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West End Food Drive & Raffle

Mark your calendars! Beginning November 11 and continuing up to Thanksgiving, we invite you to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items to Mama Goose or our sister store Mimi’s Attic to contribute to our annual food drive benefiting Ithaca area food pantries. For each canned good you donate, you’ll receive a ticket to join our West End Raffle – with chances to win great gift certificates from a variety of amazing West End businesses.

You could win prizes from:
GreetStar Cooperative Market
Maru Ramen
Purity Ice Cream
Gimme Coffee
Saigon Kitchen
Marmalade Mercantile
Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar
& more!!

Grand Prize is a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic!

All donations will go to Friendship Donations Network, whose mission is to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistribute it to neighbors in need. They provide food donations to hunger relief programs that serve more than 2,000 people a week, and divert over 1,000 lbs. of good food from local landfill every day. A model of efficiency, they are almost entirely volunteer-run. Check out their website or the graphic below for more details!

Look of the Month: Halloween Edition

We cannot tell a lie! This year’s collection of Halloween costumes may be the best assortment yet. Just ask this month’s model, Ren!

This full-blown Pinnochio costume (size 7/8, $7.95) comes with seven pieces (collared shirt, britches, vest, hat, nose, gloves and bowtie!) Lacey socks ($1.00) and shiny tap shoes (size 11, $7.95) complete the look for the cutest little real-life puppet we’ve ever seen.

With a little bit of magic, Ren transforms from a marionette into a mischevious fairy! This green and silver fairy dress (size 6, $5.99) is perfectly accessorized with wings by IKEA (yep — you read that right! IKEA, $3.99) and silver ballet flats (size 11, $7.99) for trick-or-treating with twinkletoes.

Our costume collection has something for goblins and ghouls of every size — come check it out!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!