The Ultimate Morning Routine For a Guaranteed Productive Day

  I feel like I have been allover and nowhere all at the same time. Ever feel like that? Almost like things are rushing all around me, yet I'm standing still in time. It's been an "off month" to say the least with the blizzard hitting NYC, almost daily issues with Branden's bus driver (if you follow me on Facebook, you know of my rants), and just trying overall to get back on a better routine after the holidays came to an end. Motivation has been something that has been missing, but I can honestly say that I am able to achieve more and actually get enthusiastic about what I'm getting done whenever a routine is implemented. Like I mentioned in my 2016 goals, one of my resolutions was being more productive, so I set out to develop the ultimate morning routine for a guaranteed productive day that is helping me keep myself on track and kick productivity in the ass! Yes, there are those out-of-whack mornings that you just can't control, but having this structure ingrained in your mind will help and leave you feeling a lot less mommy guilt. My Ultimate Morning Routine There is nothing like getting into the perfect morning routine to kick start your day! 1. Wake up early. I'm sure that most of you have kiddos, so this is something that already happens naturally in your home. But if not, or if you don't have early risers, I can't recommend enough getting up a little bit earlier than you actually need to be and taking a moment to connect with yourself and your … [Read more...]

No Bake Energy Bites Recipe: Cranberry Oatmeal

  I'm not going to lie, we go to Rite Aid an awful lot. It's on our walk home from the bus stop, and it's like our fun little place to stop in and grab chap-stick and toiletries and sometimes treats we are craving. Lately, there have been a ton of energy boosters hanging out in the checkout line - 5 hour energy, candies, essential oils, you name it, it's there. B is always trying to get me to buy them so that I can have more energy, which leaves me to believe that he's trying to hint at something. So I knew I needed to whip up our favorite no bake energy bites recipe. So I try to explain to him that we get our energy from the healthy foods we eat, and for me - my coffee. I'm not big on baking (mostly because Chris and Branden are not sweet eaters so I end up eating everything myself), but this No Bake Energy Bites recipe is a great alternative that somewhat mimics a granola bar but healthier, since you are in control of the ingredients. No Bake Energy Bites Recipe Since these No Energy Bites are small enough to basically pop in your mouth, it's easy to make a double batch to have them handy for those "need to snack" moments. I recommend keeping your serving size to just two, even though they are so delicious you will want to eat more! Save Print No Bake Cranberry Oatmeal Energy Bites Recipe type: Snack Prep time:  10 mins Total time:  10 mins Serves: 10 servings   These yummy energy bites will help you naturally fuel your … [Read more...]

5 Not So Obvious Foods To Avoid Eating

  At the turn of the New Year, we are always looking for ways to cut back on food, increase our metabolism, and lose the weight we gained over the holiday season. I personally try not to get too caught up in it all and be mindful about what I'm eating on a daily basis. I strongly feel that this helps me maintain my weight the whole year through. But I will say this, I have made a strong commitment to  focus on developing more healthy habits, and keep the foods to avoid eating out of my life. Looking back to my high school and college years, I can easily pinpoint eating habits that were good and some that were bad, but there was much to be improved upon. It wasn't until after I had B that I started developing healthier habits that I still live by today (and they are always being improved upon with each passing year.) Plus, fitting in yoga a few times a week helps, too! (These are my favorite Reebok yoga tights and you can read a full review + how I'm trying to be more kind to myself about getting back into shape HERE.) 5 Foods To Avoid Eating We all think or would like to believe that our healthy choices are well thought out or that we have been well advised by our personal experts. In reality, sometimes it's just easier to focus on a few foods to avoid eating than a laundry list of things we should be eating. I say: keep things simple. 1. Eating fat-free or low-fat foods. Throughout high school and college, I turned towards foods that were labels "low fat" … [Read more...]

25 Self Love Affirmations To Live By

  Body acceptance. Paired together these are very big words that ironically, carry an awful lot of weight. Whenever I started Project Motherhood, this quite possibly was the main focus of mine, since it was something I struggled with tremendously. I knew with every cell in my body that women of all shapes and sizes, pre and post baby, were feeling the same way. To this day, I still struggle with body acceptance. I have good days and bad days - we all do. So starting out the new year, I wanted to try to cleanse myself and think about body acceptance, my body acceptance, in a different light. These self love affirmations will do the trick. Not everyday is going to be perfect, but join me in these body acceptance resolutions and make a difference in your life. 25 Self Love Affirmations I will not let my mind bully my body. I will not forget that I gave life with this body. I will do something positive every day for my body. I will not let others negative body image effect mine. I will stop thinking about what I should be doing for my body and do only what I am able and willing to do. I will be proud of the skin I'm in. Just because I'm not a model, doesn't mean that I'm not beautiful. I am a work in progress, and not seeking perfection. My imperfections make me perfect in my own way. My self-worth has nothing to do with how my body looks. My body is changing, and that's okay. It's okay to love myself as I … [Read more...]

Pager to the Rescue

  We all live such busy lives that getting to the doctor for unexpected sick visits, flu shots, or having the opportunity to just ask basic questions to your doctor can sometimes seem impossible to pencil in. Add to the mix living in New York City and having to get your family bundled up and on the train to make it to an appointment and possibly missing school - it's enough to make your head spin. So my latest obsession that I'm over the moon excited to share with you all is Pager - a newly launched, up-and-coming health-tech start-up that is reinventing the traditional doctor house call with a location-based mobile marketplace currently serving San Francisco and the 5 boroughs of New York City. I have used the Pager App twice now since first being introduced to it a month ago, and I am hooked! I personally used Pager to do one their Health Checks, which brought a Nurse Practitioner to my home to run some simple tests that showed if I was in good health. It was a great experience because she was available to text me through the app in advance, so I knew what to expect and could ask as many questions as needed, and all test results were available literally 5 minutes after they were run - talk about added convenience! Then, I used them this week to get B checked for a possible ear infection. Here are some of the awesome services that they offer: Health Check: a simple assessment of your health and wellness that includes key numbers such as blood … [Read more...]

Holiday Healthy Eating Tips and Cauliflower Mash Recipe

  As I'm sitting here typing, I have a small bowl from B's toddler years with me, now filled to the brim with organic tortilla chips. As I'm munching away, B asks me if I will ever buy "regular tortilla chips" again - to which my answer is a very sturdy, "No." Eating healthy year round instead of dieting keeps you healthy for your entire life, and I think that's reason enough. But the holidays are a certain kind of wonderful when eating healthy rules are often broken. So, here are some holiday healthy eating tips, brought to you straight from my daily habits and my friends over at The Vitamin Shoppe. (Keep scrolling for a chance to win some Vitamin Shoppe goodies and a $50 gift card!) Holiday Healthy Eating Tips It's easy to eat healthy around the holidays (and year round) with these healthy holiday eating tips! You can easily take vitamins everyday (Vitamin Shoppe carries my favorites!), but it's even more than that. If you are looking for many of these healthy swaps this season, seriously check out your local Vitamin Shoppe, as they carry organic olive oil, chia seeds, and so much more that can be incorporated into your daily eating habits. Here are some of my favorite healthy holiday swaps: Always go for real over fake. No canned cranberry sauce allowed! Replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. Swap out heavy mashed potatoes with spicy chipotle cauliflower mash (recipe below). Focus on portion control by using a smaller plate or bowls (like I mentioned … [Read more...]

Healthy Holiday Appetizer – Spinach and Chicken Meatballs

  One of my most fond memories of the holidays is consistently the food associated with different events. I can't help it - I simply love to eat! Since I monitor what I eat pretty much on a daily basis, I definitely let myself indulge a bit around the holidays without going overboard. It's all about balance, right? So today, I'm cooking up a favorite healthy holiday appetizer that is so delish and will fulfill those holiday taste buds! (Plus, a special giveaway to go with it below!) First things first, let's talk veggies and lean protein, as these are super important to be munching on during your holiday parties because they keep you full and away from chowing down on cookies. I love to hide veggies in different foods and have done this with Branden since he was little. This provides him the vitamins that he needs without having to take a vitamin everyday. My go-to is always spinach, as it's jam packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, protein,  fiber - so I always have some handy. Packing this healthy holiday appetizer with spinach makes it a super meatball that is great for you to get your hands on this holiday season. Healthy Holiday Appetizer - Spinach and Chicken Meatballs First, I must introduce you to my favorite new kitchen gadget - the Bella 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker With a Searing Pot, and it is life changing! To be completely honest, we have been using my grandmother's old slow cooker since we got married, and it was so outdated (we couldn't even … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and Chia Seed Overnight Oats

  I know that you are probably thinking that I am overnight oats crazy, and you just may be right - but I told you on Facebook last weekend that I was coming at ya with my pumpkin version, so here it is! After all, my Chia Seed and Banana Overnight Oats recipe was a big hit with readers, so why not give it another twist?   This recipe is especially great if you have visitors coming in for Thanksgiving or Christmas and want something super healthy and nutrient packed that you can make ahead of time and have plenty for a group of people ready to go. It is self serve and a fantastic way to start your day! Now, don't expect this to be a sweet breakfast, because it's totally not. If you need a hint of sweetness, I suggest adding in a sprinkle of organic coconut sugar, raw organic honey, or real maple syrup to the mixture - but just a wee bit! Save Print Pumpkin and Chia Seed Overnight Oats Recipe type: Breakfast Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  2 mins Total time:  12 mins Serves: 4 servings   This nutrient packed pumpkin and chia see overnight oats is a healthy way to start your day! Ingredients 4 tbsp pumpkin puree 5 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 2 cups rolled oats 2¾ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk Instructions Mix everything into a large bowl (or the container you plan to store it in), making sure that all the chia seeds are separated and not clumped together. Place a … [Read more...]

Mamas Secret Weapon: Scotties Facial Tissues

  **Thank you Scotties Facial Tissues for sponsoring this conversation.** You know the signs. Red nose. Watery eyes. Nope, Rudolph hasn't come to visit early. Tis the season ...for cold, coughs, the flu, and a plethora of unkind, germ infested sicknesses that make us go crazy! We are currently dealing with a case of the coughs that won't go away, which makes me so happy to have Scotties Facial Tissues as my Mama secret weapon. It's such a crappy feeling as a parent to send your child to school whenever they are under the weather, but unless there is something really wrong, they must be there - at least that is my philosophy. Sniffles or not - education is important. So whenever my little guy was coughing up a lung this past week, I finally kept him home and was happy to place our beloved Scotties Facial Tissues by his side. Scotties Are Different - Here's Why: Scotties are amazing to me because they work SO hard to help the environment (and even work to get the kiddos involved, see below). These are Eco-friendly tissues that uphold environment protection and sustainability values by planting 3 trees for every 1 they use! This makes my heart so full because we try our best to raise Branden to truly care about the environment. In fact, just the other day as we were walking to the park he said to me: "Mom, some people must really not care about where we live because all they do is throw things on the ground." I know that by purchasing Scotties that I'm making … [Read more...]

Chia Seed and Banana Overnight Oats

  Morning to me means one thing - rushing! No matter how well planned for the next day I try to be, we always either sleep through the alarm or some other "disaster" happens that throws everything off. Right? It's pure madness during the week days! As for breakfast? Chris typically grabs yogurt at Starbucks on his way to work, and B eats at school, so I'm left to find something quick and easy for myself as I scramble to get my own work started. Last week, I shared my awesome experience using Barley + Oats food delivery service for new moms - and one of the breakfasts they gave me was overnight oats. I though to myself how genius this concept was, since I'm often gobbling oatmeal in the morning (super healthy + low in sugar makes me happy!), but when prepared this way, I can prep a big batch and have oats ready for the week! So, here is my version: Chia Seed and Banana Overnight Oats, and they are yummy!   Chia seeds are such an awesome super food, packed with fiber, protein, and omega 3s that are fantastic for your body and for getting you moving in the morning! You can add them to hot oatmeal as well as juice and even tea, and they will simply gel up and you can swallow them down - drinking in all the goodness they offer. My favorite is the Nutiva Organic Black Chia Seeds. Chia Seed and Banana Overnight Oats You can alter this recipe to your liking, but one thing is for certain - your whole family will love digging into these Chia Seed and Banana Overnight … [Read more...]