Saturday, May 31, 2014

10 Things NOT To Say To Twin Moms!

First off, I want to put a disclaimer that almost every question/statement I have listed below came from a well meaning person. I'm sure I would ask some of the same things, as I've always been fascinated by twins. So most of the responses below are really tongue in cheek. I have been asked every question below multiple times, so after the first 5-6 times, these sarcastic remarks do run through your head. So please take these with a grain of salt... ;)

  1. Are they identical?  Well let's see has red hair and one is a brunette. This means they are NOT identical. Identical twins are basically clones of one another and are very difficult to tell apart.
  2. Then others say this: They're twins?!?!?!? But they look nothing alike! Ah, you got me. I totally made it up for the attention. I forgot all twins are identical and there is no such thing as fraternal or boy/girl twins. ;)
  3. This next one kills me: "Uh oh...double trouble!", or "You're in trouble now!" I've never looked at a family who had two or three kids and thought they had double or triple the trouble. Why is it that two babies at the same time mean trouble? I usually come back at them with, "No, I'm doubly blessed!" (Although yes....they can give me quite a bit of trouble some days....just don't say this to a mom)
  4. "Are they natural?" Are your boobs natural? Is your hair color natural? If you wouldn't go up to a woman and ask her if her boobs were real or natural, then PLEASE....NEVER ask this! My boys are not robots. They are human beings just like you and me, so I'm not sure how they could be anything but natural. Such a weird thing to ask.
  5. "Did you use fertility treatments?" or "Were they conceived naturally?" Oh boy....this is another BIG no no. Do you want to know if my husband and I did the hibbity dibbity at home or in a jar? Do you want to know if I took pills or shots or hormones or anything else that is TOTALLY NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS?!?!?!? Do I come up to you and ask you about your sex Then DO NOT ask me about how my kids were conceived! :) 
  6. "My husband's brother's wife's great uncle is a twin." I'm never sure what to do with this one. Is there an award for this? Do you feel some special connection to me now? Yeah...I just give the usual smile and nod, lol.
  7. "My kids are 10 months apart, that's just like having twins." Let me make this perfectly clear....NO, that is not that same as having twins. Two babies, carried together in the womb,  delivered together are twins. You have no idea what it's like to have brought home two babies from the hospital, have two babies wake up screaming at the same time around the clock. You have no idea what it's like to have two babies go through the exact same developmental milestones at the same time, teething, crawling, walking and potty training all at the same time. Please....your Irish twins are NOT the same as having twins. Yes I'm sure they can be difficult, but definitely not the same. And no, it's not a competition, it's just different. 
  8. "Did you breastfeed?" Another invasive question that really shouldn't be asked. Then when I tell them I did (because quite frankly, I'm darn proud of that accomplishment), I get "WOW, how did you do that?!?!?"  Well, let's see here....typically women are born with two breasts, and that sorta works out with two kids. ;)
  9. "Did you plan on having twins?" Um, no....I planned on getting pregnant with one baby. Most don't hit the sack with the hubs and say "Honey, let's make some twins tonight!!!" ;)
  10. "You look like you've got your hands full!" Ya think?!?!? Thanks for the snarky remark. Now why don't you open a door for me?!?!?! 

 Now I know there are many more, but I figured I'd give you 10 of the best. Now none of these questions/statements really make me mad or anything, as I know twins are pretty darn neat. I know people are curious and all, but before you open your mouth to a twin mommy....please think about what you are going to ask/say ;)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Feeling Grateful About Your Postpartum Body

I wanted to post this photo to hopefully encourage someone (a mom in particular) who maybe is a little too hard on herself about how she looks postpartum.

On the left is a current photo of how my belly looks when standing, and the right is a current photo of how my belly looks when I bend over.

Even though I've worked hard to get to where I am today, there still are things I will look in the mirror and cringe at lol. Babies do a number on your body, and I have the stretch marks and loose skin to prove it lol (I also had umbilical hernia repair).
I've been told nothing will fix the separated skin and abdominal wall except surgery and I'm just not ready for that yet.

But, my point in showing this, is that even though you might have stretch marks, or wider hips, or loose skin or deflated boobs lol, you carried nothing less than a miracle inside of you. So when I look down at my saggy belly skin and start to get discouraged, I think of the fact that I housed 3 babies in there; 2 at the same time! And that makes me grateful. Not every woman gets that chance.

So keep working hard to better yourself, but cut yourself some slack from time to time. We never will look like Photoshopped cover models, but we can be stronger and healthier than we were yesterday!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf Pushcart Review And Father's Day Giveaway!

 Dad + Golf + Father's Day = Happiness!

My husband was able to review the Clicgear 3.5+ Golf Pushcart over the course of a few months, and let me just tell you how much he LOVES this pushcart! 
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The Clicgear 3.5+ Model (as stated on their website):

"The Clicgear Model 3.5 Plus is the latest update of our very successful three wheel golf pushcart design. We have added several improvements to the original design to make this the best model ever.

These include, increased cargo net storage by 80% for even more room. Added a new Easy-Clip Bag Strap System that makes it easier to adjust and fit your bag on the cart, no matter the size or type of bag. Improved the umbrella storage clip to prevent any lost Umbrella Tubes. 

We also redesigned the Brake System from top to bottom with a new cable anchor pivot assembly that eliminates cable wear and damage. The brake gear and hammer profiles have also been improved to engage better and reduce stress on the cable. Last but not least we improved the cup holder with the introduction of the Cup Holder Plus which is a more adjustable and lighter cup mount."
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 The Clicgear Model 3.5+ lets you push your golf gear around the course with ease. The large, airless tires make for easy maneuvering, and the cart folds up to the size of a small carry-on suitcase for easy storage.
My husband loves how easy this cart moves around the course, and also noted that it never once has fallen over. It's a very stable cart that can handle all types of terrain.
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The cart features a brake handle, umbrella clip, flexible cup holder, large storage net, large storage compartment with ball holder (my husband also likes keeping his phone in there) and elastic straps on the lid to hold pencil and scorecard. Also tee storage, comfortable handles for easy grip, Easy-Clip Bag Strap System, and airless tires.

You also can purchase multiple accessories (25 in fact) for this cart, including shoe brush, seat (for when you need a rest), ball clip, mitt (for when it gets cold), and even a cigar holder!

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This cart retails for $230, which might seem a bit expensive, but with cart fees ranging from $20-$40 or more (depending on where you live), you would have paid for your Clicgear pushcart in just a few golf outings.
Of course the obvious plus is you don't have to carry your bag. 

The average golfer walks 5 miles per 18 holes (even further if you aren't very good lol).  
So golfing can be great exercise, and I'd much rather have my dad (and husband) walking the course than riding in a golf cart. 

I highly recommend purchasing the Clicgear 3.5+ Pushcart for your dad or golfer in your life (or even for yourself).

Thanks to the good people at Clicgear, I am able to offer a Clicgear 3.5+ Pushcart to one of my lucky readers for Father's Day! 
So if you have a dad or husband who loves to golf, make sure to enter below!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Initials, Inc. Review & Giveaway!

I recently was able to review two items from Initials Inc. that were sent to me from Independent Senior Creative Leader Jennifer Jones.

Initials, Inc. is a direct sales company that specializes in all things personalized.
From handbags, accessories, travel items, office and organizational items, to home entertaining and men's items, Initials, Inc. has something for you!

I was sent this adorable clutch wallet in Berry, with my monogram in black.
This Quilted Pebbled Faux Suede Clutch measures 10"W x 5"H x 1"D This travel wallet has been reimagined - now more than just a wallet, this is fully outfitted for your cards, bills, receipts and ID, plus has a zippered area for your lipstick and passport too! Full zippered closure and a detachable wrist loop make it all you need to carry on so many occasions! Available in 6 colors, with their always free monogramming, you're sure to find a style that's perfect for you.

As you can see from the photo above, I was able to fit my cash, check book, cards, coins, receipts and gift cards all inside of this clutch.

There definitely is plenty of room inside of this wallet.

Now since this travel wallet is also considered a clutch, it is a bit larger than most wallets available. 
Here is my wallet I currently use compared to the Initials, Inc. (Now before anyone messages me that my wallet is a replica, I am fully aware lol. I recently purchased a Louis Vuitton Trevi PM handbag and wanted a matching wallet, but didn't want to spend $805 for it. So for anyone who really wants to know, my handbag is real, my wallet is not lol)

As you can see from the photo, this travel wallet is quite a bit larger than the one I currently use. 
The only thing missing for me is an ID window, but my current wallet doesn't have one either, so it's not a deal breaker or anything.

The next item I reviewed is called the Big Splash bag in Graphite Reef.
Perfect for a day at the beach, this bag is 7.75" Diameter x 10"H.
New, larger size, accommodates all things beach and bath. 
Additional interior webbing allows for better drainage & faster drying. 
As you can see, the compartments are webbed, so any sand that gets into the bag will fall out of it. This also helps wet items dry faster. 

This bag has one large central compartment with a small compartment inside (I put my phone there). It also has 4 exterior compartments.

So here's what I put into my Big Splash bag:
  1. phone
  2. flip flops
  3. makeup/personal items pouch
  4. sunscreen
  5. lip blam
  6. face wipes
  7. sunglasses
  8. my Plexus Slim blender bottle 
  9. deodorant 
  10. brush
  11. dry oil
  12. dry shampoo
  13. baby powder
  14. magazine 
  15. wallet
  16. beach towl
As you can see, you can fit a ton in this bag! You also could use it for the kids' beach items like sand toys. You really can fit so much in this cute little bag.

So make sure to stop by Initials, Inc. to check out all that they have to offer!

AND.....make sure to enter to WIN your very own Big Splash monogrammed bag!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

DIY Summer Water Blob

I've been wanting to make one of these water blobs ever since I saw it on Pinterest a couple of years ago. Well, I finally made one.

Let me start by saying that I did not come up with this idea (obviously), and I made this water blob based on the tutorial I found over at Homemade Toast. So feel free to use my tutorial or her's as they are pretty much identical.

What you'll need:
  • 4 mil plastic sheeting. I used some my husband had at his shop, but you can also get it at most hardware/paint stores or HERE.  (I used a 10x25' roll and cut a piece that was 10x20')
  • iron and ironing board (although I mostly just put the iron over my carpet)
  • parchment paper (and something to mark it with like a marker and straight edge)
  • Duct tape (to seal the hole for the hose)
  • light blue food coloring (optional)
 Fold your piece of plastic in half and line up the cut edges. This made my 10x20' piece, 10x10'.
Make sure you have a large area to work with, as this covers a huge space.

Take about a 2' piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. 
Then make a mark, 2" in, along the folded side. This will be a guide for sealing the plastic.
Begin with the plastic opposite of its fold and open your parchment paper and fold it over the plastic (as shown above).
Next run a hot iron slowly over your parchment paper to create a 2" seal. 
Don't let the iron sit on any one spot for too long or it will melt the plastic and cause holes.
DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE PLASTIC or you'll have quite a mess. Make sure to use the parchment paper to seal the plastic edges. 

Let the parchment paper cool before removing it. Your plastic should be sealed, but if you see it's not quite sealed all the way, repeat the iron process over any unsealed areas. 
Iron all around the cut edges until everything is sealed except for the last few inches before the fold on one side. 
Leave this open, as this is where the hose will go.

Make sure to pick a flat area of the yard to lay out your plastic, and begin filling it with water.
I propped up the one corner a bit so water wouldn't come rushing back out when it was about to be full.

About half way through, I put some food coloring inside to give the blob it's pretty blue color.
It took about 30 minutes or so to completely fill. 

When full, turn off the water and seal the last corner shut with Duct tape. Make sure it's well sealed.

Then let the fun begin!

*Now I did have a few tiny leaks, so you really have to make sure you sealed all of the edges properly. I put some Duct tape over any leaks and that seemed to do the trick.

The whole project took about an hour from start to finish (blob filled and ready to go). For not a lot of money and not a ton of time, you can create hours of fun for your babies (or even yourself lol)

Now go have some fun!