The One Where Jermaine Paul Sings to Me and I get an HTC One Harman Kardon Smartphone

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Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Session. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. It was the highlight of my month and I freaking love that phone!   If I ever complain about how "hard" being a blogger is (and there are moments), just remind me of my experience at the Sprint Sound … [Read more...]

Help Me Decide! #WarbyHomeTryOn

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Disclosure: This is a compensated conversation on behalf of Warby Parker If you've ever had to pick out a pair of glasses, you know what an awful process it is. First, you try on ALL.THE.GLASSES. Then you get opinions. Then you ignore all the opinions. Finally, you're left with something that hopefully you'll love for the next couple of years until you do it all over again. Here's where Warby Parker comes in. They offered me a Free Home Try … [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...]

My Big Announcement, Most Popular Posts, and New Year’s Resolutions

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When I last posted, right before Christmas, I hinted that I had a big announcement coming up for the New Year. I just couldn't wait until January 1, so I'm sharing it now. For all of 2014, I will be a Stonyfield Blogger Captain! What does that mean? It means that I'll be working with a team of 20+ East Coast bloggers to bring you recipes, fun contests, and (I love this part) coupons and giveaways for Stonyfield Organic (which, by the … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from Mindfully Frugal Mom

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Thank you so much for being with me in 2013 and reading this little blog. I've been so humbled and overwhelmed by messages I've received from some of you recently about how this blog has helped make some aspect of life easier. That is exactly what keeps me going. I hope you and your family are blessed and have a joyful New Year. What can you expect in the New Year? First,  I will be making an exciting announcement, and I have a few fun new … [Read more...]

Mindfully Frugal Mom Holiday Gift Guide | My Favorite Things

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Welcome to Mindfully Frugal Mom's Holiday Gift Guide! This is a sampling of many products and services that I have enjoyed and recommend. You may notice that several of the items are local, handmade, or both. I am making a conscious (mindful?) decision this year to patronize local and/or handmade companies.  I hope you enjoy this list. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom, where there will be a giveaway for some of the items you … [Read more...]

Black Friday Tips: Mindfully Frugal Mom on 13-Wham

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If you missed it this morning, make sure to take a look at my segment on 13-Wham this morning with Evan Dawson:  http://www.13wham.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/1125-mommy-bloggers-black-friday-guide-1032.shtml You can also see my full Black Friday shopping strategies post here -- I cover both in store and online shopping techniques! … [Read more...]

Bringing Favorite Books to Life with Netflix #StreamTeam

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It's no secret to anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes that I love to read, and I share that love with my children.   Netflix is featuring several great movies this month that tie in with popular and classic children's books. One of our favorites is the Magic School Bus. My son is obsessed with science and the natural world. He enjoys reading the Magic School Bus books from the library, and The Magic Schoolbus Series is one of his top … [Read more...]

10 reasons why the best e reader will never, ever, ever be as good as an actual book

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As someone who uses and in fact, promotes e-readers and e-books on this site, it’s not, strictly speaking, very bright of me to publish this post. But I just got home from taking my little daughter to the library, for probably the 100th time in her life, and I was smacked in the face -- again -- but the ultimate superiority of actual, physical, books over e-readers. Just a few reasons why a real book will always be better than even the best … [Read more...]

Famous Quotes : Oscar Wilde

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PB Crave Recipe Contest AND Giveaway! Vote and Enter to Win!

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  Disclosure: I was given a pack of this product with which to create my recipe for the Recipe Contest and compensated for the post. All opinions are solely my own.Starting today, and until 8/28, PB Crave, a new (and absolutely to-die-for) brand of gourmet natural peanut butters,  is hosting a huge recipe contest! One of the recipes is mine - but I can't tell you which one! That wouldn't be fair, would it? ;) But please go vote … [Read more...]

5 Natural Remedies Dr. Travis Stork from the Doctors Personally Uses

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Being at the BlogHer conferene in Chicago was educational, inspiring, and thought-provoking. But I also got to do super-cool things, like interview Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors. Let me be completely upfront and admit that I never watch The Doctors, and when I have been in the room when it is on, it tends to annoy and infuriate me with information that is either hopelessly generic, appearance-centered, or just wrong … [Read more...]

Why BlogHer Chicago could make you Question Everything

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I've finally home from the insane 4-day weekend that is a BlogHer conference. My mind? Blown. My back? Sore. My ears? Bleeding. (But not for the reason you think). There is no way to distill 4 days of complete Blog-related mayhem into 1 post, so consider this the first of an indeterminate number of BlogHer  wrap-up posts. When non-bloggers ask me how my "Blog Conference" went, it's hard to describe it in "lay" terms. … [Read more...]

BlogHer 13 : Chicago, Here I Come!

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In just three days I will be in Chicago at the largest conference of bloggers, male and female, in the United States - BlogHer '13. In a way, it's like Comic Con or SXSW - just without the omnipresent celebrities and traditional press coverage. But just because you won't read about BlogHer in People magazine doesn't mean that BlogHer has any small amount of influence. In fact, the thousands of bloggers, social media experts, and virulent … [Read more...]