Get Your Daily Boost With Nature Made

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It's all about being able to give myself a boost lately and I know I'm not the only one who needs it! I'm not going to share all the gory details, but pregnancy and energy don't always go hand in hand. Yes, I have my moments where I go full speed and feel an extreme boost, but most moments are filled with my just feeling like I'm just getting by. There wasn't much of a balance happening and I knew that I needed to add something more to my diet. So, I headed to my local Walmart, where they have great deals on my favorites - Nature Made Vitamins! It all comes down to healthy habits and creating ones that we can easily integrate into our daily life that are easy and come second nature to us.  That's why I always turn to Nature Made to make sure that my body is getting everything that it needs each day to keep me going and for this little one inside me growing. *Nature Made is the nation’s #1 best-selling brand for quality vitamins, minerals and supplements* to help support nutritional gaps that you just can't squeeze into a 24 hour period. I know, we try to be perfect, but it doesn't always work out that way! So having these vitamins handy will make sure that you are always at 100%. Calcium and B12 are always my go to because I know that I don't get enough of them regularly through the foods I eat. Osteoporosis runs in my family, so adding some extra calcium is my … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Black Cherry and Coconut Parfait

  Raise your hands if you are seeing Valentine's Day recipes everywhere that look delicious but are completely loaded with chocolate, sugar, and more sugar! ME! Don't get me wrong, I completely agree that the holidays are a great time to indulge a little bit, but at the same time, not to go overboard. It gets to be too much. And there are so many cute ones that we I want to try them all. So  if you want to go back to basics and treat your family to healthy guilt-free Valentine's Day desserts this year, this black cherry and coconut parfait is the way to go. Start with some beautiful black cherries that are naturally super sweet and bursting with flavor! These 4 simple ingredients (organic honey, coconut flakes, greek yogurt and black cherries), keep you completely in control over what your family is eating. The cherries give it a festive color and this parfait seriously tastes like ice cream. My grocery store was out of regular coconut flakes so I have to use the baker's sweetened kind. If this happens to you, you can opt to skip the honey since that makes it a little bit too sweet. I also highly recommend just buying plain, full fat Greek yogurt so you know that you are getting about 4 grams of sugar from that and no added crap that your body doesn't need, like we talked about in my post 5 Not So Obvious Eating Habits to Avoid. Layer your cherries, coconut and honey on top of your Greek yogurt and you are ready for your sweet treat! Save Print Valentine's … [Read more...]

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...]