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Mom Boss Stephanie Keefer: Supper Customer Spotlight

Mom Boss Stephanie Keefer: Supper Customer Spotlight
Platinum Sitters founder/CEO and mother of two adorable children, Stephanie Keefer has become an expert at productivity mainly because she has to be! She uses her own service, Platinum Sitters, to schedule top-notch babysitters and make time for date nights, and she orders Supper Meals to save precious hours during her busy weeks. We sat down to chat about food, sitters, and entrepreneurship.

Stephanie had her entrepreneurial “ah ha!” moment when she moved to Raleigh in 2012. Coming from NYC, she didn’t have a support system in the area and spent days trying to find a quality sitter. She realized she was wasting so much time scouring Facebook, mom groups, messaging and emailing, only to find that the candidate didn’t meet her family’s needs. When she spoke with other parents, she realized this was everyone’s experience.

While Stephanie was aware of nationwide services, she realized there was an unmet need for an on-demand marketplace for quality babysitters and nannies. Her goal was to create a simple, easy to use service that worked with only the most experienced and pre-vetted sitters in the community. PlatinumSitters was born!

Parents can join for free and have access to sitter ratings and family testimonials -- a concept much like Yelp and Angies List. The only cost is the transparent hourly rate determined by the number of children needing care, and payment is conveniently made through her intuitive website.

Because her schedule is so packed, Stephanie loves finding local services that handle her most time-intensive tasks. This allows her to have more quality family time, and even steal a few precious moments for “me-time!” She loves ordering Supper Meals because after getting home from a busy day of running Platinum Sitters, she’s in no mood to grocery shop, cook and clean! Plus, with little kids and their always changing list of “yucky” foods, Supper allows her and her husband to eat nutritious, balanced meals, while she can order more kid-friendly dishes for her younger ones. Turns out they’re not too into least not yet!

Prime Raleigh's 5 Tips For Exercising on Vacation!

Prime Raleigh's 5 Tips For Exercising on Vacation!

Written by Nick Outlaw, Prime Personal Training

Summer has officially began and travel season is among us.  Our expectations for what we will accomplish on our vacations and what actually happens can be totally different!  We make travel arrangements with great intentions, from breath taking views, unique cuisines, different cultures, hang gliding...we take these trips to feel good about the experience. We want to be glad that we made the journey. After all is said and done and we are back home, we don’t want to have any regrets.  

When traveling you don’t also take a vacation from brushing your teeth and taking a shower, right?  Well the same is true with the other habits that we have. Unless you're specifically taking a vacation to get healthier, like a yoga retreat, you'll most likely continue with the same habits and routines while on vacation.  

  • Get into an exercise routine that you enjoy before your travel.  If you haven’t already gotten into a routine yet, don’t sweat it.  Use physical activities that you enjoy.
  • Plan your travels around being physically active.  Whatever type of exercise you enjoy, lifting weight, running, yoga, calisthenics, riding a bike, etc.  Make sure that you have access to that type of exercise. For example, bring your yoga mat or rent a bike.  
  • Try to train close to the same times that you normally train, if possible.  If not, knock it out first thing in the morning before you start the rest of your day. You will be able to enjoy more of the day with the endorphins in your system and less stress.  
  • Sign up for city tours, excursions, and/or other activities that will allow you to really experience where you are while being active.  Get out and about wherever you are.  See the whole island, the whole city, the whole mountain!
  • Walk everywhere.  
  • Recruit help.  Get everyone involved.  Whomever you are traveling with, team up to help each other stay healthy.  Make an appointment with a trainer/coach before you leave or with one while traveling.  Sometimes friends can talk each other out of it.  If you think you guys may be tempted to bail together, get a pro.  

Know what you are likely going to do based on your history and your past experiences, and plan your schedule around specific ways to be active and to maximize your enjoyment of your vacation!  Ask for help if you are still uncertain on how and need more accountability.  

That’s what we are here for at Prime Raleigh.  We teach people how to move safely and efficiently.  Whether that’s a squat, push up, or just picking up their child or grandchild. Let us help you get better at taking care of you!

Written by Nick Outlaw CSCS, CPT, CES

Plant Power!

Plant Power!

We've heard so much about the virtues of eating more plants- everything from improving your diet to benefiting the planet- so we wanted to dig into the plant-based movement with Silvana, the chef and founder of Soul Cocina. We talked about the inspiration behind her tasty and colorful meals, and why she believes everyone can benefit from incorporating more veggies into their diet. She specializes in plant-based & gluten free meals that are wholesome and delicious, and you can find her menu on Supper Meals each week. 

SMWhat inspires you to cook?

Silvana: At Soul Cocina, we understand the time and effort it takes to eat healthy. Our aim is to deliver ready-made meals that both taste amazing and are rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. All you need to do is reheat and enjoy! 

I'm originally from a Latin American culture that is centered on community and agriculture, so I wanted to bring that to North Carolina with Soul Cocina, a culinary experience that focuses on healthy, mindful eating.

SM: How would you describe your nutrition philosophy?

Silvana: We don’t believe in stringent calorie counting. Instead, we believe in counting the quality of nutrition. Good fats are essential to optimal body function. Your body cannot live without fat! If you eat wholefoods, sugar-free, plant-based food, your body is going to process it quickly and efficiently, converting it into a vital energy source.  It’s going to heal your body, nourish your cells, increase your skin elasticity and boost your brain function. 

All of our products are 100% free of refined sugar, gluten and wheat free, no added MSG, artificial coloring, additives or preservatives and 100% fresh.  Our meals do not contain eggs, dairy, or any other animal products. We don’t believe in fad or short-term diets; instead, we believe in creating long term, sustainable and healthy eating choices to give you a renewed vitality and the natural tools to thrive and feel the best you possibly can.

SM: We're loving your packaging! Can you talk a little about how you think about eating plant-based in the context of sustainability?

Silvana: Healthy food deserves healthy packaging. We use sustainable, compostable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Our packaging is made from plant fibers, is free of harmful chemicals and is safe for the environment. Our containers are microwave, oven and freezer safe. The lids are microwave safe but not oven safe. 



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