Let’s share tips on bringing up geniuses.

We live in such a great time where there is so much information out there. The problem is, though, that there is an information overload.

Here, I’ll filter through the noise and bring you the best information I can find.

My mom always says, “Knowledge is Power. If you don’t learn something new daily, you degrade”, so

Let’s give our kids what they deserve – the life full of love, adventure and knowledge.

Are you with me?

Nika’s 1st Birthday Preparations

I can’t believe how quickly this first year flew by. It feels like only yesterday I felt that pain and had no clue if that was labor or something else. I was so unexperienced, knew absolutely nothing about babies, even though I went through some pregnancy magazines, took a prenatal class and went on a Johnson & Johnson Baby Sense seminar that Konrad’s mom booked for us.

Only yesterday Nika was a tiny baby, and now she’s changing into a beautiful toddler.

The closer was the date, the more was going through my mind. I wanted to make that day extra special, because even though Nika wouldn’t remember a thing about the celebration, she would remember her feelings.

Nika’s 1st Birthday Preparations

We started planning a month in advance, but haven’t gotten to actually buying stuff and decorating until one week before her birthday. I felt overwhelmed by the amount of ideas, and didn’t know where to start.

T – 30 days

I went through some themes and chose Alice in Wonderland and a Bumble Bee themed party, which I then showed to Konrad to choose from. He didn’t like either.

Not a problem, we still have almost a month!

T – 7 days

The time was going away so quickly and we haven’t come up with the theme yet! Only 7 days to go! I kept going through ideas – Travel Party? Around the World Party? Airplane Party? Paris themed Party?

I felt we needed to come up with something related to the world because when I was still pregnant with Nika, we flew from the US to Russia to South Africa and by age one she spent a summer in Russia and flew through Amsterdam and Paris, not talking about how much we’ve traveled across South Africa. To me, Nika is a definition of a Travel Baby, so I wanted to show it with her birthday theme.

I kept going through Pinterest, Google, but couldn’t find something that would be gentle yet fun and unique for our little precious girl. Lying on the couch I was so tired of my search and was getting more and more nervous. I turned and looked at the center of our living room where all Nika’s toys were and saw IT. I saw a plastic Hot Air Balloon that was a part of a present from my parents back when Nika was still a baby. It was part of her mobile that she now used as a toy.

Lightbulb Moment!

Her Birthday Theme would be Hot Air Balloon! Super gentle, makes everyone think of traveling and fun!

Now another thing was going through my mind. I chose the theme, but what about colors? Should it be Vintage? or something bright? I started going through Birthday Invitations and came across a beautiful gold and pink one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that combo before but it looked so right!

I finally decided on having a pink and gold hot air balloon themed party!

Step 1. Invitation

Of course, my first thing was to get the invitation ready.

This is what I came up with

Step 1 – check; I was proud of myself.

Still there was so much more to do!

T – 6 days

Since I chose pink and gold colored theme, my mother-in-law and I went to a China shop and got some lanterns, tissue paper, ribbons, and I started decorating our apartment.

First thing first, I needed to make a Number 1 out of Tissue Paper. Flower after flower after flower. Didn’t think it would be that time consuming!

T – 5 days

I made the Number 1 out of Tissue paper. Whoohoo! Good girl

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T – 4 days

Now I needed to make hot air balloons. We bought 3 big lanterns, 2 medium and 20 small ones. Now I needed to make a little basket, put a tissue flower in there and make a fishnet around it so the lantern looks like a hot air balloon.

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The process took me all the last days! Didn’t think it would take me this long but everything was done in time

T – 1 day

I made a Wish Flower for Nika. At the time of the celebration I want the guests to pass around this flower and say their wishes to Nika.

She enjoyed shaking it 🙂

Wish Flower

The balloons were done

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And I hung them in her room for now

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The Night Before Nika’s Birthday

I hung up all the hot air balloons, blew up balloons and we put her present in the middle. Couldn’t wait to see her face.

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I hung the Tissue Number on the curtain rail and little hot air balloons around it. I also clipped big tissue flowers to the curtain

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Everything was ready. Were just waiting for Nika to wake up!

 

Baby Activities

I have recently become a mom. It is such a wonderful, fulfilling, exhausting but yet rewarding experience that I truly enjoy. When my daughter was born I knew very little about babies, and even less about what to do with them. The more time I spend with her, the more I learn. There are plenty of baby games out there on the internet that you can easily find, but I would like to share with you my favorite infant games and baby activities for a baby development. You do not need to buy anything, you can easily find everything that you need at your place.

I am not a pediatrician so before you try any of these baby learning games, please consult with your doctor.

I know every mom wants her little precious angel to develop well that’s why I came up with this list of easy and fun games and activities for babies.

I hope you will find something that you and your little one will enjoy doing together!

1. Massage

My top favorite thing is a massage that I give to my little one every day after her bath. It’s such a great bonding experience, we look at each others eyes smiling. I just love it.

Someone (can’t remember who it was as I practically didn’t sleep those days. Midwife? Nurse? Pediatrician? one of those) told me in the hospital that I shouldn’t use baby creams and lotions in the first days of my baby’s life and let her skin produce it’s natural oils.

When she was about a month old, I started giving her a nice gentle massage, starting from her little toes, soles of her tiny feet, all the way up to her cheeks. She was suffering from winds that’s why I massaged her stomach in the clockwise motion, and after that giving her a “Waterfall belly massage” (starting from her lower ribs down alternating my hands in a so-called “waterfall motion”).

2. Aroma Balls

I love this exercise because every time we do it my little one gives me the funniest array of facial expressions.

Basically what you do is get about 5 cotton balls and put different every day scented products like toothpaste, perfume, lotions, creams, gels on them. Then you bring the balls close to your baby’s face without touching them one by one. Check your baby’s reactions to different products, see what they enjoy smelling and what they don’t like.

3. Touch That

I give my baby different items to touch, like a silky scarf, a furry toy, a plastic rattle, a soft ball, etc. When she touches and looks at the item, I tell her what it is, just talk to her. Babies learn about this world through their touch.

4. Follow Me

When she was about a month or so old, we started showing her a rattle and moving it left to right, up and down, closer to her face and further away from it. She wasn’t following it at first but with the time developed that skill.

5. Tummy Time

This exercise helps babies develop their neck, stomach and back muscles. We do this activity a lot in different variations. She could either just lie on me and look around, or I’ll put her on a bed and place a bright object just out of her reach for her to try and move herself closer to it.

6. Roll Over

After her tummy time exercise I will help her roll over on her back and back to her tummy. She really enjoys this activity and once was able to roll over to her back herself!

7. Dance With Me

I turn some classical music for her brain development, or some nice upbeat music and dance with her in my arms. I feel like this is another great bonding experience and we both love dancing together.

There are plenty more exercises but these are so far our favorite ones. I think the most important thing is to communicate with your baby. See what they like and what they don’t like. Enjoy spending this time together because babies grow up so quick! Just breathe in and savor every moment you can with each other.

 

 

 

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14 Cute DIY Ideas For Nursery

Since our little princess is on the way I decided to do some research and find some cute DIY decor ideas for her nursery. Even though we can’t change the wall color, or use nails on the walls as we are only renting this apartment temporarily, we can use pretty little things to her room.

A lot of my new friends are either expecting or recently became mothers, so in this post I will not only share the ideas for girls but also for boys.

14 Cute DIY Ideas For Nursery

1. Check out these cute pompons! They will bring a sense of a party to her nursery and to your eye 🙂

Tissue Pom-Poms

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2. Awesome and easy to make rag especially good for cold tile floors

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3. These wood blocks add some character to the room, don’t you think?

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4. This is simply adorable, and if you are not a big fan of owls you can come up with something different using this model as a sample

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5. Baby wouldn’t care less about this lamp right now, but it sure will bring an extra smile to parents and visitors

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6. Another rag which is even softer than the first

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7. This is a really cool idea, I saw it at a friend’s place but completely forgot about it up until now when I found it on the internet

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8. Great idea for a boy’s nursery but you can easily change it for the girl’s one with different colors

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9. This is definitely among my favorite DIY ideas

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10. What can be lighter than butterflies? The tutorial is for colorful butterflies, but to me the white ones look softer

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11. An awesome idea to use some space at a smaller place, or just to add extra style to it

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12. It can be either owls, or balloons or whatever else can come to your mind

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13. This is an easy and inexpensive way to make a baby gym for your little one the way you want it to be

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14. It’s not really a tutorial, but a really nice way to capture the moment when we are young and the babies are little. Remember how it all started.

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