Today, I Felt Like a Bad Mom

  Today was one of those days. The kind where you're left wishing for a redo. Truth? Things have been tough with Branden lately. He's hating school this year and getting him up and out the door has been the ultimate challenge everyday (seriously, dealing with a whiny babe has been a piece of cake compared to this eight year old stuff lately). Third grade has been so focused on testing that teachers (despite conversation with them) are only focusing on testing materials. Translation: everyday is really boring for the kids. So I feel for him, but that doesn't mean that he gets to skip school. His hatred for school has resulted in poor behavior, like really bad behavior in school and on the bus and I know the poor boy needs a release but he's out the door from 6:50am- 5:15pm Monday-Friday making that difficult. So we're left with evening and weekends with our little guy and trying to figure out a common ground between punishing him and then rewarding him for good behavior and allowing him to burn off steam with activities. It's been an exhausting cycle. And of course there's the pit that's in my stomach everyday, worrying about getting calls from school. You know the ones I'm talking about. What did he do now? What not nice thing did he say this time? It's been rough to say the least. Things have gotten better, though, the past couple of weeks and it's starting to feel like we have finally kicked the bad behavior bug to the curb - and then this morning … [Read more...]

The Casual Moms Style #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  I had some time last week to myself, which is rare - and I completely embraced it. Even just running into Rite Aid alone for a few minutes gives me a breath of fresh air where I can make a shopping decision without being asked a million questions or being begged to buy something we totally don't need. So I thought it was only appropriate to cover these moments as part of my #momstylemonday and dig into the casual moms style: what to wear when you're running errands. Why Indigenous Is The Perfect Casual Moms Style When I want to capture that casual moms style, I turn to one of my favorites, Indigenous (read more about them here) because their clothing is comfortable, breathable, organic and always super comfortable - but always have details that help show off my style. Basically, you will never look like a frumpy mommy when wearing anything from their super cool collection.  I'm wearing their Luxe Capri in charcoal and Everyday Pullover  which are seriously some of the most comfortable pieces that I own. (You may remember this Reversible Hooded Cardigan from my spring photo shoot with them and I still wear it all the time - perfect for bus stop runs and transitioning from season to season as a layering piece.) // Top: Luxe Capri // Bottom: Everyday Pullover // Sunglasses: Valentino // Halo Hair Extensions: Hairdo // Shoes: Easy Spirit // Bag: Dapperbag // And let's be honest here: these are the pieces that become the … [Read more...]

Packing Tips For Travel With Littles

***This post is sponsored by Carters and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood.*** Oh my goodness! We are currently en route on a quick, little family getaway and I can honestly say that packing for Blake was a completely different beast than packing for Branden. With them being so far apart in age, it's been quite a while since I've needed to pack for a baby and I forget how chaotic it can really be. Without some clear organization and packing tips for travel, you're kinda screwed. To prepare myself as much as possible, I made a stop at our favorite, Carters, and stocked up on pieces we needed for Blake + I have a whole list of things I learned along the way. (And psssst I also located a store near the hotel, where I will be picking up more pieces using the 25% off coupon I'm sharing if you keep scrolling!) Packing Tips For Travel Hold on to your credit cards mama's, because here's what you're gonna need when traveling with a baby or toddler. (Hint: you should probably also plan for extra space to pack it all.) 1. Make sure you have extra of the basics. There are so many things that I love about Carters, but I think my ultimate favorite is that they sell these ah-mazing multi-packs of everything - body suits, pants, shorts - all the basics that you need. Whenever you're traveling, most likely you don't want to be doing laundry everyday or don't have access to it, so these come in extra handy. Kids are messy and spit up a lot, so having a … [Read more...]

The Best Stroller For Travel

This post contains affiliate links.  There's simply no way to sugar coat it: becoming a parent means that you're going to be doing an awful lot of research. It pretty much comes with the territory and is essential because of how many baby products are on the market and the need to navigate towards what we are actually looking for and need for our littles. Well, I really hope that I'm able to take a load off your shoulders with all the research that I've done that has lead us to the gb Qbit LTE, seriously the best stroller for travel. (Yes, I'm giving one away, too!) First, you have already seen how we showed our love for the gb Lyfe Travel System - it's been amazing since the day we brought Blake home from the hospital. The stroller has been great for weekends away or when I travel into the city with Chris, but for times when I'm alone with the kids I needed to babywear to brave the NYC subways.  Since Blake has gotten so big (almost 19 pounds!), baby wearing started to kill by back, so I needed a stroller alternative that was lightweight and great for long trips strolling these city streets. Why gb Qbit LTE Is The Best Stroller For Travel For us, living in New York City means that I needed the best stroller for travel to be a part of my everyday. At this point in the game, if you're a parent, you know that gb is known for their Pockit, the worlds smallest stroller weighing in at only 9 pounds. This is a great umbrella stroller, but we opted for the Qbit … [Read more...]

Be Grateful, Be Calm: Sticky Be Socks #MomStyleMonday {Giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links.  In my attempt to not only start toning my body back up again after having this little babe, but also get out of the house more (buh-bye cabin fever!), I started doing Barre classed 1-2 times per week with some Flywheel also thrown in there at some point, too. (I've been doing this super inexpensively through Classpass, click here to join for $19 for the first month!) Anyways, because we use sticky bottom socks to do the Barre classes, I was introduced to Sticky Be Socks and am absolutely obsessed for so many reasons. Why We Love Sticky Be Socks First, you can see that they are great for your whole crew. No more slipping on the floor and as Blake starts pulling herself up on things, I don't have to worry about her slipping on the hardwood floors that run all the way through our apartment. Each pair of Sticky Be Socks for both adults, kids and babies has really cute sayings on the bottoms. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need that "be calm" reminder from time to time and this extra touch makes these socks extra special. They are also just plain fun to have on going from class back to mom mode! Each pair is super cozy and the baby versions are especially yummy. And I'm not gonna lie - I'm a sucker for anything that allows me to twin with my littles! So, we'll just be over here all calm, peaceful, grateful and hanging out in or favorite Sticky Be Socks on this glorious mom style Monday! If you missed last … [Read more...]

5 Things I’m Loving This March

This post contains affiliate links.  March is kinda weird month if you ask me. It's that time of year when you know that spring is on its way, but it's not really here yet and you can never really anticipate the weather everyday. It becomes a guessing game that includes lots of dressing in layers. So this month I'm sharing my favorite items that are great for pairing together, sometimes light enough to be worn on their own (when the sun is shining) and simply make your wardrobe look effortless. And of course, if you missed my February post, those items will still work during the transitional month of march, too (and I'm still crushing on this Rebecca Minkoff must-have bag!).  I'm also really excited to share that every single item in my favorites this month is UNDER $25! 1. Camo Jacket If you've been following from the beginning, you know that my hubbs is now reserve after being active duty military, so he's not too keen on my love for the camo trend since it pretty much goes against his green blooded beliefs. But, I've been secretly obsessing about it and finally bought a military jacket, which you can see in this #momstylemonday post here. They are super trendy, so I say don't spend much on them, and the one I have is seriously $20 from Romwe!  You won't find a better deal anywhere else and it's thin enough for layering underneath and has become my go-to jacket already. >SHOP NOW 2. Destroyed Legging I also shared my love for destroyed leggings in a … [Read more...]

Crafting With Wonderful Halos

  I really hope that you all followed along on my Instagram Stories this weekend, because we had the absolute best time crafting with Wonderful Halos at The Children's Museum of The Arts and I loved sharing our experience with you all! We have long been fans in our household of Wonderful Halos because they are such an awesome go-to, healthy snack for all of us (and I'm pretty sure I ate them by the bag while I was pregnant) that they are always in my shopping cart every grocery story order that I place. The fun thing about this event was that it took us quite a bit out of the box with our favorite halos and taught us fun ways to craft and snack - beyond just peeling and popping in your mouth (even though thats, still pretty awesome if you ask me). Branden is always looking for a creative outlet outside of his long school days, and I honestly never thought to turn to our refrigerator for some easy inspiration. Each child was given a box filed with craft supplies and encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Pretty much every kids dream, if you ask me. Every single creation was unique and special.  And of course, the entire room smelled absolutely amazing because of all the Wonderful Halos hanging around every corner. Beyond the crafting, our senses were further enhanced with a beautiful spread of food that was nothing short of extraordinary. Seriously, even my picky little Branden filled his plate to the brim - twice, with his favorites and kept … [Read more...]

Everyday Yoga Wear For Mom and Baby #MomStyleMonday

This post contain affiliate links.  Ok mamas, give your hands a raise if you're wearing yoga pants right now? I got you, raising my hands over here, too. They are just so comfortable and have the amazing ability to somehow hide those problem areas and make us feel wonderful. It's a win/win: self esteem boost and look fab - what more could we want? Well, I'm excited to share an awesome brand today with you all in this week's mom style Monday that is great for both mom and babe: Boodywear.  I know that in pictures, especially over on Instagram, I might look like I'm pulled together all the time and perfectly styled from head to toe. But the truth is that I really do spend most of my days just like you all: in comfy, cozy yoga pants. I workout 4 days a week, juggle bus stop drop off and pickup each day and pretty much spend the rest of the time with my laptop on my lap writing. Translation: Boodywear has been a lifesaver for my lifestyle. Their pieces are seriously some of those most comfortable pieces of clothing that has ever touched our skin - and I even wore this outfit to Barre class last week! Each piece is seriously buttery soft, but the benefits don't end there. What's different about Boodywear? Every piece works to control any type of odor or germs (they are all both Anti-bacterial & Anti-fungal), are hypoallergenic and super breathable. Seriously, Blake smiles every single time we put this outfit on here. They are also moisture wicking - making it … [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...]

Trendy Clothes For Moms #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Ok mamas, today I'm sharing a super fun #momstylemonday featuring Romwe, which has uber trendy clothes for moms at ridiculously low prices (I'm talking like 70% off all the time.) First, if you haven't checked out last week's post, hop over here - I've got some trendy graphic tees for littles! Anyways, I have a huge guide that dissects style vs. trends (here), but simply put: trends are things that change quickly in fashion. Don't invest a ton of money in them because they are in and out like crazy - which is why Romwe is quickly becoming a goto for these pieces for me. I can add like 5 items (no joke) to my wardrobe for under $50. Trendy Clothes For Moms I am absolutely obsessed with these pieces (courtesy of Romwe) and have been wearing them like crazy. New York City weather has been a bit confused with spring lately, so they have been perfect for my functional mom wardrobe. // Jacket: Camo Print Drawstring Pockets Coat $20.89 // Pants: Black Ripped skinny Legging $12.99 // Shoes: Aldo Topper Sneaker $44 // Shades: Valentino $242 // We actually took these photos on Valentine's Day in Columbus Circle and it was kinda fun to do a shoot where I was amongst so much business. I typically photograph places where there are less people, but this is what NYC is all about! Anyways, I wanted to share some extra details about these trendy clothes for moms if you're interested in buying. The jacket isn't lined, so truly for style, not … [Read more...]