As a mom, I tend to put everyone else first. My goals for myself tend to be ones in the future rather than now. I will go to the gym rather than, “I’m going to the gym today.” I will make a massage appointment rather than picking up the phone and blocking out time. I will have breakfast – once everyone is out of the house and the laundry is started and I’ve gotten a good deal of work done and…. We (my husband and I) will retire to Italy.
Wait, retiring to Italy? Yes, that is one of my goals. I adore Europe for so many reasons, and I truly miss living there. I was there as a child in Belgium, and I’ve visited many times since, though of course not nearly enough. In fact, I haven’t been since I was in Italy five summers ago, though I keep hinting to a friend that she needs to go and take me with her.
It isn’t just the different pace of life, though I love that aspect. It isn’t just the sense of history. Or the people. Or the multi-lingual flair. Or the weather or lack of bugs – oh to be able to have windows without screens again! A lot of it is the food. What we have in the States often just doesn’t compare. Even making the same recipes (trust me, I’ve tried) in Europe and the States ends up with different tastes, and flavors, and it isn’t just because I’m relaxed and happy on vacation when cooking in Europe.
One of the big differences that I’ve missed is the yogurt. The rich, creamy European yogurt. I have that taste memory, but it’s so hard to find in the States. And honestly, it’s yet another of those things that I put off and don’t buy just for myself. Why? I have no idea, but I’m getting to the point – maybe because I turn 40 in less than 3 weeks? – where it’s time to focus just a little bit more on me and a little less solely on everyone else.
Guess what. I found my yogurt. And this morning, Oh My Yog! Ok, so that’s the name of the Stonyfield organic yogurt that tastes just like the yogurt I remember enjoying as an eight year old in Belgium, but the sentiment fits exactly. This time around, I picked up the Pacific Coast Strawberry, but there are several other flavors that I plan to buy going forward that I won’t be purchasing with the “I bet Mister Man would love this flavor” in mind. Nope, gingered pear? That’s all about me. So is the orange cranberry and the apple cinnamon.
But my focus on everyone else isn’t just left to food. No, my wardrobe shows it, too. I tend to buy clothing for the wee ones and new shoes for them and my husband, but the shoes I took with me on my last beach trip? I literally threw them away in the airport on the way home because they were beyond falling apart. My own clothing budget? Well, let’s just say that fad of 40 items in your closet per season isn’t just a fad for me. It’s pretty much reality. And if I actually counted, it might be even less.
But… prAna organic cotton came to my rescue and is making me feel pretty again.
prAna Organic Cotton Giveaway
Just like that little indulgence that reminds me of Italy from Stonyfield, prAna organic cotton clothing is that thing just for me that takes the ordinary and just elevates it a little. They’re both organic and know that you want to find a way to reflect how you feel and bring out your best.
My prAna organic cotton Tyda dress is probably the softest piece of clothing I own. I love the cowl neck of it and the soft double layer that falls just above my knees to keep me comfy all day long. It isn’t clingy or constricting in any way, and it is far more flattering in person than any photo could show.
It’s November in Chicago, which means that I’m pretty much done with nice weather until April, but the colors can so easily transition to fall that I’m going to pick up some leggings to complement this prAna organic cotton dress to allow myself to continue wearing it even on days where I don’t have to dress up – just because I can.
It’s versatile and stylish… and you bet it would be at home in Italy. I’ve packed it twice, rolled up in a suitcase, and I’ve verified that it travels well without becoming a wrinkled mess. It’s just crying out for me to take it on vacation, right?
I’m working on that.
In the meantime, I get to give away a prAna organic cotton item to one of my lucky readers. You can choose one item from the prAna organic cotton line up to $99.
Oh, and if you’ve fallen in love with prAna the way I have and want to order something for yourself – or a “friend” (cough my 40th is coming) – you can use this discount code for 15% off your prAna organic cotton order until December 15, 2015. Note that it’s not valid for influencers, on gift certificates, or with any other offers.