How to Use Essential Oils – An Easy Guide

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Milkweed Botanicals. However, all opinions are my own and I personally use essential oils every day. I confess. I'm sort of an essential oil junkie. In fact, my husband thinks I'm a little bit of an oil hoarder. Doesn't everyone have a container that looks like this?? All my oils end to end: Whether you're just starting your essential oil journey or have been using them for a while, here … [Read more...]

The Hungry Girl Comes to Rochester | #ROC #Wegmans

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One of the coolest things about having a blog like Mindfully Frugal Mom is being able to participate in unique local events.  On Thursday, May 8, I was asked to meet Lisa Lillien, aka "Hungry Girl" at the Pittsford Wegmans with other local bloggers and food writers to take a tour of the Pittsford Wegmans through the Hungry Girl's eyes. Lisa has written EIGHT bestselling books on food, health, and nutrition, and has appeared on the Food Network … [Read more...]

What is a CSA : What to Consider When Joining a Farm Share

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Update: Here are two recent  local news segments I did talking about CSAs and how CSA's benefit children and families. What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA, sometimes called a Farm Share, is a contract between a farmer and private individuals. The farmer sells shares at the beginning of the planting season, which helps him or her with initial costs. Then, the farmer delivers weekly "shares" to individuals or … [Read more...]

Natural Deodorant Review + HUGE Natural Product Giveaway | #MightyChallenge

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of MightyNest. I received compensation and product from MightyNest. All opinions, as always, are my own. Putting toxic chemicals under your arms stinks! That’s why MightyNest, an internet retailer of extraordinarily high quality and safe products for your home and family, asked me to put non-toxic Pit Paste to the test. Find out why you should choose a natural deodorant, then take the pledge … [Read more...]

How to Maintain My Healthy Home Using Ology Products |#WalgreensOlogy #CollectiveBias

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser, #WalgreensOlogy. Both of my children have asthma. My son's is mild, but my daughter's asthma can be severe, especially during the seasonal changes we are dealing with right now.  Because both of my children have these sensitivities, I try very hard to maintain my … [Read more...]

Do you have a Teenage Daughter? Then You Need to Know This: #ViactivYoursandHers

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I don't have a teenage daughter yet -- although my 4 year old certainly acts like one! I was surprised recently to learn that 86% of teenage girls have calcium-deficient diets. In fact, 68% of adult women are calcium deficient! Dietary and supplemental calcium is crucial for teenage girls especially because 95% of bone building occurs before age 20. Having strong bones is important for me and all the women in my life, including my daughter. … [Read more...]

How is Maple Syrup Made? Learning about Pure New York Maple Syrup

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Update: Starting March 26, you can enter to win a bottle of Schoff's Maple Syrup! Enter here! Did you know that this weekend and next is the annual Maple Syrup Weekend? We celebrated by going to a pancake breakfast -- made with Maple Syrup, of course! Then we headed over to Schoff's Sugar Shack in Victor, NY, to learn how Maple Syrup is made. Turns out, this year is a BAD year for syrup -- too cold. The sap has been freezing and hasn't had … [Read more...]

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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Why make your own egg dyes? Well, since eggs are an edible decoration, I would always prefer to feed my family actual edible food items instead of chemicals. Plus, it's just fun to make up natural dyes and create unique combinations! Update: Check out my segment on Fox Rochester where I give in-depth instructions and you can see exactly how my eggs turned out! I practiced using natural dyes on my Easter eggs last year too, but I think the … [Read more...]

Happy Tot Healthy Toddler Snacks: Best Friends Review & Giveaway

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Disclosure: I received Happy Tot Toddler Snacks from Happy Family to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. As part of my blogging life, I get to partner with amazing brands that completely fit with my tastes and values. Happy Family (@HAPPYsuperfoods) is one of those brands. Their snacks and meals for babies and toddlers are 100% organic, allergen-free, and full of solid nutrition that developing children need. Basically, I know if it … [Read more...]

Oral Health Tips for Kids | #ncdhm

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This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Trident and Mom it Forward. All opinions are my own.  February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Did you know? I didn't know that, either! I write a lot about healthy living on this blog, but rarely about oral health, which is a huge piece of the healthy living puzzle. To celebrate, Trident is offering this list of oral health tips for kids! And it doesn't stop there:  Trident is … [Read more...]

How to Stay Healthy All Winter by Using Probiotics to Maintain Digestive System Balance| #NaturalProbiotic #Collective Bias

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During the winter months, I do whatever it takes to keep my family healthy and stay healthy myself. One of the primary ways I do this is to maintain digestive system balance. Why do I focus on my belly? Medical research asserts that natural intestinal bacteria are necessary for a strong immune response to viruses and bacteria.  I also take essential oils internally on occasion, so I make sure to enhance my gut flora (ie the natural bacteria … [Read more...]

Ways to Save on Time and Healthcare Costs for Busy Yoga Moms | #HealthcareClinic #CollectiveBias

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As a busy yoga mom (yeah, I'm a mom who loves yoga!), I'm always looking for solutions to help me get on my way faster. The Walgreens Healthcare clinic is a great way to deal with all the little health inconveniences of life (flu shots! Sinus Infection! Eczema! Splinters!) quickly and easily. Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Philadelphia is the closest location to me, but they are located in most major markets. There are so many ways the healthcare … [Read more...]

How to Get Motivated to Work Out? Use music! | @BestBuyWOLF #GetMotivated

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 Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Best Buy. All opinions and scenarios are mine. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. It's the  first day using my new gym membership. I walk in, nervous and awkward, and look around. I can't figure out where to stash all my stuff (phone, wallet, keys, water bottle, my Misfit activity tracker), so I bring it with me. I find a free treadmill, jump on, and . . … [Read more...]

How Walgreens Pharmacy Chat helped me survive the Polar Vortex of 2014 | #WalgreensRX #shop #cbias

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We were trapped in the house during the Polar Vortex of January 2014.  My family were happily playing video games, putting together a new puzzle, and everyone was calm and having fun.  I was curled up on the couch in misery. My issue? Nothing glamorous like the flu or pneumonia. I had plain old trapped gas. Due to chronic ulcerative colitis and a splenic flexure, if I eat the wrong things for long enough (or sometimes, just once), my abdomen … [Read more...]