A Tour of the Rochester NY Costco: Is it Worth the Membership?

Costco Rochester NY

There was a LOT of buzz surrounding last week's opening of Costco in  Rochester, NY. While I did not feel compelled to visit on the very first day, I finally had the opportunity to hop in after work this week. My hopes were high. Very high. In fact, I was so confident, I spent $50 on a membership before I even stepped a foot in the store. Before you chastise me for such impulsivity, I had done some research; the location is 2 minutes from my … [Read more...]

Revita5 Food and Fitness Challenge Update: The Halfway Mark + Confessions

Food and Fitness Challenge

Disclosure: I received the Revita5 Challenge at a blogger rate, but all experiences and opinions are my own. When I started the Revita5 Food and Fitness Transformation two and a half weeks ago, it was with optimism and enthusiasm.  A couple weeks later, my efforts have flagged somewhat, but I am still seeing some really great results of the Revita5 program. First, though,  my confessions. My Revita 5 Confessions: I didn't take my Revita5 … [Read more...]

My Indigo Tones Color Analysis – Complete with Hair-tervention.

Color Analysis

It was over two months ago when I announced that I was going to have Kerry from Indigo Tones do my personalized color analysis. But then life got in the way, and I haven't been able to get in for an appointment until this past week. Let me tell you, it was pretty life-changing. And before you say, but, it's just colors! Isn't this just an exercise in vanity? Only if saving money, minimalizing your wardrobe (it's a good thing), and gaining … [Read more...]

Revita5 Food and Fitness Transformation: This is My Before.

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Disclosure: While this is an unpaid post, I did get a special blogger deal on the Revita5 Group Challenge. But here's the thing: I'm still going to be doing this along with everyone else, and my struggles, successes, and opinions are, as always, my own. Listen, this is not my first ride on the Body-Cleanse Train. I've done the Brightspring 10-day Detox (which went well) and a Juice Cleanse (which didn't). Clean eating, superfoods, and organic … [Read more...]

Stitch Fix Review: Forget Everything You Know About Fashion Subscription Boxes

Stitch Fix 4

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. Stitch Fix, as far as I know, doesn't even know about this post. I will, however, get a credit to the service if you sign up through my link. I have been hearing about Stitch Fix, mostly through word of mouth but occasionally through a blog review, for over a year.  I've been dying to try it, except for one nagging worry holding me back: Would the items I got in my "Fix" be more expensive than I … [Read more...]

The Only Color Analysis You Will Ever Need

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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...]

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas + 15% off at Modcloth

VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS

This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Some of my absolute favorite clothing items - the ones that garner compliments EVERY time I wear them - are from Modcloth. Modcloth has super sweet and sassy Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas. My favorite look is casual but heavy on the hearts! I just love these pieces. Heartbeat the Heat Sweater - I would wear this 24/7/264. … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Eyelash Lengthening at CVS Minute Clinic – Yes, Really! | #HealthYourself

CVS Minute Clinic

This is a sponsored post on behalf of CVS MinuteClinic. All opinions are my own. If there is one thing 2014 has taught me, it is that self-care is WAAAAY more important than I thought it was. Doing little things, every day, to take care of my own mental health and self-esteem really helped me function more effectively, especially when life got difficult. One of those little things I did last year was play around more with makeup.  I started … [Read more...]

Yes, even Thick-Haired Girls deal with Hair Loss: How I make my Hair Grow Faster with #Hairfinity

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of TapInfluence and Hairfinity. All opinions and hairstyles pictured in this post are my own. So, my hair is kinda my thing. I can gain or lose weight, be tan or pale, and it really doesn't matter. But what kind of hair day I'm having? That absolutely affects my mood and sense of well-being on a daily basis. It may seem shallow, but I think many gals would agree with me that how their hair looks … [Read more...]

World Prematurity Day and My Family’s Story | #MC, #RSVAwareness #PreemieProtection #Sponsored

Mason at the zoo

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   I was pregnant with my son in March 2008. When I was 35 weeks, 6 days, my water broke.  24 hours later, my 5 pound, 13 oz bundle of joy was born. It was a LONG, painful labor. But even more painful was the few days after he was born when I … [Read more...]

Care Conversations: How to Choose a Long-Term Care Option For a Parent

Care Conversations

While this conversation is sponsored by Global Influence, all opinions are of course my own. Several years ago, it became apparent to my family that my grandmother would not be able to live independently. After several falls and finally a stroke, we had to gather as a family and discuss our options. The series of conversations (it's never just one!) that ensued were absolutely heart-wrenching. Finally, after several months of back and … [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...]

I’m headed to ShiftCon! #ShiftHappens

You may have noticed that I have been posting more sporadically recently. There have been a lot of exciting changes happening for me, both on the blog and personally. However, this weekend, I'm headed to ShiftCon -- the very first social media conference focused on wellness, health, and the environment. I can't wait to network with brands that I already use and love, like Earth Mama Angel Baby and Stonyfield Farms.  In addition, all the … [Read more...]