Friday, September 30, 2016

A DIY Mandala Meditation Table Sponsored By Wayfair

Sometimes I just love a good project, even if I don't have the time or even need to create anything. When Wayfair was like hey you guys, do you want to take the Maginnis End Table and do whatever you want to it? I was like heck, yes, send it on over and I am going to DECOPAUGE it! I've always loved decopauge, which simply put, is like gluing all of your favorite paper cutouts to something you love and making it all awesome by laquering that bad larry like it was going out of style. I taught myself the art of decopauge myself and it's really very easy. Some great tutorials are around the nets (like here and here) but what I really think should be your deco-P inspiration is an amazing piece of art or clippings that you adore. What inspired me was art created by my long time internet friend, Kristen Fagan. We "met" in our early days of blogging back when and have been following eachother's creative adventures ever since. She has been creating some amazing mandala and meditation art as of late and one of her pieces "Be Brave, Love Deeply, Shine Brightly" really spoke to me. I purchased the digital image and I've been sitting on it for over 6 months. *Light Bulb Turns On*- DECOPAUGE!

What You'll Need to Decopauge:

  • Glue- I use Modge Podge because if a glue was my soul mate, MP would be it.
  • Medium Sized Paint Brush
  • Paint Scraper or "Smoother"
  • Clear Varnish (optional, you can also use your Modge Podge)
  • Art- Be sure you have enough to cover your surface area. I printed mine at Staples on 8x11 multipurpose paper so the quality would be crisp!
  • Scissors

The process is really quite simple. You are covering the surface area with your papercut outs, gluing them, then sealing them for a smooth finish. It can take some getting used to and get ready to have "gluey" fingers for the duration but once you get into a groove, you really start creating something amazing. I did all the pieces of the side table unassembled to ensure that I wouldn't be missing any nooks or corners. Starting with bigger pieces to cover the wider surfaces of the table was easy and during a break, I cut different shapes from the art work (flowers, quotes, mandalas circles) to create the vision I wanted for the visible surfaces. When decopauging, it's important not just to glue but to smooth as you go, hence the need for the paint scraper. If you don't smooth your paper while the glue is drying, you may end up with air pockets and bubbles which can be hard to smooth out once dry. The beauty of using a print like this is that is was very forgiving in this area and lended to a more worry-free creative process. I said to my husband as I was decopauging, watching The West Wing on Netflix, that this table was going to be friggin' awesome!

Sure, the process can be tedious and time consuming when you're working on a piece of furniture but when the outcome is awesome, it's totally worth the committment! I am EXTREMELY pleased with the outcome. I think this is the perfect addition to a room where I often take some time to just "be quiet", though those moments are few and far between, it's important that I take them.  The table itself is super affordable so the project was  "low risk" but boy was it high reward. I absolutely friggin' love the outcome!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sundown Yoga presented by YogaWorks + The Street

Join the folks at The Street Chestnut Hill at sundown for a yoga practice under the stars as they celebrate and welcome YogaWorks, coming soon to The Street! This class will be taught by Catie Macken and will include live music by DJ Oh!, complimentary infused water from Juice Press + special perks from shops and eateries at The Street. Please be sure to bring a mat or large towel and dress accordinaly (they reccomend layers!). 

Be one of the 1st 100 to RSVP to recieve a Swag Bag upon arrival! I'll be there, baby bump, mat and layers to stretch (as much as I can) and enjoy a little live music. Won't you join me?!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Treat Yourself to a Little Self Care

* This post is in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market for the Grand Opening of their store in Hyannis, MA

I'm lucky enough to have a working relationship with Cost Plus World Market and therein get to explore their stores on a regular basis! When I found out that their store was opening on the Cape, Hyannis to be exact, I jumped/leapt/just about fell over at the chance to help them spread the word. I joined a handful of local bloggers at an in-store event last  week, and even did a refresh on the DIY terrarium tutorial for Halloween! It was a fun night of tasty bites, Halloween decor, tablescapes, a photo booth and most importantly, SHOPPING! It wasn't my first time at the rodeo so I knew exactly what I was going to go for since I didn't need any new furniture or kitchenwares... self care products! It was fun shopping this spacious new store and the layout was just perfect for my quest! Being that this Mama of one is soon to be a Mama of two, there's no messing around when I'm making time for myself these days... since I know those days are numbered!

I knew what I wanted, since I'd been eye-balling some goods online before headed in store (a prepared shopper is a successful shopper!). A super soft  Damask Mirabella Chemise and the Coral Knit Shearling Slippers were on my must have list as well as some bath + body necessaties (Sistal and Cotton Soap PouchLavender Mint Bath and Body Oil +La Lavende Lavender Bar Soap). I also snagged some gifts for the holidays and some knick knacks that I just couldn't leave behind. It was a successful day at the Cost Plus World Market in Hyannis. I inspired Gabi to take on the terrarium, I ate delicious brie bites created by Annemarie and I saw a fantastic tablescape created by Lauren.  I shopped one of my favorite stores without a kid with me- It was one winner of an evening that I've loved sharing with you. If you're lucky enough to have a Cost Plus World Market in your area, you should most definitley take the time to explore and you'll be sure to find fun and affordable ways to spruce up your home!

What is your favorite way to treat yourself?

Shop My Cost Plus World Market's Self Care Picks!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Propah Family Takes on the Big E!

I don't generally write a weekend recap or give  you all the deets on what would seem like a regular ol' day but I was SO proud of our last Saturday.... seriously! As a Mom, it's always about planning. Sometimes you make plans and nothing goes right. Sometimes, an not as often, you make plans and those plans work out wonderfully... and that was this past weekend. On Saturday, we popped the kid in the car and make the hour and a half ride to the Big E in Western MA. I hadn't been since I was in college and the man and child hadn't been ever. We didn't really know what we were in for but we did end up having was THE BEST TIME. We spent the majority of our day in the area where the childrens' rides and food trucks were and that was fine by us. We spent a lot of money on those little pink tickets but every single penny was worth the excitement on this cute little kid's face. Here are some snaps from our really memorable day. The Propah Toddlah is STILL talking about the (creepy) singing bears!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Safe and Natural Baby Wipes? Sign Me Up!

*This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Seriously, do you want to know what my new favorite "kid" product is? It's WaterWipes. This may be a sponsored post but I would have never tried them had I not been introduced to them. You know that I'm trying to be more conscious of what  my family is using, bath and body products, cleaning, hand soaps... you name it. I've been doing a pretty good job of it too but one thing I hadn't really been mindul of was the wet wipes I'd been using on the #PropahToddlah. WaterWipes is a chemical free baby (and kid and adult) wipe that contains only two ingredients, both of which you can recognize: 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.  This is most definitely a safe and more natural option for my family.

Grabbed my WaterWipes at Walgreens!

Not only is it safe, it works and is comparable in price. I don't have to worry about sensitive skin or irritating a rash that's already there. It's at least one thing I DON'T have to worry about. I can also keep a package at the kitchen table (I know, I'm so classy) because table manners is still a work in progress over here. I often give one (or two) to the toddler and am like, clean yourself up, Kid. I don't have to worry if he gets it in his mouth and it's nice to have some peace of mind for sure. I can't say the same about some of the other well known brands. I'm always looking for better ways to take care of my familly and this is just one of the new ones that I've discovered. With another baby on the way, I know what I'll be using moving forward. No, really, I love these WaterWipes... and so does this jelly faced kiddo!

Our WaterWipes at the breakfast table!

Want to snag some WaterWipes for yourself at your local Walgreens? The folks at I-C and Walgreens have teamed up to offer five lucky folks the opportunity to win a $100 Walgreens gift card through the WaterWipes Walgreens Giveaway! It runs from September 16th through October 7th so there's plenty of time to enter. I-C will randomly select five winners from all the entries and send out the prizes. While you're waiting to see who won, you can visit WaterWipes on Facebook and Twitter or grab a package to try for yourself at your local Walgreens.

WaterWipes Walgreens Giveaway

What's your best "natural" find for your family? I love discovering new things to bring home to keep my peeps happier and healthier!