Sunscreen For Children: How To Develop a Healthy Routine

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! I will admit it, I really wasn't good to my skin growing up. I was always focused on whatever might in the moment make me tan or get rid of pesky acne. I never really thought of the longer term health of my skin until I got older. Becoming a parent is really humbling in that way because we start teaching these lessons that were passed onto us by our parents, but we thought we were too cool to hear. So here I am, focusing on sunscreen for children and developing healthy routines for making it a priority to them. Spoiler alert: I found a really great, easy way that will make your moments beach or poolside this summer way less stressful. Despite everything that we know about sun safety and care, skin cancer is still a very real and scary thing - but can be avoided if we take proper precautions. In the United States, 350 people are diagnosed with this terrible disease every hour, so even more reason to choose the right sunscreen for children and your entire family in the sun, all year long. Because we turn to Neutrogena in our home for all our skin care needs, of course we turn to them when it comes to their fantastic sunscreen. And to add a little bit extra amazingness to what they do, Neutrogena is launching the MimicMommy MOVEment, to rally moms to help change skin cancer statistics and raise the first generation of sun-safe children. Neutrogena teamed up YouTube stars the Holderness … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Do The Color Run

This is not a sponsored post. My family and I received free tickets to attend The Color Run.  If you recall, last July when I was 8 months pregnant, me, Chris and Branden completed The Glow Run together. We try to do one of these races together each year and while I barely finished last year's I was so excited to do The Color Run together this year as a family - this time, pushing a stroller instead of ready to pop made the whole thing much better. I can't recommend The Color Run enough and if it's about to hit your city (here's the full upcoming list), here's why you should attend with your entire family. Spoiler alert: we had a blast! 1. It's family- friendly. The word "family-friendly" means so much to us because we really don't have any babysitters close by and spending $20 an hour on one to go out is something we rarely do. Which means that we're always seeking family-friendly things that are actually enjoyable for all of us (like really enjoyable not just the "I'll watch my kids have fun" kind) and this was a great experience that appealed to just that. 2. It's not timed. After having Blake, I've been having a little runner's phobia and haven't gotten back out there quite yet, so this non-timed, 5k is a great way to get a little workout without feeling pressured to beat a certain. It's really relaxed and just fun right from start to finish. 3. It's a great way to do something outdoors. My boys are BIG movie-buffs. Me? Not so much. I try to plan activities … [Read more...]

Healthy Meals to Lose Weight

**This is a sponsored post for heSpeaks/Rubbermaid®. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood!** Not gonna lie - I'm still struggling to lose the pesky baby weight over here. There's a few pounds that just don't want to come off and I've been seeking healthy meals to lose weight every single time I grocery shop, because I get bored with what I eat quickly and need to mix things up. After trying a few different things out, I feel like I finally found the secret to making sure that I always make healthy choices: through meal planning. So whether you're trying to lose weight like me, or searching for healthy meals during pregnancy and breastfeeding, I'm sharing my best tips with Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE (and a giveaway!) - plus a new recipe that's perfect for summer! Healthy Meals to Lose Weight The Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10 piece set has allowed me to meal prep and make some of my absolute favorite make-ahead meals, which has been the key to always reaching for healthy foods instead of something that I'll regret later. They allow me to portion foods out, eat on the go, and keep things organized in both my refrigerator and kitchen cabinets.  Breakfast For a good two years now, I've been all about those overnight oats, which are also great when you're breastfeeding to help with milk production. I make these in huge batches, and store them in my largest Rubbermaid container and scoop out breakfast portions for a good week. My favorites are chia see and … [Read more...]

Quick And Healthy Meals For Busy Lives From Healthy Choice

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Healthy Choice. As of lately, I find myself in this place where I start my day with great healthy eating intentions and as the day progresses, things go downhill. It's not like I really want to eat the leftovers from dinner the night before or throw a quick sandwich together (as I try to stay away from the carbs because I love them so!), but they are easily accessible in a crunch. For the longest time, I tried to stay away from anything in the frozen aisle, but Healthy Choice has just released their new Power Bowls that are seriously frozen meals for the healthy mom. When you are looking for quick and healthy, these are  what to stock your freezer with. For me, things change a lot in my day to day. Yes, most of the time I am home behind the computer and chasing after a very quick baby all day, but sometimes I'm out at events, speaking engagements or sneaking in a quick park trip and the day gets thrown off course. This is when things get a little shaky and leads me to reach for foods that aren't so healthy. But even more than that, when I'm not thinking ahead and have meals planned, what I'm reaching for isn't exactly giving me the energy that I need to be a mom and present with my work. This is why I need to make sure that I always have access to quick and healthy meals. Quick and Healthy Meals Healthy Choice has just released their brand new Power Bowls that have become that solution for me. Seriously … [Read more...]

Falling In Love with Little Spoon Organic Baby Food {Giveaway}

  My, oh my have things changed in the baby food aisle since Branden was born! I will wholeheartedly admit that I wasn't nearly as educated or informed as I am now, I was just a mama walking the aisles at the commissary (since Chris was active duty at the time), filling my cart with the one and only brand they had in stock. Fast-forward eight years later and I'm in complete awe of the options and variety of foods that my little girl gets to taste right from the start. But more variety has meant a bit more education on my part to find what works for us. And TBH, I'm bursting at the seams to share Little Spoon with you all today! Full disclosure: I'm friends with Michelle Muller, one of the founders behind Little Spoon. In fact, about two years ago, before we even knew we would have a new little one in our life to feed purees to, Chris and I attended a round table discussion to give our input on packaging as the brand was just getting started. I'm so proud to see where it is today and overjoyed that their launch coincides with the same time our little Blake is starting solids. What is Little Spoon? Little Spoon is both a pediatrician and nutritionist recommended baby food thats made using HPP (high pressure processing, like your favorite cold pressed juices!), that is a safe, nutritious, organic alternative to everything currently on the market. Because (ahem) your baby food shouldn't be older than your little one, right? Yes! The current state of baby food … [Read more...]

Keeping My Family Healthy With Vicks®

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I recently spent the morning at Recess Dumbo (Brooklyn), taking part in the Vicks® VapoRub™ 8-hour Playdate. We all had a blast, especially all the kiddos. It was so much fun to see so many of the bloggers that I hang with on a regular basis, but also to see our littles jumping around together - seriously too sweet for words. But we were all playing for one important reason: to learn about easy ways to keep our families healthy using a very important product, Vicks® VapoRub™ In all honestly, thinking about Vicks® VapoRub™, really makes me think a lot about my childhood. Both my parents and my grandparents pulled this out anytime any of us kids got sick and the smell just leads to those memories washing over me. A few years ago, I bought it for the first time when Branden came down with a bad cough and it's been a part of our family ever since. (Just an added reminder that this should not be used on kids under the age of 2, but you can use Vicks BabyRub for your babes and toddlers.) Image: Andrea Klerides So, what else is important to keep in mind about Vicks® VapoRub™ The cool thing about Vicks is that the vapors last up to 8 hours. It's topical application aids in quieting your cough - which we know makes all the difference when you're sick. Simply apply to the chest and throat (I have fond memories of my grandmother doing this!) and you're good to go. And lastly, my #1 takeaway for keeping your family healthy: wash … [Read more...]

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...]