The Importance of Sleep For Families

**This post is sponsored by Reverie. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood!** Our family is just like every family out there: our bed is pretty much the hub of the household. It's the glue that holds our family together. We hang out here, we watch movies together here and we even sometimes eat dinner here (oops). Our littles sometime crawl into bed with us, though are mostly pretty good about being in their own beds. Sometimes though, it seems like we're doing everything else here besides sleep (ya moms, I know you're feelin' me). So today, I'm sharing the importance of sleep for families everywhere, in an effort to remind myself and you all, just how important it really is. The Importance of Sleep Whether you are ready to admit it or not - sleep impacts every single part of your life and even your bodily functions. Want to lose weight? Have energy to hit Barre class three times a week? Run around at the park with your kids? Be able to stay awake for date night with your husband? The answer is sleep. It all comes down to sleep helping you always be the best version of yourselves. Take our life for instance - bringing a new baby home back in August totally rattled both my husband's and my sleep routines completely. We have since gotten back on track and found a routine with Blake that works best for us so that we can get the most out the hours when we do get to catch some Zzzzs, but without that we would be lost. Neither of us would be able to perform during … [Read more...]

I Tried Welleco Super Elixir and Here’s What Happened

This post contains affiliate links.  Okay friends, if you can't tell, I've been working on some major self-improvement lately. I guess I've been feeling a bit of a shift since I turned 30 and had a new baby and something sorta awoke inside me, alerting me that I need take my daily wellness up a notch. I really do try my hardest to focus on beauty from the inside out, so as I mentioned before, this journey started with Whole30 and it's moving forward from there. I also recently joined ClassPass (I've been working for them since June, it's about time right?), to up my fitness game and get me out of the house. (You can click my link to try it for super cheap, too!) So now, I adding the Welleco Super Elixir to my daily wellness routine. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware of the growing popularity of Welleco Super Elixir, so after seeing it pop up a million times in my Facebook newsfeed, I wanted to try it out for myself - and then share my feedback with you all. What is the Welleco Super Elixir? Wellco is a newerish company founded by supermodel Elle Macpherson and a team of experts that creates uber luxurious products for both adults and kids to make sure their in optimum health everyday. The Welleco Super Elixir is their most popular item and is free from synthetics and made using cold-pressed bio live ingredients. The alkalizing green mixture has 4 different probiotics and focuses on a healthy gut, plus 45 key ingredients (such as kelp, … [Read more...]

Time to Get Your Booty in Shape

  To be honest with you all, (if I haven't already said it before) the area I gained the most weight during my pregnancy was my butt and thighs. So, as I've really jumped in with a much more active fitness regimen, it now involves lots of exercises that help to get my booty in shape. I mean, who doesn't want a toned booty? I think everyone does. And whether we want to admit it or not, those bathing suit months are upon us, so it's time to get that booty in shape. For me? I'm getting things kicked off with Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Exhale Spa. First things first though, Boudreaux's Butt Paste is celebrating the launch of their Maximum Strength Butt Paste jar (the lid even pops open with ease!), so having this awesome product handy is seriously what every mama needs. I've shared before how we've been fans of this brand for a while now - they are simply the best when dealing with every booty dilemma and comes highly recommended by tons of bloggers and doctors alike.  The workout to get this booty toned was nothing less than I would expect from Exhale Spa (a.k.a I was sore the next day!). Take a peak at some shots below: There are so many different ways to get your butt in gear for bathing suit season, but mostly it's important to make sure you get moving. Here are some of my favorite moves: Pelvic Tilt: Lay on your back with you feet at shoulder distance and slowly raise your pelvis up and down - you will feel the burn almost … [Read more...]

My Whole30 Experience

  You guys! The day is finally here where I get to tell you all about the adventure I've been having this past month attempting my first first round of Whole30. Honestly, it's been a winding path that has taught me a heck of a lot about myself and my relationship with food. If you follow me over on Instagram, I've shared a lot of behind the scenes in myself stories featuring all the different meals, ways that I've rewarded myself and food hauls. Living the Whole30 lifestyle is definitely an adjustment, but truly rewarding in the end. First things first, what is Whole30? You can learn all that you could possibly need to learn about this program by hopping over to their website, or buying the book here. (They also have an amazing cookbook that will help you get through those 30 days SO much easier!) But in the simplest terms: it's 30 days of removing dairy, gluten, alcohol, legumes and refined sugar from your diet. Once the 30 days are over, you go through a reintroduction process where you reintroduce one of each thing that you took away every 3 days. Doing this allows you to effectively diagnose any allergies, sensitivities, gut problems and even what's causing skin irritations and breakouts. It's not a diet, but a cleanse to help reset your system, get back to healthy ways and figure out of you have any intolerances along the way. You are also only to weight yourself before and after, so you're not focusing on what you are losing, but what you are feeling. … [Read more...]

Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids (And Parents, Too!)

This post was sponsored by Somersaults as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. In an attempt to achieve balance in my life every single day, there's a lot that must fall into place. As busy moms, we have so many moving parts to our day, but as long as certain aspects are taken care of, we know we can pretty much take on anything. One of those major things for me in healthy snack, not only for me, but healthy snacks for kids, too. Obviously Blake is still drinking from a bottle, but I know that when Branden, Chris and I are eating and snacking well, I feel like I can accomplish anything. I worry about what goes into everyone's bellies after all. So with the start of a new year, when we are given a clean slate, here's my healthy snack ideas for kids that I hope will inspire you. Being balanced and eating healthy brings along an empowering sense of happiness, productivity and feeling like I've had a successful day. So when my days start with making healthy choices while packing lunches or grabbing a snack to sit with on the couch while I work, Somersaults has been my go-to. They are available online, and at select Whole Foods and at Target (every mama's favorite place!), making them really easy to always have on hand. (Check out their store locator here.) Most of my days begin with some sort of fitness, whether I'm out at the park or at home doing yoga - I make promises to myself to have an active life … [Read more...]

Yoga For All

This post was sponsored MyYogaWorks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. Time for a little confession from me: after having Blake, I assumed that I would get right back into my yoga, weights and running routine - but it's taken a little bit more time to get my motivation to where it needs to be. At 6 weeks postpartum, I did start regular 3 days a week workouts that included my weights and a simple routine, and decided to put running back into my life in the spring. Even though I know my body hasn't been ready for a big 4 miles run again, I've felt myself craving more. This month, I was introduced to MyYogaWorks, that has all the right yoga videos online that give me just what my body craves in my busy life. If you follow me on social media and read my blog posts regularly, you know that my life is busy - and I know that your life is busy, too. Since I work from home, I'm pretty much behind my computer everyday working in between feedings and bus stop pick up and drop off, so getting to a yoga studio doesn't really work for my lifestyle. But I absolutely love the practice of yoga and both my body and mind need to in my life. MyYogaWorks gives me the flexibility that I need to do yoga whenever I want in the comfort of my own home. In fact, my workouts each week has been some of the most special bonding time with Blake. When Branden was little, he did yoga with me (I really got into the practice when he … [Read more...]

Mom to Mom: What You Need to Know About Prenatal Vitamins

Thanks Vitafol® for sponsoring this post! As always, opinions are my own. So much changes in the parenting industry on pretty much a yearly basis, but having kiddos almost 8 years apart really let these changes stick out to me like a sore thumb.I remember having so many conversations during the course of my pregnancy with my mom that really let her with nothing else to say besides "my, have things changed since I was having babies." And it's very true. Things really have changed and I think our millennial generation does a little bit more in preparation for pregnancy than my mom's generation ever did. I did a great deal in terms of fitness and diet preparation as well as preparing my body to breastfeed. My mom was never offered a free pump from her insurance and if it (breastfeeding) happened, it happened -there weren't many options like what we have today (and I also imagine it being quite different whenever our little Blake has kids, too). For me, I work in the parenting industry and have so much information at my disposal and of course (ahem) the Internet for everything else. I got myself baby body ready based on experience, advice and taking in as much information as I could get my hands on. My mom didn't have any of that and really relied on her doctor and girlfriends to get the information she needed. She is also a nurse, so was super educated to begin with. Prenatal vitamins were another topic that stood out. With Branden, I was given a prescription as soon … [Read more...]

City Days Filled With Play

There is pretty much no other way to say it: 3rd grade is taking an emotional toll on me. I know that it's a testing year and that we knew it would be challenging, but I guess I didn't realize it was going to be quite as difficult. For those of you who follow along, you know that Branden goes to a very demanding charter school and that he's on the bus each morning by 7am and doesn't get home until 5:15ish - rough. Then, he walks in the door with at least an hour of homework. We feel horrible that he doesn't get much relax time - which kids need - so we made a pact with him: he does his part during the school week and weekends are all about play. Our play filled, weekend city adventures include being out all day long as a family, so we bring lots of treats to snack on throughout because stopping in a restaurant multiple times just doesn't work for us.  So during our multiple stops throughout the day, we always have CLIF Kid Zbars on hand! (Also, check out their cool video here for more ways to encourage play.) Being a city kid has some downfalls and some major upsides, too. No, we aren't able to just send our kids out to play in the back yard, but we have the most amazing parks, museums, exhibits,  and shows for our littles - which are all pretty much in our back yard. Branden is pretty big on museums and likes to keep a close watch on new exhibits. (Hint: most NYC museums are donation entry, so if we're just passing by we'll drop only $10 and stop in for an hour … [Read more...]

Cooking With POM

**This is a sponsored post. As always, opinions are my own.** I think the best seasonal ingredients come around in the fall—pumpkin, squash, apple and pomegranates!  Pomegranate season starts in October, and the cheery red-purple is a classically fall color.  Plus, they have all kinds of amazing health benefits and yield some pretty wonderful healthy holiday meal ideas.  On Thursday, October 20th, I joined POM Wonderful and MomTrends for a cooking demo featuring this versatile and delicious super-seed. Our dinner party started off with appetizers and cocktails, all with a pomegranate flair, of course!  We had Moroccan Shrimp and a Pomegranate Bruschetta, all while sipping on Dapper Devils (gin pairs surprisingly well with the sweet, rich taste of POM juice).  After that, I had a chance to get my hands deliciously dirty, learning to incorporate pomegranate arils into quinoa, roasted salmon, chicken salads, and even guacamole.  You can put pomegranate in anything at all! The flavor of the pomegranate adds depth and a tart, sweet kick to just about anything you love in the kitchen.  For such a tiny seed, it packs a ton of flavor and is incredibly nutrient dense.  They’re loaded with vitamins A, C and E, and are a great source of fiber. They also have more antioxidants than a glass of wine or even a cup of green tea, making them a guilt-free sweet snack. If you want to try incorporating pomegranate into your family’s meals, but you don’t want to deal with the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy (Not Including The Gym)

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. There really is no denying the level of difficult to stay healthy - let alone when you become a mom. We power through our days and often forget to eat, then binge on the first thing we can find (most of the time it's something we regret) and fit in workouts whenever we can. Sound familiar? Pretty much! The thing is this: getting to the gym is great and I make sure to fit in at least 3 workouts a week, but there are lots of other things that we can do to live a healthy life, too. 5 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy Not only is cold and flu season approaching, but as moms we need to make sure that we have energy and maintain a healthy weight as our littles grow older. Here's how I keep my health in check: Stay Hydrated I know this seems self explanatory or even silly for me to mention, but water helps your body function properly and if you need to carry a water bottle with you all day around the house or to run errands - do it! Take a Daily Probiotic I started taking probiotics about 4 years ago after I had a really bad stomach episode and almost called 911 while I was at work. My then manager suggested probiotics and I have never looked back. I shop for my Nature Made® Probiotics at Walmart SuperCenters (where you can get the best price, duh!) and love how they make me feel every day. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key … [Read more...]