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!

Little Sneak Peeks of Lexi’s New Room

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Life with a 5 year old, Other Recommendations, PRODUCTS

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Lexi has grown into a girl who appreciates beauty and order. That makes me happy because, for the most part, my life lacks order due to all the travel. When we are home together however, we love organizing and cleaning things up. Since moving to our new place, she has taken huge pride in her room. She periodically walks into it and makes sure that everything is nice and pretty.

I wanted to post some photos of the main elements of the room. We have since moved things around and added a lot of touches which I will take pics of, but the majority of the room design was complete with these items.

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.

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

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.

  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.