Today exactly one year ago you were only 3

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

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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

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Some clips from the party:

Waiting for the party to start…

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Best Apps for SAHMs, WAHMs and WOHMs

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, BUSY MOM TIPS, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, LIFE, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

Best Productivity Apps for moms: 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 my days in all three of those roles. I try to use my phone to the best of its possible efficiency and some incredibly smart people have come up with ways of making our human lives better, more organized and straight forward. I’m all for electronic help!

On traveling solo, sleep and being away from Lexi

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Daily, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, Parenting, TODDLER

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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 work or pleasure) solo.

Perfect Blogger Life: a conversation with a reader…

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Letters to Lexi, LIFE, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

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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.

My 12 best time management tips for busy moms

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

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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 earlier question is barely.

Lexifriends series: Mel

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

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Second post in the Lexifriend Series is about Melissa, or as Lexi used to call her “Mewiffa”.

See previous here: Lexifriends Series

These two met at a Children’s Museum and became instant friends. The girls have such similar personalities. Both extroverts, both very hyper and excited, neither likes sleep and has trouble “turning off”. Watching them be together is hilarious. They jump around from excitement, hug each other and just totally vibe off off each other’s personalities. You  might have seen some of their pictures in this beach post.

LexiFriends series: Alexa (aka Lexitwin)

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

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I’ve always wanted to write about Lexi’s friends. Or more like show her friendships in pictures. So since these are easy posts, I’ll get a few out while working on more lengthy ones in the meantime.

Alexa, aka Lexitwin, was always Lexi’s best friend. They met when they were 6 months at a music class. And upon learning that they were born on the same day and had essentially the same name ( Lexi, both short for Alexa and Alexis), we instantly became friends as families and, of course, the girls were hanging out a lot from that point on. If you follow this blog or my IG, you know very well that #Lexitwins is a hashtag we use for them, because of how much they look alike (similar heights and hair) and same birthday/name.

Unfortunately, Lexitwin family had to move back to New York, so while we lost a local friend, we still have them as our “distant/occasional visits” kind of friends. Despite being gone, Lexi talks about Alexa all the time.