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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You can enter a giveaway for 1 pair of See Kai Run shoes below ( 2 winners)

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Peyton

  

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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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THE WHOLE STORY

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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How I took my sleep back and what you can do, too

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Green Products, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER, Tried and True

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I will start this post with a few words that will hopefully get the right people to read the rest of it: THIS MATTRESS SAVED MY BACK

If that phrase brings up ANY kind of emotions in you, if you wake up sore or with a painful back, then you need to continue reading. If you don’t, read up anyways, just in case you’re ever in this situation.
I know it slightly sounds like an ad, and, while technically any review is an ad, every single word I am about to write is coming from me and my experience. Pinky promise.

Big Announcement!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Some of you, who follow me on social media, might have noticed that for the last 6 months I have been working on a few projects. I am ready to officially announce the first one.

Together with a friend of mine, I started a new business, Melody Lane, a clothing store that is focused on making sure that women in all stages of their lives have access to comfortable, affordable and most importantly versatile clothing. (see below on details of a $500 giveaway!)

Pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, party, fitness, vacation, career, school – it’s amazing how many stages we go through as women that require a completely different wardrobe. So our goal is to offer clothing with versatility and affordability in mind. Items you could wear for several occasions and during several stages of your life. Clothing that is comfortable, yet still looks good, because I have to admit that since becoming a mother, comfort trumps looks, however I still want to look good.

Our favorite winter styles by See Kai Run and a Giveaway

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

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If you ever want some eye candy, all you have to do is check out See Kai Run shoes. I am amazed every season at how they manage to come out with the cutest designs.

There is one particular type of shoe that I am most in love with. It’s a high top sneaker, and every season See Kai Run manages to do something amazing with the patterns. It’s the single most complimented shoe since day 1 (different seasons and styles). Every season it’s a different pattern, but same compliments. The most unique shoe in the history of kids footwear.

The reason I am writing this post, however, is to let you guys know three things:

The scooter family is back.

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

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I remember when Lexi was first born, her development focus was on the visual aspect of her surroundings. She wanted to stay on my shoulder for hours just looking around, and as soon as I would try to put her down, she would fuss until she was up high and looking again. For months she seemed to not be interested in moving as much as she was in seeing. Rolling to a toy was just not of interest until much much later.

Then things changed, and suddenly she just wanted to be everywhere and it didn’t end till she started walking. She didn’t start walking, I am sorry. Let me correct myself: she started runfalling, a process of falling and catching yourself so fast on repeat that you end up running. That’s what she did. Suddenly everything that had to do with physical activity was the shit. Scooters, bikes, climbers- she wanted to move. We got her a scooter. She loved it. Earlier than expected, but she did.

These are the pictures of Lexi lending Alexa her Micro Mini and riding together around the parking lot.

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Then came an era that confused me completely. She refused to use anything on wheels: scooters, bikes, motorcycles, even motorized riding toys. Just NO! She wanted to stay home and play pretend, play role playing games, play with her characters. That lasted a long time. At least it seems like it did for me. While her friends would ride bikes and scooters around the neighborhood, she would demand to play at home, with those same friends.

Now recently I am seeing the shift again. Bicycles are cool again, scooters are no problem, throwing a ball is fun. It’s confusing, but it’s certainly how it’s been happening all along. So tonight as I was going through my photo library I saw these photos. Lexi and me having fun on our scooters at the outdoor shopping mall. And it made me think of the amazing role that we have as parents to expose them and to encourage them to do varied activities. I have a scooter too, and so does Andrew. Mine is a white  Micro Kickboard scooter (seen below), and Andrew’s is a black one. They are pretty hot looking, sleek, solid. I’ve seen Brad Pitt and Angelina ride those with their kids.

And they are fun! Much more fun to ride than I ever thought it would be. And look cool. I feel kind of bad-ass riding a scooter…. skater girl-ish without the skateboard. haha

Sometimes, I take my white scooter out, put Lexi on the front and we go racing around the golf course.

Anyways, I just wanted to share a little piece of our life and activities we do here. Maybe someone will think it sounds like a fun idea. That would make me happy. No one likes to be that left out parent who is bored while their kid is having fun riding a scooter, right? We certainly love being a Micro Scooter family (this should be a hashtag).

Question 1: Would you consider riding an adult scooter with your kid next to your riding theirs?

Question 2: Have you noticed similar eb and flow of the preferred activities (physical vs mental) in your children, like I described above?

Think these scooters are cool? You can check them out and buy them here:

Learn about Micro Kickboard | Buy: Adult Scooter | Mini Micro

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