Congress Park is just beautiful, and yesterday because of the nice weather it was filled with people. We decided to take our dinner outdoors and brought along a kite and bubbles and let the kids run wild through the park, blowing bubbles and making new friends. There is nothing quite like watching little kids explore a park. Shoes got kicked off, knees got dirty, ducks were chased. It definitely reminded me why I love this city so much. We ended the night with a little bedtime Cirque du Soleil training, the perfect way to finish off a great weekend…xoxo
After touring the Healthy Living Market in Wilton Mall, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new legislation that would expand markets for farmers and increase the availability of nutritious locally-grown food for consumers. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would help New York farmers by addressing production, aggregation, marketing and distribution needs while helping consumers access and afford fresh, nutritious food.
“By investing in local and regional agriculture, we are investing in healthy economies and healthy communities,” said Senator Gillibrand, the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades. “This legislation would promote sustainable agriculture, expands access to credit and markets for Capital Region and New York farmers, and increases access to local, affordable fresh produce for our communities.”
“Working with local farmers and producers is something Healthy Living is famous for,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, Owner and General Manger of Healthy Living Market. “We started almost 30 years ago buying a few cucumbers and tomatoes at a time from tiny farms with no outlets to sell to, and have grown to be one of the largest buyers and sellers of local products. We are so thrilled that Senator Gillibrand has made this bill a priority, because the more support and love we can give to local farmers and producers, the better.”
“I appreciate the dedicated work and on-going support Senator Gillibrand demonstrates for local farms in the Capital Region,” said Justine Denison of Denison Farm in Schaghticoke. “We, consumers and farmers, all benefit from programs and assistance that create multiple means to produce and make accessible healthy food for all. This legislation sets us on the path to do just that.”
Aimed at helping more farmers sell their products directly to consumers, the legislation would create jobs by assisting farmers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. It would also ensure that consumers – particularly low-income families and seniors – have better access to nutritious, locally-grown food. Direct-to-consumer agriculture sales produce $1.2 billion in annual revenues.
Local and regional agriculture is a major economic driver in the farm economy. While in 1970 farmers markets were few and far between, there are now almost 8,000 farmers markets throughout the United States. There has been an increase in the number of farmers markets of more than 150 percent since 2000. On the heels of that expansion, we are witnessing the rapid growth of local food markets that have scaled up beyond direct marketing and a renewal of mid-tier regional food system enterprises. According to USDA, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. Together these markets represent important new job growth and economic development opportunities.
The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act will support job creation by improving federal farm bill programs that support local and regional farm and food systems. This legislation will help farmers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. This legislation will also assist consumers by improving access to healthy food and direct and retail markets. This legislation will provide more secure funding for critically important programs that support family farms, expand new farming opportunities, and invest in the local agriculture economy.
I just adore TOMS, simple and stylish, these canvas shoes are a sartorial staple in my closet and I wear them nearly every day. Besides being a great addition to any wardrobe the TOMS wearer also shows a charitable side when slipping these on, because for every pair purchased, a pair of TOMS is delivered to a child in need. TOMS have been delivered to children in Argentina, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, the United States and more, and the company is expanding to include eyewear and apparel too.
TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie first visited Argentina while competing in the second season of The Amazing Race with his sister in 2002. He returned there on vacation in January 2006, where he noticed that the local polo players were wearing a form of shoes called alpargatas; a simple canvas slip-on shoe that he himself began to wear. The shoes have also been worn by Argentine farmers for hundreds of years and were the inspiration for the classic style of TOMS shoes.Later in the trip he was doing some volunteer work in the outskirts of Buenos Aires when he noticed that many of the children were running through the streets barefooted. Blake learned that the lack of shoes was a problem that had a serious impact upon these youth, threatening the ability of the children to go to school, prevent infection, and so forth. After discovering that a lack of shoes was a wider problem in Argentina and other developing countries than just this one community, he decided that he wanted to develop a kind of alpargata for the North American market, with the caveat that for every pair sold he would provide a new pair of shoes free of charge to the shoeless youth of Argentina and other developing nations.
I got together with Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio to host a TOMS Style Your Sole party, where we will order plain white canvas TOMS in any size you choose (kids sizes too!) and have a big party painting them together on Thursday, May 23rd. The talented artists at Paint & Sip will help us all create something really unique and special, and it’ll be a really fun (and stylish) way to help provide shoes for kids in need. For every pair purchased a pair will be donated. There are only a few spots left for the party so snap them up now before it is sold out! Click right here to register and don’t forget to put your size in. Need inspiration? Click here for some cool images from a Style Your Sole Party and see the images below to get the ideas going. You can put a quote on your TOMS, a character, make them abstract, minimalist, whatever YOU want, make it your own. There will be some special surprises that night too, you won’t want to miss them, see you there! xoxo