Monday, July 13, 2020

Lean into Community: Local Farms

We'll see if this actually turns into a series but I wanted to start talking about leaning into community. To me, this pandemic, among other things, has increased my awareness of the importance of community and not just in a fluffy way. We are all so intertwined in our communitites whether we are actively "involved" or purposely try not to get involved. Our actions, our involvement and our dollars spent here (or wherever you are) help to shape the environments in which we live, to some extent.  One of the biggest and impressive steps that our family, and a lot of other families in my area, has taken is to throw our full support behind local farmers and food providers.



Now I am going to be talking specifically about Springdell Farms in Littleton, MA (and a handful of other farms/stands are included in this) but I know that your community has offerings like this as well... you just have to look! In just a matter of months, we have moved to a meat share and a Summer CSA (with a Winter share on the docket). Our family's goal was to see the majority of our food, especially during the Summer, come from a local source. I mean, I still have to buy my Diet Coke (don't judge) and Graham Crackers somewhere but I wanted the majority of our food to be locally sourced if at all possible.

This plan has many reasons. Knowing where your food comes from is a big one. I love seeing the fields full of green, or the tomatoes ripening or my boys picking berries for themselves, sometimes leaving their shoes and masks in their wake lol. It's a really good feeling, to be honest. Knowing your farms and farmers is amazing. Jamie and her team at Springdell might not grow everything themselves but they bring in amazing items from all over New England. Our most recent obsession is the pudding from Echo Farms in Hinsdale, NH that Jamie brings in for our farm. My kids love picking it up weekly with our CSA share and something about that just seems special to me. Like my dream is to have my kids remember annual berry picking and share pickups. Doesn't that just seem nice? I like being able to show them in one of the simplest ways, how we are a part of our local community.




For a family that eats meat, it's also really important to know that our consumption is as healthy for our world as possible. My husband and I had been talking about it for quite some time and we finally jumped in on a year meat share, deciding that it was more important for us to know where our farm animals were living and how they were being cared for... and since May we haven't bought any meat from the grocery store, instead experimenting with what surprises we get in our monthly share. You might think that the meat share is more expensive but with the rising prices in the grocery store, especially due to Covid and meat processing plants,  it actually hasn't been that much more so. And we can feel good about the support/money that is staying local.




Our farm, and many others like it, have created a space that's welcoming to families and their neighbors. When the pandemic "hit" in March, our local spot opened up early and brought in pantry items for people to grab from the open air stand. This felt safer and when a lot of people were afraid to go into grocery stores, Springdell was providing the service our town needed. Since the beginning, solid communication has been coming from Springdell Farms about their offerings, what they're doing for our farming community, what other farmers and vendors are popping up and plans for the future.

Jamie hasn't been shy about posting about the offers to buy her land and the farm. I would assume that her situation isn't special and that other farmers are getting similar offers. Developers all over New England are looking at local farms and wondering how much they could build, sell and turn a profit on that very land... and it makes me sad. If we don't support our local farms (and other small businesses), they will no longer be, it's just as simple as that. I don't want to live in a world where we value factory farms, especially for meat, and let our world become more developed and environmentally unstable in the process. It's just not something I want, and you shouldn't either. But I'm not here to scold you. I'm here to encourage you.



When we talking about leaning into community, there can be so many ways to do this. Visiting your local farms and farmer's markets, is one amazing (and quick) way to send a jolt of support right into your local economy and community. I encourage you to find a farm stand in your area right now because we are in one of the best seasons of the year for amazing produce, veggies, homemade items and fresh offerings. You'll thank me when your dinner table has amazing corn, friggin' delish squash, tomatoes and blueberries that won't last two days in your house. Plus, you'll just feel good about it, too. I promise.

How else can I talk about leaning into community that makes sense right now?




Thursday, June 25, 2020

What's the Latest with Comcast New England?

*This post was created in collaboration with Comcast New England and Xfinity. All opinions are my own and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah and my partners.

Last week, as I could hear my husband struggling to get our kids to bed, I poured myself a glass of wine and hopped on a virtual call with the team from Comcast New England. In the past, I have attended in person events with this team, but obviously due to COVID-19, we had to do the thang over the internets… which I suppose is fitting because Xfinity provides stellar, strong internet services? OK ok, I am getting off track quickly here. We sat down for a call with the team and some other local bloggers to learn about what they’re doing in the face of COVID and Racial Inequality, and let me just say that I was impressed to learn about Comcast’s efforts moving forward.

There were some of my favorite familiar faces on the call, so I pulled out all the stops and brushed my hair because I knew I’d be seeing them! It sort of feels like being with some good friends, even though we are definitely at a blogger event. We started off getting intros out of the way but quickly turned to talking about Comcast’s work, given the current landscape of our world.


I’ll start by sharing Comcast’s Press Release, announcing a $100 million multi year plan to advance social justice and equality. They’re literally putting their money where their mouth is. There will be $75 million in cash and $25 million in media that will be distributed over the next three years, in addition to the existing commitments their company currently makes to thousands of organizations supporting underrepresented communities through the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and social impact programs. I haven’t researched all of these programs but making this statement and this commitment is a great first step in showing that they are taking this issue seriously. I am asking this of all of the companies that I work closely with to ensure that we are all operating with integrity and the greater good in mind.

We heard from Jackie Gadsden, VP of Diversity & Inclusion and Customer Experience for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. She was super knowledgeable but also a straight talker. She knows that this more than a moment, it’s a movement. Other Comcast team members were talking about the difference that Jackie has made within the company to not only educate their peers but to actually help them learn too. They were singing her praises in a true and sincere way. You love to see it.



In addition to learning about what Comcast is doing in the current climate, we also got some cool product updates, most specifically the Peacock TV Xfinity partnership. Peacock (available since April 15th as a preview for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers) will launch nationally across multiple platforms on July 15th. However, advantage Xfinity customers as X1 and Flex customers will continue to get Peacock Premium ($4.99/m value) included at no additional cost! The programming is killer and I personally can’t wait for the Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster reboots, I know, I’m dating myself haha but as I have gotten older, who cares, I enjoy what I enjoy… which is currently watching The Office for the 5th or 6th time through, I can’t remember. Learn more about all the offerings and content on Peacock here and let me know in the comments what you’re watching right now!

Comcast is continually impressing me with their commitment to providing the best service possible, not by reacting to the needs of the market but looking to the future in anticipation of what their market might need. Between the Internet Essentials program I covered last, to the new commitments made to advance equality, Comcast is not shying away from tough convos and doing the work. Just last week, Comcast announced that they once again extended the 60 day free Internet Essentials offer to any new, eligible customer who qualifies! I’ll be watching Comcast’s moves and helping them amplify voices now and in the future. That’s what teammates do!


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Living in Loungewear, Aren't You?

*I received product from Femme Luxe Finery. All opinions are my own.

As I have been home the past few months, I have slowly transitioned from mostly activewear (afterall I was going to the gym multiple times a week) to lots and lots of leisure and dresses. It's starting to feel like a permanent transition seeing as how being comfortable has been extremely key while being at home. Femme Luxe Finery sent me some awesome loungewear sets and to say that I have been living in them would be an understatement.

Short Sleeve Boxy Loungewear Set

I haven't been seeing too many people, well except for myself in the mirror so catching a glimpse of a good matching loungewear set it as good as it's getting right now. I do miss going out and getting dressed up, but there will come a time for that again. The sets are cute and comfortable. I do wish they came in larger sizes but at the same time, it's no big deal to me.

V Neck Boxy Loungewear Set

It's to the point where my husband is like "do all your clothes match like this now?" and I was like "yeah, basically!"... I have my eyes on some of their tie dye loungewear sets as well as this cute butterfly shorts set! I feel like as this quarantine has gone on and I know that my family is going to stay put for the most part, why not be cute and be comfortable at the same time? I really do feel like this has been a defining point in my wardrobe's history, for better or for worse.

Maria Loungewear Tracksuit Set
Even when the kids eventually go back to school, I'll actually put a bra on and some track sneakers and we'll truly be all set. What do you think the Moms in town will think of the lady who only wears matching tracksuits? Well guess what? I don't really care. I feel good in them, I look good in them (to me!) and that's really all it comes down to! Do you think that matching loungewear sets are here to stay? I sure hope so!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Little DaVinci mighty vite

*This blog post was created in collaboration with Little DaVinci and MomsMeet. All opinions are 100% my own and this blog post was written from my point of view.


MomsMeet has introduced me to some great suppliments in the past and they're back with a nice alternative for our kids. I know it's a strange time to be writing about lifestyle topics and reviewing things on the blog but I've mentioned before that when I make committments, I most certainly keep them. This is no different. The team over at Little DaVinci sent me a great selection of kids supplements to take a peek at and see if they would be a good fit for my family.


I am always very careful about what I give my kids, even though they're healthy kids, who don't have any known allergies, I always suggest that you take a look at products, do your research on ingredients and ensure that if you question something, check in with your child's doctor. Our doctor's office has a great telehealth and email system so I can easily ask questions without going to the office in person. Make sure to give them a heads up if you want to put your kids on a new supplement.

Mighty Vite  This is possible supplement to replace the gummy multi vitamin that so many of us give our children. This is a "delicious, fruit-punch-flavored multivitamin that packs together critical nutrients to support your child’s health." This supplement is a harder sell for my kids in that it's a powder that you dissolve into food or drink. My kids like a good gummy but this seems like it would be perfect for parents that have issues getting their kids to take anything. This could be easily put into a moring yogurt or smoothie, though I wasn't able to get it to dissolve into water completely, that could be an option too.

Immuni- Z   This is something that I could possibly give my kindergartner (not my three year old) and seems like a good option, especially now when people are accutely aware of keeping our immune systems in tip top shape. If your kids aren't getting all the vitamins and minerals through the food they're eating then the DiVinci Kids Immuni-Z might be a good option for you. "A tasty lemon zinc lozenge that promotes healthy immune system function."

Calm- This was probably the most intriguing to me. My kids are rough at bedtime. I'm sure that a lot of parents have issues getting their kids to settle down. This spray bottle touts "Calm settles the brain, relaxes the body, and leads to a good night’s sleep for your little one"... we plan to try this out this week, though my youngest is too young to try and he's our main wild one but we're hopeful that this may be a natural option in the future!

All in all, DaVinci Kids looks like they have a great selection of vitamins and supplements for the kids in your family and perhaps some specific needs you're looking to help address.



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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Wakunaga of America Kyo-Dophilus Kids Probiotic

*This post was created in collaboration with MomsMeet and Wakunaga of America Kyo-Dophilus Kids Probiotic. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have to say, what a weird time to be writing a post about a Kids Probiotic but I had made some committments prior to everything going on and we go on with life in the small ways that we can, am I right? I have worked with MomsMeet on a lot of campaigns before but as a family, we have never really looked into probiotics. When they asked me if we'd like to take a peek at Wakunaga of America Kyo-Dophilus Kids Probiotic, I was like sure, why not? I've been meaning to research some probiotics.


I've never given my kids a probiotic before and in order to give anything to my kids, and well, me and my husband too, I make sure I do a fair amount of research. 

From WebMD: So what is a probiotic? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. How Do They Work? Researchers are trying to figure out exactly how probiotics work. Some of the ways they may keep you healthy: When you lose "good" bacteria in your body, for example after you take antibiotics, probiotics can help replace them.--They can help balance your "good" and "bad" bacteria to keep your body working the way it should.




I would feel most comfortable emailing my doctor if I needed the advice on a specific type of probiotics for my needs. Our physicians use email and telehealth, especially right now, so that we could ask questions that don't require a trip into the office. My kids just had strep throat and were on antibiotics so that might be something that I would inquire about or if any of us might be having digestive issues, maybe difficulty with our poop schedule. I also understand that there is a connection with gut health and immune support, so especially now, it would be great to check in with your doctor to see if there's something you can be using as a supplement to help your family.

Info from Wakunaga of America KyoDophilus® Kids Probiotic for when you're searcing for a probiotic for your kids:

  • KID-FRIENDLY PROBIOTIC: Taken daily, these tasty vanilla-flavored chewable probiotic tablets may help maintain bowel regularity, relieve occasional digestive discomfort and promote immune function.
  • TRUSTED PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT: No Refrigeration Required. Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Dairy Free. DNA Sequencing Verified for each strain. Stomach acid-resistant strains. Guaranteed live at expiration date.
  • BALANCED DIGESTIVE SUPPORT: This probiotic is specifically formulated to maintain good colon health, relieve occasional digestive discomfort, promote healthy digestive balance and general well-being.*
  • THE FRIENDLY TRIO BACTERIA: Our proprietary blend of three clinically studied strains, L. gaseri, B. bifidum and B. longum, that have been shown to be efficacious for digestive and immune health.*
  • EXPLORE WAKUNAGA: With a mission to promote good health throughout the world, Wakunaga offers nutritional supplements including Kyolic Aged Garlic products, Kyolic Specialty Items and Kyo-Green Greens & Superfoods.

Learn more about your probiotic needs on Probiotics.com. Wakunaga of America Kyo-Dophilus Kids Probiotic is available to purchase at local health food stores, Sprouts Farmers Market, Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, as well as online at Swansons Vitamins and Amazon. Visit momsmeet.link/wakanugalocate for the full list of locations.