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Meet our AMAZING Lifestyle Contributors

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I am so excited about this new section. The Lifestyle section at Totally Buffalo will be filled with great advice, fun stories, important information about health and family, restaurant and theater reviews, and so much more!  I want to introduce you to our amazing contributors!  They are some of the smartest, funniest, and coolest folks in Buffalo and WNY! They all have great advice and can’t wait to share it with all of us. If you think you missed something, just head to the Lifestyle section and check it out – anytime.

We have more folks signing on, too!  We will keep you posted!



MJ Cimato 

MJ is the owner at Cooked Buffalo, a local, gourmet meal company.  The daughter of Sicilian immigrants, MJ learned how to cook from an early age, and prides herself on feeding her family, friends, and people in her hometown of Buffalo. MJ is also a special education teacher in Buffalo.  MJ will be sharing healthy eating ideas, tips and yes – even some of her delicious recipes!! Check out Cooked Buffalo.





John Pirrone

John Pirrone is ecstatic to be joining Totally Buffalo’s team as their Arts and Entertainment contributor. John is no stranger to Western New York’s night life as he is most recognized for playing in one of WNY’s longest running shows–Tony n Tina’s Wedding. For the past 17 Years, John has played the role of the Brides brother, Joey Vitale. With over 400 performances in the same role, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding remains his favorite role to date. John has appeared in close to 100 shows across Buffalo, Rochester and Long Island. He is also the Producer and Co-owner of Red Carpet Theater Productions.
When John is not performing, his day-time position is as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Respiratory Services of WNY. There, he takes care of critically ill adult and pediatric patients who are in need of life support in the home. Respiratory Services of WNY has been servicing patients for close to 20 years and John is proud to be a part of a team that make a difference in the community.
Over the past few years, John has become a Wedding Offciant performing weddings for couples through Western New York. John is ordained in all fifty states and custom creates a unique ceremony that the couple will cherish for a lifetime.
As part of John’s Arts and Entertainment segment, he will not only bring you information and reviews on local theater, he will also focus on Western New York’s array of diverse restaurants and eateries. He will encapsulate the dining experience and relay that experience to readers.


Deb Tangelder
Since 2003 Deborah Tangelder has been bringing Buffalo the latest trends in gifting, fashion & style through her business “The Perfect Gift” and its adjoining Clothing Boutique. Her business is headed into its 15th year in Clarence Center, and she sets herself apart by offering a unique selection of products for home, body, gifting, & fashion…operating with the concept of personal service in a destination location. Alongside quality products that she brings to Buffalo from her discoveries in big cities & fashion hubs, Deb is also a true advocate of local talent . She has supported over 50 WNY artists, often first to introduce a new artisan to market, working with homegrown talent growing lines to be sought after products. There’s more happening behind the scenes, last year she was named a recipient of “Women Who Move the City” award for her influence on Buffalo, community involvement, and philanthropic movement of “The Perfect Gift Gives Back” initiative. Deb’s good taste & style makes shopping easy for our readers; offering ideas & the latest trends. She loves what she does and it shows! And readers get to have some fun alongside her through following this Lifestyle Section of Totally Buffalo! Find more  about Deb and her beautiful shop The Perfect Gift. 





Darcy Thiel, MA  

Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Ms. Thiel is a couple and family therapist in West Seneca, New York and has served as an adjunct professor at Medaille College in Buffalo. She is also an accomplished speaker and presenter on various topics throughout the Western NY area. She is the proud author of Bitter and Sweet, A Family’s Journey with Cancer, the prequel to Life After Death, on This Side of Heaven. To learn more about Ms. Thiel, visit her website at www.darcythiel.com or marriageandfamilycounseling.net.








Erin Hayes Moran

Erin Moran is a wife, mama, photographer, mental health advocate and recovering yeller. She
is a military brat with Buffalo roots raising her three kiddos with her amazing husband in the
city of good neighbors. Almost a year ago she undertook a personal challenge to stop yelling
at her kids and along the journey has found tips, tricks and tools to help moms and dads
parent with a quieter voice and happier heart. More on Erin’s incredible photography, Ireland Mae Photography.




Sue Morreale

Taking care of yourself inside and out has always been important to Sue. She has a background in nursing and is also a Breast Cancer survivor. Susan believes a woman should always appreciate herself and honor her soul in everything she does. That philosophy has helped her create a business with products that inspire women to recognize their individuality, personal style and strength.

“The products we carry have a story and support women who have had an amazing journey. You can adorn the body with soulful fashion that has elegance and style, enlighten the mind with aromas that uplift and bring joy and empower the spirit with our “Strong Women ” jewelry collection.”

What began in 1990 as business to heal your mind-body-soul has grown into a destination on the Elmwood strip – an oasis where our quiet sense of luxury will draw you in and indulge all of your senses- creating and customizing “your story.” Live your own style and romance the life your living. More on Sue’s shop, Her Story.



Ciara Morreale



Growing up in the industry, Ciara always knew that working in her family business was what she wanted to do. After studying marketing at Canisius College, and Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ciara landed every girls dream job : working in the fashion department at Teen Vogue Magazine. Missing her family and friends, Ciara gave up life in the big city and relocated back to her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Ciara now works closely with her mom to create a lifestyle boutique where women can feel good about themselves, and support other women as well. Learn more about Ciara at Her Story.




Andrea Merrill
Andrea Merrill has been working in the fitness industry since 2009 as a personal trainer, Pilates, bootcamp, group fitness and spinning instructor, and a holistic nutrition coach. Her greatest desire is to inspire people to live healthy, full and intentional lives!  Andrea trains clients and teaches fitness classes at Crunch Fitness in Williamsville, and is also a frequent speaker and vocalist at her local church.   Andrea and her husband, Michael are currently dealing with the aftermath of his brain tumor diagnosis, surgery and recovery. Thankfully this hasn’t crushed them, but has made them stronger and even more committed to living with intention and joy, no matter the circumstances! Whole and healthy living can be found in the midst of chaos and difficult circumstances, and it is now Andrea’s mission to spread that message of hope.  She will fill her blog posts with ideas to change your lifestyle a little at a time so the changes you make are sustainable.  Give yourself a year of steady progress and you’ll look back in amazement about just how far you’ve come! Learn more about Andrea at facebook.com/andreamerrillwellness  and feel free to send her any questions you may have to


Have a question for one of our contributors? Anything goes – relationship advice from our licensed therapist? Food question for our chef? All of our contributors are happy to answer…  just send it here to our mailbag! 



Great information on the “Mediterranean Diet” and a SUPER easy, SUPER delicious recipe


Mary Friona

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Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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