Friday, June 28, 2019

Wildscape Meals on the Go with Me!

*I created this blog post in collaboration with Wildscape Meals and Moms Meet. All opinions are 100% mine and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah!

For some reason, it's not in my wheelhouse to start trying all sort of new meal options even though, as you'll soon see, it would behoove me to do so. I was just introduced to Wildscape Food honestly, this is no lie, they have upped my on the go food game, and to be honest, my lunchtime food game as well. Really and truly, I am eating one as I write this blog post.

As a mother to two high energy, somewhat demanding and whiny, young boys, it's a miracle sometimes when I can give them a healthy lunch and manage to give myself one too. It's not out of the realm of possibility that I am the Mom that reheats an old cup of coffee and has that for lunch instead of actual sustenance (I do not recommend this)... what I am trying to say is that I don't often enough prioritize my own  nutritional needs during the day. I was able to pick up all of the options of Wildscape Foods frozen entrees to try over the past couple of weeks. They're different from other frozen food brands, in my opinion, in that they offer meals that are almost as if you made up some meals and froze them to eat in a week or two. They are chock full of big veggies, meat you can actually notice, whole grains and when you heat them up, it's like you're actually having a nice, decent sized meal... like maybe I'm actually taking care of myself lol. Like imagine if you went to a trendy restaurant to get one of their grain bowls? This is what I would imagine the frozen version would and I guess I don't have to imagine because Wildscape Foods is real y'all.

The options are pretty impressive too so if you stock up, you'll likely always have a nice set of choices in your freezer. You can check out all of the varieties and their recipes here, something I find refreshing is that you'll recognize all of the ingredients so you're pretty much guaranteed to be putting delicious and whole foods in your mouth!

OK and this could just be the reduce, reuse, recycle in me but the containers that these meals come in make the best little snack and leftover containers. I have already used these to take grapes to the park and to save some cherry tomatoes off the vine *chef's kiss*. I am really just very impressed with these little Wildscape Meals.

If you're interested in trying Wildscape Meals for yourself, find where they are carried near you!

Find Wildscape Meals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Boundless Adventures with my Spartan Race Team!

*Boundless Adventures hosted this sweet group of ladies. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you to Boundless Adventures for having this adventurous crew on site this weekend!

When I first heard of Boundless Adventures, it was a Hulu commercial and I was like what in the what now? Berlin, Ma is like a hop and a skip from my house and the Spartan race trainer in me was like "WE MUST GO THERE" and when the stars aligned, some of the "Yummie Mummies" made it their business to go on a little adventure with me! and spoiler alert: WE LOVED IT. I think pictures really explain this experience more than anything so I have just put a whole slew of some of my favorites in here so you can see what it looked like for us to do two of the nine courses. I'll just start by saying that the staff there are awesome, joyful, funny and most importantly, they are good at their jobs, helpful and know what they're talking about. We were 100% completely safe, secure and prepped for some awesome obstacles in the trees of Berlin, MA (right around the corner from the Solomon Pond Mall). You can find all the information on ticketing, hours, safety, videos and more on their user friendly website... and now on to the experience!

To say that we were empowered and felt powerful, would be an understatement. It was truly an exercise in mind over matter in some cases, we all encouraged one another (one friend referred to another as a doula helping her get through one of the apparatus) and it was just a really awesome experience for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves physically, mentally and overall to just have a really good time. I was wicked tired after the evening outing but I felt so good about bonding with new friends and old over some good old fashioned zip lining! We all talked about coming back to tackle the courses we didn't do and even bringing our husbands for date nights, that's how much we loved the experience. There were kids and adults of all shapes and sizes taking on the courses which range from beginner to experienced so don't be afraid to try it, there's something for everyone- I don't think you'd regret it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Going with my Gut and Country Life!

*This post was created in collaboration with Country Life and MomsMeet. All opinions are 100% mine and I appreciate your support of Prim and Propah.

When I set about to be healthier in this life (more than just losing weight and all that physical appearance related health business), I have to say that my eyes were opened to a TON of new things that I had never even thought of... for instance, gut health. Now I had to really do some research to see what the heck "fixing your gut" actually meant and did it have any basis in real benefits for me and what I'm looking for and it turns out that it does. So what I learned was that an unbalanced gut may disrupt signals between the gut and brain, causing instability between gut microbiota and the immune system.

Country Life was nice enough to share a collection of their Gut Connection supplements that connect your gut health with issues that matter to you. For the purpose of this review, I started with the Gut Connection Energy Balance and have been taking the supplements each morning with my breakfast. I'll start by just saying that I never thought I had gut issues but I wanted the clean, clear energy and alertness. Gut Connection by Country Life is a whole food fermentate prebiotic that feeds the bacteria in your gut and helps maintain its lining to improve your gut microbiome health. Gut Connection is different because it is probiotic-free, so you can take it alone or with your favorite probiotic, which is great, right?

So I know that some people, my husband included, doesn't think that taking supplements like these will do anything for you, but I have noticed an improvement digestion wise (I'm talking less churning nervous stomach) and have seen an uptick in energy and am sleeping better. As someone who is able to track her anxiety in how her stomach and adjoining systems reacts, tracking this all in the journal that came with my supplements was super helpful (you can download it here). Seeing an improvement in that area is a huge plus for me! I am looking forward to trying some of the other products but am going to continue the journey with the Energy Balance before trying something new, since this seems to be working so far so good! Have you ever tried using something like this? I'd be curious to hear what you think.

You can find Country Life on their site, Facebook, twitter and Instagram!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

My Go To Family Friendly Activities

*This post was created in partnership with Fatface Lynnfield, MA. All content was written and created by me but the topic was prompted by my friends at Fatface. We want to show you the coolest family friendly activities in and around the north shore of Massachusetts!

As a mother who spends a lot of time with her kids, it's usually up to me to find things for us to do together, getting out of the house rather than just plopping them in front of the TV, day in and day out. With my oldest finishing up Pre-K in a couple weeks and my youngest hitting his adventurous stride, it'll be up to me to keep this Summer as interesting and fun as possible for them. I've compiled some of my favorite family friendly activities in and around the North Shore of Massachusetts. While this is just my list, you can be sure to check out local moms groups, the North Shore Patches, the Baystate Parent, and your local libraries and parks and rec departments events calendars!

One Stop Properties

The reason we thought to write this article is because I usually visit FatFace at Marketstreet Lynnfield while also doing some shopping and visiting my favorite kid friendly shops and often while attending an event geared towards kids. I can't tell you how amazing it is to stop, park the car one time and get all the things done. Marketstreet Lynnfield has some of my favorite shops (Fatface, Pia, Amazon Books, LOFT, and Whole Foods), great places to grab kids food (Panera, Boloco, Sweetgreen, JP Licks etc) and has a series of events for kids and family that runs all year on their green area. Just this week, I'll be headed to a Wiggle Worms story time with ice cream for the kids with an after party at Fatface. Both the kids and I will love this day spent out at one place!

We love visiting the Stone Zoo so much that we have a Zoo New England Membership! The zoo is convenient to both Boston and North Shore communities so if your kids love animals, this isn't a far trek whatsoever. They've been working on bringing in new exhibits, animals and events throughout the year. It's not a big, grand, over the top zoo but it's accessible, affordable, clean and usually not overly crowded, which is something I steer clear of when attempting activities with just me and the two tornadoes I call sons!

Beach Visits

Singing Beach in Manchester by the Sea is my favorite beach to visit on the North shore though there are plenty of options. With all the beaches, you'll want to do your due diligence as parking, admission and accessibility will be different for all of them. Singing Beach doesn't have consistent parking close to the beach itself (you might luck into street parking) but there is a lot of two within reasonable walking distance so bring the wagon and pull all your gear back and forth for the day! You can check out the beaches that are part of Massachusetts State Parks (like Nahant Beach and the Lynn Seashore), snagging info and parking passes before you go! There are tons of great beaches up and down Massachusetts, there's no need to go to the Cape every time you need some sand and sea.

Additional Outdoor Options

In addition to the beach, we can't forget about state parks and the Mass Audobon! The Mass Audobon has tons of spaces on the Northshore like the Nahant Thicket Wildlife Sanctuary, Marblehead Neck, Endicott Wildlife SanctuaryEastern Point and more! We love exploring the outdoors in places designed to be enjoyed by families. Learning is a bonus as well so anything they glean from visits to the Mass Audobon is like a nice pat on the back to the mom!

Indoor Options

In addition to your local libraries (which is always a great default for my kids), there are some great indoor activities in and around the north shore.  The Children's Piazza in Beverly is a family favorite which provides enclosed fun (key!) with the options to sip some coffee while the kids play. We also, on a whim, stopped in Vinkari Safari in Woburn, which isn't technically the north shore but it offered TONS of space and new and exciting things for the kids to play with. They loved it! We might hit up Kings at Marketstreet this Summer since my kids love Bowling! Finding options on a cold and rainy day is pretty easy, no matter what you like to do with your kids. Salem, MA offers tons of activities, not just around Halloween! Older kids may enjoy the Peabody Essex Museum, though I visited when Teddy was just a baby and was thrilled to find that they had an extremely nice nursing room there which made the whole trip worth it. I totally enjoyed that day! Check out some other options for Northshore fun whether you're looking for a Witch Museum or an indoor waterpark!

Leave me a comment if you are looking for other spots and recommendations! I have a network of Moms that I hang with, whether through friendship, blogging or both... I would gladly tap another mom for advice or recommendations so that we all have the most successful Summer possible! Let me know what you think of my picks and give me your recs, I love trying new things with the kids!

Thanks to Fatface Lynnfield for prompting me to share my favorite family friendly things to do on the north shore!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lhamour + a Giveaway

*This post was created in partnership with Lhamour. All opinions are 100% my own.

Me and my beauty products, right?  Over the past few years, well, really since I had Wesley, I have been very much into trying all the products, and yes, the products that are handcrafted with natural ingredients, move right up to the top of my list! I was recently introduced to Lhamour, a brand with purpose, social impact and a classy cool look. Like a lot of the indie beauty brands that I love, Lhamour was created out of need for products that were natural and wouldn't cause allergic reactions. Created with 100% natural ingredients sourced in Mongolia, the brand not only supports a team of ladies, they are also focused on giving back to their community.

I was able to try the Cool Breeze Body Oil, the Beeswax Lip Balm, the Healing Salve and the Yak's Milk Soap... what a treat!

So I'll start with the Cool Breeze Body Oil. This is now my go to, post work out shower body oil. Let me just tell you that when I played rugby in college, we might as well have taken out stock in icy hot because boy did those muscles get sore. I swear to you that I feel like this oil does that trick for me these days. After my Monday night bootcamp class, I use this after my shower and my muscles just relax and my body says aaaaah. I wouldn't use this as an everyday body oil as the scent is definitely strong, I suspect that it's the peppermint oil, but this is definitely helpful as I have been working out more!  Main Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, DL-alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The Beeswax Lip Balm is generously sized and has provided a great all purpose lip moisturizer for our house, meaning that it's great for chapped lips but also just to protect them from the elements. It's just the right amount of functional and a bit fancy. Main Ingredients: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, DL-alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tallow (Sheep’s tail fat oil), Lanolin.

The Healing Salve is a special little tin of goodness. I was a little put off by the color at first (it's a kind of grey color) but it's so smooth, light and the scent is killer. I'm hiding this from my kids because I will be heartbroken if they did into this and waste even a smidge of this little power house. I have been using on a skin tag and swear that it's softened and just not nearly as noticeable... and since it's mosquito season here, I am keeping on hand as it touts being great for bug bites, and I believe it! Main Ingredients: Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Tallow (Beef tallow), Tallow (Sheep’s tail fat oil), Palustris (Pine) Wood Tar, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Oil, Activated charcoal.

The Yak's Milk Soap is soft scented and gentle, a perfect little bar of soap that's great for dry, sensitive skin. Main Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Yak milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tallow (Beef Tallow), Sodium Hydroxide.

Head over to my Instagram today to enter to win everything that I tried PLUS the Sensitive Skin Body Butter! You'll be in for a treat because this is the ultimate in self care so head over to get in on the action this week! Good luck!

Find Lhamour in the US at Lilly's Bathcarry, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Youtube!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kick those Allergies Out with Similasan

*This post was created in partnership with Similasan. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much for reading!

Personally, I have never been one to be affected, too much anyway, by allergies. This year though, I was affected, not physically, but through the boys and man who live in my house with me... they have allergies! 😖 Thankfully, Similasan sent some reinforcements just in the nick of time!

The kids and I made the trek from MA to NC and my oldest felt the affect in environment BIG TIME. I have never seen him with such watery, itchy, puffy eyes. The sneezing was epic. The allergies had arrived and were not going anywhere fast. Ugh. Allergies just make life miserable, like "why do we even have noses if we can't breathe out of them?", asks a 4 year old. So our first foray into using Similasan was with their Allergy Eye Relief Drops. Now eye drops are definitely NOT easy to use on my child but we talked about it providing relief and he was eventually on board. I could visibly notice a difference (less watering, less redness and he wasn't constantly rubbing his eyes) and what I love about the Similasan products is that there are no harsh antihistamines or vasoconstrictors. They use natural active ingredients that stimulate the body's natural allergy defenses. I think this is what I love most about the brand, the natural homeopathic ingredients.

The amount of allergy relief options that Similasan offers is really impressive. I know the brand that I can go to when I am looking for Ear Ache Relief, Ear Ringing Remedy, Ear Wax Removal Kit, Dry Eye Easy Mist, Computer Eye Relief, and basically so many different versions of eye and ear relief you think you could need. I can't think of when I would need Stye Eye Relief but I know who I'll go to when I get a stye in my eye... Similasan! Also, I definitely want to check out some of their options for sleep and stress, first aid, and cough and cold

You can find Similasan at lots of different places that you likely shop at! Target, Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and more so there's no excuse not to give them a try! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Cupid and Psyche Beauty + a Giveaway!

*This post was created in partnership with Cupid and Psyche Beauty. All opinions are 100% my own.

Finding a beauty brand that is equally effective and socially conscious is not always an easy task. Being a smart consumer is important and supporting brands that take pride in their product and their place on the planet it something that I both encourage and try to live by. When I was recently introduced to Cupid&Psyche just recently, I was most attracted to their gorgeous hues, of course. I like to take risks with lip color because what's the worst that can happen, you tried and it just didn't look that great. In addition to looking great, Cupid&Psyche cares about giving back to the world that we all love.

All of their products are bee friendly, cruelty free, vegan, plant based and hand poured. A percentage of all the profits from Cupid&Psyche are donated to saving bees and animal non-profits including the Pollinator Partnership, Elephant Nature Park, Humane Society International and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (a charity some of my blogger pals supported in the past)... the brand sounds like the kind of brand we can get behind right? But what about the product itself?

The lipsticks themselves are bee friendly (made with a beeswax free formula), are handmade in small batches, are vegan, cruelty free, all natural created with plant based oils and waxes with shea butter. They are super smooth when you apply and I would have to describe the texture as a silky lip balm. These lipsticks are definitely a buildable color, meaning that you can wear them somewhat sheer (depending on the shade) and then add more and more to get the desired boldness. The color pigment themselves are made from pure minerals, which is amazing to me, because the colors are genuinely amazing in person.

I was able to try four of the shades and I am so excited to let you know that Cupid&Psyche wants to share the same shades with you guys. The lipsticks are beautiful and as someone who likes to toss a lipstick in her purse now and then, these are great on the go shades, because they are buildable like I mentioned before. I am so pleased with these as an overall product that the winner of this giveaway is one lucky person who will get four shades sent to them: Brigid, Ione, Devi, and Artemis!

Head over to my instagram to enter the giveaway and be sure to check out Cupid&Psyche online, instagram and twitter!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Non-Routine Fitness Routine

If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you have seen my stories over the past few months to a year in regard to my fitness. I am going to toot my own horn here and just put it in the records that I have been working out very consistently for at least a year now, and I am pretty friggin' proud of how committed I have been. Historically, for me, fitness and physical activity has come in ebbs and flows, depending on the chapter of life that I have been in. I started a bootcamp right before our wedding (a chapter of life) and that was probably the best shape I had been in since playing Rugby in college (another chapter of life). Motivating myself is always the struggle but for some reason, this chapter of life has really made movement a real priority for me.

I have noticed changes in my body; better flexibility and strength... both things I am proud of. The number on the scale hasn't gone down, so it's been a struggle to keep motivating myself without that "difference in weight", an indicator that has historically had the most impact on me and my urge to continue. Retraining my brain to accept other things, like the flexibility and strength, as measures of success is the real challenge, but I'm working on it! How am I keeping things interesting and keeping myself motivated?

Fitness Apps and Challenges

I started the year with Asics Studio 21 Day Challenge and posted about it on social as a way to keep myself motivated/held accountable and to be honest, this did wonders for me and getting into a groove. I find that I am able to motivate myself when I have one or all of the following: an accountability partner/structure, a good challenge, possible friendly competition and above all else, something enjoyable (read: not grueling or boring) to do. The apps and challenges are also great when you are kind of like meh about your current workout schedule because they can introduce new exercises into your routine without having to be face to face with an instructor... but on the flip side, sometimes I benefit from being in front on an instructor lol.

Different Classes

This one is key for me because if I don't keep things interesting, I will get bored and will be more likely to slack off. I try to make everything fun and of course, drop into classes that I have never tried before. Yes there are classes I don't go back to (I'm sorry, I just don't really like barre!) but I love spinning (I got new TIEM spin shoes just for classes!), Fight class (think martial arts inspired cardio), weight lifting, bootcamp, HIIT and then I do try to run at least once a week even though, guys, I really just will never love running. I don't think I'm built for it or have it in my genes. But what I am trying to say here is that when I keep things interesting, I am more likely to make it to my workouts and also, I'm less likely to hurt myself by focusing on only one type of class or exercise. Keep things interesting and you might just have more fun!

At Home Workouts

Even when I am short on time or really not in the mood, I try to at the very least, make a go of something fitness related at home. Whether this is doing some weights or core work in the basement or a little bit of yoga just to get my body moving, there are always options for me to "move", even when I'm really, and I mean really, not feeling like making the time. Every day is different and we have to be kind to ourselves.

Making Friends

This has been a big one for me in the past year. I was once the woman who shuffled into the gym with her kids and her bags in tow, ignoring everyone then doing the same on the way out. Now I have made such lovely friends at the gym, people that I can scowl at jokingly during a hard workout, people who have advice on different things to do, people who have kids and understand the daily struggles. There are a number of boxes being ticked with these new friends I have made at the gym. Human (adult) interaction is extremely important and these ladies have my back! When I am excited to see people, you guessed it, I am more motivated to get my butt to the gym, especially when I've already told someone I would be there lol. Be warned though, if you make friends at the gym, they will probably be able to talk you into a Spartan Race. doh!

This isn't so much a "how to be fit" blog post but rather a "this is how I am managing it in this season of life" blog post. Every day is different for me and I have to talk myself into driving to the gym at least twice a week but once I am done my workouts, I'm usually very tired but I also feel very proud of myself for working on my physical health and well being. I'd love to hear what you do to keep interesting in your life, because I'm sure I'll be looking to switch things up in 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1!

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Truth about Bang Energy Drink

I normally don't write posts about stuff like this but when I was contacted for a sponsored post about the dangers of Bang Energy Drink I was like meh, let me check this out before saying no to it. Once I watch the video on the home page of the Truth about Bang Energy Drink's webpage, I was so skeeved out by the guy who supposedly created this drink, that I looked into it's claims and the truth/lies a little further.

What bothers me the most about this man, his claims and his energy drink, is that he wants the public to believe that the ingredients it contains will reverse mental disabilities as well as prevent diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington disease and other forms of dementia. As someone who has seen the effects of dementia, and the pain it causes loved ones, it really does just piss me off that someone would be selling people false hope in a can of energy drink. Like seriously.

His claims don’t end there though. All of his claims are based on an ingredient called “Super Creatine”. Independent testing shows that this “Super Creatine” isn’t actually creatine at all. The CEO of Bang Energy, who used to be a high school science teacher, invented this “Super Creatine” and is advertising it as creatine, which is a muscle building supplement that affects the heart, liver and brain. But even the CEO of Bang Energy admits that no testing has been done on how “Super Creatine” affects the human brain, liver, heart or muscles. It’s almost like we are walking science experiments.

You can see all the lawsuits being filed against the company and founder of Bang Energy Drink on the webpage I referenced earlier. Our goal in spreading this message is that the FDA begins to investigate the product that is out on the market, taking all the lawsuits into consideration and perhaps we may be able to make the public aware that this is not a drink that is put on the shelves with your best interest in mind. It's just not. False Advertising is not something that should be rewarded.

*This is a sponsored post; I was compensated for my time writing about Bang Energy. However all my thoughts are my own and came directly from my own research online and from

Friday, March 15, 2019

Season Change and So Has my Craft Area Sponsored by Wayfair

Something tragic happened a couple of weeks back. Well, tragic is a bit dramatic but in my world, this was quite devastating. My husband came upstairs to tell me that my craft desk had broken and my sewing machines and some supplies had been a part of whatever storm occurred down there. I would be lying to you if I said that I didn't cry... oh I cried.  I went to the gym and cried a little there too. My husband cleaned it all up for me, we made sure that the machines were still in working order (phew! they were!) but then where was I going to put them? You may remember that I did a craft area refresh a few years back with Wayfair... I didn't think they'd come to my rescue once again... but they did! The craft room season is a changing and I am actually so psyched because I needed, you guessed it, more space to put craft supplies (and plants!).

When looking for a craft table or desk, I knew that I had to make sure it ticked specific boxes. I chose this desk with built in storage, but also I needed sturdy because I didn't want to experience the pain that was my previous desk busting. My machines are expensive and I definitely want them protected. This desk has a great weight capacity and room to tuck craft supplies, books and of course, a plant or two. I might have picked out a sweet new little plant pot as well. (shhh don't tell my husband lol). The chair survived the previous craft room (similar here) but was from Wayfair as well!

I couldn't be more thrilled with how my workspace has changed. I was very upset when my whole work area went through a state of upheaval but in the end, this craft nook is so much better than it was before... so sometimes with the change of season, there may be a bit of a bumpy shift but if you go with it, you might just end up much happier on the other side. I know that's a funny way at looking at a craft room refresh but this space is very special to me and my creative outlet. I have a feeling that once I start really working in this space, it will take on the "Amanda Mess of Love"... but I wouldn't have it any other way!

In addition to all of the great organizational things that I have gotten from Wayfair recently, they're offering some really coll promotions surrounding the Wayfair Credit Card. To learn more about Wayfair's Credit Card and all the great Big Time Deals, visit their site for all the details!

Visit Wayfair today for excellent desks and storage as well as their exciting credit card opportunities!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Paw Patrol Live: We'll Be there on the Double

*This post has been in collaboration with The Boch Center and Paw Patrol LIVE. All opinions are my own.

We love Paw Patrol in our house... well maybe not so much me, but my two boys are absolutely gaga for all the pups, and yes, I know all their names, but I won't bore you with those details (Marshall, Sky, Zuma, Rocky, Rubble, Chase and sometimes there's an extra pup, Everest). When we found out that Paw Patrol LIVE was coming to Boston, my first instinct was to keep the information to myself because they can't read yet and would never find out... but Magic 106.7 went blowing up my spot, telling us we could call in to win tickets... so we sat outside of the gym and we attempted but alas it was not in the cards for us, or was it?! Hearing Wes' excitement about Paw Patrol LIVE, I was actually bummed I didn't win the tickets for him.

But we are a lucky bunch! The Boch Center has invited the Propah Family to attend Paw Patrol LIVE, playing from March 29-31st with multiple shows a day, tickets starting at only $25... so if you are a parent to young pup loving kids, then there's still hope for you being the best Mom or Dad ever. Tickets are still on sale for shows throughout the weekend and because you're a Prim and Propah reader, there's an excellent opportunity for you to win a 4 pack of tickets to attend either the Friday March 29th 630pm show or the Saturday March 30th 600pm show, your choice! Enter in the rafflecopter below. All I want to know is WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PAW PATROL CHARACTER and no, it cannot be Mayor Humdinger because he is the worst! Giveaway will run through next Wednesday 3/21-Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to the Boch Center for treating my family and one of yours to a super fun event for the kids!

PS. If you're a save the date type of person, you can mark your calendars for PJ Masks LIVE, coming in late April!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Local Lovin: GH Inspired Designs

I met Gillian through a mutual acquaintance but was immediately drawn to her creations, her energy and the way that she and I communicated so well right off the bat. Gillian Hurrie Inspired Designs, is a Cape Cod based company, offering lovingly hand-crafted jewelry meant to make you feel unique, empowered and inspired. Each piece can offer therapeutic benefits infused by the gemstones’ healing energies. Their designs therefore, are highly influenced by nature and the modern yoga lifestyle. Doesn't this seem like it's all right up my alley? I had the opportunity to chat with her about her business and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to light up the local lovin' series again!

Give us a little background as to how Gillian Hurrie Inspired Designs came about. What initially drove you to start your brand? 

I started creating jewelry because I didn’t see what I wanted out there. Choices were expensive and simple, basic beaded pieces at craft fairs or interesting designs that were imported, plastic and cheaply made. The jewelry out there at the time seemed rudimentary- not unique and modern and creative. I wanted to create hand crafted jewelry that used semi-precious gemstones, but was also on trend, versatile and at a great price point. Two compliments I hear all the time are, “Your jewelry is so unique,” and “Your prices are so reasonable!”

My new Stress Less Mala c/o GH Inspired Designs

When creating your jewelry, where do you take inspiration from?

I am a yoga teacher and naturally am attracted to all things holistic, for mind, body and soul. I listen to what people want and often get ideas from my clients. I am inspired by nature, like sunsets and the beach. I stay on top of the trends and believe it or not, I often dream designs!

I love that you have shaped your business around the ideas in yoga, mindfulness etc. Why is this important to you?

Let’s face it-the jewelry industry is crowded and competitive. To stay on top of my game, I realized I needed to discover a niche for myself which felt organic and heart-felt. I create what I know to feels right intuitively. Anything that can bring better health and support me to be the best person I can be, I am all for. I believe you can receive health benefits (mind and body) from certain gemstones. Some people use gemstones as part of their spiritual practice to restore energy fields, gain peace, and promote love, confidence, and vitality. Why not gain these benefits by simply wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry made with a specific gem?

What do you love to do in New England, when you aren't busy running your business? 

I teach at least 4 yoga classes a week. I love walking the beach with my dog, visiting new restaurants and supporting small businesses. My two teenagers are amazing but a lot of work! I also do charity work and am on the team for Love Yoga Fest 2019 here on Cape Cod.

 Upside Down Triangle EarringsPyrite and Obsidian Mala Necklace,  Chakra Sandlewood BraceletsMoon and Stars Necklace

You have certainly found some fantastic early success and absolutely gorgeous designs! Where do you see your business headed in the future? 

My future vision determines my behaviors, which determine my outcomes. It is something people seldom think about. It is something I live and think about every day. I monitors the future to better understand how consumer trends and sentiments, industry momentum, and global forces might affect my business, The company’s growth is based on many factors: a well-made, beautiful product, marketing, competition, capitalizing on opportunities, and improving weaknesses. I am always evaluating processes and procedures, wherever possible, to reduce inefficiencies and costs. Second, we are in an age where people will be looking more and more for personal connection to what they consume. For example, millennials shop differently. They look for not just a piece but a connection, a company backstory they can relate to. They’re shrewd shoppers who want real meaning, a reason that benefits them, not just slogans or gimmicks. Third, I believe a company cannot sustain itself with just one line. I try to provide my clients with choices, but with lines that compliment each other. And of course, customer service is the key to maintaining a good company reputation, as well as keeping clients coming back for more. This is paramount for my company.

You can find GH Inspired Designs online, Facebook and Instagram!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spring Forward with Organization, Sponsored by Wayfair

Do you guys want to see something scary?

This is real life in my house lately. I took this photo with my phone when Wayfair and I started chatting about organizing for Spring. Note the pile of Winter gear. Note the unreasonable amount of shoes gathered at our doorway. Note the pot of dying/dead plants. Note the duct taped basketball hoop in our entryway. This situation up in the Light household, well, it's not been ideal when one likes to open and close your front door without issues. My husband and I have long been talking about providing some sort of relief for our lack of organization but often thought back to the coat rack we had when we first start living together. That bad Larry fell over if more than two coats were on it... and now there are four humans living in our home now.

In the spirit of Springing forward with organization, we thought that we should do some sort of mudroom organizing piece, since I know that Wayfair does carry a ton. While everyone has been removing things from their home that don't spark joy, I'd just like to get our stuff in order. We knew we wanted something clean, sleek but most importantly, something that was super functional for our family. There were a couple of options, like this Wesson Wide Hall Tree and Ottoman Hall Tree but we landed on this unit, for the extra shoe storage, can you blame me? My husband spent the better part of a Sunday putting it together and I couldn't wait to get our business all up on it... and you know what else I realized in the process? This baby provides me more space for PLANTS! Take a look at the end result!

Spring cleaning is going to be so much easier, now that I have our entry way cleared up. I'm not kidding. This one piece has solved a multitude of our issues. We've got a place for the kids to take their shoes off and learn that there's a place for them. It's been nice to direct Wes to put his shoes in a cubby, and guess what? It's already stuck and he's been automatically helping out. We hang our coats up and everything is kept off of the floor. We're like a brand new family-- one that has nice home decor... now to keep it that way!

Check out Wayfair's Storage options if you're looking to get on the organization train this Spring!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wilson Farm Keeping it Interesting, As Always

This past week, my friend Elizabeth and I had the opportunity to visit Wilson Farm in Lexington, MA. You may remember my visit from last Fall but things change so much seasonally, if not monthly, that it was such a special treat to take Teddy for a morning on the farm. Honestly, we could have just strolled leisurely through the greenhouses and nursery, because it truly provided me with a little rejuvenation that I needed this Winter. The warmth and the greenery were welcoming and y'all know that I am a #crazyplantlady so it was a Monday morning dream come true. Pssst. Someone please buy me a new wandering jew plant!

Goats met us as we rounded the back of the chicken coops to head down to the larger greenhouses and bakery. I would have to say that Wilson Farm has made me the world's best mother because not only did Teddy get some goat snuggles, he was also treated to the biggest treat of his entire life on this Earth. His face when he was passed an enormous cookie was the cutest thing to behold and frankly, it kept him busy for the duration of our trip on the farm.

Wilson Farm is really just one of those great places in the community that has amazing food, both prepared and farm fresh, plants, flowers, baked goods, super fun events and a really vested interest in their people, the products they put forth and the experience that they provide for the people they serve. It really does feel like a special place when you visit.

And you know you love your kids when you're willing to whip them up a batch of pancakes even though you've been doing Whole30 for the past month, but when Wilson Farm treats you to their delicious pancake mix, someone has got to make good use of it! Speaking of breakfast, the team at Wilson Farm has a ton of great events planned, most notably the Farmer's Breakfast, taking place the weekend of March 9th and 10th from 10am-2pm. Check out their events page to keep up with all their goings on through to Spring!

You can follow Wilson Farm on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!