9 reasons to book a Disney Dream cruise

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Disney, Florida, TRAVEL

Disney Dream cruise

It’s no secret I love cruises. I don’t really know of a person who has cruised on a good ship and did not fall in love with this mode of travel.

Aside from the fact that it’s an all inclusive vacation, your stateroom moves from one destination to another. I have traveled a lot in the last few years. Half of that travel was with Lexi, so I am no stranger to traveling with a kid. When it comes to cruises, I am less experienced, but I have been on enough cruises to know what I am doing and to be able to compare those experiences.

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.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Want to see our Halloween Night Photoshoot? Click here!

It was our first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party with Lexi. The one and only time we had been to one was with our friends years before we had Lexi and it was an interesting expereince. This time we were excited to see how different it would be now that we are parents.

It was certainly different. :)

First of all, the 7 pm start time was suddenly a challenge, especially on those days without a nap. We did all we could to get Lexi to nap but she was just WAY to excited to be in Orlando to relax. So she stayed up full of energy until we were all dressed and got into the Disney bus. We made quite a spectacle while walking through the lobby to get to the Disney bus stop. People were stopping to look at us, children were running up. One family “chased” us all the way to the bus station and shyly asked if their toddler could say hi to me because she was convinced I was Anna.

It was actually kind of nice to “pretend” to be a princess for someone. She was absolutely smitten.  It was so sweet.

Family Halloween: Frozen (Surprise! Surprise!)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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So obviously, our Halloween costumes were Frozen themed. Obviously because what girl doesn’t want to dress up like Elsa for Halloween? And what parent doesn’t want to be their children’s supporting cast in the fantasy of being their favorite character? After repeatedly asking Alexis what she wants to be for Halloween, we have surrendered to the standard and typical answer of many 2 year olds. ELSA!

So 2 weeks before our Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween party, we went in search of family Halloween costumes. Surprisingly, no one was offering Kristoff costumes aside from really expensive and not-so-good-looking etsy options. Eventually, we found all of our costumes on DHgate.com (directly from China, ya’ll), which is where we will be ordering all our costumes from now on. Custom made to size ( a must when you’re 5’11” and 6’4″), great quality, acceptable pricing. My skirt fit perfectly and the length was ideal, which is hard to get. My only complaint is for some reason they thought the front of the shirt needed to have some room which made for a pretty uncomfortable and awkward  top, but that didn’t stop from the whole toddler population of Magic Kingdom to be convinced that I am princess Anna ( on that in the next post).

RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER – WEEK 7 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, TODDLER, TRAVEL, VIDEO

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If you haven’t joined our 52 Weeks of Toddler/Preschooler Experiences and explored all the ways you can have fun together, check out this post and then this post.

WEEK 7 – RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER

To see all our experiences, click here

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Last week we had to travel to Orlando for work, so as usual, we made a quick trip to Disney. I have been looking for a perfect time to take Lexi on a rollercoaster for a few months now. I can’t say this was her first rollercoaster experience. My tall girl was 35 inches when she was slightly over 1, so we took her on the Goofy’s Barnstormer, a small rollercoaster meant to be the first coaster for little ones over 35 inches tall. At 1 years of age, she didn’t really comprehend as much, she was sort of scared, but then asked to go again after we were done (which we did). I was really curious how she would do this time considering she now knows what a rollercoaster is. One of her favorite Curious George books ( aren’t they all), is a book about Curious George not being tall enough to ride a coaster. So when we were at the park, and I would ask her if she would go on a rollercoaster with me she would answer “No, I’m too big for it! Go Carousel!” Obviously, she meant “too small” and was referring to the book we always read. I kept trying to videotape her saying say, but each time I’d turn the camera on, she would stop saying it ( it’s always that way). You can see on the video me asking her over and over again hoping she would tell me she is too big again :)

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER, TRAVEL, VIDEO

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Recently we came back from another short trip to Disney and there was something I wanted to write about. I usually don’t write “short-ish” posts like this, especially about just one topic, but this one impressed me so much I feel it warrants its own post.

Up until now we have always skipped one attraction at Magic Kingdom, “Enchanted Tales with Belle“. It’s a new attraction, a part of the Fantasyland redesign, it always has insane waits and up until now it was not included into the FastPass program. So we had skipped it every time.

This last time, however, it was one of our three FastPasses that we are allowed per day under the new program that we got. So we went.

This attraction was a complete shock to me because I was going there expecting it to be a waste of time for a 2 year old and two adults. As an adult, I don’t care to go there again ( or really see it the first time), but for children it’s magical, and that’s all that counts.

Disney Fashions Part I

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Fashion and Outfits, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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The very first post of the Disney recap and series from this year is a very visual one. It’s the very first post in part because it doesn’t require much writing, mostly photography. The other Disney posts will have to do more with tips, ideas on what to ride and what to skip if you’re visiting with a toddler, where to stay, what to take, as well as the photo recap of our annual 2 weeks at Disney.

For those new to the blog, we live three hours away and go to Disney regularly (once a month at least), but every year we also take an extended 2 week stay at Disney to enjoy the parks fully and visit all the attractions. The annual visit always falls on September, the least busy time of the year, so we get to walk onto all ride and really maximize our time there. Read about Disney Trip 2012.

A relatively big part of planning for our trip is always outfit selection. I’m not very good at styling clothes for myself, and it’s too hot in Florida to really style much for a toddler (since you cannot layer or use leggings and other accessories under skirts and dresses), but I always enjoy planning what we’d be wearing for each park and each day. And, of course, having a baby girl is absolutely amazing, because you get to dress her up even more (though I have to admit some of these brand make ADORABLE baby boy clothing, too). And if you’re not interested in clothing, at least you’ll get to enjoy beautiful photography.

Disney Trip #3: The impossible @ 13 months

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Hooray! I caught up with all my Disney posts! This was the last trip we took in February and we won’t be back till September.

It was a completely different experience this time, given that Alexis could walk. And oh my was it challenging!

There’s a week in February that is very low in attendance, so Kristy (Lexitwin mom) and I spontaneously decided to grab our mamas and take a three generation girl trip to Disney. Sans our men.

We were delirious, obviously! Well, at least I was. Kristy lucked out with Alexa being very content in the stroller the whole time at that age. Having a baby in the stroller seemed SOOOO nice and relaxed compared to what me and my mom had to deal with, that Kristy had to hear “YOU SUCK!” every time Alexa would fall asleep in the stroller. Haha! At some point, she would go “Check this out!”  and laugh/snicker every time Alexa (Lexitwin) would fall asleep in the stroller.

I am just glad I wasn’t crazy enough to have gone there without my mom. I expect our September trip to be pretty similar, but we are, at least, going there with that expectation.

What was so hard this time?