Monday, October 12, 2020

Peach and a Continually Cool Partnership

 *I have been a Peach ambassador for a couple of years now so you know that when I am talking about Peach it is due to a great partnership where both parties sincerely value one another!

I have been working with Peach for a couple of years now and I am always grateful when they reach out for another campaign or capsule collection. As someone who doesn't fit the mold when it comes to "high style, thin type" influencer, their focus on real, active women, in their real, active lives, is something that always impresses me. They work as a team, for their team and for their community of stylists, ambassadors and customers.

You'll continue to see me sporting their gear, talking about their initiatives, like their Thrive Workshops and how they are contributing to their community through cool events and virtual meet ups. When a brand isn't just trying to sell you stuff, but actually cares about creating a relationship, I pretty much love that.

On October 15th, you can join one of their signature Thrive Workshops! Yes, they are opening it up to their community beyond stylists and ambassadors. How cool is that? I loved this workshop when I participated last year. You basically take an assessment that helps you dig into your internal strengths, tapping into what you're truly good at, whether you know it or not!

Thrive Workshop: Unleash Your Superpowers

October 15th at 7PM ET
Tickets $35

Use promo code: AMANDA10
This will treat you to $10 off the ticket price for the workshop!

Get excited to dig into discovering your internal strengths and celebrating the uniqueness that is YOU. The outcome of this work can help you to discover your true north in the headwinds of today.

In a 75-minute interactive presentation, we will explore:
1. How to identify your signature internal strengths
2. How to operationalize and optimize these strengths for growth
3. How to flip the script on “weaknesses”

Each attendee will receive a link to take their own strengths assessment ahead of time so your results can be discussed at the event.

Attendees will also receive an exclusive discount to purchase our Strengths Bracelets so you can wear your strengths with pride and remind yourself that you are uniquely YOU!

Taking the character traits assessment through Peach's Thrive Workshop was so interesting and fun, too! The assessment itself didn't take very long to complete and once I was given my top strengths, I sort of felt encouraged by what I have always found to be one of my best qualities (honesty) coming up right on top of my list.

The team at Peach explained that this strength, and the others, can be more than just the literal interpretation. Yes, I am honest but I also approach things in my life in an honest and authentic way. That totally resonated with me. It's very cool how once you know what your top character strengths are, that you can see how you are actually living them. And maybe something I thought I represented, like being full of Zest, landed closer to the bottom. It's OK if "Zest" isn't one of my top strengths and focusing my energy there, isn't a valuable use of my time. The workshop really gave me some things to think about and great insight.

They break down your Top 5 and explain what each means and could mean for you. My Character Strength report came with individual highlights of my top Strengths (Honesty, Gratitude, Kindness, Humor and Fairness) and short journaling prompts for each one. This workshop was great, especially if you're looking to dive deeper into what makes you tick! I would recommend it for sure!

Shop my most recent Peach looks!

In this post I am wearing the 7/8 reversible leggings, in deep blue camo, the Harper Bra in deep blue camo,  the Akari Anorak, the Peach signature branded cap. and the Kristina Seamless Legging.

You can find Peach online, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Country Life Gut Connection™ Kids

*This post was created in collaboration with MomsMeet and Country Life. All opinions are my own and like with anything, please do your own researcg before purchasing a product for yourself... and thank you, as always, for supporting Prim and Propah. 

You may remember that I talked about Country Life before, when I tried the Gut Connection supplements specfically designed for adults. Well this time around, Country Life sent me the supplement line designed just for our kids. Country Life is introducing Gut Connection™ Kids, which is a natural extension of the popular adult line. With fun and tasty animal-shaped chewables, and a delicious chocolate powder, they designed these so our kids will love taking their supplements. They come with different variants for specific issues that your kids might be experiencing. 

Digestive Balance™ focuses on providing your kids with the nutrients they need to maintain good gut and immune health, help reduce occasional bloating or discomfort, and even improve weekly bowel movements.

Cognitive Balance™ contains a powerful prebiotic blend to maintain gut health and support communication between your kids central nervous and digestive systems.

Immune Balance™ is a scientifically formulated blend of prebiotics balanced with other immune-supporting ingredients to support a strong & healthy immune system and improve gut microbiome health.

Sleep Balance™ a seamless combination of helpful gut-focused ingredients, each serving contains Lactium, a patented bioactive peptide coming from milk, used widely in Europe to help reduce stress so that your kids can fall asleep faster & longer

I will say that with anything you're putting in your body, and especially the bodies of your growing children, it's important to do some of your own research to determine what, if any, type of prebiotic supplements that your kids might need to take. What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are special plant fibers that help healthy bacteria grow in your gut. This makes your digestive system work better. via WebMD

For instance, we do not have any real issues getting my kids to sleep (knock on wood) so we do not need to use Sleep Balance. But on the other hand, am I looking for ways to safely boost my kids immunity at this stage of the game? Yes, so Immune Balance piqued my interest right from the get-go. This wouldn't be appropriate for my youngest because it is important to note that these are for children 4 years old and up.

What I love about Country Life is that they have a Money Back Guarantee. You can literally fill out a form if you aren't happy with the product for any reason. So if you feel like you have done your research, spoken with your pediatrician and these supplements are something you're interested in, you can be sure that you'll be able to try without too much worry about wasting money.

You can find Country Life on their site, Facebook, twitter and Instagram! Use code MOMS20 for 20% off of your order!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Black Elderberry Power with Sambucol

*This post was created in collaboration with Moms Meet and Sambucol. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you as always for supporting Prim and Propah and my partners! 

Before being invited to participate in this MomsMeet program, I had already been a daily user of the Sambucol Black Elderberry gummies. I have been taking them for a couple of years now at least. I guess someone had recommended taking them through cold and flu season, and once I did, I just never stopped. I swear that through many a kid's cold, sniffles, and yes even strep throat, I have made it through relatively unscathed. Of course, my blog is in no way a health blog. I am not a doctor. But I can tell you what my experiences has been with black elderberry products, specifically Sambucol.

So, per the Sambucol site:  Elderberries have an extremely high concentration of certain flavonoids called anthocyanins which are responsible for the berry’s signature deep purple color. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that work within the immune system to enhance the body’s response and keep it functioning at its best. According to the United States Department of Agriculture the highest concentration of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries, nearly double the amount found in any other fruit. This gives black elderberries twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries.

I think the thing that first drew me to Elderberry Gummies was the idea of boosting immunity but once I did more research, not just on the Soambucol site, it became clear that added antioxidants is a major plus. "Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you're exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation." -Mayo Clinic... Especially as we head into a cold and flu season unlike any other, I don't see why we shouldn't be adding elderberry to our daily vitamin or supplement routines.

Sambucol has created multiple ways to get your elderberry! You can use the gummies (my personal favorite), take a syrup by spoon, add tablets to your water, use lozenges and even pop a quick capsule. There are even options for kids as well. You're sure to find the best way for you and your family.

You can find Sambucol online, on Facebook, twitter and Instagram!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Priddy Books, Staples on any Child's Bookshelf

 *This post was created in collaboration with MomsMeet and Priddy Books. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting Prim and Propah and the brands that help us go and grow!

When I had my first baby shower, we got so many books to fill the little corner bookshelf that we'd built for the nursery. Classic children's stories and colorful little board books filled the little baby library basket during gift time. It was amazing to see so many people wanting to encourage reading to my new little baby. We've read so many over the years but Aamong some of the favorite books that my kids have "read" from even the earliest age have been board books from Priddy Books. You've likely seen these books yourself when looking for kids' gifts or to enrich the lives of your own kids. They're timeless in that they can be passed from kid to kid and then on to other families without losing their value!

These books have always brought a smile to my face because they're wholesome and actually help our kids learn in the most fundamental ways, by viewing shapes, letters, numbers, animals etc. Some of our favorites have even incorporated touch into the equation, giving an added sensory bonus to the reading experience.

As my kids have gotten older, we've seen books come and go but I've had a hard time handing these awesome board books onto other kids. I taught my oldest all about colors and animals every night laying in bed when it was just me and him. Now my oldest works with my little guy on the same things, though they do get into more disagreements than I would. But I love seeing them read together even if it's just talking about what they're seeing.

I've also taken to adding books like this to baby shower gifts heading out to friends having new little ones. These are awesome additions to little collections because you know they're going to be great, even when the babies are only just sitting up and looking at things. The bright colors and familiar objects make for a fun introduction to books that will hopefully encourage a lifelong love of reading. Out of all the Priddy Books, which ones are your favorites?

You can find Priddy Books online, on Facebook and Twitter! Purchase easily on Amazon!

Monday, August 17, 2020

An Update on Comcast's Internet Essentials Program

*This post was created in collaboration with Comcast New England. Any opinions are my own.

I’ve written about Comcast before. I’m sure you’ve even read a post or two. I have loved working with them and continue to be interested in all the things that they are doing entertainment-wise and also within the company. I’m continually impressed with them and the initiatives that they feel are important. Last week, Comcast made announcements about their Internet Essentials program that will most certainly make a huge difference with low-income students and families, especially headed into this new school year where so much is unknown about how our kids are going to be learning.

As a parent to at least one school aged child, I do not know what we would do without reliable access to the internet. Literally every piece of remote learning is done via an app or through shared drives. Thinking about families struggling to have access to the internet makes me so worried for them. But thanks to programs like Comcast’s Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP), cities, schools and nonprofits can work together to ensure that large numbers of school aged children, grades K-12, are able to access internet service and also be connected to devices like laptops and tablets. When the pandemic hit, Comcast jumped to and they have already signed up more than 70 schools across the country, serving more than 200,000 students. Distance learning may be a reality for a lot of Americans as we head into Fall. Access to essentials should not be an added worry for these families.

“We’ve seen firsthand that low-cost Internet access is an important part of improving digital equity and creating positive opportunities for low-income students and families,” said Dana Strong, President of Xfinity Consumer Services. “Through this new partnership program, we are accelerating the efforts of cities, schools, philanthropies, nonprofits, and private citizens to collaborate and open the doors of Internet access for more families in need.”



In nearly ten years, Internet Essentials has become the nation’s largest and most successful low-income Internet adoption program and has connected millions of people to the Internet. It offers households low-cost, broadband Internet service for $9.95/month, the option to purchase a heavily subsidized computer, and multiple options for digital literacy training. Comcast continues to offer new Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet access if they sign up before the end of 2020. So here’s where they are making this accessible to so many more people. They are providing a necessary service at an extremely affordable price. The Comcast team is bringing these resources to the communities that need them the most. And I’m here for it.

You can see the cities where Comcast has already secured partnerships here. If you are finding that you think you may need to apply for the Internet Essentials program, you can access that information here. The team over there really does want to expand and provide internet access to as many people as possible and I find that admirable, especially in such an uncertain time when people need to have access to their communities, families, friends and remote education.