Sun and Fun: Submarine Kids

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

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I am super excited about getting this series started.

Aside from the fact that we live in Florida with eternal sunshine, UV rays, SPF, UPF and swimsuits, I am just really stoked about the swimsuit companies I have found and have been using that I want to share with you.

Submarine Kids Swimwear

This has to be my favorite children’s swimsuit company. I have never seen such unique and colorful designs.

2nd Birthday Party Outfits: Swan Lake

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

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So I have a lot of photos from Lexitwin birthday party.

In order to share some of them, I decided to break the posts down into parts, just like before.

With this part being all about our party outfits which was a big part of party planning.

LEXITWINS’ OUTFITS

Outdoor Painting

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, PRODUCTS

PAINTING

About two months ago, I decided to explore the idea of painting on a bigger canvas than a notepad.

I brought out a big roll of paper, Crayola washable tempera paints with brushes and let Lexi explore it.

Painting on paper quickly got old and she proceeded to color all over her body. She was probably one of the most fun and creative activities that can be done with a toddler. Lexi is usually very active and prefers either doing something physical or reading. Drawing or painting wasn’t something that kept her attention for TOO long.

However taking it outside and making it messy opened a whole new world of possibilities for her. This is the activity we do virtually every day. Sometimes she gets VERY messy, other times she paints on paper, but she always gets some paint on her and around her which makes our patio the perfect place for it.

Because tempera paint isn’t supposed to be used on skin (even though we wash it off almost immediately), I bought the Crayola Finger paint to be used for this activity. It’s not a nice and bright as tempera but it certainly is good enough.

Custom Books

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

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I have been really digging making custom books for Lexi and seeing her response to them.

 

Since at this age, their world revolves around their own self, it’s helpful to show their days and experiences from their standpoint, featuring their names and pictures. Aside from  helping kids develop a sense of self, it keeps their interest longer and more intense. I started making custom books at about a year old. Creating one after another based on the struggles or interests we were having.

There are some books that are pre-made for you and only need minor personalization, and others that require more time, photos and creativity to make it a story or a lesson.

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Want to be a part of Daily Mom?

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PREGNANCY, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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As I mentioned earlier on Facebook, we are ready to expand at Daily Mom, which means adding new team members and contributors.

If you read Daily Mom and would like to be a part of it, read on.
If you’ve never heard of it, visit the website and then read on.

Don’t mistake the goofy photos in this post for lack of seriousness. We are fun bunch, but we also take what we do seriously. Photos for this post are from a Daily Mom editors meet in 2013. I never got to post about it so at least sharing some of the photos in this post seemed semi-appropriate :) We value our team and how big Daily Mom has gotten, but we would not have been half the team we are without the humor and the craziness and all the fun we have together online and in real life. Also these are just a few of our team members, as well as some honorary ex-team members. Current staff is slightly different from the pictures below.

Completely Non-Toxic Line of Children’s bags

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

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I have always been a fan of Lassig bags, ever since I started using my Lassig Diaper backpack, which I still use, even though technically I don’t need a “diaper bag“. One day when I was going over their website to see what else they have that could be a good find like my backpack, I stumbled upon their kid’s line and was quite impressed.

Aside from pretty much covering every need with every type of bag, their colors were so much fun. Not too cartoon-ish, but not too adult. Just the right mix of “kid and subtlety” . Their new line has a lot of cute animals, too, and is more bright and child-oriented, if you like that.

Skylar Luna, the only organic PJ you need to know about

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

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I was not asked to write this post, nor was I paid, or sent samples for this post. (I was sent samples initially for something else – that’s how I discovered them, but that was long ago and I have been buying from them since)
This is simply me raving about a company that I love.

I’ve gone through a few organic PJs companies for Lexi and all of them were… good. But it wasn’t until I came across Skylar Luna that I was completely sold and in love and felt absolutely no need to ever buy anything else except for maybe Christmas PJs. The only other real competitor that makes organic pjs is Hanna Anderson, but there is absolutely no comparison here. While I looooove Hanna Anderson patterns and colors and their holiday pjs, the level of comfort is just NOT there.

What makes Skylar Luna so special?

Fun Toys for 12-24 Months Stage

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

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I have been thinking of ways of structuring this post to make it easier to read and more comprehensive and the only thing that seems to make sense is to go by brand. We tend to be loyal to companies whose products we like, so if you were to walk into our house, you’d see lots of items by the same brands. It doesn’t mean we are not open to other companies and makers. In fact, on the contrary, I am always looking for new ideas and products, but usually when you happen on a product that really really works, you end up sticking with it, at least until something else comes along.

So it’s even more relevant when it comes to toys. I have favorites, companies that I know I can trust from the safety standpoint and those that make beautiful, functional and fun toys.

A while ago I wrote about toy safety from the toxin standpoint and outlined some of the companies that make better toys with fewer recalls, some that claim they are lead free, BFR free and approach safety consciously. If you’re just starting on my blog, make sure to check that post and then go over the toys that we found useful for the 0-12 months stage. Also don’t miss the post on Tag Toys which are the most unique toys I’ve ever come across.

For now, in case you are  looking to replenish your playroom, buy birthday gifts, or are just curious about which toys Lexi plays with on daily basis, or used to play when she was slightly younger, read on!