Friday, January 24, 2014

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sleep Habits - Just Go with the Flow

I remember as a 1st mom w twins i read all the books and always felt like i was doing everything wrong - i know better now w Natalie and just do what i think she needs.  I read the books for ideas but do what i want to do.  Natalie (9 months old) doesn't sleep through the night still.  She goes to bed at 7pm then is up at midnight (for a bottle) and 3am (to be comforted) then 6am (to play) w her twin sisters that wake her up.  But she's a ridiculously happy girl that never gets to finish a nap since i always have to grab her out of a dead sleep and go pickup her twin sisters at preschool or whatever other activity they have going on.  Do what works best for your kid.  Lower your expectations of how long a baby "should" sleep through the night.  And just go with the flow & do what you feel is best for your family.



enjoy!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween FUN

Fall is here, the leaves are turning, and it's the beginning of a wonderful holiday season.  We love to celebrate Halloween by visiting pumpkin patches all during the month.  There are so many wonderful harvest festivals too.  Our girls love to decorate the house and point out all the orange pumpkins as we drive.  We've always had a hard time trying to "carve pumpkins" with our toddlers and this year Pinterest has become my best friend.  Why didn't I think to just paint our pumpkins!  My girls love to make their "projects" and especially get a paint brush in their hands!  Puffy paints, buttons, fabric paints, cookie cutters, glitter glue, or anything else can be used to decorate those pumpkins.  You can even carve out your pumpkin and turn it into a flower pot!  

We'll be decorating our pumpkins on the outside this year with some art supplies just like
thinkcrafts.com  published with their puffy paint idea. 


We'll also be painting some paper plates orange and using our scissors to cut shapes for some pumpkin faces.  The girls love to see their art work hanging on our kitchen cabinets and these will be a festive display!  Thanks to Party Ideas Parade for this rainy day project idea!  http://www.partyideasparade.com/easy-halloween-crafts.html  



We hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Mom

Can you relate? I can!  Let's refocus and give ourselves more credit. :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Something to Remember...

I need to remember this during the multiple toddler tantrums we experience per day....

Monday, August 26, 2013

Whinese...

Dear Girls,  I'm sorry but I do not speak whinese!  So please stop!! ;)


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fruit Pie Recipe

Here's a tasty recipe to keep!

Fruit Pie Recipe

  • Sugar cookie dough rolled out and baked. Cool completely. 
  • Topping
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit
  • For topping, blend cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Arrange fruit over cream cheese mixture. Store in refrigerator.

Confidence...

Believe in yourself...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Trying to Contact a MOM?

Trying to Contact a toddler MOM?  Maybe call back in 5yrs...



Different Uses for WD-40

What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40?

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?  No Cheating.....

"WD-40 ~ Who knew!"
Author Unknown

I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.  I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do....
probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!


WD-40 who knew?  = "Water Displacement #40".


The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.  WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound. They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40. The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass. It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stove-top. It's now shinier than it's ever been.  You'll be amazed.


WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

P.S.
As for that Basic, Main Ingredient.......
Well.... it's FISH OIL....

Now This Is Definitely Worth SHARING!!


Friday, July 5, 2013

A "Good Mom"

We are ALL "good moms!"


A "Super Mom"

"There will be so many times you feel like you've failed.  But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are SUPER MOM!"


Celebrating Life Message

This is something we should  all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.


My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short;  enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your  credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion.
Today is special.

22. Over prepare; then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive.

29. What other people  think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36.  Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

44.  Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!!

Happy 4th of July!  How are you going to celebrate your independence today!? 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to ALL those AMAZING Dads making a difference in their kiddos lives! Enjoy your special day!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Appreciating the Grandparents


In our opinion, the greatest gift the girl's grandparents give our family is free babysitting!  Our family is blessed to have both sets of grandparents living nearby to help with our twin 3 year old twins and 2 month newborn.  There's no gift we could ever give them back that could show them how much their help means to the sanity of our family.  During grandparent appreciation month we're trying a few new activities we saw from Pinterest to make some homemade gifts.  Here's a few craft ideas for you to try at home with your kiddos to make some special gifts from the heart.

1) Canvas Painting.  Go to Michael's craft store (or online at Amazon.com) and buy some canvas boards, put little dabs of paint on the canvas (one color at a time), and then let them have fun painting a masterpiece to hang on Grandma's wall.  Our girls loved this activity and the pieces turn out pretty abstract and neat looking.

2) Make a hand/footprint stone keepsake for their garden.  All you need is to mix 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, 1/.4 cup (give or take) water, and add food coloring if you'd like.  Knead until dough forms.  Make impression.  Bake at 200 for 3 hours.  Then let cool. 


3) Flower cards.  Have the kids paint their hands and make a handprint flower thank you card.  


We're finding that anything the girls make just melts their grandparents hearts so get creative & have fun this month to make those homemade gifts for the grandparents in your lives.  Have a wonderful May!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Parenting tips...

Great reminder. "Children Learn what they Live." See the list below.

His Turn....

When you have kids and your husband comes home from a long day at work, no matter how tired he is from sitting at that computer or talking to adults in meetings...it's "his turn" to take care of those kiddos! Being a stay-at-home mom has been the toughest 24/7 job! :)


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Helpful Websites for Breastfeeding

Helpful Websites for Breastfeeding from Evergreen Hospital.

To view position and latch techniques:

Generally helpful websites:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends & family! We wish you a day of fun & laughter!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mommy's Sleep

This goes for toddler moms and moms of any age child. Our sleep is so limited these days.... :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do you know your spouse's "Love Language?"

Valentine's Day will soon be approaching. Do you know your spouse's "Love Language?" After reading "The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts" by Gary D. Chapman my husband and I realized our "Love Languages" were complete opposites! I thought I was showing him that I loved him through my "Acts of Service" and "Quality Time" together. However, that's what I needed to feel loved and all he needed was "Words of Affirmation!" READ this book to learn about each others love language and re-light those sparks!
 
"Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages?
 
 
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language.
 
 
The 5 Love Languages
1. Quality Time
2. Words of Affirmation
3. Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch
 
 
By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together."

 
 
 
Did you know there's also a book to explain your Child's & Teenager's Love Language too?

 
We LOVE these books and they have helped us strengthen our 8 year marriage. We hope you find time to give them a try too. The best tip we have is for you both to read the book together so that you can talk about each chapter and each others thoughts on the topic. No matter how long you've been married you will be shocked about how much more you learn about your spouse!

 
*** Don't forget to take the FREE Quiz here to learn your or your child's Love Language. ***
 
 
Another great resource to strengthen your marriage is attending a weekend Marriage Workshop by Dr. John Gottman and his wife at the Seattle Center. Next dates are: February 9-10, 2013 (Seattle Center), May 4-5, 2013 (Seattle Center), and August 3-4, 2013 (Seattle Center). My husband and I attended this workshop before our twins were born and it was so beneficial to learn tips on how to better communicate in order to strengthen our marriage and meet each others needs.
 
 
If you are just looking for a simple "Date Night" idea, check-out the Cinebarre at Mountlake Terrace! It's an over 21yr old establishment that services appetizers, dinner, dessert, and any beverage of your choosing as you watch a new release movie! We love getting there early to chat, getting our food served to us, and relaxing as we watch a new movie together. Tickets can even be purchased in advance through Fandango so you can walk-up to the will-call window, quickly pickup your ticket, and avoid the long purchase line. Enjoy!
 
 
Most important, have fun & keep those sparks alive in your marriage!
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