How to Practice Positive Parenting

This post is brought to you by Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Mamas: I will be the first person to admit wholeheartedly that I lose it sometimes as a parent. I don’t always make the perfect decisions and I’ve been called “the mean mom” before by my almost nine year old. It comes with the territory. But on the flipside, I’m also the mom who believes in positive parenting and having it be a part of my everyday, and will lay awake at night feeling immense mom guilt if I didn’t help foster a positive experience or moments during the day for my kids. It’s all about balance with parenthood, amiright? I will repeat over and over that I’m not the perfect parent, because that doesn’t exist. We’re all just learning as we go and making the best choices as we can on a daily basis with the best interest of our kiddos in mind. At the end of the day, I always want my kids to know that they can come to me for a huge dose of positivity and lots and lots of hugs. Here’s how I help to practice positive parenting in my everyday life. We play. This summer, I mixed up my regular routine a bit so that I could take a break in the afternoon everyday before Blake’s nap to spend some quality time with the kids. Whether we go to the park or do an indoor science experiment or board game, it gives us a chance to connect and step outside of our tech filled days. We make sure we have down time. I feel like this is ... Read More

Our Next Steps With a Busy Toddler

I received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition. You can contact Mead Johnson Nutrition with product related questions or comments toll free at 1-888-777-3395. I will fully admit that I find myself saying silently over and over again, “just breathe in and out” lately. Our little baby Blake just turned one and even though I have fully embraced and enjoyed those last, sweet baby moments, it’s so hard for me to believe that we have a toddler on our hands now - officially. A giggly, full of life, still sleeps with her bum up in the air toddler ready to take in all that the world around her has to offer and we’re so excited to be along for the ride. While there are so many things that we now need for these toddler years (and a lot more things that we don’t - thank goodness!), Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ was the first thing on my list to get as our baby officially hit this milestone.   Did you know that 85% of brain growth happens during the first three years of life? It’s true, and so important for us parents to take note of this to help ensure our toddlers are getting important DHA to help nourish this brain growth. Experts recommend that toddlers have 70-100 mg/day of DHA to support early brain and eye development on average, a toddler’s diet only provides about 25% of the amount experts recommend. I do the best I ... Read More

How To Bring Some Peace And Love To Your Everyday

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood! Mom to mom: aren't we always searching to find a little zen in our everyday? Our busy mom lives are so chaotic that those little things in life that make us smile, help us with our health, and give us energy to chase after our little munchkins are imperative parts of our life. To help you all unleash your inner yogi during National Yoga Month and find some peace and love in your everyday, I'm so excited to share this month's Babblebox with so many covet-worthy items! 1. Ascent Protein The official sponsor of hard work, Ascent Protein helps me keep going throughout the day - every single day. My favorite, the Whey Protein Powder in Lemon Sorbet, is something that I've been looking forward to since I first tried it. As you all know, I've been upping my fitness game, so adding this to my daily caloric intakes helps improve my athletic performance with real food - but the rest is up to me! Learn more here!  2. Love Warrior Glennon Doyle's book, Love Warrior, which is an Oprah Book Club selection and NY Times Bestseller is a must read for women everywhere. The author was presented with some major truths about her marriage by her husband that lead her to rock bottom, which is where this nonfiction memoir was born. It's one of those books that everyone is talking about - so don't be left out and make sure you pick up a copy for yourself today. And I MUST add: there is something ... Read More

Fall Has Arrived

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I know that you guys hear it year after year, but fall is hands down my favorite. I'm all about pumpkin spice everything, pumpkin and apple picking, and of course - fall fashion for my whole crew. This year, it almost seemed like we all needed new everything all at once. Does that ever happen to you? Thanks goodness that our absolute favorite, Carter's is having an epic sale this weekend with a sweepstakes that includes $200,000 in prizes when you shop Saturday September 23rd! Between Blake's birthday gifts and shopping the past few weeks, I've put together her entire fall wardrobe. And where do I always start? Jammies of course! (And if you're wondering, she's singing that the mommies on the bus say "sh sh sh" in this picture lol) 2-Piece Snug Fit Cotton Halloween PJs I also mentioned on Facebook how Carter's is one of the only places that I can get the kids matching Christmas pajamas with their big age gap and they always sell out quick, so if you like to match around the holidays like me, I recommend getting them asap! In my opinion, there's pretty much nothing cuter than seeing your babes in matching jams. These are the ones I ordered the kids this year.  So here's how this amazing sweepstakes works: This Saturday (the 23rd - mark your calendar!), Carter’s will offer amazing deals for their Semi-Annual Big Baby Sale. On top of incredible savings, Carter’s will ... Read More

15 Motherhood Rules To Live By

  A few years back, I wrote a post about 10 beauty commandments to live by and its been hands down one of my most popular posts, day after day. I think it might have something to do with the fact that we're always searching for guidelines or rules to live by to simplify life a bit - or maybe not. Either way, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood lately as we're transitioning into toddlerhood over here and have a big boy about to turn 9, and I'm reflecting on what I've learned, what I would like to learn and how I've changed. The whole motherhood experience is humbling and if I could boil it all down to snippets or advice learned from my last 9 years of being a mom, these are my 15 motherhood rules to live by. When visiting Pittsburgh @stationsquarepgh is a must with your littles 🏙#travelgram . . . . . . . . . . . #momlife #momblog #travelbug #travel #travelblogger #armylife #momblogger #mombloggers #traveltips #momtips A post shared by Allison Cooper (@projectmotherhood) on Aug 26, 2017 at 5:23am PDT 15 Motherhood Rules To Live By Ok mamas, here we go! 1. Always trust your gut instinct. I promise you that when all is said and done and you look back on your life, you will never regret living every moment by trusting your gut instinct. There's just something that takes over inside of us when we know something isn't quite right, and going with those feelings will almost always put you right where you belong. 2. Don't ever (EVER) forget about your ... Read More

Giving Our Kids The Tools They Need {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Primrose Schools; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. We recently celebrated Blake’s first year of life with a joyful party and some (behind closed doors) tears on my end. I can’t believe how fast that first baby year went by, but I’m equally excited to watch her experience the world through more independent eyes. With so many milestones to be hit, I want to make sure that I’m nurturing her as much as possible and giving her the tools she needs to thrive - which at this stage, starts at home. If you’re schedule is like mine...busy (which I’m certain it is), you know that setting aside dedicated time each day isn’t always a reality. I want to share some easy ideas for how we’re working on developing executive function skills with Blake that can be effortlessly worked into you day, inspired by Primrose Schools. First, what are executive function skills and why are they important? These six skills (Adaptability, Teamwork, Problem Ssolving, Critical Tthinking, Self-Ccontrol and Memory) help set up our kids for success in life and teaching these skills early on is super important and easier than you think. We teach self-control at the park. I think having self-control is so important in life and and a tough one to teach. For us, the easiest way has been through helping Blake understand that she needs to wait in line whenever we’re at the park and whenever someone else is using a toy or ... Read More

5 Things I Learned When I Hired a Health Coach

  Hey pretty mamas! You all know that from the very beginning of starting this blog, it's been my biggest goal to keep things real. I've been pretty open all summer about the little bit of weight that I still have to lose from having Blake and it's been quite literally weighing on me. I'm all about body positivity and I'm not a vein person, I just want to get back to the healthiest me, where I was before. Knowing that I wanted our big theme for the fall to be self-care, I started thinking about ways that I could better take care of myself, and I finally decided to hire a health coach to be my cheerleader along the way. I looked for someone who had a background in both fitness and nutrition because I knew I hit a wall and needed to really figure out a way to get past it. But most of all, I wanted someone who be my support and understand where I was at both emotionally and physically and help me reach my goals, catering to my lifestyle. I learned a lot and can honestly say that I've always thought that I could just do it all on my own, but the experience was really a game changer for me. 1. She made me more accountable. I'm the kinda girl who will eat healthy all day long and then her husband calls on his way home from work, not wanting to eat the broiled salmon and green beans that she had planned, and picks up a pizza. I'll go with the flow in that manner and too many cheat meals sorta cancelled out all the work I was putting in throughout the day. Meeting ... Read More

Getting Back into a Routine

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life® Ultimate Flora Probiotics. Truth be told, in our household, getting back into a routine after being out of one for so long is challenging. If you’ve been following along, we’ve been all over the place this summer and especially this month with Chris being away for a whole month of military training. The kids and I traveled from NYC to my parent’s in Pittsburgh, then we made a stop at my sister’s in Ohio, then back to Pittsburgh again. After we return home and reunite with my husband, we’re squeezing in one last summer trip as a family because the structure of the back to school transition begins. Getting back into the swing of things with a school routine takes guts. Here's how we'll do it: Waking up at a set time. We’ve been all over with the time that we all get up in the morning since we’ve been traveling so much, so setting that alarm clock again will be a key component in setting these healthy routines again. I’m the kind of person that thrives in the morning, so this small change makes a big impact in my life. Getting back on keto. I had been going strong with the keto diet for about five weeks and I went off of it whenever we got to Pittsburgh because I wanted to enjoy some wine with family and it was difficult to keep to a diet when we had so many mouths to feed, so I stepped away. But as soon as we return home, my grocery cart will be filled with keto-friendly ... Read More

How to Host an Epic Moms Night In Party {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting Project Motherhood. I KNOW that it's not just me who is over here giving a big "hip hip hooray" that kid's are officially back in school. After a busy summer with so much traveling, I am craving the feeling of a routine, sleeping in my own bed every night and hopefully establishing some better work hours over here. Branden officially started back to school today and we got all the hugs, kisses and pictures in before sending him on his way. So now, I'm over here saying cheers to a great school year with some easy tips for all you mamas to host the most epic moms night in with my favorite tool, Wine Glass Writer.  I promise you all, this simple little tool will honestly get the party going! Hosting Your Own Moms Night In The amazing thing about hosting your own moms night in celebration is that you only need a few things: your mom pals, wine, wine glasses and these Wine Glass Writers. (I mean, I guess if you want some food there, too, that would be cool, but to me it's really all about that wine.) They offer 6 different styles with so many pretty colors to choose from (we experimented with them all!) and I loved having them all out of their packages and ready to go whenever people arrived because it was fun to get everyone to sit down and get creative together. Each marker is non toxic and easily used  to keep track of your wine glass and so much more. You can also use them to label things around the home on all ... Read More

Easy Ways to Create a Space You Love {Giveaway}

  I'll admit it that I fully hadn't accepted this space as our own until right before we had Blake. I think in my mind it was always going to be a transitional space for us that would be a pit stop as we lead our way onto our more permanent home. But guess what? We moved in right before Brande's fourth birthday and he will be nine this month, so it's time to really embrace it. If you've followed along our adventures in the Cooper home, you know that I went a little nutty during my pregnancy and completely re-did our apartment decor (you can see the before here and our big after reveal here) and I've been loving our space since. But I realized throughout this whole process that it really doesn't take a lot of work or money to create a space that you love, just a few new addition or spruce up an old space to make your home or a corner within your home truly become your happy place. Easy Ways to Create a Space You Love So whenever I shared earlier this week that I wanted a major focus to be on self-care, I wanted to put an emphasis on all that encompasses self care. Translation: it's not all about getting manis and pedis on the reg - it's about so much more than that. We spend more time in our homes than we do anywhere else and I think it's important to start there. Here's my foolproof ways to creating a space that I love so that I can spend more time thinking about what matters most. 1. Fill it with pictures that make you happy. You've probably seen that I've ... Read More