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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[...]

Is it strange?

Is it strange?

I suck at picking out shoes for myself. I basically re-wear the same 4 pairs of my trusty and comfy Brain James shoes. However, for Lexi, it's a different story. Is it strange that I am weirdly obsessed with toddler shoes. They have such amazing styles and fun patterns. In case you're wondering I am still a huge fan of Pediped shoes and See Kai Run shoes. Aren't these beautiful? And does anyone have a strange obsession with toddler shoes?    [...]

Pre-Pregnancy Check List

Pre-Pregnancy Check List

It is kind of surprising that considering how big I am on pregnancy preparation and the fact that my blog was born out of trying to prepare to conceive, I don't have a comprehensive PRE-PREGNANCY CHECK LIST. There is a page with the links to posts where I detailed my personal experience, but I would like to do more of a straight forward preparation check list for people who are just getting into it. PRE-PREGNANCY CHECK LIST (these type of disclosures crack me up but I'll do it, because "2015 is the year America got offended by everything" ) Please note that this list includes everything that I could think of. Everyone choses to do things in their own way, so feel free to make your own list taking items you like from my list. If you would like to read about my story going through the [...]

When your daughter comes to your photoshoot

When your daughter comes to your photoshoot

Not much shooting gets done. But everyone has fun! I am cleaning out my photo library, step by step. It is huge, I have over 110,000 thousand photos. And as I got through these, I find gems like these from the last amazing unforgettable year. [...]

Our travel comfort items and a baby monitor giveaway

Our travel comfort items and a baby monitor giveaway

Hola, amigos! Posting here from sporadically sunny Mexico to offer you an insight on our travel must-haves in conjunction with a Levana monitor giveaway. As I was sitting on the balcony of my room in Generations Resort in Riviera Maya, working away on my computer and periodically glancing at the monitor where Lexi was quietly sleeping, I realized that I  had never traveled without taking my monitor with me. It was an interesting realization because something like packing a monitor has been on an autopilot for so long, I didn't truly understand I was doing that. Yet here I was with my daughter who is almost four in a one room suite still using a baby monitor. I looked around the room trying to figure out what other items I still bring with us whenever we travel and it turns out the[...]

Lexi's Favorite Snacks

Lexi's Favorite Snacks

I haven't written about what we eat in a long time. Tastes and routines evolve and so do our eating habits, so I want to update what our favorite on-the-go snacks of the moment are. We still prefer fresh organic whole foods like fruit and vegetables to anything else. However there are times where packing a lunchbox full of perishables isn't a good idea. Living in Florida doesn't really help it. So during those days, we resort to nuts  and packaged snacks. I personally love going through the snack isle at Whole Foods trying to discover different types of snacks that would be better than what we are already eating.  This list below applies to both me and Lexi. In fact, our eating habits aren't that different with the exception that I eat less healthy than she is (I am adult. I can. That'[...]

Adventures in Gulf County, Florida

Adventures in Gulf County, Florida

Hey, guys! I have been traveling non-stop lately. Working on preparing a lot of posts. But in the meantime, I'd like to bring your attention to an amazing contest being run by Gulf County of Florida and the Gulf County Adventure Guide. This post brought to you by Visit Gulf County. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby. Fall is in full swing across the country, and the colorful leaves dancing outside your window, the smell of pumpkin, home-baked cookies, and candy all serve as a reminder that it’s time to embark on an autumn adventure. For young families wondering where to find their adventure for this fall, we come with a solution: explore Gulf Country this fall, enjoy the pleasant weather, and go on a journey that you will all remember and wa[...]

On traveling solo, sleep and being away from Lexi

On traveling solo, sleep and being away from Lexi

As I am sitting here at 11:40 pm on a Wednesday night, two days late on my promised (to myself) weekly post, trying to decide what I can write about that I have the inspiration for and doesn't take literally 4-5 hours to complete (writing to formatting to photos). I have a few drafts started but it's all informative posts that really need some time put into them. So the easiest, I thought, would be what I personally consider (harshly put) "useless babble", but people seem to like. I have trouble writing posts that I don't feel in some way benefit the reader, aside from photo posts or travel posts-I am sucker for those. So that being said, how about we talk about a huge change that has happened in my and Lexi's life: having to and being able to leave her with her dad and travel (for w[...]

Perfect Blogger Life: a conversation with a reader...

Perfect Blogger Life: a conversation with a reader...

This is a completely different post for me. I've had it in drafts for a year, fully written. I thought it was time to get it finished up and published. All photos here are very random, mostly from age 2-2.5,  and are inserted for visual interest, mainly due to the fact that I didn't have the time to look for relevant photos. I have never posted anything like this and I think it will be fun for my readers to get a little glimpse into it. Over a year ago I got a comment from a reader who was complaining about a post I wrote. That post was Letters to Lexi: 2 year old, that in essence, listed and described what she was like at 2. It's exactly the same as every other Letter post I've done.  The commenter noted that I was "bragging about Lexi and all her accomplishments", that lif[...]

My 12 best time management tips for busy moms

My 12 best time management tips for busy moms

I often get asked how I manage to do everything that I do. On weekly and daily basis  I run Daily Mom, attempt to write in this blog, receive and respond to somewhere on the order of 100-150 emails per day (often behind on them), currently working on two new businesses (I just announced one of them on my personal IG @everyavenuegirl : www.melodylane.com), each one is a large project in itself. All that's just a part of my working day aside from being a mom to Lexi, playing volleyball 12 hours a week, working out every other day when I can, cooking, and doing whatever meager cleaning that I can (mostly just organizational). All the usual duties of a mom plus the work aspect of at least 4 different businesses/projects. With a possibility of two more on the horizon. The answer to the earli[...]

Juvenile Products Expo fun with Lexi

Juvenile Products Expo fun with Lexi

I guess since I mentioned the ABC, I will post some pictures of how Lexi enjoyed it. The show showcases kid products and is not open to public but often attendees bring their children to the show who have lots of fun going from booth to booth trying out toys. My Daily Mom editor Megan joined me on this trip with her son Will as well. On the left: taking Lexi "to work" On the right top: With my favorite PR rep On the right bottom:  trying out a really cool breastfeeding pillow/blanket prototype by Kushies. With Megan on the first day. It's funny because we are both wearing nursing shirts. Bottom: "modeling" a super nice Pacapod diaper backpack (check it out, it's a seriously cool product as far as diaper bags are concerned. New concept!) Megan and I going out for a ro[...]

Last year in Vegas around this time....

Last year in Vegas around this time....

So this time of the year is coming by and as usual I am reflecting on two unchanging things: our annual trip to Disney and my now annual trip to ABC Expo in Vegas. This time, however, I am trying to decide whether to go alone or to take Lexi with me. I cannot believe that we have come to a point where I can actually leave for several days to do work without the whole world collapsing. At times it felt like we would never get there. Just like when I was beginning to breastfeed, it felt like it will always be this painful. Or when Lexi would wake up for the umpteenth time a night, it would feel like I would never get to sleep. And yet here we are, life goes on, children grow and change, get to the point where they don't need to be with mommy all the time. Not even sure why I am getting[...]