Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Every Day Sponsored by Wayfair


Boom, all of a sudden it's Earth Day then it's not! I mean, every day should be Earth Day because we live on this planet and should take care of it each and every day. 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 thing that absolutely makes me feel close to the Earth is gardening. Every year, I get excited to start my seeds, buy flowers, really take my space up a notch. Plants in almost every shape and size, make me happy and I want to help preserve the Earth for my children and their children, am I right?

It has been something that I take pride in, using eco-friendly items to create a garden space that will last the whole Summer and into the Fall but doesn't create unnecessary waste in the process.


Items you can use to start seeds: 

I prefer items that will break down when planted in their "forever home" but reusing is also a good option when the alternative is ending up in a landfill.

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!
Planters made from recycled materials
Natural Wood Stakes


My favorite gardening items that help me keep my business in order can be used year after year with proper care and increase my enjoyment in said activities:



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! How do YOU celebrate Earth Day everyday?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Xfinity's Work for Accessibility, Sponsored by Xfinity

*I was invited to an event with Xfinity to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. All opinions are my own.

Last week, I attended an event with my friends at Xfinity, this time for Autism Awareness Month and I gotta say, this wasn't just fun, it was also moving. I am not personally affected by autism but as a mother of two young boys, I know how hard it can be to raise children. It's hard to raise kids, let alone children who have developmental delays, communication challenges and sensory sensitivities. With help, families living with autism can certainly increase the quality of life for everyone- parents, kids and other family members so that everyone is able to live happier lives... so you're probably thinking, what does Xfinity have to do with families living with autism? Well, more than you'd think! Xfinity is working on a lot of great things to help families have access to technology that enriches their lives. Have a look at Anne, an Xfinity Product Market Manager, and her son Jake's story. 


Did that give you the feels? It gave me the feels. At the end of the day, I just want to see everyone living happy and fulfilled lives, not matter what they're doing. Anne, along with the Xfinity team, as well as representatives from the New England Center for Children were on hand to show us in person, the great new technologies and features that Xfinity has created to help their customers. Using the Xfinity Home Camera and her cell phone+Ipad, Anne was able to have more freedom while also giving Jake more independence... and those aren't the only things that Xfinity has to offer those looking for more accessibility in their home. Looking for more security? Xfinity's Home security system will keep you connected and protected. Their completely customizable smart home devices are a game changer for parents looking for security and peace of mind... and speaking as a parent, those things are of the utmost importance.


You know Xfinity's trusted X1Voice remote? It's been a game changer for those living with disabilities and illnesses. I didn't know that and it's something that I take for granted but to think that something as simple as a remote, is giving someone more accessible entertainment, well, it's pretty amazing. In April, simply say “Autism” in your X1Voice Remote and select Autism Awareness Month to see a variety of curated content specifically for this event. They're really offering customers the robust experience that is not just about our entertainment but also about adding value to our homes in ways that we need, curated to our needs.


You can learn more about what Xfinity is doing for home entertainment as well as mobile, home security and more on their website. They really do such a great job marrying all of their different technologies so that you're able to be connected to your home through your phone and tablets, even while on the go. Be sure to keep updated on their new offerings to ensure that you're learning about exciting new features that can make your life easier! Thanks again to the folks at Xfinity for hosting me, and teaching me all about the awesome things you're doing!

PS. Right now is #Watchathon (Xfinity's annual weeklong bingefest). Xfinity customers can enjoy access to the top shows from Netflix, HBO, STARZ, NBC and more — for free with Xfinity On Demand on Xfinity TV or the Xfinity Stream app through April 22nd... looks like we have some TV to catch up, am I right?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

prAna - The New Fit

*This post is in collaboration with prAna


You guys know by now that I am a big fan of prAna, their mission, their commitment to sustainability, fair wage practices, and their style, baby! They've been gracious enough to partner with me again and this time, we're talking about a new fit and fabulous new fabric that the prAna designers have been working on!  You know that I live an active lifestyle from running after these kids, to running to the grocery store, to running errands and then maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll run to the gym or yoga class... what I love about the new line from prAna is that they've got me in mind. Well, maybe not specifically me but they've taken the everyday woman into consideration when actively designing a line that can take you from workout to preschool pick up and on. Check out this video from prAna designers that highlights what they love about the new fit and what drove them to work so hard on bringing us the best product.


My Spring 2018 Picks:
Cybil Knit FedoraNatassa TunicPillar Printed LeggingElixir Bra
It's totally possible for you and me and every person out there to be comfortable in our clothes and our skin. We can be badass yogis who also do the cooking and paint and change diapers and return library books on time. We can do it all, if we want to. I love when a brand is so easy to support. PrAna really doesn't give me any choice but to love them and I'm hoping the feeling is mutual!


USE CODE AEALS18 FOR 15% OFF YOUR PRANA ORDER

Monday, February 26, 2018

My Morning Routine Sponsored by Wayfair

*This post is sponsored by Wayfair. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just recently, something horrible happened... our coffee maker started spewing black sludge type liquid from the bottom of the unit, while it was brewing coffee. Our morning starts with a cup (or two) of joe and the fact that we were left with an under performing coffee maker, well, it was disappointment to be sure. We have two young kids, if you didn't know, and as ashamed as I am to say it, we have to start our day with a strong cup of coffee to fuel us through the often hectic breakfast, teeth brushing and getting everyone set up for the day. It was almost as if I was putting our need into the universe because Wayfair emailed and said "hey, how do you start your day?!"  I was like "with coffee but our coffee maker is breaking my heart!" and so here we are... talking about bringing some new life to the Light mornings...


Wayfair sent me this new Cuisinart Coffee Maker and we didn't know what we were missing. Our coffee was super hot! Our previous coffee maker had been a gift from our wedding over 5 years ago,  so we had a good run but what we realized was that over time, the coffee maker was just not up to the challenge any longer. I'm a proponent of keeping things as long as they are working so that we aren't just buying new to have new things but a good lesson I learned was that sometimes, you can just get that new coffee maker that brews super hot deliciousness that starts the morning off right. Yes, I am writing a post, an ode to coffee makers.


I have been so excited about starting our morning the right way, that I made some apple apricot and ginger biscuits which are the perfect morning treat. I very rarely make things from scratch for our mornings unless it's the weekend, that's how stoked I am. We're certainly extremely happy to be able to ensure that we have sludge free coffee that tastes fresh and is piping hot! Wayfair has an amazing selection of coffee makers so if yours isn't cutting the mustard any more, consider upping the game and jump starting your morning the right way!



Thursday, February 22, 2018

I Tried It: Prim Botanicals


I have been on a bit of a hiatus in trying new beauty products. It's not that I haven't wanted to but the right brands just haven't come along. I am very picky when it comes to new items that I want to try because there are standards, people! I need to know that what I'm putting on my body (or my kids' bodies) is safe, natural and actually works. When my (new) friends at Prim Botanicals offered me the opportunity to bring some of their gorgeous products into my routine, I immediately said yes, because they embody what I appreciate in a brand.

"We are lovers of all things lovely, fresh, restorative and fun. We believe in seriously effective products that never take themselves too seriously. We believe in real beauty and the importance of feeling happy in one's skin."



The Prim Body Oil, $54: Ingredients, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut Oil), Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Oil*), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil*), Carapa Guianensis (Andiroba Oil), Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi Oil**), Proprietary Blend of: Jasminum (Jasmine Oil), Rosa Centifolia (Rose Oil), Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper Essential Oil*), Citrus Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Essential Oil*)

Seriously, you guys, the smell (essential oils like jasmine, wild rose, bergamot and black pepper), oh the sweet, fragrant body oil. I haven't ever had a body oil quite like this before. It's silky smooth when applied and absorbs rather quickly but I like to add to my bath (upon Prim's recommendation) or immediately post-shower to really optimize on the moisturizing. It works great as a spot treatment for my dry Winter skin but this oil almost feels too special to use every day. It's lush and luxurious, I absolutely love it, end of story.

Potion No 1, $26: Target Blemishes. Detoxify. Balance. Ingredients: Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin Seed Oil*), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil) *Organic

These little bottles are meant for targeted effects not every day use. Fortunately for this review but unfortunately for my life lol, I used this for a recent hormonal imbalance that was manifesting on my face. Since having the baby, my skin has been all out of wack but it's hard to find a natural option for a clear up that doesn't burn when you apply it. It applies orange but can easily be rubbed in to blend and has a light scent that fades shortly after application. I guess the only real question here is did it work? Yes, yes it did and so super gentle on the skin unlike other topical treatments I've used in the past.

Potion No 2, $26: Hydrate. Preserve Youth. Soothe. Ingredients: Carapa Guianensis (Andiroba Oil), Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi Oil**), Sclerocarya Birrea (Unrefined, Virgin Marula Oil**) **Wildcrafted

This particular potion offers a lot in a little bottle. After the afformentioned breakout or any breakout for that matter, my face goes a little dry. At my last facial, my esthetician also told me that I was "wicked" dry (my words not hers). Sometimes, I feel like my skin is moisturized when it actually isn't. I bet there are other people who feel the same way and so it's important that we keep an eye on things. There's a pleasant, light scent and I got a touch in my mouth, and it doesn't taste good so don't do that lol... but it's great, really. Not only did this help to restore some moisture back, I could see a noticeable difference in some areas of discoloration around my mouth. Yes, I know, so glamorous but seriously, it's like a little jar of magic. I guess there's a reason that it's been called a "mystical" beauty product.

I think the next on my list of things to try from Prim Botanicals would have to be the Hair Oil and the Face Oil but to be honest, I can't imagine that they aren't amazing. Prim Botanicals sent me these products to try and as you know, my opinions are mine, but seriously, I mean it, these are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous products in every sense of the word.

Have you tried Prim Botanicals before? I'd love to hear about your experience!