Crated With Love: The Ultimate Date Night At Home

  You guys: how hard is it to plan a date night once you become a parent? So hard! My Valentine and I haven't had a night out since my birthday back in October, so some alone time is truly in order. And while I love a little Netflix and chill, I've been yearning for some dedicated time just for us, so we tried out Crated With Love and are pretty obsessed with everything about it. For the ultimate date night at home... Crated With Love is the perfect date night and investment in your relationship - perfect to use after the kiddos go to bed (ahem...no babysitter required!). Crated With Love is a subscription box that contains everything you need for some fun with your partner. Each box has a fun theme and 4-5 activities that correlate with that theme, honing in on important relationship skills like communication, trust and teamwork - everything you ned to have a happy, healthy relationship. For us, we get so caught up in taking care of everything everyday that we often forget how important it is to make time for us, no kids included. Yes, family time is equally important in the Cooper household, but our relationship is the foundation of everything and if that's not strong then everything else crumbles. Honestly, I was so excited to get the opportunity to write about and experience something that was just for Chris and I. The health of our relationship is huge for us and we often neglect it because we get busy or tired or other things come … [Read more...]

My Grown Up Daily Beauty Routine #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday mamas! So excited that you stopped by for my very first #MomStyleMonday! I shared last week how we were going to kick off this fun series and we are, starting with some new beauty and skincare items that have become a huge part of my daily beauty routine. But first, I just want to add that I would love to see you hashtag anything that you post on social media with our #MomStyleMonday hashtag so that I can also follow along with what you are doing that's helping you rock your mom style. Anyways, as I've turned 30 this year, I've learned a lot about myself. I know that I needed to change the way I was eating and exercising after the holidays, so I started Whole30, which prompted a whole lifestyle change. I've learned that I have total control over my happiness and exactly what really does make me happy. And I've also learned that my daily beauty routine needed a kick in the butt. Gone are the days where I can buy drugstore makeup and skincare products, I need high quality products for my daily beauty routine. And you know what? I'm totally worth it and so are you! So today, I introduce you to the brand that's become a huge part of my grown up daily beauty routine: Colleen Rothschild Beauty.  Most likely,  you've heard of this luxurious skincare brand (ahem, their Vitamin C Treatment Complex is a cult favorite). If not, today I'm formally introducing you. They are truly skincare experts and a brand I have … [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...]

9 Postpartum Clothing Styles For New Moms To Rock

  Here I stand, 5 months postpartum and though I'm still not back to my normal self quite yet, I've learned to work with this new body of mine. I've finally gotten back in the groove with a good fitness routine and am almost finished with my first ever round of Whole30 (today's the last day eeeek - I'll be sharing more details tomorrow!) and really am finally feeling great. (Though, that doesn't mean that I don't have discouraging days anymore or moments where I obsessively inspect every part of my body in the mirror, desperate to shed some inches.) I'm finally at that place where I'm ready to ditch the leggings and go shopping for some new jeans, and wanted to roundup my postpartum clothing styles and share all my postpartum fashion tips in one post with you all. Postpartum Clothing Style You Will Rock With Ease Dressing your postpartum body and finding postpartum clothing can be tough because you still have weight to lose, your old stuff doesn't fit and most likely you don't want to spend too much money investing in new things just yet. (Relax mama, give yourself some time!) So, here's some postpartum fashion that you can pull from your wardrobe, or buy super inexpensively that will help you feel like you have a full postpartum wardrobe. 1. The perfect over-sized sweater Okay, here's my thoughts on this: you will love your perfect sweater even more than your leggings - no matter what time of year you give birth! It's great for dressing your postpartum body … [Read more...]

5 Things I’m Loving This February

  January pretty much flew by, right? I felt like I blinked my eyes and we're in February and have a full fledged 5 month old on our hands! I sorta laid low in January, working on lots on back end stuff and updating old favorites and making them better for everyone. But, I have also been planning some fun new series and this is one of them: 5 things I'm loving each month. I do a lot of shopping behind the scenes and don't get to photograph everything or all of my favorite looks, so I thought this would be a great way to highlight some inexpensive (most of the time), pieces that are just fun to shop and add to your wardrobe, home, or kid's wardrobes each month. This month is all about the #momstyle. And, if you feel like it, hop on over to Instagram where I will do my best to share the behind the scenes to our everyday + some fashion favorites, too. 1. Flared denim  Ahem, if you haven't been living under a rock, you know that flared denim is all the rage these days. No need to toss your skinnies though, but by adding a great pair of flares you will add some dimension to your wardrobe for sure. (Read my full guide to wearing flared denim here.) Anyways, this pair from Free People (only $34!) are my favorites and I promise, promise you don't have to be a skinny minnie to wear them: just follow my guide for altering and balancing volume.  〉Shop Now  2. A Drawstring Bag If you're always on the hunt for a mom bag (a.k.a a bag that carries everything), you … [Read more...]

I Broke Up With Breastfeeding and It Made Me a Better Mom

  It's time for me to get real with you all, so I have a confession to make: I broke up with breastfeeding. Yup, me and breastfeeding are no longer a thang. And you know what? I couldn't be happier. It's even made me a better mom. I know. Gasp. I'm sure the "breast is best" crusade is probably ready to come after me, but hold up and just let me explain. If you have followed along through my pregnancy and Blake's birth, you know that I had a very serious breastfeeding plan in mind. In fact, I was heart-set on making it work. You watched me share the products I was using to keep things going, special bras that helped make it a hands free experience for me when pumping, and even my favorite Boppy breastfeeding pillow (which I still love), but there was a lot more going on behind the scenes. The truth is that breastfeeding started consuming my life. I know that it is a commitment and I had prepared myself for that, but the stress of it all began to overwhelm me, take me away from everything else in my life, made me behind on work (work that my family and I need done to survive) and disconnected me from my husband and son. It got to be too much and Chris and I finally decided that enough is enough. First and foremost, I started at a disadvantage. Having a breast reduction when I was 17, I knew that there was a possibility that I only had so many milk ducts intact, so I knew that I would be supplementing to begin with, and I was okay with that. I didn't … [Read more...]

I Want More Days Like These

  On Friday, Branden took a (what we'll call) "mental health day." And I'm totally okay with that. Kids deserve them and need them just as much as we do as adults. I had been wanting to get to the Pixel Forest exhibit at The New Museum before it closed, and we finally did. (Check out some behind the scenes looks on my Instagram stories - it was a really cool exhibit!) Chris had the morning off, so he got up and watched the kids while I got my morning writing done, did all my invoicing, got dinner prepped in the crock pot, ran to the grocery store and finally - took a shower. It was truly magical all that I could get done by 11am whenever I wasn't interrupted. We had lunch and off to the museum we went, while Chris went in the opposite direction for work. It was nice to work that half day and get to spend the rest of the afternoon with the kids, being really present and focusing on this cool exhibit we were about to see. I felt like even though B wasn't in school, I was giving him a culture lesson instead.Then, I realized: I want more days like these. My truth lately is this: I'm struggling a little bit feeling like I should be doing more with my kids. I work from home, yes, my choice so that we don't have to pay for child care, but some days I feel like I yearn for more. I scroll through Instagram and see my friends who are out and about with their kids, constantly exploring the coolest offerings of our city and I wish I could be more present to guide … [Read more...]

The Best Winter Coats For Women

  Talk about being cold. Temperatures have definitely dropped and I can pretty much do nothing but shiver when I'm outdoors. I have a big, puffy white coat that I wear for warmth during chilly bus stop runs, but I had been wanting something new for when I'm out in the city and just want to look chic. We donated a ton of our coats right before Christmas, so there was room in our hall closet for me to get shopping for winter coats for women. Chris took the hint though and bought me this awesome Calvin Klein Faux-Leather-Trim Asymmetrical Coat.  Very rarely these days am I dressed up like this though, as most of the time I'm busy babywearing, but nonetheless, it's super fun to get dressed up from time to time, throw on some knee-high boots (mine are similar to these) and sunnies (my husband also bought me this pair for Christmas!) and truly feel like myself again. Honestly, when I walked into Macy's (where we got the coat) I had in mind that I wanted something in emerald green or burgundy, but this Calvin Klein Faux-Leather-Trim Asymmetrical Coat stood out and I had to have it! The gray in this coat goes with absolutely everything and I love the leather detailing, as it gives it a super edgy look. You all know that I've been working in reinventing my postpartum style and this is definitely something that I feel great in and keeps me warm during the cold weather, too. So if you find yourself searching for winter coats for women, this is a great … [Read more...]

Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids (And Parents, Too!)

This post was sponsored by Somersaults as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. In an attempt to achieve balance in my life every single day, there's a lot that must fall into place. As busy moms, we have so many moving parts to our day, but as long as certain aspects are taken care of, we know we can pretty much take on anything. One of those major things for me in healthy snack, not only for me, but healthy snacks for kids, too. Obviously Blake is still drinking from a bottle, but I know that when Branden, Chris and I are eating and snacking well, I feel like I can accomplish anything. I worry about what goes into everyone's bellies after all. So with the start of a new year, when we are given a clean slate, here's my healthy snack ideas for kids that I hope will inspire you. Being balanced and eating healthy brings along an empowering sense of happiness, productivity and feeling like I've had a successful day. So when my days start with making healthy choices while packing lunches or grabbing a snack to sit with on the couch while I work, Somersaults has been my go-to. They are available online, and at select Whole Foods and at Target (every mama's favorite place!), making them really easy to always have on hand. (Check out their store locator here.) Most of my days begin with some sort of fitness, whether I'm out at the park or at home doing yoga - I make promises to myself to have an active life … [Read more...]