May 30, 2012

Random Wednesday

-I am writing this post at almost 1am. I should be in bed.

-I went to the grocery store last night thinking I could beat the storms that were moving in. While in the store, it started hailing so bad that it sounded like the store was going to implode. I just knew my car would be totaled from the sound of it. I was completely surprised to find no damage!

-Being in a store during bad storms seems to be my thing this year. Do you remember this post?

-On my adventurous grocery store trip I got a package of Chinet plates for &0.09 and two packages of Hefty cups for $0.25/ea. It’s purchases like this that keep me couponing.

-The girls have both developed some quirky behavior lately. We find ourselves laughing at them constantly. Hope to do a post dedicated to their quirkiness soon.

-I keep saying that I need to get the details of their 1st birthday wrapped up but I have yet to work on it.

-As of tomorrow, James and I will be married 15 years. No, we did not get married in high school. Yes, I’m that old. Thank you, now I feel really old.

-I need to do some clean up on my phone because it keeps telling me I’m out of memory! :(

-I don’t have high hopes for getting caught back up from our holiday weekend. I’m just tired this week.

-In the last month or so I have been able to tell a big difference in how I feel. How long after giving birth do those hormones stay around? I want them back. I just don’t have the energy I did before. I also miss the pregnancy hair…now it’s back to thin & frizzy. It wasn’t frizzy before. =/

-I’ve lost 2 lbs in the last 2 weeks. Although, I think I’ve gained it back after last weekend.

-I went to a Zumba class at the library a couple of weeks ago and loved it! I’m once again thinking about getting Zumba for the Wii. Did you know that an hours worth of Zumba burns an insane amount of calories?! I think I burned around 500 during that class! It really is a great workout.

-I’m sorry I didn’t have any pictures to keep this post from being so boring. I keep telling myself to take more pictures. I’m gonna do it. Really, I am.

The week is already half over! Hope you all have an enjoyable Hump day! :)

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May 29, 2012

Catching Up

So it’s Tuesday and my whole schedule is messed up. I love holiday weekends and I love having James home but boy does it mess me up! My house is a disaster area (seriously, how does it get so messy?!) I’m still trying to get caught up (again) on laundry. I still need to clip my coupons and do my meal plan. I’ve been trying to get to the grocery store for a week now (definitely have to go today because we are almost out of toilet paper!)

Here’s why I am so behind…

Saturday we went with my sister and her family to eat dinner at Toby Keith’s. We had fun sitting in what is normally his VIP section upstairs. The food was yummy! James and I shared the chicken fried steak and I still had some leftover! Afterward, we went over to Bass Pro so James could do some shopping for fishing gear with his gift cards (he’s a little obsessed right now). The girls liked looking at the fish in the big tank.

Sunday, we went to church and the outlet mall. I had been wanting to go out there and see if I could get some clothes for the girls. What better time to go than during Memorial day weekend when they were having all the sales! My aunt went with me so we loaded up the girls and headed out (it’s about a 20-25 minute drive). When we got there, I got out of the car to get the stroller out and suddenly realized I FORGOT my wallet! I was so mad and sadly, this was not the first time I had done this…and knowing me, probably won’t be the last. Grrr! We went ahead and “shopped”. She picked up some stuff for upcoming birthdays and I made mental notes of things I wanted to go back and get WITH my wallet.

Monday, my sister and I loaded up early and headed back out to the outlet mall. I realized after I finished shopping, that leaving my wallet home on Sunday was probably a good thing because I probably would have spent way more than I should have. Haha! I did, however, still get lots of stuff for the girls. I even bought ahead…I bought several long sleeved shirts for $0.99! (hopefully the girls slow down on growing because I got them 24 month stuff for fall/winter…they’re in 12-18 month stuff now.)

We ended the weekend by having dinner at a Chinese buffet. Can you believe it? We didn’t grill all weekend! It’s a shame, really.

Once again, I didn’t get many pictures of our weekend. What kind of photographer am i?! I am vowing to myself right now to get better about taking pictures. ;)

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

**Be sure to head over to Megan’s blog. She has a freebie from my {embellish*ology} shop!

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May 28, 2012

For MoM’s by MoM’s: Celebrating Memorial Day


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After discussing what to do this week, Jennifer, Amanda, Megan and I decided to take a break this week from For MoM’s and just reflect on today and what it means to us and our country.
We would like to thank all who serve to protect and those who have given their lives for our country.
God Bless You!
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May 24, 2012

Home Organization Re-Done

Remember yesterday when I said I had worked on my coupons and home organizational notebook on our way down to the lake? Today I’m going to share a little about my little notebook because I have had some people asking me about it.

My first notebook was created with free printables found online and a boring old binder I found in our office. One day while at Target, I came across some much prettier binders and decided that in order to be inspired to actually use my home organizational notebook, it needed to be pretty so I grabbed this one.
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I chose this one because well, it was chevron, duh. Oh and also because it had pockets on the inside covers.

I also picked up some page dividers with erasable tabs. I couldn’t find anything on the package that said what to use to write on them so I immediately thought, erasable…dry erase markers! That thinking was flawed because dry erase markers DO NOT work on these page dividers. I quickly discovered that ink was the way to go. To get even more inspired, I just happened to have colored ink pens!

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I got my printables from these places:

My notebook is organized like this:

  • In front of page dividers I have a weekly project list. These are things I would like to get done that don’t necessarily fall under the weekly chore schedule. Behind this page, I have my daily to do list.
  • Meal Planning: The first page is a list of meals that we like (I add to if often). After that are the actual meal plans.
  • Recipes: Some meals I’ve made forever and don’t really need a recipe but the one’s I’m still learning I put in this section.
  • Chore schedule: This is where I have my weekly chore schedule and then any other cleaning or organizing checklists/tips that I find online.
  • Baby Info: Right now, the only thing in this section is an infant feeding chart given to me by our pediatrician. I have a feeling this section will either change or be eliminated altogether in the near future.
  • Phone/Address List: I like to have this section for most used phone numbers and addresses. It comes in handy when I’m sending out invitations or photo cards of the twinsies. The printable I have is only for phone numbers and can be found HERE.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Pretty self explanatory. I use this printable.
  • Blog Posts: This is currently my last section (although I have more dividers to be used ;) I’m thinking I’m going to start using THIS printable.

So that pretty much sums up my home organizational notebook. This “re-do” seems to be working for me so far. The main problem I had before was my chore schedule. This time I broke it down a bit more so I’m not doing major chores every day.

If I were to give you any advice on creating your own home organizational notebook, do what works for you and if you need to change some things that are working, don’t fret over it. Just adjust it to what works best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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May 23, 2012

Birthday & Lake Weekend

This past weekend was a busy one so this might be a little long. I got some good pictures but was a big photog fail on some of the events. And can you believe that I only snapped a handful of pictures of the girls this weekend? Makes me sad. :(
Friday was James’s birthday so I had my family over to celebrate. We had pizza, brownies and strawberry shortcake. The only picture I got was of 10.5 month old Tensley taking down my 3 year old nephew. Now that I think about it, I don’t think he outweighs her by much. Haha!

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On Saturday, we decided to head to the lake to visit my grandpa. On the trip down, I was very productive. I told James we need to take more road trips because it’s the only time the girls are contained and I have time to work on anything. Ha! Anyway…I managed to get my coupon box cleaned out and organized, clipped and filed my new coupons, did my meal plan for the week and got my weekly chore schedule done (I have a post coming on my home organizational notebook…hopefully this week).
Once we got there, we had lunch and visited a little bit before we all decided to go to the beach. I didn’t get any pictures of the girls because they stayed back at the house with MiMi and Nanna while the rest of us headed down to the beach. :(
The kids played in the water & sand.
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While most of the adults fished.
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On Sunday, we had church and another birthday celebration for James with his family. Sadly, again, I didn’t get any pictures.
It was a fun weekend. Not a very relaxing one but pretty fun. I was exhausted by the time we got home from the lake Saturday and didn’t really feel rested until Yesterday.
  • There’s still time to link up to this week’s For MoM’s post! You can link up here or here. Next week’s post is about Bringing Home Your Multiples.
  • Did you read my post about 1040i? They’re doing great things. You can read about it here.

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May 21, 2012

For MoMs by MoMs: Baby Gear!

It’s that time again! Are you ready to link up your post about baby gear? This week’s post is applicable to any mom so even if you don’t have multiples, we want to hear what you think is the best baby gear!Be sure to check out the other MoMs hostesses, Jennifer, Amanda and Megan to get their thoughts on the best baby gear.

 

So, you’ve found out that your pregnant and if you are like me, you immediately wanted to know the gender(s) of your little angel(s) so you can start decorating the nursery. Am I right? To me, having a space that your baby(ies) will be happy and comfortable in is just about as important as any of the baby gear you are going to need.
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Now on to the baby gear...
I’m going to give you a list of the things that have worked best for us. I have several favorite baby gear items but I’m only going to go into detail on a few of my top picks. If you have any questions about the other items I list, feel free to email me.


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The first and best investment we made for TnT were the Bobby Newborn Loungers. In the early days, when they’re not mobile, these little papasan like pillows were very versatile. I could move these anywhere very easily. The girls and I could all lay on our bed and I didn’t have to worry about them rolling off (never leave them unattended in these though).  They loved curling up in these for naps (the warning states ‘not for sleeping’ but who am I to heed warnings, ha!). They also came in handy when both girls were diagnosed with reflux because it propped them up (the 3 of us slept on our couch for a few weeks because of the reflux). If you have multiples, this is definitely something you’ll want for each child. At a $30 price tag, these are a very affordable and handy thing to have.


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Once the girls grew out of the Boppy loungers, we were in search for something else that they could hang out it during the day. What we found was the Fisher Price Snugabunny Bouncer. We have absolutely loved these! Definitely another thing you will need for each child. They vibrate and play music and nature sounds. I really wish they made one of these for adults! Ha! The girls are actually still using these at 10.5 months old. The weight limit is 25 lbs and they are very, very close to that so I’m not sure what we’ll do when they no longer fit in them because they love these so much. The only con I found to these was that with a wide base, I often tripped over the front legs and would hurt my little toesies pretty bad but it wouldn’t keep me from buying them again if needed.

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Let’s say your little one(s) get a stuffy or snotty nose and the pediatrician tells you that you need to do saline & suction. You MUST get one of these! It’s the Graco NasalClear Nasal Aspirator. For us, it has by far worked better than the typical ball syringe and we will use it well into the girls toddler years or until they can blow their nose. If you have multiples, you will only need one of these as the parts are washable.


Let’s see, what else…..

Oh yeah! This is definitely a must have!!
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This little system is called the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor Deluxe Plus. The Plus part is that it comes with two sensor pads instead of one which is nice when they get older and start moving around the crib. This system doesn’t really work if you have your twins or multiples in the same crib because if one were to stop breathing, it would still pick up the other baby’s movements but it’s definitely worth purchasing when you separate them. When we separated them we purchased another Angelcare system that only has one sensor pad and we tend to get a lot of false alarms when she moves toward the edge of the crib. With that said, they don’t happen often enough that we would reconsider buying this system. I love the security of knowing that if my babies stop breathing in the middle of the night or anytime they’re sleeping in their cribs, this monitoring system will let me know. You’re going to think I’m crazy for saying this but I wish I could use this system until they go to college! Haha!

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Speaking of sleeping…if you have an iPhone, you must get the White Noise app! We’ve loved this app so much that we bought a docking station to put in the girls room so we can use it instead of a sound machine.

Other items we’ve purchased and loved:

  • Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair
  • Fisher Price Little Superstar Step n’ Play Piano
  • Kalencom diaper bag
  • Bumbo seats


I’m sure there are things I may be forgetting but these are my top, most used items and I might have gone insane without them.

Be sure to head on over to this week’s hostess, Amanda’s blog and link up with your baby gear post!

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May 14, 2012

For MoM’s by MoM’s: Pregnant with Twins?!

I think the minute we found out I was carrying twins, I popped out. At 8 weeks I seriously looked like I was already about 5 or 6 months! James took this picture of me the morning of TnT’s birthday…
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I mentioned in my previous MoM’ post that we did IVF. We transferred 2 embryos so we knew there was a chance that both would take. When we found out both actually did, we were so excited! Once I got to 10 weeks, I was referred back to my regular OB. I love my OB but on my first visit, we saw the PA. She mainly just took a background and got caught up with what we had been doing the previous 2 months. Then she did an ultrasound. She asked us if we wanted to test for any genetic conditions and we declined. James and I had already discussed whether or not we wanted to and we both agreed that while knowing early on would allow us to educate ourselves if something was wrong with one or both babies, we didn’t want the added stress during the pregnancy.

Well, after the ultrasound, the PA left the room to let me clean the goop off my belly and then she came back with a packet of info and then she hit us with a bombshell. She told us that even though we didn’t want the genetic testing, she felt like she needed to let us know that she did notice something on the ultrasound that was concerning and told us it was possible that one of the babies could have Downs. She wanted to refer us to a specialist, a high risk OB….a perinatologist. I was completely devastated. I felt like I had been blindsided. The soonest we could get in to see the specialist was 2 weeks so we agonized over the possibility for 2 weeks. We were angry with the PA. We did tons of research…we armed ourselves for the next appointment.

Being referred to the perinatologist turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to us. Turned out, there wasn’t a problem at all. Everything looked great with both babies. The PA had just learned how to do this particular test and didn’t do it right when she decided to proceed on her own. We continued to see my OB but chose to continue our regular ultrasounds with the high risk doctor. We got so spoiled with those ultrasounds because starting at 13 weeks, we got to have an ultrasound every month. Did you know that perinatologists have the best equipment? If you’re pregnant with twins, I strongly suggest getting yourself an appointment with one as they are typically more experienced with twin/multiples pregnancies.

After this whole ordeal, during my pregnancy, we had some stressful family illnesses & losses, but the pregnancy itself was pretty uneventful. I didn’t really have any cravings but I did eat a lot of cereal & drank quite a bit of chocolate milk…there were some weeks I went through 2 gallons of milk by myself! I didn’t have one moment of morning sickness…which I am sooo thankful for because I do not do well with throwing up. The most inconvenient parts of my pregnancy were the reflux, carpal tunnel and the swelling! Boy did I swell!

At 30 weeks, I asked my OB if I could put myself on bed rest. I worked in an office so I was sitting upright for 6-8 hours a day and it was becoming VERY uncomfortable and a little painful. My OB happily obliged and at 32 weeks, I was officially on bed rest. I was determined to go into labor on my own but at 35 weeks, I begged to be induced. Haha! At 36 weeks 6 days, I checked in to the hospital to be induced. That day started out great. We were happy & excited to be welcoming our baby girls into the world. By the end of the day, that excitement turned to stress and disappointment.

While my pregnancy was very uneventful, delivery was anything but uneventful. You can read my birth story HERE and HERE.

Did you post about your pregnancy with twins/multiples today? Don’t forget to head on over to this week’s hostess,  Jennifer’s Blog and link up!

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May 9, 2012

10 Months?!?!

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I’ve been getting bad about taking pictures of the girls lately. Especially their monthly pictures. I’m already regretting it. With that said, I snapped this today and it’s pretty typical of their personalities/relationship. Haha!

TnT turned 10 months on Monday and I am in full on party planning mode for their 1st birthday.

Tillie got her doc band to fix her flat noggin. It’s going really well! She’s made a lot of progress in the 3 short weeks she’s been wearing it.

In their 1oth month they’ve…

  • started eating just about everything…including the dog’s food. Don’t they know that stuff is disgusting?! They love avacado, blueberries, cheerios, bananas, blueberry muffins, and bbq.
  • become very mobile….Tillie started crawling this last month and now she’s chasing her sissy everywhere! It’s the cutest thing when they take off together and start giggling. When it gets quiet, I know I need to go check on them because it usually means they’re getting into trouble.
  • had their mattresses lowered to the lowest setting. Tensley started pulling up to standing and Tillie pulls up to her knees. She has pulled up to her feet a couple of times.
  • started getting along a little better (see above). Now that Tillie has the helmet, Tensley doesn’t pull her hair as much.
  • started barking. Yes, barking. They go to the back door when Bear (our Australian shepherd) is outside and they bark. It’s so funny.
  • started teething. Between the two of them they have 3 teeth. Tillie actually surpassed her sister with 2 teeth while Tensley only has one. All of their teeth are on bottom.
  • outgrown their 6-9 month clothes and are wearing 12 months and in shirts are actually wearing 18 months…mainly to cover up their bellies.
  • been to the zoo for the first time.
  • swung in the baby swing at the park.

As you can see, they are so much fun right now. We LOVE hearing all the giggles & squealing in our house right now. They definitely keep us on our toes!

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May 8, 2012

1040i

“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hearing Mike Cousineau of 1040i speak about this wonderful organization and what they are doing to help people in Africa. While listening to him speak, I desparately wanted to help in some way but I can’t really pick up and go to Africa so I decided that I would blog about it.

Who knows? Maybe one of you has the desire to go and help these people in this war torn area. Or maybe you would like to donate to their efforts to take safe drinking water to these people. Or maybe you’d rather donate to help their efforts in providing education to the children who no longer have access to education due to the war. OR, maybe you would like to donate to help someone get a  simple surgery that would save their life…a surgery that we would take for granted.

Rather than me going on and on, I think this video may explain better than I can about what and this organization is all about.

I was very touched by what this organization has done and plan to do whatever I can to help them continue on their mission to save lives and educate the people of Africa. I hope that you would join me too!

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May 7, 2012

For MOMs by MOMs: Let me introduce myself

Hello and Welcome!
Jennifer, Amanda, Megan and I are very excited about this new series. We CANNOT wait to meet other MOMs and get to know you all better!

This week is all about introducing ourselves and I am the hostess this week so if you've come over from one of their blogs, this is where you link up....you've come to the right place! ;)

Now, a little about me.....
My name is Heather and I am a SAHM to twin girls, Tillie & Tensley (also affectionately known as TnT). I have been married to James for 15 years as of the end of this month (wow, that makes me feel old!). We tried to get pregnant for about 7 years and after dealing with thyroid issues (me) and fertility issues (him), we finally ended up doing IVF (ICSI). We started injections in October of 2010 and on November 19th, found out we were pregnant (Happy Thanksgiving!) and on December 9th, found out we were having twins (Merry Christmas!). We were convinced we were having one boy and one girl but were completely shocked to find out we were having 2 girls! Now?  I wouldn't have it any other way. They are the light of our lives and we often sit back and wonder what we did with our time for the 14 years we were married without kids.

In my spare time (cough, cough) I blog and design printables for my Etsy shop, {embellish*ology}. I also love to party plan, organize and decorate my house and scrapbook.

Now that you know a little about me, let's find out more about you!






P.S. Next Week's Post is 'Your Multiples Pregnancy Experience'

May 2, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Lots of giggling, squealing, chasing each other and in to EVERYTHING this past month. It's so fun! :)





















































































































































Happy Wednesday!


May 1, 2012

Easy Homemade Salsa

I LOVE chips and dip. It was a staple waaayyyy back when I was in college. Me and a few of my good friends would gather in one of our dorm rooms and eat chips and salsa.....a lot. So much so that somewhere along the way we became the chips and salsa girls.

Last week I suddenly got the urge to make some instead of going to my trusty jarred kind...you know, the kind that's NOT made in New York City. Anyway, I just happened to have some ingredients that would work, so I quickly began throwing everything together.

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Easy Homemade Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies (I used one mild and one original)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp if using jarred minced garlic)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Dump all ingredients into a food processor. Using Pulse, mix ingredients until everything is finely chopped & mixed. Transfer salsa into a sealable container and place in fridge for 1 hour to allow the seasonings & flavors to blend together.

Serve and Enjoy!

I made the mistake of digging into the salsa before letting it sit in the fridge so I was a little disappointed but after pulling it out of the fridge for dinner, the flavors had blended together and it was quite tasty. I've been eating it just about every day since...and I have the sores in my mouth to prove it...I just can't get enough of it!
 
If you try it, let me know how yours turned out!
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