Friday, December 13, 2019

European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a Staple in the Propah Household

*This post was created in collaboration with Flavor Your Life and MomsMeet. All opinions are 100% my own.

I don't generally post fancy recipes on here because I am a "thrower together" on most occassions... but that said, I do cook a lot and have a healthy pantry packed with lots of good spices and flavors for the dishes that I do make. If someone were to ask me what one of my most used pantry items is, I would most definitely shout from the rooftops "OLIVE OIL"! Seriously, I use it for all sorts of dishes whether I am cooking or I want to add flavor to cold dishes and salads. MomsMeet and Flavor Your Life want you to feel the same way about European extra virgin olive oil.


For this post, I was gifted a 4-pack of delicious European Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Olitalia to use with vegetables, meat, pasta and fish... I was trying to think of a way that I could use this fancy EVOO in a recipe that I hadn't tried before. I would normally use olive oil on my roasted chickens, to sautee potatoes, brown up some garlic... you know what I'm saying. One thing I've never done, even though I absolutely love to eat it, is to make my own homemade hummus. Now that I have, I don't think I will ever go back to store bought. It's amazing. And I know the European Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes all the difference in the very simple recipe. You want to know how simple this recipe is? I can give it to you in my "throw together" way and it's super delicious... ready? Take one 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini, 1 small minced garlic clove,  2 tablespoons european extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, Salt to taste, 2 to 3 tablespoons water, and blend it all in your food processor or blender. It's really that easy. I just hit the puree button on my blender, then was basically ready to serve. I drizzled some additional olive oil on top, added some paprika, pine nuts and thyme. Voila! I had some hummus. I must try Flavor Your Life's Red Bean Hummus recipe since I am now an official maker of hummus! The quality of the olive oil is important. You want the flavor to add to the dish and compliment the ingredients, not overpower it. It's why I add the cold pressed juice of olives (olive oil)... to my olive and feta mix as well. This tuna stuffed avacodo is next on my list of cold recipes to try!


If you're not sure where to start, Flavor Your Life has great education on their site, you can learn how to cook with olive oil. It's easier than you think! Flavor Your Life has some awesome recipes to try and experiment with, which is all the fun of cooking, learning what works and what doesn't. I recommend taking a visit to the Flavor Your Life site to learn more about european extra virgin olive oil, how you can seamless introduce it into your cooking in new ways and how it will quickly become one of your pantry staples as well... so versatile and yummy!

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Strange Bird Beauty, Creating a Beauty Ritual

*I received product from Strange Bird Beauty in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah.

I was introduced to Strange Bird Beauty this Fall and immediately fell in love with the packaging and the name. We've always used the term "strange bird" in my family, sort of as a term of endearment and embracing the ways that we don't exactly conform to the norm. So when the team at SBB offered to send me their product line, a girl doesn't say no, especially when the line is made using naturally sourced, vegan, and Leaping Bunny certified ingredients. Moreover, the brand itself dedicates itself to the idea of your beauty routine being a ritual and from the product to the storytelling, Strange Bird is an absolute hit in my book... and this says a lot, I've tried a lot of products at this point so my eye has become a lot more discerning in recent history and reviews.


The Strange Bird product line currently features the Inner Clarity Cleanser, the Inner Balance Serum and the Inner Light Moisturizer. The sweet smelling combination of these luxury products has made for an incredible skincare routine. I don't want to compare something that naturally smells so sweet, to candy, but if you like a soft but sweet and delightful scented product, then Strange Bird's Skittle-esque line is amazing. I seriously covet this set, for fear it will run out too quickly.


The cleanser is gentle and something I found so interesting is that you can use it on wet or dry skin. Have I never tried something on my dry skin before? I haven't... which leads me to believe that I am not as wordly as I would think I am lol? Sigh. I do find that this product is on the pricier side, for a cleanser. Do I love that it's supercharged with quartz and I know that a lot of good energy was put into each tube? Heck yes I do. Do I also have two small children that have been known to squeeze a tube of Mama's skincare products out into a bath? Yes. When I am out of this phase of life, I would most certainly consider this cleanser as a purchase, because it really is a beautiful formulation, cleans my skin and leaves it looking glowing.

The serum is probably my favorite product of the trio. I felt like my skin bounced back from a rough day with a couple of uses of this delightful daily serum. Like was it possible for my skin to be tighter? I'm not sure but it sure seems that way. I used this after the cleanser and before the moisturizer, in a daily routine after my shower. It takes almost no time to absorb so you can move right on in your routine. It's infused with amethyst and oak, which speaks to me and serum like this, I would definitely plunk more money down for. This too is on the pricier side, but supporting small, indie beauty brands means spending money on the ingredients, the people and the effort it takes to create the products.

The Strange Bird Moisturizer has really been great, especially with the change in weather here in New England. You know when your skin just feels thirsty? That's been me lately. When I put on the Inner Light Moisurizer, it was almost as if my skin breathed a sigh of relief. It's light and absorbs fairly quickly, which I love especially on days where I want to apply makeup after. Soft and with that sweet smell consisten through the product line, this completes the trio perfectly. Again, this line is higher in price than some other products that I have tried and reviewed, but I do think that if you have the budget, the Strange Bird line is worth every penny.


So it's probably pretty clear that the Strange Bird line is a new favorite. Everything thing from the packaging, the thought exercises included in my shipment, the stickers! to the product themselves is so well thought out and mindful, which I love and appreciate. I really do appreciate indie beauty makers for their passion, the love of what they're doing and the variety that they are bringing to the market. Shopping small, in this way, makes me feel good. You know that every order that comes through, makes someone do a happy dance on the other end of it.






Sunday, November 24, 2019

It's Bathtime with cbdMD

*This post was created in collaboration with cbdMD and MomsMeet. I was sent product for free but all opinions are 100% my own.

At this stage in the game, I have tried a few CBD related products. From drops to tinctures to balms + lotions and back to gummies, I have worked CBD into my wellness routine in a couple different ways. I am a big proponent of CBD and I do recommend that you try it if you're an anxious person like me, or have other types of ailments that CBD might help but before I head into this review, please be aware that CBD related products are suppliments and not approved by the FDA. Personal experiences vary and I am in no way making any health claims. You want to be sure that you're purchasing your CBD products from trustworthy sources and not at your corner gas station. As with all things, use your head, do your research and trust your gut.


cbdMD sent me a cool little relaxation kit with their CBD bath bombs and cbd Oils, premium and PM Sleep Aid. cbdMD as a brand states their committment to a very strict process, holding their hemp growth and testing to the highest standards. You can learn about their process here. From poking around on the internet, I saw a lot of positive feedback for the brand itself so was excited to try their offerings.

The bath bombs are legit da bomb. I have to say that after my Monday evening HIIT class, a bath with one of these CBD bombs is ultra relaxing. Each bath bomb contains the following ingredients: Cannabidiol (CBD), Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Epsom Salt, Distilled Water, Essential Oils and Fragrances, and Food Coloring. I generally avoid fragrance as a rule but really did want to try these and I will most definitely treat myself to a bath bomb after a tough workout or a long day with the kids.




The oils I feel are generally on par with the other oils that I have tried in the past. I don't need help falling asleep as a rule but when I did try the PM formula, I was completely relaxed as I hit the hay. I don't know that I would take this all the time, as I do take a daily dose of CBD in oil or gummy form, so would limit it only for that reason. I do know many people who have a hard time sleeping and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them giving the cbdMD blend a try to see if it helps. From cbdMD: CBD PM blends cbdMD’s non-GMO, vegan, and THC-free CBD with melatonin – a hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle – along with traditional ingredients such as chamomile flower, valerian root, and cascade hops. This powerful combination helps induce calm while promoting a more restful night’s sleep.


I know that from my personal experience, I have noticed CBD products helping me. The products from cbdMD are up to my standards and I would most definitely consider included the bath bombs especially into my routine. At a $9.99 price point, I find this very attainable and a treat on a bi monthly basis. Pricing on the other CBD products vary but I don't find them to be overpriced based on my research and experience with other products on the market. cbdMD also has a topical and a pet line that I would love to try, especially for my old pup who I'd like to keep calm and more comfortable as he's aging.


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Vintage Gardening Decoupage Heart Ornaments

This is my second year participating in a blogger ornament swap and with this craft, as with any other idea that is shaking around in my brain, turned out different but special in it's own way. I had picked up a vintage organic gardening book from a Little Free Library at our community farm. It's from the 1950's and has seen better day but I most definitely wanted to give it another life. I could have saved it for reference I suppose but I loved the idea of pieces of it being across the ocean, since my ornament partner is from the Isle of Man in England! It's actually super simple to create ornaments like this as long as you have a good base to build on!

I started by finding some of the pages with pretty illustrations or interesting words that jumped off the page. I then set up our watercolor station and while Teddy pained a big brown blob next to me, I painted the pages in different greens and yellows, a touch of blue here and there. I did this over and over until I had 4 or 5 pages of watercolor painted gardenining book pages. I let them dry and came back to the table an hour or so later.


After shredding the pages in different ways, or you could cut them if you like a more regimented look, I started gluing larger pieces onto ceramic hearts that I picked up at a local craft store. You could use any base, even the plastic DIY bulbs you're seeing around this time of year. Be sure to start with larger pieces as these will be the base and what peaks through your hero pieces, the ones that turned out the most pleasing to the eye. As an adhesive, I used a touch of tacky glue then glazed/sealed with modge podge, my go to.


I completed this process a few times with various pieces as well as some that I hadn't painted for a clean print look. What I love about using decopauge is that it's hard to mess it up. If you don't like the way that a piece looks, you can simply cover it with another and smooth it down (within reason). I created four ornaments and shipped them off to England with time to spare, I know I know, which is not usually how I operate! I am planning to make a version of these as gifts this year and can't wait to see what people think! I think that gifting handmade is one of the nicest things you can do in this consumer driven atmosphere, we call the holiday season.


You can find all the amazing ornaments in the swap, in the previous post so check out all the good stuff and leave some love for the ladies involved!



2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Welcome to the 2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party! It’s the fourth year of the blogger ornament exchange and you'll find hundreds of DIY ornament tutorials and inspiration. This link party runs from November 14th through December 14th, so make sure to come back to add as many handmade ornament tutorials before it closes!

This year, we have 38 talented bloggers hosting the handmade ornament exchange link party! The rules of the challenge were simple: create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial (all tutorials are linked below), and ship the ornament off to a new home!


2019 Ornament Exchange Long

ORNAMENT EXCHANGE LINK PARTY HOSTS

My Pinterventures •  Create and Babble • 2 Bees in a Pod
 Across the Boulevard •  Elle Marie Home  • Faeries and Fauna
Home on the Corner • This Autoimmune Life • Our Unschooling Journey
Domestic Deadline •  Inside the Fox Den • Intelligent Domestications
Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  • Munofore •  Rosewood and Grace
Raggedy Bits • Christmas Tree Lane •  Making Manzanita
 Mom Home Guide • From Evija with Love •  Red Cottage Chronicles
Coastal Bohemian • Our Crafty Mom •  Girl, Just DIY! •  Pixel Maven's Retreat
Prim and Propah •  Purple Hues and Me • Farm Girl Reformed • Eye Love Knots
Keys to InspirationCharleston CraftedSparkle Living
Interior Frugalista  • Love My Little Cottage •  My Family Thyme
Crafting a Family  •  All Things New Again  •  Just a Little Creativity

Ornament Title
One 2019 ornament image with link to your ornament tutorial
2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party
Share your handmade ornament tutorial on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 14th.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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