How To Choose The Perfect Holiday Dress For Your Little Girl

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. If you haven't noticed by now, I LOVE dressing my kiddos. It's so much fun to pick out pieces of clothing that I know they will love and love to wear, but also sticking within a budget, of course. I get asked all the time where we shop and I can honestly say that time after time, year after year, we turn to Carters (ahem: rewards!) for great quality clothes where we can always get a lot of bang for our buck. I love working with them to share their holiday shop with you all, but I thought this year I would actually share my tips for choosing the perfect holiday dress for you little girl. Last year, we chose something gold and sparkly for her first Christmas and this year we went the classic route with this charming Plaid Dress Set.  (And this year we're also introducing pig tails so it's extra cute!) I swear that if it's possible, their holiday shop  makes me more excited every single year and I always make sure to snag matching jimmies for Blake and Branden from their epic PJ Shop! Before sharing my tips, I want to make sure you're all aware of all the great things Carter's has happening this holiday season. First, if you're searching for a store near you, check out their store locator here.   Year after year, Carter's offers a PJ Program (check it out here), that helps donate jammies to kids in need. There are millions of children who don't have a bed to call their ... Read More

How to Safely Use Essential Oils For Babies {Giveaway}

  If you follow along on Facebook, you know that an essential oils obsession has been developing inside me. It all started through research that I did for a Reader's Digest Essential Oils Guide For Beginner's that I wrote and actually expanded on through a series of additional posts about diffusers and such. There's so much to learn, it's really amazing. Through my research, I got the most amazing diffuser, which has been my method to use the oils to begin with, but I learned there's a lot to be cautious about when using essential oils for babies. So I talked to my friends over at Twig+Petal, and wanted to really create a guide for safely using essential oils for babies for any likeminded moms to turn to. I also have a fun giveaway below as well as a great recipe we've been diffusing to help calm our little one whenever she's having one of those ugly tantrums! Essential Oils For Babies Essential oils are really a great thing to use for our health or to simply make your home smell great. I know that I personally feel happier overall when wonderful smells pumping through my apartment. But with having Blake, I became worrisome about using them around her at all, because I know there can be bad side effects if not used properly, so I spoke with Tirzah Shirai, founder of Twig+Petal, that creates small batch essential oils, for some advice about how to safely use essential oils for babies. What are essentials oils? Basically, essential oils are liquids that are ... Read More

Be Fever Ready

This post is sponsored by FeverAll®. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. There's nothing more worrisome as a parent then when your little ones get sick. You must instantly spring into proactive mode, make informed decisions and know when you need to actually call the doctor or even make a trip to the emergency room. It all can be overwhelming. We recently experienced Blake's first fever and while I've always been more on the calm side whenever the kids get sick - it was scary and even had moments where I was second guessing myself. It's just different when they are little ones. While her fever dropped quickly, it was scary nonetheless, so today I've teamed up with FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories to share some information with you all so that you can #BeFeverReady every single day. And to be completely honest, even though I've been through this before, I still call my mom (who is a nurse) with questions from time to time. It's nice to have reassurance as a parent that you're always doing the right thing for your sweet babes. Here are a few things I've learned along the way, and the rest is just rolling with all the punches that parenthood throws your way: So first things first, when is it actually time to call the doctor? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fever in babies begins at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Of course, call your physician about any concerns with fever in your child. What should baby be taking for the fever? Make ... Read More

Spreading Some Holiday Spirit

This post contains affiliate links. I feel like I can't have a thought these days that doesn't somehow tie into the holiday season one way or another. It's not necessarily a bad thing, it's fun actually, but all this preparation is enough to make you go a bit nuts some days, right? There's just so much prep work involved, gifts to buy, decorating to do and it can sometimes somehow get placed in the "work" category instead of the "fun" one. This year, I started planning a little bit early so that I was able to take a little bit of the burden off myself and was even able to do a little home decor update for the season with our friends from Minted. We started, as always with our Holiday Cards that we always get from Minted. They are widely know for their Ornament Holiday Cards which we love and actually sent out last year (you can check them out there!) and their gorgeous foil pressed cards, too (please keep scrolling for a code to save you some money when you make your purchase down below!) This year, we went with something more on the simple side because the message caught my eye and really stood out to me as a message I want to spread this year: just focus on the simple things. (And we also did Blake's birth announcements with them, if you need some ideas check out my post here!) I can't even begin to describe how many out takes we had when I took these, what I thought would be, simple pictures in our living room. But nonetheless, Blake didn't want to sit ... Read More

The Perfect Outfit For Lazy Days #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links. Hi, my name is Allison and I am a legging junkie. Yes. I said it. While I love getting dressed up because it's fun to style looks and in all honesty it really makes me feel good and confident when I'm wearing an outfit I love - most days are spent in my favorite No Nonsense leggings. You all know that last spring I worked on a fun advertising campaign with them and it's a brand that I really truly do believe in and wear day in and day out and they have a lot of great, new additions this fall that I'm living in. In the past few mom style posts, you've seen me wearing their velvet leggings, which I love, too. But today, I'm wearing their classic cotton, which I own in both black (pictured) and slate gray, both courtesy of No Nonsense. They are soft, cozy and almost feel like their fleece lined on the inside, so they're warm, too. And if I'm being real, I do an awful lot of this, too, except on my couch everyday. So much so that even Blake knows that she's supposed to put the phone to her ear and pretends to talk saying "lalala." But more than anything, these are the types of clothes that I live in during the fall/winter months and have so many duplicates of. This cardigan is the oh so soft one that I opened in my September Golden Tote Unboxing and the basic v-neck tee was a super inexpensive buy from Old Navy.  And while I of course wish that my apartment had wall length windows with beautiful city views, that is not ... Read More

Mini Melissa Rain Boots For Your Little

This post contains affiliate links.  To say that we're obsessed with these sweet little Mini Melissa rain boots is an understatement. In fact, I've had days after we first got them where I may have even prayed a little bit for rain - just so we could take them out for a spin and jump in some puddles together. They are just the absolute cutest and Blake loves toddling around in them these days. // Mini Melissa Rain Boots c/o // If you have a wiggly toddler, you know how difficult it can be to get shoes to go on and stay on, so the fact that these boots sit lower on her ankle and have a button side closure, makes that whole struggle a wee bit easier. If you follow me on Instagram, I've opened up or unloaded a lot lately about my daily toddler struggles - which is real, my friends. She's cute, but oh so busy and I've found that the middle of our days are the hardest while she's trying to fight a second nap and is into absolutely everything she can get her hands on. So we come to the park, and it's been helping get us back into a bit of a routine again and she's so much better behaved outside the apartment (which is odd, I know). These Mini Melissa Rain Boots do run a little bit on the bigger side, so while Blake typically wears a 4.5, we got these in a size 7. They're a little bit big, but she doesn't have trouble walking in them and I'm hoping they'll fit her until next year. Finger crossed. And you know what? Sometimes I just have to have ... Read More

The Perfect Black Blazer #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  You all saw how excited I got whenever I opened up this black blazer from my September Golden Tote box and I promised that it would not only be a part of my fall wardrobe, but I would share how I'm styling it, too - so I did! But before we jump in, if you missed last weeks mom style post, you can check it out here.  This blazer is so perfect because it's not your classic black blazer, which traditionally has buttons down the front. Nope. This one is more on the casual side, yet can be worn to the office or dress up any look, but is more relaxed overall. It doesn't have any buttons down the front, making it easy to wear open and show off whatever you have going on underneath. The sleeves are also a little bit shorter, so you can actually see your watch or bracelets that you have stacked on your wrist - which I love! And these sleeve are actually scrunched a bit, too. So the blazer is obviously from my Golden Tote, but you can shop a similar one here. My shirt is a basic tee with a pocket and peplum from TJMAXX (my favorite!) and I have been wearing it all over the place because it's so comfortable. Here's a better look and you can see me totally having a Marilyn Monroe moment here! And no joke: this was literally seconds before the wind whisked my Valentino sunglasses off the roof where we were taking these pictures (insert sad face emoji). Thank goodness I got them at Nordstrom Rack, but ... Read More

The Best Beauty Products For Women

This post contains affiliate links.  I know that I haven't written a beauty post in a while and that's honestly because until recently, I hadn't found anything that really inspired me to write about. But, after Chris was away in August and we started a new school year in September, bringing on a different routine for me during the day, I made a little pact with myself: no more frumpy mom. In order to do this though, I really needed to find a routine that worked for me and included beauty products for women that also were really conducive to my on the go life and beauty products for busy moms, too. First, if you're searching for beauty products for new moms, I have a great post about that here for 7 products to safely use during pregnancy and nursing. So I want to clarify something here. I know that you all see me dressed up for pictures, especially all my mom style Monday posts,  but that's not everyday life for me. Working from home means that most days I really am in leggings and working on the couch with the laptop of my lap and coffee in my hand, pulling my hair out trying to meet 5 deadlines at once. (I try to be very real about this over on Instagram if you're ever in a mood for a real mom chat - check out my stories!) Even though I do want to look pretty for my husband, my yearning to have a better routine was more deeply routed in my self-care. I wanted a routine that was simple to wear everyday, not overdone, but made me feel like a human again everyday ... Read More

Styling Embellished Sleeves #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday friends! I hope that your weekends were filled with lots of spooky things. We admittedly did nothing this month for Halloween because we were away at Disney and then Chis had an army drill weekend, leaving us with not a ton of time to be festive. I know, whomp, whomp. So we did our best to squeeze some fun in yesterday, our only free day (so check all the fun out over on Instagram!) and then back to our Monday routine. If you missed last week's style post, I chatted about styling my new favorite white dress and denim jacket and this week it's all about a big fall trend: embellished sleeves. First things first, I got this great silk shirt from TJMAXX (c/o) and it's one of my favorite things hanging in my closet right now. My parents gifted me this Kate Spade wallet for my birthday and I'm loving all the fun colors. TJMAXX is one of my absolute favorite places to shop because they always have great value and amazing prices. They are highlighting some pretty big trends this season and I'm incorporating two of them into this look: //Velvet Vibes// //Frills// So when I'm yearning to dress up a little bit these days, which is often because I get sick of my frumpy bus stop pick-up outfits really quick - this is something that I turn to. These velvet leggings are from my friends at No Nonsense and they are so comfortable and fun to wear this season! My biggest takeaway for when styling embellished sleeve ... Read More

Thoughts on Quieting My Mind

  Things have been busy and a bit overwhelming lately, I'll be honest. As you guys know, in August, Chris was away for a full month of Army training out of New York, which let me alone with the kiddos and we've been pretty much moving on a hamster wheel ever since. Blake turned one, then we took a fun trip to Myrtle Beach in September as a way to re-connect after thirty days apart, then Branden started school and turned 9 (gasp!), and then after just a couple weeks of sorta getting a routine going, we took a very magical trip to Disney World. It's been a wild ride that I'm very thankful for, but I'm also a creature of habit and being out of whack with our routine has made me a little bit nutty. Apparently our little princess thinks it’s cool to stick her tongue out in photos 😝 lol. If you’re a @waltdisneyworld fanatic (like I’ve become), I’m sharing our trip recap over on the blog today through loads of pictures and a full video (which you can also check out on YouTube). We seriously can’t thank @chevrolet enough for this ✨ magical ✨(I find myself saying that word so much now lol) experience. #hosted #findnewroads 🚘 . . . . . . . . . . . #disneytrip #familytravel #travelblogger #disneylove #disneyworld #disneylife #disneymagic #disneyfan #epcot #kidtravel #momblogger #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodmoments #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodrising #mothering A post shared by Allison Cooper (@projectmotherhood) on Oct 24, 2017 at 9:07am PDT So now, ... Read More