Giving Back with Barbie #BarbieProject

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One of my goals this and every holiday season, is to give back as much as possible. Paying it forward in many little ways and donating toys, food and money to local charities. While we do give back through the year, we focus on this more during the holiday season, since it's that time of year to recognize your blessings and try to extend cheer and goodwill to those less fortunate. Plus, it's Christmas - and at … [Read more...]

To Elfie – An Apology to Elf on the Shelf

Apology to Elf on the Shelf

It's been some time since I talked about our Elf on the Shelf, Elfie. 2012 in fact. Wow. Yet, it's always been the usual. Move the elf, forget to move the elf - etc etc. It's relatively routine when it comes to Elfie, the girls still love him to bits, eager to jump out of bed each morning to see where he is. Sure makes getting ready for school easier, versus the 'I want to sleep more' hassle I usually deal with. So, … [Read more...]

Life Experiences Reenacted Through Play

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This past summer I made specific goals for myself and the kids. For the first time in almost 10 years {and a total first with the twins}, we were going to spend a lot of time camping. This Spring we purchased a permanent lot at a campground about 30 minutes from home. With such a short drive from the city, we were able to travel to our home away from home - when time allowed and the mood struck. Now that summer has … [Read more...]

Back to School for the Twins Plus One

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Today is Back to School! My oldest is now in Grade 5 and the twins just started Grade 1. Myself? I have my days free, a first in 10 years. Yes, there were a few teary moments and it was hectic to get 3 kids settled into 3 different classes in only a matter of minutes. Yet, they are there and I am here. The house is quiet. It's just me and my coffee, and the sounds of the keys as I type. I miss you summer … [Read more...]

We’re Learning

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At the first signs of Spring, I watched the girls bring out their bikes and speed down the street. They still had training wheels on, and I realized that they weren't even trying to balance - they kind of coasted on one side, leaned over and completely supported by the wheel.  "I need to take those off or they'll never learn", I said to my husband.  Despite my husbands hesitation, we took off the training … [Read more...]

Open for Business: Shirts, Skirts and More!

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While at Barbie Headquarters in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to bring home the new Entrepreneur Barbie for my girls. Entrepreneur Barbie marks her 150th Career. 150th - amazing, right? So, exactly what business is Barbie is starting? Well, that's all up to the imaginations of kids. Barbie says on her Linkedin page, “My new business is ‘Dream Incubator’ where I act as a consultant, helping girls around the … [Read more...]

Memorable Birthdays

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My birthday is December 31, and it's always been both a blessing and a curse. As a child, I often felt disappointed that some of my gifts were for both Christmas and birthday, in one. When you are a kid this is a pretty big deal! Then as I got older, I felt that my special day was blurred into the bigger festivity that is New Year’s Eve. Even though my birthday always ended with fireworks, it was always an addition to … [Read more...]

Finding Her Voice #BarbieProject

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It's been such an eye opening experience to be the mother of twins. While all my girls are complete individuals and I recognize and celebrate that, any parent of multiples will say that you really notice personalities when you have two of the same age. After all, they are always with you and most oftentimes, always together. My Sophia, Twin A, is dominant in every way. Her boisterous and outgoing personality was … [Read more...]

Shared Difference #BarbieProject

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I am the youngest of 7 children, and by youngest I mean - by a lot. My brothers and sisters are 14+ years older than myself. So, growing up, it was like I had many parents and oftentimes it felt like I was an only child. By the time I was of school-age, I was the only sibling living at home, and close bonds were made with neighbouring friends or my nieces and nephews who were close to my age. As I said in last months … [Read more...]

The Messes Twins Make

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  There's two to wash, There's two to dry; There's two who argue, There's two who cry. One's in the mud, Having a ball; The other holds a crayon... Another marked wall. Some days seem endless, My patience grows thin. Why did God choose me To be a mother of twins? The answer comes clear- At the end of the day, As I tuck them in bed And to myself I say... There's two to kiss, There's two to … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Never Say Dieting Oath

Never Say Dieting Oath

  A few years ago I wrote about how my daughter, who was 6 at the time, thought a perfect body created a perfect life. My daughters' statement has crossed my mind countless times since then, that small conversation sent a huge ripple in my world of parenting and still effects me today. Knowing how much kids take in and imitate, I've always been conscious of my own words and actions. I know that my … [Read more...]