7 Surprising Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Kmart. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. Two words that moms hate to hear most as the chilly weather approaches is "flu season" and it's unfortunately upon us. We're smack dab in the middle of the time of year when not only the flu, but coughs and colds almost become the norm. It's the worst. I wouldn't call myself an expert, but through lots and lots of trial and error over the years, I've learned a thing or two about not only being prepared for everyone to get sick (and it almost always happens all at one time), but for trying to prevent it, too. 1. Load up on cold and flu supplies. As silly as it sounds, don't wait until the last minute to run out and grab your cold and flu supplies when someone starts to feel achy. Have your medicine, cough drops, tissues and lots of orange juice on hand throughout the whole season - you'll never know when, but it will come in handy. 2. Lose the booze. I know, we all love that glass of wine in the evening, but flu season is even more reason to start cutting back. Here's why: alcohol interferes with our sleep quality and when we're not sleeping well, we're more inclined to get sick quicker. This is especially important if you travel a lot. 3. Get your flu shot. Yup, your whole family! And it's easier now than ever because your local Kmart  is a one- stop shop for all the items above, plus they're offering $0 flu shots (no cost with most insurance plans), as well as … [Read more...]

Adulting

Thank you to Dr. Oetker USA LLC for sponsoring this post. Visit the store locator to find Virtuoso Pizza by Dr. Oetker in a retailer near you! As a kid, I remember wanting nothing more than to be an adult, living in an adult world and doing all the adult things. It seemed magical – with endless freedom and no bedtime to worry about. Perfection, right? And then adulthood happens…while there really are so many great things about making our own decisions and choosing the right paths in life, there's an awful lot about adulting that kind of makes you just want to be a kid again (ahem...bills, work, more bills). For me, if I could, I wouldn't ever have to cook dinner anymore. For real. I'm not the greatest cook, hate the dinnertime dash and the daily, "okay, what does everyone want for dinner tonight so I can defrost some meat?" conversation. (And full-time cleaning help wouldn't hurt either...) But that stress is relieved whenever I know that I have Virtuoso Pizza by Dr. Oetker in my freezer. In fact, if I could, I would probably eat pizza for dinner every night. No kidding, that's how much I love the stuff. But my love for Virtuoso Pizza by Dr. Oetker runs deep. Here’s why – it’s not a frozen pizza that just appeals to kids that parents just deal with, it’s delicious for the whole family. It comes in both Classic and Thin + Crispy Crust varieties (we're fans of thin, but whatever strikes your fancy is sure to be delicious with this brand!) The flavors are … [Read more...]

The Keto Diet For Beginners {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! A couple months ago, I shared with you all that I had hired a health coach and all the amazing things that I learned from her. My sessions with her ended in August, but I have kept practicing everything that she taught me and have really been seeing amazing results. One thing that has stood out to me beyond everything was how wonderful I feel whenever I stick with the keto diet and overtime I mention it (especially on instagram) everyone always seems so interested. So I wanted to share a little bit more background on the keto diet, my favorite keto diet foods, and many keto recipes to come! Overall, for me, sticking with the keto diet means that I do need to think ahead a little but (but not nearly as much as with Whole30), and it works for me because there are more dinner recipes that my whole family loves, so meal time is much easier. What's the keto diet? Ok, I'm not a doctor here, but the keto diet basically puts your body into a state of ketosis, where it's burning fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. It's a high fat, moderate protein, low carb lifestyle. The breakdown you want to aim for is 70% fat, 20% protein and 10% carbs, but your daily macro count is different for everyone (you can use this calculator to see where yours fall based on your goals). I use the Lose It App to count my macros every single day (if you don't do this you risk your cholesterol going … [Read more...]

My Jogging Journey With The BOB Revolution Flex Lunar Stroller

I was gifted the BOB Revolution Flex Lunar Stroller to try out and share my review.  Unless you are incredibly disciplined, sticking with a regular fitness routine as a parent can be challenging. It always seems to be that "thing" that gets put on the back burner if we get too busy and unless you go to a gym that has child care - those days when the kids are sick or act up gets added to the list of reasons why not to workout. Well, I've found my reason "why to" with the new Bob Revolution Flex Lunar Jogging Stroller.  I recently opening up about my running struggles postpartum and how it really took me much longer than expected to hit the pavement again and all the (silly) things that held me back. I've always made time for fitness at least 3 days a week, working out at home, but there's just a rush that I get from running that I had really found myself missing. I realized that perfect resolution for a busy mom is to get a jogging stroller so that I can run again, first thing in the morning after we drop Branden off at school and have Blake with me along for the ride (ahem, no child care needed = no excuses!). And as you can see, Blake loves being along for the ride! Check out my video review here! First, whenever I started querying my friends about the perfect  jogging stroller, every single person told me to look into BOB without hesitation, which says a lot, and I definitely agree with their enthusiasm. The absolute only downfall of this stroller is … [Read more...]

How To Bring Some Peace And Love To Your Everyday

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! Mom to mom: aren't we always searching to find a little zen in our everyday? Our busy mom lives are so chaotic that those little things in life that make us smile, help us with our health, and give us energy to chase after our little munchkins are imperative parts of our life. To help you all unleash your inner yogi during National Yoga Month and find some peace and love in your everyday, I'm so excited to share this month's Babblebox with so many covet-worthy items! 1. Ascent Protein The official sponsor of hard work, Ascent Protein helps me keep going throughout the day - every single day. My favorite, the Whey Protein Powder in Lemon Sorbet, is something that I've been looking forward to since I first tried it. As you all know, I've been upping my fitness game, so adding this to my daily caloric intakes helps improve my athletic performance with real food - but the rest is up to me! Learn more here!  2. Love Warrior Glennon Doyle's book, Love Warrior, which is an Oprah Book Club selection and NY Times Bestseller is a must read for women everywhere. The author was presented with some major truths about her marriage by her husband that lead her to rock bottom, which is where this nonfiction memoir was born. It's one of those books that everyone is talking about - so don't be left out and make sure you pick up a copy for yourself today. And I MUST add: there is something … [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...]

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...]