15 Motherhood Rules To Live By

  A few years back, I wrote a post about 10 beauty commandments to live by and its been hands down one of my most popular posts, day after day. I think it might have something to do with the fact that we're always searching for guidelines or rules to live by to simplify life a bit - or maybe not. Either way, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood lately as we're transitioning into toddlerhood over here and have a big boy about to turn 9, and I'm reflecting on what I've learned, what I would like to learn and how I've changed. The whole motherhood experience is humbling and if I could boil it all down to snippets or advice learned from my last 9 years of being a mom, these are my 15 motherhood rules to live by. When visiting Pittsburgh @stationsquarepgh is a must with your littles 🏙#travelgram . . . . . . . . . . . #momlife #momblog #travelbug #travel #travelblogger #armylife #momblogger #mombloggers #traveltips #momtips A post shared by Allison Cooper (@projectmotherhood) on Aug 26, 2017 at 5:23am PDT 15 Motherhood Rules To Live By Ok mamas, here we go! 1. Always trust your gut instinct. I promise you that when all is said and done and you look back on your life, you will never regret living every moment by trusting your gut instinct. There's just something that takes over inside of us when we know something isn't quite right, and going with those feelings will almost always put you right where you belong. 2. Don't ever (EVER) forget about your … [Read more...]

Giving Our Kids The Tools They Need {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Primrose Schools; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. We recently celebrated Blake’s first year of life with a joyful party and some (behind closed doors) tears on my end. I can’t believe how fast that first baby year went by, but I’m equally excited to watch her experience the world through more independent eyes. With so many milestones to be hit, I want to make sure that I’m nurturing her as much as possible and giving her the tools she needs to thrive - which at this stage, starts at home. If you’re schedule is like mine...busy (which I’m certain it is), you know that setting aside dedicated time each day isn’t always a reality. I want to share some easy ideas for how we’re working on developing executive function skills with Blake that can be effortlessly worked into you day, inspired by Primrose Schools. First, what are executive function skills and why are they important? These six skills (Adaptability, Teamwork, Problem Ssolving, Critical Tthinking, Self-Ccontrol and Memory) help set up our kids for success in life and teaching these skills early on is super important and easier than you think. We teach self-control at the park. I think having self-control is so important in life and and a tough one to teach. For us, the easiest way has been through helping Blake understand that she needs to wait in line whenever we’re at the park and whenever someone else is using a toy or … [Read more...]

5 Things I Learned When I Hired a Health Coach

  Hey pretty mamas! You all know that from the very beginning of starting this blog, it's been my biggest goal to keep things real. I've been pretty open all summer about the little bit of weight that I still have to lose from having Blake and it's been quite literally weighing on me. I'm all about body positivity and I'm not a vein person, I just want to get back to the healthiest me, where I was before. Knowing that I wanted our big theme for the fall to be self-care, I started thinking about ways that I could better take care of myself, and I finally decided to hire a health coach to be my cheerleader along the way. I looked for someone who had a background in both fitness and nutrition because I knew I hit a wall and needed to really figure out a way to get past it. But most of all, I wanted someone who be my support and understand where I was at both emotionally and physically and help me reach my goals, catering to my lifestyle. I learned a lot and can honestly say that I've always thought that I could just do it all on my own, but the experience was really a game changer for me. 1. She made me more accountable. I'm the kinda girl who will eat healthy all day long and then her husband calls on his way home from work, not wanting to eat the broiled salmon and green beans that she had planned, and picks up a pizza. I'll go with the flow in that manner and too many cheat meals sorta cancelled out all the work I was putting in throughout the day. Meeting … [Read more...]

Getting Back into a Routine

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life® Ultimate Flora Probiotics. Truth be told, in our household, getting back into a routine after being out of one for so long is challenging. If you’ve been following along, we’ve been all over the place this summer and especially this month with Chris being away for a whole month of military training. The kids and I traveled from NYC to my parent’s in Pittsburgh, then we made a stop at my sister’s in Ohio, then back to Pittsburgh again. After we return home and reunite with my husband, we’re squeezing in one last summer trip as a family because the structure of the back to school transition begins. Getting back into the swing of things with a school routine takes guts. Here's how we'll do it: Waking up at a set time. We’ve been all over with the time that we all get up in the morning since we’ve been traveling so much, so setting that alarm clock again will be a key component in setting these healthy routines again. I’m the kind of person that thrives in the morning, so this small change makes a big impact in my life. Getting back on keto. I had been going strong with the keto diet for about five weeks and I went off of it whenever we got to Pittsburgh because I wanted to enjoy some wine with family and it was difficult to keep to a diet when we had so many mouths to feed, so I stepped away. But as soon as we return home, my grocery cart will be filled with keto-friendly … [Read more...]

How to Host an Epic Moms Night In Party {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. I KNOW that it's not just me who is over here giving a big "hip hip hooray" that kid's are officially back in school. After a busy summer with so much traveling, I am craving the feeling of a routine, sleeping in my own bed every night and hopefully establishing some better work hours over here. Branden officially started back to school today and we got all the hugs, kisses and pictures in before sending him on his way. So now, I'm over here saying cheers to a great school year with some easy tips for all you mamas to host the most epic moms night in with my favorite tool, Wine Glass Writer.  I promise you all, this simple little tool will honestly get the party going! Hosting Your Own Moms Night In The amazing thing about hosting your own moms night in celebration is that you only need a few things: your mom pals, wine, wine glasses and these Wine Glass Writers. (I mean, I guess if you want some food there, too, that would be cool, but to me it's really all about that wine.) They offer 6 different styles with so many pretty colors to choose from (we experimented with them all!) and I loved having them all out of their packages and ready to go whenever people arrived because it was fun to get everyone to sit down and get creative together. Each marker is non toxic and easily used  to keep track of your wine glass and so much more. You can also use them to label things around the home on all … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Create a Space You Love {Giveaway}

  I'll admit it that I fully hadn't accepted this space as our own until right before we had Blake. I think in my mind it was always going to be a transitional space for us that would be a pit stop as we lead our way onto our more permanent home. But guess what? We moved in right before Brande's fourth birthday and he will be nine this month, so it's time to really embrace it. If you've followed along our adventures in the Cooper home, you know that I went a little nutty during my pregnancy and completely re-did our apartment decor (you can see the before here and our big after reveal here) and I've been loving our space since. But I realized throughout this whole process that it really doesn't take a lot of work or money to create a space that you love, just a few new addition or spruce up an old space to make your home or a corner within your home truly become your happy place. Easy Ways to Create a Space You Love So whenever I shared earlier this week that I wanted a major focus to be on self-care, I wanted to put an emphasis on all that encompasses self care. Translation: it's not all about getting manis and pedis on the reg - it's about so much more than that. We spend more time in our homes than we do anywhere else and I think it's important to start there. Here's my foolproof ways to creating a space that I love so that I can spend more time thinking about what matters most. 1. Fill it with pictures that make you happy. You've probably seen that I've … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned About Self-Care That Has Seriously Changed My Life

  I joke a lot about how this past year has made me older and wiser and even though that may not be true about an awful lot of things in this world, it has most defiantly made a lot smarter about taking care of myself. I know that "self-care" has sort of become a buzzy word in this millennial generation, but it couldn't be more true: putting self-care in the forefront of my life has made me a better person, wife and mom, so I'll take whatever stereotypes comes my way. Truth be told, my realization that I needed more self-care in my life started a few years ago when my eyes were opened as a young mom and wife.  Instead of ever thinking about myself, I was putting everyone's needs before mind in pretty epic proportions. I was so consumed with making sure that I was being completely selfless, that I forgot to ben think about myself at all - and I started to crumble. I was made all the time and starting to resent those around me who were taking all my time away from myself and it got messy. Then I finally made the decision to start making myself important again. Years ago when I was a young Army wife and we barely had two pennies to rub together, I would just spend more time at the gym in our building, get up early to take a quick shower without a baby screaming for me and Chris would help give me time to do my nails, read or whatever I needed to do for my own sanity. Then years passed and he got a better job and I started working almost full time and I … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids to Love Avocados From The Start

This post was sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. You all know how important healthy eating is for me and especially being on keto right now - I ALWAYS have avocados handy. It's especially important to me to make sure that Blake is introduced to healthy foods, like my green favorite, right from the start. So when we traveled last weekend to visit my sister and her family in Ohio, I thought this was the perfect time to have an #AvoKids party and introduce these kiddos to some innovative ways to enjoy avocados.  We all sported our new favorite t-shirts, with what I feel is my everyday slogan in life, "Keep Calm, It's the Good Fat" on the front of them all. It's officially everyone's new favorite and Branden has been wearing his to sleep quite frequently. When we first started introducing Blake to solids, avocados were one of the first things that I started blending with other fruits and veggies to give to her because of its smooth, creamy consistency and mild taste makes it one of the great first fresh fruits that she enjoyed (I mean, can you see her peaking over the table above?). Avocados are nutrient dense and contribute nearly 20 nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and phytonutrients, that are important to infant/toddler nutrition. They are more than just a good fat, but a superfood, in my … [Read more...]

3 Things You Need When Transitioning to a Fall Wardrobe #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Can you believe that it's almost time to start to feel that crisp chill in the air again? I feel like we were just transitioning into summer mode, right? I don't know about you all, but I've found myself craving it. I'm ready to pull my leggings and oversized sweaters out from storage and snuggle up with a hot cup of coffee (instead of my iced coffee) in the morning again. In my personal life, this week is pretty exciting because my husband will be returning today from his month long military training (you can read more about that here) and I'm just beyond joyful about having him home with us again. We have some big decisions to make this fall and I'm just over here praying so hard that things work out the way we're hoping - but I'll share more on that later. But enough with all that gooey chit chat, let's get to the reason for today's #momstylemonday: wardrobe transitions and items that you must have moving forward into fall. The next few weeks can be tricky because I feel like the weather goes back and forth between chilly and hot as hell, so we gotta be prepared. 3 Things You Need When Transitioning to a Fall Wardrobe #1: A Great Tee! I love having pretty tees handy and if you've followed along this summer, you know that I've been particularly loving the knot-front trend.  This floral tee is from one of my favorites, Pink Blush and is a great transitional piece to have on hand. In these pictures, I have it rolled up a … [Read more...]

Blake Is 1

  I'm not going to lie: typing those words, "Blake is 1" almost took my breathe away. It's been a magical year with her arrival and a complete whirlwind all at the same time. I've felt so much joy as a parent watching Branden be a big brother and Blake a little sister that even during the most difficult parenting moments, my heart is so full that it could burst. On Monday, we celebrated her first year of life and our little princess (crown and all) is now in the one digit numbers. It was bittersweet though, because as you all know, Chris is away at training this month. It was spontaneous and unplanned and thrown in our laps and we've just rolled with the punches because we still wanted our little one to have first birthday memories to look back on. Our party decor started with this gorgeous (c/o) Minted Let's Get This Party Started Banner and the gold sparkles matched her little gold polka dot dress to perfection. The snack tables were decorated with (c/0) Minted table Confetti and Table Signs which really spiced things up. If the surroundings look different to you, it's because we're at my parents house in Pittsburgh, where I traveled by myself with the two kids a couple weeks ago to just hang with family while Chris is away. We had such a great trip and I'm so thankful for all the family that came out to celebrate our sweet little Blake. With Moana being Blake's absolute favorite, we couldn't resist giving her her first official … [Read more...]