Monday, April 27, 2015

A Business with Heart, Littlest Warrior

I "met" Michelle of Littlest Warrior the way that I have met so many lovely people that I admire... through stalking the nets! Some people, I am fortunate enough to meet in person, due to convenient geographical distance but others, I have to depend on words and photos to paint a picture of their personalities. I found Michelle and her family through their Instagram account via Nothing Down About It, a blog about one Mom's new journey having a child with Down Syndrome. Oakley's little Welles was wearing a Littlest Warrior tee in an recent Instagram post. The tee said "Be Kind" with the words spelled out in graphic letters but also sign language. Spreading joy, awareness and inclusion, one rad tee at a time... now that sounded like something I could get my arms around for a big hug. Fast forward to about an hour (and a few touched tears) later, clicking through Instagram photos, bouncing back and forth between Michelle's account and all her dear, sweet, empowered supporters. I was like "Man, the Internet can be amazing."

I bought one of the "Laughter is my Favorite Medicine" tees even though I was on a self imposed spending ban. From what I could tell, all the designs sell out fast and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to support her brand new business and show people that I wanted my family to be one that represents kindness, inclusion and joy... but wait, I couldn't stop there. I needed to help get Littlest Warrior out to a few more people, because I know that with one person telling another, good things have a tendency to spread. I emailed Michelle (because meeting up in Orange County was out of the question) and discovered she is pretty much my new favorite person. Here are a few reasons why:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ladies I Love: Summer Land, Summerlandish + a Giveaway

I was introduced to the super funny lady, Summer Land, by a super sweet lady, Miss Emily of Shell Chic'd. She said that Summer was one of the funniest people she had ever met. Obvi, I did a little digging. I love funny people. Let's start with her hilarious video series on YouTube called Confessions of Another Blonde on the Internet. Then add in her just as funny blog. Yep, she is as funny as we'd expected. When Summer offered me the chance to read her book and ask her a few questions, I lept at the chance. It's hard to explain exactly what I thought of Summerlandish, Do as I Say, Not as I Did, but I know that I really liked it. To say that her book both horrified me and made me laugh hysterically, would be no lie. This woman likes to share and is not one to shy away from telling a good story, even if it's embarrassing. The book is about her life but not in one consecutive stream of thought; rather the book is a group of small (and hilarious) stories about everything from using the litter box to Halloween costumes. She refers to her mother by her first name, Donna, and let's just say that when Donna is involved, it's sure to be amusing. There is a lot to love about this book and at it's foundation is Summer herself, a woman with personality in spades, wit to rival the best and sure, she's pretty but that's just the icing on the cake. I got to chat with Summer for a bit, let's see what she had to say...




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Earth Friendly

Yeah, it's Earth Day, which is wonderful! I love that we spend a day (or week or even month) recognizing that we have to take care of our planet, to keep it healthy for all time. In my opinion, every day should be Earth day; we should make the effort every day if we can. Here are some quick/easy/cost efficient ways to make your home eco-friendly with minimal effort. Every little bit counts, am I right?


Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose/Refurbish: This seems like a given but it's a simple way to limit the amount of waste that your home contributes to landfills. Set up bins in a convenient area of your home for recyclables (paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles and some plastics) and make sure they get where they need to go. Have things that can be reused? Well find a way to reuse them. Image isn't everything. If I need to use that plastic container my rice pudding came in, for leftovers... well, you can bet I am using it.  Find ways to repurpose furniture and other household items instead of throwing them away. Try to fix things before you toss them. The more you contribute in the home, the less that ends up in landfills.

Conserve in Your Home: Another one that seems like common sense but it's also easy to be wasteful if you're not mindful of the space that you live in. There are so many SUPER easy ways you can make changes.

  • Turn off lights when leaving the room. 
  • Replace your incandescent with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs.
  • Unplug your TV. TVs use energy when they are on stand by, which can be up to 17 hours a day.
  • Turn down your thermostat and cuddle up with loved ones.
  • Use Low Energy appliances, they use 10-50% less energy!
  • Compost Kitchen scraps and organic matter. It's less garbage in the landfills and also eases the costs/efforts of trash removal.
  • Clean with vinegar, it's nature's way of killing bacteria, germs and mold.
  • Use the microwave, it uses 50% less energy than a conventional oven. If you're going to use the over, why not multi-task by using all the oven racks to warm multiple dishes at once.
  • Always run a full load in the dishwasher.
  • Don't let water run unnecessarily in your home. Washing dishes, brushing your teeth, watering your plants. Only let water run for what is needed.

Use Earth Friendly Products in Your Home: From great brands like Seventh Generation and Green Works, there are ways to stay Green and Earth Friendly with the products that you purchase. We use Seventh Generation toilet paper and paper towels in our home, which are made with recyclable paper. We need to use toilet paper so make an educated purchase when choosing the brand. This goes for cleaning products and what we clean our skin with as well. Good for the Earth = Good for You.

Grow Houseplants: Be green in your home and improve the air quality in your home by growing (and keeping alive) house plants. Plants remove toxins from the air and make your home a fresher and more healthy living environment.

DIY instead of BUY: Have that touch? Make cleaning and beauty products at home with all natural ingredients. Not only will you save money but you will save the packaging of buying in stores, which is often not easily recycled.

What do you do in your home to make it more Earth friendly?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Local Lovin': Cinder + Salt


Have you ever seen a shirt that you were immediately like, "that's the cutest!" That is exactly how I felt when I saw my girl Emily of Shell Chic'd wearing a Cinder + Salt tee on her Instagram feed. I mean, pretty much everything Emily wears is super cute but this tee caught my eye because well, they are local and that means they deserve my love even more! I reached out to Rachel, the owner and creative director over at Cinder + Salt to get her take on entrepreneurship, design ideas and what drives her vision for her sustainable and eco-friendly business practices. She really has something great in Cinder + Salt and I can't wait to see what is in store for their brand! Check out the deets after the jump, because this is an apparel line that you won't want to miss learning about.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Tasty Tidbits


The grey and pink checkered Gymboree shirt has certainly paid for itself over and over. The Propah Baby looks like a little ham/ handsomest baby ever, from pictures at the Mall, to brunch to this past weekend's Post Easter lunch at my Aunt's.

In case you were wondering which live action reboot that Disney is working on after the success of Cinderella and the forthcoming Beauty and the Beast, wellp, it's Mulan! Can't say I am upset that this is the new direction for Disney. My husband is always quick to remind me that Disney and Pixar are two different studios so I can't continue to lump them together as successful. I am happy that the Disney studio is seeing success on it's own. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

This photographer is trying to change how we all view males as a the primary caretaker. If nothing else, it's a great series that has made a case for paternal leave being important just as maternity leave is. (via Cosmopolitan)

I'll keep reminding you, especially since there is less than two weeks left!  Yoga Reaches Out New England Yogathon is taking place Sunday April, 26th at the Field House at Gillette Stadium. I joined my yoga studio's team and am raising money for Yoga Reaches OutBen Speaks Louder than Words and Boston Children's Hospital. I have never done two 2 hour sessions in a day but I think it will be super fun and for a great cause! Want to help me secure a mat space and also help these awesome charities? You can visit my personal page here to make a donation of any size!

People with Down Syndrome pose for stunning portraits meant to raise awareness and show that people with Down Syndrome are diverse and unique just like everyone else in the world. (via Sigella)

When my spending freeze is up, I think I may welcome the warm weather with something along the lines of these Unionbay floral sandals. I am certainly not going to spend willy nilly but these may be a nice treat for this Mama.

48 Summer Movies We Can't Wait to See ... perhaps I want to see them all because I have a baby and would have to get a sitter and I can't go to the movies whenever I please anymore.... but I WILL see Jurassic World. (via EW.com)
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