Things People Only Say to Twin Moms

Being a mom of twins is a blessing that tends to bring unsolicited conversations. My girls are almost five years old and in those five years, I have had some pretty awkward conversations with complete strangers.  I feel like people flock to you when you have twins. It can be annoying at times.

Are they natural?

On countless occasions, while I have been out shopping or at events with my twin girls that I have been asked by complete strangers whether or not my twin girls are natural. My first instinct is to respond “Are you natural?” (or something along those lines). I realize that their question is whether or not my kids were created through in-vitro. For the record, they were not, it is genetic in my family to have fraternal twins. However, I do not feel that a complete stranger is owed any information on how my twin girls were conceived. If I had to use in-vitro or any other fertility support for my twins, wouldn’t that be a sensitive subject, one that is none of that stranger’s business. This is not a question that I have ever had asked when I am out with my son who is not a twin.

Are they identical?

This question follows the “are they natural?” question. This one always brings a good chuckle to me because if you look at my girls you know that they are not identical. One of my girls has light blonde hair with blue eyes. The other has darker blonde hair with brown eyes. They look different therefore they are not identical. This question is even funnier when a person asks if a boy/girl twins are identical. Seriously people! (shaking my head)

Let me share a little science for you, in case you don’t understand my sarcasm on this topic. Identical twins are when one fertilized egg splits. That egg split creating an identical egg in the same womb. That means that the two babies received the same x or y chromosome from the father, therefore they are the same sex. Boy and girl twins cannot be identical! Their anatomy doesn’t support that.

Are they a boy and girl?

When my girls were really little this was a question asked almost every where we went. Poor Brooke was often thought to be a boy by the general public. Out of politeness, don’t ask people if their baby is a boy or a girl. My girls were in pink or purple 90 percent of the time as babies. Maybe I’m wrong but most people do not dress their boys in pink or purple. Just a word of advice, look at their clothes first or don’t ask at all.

Two for the price of one

This one probably makes me the most annoyed out of any of the questions or statements said to us. So many people laugh and say “two for the price of one special.” You may be laughing right now thinking that it’s a cute joke but in reality, it’s not. I did not get a half price deal for having twins. Starting from pregnancy, twins cost more in general. You have more appointments, more ultrasounds, and usually more doctors. Then you move to childbirth which costs more just to deliver them. Then add their hospital care and yours, already you have surpassed the cost of a typical single child birth. This does not include the expenses of raising the twins. I am referring to the double strollers, two car seats for every stage; double the diapers, formula, food, and clothes. So in reply to the comment, two for the price of one…no twins are two for the price of two!

Irish Twins is Just Like Having Twins

I belong to several twin groups and this statement seems to really irritate the twin community. Irish twins are twins born less than a year apart. I want to say first of all that, that is hard. I completely understand that you are trying to say that it is hard to have multiple babies under the age of 3, or ages really close together. However, it is not like having twins. Twins are carried at the same time in your body. You have babies the exact same age, not months apart. There was never a point where you had just one with twins. I sympathize with parents of irish twins but please understand it is not the same.

Your Story of Twins

“My second cousin’s sister’s niece has twins…” Thank you for your story and I truly think it is wonderful that you know a set of twins. However, you are telling me this story as I am out with my twins, which means trying to be in and out of a place quickly to avoid as much drama as possible. I think it is sweet that people want to share their story with me but in reality, I’m trying to survive that outing. Any delay in our progress through that store can cause my girls to start throwing a fit or fighting. It’s a scene that I have seen way too many times and have no interest in experiencing at the store. Address their situation before telling them your twin story.

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With all the things that you could say to a twin mom, the best thing to say would be a compliment on how she is doing. Or just saying how precious her twins are. It’s hard work to be a twin mom and we are doing our best to raise our twins. These comments can be very frustrating to a twin mom.

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Mason’s First Day of MDO

It’s officially midway through September and that means that school has started. The girls have been in Kindergarten for almost a month now and even my little man has started his first day of Mother’s Day Out.

Mason started mother’s day out on Thursday, September 7, which means that he has had four days of mother’s day out now. Based on the teacher’s notes and how he is when I pick him up, he is enjoying the time at school. However, drop offs are much more dramatic.

Every mother’s day out morning, he gets really excited about his back pack being loaded up. He wants to wear his backpack to the car and into school. As we walk into school, I’m not ready for drop off line for him, he starts to slow down his walk. Almost pulling me back because he knows what is happening, even though he is still walking forward. Everything is fine until we enter his classroom and then the waterworks begin. Most days I have to pry him off of me and give him to the teacher to hold. It’s a horrible feeling each time I drop him off and almost brings me to tears. I love having him there and know that he is going to learn so much during his time at this Mother’s Day out but watching him cry is hard for me.

I know that over time he will learn to love the Mother’s Day out program just as his sisters did. I’m ready for no more tears.

Coming Up on the blog:

The final product of the addition

5th Birthday Party

Fall Food

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Young Living Essential Oils: NingXia

We are getting towards the end of our Young Living starter kit series. Today’s item in the kit is not actually an oil, but rather a drink supplement for your entire body. There are a few versions of Ningxia with Young Living.

Ningxia Red

Add a daily shot of NingXia Red® to your diet to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.

In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red’s formula includes pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils for a great-tasting, healthy treat.*

Young Living NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.*

750-ml bottles of NingXia Red are Halal and Kosher certified.

NingXia Red Uses

Drink 1-2 ounces 2 times daily. Best served chilled. Shake well before use. Refrigerate after opening and consume with in 30 days. Do not drink directly from the bottle. Do not use if the seal is broken.

  • Blend NingXia Red into your smoothie, acai bowl, or morning juice as part of a quick, convenient breakfast.
  • Chill and serve NingXia Red to family and guests at gatherings and celebrations when you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sparkling drinks.*
  • Treat children to this tasty drink instead of sugary sodas or juice cocktails.
  • Combine with NingXia Nitro for a nourishing drink that also supports cognitive wellness.*
  • Add a drop or two of your favorite dietary essential oil for an extra flavor boost! Try Peppermint, Thieves®, Cinnamon Bark, or Grapefruit.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ningxia Red Ingredients

Proprietary NingXia Red Blend 29g Ningxia Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum), Blueberry Juice Concentrate (Vaccinium corymbosum), Plum Juice Concentrate (Prunus domestica), Cherry Juice Concentrate (Prunus avium), Aronia Juice Concentrate (Aronia melanocarpa), Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Punica granatum) Proprietary Essential blend 50mg Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract, Orange EO (Citrus sinensis), Yuzu EO (Citrus junos), Lemon EO (Citrus limon), Tangerine EO (Citrus reticulata) Other ingredients: Tartaric acid, natural blueberry flavor, pure vanilla extract, malic acid, pectin, sodium benzoate/natural stevia extract.

Supplement Facts:

Serving Size:: 1 fl ounce (29.5 ml) Servings per container:: About 25 Calories: 20Total Carbohydrates: 5g Dietary Fiber: <1g Sugars: 2g Sodium: <5mg

NingXia Nitro

When you need a midday boost, it’s easy to reach for things like soda and energy drinks. Skip the sugary solution and reboot with an option from Young Living. With NingXia Nitro™, you’ll get a quick pick-me-up without the sugar or caffeine overload. Infused with essential oils, botanical extracts, D-ribose, Korean ginseng, and green tea extract, NingXia Nitro supports alertness, as well as cognitive and physical fitness.*

A great support for body and mind wellness, use NingXia Nitro for running, weightlifting, or getting through your afternoon slump. The naturally occurring caffeine in Young Living’s NingXia Nitro supports normal energy levels and alertness to help you with a busy day or a tough workout.*

Stash Nitro wherever you need it! The small, convenient packaging makes it a great addition to your office desk, gym bag, or purse. Each box contains 14 20-ml tubes.

NingXia Nitro Uses

Consume NingXia Nitro® directly from the tube or mix with 1 oz. of NingXia Red® or 4 oz. of water to enhance physical performance, clear the mind, or anytime you need a pick-me-up. Best served chilled. Shake well before use.

  • Take a shot of Nitro when your early-morning routine demands alertness and a quick start to the day—especially after a restless night’s sleep!*
  • Keep Nitro on hand to help you stay your sharpest through the workday.*
  • Store Nitro in your gym bag for a boost during your workout.*
  • Energize during all-day outdoor adventures. You can store Nitro on the boat, in your daypack, or in your ski jacket.*
  • Pack Nitro while travelling to help you stay alert and upbeat during all-day walking, sightseeing, and tours.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

NingXia Nitro Ingredients

Proprietary Nitro™ Energy blend: D-Ribose, Green tea extract, Mulberry leaf extract, Korean ginseng extract, Choline (as Choline bitartrate), Proprietary Nitro Alert™ oil blend: Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla)† oil, Chocolate oil, Yerba mate oil, Mentha spicata (Spearmint)† oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint)† oil, Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg)† oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper)† oil, Wolfberry seed oil. Other Ingredients: Purified water, Nitro juice blend concentrate: (Cherry, Kiwi, Blueberry, Acerola, Billberry, Black currant, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cranberry), Coconut nectar, Natural flavors, Pectin, Xanthan gum

The final one is NingXia Zyng!

A hydrating splash of essential oil-infused goodness, NingXia Zyng™ uses the same whole-fruit wolfberry puree found in our popular superfruit supplement, NingXia Red®. We add sparkling water, pear and blackberry juices, and a hint of Lime and Black Pepper essential oils for a dynamic, unique taste. You’ll enjoy a refreshing boost that’s full of flavor without artificial flavors and preservatives.

With natural flavors and sweeteners, white tea extract, and added vitamins, NingXia Zyng delivers 35 mg of naturally occurring caffeine and only 35 calories per can, making it a sweet, guilt-free boost for your early morning, long afternoon, or anytime you need a little Zyng!

Each case includes 12 8.4-oz. (250-ml) cans.

NingXia Zyng Uses:

Drink one can as desired. Drink anytime for a refreshing ZYNG. Best served chilled. Lightly invert can before opening.

  • Skip the vending machine snack and sip a chilled NingXia Zyng and an original or chocolate-coated Slique® bar.
  • Swap NingXia Zyng for conventional carbonated beverages in your office refrigerator. You won’t miss the soda fix!
  • Keep NingXia Zyng chilled for an extra-invigorating way to start the morning.
  • Add a tube of NingXia Nitro to your can of NingXia Zyng for a sweet twist that supports cognition.*

NingXia Zyng Ingredients:

Carbonated water, Evaporated cane sugar, Pear juice concentrate, Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum) puree, Citric acid, Blackberry juice concentrate, Natural flavour, White tea leaf extract, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, D-calcium pantothenate, Niacinamide, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) fruit oil, Lime (Citrus latifolia) peel oil, D-alpha-tocopherol acetate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Retinyl palmitate.

 

All of these NingXia products support your bottom, giving you a great refreshing feeling after drinking them. You can get samples of NingXia Red in your starter kit. Get yours here today at Young Living.

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Fall Favorite Foods: Harvest Cobb Salad

Today’s recipe is such a favorite for us in the south. It’s still hot here right now so typical fall foods are not desirable. So this salad is a winner when it’s super hot outside.

Today’s recipe is the Harvest Cobb Salad.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Nuts Pecan Halves
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

FOR THE POPPY SEED DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

  1. To make the poppy seed dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, sugar, apple cider vinegar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  3. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and dicing.
  4. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of bacon, eggs, apple, pear, pecans, cranberries and goat cheese.
  5. Serve immediately with poppy seed dressing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

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Getting Ready for Fall

So I have to make a confession! I am a huge fall decoration obsessed person! I LOVE fall decorations! I cannot wait each year to set up my house for fall! (I’ve already set up for this year.)

Usually, I wait until September 21 on the dot, but this year I chose to go ahead and decorate for two reasons. #1: We have had a few days of cooler weather which shows signs of fall coming. #2: I was already in the attic and did not want to waste a trip up there. I think those are two great reasons to decorate 10 days early. 🙂

So how do I decorate for fall?

First thing I decorate each year is above my bookcase in the living room. I have a full wall bookcase that has about a foot from the top shelf to the ceiling open. I love to put a fall garland across the top of that. It brings a touch of color in my living room that I absolutely love! I then move on to my mantle, adding a fall runner, fall vases, and little pumpkins. I like to add small things the girls have made over the years to the bookcase to show on display. I keep telling myself I’m going to make a holiday shadow box to store and display each year but have not done that yet.

My final inside touches for fall come in the dining room with my pumpkins and candles. Then I move outside for my favorite place to decorate. My front porch! I love to put out my little scarecrows, one for each child. I place them on the wooden bench I have out front with a bale of hay underneath. Then I place wicker baskets all around the porch with more fall garland, displaying fall colored leaves in red, orange, brown, and yellows. My last display is to change out my wreath on my front door. This is one of my favorite wreathes that I have. It’s a scarecrow sitting in a wreath with a sign saying “happy fall yall”.

I know that I’m a complete decorating nerd but I LOVE to decorate my house and give it that special touch during the fall seasons!

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The New Addition: Week 8

It’s week 8 and the addition is done!!! Or at least that’s what I thought I would be saying for this post, however, that is not what was in the plan for this project.

Monday was Labor Day, we had been out of town for the weekend and returned Sunday night. We took advantage of Monday being a holiday and worked on our portion of the project. Previously we had painted the mud room, laundry room, office, and guest bedroom. This left the bathroom to be painted on this Monday.

We had also completed the tile work in the mud room, laundry room, and about 90 percent of the office space. All of this was our part to complete on the addition. Joel had to first install cement board in the shower stall, then paint it with a protective coating. After that dried, he started tiling the shower surround and part of the office. This took him all day. While the baby took a nap and the girls had their quiet time, I painted the bathroom to finish it before tiling and electrical was installed.

Tuesday was a complete bust with no contractors coming and we had busy schedules so nothing was done on. Wednesday we were able to continue tiling the shower a few more rows after Joel came home from work. Thursday was just as busy as Tuesday so it was another lost day leaving the weekend as our catch up time.  Friday the electricians came to install all of the electrical plugs and light fixtures inside. We have lights now which is exciting!

Over the weekend, we finished laying all of the tile in the bathroom, shower, and office space. I touched up the paint in the guest bedroom in preparation for the carpet install, hopefully next week. The most exciting thing about the weekend for me was the return of my washer and dryer to inside my house. For 7 weeks I have been waiting on my laundry room to return and I finally got it back. I am so thankful that my husband worked so hard to get that in for me!

Next Week’s Agenda is to grout all of the remaining tile, seal the tile, touch up the paint on the remaining rooms where there is overspray from the trim. Then we will install the toilet and vanity in the bathroom. Like I said above, we are hoping to have carpet installed as well. The brick guys are supposed to start Monday which will start the final stages of this project.

Hopefully next week will be my final post of this project…but you will have to wait to see!

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Young Living Essential Oils: Stress Away

We are getting towards the end of my Young Living starter kit series posts. Today’s Young Living oil is one that I use ALL OF THE TIME! It has been my go to oil during this really stressful addition project at my house.

The oil for today is Stress Away.

Stress Away essential oil blend is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away essential oil blend its unique and pleasant aroma—among other benefits. Stress Away oil also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties in topical application; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol. All of these ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique Ecuadorian-sourced essential oil. With a perfectly balanced aroma of both tropical and citrus notes, Stress Away essential oil blend is a uniquely relaxing oasis in a fast-paced world.

Stress Away ingredients:

Copaifera reticulata (Copaiba), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime), Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla), Ocotea quixos (Ocotea), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

Stress Away Uses:

  • Diffuse it around your home after a long day for a fresh, soothing aroma.
  • Apply Stress Away oil to your wrists or back of neck while at work or school to enjoy its calming scent.
  • Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in the air vent of your car during long drives or during rush-hour traffic to create a calming environment.
  • Send kids to school on test day with Stress Away’s soothing aroma.
  • Apply it to your wrists to wear it as a pleasant perfume.

If you are interested in signing up for your 24% discount and getting this oil in your starter kit, come here to my website and sign up. It’s that easy!

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Summer Favorite Foods: Homemade Fruit Popsicles

This is my favorite summer time recipe for my kids. And it is the easiest recipe to make.

This recipe is great for getting rid of fruit that is close to going bad. Right before the fruit spoils I puree it in the blender mixing it with coconut water or a low sugar fruit juice that compliments the fruit puree. Then I pour it into these Popsicle molds. I like to freeze them overnight before serving.

This is a great treat for kids in the hot summer and they don’t know it’s healthy for them.

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

1 cup fruit

1 cup coconut water or low sugar fruit juice

Puree the fruit in the blender with coconut water or fruit juice until it has a consistent texture. Then pour it into the molds. Put in the popsicle sticks, then freeze overnight.

This is a great treat that is healthy too.

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Usborne Books And More

A little while back I had the chance to participate in a Usborne Books and More party on Facebook. This is where I was first exposed to these incredible children’s books. 

I purchased a few books at the first party and quickly learned how much my children loved them. A few months later I attended another party and was able to get more books for my kids. They loved the new books, especially the shine a light books and that’s not my series.  


My kids were hooked and so was I. I wanted to see how I could get more of these great books for my kids. My husband told me, “why don’t you become a consultant and get the membership!” I’m already a member for other companies that do sales so I wasn’t sure if that was a great idea. But the more I thought about it, the better that idea sounded to me. So this past week I took the plunge and joined Usborne Books and more as a consultant. 

I will be hosting my official launch party next week which will be full of games and prizes for people participating. Then I’m opening it up to people who want to host their own parties for the chance to earn free books for their kids. Who doesn’t love free stuff? 

My goal is to get these books in people’s houses and in their kids hands. My kids LOVE them and I know others will too. If you are interested in attending my launch party or hosting your own online party contact me through commenting or sending me a message. You can also find me on Facebook at Usborne Books and More with Stephanie. 

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Kindergarteners

The girls started kindergarten on August 28. I do not know where time has gone and how they are  in Kindergarten. That morning I woke them up calling them my big kindergartners. I helped them get dressed in their school uniforms. I then did their hair and we practiced tying their shoes, they almost have it down. Brooke was the first one ready. As she turned to me fully dressed, I started crying. Overnight she became a big girl. Everything about her seemed older and it was too much. I had to leave the room so they couldn’t see me cry and to give me time to compose myself before returning to help Bailey get ready. Bailey fortunately for me still looked like my baby but in big girl clothes. It felt more like her playing dress up than a big kindergartner.

That first day Joel and I walked them into their classes. This is their first year to be separate. They were both so excited to go to school and we were excited for them.

Week two started with me walking them to the main door to enter. Then day two they requested that I drop them off in the car rider line instead of walking them to the door. I guess mom is embarrassing them already. They are becoming independent big girls and it’s breaking my heart that they no longer need me.

It’s been a good but hard two weeks, watching them grow into these smart little kindergartners. I cannot believe this time has come. Next up will be Mason heading to mother’s day out! I’m not sure I’m ready for all these changes.

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