Friday, April 29, 2016

The Perfect Treat Yourself Day

Last week, I took the day off from work and booked it outta my house for a day specifically for me! No ifs, ands or buts about it, I needed a day of self care and time by myself to reflect on my business but mostly to treat myself to some services, yummy food and shopping where I don't have a toddler hanging off of me! Thing is, you gotta have a plan so you can make the most of your time away because, eventually, reality beckons and you've got to get back. I have some tips and tricks on how I make the most out of my days off, so what are you waiting for? Treat Yo Self!

Find a spot where you can do a lot at once: I love The Street in Chestnut Hill. You may have seen me post about them before. What I love about this shopping center is that it can be a one stop shop for me and for a day like this, it was the perfect destination. With nail salons, facialists, blow dry bars, makeup, food and shopping it only made sense to plan a day at The Street because I wouldn't need to go anywhere else!

Make a plan: Don't just head out without a plan. Big mistake, lady! If you want the day to go as smoothly as possible, to keep you relaxation level at "total zen" all day, then you have to do the legwork in advance. Make appointments, don't just wing it. Here's an example of my game plan:

830am: Amazing manicure and pedicure at Miniluxe
1100am:  Fabulous Fitskin facial with the team at skoah
1200pm: Lunch break at the delicious Juice Press
1245pm: Post Lunch Stop at Splendid, because you know I gotta shop!
130pm: Wash and Style at Be Styled Blow Dry Bar
2:30pm: Pick up some makeup at Bluemercury
3:00pm: Sipping on Tea at David's Tea

See? It's a plan. I made appointments where necessary but knew that I would have to go with the flow but if you've got an idea of what you want to achieve, then you'll need to map it out or that day off/away, won't be as dreamy as you'd like.

Have fun/ a great attitude: If you're feeling good and exuding good vibes, you'll be happy and you'll be making others around you happy as well! Isn't it scientifically proven that if you smile you'll be happier even if you're not happy right that moment? (stops to try it) Note: BE HAPPY!

Cherish the time: Enjoy each and every piece of your day individually. While getting your nails done, enjoy the process, take in your surrounding, chat with your manicurist. Getting a facial or massage? Let yourself relax and sink into the really special service you're receiving.  Eat your food slowly, appreciate the time you've got in the hair chair, take your sweet time choosing a new tea to try. This is your day to relax and rejuvenate yourself, whatever it is that makes you happy!

What do you do on your days off? What makes you feel special?!

* I worked with The Street on an Instagram takeover. Some services were complimentary while others I paid for myself. All opinions are 100% my own. I just want you to Treat Yo Self!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day: Starting Your Garden in a Mindful Way

Boom, it's Earth Day! I mean, every day should be Earth Day because we live on this planet and should take care of it each and every day but we can embrace the date on the calendar and use it as a catalyst to make some changes in our every day lives. We've been trying to make small adjustments in the Propah Household, as we go along, to make less of a footprint in our home. (recycling, consuming less, reusing, DIY with what we have instead of buying new, etc). No single family is perfect but we sure are trying! One of my favorite things about the Spring is starting my garden. In the past, I'd bought trays upon trays of the plastic seed starter kits, which #1 are wasteful of resources and #2 don't do that great of a job anyhow... I mean, you have to get those seedlings out and I can never seem to transplant without a few little plants losing their lives. *pours one out* This year, I decided I was going to do things differently. With the help of my little sous gardener, we started our little garden with things I had "hanging" around the house!

Items you can use to start seeds: I prefer items that will break down when planted in their "forever home"

Toilet Paper Tubes
Egg cartons (cardboard)
Stale Ice Cream Cones
Used Ziploc bags and wet paper towels (they started beans like this at daycare, just tape 'em to the window!)
Newspaper, think paper mache!
Egg shells, interested to try though would require me not to break them fully, which would be a challenge.
Old Muffin tins (just slip in cupcake papers!)
Old Ice Cube Tray
Old K-cups, though they won't breakdown, is certainly a way to re-use!

Items you can use as planters:

Milk Cartons or jugs
Soup Cans
Soda Bottles
Plant Sacks
Plastic Water bottles
Pretty much anything, just be sure you account for drainage!

Items you can use that are mindful:

Organic soil: it's a touch more expensive but if you're growing edibles, it's great for the environment and your peace of mind.
Reusable plant sacks and planters. Keep using them for years and years!
Also, When buying plants at your garden center, look for ones that are in recycled container or better yet ones that will break down when planted. You'll find a lot of brands offer this option!

Obviously, these are just a start and there are so many ways that you can make your garden more Earth friendly than it already is, I mean, it's already pretty earthy-crunchy! We love this time we get to spend together and it's a real treat to be able to recycle, re-use and reduce when we're creating our garden!

Kneeling Pad, Garden Tools Caddy, Plant Sack, Gardening Gloves, Garden Twine

Do you have any "hacks" for starting your garden at home that keeps the environment in mind?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Orvis Spring Collection #SpringIntoOrvis

*I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

I'd never shopped with Orvis before starting this campaign and to be honest, I sort of thought that they were specifically for fishing gear; I'd only vaguely heard of them. When I had the opportunity to shop their Spring collection, I was actually surprised by how many wearable pieces that they carry. Not only do they have dresses and skirts but they carry active wear as well! I needed something that I could wear on a cool morning jog then not have to worry about a quick transition to running errands or playing with the guys. You see, I may be a bloggin' girl but I'm living my life over here. Planning a photo shoot with my Orvis goods was going to be a struggle with the #PropahToddlah so what I did was just grab my camera on a Saturday morning, ask the hubs to get involved and try to catch some moments with my son and furbaby. What's great about the Orvis Spring Collection is that it's perfect for the type of active lifestyle that I have, even if I'm not fly fishing or hiking everyday, ya know? We had our coffee, took some snaps and that's what I love about my new pullover; it was along for the ride! + Thumbholes!

Besides the sunshield pullover hoody (perfect for the chilly Spring run-jogs!). I grabbed the Striped Knit Tee Shirt Dress and a pair of grey Sperry Seacoast Canvas Sneakers, you know, for a classic nautical look for Summer. I'm actually really drawn to the dresses that they're carrying right now. Super simple but classic and versatile. I've got my eyes on a plaid popover number for this Summer! So now that I've piqued your interest and all that, there's something exciting that Orvis is working on!

Influence Central along with Orvis is hosting a contest for the new spring collection available at Orvis through which Prim and Propah readers can enter to win one of ten $100 gift codes to Orvis. Contest opens on March 28, 2016 and closes May 2, 2016. Readers can enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media tool below! Can't wait to shop? Orvis has kindly offered coupon code: ICSPRING for $25 off a purchase of $50 or more (good until September 30th, 2016)... so what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway and head over to Orvis to check out their Spring Collection!

Refresh Your Wardrobe Giveaway

*Influence Central will randomly select 10 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Paper Store Blogger Event

Last week, I had the opportunity to hit up The Paper Store at Legacy Place (in Dedham, MA) for a "Cupcakes and Cocktails" event to celebrate TPS's new Spring style collections! I will admit, as a long time Paper Store shopper, I never really venture into the area with apparel and flip flops as I'm usually headed to the greeting cards, wrapping paper and the occasional gift for a wedding or shower of some sort... so when actually introduced to the types of things that they carry, I was surprised by how cute and wearable everything is. I guess my previous thinking was that my Grandma might be smitten with a sweater that they carry but The Paper Store fashion and jewelry buyers (on site for the party) changed the way that I looked at the TPS fashion. They made note that they have staffers at their corporate office, of all different ages, try on the clothes they are looking to carry. If it doesn't resonate with them, then they're likely not going to carry it. It's important for them to meet the needs of many different type of woman, no matter her age. I like that but maybe it's because I like being catered to *winky face*.

While I will still be going to The Paper Store for all manner of greeting card goodness and of course my Hallmark ornaments come Christmas time, I won't be wholly ignoring the fashion and accessories section any longer. Thanks for the introduction The Paper Store, like I needed another reason to buy clothes!

*Thanks for sharing your photos of the event, The Paper Store!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cycle for Friendship with REV'd and Legacy Place

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Today is one of those days where I'm like, can I be super woman and literally do a morning spin sesh before I head to Yoga Reaches Out? When I heard about the Cycle for Friendship event at Legacy Place, I was immediately like I'M DOING THIS! Then I looked at the date and I deflated like an old balloon... dang it, when am I ever busy? But I digress. What an amazing cause and if you're available and able to get to Legacy Place in Dedham, MA this event looks awesome. You can get your sweat on for a great cause, Best Buddies, which helps fund leadership and educational programs for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

It will be held on Legacy Place’s newly renovated event space, The Gardens, located directly across from Shake Shack. Each ride is $30 and includes yoga and swag bags from Best Buddies and Legacy Place. Guests are encouraged to sign up online in advance at

Rev’d, Dedham’s leading indoor cycling studio, will provide bikes, high-energy instruction and complimentary cycling shoes for the cycling event while a live DJ will provide an adrenaline-inducing soundtrack. Guests also have the option to bring their own SPD or DELTA clip shoes. Rides will begin at 8am and are offered on the hour through 11am. After 45 minutes of spinning, participants will be treated to a Yoga Cool Down class hosted by Stil Studio as well as swag bags from Best Buddies and Legacy Place. One hundred percent of the Cycle for Friendship proceeds will directly benefit Best Buddies.

Making for a complete celebration, Legacy Place will also host a Block Party for riders and their supporters, from 12-1pm in The Gardens. It will include refreshments, menu sampling from participating restaurants, fitness swag, and games such as oversized tic-tac-toe, connect-4 and cornhole.

Doesn't this sound AMAZING? Do you think I could slip in for that 8am ride and then head to Yoga Reaches Out? Would that be impossible or just very possible? The jury is out on what I'll do but I encourage you all to get your fit on and feel good inside and out about all the awesome things you will have accomplished in just about an hour!