Party Favors For Kids’ Birthday Parties that Don’t Create Clutter

Party Favor Ideas

I have a recurring conversation with my closest mom friends every year at this time. We all agree that Birthday Party "goodie bag"-type favors are the worst. And yet, WE ALL GIVE THEM OUT. We hate them. We hate it when our kids bring them home. So then why, in the name Disney Junior, do we keep subjecting ourselves and our fellow parents to these bags filled with disposable plastic junk that just clutters up our homes. THERE MUST BE A BETTER … [Read more...]

What do Probiotics Do For Children? Turns out, a lot! #BioGaia #ChildrensProbiotics


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of BioGaia and MomSelect. All opinions on probiotics (and everything else) are my own. Once you have children, bodily functions that maybe weren't socially acceptable to bring up in public before you had kids, like pooping, farting, and barfing, are such a part of the daily life of a parent that they are a major topic of discussion. Recently I received a text from my husband, about the frequency, … [Read more...]

FREE $50 Credit to Doctor on Demand Online Healthcare Service: #IC #FeelBetter #Spon

Doctor on Demand #spon

“I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Doctor On Demand. I received a free trial coupon code to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”   Moms, do you remember the last time you got sick? Did you immediately call the doctor, make an appointment,  get it taken care of, and go on with your life? I didn't think so. As parents, it is so easy to focus … [Read more...]

Forget Everything You Know about New Year’s Resolutions | #StonyfieldBlogger


Ok, ok, it's a little late to be sharing New Year's Resolutions. And as I posted on my Mindfully Frugal Mom Facebook page a few weeks ago, I typically don't buy into the whole "resolution" thing. Mostly because I am terrible at keeping them.  But since we're a few weeks into 2015, I want to share a few practices my family and I have been working on successfully this year. Like many people, my kids and I all ate terribly over the holidays. Ok, … [Read more...]

Homemade Face Moisturizer – Only 3 Ingredients!

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You're probably sick by now of me going on and on and on about how much I LURVE using the Oil Cleansing Method to wash my face. In a nutshell, it's easy to make, it's super cheap (about $15 per YEAR), and I have gotten tons of compliments on my clear skin since I started using it. The truth is, because the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is SO effective, I rarely need to use moisturizer. However, in the cold winter months when my skin tends to get … [Read more...]

Freshana makes it EASY and Convenient to Go Green in my Cleaning Routine

Go green

It's no secret I've been using and promoting my homemade DIY green cleaners for years. I do think household cleaners are an important and relatively easy area in which to go green. In the space of the a month, though, I have moved, taken on not one but two new jobs, and frankly, I haven't had the time or inclination to make my own cleaners.  Let's face it - something HAS to give. I was approached by the folks at Freshana 100% Organic Household … [Read more...]

4 Things That Won’t Happen at ShiftCon Social Media Conference |#shiftcon

Last week I attended the Shiftcon Social Media Eco Wellness Conference. To say that it was life-changing does not overstate the impact of this first-time conference. Here are the things that WON'T happen at ShiftCon: 1. You won't worry about GMOs in your food. Well, you will, but not the food served at ShiftCon. Founders Leah and Mark Segedie meticulously trained every member of the hotel staff in how to serve the carefully sourced organic, … [Read more...]

Cold Remedies for Kids: A Spoonful of Dr. Cocoa helps the Medicine Go down! |#DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

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 This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own. I knew I was lucky with my first child. Whenever Mason needed to take medication (which between asthma and recurrent high fevers, was often), he would take it easily and quickly without a peep. And then my daughter Emma was born. She started out taking her meds just fine. Until last year when she turned … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Moving and Healthy with The Best Fitness Tracker for kids: The LeapBand |#FitMadeFun #spon

Leap Band

 Disclosure: I was provided Clif Bars and 2 Leapfrog LeapBands for the purpose of hosting my own #FitMadeFun party. All opinions and experiences are my own. Do you have a wearable fitness tracker like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or Misfit Shine?  I have the Shine, and I love it for keeping me motivated and moving every day. These devices are wonderful for adults, but what about kids?  We all know how important it is for kids to be active and … [Read more...]

How to Use Essential Oils: The Top Five Must-Have Essential Oils

how to use essential oils

Essential oils are pretty amazing. They smell wonderful and they also have numerous purposes. You can use them to freshen up your house, disinfect surfaces, relieve body pains or help your digestion. There are countless easy ways to use essential oils, especially if you buy a starter kit. Essential oils are the aromatic oils that are extracted from various plants. Their medicinal properties have been used for thousands of years, providing … [Read more...]

My #EarthMama Vacation Packing List and Two Must-Have Products

Vacation Packing List

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored #EarthMama ambassadorship for Earth Mama Angel Baby. All opinions are always my own and I truly adore the Earth Mama products and believe in the company mission! My family and I have been traveling a fair amount this summer. Typically, this involves multiple bags - clothes, toys, toiletries, and first aid remedies. Since I have undertaken the  Earth Mama Angel Baby Challenge, I have whittled down … [Read more...]

Win a $50 Gift Card to Hart’s Local Grocers! |#ROC #Giveaway

Hart's Local Grocers

Last Monday I was treated to an early entry into Hart's Local Grocers on Winthrop Street in Rochester.  From the moment I walked in,  the care and the love that everyone who works at Hart's has for the place is evident. I cannot wait until the opening on Friday, August 15, 2014!  It will be open to the public at 10 am, so if you're local, come on out! Hart's has a long history in Rochester - in 1938 there were over 130 self-service stores! … [Read more...]

Free Essential Oils Webinar – August 21

Back to School

  My friend Tanna of Milkweed Botanicals is hosting an online webinar featuring tips on using essential oils to ease the back to school transition. This webinar will be on August 21 from 8-9pm. It's going to be a super informative event, so if you're interested in attending (it's free!) sign up here.   More Questions? Make sure to read my easy guide on  how to use essential oils. … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids with Stonyfield #RocktheLunchbox

Rock the Lunchbox

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.   Regardless of what my children want in their lunchbox, if it is not easy for me to prepare and throw together the night before, it won't happen.  I asked them what to draw their "dream lunch,"  and this is what they came up with: Don't hate. They sadly inherited my (non-existent) artistic ability. I recently was sent this awesome Rock the … [Read more...]