Our Week With Kids Of Summer Baseball Camp

  Last week was a whirlwind to say the very least! I love being busy though, (especially now when it's helping these last weeks of pregnancy go by a wee bit quicker!) and the week was focused on something Branden has been looking forward to for a couple months - so it was 5 full days of happiness for this mama! Branden attended one week of Kids of Summer Baseball Camp at Riverside Park and seriously had the time of his life. As with anything new, it can toy with your emotions a little bit sending your child somewhere new for the whole day, for an extended period of time. Branden had never tried out baseball before, so I thought that sending him to a week long camp where he would have his skills evaluated, get a feel for the sport in a fun setting, and get out of the house over summer vacation would be a great way to start. My hopes were for him to get a feel for the sport and see if it was something worth trying out for a season or two coming up. I will admit - I was a little emotional on the first day when Chris took him, but my heart was so full picking him up later on that afternoon. He had the absolute best time! The kids met everyday between 8:45-9am and then were dismissed at 3:30 everyday, though you can pop in and watch as a parent if you want, which I did on the last day. I was so impressed with the way the whole camp was run and can honestly share that Kids of Summer Baseball Camp (though the offer tons of other sport options for kids to try … [Read more...]

Making Our Apartment a Home – Finally {Giveaway}

  I mentioned last month at some point how we are working on a redecorating project, which I will share all the details with you soon, but I never really explained why. I guess it all boils down to a huge part of me knowing that this apartment isn't our forever home, so we just kinda placed a few pictures on the walls and called it a day. Then, when we found out we were pregnant late 2015, something shifted inside me and I had a need to make the apartment a nicer place for us all. So while we have a big re-decorating project happening, I'm started by adding a piece that will work with our decorating plans, yet it super special to us with The Canvas Factory. (And cue the waterworks!) Who remembers this picture from our pregnancy announcement? It was so amazing to capture these photos and share them all with you, but now even more special to have it as a piece of our family history in our living room. We obviously have a ways to go with getting our room completely redecorated and to the place where we want it to be, but I promise to keep sharing our tips along the way! A picture really is worth a thousand words (or thousand emotions in this case) and this is an important moment that will stick with us in a really beautiful way for years to come. The Canvas Factory is really awesome for helping to capture those important moments, your kids favorite art project or something special that you have designed with a few simple clicks on their website. I honestly … [Read more...]

Simplifying Life With The New Angie’s List

  Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a super exclusive event for Angie's List and let me tell you - impressed is certainly how I felt when I left. Whether you can believe it or not, they have been around twenty-one years and this company that we all originally associated with only home repairs, allows you to really do so many things that it not only simplifies your life but is a one stop shop for us busy mamas. There I am, pregnant waddle and all and I made my way downtown to a gorgeous townhouse where I got to tour room after room (scroll down for some serious apartment envy) and learn about all of the services that they offer, what's changing, what's new, and of course - chat with Angie herself. (If you were wondering, she is SUPER sweet and down to Earth.) So what's the major announcement? Starting July 13th, the first 5,000 people who sign up for Angie's List will be entered to in a contest to win $20,000 towards a home project! Pretty major if you ask me! But taking things one step further, Angie's List is now offering FREE access. Yes, after all of these years, you can finally signup for free to receive access to their verified reviews to help you make the best decisions when choosing people to help you move, repair your roof, or even give you the best manicure ever. Epic. There are still paid memberships, but a Gold one will only run you $99.95 per year for complaint resolution process and customer support via phone, and a Silver … [Read more...]

Maternity Basics That Fight Harmful Radiation {Giveaway}

  This is a big week of sorts in The Cooper Household for a few reasons. First, today marks EXACTLY 1 month until my due date. (Whoa!)  Second, we are sending B to baseball camp for the first time and I'm feeling pretty sentimental. It's not the first time that we have sent him to all day summer camp, and it is just one week, but for some reason it's stressing me out a little bit. I think it might have to do with him being introduced to a sport that he hasn't tried before and a mixture of pregnancy hormones - but either way I have been running around like a nut getting everything for the week (gear, healthy lunch essentials and tracking down a new ice pack which has been harder to find than one would think right now) and getting ready for today's send off. Tear. Second, because I keep saying that this is sort of the "unofficial last week" of me finally starting to take things slow. Whatever that means, right? I've had a real problem trying to slow down and it has gotten so bad that Chris had to demand me to take a seat yesterday when I went on a little cleaning rampage. I swear that if anyone could pop in my mind right now, they would be exhausted. I have everything ready to be washed in Dreft this week and then I can pack our hospital bags and let the "Labor Gods" do their thing. Which is exactly why I'm getting through the end of this pregnancy with my the help of my favorite basics from Belly Armor. This has pretty much been my uniform these days, … [Read more...]

Maternity Must Haves: dapperbag + Loyal Hanna {Giveaway}

  Being pregnant is a beautiful thing. It can also be a very uncomfortable thing, but I never realized how much it's beauty truly outweighs any negatives until being pregnant this time around. Yes, from reading my journey and my bumpdates, you know that I'm having a rough time. But that doesn't mean that I'm not looking and seeing the good in it, too. Our bodies as pregnant women truly do amazing things, but sometimes we need things like these maternity must-haves to help us along the way. // Jewelry c/o Sequin NYC// My pregnancy with Branden was definitely more concealed AND I was literally pregnant head to toe. People could never really tell if I was pregnant when they saw me or if I had just gained a little weight - and maternity clothes didn't really have a place on that changing body. Not to mention that I was pregnant during a time when I was still really learning to love and accept myself and body, something that I think comes with age. I've said it before and I will say again: every wardrobe starts with an amazing bag. It's truly that pinnacle piece that an entire wardrobe can be built around. When you find out you are expecting, the thought of finding a sophisticated bag that matches your personality can be daunting - you don't want to lose yourself in motherhood, but you want it to be a functional piece of your life as well. This Sedalia bag from dapperbag is all of that rolled into one. It of course comes with all the essentials you need for … [Read more...]

There’s A New Clean In Town

This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  Yes, my "Pittsburghese" came out a little bit in this blog post title. While there are many things that have changed in my life since moving to "the city," I'm still a Pittsburgh girl at heart. I guess that you could say that I have grown up a lot since moving here, becoming a wife and mom and essentially - my own person. I make decisions on my own that work best for my family and I, and once that decision has been made I stick to it through and through. One major change that I have made over the years is really turning towards an Eco-friendly lifestyle in every way possible, so  I'm super excited that my go-to for laundry has just released their new Tide purclean!   Available at Target (my favorite!), Tide purclean is the first bio-based detergent that still uses the power of Tide, yet is Certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program. It is new to the market and new to our home and I am loving it! Plus, it comes in the amazing fragrance of Honey Lavender and it pretty much doesn't get any better than that. I'm not gonna lie either - when we got to Target to pick this up, the shelf was completely empty except for a few bottles, so I think that says a lot about how excited NYC is about this new laundry detergent. Not to fear though, I did turn the corner down the aisle and found another display that was fully stalked and made sure to stalk up myself. (I know, I resemble a … [Read more...]

Reinventing My Summer With Playster {Giveaway}

  Okay, give a little nod, or better yet - take a sip of your coffee IF you can remember the last time that you read a book (cover to cover) or jammed out to YOUR favorite tunes. (Nope, the songs that keep your kids occupied played on repeat don't count.) I was thinking about this the other day and while I can remember the last book I read, Girl on a Train, it was a very long time ago and quite frankly - I'm getting sick of the pile of month by month pregnancy books sitting on my bedside table. So I'm switching things up. I'm reinventing my summer with my new favorite thing - Playster.  Spoiler alert: it's pretty awesome for the whole family, too. Playster is a service that hooks the whole family up with instant access to music, movies, audiobooks, books and games, right at your fingertips. It is instantly accessible through an app on your mobile devices and tablets, but also on your computer as well - making it super easy to log in from anywhere. The service costs $24.95 per month, but they have a great deal the offers a free Android tablet and headphones whenever you sign-up for one year, a pretty unbeatable offer! (Keep scrolling for a chance to win those goodies, too!) While I'm excited about diving in head first into all components of Playster, I am particularly excited about the book and audiobook sections. Let's face it - reading before bed just helps to ease your mind, help you disconnect and sleep better. My mind is always racing at the end of … [Read more...]

2016 Jewelry Trend Report

This post was sponsored by JCK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. As I've mentioned in the past, I can be a sort of jewelry hoarder. (If you are like me, I recommend that you get your jewelry organization under control really quick or you will never be able to find anything!) I love following the trends across the board (clothing, shoes, jewelry - everything) and loved catching up on what was presented at the JCK Jewelry Trade Show. If you aren't familiar, the JCK Trade Show is held in Las Vegas and North America’s most comprehensive and innovative jewelry destination. Basically, this is where jewelry trends are born! 2016 Jewelry Trends I didn't make it to the actual show this year, being preggo and all, but you can easily follow along every year right from the JCK Jewelry Trade Show website, here. Now, here are some of my favorite trends that should be on everyone's radar when updating their jewelry wardrobe! Exotics Exotics are really fun pieces to add to your wardrobe that make you look like a globe trotter, even if you have never left the country. This year's trend is to add warm yellow golds and mix them with brilliant gemstones found in all colors of the rainbow. You can obviously get these at insane price points or buy costume pieces and still be right on trend. What exactly makes a piece of jewelry an exotic? Very intricate designs that channel places and animals from exotic countries. They are fun pieces to wear that definitely … [Read more...]

Summer Unleashed {Giveaway}

  I have to say that summer has a whole new meaning to me this year. On one hand, I feel a wee bit rushed to get the most out of it because Baby C is due in August and on the other hand I'm trying to take things slow because of Baby C's August arrival. But mostly, I just want to create lasting memories with our little family before we become a foursome. Since school was out in New York City on June 28th, we made a bee-line for the Poconos on the 29th to spend a couple nights at our favorite, kid-friendly getaway, The Great Wolf Lodge. We were here back in November and I can honestly say that while equally as fun - it's a completely different experience in the summer! (You can read about our last visit, here. They do some pretty special things to celebrate Christmas!) This time, we got to hang out in the sweet sunshine, which to me is what summer is all about, plus share our favorite kid style for summer from our friends at The Children's Place, Tom and Teddy and Real Kids Shades - so much fun! (Keep scrolling for a chance to win all these summer goodies plus a trip for you and your family, too!) We shared the experience with our friends, just like last time, so you will see Branden and his best bud Matty having too much fun playing models in the water. We always turn to The Children's Place for great priced summer gear, well actually, year round gear and we always love how durable and trendy everything is. Check out all their cool options for swim for … [Read more...]

Feel Beautiful Everyday With Vera Wang Embrace Collection

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. There is just SOMETHING about a great fragrance that can truly change my outlook on everything. Think about how magical it is to grab a great glass of wine and light your favorite candle - that scent can elevate your mood and just put things into perspective. I feel the same way about the fragrances that I choose - they MUST be able to do the same thing. This is what I love about the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and its newest addition - Marigold & Gardenia. Both light and floral, this fragrance offers up fruity notes that are strong enough to smell, but not bold enough to overtake your own confidence. Being pregnant, I had been on the prowl for something that made me feel confident again, yet was chic enough to wear everyday. The new Marigold & Gardenia has certainly provided me with that and then some! The Marigold and Gardenia fragrance is the newest member of the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and if you are a Vera Wang fan, you know how important it is to her that her customers feel confident and beautiful, and this fragrance is no different. If you have followed along from the beginning, you know how important that is to me. We are all mamas who feel a certain way about our bodies before, during and after pregnancy and there is nothing that really compares to finding something that makes you feel wonderful … [Read more...]