Toddler Gymnastics in Pictures

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience

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I wrote about all the activities that Lexi participates in and one of her absolute favorite ones is gymnastics. There is open gym twice a week and an organized toddler tumble class once a week that she is obsessed with. She loves following the instructor ( and sometimes NOT following and running around like a goofball) and it’s a great opportunity to get introduced to flips, tumbles, handstands and other fun gymnastics basics. I took my camera to two of her classes about a month apart and I am SOOOO happy with the pictures that I managed to capture. I will cherish these for a long time and I know Lexi will get a kick out of them when she grows up, too.

I know I am a mom and I am completely biased but she is really good at gymnastics. Not like “unique talent good”, but just really good. She took to it on Day One and was showing incredible balance and strength for “not yet a two year old”. She manages to do everything that is thrown her way and does it really well. Her arms and legs are really strong, she has good balance and a lot of excitement for the “sport”. There was only one other girl about a year older  that exhibited this kind of strength and for some reason she stopped coming, which is a shame because I would have liked Lexi to be able to watch someone who’s really good at it, too.

Also, this class was the first one that we got Lexitwins to jump into the pit. Before that, the pit was the ONLY thing “my Lexi” wouldn’t try (I’m glad she has enough sense to not jump off into a pit without ensuring it’s safe, because often it seems like she can do very careless toddler things that can get her hurt), but then Brian (Lexitwin’s dad) managed to coax her into it and Andrew helped Lexitwin jump in to. The rest is history, they both now jump without any fear.

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Get Polarn O Pyret credit via Thred Up

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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Who here hasn’t heard about Polarn O Pyret?

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Seriously? Go check them out! (I also wrote about them here and here)

  • Reasonable prices, especially if on sale
  • amazing quality
  • fun Scandinavian designs
  • generous sizes (Lexi is still wearing 1-1.5 year old sizes in some items)
  • clothing that lasts

This month in honor of Earth day, Polarn O Pyret has teamed up with Thred Up to create a one of a kind partnership to make re-using and saving more fun.

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Thred Up is a company that buys and sells used women’s and children’s clothing and accessories from top brands. You order a Thred Up bag, fill it full of no longer needed clothing and send it in for credit.

But now that credit can be in the form of Polarn O Pyret credit. So up to 40% of the clothing that is sent via this special Thred Up bag will be given back to you to spend in a Polar O Pyret online store.

Here is the key (Don’t miss it!):

In order to get PO.P credit, you have to send items in a special PO.P bag which can be received free of charge by emailing to thredup@polarnopyretusa.com  They will send as many bags as you want!

It’s a great way to get rid of old clothes that your kids outgrew and get some new fun PO.P outfits. Any brand that Thred Up accepts qualifies for the credit. Just send all the old stuff and get new clothing from PO.P via Thred Up credit.

Here are some Q&A about the whole project

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What am I to do with the polka-dot bag? Fill the bag up with freshly-washed, name-brand clothing with no signs of wear or tear. (This is important for maximizing what credit you receive.) All the information on what they take and what it’s worth can be found on the thredUp Standards page.  Before you send the bag, you must register the bag. If you don’t register the bag, you may not get your credit. There is a handy link to register the bag on the bag itself.

How much Polarn O. Pyret credit do I receive when I send in a bag? Customers can earn 10-40% of the resale value of accepted clothing as Polarn O. Pyret credit. If you need an idea of what you may earn, they have sample bags listed here. We have some customers who have earned up to $80 of Polarn O. Pyret credit. But others as little as $10. It really depends on what you send and how well it has been maintained.

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Once I have filled the bag with name brand clothing, then what? Register the bag online at thredUP (super easy — do not worry!).  Leave it on your doorstep or near your mailbox for your mailman (or lady) to pick up or you can drop it off at USPS or UPS. thredUP processes the clothing in its facility and they will notify you on how much you will receive for the bag. Your clothes will then be resold on thredUP’s online resale shop.

How long does the process take? It can take 1 to 2 weeks for thredUP to receive your bag from USPS/UPS. They will send a confirmation email so you know they received it. Then, it typically takes an additional 5-10 business days to review your items at their offices. Upon review, they’ll send another email about your credit. It then takes Polarn O. Pyret another 5-7 days to receive that information and process the gift certificate.

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Is thredUP the right way for me to consign my items? thredUP has strict quality standards and typically accepts 40-50% of the clothing they receive.  For many parents, the convenience of just packing it up and shipping it off is enough, especially for our urban customers who are limited in storage space. We find many of our customers also shop with competing brands that pay out quite well in the thredUP shop. Please note that thredUP is not looking for items from lower-end shops where the price point begins is than $20.

{All of the photos above are featuring Lexi wearing POP outfits}

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Lexitwins Swan Birthday: Planning, Decor and Party Favors

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience

Lexitwins Swan Birthday: Decor and Party Favors

Ah! I am so excited to be writing about this!

All photos except for a few favor bag ones are courtesy of Magic Memory Works Photography

PLANNING

In the usual fashion of a busy mom, I waited till about 3 weeks before Lexi’s birthday to think about what we were going to do. The plan from the previous year was to simply celebrate her birthday at Disney, since the crowds are super low at that time and that would mean that I wouldn’t have to kill myself planning another party.

But also in the usual fashion of , well, me, at the very last second, I thought “Well, wouldn’t it be cool….?

Disney was instantly forgotten, while a flurry of ideas were swirling in my head.

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Babiators – is your toddler as cool as you?

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, photo, REVIEWS

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Hey, guys!

So this post is sponsored. What that means is I got paid to write.

I better get paid to write on this blog at some point, right?

Well, up until now I’ve been pretty much rejecting every sponsored post request because I don’t want to pitch something I don’t believe in and this is a personal blog, not a place for fake advertisement.  Sidebars – that’s fine. Sponsored posts about some cereal or toilet paper? No, thank you.

I write about products plenty, but those are always honest reviews of things I love and use myself. So this particular post is like getting paid to write about something I love and loved even before I was asked to write about it.

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Skylar Luna, the only organic PJ you need to know about

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I was not asked to write this post, nor was I paid, or sent samples for this post. (I was sent samples initially for something else – that’s how I discovered them, but that was long ago and I have been buying from them since)
This is simply me raving about a company that I love.

I’ve gone through a few organic PJs companies for Lexi and all of them were… good. But it wasn’t until I came across Skylar Luna that I was completely sold and in love and felt absolutely no need to ever buy anything else except for maybe Christmas PJs. The only other real competitor that makes organic pjs is Hanna Anderson, but there is absolutely no comparison here. While I looooove Hanna Anderson patterns and colors and their holiday pjs, the level of comfort is just NOT there.

What makes Skylar Luna so special?

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Blowing Giant Bubbles – Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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Seriously, guys, this is awesome! I love how this project makes me step out of the comfort of doing the same things every day and try out new things.

If you haven’t joined our 52 Weeks of Toddler/Preschooler Experiences and explored all the ways you can have fun together, check out this post and then this post.

WEEK 5 - Blowing Giant Bubbles

To see all our experiences, click here

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Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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If you haven’t joined our 52 Weeks of Toddler/Preschooler Experiences and explored all the ways you can have fun together, check out this post and then this post.

WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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Continuation of our Week 4 where we managed to do two activities in one day, thanks to the rainy day. See Puddle Splashing here

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Puddle Splashing and Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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If you haven’t joined our 52 Weeks of Toddler/Preschooler Experiences and explored all the ways you can have fun together, check out this post and then this post.

WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

To see all our experiences, click here

This week we have all been sick, still recovering so not much was done. I was hoping to go on a family bike ride through the woods but it couldn’t happen cuz we were miserable. But just as it would happen we got a rainy day. YAY! And rainy days mean two things: indoor activities and puddle splashing.

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2nd Birthday: The Morning of

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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So it’s end of March. It’s been two months and I am ready to do a recap of Lexi’s 2nd birthday. Not too bad, considering my track record. At least it’s not August :) See? I am trying to catch  up.

The series of posts on her birthday will be similar to last year:

  • Birthday Morning
  • Decor, Planning and Favor Bags
  • Main party (several parts)
  • Pool party (the pool part of the party)

I have very fond memories of the first birthday party and the second one, too. You’d think that with all the stress of planning, stress would be all that I would remember, but it’s really just so much fun!

I will talk about planning and the theme and how the thought process evolved for the party in the Decor Part.

So on the eve of her birthday, our friends who were visiting us for Lexi’s birthday from Ohio stayed up late helping us assemble her gifts (thank you, guys!) and blow up balloons. The next morning, we were up very early with Lexi and went down to the living room after I dressed her into a black swan dress for the pictures. Gabby, our friends’ daughter and our first love, who was sleeping with us in our bedroom, was up as well (Lexi gets pretty chatty in the morning and she woke her up).

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