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Look of the Month: September

Fall in the Finger Lakes is here! That means apple cider donuts, golden leaves, and racks of adorable children’s outerwear here at Mama Goose! Even if you’re not quite ready to accept that cold weather is coming, we bet you’re ready to accept some great deals on outerwear at Mama Goose!

This month’s models are students at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, where they’re preparing for their 2nd Annual Coat Swap. Check out these cutie pies:

Third grader Sam shows off a Lands’ End down-filled vest (size 5/6, $15.95.)
Aby rocks second grade and this hot pink Tommy Hilfiger puffer coat (size 6, new w/tags, $34.95) and Hanna Andersson boots (size 11, $19.95.)
Yeshua’s dragon snowsuit (size 4, Carters, $20.00) and LL Bean boots (size 10, $16.95) will make him pop on the pre-k playground.

Between now and October 18th, bring a coat to Mama Goose to donate to the BJM Coat Swap! Or if you buy a coat off our rack to donate, you receive a 15% off coupon to purchase a coat of your own. Nothing like a little savings to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside and out!

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Look of the Month: August

We don’t want to alarm you, but it’s almost time for back to school shopping! Here at the Goose, we want you to enjoy shopping our fresh fall fashions so much that you forget the about the summer slipping away.

This month’s model, Alison, is certainly cute enough to distract from the end of summer blues! Check out her adorable back-to-school look below:

This Little Red Riding Hood if off to first grade in a Mini Boden corduroy jumper (size 7/8, $11.95) and Gap leggings (size 6, $2.25.) A red zip up hoodie from Lands’ End (size 5, $4 on clearance!) and gorgeous like-new Dansko clogs (size 13, $22.00) pull the outfit together.

Of course, back to school shopping isn’t complete without the perfect accessories. We carry a great collection of Wildkin backpacks and lunchboxes in a variety of adorable patterns, including the one Alison is showing off below:

Wildkin backpack ($32.99 ) and lunchbox ($19.99)

If backpacks of the previously-loved variety are more your style, we’ve got those too, like this adorable monkey pack:

Whatever your kiddo’s fall style, we can help make it happen. Come see what’s we’ve got in store for you!

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Look of the Month: July

Summer camps are in full swing, and kids across town are spending their summers doing everything from firestarting to unicycling! This month’s models, sibling set Vera Mae, JP, and Vivienne, bring their camp cuteness daily to CUMEP at Southside Community Center.

Vera Mae’s Children’s Place tank (size 14, $3.95) and Abercrombie jean shorts (size 14, $6.95) go great with that Ithaca summer footwear staple: Keens (blue and green, size 5, $25.95.) Vivienne’s romper is by Cat and Jack (size 6, $5.95) and her water sneakers are by Plae (size 13, $14.95.) Her adorable toddler sunglasess complete the look for only $1.99! JP’s sea-themed ensemble features a tee by Crewcuts (size 7, $4.95) and Gap shorts (size 7, $5.95.) His incredible shark shoes are by Emu Australia (size 1, $15.95.

Not only do these dress to impress for camp, they come prepared! Check them out showing off our Mama Goose collection of sunscreen and bugspray.

We carry summer protection products by SWAT (bugspray, $5.00) and Badger (sunscreen, bugspray, after bite products all available, priced between $10-$12.)

Whether you’re low on sunscreen or shorts, we’ve got you covered at the Goose! Stop in today.

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Stop by & Save in July!

July 1-7 BOGO 1/2 off SWIMWEAR & RED, WHITE & BLUE CLOTHING (This sale applies to prints as well as patterns. We’re easy!)

July 8-14 BOGO 1/2 off DRESSES

July 15-21 BOGO 1/2 off TANKS & SHORTS

July 22-28 BOGO 1/2 off TOYS, BOOKS, PUZZLES & GAMES!

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Look of the Month: June

We made it, y’all! It’s finally pool season! Gone are the days of longing for the glorious warm sun; the lazy, hazy days of summer have finally arrived and with them, Mama Goose’s fine selection of adorable swimwear and accessories!

This is Seraphina, and she’s got summer style for days. She is head-to-toe perfection in an iPlay sunhat ($13.00) and Lands’ End terrycloth cover-up (size 3, $7.95) plus unicorn rain boots (Western Chief, size 9, $27) and sunglasses ($5.00)!

Underneath, it’s a sky blue Gymboree suit (size 3, $6.25) that pairs perfectly with kid-sized scuba gear (goggles and flipper set, $6.99.)

Are your goslings ready for pool season? Stop by the Goose to stock up on everything you need , and your family will be all set to soak up the sun safely, sustainably and in style.

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Looking for fun in the sun? The Finger Lakes has it!

This past week, we hosted a comment contest on our Facebook page, looking for the Mama Goose community’s favorite summer activities and WOW, did you guys deliver?! In addition to picking a winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Goose (Congrats to local Mama Larissa Rowe!), we were able to compile a list of must-dos for summer in the Finger Lakes. Is your favorite on the list? Scroll down to see what’s on our agenda for summer!

Local gosling Tilly enjoying the Garden – thanks to mama, Lucy Rowell!

The overwhelming people’s choice? The Ithaca Children’s Garden! Beyond the natural beauty, ICG has great play spaces, educational programs and plenty of spots to relax with your goslings. Bonus – the Garden is open every day (from dusk til dawn) and always free of charge!

Image courtesy of Instagrammer @heather.april

Summer between the lakes brings ripe and juicy fruits, and Finger Lakes families love the freedom of u-pick! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries grow in abundance – perfect for jam, pie, and good ol’ fashioned snacking! Our staff favorite? Indian Creek Farm, on Ithaca’s West Hill. Their tart cherry slushes are the ultimate way to cool down in the summer heat.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Brubank, 2015.

Music is an integral part of the Ithaca experience, and the summer music scene is hoppin’ – and totally family friendly! Catch a free show at Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons as part of the Summer Concert Series, or enjoy a more scenic show on the banks of Cayuga Lake at the Taughannock Falls State Park Concert Series!

Image (and watering mouth) courtesy of Sweet Melissa’s.

Nothing wraps up a day of FLX adventure better than ice cream! Stop by Sweet Melissa’s Seneca St. location for one of their iconic two-berry twists. Not in the downtown area? No worries! Toad’s Too in Freeville is known for serving up seemingly endless flavors of premium hard ice cream and *drool alert* chocolate peanut butter soft serve!

This list… it could go on forever! Between hiking gorge trails, taking a dip in the lake, and visiting the Farmers Market, the possibilities for summer fun are a-plenty! Did we miss your favorite? Add it to the comments, and happy Summer from the Geese at the Goose!

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Look of the Month: May

Happy Mama’s Day Month! (We all know one day doesn’t really cut it.) This is a great time of year to remember that Mama Goose doesn’t just carry cute clothes for kids; we’ve got racks full of maternity clothes too.

This month’s gorgeous model is mama-to-be Shy and her first-born: future big brother James!

Look at these two, complimenting each other without looking too matchy-matchy – just effortlessly cool. Shy is showing off a pair of Lucky brand maternity jeans (size L, $10.95) with a Jessica Simpson striped tunic (size M, $7.50.) James is styling with a pair of slim fit pants (7 for all Mankind, size 12, $2) and a dusty rose dress shirt (size 12, $3.95.) Shoes are models’ own.

Keeping things totally casual and still chic, Mama and son’s second ensembles feature Levi jeans (size 14, $10.95) and a Zara tee for James (size 14, $7.95) and a Motherhood dress (size L, $5) and leggings (size L, $5.95) for Shy.

It’s hard to believe this duo could get any cuter, but we can’t wait to see what next level of adorable this family can achieve when the wee one arrives! And hey – an update just might be in order for next Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to mamas of all kinds, from all of us here at the Goose.

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Look of the Month: April

With all the hubbub of spring, we somehow missed National Siblings Day! Lucky for all of us at the Goose, we get visits from adorable sibling sets daily. This month, cutie-patooties Sawyer and Silas showed up to show us two different ways to rock a formal look.

Good guy Silas is classic Clooney in a toddler tuxedo (size 3, $16.95) and Aster loafers (size 8.5, $10.95) with a toothy grin to complete the look!

Sawyer is more of a bad boy, rolling up in his faux leather pants (size 4, $6.95) and rock and roll car tee (size 3, AFirst, $2.25.) A black vest (size 4, $3.25) and Healthtex slip-ons (size 9, $6.95) complete the look. (Wanna ride on the wild side? Sawyer’s red bike complete with training wheels can be yours for $23.00!)

We just love these two cool dudes with two different ‘tudes:

Bring your favorite brothers and sisters by the Goose any time — we celebrate them every day!

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It’s a Sustainable Spring at Mama Goose!

There isn’t much we love more than springtime in Ithaca and the flurry of activity that comes with it – field trips for school, family hikes in one of our many “gorges” parks, and summer camp sign-ups. Oh my! But no matter what the fun activity is, one thing remains constant: a gosling’s gotta eat! So we’ve stuffed the Goose with great new sustainable snack and lunchware that your little one (and the environment) will thank you for!

Attempt to contain your “SQUEE!” We’ve got an amazing selection of lunch bags and lunch kits from Bentology. These little cuties come in a variety of adorable patterns and different sizes. Larger kits come with durable containers and ice packs that fit neatly together, bento box style!

Don’t miss out on these charming reusable snack and sandwich pouches from Lunchskins! Not only do they come in delightful prints and bright colors, they’re easy to clean too – just toss on the top rack of your dishwasher. Who knew there was such a fun and easy way to downsize your consumption of single-use plastics?!

Now introducing KidBasix Safe Snackers! These BPA- and phthalate-free containers come in three sizes, a range of colors and are easy for little hands to open and close. The silicone seal keeps food fresh and contained, and the stainless exterior is durable and totally dishwasher safe. The best part? The lid stays attached so they are sure to return from school or camp in one piece!

In our mind, the only question left in the great straw debate is “silicon or stainless?” Mama Goose now carries BOTH options to please even the choosiest of sustainability-minded sippers.

U Konserve straws are a great alternative to plastic straws and come in a variety of finishes and colors, adding a little pizazz to each glass!

Didn’t see quite what you were looking for above? Stop by Mama Goose and check out the wide variety of sustainable products that we carry – there’s so much more than we could mention here. We’re talkin’ sippy cups, water bottles, utensils, food mills, and more. Let’s get your flock of kiddos fed and be kind to Mama Earth while we’re at it!

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The Women Behind The Goose: Meet Illustrator Alice Heise!

We’ve introduced you to the Mama Goose team and the Mama Goose founder and owner, but there’s one more woman we’d like to celebrate. She gave our beloved Mama Goose and her gaggle life – our incredible illustrator, Alice Heise!

With a ton of creativity and a sense of adventure, she began her career as a freelance illustrator in Ithaca, and hustled to make a name for herself in the area. When approached by Kelly and Michelle to create our original Mama Goose illustration, Alice was delighted and bartered for Michelle’s doula services – despite not yet having a child! The result of the collaboration between Alice and our founders was our iconic summer Mama, who perfectly captured the spirit of the Ithaca Mama at that time. Over the years, she helped us add to the gaggle – allowing our family to grow along with the store.

Upon turning 15, we decided to give Mama a fresh new look for colder weather. It was obvious to us that Alice was the only artist for the job. Alice dusted off her supplies and jumped in enthusiastically. She created our new tween goose (debuted HERE) from the ground up, and brought our winter goose up to date with timeless fashion and thoughtful accessories. She’s the quintessential Ithaca mom-on-the-go, with baby tucked under her arm (and close to her heart).

Alice is no stranger to local business – her husband of 15 years Kevin Cuddeback founded Gimme! Coffee, and Alice herself started their Krums Corners Bakery after taking a bit of time off to raise her two daughters, Elsie and Bea. Alice now uses her passion and creative prowess as a real estate agent in the area. Her collective professional experience – her creative mind, her attention to detail, and her ability to imagine new things – helps her guide each new client through the home buying process and imagine themselves in their new space.

So we’ve done it. We’ve introduced you to most of the incredible women that have played a part in the evolution of Mama Goose. So how do we celebrate 15 years? A trip to Vegas? Nah. Not our style. Bungee jumping? Hmm. Seems too risky. Let’s celebrate with you instead! This weekend, March 16th and 17th, stop by Mama Goose and save 15% on your entire purchase! Grab a snack while you shop and get your picture taken with our life-size Mama and our tween goose cut-out! Shop new gear like ErgoBaby carriers and Barefoot Books, or stock up on stylish spring and summer duds for your gaggle – it’s all 15% off! This celebration is all about you – the people behind the Goose, and all of our success!

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