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

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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

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 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

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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

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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

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  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

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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...]

My Beach Vacation Essentials from Earth Mama Angel Baby |#EarthMama

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored 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! When I was chosen to participate in the Earth Mama Angel Baby Challenge and become an EMAB Ambassador this month, I realized that week 2 happened smack in the middle of my family's beach vacation. Vacation was 11 adults, 3 children, and 2 dogs in a … [Read more...]

Join the Earth Mama Angel Baby Challenge! | #Earthmamaforall #Ambassador

Earth Mama Angel Baby

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored 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! Many people remember where they were, or what they were doing when a major world event happened. I remember the exact moment that I heard about Earth Mama Angel Baby.  I was buying some cloth diapers I found on Craigslist. My son was 2 months old. … [Read more...]

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

CSA Community Supported Agriculture

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...]