5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy (Not Including The Gym)

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. There really is no denying the level of difficult to stay healthy - let alone when you become a mom. We power through our days and often forget to eat, then binge on the first thing we can find (most of the time it's something we regret) and fit in workouts whenever we can. Sound familiar? Pretty much! The thing is this: getting to the gym is great and I make sure to fit in at least 3 workouts a week, but there are lots of other things that we can do to live a healthy life, too. 5 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy Not only is cold and flu season approaching, but as moms we need to make sure that we have energy and maintain a healthy weight as our littles grow older. Here's how I keep my health in check: Stay Hydrated I know this seems self explanatory or even silly for me to mention, but water helps your body function properly and if you need to carry a water bottle with you all day around the house or to run errands - do it! Take a Daily Probiotic I started taking probiotics about 4 years ago after I had a really bad stomach episode and almost called 911 while I was at work. My then manager suggested probiotics and I have never looked back. I shop for my Nature Made® Probiotics at Walmart (where you can get the best price, duh!) and love how they make me feel every day. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement … [Read more...]

For The Messiest of Days

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Wet Ones®. I have received product or an incentive from the brand. Having a baby in tow with us through all of our weekend city adventures pretty much means one thing: having double the Wet Ones handy. I grew up with them and they are a super important diaper bag and at home essential to help us get through the messiest of days with the craziest of kids. Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are the convenient 2-in-1 way to wipe out dirt and messes and kill 99.99% of germs when soap and water aren’t readily available. Based on this alone, there are many times even when we're at home and I tell Branden to just go grab a Wet Ones (you know...because 8 year old hate having to actually wash their hands.) But having these miracle wipes in my arsenal gives me more power as a mom. (Did you know that 91% of moms admit to keeping their child from an activity just because its messy?) I'm able to encourage those fun, memorable, messy moments because I know that we will have a quick and easy cleanup. Since Wet Ones are available pretty much everywhere (at mass, grocery, and drug stores nationwide) and come in various sizes, we all carry them with us. As an added mom tip that we often overlook: these wipes are just as powerful as any hand sanitizer, so there is no need to double up on products - you just need the Wet Ones and you're good to go! But what sets them apart is that they are hypoallergenic and contain both … [Read more...]

Hydration On The Go

  I drink water like it is my second job. It is seriously so important to me and I have a glass next to me or in my hands all day long. Having water so accessible whenever we are at home definitely makes me take it for granted whenever we are on the go. After having Blake and needing to have access to fresh, clean water at all times (whether it was for hydrating myself to produce breast milk or clean water for a bottle) made me really yearn for a better solution than walking around until we could find bottled water while on the go. I happily found ZeroWater which solves all of our water problems whether we are at home or at the playground. These ZeroWater Portable Tumblers are my absolute favorites! Whenever I know that we will be out of the house for a couple of hours or more, we make sure to pack these in the stroller and fill them whenever we pass a water fountain. I'm not a big fan of using water bottles either, so these are a great Eco-friendly solution. They are so easy to use (you literally just plop the filter inside) and the filters change colors so that you know when its time to change them. (You can buy replacement filters here.) And a total mom tip: these have helped us teach our little guy about the importance of water and hydration, too. So often kids just want to turn to sugary drinks and don't realize the harm it's doing for their bodies. Having these handy for long days throughout the city makes him more conscious about not only drinking … [Read more...]

Do Your Own Thing

  I am almost exactly 8 week postpartum and I turned 30 this past weekend. All the better reason to hop to it with my fitness routine, right? You would think so, but they hadn't really been my key motivators. Yoga. Running. Weights. (Oh my!) I hadn't really wanted to hear these words again until last week when that "thing" that I had been waiting to shift inside me and say "get up and moving you lazy woman," finally did. It's strange, fitness had always been my thing, it just took some time this time around and then BAM, it hit me all at once. What was it? It was the urge to get moving paired with new Reebok women's fitness gear and I was ready to go! Yes, there is no denying my excitement (it's written all over my face) about the new Reebok women's fitness gear. Sometimes you just need to fall in love with what you're wearing to get fit to actually get out and do it! Fitness clothes can be tricky fit wise, especially since they tend to fit on the smaller side, but I always suggest staying true to size or even a little bit smaller (even if it feels tight) so you can see your progress and so your pants don't fall down while you're running. (Yes, been there, done that.) Reebok Glam Tights // Reebok Crossfit Hoodie I know that a lot of you are into LulaRoe leggings because they "feel like buttah" and I can attest that these Reebok Glam leggings do, too - seriously the most comfy workout pants I own. And as a little added bonus they do sit up higher on my … [Read more...]

Our Newborn Portrait Session With Christina Marotto Photography

  You guys...life has been a little bit rocky lately. This current weekend and the weekend before, Chris has been out of town for four days at a time. Being at home with these two has been exhausting. So whenever I saw these pictures arrive in my inbox last night, it totally perked me up and I beamed from ear to ear. In fact, I'm still smiling because we had such an amazing experience with Christina Marotto Photography and are overjoyed about all these special memories we now have from our newborn portrait session. Drum roll please... It's all about the experience whenever you're working with Christina. From the second that you book your session, she makes sure that you know how important your wants and needs are from the session so that she can create not only these beautiful memories, but gorgeous pieces that will hang in your home for many, many years to come. As you can see, pink and navy are totally my jam when it comes to this little girl. They were the colors that we chose for her bedding and also the colors of the outfit that she wore when she came home from the hospital. So whenever I filled out my client questionnaire (so that Christina knows how to cater her props and setting to you) I made sure to share that info with her. She totally carried my color scheme out in the sweetest way imaginable. We also wanted to make sure to get some special Daddy and daughter military pictures since this really is a big part of our life … [Read more...]

The Baby Swing Every New Parent Must Own

  About a week before Blake was born, we bought a bouncy seat. We needed a seat or swing of some sort, as it was the absolute last thing on our list of baby needs. We found one online on a whim and clicked "purchase." It was a cute seat, don't get me wrong - but it didn't do exactly what we wanted it to, or more accurately - Blake didn't have the reaction that we wanted. I should have gone with my gut instinct and got another Graco swing right away (this was one of the only ways I could get baby Branden to sleep many moons ago), but I didn't. I learned my lesson and now have the Graco Oasis Swing With Soothe Surround Sound. (Spoiler alert: it's perfection.) Yup, there's our sweet little one chillin in her new favorite "toy." But in all seriousness, this swing has made my life so much easier and lulls her into a deep sleep so that I can get things done or simply have my hands free from time to time. If you watch my video (below) you will see what my nick name is for our new favorite piece of baby gear. Check out our video of the Graco Oasis Swing: This music is a great addition that most other swings don't have, which is a fantastic added bonus. There is also something about the shape that is cozzier to our little Blake than her crib, so she takes many naps in her Graco  Oasis Swing with Soothe Surround Technology during the day. What's your current favorite piece of baby gear? Fashionably Yours, Allison … [Read more...]

How RSV Affected Our Family

This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Truth: I had no clue what RSV was until last year. The holidays were approaching and my sister Natalie and I were pretty much on the phone every single day getting excited about the whole family traveling to Pittsburgh to be together for the celebration. My new nephew, her son, Connor, was just about 3 months old and got sick. He got so sick that he was hospitalized and almost didn't make it home for Christmas Eve - his first Christmas Eve. What did he have? RSV. We all waited in anticipation to see if he would be released in time, and he was (thank goodness). But it was then that I learned through my sister's experience about this really serious virus that affects babies in a really big way during this time of year. Since it's National RSV Awareness Month, I wanted to make sure that none of you were unaware, like I was. What is RSV? RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] is a seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. (Ahem, my nephew.) It infects their little lungs and breathing passages and nearly all babies will catch it by the time they are 2. Pretty scary, huh? It spreads most rapidly among young children and is typically gone in 1-2 weeks, but spreading of the virus can continue for up … [Read more...]

3 Things You Need After Birth, But Are Probably Forgetting

This post was sponsored by Diapers.com as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Ahhh sweet motherhood. The time in our life when we are in a continuous cycle of shopping online and receiving boxes from UPS at our front door. Am I right? The amount of things you need after birth for this little teeny, tiny human being is endless. This time around, I really thought I had it all under control. I had been stocking up on diapers, wipes, got all the gear and had a huge box of in perfect condition hand me down clothes delivered from my sister. I thought that I was set. Then we brought Blake home and I realized there were things that I forgot. So what were these infamous 3 items? (When I tell you, you will be running out to buy them, too.) I will reveal them shortly, but first, I want to introduce you to diapers.com - which totally saved my butt whenever I realized that I didn't have it all figured out. There were quite a few things that drew me to their awesome website: you can order a bit of everything there (not just diapers), they always offer free 1-2 day shipping when you spend $49 or more (I placed my most recent order at 9pm and for my purchase the next afternoon) and everything is handpicked by experts. Here's my 3 items: 1. Comfy/lounge clothes Whenever we find out that we're preggo, we immediately either start buying clothes or have wonderful friends and families ready to give us a big ol' bag of … [Read more...]

To The Moms Who Just Need To Know They’re Doing Okay

  I sit here writing today with a screaming infant in my arms. I'm self-diagnosing it as colic, but we will see what the doctor says at her one month appointment in a few days (ya... a few days late because I'm behind on work - mom of the year right here). I only slept for 4 hours total last night, had to get Branden to the bus stop at 6:50am, and of course - Blake gets  dragged along with me in the baby carrier...because...well...good ol' second child syndrome. Branden's birthday is this week and his friend party is on Sunday, so I've been running around trying to make sure everything is perfect since it's really the first year that we've been able to afford to do a big friend's party in Manhattan - so I want it to be just right. This week, I have my follow-up appointment with my midwife and honestly I'm excited and scared all at the same time to be cleared to go back to my normal activities (you know what I mean!). I'm worried about how I'm going to fit running and yoga back into my life and dropping the baby weight. It's exhausting being inside my head right now. Moms, I know that you are all going through your own version of that, and I just want to say that I'm with you and you're doing okay. It's seriously moments like these that make me look at myself and what I've accomplished and feel like having a newborn has given me superhuman powers. But then there are also days when I feel like I have accomplished nothing at all. But the truth is, my dear mamas, … [Read more...]

Must-Have Products For New Mom and Baby

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. I have VERY vivid memories from when we were pregnant with Branden of buying pretty much every baby product around. We had no clue what was best. Yes, we had countless recommendations from family, but you don't really know until the baby is actually there what is right for your baby. So you buy everything in hopes that something works out. Then, there are products that are just great across the board. Sensitive skin? No problem! Boy or girl? Doesn't matter! These are some of my must-have all across the board items for new baby AND new mom. My must-have products for new mom and baby You seriously can't go wrong with having these items waiting for you at home when you get home from the hospital. Everything else will fall into place. Promise! 1. Rainbow Light 35+ Mom and Baby I used Rainbow Light religiously during my pregnancy for my prenatal vitamins (I started with the gummies and then went to the mini gems) and am carrying that through to my new mom life. You only need one of these a day and they are made special for moms prenatal and postnatal. It's a complete multivitamin and super great for mom and developing baby. My three favorite things about this: it helps to prevent nausea (amen!), helps with natural energy production (amen again!) and contains probiotics - which I would otherwise need to buy separate (I need this daily in my life for my many digestive issues). Discount code: … [Read more...]