Surrogacy

Written by Kristen. Posted in BABY, Pre-CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY

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The post is sponsored by Family Creations. All opinions are my own.

There is more than one way to make a baby. Families and the way they grow look different depending on your life situations and circumstances. Surrogacy, when a woman (called a surrogate mother) becomes pregnant with, and delivers the baby of another person, is becoming more popular year after year.

Have you guys ever considered being or using a surrogate? Let me know your stories.

If you are interested in this option for adding a child to your family, or if you think you might want to become a surrogate, I’ve got some very helpful information here for you

BOOKROO SUBSCRIPTION BOX – FIND OF THE WEEK

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, BUSY MOM TIPS, FOR MOMS, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER, Tried and True

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My new series- FIND OF THE WEEK.

As an editor for Daily Mom, I get pitched so many products and as a natural mom, I spend countless hours researching for the best products for Lexi and I, so I end up having a lot of recommendations based on the research I do and the access I have to new products. So once a week I will continue introducing one cool product or service that I either use or think would be really cool for others.

“Inside Out” Scooter Birthday Party Recap

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

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I seem to have this habit now: blogging about Lexi’s last birthday party right before her new one. Probably because I am thinking about it, so it pushes me to talk about the last one.

I already posted the 4th birthday photos we shot with the scooters here, now it’s time to show what the party itself looked like.

This was the first party where I did not focus on making sure I had the perfect decor and food. Probably because I am so much busier than previous years. The idea of the party came to me literally 2 weeks before the birthday. So we did the best we could with items in a retail store, rather than online which is where I normally search for and buy decorations for other birthday parties.

We had a main Inside Out birthday party theme and the Scooter after party. Every guest received their own scooter to use and take home, which was a fun and unexpected “party favor” to give.

 

 

 

We decorated the rooms in our house into Emotion Rooms. The main party area with the food was Joy, all food on the table was yellow – bananas, fish sticks, organic chicken nuggets for those who eat meat, oranges, cheese, pears, chips.

The cake and candy table was Bing Bong, pink and colorful. The one thing we did splurge on was the cake. Though honestly, I do not think it was necessary this time. Everyone enjoyed the cake itself, not the decorations on the cake. Damn, it makes me want to have cake.

One of the bathrooms was the FEAR room. With a gross bug on the handle and a skeleton hanging on the wall and spooky music playing. We had fun walking each and every guest into the Fear room. Everyone loved it.

The playroom was separated into SADNESS with the tent covered in blue balloons and blankets to sit and be sad in and DISGUST with a table with yucky bugs and critters.

All the room boards were decorated by Lexi. I wrote the words and she proceeded to match it up with the right emotion and help me draw things on it.

Everyone enjoyed the ANGER room. It had red balloons and red tissue paper that everyone could stomp on and tear apart and be angry, along with blow up baseball bats for taking your anger out on other things or people. There was lots of pretend fighting and then we had a dance party!

After everyone ate and played, and blew the candles and enjoyed the cake.

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Finally, we went for what in my opinion was the best party of the party: SCOOTER ride. We spent probably 3 hours riding around (along with adults) and hanging out on the cul de sac. Some of the neighbor kids joined in and we all had a lot of fun. Even adults rode our big scooters.

When everyone left, Lexi opened her presents. To her surprise, it was all Lego (that was all she ever played with so when asked about what she liked, we said “legos”), she lay there staring at them and then immediately demanded that we build them all. :) which we did!

This year, we will be doing a party outside of our home, since we moved into a much smaller place. And as much as I would love to plan something at our community clubhouse, I don’t have the mental energy to do it all. So we are outsourcing it to an indoor playground type of place since there will be even more kids this time. :)

GET FIT: Essentials for your home gym

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, BUSY MOM TIPS, FOR MOMS, GET FIT, Health and Fitness, Other Recommendations, Tried and True

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This post is sponsored by Kohl’s.  I was paid for this post and received the included fitness equipment as compensation. All opinions and routines are my own

It’s been a while since I wrote about fitness. Which is ironic because I have learned so much more about our bodies, nutrition and exercise this past year.

I have never felt or looked better in my life than I do right now after having a kid and at age 32. Which again is ironic. You expect your fitness level to decline with kids and age, yet it’s clear to me that what declines is your drive and time for it more than the actual ability.

So, I have a whole series of posts planned for this, touching on every aspect of my fitness journey and my routine.

Today I want to talk about building a home gym. And hopefully with it being a New Year, this coincides with your 5th resolution to get fit. This time you’ll definitely get it!

Sit straight, girl!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FOR MOMS, GET FIT, Health and Fitness, Other Recommendations, PRODUCTS

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This post brought to you by ALEX Wearable Posture Tracker and Coach. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby.

As the tallest girl all my life (for the most part), I always struggled with my posture. I am not sure that I was exactly being self-conscious about it, because I never really was. I think it’s just probably really hard to stand tall when you have so much more of your body to keep upright. You just get tired. Tired of carrying so much more above your torso, so you slouch.

A closer look at Sprout baby food

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, BUSY MOM TIPS, Cooking, FOR MOMS, Health and Fitness, Parenting, PRODUCTS

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This post brought to you by Sprout Organic Foods . The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby.

My friend, Kristen, wrote a guest post here a couple weeks ago about how she uses Sprout baby food to simplify her morning.  I love discovering new products that make it easier to raise healthy kids so I decided to check out Sprout Organic Foods myself. Lexi still eats fruit pouches especially when we travel, so I wondered if Sprout really is as healthy and as different as it says it is and I am super excited to share what I found out so those of you expecting or with babies (or older) can try Sprout out with your little ones.

Re-branding and new life questions

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, FOR MOMS, LIFE, Parenting

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If you missed this post on my life changes, Andrew and I are no longer together.

I am contemplating writing more about it, simply because it’s a part of my life and because many people have emailed me with their own issues they are going through, so I think it’s helpful. I am just worried about doing that in a way that would still keep it somewhat private and won’t hurt the feelings of the other person.

But in the meantime, I am trying to wrap my head around this blog in terms of single co-parenting. Is that the right term? I still don’t know how to define this. Single mother? No. I am not single. And we have a co-parenting schedule. Single co-parent? Again, not single. Am I just single in terms of parenting? But I am not single even then, because we co-parent. Confusing, huh?

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

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, BUSY MOM TIPS, Daily, FOR MOMS, HEALTH, Health and Fitness, LIFE

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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)

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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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)

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.