Saturday, July 31, 2010

Drum Roll Please

I'm happy to announce that we have selected a winner in the TyneBoden Necklace Giveaway.  The winner was randomly selected through Random.Org.  Congratulations to "Discovering the Me in Mommy".  Please email me with your details so I can get your necklace shipped to you.

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Five Question Friday



Happy Friday everyone!  I hope this week has been a good one.  I had some ups and downs while battling the flu; but, I'm on the mend.  Here are my answers for this weeks Five Question Friday.   To join in and do your own Five Question Friday, head over to My Little Life and link up!



Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then c'mon back to link up! If you don't have a blog (or already wrote a post), but would like to play along, feel free to leave your answers in the comments below!


1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If so, do you still have it?
I can't say I had a favourite blanket; but I did have a Holly Hobby doll I loved.  I don't have her any more though.  I wonder what happened to her actually?

2. Do you dream in color?
I've never really thought about it.  Maybe.  Although, aren't we supposed to dream in black & white?

3. How tall are you? Do you wish you were shorter or taller?
I'm 5'6".  I think that's a good height.  Maybe a few inches taller would be nice.

4. If you could have anyone's (celeb or other) voice as the guide on your GPS, who would it be?
I think I would want Barry White to guide me!  There's just something about that smooth, sultry, low bass :P

5. Do you return your shopping cart to the corral or leave it wherever in the parking lot?
Yes, always.  Nothing peeves me more than trying to pull into a parking spot and having to get out and move a shopping cart that wasn't put away; ESPECIALLY when the corral is only a few feet away.



{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Going Loopy's Sophie Saver Review

Any parent with an infant is certain to be familiar with Sophie the Giraffe.  Sophie was first introduced 40 years ago in France and is now loved by babies and parents around the world.  Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber and non-toxic paint.

I too could not wait to get a Sophie when I found out I was expecting a third baby (I didn't know about her when the twins were born).  I was shocked to see that Sophie, a rubber chew toy, sells for roughly $21.99 in stores; and yet, I had to have one.

What I didn't love, was the risk of losing Sophie.  Unfortunately, Pickle LOVES her giraffe and it goes everywhere with us.  Luckily, I came across Going Loopy and their Sophie Saver!

This wonderful invention has saved me countless times when Pickle has tried to toss Sophie out of the carseat and/or stroller.  The Sophie Saver is a simple, yet genius concept; made from a 17" long grosgrain ribbon that is 5/8" wide.  There is a metal clip on one end that is lead-free and has plastic "teeth" to protect clothing and fabrics.  On the other end you'll find a loop to fit around Sophie and you can adjust the size of the loop with a plastic toggle.  I can attach Sophie to just about anything from the lining of Pickle's carseat, to a strap or article of clothing.  I've even attached it to a shopping cart by simply wrapping the ribbon around the handle and attaching the clip to the ribbon on the other side.  I'm no longer afraid that I'm going to lose Sophie or that she's going to fall on the floor.  Oh, and did I mention, the Sophie Saver is multi-functional?  Not only will it keep Sophie attached, but I can later use it to attach sippy cups and anything else that I can fit into it's loop!



A Sophie Saver is a MUST for any parent with a Sophie toting child.

The Sophie Saver is designed and made by a Deb, a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) of two.  She puts passion and love into every item she makes and is absolutely wonderful to deal with.  Going Loopy also makes other items for baby; including: Sippy Savers, Loopy Lovies and Soother Savers.









I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. I purchased the above product mentioned for my own use and loved it so much I then contacted the manufacturer about writing a review based on my experience with the product. All opinions expressed are 100% mine and completely honest.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Making Friends Monday




Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by.  While you're here don't forget to check out our TyneBoden Necklace Giveaway.   

I'm excited to take place in my first Making Friends Monday.  See the rules below and join in.  Can't wait to see you around.

Each week we will randomly pick a Spotlight Blog of the Week! To be choosen you must follow the rules and have our button somewhere on your blog. (We have to be able to find it!) 

1. Follow the Making Friends Monday Hosts (Listed as # 1-5) as well as the Spotlight Blog of the Week (listed as #6)--They WILL follow you Back! 


2. Link up the Making Friends Monday post on your blog. 


3. Grab our Making Friends Monday button and include it in a post on your blog. 


4. Visit as many blogs as you would like and follow them. Be sure to tell them you are a new follower from Making Friends Monday! 


5. Follow back as many followers as you would like from Making Friends Monday. Following back your new friends is appreciated! 




Help spread the word and get more followers: 


-Put the same linky list code on your blog and you'll have the exact same list! 


- Your blog visitors can add their blog to your list and it will show up on all lists! 






Don't forget to follow the rules so you have a chance to be the "Spotlight Blog of the Week"! 


ENJOY!











 
This week's Spotlight of the Week is Mom's Mutterings. The writer of Mom's Mutterings is Pam and she is wonderful! Pam is a mom to two kids, two cats, and two spare kids. She enjoys thrifty living and couponing. She usually writes about the misadventures of her family and shares reviews and giveaways. She can also be found at her other blog, The Thrifty Things.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Only 5 Days Remaining

Only 5 days remain until we draw for the custom TyneBoden necklace we're giving away.

You can learn more about how to enter here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Five Question Friday

Happy Friday to my friends, new and old.  I hope this week has been good to you all.  In addition to my weekly {this moment} post.  I thought I would try something new, Five Question Friday.  To join in and do your own Five Question Friday, head over to My Little Life and link up!






Without further ado:

1.  What were your school colours?

In Elementary School, Terry Fox PS, it was grey and burgundy.

In Jr. High, Robert H. Lagerquist, it was gold and purple

In Highschool, Heart Lake Secondary School,  it was blue, red and white.

2.  What's the best compliment you ever received?

This is a tough one.  I think in general we, as a society, focus more on the negative than the positive.  After much consideration, I think the compliments I remember the most relate to my family.  "Your kids are very well behaved", "What a lovely family you have".

But I'm going to say, the BEST compliment, was when Mr. Twingle asked me to become his wife.  In that one small act, he was telling me not only that he loved me; but, that he respected me, was loyal and committed to me and above all else, he would always be there for me.

3.  Do you buy cheap or expensive toilet paper?

LOL, I love this question.

 The "right" toilet paper is important in this household.  I find if we don't get that "right" TP both hubby and I end up with itchy bottoms (a little TMI, I know).

We have actually found that the Kirkland Brand TP from Costco works well for us and it's affordable too!

In a pinch, between Costco trips it has to be Charmin; but prolonged use can lead to the above mentioned situation :P

4.  Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you?  Or have you had one for someone else?

Yes...and yes!

The only surprise party that was thrown for me was my 20th birthday.  I'm fortunate that I'm a June baby and so my BFF's held a party under the pretense of our annual start of summer bbq.  Little did I know that they had actually turned the bbq into a surprise party for me with most of my nearest and dearest friends in attendance.  It was a wonderful afternoon and one I remember fondly.

To answer the other half of the question, I threw a surprise going away party for Mr. Twingle who was then my boyfriend.  He was going away to college and so a couple weeks before he left I got his friends together to say goodbye.  We had each contributed to a laundry basket full of essentials for college life.  Things like laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste and even condoms.  

5.  What is one material possession that you "can't live without"?

Hmmm...I'm gonna have to say my iPhone.  It goes everywhere with me and can do everything I need it to.  

It's a GPS when I'm travelling, a camera for those random moments and you don't have a camera handy, an iPod so I have music anywhere I go,  a social networking device; I have Facebook and Twitter anytime I need a fix, it's a good book to curl up with and so much more.

Yes, my iPhone is definitely the one material possession I can't do without!

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Okay, I'm done.  Now it's your turn!  Don't forget to link up at My Little Life

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Birthing the Twins

Being a MoM (mother of multiples) I often get asked about the birth story of the twins. Today is Twin Tuesday so I thought I would share that memorable moment with you all.

First I want everyone to know that I didn't actually find out I was having twins until I was 5 months pregnant.  I had none of the usual "tell tale signs" that multiple pregnancies usually have.  I was very fortunate and didn't suffer any morning sickness at all and I only gained a total of 33lbs (8 of those were during the last week when I developed pre-eclampsia).  Despite the fact that twins run rampant in my family, I was shocked beyond belief when I was told at my ultrasound that I was having twins.  We had already purchased a crib and we had planned to buy our stroller that weekend. Needless to say, our plans changed as we now had to research and decide on a twin stroller.

At 26 weeks, my blood pressure started to become elevated.  My OB decided he would begin monitoring me more closely doing pre-natal appointments every week.  At 28 weeks my blood pressure was still climbing and so my doctor took me off work, gave me a prescription for labetalol and told me I needed to rest for a minimum of 1 hours morning, noon and night.  Despite my modified bed rest, my blood pressure continued to climb and at 31w 1d they found protein in my urine.  The doc decided to send me to the hospital to be monitored for 24hours to determine if I was in the early stages of pre-eclampsia.  He couldn't get me in that same day so I was told to check in at noon the following day, November 16th.  

Mr. Twingle drops me off at the hospital promptly at noon and stays for a little while to get me settled.  I have a private room with a view of the lake, I get the television hooked up and I have a supply of Harry Potter novels and crocheting to keep me busy as I was told I would be there for 24-48 hours.  Mr. Twingle then leaves to go to work, promising to bring me dinner later that evening.  My nurse for the day, Jen, comes in to take my vitals and listen to the heartbeats, everything seems fine.  Around 4pm, a friend of mine comes into visit bringing me a mulled cranberry cider.  We chat for a while and she leaves about an hour later to get home to her family.  I call Mr. Twingle to see if he has any idea what time he'll be through at work and to advise him I'd prefer subs for dinner that night.  He claims he'll be done in about an hour; but he'll be there before the start of the Amazing Race (it was to be the season premiere).  We say good-bye and I move from my bed to the rocking chair as my back has begun to hurt.  Jen comes in with some water and I ask if she has a hot water bottle to put on my back.  She doesn't but brings me warm blankets to use instead.  Around 6pm or so, I get up to use the washroom and as I stand to pull up my pants, my water breaks!  Of course, I'm only 31 weeks and in complete denial so I think I just haven't finished my business and sit back down.  After a few moments I clue in that it's not urine and I hit the call button.  3 nurses come running to find me in the washroom.  I explain that I think my water broke and they look at the floor exclaiming "is that it?".  I tell them my initial theory, which they chuckle at.  They get me cleaned up and moved into a wheel chair as I'm being moved to Labor & Delivery.  The whole while, Jen, is telling me not to worry and I'll likely be transferred out to McMaster University Children's Hospital since I'm so early.  Jen has also taken it upon herself to call Mr. Twingle to let him know I'm in labor.

Once in L&D, I'm promptly hooked up to fetal monitors and stripped down and dressed in a hospital gown.  The OB on call comes in to check me realizing I'm already dilated to 7cm; nope, not getting transferred at this point.  He also thinks that Twin A is vertex (head down) but wants to do an ultrasound to be sure.  Good thing he did as the ultrasound showed that Twin A was in fact breech and they are now going to deliver via c-section.  Mr. T has arrived in all this commotion and I hear him in the hall with a very panicked tone to his voice.  A nurse goes to get him scrubs; but, by the time she comes back I'm in hard labor with contractions coming one on top of the other with no room to breathe in between.  They wheel me to the OR dragging a chair behind them as everything is happening WAY too fast.  They transfer me to the operating table where the OB checks me again to find I'm fully dilated.  He tells me "don't push, we're waiting on the anesthesiologist".  I think to myself, "Are you out of your bloody mind?".  Then I'm put out under general anesthesia and Mr. T paces the hallway as he's no longer allowed in the OR since I'm under general.  Pretty, twin A was born at 1924 weighing 3lbs 5oz.
Boo, twin B was born at 1926 weighing 4lbs 3oz.  Both were immediately taken to the SCN or Level II nursery where they were looked after by our wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Sharon Carson.

The twins were in the hospital for a total of 3 weeks, 6 days.  Boo got transferred to a level III nursery for 8 days before rejoining Prety at the level II nursery at the birthing hospital.

Now at 5.5 they are thriving and doing well.  You'd never know that they were 9 weeks early.

Monday, July 19, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

I'm sending out a very big thank you to Janelle from Pink Hippo Boutique.  She has graciously presented me with my very first blogger award, The One Lovely Blog Award.

Of course, like any award there are rules to accepting the honour.  First, you must thank the person who bestowed the award upon you, linking back to them.  Then share 7 things about yourself.  Finally, pass the award onto 9 fellow bloggers that inspire you and let them know about the award.



7 things about me...
- I love the outdoors and camping/cottaging
- I'm an avid reader
- I love to scrapbook
- I have 2 fur babies, Röxi is a 2 year old lab-shepherd x dog and Meeka is a 7 y/o angora/siamese x cat
- I am addicted to True Blood and Vampire Diaries
- I'm envious of my husband who travels the world
- I love to bake

In no particular order, here are the blogs I am choosing to pass the One Lovely Blog Award onto:
One Little Mister
The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom
The Life of Rylie and Bryce too
Taming Insanity
The Best Mom on the Block
Life, Unexpectedly
Coffee with Julie
The Bad Moms Club
Jackbear and Lilypad

Friday, July 16, 2010

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!




Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rewarding AND Lonely?

I want to start this post by saying I am VERY fortunate that I am able to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to my 3 little munchkins.  I love them dearly and there is nothing more important to me than being home with them during their most formative years.  Being their mother, teacher, nurse, chauffeur, chef and anything else they demand of me is a job I welcome and enjoy.

When you learn you're expecting your first child, you receive many words of wisdom and opinions of the heart.  One such sentiment is "being a Mother is very rewarding".  I completely agree with this statement.  Being a mom IS rewarding.  There is absolutely nothing better than having your child curl into your lap for a hug and a snuggle or watching them learn to write his or her name for the first time.  

But what no one told me is that being a SAHM can be a very lonely place.  My husband travels a lot, for weeks at a time, and so I'm often left home to take care of the kids, the house and anything else that comes along.  2.5 years ago, we moved into our current home leaving behind wonderful neighbours with whom we had a great relationship and friendship.  In our new home, we have decent neighbours.  But they are much older and we really don't have anything in common with them.  We don't even have other children in the area for the twins to play with and as they go to school out of cachement, they don't have any school friends nearby either.  I've found that as we get older the ability to make friends has become more difficult and so 2.5 years after moving into our home I still don't have anyone I can call upon to chat or join for a cup of joe in the afternoon.  Yes, I have childhood friends that I could call to talk to; but they all work or don't have children of their own and cannot relate.  There are times when I feel very alone in this great big world.  

As I write this post I'm reminded of my friend from our previous home.  On an evening such as this, when the housework was done and the kids were all in bed, we would sit in one of our backyards, with baby monitors and a beverage, talking of our daily trials and tribulations.  I miss you dear friend and I am lonely without you near.

I'd love to hear from other moms.  Do you feel the same way sometimes?  What do you do to make it better?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Custom Domain Problems

I just wanted to send out a little heads up that since switching to my custom domain, I've lost all comments that have been posted prior to the switch.  If I go back to the blogspot URL they are all still there; they just haven't transferred over.  So if you're looking at the blog and wondering what happened to your comment or why I haven't replied, that's why.
I've let Google know and it's apparently a common problem they're working on.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Our First Giveaway!

TyneBoden Necklaces started in April 2010. Tyne is an English teacher who has always loved wearing necklaces to add a little flair to her “teacher clothes.” She doesn’t go a day at work without a necklace. After being asked daily by students if she made that necklace, and being told by her boyfriend that she’d save money by making her own necklaces instead of always buying something new, she got an idea…

Tyne just started making necklaces for herself, but was getting to the point where people were asking if she’d make one for them. It wasn’t until her little sister said to make a blog and get TyneBoden Necklaces out there for people to see.

TyneBoden Necklaces takes custom-orders. If you look at her blog and see something you want, please email her at tynebodennecklaces@gmail.com.


In the mean time, TyneBoden Necklaces has very generously provided a necklace for us to giveaway! That's right, one lucky reader will take home this beautiful piece entitled "Broken Bones".


So here's how to enter. First, visit TyneBoden Necklaces and browse through her blog telling me what necklace design you like the most AND become a follower (2 entries). This entry is MANDATORY. If you do not do this, the following entries will not count.


Additional Optional Entries:

1 - Follow me on Google Friend Connect, leave a comment letting me know(1 entry)

2 - Follow me on Networked Blogs, leave me a comment (1 entry)

3 - Visit TyneBoden Necklaces on Facebook and become a friend, leave me a comment (1 entry)

4 - Grab TyneBoden Necklaces button and post on your blog or website, leave me a comment with link to your site (1 entry)

5 - Follow @Twinglesmama on Twitter, leave me a comment with your twitter name (1 entry)

6 - Tweet about the giveaway and leave me a comment with url to your tweet (1 entry). Only ONE tweet per day.

Giveaway will end July 30, 2010 at 8:00pm EST.  Winner will be selected at random by Random.org  Disclosure:  I was not paid or compensated in anyway for this giveaway.


Open to Canadian and U. S. Residents.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cursing Clover

For years, Mr. Twingle and I have prided ourselves on our well-kept lawn.  We fertilize with the appropriate formula in Spring, Summer and Fall.  We thatch, we aerate, we seed, we weed.  But this year, our beautiful lawn has been taken over by clover.  I don't just mean a little patch here and there.  Our whole front lawn is literally covered in little white flowers.  While the smell is sweet and succulent it does nothing for visual appeal.  In fact, it's driving me insane.

We have tried garden centre "creeping weed" killers, we've spoken with the Weed Man who cannot provide a guarantee that they can get rid of either.  I think we've come to the realization that we may just have to rip up all the grass and lay new sod.

That is, unless anyone out there has any tried and true solutions to rid your lawn of clover?

Friday, July 9, 2010

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!



Monday, July 5, 2010

Beat the Heat

The temperatures today in Southern Ontario are positively oppressive; which got me thinking.  What do you do with the kids to beat the heat?  Here are some of the things I do with my kiddies:

☀ Water Balloon fight
☀ Super-Soaker fight
☀ Dip in the kiddie pool (while I don't fit, I can soak my feet and cool off)
☀ Run through the sprinkler
☀ Eat homemade yogurt or juice popsicles (the great thing here is YOU control the sugar)
☀ Curl up on the couch in the A/C, snuggle and watch your favorite movie together

Leave a comment with your "beat the heat" strategies.  I'd love to hear them.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fruitful Living



Growing up in rural Brampton I was never really introduced to the idea of growing your own food.  I had heard of people with vegetable gardens; but, the idea was simply foreign to me.  I guess as a child and teenager I just thought "why go through all that trouble when you can run to the store?".
That thinking changed when I started dating my husband.  He comes from a long line of family members that grew their own fruits and vegetables.  None had a farm; but, they had gardens in their backyards growing anything from strawberries, potatoes, beans and corn to squash, rhubarb and more.  When my husband and I finally bought our first home he was determined that we too would have our own garden. I don't have much of a green thumb; or at least I didn't.  That quickly changed when I realized how wonderful pulling fresh tomatoes out of the garden for a salad or a burger could be.  Our garden has grown from a few tomato plants to include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, beans, garlic, red onions, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and 7 varieties of peppers!



The above photo was taken earlier this week.  Last year, my in-laws, gave Mr. Twingle and I three of the new shoots from their raspberry plants.  While we did get berries last year, they were few and far between. This year; however, we have about 20 new shoots of our own and the 3 bushes from last year are ready to start picking.



The other great thing about having your own vegetable and fruit garden is that your kids will take an interest too.  Each spring, the twins help us decide what vegetables to plant.  Pretty, who "hates beggies", will eat lettuce picked out of the garden.  I've even caught her eating a bean or too even though she denies it!  Boo will pick broccoli off the stock himself for a snack while out playing in the yard.  As for the berries, Mr. Twingle and I are lucky if we get any as the kids DEVOUR them.  I don't think I got a single one of this years strawberries as the twins were out in the yard every morning looking for ripened berries to pick and eat.

Friday, July 2, 2010

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!