Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mini Threads: Mad About Plaid

 I think I've mentioned before, we rarely dress our Bambinos. I leave as their eating/finishing breakfast and my mom doesn't usually change them out of pajamas. B gets home between 1 and 2 and he doesn't change them either so unless they're going somewhere, they usually wear pajamas all day.

Tuesday, I had to take a half day at work, because my mom (who we pay to watch the Bambinos) was having eye issues. I'd taken her to the ER Sunday and by Tuesday it wasn't any better. I took the Bambinos to work with me so I could pass them off to B at 1pm.

I bought the shirts and blue cardigan over the weekend. The red one, they wore to their birthday party. I wanted to see how they would look on them because the shirt & cardis were potential outfits for our family pictures. Even after washing and drying them, I think they're still too big so the Bambinos won't be wearing them.

The shirts came with a really cute navy blue tie so I might have them wear them to a wedding this summer. By that time they will have had more time to grow into them.

Shirts - H&M
Red Cardigan - Target
Blue Cardigan - H&M
Jeans - Seven for All Mankind - Nordstrom
Shoes - Puma

I kind of like the Mini Threads feature, it forces me to actually dress them once in awhile. I'm just not going to do it as a link up.



 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie

Boyfriend and I went to go see The Hunger Games in IMAX last night.

Loved it!

I won't spoil the movie at all, so I'll just talk about the cast. First, does Jennifer Lawrence remind anyone else of a young Elizabeth Hurley in this pic? I think it's the squinty eyes and full lips.
 I didn't really pay attention to all the hubbub when the news of the cast came out 'cause I hadn't read the books yet. But let me tell you, Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal. She was the prefect Katniss and reminded me of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider.
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 I didn't expect Gale to be so hot. I guess in my imagination, Peeta was the more attractive one but, in my opinion, Gale was the more attractive character in the movie.
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Once I realized he's Miley Cyrus's boyfriend, he lost a notch in my book though.

Elizabeth Banks nailed Effie Trinket. It took me a minute to realize it was even Elizabeth Banks. Even her walk was as ridiculous as I imagined. The costume people did such a good job making her as over the top as I expected.
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 I kept looking at her outfits and thinking that her shoes and some individual pieces of her outfit are very on-trend, but so exaggerated that she looks ridiculous. Of course, I loved her.

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 Lenny Kravitz was not nearly flamboyant and over the top as I imagined Cinna. His gold eyeliner just didn't convince me. As someone who's from the Capitol, he should have been just as over the top as Effie. I think he was a good pick casting-wise, but I expected more crazy costumes on him.
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 I would have expected Cinna to be dressed more like this.

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Woody Harrelson plays the best kooky characters so I loved his portrayal of Haymitch. He has a way of making the most frustrating character likeable.  And I love Donald Sutherland so I was happy to see him in this movie. It'll be fun to see his portrayal in the other movies as the plot line thickens.

I think that I loved the movie more because I've read the books but even Boyfriend liked it and he hasn't read them. There was only one part that he said, "Wait, what just happened?" I gave him a two-word explanation and he got it. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I think you should, but I definitely think you should end up reading the books too.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rock A Bye Baby

There's nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby, right? From day one, I've always been content just watching my babies sleep. Partly, because Lovebug sometimes sleeps literally folded in half.

And partly because they're just so cute!


 Our road to sleepdom was not always smooth.

Nothing about having kids scared me. Except a vaginal birth, the surgery involved with a c-section, and the possibility that they would not sleep. I thought the pregnancy books were kind of pointless but I pored over the chapters on sleep thinking that if I read enough, I'd be able to coax my babies to sleep given any situation. I bought the paperback and Kindle version of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins - there's a singleton version too - because everyone in our M.o.Ms group seemed to think it was amazing.
The first weeks of their life, I was barely sleeping. I fed on demand and, with two babies, I was lucky to get an hour and a half between feedings even though I tandem fed them. (Yep! I fed two at once, the lactation lady at the hospital was my bff once she taught me how.) If one was sleeping but the other was hungry, I always woke up the other one to feed them at the same time.

Whoever said don't wake a sleeping baby never had twins.

I never ended up reading Healthy Sleep Habits, because the week before I went back to work, something miraculous happened: the Bambinos slept all night. At 10 weeks old, they began sleeping from 7 or 8pm to 5am! Were weren't doing anything, we tried to put them to bed at the same time each night, but hadn't really started a routine yet.

Shortly after, we started a routine. We began putting the Bambinos down around 7, after a nightly bath. From what I understand, children thrive on a schedule. It's good for them and their bodies to know what to expect next. If you think about it, you probably have a loose schedule to how your day goes.

I wake at 5:30am - workout - get in the shower
I leave for work between 8-8:15
I work 8:30-5
I go home and eat dinner between 6-6:30

My body knows when it's supposed to eat and when it should be tired. The Bambino's schedule is a little more rigid than that but there is some flexibility. They do almost everything within the same 1/2hour time frame every day. And I think it's because of this schedule that they've been pretty good sleepers.

I will admit, nap time has been much harder for us. There are times when we end up getting one of them up even though you can tell he's still tired because he's crying so hard, and so long and so loud that we don't want him to wake his brother.

Whoever said twins learn to sleep through it is lying. They can, and will, wake each other if you let it go long enough.

One invaluable resource has been Julie Kennedy, a Pediatric Sleep Consultant. Julie's part of our M.o.Ms group so she's always sharing her pearls of wisdom on the message boards, but on her facebook page (the link above) she shares such helpful tidbits. For example, daylight savings time: if your child is used to going to bed at a certain time, keep putting them to bed at that time. 

So, the Bambinos are in bed by 7pm every night. With the time change, we kept putting them to bed when the clock said 7pm, not when it seemed like it was 7pm to their bodies. I'd highly suggest liking Julie's facebook page so you can benefit from her knowledge too. And, if you're really having trouble, she comes to your house to help you sleep train your child. If you're not in the Seattle area, I'm sure she can point you in the direction of other sleep consultants in your area.

Thank goodness we never had to go that far.

Friday, March 23, 2012

She Wore What!?!

Warning: This post may contain offense images to some. Do not read if you're easily offended.
I warned you.

This overly- tanned part of my life was not that long ago, really. Almost four years ago, I was about 6 months out of a long term relationship and I went through a time period where I was going out every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. I wanted nothing to do with guys, this shirt was my way of saying, "Eff you, I'm having fun." it was my way of rebelling.

This particular night, my friend Casie and I were at my favorite hang out - War Room in Seattle. Oh how I loved War Room. It was an old school, 80's hip-hop night complete with Seattle's famous B-boys Massive Monkee Crew.

This shirt was meant to be my way of saying, "Eff you," but what I didn't expect was to get so much attention from it. I remember walking across the street to my car and even a garbage man leaned out of his truck and mentioned his appreciation for it. The weird thing is, it made me feel good

I am woman, hear me roar.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Misikko Hana Hair Dryer Review

If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that my hair is my thing. I'm so picky when it comes to may haircuts and I'm very rarely satisfied. I hide behind my hair, a lot, so you know I want it to look great at all times.

When I was contacted by Misikko for a review of  their Hana Air Pro Hair Dryer, I wasn't even in the market for a new hair dryer. I had toyed around with the idea of getting an ion one but figured the one I had worked for it's purpose. But would I say "No," to a free hair dryer that is supposedly the world's best hair dryer?

Heck no!

About two years ago, I heard about Misikko when they were giving bloggers a chance to give away flat irons. I knew they also sold Chi flat irons, but I was curious about the Hana ones. I bought a Hana Flat Iron off ebay and am very happy with it. I figured I'd at least be happy with the hair dryer.

Boy was I wrong.

I squealed with delight when my package arrived, and the first thing I noticed was how many extras they sent me with my hair dryer.
There were literally layers of goodies in my box! Hand sanitizer, nail files, bath salts, Paul Mitchell shampoo & conditioner (full sized too, not just a sample,)
A little monkey suffed animal, a sleep mask, eyelash curler.....this box was packed full of goodies. Misikko knows how to make a girl feel like a VIP.
Hello new makeup brushes.

I excitedly used the new hair dryer the next time I washed my hair and.....

Eh.

I wasn't convinced. After using my cheap Conair for so long, it was hard for me to get used to the Hana. I had to hold it differently or else I'd push the button for cold air. I noticed the Hana had more power but I wasn't sure if it was actually faster than my Conair. But wait.....

I switched back and forth between the Hana and the Conair for a few weeks before finally noticing that it seems like the Hana was making my post-pregnancy baby hairs a little more tame. Anything that kept my hair from standing straight up was a Godsend.

I kept with it and now? I more than like the dryer, I love it. I use nothing but my Hana. It really shoots out the air so I've probably cut my drying time in half. If you read Monday's post, you know I love products to help me cut time out of anything.  I've noticed a big difference in the softness of my hair and for someone who washes, dries and flat irons her hair every day, this is huge. I use the diffuser attachment with the dryer on the highest heat setting and know that I will never be able to use just any old cheap hair dryer again. I'm convinced that the issues I had in the beginning were just user error and I gave my Conair to my sister over the weekend.

I am so happy with my experience with the Hana Hair Dryer and Misikko that I'd consider getting a curling iron from them because I am in the market for one of those.

What about you? What are your can't-live-without hair products or tools?



Don't forget! Tomorrow is the last day to purchase from my Scentsy party.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mama Says: How She Does It Part 2

So this is part two of the post explaining how I do "it." If you missed part one, it's here.

4. Purees. I have a confession, sometimes we still give our kids purees. They can certainly eat what we eat, but it's so easy to cook a bunch of food on Sunday night and freeze it for them to eat the next few weeks. Plus, since they're on the smaller side, I worry about them not eating enough. When they eat purees, I know how many ounces of each food they're eating. I've mentioned before that I'm super picky. If we gave them what we eat, I'd be afraid of turning them into picky eaters too. With them eating purees, it's an easy way to give them things I won't eat like butternut squash, yams/sweet potatoes, avocados, and almost every other cooked vegetable (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, etc. I won't eat any of those cooked- just raw - which the Bambinos can't do yet with their two teeth.)

To be fair, these are Sally Hansen Nail Strips, not even regular polish.
5. Plan ahead! People are always impressed that my nails are usually painted. What they don't realize is, it used to take me four hours to paint my nails. I'd take off my current color during the Bambinos' nap. Then I'd put the base coat on. I wouldn't end up actually putting the color and top coat on my nails until the Bambinos' 2nd nap.Now that I've found Out the Door, it doesn't take my nearly as long, but that's what my process used to be.

Currently, I wake up at 5:30am to Shred, shower, make my lunch and make my green smoothie before the Bambinos even wake up. They usually wake up half an hour before I leave for work so I'm pretty much ready and can use that time to change their diapers, clothes, start breakfast and do any last minute things for myself - get dressed.

If I know we're going somewhere during the weekend, I prep bottles, snacks, food to take, etc. while they're napping. I'll start getting ready hours beforehand because I know I may only get to do things in small increments. We're almost always ready to go right when they wake up from a nap so that I can change diapers, get them dressed and get out the door leaving us with as much amount of time between naps to do whatever it is we need to do.
6. We lucked out. The Bambinos are such easy babies. They play independently, have good dispositions and are pretty well behaved kids. Just within the last week, Peanut has been a little bit more vocal trying to get his way, test boundaries and get attention from us, but it's still not that big of a deal. We didn't baby proof our house a ton and since it's on the smaller side, it's easy to keep an eye on them. They're into everything like typical toddlers but we just leave toys out in the living room all day and put them away at night once they go to bed. We're fortunate that when we say, "Hands off," Lovebug listens.

Our biggest issue right now is that he wants to pet Teddy when he's eating which Teddy does not like at all. When Teddy growls at him, Bug thinks it's funny and lets out a big belly laugh. He also wants to play in Teddy's water bowl (that kid loves water!) so it's been frustrating trying to get him not to drop his cars in the bowl or splash his hands in it. When he gets fixated on Teddy or his water, we just distract him. It's very easy to distract both boys when they're doing something they shouldn't.

So that, my friends is how I "do it." I really can't take credit for everything, B's a huge help and my babies are easy. I don't really feel like I'm doing anything, but people mention, "I don't know how you do it," all the time.

Don't forget about my online Scentsy Party. I'll be picking a winner for one free scent bar on Friday. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lindsay Loves: Scentsy

Hey everyone! I decided to do something different and throw a virtual Scentsy Party! Do you know what Scentsy is? I looooove it. It's a series of electric warmers with wax scent bars that make your whole house smell delicious. I got a plug in warmer a few years ago with the (discontinued) plumeria bar and I've been dying to get another warmer for my living room. With the Bambinos, I feel so much safer with Scentsy warmers than candles because the warmers are flameless.
Please join in shopping my online catalog party for Scentsy!  


Scentsy has so many different types of warmers with scented wax to make your home smell fresh & inviting.
In case you need a little more convincing....

6 Reasons Scentsy is better than a Candle:
By not burning the wax as a traditional candle would - you are not you releasing soot or other chemicals into the air
The scent bars last about 60-80 hours, which outlasts candles three times their size
If spilled, the wax is warm - but not hot enough to scald or burn anyone - this is huge for me. The Bambinos could spill it and they won't get hurt or start a fire.
No flame, No smoke
Warmers range from $20-$35, and the scent bars are $5 each - so much better than my fave Yankee Candle scents, and I can switch out scents as often as I'd like!
So many choices - you can mix and match scents and your home decor


 They also have Scent Circles for your car
Travel Tin scents for your car
Scented Room Spray
and Scent Packs that you can put in drawers or in these little guys for your children's room

I think the Bambinos need one of these. So perfect for their Easter baskets so they can cuddle at nap/night time.
They have this special little guy for the month of March, how cute would he be in your mini's Easter Basket?!
 
They're introducing their Layers Products - bath & laundry product! I can't use dryer sheets so I'd love to try the dryers discs.



Please take some time to shop these fabulous products, and consider making a purchase for your home.
There are some great Combine &Save packages to get you started!




If you have any questions, please contact:
Kim Hawkins
Independent Scentsy Consultant
https://khawkins.scentsy.us

Scentsy has warmers to fit your decor, they even have the Campus Collection so you can rep your favorite team. My parents gave B a WSU one for our birthday with some masculine scents and he loves it. He promptly set it up in his bathroom and uses it like a night light too.
See? Something for everyone, I'd love for you to take a peek and see if you're interested in ordering anything. If you do order, come back here and let me know, one lucky purchaser will win a free scent bar! The party will close next Friday so you have just over a week. Good thing today's payday, there's a lot I want to order.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flaunt A Friend

No proper post today, I'm dealing with a  sick baby, but I wanted to stop in real quick and tell you to check out Tiffany's blog, she's featuring me as one of the blogs she loves in her new link up, Flaunt a Friend.
 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mama Says: How She Does It

A few people have asked me how I do "it." In all honesty, I thought having twins was going to be complete chaos. Luckily, my overactive imagination prepared me for a life much more chaotic than mine actually is. But, I thought I'd share my tips for surviving the first year with multiples.

1. Have twins first! I point out to people that I will never have just one child. I don't know what it's like to have only one child so I'm not sure if having twins is harder than having singletons. To find out I was having twins, I was shocked, but so happy. I wasn't nervous, at all. Ever. I think taking care of three drug affected newborns for 8 hours a week for five years really helped prepare me. I thought, If I can take care of 3 drug babies, I can take care of two un-drug addicted babies.

2. Multitask! I am the queen of multi-tasking. This was a typical night for me.
 I'm fortunate that my children consistently go to bed at 7pm. We established that as their bedtime very early on. Of course, sometimes they end up staying up a little later, but only on special occasions. I'm on the computer, either blogging, checking facebook, responding to emails or whatever, but also, I have two little bottles sitting on the arm of the couch.

Those two bottles are my base coat and quick dry topcoat - Out the Door. The topcoat is amazing! It's like Seche Vite, but it's not unhealthy for you. It's meant to be put on wet and dries in less than 10 minutes. I put a coat on after my base coat and on top of my color to quickly seal and dry both steps. If it weren't for the Out the Door, I wouldn't paint my nails. I'm obsessive that they not be smudged but I can't sit still long enough for a normal color to dry.

What you don't see is this

This little baby was suggested to me by Juliana from A Blonde Walks Into a Blog and it was a lifesaver! It's a sports bra with two holes cut in it so I could pump at the same time.
So basically, every evening, I would be on the computer, pumping while sometimes painting my nails too. If it weren't for that amazing contraption, I wouldn't be able to do anything while pumping. To get enough milk for one bottle I had to pump for half and hour. Since I had two babies to feed I was always tied to the pump.

3. Get help! I'm stubborn in the fact that I want to do things myself to learn from them. I'm not one of those people that you can tell me about your situation and I'll learn from it, I need to experience things myself. With that being said, I refused all help from people when the Bambinos were first born. For one, our house is small and I just didn't want a ton of people over all the time. It was enough having our friends and family coming over to see the Bambinos. Two, I wanted to settle into having our own family and doing things our way. We settled into a routine pretty quickly, but nothing would have been as successful as it was if it weren't for this guy
B is such an involved dad and the best partner I could ever ask for. When I was on maternity leave and home with the Bambinos all day, he would rush home and make me lunch, he would make sure I got to take a nap even if the boys were still awake. He's fantastic at making us dinner every night, doing laundry (when I let him), tidying the house, and everything else you could imagine.  He gets home a good 4 hours before me so most of the housework is finished before I even get home freeing me to spend time with the Bambinos and do minor things around the house.

Sometimes I get frustrated that he's so clean (that's the number one things we disagree about, he's much more anal than I am) but I understand how fortunate I am that him being too clean (and me not enough, in his opinion) is the biggest problem we have. I'd much rather disagree about that than whether or not he's taking care of the boys, or cheating on me, hanging out with his friends too much and us not enough, or just an all around mean person. I know that I never have to worry about things like that with him and I'm so grateful. Friends with one baby tell me all the time, "I don't know how you do it with two, one is hard enough," but I point out I don't know what just one is like, and B is a huge help. I seriously don't know how I would take care of the Bambinos and the house and go to work without his help. He is the reason I can do "it."

This post is already a lot longer than I expected so look for part 2 next Monday!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mini Threads: First Park Date

Ready for a picture overload? I have been dying to take the Bambinos to the park.  I think I've mentioned before that I kind of can't wait until they can walk so I can take them to the park and play with them in our backyard.

After spending most of the day in their jammies (see yesterday's post) we got them ready for the park after their 2nd nap. Luckily, we live 5 minutes away from a great park, it's where we took the family pictures I never shared with you.
Too lazy to watermark for this blog

My big boy walking in the parking lot. Boyfriend loves this one. I used to tease him that he didn't love anything more than his car. He says that's not true, but I say that statement's pretty close. 

Yes, those are rims on a station wagon. Gag me.

I thought the Bambinos would love the swings, Lovebug loves rocking his RockaBye, and they love swinging with us, but they were more preoccupied by the other kids at the park.

 Bug liked the slide slightly more.

 I could not get them to quit looking at the other kids so they could go down the slide. Maybe they need to be around older kids more often.

They didn't love the swings and slide, but loved this. It's just the walkway to another slide, but they stood there for a good 10 minutes banging the bars, trying to reach Daddy who had the camera and watching the big kids.
 B's fave pic from our trip. He thinks Lovebug looks like he's in jail. He's content watching the kids.



Watching the kids again.
Do you see my big boy walking? It won't be long until Lovebug's doing it too.

Peanut became frustrated that he couldn't walk up the curved ramp toward the slide. He's not used to hills yet and was not happy about having to crawl. He fell forward on his hands 5 or 6 times before giving up. He's my little engine that could.


Love this one. These people on a rocking toy nearby were telling us how cute they were; someone said something funny, B and I laughed so Peanut joined in. I love that he's laughing for no reason other than the fact that we are.

I love when Lovebug sits like this. He'll be crawling and sit back with his hands on his knees before determining his next move.
Told you Lovebug loves to rock. Every time he does, he gets this smile of pure joy on his face. Not too long after this picture, Peanut fell off. B caught him before he hit the sawdust but it was close. He didn't even cry.

After the park we went to eat at Doofers again. Once we got home, I wanted to get pics of their whole outfits. Do you see those eyelashes? I always say that if I ever have a girl and she doesn't get them too she's going to be pissed. Everyone always notices their eyelashes.

After I first got the boys dressed, Boyfriend went to go change out of his pajamas and also changed into a WSU shirt. I thought it was cute.

For someone who was so freaked out about having twins, he sure has taken to fatherhood.

Beanies - WSU team store, a gift from my sister.
Hoodies - Osh Kosh - Oshkosh online they're no longer available but they still have sweatshirts
Jeans - Target, couldn't find them online, but they still have them in stores.
Shoes - Puma, Nordstrom these are the best, the velcro on top makes them super easy to slip on.
Shirts - Old Navy
Onesies - Random brands, they were gifts





PS
Thanks for your support in yesterday's post, it wasn't meant to be all about my family and again, I don't even know if they do judge me. It's just that I guess because they mean so much to me that I worry they will. The whole point of the post was, I finally figured out who my audience is going to be :)

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