Something Magical #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  You know how sometimes you dress your little one and you feel like you popped it over their head and something magical just happened? Sometimes baby clothes just do that to you. And sometimes its that happy smile they give you whenever they know they're finished getting dressed. Either way, it kinda makes your heart grow a few sizes. That's how I felt when dressing Blake in these aden + anais pieces. c/o aden + anais flutter sleeve top // aden + anas bubble short You all have known my obsessions with aden + anais from my pregnancy days! If you don't remember, I not only rounded up all my newborn favorites (swaddles, nursing pillows and more), but I kept swaddle blankets that I had bought and stashed in my closet before I was even pregnant. I mean, talk about obsession. It's just that all these sweet pieces are so soft and pretty that they're really hard to keep your hands off. And to me, she's the perfect little baby model for all of them. And did I mention that she's almost fully walking? I really shocks me everyday when I see her walk from one piece of furniture to the next. At 10 months I feel like she's growing way too fast, but each milestone is a blessing and I can't wait to see what she does next. And if you're curious to see what our everyday is like, I share all the behind the scenes on our Instagram stories - so follow me! As you can see, I had a really hard time choosing which pictures to share … [Read more...]

How We Encourage Imagination From The Start

This post is brought to you by Mouse + Magpie and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Living every single day of my life in a very creative role, it's even more important to me to encourage our kids to use their imaginations and connect with their creativity. Believe me, I still have friends and family who really don't understand what I do for a living and it's important to me that our kids have a support that will inspire and push them to live their life walking down an imaginative path. Branden has always liked to create things like paper airplanes, build, mold creations from clay - and might even follow in my footsteps because he's really interested in writing. For Blake, we work towards encouraging her imagination right from the start, too. At this age, I think the best way to spark her imagination is through surrounding her with creative things right from the start. Her toys are always brightly colored and inspire problem solving skills, we let her to explore her palate through the foods she eats, and her room has been coated in whimsical scenes from our favorite store, Mouse + Magpie.  Mouse + Magpie is a child inspired, adult curated collection of delightfully designed products and furnishings created specifically for little people with big imaginations. They partner with international artists and illustrators from around the world to exclusively design our one-of-a-kind products. Their artists are intent on putting imagination into the hearts of … [Read more...]

My Classic Mom Style

This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. From Florida by the pool to a weekend at our busy NYC beaches to back to strolling through this concrete jungle - I've been all over the place. It seems like we have always been close to a body of water lately and this week we went back to one of our favorite spots in the city: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - so fun! Because I work so much and summer is pretty much "camp mommy" I make sure that our weekends are jam packed and that we have at least one week day adventure on a day I can get away. I couldn't keep up with these two without some comfort in my style, so I've been rocking my Reebok Classics from DSW these days! I think you can all agree with me when I say that mom style is all about a mixture of fashion and function, right? We need to be comfortable enough to chase after kiddos, but at the same time, if we're not wearing something that we feel confident in, well....then it's just a bad day. Because that's what my classic mom style is all about,  I couldn't be more excited that the Reebok Club MEMT Classic shoes are back, available at DSW and perfect for everyday style. First things first, I absolutely LOVE shopping at DSW for both me and the kids. It makes shopping much easier, whether I'm shopping online or in-store - or even shopping online and having my shoes shipped to the store. It's convenient and fits … [Read more...]

The One Thing That Saved Us During Our Summer Adventures

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hyland’s Earache Drops.  The uses for Hyland’s products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. When you take a look at our New York City life, it’s pretty easy to tell that we live in this busy, concrete jungle. But often, people overlook the fact that we’re near huge bodies of water and just a quick 45-minute drive from quite a few beaches. This past weekend, we set out to visit one of our favorites, but two things were different this summer: it would be Blake’s first trip to the beach and because of private swim lessons that Branden took during the year, he was much more independent in the water. Both kids loved the water and Branden swam constantly the whole trip there. We even had one “incident” where he swam out a little bit too far and a lifeguard pulled him in. He wasn’t drowning, but just swimming too far. Whenever the lifeguard pulled him in, he was so confused because to him, he was just having fun. He casually replied to me, “Mom, I don’t know what was going on - I was just having the time of my life.” All was good in the land of Branden Cooper - until we got home, that is. I think that he didn't want to say anything right away, because he didn't want me to keep him out of the water, but our little guy got a bad case of swimmer's ear. Thankfully, I had Hyland's Earache Drops waiting at home. I gave him his first set of … [Read more...]

Overlooked Tips For Traveling With A Baby

  Traveling is one of those things that I'm always yearning to do more of, but with kids it's sometimes more exhausting than anything. I was worried before our recent trip to Orlando that I would feel like I needed a parents only, vacation from the vacation, but everything worked out pretty perfect in the end. But, it didn't come without some research on my part during the planning stages and a few lessons that we learned along the way. With these tips, traveling with a bay will be easier than you probably ever though. (I also have more travel tips here for the whole family!) If you follow along on social media, you've been seeing an overhaul of pictures from our recent travels and I admit that I'm kinda going overboard. But in my defense, we had such a great time together and I feel so relieved that everything was as seamless as possible. Growing up, my parents budgeted and saved so that we could have a magical vacation each summer no matter how far or close to home we were and I'm happy that this summer (after skipping vacay last year because I was pregnant and worried about Zika) we were able to do the same. Often Overlooked Tips For Traveling With a Baby I'm not talking about the basics here. These tips helped ease our vacation and made everyday a little bit more magical (because they take away some major stress)! Schedule flights around nap time. First, if you're like me, you start by searching for the cheapest flights possible because #budgets. But do … [Read more...]

I Finally Ran For The First Time Since Giving Birth

I finally did it. I hit the pavement for the first time in an entire year since giving birth and it was one emotional journey, let me tell you. If you know me in real life or have followed along on social media, you know that I've been a pretty avid runner since high school. I struggled running all the way through finally having a breast reduction at age seventeen, have never quite worked up the courage to run a marathon, but have always made it a part of my life. Before Blake was born or I was even pregnant, I would drop Branden off at the bus stop and start my runs from there, three days a week. I would log anywhere from 9-12 miles per week and really improved my pace using the Runkeeper app (it's addicting!). I ran and continued to do yoga throughout my entire pregnancy up until I was 30 weeks pregnant and then stopped. A lot of it was due to the hot summer heat but mostly I just didn't have the energy to do it anymore. While I have shared how I started at 6 weeks postpartum working out, I just hadn't been able to get back to running - something was always stopping me. It's no secret that I'm still struggling with accepting my postpartum body and I think that to some extent we always kind of are. Our bodies change so much after giving birth and it can take a long time for our organs to shift back to where they are supposed to be, let alone to drop that extra weight. I've been really hard on myself and am still determined to drop this last pant size. In all … [Read more...]

Cultivating Adventure

This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood.  You guys, this past year has honestly been a whirl-wind. I feel like I've blinked my eyes and I have an almost 9-year-old on my hands and I'm starting to plan little Blake's first birthday party. This school year has been a challenging one with Branden in third grade and some of the ups and downs we've dealt with in terms of the school, bus and bus driver issues, so when summer rolled around, I really wanted us all to just chill out. But at the same time, I didn't want to sit behind the t.v. al summer with the AC blasting, I wanted us to get out there and create adventures and memories together. So mid-May, when an opportunity came my way to go to Orlando for a conference, without much planning I said "yes" and turned it into a big family vacation. This is the summer of fun in my eyes and I want to cultivate as much adventure as possible with my crew. But, with that being said, we do have young children and need to keep them safe and healthy - so I have SingleCare in my back pocket to ease my mind. So we started our adventure by going to the place where adventures are made: Universal Studios Island of Adventure. I'm not typically one for theme parks (I know, I know) and doing it with a 10 month old didn't make it that much more appealing, but I said "let's do it" and we totally did. In the spirit of the day, I even went on some rides and decided not to stand on the sidelines, trying to show my kids … [Read more...]

How To Be Present When Traveling With Your Family

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. If you've been following me on social media, you can see that we've been traveling and are finally home to tell the tale. All jokes aside, we had a really great trip and it was a much needed vacation as we hadn't done a big one like this (we went to Orlando and did Universal while I popped in and out of the BlogHer conference) in a couple years. It was really important to me to try to put work aside and just be present with my family - to take the opportunity to re-connent after a busy school year and schedules that are all over the place. Little Collections: 3-Piece Tankini & Cover-Up Set In fact, it was more than just important to me, being present with my family was something that I was determined to make happen. I did a little planning and some research ahead of time, but here's what worked the best for me. Put down the phone. I know how much we want to check in on social media and refresh our emails, but putting down the phone was pertinent for me to being present. In fact, one day at the pool, my husband accidentally brought my phone up to the room with him while he put Blake down for a nap and I spent 4 glorious hours laying in the sun and floating round and round the lazy river with Branden. It was a blessing in disguise. In fact, bring a camera. If you're like me, my excuse for always having my phone by my side is so I can capture the perfect pictures - … [Read more...]

Why I Will Always Kiss My Kids On The Lips

  There has been so much uproar in the parenting community lately caused by something so simple and harmless (well, to me anyways): David Beckham kissing his 5-year-old daughter Harper on the lips. What was meant to be a sweet moment where he was showing his child affection caused quite a stir and the Internet has had so many opinions. Yes, something so adorable has gotten so much backlash that even Today, Huffington Post and BravoTV have all reported on it. Here is the original Instagram picture, so you can check it out for yourself and form your thoughts, but I want to share mine. Well, David Beckham has joined the ranks of celebs that are publicly shamed for something stupid and this silly thing is a big thing to me, so I want to be grouped with the parents coming to his defense. I think my above picture says it all: I will be kissing my babies on the lips until the day I die because that's my right as a parent and there is nothing wrong with it. The comments on his picture got out of control though, one person even writing, “You people are sick for defending this. The truth will come out... this may have been acceptable in the 1990s but times have changed and we won't stand for it any longer. Children's innocence must be preserved.” Comments like that honestly leave me with rage inside. Children need affection and it's an important part of your relationship with your kids. Both of our children (yes, I know Branden's not pictured, he was in school … [Read more...]

Sunscreen For Children: How To Develop a Healthy Routine

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! I will admit it, I really wasn't good to my skin growing up. I was always focused on whatever might in the moment make me tan or get rid of pesky acne. I never really thought of the longer term health of my skin until I got older. Becoming a parent is really humbling in that way because we start teaching these lessons that were passed onto us by our parents, but we thought we were too cool to hear. So here I am, focusing on sunscreen for children and developing healthy routines for making it a priority to them. Spoiler alert: I found a really great, easy way that will make your moments beach or poolside this summer way less stressful. Despite everything that we know about sun safety and care, skin cancer is still a very real and scary thing - but can be avoided if we take proper precautions. In the United States, 350 people are diagnosed with this terrible disease every hour, so even more reason to choose the right sunscreen for children and your entire family in the sun, all year long. Because we turn to Neutrogena in our home for all our skin care needs, of course we turn to them when it comes to their fantastic sunscreen. And to add a little bit extra amazingness to what they do, Neutrogena is launching the MimicMommy MOVEment, to rally moms to help change skin cancer statistics and raise the first generation of sun-safe children. Neutrogena teamed up YouTube stars the Holderness … [Read more...]