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Saturday Snapshot: New Moms of Twins Brunch

My Twins club had a brunch today for all of the new twin mom members. (No, I’m not a new twin mom, but I’m the membership chair…so it made sense for me to go 🙂 )  Loads of fun!! 🙂


Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one too. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this rainy Saturday.

A Day at the Carnival

Our town celebrates the 4th of July all week! They have a carnival set up in the high school parking lot and lots of festivities (read: food) on the town common. Burke and Maggie had a wonderful time and enjoyed their very first carnival rides!

Face Painting

Face Painting

Face Painting

Face Painting




Burke on the Merry-go-Round


Maggie on the Merry-go-Round

On the Truck Ride

On the Truck Ride

Truck Ride

Truck Ride

Dragon Roller Coaster

Dragon Roller Coaster

Dragon Roller Coaster

Dragon Roller Coaster

It’s Nice to be Asked

MyBlogSpark wants my help! They must know that I’m really good at giving my opinion 😉

I got to choose my favorite cover for the next cover of the upcoming Betty Crocker Cookies & Bars magazine (on sale in stores August 11th).

This is the one I chose:


Mmmm Cookies.  I can’t wait until the magazine comes out. 🙂 I’ll let you know if they listened to me 😉

Posting Via email

Did you know that you can create a post as an email?? I just stumbled on this feature today, so I figured I’d try it out.

How’s it look?

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all of you moms out there have a wonderfully relaxing day 🙂

Oh, and check it out – I was named Mom of the Year, 2009 😉

Who ARE These Guys??

Create your own FACEinHOLE

Blog Tour: Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

twins-and-moreI’m so excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Heim!

I am fortunate enough to be asked to review this book (look for my review at some point this month – we’ll see when I can get my act together 🙂 )

Chicken Soup for the Soul
is back with 101 heartwarming stories about the joys – and adventures- that twins and multiples bring.
With multiples expert, mommy blogger, and mother-of-twins Susan Heim at the helm, these stories celebrate the special bond between twins, the challenges and joys that come with raising multiples, and all the laughs and wisdom gained along the way.

Official Press Release
COS COB, Conn. – These days, it’s hard not to see twins or multiple children smiling back at us from every television screen and glossy magazine. From Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Angelina Jolie, twins and multiples are bounding into our lives from all corners. In fact, according to The Nemours Foundation, between 1980 and 2004 the number of twin births increased by 70 percent. And during the same time span, the number of births involving three or more babies quadrupled.

More people than ever are fascinated by multiples and what it takes to raise them. In Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, 978-1-935-09632-0, March 10, 2009, Paperback, $14.95), Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim offer a collection of heartwarming and hilarious stories from parents of “twins and more,” and from multiples themselves, filled with time-tested advice from those who have “been there, done that.” Twins mom and CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien lends her hearty recommendation to this book as well, saying “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More is funny and moving, insightful and inspiring. Life with twins is a chaotic, wonderful, joyful experience – and this book captures it perfectly.”

“Twins and multiples are seen as a blessing today, despite their often well-deserved reputation for ‘double trouble’ and ‘multiple mischief,’” says Heim, who is also the author of It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2007). “Who isn’t moved by the sight of twin babies snuggled together in a crib, holding hands as they begin their life together?”

From sections like “Sleep Deprivation” to “Grandparenting Twins” to “A Different Path to Parenthood,” Twins and More includes 101 stories that speak to the twin and multiple experience, and how parents got there. This book also explores the “twin connection” – which is fascinating to witness.

“The bond between twins is amazing. They were meant to share their life together,” writes Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More contributor Joanne C. King of her twin daughters. “They share a friendship that will span a lifetime.” As any parent of multiples knows, twinship is an adventure for the entire family.

Inside Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More, you’ll also read about:

  • A frustrated mother of triplet girls who got great advice from the cable repairman: Toilet train them one at
  • a time by setting up a competition that included stickers and mommy’s “potty dance”
  • A mother of newborn twins, desperate for “nap time,” who tossed an expensive ham over the fence to keep the neighbor’s barking dog from waking her twins
  • Toddler twins who escaped from the bath and led their mother on a naked chase around the neighborhood, until one of the twins crouched on the neighbor’s lawn and used it as a toilet
  • International singing twins who convinced villagers in Papua New Guinea that multiples are a blessing, not a cultural curse
  • The new mother who was so sleep-deprived that she panicked over how she would tell her twins apart after their hospital bracelets were removed, forgetting that they were a boy and a girl

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Susan Heim) releases March 10, 2009.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing also
licenses the right to use its famous trademark to high quality licensees through IMG, the world’s premier licensing agent. The company is currently implementing a plan to expand into all media, is working with TV networks on several TV shows and is developing a major Internet presence dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century.

For more information visit: www.chickensoup.com.

Giveaway: Yoplait Kids Get Active Prize!

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

Look what arrived on my doorstep from MyBlogSpark yesterday:


A free sample of Yoplait for Kids yogurt
and a Yoplait Get Active prize pack!

Just look at the COOL stuff in the Get Active prize pack! There’s a beach ball, a jump rope, a water bottle, a soft-sided insulated lunch box, a Frisbee, trackball, paddle ball, and a coupon for *FREE Yoplait Kids yogurt!!

*Apparently this coupon offer for a free six pack of Yoplait for Kids yogurt is not valid in some states, including Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee. Sorry 😦

My kids were so excited. First, yogurt is one of the only healthy things Burke asks for…and then requests more of when he’s polished off the first container. We always have kid’s yogurt in the house. And then both Burke and Maggie were calling “dibs” on the stuff in here, so you can see how desirable it is to kids. Although, I have to admit that Mike and I were excited too because we both had trackball sets when we were growing up. LOL

The best part? I get to give away THREE of these to my readers!! How do you enter to get one, you ask? Lots of ways! You’ll get one entry for each of the following if you:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your kid’s favorite yogurt flavor.
  2. Leave another comment telling me what you do as a family to keep active. (Please keep it separate from the above comment so it’s easier for me to count!)
  3. Twitter about this giveaway, then come back and leave another comment with a direct link to the tweet.
  4. Blog about this giveaway – with a link directly to this post, then come back and leave another comment with a direct link to the post.

(Feel free to use this link: http://tinyurl.com/dzl54p for numbers 3 and 4 above.)

You have until midnight on Monday, March 30th. Random.org will choose the winners and I’ll announce them at some point on Tuesday, March 31st.

P.S. If you don’t win one of these prizes, you can still go here to print a coupon and learn more about Yoplait for Kids.

Not a Lot of Time To Post

For a few reasons…

The good reason:
The What A Card family came over to play today!! We had a great time in the back yard – the kids were all playing together and Burke gave a running commentary for who was who, and who was playing with what toy (and who actually owned the toy). Mike grilled up some grub: Pork chops, kielbasa, hot dogs, chicken, green beans, zucchini, and Potatoes. YUM. What A Card herself brought some very yummy cup cakes for dessert. A wonderful afternoon. 🙂

The not-so-good reason:
I’m off to try to finish up Breaking Dawn (Book 4 in the Twilight Series)

Pay it Forward

I loved the book (MUCH better than the movie – but isn’t that how it always is? …except for maybe in the case of Shakespeare’s stuff LOL), so when I saw this on Debi’s blog – it jumped out at me.

I wish I lived my life by paying it forward a little more. I do what I can (less now than before the kids came along) – but I should really be doing more. My life has been very good so far, so it only makes sense to try to make others’ lives better… even if it’s a small gesture like playing along with a blog “pay it forward” thing.

Feel the same way? Then play along with me!

The rules are easy:

  1. The first 3 people to post a comment on this entry will receive a gift from me sometime during the year. When and what are surprises to the winners!
  2. Post about this on your blog & come back and leave your comment telling me you are Paying It Forward as well.

(So, ya. This does not mean if you would be the fourth to leave a comment that you shouldn’t play along! By all means, everyone – please, join in! Who knows, perhaps I’ll be feeling generous and choose a few more people to pay it forward to 🙂 )