Why I Will Always Kiss My Kids On The Lips

  There has been so much uproar in the parenting community lately caused by something so simple and harmless (well, to me anyways): David Beckham kissing his 5-year-old daughter Harper on the lips. What was meant to be a sweet moment where he was showing his child affection caused quite a stir and the Internet has had so many opinions. Yes, something so adorable has gotten so much backlash that even Today, Huffington Post and BravoTV have all reported on it. Here is the original Instagram picture, so you can check it out for yourself and form your thoughts, but I want to share mine. Well, David Beckham has joined the ranks of celebs that are publicly shamed for something stupid and this silly thing is a big thing to me, so I want to be grouped with the parents coming to his defense. I think my above picture says it all: I will be kissing my babies on the lips until the day I die because that's my right as a parent and there is nothing wrong with it. The comments on his picture got out of control though, one person even writing, “You people are sick for defending this. The truth will come out... this may have been acceptable in the 1990s but times have changed and we won't stand for it any longer. Children's innocence must be preserved.” Comments like that honestly leave me with rage inside. Children need affection and it's an important part of your relationship with your kids. Both of our children (yes, I know Branden's not pictured, he was in school … [Read more...]

Sunscreen For Children: How To Develop a Healthy Routine {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! I will admit it, I really wasn't good to my skin growing up. I was always focused on whatever might in the moment make me tan or get rid of pesky acne. I never really thought of the longer term health of my skin until I got older. Becoming a parent is really humbling in that way because we start teaching these lessons that were passed onto us by our parents, but we thought we were too cool to hear. So here I am, focusing on sunscreen for children and developing healthy routines for making it a priority to them. Spoiler alert: I found a really great, easy way that will make your moments beach or poolside this summer way less stressful. Despite everything that we know about sun safety and care, skin cancer is still a very real and scary thing - but can be avoided if we take proper precautions. In the United States, 350 people are diagnosed with this terrible disease every hour, so even more reason to choose the right sunscreen for children and your entire family in the sun, all year long. Because we turn to Neutrogena in our home for all our skin care needs, of course we turn to them when it comes to their fantastic sunscreen. And to add a little bit extra amazingness to what they do, Neutrogena is launching the MimicMommy MOVEment, to rally moms to help change skin cancer statistics and raise the first generation of sun-safe children. Neutrogena teamed up YouTube stars the Holderness … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Transitioning Into Summer Style Mode #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday friends! I know I skipped my mom style post last week, but you know how it is when life gets busy....but I'm back. We just made a last minute decision to fly to Orlando this month and do the whole Universal thing (we'll go back and do Disney when Blake is a little older) while I'm there for a blogging conference. I'm so effing excited, I'm practically bursting at the seams! I've been busy planning and adding a few new items to my wardrobe - which means switching my wardrobe from cold weather to warm weather. So since we chatted about denim last week (such a chic way to up your mom style game - also, here's tips for styling flared denim if that's your jam!), I thought I would talk about transitions today, because this is what my closet is going through right now. First, this outfit though! It's been pretty much a staple for me as I've transitioned my wardrobe. In fact, this is what inspired me to talk about wardrobe transitioning tips today. These sandals are my typical Dolce Vita's that I buy every year because I wear them to the ground. In fact, I'll probably be wearing them as we walk around Universal all day. Jeans are my favorite leggings from No Nonsense (and more really exciting news to come about that!) and this Embroidered Flare Sleeve Blouse from Rosegal was probably my only spontaneous purchase this spring. And of course, to get into full summer mode, this little one is wearing this super sweet Carters … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Do The Color Run

This is not a sponsored post. My family and I received free tickets to attend The Color Run.  If you recall, last July when I was 8 months pregnant, me, Chris and Branden completed The Glow Run together. We try to do one of these races together each year and while I barely finished last year's I was so excited to do The Color Run together this year as a family - this time, pushing a stroller instead of ready to pop made the whole thing much better. I can't recommend The Color Run enough and if it's about to hit your city (here's the full upcoming list), here's why you should attend with your entire family. Spoiler alert: we had a blast! 1. It's family- friendly. The word "family-friendly" means so much to us because we really don't have any babysitters close by and spending $20 an hour on one to go out is something we rarely do. Which means that we're always seeking family-friendly things that are actually enjoyable for all of us (like really enjoyable not just the "I'll watch my kids have fun" kind) and this was a great experience that appealed to just that. 2. It's not timed. After having Blake, I've been having a little runner's phobia and haven't gotten back out there quite yet, so this non-timed, 5k is a great way to get a little workout without feeling pressured to beat a certain. It's really relaxed and just fun right from start to finish. 3. It's a great way to do something outdoors. My boys are BIG movie-buffs. Me? Not so much. I try to plan activities … [Read more...]

Healthy Meals to Lose Weight

**This is a sponsored post for heSpeaks/Rubbermaid®. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood!** Not gonna lie - I'm still struggling to lose the pesky baby weight over here. There's a few pounds that just don't want to come off and I've been seeking healthy meals to lose weight every single time I grocery shop, because I get bored with what I eat quickly and need to mix things up. After trying a few different things out, I feel like I finally found the secret to making sure that I always make healthy choices: through meal planning. So whether you're trying to lose weight like me, or searching for healthy meals during pregnancy and breastfeeding, I'm sharing my best tips with Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE (and a giveaway!) - plus a new recipe that's perfect for summer! Healthy Meals to Lose Weight The Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10 piece set has allowed me to meal prep and make some of my absolute favorite make-ahead meals, which has been the key to always reaching for healthy foods instead of something that I'll regret later. They allow me to portion foods out, eat on the go, and keep things organized in both my refrigerator and kitchen cabinets.  Breakfast For a good two years now, I've been all about those overnight oats, which are also great when you're breastfeeding to help with milk production. I make these in huge batches, and store them in my largest Rubbermaid container and scoop out breakfast portions for a good week. My favorites are chia see and … [Read more...]

7 Tips For Styling Denim on Denim #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday lovelies! It's a rainy day in New York City today and my evening plans already got washed away - whomp, whomp - but trying to stay positive and see through these stormy clouds because I'm determined to make it a good week. If you missed last week's mom style Monday, I styled florals, which are so much fun to wear when we transition to spring wardrobes. This past weekend Chris had an army drill weekend, so I was home with kids and we pretty much just chilled. But, if you follow my Instagram stories you saw some park play and that we have a little bitter on our hands - never a dull moment! Since becoming a mom, it's all about casual style for me. Things that I can move in, look chic and can be dressed up if need be are awesome are my go-to's. Denim on denim is a great way to do just that and my whole outfit is courtesy of Liverpool Jeans - which I know you will all love, too. Before I get to my tips, holy moly I need to tell you about these pieces! First, these Sienna Pull on Stretch Capris are the most comfortable ever. They have no button closure and pull on similarly to maternity jeans - but they aren't! They come in the light shade that I'm wearing and also this darker shade, too.  (And if crops aren't your thang, they have shorts which you can check out here.)  Then...there's this amaze bomber jacket! It's not exactly denim, but looks denim and is stretchy and comfortable in all the right places and … [Read more...]

How to Style Florals #MomStyleMonday

  Us New Yorkers are known for loving a wardrobe that's filled with lots of black. Don't get me wrong, I have my favorite little black dress hanging in my closet, but as soon as warmer weather becomes the norm, you best bet that florals are coming to the forefront in my closet. Since we've been chatting warm weather dresses with the uber trendy knot-front dress and embroidered dress, I thought it was time to switch up our mom style discussion to florals. // Cold Shoulder Blouse c/o Pink Blush // Today, I'm sharing some of my floral favorites from Pink Blush where (if you've followed along through my pregnancy) has been one of my favorites for quite some time. They have an awesome selection of maternity, women's and plus - so get shopping! If you're going to wear a printed, floral top, I suggest always pairing it with more solid items like denim and a solid color sandal. And of course - don't forget your shades. This is especially important whenever you're also mixing the pattern with another trend like me - the cold shoulder trend - because you don't want your outfit to get overwhelming. You've heard me say for a while that I've wanted to try out the off the shoulder trend that's absolutely everywhere this season and I finally did! I'm pretty much in love because it really is an effortless style, but I do recommend making sure that your pair it with a skinny pant or bottom since most open shoulder tops are more on the tunics side. It just makes … [Read more...]

Quick And Healthy Meals For Busy Lives From Healthy Choice

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Healthy Choice. As of lately, I find myself in this place where I start my day with great healthy eating intentions and as the day progresses, things go downhill. It's not like I really want to eat the leftovers from dinner the night before or throw a quick sandwich together (as I try to stay away from the carbs because I love them so!), but they are easily accessible in a crunch. For the longest time, I tried to stay away from anything in the frozen aisle, but Healthy Choice has just released their new Power Bowls that are seriously frozen meals for the healthy mom. When you are looking for quick and healthy, these are  what to stock your freezer with. For me, things change a lot in my day to day. Yes, most of the time I am home behind the computer and chasing after a very quick baby all day, but sometimes I'm out at events, speaking engagements or sneaking in a quick park trip and the day gets thrown off course. This is when things get a little shaky and leads me to reach for foods that aren't so healthy. But even more than that, when I'm not thinking ahead and have meals planned, what I'm reaching for isn't exactly giving me the energy that I need to be a mom and present with my work. This is why I need to make sure that I always have access to quick and healthy meals. Quick and Healthy Meals Healthy Choice has just released their brand new Power Bowls that have become that solution for me. Seriously … [Read more...]

Time To Turn The Labels Around

This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood.  Mamas: give your head a little nod if you think that being a parent is tough. Yup, I’m imagining everyone giving a pretty vigorous shake of your head right now. In our current society we have a lot to think about on a day to day basis, which more often than not goes way beyond just the daily feeding, clothing and bathing of our children. We live in a world where social media plays a huge role, and we deal with judgement on the playground, at the pediatrician’s office and by people we think are our friends every single day. It’s stressful, is completely unnecessary and I want it to end. So, I’m working to turn those labels around. Let’s back up here for a second. When was the last time someone posted a comment on social media or said something in person that really rubbed you the wrong way? And afterwards, you keep going back through it in your mind, thinking about all the things that you should have said in response - to stick up for yourself. Probably recently. The thing is this: none of that really should be happening. Every mom needs her mom tribe as a support system as we work our way through every motherhood challenge and instead we’re often tearing each other down, when building up each other’s confidence is what we should be doing. It’s not cool, no matter which end you’re on. Beech-Nut found in a major survey that 70% of moms feel like the issue of mom shaming has gotten worse and … [Read more...]

Embroidered Dresses For Mom #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  A day at the park with my family is what I pretty much crave these days. I think because its fun for them and a pretty relaxing experience for me, too. With the weather getting warmer, you would think that we're seeing more days like these - but with my crazy schedule it's unfortunately been less than I would like. Which makes me sad sometimes (bring on the mom guilt), but we're just going through a period of time where our schedules are kinda nuts and I'm barely coming up for air during the week. But when I do get a break, I do want to dress up a little when we go out because it makes me feel good about myself - even if I'm having a crummy moment on the inside. This Tobi Simple Truth Embroidery Dress has cheered me right up! Last week's mom style Monday I talked about their Knot front dress I've been wearing and this is just another to add to the awesome summer dresses list. Styling Embroidered Dresses This is an easy one because unlike the knot front dress, the embroidered dress doesn't need to much embellishment happening. This dress, I will admit, was a little bit on the see-through side so I did need to wear a basic long tank underneath (like this one) to make sure I wasn't exposing myself to the world. And if you're searching for a good lingerie tip: I finally bought the SPANX Bra-llelujah and I love how it fits, gives me a lift and smoothes everything out underneath my clothes. I styled this embroidered dress … [Read more...]