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Hell Week Day 4 and 5: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone and Rest

Hell Week Day 4 and 5: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone and Rest

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am entering into the second half of my Hell Week challenge based on the book, Hell Week: 7 Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen that can be bought on Amazon. I think everyone needs to take this challenge and I have been writing about it all week. I introduced the book and the challenge, I wrote about how I prepped for Hell Week and I have given a play by play for each day here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Each day has presented a new focus and a new way to stretch myself and Day 4 was no different. Day 4 started exactly like its name. I woke up to no Internet. No internet means no productivity and working. It seems like every little thing that could go wrong to sab[...]

Hell Week Challenge Day 3: Planning

Hell Week Challenge Day 3: Planning

This post brought to you by Erik Bertrand Larssen. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby. This week, I am taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen that can be bought on Amazon . If you haven't already, go back and catch up with my other posts. I explained what the challenge is about and why you should do it. I walked through my preparation for the Hell Week Challenge and I showed you how Day 1 and Day 2 went for me. I've completed Day 3 and here is what happened. Ok, maybe this isn't exactly hellish but life makes it hard to stay on top of things. It's no wonder most people can't stick to a diet or exercise plan. This shit is tough. Luckily, I already had diet and ex[...]

Hell Week Day 2: Get in the Mode

Hell Week Day 2: Get in the Mode

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine. I hope you have been following along with me for my Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. I introduced you to what Hell Week is all about, I talked about how I prepared for this challenge and I share how Day 1 went for me. If you want to get ready for your own Hell Week Challenge, order a copy of the book from Amazon. Use the hashtags #hellweekchallenge and #hellweektaomab to share your experience. I would love to follow along with you. Hell Week Day 2 Wow this was rough! Not because it's Hell Week, but because I was feeling sick. It started last night after I played 2 hours of volleyball. I just felt nauseous, so I le[...]

Hell Week Day 1: Habits

Hell Week Day 1: Habits

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you have been reading my latest posts, you know I am participating in the Hell Week Challenge based off the book "Hell Week: 7 Days to Be Your Best Self" by Erik Bertrand Larssen. I explained what Hell Week is all about and shared about my experience preparing to take the Hell Week Challenge. If you want to join me or start your own Hell Week Challenge next week, grab a copy of this super helpful book from Amazon.   If you are completing the challenge with me, be sure to use #HellWeekChallenge and #HellWeekTAOMAB so I can follow along with you! So the Hell Week has started, and it doesn't feel that hellish...YET. There is not much that I had to change to adjust[...]

Hell Week Challenge Prep

Hell Week Challenge Prep

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This week I am taking the HELL WEEK challenge from the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self Now by Erik Bertrand Larssen that can be purchased on Amazon if you'd like to participate with me. I introduced the book, why I am taking the challenge and what I hope to achieve through the challenge in THIS POST. I hope some of you are going to join me in the challenge and have ordered your own copy of the book. You can grab it on Amazon if you have not already. Before HELL WEEK can start, there are some preparations you have to do. This is laid out in the book and I want to share how I prepared for my HELL WEEK challenge that starts on Monday. I am so excited! [...]

Hell Week Challenge: What it is and why you should do it

Hell Week Challenge: What it is and why you should do it

This post brought to you by Erik Bertrand Larssen. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby. I have been SO GIDDY about participating in the Hell Week challenge since I found out about. I don't think I have ever been so excited to write a late night post about anything ever before. If you follow me on Instagram (and you should), you have seen me sitting around with a book. Not just any book. This one: HELL WEEK: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen I would like to talk a bit about what this book is about, why I am reading it and participating in the challenge and why I think you should join me (if not for anything but for the fun of doing a challenge together) ABOUT THE BOOK Hell Week is a best selling book in many cou[...]

Sometimes it's better to just part ways...

Sometimes it's better to just part ways...

I wanted to wait to write this post until things were closer to being final... As some of you have noticed, Andrew and I have not been together for quite a while now. And while I do not think it is fair to him for me to discuss specifics on the internet, I wanted to wait until the divorce was close to final to let you, guys, know about it here. Partly because many of you have followed our lives from the beginning, partly because I know many families are going through the same thing and most importantly because it's not a subject widely discussed or talked about. And it should be. No decision to separate a marriage or a long term relationship is easy. And I have to say that I agonized over it for months, if not a year. That consume most of the year 2014 and a bit of 2015. I know many [...]

SEE KAI RUN STYLES SPRING SUMMER 2016

SEE KAI RUN STYLES SPRING SUMMER 2016

Given how much we love See Kai Run shoes, Lexi and I went out with some of our favorite styles and did a little look book for the blog featuring spring/summer sneakers, sandals and water shoes. Now that Lexi is older, I can actually ask her for a detailed opinion on things she wears and plays with, so I think from now on, I will include two sections: mom's opinion and Lexi's opinion. Mom's opinion: See Kai Run have always been one of the two brands that I got for Lexi because of the good fit and comfort. However, I am also incredibly impressed with original designs they come out with every season. My biggest soft spot is for their sneakers. The combination of patterns and colors is nothing that you normally see in footwear. I would personally wear them if they came in a larger size ( [...]

Our Morning Routine

Our Morning Routine

I have not written about our morning routine for a while now, I think since Lexi was a little baby, so when I was asked to do a post on what my morning routine looks like on behalf of bare Minerals , I figured it would be a good opportunity to update your guys on it and see what your routine looks like. Waking up I wake up when Lexi wakes up. As much as I would love to be up at 5 am in the morning and get everything in the world done, I really love my sleep. Really do. And I am not a morning person. (which I am going to be changing doing a little challenge in June that I will be blogging about). So I sleep as long as I can, which in my case would be until I hear a little voice call out "Mommyyyyy, boobie!" Yes, she still breastfeeds in the mornings and evenings. She rolls over to[...]

My new business, Melody Lane, and how it started.

My new business, Melody Lane, and how it started.

THE WHOLE STORY Some of you who follow me on IG might have noticed me mentioning Melody Lane  a few times and I am sure you saw the announcement  and I have finally found the time to talk about it and give you some background information on how it came to life and what it is. ( and a coupon just for my readers at the end) A few years ago when I was pregnant, I was going through different stages of dealing with how my newly expanded body was going to fit into clothing. I started with the resolve that I was just going to wear normal clothing that is stretchy or flowy rather than resort to God awful maternity styles. After a few months of that I realized that while wearing non maternity clothing is nice, having to figure out what is going to fit you and what isn't, whether the material [...]

Controlling Your Electricity Bill Budget

Controlling Your Electricity Bill Budget

This post brought to you by IGS Energy. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby. I have been learning about this in the past month and have teamed up with IGS Energy to let me readers know how they can use it to their advantage. The Issue There are expenses that you can predict pretty well every month and budget for those expenses. Unfortunately, some expenses aren’t quite so predictable like your electricity bill. It is so annoying how electricity expenses go up and down. And it’s not like you can shop around for your power. If you don’t like where you are grocery shopping, you go to a different grocery store. The Solution I did just learn about something pretty cool though. In some states, you can shop around. You can have a choice about[...]

My Four Year Old!

My Four Year Old!

What are you like at 4? You understand and use concepts and words like "dehydration" or "cumulonimbus." You make hilarious jokes and laugh at ours. You are not shy at all. You will talk in lengths about everything on your mind with anyone who will listen. And will walk up to total stranger. Will actually seek people out to talk to. You think it's funny when someone farts. You use sarcasm in responding to us. You have a love and hate relationship with homeschooling but will sit through 2 hours of it without complaining. You are a rule follower. This makes you an absolutely perfect child. I am going to have to teach you how to break some rules when you're older ;) You eat pretty much everything we offer you, except for cooked peppers or spicy food. Your favorite foods are[...]

Let's go camping in Florida and a $50 camping card giveaway

Let's go camping in Florida and a $50 camping card giveaway

Note: Kohl's has provided us with a $50 gift card for the giveaway and the products listed above. The Backstory With spring approaching and Lexi getting older, I have been thinking a lot about taking her camping. She keeps seeing camping references in books she reads and shows she watches and has become pretty interested in it. While we were in Chattanooga on a press trip ( post coming up), she bought a little lantern at Ruby Falls and has been inseparable with it, talking about camping with her lantern. Now my experience with camping equals to zero. I grew up in a city and during my adult life never had anyone who was even remotely interested in going camping (and who wants to go alone?). So I always wished I could camp, but never had the opportunity to make it happen. Andrew always s[...]

Tom's of Maine Made to Matter coming to Target

Tom's of Maine Made to Matter coming to Target

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom's of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine. I've been using Tom's of Maine products for a few years now. I use their SLS-free fluoridated toothpaste exclusively, I have used Tom's of Maine Deodorant. They have recently come out with a new Baby Care Line. So it is a company that I have been going to for more natural products for a long time now. And in light of the upcoming Earth Day, Tom's of Maine has released a Made to Matter collection, available exclusively at Target ( the store every mom seems to be obsessed with, so isn't it perfect?) The Made to Matter collection consists of: Luminous White: Tom's of Maine  most advanced natural whitening toothpaste that is safe for enamel, and gluten and is paraben free. Note:[...]

How I took my sleep back and what you can do, too

How I took my sleep back and what you can do, too

I will start this post with a few words that will hopefully get the right people to read the rest of it: THIS MATTRESS SAVED MY BACK If that phrase brings up ANY kind of emotions in you, if you wake up sore or with a painful back, then you need to continue reading. If you don't, read up anyways, just in case you're ever in this situation. I know it slightly sounds like an ad, and, while technically any review is an ad, every single word I am about to write is coming from me and my experience. Pinky promise. THE BACKSTORY I don't know if it's my core strength (or lack there of), or my height ( and needing to bend a lot) or childbirth or breastfeeding for 3.5 years non stop, or bad posture or all of the above, but I have not been able to sleep 100% comfortably and wake up without p[...]

Here is why you're still fat...

Here is why you're still fat...

If you care about your childrens' health and your own health, I urge you to take the time to listen to this lecture from University of California. It talks about the effects of sugar on our bodies backed up by research and it is eye opening. It is important that we act before it's too late, especially for our children. It explains why diet and exercise might not be working for you the way you think it should and why we now have toddlers who are obese, as well as what is happening in our bodies without us being aware of it. Just turn this video on in the background and listen, if you don't have the time. Within a few minutes, you won't be able to tear yourself away. And after you're done, you will wash every sugary product in your house down the drain. I might be ok damag[...]

Big Announcement!

Big Announcement!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Some of you, who follow me on social media, might have noticed that for the last 6 months I have been working on a few projects. I am ready to officially announce the first one. Together with a friend of mine, I started a new business, Melody Lane, a clothing store that is focused on making sure that women in all stages of their lives have access to comfortable, affordable and most importantly versatile clothing. (see below on details of a $500 giveaway!) Pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, party, fitness, vacation, career, school - it's amazing how many stages we go through as women that require a completely different wardrobe. So our goal is to offer clothing with versatility and affordability in mind. Items you could wear for several occasions and during several sta[...]

Our favorite winter styles by See Kai Run and a Giveaway

Our favorite winter styles by See Kai Run and a Giveaway

If you ever want some eye candy, all you have to do is check out See Kai Run shoes. I am amazed every season at how they manage to come out with the cutest designs. There is one particular type of shoe that I am most in love with. It's a high top sneaker, and every season See Kai Run manages to do something amazing with the patterns. It's the single most complimented shoe since day 1 (different seasons and styles). Every season it's a different pattern, but same compliments. The most unique shoe in the history of kids footwear. The reason I am writing this post, however, is to let you guys know three things: There is an amazing See Kai Run  clearance sale happening right now where you can get their fall/winter designs for as little as $16 See Kai Run spring shoes are out and onc[...]

Love this for our air travel!

Love this for our air travel!

This is not an ad ( I know things can sound that way and it's hard to differentiate these days), but I have to say I have really enjoyed peace of mind with this CARES harness when it comes to flying with Lexi. We have used it since she was two and required her own seat. And it's just soooooo easy to install and it mimicked a car seat harness so Lexi has no problems with its use. In fact she insists and will get upset if I don't install it fast enough. She likes the security. It especially now 2 years into its use am I realizing how awesome it is and what a large life span it has. Anyone who travels by air at least once a year should absolutely have it. I've actually never seen anyone else use it besides us and I always get asked questions when I install it. People get very curiou[...]

Breastfeeding a 4 year old at the airport

Breastfeeding a 4 year old at the airport

Our flight is delayed and Lexi is crashed out. She asked for boobie before she went down. I haven't spoken about breastfeeding for a long time because it has almost ceased. Almost. She is four years old. And yes she technically still breastfeeds. Mostly only at home before bed and in the mornings or when very upset or tired.  And no I honestly don't think there is any milk left. But today I breastfed her in the airport. A four year old who walks, talks, goes to the bathroom alone, and asks questions about the universe. And there is nothing strange about it to me. Or especially to her. "I love boobie!" -she says. "It's my favorite food in the world" I'm pretty sure there is no milk left. But she loves it.  And based on the emotional sweet smile on her face when she talks abou[...]

Time flies, doesn't it?

Time flies, doesn't it?

She is the same girl. Same playground we go to weekly. Yet she is so different. Taller, older looking. Do you  struggle with the same desire to spend every waking second with your child, catching every moment of growth, every laugh and new word and smile. But at the same time, NEEDING time away to do everything you, as an adult, need to do: work, cook, clean, shower, shave, see friends, go to the gym, read, take a bath, relax? How do you find a balance where you're not always left wanting one while getting the other? How do you look at the old photos and make sure that you don't regret saying "Sweetie, I can't right now!" when your child asks you to play with them? When they are very little, we give ourselves to our children. At least I did. That was my role as a mother to[...]

Today exactly one year ago you were only 3

Today exactly one year ago you were only 3

And now suddenly you are FOUR! Why does the gap between 3 and 4 seem so much more substantial than I thought it would be? At 3 you were still a toddler to me, now you're a big girl. Looking at pictures of our last year's party, you seem like such a baby. Not any more. So as we celebrate your 4th birthday, with an awesome theme, great guests and even better ideas, I want to share some of the party photos from the last birthday. Decor and Party Favor Bags posts can be found here: 3rd Birthday Party Decor | Princess and Pirate Party Favor Bags Dress is by Chasing Fireflies Some clips from the party: Waiting for the party to start...       [...]

Budding poser and a little weekend getaway

Budding poser and a little weekend getaway

Last week we took a quick trip back to Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort (you can read about our first trip here). Our first trip to the resort was rainy, but still fun. This time we were unlucky with the weather again. Aside from the rain, we got a cold front. While that might have stopped us from enjoying the beach and the pool, it allowed us some time to explore more of the area around the resort. OUR VIEW: LEXI WOULDN'T JOIN ME IN THE TUB, SO WE WENT TO THE GYM INSTEAD. AT 10 PM. Since the resort has a full kitchen, I stocked up on food at Whole Foods and the next day we had croissant sandwiches and a salad. A video posted by E @ The Art Of Making A Baby (@prebabyblog) on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:30pm PST We took a nice drive to the local Science M[...]

The scooter family is back.

The scooter family is back.

I remember when Lexi was first born, her development focus was on the visual aspect of her surroundings. She wanted to stay on my shoulder for hours just looking around, and as soon as I would try to put her down, she would fuss until she was up high and looking again. For months she seemed to not be interested in moving as much as she was in seeing. Rolling to a toy was just not of interest until much much later. Then things changed, and suddenly she just wanted to be everywhere and it didn't end till she started walking. She didn't start walking, I am sorry. Let me correct myself: she started runfalling, a process of falling and catching yourself so fast on repeat that you end up running. That's what she did. Suddenly everything that had to do with physical activity was the shit. Scoo[...]

A typical evening in our house

A typical evening in our house

This is what some of our evenings look like. On the days when I don't have volleyball, I stay home and Lexi and I do activities, some homeschooling and I go to the gym if I hadn't had a chance to do that earlier. So the other day we periscoped some evening nonsense full of questions and laughter. Enjoy it with us. And follow us on periscope to see some of this in real time when we go online. : http://periscope.tv/prebabyblog What are your evening routines? How do you spend quality time with your kiddos? [...]

Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part II: Experiences)

Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part II: Experiences)

In case you missed the first part, Read Dreams Las Mareas, Part I: Impressions We arrived at the airport and were met by our driver who would take us to the resort about 2 hours away from Liberia Airport. The area we were going to be staying in is called Guanacaste region and is more remote but insanely beautiful and is known for its beaches, surfing and sportsfishing. On our 2 our road trip, we stared out of the window and counted monkeys we saw on the way, played on the Ipad and even napped. It went really smoothly. WHAT WE DID AT DREAMS LAS MAREAS Swam. A lot. In every pool. Every day. Went down the waterslide, enjoyed the infinity pool with an ocean view and a beach style entry. 2. Ate a lot of fruit. With unlimited food and drinks, there were plates and[...]

Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part I: Impressions)

Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part I: Impressions)

I am addicted. Addicted to travel, but more importantly, traveling with Lexi. Being able to take her places that are different from our comfort zone of home, seeing her grow through that and develop, talk about countries I could have only dreamed of visiting when I was her age. It's pretty darn cool. This last year has been incredibly intense from the travel standpoint. When I look back and count the number of trips we have taken, I can't believe it all fit into on year. We have been to Mexico (twice) and Costa Rica, on a Princess cruise to St Martin and St Thomas and to California. I personally ( alone) traveled to Hawaii, Sierra Mountains, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico. And many many local trips around Florida. There has been so much that it would be difficult to post it all on the blog. So [...]

Best Apps for SAHMs, WAHMs and WOHMs

Best Apps for SAHMs, WAHMs and WOHMs

I've been writing this post in my head all of my motherhood life. My goal has always been to be a lean mean efficient machine and being a mother sort of disrupts that for a bit. You have a baby and efficiency, as you know it, sort of disappears from your vocabulary. It is what it is. As our kids grow and we adjust to our new roles, we find tools that help us deal with the constant barrage of requests and to do's that come with motherhood. But aside from being mothers, we are also individuals, and workers, and partners. Somehow I have inadvertently fell into the three roles of being a SAHM and WAHM and a WOHM, stay at home/work from home/work outside of home mom. Each one of them at different times, obviously. So today I would like to go over specifically the phone apps that help me with[...]

Unique Christmas Wish List: Tried and True

Unique Christmas Wish List: Tried and True

So my wish list for Christmas is very difficult to compile. I usually get what I need/want throughout the year, so Christmas becomes a time of really large purchases. Like a computer or a camera. However, I wanted to put together a list of items that we own or already got for Christmas that I would really love to receive as a gift, had I not had them. So it's like TRIED AND TRUE: Christmas Edition. I'll separate these lists into two categories: Elena and Lexi. Some of the items for Lexi we have already bought but she hasn't received yet, so I don't have the photos for except for stock images. Elena I am notoriously hard to shop for, because I just don't want anything. Here are some of the items I would gladly receive without question every holiday in any quantity. Hig[...]

What it's like to go on a #MomsEscape...

What it's like to go on a #MomsEscape...

This is a story... A story of how every person needs to escape sometimes. And how a group of bloggers, including myself, got a chance to do exactly that. I will start the story with introductions. Some of you might be familiar with The MOMS network, and two power women behind it, Denise and Melissa. So these two ladies got a brilliant idea of putting together a group of blogger and together with AM Resorts going on a girls only ( except for our videographer Rafi) escape. A true Mom's Escape.   Most of us didn't know each other previous to this trip. I had been on another trip to Costa Rica with Kristen and Jeana. I knew Dani from Daily Mom, because she is one of my editors. But that was it. So this was going to be fun. A great group of mothers, women, who get each othe[...]