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

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, BUMP UPDATES, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, Fashion and Outfits, FOR MOMS, Friday Finds, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, GET FIT, Health and Fitness, LIFE, My Pregnancy, New Mom Experience, Nursery, Other Recommendations, PHOTO, Photo Stories, Pre-CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY, PREGNANCY FASHION, Pregnancy Q of the week, Pregnant With Style, PRODUCTS, TODDLER, Tried and True

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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)

My Four Year Old!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Letters to Lexi, LIFE, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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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 so varied I would have trouble naming only one.  You love fish, soups and vegetables.

Your favorite snack is edamame peas which you call “mommy peas” because that’s what you heard initially and you just always thought those were mommy peas :)

You still don’t eat meat and don’t consume dairy except for in ice cream and occasional kefir. You don’t seem to have any interest in cheese or cow’s milk.

Your favorite treat is ICE CREAM.

Anyone who comes in contact with you usually ends up saying the same thing about you ” Wow what a sweet little girl!” Because you are really really kind and sweet.

You are 43 inches exactly and have just graduated to a front facing seat, because you’ve reached Clek’s limits.

You are incredibly empathetic like you have always been.

Your personality, if described in a few words, is: extroverted, friendly, very sensitive, imaginative.

You still never throw tantrums, but instead pout and get sad which then has to be remedied by one of your favorite things: hugs, a treat, a talk.

You take everything to heart and very seriously. A few months ago we told you that there are certain foods that make you strong and others that make you weak and you have been making sure that you eat enough strong foods and will eat them with pleasure, proud of what you are doing. If you want a treat, you will always ask us to give you some “strong” foods first. Same goes for any other things we tell you or rules we set. It’s honestly an absolute pleasure to parent you.

You go to different classes: art, gymnastics, ballet, cooking, basketball, t-ball, soccer

You love going to the gym with me and exercising on the elliptical and the treadmill.

You strongly dislike being even slightly hot or very cold.

You prefer taking showers and can fully wash yourself

You’re becoming more and more self- sufficient and I can now use you as my fetch-it buddy ;)

You have a strong love for travel and change of environment and at the same time you love being home. You are just incredibly easy going.

So far in your 4 years you have visited: different parts of Florida, Mexico twice, Costa Rica, Tennessee, Minnesota, St Thomas, St Martin, California twice, Las Vegas twice and we are planning trips to Russia, Canada, Hawaii, more Mexico, Colorado and hopefully more exotic places as you get older. And you talk about all the places you’ve been ALL THE TIME.

Your favorite toy this whole year has been without a shadow of a doubt: Lego Friends sets. You play with 8-12 age group sets and are getting really good at assembling them yourself. (not completely capable, but that’s what you like to play with so we help you)

Your favorite books are still Dr Seuss and Cat in the Hat Learning Library, as well as any Mo Willems book.

You don’t watch shows or movies anymore, you sort of lost interest. Instead you use a lot of educational and school curriculum based apps and play strategic games, like Where is my Water? and Plants Vs Zombies.

You understand the most complicated concepts and hear and pick up on EVERYTHING, even when we think you’re not listening.

There are a million other things about you that make you who you are. But it is 2:45 am and  you’ve been waking up every hour asking for me to come to bed. So I’ll do that now…

Interview with Lexi when she was 3.5 ( one at 4 years old coming up)

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

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Adventures, Florida, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Other Recommendations, PRODUCTS, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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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 said “ugh, bugs mosquitoes, why???”.

Despite all that, I have planned out all the camping spots I wanted to go to years ago and have had that on my to do list periodically looking it over.

Obviously when Lexi was little, going on my own first camping trip was out of the question. Now that she is 4 and is herself interested in it, it would be a shame not to get it going. Two females against one male. We know who wins there. So we started shopping on Kohl’s for their camping sale event.

Tom’s of Maine Made to Matter coming to Target

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Green Products, PRODUCTS

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.

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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?)

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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: it has SLS and fluoride. But it’s an excellent choice for those who want whiter teeth while still avoiding most of the chemicals that conventional toothpastes have.
  • Wicked Cool!: Their 1st natural deodorant made just for boys and girls, rather than adults, providing 24-hour odor protection and free of aluminum, parabens, and artificial fragrances. It doesn’t provide wetness protection, but is a great stepping stone for older kids who are active and want to smell good and maybe be a little bit like their parents.
  • North Woods: Their first natural antiperspirant made for men that provides all day odor and wetness protection without petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, or irritation. This anti-antiperspirant does contain aluminum, which is what provides the odor protection, but to be honest I found that for some people, especially those constantly active, this ingredient is the only one that will keep up with the sweating.

When I last checked ( April 7th, 2016), the products in the collection were on sale at Target and you can save additional 10% with the cartwheel offer for Made to Matter collection.

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With the Earth Day coming up, it’s a good way to start thinking about ways everyone can be good to our bodies and our planet. I guess I find that the older I get, the more conscious I become. While before my focus was to take care of what I put in my body, which is a way of also honoring our nature, now I am thinking and paying more attention to what each company does in terms of staying green, eco-friendly and conscious. To me it shows how much a company cares. And if someone cares of the earth, they tend to care about its people.

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To key to growth is exposure

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

One day completely confused from all the traveling we have been doing, I brought Lexi to her ballet class on the wrong day. The teacher was sweet enough to let Lexi join in on a different class going on then. It was “Dance around the world” for 5-10 year olds. Completely out of her age group. 
As I sat there watching Lexi try her best to copy the “advanced” moves the teacher was showing them, I realized that the key to mental, intellectual and physical growth in a child is EXPOSURE. 
Exposure to anything and everything. 
I realize that not everyone has the opportunity to travel, but most of us have the opportunity take short road trips. Not everyone can sign their child up for 10 classes but most everyone can take them to museums, concerts, art galleries. 
Every single experience Lexi had, no matter how seemingly outside her age it was, she grew through it. 
It made me realize that whatever it is I am doing, she can be there. She can watch, help, participate in whatever way she can and it will benefit her.
Daily life is just so challenging as an adult. It is so much easier to be a lump and go through the motions. I feel it all the time. Too tired to make too much of a effort. 
But moments like this remind why I try. Why I need to fight the “God, I just want to do nothing” thoughts and go explore and have fun!
So as much of a motivational post as it is for me, I hope that it also reminds YOU to push through and make a bigger effort.

  

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

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Green Products, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER, Tried and True

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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.

Big Announcement!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Adventures, BABY, Best for Baby, Birthdays, BUMP UPDATES, BUSY MOM TIPS, Cooking, Daily, Disney, EVERYTHING ELSE, Fashion and Outfits, Florida, FOR MOMS, Friday Finds, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, GET FIT, Green Products, HEALTH, Health and Fitness, Letters to Lexi, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, My Pregnancy, New Mom Experience, Nursery, Other Recommendations, Parenting, PHOTO, Photo Stories, Photography for Mommies Tutorials, Pre-CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY, PREGNANCY FASHION, Pregnancy Q of the week, Pregnant With Style, PRODUCTS, Real Life Photos, TODDLER, TRAVEL, Tried and True, VIDEO

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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 stages of your life. Clothing that is comfortable, yet still looks good, because I have to admit that since becoming a mother, comfort trumps looks, however I still want to look good.

Our favorite winter styles by See Kai Run and a Giveaway

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fashion and Outfits, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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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: