A Saratoga TODAY Publication
Park & Playground
Summer Beauty Essentials Saratoga's Racetrack Then & Now
Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty
s the school bell tolls for the final time this year, we run hard out of school and straight into summer. I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing staff, administrators and teachers who had to grind it out all year. We know how hard your job is and we truly thank you for your dedication to our children. Mama’s of school-aged kids, summer can be tough to balance fun and responsibility. Dr. Cale is back with some great tips on how to do just that on page 44. Our park and playground guide features tons of local places for free play, including the brand new Suzanne’s Park in Milton and the new splash pad feature at Gavin Park. Check out all the options on page 16. In the market for a new stroller? Check out the latest and greatest styles and discover the perfect fit for your growing family on page 25.
Our Summer Essentials will have you looking and feeling gorgeous (with very little effort!). Pages 29 - 33. The Saratoga Race Course kicks off on July 22nd. If you’re brand new to horse racing or a seasoned vet, check out page 46 for a peek into Saratoga’s rich racing history. As always, thank you for reading and for supporting the advertisers that make this publication possible. We are truly grateful. May your summer be filled with ice cream, sandy toes, giant
bubbles, dirty fingernails, rip-roaring adventures and quiet moments made in the shade.
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We just can’t get enough of Fritz, the miniature horse posing with our gorgeous cover model Dakota. Along for the fun is Ciarrai the pony and Snowflake the dog enjoying the sunshine at the beautiful Goodwin Farm. Equine photographer-extraordinaire Tracey Buyce captured this sweet moment. 4 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
Fritz wit h Tracey
Editor-in-Chief Colleen Pierre General Manager Robin Mitchell Managing Editor Jan Snedaker Creative Director Alyssa Jackson Advertising Erin Boucher Jim Daley Cindy Durfey Graphic Design Alyssa Jackson Andrew Ranalli Morgan Rook Photography Tracey Buyce Keira Lemonis Getty Images Published by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Five Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 tel: (518) 581-2480 SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com SaratogaMama is brought to you by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, Saratoga Publishing, LLC. Saratoga Publishing shall make every effort to avoid errors and omissions but disclaims any responsibility should they occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright © 2016, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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10 #AdoreAlert 30 Summer Beauty Essentials 62 Find a Farmers' Market
Find 25 51 60
Stroller Buying Guide The Ultimate Way to Spend the Day in Saratoga Summer Reading List From Northshire
22 40 46
Summer Favorites with Jodie Fitz Beach Survival Tips The Changing Face of Saratoga Racetrack
Play 16 35 66
Park & Playground Guide Birthday Party at Healthy Living Coloring Contest
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Our Contributors... Jenna Burger
Dr. Randy Cale
Jenna Burger is a local Interior Designer, Bloggers, Bargain Hunter, and avid DIYer who strives to inspire and empower others with her high-end look for less design approach. She shares daily inspiration and DIY projects on her blog, and delivers smart, stylish, and sophisticated design solutions to fit the needs and visions for each client's space. Visit Jenna at jennaburger.com
Dr. Cale is a Clifton Park-based parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist who offers practical, no-nonsense parenting advice for all ages. His website, terrificparenting.com, features hundreds of articles and dozens of parenting products that will help you achieve your goal of happier children and a peaceful home. Additionally, Dr. Cale also works with couples and provides individual counseling. He writes for many Capital Region publications including The Saratogian, The Record and The Community News. Submit questions to DrRandyCale@gmail.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Kristen Corbisiero is a Freelance Editor, writer, and project manager. This Mama doesn’t hibernate in the winter – she celebrates! You can find Kristen and her family outside enjoying skiing – both downhill and cross country, and sledding. This year, Kristen hopes to try snowshoeing and ice skating with her two eldest sons while her husband snuggles with their newborn inside by a cozy fire. Learn more about Kristen on her LinkedIn page at: www.linkedin.com/in/kcorbisiero.
Dr. Jennifer Smith
Ilissa Goman is a certified pediatric sleep coach and baby gear guru. She works families who are struggling to get their babies/toddlers/kids to sleep but are totally ready for a change. She gives parents the tools to make easy changes to bring sleep back into the home for everyone and restore the peace that once was. Ilissa lives with her husband and sassy two year old daughter in the Saratoga Springs area.
Jennifer Smith, MD, is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She moved to Saratoga Springs 3 years ago after receiving her Dermatology training in Texas and joined Saratoga Dermatology. She is married to Michael Smith, a Professor at Albany Medical College, and mother to 2 boys, Lucas (8) and Nicholas (6).
Jan Snedaker received a communication degree from Ithaca College and after switching gears for a while to become a special education teacher, she is following her passion; returning to her roots as a freelance writer and the creative director at SaratogaMama. Jan resides in Clifton Park with her husband and two adorable children.
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Brandon Dewyea Image Maven, Findyourmoxie.net Brandon works with men and women to help them feel comfortable and confident in their personal and professional attire. She believes there is great value in wearing items that make you feel smashing. Just the smallest addition can add so much for wherever your day leads you, this supports you standing a little taller, feeling a bit more confident and enjoying life that much more.
Jane is a locally based Astrologer. She started studying astrology at the age of 13 but took a detour by way of corporate America for 25+ years and to raise her sons, always keeping up her "star studies." Outside of guiding people of all ages on the virtues of their birth chart you'll find her setting up her telescope on her 8 acre rural home in Rensselaer County. You can catch up with her at womaninthemoonastrology.com
Jodie Fitz is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and currently travels in a six-state region cooking with children to encourage taste testing fun through a hands-on cooking experience. She is a wife, mother of three and currently authors several monthly columns. You can always find what she’s up to in her kitchen at jodiefitz.com.
Theresa St. John Theresa is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Saratoga Springs, New York. Even though history was not on her radar while in high school, she has a deep interest in all things historical now. She has been on assignment for several magazines and is published in both print and on-line venues. Last year she traveled to Ireland on assignment, which, she states " was a trip of a lifetime." She is the proud mom to two young men and Nonnie to 6 rescued dogs, 2 Chinchillas and a bird. Life is good, she says.
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By C olleen P ierre + Jan Snedaker, P hotos by Keira Lemonis
We wanted to show love to some exceptional local designers, artists, and businesses.These 'must-have' items will be your most treasured pieces for the summer. #AdoreAlert Bon-Bon : Handmade Clothing for Girls
“Every Unique Bon-Bon Creation Tells a Story, Every Story Makes a Memory”
alking in to Bon-Bon New York makes you feel like a kid in a fashion-coated candy shop. With all the beautiful colors, fabrics, and sparkling accessories, there is no way to choose just one! Specializing in handmade, original girls clothing, BonBon has something for every girl, from the ‘Design Your Own’ special occasion dresses to their signature cotton dresses, your little girl will love choosing an outfit that will surely become her favorite! Co-owners Lynette Lim and Audry Guan not only have an eye for beautiful girls clothing, they also know the importance of quality and comfort when it comes to dressing kids. Each piece is hand sewn with no buttons or zippers, allowing your little princess to slip her dress on and off with ease, and all of the Bon-Bon dresses are machine washable.
Shop: Visit Bon-Bon New York, featuring girls clothing
in sizes 2-12 with a limited selection of dresses in sizes 12-18 months in one of their two fantastic locations: Clifton Park Center Mall or Crossgates Mall. Visit their website at www.bonbonnewyork.com. 10 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
The Hudson Standard
Handmade Shrubs and Bitters - Raise your glass!
hen it comes to hosting an outdoor gathering, simplicity is the name of the game during the summer. Make your mark with a signature cocktail or mocktail using The Hudson Standard small-batch shrubs and bitters. Shrubs originate from a Colonial American tradition of blending fruit, spice, vinegar and sweetener to make a tart and delicious syrup. The Hudson Standard shrubs are made using organic apple cider vinegar from the Finger Lakes region. Use them as cocktail mixers, add them to seltzer for a refreshing natural soda, or spike your lemonade for a flavor punch.
Adore Summer Mocktail
Adore Summer Cocktail
• 6 oz. lemonade (We love Califia Farms brand found at Healthy Living Market) • 1 oz. Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub
• 4 oz. Seltzer • 1.5 oz. Pick Six Vodka • 1 oz. Peach Lavender Shrub
Add some fresh fruit, a straw and enjoy!
Impress your guests with this delicious and refreshing cocktail that is a cinch to prepare.
*When the kids go to bed, quickly turn this mocktail into a cocktail by adding a little vodka!
Shop: You can find The
Hudson Standard shrubs and bitters locally at The Savory Pantry or order online at www.thehudsonstandard.com
Alphabet Art Cards by CLP Design Studio - Art Designed for Kids
t is no coincidence that almost every pre-school and kindergarten classroom is decorated with alphabet cards. Alphabet cards encourage a strong set of pre-reading skills; when children are exposed to a variety of ways to learn letters and the sounds they make it helps build essential early literacy skills. Being able to carry this concept over into a room in your house will reinforce what children are learning in school. When photographer Eric Seplowitz and his wife began searching for inspirational room decor for their children, they felt anything but inspired by what they found. Wanting something gender neutral and something that could grow along with a child, Eric decided to use his photography skills to create something he could not find in stores. Along with CLP Design Studio partner and graphic designer Brenda Shih, they created Alphabet Art Photo Cards. Printed on sustainably forested paper with childsafe inks and no laminates, each letter is accompanied by a beautiful photograph and word, written in a font easily interpreted by young readers. These cards are both educational and visually appealing making them a beautiful addition to any child's bedroom or playroom.
Shop: Alphabet Art Photo Cards $28 per box are available at
www.clpdesignstudio.com, or find them locally at: Mango Tree Imports, Strolling Village Artisans or The Bundle Store.
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MarEle Boutique Cancer Awareness Bags
- Fashion For a Good Cause
hen MaryJane Hopeck and Michele Blake, coowners of MarEle Boutique Accessories, chose to design a handbag meant to raise awareness and money for cancer research they decided to go straight to the source for inspiration. Gathering quotes of strength and hope from the many people directly affected by this relentless disease, the MarEle Cancer Awareness handbag was born. With three original designs to choose from, one featuring the inspirational quotes and two other ‘Cancer Sucks’ bags written in nine different languages, women can look fabulous while showing their support and pride for a cause close to so many of our hearts. The Cancer Awareness bags sell for $45 and MarEle Boutique will be donating 20% of each purse sold to the customers' choice of the following charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Mary's Cancer Treatment Center, The Melodies Center and Journeys Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Albany Medical Center. Purses are also available for group fundraisers.
Shop: Pre-orders can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Never Say Never Mommie Bra
LERT for new moms only! … Cosabella makes a non-hideous nursing bra. (Mic drop)” - Olivia Wilde
Those first few weeks of motherhood can be anything but pretty. Nursing mama’s have an especially hard time navigating around-the-clock feedings and the sometimes unpleasantries of nursing. How nice would it be to feel like your gorgeous self again! Cosabella, a family-owend Italian lingerie company recently launched the prettiest maternity line I’ve seen. Featuring their flagship ‘Never Say Never Mommie Bra’, this line strikes the perfect balance between beauty and function. Designed in ultra-soft all over stretch lace, this comfortable bralette features easy clip-on/clipoff nursing straps and lightly padded cups for a supportive fit with full coverage.
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Shop: Don’t wait until after
baby, check out the full Cosabella Maternity line now (plus a lot more nonmaternity items!) at Torso Lingerie Studio located at 18 Front Street in Ballston Spa.
Sunshine and Smiles: Send Someone a Smile Today!
t first glance, a Sunshine and Smiles gift box, while filled with thoughtful, sweet and playful treats, may not seem like something you would need someone else to put together for you. However with a few kids in tow, making three or four different stops at stores, taking the time to put together the contents and arranging for delivery becomes a daunting task very quickly. So much so that even with the best of intentions we often end up not doing anything at all. That's where Heather Courtney and her boxes of Sunshine and Smiles comes in. After sending a box of goodies to cheer up a friend who was going through a difficult time, Heather realized what a small gesture it took to help put a smile on someone's face. Heather loves making people smile and laugh and puts her heart into creating cheerful boxes that will give someone a little extra sunshine when needed. While Heather loves putting together her own boxes of sunshine and smiles she is also happy to work with her customers to create a custom made box.
Send someone a box of sunshine and smiles: sunshineandsmilesbox. com or facebook.com/ sunshineandsmilebox
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RAD Soap - Hand Crafted Body Care Made Locally
t’s hard not to be drawn in to RAD Soap’s artfully packaged products with names like “Kryptonite Body Bar” “Man Up Body Butter” and “Shuga Bubs Moon Candy”. Behind the clever names and fun packaging are some truly amazing and effective products. Here’s a story we all can relate to, one that is fueled by a mother’s love and desire to give her child the best. In early 2009, after searching high and low for a natural product to relieve her son’s eczema, Sue Kerber created her own products using natural ingredients. That entrepreneurial spirit led to the birth of the RAD Soap Co.
I had tried some RAD Soap products in the past, but had never experienced the Shuga Bubs body scrub. Unlike most sugar scrubs which feel dry, the Shuga Bub scrub lathers like a bar of soap to gently moisturize while exfoliating. The Moonbeam products smell amazing and the scent of sweet black currant stays on your skin nearly all day. The thick and nourishing body butter is a family-favorite. RAD’s Natural Insect Repellent is crafted with a proprietary blend of essential oils and is effective against ticks, mosquitos, gnats, lice, ants, and flies. With a fresh scent, and safe ingredients, this repellent is perfect for kids and adults.
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Shop: Order RAD Soap online at www.radsoap.com or find locally
at Healthy Living Market.
Style that doesn’t compromise comfort. It’s what we love about maternity from Cosabella. Torso is proud to now be Cosabella’s Upstate New York headquarters for its expanding maternity collections, including the must-have “Mommie” bra in iconic Never Say Never stretch lace. See our website for details.
Available Now at Torso Lingerie Studio 18 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 | 518-886-8878
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Tickets on Sale June 1st! The Petite Retreat
October 30, 2016 National Museum of Dance
Tickets + Info www.TPRTOGA.COM The Petite Retreat Mixer! A night of Community and Collaboration For Area Professionals in the Birth, Childhood and Family Fields
June 7 at 6pm at The National Museum of Dance Snag your ticket at www.ThePetiteRetreatExperience.com/Professionals SaratogaMama.com
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Photo by Keira Lemonis
There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had in the Saratoga area! Our Park & Playground Guide will help you choose your next outdoor adventure spot. Play on!
Ballston Spa Burgess-Kimball Park Kelley Park/ Kids Creekside Village Suzanne's Playground
Malta Shenantaha Creek Park Malta Community Park Malta Ecological Park 16 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
Moreau Lake State Park
Congress Park Spa State Park East Side Rec West Side Rec Veteran’s Memorial Park Stillwater Glen Hollow Park
Schuylerville Hudson Crossing Park
Wilton Wilton Wildlife Preserve Gavin Park
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Downtown Saratoga Springs
Congress Park is a gorgeous and historic park in the middle of downtown Saratoga. I love having a park like this in the middle of downtown because it’s fun to grab food or ice cream and head to the park for some people-watching on a nice day. With duck ponds, grassy meadows, historic landmarks and a wooden carousel (which opens for the season in mid May), Congress Park is a great meeting place, picnic spot, or people-watching destination. In July and August, Congress Park is home to live music concerts, arts and crafts festivals, and other special events. Plan it! Pack a picnic blanket from home and pick up lunch at one of you favorite downtown Saratoga lunch spots. Enjoy an afternoon picnicking in the park!
Moreau Lake State Park
605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort
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Located just minutes off of Northway exit 17S is Moreau Lake State Park. The main attraction here on those hot summer days is the beach, but that’s not all this park has to offer. With wonderful picnic areas, a playground, hiking trails, camp sites, boating, fishing and more, Moreau Lake State Park is well worth a visit. Admission to the Stroller-frie ndly? ☑ park (during summer months) Infant Swin gs? ☐ is $8 per vehicle. Best bet is Bathrooms? to carpool with friends if ☑ you can.
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476 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa Playgrounds are great, but sometimes it’s nice to get out and just enjoy nature. A great spot for this is the Town of Malta Ecological Park. It’s located on Malta Ave about two miles off of Route 9 heading toward downtown Ballston Spa. The Malta Ecological Park has a couple miles of wooded trails with a few bridges and a little pond. There’s a big field you can walk to, which would be great for a picnic lunch. Along the trails are nice descriptive nature signs to add an educational element. Stroller mama’s, it’s best to use a jogger or all-terrain here because the trails aren’t paved. Plan ahead, no bathrooms here! Summer 2016 | SaratogaMama | 17
Malta Community Park
Hudson Crossing Park
236 Plains Road, Malta
126 US-4, Schuylerville
Hudson Crossing Park is located just outside Schuylerville on NY Historic Scenic Byway, Route 4. This park is a nice change of pace from a traditional playground. The area for kids is called the ‘Play Garden’. Many of the ‘play’ items are built into nature and include stumps to jump, a rock maze/labyrinth to navigate, tunnels to crawl through, sand and dirt ‘drums’ for playing, a couple slides built into the landscape and a boat to explore. The play garden area has a nice pavilion for lunch and a generously-sized porta potty. The park itself also has some hiking trails and the Champlain Canal Lock is kind of an attraction in itself. It’s a bit of a drive to get there, about 20 minutes outside of Saratoga, but it is worth a visit.
Saratoga Spa State Park
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Saratoga Spa State Park is a park to enjoy during all four seasons. The State Park offers a wide variety of walking and hiking trails, streams, a geyser, picnic pavilions, two pool complexes, a golf course, biking trails, snowshoe/cross-country ski trails, ice skating, and lots more. There is an $8 vehicle fee to enter the actual park during the summer, but it’s always free to get into the entrance at the Avenue of the Pines. Trail maps are available at the Park Office. Dogs are allowed on trails on leash only. You can also purchase an Empire Passport which gets you into just about any NYS park including Saratoga Spa State Park for free. The pass costs $65 and is good until March 31, 2016.
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The Malta Community Park is located in Luther Forest on Plains Road in Malta. This park offers quite a bit; tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, fields, wooded walking trails, bathrooms, two pavilions, ample parking, and a nicely wooded but rather small playground. This is a great park to hit on a hot or humid day because it is very shady.
Kelley Park/ Kids Creekside Village Ralph Street, Ballston Spa
Stillwater Glen Hollow Park
Lake Avenue and Whitney Road South Stillwater Kelley Park playground, called ‘Kids’ Creekside Village’ in Ballston Spa is a mecca for the playground enthusiast. This huge playground was completed in 2008, replacing a very old wooden playground. The playground has some standard features like twirling slides, swings and climbing contraptions, but it has some very unique things too, like giant xylophones with big mallets for kids to play, a large sandbox, and a special area for just for toddlers. It’s located on the Kaydeross Creek but the actual Stroller-frien playground is fenced in. Visibility isn’t dly? ☑ Infant Swing great here, so be prepared for a higher s? ☑ Bathrooms? maintenance playground experience, ☑ especially if you have little kids.
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Stillwater Glen Hollow Park is a great little neighborhood park located near Saratoga Lake. The park features a large open field for play, tennis and basketball courts, a large pavilion, and a nice playground.
Shenantaha Creek Park 369 Eastline Road, Malta
Burgess-Kimball Memorial Park Shenantaha Creek Park is one of our favorite area parks. In addition to very nice playground, you’ll find tennis courts, basketball courts, two large pavilions, open fields, a fantastic paved bike path (the 8.9 mile Zim Smith Trail), some unpaved hiking trails and bathrooms to boot! There’s always ample parking and while it does get busy, it never seems unbearably so.
Ralph Street, Ballston Spa
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This brand new all-inclusive and accessible playground is located on the western side of Burgess Kimball Memorial Park, located off of Woodthrush Drive in Milton. It's the newest playground in our area and the kids are loving it so far!
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Plan it! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the shady pavilions. Pack the bikes and helmets and if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can venture to Stewart’s for some ice cream via the Zim Smith bike path.
The reconstructed 'all-inclusive' playground features ADA swings, sensory panels, transfer platforms for children with mobility issues, and rubber safety surfacing tiles for safety for all children. There are also special ramps for wheelchairs and one swing that holds a wheelchair.
10 Lewis Rd., Wilton
Gavin Park is a huge complex with well-maintained fields, courts, pavilions, a gymnasium and a nice playground featuring a brand new splash pad. There’s tons of parking, bathrooms, and the pavilion right near the playground has vending machines for soft drinks. New for 2016 - The playground is being updated and will feature a brand new adaptive playground called Kaitlin's Korner. Gavin Park offers a wide variety of sports and activities for kids throughout the year. Check out townofwilton.com/gavin-park for details on the programs offered.
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West Side Recreation
152 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs
West Side Rec is one of our top playground picks because in addition to many shaded areas and a decent playground, this park has water! A large interactive fountain sits in the middle of the grass, a refreshing invitation for hot, sticky kids. The splash fountain opens around Memorial Day. This park is a good size, and has plenty of shaded areas, some benches and picnic tables. The playground equipment is basic and there is a good sized sand box. There are bathrooms here but they are a bit of a walk from the playground. West Side Rec is a nice spot and well worth a visit.
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Veterans Memorial Park
10 Adams Road, Saratoga Springs
Geyser Park, or its official name Veterans Memorial Park is one of four Saratoga playgrounds with an interactive fountain. (East Side Rec and West Side Rec are the others). The playground is basic and small, but the fountain is the main attraction here. Not a ton of shade, but Geyser Park has nice bathrooms that are very close by. It tends to be less busy than East Side or West Side Rec and a great location for Ballston Spa, Malta, or Milton mama’s.
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Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and recreational experiences. The park boasts more than 12 miles of trails that you and your family can enjoy. Stroller-friendly? ☐ You can visit and explore on your own Infant Swings? ☐ time, at your own pace, or take part in a Bathrooms? ☑ scheduled event.
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East Side Recreation On the corner of Lake Ave and Granger Ave, Saratoga Springs Located on the corner of Lake Ave (Route 29) and Granger Ave in Saratoga is East Side Rec. East Side Rec has a skate park, several tennis courts, baseball fields and public bathrooms. It’s a nice park for a hot summer day because it is one of four Saratoga fountain playgrounds. The fountain is nice and usually quite busy in the summertime. There is a playground at East Side Rec but it is a bit of a walk from the fountain.
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Summer Freeze Pops
with a Twist
By Jodie Fitz
Looking for some cool treats? Check these recipes out! Not only are they delicious, you can add in some extra greens that the your family will NEVER taste. So grab the kids and experiment with these two fun flavor bursts that allow you to have no-bake fun in the kitchen all summer long.
Blueberry-licious 3 cups fresh baby leaf spinach 2 cups fresh frozen blueberries, no sugar added
1 cup POM pomegranate blueberry juice 1 teaspoon raspberry extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend the baby leaf spinach, fresh frozen blueberries, pomegranate blueberry juice, honey, raspberry and vanilla extract together in a blender until all of the ingredients are fully blended into a slushy liquid state. Fill 5 oz. coated paper cups, approximately three-quarters full, with the blended mixture. Place them on a flat surface in the freezer for one hour. Insert wooden craft sticks to the center of each popsicle and return to the freezer for an additional two hours before serving. 22 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
Mint Chocolate Freeze Pops 1 ½ cups low fat vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup green spinach leaves
1 tablespoon honey 2 drops mint extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions Layer 1:
Place all of the ingredients for layer one into a blender and blend thoroughly. Evenly pour the mixture into the cups and freeze for one hour before making and adding in the second layer. 1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt 2 tablespoons honey
Directions Layer 2:
1 tablespoon cocoa powder ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Fold the yogurt, honey, cocoa powder and vanilla extract together. Let the yogurt set for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator. Add the second layer to the pops, insert the craft sticks and let the pops set overnight before removing the cup and serving.
Removing the Cup: To serve, simply clip the
exposed portion of the cup with a pair of clean kitchen shears and peel the rest of the cup away.
STOP the DRIP: If you want to stop and catch
the drip on a hot day, here’s a tip! Simply take a foil cupcake wrapper and cut a small slit in the bottom. Slide it up the stick before serving to catch the drip.
Craft Sticks: Wooden craft sticks can be found
in the school supply aisle at your local supermarket or craft store.
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Strolling Through The Park
icking out the right stroller for your family can seem like a monumental task. There are hundreds of them out there. The stroller that your friend raves about might not be the best one for your needs. Or maybe you’re a stroller hoarder and have tried just about every single one on your quest to find the perfect fit. Here are some of my top picks... some triedand-true favorites and some newbies too. There's a little something for everyone. BY ILISSA GOMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY
IVORY LANE PHOTOGRAPHY STROLLER PICKS & STYLING BY
ILISSA GOMAN, BINX ACCESSORIES FROM
THE BUNDLE STORE
ar • Convenient adjustable handleb te oda omm acc can it so for parents different heights. • Great for off-road adventures, actual jogging, or just everyday use. • For a jogger, it has a fairly compact fold.
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Baby Jogger Premier • Brand new to the market and one of my personal favorites. • Super easy one-handed fold, plus it has a huge basket and a large canopy! • Add a glider board for an older sibling to make it a double.
Baby Jogger City Select • Easily converts from a single to a double when you add on an optional second seat. • Huge basket for storage plus large sun shades.
Zobo 2X Side by Side • A great value for a double stroller. • Both seats recline, which is perfect for those long summer travel days. • Each seat can hold up to 45lbs. 26 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
Graco Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System • Stroller seat goes from bassinet to a toddler seat, and it also comes with the SnugRide® Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat. • The snack tray is completely removable, and the seat can face you or face outward.
Chicco Urban • One seat that transforms from a bassinet for a newborn all the way to a toddler seat. • Seat can face you or face out to the world. • Color accessory kits to change the fabrics out are also available.
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Maxi-Cosi Kaia • This solid, umbrella stroller is a great value. • It has a compact fold, plus it holds newborns up to big toddlers. • It also comes with adaptors for Maxi-Cosi infant car seats.
GB Pockit Travel System • It’s all about the fold on this stroller. Great if you’re short on space, or if you travel a lot. It fits into an airplane overhead, no problem. • You can start using this stroller at about six months of age, but it does hold up to 55lb capacity, so it’s great for larger toddlers or even preschoolers.
Britax B-Agile • Lightweight stroller and has an easy one-handed fold. • Very easy to maneuver. • A Britax infant seat can easily be clicked into this stroller (although not included).
All of these strollers can be found locally at Babies’R’Us and make sure to get your tickets to The Petite Retreat where you’ll be able to test these strollers out on our Terrain Track! www.TPRToga.com 28 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
Jennifer Smith, MD Board Certified in Dermatology Saratoga Dermatology 54 Seward St, Saratoga Springs 518-581-2860 | saratogadermatology.com
Summer is finally here and the beautiful weather we have waited for all winter has arrived! With the long, sunny days and sheer variety of outdoor activities we are so fortunate to enjoy, it is all too easy to forget to take care of your skin. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the summer while still optimizing your skin care routine. Sunscreen
remains by far the most important element of your skin care regimen to help reduce the signs of aging and prevent skin cancer. It is never too early to start taking care of and protecting your skin! Your sunscreen should be rated at a minimum SPF 30 and while foundations with SPF may be adequate for daily activities, if more intense sun exposure is expected, a pure sunscreen should be applied prior to your foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Layering Products I am often asked if it is important to apply various skin products in any particular order. It is! Skin should first be gently cleansed. All products work best when applied to clean, bare skin. Anti-aging products and serums should be applied first; examples include anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A and C, growth factors and peptides. A layer of moisturizer may follow if needed. Sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 would be next. Foundation or tinted moisturizer to provide a dewy, glowing finish is the final step. Not all steps must always be followed, but the order is important to optimize effectiveness, and I always advise sunscreen! Exfoliation provides another great way to get that healthy and glowing look for your skin. I like the Clarisonic face brush twice a week or as often as tolerated after cleansing and then follow the steps as described above.
Your evening routine should function to repair damage that may have occurred during the day. During sleep, the skin is able to regenerate collagen and elastin more effectively. A 2-3 times per week or nightly application of a Vitamin A cream (examples include Retinol, Retin A, Renova) applied to a clean face is the best way to maximize the skin’s regenerative potential. A moisturizer of your choice may follow. It is safe to use Vitamin A creams during the summer months as long as sunscreen is applied during the day.
Finally, don’t neglect your décolletage (the delicate neck and chest area), lips, backs of hands, and scalp. These often forgotten regions are very prone to the effects of sun damage and will definitely give away your age if not protected in a manner similar to your face. Sunscreen sprays and wipes work nicely for the scalp and here in Saratoga, a hat is always appropriate! SaratogaMama.com
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Summer Essentials for the face, body & hair
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simply love the ease of summer; less responsibility, less time constraints, fewer places to be, and less time spent getting ready each morning. Thanks to a healthy dose of color from the sun, the natural beauty of air-dried hair, and the need for less clothing, summer is one of the easiest times to be fashionable!
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JUNE 5 @ 9 AM Congress Park An athletic event for families in downtown Saratoga Springs! • Choose from two courses: ¼ Mile or 1 Mile • Pre-register by May 24 to receive an event t-shirt (children only) • Run as a family, strollers welcome • Kids’ activities, including challenge course & healthy snacks • Medals for all runners up to age 12 • Trophies for top 3 boys & 3 girls for each course • School with highest participation wins Healthiest School Contest • Race day registration open from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
For more information and to register, visit: saratogahospital.org
people you trust. care you deserve. PRESENTED BY:
$15 Early bird registration on or before May 24 $20 After that date and on race day Pre-registration closes June 2
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Choosing the right birthday party location can be quite a challenge. If you’re looking for something special and unique, The Learning Center at Healthy Living Market is the place! Chef-Instructor and Learning Center Coordinator Kiya McIntyre expertly hosted our seven very excited kids and helped create a memorable party experience. After learning about proper cutting techniques, each child cut some veggies for their own pizzas. They were then given some fresh dough to knead and form into a pizza shape. They each got to spread sauce, sprinkle cheese, and top their pizza with the veggies of their choice. Kiya enthusiastically convinced all of the kids to try at least two veggies and they all obliged!
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While the pizzas were baking, each child got to decorate their very own chef’s hat with crayons, markers, and stickers. Once the pizzas were finished in the oven it was time to eat and enjoy. There was plenty leftover for the mom’s to sample and we all happily indulged. The Learning Center included all the right elements for a simple and easy birthday party. The food was (well!) taken care of, the kids enjoyed the activity of making their own food and chef’s hats, the mess was contained to The Learning Center (sorry Healthy Living!!), and the bakery provided absolutely delicious cake and cupcakes.
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Healthy Living Market offers two easy packages starting at $25/child with lots included. More details at: www.healthylivingmarket.com/birthday-parties/
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oing to the beach is one of my family’s favorite summertime activities. Having made the trek through various stages of life (toddler, toddler while pregnant, two toddlers and pregnant, and now two toddlers and an infant), I have devised some solutions to help make a day at the beach with kids easier. What’s my secret? Pack light, be organized and prepared. Read on to discover five tips how you can survive (and thrive!) a day at the beach with your kids. Use the handy checklist to help pack, too!
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BRING A WAGON OR BEACH CART
I don’t know about you, but struggling with bags and chairs and kids from a hot parking lot down to the beach is not my idea of fun. Having a wagon or a big beach cart to hold all my stuff and leave a hand free to help my kiddos is a lifesaver. If need be, with the wagon, I can squeeze a toddler in at the end of the day who is having a meltdown and refusing to walk back to the family van. We’ve all been there.
A PLACE TO SIT AND HAVE SOME SHADE
A packable beach blanket, a compact beach chair, and beach umbrella are things I can’t live without. We all love playing in the sun, but having a break in the shade and a place to eat lunch is helpful. I’ve tried lots of different types of beach umbrellas, and the one I like the most is the Sport-Brella (available online or at some local retailers). It is low to the ground so you have lots of shade, vented on the sides, easy to set up, takes a beating, and stays put even in beach gusts. I’ve had my fair share of beach umbrellas fold up, get yanked out of the sand, and leave me running in hysterics after it so it doesn’t impale someone on the beach.
MESH EQUIPMENT BAG STUFFED WITH TOYS AND PFD'S
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My kids love beach toys and want to bring a lot to the beach. I have found a large sports mesh equipment bag is an invaluable tool to pack all those sandy beach toys and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). I can toss everything in, give it a good shake to get (some of) the sand out, and not have to unpack it when I get home because it can air dry as-is. Done.
Busy kids at the beach means sand everywhere. It’s really hard for kids to relax on a long ride home if they’re uncomfortable = no naps. I’ve tried showers at the beach, but it is very challenging for me to wrangle everyone together in one place long enough to rinse, soap up, rinse again, dry, and change into clean clothes and diaper - and in the process stay clean. My solution? I pack a dish bucket, eco- and kid-friendly-soap (Dr. Bronner’s baby soap is great), and one large jug of warm water per child into the van. (I fill the jugs with hot water the night before and put them in the car in advance; they are still lukewarm after a day at the beach.) When first arriving at the beach, I look for a safe and somewhat roomy spot to back my van into. This usually means parking either at the corners of the lot, or right in front at the sidewalk. Once we get to the car at the end of the day, I open the hatch and start the AC. I then take out my bag filled with clean clothes/diapers/towels for everyone in the back of the van, and one at a time, strip down the kiddos, have them stand in the wash bucket, and give everyone a shower with the jugs of warm water and change into fresh clothes for the ride home, using the back of the minivan as a changing station. Once each child is clean and dressed, they can walk right to their seat and get comfy and relaxed for the ride home. Once I arrive home, I grab the dirty laundry bag, start a load of laundry, and unpack the car. If I’m lucky, everyone is asleep, and I can rest, too.
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PREPARE AND PACK IN ADVANCE
As with most things, I have found that preparing in advance is a sanity-saver. I load the wagon/beach cart pre-packed with the beach blanket, umbrella and mesh bag into the van the night before. I make lunches and stack everything together in one corner of the fridge, leaving my cooler parked in the kitchen to be packed in the morning. Before we leave for the beach in the morning, everyone is coated with sunscreen and wears their bathing suit and water shoes in the car. For little ones who are wearing diapers, I change them into a swim diaper after we get settled on the beach. I pack a separate bag filled with: a change of clothes, diapers, and a wet bag/ laundry bag and leave it in the van.
Savvy Ma ma’s Beach Checklist Beach-friendly wagon or beach cart
Bag filled with change of clothes, diapers, towels
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Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses
Beach umbrella Sports mesh equipment bag filled with beach toys, PFDs Cooler filled with lunch, drinking water, garbage bag
Beach towels and water shoes Dish bucket and eco- and kid-friendly soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s baby soap) Jug of water for washing each child
Whether you’re a first-time mama or seasoned pro, being organized and prepared will help you and your family have an enjoyable day at the beach.
skyefarmcamp.org/summer2016 Have a blast with your friends this summer in a spectacular setting! Swim, play, laugh, sing, hike, fish, learn something new, hang out & much more! Ask about our bring a friend discount!
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THE RIGHT BALANCE FOR SUMMER: how easy should your kids have it? BY
Dr. Cale is a Clifton Park-based parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist who offers practical, no-nonsense parenting advice for all ages. His website, terrificparenting.com, features hundreds of articles and dozens of parenting products that will help you achieve your goal of happier children and a peaceful home.
e’re all anticipating the good times ahead that summer brings. It’s filled with vacations, camping, swimming, sports and plenty of down time. Even though there’s a lot of fun to be had, many parents want to continue to nurture responsible habits and teach their children the fundamentals to be prepared for life.
However, too often, we wait until late adolescence to start teaching this. We then realize that our teen has no intention of taking on responsibility, especially during the summer. They believe, and have often been taught, that summers are for fun only and that they shouldn’t do any real ‘work.’
The ‘making it easy’ approach to summer Many children face the summer with multiple vacations, hanging at the pool and an endless array of sleepovers and daytrips to entertain them. They won’t crack a book, pick up a rake or make a bed. Mom or dad are not only planning what seems like an endless array of entertainment, but they are also responding to ongoing requests for sleepovers, pool parties and sudden get-togethers. For others, sports practice and playing emerges as the primary activity, and family fun seems to hinge around these events.
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Dr. Randy Cale
All things considered, the focus is on making sure children get to do (mostly) what they want. The ‘making it easy’ approach is filled with ease and fun, and little responsibility. Parents seem to serve more as taxi drivers, day trip planners and ‘boredom fixers.’ So, what’s the problem, you may ask? Isn’t this what everyone else is doing?
Seeking balance: Easy vs. hard? Somehow, in the middle of this overloaded world of opinions and social media, our sense of being reasonable has failed us and we have lost our compass. We seem to want our kids to have only ease and fun, not realizing that this will come with consequences. Perhaps more problematic, we too easily seem to follow the lead of our children’s wants and desires. It’s almost as if the more we give our children what they want, the more we seem to think this is good for them. We see this trend growing, as six-year olds carry iPhones and a Starbucks cup.
When too much demand or responsibility is required, life is drudgery, for adults as well as children. We have no sense of ease and no opportunity to re-energize. We also see that muscle that we fail to use begins to atrophy. This is true for ‘brain muscle’ as well. When we learn a skill, and then ignore it for months, our skills decline. Academically, children consistently lose between two and three months of their academic skills. Why? Because we put no demand on those skills during the summer.
No surprises here: Preparation comes from preparation! I know that sounds redundant, but let me explain. If we want our kids to be well prepared for the school year this fall, we prepare them. If we want our children to be well prepared to take responsibility in life, we give them responsibility. Honestly, there is no secret psychological formula. Our children will benefit from working the ‘muscle’ of responsibility and effort this summer. The balance is simple: require some work and effort each day. Not a lot, just enough to keep the academic muscle strong. And don’t hesitate to require daily chores around the house before the friends come over or the fun begins. Even if you start small, the benefits are large.
Children do not know what they need. They only know what they want. Until a solid, responsible maturity is reached, children will tend to want what is easy, what is enjoyable, and what relieves any pressure or sense of anxiety. They will incessantly argue and fight for that easy path. (Some adults take this path as well, of course.)
You will be thankful as the years progress because your child will learn lessons from life that your words will fail to teach. Offer them these lessons, while still enjoying an awesome summer. Remember to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for great tips this summer.
Notice, if you walk this path with your kids, your children seem to get almost everything they want, while putting forth little effort. In today’s world, this translates to a very abundant life for your children, without any investment on their part. Such choices come with two consequences, which many of you already experience. First, there is usually very little sincere gratitude for all your efforts. What happened yesterday is irrelevant. It’s now, “What will YOU do for me today, Mom?” This is often quite poignant during the summer months, as week after week of effort on your part is met with minimal gratitude from your children. Secondly, there is an inevitable building of a sense of entitlement. Kids often feel they have a ‘right to an abundant life’ without any effort or investment. We have trained them for this, and may do so again this summer. The bottom line is this: If we make things too easy for our kids, life will be harder later.
The solution: Balance responsibility with fun When we review the research on life success and satisfaction, the common sense formula is that hard work and effort must be balanced with some time to rejuvenate and enjoy. It is also a clear requisite for continued optimal functioning and good mental health.
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THE CHANGING FACE OF
SARATOGA'S RACETRACK Theresa St. John HISTORICAL PHOTOS FROM The Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library STORY & PHOTOS BY
The gates will open for the racing season on July 22nd this year and the meet will conclude on September 5th, 40 days later! That's 36 more days than at it's inception, when the season's meet was a mere four days long! Today, people come from all over the world, standing in line to enter the grounds, anxious to hear that famous cry "AND THEY'RE OFFFFF!" at the Spa City's historic racetrack. It really wasn't too different in 1863, when Saratoga Springs opened what would become one of the world's most beloved sports facilities, with worldwide competitors and a vast audience.
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your ticket for the day cost 50 cents. It was $1.00 if you wanted to sit in the grandstand, or $1.00 to watch the races from your carriage. $10 bucks would get you a five-day pass into the best seats of the house.
If you happened to be a woman, you'd attend the festivities, under the care of a gentleman. And the race card each day began with, get this, two races!
5,000 people attended that much anticipated opening day. It was August 3, 1863. At a buck each, it was deemed an instant hit within the racing community.
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an undefeated Irish-American heavy-weight boxing champion, was the founding father of Saratoga Racetrack. He'd taught himself how to read and write, becoming the owner and operator of several gambling institutions in New York City, then Saratoga. Morrissey pushed himself even further, to become an elected official in both the United States Congress and New York State Senate. He was only 32 when his vision of thoroughbred racing began, with an enterprising four-day meet in Saratoga during the hot month of August,1863. It was an experiment of sorts. John knew that horse racing was a popular sport and was determined to see if it could become another successful endeavor for him. That day's success was huge and Saratoga fast became one of the world's most famous and beloved courses, even 153 years later.
the track is a family affair. The gates open early and thousands of people stream in, with picnic baskets and coolers of drinks. Children spend hours in the well-kept playground and enjoy meeting new friends, while their parents read the racing forms and pick their bets. Vendors are set up under big tents, selling things like fancy, embellished hats and original paintings, while the smell of food grilling permeates the air, assaulting the senses, all with live music in the background. Saratoga's race track is a book of rich history. With the Spa City voted both "Great American Place, Great American Main Street and Most Walkable City," you can be certain the dream of John Morrissey and the meet's unparalleled draw from July to September, have a great deal to do with acquiring the title.
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A Perfect Ten the ultimate way to spend the day
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is such a special town with rich history, gorgeous architecture and a vast variety of pleasantries to choose from. However, many of us know, great service is not always a guarantee. It can take just a few poor interactions to leave one feeling dissatisfied. Anyone that knows me well knows that I am a stickler for quality and authenticity. Having lived here for four years now, I have enjoyed getting to know the unique and friendly community. As I work closely with many of the businesses on a professional and personal level, I have come to appreciate the genuine care and kindness they extend to patrons. Exceptional service goes such a long way. It is my pleasure to be sharing some of the businesses that stand out in the area.
There is no better way to kick off the day then with a kick-butt workout! The crew at RAW Fitness provide a variety of classes for all levels available to both men and women. You will be greeted with warm smiles and encouraging cheer! Having been in the fitness industry I can honestly say that RAW is on top of it! From quality and SAFE workouts, to personal support and local healthy goodies. Come meet what will surely be your new family. Enjoy their Beginner's Package for $100 (Save $60!): Includes Heavy Bag Gloves, Hand Wraps, RAW Water Bottle, and a Month of Unlimited Classes that run from 5am-8pm! 51 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs www.rawfitnesssaratoga.com
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With every season there is a shift with our clothing, our style, our schedules and more. School ending is on the horizon, family trips get planned and visions of lazy summer days flirt with our thoughts. While we have great intentions that with a new season we will somehow have more time it rarely ever ends up that way. Therefore, I have put together the ultimate way to spend a day created just for you with fabulous offers from some of the featured businesses! Bring in the offer to receive a savings, and they’ll take great care of you. Who knows, we may just bump into each other! photo by Deborah Neary
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Beekman Street Café
I was so happy when this café opened up as it was needed in the neighborhood! The Beekman Street Café is a perfect option for a business meeting or to kick back and read. Cozy up with a yummy cup of joe at this darling new location run by father and son team, Dominick and Darren. Enjoy free wifi and tasty treats. Swing in and get that extra pep you're going to need for the day that I have planned for you! 51 Ash St., Saratoga Springs www.beekmanstreetcafe.com photo by bggCREATIVE.com
Voted the best boutique several times over, this location truly delivers quality finds and exceptional service. Being an apparel stylist, I know first-hand the dread that women can experience when shopping. Sometimes it can just plain stink. Pam, the owner of Spoken, knows all of her customers by name and takes extra time and energy to deliver quality service. Not to mention, her items are FUN, unique, and a fit for so many age ranges! Get ready for a fab find and a new friend! 27 Church St., Saratoga Springs | www.spokensaratoga.com
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From the moment I stepped into this location a few years ago now I was so pleased to be greeted with such warmth and kindness. Debbie and Jeannine know how to treat a girl right! While they are a full service salon, they also have an extensive boutique section of rare finds and killer prices. Saartoga Debut goes above and beyond to provide items that support charities as well. So much time and intention goes into the items they select and you are bound to be impressed. Good luck choosing just one!
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Torso Lingerie Studio
There are few women that really love shopping for intimates. Unless you have experienced the enchanting environment of Torso. Torso delivers exceptional and unique quality with a team of the sweetest ladies that leave you feeling like you’ve found your long lost Sister. I’m guessing you are due for a bra fitting since it’s best we check these measurements a few times a year. Offering private appointments if you wish you are sure to leave having learned so much and feeling oh so sexy in your new exclusive delicates!
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Olivia Halpin Makeup Services
Be it for a special occasion or just because, there is something truly wonderful about getting your makeup done. It’s like having all the house chores completed or a meal made for you. You are capable enough, yet it is WAY more enjoyable when r! e f f O l a professional steps in - and Specia 1/16 3 / such a treat! I like to take 8 expires advantage of such services whenever I am able. However like most services, makeup is a very personal thing. Olivia Halpin is a warm and personable individual that really listens to your wishes. She also is phenomenal at teaching! So do yourself a favor and book a session to either sit back and enjoy or learn how to FINALLY tackle that smokey eye! The best part? She can come to you! This is the perfect spot in the day to swing on home for some lunch and get ready to get your glam on! Enjoy 20% off an appointment, makeup party or “how to” session. www.oliviahalpinhair.com SaratogaMama.com
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Stephanie Anne’s Shoe Salon
A long awaited shoe store! Can I just say, FINALLY! We were certainly due for a shoe store on Broadway and when I first met Stephanie I knew we were in good hands. One of my favorite things about this new shop is the fact that she is providing options at all price points. Sometimes you just need a shoe and don’t want to hunt all over, and sometimes you need a shoe that is an exceptional treat! Whichever your need or mood, you are bound to find a quality option at this new location. Special O Remember, the afternoon is the best time to try on shoes for your feet so hop to! ffer! expires 8
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Saratoga Awareness Massage
A massage with Evan in one of the lovely historic downtown buildings is a session like no other. Her work is direct and deliberate yet nurturing and intuitive. Evan offers sessions ranging from deep tissue and sports massage to myofascial release and deep relaxation, as well as private Feldenkrais Functional Integration® sessions. Her work is amazing for postpartum moms, athletes of all ages, those recovering from accidents, injuries and surgeries. Or, those who may need a quiet place to release their anxiety or depression. Wherever you may find yourself you are sure to walk away feeling cared for and relaxed! Learn to be pain free and enjoy some relaxing body love.
Enjoy $20 off when you book your second session. May also be used as a session for yourself and the second for a loved one. Must be scheduled within one month of first. 2 Franklin Spuare, Saratoga Springs SaratogaAwareness.com
The Wine Bar
What's the perfect end to a day? Scrumptious food and a tasty cocktail of course! (just make sure you drink a hearty amount of water after that massage!) The Wine Bar, located right on Broadway is a fitting spot to treat yourself to some exquisite choices by executive consulting chef Mark Graham. And it wouldn’t be right to pass up one of their extended wines or my favorite featured summer drink, the Lemon Basil Martini. Here is to a day just for you! Cheers! 417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs thewinebarofsaratoga.com
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Let’s get you feeling fabulous as we launch into summer! Perhaps you need to whittle down your closet of past loves, learn how to dress your body or need a shopping venture. Whatever the need, you’ll enjoy exceptional, personable service and learn so much! Enjoy a 5 hr. Session for the price of 4, just $260. Schedule your complimentary consult at: Findyourmoxie.net
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Vertical Pallet Flower Display
he warmer weather has finally arrived. Even though it was a mild winter, it’s incredibly delightful to once again soak up the sunshine and enjoy the longer days outdoors!
Buds have started to sprout and the first signs of flowers are starting to poke through, but sometimes instant color is what’s needed most to give a boost to the soul as spring rolls into summer. Whether on a porch, deck, or tall fence, add colorful flowers (or fresh herbs) by creating a vertical pallet flower display. Not only does going ‘vertical’ add height, you’ll be surrounded with color, drama, and beauty.
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• Pallet (which I snagged – with their permission of course – for free in the back of my local Lowe’s) • (4) Eye hooks for 100 lbs+ • 3" of metal chain • Plastic pots (I used lime green and turquoise from Lowe’s) • Drill with 1/4" drill bit
h ere’s how I made a vertical pallet flower display for my front porch…
• 3" S hooks (found in the outdoor section of Lowe’s) • Vise Grip
1. Start with a pallet about 40” W x 48” H. At the top edge of the pallet (slats oriented horizontally), screw in two eye hooks, each about 2-3" from the ends.
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2. Unlink the end link of the chain and
link it through the eye hook at the top of the pallet, then secure the chain.
3. On the vertical surface (in my case,
the side wall of the front porch), install the eye hooks into a beam or structural surface so it’s secure. The eye hooks installed on the vertical surface need to be the same distance apart as the hooks on the pallet.
4. Once the eye hooks are mounted
on the vertical surface, take the loose end of chain, thread it through the eye hooks on the vertical surface, and secure the chair on the other side of the pallet (unlink the end link of the chain, link it through the eye hook on the top of the pallet, then secure the chain).
5. Using varying sized plastic pots
in fun colors – I chose turquoise and green - drill a 1/4" hole about 1" down from the top rim. Using a 3"+/- S hook, slip it through the hole. 58 | SaratogaMama | Summer 2016
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6. Plant the pretty
flowers… And it’s complete! The vertical pallet garden adds so much color to the front porch.
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BEACH BABY By Kate Merritt Perfect for outdoor time with the baby, these Indestructible books are flexible, tear-proof, chew-proof and waterproof, and since they are printed on Tyvek, they are thin and nearly weightless. Beach Baby features a multiracial cast of happy babies having fun on the beach, with simple words and cheerful colors. Grab a handful of these Indestructibles titles - stash them in the diaper bag, the beach bag, the pool bag, and the car.
Baby & Toddler
USBORNE'S 1001 THINGS TO SPOT ON VACATION This is a not-too-easy, not-too-hard seek-and-find book that should keep little ones entertained on a long car trip, or while impatiently suffering the application of sunscreen. Loaded with busy and colorful pictures, this book also has abundant opportunities for learning numbers and simple words.
written and illustrated by William Joyce
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This award-winning picture book author of The Guardians has created a wonderful novel for strong independent readers in the lower grades, or for a family read-aloud. Ollie is Billy's beloved, favorite stuffed friend, and Ollie knows that means he has to protect Billy. But can Ollie protect himself? Reminiscent of The Velveteen Rabbit, full of love and friendship, and with a little bit of scary, but without actual fright.
Tweens & Teens
Upper Elementar y THE WILD ROBOT
ADRIFT by Paul Griffin Who doesn't want a gripping page-turner for summer break? From critically-acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other. Matt and John are best friends working in Montauk for the summer. When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. The new-found friends impulsively head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat. None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.
by Peter Brown
The Wild Robot is an utterly original Robinson Crusoe story told in short chapters with an abundance of fantastic illustration by this Caldecott medalist in his middle grade debut. When shipwrecked robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, unsettled island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. This book should have wide appeal for both both girls and boys, and opportunities for lively discussion abound, especially if you choose this as your family's camping trip read-aloud.
Adults ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
by Anthony Doerr
Last year's Pulitzer Prizewinner for fiction is new to paperback this summer, just in time for you to tuck it into your travel bag. The lives of a French girl who is blind and an idealistic soldier in the German army draw inexorably together as World War II rages across Europe. The spirit of hope in these two young people prevails over a vast panorama of devastation and death. Exciting, moving, and beautifully written. Repeat: beautifully written. This one will keep you up late reading.
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FIND A FARMERS MARKET Saratoga Farmers’ Market
Galway Farmers' Market
Outdoor market runs from May to October Wednesdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm High Rock Park Pavilions 105 High Rock Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Market runs from June 17th – September 30th, 2016 Fridays from 3:00pm – 6:00pm Galway Town Pavilion 5078 Sacandaga Rd. Galway, NY 12074
Outdoor market runs from May to October Sundays from 10:00am – 3:00pm Lincoln Baths 65 South Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Saturdays 8:00am – 12:00pm South Street Pavilion 25 South Street Glens Falls, NY 12801
Spa City Farmers' Market
Glens Falls Market
Ballston Spa Farmers' Market
Greenfield Farmers' Market
Opening Day: Saturday, June 12, 2016 Thursdays 3:00pm – 6:00 Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm Market runs from June 12th through October 18th. Wiswall Park Located at the Corner of Front St. and Low St. Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Outdoor market runs from June to September Fridays 4:00pm – 7:00pm Middle Grove Park located at Middle Grove Rd. and North Creek Rd. Middle Grove, NY 12850
Clifton Park Farmers' Market Opening Day: Thursday July 7th, 2016 Thursdays 2:00pm – 5:00pm St. George’s Church parking lot 912 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065
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Troy Waterfront Market Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm Monument Square Troy, NY 12180
SUNDAY, JUNE 5 CANTINA KIDS FUN RUN This is the only run in Saratoga that’s designed especially for kids. Kids choose the ¼ mile or 1 mile course, all kids receive a medal and the top three boys and top three girls on each course receive trophies. Before and after the run, families can enjoy face painting, healthy snacks, and live music from 101.3 The Jockey. Best of all, participating kids are raising money for pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. A run for kids, all about kids, that benefits kids…a great family event right in downtown Saratoga Springs. Day of registration is open 8:00 am - 8:45 am. Parents running with children must also pay and register. Pre-registration closes June 2.
WILDLIFE FESTIVAL 2016
Join us for a day of nature walks, live animals, crafts, and hands-on fun as we celebrate the Karner blue butterfly and the animals of the Saratoga Sandplains at the 2016 Wildlife Festival at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. All events will be taking place at Historic Camp Saratoga on Scout Road in Gansevoort. There is free parking at Camp Saratoga. Events begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. Visit four activities and earn a water bottle. Program is subject to change and will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit www.wiltonpreserve.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
SARATOGA BALLOON AND CRAFT FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, MAY 28 SATURDAY, MAY 28
Battenkill Conservancy's 6th annual beach, music and food festival returns. The festival kicks off the summer season on the banks of the Battenkill at the Greenwich Town Beach, just north of the village on Route 29. Highlights include: food by area restaurants and food purveyors, water-related family activities including the River Watch Discovery Kit and scavenger hunt, canoe and kayaks available for use, fly fishing demonstrations and the always popular live River Bugs science table, presentation of the Battenkill Community Citizen Award, and a silent auction. The Festival begins at noon and ends at 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices include food, music and all activities with reduced entry for children 10 & under.
Join us at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa for one amazing weekend. Over 20 Hot Air Balloons with four liftoffs and the Best Balloon Glow in the U.S., over 100 artists and artisans displaying and selling their original works, live entertainment and music, ongoing craft demonstrations, kids activities including face painting, airborne artwork, and games sponsored by Stewarts. Paid admission and additional charge for balloon rides, tethered rides are also available. They can only be booked onsite during the event at the Ride Tent. They are not for pre-sale. Parking is free. Please note that no dogs (unless a service animal) are allowed on the Saratoga Fairgrounds property.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
KRAZY KIDS INFLATABLE FUN RUN The fun run will be held at Ellms Family Farm, located at 468 Charlton Rd., in Ballston Spa. The Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run is the first nation-wide obstacle run created solely for children. The course is one that your kids will never forget. We put a KRAZY amount of thought into making each inflatable obstacle unique, safe and most importantly, FUN. There will be 13 waves leaving at 15-minute intervals from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Be sure to register early to secure your top wave choice.
FRIDAY, JULY 8 AND SATURDAY JULY 9 CIRCUS SMIRKUS
This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus theme-based shows with “Up, HUP and Away: The Invention of Flight!” It promises to be a high-flying show that soars into the wild blue yonder! With flocks of jugglers, hilarious clowns, and air-borne aerialists, this show truly takes flight! The audience will need to strap themselves in for a wild ride on cloud nine as performers swoop from one aerodynamic feat to the next. The circus will take place at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs. Shows are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $23 for children 2-12. Children younger than two are free on an adult’s lap. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free or visiting www.smirkus.org and at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on 69 Caroline Street and at Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
PARKFEST 2016 AT GAVIN PARK
The Town of Wilton’s Annual Community Day. Enjoy entertainment, free activities, amusement park-type rides and fireworks at dusk. Free admission.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
BABYSITTING COURSE AT GAVIN PARK
Adirondack Health & Safety will be presenting a child and babysitting course at Gavin Park! This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday April 2nd. Pre-registration is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others is $70. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455.
TUESDAY, JULY 19 – SUNDAY, JULY 24
175TH SARATOGA COUNTY FAIR
Classic carnival fun is just around the bend at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. The 175th Saratoga County Fair is sure to be a hit with every member of your family. The Fair is open 9 a.m. to midnight daily; the midway and live music pavilion are open noon to midnight daily; and the concession building is open every day 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. During the week, expect everything from tractor pulls and cow shows, to jugglers, magicians, hypnotists, pig racing, beauty pageants, horse shows and, of course, live music.
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By Jane Fairchild, Woman in the Moon Astrology
Your fire sign child is a combination of smiles, temper, toughness, demands, and sweetness. Pheww, I’m tired just thinking about keeping up with the little Ram this summer. Remember, she was the first to walk in her nursery school so you had to know you’d be in trouble. He’s a born leader who is quick and eager to take charge of any situation. Demanding, for sure, but so loving with big expressions of affection. Since your Aries child is generous to a fault, you might want to tackle teaching him about the value of a dollar. Piggy banks, savings accounts, stocks, bonds, or a trip to the US Mint - it’s not too early to show her that giving is good but so is saving for tomorrow.
Stubbornness is as strong a personality trait of “the bull’s” as kindness, sweetness, quiet, and calm are. You’ve been on the receiving end of his temper and you still can’t wrap your mind around that someone who’s so gentle and kind can get so angry and then return to a steady calm so quickly. It takes a lot to get him upset but when it does, look-out!! Your May-born child doesn’t like surprises so keep routine a part of her everyday life. Taurus is ruled by Venus; the planet of love and everything beautiful. Music is in their soul and their response to it from a young age tells the story. Watch how intently he listens to you sing or how she falls asleep to the car radio.
You knew your Gemini child was clever and curious but many of them are downright geniuses. Their minds can figure out solutions almost as quick as a computer. Their bodies move around just as fast and they are not fond of sleeping for long hours. Verbal and reading skills are strong and they are natural storytellers. They get bored easily and need variety to keep interested in any task. Wouldn’t you know that they are often known for embellishing their side of the story? Steer them in the direction of using their natural sense of humor and sharp wit to communicate and leave the “tall tales” in their books.
March 21 - April 19:
April 20 - May 21:
May 22 - June 21:
June 22 - July 22:
July 23 - August 22:
August 23 - September 21:
The changeable ocean crab enjoys land and sea and your little crab loves the summer water best of all. And like the crab your July-born Cancer child is hard (sturdy) on the outside and soft on the inside. Reserved and cautious by nature your child will retreat at the first sign of a threat to his security – leave the risk taking up to the fire signs. Family is everything to them and they find it hard to detach from those they love and move into the realm of strangers and new beginnings. Learning about history, family ancestry in particular, holds a strong interest for them. Photography seals their lineage with proof of those who went before and the stories behind those family members. Your intuitive, moody child needs gentle pushing in the right direction. Help to build their confidence by introducing them to games or pursuits that come naturally to them. Logic over harsh punishment is a must for them.
Is a Sun-child! Their ruling “planet” is the biggest star in our universe. That’s a metaphor for Leo the lion- warm, bright and enjoys every minute of being the center of his/her universe. These charming, sunshine children are always up for fun and love to show off their “stuff” on stage. The audience applause keeps them coming back for more. They are born leaders- proud, brave and demanding. It is their natural inclination to “rule the land and its people.” It’s your job to help them realize that no one will be stopping by to genuflect and kiss their ring any time soon. Starting them off young to know that there is no “I” in team is a good move.
You notice at a young age that the Virgo child wants to be helpful. Being of service comes natural to her and she’ll endear herself to all the teachers in school. There is a bossy, critical way about how they communicate with siblings and peers especially. Teaching him early on that a gentle attitude is well received and will help decrease the friction of any criticism he doles out. Listening to the opinions of others doesn’t mean that he loses control; it simply is a means to a peaceful end. Virgos are excellent communicators when they learn the art of finesse. They can talk anyone into anything and convince you how happy you are in the process. They are quick to find loopholes in the rules and use that to their advantage. Post a written list of house rules so you all can refer to them.
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Everyone looks forward to the fun that summer brings and using astrology can increase your chances of it being a successful experience for the whole family. A wise mother once said, “taking care of the little details clears the way for positivity to grow.” Whether your child is 6 months, 6 years, or 16 years old, knowledge of each Sun Sign will have you on your way to a winning summer!
September 22 - October 22:
October 23 - November 21:
November 22 - December 21:
These social butterflies love a party with music, costumes, beautiful decorations and fun. Libra is the sign of the balance scales and they spend a lifetime weighing their options. They find it more difficult to choose between a burger with cheddar or American cheese than they do deciding between attending a birthday or Halloween party. Don’t rush these fair-minded, logical kids; they need time. That’s what makes them perfect playground peacekeepers ... they grow into born diplomats. These generous souls like to make people smile and they often take responsibility for the harmony in the household. Guide her towards not giving all the time so that she’s left with nothing.
A major characteristic with Scorpio is their need for alone time and privacy. Don’t think you can keep any secrets from your highly intuitive Scorpio! There is only one secret keeper in the family, in her opinion, and it’s her! I know you think to yourself that your emotionally sturdy child is rock solid and can take on the world - that’s true on most days. Because Scorpio is brimming over with intensity, mostly on the inside, the level of energy can be overwhelming to them at times. Start in the early years by trying to coax them out of their gray moods by reassuring them that they have a trusting confidant in you. It stands to reason that their favorite game is hide and seek and that he can put on his detective hat and find your lost earring in a snap.
Your young “Archer” is a world traveler by nature. Whether his world is behind the windows and doors of your home or inside the pages of his new book – it’s wherever his legs and mind will carry him! Adventure and freedom are 2 words they live by and keeping up with them is a task. Enthusiastic and friendly describe her perfectly. So when she pulls away and goes off on her own it’s just her way of letting everyone know that she’s feeling smothered. Freedom loving, remember! Your job, over time, is to help her separate fantasy from reality. Both boys and girls have a Peter Pan outlook on life – full of hope, magic and possibilities. Truth be told, they just never want to grow up.
December 22 - January 20:
January 21 - February 19:
February 20 - March 20:
Of course you knew your child was an old soul from the time he could raise his head for 10 seconds. Knowing what he wants and how to get it by using common sense comes naturally. Boys and girls alike stand out as practical and wise beyond their years; they might not be understood by their peers because they come across like adults at times. Helping them to approach others with grace and lightheartedness may take some time but is worth the effort. They want to be likeable and accepted, they just need some coaching. They are decisive little leaders and it’s rare that you would see impulsive behavior. In private they show up with hand-picked flowers and kisses galore. How lucky can you be!
Boldly intelligent and absolutely fearless – what a combination! Your Aquarian is always going to be an inventor of things that are new and different. Whether it’s using a science kit, a sewing machine or an easy bake oven, your child will show others how to create the unique and innovative product. They do need your help with evening out the extremes of their emotional reactions to the unexpected. They are born humanitarians and much of their intensity shows up when they believe that others are being maligned or taken advantage of. Lucky for everyone around, their emotional displays don’t last long and calm comes over the earth once again.
The intuitive sensitivity of Pisces is legendary. They are the emotional sponges of the zodiac – always picking up on the moods of others. Your little fish needs help navigating the waters of negativity and sadness. If they are around this mood for too long they have to get away and find a refuge. Hiking, camping, fishing, swimming – getting lost with nature renews their psyche. Your Pisces has a great big imagination and can tell a story (fib) like no other. It’s just their creative way of how they see the world. Ask her to share her ideas on how to make the world a better place to live!
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