Running away from Fast Fashion | #prAnaMom

My long-standing love of prAna continues!  I already have several pieces, and I adore all of them. prAna, in partnership with The Motherhood, sent me a couple gorgeous pieces this week and I wanted to show you what I like about them.   Lately, I've been trying to get away from "fast fashion." Once I learned where fast fashion clothes come from (mostly overseas made by underage workers with little regulation), and where they go once they … [Read more...]

Why the Women’s Strike was Never Going to Work

I chose to work yesterday.  My children had school, and though I saw several teachers wearing red, I was deeply grateful for not having to find alternate care in the event that their (exclusively female) teachers decided to strike. I worked because had I not, my own class of students would have been taught by a sub, who, since my department is predominately female, would likely have been another woman doing extra work for no extra compensation. … [Read more...]

Show Me Your #ShiftConLove! My Favorites from My Favorite Social Media Conference: ShiftCon!

If you're a longtime Mindfully Frugal Mom reader, you may remember that two years ago I had a life-changing experience at Shiftcon, the first! and only! social media conference focused solely on clean and organic products and companies. Leah Segedie, the organizer of Shiftcon, does her homework. If a product or brand is represented at Shiftcon, I am confident that it is a safe product from a company with ethical and sustainable business and … [Read more...]

Mind the (Nutritional) Gap with MegaFood Nutrient Booster + Easiest Organic Smoothie Recipe

Disclosure: I received complimentary MegaFoods product for the purpose of writing this post, but the opinions are, as always, my own.  Smoothies are kinda my thing. I mean, I have an entire category heading on this blog devoted to Healthy Smoothie Recipes. I've made energy smoothies, smoothies for weight loss, breakfast smoothies, smoothies for kids . . . you get the point. The easiest organic smoothie recipe is even at the end of this … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Whole Milk Smoothies: Our new Go-To Snack!

  Stonyfield sent me four 4-packs of their Organic Whole Milk Smoothies on Wednesday. Today is Sunday, and two entire 4-packs are gone. My children CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THEM. Admittedly, I have had two myself, including this one I drank to refuel during a grueling shift at work, but my children have consumed at least a smoothie per day since they arrived.   While I do make my own smoothies a lot, I love the grab and go … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure Review

Disclosure: Our family was provided with complimentary tickets via Feld Entertainment Our family was able to attend the opening day show on January 18, and we had a blast! Sadly, my son and I were both ill, so I had to send my daughter with her dad to the show, but they loved it! I wondered this year if my kids would be too old, but my newly-seven year old had an amazing time. This year's show had Peter Pan:  The Lion King:   And … [Read more...]

Disney On Ice Discount Code and Giveaway: Rochester NY Shows

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Disney on Ice from Feld Entertainment. All opinions are, as always, my own. Our family has been to Disney on Ice for the past three years, and each time we go, my children love it. Even though my oldest is almost nine, both he and my seven year old enjoy watching the skaters, the stories, and their favorite beloved Disney characters sweep across the ice. I’m so excited Disney on Ice is … [Read more...]

It’s on! Yo-Kai Watch Movie Premieres Saturday, October 15!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Yo-kai Watch: The Movie and The Motherhood. Have you and your kids been watching  YO-KAI WATCH  on YouTube channel or Netflix?? If you are, you are going to be STOKED that on Saturday, October 15, for ONE DAY ONLY, Yo-kai Watch: The Movie is coming to theaters! Special Details for Rochester, NY  viewers: You can see Yo-kai Watch: The Movie at Tinseltown 17 with IMAX Rochester on Saturday, October … [Read more...]

School Supply Deals: How to Save Money on Your Back to School Shopping

Disclosure: This post on school supply deals is sponsored by Staples, who were a huge help in my money-saving quest this year! The kids still had two weeks left at the end of June when I found the School Supply Lists for 2016-2017 in their backpacks. I was still underwater with class parties, teacher gifts, and planning summer activities - no way did I want to think about preparing for the fall at that point! At our school, you can purchase a … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Garden Grown: The Organic Salad Dressing Made from Vegetables

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mambo Sprouts, but all salad-related opinions are my own. I  know I should be eating more salads. I know this. And yet, when I'm at a restaurant and I need to choose what to order, I usually forgo the salad in favor of a gooey, greasy grilled cheese. Because I have no self-control in restaurants, I've been trying to eat more salads for lunch at home and at work.  My go-to for dressing is a simple homemade … [Read more...]

How to Pack Lunches without Losing Your Mind

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield and Justin's. All opinions and experiences are mine. It only takes 10 minutes. It's not mentally taxing. I can do it and hold down a conversation. But making lunches at night is one of the very worst things about the school year. I don't know what about this chore makes it feel like such a, well, chore. It just is. My son is going into third grade this fall, and my daughter into first, so I … [Read more...]

Have You Tried the Food Desert Challenge? I did – And it wasn’t Pretty | #FoodDesertChallenge, #TheYFeedsKid

This post about the Food Desert Challenge was sponsored by Y-USA as part of an influencer activation for Influence Central. The Summer Slump. We talk about how school age students can lose up to two months of reading and math development each summer. What we don't talk about, however, is how before any learning can happen, children need to be physically healthy and well-nourished. Food insecurity affects EVERY county in the United States. Many … [Read more...]

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood: New App Makes Classical Music for Children Accessible

Introducing children to classical music is a passion of mine; thank you to MomSelect for sponsoring this post! Children have a naturally positive relationship to music.  From the first lullaby as an infant, children learn to associate music with comfort and ease.  As a former orchestral musician, my philosophy has always been to expose children to as many musical genres as possible, and let them find what resonates best with them.  I believe … [Read more...]

Have You Had Duck Egg Frozen Custard? Our Spotted Duck Creamery Visit

When my friend Chris from Exploring Upstate told me about his trip to Spotted Duck Creamery, owned by Daniel and Elizabeth Hoover,  I immediately knew I needed to go and take my kids to try this duck egg frozen custard ourselves. Spotted Duck Creamery's draw is that they make their frozen custard with DUCK eggs (instead of the more typical chicken eggs).  Apparently the firmer white of the duck eggs results in a dramatically creamier … [Read more...]