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...]

Amazon Deal: Amazon Basics Queen Sheet Set only $5.11

Today's Amazon Deal is too good to miss!  Get a Queen Size Amazon Basics White Cotton Sheet Set for $5.11, shipped free with Amazon Prime! Note: this is an add-on item, and the price is subject to change. Other sizes and colors are available as well; there is a King Sheet Set for under $10 and a Full Sheet Set for under $8! This is one of the best deals I've seen on Amazon lately! I always need a spare set of sheets for guests or my … [Read more...]

Dumb Ways JR: The Same Fun Safety Message as Dumb Ways to Die, but for younger kids! | #DumbWaysJR

This post is sponsored by Dumb Ways Jr and The Motherhood. "Duuuuuumb Ways to-Die! So many Duuuuumb Ways to-die!" If you're the parent or caregiver of an elementary-aged child, there is no doubt you've gotten this catchy tune stuck in your head. My second grader LOVES Dumb Ways to Die, but I'll be honest, I first thought it was just another weird game that "all the second grade" was playing (according to my son). I had no idea that Dumb Ways … [Read more...]

Free Almond Butter offer from Thrive Market

Thrive Market is offering all new customers a completely FREE jar of Justin's Almond Butter! Peanut butter lovers, rejoice—there’s a new nut butter on the scene. Meet Justin’s Classic Almond Butter, a delightfully simple spread that will win over even the most devout PB&J fans. An added Made from just two ingredients—almonds and sustainably sourced red palm fruit oil—this almond butter is as wholesome as it is delicious. Often, … [Read more...]

Free Date Ideas In Rochester, NY (and within a 1 hour drive)

If necessity is the mother of invention, my current lack of cash is the necessity that prompted me to invent this list!   While some of these free date ideas in Rochester (Mt. Hope Cemetery and Highland Park) are popular spots, I hope you'll be inspired by some new ideas. 11 FREE Date Ideas in Rochester, NY and Surrounding Areas The Abandoned Subway The subway has received plenty of attention lately, as news of a developer … [Read more...]

Satisfy Summer Cravings with Stonyfield and prAna

This post about my favorite summer cravings is sponsored by Stonyfield and prAna. Even though I live in a part of the country where it legitimately doesn't get warm until the end of May, I never bought into the "no white before Memorial Day" rule. For me, summer starts on the first nice, sunny day when I slip into my white jeans, no matter what the date on the calendar says. This year, prAna sent me their Kara jean in white to try, and I … [Read more...]

Share Your Chiquita Smile + Win a Chiquita Prize Pack #Giveaway

This blog post is compensated by Chiquita and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. What's your favorite way to smile? If you share your best Chiquita smile, you could enter to win Walt Disney World® vacation! Sounds pretty good, right? Chiquita, our favorite brand of banana, has partnered with Disney to give away a FREE Walt Disney World vacation.  All you need to do is post your best Chiquita Smile! It's super easy to post your Chiquita … [Read more...]

My 6 Wellness Tips For Springtime Energy + $50 Walmart GC #Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Even though I'm not the type to make New Year's resolutions, this January I did embark on a certain 21-day-long "solution." I fell off that wagon real quick. The program ended the day that my Spring teaching semester began, and with that, I resumed my normal routine of doing too much, eating too many cookies, and drinking waaaaay too much … [Read more...]

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The 10 Best Kindle Educational Apps for Kids 5-8

    If your kids, like mine, are glued to their Kindles, you are probably always searching for great apps that are actually educational. Through trial and error (and sadly, too many downloads of My Little Pony: Party of One app), I've put together a list of what I think are the best educational apps for Kindle. Looking for free Kindle books? Here are my 5 Secret Ways to get Free Books for your Kindle! My top 10 Favorite … [Read more...]

Get a FREE Jar of Organic Coconut Oil from Thrive Market!

 Thrive Market is giving away a FREE 15 oz jar of Nutiva Coconut Oil to all new customers! Why Coconut Oil? Because coconut oil is ultra-moisturizing, it’s perfect for everything from DIY body scrubs to hair masks. Rub a dollop of it on your skin to see what we mean. It’ll leave you feeling baby-soft, and it’s all-natural, unlike a lot of lotions out there.  Here are a few ways you can incorporate organic coconut oil into your daily … [Read more...]

My Three Happy Things

  Remember, like, two months ago, when I was all, YEAH! I'm gonna do this weekly post of my five favorite things? Yeah, I didn't do it. Between my day job, and my kids, and some seasonally-induced anxiety, I turned into a blogger who doesn't blog. But I am excited about these things! And I want to share these exciting things with you! My Three Happy Things: Stonyfield Organic Grassfed Yogurt. Even though autocorrect doesn't … [Read more...]

Stay on Track with Your Health Goals: Nature Made Daily Boost | #NatureMade, #IC

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central. January is over, and how many of us are still working on our wellness-related resolutions? I've personally been working on getting refined sugar out of my diet. What helps is making sure I stay hydrated and incorporating a good amount of lean protein into my daily diet. Whenever I'm craving sugar, it's probably because I either haven't had enough water or … [Read more...]