Sunday, November 8, 2020

Norm’s Farms ElderKids Organic Elderberry Gummies

 *This post was created in collaboration with Norm's Farms and MomsMeet. All opinions are 100% my own and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah.

ELDERBERRY ME! Norm's Farms sent me and the kids each a bottle of their elderberry gummies to prepare us for the upcoming cold and flu (and more!) season. You may have heard that I love a good elderberry gummy because I am all for trying to combat illness or lessening it this time of year, so was pretty stoked to be introduced to a new (to me) brand called Norm's Farm.

Norm's Farms ElderKids Organic Elderberry Gummies and Norm's Farms Organic Elderberry Gummies are made with organic elderberries, Vitamin C, Zinc and probiotics. The other ingredients are things you would recognize as well, like organic tapioca, organic cane sugar, pectin, organic sunflower oil and the like. It's important to me to take a look at an ingredient list and see that I won't have to google what an ingredient is. Mama doesn't have time for extensive research. In most cases, I'll just move along. 

Now I don't have proof that taking my elderberry gummies every day has helped me or my kids but I do know that I survived last Winter without getting strep throat (even when both my kids test positive for it) and even managed the last year with only a mild cold (allergies aside of course which don't even get me started on!).  I don't want you running out to buy elderberry thinking it will cure all your ailments but it does have benefits dating waaaaaay back. "The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They could help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too." via WebMD That helps inform my decision and as with anything you take or want to give your kids, it's important you do your research and ensure that you're looking at all the info.

As far as the taste and consistency of these gummies, they are pretty spot in. My kids have no issue taking these and I rather enjoy my little treat in the morning. The kids call it their "berry vitamin" and I give it to them with their daily multivitamin daily. When I checked out the Norm's Farm website, I was excited to see that they have different offerings too, in case that gummies aren't your thing, like syrup form. Are you a jelly or jam kinda person? Norm's Farm has Jams and Jellies! Totally next on my list to try.

If you're looking for an elderberry option, I think Norm's Farm would be great to try. They seem to take the process of making their product seriously and we are enjoying it here in the Propah household. You can find all their products on Norm's Farm and peek below for a special discount code!

Follow Norm's Farm on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Oh and use code  MOM10 on their site to receive 10% off your order!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Think-ing about Sunscreens with Think!

*This post was created in collaboration with Go Think. All opinions are my own and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah!

When the folks at Think contacted me to try some of their products, I was excited to check them out! When it comes to providing products for my family, that take into consideration the ingredients that we put on our skin, I’m incredibly impressed with brands like Think. Their commitment to quality is listed in their products descriptions, specifically the sunblocks for babies, kids and adults.

  • First Sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements
  • Top Rated on EWG 's Skin Deep with a "1" rating since 2010
  • Free of biologically harmful chemicals. No PABA, parabens, phthalates, BPA, oxybenzone, avobenzone, petroleum, gluten, dairy, or toxic chemicals. No animal by-products or testing (Leaping Bunny member).
  • Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Does not contain any known chemicals harmful to coral reefs. Achieved the highest level of biodegradability testing.
  • Water resistance (80 minutes)
  • Non-aerosol formulation
  • Designed for everyday use
  • Sunscreen produced in the USA
  • A member of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign Compact

Even though we’re headed into the Winter months, that doesn't mean that you shouldn’t be careful about sun exposure, especially if you’re into outdoor, snowy activities! I always have sunblock on hand for me and the kids because I once got a sunburn on my face, while snowboarding, that rivaled some of my worst Summertime burns. I’m loving the variety for everyone in my family’s needs as well as the ingredients free of biologically harmful chemicals.

Think also has some awesome body products like deodorant, body wash, haircare and more, all with the same standards. I’m also loving their waterbottles, especially during hot spin sessions where cold water is the ultimate. I am extremely pleased with what Think sent along, and I am happy to say so in this blog post!

You can find Think on their website, Facebook and Instagram oh and also at Target and Wholefoods!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Peach and a Continually Cool Partnership

 *I have been a Peach ambassador for a couple of years now so you know that when I am talking about Peach it is due to a great partnership where both parties sincerely value one another!

I have been working with Peach for a couple of years now and I am always grateful when they reach out for another campaign or capsule collection. As someone who doesn't fit the mold when it comes to "high style, thin type" influencer, their focus on real, active women, in their real, active lives, is something that always impresses me. They work as a team, for their team and for their community of stylists, ambassadors and customers.

You'll continue to see me sporting their gear, talking about their initiatives, like their Thrive Workshops and how they are contributing to their community through cool events and virtual meet ups. When a brand isn't just trying to sell you stuff, but actually cares about creating a relationship, I pretty much love that.

On October 15th, you can join one of their signature Thrive Workshops! Yes, they are opening it up to their community beyond stylists and ambassadors. How cool is that? I loved this workshop when I participated last year. You basically take an assessment that helps you dig into your internal strengths, tapping into what you're truly good at, whether you know it or not!

Thrive Workshop: Unleash Your Superpowers

October 15th at 7PM ET
Tickets $35

Use promo code: AMANDA10
This will treat you to $10 off the ticket price for the workshop!

Get excited to dig into discovering your internal strengths and celebrating the uniqueness that is YOU. The outcome of this work can help you to discover your true north in the headwinds of today.

In a 75-minute interactive presentation, we will explore:
1. How to identify your signature internal strengths
2. How to operationalize and optimize these strengths for growth
3. How to flip the script on “weaknesses”

Each attendee will receive a link to take their own strengths assessment ahead of time so your results can be discussed at the event.

Attendees will also receive an exclusive discount to purchase our Strengths Bracelets so you can wear your strengths with pride and remind yourself that you are uniquely YOU!

Taking the character traits assessment through Peach's Thrive Workshop was so interesting and fun, too! The assessment itself didn't take very long to complete and once I was given my top strengths, I sort of felt encouraged by what I have always found to be one of my best qualities (honesty) coming up right on top of my list.

The team at Peach explained that this strength, and the others, can be more than just the literal interpretation. Yes, I am honest but I also approach things in my life in an honest and authentic way. That totally resonated with me. It's very cool how once you know what your top character strengths are, that you can see how you are actually living them. And maybe something I thought I represented, like being full of Zest, landed closer to the bottom. It's OK if "Zest" isn't one of my top strengths and focusing my energy there, isn't a valuable use of my time. The workshop really gave me some things to think about and great insight.

They break down your Top 5 and explain what each means and could mean for you. My Character Strength report came with individual highlights of my top Strengths (Honesty, Gratitude, Kindness, Humor and Fairness) and short journaling prompts for each one. This workshop was great, especially if you're looking to dive deeper into what makes you tick! I would recommend it for sure!

Shop my most recent Peach looks!

In this post I am wearing the 7/8 reversible leggings, in deep blue camo, the Harper Bra in deep blue camo,  the Akari Anorak, the Peach signature branded cap. and the Kristina Seamless Legging.

You can find Peach online, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Country Life Gut Connection™ Kids

*This post was created in collaboration with MomsMeet and Country Life. All opinions are my own and like with anything, please do your own researcg before purchasing a product for yourself... and thank you, as always, for supporting Prim and Propah. 

You may remember that I talked about Country Life before, when I tried the Gut Connection supplements specfically designed for adults. Well this time around, Country Life sent me the supplement line designed just for our kids. Country Life is introducing Gut Connection™ Kids, which is a natural extension of the popular adult line. With fun and tasty animal-shaped chewables, and a delicious chocolate powder, they designed these so our kids will love taking their supplements. They come with different variants for specific issues that your kids might be experiencing. 

Digestive Balance™ focuses on providing your kids with the nutrients they need to maintain good gut and immune health, help reduce occasional bloating or discomfort, and even improve weekly bowel movements.

Cognitive Balance™ contains a powerful prebiotic blend to maintain gut health and support communication between your kids central nervous and digestive systems.

Immune Balance™ is a scientifically formulated blend of prebiotics balanced with other immune-supporting ingredients to support a strong & healthy immune system and improve gut microbiome health.

Sleep Balance™ a seamless combination of helpful gut-focused ingredients, each serving contains Lactium, a patented bioactive peptide coming from milk, used widely in Europe to help reduce stress so that your kids can fall asleep faster & longer

I will say that with anything you're putting in your body, and especially the bodies of your growing children, it's important to do some of your own research to determine what, if any, type of prebiotic supplements that your kids might need to take. What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are special plant fibers that help healthy bacteria grow in your gut. This makes your digestive system work better. via WebMD

For instance, we do not have any real issues getting my kids to sleep (knock on wood) so we do not need to use Sleep Balance. But on the other hand, am I looking for ways to safely boost my kids immunity at this stage of the game? Yes, so Immune Balance piqued my interest right from the get-go. This wouldn't be appropriate for my youngest because it is important to note that these are for children 4 years old and up.

What I love about Country Life is that they have a Money Back Guarantee. You can literally fill out a form if you aren't happy with the product for any reason. So if you feel like you have done your research, spoken with your pediatrician and these supplements are something you're interested in, you can be sure that you'll be able to try without too much worry about wasting money.

You can find Country Life on their site, Facebook, twitter and Instagram! Use code MOMS20 for 20% off of your order!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Black Elderberry Power with Sambucol

*This post was created in collaboration with Moms Meet and Sambucol. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you as always for supporting Prim and Propah and my partners! 

Before being invited to participate in this MomsMeet program, I had already been a daily user of the Sambucol Black Elderberry gummies. I have been taking them for a couple of years now at least. I guess someone had recommended taking them through cold and flu season, and once I did, I just never stopped. I swear that through many a kid's cold, sniffles, and yes even strep throat, I have made it through relatively unscathed. Of course, my blog is in no way a health blog. I am not a doctor. But I can tell you what my experiences has been with black elderberry products, specifically Sambucol.

So, per the Sambucol site:  Elderberries have an extremely high concentration of certain flavonoids called anthocyanins which are responsible for the berry’s signature deep purple color. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that work within the immune system to enhance the body’s response and keep it functioning at its best. According to the United States Department of Agriculture the highest concentration of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries, nearly double the amount found in any other fruit. This gives black elderberries twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries.

I think the thing that first drew me to Elderberry Gummies was the idea of boosting immunity but once I did more research, not just on the Soambucol site, it became clear that added antioxidants is a major plus. "Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you're exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation." -Mayo Clinic... Especially as we head into a cold and flu season unlike any other, I don't see why we shouldn't be adding elderberry to our daily vitamin or supplement routines.

Sambucol has created multiple ways to get your elderberry! You can use the gummies (my personal favorite), take a syrup by spoon, add tablets to your water, use lozenges and even pop a quick capsule. There are even options for kids as well. You're sure to find the best way for you and your family.

You can find Sambucol online, on Facebook, twitter and Instagram!