For Those Times When Mom Needs A Break

**This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. ** Well, let's be honest here: mom deserves a break every single day, but that doesn't always mean that we get it, unfortunately. With kids needing something pretty much every second of the day and the rest of the world needing things in between (and cue the countless emails, refrigerator that never seems to stay full and bathroom that never seems to stay clean), breaks can be far and few in between. For me, I look for those little, quiet moments when Branden is at school and Blake is either sleeping or interested in something just long enough for me to have a moment to collect my thoughts and recharge. Even if it's just 5 minutes, I need that moment for me. I've shared my coffee addiction with you all, which definitely stems from having two busy kids plus working full time. I know that you all can relate to how busy motherhood is. I try to share glimpses of my life with you all so I will be honest - days out and about aren't always part of my daily routine. I try to work hard Monday-Friday so that weekends are free, but that doesn't mean that they always are. And since the weather has gotten nice, I try to take Blake out in the city or to our local park during my work week so she doesn't get bored. The struggle is real! Which is why  I'm super excited to share with you my latest find that I enjoy while taking my quick mom breaks that combines caffeine and a little something sweet: Cafe Breaks. … [Read more...]

The Sweetest Organic Baby Clothes #MomStyleMonday {Giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday mamas! If you celebrate Easter, I hope that you all had a wonderful one. We were woken up early by both our babes, did our own little egg hunt and brunch in the city, followed by our regular Easter trip to Central Park. I even snuck a nap in when we got home, so it was a really glorious way to spend our holiday. I'm so excited to kick off this week with one of our favorites for babies, Softbaby.  And if you missed last week's mom style Monday, we chatted shoes for littles - so go enter to win a pair of Step & Stride's for your babe! We all want what's best for the sweet babies that we bring into this world, that's a no brainer. While this little one doesn't have an entire wardrobe that filled to the brim with organic baby clothes, we make sure that she has a few key pieces made from 100% organic cotton. These are what I like to call the workhorses of her wardrobe - the pieces that she lives in day to day, like our absolute favorite: The Softbaby Long Pineapple Romper.  Time and time again, this pineapple romper is that piece that just makes me smile whenever I pull it from her drawer and get her dressed for the day. I mean...pineapples just put a smile on your face.  // C/O Softbaby Pineapple Romper // This little smile just says it all! And I want to add that all their clothes are great for sensitive skin and easy to get on and off. All of their designs are so fun and great for both boys and … [Read more...]

Cruzin’ In The Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat

This post contains affiliate links. I hate to admit how quickly Blake has grown because I honestly try to pretend it's not happening every single day. In fact, I really feel like time has flown faster with her than when Branden was little because there's so much more going on being the second child. I have blinked my eyes and she's seven months old and carrying her around in the newborn car seat that she's had from birth is no longer doable (for me, because I'm weak lol). So, we have upgraded her car seat (and simultaneously trying to upgrade our ride) and are now cruzin' in the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat. First tings first, I LOVE (love, love) that we now keep the carseat in the car and don't need to waste precious space in our tiny apartment for the car seat. We just carry Blakey-boo to and from the car and it makes things way easier. In fact, because the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat offers 3 seats in 1 for rear-facing infants 4-50 lb, forward-facing toddlers 22-65 lb and big kids 40-100 lb, we really could have used it from birth through the big kid year without having anything else in between.  Why do we love the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat? It's ease of use and only needing one carseat for your child's entire life are the big ones on my list, in addition to being super safe, of course. We went through at least 3 car seats for Branden, so this is a dream to me. In addition, it features: Extend2Fit® 4-position extension panel provides … [Read more...]

Falling In Love with Little Spoon Organic Baby Food {Giveaway}

  My, oh my have things changed in the baby food aisle since Branden was born! I will wholeheartedly admit that I wasn't nearly as educated or informed as I am now, I was just a mama walking the aisles at the commissary (since Chris was active duty at the time), filling my cart with the one and only brand they had in stock. Fast-forward eight years later and I'm in complete awe of the options and variety of foods that my little girl gets to taste right from the start. But more variety has meant a bit more education on my part to find what works for us. And TBH, I'm bursting at the seams to share Little Spoon with you all today! Full disclosure: I'm friends with Michelle Muller, one of the founders behind Little Spoon. In fact, about two years ago, before we even knew we would have a new little one in our life to feed purees to, Chris and I attended a round table discussion to give our input on packaging as the brand was just getting started. I'm so proud to see where it is today and overjoyed that their launch coincides with the same time our little Blake is starting solids. What is Little Spoon? Little Spoon is both a pediatrician and nutritionist recommended baby food thats made using HPP (high pressure processing, like your favorite cold pressed juices!), that is a safe, nutritious, organic alternative to everything currently on the market. Because (ahem) your baby food shouldn't be older than your little one, right? Yes! The current state of baby food … [Read more...]

The Cutest Kicks For Kids #MomStyleMonday {Giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links. You guys.....I *think* spring weather is finally here to stay! I've been craving long walks to the park without having to bundle everyone up and sandal weather to the fullest extent. This past weekend, we spent some fun time outdoors with friends in the burbs right outside the city (where Branden dreams to live lol) for a color run and park day. Branden spent the night with his friend and Chris and I thought we were coming home to a night of binge watching 13 Things and some drinks, then I came down with the flu. I'm still feeling super under the weather, but pushing forward as best as I can. So excited to share our favorite spring shoes for littles with you all today from Step & Stride.  Obviously every kiddo needs a great pair of sandals to start the season off right and I totally predict that these Step & Stride Fisherman Sandals are going to be "the pair" for little miss Blake. They are really easy to get on and off, go great with everything (leggings, shorts, skirts) and are great for running around in. Each pair of Step & Stride shoes promote comfort, wellness and fit - so their perfect for when little feet are growing, in between size and need something to give chubby baby feet support. As you can see, she had a ball going down the slides wearing her new favorite sandals for spring! // Step & Stride Fisherman Sandals // And of course, having a great pair of kicks are necessary every season and these … [Read more...]

5 Things I’m Loving This April

This post contains affiliate links.  April showers bring May flower, right? But it also brings some sun peaking through as well as Easter and spring cheer, so I'm ready to embrace this month. I've again added some super inexpensive pieces to my wardrobe this month that make me smile every time I wear them because I'm excited spring is here and ready for all the fun park days, spring break and brunches ahead of me now that the weather is starting to cooperate. If you missed last month's post, check it out here for 5 pieces that are under $25 and make sure you're debit card it within an arm's reach! Rain boots! You need your rain boots this month more than any other time of year and so do your littles! So this month I'm sharing my love for mommy and me Hunter boots. You can choose whichever color suits you and your kiddos, but there's just something extra special about this sparkly pink that makes me want to twin with Blake hardcore.My favorites are the First Classic for your toddler and the Classic Short for mama! You can thank me later. > SHOP NOW 2. The best denim After having Blake, I searched high and low for a pair of fantastic jeans that I really felt good in. Both my husband and I have always loved American Eagle Outfitters denim and I happened to walk by after Barre class one day and all denim was super on sale - so I wandered inside and tried on about 10 pairs until I found the golden ones. My favorite are the super, super stretchy jeggings and I … [Read more...]

Probiotics For Babies

  It seriously felt like just yesterday we were bringing baby Blake home in her little baby carrier and now she is a babbling and scooting seven month old who desperately wants to be able to chase after her big brother. While I'm definitely not ready for that yet, one thing that has made a big change in her everyday life is the addition of solids to her diet. I will admit that I have completely been "that mom," so excited to introduce her to new foods that I probably didn't do it quite as gradual as I should have, resulting in some tummy troubles with our little one. Knowing what I know about probiotics and taking them everyday myself, I was curious if probiotics for babies existed and low and behold I found the best thing for her. Yes, probiotics for babies do exist! As soon as I noticed our little one having an upset tummy, too much gas and overall digestive issues, I turned to Upspring Probiotic + Colostrum Powder before anything else. Call it a mamas intuition or not, but because probiotics have been the saving grace for my tummy issues, I knew that it would help soothe her problems as well. Upspring Probiotic + Colostrum Powder helps to keep baby healthy through 5 billion active cultures per dose and 6 probiotic strains including Lactobacilillus and Bifidobacterium plus prebiotics. The colostrum provides complete range of antibodies for immune support and together this combination is something that I credit for our whole family rarely getting … [Read more...]

Easter Style For Moms #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  It's the first Monday in April and if you're like me - Easter is on your mind. After all, it's a fresh, fun time of year where we can finally get outside more regularly and start seeing Mr. Sun again. It's one of the most lovely times of the year, if you ask me. And with the same breath, if you're like most mamas out there, you have the kids outfits picked out and baskets ready to fill and have completely overlooked yourself. So today, I'm sharing some fresh ways to make Easter style for moms just as fun. Easter Style For Moms Here's the thing: I'm all about non-traditional style for holidays and events, because they need to be pieces that are going to work for you and your wardrobe. I think that bright pinks and stripes are great for the kids and make for memorable pictures, but when it comes to us, we want pieces that truly resemble our style and aren't anywhere near cutesy. Translation: I think Easter style for moms should be pieces that you can integrate intro your wardrobe and wear over and over again. This super cute Carolina Dress from Cooper & Ella is going to be a longtime favorite of mine. I love it because it's completely effortless, comfortable and will look amazing on every different body shape out there. One of the biggest tips of mine for busy moms who have kids pulling at them all day is to choose a dress like this one because it's printed allover and has some slight ruffles for embellishment - meaning … [Read more...]

Keeping My Family Healthy With Vicks®

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I recently spent the morning at Recess Dumbo (Brooklyn), taking part in the Vicks® VapoRub™ 8-hour Playdate. We all had a blast, especially all the kiddos. It was so much fun to see so many of the bloggers that I hang with on a regular basis, but also to see our littles jumping around together - seriously too sweet for words. But we were all playing for one important reason: to learn about easy ways to keep our families healthy using a very important product, Vicks® VapoRub™ In all honestly, thinking about Vicks® VapoRub™, really makes me think a lot about my childhood. Both my parents and my grandparents pulled this out anytime any of us kids got sick and the smell just leads to those memories washing over me. A few years ago, I bought it for the first time when Branden came down with a bad cough and it's been a part of our family ever since. (Just an added reminder that this should not be used on kids under the age of 2, but you can use Vicks BabyRub for your babes and toddlers.) Image: Andrea Klerides So, what else is important to keep in mind about Vicks® VapoRub™ The cool thing about Vicks is that the vapors last up to 8 hours. It's topical application aids in quieting your cough - which we know makes all the difference when you're sick. Simply apply to the chest and throat (I have fond memories of my grandmother doing this!) and you're good to go. And lastly, my #1 takeaway for keeping your family healthy: wash … [Read more...]

Today, I Felt Like a Bad Mom

  Today was one of those days. The kind where you're left wishing for a redo. Truth? Things have been tough with Branden lately. He's hating school this year and getting him up and out the door has been the ultimate challenge everyday (seriously, dealing with a whiny babe has been a piece of cake compared to this eight year old stuff lately). Third grade has been so focused on testing that teachers (despite conversation with them) are only focusing on testing materials. Translation: everyday is really boring for the kids. So I feel for him, but that doesn't mean that he gets to skip school. His hatred for school has resulted in poor behavior, like really bad behavior in school and on the bus and I know the poor boy needs a release but he's out the door from 6:50am- 5:15pm Monday-Friday making that difficult. So we're left with evening and weekends with our little guy and trying to figure out a common ground between punishing him and then rewarding him for good behavior and allowing him to burn off steam with activities. It's been an exhausting cycle. And of course there's the pit that's in my stomach everyday, worrying about getting calls from school. You know the ones I'm talking about. What did he do now? What not nice thing did he say this time? It's been rough to say the least. Things have gotten better, though, the past couple of weeks and it's starting to feel like we have finally kicked the bad behavior bug to the curb - and then this morning … [Read more...]