Cruzin’ In The Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat

This post contains affiliate links. I hate to admit how quickly Blake has grown because I honestly try to pretend it's not happening every single day. In fact, I really feel like time has flown faster with her than when Branden was little because there's so much more going on being the second child. I have blinked my eyes and she's seven months old and carrying her around in the newborn car seat that she's had from birth is no longer doable (for me, because I'm weak lol). So, we have upgraded her car seat (and simultaneously trying to upgrade our ride) and are now cruzin' in the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat. First tings first, I LOVE (love, love) that we now keep the carseat in the car and don't need to waste precious space in our tiny apartment for the car seat. We just carry Blakey-boo to and from the car and it makes things way easier. In fact, because the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat offers 3 seats in 1 for rear-facing infants 4-50 lb, forward-facing toddlers 22-65 lb and big kids 40-100 lb, we really could have used it from birth through the big kid year without having anything else in between.  Why do we love the Graco Extend2Fit™ 3-in-1 Car Seat? It's ease of use and only needing one carseat for your child's entire life are the big ones on my list, in addition to being super safe, of course. We went through at least 3 car seats for Branden, so this is a dream to me. In addition, it features: Extend2Fit® 4-position extension panel provides … [Read more...]

Falling In Love with Little Spoon Organic Baby Food {Giveaway}

  My, oh my have things changed in the baby food aisle since Branden was born! I will wholeheartedly admit that I wasn't nearly as educated or informed as I am now, I was just a mama walking the aisles at the commissary (since Chris was active duty at the time), filling my cart with the one and only brand they had in stock. Fast-forward eight years later and I'm in complete awe of the options and variety of foods that my little girl gets to taste right from the start. But more variety has meant a bit more education on my part to find what works for us. And TBH, I'm bursting at the seams to share Little Spoon with you all today! Full disclosure: I'm friends with Michelle Muller, one of the founders behind Little Spoon. In fact, about two years ago, before we even knew we would have a new little one in our life to feed purees to, Chris and I attended a round table discussion to give our input on packaging as the brand was just getting started. I'm so proud to see where it is today and overjoyed that their launch coincides with the same time our little Blake is starting solids. What is Little Spoon? Little Spoon is both a pediatrician and nutritionist recommended baby food thats made using HPP (high pressure processing, like your favorite cold pressed juices!), that is a safe, nutritious, organic alternative to everything currently on the market. Because (ahem) your baby food shouldn't be older than your little one, right? Yes! The current state of baby food … [Read more...]

The Cutest Kicks For Kids #MomStyleMonday {Giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links. You guys.....I *think* spring weather is finally here to stay! I've been craving long walks to the park without having to bundle everyone up and sandal weather to the fullest extent. This past weekend, we spent some fun time outdoors with friends in the burbs right outside the city (where Branden dreams to live lol) for a color run and park day. Branden spent the night with his friend and Chris and I thought we were coming home to a night of binge watching 13 Things and some drinks, then I came down with the flu. I'm still feeling super under the weather, but pushing forward as best as I can. So excited to share our favorite spring shoes for littles with you all today from Step & Stride.  Obviously every kiddo needs a great pair of sandals to start the season off right and I totally predict that these Step & Stride Fisherman Sandals are going to be "the pair" for little miss Blake. They are really easy to get on and off, go great with everything (leggings, shorts, skirts) and are great for running around in. Each pair of Step & Stride shoes promote comfort, wellness and fit - so their perfect for when little feet are growing, in between size and need something to give chubby baby feet support. As you can see, she had a ball going down the slides wearing her new favorite sandals for spring! // Step & Stride Fisherman Sandals // And of course, having a great pair of kicks are necessary every season and these … [Read more...]

5 Things I’m Loving This April

This post contains affiliate links.  April showers bring May flower, right? But it also brings some sun peaking through as well as Easter and spring cheer, so I'm ready to embrace this month. I've again added some super inexpensive pieces to my wardrobe this month that make me smile every time I wear them because I'm excited spring is here and ready for all the fun park days, spring break and brunches ahead of me now that the weather is starting to cooperate. If you missed last month's post, check it out here for 5 pieces that are under $25 and make sure you're debit card it within an arm's reach! Rain boots! You need your rain boots this month more than any other time of year and so do your littles! So this month I'm sharing my love for mommy and me Hunter boots. You can choose whichever color suits you and your kiddos, but there's just something extra special about this sparkly pink that makes me want to twin with Blake hardcore.My favorites are the First Classic for your toddler and the Classic Short for mama! You can thank me later. > SHOP NOW 2. The best denim After having Blake, I searched high and low for a pair of fantastic jeans that I really felt good in. Both my husband and I have always loved American Eagle Outfitters denim and I happened to walk by after Barre class one day and all denim was super on sale - so I wandered inside and tried on about 10 pairs until I found the golden ones. My favorite are the super, super stretchy jeggings and I … [Read more...]

Probiotics For Babies

  It seriously felt like just yesterday we were bringing baby Blake home in her little baby carrier and now she is a babbling and scooting seven month old who desperately wants to be able to chase after her big brother. While I'm definitely not ready for that yet, one thing that has made a big change in her everyday life is the addition of solids to her diet. I will admit that I have completely been "that mom," so excited to introduce her to new foods that I probably didn't do it quite as gradual as I should have, resulting in some tummy troubles with our little one. Knowing what I know about probiotics and taking them everyday myself, I was curious if probiotics for babies existed and low and behold I found the best thing for her. Yes, probiotics for babies do exist! As soon as I noticed our little one having an upset tummy, too much gas and overall digestive issues, I turned to Upspring Probiotic + Colostrum Powder before anything else. Call it a mamas intuition or not, but because probiotics have been the saving grace for my tummy issues, I knew that it would help soothe her problems as well. Upspring Probiotic + Colostrum Powder helps to keep baby healthy through 5 billion active cultures per dose and 6 probiotic strains including Lactobacilillus and Bifidobacterium plus prebiotics. The colostrum provides complete range of antibodies for immune support and together this combination is something that I credit for our whole family rarely getting … [Read more...]

Easter Style For Moms #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  It's the first Monday in April and if you're like me - Easter is on your mind. After all, it's a fresh, fun time of year where we can finally get outside more regularly and start seeing Mr. Sun again. It's one of the most lovely times of the year, if you ask me. And with the same breath, if you're like most mamas out there, you have the kids outfits picked out and baskets ready to fill and have completely overlooked yourself. So today, I'm sharing some fresh ways to make Easter style for moms just as fun. Easter Style For Moms Here's the thing: I'm all about non-traditional style for holidays and events, because they need to be pieces that are going to work for you and your wardrobe. I think that bright pinks and stripes are great for the kids and make for memorable pictures, but when it comes to us, we want pieces that truly resemble our style and aren't anywhere near cutesy. Translation: I think Easter style for moms should be pieces that you can integrate intro your wardrobe and wear over and over again. This super cute Carolina Dress from Cooper & Ella is going to be a longtime favorite of mine. I love it because it's completely effortless, comfortable and will look amazing on every different body shape out there. One of the biggest tips of mine for busy moms who have kids pulling at them all day is to choose a dress like this one because it's printed allover and has some slight ruffles for embellishment - meaning … [Read more...]

Keeping My Family Healthy With Vicks®

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I recently spent the morning at Recess Dumbo (Brooklyn), taking part in the Vicks® VapoRub™ 8-hour Playdate. We all had a blast, especially all the kiddos. It was so much fun to see so many of the bloggers that I hang with on a regular basis, but also to see our littles jumping around together - seriously too sweet for words. But we were all playing for one important reason: to learn about easy ways to keep our families healthy using a very important product, Vicks® VapoRub™ In all honestly, thinking about Vicks® VapoRub™, really makes me think a lot about my childhood. Both my parents and my grandparents pulled this out anytime any of us kids got sick and the smell just leads to those memories washing over me. A few years ago, I bought it for the first time when Branden came down with a bad cough and it's been a part of our family ever since. (Just an added reminder that this should not be used on kids under the age of 2, but you can use Vicks BabyRub for your babes and toddlers.) Image: Andrea Klerides So, what else is important to keep in mind about Vicks® VapoRub™ The cool thing about Vicks is that the vapors last up to 8 hours. It's topical application aids in quieting your cough - which we know makes all the difference when you're sick. Simply apply to the chest and throat (I have fond memories of my grandmother doing this!) and you're good to go. And lastly, my #1 takeaway for keeping your family healthy: wash … [Read more...]

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...]