Sunday, August 29, 2010

S.O.S. Sunday OH! SNAP! //Storm

"Storm"



For more info on S.O.S. please check out the S.O.S. page here... leave your link in the Blog Hop, and visit other participants...

As always... Comments are appreciated, and will encourage those you visited, to visit back..

I will List the themes at least 1 week in advance, if not more..

SOOOOO Get Snapping...


Mommying On The Fly






Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I wanna Fracture...


What is a “Fracture” you’re wondering?

It’s an awesome concept where your photos are printed directly on glass, meaning no more taping your images down to keep them in place and no more faded out photos on your wall either.   Easy Peasy.. Printing and framing in one easy step... All this at www.fractureme.com — and in case you’re worried that they’re going to cost a fortune, an 8×10″ portrait will only cost $12 to print. So the most complicated problem will now be selecting the photos you want to have printed first!
 I'm afraid this might be habit forming! :)
Fracture is letting the first 100 Moms to let you know about this an opportunity to try it out... Woot Woot.. I just heard about this product this morning…and I’m hoping that I get to be one of the first 100 moms who gets to review one of these frames.

If I get lucky, you'll definitely get to hear my 2cents.. — because let’s be honest: We take a lot of photos lately — but our home is seriously lacking when it comes to displaying it!!
So wish me luck & hopefully I’ll be able to type fast enough to still make the cut.


Note: I wrote this blog post in response to a TwitterMoms RAMBO alert, making me eligible to get a Fracture picture frame for review. You can learn more about Fracture at http://www.fractureme.com.


Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Sunday, August 22, 2010

BE RIGHT BACK!!!!!

We're Off Camping for a little bit..



We'll catch up when I get back from Pandora.. Taking advantage of this time to be Gadget FREE!!!!




Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

S.O.S. Sunday OH! SNAP! //Nautical

"Nautical"



For more info on S.O.S. please check out the S.O.S. page here... leave your link in the Blog Hop, and visit other participants...

As always... Comments are appreciated, and will encourage those you visited, to visit back..

I will List the themes at least 1 week in advance, if not more..

SOOOOO Get Snapping...


Mommying On The Fly






Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Little Looster Review

The Little Looster- A Booster for the Loo


Image was borrowed from the Little Looster website.

About the company:

Little Looster  was brain child of Monica Mylet, a mother of 3. She thought up the design through the parenting of 3 kids and their potty training process. I am so grateful to Monica for sharing this with us, and giving me and the Gremlins the opportunity to try one out.

About the product:



It promotes:
  • Comfort:  It helps support little legs that still can not reach the ground.
  • Confidence: With the "All Around" concept, kids feel safer, there is more room to maneuver.
  • Cleanliness:  Kids can sit hands free with out touching the germ infested lids or rim.
Image was borrowed from the Little Looster website.

Pros: 
 I really liked the fact that it went all the way around the toilet or "hugged" it.  The girls were a little skeptical at first, but they came around.  They tend to get up facing the toilet, THEN turn around, so this was totally NEW to them. I really liked the fact that since it wraps around the base of the toilet, there is no fear of it moving while they are on it or slipping right from under them.  SECURITY? check..  Also, although their little legs don't quite reach the Little Looster while they are on the toilet, I can totally see where the benefits and comfort issues come into play, it's a little taller that the average step stool too.  COMFORT? check.  We also use it around our sink, which made the gremlins washing their hands a TON easier... I think I "heart" our Little Looster...
Cons:
The only thing I had a small issue with was the fact that it WAS uncomfortable to use the toilet as an adult with the Little Looster in place... (Must admit though, It MAY have just been ME.. It is less bulky than the average step stool, and sticks out LESS... But those bug me too, I usually kick them out of the way.. My Husband thinks I'm nit picking, because he swears there is NOOOO problem.. lol) Solution?  We placed it in THEIR bathroom, instead of the common bathroom the family uses regularly.  The GREAT part about that?  They liked the Little Looster  so much, they had NO issues with heading upstairs to use their OWN bathroom which meant we could ditch the potty ring downstairs TOOOOO..


BONUS:

I don't have to STOP everything I'm doing because Hubby or I FORGOT to put the step stool BACK in front of the toilet and now have 2 screaming toddlers that they need MOMMY to take them to the potty..

BIG thumbs UP!! for Little Looster ...



Buy it!
Just click on Little Looster to buy your Little Looster !


Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Friday, August 20, 2010

Prepping!!!

We're getting ready for our yearly camping trip, and we can't be MORE excited. We know that going anywhere with our twin toddlers requires extra preparation and a camping trip is no different. This isn;t their first either, we've been going every year since before they were born, but it seems every trip serves up new challenges, and no matter how prepared you THINK you are, well, let's just leave it at that.

We plan to try and plan out each day of your campout to be sure that we have enough supplies, including clothes, a change of clothes since the first will most likely get dirty, wipes, and snacks that the gremlins are used to. Potable water, because hydration is a must, and of course warm clothing.. It's been known togo from 80's during the day to low 40's in the evening. 
Ofcourse we cannot forget  familiar items to help alleviate any anxiety they have about going on a camping trip, and their wagon.  MAN I love that little wagon, it was our saving grace last year.

A few tips if you plan on camping with your toddlers:


Sleeping with a Toddler while Camping

Toddlers are often used to their normal bedtime routine and may have difficulty sleeping in a new place. Don’t be afraid to bring a port-a-crib if you have room for it inside a tent, cabin, or camping trailer. Infants and toddlers may sleep better if given their own space and parents will sleep better knowing that their child is in a safe place during the night.
Many toddlers become afraid as the sun goes down because they are not used to being outside after dark. If possible, bring a small flashlight to let your toddler use after dark in addition to the larger ones used by mom and dad (we found these cute farm animal ones that are super kid friendly).  Toddlers will feel more secure being in control of the darkness by holding their own flashlight.


Comfort items that your toddler uses for bedtime such as a special blanket, stuffed animal, or pillow should be brought to make bedtime as close to normal as possible. If your toddler is used to falling asleep with a bedtime story bring a familiar children’s book with you on your camping trip.
Some toddlers who have difficulty falling asleep on a camping trip can be lulled to sleep by the movement of the car. A quick scenic drive around the area may help your toddler fall asleep peacefully and allow you to gently lift him into his bed for the night. Toddlers may feel more comfortable sleeping as close to mom or dad as possible and having access to their flashlight throughout the night. A small flashlight hung from the top of the tent and left on makes a wonderful nightlight during a camping trip.


Toddler Friendly Camping Activities

  • Toddlers love being outside, and some of the simplest outdoor activities will thrill them during a camping trip. Give your toddler a container to start a rock collection since they will most likely find rocks that are not available closer to home. 
  • Go on a short hike to explore new areas. If hiking is too tiring for your toddler, try using an infant carrier such as the Ergo baby carrier or a toddler backpack to allow them to enjoy the hike without wearing themselves out (unless that's the plan and you go before nap time). 
  • Build a campfire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows or make foil dinners. Reading books or telling stories around the campfire is a wonderful family activity and can often help toddlers wind down before bedtime.
Camping is a wonderful family activity that will create family memories that will last a lifetime and expose toddlers to new places and experiences. Enjoying the outdoors as a family is a healthy activity that will encourage a healthy lifestyle for the long term and help toddlers develop new interests and hobbies. Don’t be afraid to take your toddler camping with you. While it does require some extra planning and there may be a few moments of frustration, you will help your family draw closer together and be able to enjoy each other away from the stress of everyday life.



Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birth Order and my Twins

One of the many questions that people often ask is,

"Who was born first?" ... 

This kind of annoys me... For one thing, my husband and I have decided NOT to divulged that information to them, and kind of feel like it really shouldn't MATTER to others.. We chose not to tell the girls till they are much older because we didn't want it to become a point of contention in their relationship. Maybe we'll just slip it in at the reading of our will.. I just wonder does birth order really have any relevance to twins?

I must admit, my curiosity has been peaked, and so, I started doing my homework.  Many agree with a 1998 study that said, "Children's perception of their place in the family constellation influences how they feel about themselves, and how they interact with others." (Kottman & Johnson, 1993 in Nims, 1998) Some studies have theorized that first born children have more self-esteem and higher IQ's while lastborns tend to be more relaxed and irresponsible.

 I found the Adlerian Birth Order Characteristics most interesting...
  • Psychologist Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, defined a set of characteristics to describe how a child's position within the family would actualize in his or her personality. The table below presents a simplified version of his theories, adapted from the Adler Institute website.


Adlerian Birth Order Characteristics
Position Family Situation Characteristics
Oldest Dethroned by next child. Has to learn to share. Parent expectations are usually very high. Often given responsibility and expected to set an example. May become authoritarian or strict. Feels power is his right. Can become helpful if encouraged.
Second Has a pacemaker, always someone ahead. Is more competitive, wants to overtake older child. May become a rebel or try to outdo everyone. Competition can deteriorate into rivalry.
Middle Is "sandwiched" in. May feel squeezed out of a position of privilege and significance. Even-tempered, "take it or leave it" attitude. May have trouble finding a place or become a fighter of injustice.
Youngest Has many mothers and fathers in older children. Never dethroned. Wants to be bigger than the others. Can stay the "baby." Frequently spoiled.


So I wondered.... Where do twins fit into the birth order equation? Psychologists agree that birth order characteristics are most often imprinted within the first few years of life. However, with twins, there is usually only a matter of minutes between births, not years. Does any significant event happen in those few minutes that would influence the individual child's perception of his or her position within the family? Not usually.

Birth order for twins isn't necessarily preordained, either. So many things can play a factor as to which twin is born first.. Their position in the womb, which can change throughout pregnancy, how the mother delivers; the order might be switched if the mother had a Cesarean section rather than vaginal delivery, etc..
So how do you explain the manifestation of birth order characteristics in the personalities of individual multiples? Certainly there are many examples of twin sets where the first born twin is a dominant leader and the second born is a subdued follower. Is that because of their birth order or is some other factor at work?

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of specific research available on this subject. However, many birth order experts agree that twins tend to organize themselves according to their overall place within the family. For example, if they have one older sibling, they will both exhibit characteristics of a second born. If they are the oldest, they will adopt some traits of first firstborns.

 However, Cliff Isaacson, author of The Birth Order Effect as well as the website Birth Order Plus, further believes that birth order traits in twins are also impacted by their status as twins. He explains, "The organization seems to result from one of the twins being dominant, resulting in that one having the older Birth Order. It does not seem to have much relevance to the order in which they were actually born. The Birth Order personalities of twins are often more intense than in normal Birth Order. Because they are the same age and capability, the dominant one has to work harder at being dominant thus reinforcing the Birth Order personalities of both."


When I jokingly refuse to tell some people.. they inevitably try to guess.. . "You must be born first, you are -- fill in the blank here -- taller/have longer hair/are more outgoing than your sister," they say, trying to pinpoint a dominant characteristic. What they don't realize is that by tomorrow, the sisters may have switched these traits! Psychologists agree that twins often exchange dominance throughout their lives, and in that sense may alternate between birth order categories.

Aside from inherent personality traits, I believe the impact of birth order in multiples is more often one of perception rather than reality. Parents of multiples, as well as society, apply behavioral expectations based on traditional birth order characteristics; in reaction, the individual children behave in fulfillment of those expectations.


For example, a mother may reason, "Oh, Twin A was born first. She is always first to do everything. She was the first to crawl, and she'll be the first to walk also!" She expects her firstborn twin daughter to walk before her sister, and spends more time coaching and encouraging this daughter in this skill. In reaction to her self-fulfilling prophecy, Twin A naturally walks first. As the twins grow up, their parents expect their "firstborn" to look out for her "younger" sister, establishing Twin A in the dominant role in the relationship, and galvanizing her personality traits in the mold of an elder child.


Remember the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau? In chapter 25 of Genesis, it clearly states that their father, Isaac, preferred the firstborn Esau, while the mother, Rebekah, loved only Jacob. This created jealousy between the twins, and ultimately Jacob tricked his brother out of his birthright.


I believe that parents of multiples have a vital responsibility to foster their childrens' individual personalities outside of the realm of birth order. To accomplish this, they can:
  • Adopt a consistent, neutral set of expectations that will allow each child to fulfill their inherent personality destiny
  • Avoid birth order stereotypes that are meaningless for twins
  • Downplay the significance of birth order; if necessary, choose not to identify the multiples' birth order
  • Discourage others, including extended family, teachers and curious strangers, from overemphasizing birth order importance
I can tell you for sure... Mine do NOT fit the black and white bill.. lol.. 







Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sleeping Disorder??

Lately nights here have been bitter sweet.  It has been 2 months since we decided to take back our bed, and move the twins into their own room, and own beds.  One of my Gremlins has had no problem adjusting to her new bedtime routine, and actually PREFERS sleeping alone in her own bed, but Star?  Not so much lately.

It has been a hard transition I think for both us.  I feel so empty without them in my bed at night.  There is a small piece of me that relishes in the peace and quiet that I get in those few hours between their bed time and mine, but it does not come guilt free.  Does that ever go away??

These past few nights, Star has been asking to sleep in my bed, which I have to deny her request.  She begs me to sleep in her bed, which I have to also deny.  Then she cries herself to sleep, pleading for her momma to give her love and affection, while my heart slowly breaks.. Night after night, my heart breaks into a million pieces.

I mean, what kind of message will I be sending them, if they keep bouncing back and forth between my bed and theirs.  I figure it would just be difficult to keep them independently in their own beds if I keep letting them into mine.  It is so difficult hearing the hurt in her cries, and having to turn my baby down.  Especially for a request that is so easy to give in to.  A request I SOOOOO badly WANT too.  It is excruciating, especially when EVERY fiber of my SOUL is telling me to grab her, hug her, kiss her, cuddle with her, and snuggle TOGETHER and go to sleep.

Then the voice of reason starts creeping in... I hate her..

She starts chiming in... "What about Luna? It really wouldn't be fair for you to creep into bed with star.  Doesn't Luna deserve your love too?  Your cuddling? Your snuggling?"

So confused.  The battle continues night after night, and I'm honestly not sure how well things are going to move forward after a week of camping...

TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME!!!


Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Monday, August 16, 2010

Busy

Today was a busy crazy day.  It seems that with the gremlins having been sick lately, I attepmted yet AGAIN to degerm the house.  We opened all the windows, to circulate the ait, disinfected all the bathrooms, and surfaces, and stripped all the beds.  Laudry has never been my friend, but this was ridiculous...


Also, my girls love Beefaroni, but I don;t really like giving them all those additive often, so, momma made some homemade Beefaroni this afternoon, and I'll be placing the left overs in little single serve containers and freezing it for other days..


On a lighter note, I DID take advantage of a little time while they napped and made them some Jell-O.  Thought it'd be a nice surprise for snack today when they got up.. It was received with smiles, giddy dancing, and a lot of "MORE?"  hahahaha I think we'll be making more SOON..


Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

Menu Plan Monday

http://orgjunkie.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/mpm-1.jpg

 Meal Plan Monday... Although I have been a big meal planner for years, never thought to actually blog about it... and why the heck not right..






Monday 
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • Headed up North for a little Family R and R (Camping)
Sunday
  • Easy Day

    This should take the guessing out of cooking, save us some money when it comes to groceries shopping, and help me keep to the meals I CAN eat... and now every Friday, I will place the recipes in the recipe page of the blog.. in case you'd like to join us .. Bon' Appetit...Hope you enjoy!!!!


    For more info, head over to I'm an Organization Junkie, and have a look around...

    Now, Wish me luck... (=




    Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    S.O.S. Sunday OH! SNAP! //Love

    "Love"



    For more info on S.O.S. please check out the S.O.S. page here... leave your link in the Blog Hop, and visit other participants...

    As always... Comments are appreciated, and will encourage those you visited, to visit back..

    I will List the themes at least 1 week in advance, if not more..

    SOOOOO Get Snapping...


    Mommying On The Fly






    Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    TGIF the 13th

    Exploring the unknown is fun. That is probably why I love superstitions.  I don't necesarily follow them all, or believe in all of them, but I find them entertaining.   I'm also curious "how" and "why" we believe in such things.  Being that today is Friday the 13th, I thought I'd share with ya the 13 most popular superstions and their origins.

    • Itchy Palm – Good Luck     There seems to be a lot of variations on this superstition, but the idea of having an itchy palm generally refers to someone who is greedy or has an insatiable desire for money. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus states, "Let me tell you Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm." Some believe that if the right palm itches, you will meet someone new, while an itchy left palm means that money is coming. Others say that an itchy right palm means money coming in and a left-handed itch foretells money going out. The bottom line is, if either of your palms itch, do not scratch them or you will counter the effect – unless you scratch it on lucky wood or brass.

    •  Walking under a Ladder – Bad Luck   It's common sense to avoid walking under an open ladder for fear of something falling on you, but there are superstitious reasons for doing so as well. Consider the shape of an open ladder; a triangle that signifies life to some.  When you walk though the triangle, you are tempting the fates. You may also awaken spirits that live within the triangle (including evil spirits who may not be happy with the disturbance). If you do accidentally walk under a ladder, you can counter the bad luck by placing your thumb between your index and middle finger. Another method is to cross the fingers on both hands to call upon the sign of the cross to protect you from evil. 
     
    •   Breaking a Mirror – Bad Luck   Most will tell you that the agreed upon time span for bad luck is 7 years. 7 years is also how long it takes to fully rejuvenate the entire physical body.   Since a mirror was thought to be a reflection of the soul, breaking a mirror was harmful to the soul. To counter the ill effects, you can take the mirror outside and bury it in the moonlight. 
     
     

    • Finding a Horseshoe – Good Luck   Some people believe that this is the luckiest of all symbols, especially if it is found with the open end pointing toward you. If you find one of these gems, pick it up with your right hand, spit on one end, make a wish and toss it over your left shoulder, leaving it where it lands. You can also place a horseshoe over the entrance of your home with the open end down to bring luck to the family living within. Some traditions say that the number of nails left on the horseshoe will indicate how many years of good luck are to come.
     
    • Opening an Umbrella Inside – Bad Luck    It seems like a no-brainer that opening an umbrella inside can be bad luck, since it runs the risk of breaking valuable items and poking folks in the eye. However, there are also common superstitions that prohibit this act as well. Umbrellas that shade us from the deified sun are considered magical.  When the umbrella is opened inside and out of the way of sun's rays it offends the sun god. It may even signify impending death or ill fortune for both the person who opened it and the people who live within the home. 
     
    • Knock Twice on Wood – Reverses Bad Luck    The origin of this common superstition dates back to a time when some cultures believed that gods lived in trees. When one would ask for a favor from these gods, he would lightly touch the bark of the tree. To say thank you after the favor had been granted, he would knock lightly one more time. This custom may have also originated with Christians who were offering thanks for good fortune with this gesture to Jesus Christ who died on a cross made from wood. 
     
    • Tossing Spilled Salt over your Shoulder – Good Luck   Salt has always been considered a valuable substance capable of purifying and warding off evil spirits. By tossing spilled salt over your left shoulder, you are driving away the evil spirits lurking with the intent to cause misfortune.
     
    • Black Cats – Bad Luck  This is a tough one for cat lovers to swallow, but in the Middle Ages it was thought that witches kept black cats as companions.  Some people even believed that these kitties could turn into witches or demons after 7 years. Powerful men like Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte were prepared to conquer nations, but terrified of a little black kitty. 
     
    • Saying "God Bless You" – Good Luck   You may think it is etiquette pure and simple, but blessing someone after he sneezes is actually a common superstition. In the 6th century, people were congratulated for sneezing because it was thought they were expelling evil spirits. Early Romans believed that a good sneeze could release your soul into the world, and a "bless you" would keep it safe. When the plague hit Europe in 1665, the pope mandated that everyone should be blessed when they sneezed since they were probably going to die. The blessing was usually followed up with the sign of a cross for good measure. 
     
    • "Turn your plate."  My mother would instruct my sister and I to turn our plates whenever someone left the table during a meal. By turning our plates, we were ensuring that the individual who left the table would arrive at their destination safely. Failure to 'turn your plate' would prove an ultimate demise for the person who just left. Wouldn't it have been more polite if that person just waited for everyone to finish eating before leaving?
     
    • Trick or Treat - The Druids believed that on October 31st, the dead rose from their graves to revisit their old homes. The frightened villagers would put out offerings of fruits and nuts to keep the wandering souls from destroying their homes and property. Today we no longer practice this superstition, but instead we make light of it by dressing our children up (many of them AS the dead) and sending them out to collect goodies from our (no longer fearful) neighbors.    
     
    • A rabbit’s foot - Good Luck  Considered lucky in many countries, but especially in America, where over 10 million rabbit’s feet are bought every year and are said to bring good luck to their owners & protect them against evil spirits.  Rubbing the charm all over a newborn baby ensures that the child is always lucky. But one should be very careful to not lose the charm, as misfortune will then move in swifter than the running of a rabbit.  The superstition is thought to be of Afro-American origin and is said to be one of the oldest in the world, as old as around 600 BC. It is assumed that this is a carry-on of rituals or talismans of an African tribe and may also be connected to the legends of the Br'er Rabbit (representing the black slave who used his wits to overcome situations and extract revenge on the white slave-owners)  Since rabbits live underground, they were also linked to darkness, witches, and the devil, but were considered to have protective powers against these evil forces. Also earlier on, only the left hind foot of the rabbit was considered lucky and it had to be rubbed to bring on good luck. The hind leg was considered lucky because when rabbits run, their hind feet go ahead of their front, although it is not clear as to why only the left hind foot was taken.  
    •  Friday the 13th  – Bad Luck  Many of us can't help but get a shiver of trepidation when we realize that a Friday the 13th is lurking within the current month. A fear of the number 13 is one of the most common superstitions around, and is so widespread that many apartments and hotels omit the 13th floor and some airlines fly without a 13th row. The most popular thought on the origin of this origin is that Judas was the 13th guest at the Last Supper and that Christ was crucified on a Friday. Put it all together, and you have one unlucky day of the year.
    Common superstitions still have a place across the globe today, and many of us enjoy finding out the reasons behind the rituals to make sense of them. Whenever you toss the salt, knock on wood or bless someone when they sneeze, you are making the world a safer place from all the evil spirits lurking about. You never know when your simple action to counter bad luck will be just the thing to make your world and the people around you a bit happier.



    How Superstitious Are You?

    Do you take great care with mirror glass? Would you never even dream of walking under a ladder? I know I tend to NOT kill spiders in the house, and believe that a bird in your house is a GOOD omen.  Although I don;t tend to think of myself as superstitious.. I guess I AM.. lol.. 
    Some people take certain age old beliefs as seriously as they do the law, there are varying degrees of superstition.
     I found this quiz tells you where YOU fall on the superstitious scale. And if it makes you feel better, you can rub your good luck charm before you begin. 
     

    Blogger Tips - Get This Gadget