Back to School 2017, Brands with a Cause, Clothing, Earth Friendly, Gift Ideas

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

This is a compensated sponsored post for prAna and all opinions are my own.

 

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

 

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Last month we moved to a new town about 60 miles away here in Washington state. We lived in our previous town over 4 years. In those 4 years my son attended kindergarten-third grade. I took a small part time job at the High School kitchen and I also did my duties as VP and President on the elementary school’s PTA Board.

Working in the schools I got to know kids by name from the little faces that recognized me at fast food stops to the teenager serving me in local eateries who I serve lunch to every weekday. Now I have moved away. It is sad and yet an adventure I know we will enjoy and comfort matters all the way around.

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

No more familiar faces and now I start a job at a new elementary school where my son will be for fourth grade. He wass a tad nervous about starting a new school but I was right there with him starting new myself. Yes! I have already turned in the PTA membership form and like I would do in the previous town, I will be a helping body at events and in the schools.

So, here is to a comfortable start in the new town and finding the back to school kick off outfit where I will meet new staff it’s an easy choice with prAna clothes for comfort  in my closet.

How prAna Clothes for Comfort Really Feel

Was that pitch cliche? I apologize but I am not kidding you when I say that having prAna pieces in my closet means assured comfort all day. I wish I had feel-o-vision through his blog so you can run your hands through the pants and tops and caress them the way I do when something feels so soft and durable.

prAna is made for women like you and me that just need a little comfort to get through new or familiar days. We have enough worries and people to care for we can’t waist time on brands that don’t keep us comfortable and confident in style. We need to put those pants on each day be able to focus on what really matters, not on clothing that is failing us.

Comfort! It’s all about comfort.

Starting over is scary and also a bit adventurous. That is the word we used with my son leading up to the move. We’d ask how he is feeling about this ‘adventure’? What he hopes comes from this ‘adventure’? Now we are settled into the house. He has been playing happily with new neighbor friends. His back to school shopping is done and so is mine. So we have started a new school year-one that is of many to come.

Shop for comfort and clothing that matters. And when your heart is big you shop brands that give back too like prAna.

In fact, during the holiday season, they donate a portion of the proceeds from select collections of to Outdoor Outreach. This gives underprivileged youth connections with the outdoors. They also do much more in local communities plus use materials that are environmentally responsible so you can feel good about what you are wearing all day. Visit prAna and see the styles that match who you are and your own adventures in life

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Brands with a Cause, Education

Backpacks for Kids in Need from Office Depot Foundation

I have partnered with Office Depot Foundation for this feature

 

First, I want to congratulate Office Depot on it’s 17th year of donating more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. They have 7 different designs and come with supplies inside to get children sent off to school with the basic needs.

 

Back to school is so fun for kids-most get new clothes, shoes and backpacks. Many families, however, cannot afford brand new. So when they seek assistance and get something NEW for the kids, that is so exciting for them. Look at these designs! Lego, arcade, camo, nature and other fun themes that the kids will be proud to wear on their backs.

 

Office Depot has done amazing things with this program. Here are some 2017 news bits about the program:

  • 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally
  • Their Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August
  • Their Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour (America’s first African American female combat pilot) who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago in support of STEM and STEAM in schools

How can you get involved? You can donate and see ways to help at Office Depot Foundation/WhatWeDo page. Follow along on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show your support on news feeds. You can also join as a business and you will find that information on their page as well.

Beauty, Brands with a Cause, Gift Ideas, Healthy Living, Natural

Who deserves a Honey & Sage Co. Care Package?

Who deserves a Honey & Sage Co care package? Someone you know gives and gives and hardly takes any recognition. Someone you know is tired and still thrives for her family everyday. Someone you know needs a lift whether it is because they lost a loved one or got some bad news. Someone you know needs Honey & Sage Co. It is a website with products and even care packages thoughtfully put together as a perfect gift for someone deserving.

In the latest care package there were so many settling product such as this prayer bracelet. Every monthly box has a meditation quote and this bracelet is made with yellow aventurine and lava stone, both of which are believed to help with self-confidence, creativity and stability.

June’s Mediation for example:

“I challenge myself to lift another woman’s spirit by giving her words or actions of encouragement and to revel in the inherent goodness of which I am made. I challenge myself to sit daily in a prayer for peaceful understanding that I am worthy and so is she.”

Using the prayer bracelet daily as you read your meditation can also be done with a cup of Vibrant-C Hibiscus and Elderberry Tea that is also good cold. However you enjoy a cup of tea in peace you get a blend of herbs that are refreshing on a hot day and offer a boost to your immune system.

2 drops-2 different uses. The Organic Hawthorne Tincture is taken orally to support a healthy heart. The Skin Soother is used topically and contains aloe vera, Vitamin E-rich sunflower oil and essential oils for that after-sun skin care.

June also gives you this Seoul Mama Revitalizing Mask because we all need those spa-like moments and this mask is packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid for conditioning. See the unboxing in action below.

@honeyandsageco Unboxing of women’s health care packages and products! #unboxing

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I wonder what July will bring? Visit Honey & Sage Co to see all of the offered products that you can gift right now to a deserving woman. Choose a Woman Care or Holy Wellness box to send today.

Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Home

Enjoy Organic Cotton Sheets, Towels & Duvets by Subscription Plans

If you follow my blog you know that I love to pay special attention to brands that give back especially that are earth-friendly and sustainable. Brands like Coyuchi that go beyond a product to bring a service to allow everyone a chance to enjoy organic and sustainable products in affordable ways are a huge benefit to us all.

Did you know 10 million tons of textiles—e.g. clothes, bedding, towels, etc.—end up in landfills each year. That’s a pile of sheets and towels 150% the size of the Great Pyramid in Egypt!

Enjoy Organic Cotton Sheets, Towels & Duvets by Subscription Plans

I recently partnered with Coyuchi—a pioneer in organic sheets, towels, and sleepwear—to explore the importance of sustainable home linens and share the good news about their new linen subscription service.

For 25 years, Coyuchi has been a leader in natural and organic home linens that are good to both you and the planet. Now Coyuchi is launching ‘Coyuchi for Life,’ a first-of-its-kind subscription service for environmentally sustainable and organic sheets, towels, and duvet covers.

With ‘Coyuchi for Life,’ users subscribe to organic bed and bath linens from Coyuchi in 6-, 12-, or 24-month increments. When the subscription period is up, customers send back used linens to be recycled or renewed, and receive a new set. The service allows consumers to subscribe to sustainability and change their sheets for good.
THREE REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH SUSTAINABLE HOME LINENS 
 1. LESS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT ON MANY LEVELS
Textile waste in landfills takes up space and decomposing natural fibers release methane gas, a potent pollutant that contributes to climate change. Reclaiming textiles and keeping them from entering the landfill in the first place has many positive benefits.
2. ORGANIC, HIGH-QUALITY BEDDING STARTING AT $5/MONTH
Coyuchi sheets, duvets, and towels are made from natural and organic fibers, free of the toxic dyes, bleaches, and finishes used in conventional textiles. Coyuchi for Life subscriptions make it easy to get new linens every 6, 12 or 24 months starting as low as $5/month for towels or $7/month for sheets and duvets. They are also GOTS-certified—the highest organic standard for cotton, all over the world.
3. SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT SACRIFICE

‘Coyuchi For Life’ subscribers enjoy the luxury of fresh, new organic sheets, towels, and duvet covers, while also making it easy to recycle their old linens (something which is harder than one would think). Beautiful bedding that feels good, supports a healthy home and cleaner environment, for roughly the price of a Netflix subscription? It’s a no-brainer.

 To subscribe to Coyuchi for Life, please visit:
I’d love to hear about how you live sustainably! Would you ever consider organic linens? What about an organic linen subscription service?  Share your thoughts in the comments below. 
Anthony's Children Reviews, Back to School 2017, Brands with a Cause, Food, Healthy Living, Kids, Natural Foods, Parenting

Zap Cavity Monsters with Zollipops the Clean Teeth Pops

Thank you to Zollipops for partnering with us on the feature. Opinions and story if my own

Zap Cavity Monsters with Zollipops the Clean Teeth Pops

Now that you are done with dessert…have a lollipop! Because of a brilliant little girl who had a concept at age 7 to create a lollipop that is good for your teeth you can have some candy after dessert. And you should! Xylitol, Erythritol, Stevia-a triple threat to those nasty cavity monsters have come together in the form of lollipops, taffy and candy drops.

It was her little sister that came up with the name Zollipops! These are the suckers and now there are Zollidrops and ZaffiTaffy. Zollipops and Zollidrops are sugar free, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher and made with natural flavors and colors in the USA.

What is Xylitol?
 
Xylitol is an all-natural sugar alcohol that is in many fruits and vegetables. It is so natural we actually produce small amounts in our bodies. With over 40 years of studies and safe records, Xylitol is proven effective. Because Xylitol is absorbed by our body slowly and with only small amounts being absorbed, you get a sweetness with very little calories. It has a low glycemic index of about 7 (most sugars are over 80). It is so low that the body does not require insulin to metabolize it.
How can Xylitol help with dental care?
 
Did you know that chewing gum after each meal freshens your breath and can help fight acid reflux and heartburn symptoms. Consuming sugar-free chewing gums and candies manufactured with xylitol as the primary sweetener have already received official endorsements from six national dental associations. By reducing acidity, we can help take away the power from those little cavity monsters!
Erythritol is just like Xylitol only a tad smaller molecule size. And Stevia is also a plant with no added calories and sweet like sugar. So all 3 are natural sweeteners with the added benefit of not causing cavities and actually raises the pH in your mouth and reduces the acids that the cavity monsters need to grow the bacteria we don’t want.
So grab a Zollipop in your favorite flavor- strawberry, grape, orange, cherry, raspberry and pineapple. See Anthony hare a bit more about the brand below:

My BEWARE: Xylitol is easily fatal in dogs so always be careful your dogs or pets cannot access your xylitol foods.
Brands with a Cause, Clothing, Healthy Living, Natural, Spring 2017

Organic and Sustainable Clothing You Can Wear Anywhere – prAna

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Did you know that you can buy clothing that is responsible? What does that mean? It means that from the very start of the process the cottons, hemps and other materials used to make your clothing is not making a negative impact on the environment as it is processed. From cotton that has not been sprayed with pesticides to Farmers treated fairly and paid a fair wage for their farming skills you get clothing that is organic and sustainable. This is why I love my prAna Organic Clothing.

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I needed new clothing because I was not happy with the performance of some of mine that wasn’t working for me as being versatile. After my research I found that the best clothing for me was organically made. It feels like a responsibility I wanted to take and by watching the video below you may see why…

Benefits of prAna Organic Clothing

  • Made of organic cotton or of hemp
  • Being planet-friendly matters to prAna
  • prAna offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified items.
  • The clothing is created to be fashionable, comfortable and versatile so you can wear it anywhere
  • prAna prioritizes giving back to communities all over the world
  • prAna actually has only one core belief, and that is to give back more than we take from the world

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What am I Wearing?

Cleo T-Shirt – Color: Mood Indigo. This is such a lightweight material and is a fitted tee. It is a burnout wash jersey knit style top that allows me to look fun and casual wherever I go. I wear this to work and running errands as well as my son’s sports practices. Not to mention, I wore this on a date night with my husband recently under a thin sweater.

 Lizbeth Capris – Color: Coal. I love that these are both pleated and tapered. It really gives it a great look that allows these pants to be worn casually or out on the town under a stunning top. It is a blend of soft hemp and recycled materials that has a bit of stretch in the pant. These are so comfortable and these are my new go-to pants.

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Sustainability matters and is truly responsible. To own just a few pieces will not be a regrettable decision. The comfortable and lightweight material is unlike any other clothing I own. You have to feel the difference to believe it. You deserve to feel comfortable anywhere you go an prAna works responsibly to bring you that. See all of the great items at prAna.

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Save 15% until April 14, 2017 by using promo code: PMOMEPH at checkout.