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Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Hi, I’m Elena!

I was born and raised in Russia. After I turned 18, I moved to US and after a few years of moving around settled with my husband in Naples, FL. I am the ultimate summer girl. Cold, snow, wind, rain- those I things I refused to accept and that is how we ended up one of the most sunny touristy town in Florida.  I am a perfectionist when it comes to myself. I have too many hobbies to list or have time for. I am good at pretty much anything I take on, which made it very difficult to settle on one thing. At this point my long time hobbies are photography, video editing, drums, blogging, foreign languages and reading. I spent a few years working as a model in New York and Miami and only quit because it was soon time to start a family, which meant I couldn’t live in models’ apartments and travel on a whim anymore. My personal goals, for self-improvement, would have to be getting really good at drums and perfecting my Spanish and moving onto French. I love anything and everything tropical, colorful and warm. I have a vast knowledge of nutrition and both hubby and I are very healthy eaters.

This is Hubs!

This is my husband, Andrew (AJ, Drew, Shmimkin, hubby and DH, among others). We have been in love and together for 8 years now. He spent his first 9 years of his life, living in Puerto Rico with his family and was the only blond little boy on the block. Then his family moved back to Ohio, which he hated ever since. When I came along, I saved him from the cold and the boredom of the Midwest and convinced him to move to Florida. He doesn’t have too many hobbies, but he’s obssessed with all things Apple. He likes playing his little iphone games until he can’t keep his eyes open. Sometimes he indulges me and sings karaoke at home or sings along while I play drums. He likes to design websites, but never finished them. He is the best second half of me I could have ever hoped for. He takes care of me, treats me like a little princess when I ask, brings me breakfast and kisses in bed when I wake up. We do absolutely everything together.


Our 3 little kitties, Travis, Casper and Jake. Two black brothers and the king of the cat household. They’re the sweetest cats ever with their own personalities and each brings something to the dynamic of our household.
Jake is the fluffiest one and we have Jackey fur balls in every corner of the house. He loves his belly rubbed and has the fluffiest tail i’ve seen which he loves to twist around our legs while he’s begging for treats.
Travis is a sleek black panther who thinks nothing of jumping on our chests and curling up in our arms, giving us kitty kisses and mews like crazy when we get out of the shower because we’ve been gone too long and now need to give him lovies.
Casper is our little emotional gay boy ( or at least we think he’d be if he wasn’t snipped). He’s super vocal and kind of heavy and cannot stand when someone else is getting attention. He has a foot fetish and prefers licking your toes to any other activity. 


We own two businesses together which we work at hand in hand. We’ve been married for 8 years and we’re just as in love now as we were before, but it’s a different better kind of love. We spend every waking hour together. We love to go rollerblading and do pilates as our work outs, we both eat extremely healthy  and are just very focused on being as healthy and as fit as possible. We moved around a bit until we found the perfect town to live in till we die. We live in a beautiful 5 bedroom house overlooking a golf course in a gorgeous community. We have 3 colorful hammocks hanging in the backyard where it’s always summer. We’ve travelled a little bit, we’ve closed and opened multiple businesses, we’ve had a lot of fun together, gone to many cool parties, we’ve had quiet times and crazy times and now one thing is left… 


I started this blog when we made a decison to have babies. I wanted to write down all the extensive preparations that I was going through to make sure I am 100% ready for pregnancy. You can read about the steps I took to prepare here. This was slowly becoming a photo blog due to my photography obsession, so I started a separate blog where I post my photography and host a self-portrait challenge every Saturday, Selfie Magic.  At this point, we’re fully ready for a baby and will be starting TTC ( trying to conceive) in May.

What I blog about: Besides, writing about my life, there are 2 prevasive themes in my blog: health and pregnancy. I host a weekly challenge along with my fellow blogger Sonya, intended on helping women (specifically mothers) get in shape and start eating healthy and feeling good about themselves, called GET FIT, GET HEALTHY, GET CONFIDENT CHALLENGE. I write a lot about my prepapration for pregnancy and my feelings and thoughts about it. Hopefully soon I will be journaling about the pregnancy itself and then parenting experience. I write a lot about my daily life and events. I always include photos because I simply cannot write a blog post without making it pretty with some pictures. All the photos in my post are mine, unless specified otherwise.

I’m super friendly and always respond to comments, so feel free to look around and become my new friend!

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    Cindy Swanson
    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    What a gorgeous blog you have…and you’re beautiful! I really enjoyed visiting. I do hope you’ll stop by my eclectic blog, Notes in the Key of Life, and say hello!


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    April 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I love your website! Found you via UBP 🙂 You two will make some GORGEOUS babies!!! ow ow! We’re not too far from ya’;ll…St.Pete area 🙂

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    Lori @ The Davidson Den
    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Well, you two are pretty much the most beautiful couple I’ve ever seen with pretty much the most perfect life ever. 😉 Love your photography and writing style. I wish you all the best on your journey toward pregnancy. (I’ve got four little miraculous blessings living and growing under my roof, by the way.) Nice to meet you!

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    Chasing Twins in Louboutins
    April 8, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    You are so cute 🙂

    Ummm, I heart your cats. Buuuut, I’m a crazy cat lady.

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    Elena C. :)
    April 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Awwww, love this post!
    What about Jenny? The 4th kittie?

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    April 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Hi Elena!
    I really enjoyed reading about you!
    I’m stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello.
    Have a great day!

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    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    We have too many Apple products in our house to count!

    New twitter follower @mamasmoney

    Good luck on getting pregnant!

    Nice to ‘meet’ you!
    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!
    Hope you’ll visit my party: http://momandmore.com/2011/04/2011-ultimate-blog-party-welcome-to-mom-and-more.html

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    April 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Hi! I’m belatedly stopping by from the UBP. Nice to meet you! I am a new follower : )
    Your photos are just beautiful!
    I have two blogs, and I’d love for you to stop by when you get a minute. Thanks!

    http://giveawaycorner.blogspot.com/ (A free giveaway every weekday)
    http://anne-somekindofwonderful.blogspot.com/ (Family blog)

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