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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

#Giveaway! Win a Starter Kit of Green Cleaning Products worth $59! | #MomsMeet #MurchisonHume

Murchison-Hume Green Cleaning Products are: created by a mom! Ammonia- and Bleach-Free Free of parabens and phthalates Biodegradable Made in the USA As safe as water! Never tested on animals and 100% cruelty free If you win, you'll receive: Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Everyday Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner Effortless Floor Cleaner Spit & Polish Stainless Steel Cleaner Counter Safe All Purpose … [Read more...]

Think you can’t join the Disney Vacation Club? 11 Ways to do Disney on a Budget!

It seems like everyone is a member of the Disney Vacation Club.  Except me.  I've always thought Disney was just too expensive. But guest blogger @DIYDoug shows us that doing Disney on a Budget IS possible! Read on for the 11 best tips to plan for Disney on a budget. A trip to Disney World is truly an experience. It makes for a great vacation for a family and offers something for all ages. With that said, it can be very expensive. Even if … [Read more...]

Made in Nature: My Two Favorite New Snacks (and One I Couldn’t Stand)

Disclosure: I received product from Mambo Sprouts and Made in Nature to facilitate this review. All opinions are always my own. One of the fun parts of blogging is getting to try new products before or as soon as they hit the market. Made in Nature, a company that specializes in healthy dried fruit snacks, is expanding to all sorts of organic, superfood, whole food snacks, and I got to try out their new line! For one thing, Made in … [Read more...]

Give a LivingSocial Experience + #Giveaway | #Gift2TalkAbout

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by LivingSocial. All opinions, as always, are my own. For the past month and a half, all I have heard from my family is, "What do the kids want for Christmas?" Well, I got sick of trying to think of ideas, so I just made an Amazon Wish List (it's here, if you're curious). But what if, this year, we focused on EXPERIENCES rather than things? I looked on my local LivingSocial page to see if there were any … [Read more...]