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...]

7 Tips For Styling Denim on Denim #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday lovelies! It's a rainy day in New York City today and my evening plans already got washed away - whomp, whomp - but trying to stay positive and see through these stormy clouds because I'm determined to make it a good week. If you missed last week's mom style Monday, I styled florals, which are so much fun to wear when we transition to spring wardrobes. This past weekend Chris had an army drill weekend, so I was home with kids and we pretty much just chilled. But, if you follow my Instagram stories you saw some park play and that we have a little bitter on our hands - never a dull moment! Since becoming a mom, it's all about casual style for me. Things that I can move in, look chic and can be dressed up if need be are awesome are my go-to's. Denim on denim is a great way to do just that and my whole outfit is courtesy of Liverpool Jeans - which I know you will all love, too. Before I get to my tips, holy moly I need to tell you about these pieces! First, these Sienna Pull on Stretch Capris are the most comfortable ever. They have no button closure and pull on similarly to maternity jeans - but they aren't! They come in the light shade that I'm wearing and also this darker shade, too.  (And if crops aren't your thang, they have shorts which you can check out here.)  Then...there's this amaze bomber jacket! It's not exactly denim, but looks denim and is stretchy and comfortable in all the right places and … [Read more...]

How to Style Florals #MomStyleMonday

  Us New Yorkers are known for loving a wardrobe that's filled with lots of black. Don't get me wrong, I have my favorite little black dress hanging in my closet, but as soon as warmer weather becomes the norm, you best bet that florals are coming to the forefront in my closet. Since we've been chatting warm weather dresses with the uber trendy knot-front dress and embroidered dress, I thought it was time to switch up our mom style discussion to florals. // Cold Shoulder Blouse c/o Pink Blush // Today, I'm sharing some of my floral favorites from Pink Blush where (if you've followed along through my pregnancy) has been one of my favorites for quite some time. They have an awesome selection of maternity, women's and plus - so get shopping! If you're going to wear a printed, floral top, I suggest always pairing it with more solid items like denim and a solid color sandal. And of course - don't forget your shades. This is especially important whenever you're also mixing the pattern with another trend like me - the cold shoulder trend - because you don't want your outfit to get overwhelming. You've heard me say for a while that I've wanted to try out the off the shoulder trend that's absolutely everywhere this season and I finally did! I'm pretty much in love because it really is an effortless style, but I do recommend making sure that your pair it with a skinny pant or bottom since most open shoulder tops are more on the tunics side. It just makes … [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...]

Time To Turn The Labels Around

This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood.  Mamas: give your head a little nod if you think that being a parent is tough. Yup, I’m imagining everyone giving a pretty vigorous shake of your head right now. In our current society we have a lot to think about on a day to day basis, which more often than not goes way beyond just the daily feeding, clothing and bathing of our children. We live in a world where social media plays a huge role, and we deal with judgement on the playground, at the pediatrician’s office and by people we think are our friends every single day. It’s stressful, is completely unnecessary and I want it to end. So, I’m working to turn those labels around. Let’s back up here for a second. When was the last time someone posted a comment on social media or said something in person that really rubbed you the wrong way? And afterwards, you keep going back through it in your mind, thinking about all the things that you should have said in response - to stick up for yourself. Probably recently. The thing is this: none of that really should be happening. Every mom needs her mom tribe as a support system as we work our way through every motherhood challenge and instead we’re often tearing each other down, when building up each other’s confidence is what we should be doing. It’s not cool, no matter which end you’re on. Beech-Nut found in a major survey that 70% of moms feel like the issue of mom shaming has gotten worse and … [Read more...]

Embroidered Dresses For Mom #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  A day at the park with my family is what I pretty much crave these days. I think because its fun for them and a pretty relaxing experience for me, too. With the weather getting warmer, you would think that we're seeing more days like these - but with my crazy schedule it's unfortunately been less than I would like. Which makes me sad sometimes (bring on the mom guilt), but we're just going through a period of time where our schedules are kinda nuts and I'm barely coming up for air during the week. But when I do get a break, I do want to dress up a little when we go out because it makes me feel good about myself - even if I'm having a crummy moment on the inside. This Tobi Simple Truth Embroidery Dress has cheered me right up! Last week's mom style Monday I talked about their Knot front dress I've been wearing and this is just another to add to the awesome summer dresses list. Styling Embroidered Dresses This is an easy one because unlike the knot front dress, the embroidered dress doesn't need to much embellishment happening. This dress, I will admit, was a little bit on the see-through side so I did need to wear a basic long tank underneath (like this one) to make sure I wasn't exposing myself to the world. And if you're searching for a good lingerie tip: I finally bought the SPANX Bra-llelujah and I love how it fits, gives me a lift and smoothes everything out underneath my clothes. I styled this embroidered dress … [Read more...]

Styling The Knot Front Dress Trend #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday party people! For the first time in a few weeks, I will admit that I'm feeling refreshed to start a new week, and I hope that you are, too. I've fallen off the "healthy eating wagon" these past couple weeks and am currently reviewing my Whole30 morals getting myself back together. I just don't feel good about myself when I'm not eating right and working out like I should (sluggish is becoming my middle name), so working on those things this week as well as bringing your weekly dose of mom style! If you missed last weeks #momstylemonday - we chatted about organic baby clothes and there's still time to enter the giveaway! Today, I'm sharing a really hot trend right now: the knot front dress. I love this for many reasons, but mostly because it's really effortless. I think that clothing being easy wear is hugely important in a mom wardrobe because we have kids clawing at us all day long. I try to start with pieces that are simple in structure and add easy layers and accessories to amp up the style a bit.   How to Style the Knot Front Dress This Knot Twice Dress  is made from a cozy jersey fabric that hangs nicely on any body shape.  It's great for layering during these transitional months, but also great to be worn by itself with your favorite shades (see above). You might remember this kimono from a post I did back in 2015 - yes this this kimono (similar) is seriously that awesome that it's still a … [Read more...]

For Those Times When Mom Needs A Break

**This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. ** Well, let's be honest here: mom deserves a break every single day, but that doesn't always mean that we get it, unfortunately. With kids needing something pretty much every second of the day and the rest of the world needing things in between (and cue the countless emails, refrigerator that never seems to stay full and bathroom that never seems to stay clean), breaks can be far and few in between. For me, I look for those little, quiet moments when Branden is at school and Blake is either sleeping or interested in something just long enough for me to have a moment to collect my thoughts and recharge. Even if it's just 5 minutes, I need that moment for me. I've shared my coffee addiction with you all, which definitely stems from having two busy kids plus working full time. I know that you all can relate to how busy motherhood is. I try to share glimpses of my life with you all so I will be honest - days out and about aren't always part of my daily routine. I try to work hard Monday-Friday so that weekends are free, but that doesn't mean that they always are. And since the weather has gotten nice, I try to take Blake out in the city or to our local park during my work week so she doesn't get bored. The struggle is real! Which is why  I'm super excited to share with you my latest find that I enjoy while taking my quick mom breaks that combines caffeine and a little something sweet: Cafe Breaks. … [Read more...]

The Sweetest Organic Baby Clothes #MomStyleMonday {Giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday mamas! If you celebrate Easter, I hope that you all had a wonderful one. We were woken up early by both our babes, did our own little egg hunt and brunch in the city, followed by our regular Easter trip to Central Park. I even snuck a nap in when we got home, so it was a really glorious way to spend our holiday. I'm so excited to kick off this week with one of our favorites for babies, Softbaby.  And if you missed last week's mom style Monday, we chatted shoes for littles - so go enter to win a pair of Step & Stride's for your babe! We all want what's best for the sweet babies that we bring into this world, that's a no brainer. While this little one doesn't have an entire wardrobe that filled to the brim with organic baby clothes, we make sure that she has a few key pieces made from 100% organic cotton. These are what I like to call the workhorses of her wardrobe - the pieces that she lives in day to day, like our absolute favorite: The Softbaby Long Pineapple Romper.  Time and time again, this pineapple romper is that piece that just makes me smile whenever I pull it from her drawer and get her dressed for the day. I mean...pineapples just put a smile on your face.  // C/O Softbaby Pineapple Romper // This little smile just says it all! And I want to add that all their clothes are great for sensitive skin and easy to get on and off. All of their designs are so fun and great for both boys and … [Read more...]