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...]

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...]

The Only Color Analysis You Will Ever Need

I've written many, many times about my love of online consignment retailer Twice.  I've purchased everything from jeans to shoes to Anthropologie dresses. Here's the thing I haven't written about -- in nearly every order (and I probably purchase something at least once a month), I end up shipping something back. It's the wrong color, or size, or it just looks. . .wrong. Now, I love Twice, and I love shopping. But I don't love shipping things … [Read more...]

Destiny USA Winter Fun Day Pass Giveaway | #SYR #CNY #GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is sponsored by Destiny USA. All experiences and opinions are my own.   On a very rainy day last summer, I took my family to Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY!  Destiny USA’s Summer Fun Day Pass, which ran from June 2014 to August 2014 was a huge hit for families who wanted to enjoy a fun vacation without spending much money. Now, they are offering a winter version: The Winter Fun Day Pass. If you're looking for ideas for … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chili Recipe | Chili con “Coffee” with Local Ingredients

This is a guest post by Chris Clemens from Exploring Upstate. There's little that I love more than exploring my surroundings and that requires a lot of energy. While I don't exactly consider myself to be a 'foodie', finding great things to eat that fuel my next adventure is imperative. Many of those meals are found on the road but every once in a while I find myself tinkering in my own kitchen. My "Chili con Coffee" recipe has become a … [Read more...]

Giveaway: 4 Monster Jam Tickets at the Blue Cross Arena | #mymonsterjam

Disclosure: These tickets were provided to me by Feld Entertainment Monster Jam Opening Night is January 16 at the Blue Cross Arena! The event will be in Rochester from Jan 16-18, 2015.  So, I've never actually attended a Monster Jam show before. But I have friends who have brought their kids, and I've heard only raves. In fact, I'm planning on giving my almost-7-year-old son tickets for Christmas this year, and I think he'll be super-pumped … [Read more...]

Free Fun Activities for Fall In Upstate New York + Printable Fall Bucket List

Even though I'm not completely ready for cooler temperatures this year, the fall is a beautiful and exciting time of year in upstate New York. Make sure to print out this Fall Bucket List:   Here is a great list of free or super-cheap fun activities for fall.  Everything on this list is accurate now, but it never hurts to call your destination to make sure the activity is still on before you drag the kids into the car! Update: When I … [Read more...]

Kids Eat Free Rochester

Here’s a full list of all the places where kids eat free in Rochester, NY! I’m continually adding to this list, and I’d love if you share your experiences and successes in the comments! Monday: Bazil in Penfield and Henrietta Quaker Steak & Lube Mario’s Italian Steakhouse (Brighton) Moe’s Southwest Grill (all locations), 1 menu item Tuesday: Aja Noodle, Brighton and Fairport Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse (Henrietta) Colie’s … [Read more...]

Win Two Tickets to the New York State Fair | #Giveaway #NYS

Disclosure: These tickets were provided by the New York State Fair Who is going to the Fair? The New York State Fair will showcase the best that New York State has to offer in agriculture, entertainment and education. Over a 12-day period (Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, 2014), the Fair will attract nearly one million visitors from across New York State, the U.S. and Canada. The 2014 Fair will highlight many diverse aspects of New York State, … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Looking for Things to Do in Syracuse, NY? Go to Destiny USA and win a Summer Fun Pass! #Giveaway

 Disclosure: I was given tickets to Destiny USA to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Last week, my whole family and I were vacationing on Lake Ontario. Monday morning we woke up to thunderstorms, lightning, and the most depressing gloom.  Three children, 10 adults, and nothing to do. We were looking for things to do in Syracuse, NY, and remembered my Summer Fun Passes to Destiny USA! Destiny is in the former Carousel Mall, but … [Read more...]

Win Tickets to The Hottest NY Auto Show: The Syracuse Nationals Car Show!

Disclosure: Tickets were provided to me to give away by Syracuse Nationals   I love it when I can participate in amazing local events, and the Syracuse Nationals NY Auto Show is truly amazing! The 15th anniversary of PPG Syracuse Nationals presented by Fastrac Markets and Your Local Ford Store will kick off this summer at the New York State Fairgrounds, Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20. The three-day automotive extravaganza has … [Read more...]

The Hungry Girl Comes to Rochester | #ROC #Wegmans

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

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...]