Holiday Gift Guide 2017 For The Wellness Enthusiast

This post contains affiliate links. The end of the year always brings on so many health goals for the next year and this guide is exactly for this. If you have someone in your life seeking to add more wellness practices or just live an allover healthier life - this is the guide for them! If you missed our other guides, check out the full list for everyone on your list right here. Happy shopping! 1. The best yoga mat out there, Jade, $150 No matter what fitness activity your wellness lover likes best - you need a great mat! I've spent WAY too much money over the years buying super crappy mats and needing to replace them as they start to peel. This is perfect for her (or him!) to take to class or workout at home. 2. The coolest sneakers, Adidas, $156 These sneakers just scream chic. Their neutral color will match anything she puts on and they are truly the "it" kicks of the year. Nothing like starting off your new year goals with a great pair of sneakers ready to take the journey with you! 3. The most moisturizing hair mask, SexyHair, $20 As I've had more babies and workout more, I've started to swear by hair masks for their super moisturizing capabilities. This one makes the perfect stocking stuffer as it smells great and is made with organic ingredients. 4. The perfect fitness leggings, Alo Yoga, $82 These leggings are perfect for every sport and she'll want to wear them everyday, too - so maybe pick up a few pairs! 5. The coolest gym bag, Sweaty … [Read more...]

How to Safely Use Essential Oils For Babies {Giveaway}

  If you follow along on Facebook, you know that an essential oils obsession has been developing inside me. It all started through research that I did for a Reader's Digest Essential Oils Guide For Beginner's that I wrote and actually expanded on through a series of additional posts about diffusers and such. There's so much to learn, it's really amazing. Through my research, I got the most amazing diffuser, which has been my method to use the oils to begin with, but I learned there's a lot to be cautious about when using essential oils for babies. So I talked to my friends over at Twig+Petal, and wanted to really create a guide for safely using essential oils for babies for any likeminded moms to turn to. I also have a fun giveaway below as well as a great recipe we've been diffusing to help calm our little one whenever she's having one of those ugly tantrums! Essential Oils For Babies Essential oils are really a great thing to use for our health or to simply make your home smell great. I know that I personally feel happier overall when wonderful smells pumping through my apartment. But with having Blake, I became worrisome about using them around her at all, because I know there can be bad side effects if not used properly, so I spoke with Tirzah Shirai, founder of Twig+Petal, that creates small batch essential oils, for some advice about how to safely use essential oils for babies. What are essentials oils? Basically, essential oils are liquids that are … [Read more...]

Be Fever Ready

This post is sponsored by FeverAll®. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. There's nothing more worrisome as a parent then when your little ones get sick. You must instantly spring into proactive mode, make informed decisions and know when you need to actually call the doctor or even make a trip to the emergency room. It all can be overwhelming. We recently experienced Blake's first fever and while I've always been more on the calm side whenever the kids get sick - it was scary and even had moments where I was second guessing myself. It's just different when they are little ones. While her fever dropped quickly, it was scary nonetheless, so today I've teamed up with FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories to share some information with you all so that you can #BeFeverReady every single day. And to be completely honest, even though I've been through this before, I still call my mom (who is a nurse) with questions from time to time. It's nice to have reassurance as a parent that you're always doing the right thing for your sweet babes. Here are a few things I've learned along the way, and the rest is just rolling with all the punches that parenthood throws your way: So first things first, when is it actually time to call the doctor? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fever in babies begins at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Of course, call your physician about any concerns with fever in your child. What should baby be taking for the fever? Make … [Read more...]

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...]