Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Keurig Up in the Propah House

*This post was brought to you by Keurig and Moms Meet. All opinions are 100% my own.

I was recently gifted the new Keurig® K-Duo Essentials™ Coffee Maker and let's just say that our coffee game is so much stronger (and easier) in this house. I have always wanted a Keurig but we drink enough coffee in the morning that we've always had a full pot of coffee type of coffee maker. But this appliance has really seemed to solve that problem!


We can make a full pot of coffee or on a morning when we're in a hurry, we can pop a K-cup in and be on the go. This has also solved an issue that I have in the afternoon. I might need a pick me up but I never want to make a full pot of coffee and waste a bunch but I can make myself one little cup and get that perk up... what I love is that I can make it strong or lighter just by changing the amount of ounces that I choose to brew. It's really such a perfect little set up. 


It's a great price point too, at just $99, you basically get two coffee makers for one, and it doesn't take up a ton of counter space, really. We're ready to stock up on K-cups, especially reusable ones (to save on trash in the landfills) and keep this caffiene party going. Check out the way you can purchase below and let me know what you think when you snag one of these babies!




Friday, August 30, 2019

Emotional Thoughts on the Spartan Race

So if you have been following me on social media or know me in real life, you probably know that for the better part of 2019, I have been pushing myself physically to, I guess you could call it training, to run the Spartan Sprint, a 3-4 mile trail run basically, with 20 obstacles sprinkled in. I never thought I would or could do something like this but I made friends with a fitness instructor (Hi Fawn!) and in a moment of weakness or rather strenght? I signed up for the Spartan Race. But what I gained in the past few months is more than just the accomplishment of running a race, or muscle mass lol,  I have a lot more to show for it than just that. 


So in 2007 I signed up for the Susan G Komen 3-day, 60 mile walk, raised the money and did it on my own. I made some friends along the way that weekend, one that I actually still sort of keep up with on instagram and what I'll always remember from those couple of days together is that we did something that was physically challenging (walking can be challenging when done in 20 mile chunks yes) and it bonded us together because when you do something that makes you tired and feel like quitting, having support there makes all the difference. We literally cried when we finished the 3-day, probably in part because we were so tired but also that we had done something that we felt was amazing. It will remain a vibrant set of memories in the bank in my brain for those reasons.


The reason I bring up the cancer walk and Spartan in the same blog post is because this first Sprint will have the same lasting effects in my memory. Some members of our team I had been regularly doing classes with at the gym, and we were friendly, talking about our kids and such, but once we started training for this race, we definitley kicked the friendships into high gear. Some members recruited other members, which widened this new friend circle and when it was all said and done, I have a bunch of new friends, who I am so proud of and who inspire me and yes, made me a little teary eyed on race day. When we look back on our lives, it will be the people and experiences that mean the most. Yes, that is cheezy but I am a sucker for some sappy memory making and getting mushy with people I care about... and guess what, this Spartan team is full of women I care about.


Our team effort wasn't without some snags, injuries and bumps in the road, but we supported eachother through the training, the days leading up to it, the race itseldf and now our group text is still all a buzz about the Spartan Fenway and the team we're creating for next June (where we're expanding our circle and some husbands might be hopping on board). We're real bonofide friends now, the hugs after the race were like F*&% Yeah we did this! It was really such an awesome feeling, one that has lasted me the past two weeks. I haven't felt so strong physically in a long time but really, that's just the icing on the cake. Sometimes when I think about the things I have experienced in life, I feel so lucky and you can add this one to the list of lasting impressions that will stand the test of time.


To Fawn, Val, Ali, Courtney, Marietta and Andree, Thank you for being the best and most supportive first Spartan race friends a girl could ever ask for! I look forward to our next adventures and perhaps creating new memories together in the future... and to the red headed man who boosted me over that wall, sir, I will never ever forget you, because you saved me from doing 30 burpees, which is apparently a love language.



*A huge thanks to Marietta's husband Nick who literally followed us as much as he could on the race trail to take more pictures than we could ever have hoped for, so much so that GIFs were able to be created. The memories were documented well and I can't stop being impressed by us!

Want to join our Spartan Teams for either Fenway in November or New England Sprint in June? Shoot me an email primandpropahgirl@gmail.com and I will send you an invite!


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Once Again Nut Butters Elevating Our Snacking Game

*This post was created in collaboration with Moms Meet and Once Again Nut Butters. All opinions are 100% my own.

Once Again Nut Butters... how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Seriously, these folks sent me the mother load of nut butters and I have been having an absolute blast working them into our routine and my recipes. Let's get it out of the way right now. They are 100% delicious, each and every variety that they sent. We're talking their Almond Spread, we're talking smooth and chunky peanut butters, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butters and more. 


I almost immediately took the Amore almond spread with cocoa and made a batch of my "nice" cream! Frozen ripe bananas, almond milk, a touch of honey, and a few dollups of almond spread, a shake of ginger and blend away. My kids absolutely loved this new take on my nice cream because it's the most chocolatey version I've made thus far but I know that it was still not full of a disgusting amount of sugar and dairy, which sometimes irritates our stomachs. I might have tossed some dark chocolate chips and peanut butter into the finished product but hey, we're only human! The Once Again nut butters come from an employee owned factory operated on the idea of products created with integrity and our best interest in mind. The results reflect that. Their products are truly so yummy and their company is working on an awesome sustainability program, Honest in Trade.


As a more discerning consumer, it's important to me to find companies like Once Again. To be able to support a company that appreciates its customers, its employees and the environment, well, that's a dream for this mama. They are 100% employee owned, they donate to charities, they help their community, they have a "green team" to push being sustainable and eco-friendly and above all else, their products are the real (and very yummy) deal. We've already blazed through a variety of their products and even though I got this bundle from the brand, I plan to support them with my own money once I've run out. That's how much I appreciate Once Again and their nut butters... that's saying something!




Monday, August 12, 2019

Win a Weekend Getaway from Fatface USA!

*I created this blog post in partnership with FatfaceUSA. We are always partnering. They give me clothes that I love for free and I tell you how much I love their clothes. This post is to talk about a competition they're running! See below.


You know that I love Fatface. I was introduced to them on a blogger brunch shopping trip a couple of years ago and we have partnered, probably seasonally, since then. I was initially drawn to them because of their committment to sustainablility and their overall passion and authenticity as a brand but I've stuck around because I really have become so fond of the brand and the people behind the brand. When they reached out about this really cool competition they're running, I was like heck yeah, let's tell people about it... so let's get the deets, shall we?

Enter to Win!
Fatface has opened a slew of stores in the Northeaster United States and so this contest is for that market. I would most definitely travel to Newport, RI for the weekend getaway that Fatface has put together for one lucky winner- all you have to do? Is sign up for their email list. How easy right?

What you'll get: A weekend Break with Gurney's Resort, Dinner at Clarke Cooke House, a Rail Explorer's Experience and a $500 Fatface gift card to get you outfitted for the weekend away! You aren't going to regret winning this experience, that's for sure.

Me Wearing my newest Fatface duds


Enter to win by the end of August!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Comcast Expands Internet Essentials!

*This post was created in collaboration with Comcast. All opinions are 100% my own.

I hopped on a conference call this week with Comcast NBCUniversal's Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, David L. Cohen. He wanted to let us know that Comcast is taking it's amazing Internet Essentials program and expanding eligibility for it. I hadn't heardabout this program before but am incredibly imporessed with Comcast's committment to finding ways to ensure that those affected by the digital divide in our country, are able to have reliable access to internet services.


So take for instance, households in Palo Alto of Bethesda, these are low poverty areas, and only about 6% of the population do not have access to broadband at home compared to those linging in Trenton NJ or Flint MI, where there are high pverty rates, nearly 60% of the population do not have consistent access to the internet. That gap of more than 50 points defines the digital divide in this country. The more broadband technology advances, the more the gap widens.  Think of all the things you're doing with the internet, reading this blog post, doing school work, filling out work applications, reading educational articles, searching for healthy recipes, etc and so on. These are things that I personally take for granted because I have a laptop and great internet service that I am able to afford.

To date, Comcast has connected more than 8 million low income Americans in their homes, most connected for the first time in their lives. With the support of schools, teachers, libraries, non profits, government officials and more, the Comcast Internet Essentials program is reaching more and more people each day.

The program's eligibility requirements are expanidng to include many new enhancements that offer more and more Americans the opportunities to get internet and at a good speed. On the call, someone asked about a very specific area of the country and David was extremely keyed into the area and committed to following up on areas that may need to be reached with the program. I was, like I said, incredibly impressed and am going to put info below on how you or someone you know can apply to the Internet Essentials program. Eligible participants receive free digital literacy training, Internet service for $9.95/month and the opportunity to buy a laptop for less than $150. To me, this could make all the difference for families and individuals throughout the country!

You can find everything you need to know on the Internet Essentials website or by calling 1-855-8-INTERNET which is their dedicated hotline. Seriously something to consider because they are really making the internet and technology accessible to those that need it the most.