Micro Scooter Party

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Birthdays, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, Tried and True

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Who is here a fan of scooters? What about your kids? If so, you would have loved Lexi’s last Birthday party.

I’ve talked about how much we love scooters here. We ride adults scooters along with Lexi.

So for her 4th birthday (which was a few months ago but of course I am just now writing about it, because, damn, I took lots of pictures and had to edit them and also… LIFE), we partnered up with Micro Kickboard to do a scooter birthday party.

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.

Fall Clothes Photoshoot in Minnesota

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Fashion and Outfits, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PREGNANCY, PREGNANCY FASHION, Pregnant With Style, PRODUCTS

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So I was sitting here sorting through and editing the photos I took for Melody Lane and a few other brands while in Minnesota last week, because this is the kind of relaxing, up at 1 am night I like to have. No really, I edit photos to relax, because at this point in my life, the only way I can relax is if I am actually doing something useful and productive that isn’t what I have time to do during work time.

So anyways, I was editing photos and thought “Hmmm, maybe I should post about these. It would only take me half an hour at most to write this up, the pics are ready. Why not?”

Simplified Mornings from another mom

Written by Kristen. Posted in Best for Baby, BUSY MOM TIPS, Cooking, FOR MOMS, Health and Fitness, PRODUCTS

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Hey, guys! Sprout asked me and one of my friends to discuss how their food pouches (and we both use it for different reasons) make our lives easier. Kristen and I have traveled together (our last trip was Gulf County you can read about here), we are both messy moms ( those moms who don’t seem to like to take the time to clean up and instead go have fun, guilty!!!! So our kitchens are always a mess), we both love writing and photographing, and we both work at Daily Mom. So Kristen is joining us today to talk about her breakfast and morning routine.

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My name is Kristen and I am one of Elena’s friends. We work on Daily Mom together and I am excited to be writing a guest post on The Art of Making a Baby. I love following along on all Elena and Lexi’s adventures here! I am always trying to be the best mom possible and offer my son whatever I can to enrich his life.  We’ve never been homebodies. As soon as he was old enough to sit up we were attending story times and other programs at public libraries. We got to Mommy and Me type classes that encourage his healthy development. I have taken him to a Bible study with me and to church on Sundays. However, we have never had to be consistently up and out of the house early for multiple days in a row. He’s never been on a real schedule.  Well now my son is enrolled in daycare and he has to be there Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! Our mornings have changed significantly.

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When we are not on a schedule our mornings are pretty laid back. Elliott wakes up between 6 and 7 and we snuggle in bed for awhile. Once he is ready to get up, he starts his day with milk. After that we play or read for almost an hour before we make breakfast. Breakfast is always scrambled eggs and fruit. Now with the daycare schedule, our leisurely mornings are not cutting it. I am finding that we need a breakfast that can be prepared and eaten quickly. Unfortunately, after a trip to the grocery store, I realized that breakfast on the go options are not healthy! There is so much sugar in many breakfast options that I might as well feed my son cookies for breakfast. After one full week of daycare and barely making it out the door on time, I discovered a breakfast that is quick but very healthy. Sprout Pouches! Sprout Organic Foods are perfect when you are on the go and we are most definitely on the go now.

My son bounces from one thing to the next in the morning, making a lovely family breakfast in a timely manner impossible. He needs to eat and move on to get some play time in before we have to leave. I can open a Sprout Pouch and make him some whole grain toast to nibble on for an easy, delicious, but extremely healthy breakfast.   With a quick and healthy breakfast, I actually get to spend more time with my son and I treasure that as he is now beginning to spend more and more time apart from me.   I don’t even think twice about giving my son a Sprout pouch for breakfast or a snack because Sprout stands behind everything they make with their Honesty Pledge. They pledge to not use GMOs, concentrates, or preservatives. They pledge that all their products are whole, organic foods. What you see is what you get. Sprout honestly labels their products. Flavor names match the primary order of ingredients inside.

Go ahead and grab a Sprout pouch. Compare the ingredients on the back to the label on the front. Guess what? They will be the same. For example, the Spinach Banana Apple pouch contains spinach, banana, and apple. With Sprout Moms know EXACTLY what they are feeing their babies. There is nothing in a Sprout pouch that you won’t find in your own kitchen. Research shows that developing a love of healthy foods early on helps foster healthy eating habits for life. That’s why Sprout is committed to providing the best nutrition and uses only certified-organic, non-GMO ingredients like whole fruits, vegetables and grains.

Download their Sprout Coupons and try the new Sprout pouch flavors: Mango, Spinach Banana Apple, Blueberry Banana Oatmeal, and Pear Spinach Prune. They use whole fruits, vegetables and grains. If you have questions about Sprout, and let’s face it, we all have questions when it comes to what we are feeding our children, Sprout answers everything right here.

Here is the mission of Sprout: Keep it honest. Make it real. I need that in my busy life. I need a company I can trust without giving it another thought.

It isn’t often you can simplify something without sacrificing quality. You can simplify your morning routine with Sprout pouches and you will have better mornings. My son gets a healthy breakfast, we spend more time together and we get out the door with less stress. I love it!

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  New school year, New outfits

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

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This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation.
Lexi is becoming more independent and with that independence I see a lot of specific preferences. Some I know she will grow out of and others that define her tastes and personalities.

One of the big changes is her preference in her wardrobe. She was never a picky “wearer”, so up until recently she would just wear whatever she was given. She still is very compliant, as long as we cater to her preferences.

One specific preference is NO PANTIES. This has been really hard because, you know, it’s not like she can just go commando all the time. Has anyone had that problem before? She hates underwear with a passion. I get it, no one likes a frontal wedgie, but we deal with it. However, she will only tolerate undies when she is wearing a dress and only because we have basically told her she cannot wear a dress without them.

For the past few months she has absolutely refused to wear pants and shorts with the exception of loose crotch pants. She goes for skirts and dresses. “I am a girl, I don’t want to look like a boy.” Gender definition has clearly kicked in.

SEE KAI RUN STYLES SPRING SUMMER 2016

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

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Given how much we love See Kai Run shoes, Lexi and I went out with some of our favorite styles and did a little look book for the blog featuring spring/summer sneakers, sandals and water shoes.

Now that Lexi is older, I can actually ask her for a detailed opinion on things she wears and plays with, so I think from now on, I will include two sections: mom’s opinion and Lexi’s opinion.

Mom’s opinion:

See Kai Run have always been one of the two brands that I got for Lexi because of the good fit and comfort. However, I am also incredibly impressed with original designs they come out with every season. My biggest soft spot is for their sneakers. The combination of patterns and colors is nothing that you normally see in footwear. I would personally wear them if they came in a larger size ( See Kai Run, please?) I have always disliked the look of tennis shoes for any situation other than the gym and these sneakers cut that perfect line between being sporty, comfy and yet stylish.

It also helps that See Kai Run has sales regularly and you can get their shoes for a really good price.

Lexi’s Opinion:

From her behavior I have noticed that she really prefers sandals. First, they are very easy to put on ( velcro!), so she can do it herself. She is a girly girl when it comes to fashion (skirts and sandals are her staples), so of course she prefers more girly options. This year See Kai Run has really nice water shoes ( machine washable and safe for water) and it has thrilled her to such a degree to be able to attack any puddle she comes across in these shoes. “Mom, are these water shoes? Can I jump?”

Out of Lexi’s mouth: ” I really like sandals better because they are like flip flops, easy to put on. ”

( all outfits are by Lourdes)


 

So enjoy the visuals below and enter the giveaway. Check out the upcoming sales –

  • For Memorial Day, See Kai Run has 30% off Spring Summer Sneakers.
  • Starting June 1st, they will be adding Spring Summer Sandals to the 30% off sale.
  • On June 8th, the savings get even bigger with 30% off all other Spring Summer styles. The 30% off ends on June 14th.
  • Be on the lookout in June for their Clearance Page Sale, where we will be offering big discounts on past season styles. You will be able to “Find your size and save BIG!”

Be sure to sign up for the See Kai Run newsletter at their website so you can be the first to know about special products, promotions and sales. You get 10% off your next purchase of $40.00 or more when you sign up as well.

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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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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)

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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