Friday, February 12, 2021

Love Corn and The Light Family

 *This post was created in collaboration with Love Corn and MomsMeet. All opinions are 100% mine and as always, thank you for supporting Prim and Propah and the brands that I work with.


You know I love a good blogger kit and one that is food? Well, bring it on. I have two growing boys that are coming in hot when it comes to eating. They are only 6 and 4 but if what I am dealing with now tells me anything about the future, I am certainly in trouble from a food standpoint. When we got the very generous box in the mail from Love Corn, my kids were like STICKERS and then SNACKS ๐Ÿ˜‚ and I was like CORN! Ask anyone in my family and they can tell you about my love of corn and cheese, both separately and together haha. But anyways, yes SNACKS! Plant based, Non-GMO, gluten-free snacks to be exact!



Mom life has been a bit cray lately, oh who am I kidding, mom life has been downright hard for the past year, harder than usual. I have to admit, that I now have the snacks low enough in the pantry so that my kids can go get it themselves. It's not how I envisioned parenting but this is one of those battles that I am happy to raise the white flag of surrender. Adding Love Corn snack packs to the closet has made me feel a little less guilt about the ease that I've welcomed in the snacking process. Love Corn sent us a bunch of varieties from habanero chili (my personal favorite), to sea salt, BBQ and salt + vinegar. The base for their recipe? Corn, sunflower oil and salt, that's it. Ingredients you can recognize... that I love... corn. ๐Ÿ˜‚




In addition to the fact that my kids actually like this snack (when it comes to healthy stuff, it's a hard sell for them) and that this is the perfect size for lunch boxes and car snacks (though I do not look forward to rogue corn kernels in between seats), Love Corn looks like a brand that has goals to be a brand that gives back and supports their community, which is big for me. We vote with our dollars so if we're going to spend money, why don't we buy from brands who are doing great things and helping people in their community? That's how I like to vote anyhow.






For a limited time, you can save 25% on all LOVE CORN products with promo code MOMSLOVE on their website! They're also offering a FREE snack pack (with shipping costs) so that you can try these tasty bits for yourself!


Friday, January 8, 2021

TruSkin Review, Sponsored Content

 *This post was created in collaboration with TruSkin and MomsMeet. All Opinions are 100% my own and as always, I thank you for supporting Prim and Propah!


I have tried MANY face oils, serums and moisturizers in my day. I have been on the "clean beauty" scene for about 6 years now so I have had the opportunity to sample and review a lot of different brands and their product offerings. I wouldn't consider myself an expert but I wouldn't consider myself a novice either. I can tell when something is a good product for a good price. I can tell when something is overrated and overpriced and anywhere inbetween the two. So when TruSkin sent me their face serum and moisturizer, I have been able to review with a discerning eye.




When I first recieved the products, I have to admit, my first impression was to not be impressed. I mentioned that I have used many, many products so I have seen the prettiest and most impressive packaging that there is... but here's where I shouldn't be so snooty, right? Beauty and quality skincare should be accessible and available to all and we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Based on my initial first few uses, I would say that this is a pretty good product and is on par with some of the brands that I've gotten at Whole Foods. There is no scent (which I know is huge for a lot of sensitive folks) and it's very lightweight, both the serum and the moisturizer. My skin has been drier than usual due to the New England cold and this duo has stood up to it, which I do find impressive.



I think what I like the best about TruSkin is their price point for this product. I use a toner, serum and moisturizer every day. I believe it's a good solid skincare routine for anyone and if you don't have major skin issues, I think this duo is actually pretty perfect. A Serum at $19.99 and moisturizer at $15.99. I've recently come to realize that just because a company puts forth affordability, doesn't mean they don't care about ingredients and sourcing. TruSkin is Leaping Bunny Certified so you know that they take consideration in that area.



I really liked this duo and even though I have other oils and moisturizers, will work this into my routine, I like it that much. Their products do the job and while they might not be the fanciest out there, they are affordable, quality and generous in size. Save 10% on any TruSkin products by using the promo code MOM10 on their website. Visit momsmeet.link/truskinshop


You can find TruSkin on their site, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Comcast's RISE and more of their latest news!

*This post was created in collaboration with Comcast. Though I received compensation, all opinions are and always will be, 100% my own. Thank you for supporting Prim and Propah!

It’s been a hot minute since I checked in with what my friends at Comcast have been up to! They sent the latest and greatest over to me this week and as I was reading through the materials, I was thinking about how incredibly important our connections have been this year… not just our connections with other people (yes, that’s imperative!) but also the technological connections that are keeping us together in so many ways.

When I think of how I have kept up with my most important people and all the businesses that I love, it’s because of that technological connection… I’m so fortunate that I have access to the resources to be able to support my son’s remote schooling, Facetime with my family regularly, stream endless entertainment and all on a high speed internet (high school Amanda’s mind would be blown by how fast my internet is now!). The impact of the pandemic has been felt in so many different ways and with a lot of nuances. One area that has had me concerned since earlier this year is the survival of our small businesses… and one of the things that Comcast is currently doing is certainly going to make you say WHOA because it really shows their continued commitment to supporting communities in a real way (remember their virtual call on racial justice efforts and their internet essentials plans?). Check out Comcast RISE:

From Comcast: Small businesses have been dealing with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, social unrest, and environmental events. Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses have been some of the hardest hit. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, between February and April 2020, the number of active Black-owned businesses declined by 41%, Latinx-owned businesses declined by 32%, and Asian-owned businesses dropped by 25%, versus just 21% for the general population. Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support.





Comcast RISE – In October, Comcast launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses, starting with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses; those hardest hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years through grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants. For more information, visit www.comcastrise.com.

I’m crazy about the idea of long term, tangible assistance to small business owners, especially those owned by Black, Indigenous and BIPOC. The way that Comcast has looked at where it can offer meaningful assistance and turn that into a program like his, impresses me. It’s pretty incredible so if you’re reading this and think your business might fit this program, applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through February 7th, 2021!

In addition to Comcast RISE, Comcast is still doing a lot of the things that they’ve been investing in for quite some time, to increase equity in our communities. Being connected to the internet is essential and should not be considered a luxury. I’ve talked about it before but Comcast has continued to support communities in need by keeping customers connected through Internet Essentials, Network Investment expansion, School Programs, Xifinity WiFi hotspots that are free for everyone (For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi), free educational resources and more!




Even on the local level, Comcast is chipping in. Just recently, they teamed up with Telemundo to provide laptops to local families through the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Blackstone Community Center in the South End. You can read about that effort here

And if you’re into the tech-y type news, Xfinity Mobile, rated #1 in customer satisfaction, is “available to Xfinity Internet customers and includes up to five lines of unlimited nationwide talk and text, no activation fees, and no phone line access fees. When combined with free access to millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, Xfinity Mobile customers can save hundreds of dollars per year on their wireless bills.

Xfinity Mobile customers can choose from two straightforward nationwide 5G data options – By-the-Gig shared data starting at 1GB for $15, 3GB for $30 and 10GB for $60, or Unlimited for $45 per month per line.* Unlike most wireless carriers, Xfinity Mobile gives customers the flexibility to mix-and-match data options per line on an account and switch any line on an account between data options, at any time during their billing cycle.” <-- via Comcast


Learn more about Comcast RISE, Internet Essentials, Xfinity Mobile, fantastic new equipment, and so much more that Comcast is doing on their corporate site. In a time when we are voting with our dollars more than ever, seeing a company doing so much good, cool stuff, is hard to ignore!



Sunday, December 13, 2020

Persona Nutrition Review

 *This blog post was created in collaboration with Moms Meet and Persona. All opinions are 100% my own and as always I appreciate your support of Prim and Propah.



I've been teaming up with MomsMeet for quite awhile now and they're consitently introducing me to new brands that are in my realm of interest and this blog post is no different. I have always wanted to try a vitamin regimine that is catered to my needs and with Persona, I was able to try just that!  Persona is a personalized, high-quality supplement subscription service that delivers your packs to your doorstep every 28 days.


So first of all, you take an assessment so you can see what the right suppliments are for you and your needs! You answer a variety of questions about your general health, your concerns, medications you may be taking, what your goals are and other issues you may have had in the past. I felt that they were taking a lot into consideration when creating my "plan" and so I felt good about the regimine that they sent over to meet my needs. The daily vitamins are split into a cute box that makes it easy to pull out one at a time, unless you have kids who pull them all out at once, in which case, good luck getting them back in the way from which they came! But in all seriousness, the kit is really neat.


Here's what Persona put together for me:




Cordyceps • Supports Energy Production • Promotes Liver Health • May Enhance Libido Cordyceps contains numerous constituents responsible for its health-promotion actions including polysaccharides, cordycepin, and cordypyridones. 


DHA w/ Vitamin D • Promotes Brain Function • Supports Healthy Inflammatory Response & Eye Health Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an important brain boosting Omega-3 fatty acid. Since the body can’t produce it, getting enough in the diet or by supplementation is crucial. When the brain receives adequate amounts of DHA, it is able to produce hormones as needed which makes cell communication easier. 


Daily Probiotic • Supports Healthy Digestion • Replenishes Gut Flora • Supports Immune System Our Daily Probiotic contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus, one of the most popular probiotic strains to help restore good bacteria in the gut. By encouraging a balanced biohm, our Daily Probiotic can support gastro-intestinal complications, diarrhea, and the immune system. 


Foundational Multivitamin Heart Health • Optimal form of Folate • Fills nutrient gaps, supports overall health Food preferences, allergies, prescription medications, digestion issues, and age can impact your nutritional status. Our vegan, non-GMO multivitamin is highly bioavailable to help you fill in diet gaps and achieve a healthy nutrition profile while supporting your immune system. 


Green Tea Extract• Supports Healthy Energy • Fights Oxidative Stress • Supports Brain Function Green tea extract has been used for centuries to provide a variety of health benefits including energy productin, athletic performance support, healthy weight, and overall immunity.


Spirulina • Immune Support • Super Powerful Antioxidant • Anti-Inflammatory Spirulina is an algae that can help fill nutritional gaps from diets lacking fruits and vegetables. 


Vitamin D-3 1000 • Bone Support • Cell Growth Support • Neuromuscular and Immune Function Support Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be produced when the skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For this reason, geographical location, use of sunscreen, and lack of outdoor activities impact vitamin D status in the body and may lead to a deficiency. 


I will say that in taking these supplements, some of them were larger than I am used to taking so it was a bit of a struggle at first to get them all down each morning but I challenged myself to drink more water and taking my Persona supplements certainly helped with that goal! Another thing I might mention, and this is not a very attractive thing to admit, but one of these supplements was 100% giving me gas and the thing is, it's hard to narrow down which one it might be. The great thing about Persona is that they do have nutritionists that you can email, call or chat with so if I really did want to get to the bottom of it, I could have a talk with a member of their team. So just something to consider when you are taking a new vitamin or supplement, that you may have some side effects like gas, doh! So make sure to pay attention to your body and what is happening with it!


So would I recomment Persona? Yes! Actually, even though I got this first supply for free, I am on my way to get another month filled (that I'm paying for!)... so that should give you an idea of what I thought! I have been really trying to take care of my body. I am nursing a back injury in PT. I am having regular appointments at the chiropractor and I am taking my nurtition more seriously.


You can find Persona online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... oh and have $25 on me to place your first order, shop here!



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!




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