Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Own Your Bod, Babe Monday May 17th

 After the year plus that we've collectively had, I'd love for us to be able to look back and say that we didn't let the way that we were affected physically, be something that breeds unhappiness for an extended period of time, especially as we see ourselves out of this whole ordeal *crosses fingers


I've had a lot of time to think about my body and what it does for me and this past year, it's become incredibly clear that our health is the utmost of importance. That's all there is to it. Seeing people pushing the "beauty ideal" rings even more hollow than it usually would have, especially because there are hundreds of better things to worry about than having no jiggle. I recorded a little IGTV (below) to sort of talk about how I have been feeling and why I want to encourage people to Own Their Bod, Babe in the year of our Lord 2021. It's about more than accepting our bodies, it's about appreciating everything that they do for us, including and not limited to remaining healthy in very stressful global pandemics!  😂


WHAT IS OWN YOUR BOD, BABE? It all started with a crop top, you can read the original post here. I felt free and wanted to encourage other people to feel that freedom that I felt, so invited people to help me celebrate owning our own body, and saying FU to the haters.



Also, I might have a couple of fun things up my sleeve for the ocassion! I always like to keep things interesting so am looking for some awesome giveaways and ways for people to be interactive with sharing! I am really looking forward to seeing how people feel the need to share and what they are talking about this year. It's been a challening one, that's for sure, why not release ourselves from societal pressure and have fun while we're doing it!


CHECK OUT THE OWN YOUR BOD, BABE APPAREL


For every piece of clothing or a hat that is purchased, the profit on each piece is going to Big Sister Boston, to encourage our local youth in a tangible way. It's important to me to find ways to ensure that girls and women continue to understand the importance of finding support and creating the life they want without being hindered by negative self esteem and low body image. This seems like a great place to start! Shop my Bonfire Store HERE. Let me know what you picked! I definitely treated myself to an "I Own It" sweatshirt and a "Sensitive" ballcap!


I am really looking forward to continuing the conversation around body positivity and encouraging one another to be proud of our bodies, what they can do for us and break down the negative self talk that has been ingrained since we are young. This shit takes some working out but once we start the journey, it can just get better and better!


Do you have any questions? I am here to help! And I hope to see you on May 17th!


Friday, April 16, 2021

Circle Home Plus and Our Family

*This post was created in collaboration with Circle Home Plus and the team at MomsMeet. Though this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Thank you, as always, for supporting Prim and Propah and the brands that I work with.

Picture this... you're living through a global pandemic. You're a mother of two young-ish small humans who are somewhere in between potty trained and somewhat independent. There are times where the house goes quiet and you worry that something horrible has happened because you simply don't trust them... this is when you take out the screens. Unfortunately, as the last year has raged on, my patience has run thinner and thinner, leaving me to depend more on the the most valued member of the family, the tablet. I ki,d, I kid, but you get what I'm saying.


So here we are, trying to reign this all in. The kids love their screen time and why wouldn't they? They use apps like they've been navigating technology since they were born, which they sort of have been. But I have realized that I've created little tech addicts and I'm hoping that, as a family, we can find a better balance. Which is why I am so happy that Circle Home Plus sent us their super easy to use device to help me manage the screen time issues in our home.




Here's how it works:


The Circle Home Plus device connects with your router to manage every Internet-connected device on your home network. You then download and use the Circle App to operate Circle and manage mobile devices (both iOS and Android) everywhere. Does it take up a lot of space? Absolutely not. It's as small a device as you could possibly hope for that does what this does and we parked it right behind the TV along with our other wifi compatible devices that help us manage all the techy things.

There are so many options that Circle Home Plus offers but seeing that my children are not yet on social media, we have some basic needs surrounding the internet so the device and app was super easy to set up for our family's needs. For now, the kids sort of follow our lead and listen (sometimes) when we say that it's time to log off but as you can see from the above picture, I often find my youngest especially, hiding somewhere with a tablet.

I can see my family growing with this device and service, adding bedtime and rewards as my kids are more robust internet users. I also haven't had the need but the PAUSE the internet button seems to me to have a lot of potential 👀 I think it will be important to lay the groundwork for them to be responsible for usage but have this device and app as my mother's helper. When the internet turns off, well, that's all she wrote, folks! I sort of love that we can apply these to the adult devices as well. Both my husband and I have been doom scrollers this past year and sometimes need to be told to just turn it off!





This device does require a subscription but to me, it's extremely useful and it is no more costly then any one of your streaming services. You can also choose to purchase a lifetime subscription, which would pay for itself in about three years based on the current monthly rate of  $9.99. Overall, I think this is a pretty great investment for the family! By the time my kids have their own phones and devices (not shared among the family), we'll be adept at navigating the Circle Home Plus, it's offerings and hopefully, our collective screen time!


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Comfy Clothes Forever, Please

Will I ever "dress to impress again"? Probably! But will I take into consideration that I just love being comfortable? Yes, absolutely. Over the past year, all that has keep me going are the matching sweatsuits and comfy jumpsuits that make me look cute but absolutely let my body breathe free! Like please give me all the loungewear sets because when you match it's like you actually cared to put the outfit together! Right? Well, a girl can dream.


Sweatsuit c/o Femme Luxe

I was talking with a friend this morning about all the grooming items we'll check off on our to-do lists once we are vaccinated. I am going to get eyelash extensions. I am going to get a long overdue facial. I am going to plan a spa day and maybe even go for a new bra fitting! I have plans to get this business back in business so to speak but will I ever forget what I learned in the past year? Not likely. The memory of all the comfy clothes and the clothes that I have been living in, will stay with me. I am not going to go out of my way to be uncomfortable but I'll remember the comfort!


Sweatsuit c/o Femme Luxe

Will I continue to buy Womens Tracksuit Sets and do photo shoots with my cat a la Kate Beckinsale? Yup! Will I buy some new Summer tops? Maybe. Will they all be cute AND comfortable? More than likely yes! Because it's not important for me to find clothes that look good but don't check off that comfy box. I can still look cute without sacrificing comfort. And I post you one last question: Did I post this in part because I wanted to show you the bougie cat picture? YUP! I did!


Sweatsuit c/o Femme Luxe



Friday, March 12, 2021

Explorer Academy Up in the House

*This post was written in collaboration with Moms Meet and National Geographic Explorer Academy. All opinions are 100 mine and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah!


I will not miss out of the opportunity to get my kids some cool new books. Now that Wes can ready pretty well, especially for an almost 7 year old, we are really digging into all the new avenues that have opened up now that I don't have to read everything to him at every juncture of the day! When I had the opp to snag the Explorer Academy Series of Books, I didn't hesitate... this seemed right up our alley!




My son is a strong reader for his age but still needs some help with big words and a little bit of comprehension but we started these books as soon as they arrived. We took turns reading each page, alternating between me and him. I can tell that he loved starting this series because the books have an "older kid" feel to them... because, well, they're recommended for kids aged 8-12. Without giving too much away about the plot and such, this is most definitely a kids adventure book but is not specific to "boys" or "girls" but rather makes space for any child who wants to experience a little mystery, adventure and a great story, that I would assume carries through to the next books (though we haven't made it that far yet) Book One: "Cruz Coronado applies to attend an exclusive school for explorers, the Explorer Academy, where his mother worked before dying in a mysterious lab accident. Plunged into a world of critical missions and code breaking, Cruz embarks on a global hunt for a secret formula that could reveal his hidden past. But it might be difficult—especially when you don’t know who you can trust."



On top of the books, I love that National Geographic has built a robust companion website that not only covers the reading but also has videos, games, education, art from the books and much more! My kids love to have their "screen time" so I've added this to the bookmarks on their tablet for further exploration that I would consider much better than your standard kids youtube fare. It just feels good to be able to trust that between the books and the website, I can put myself on auto pilot a but knowing that if he's reading/using Explorer Academy, then he's using his imagination and perhaps even learning! It's nice to be providing this reading enjoyment to him *pats self on the back*. Overall, this series is definitely one that I'd recommend! The team at MomsMeet and Explorer Academy sent me an additional set to giveaway, so rather than do your standard giveaway on the 'nets, I went to my local Buy Nothing group, which has been an amazing community support especially during the pandemic, and I offered them up, mentioning how great the books are. These found a home with another child in my community and I am so grateful to have been able to share Explorer Academy in multiple ways! Check out how you can get the first book in the series, at a discount, below!



I'm sure that your kids will love Explorer Academy, too so I am sharing a special discount code! The team at National Geographic is offering 50% off the first book, The Nebula Secret. Click here to use your special code 50OFFEA1 on Amazon. Offer valid 1/18/21 through 3/19/21 or while supplies last.



Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sticker Mule Fueling All my Branding Dreams

*This post is in collaboration with Sticker Mule. Even though I might get some free stickers out of this deal, I have purchase from them with my real money, many, many, many times before... so you know that I am legit on the level.


I think I discovered Sticker Mule on twitter because they have one of those accounts with personality and someone most definitely shared something and I was like what is this all about? Fast forward to my launch of Propah Pieces (before the world forever changed over the coronavirus) and I knew that I wanted to have some sort of swag that I could afford, so I orders some of the Sticker Mule custom stickers. Not only was the ordering process super easy, and they send a proof before you complete the order, but the stickers were in my mailbox within a couple days. It really was such an easy first experience with them, that it was a no brainer when I wanted pins and more stickers!




What I also love about Sticker Mule is that they're always running little deals so if there is a product you've had your eye on for your brand or business, but didn't want to pull the trigger just yet, they let you order a small quantity at a deal depending on what their promo is that week or month. I think it's a pretty cool program and it's exactly how I got hooked on the pins for Propah Pieces and my voting series of pins as well!





If you know what's good for you, Follow Sticker Mule on Twitter and check out all of their good stuff on the site. Whether you're creating stickers for Galentine's Day (like I did for my girlfriends this year) or pumping up your branding, I just love the crew over there!


Find Sticker Mule on their website, twitter, facebook, and instagram!