December rolls around every year like a trip to the dentist. I feel this weight on my chest at the prospect of bringing more stuff into my already cluttered house. When I look at the accumulation of toys acquired over the past year I can’t believe that I allowed so much junk in. Most toys are care of my great-grandma in-law, bless her heart. Most plastic with many small pieces and buzzing, beeping, squeaking noises. All of this after a 2017 minimalist challenge and high aspirations of having a clean, crap free home, independent of toys at every turn? All this after declaring our home free from Rubbermaid containers overflowing with a mishmash of semi-broken trucks and naked barbies? Declarations, after all, mean shit when it comes to family who just want that feeling of love they get when they see our kids smile.
See, I belong to minimalist groups who don’t care about 90+-year-old great grandmas and their desires to give something to our kids. But I care. So I have piles of toys that she gives considerable thought in picking out for every week. She likes to point out with a tone of judgment these leaning tower of Pisa piles and suggest that our house “could be a toy store!” when she visits, oblivious to the fact that she bought the toys!! We beg her not to buy anything; that we love just visiting her weekly and spending time with her. But she wants to give. And our kids absolutely love what she picks out. How do to deny someone those feelings of attachment and bonding, even if it’s the purchase of stuff? She feels worthy and needed when she buys our kids stuff. And so we have piles. Temporary piles that I’m resigning myself to for a few more years.
But what if you don’t want the piles or the anxiety?!
Check out my post on WNY Experience Wish List.
Wellness Mama’s post on 46+ Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff and WNY
Becoming Minimalist’s post on 35 Gifts Your Child Will Never Forget
I'm not going to lie: the main reason why I wanted to create this directory was to have a space dedicated to listing every single birth professional in WNY. I'm not even close to having everyone, but we're getting there! When I get a kid free half hour here and there, I get so excited to work on this site, trying my best to bring all of the wonderful holistic resources available in WNY to YOU.
SO! Without further ado, this years holidays deals!
Massage special 2 for $100
Doula special $100 gift cert for $50
$50 off doula service
$75 off combined service of
doula and placenta encapsulation.
Gift Certificates available.
Birthing By Design
25% off Childbirth classes at
$50 for $100 in doula services
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals! Birthing By Design deals end after Cyber Monday!
Rooted In Love Doula Services
Leslie Marino Wille
$10 off a $50 gift certificate, and $25 off $100, through Monday.
photo credit for Rooted in Love by Noele Croft
Every year we beg friends and family to help our kids out by buying experiences instead of plastic toys. Now don’t get me wrong, we still have an abundant amount of plastic toys. But loud, expensive, and over stimulating stuff doesn't always offer what families vie for these days: connection. So give the gift of family adventures and activities. Here are some great places to play and learn in the Buffalo Metro are.
Have more to add or want your business deals listed? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on facebook.
Rolly Pollies: Ma & Pop owned and operated, this local kids gym was first of it’s kind in WNY (that I know of). They have 3 locations.
Give the gift of fun, fitness, friends, and family time this year!
FREE $5.00 gift certificate with the purchase of $50.00, now until December 22nd!
The Little Gym
FREE $10 bonus gift cards for every $50 gift card purchased.
$75 for one full year of family membership and 1 month of classes.
Give the little ones in your life the gift of an amazing experience that they will never forget . Limited quantities available.
Explore and More
FamilyPlay - $60/year
Up to 2 adults and their children (up to age 21), all living in the same household
$15 birthday party discount
10% off on gift shop purchases of $10 or more
Membership is free to families receiving SNAP or WIC benefits.
Buffalo Science Museum
Family - $70 / year
Enjoy FREE* and unlimited general admission for 12 months
FREE or discounted admission to over 350 science and children's museums worldwide through the ASTC Passport program
Discounted admission to National Geographic 3D Cinema
Exclusive invitations to members-only Appreciation Events
Discounts for camps, (Over)Night at the Museum, events, programs, and the Curiosity Shop
Bimonthly program guide mailed directly to your home, monthly member e-newsletter, and email updates
Special offers for birthday parties at BMS and Tifft Nature Preserve
Family - $80/year
Covers two adults and their children (to 21 years of age) residing in the household.
For NEW members only: CYBER MONDAY MEMBERSHIP SALE!
$20 Off ANY membership level.
Discount available on internet purchases only – Cyber Monday-
November 27, 2017.
Must use code CM17 to qualify for $20 discount.
NEW MEMBERS ONLY.
Not valid with any other offers or discounts
(Lapsed members with an expiration date of 9/30/17 or earlier are eligible.)
Also! Seriously check out their member benefits. I didn’t even know they existed!
Aquarium of Niagara
Family Membership - $70/year
(2 adults and all children living at home under 18)
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Presale admission passes are available at participating Tops Friendly Markets locations, or in the Fairgrounds Main Office for just $15.
Get them before November 24 to take advantage of this offer!
After November 27, gift certificates and carload passes will be $25.
Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve
$49 Membership Gift Pack
**One year family membership – $45 value — with unlimited free admission for two adults and all household children. Plus:
-Two Penn Dixie reusable collecting bags.
-Two Penn Dixie fossil grab bags.
-Two Penn Dixie Fossil Hunters Club cards
-Penn Dixie sticker
-Penn Dixie eNews updates & digital newsletter subscription
-Savings on summer camps and special events
-Gift shop discounts
We Rock The Spectrum
Black Friday Sale: But a 12 pack of open play visits and get 2 FREE
Black Friday hours: 9AM-3PM
Theater of Youth
Buy ONE ticket to any production,
get one 50% off next ticker for same production.
Valid Fri-Mon only. CODE: BOG50
Buy online at www.theatreofyouth.org,
or call 716-884-4400, phone orders start at 7 am Fri.
This is Liz Beyer-Partin. I met Liz 2 years ago at one of Improving Birth-Buffalo's unofficial Rallies. We were there protesting in front of a fancy club on Delaware that was hosting the local chapter of ACOG.
I was so excited when I saw her sign, "We are proof! Postterm and no induction necessary". As a mom who struggled with a 42 week induction with my first baby, then went on to have a healthy birth naturally at 42+5 with my second baby, it was so important to me to see that we were both part of a growing network of women who were truly supported and empowered. It's happening!!! Right here in Buffalo!! CHANGE!!
Liz went on to train as a doula and join the Buffalo Doula Collective. A trained birth doula, she's also very interested in helping postpartum moms adjust to motherhood, offering some incredible postpartum packages.
She's listed right here on Welcome Mama, along side all of our other local doulas. Please go give her page a like and check out what she has to offer.
Contact her today for your birth and postpartum doula needs.
Liz Beyer-Partin Doula Services
phone: (716) 465-2182
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.