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Burlington Haul Video

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fashion and Outfits, PHOTO, PRODUCTS, VIDEO

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*This is a sponsored post.

So about a week ago, I was contacted by Burlington to do a post about the brand. They sent me a $100 gift card and instructed to visit the store and then do a little haul video based on what I got there.

This is my first haul type of video, however instead of sitting in front the computer and showing the pieces like that, I decided to actually model them really quickly instead.

Burlington stores are similar to other discount type of stores where you can find clothing and home decor items at 65% off department store prices.

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When I was shopping there, I found a pair of  amazing jeans ( not allowed to mention the brand) that would normally be over $160. They weren’t in my size, but I contemplated buying them just to gift to someone who is size 2, because they were being sold for $16.99

I was going to the store with a few things in mind. I haven’t really written much about my lifestyle change, but if you follow me on IG, you have noticed that I have finally adopted a very active lifestyle which means that activewear and casualwear is what I prefer most of the times, something to throw on when running out the door. That is exactly what I focused on in the hour that I had to spend at the Burlington store before my volleyball game.

Surprisingly they had a really decent activewear section and I was able to find 3 items that will work nicely with my current fashions.

Pants are really hard for me to shop for, there are only a handful of brands that have the right length and look, so I focused on casual tops I can wear when out with Lexi and activewear.

All together I was able to buy 7 pieces using the $100 gift card which I would consider pretty good.

I shot the photos and the video literally ten minutes before having to run out the door, so I didn’t get to “style” or even match any of these, but this gives a good idea of what I bought nonetheless.

See Burlington Spring Trends here

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You can watch the video for the full haul or see some of the photos below that highlight a few items from it.

Of course, Lexi was helping me shoot these, the little  ragamuffin :)

Top and Leggings bought at Burlington

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Top purchased at Burlington

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Sports Bra from Burlington

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Neon Shorts from Burlington

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One more thing that is worth mentioning about Burlington is that  they have partnered with a national non-profit WomenHeart and are committed to education women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event. Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st.

And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.

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Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Our Beach Days in Florida

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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The other day we were supposed to put together a storybook of a day for our music class. So instead of printing photos and glueing them to paper ( who has time for that), I put together a quick (and very basic) slideshow of our beach trip with friends.

 

I picked out some of the better photos to post here and since I already had the slideshow ready, I am publishing it as well.

Legoland Trip for Christmas

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Before time gets away from me, I wanted to write a bit about how we spent Christmas last year. We had planned to get away somewhere cold and snowy for the first time, but after our West Coast Travels in October and the overwhelming amount of work for the holidays, we just couldn’t fathom planning another trip. So staying close to home is what we decided to do. We visited ICE exhibit ( later on that) and went to Legoland Florida on Christmas Day. I couldn’t believe how not busy it was, considering Disney is packed during those times, so it was a nice change for us. This was our first visit to Legoland  and I honestly didn’t see how it would be good for a almost three year old who doesn’t know what Lego is.

To my surprise, it had more attractions for her age/height than the other parks we frequent. My husband, of course, LOOOOVED everything about Legoland. It was like being a kid for him again and he thought that he should definitely come back, which we will later on this year.

Catching up on Holidays

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

These have been sitting in my drafts for months now. I considered not publishing them at all, since it’s been so long, but they are all ready so what the heck. Otherwise I am just going to resume blogging from this point on, not trying to catch up on things (with the exception of some travel posts). Starting with Lexi’s Princess and Pirate birthday after these holiday posts.

So photos from our Halloween adventures.
Age reference: 2.5 years.

Today’s Inspiration: Life Rules

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in EVERYTHING ELSE

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A while ago I found a list of life rules by a famous person. I loved some of them so much that I saved them as a blog post but never published. As I am working on some posts for the blog, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite rules that I try to live by, need a reminder of sometimes or agree with. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. (Some numbers are missing because I kept only the rules I wanted a reminder or/agreed with.)

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

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New Prenatal Screening by Natera

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, PREGNANCY

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 This survey was sponsored by the new Panorama™ NIPT, created by Natera, that enables women in the first trimester of pregnancy to be screened for more than a dozen leading genetic diseases as early as 9 weeks gestation. Additionally, the test has an optional gender screening that is >99% accurate.  Because the test is performed with a routine blood draw, it does not come with a risk of miscarriage that more invasive tests (like amniocentesis) carry.

Hey, guys, this is another sponsored post. Things have been insane with the holidays, so my regular programming is on hold :)

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Want to see our Halloween Night Photoshoot? Click here!

It was our first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party with Lexi. The one and only time we had been to one was with our friends years before we had Lexi and it was an interesting expereince. This time we were excited to see how different it would be now that we are parents.

It was certainly different. :)

First of all, the 7 pm start time was suddenly a challenge, especially on those days without a nap. We did all we could to get Lexi to nap but she was just WAY to excited to be in Orlando to relax. So she stayed up full of energy until we were all dressed and got into the Disney bus. We made quite a spectacle while walking through the lobby to get to the Disney bus stop. People were stopping to look at us, children were running up. One family “chased” us all the way to the bus station and shyly asked if their toddler could say hi to me because she was convinced I was Anna.

It was actually kind of nice to “pretend” to be a princess for someone. She was absolutely smitten.  It was so sweet.