Juvenile Products Expo fun with Lexi

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


I guess since I mentioned the ABC, I will post some pictures of how Lexi enjoyed it. The show showcases kid products and is not open to public but often attendees bring their children to the show who have lots of fun going from booth to booth trying out toys.

My Daily Mom editor Megan joined me on this trip with her son Will as well.

Tried and True: Scotchi games

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PRODUCTS, TODDLER


For over a year, I have been compiling and collecting products that I discover in the course of my work and personal research that are simply outstanding.

I know many readers enjoyed that aspect of my blog. A while ago I started Best for Baby category and then moved into Tried and True.

Who has time to look for new cool better things for yourself and your kids, right? I know I don’t anymore. But I’ve always been passionate about it.

So since my last Tried and True posts, I’ve been writing down things that I have bought or received that I am very impressed with, in hopes of compiling another one of those posts. But every time I look at the long list of products with corresponding pictures I need to take/find, it’s just too overwhelming. I don’t have time for that.

So a few days ago, I bit the bullet and said to myself: “Just get them out one by one! And then compile them into one post later if needed.” (I need to use this approach more in my life)

So here we go.



Really an ingenious concept for educational games for toddlers over age 1.

You have well designed and illustrated sturdy cardboard sets of matching, assembling, memory and educational games for toddlers spanning a multitude of topics from every day living to professions and animal world.

Each peace has a velcro on the back and gets attached to a velcro circle on the board.


We started with a simple village train that you assemble and then assign the right number of vegetables to each wagon.

As she got older  games like Supermarket where you have to collect groceries into your cart based on their category ( dairy, meats, veggies, etc) and Around the table (where you get to set the table for the whole family) became more appealing, yet challenging.


To me this is a physical version of many iPad games that Lexi plays with the added benefit of being real life tactile experience that she can do with me. She has been enjoying these games for over a year now and still pulls them out periodically at 3.5 asking to play together or playing by herself.

My first clock can easily be a tool to teach time and numbers in a fun non-intimidating way as early as 2 years of age.



My First Clock | Supermarket | Around the Table | Village Train | Girls Dress Up | People at Work  | In Our House

Burlington Haul Video

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


*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.


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


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



Top purchased at Burlington



Sports Bra from Burlington



Neon Shorts from Burlington


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.



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

My Little Kitchen Helper

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, BUSY MOM TIPS, Cooking, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Health and Fitness, Life as a Toddler, Other Recommendations, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER


I know that I’ve slacked in the department of product reviews since getting busier, but I am hoping to fix that in the near future and trickle out reviews of some of my favorite things or at least compile them into the TRIED and TRUE posts.

This is going to be more of a story of how our life evolved with the product than an actual review, but in so writing about it, you will get a good idea whether you might enjoy this product as much as we did or not.

This particular item has sneakily made its way into our life in more ways than I anticipated. We had featured a Kitchen Helper on Daily Mom, right at the time when I was struggling to keep Lexi occupied while I cooked. I had also heard good things about it from MULTIPLE people. So I thought it was a worth product to try and see if it solves our little problem. Our first test was Easter Cooking out of all things. I took an egg nest recipe from Daily Mom (of course), Lexi and I put on our favorite Mommy and Me aprons and we started cooking.

The Importance of Knowing Your Child’s Personality

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, New Mom Experience, Other Recommendations, Parenting, PRODUCTS, TODDLER


A few months ago, while nursing Lexi to sleep, I was on a Facebook Gentle Parenting group reading someone’s post about their daughter. I think she was refering to her daughter being an extrovert and her being an introvert and the difficulty surrounding her parenting due to that.

After reading her post, something clicked in my mind. The way she was describing her daughter seemed very much like Lexi: high excitement, high energy, non-stop movement unless she is doing something that requires her attention, constantly needing attention, not playing on her own.

I had always thought Alexis was high needs in the best possible way when she was little but some things just didn’t jive. She wasn’t sensitive in a way high needs children tend to be, she just needed a lot of attention and was very specific in what she liked (which was not being constrained)

This new idea suddenly made sense.

Front Facing Bookshelves: Creating a Green Playroom and Voracious Readers

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Green Products, Life as a Toddler, PRODUCTS, TODDLER


I have written about buying non-toxic rugs for the playroom.

I have shared with you about the play tents that aren’t sprayed with fire retardants

I have opted for solid wood storage furniture from IKEA, rather than their better looking MDF counterpart.

I have tried to mostly use green play furniture by Hape and toddler table by Svan

But the hardest part about creating a relatively non-toxic playroom was bookshelves.

And surprisingly so. You would think that the number one item in a child’s play area should be books. That could be my bias talking, of course. Or more precisely, Lexi’s bias. She is a book worm. Beyond anything I have seen in a toddler. She LOVES books. She inhales books. On daily basis, all you could hear from her is “READ READ! MAMA READ! PLEASE READ!”

Lexi Twins in Nununu Baby – Cuteness Overload

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

Nununu Baby

So the plan was to have the girls wear these adorable and cool outfits to Disney and take lots of adorable and cool photos with them hugging and holding hands and looking adorable and cool with the Cinderella’s castle in the background.

Just like most everything in motherhood, then real life happened.

Real life means two crabby 2 year olds who either wanted a balloon or nothing to do with each other (hold hands…ha!) or out of the heat or to go ride rides.

Lesson learned, little ones, lesson learned.