Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I swore when I was pregnant with Connor and Colton, that I would NEVER dress them alike. Then my SIL bought the boys matching outfits for their hospital pics. I was hooked. Didn't even fight the hook at all, just got reeled right on in. (Can you tell I have been playing Fishing Master on Wii?) I switched to the "Until they can tell me whether they want to wear it or not, they will dress like I say!" I stuck by that too. The moment one said "Not wanna" to a shirt or pair of pants, we went to letting them have options.
I did an experiment with them when they were around 15-16 months old. I let them pick their own clothes out. I would bring in two outfits. I let them choose which they wanted to wear. Everyday that week they wanted to wear the same outfit! I repeated this experiment last week (in anticipation of this post), and they picked differently each time.
I feel confident knowing that my boys are ever growing and developing, and that I am a mom am doing something right. At least for now. LOL So now I also feel confident that no matter whether the boys dress matchy-matchy or completely different-they will always be alike and different at the same time. Okay that has nothing to do with dressing alike,a nd it is a post for another day!
What camp do you fall into? I want to know people! What are your thoughts on matching or not?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
How will you support pediatric cancer? Host a bakesale yourself? Auction off an item on your blog? Have a yard sale and donate the proceeds? Or even just writing a post on your blog to let everyone know? Please do what you can!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Their original purpose is to help with the ever present problem when changing a little boys diaper. Drop a cloth over the tid-bits and no worries about getting an impromptu bath with a less than desirable substance. But they can also be used as spit up wiper offers, bath rags, and endless moments of giggling if you trail across their bellies just right.
The cloths themselves are SUPER durable. They are very soft. And they have the cutest slogan- Keep diaper rash at bay, the Bummas way. After the wipe and before the dipe, use a soft kiss of cloth to dry bums off!
• Eliminates the use of talcum powder.
• 100% Cotton - Woven Velour Terry Cloth.
• Variety of color combinations for nursery themes.
• Handy 5” x 7” size.
• Durable. Just throw them in the washing machine and use them again.
• Won’t pill, shrink, or fade.
• They will last until your little one is out of diapers and beyond!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
For instance-they play the same imaginary games! I mean seriously, is it just having another person right there that totally gets you, or is it more? Their favorite game-doggy. Colton pretends to be a puppy and crawls around barking and panting, while Connor says "See my puddy". It is downright adorable.
Or the cookie thing (that is what I call it, some may simply call it sharing). Connor gets a cookie, and has to take one to Colton too. Will not leave until either his brother is right there getting a cookie or I give him one to carry to him.
Another one is their sippy cups. If I tell one to go get his cup, he gets his brothers and takes it to him before he comes back to me with it.
Okay so maybe these are not the "connections" other parents see. More a show of how caring my C's are towards each other. Who knows? I will be on the lookout though for ever elusive "twin connection"!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Carissa from Sugar Boogers & Tantrums got it right! Connor is on the left and Colton is on the right. See the faint brown spot on Connors hand (the one stuck in his mouth?)
Monday, August 24, 2009
The added safety that the Flo offers makes it an approved item in my book. The ease of usedefinitely gets my approval. And you are getting it from a company you can trust!
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
So, I thought maybe it would be fun to share with you what I considered to be my Holy Trinity for Raising Twins.... but in 3 parts. So, you will need to stay tuned for part 2 and 3 :)
Holy Trinity, Part 1
A while ago it occurred to me that there are many people who possibly aren't aware of some of the normal ins & outs of life with multiples, so this website is probably a Godsend for those who are expecting.
Life with multiples can be a blast, but there are definitely moments that can make life a HUGE challenge as well. So, when you find an item that can make it even just a teeny tiny bit easier with twins, you want to share it with the world.
The #1 item for me was Podee bottles. ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES!
For anyone who has ever tried to feed 2 or more babies alone, you know that it doesn't take long to realize the logistics don't quite work.
Hmmm, how to feed more than one screaming baby at the same time, esp. at 2am ? Well, that's where the Podee came to the rescue.
A hands-free bottle!!!!
Will & Emma used these handy little suckers from the time they were 1 month old until they could hold their own bottles at 8 months old. Of course, since my babies happened to be a bit odd about the nipples they would drink from , we didn't use the nipples that came with the Podee system, but instead used our own.
Let me just tell you, these bottles were SUPER handy in the car seats & the stroller too!
We could pack them in the stroller, go for a nice long walk, and both babies could happily drink their bottles while I kept on walking.
They were also not too expensive! Although, I have to admit, that on those really rough nights, when both babies were crying and wanted bottles at the same time, Podee could've charged me $4000 for one bottle and I would've been willing to fork it over ;)
Thankfully, they aren't anywhere near that pricey.
And, even more awesome, Podee is giving one away for you to try, right here on Twin Tested.
If you'd like to enter to win, just click HERE.
I promise, you won't regret it!
PS After you're done checking out the give-away, come on over to my blog, Who Says 8 is Enough and say "hi" :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Now if you would like to see who else is playing fr Two for Twos-day, just head over to Who Say's 8 Is Enough!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Cookies For Kid's Cancer is a great site that give you a way to donate, find events to buy cookies, and even host your own bake sale! What better yummy way is there to raise money?! We all love cookies, and we all want to help irradicate a senseless disease. If you think you don't care..visit HERE and then tell me you didn't feel something! Children are dying EVERY SINGLE DAY because our government will not put in the neccessary funds to help find cures for some of the most deadly diseases. Often times they state that the cancer is too "rare". Like Neuroblastoma. Only 25% of children diagnosed with NB survive! And it gets NO FUNDING from cancer research funds. As it is only 7% of cancer research funds are earmarked for pediatic cancer research. Are the babies dying, families being devastated, and hearts being wrenched out not important enough?! Seriously people start sending letters to your goverment officials letting them know that no matter how "rare" the cancer it still deserves to have a cure! Okay I got off topic!
Info on Pediatric cancer for you to chew over:
· Cancer remains the number one disease that claims the lives of our children. Each year cancer kills more children under the age of 18 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
· Pediatric cancer is referred to as an “orphan disease” because there is little or no profit to be made by the pharmaceutical companies and the reason why they ignore pediatric cancers for the most part.
· The government has paid little attention to pediatric cancer research and it has been grossly under funded.
· Each year in the U.S., nearly 13,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. That’s the equivalent of two average size classrooms diagnosed each school day.
· Today about 75% of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors yet in the U.S. cancer remains the leading cause of death from one year through adolescence; more than any other disease. In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured, proof that research can and is making a difference.
· The genetic origins of human cancer manifested by the discovery of cancer causing oncogenes and mutated tumor suppressor genes were first discovered in uniquely pediatric cancers.
· Historically, some of the most basic and essential treatment strategies now employed in the fight against cancer – such as multi-agent chemotherapy and combined modality therapy – were developed through pediatric cancer research.
· Pediatric cancer research continues to add immense value to the science of oncology, unlocking the secrets of this terrible disease.
· Leukemia’s, tumors of the brain and nervous system, the lymphatic system, kidneys, bones and muscles are the most common childhood cancers.
· In the U.S., Combined, the cancers of children, adolescents and young adults to age 20 are the sixth most common cancer in the U.S.
· Breakthroughs in pediatric oncology will undoubtedly continue to progress the diagnosis and treatment of adult cancers. Many of the principles in therapy used today in treating adults were first developed and tested for children.
· During the last ten years, more than 32,000 children with cancer have been enrolled into 138 different completed clinical trials.
· Only two to three percent of adults with cancer are enrolled in clinical research trials, whereas the majority of children diagnosed are enrolled.
· Recent reports indicate that nearly two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors experience significant medical problems resulting from their original cancer and/or its treatment.
All you have to do to help is buy some cookies or bake some cookies and sell them, then donate the proceeds to Cookies For Kid's Cancer. It is that easy!
I guess I should tell you a bit about the wonderful sponsor Philosophy that has gotten involved with Cookies For Kid's Cancer.
From August 15th – October 15th philosophy will be donating 100% of the net proceeds of their oatmeal raisin high foaming shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer -- an organization created to raise awareness of and funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer through the concept of hosting local bake sales.
philosophy will also be hosting two bake sales of their own at their Arizona store locations, and wanted ask your help in getting your readers to do the same for a really great cause. Cancer remains the number one disease that claims the lives of our children. Each year cancer kills more children under the age of 18 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website (www.cookiesforkidscancer.org) makes it easy for anyone that wants to get involved in the fight against pediatric cancer by detailing the 4 easy steps your readers will need to throw a bake sale for this cause (planning, details, bake and sell!).
And, all you non bakers can help as well by picking up the oatmeal raisin high foaming shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on http://www.philosophy.com/
Giveaway will end on September 1st at 11:59 pm. Open to US only!
When Colton on Connor were bottle drinkers I was also breast feeding. So one baby got bottle and one got boob. Even with this it was a work out. I ended up on the floor with one propped up in a boppy and a blanket propping the bottle. Did I mention how fun this was? And then Debi told me all about the Podee bottle! I immediately went and hunted a couple down, and fell in instant love. Not only did it help me with feeding time at home, but it also helped with feeding while on the road, out shopping, or just out on a walk.
The Podee bottle has this great design. It is a regular bottle with a special "straw" inside of it that allows the nipple to be in the babies mouth while the bottle next to the baby. When the baby sucks on the nipple it draws the milk from the bottle into the straw and then into the nipple.
Some common questions and answers regarding the Podee bottle (from the website):
1. What is the appropriate age to start using the Podee® Baby Bottle?
The principal purpose in using the Podee® Baby Bottle is to help reduce colic, ear infections, and reflux. This is accomplished when the baby uses the bottle in an upright or semi-upright position. Hence, it is best to use this bottle when the baby is able to sit in an upright or semi-upright position.
2. How do we clean the Podee® Baby Bottle parts?
You can wash all parts with mild soap and warm water. Inside of the tubes can be cleaned with a tube cleaning brush. If you prefer, you can sterilize all the parts in boiling water.
3. Are other nipples of different brands compatible with Podee® bottle?
We strongly recommend using nipples made by PODEE®. Other brand nipples are designed to work only with ordinary baby feeding bottles while nipples made by Podee® are designed to work only with Podee® Baby Bottle. Using nipples other than Podee® brand will cause the Podee® Baby Bottle not to work properly.
4. What is the bottle part made of?
The new Podee baby bottle is made of BPA-Free material. If you are looking for FDA-Approved polycarbonate Podee baby bottle, there are still few remaining in the market.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The winner of the gift cert is Nancy! Whoo hoo.
Once again I apologize for my stupidity!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This is not a list of the usual things you’d necessarily register for. Yes, I love the swings, the bouncy seats, the car seats that fit into the stroller. Those go without saying. They’re simply boring, lacking in technology, and not very manly. So here are the top 10 moderately manly things I really haven’t been able to live without since the twins arrive. Consider some of these ideas if you want to get out of the box with gifts for people expecting.
2. LG 370 Blu‐ray/network player. Best father’s day gift I’ve ever received. It was also my first. For no extra cost, I’m now able to watch my Netflix movies directly to my TV without running my laptop through the stereo receiver and VGA input on my TV. Simply fantastic.
to see this at Walmart for $30. I asked the nurse next time we saw her if they were the same ones and she said “yes”. So I bought it. It’s a few fractions of a degree different every time you use it, but if you’re worried about a fever and you’re not willing to create a crying machine at 3:30 a.m. by sticking the thermometer under their armpit, this is the solution.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I have been given plenty of "sage advice" since having the twins.
Sleep when the baby sleeps!
Accept all help offered!
Don't worry about the house right now!
Wish someone had something for what to do when one twin eats one half of a worm and then offers the other half to his brother.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Seriously.. I need the Wonder Microfiber Cloths!! These things last forever and you can wash and reuse these!! I have had these in the past and worn 'em out!Thanks for the chance to win the Mystic Wonders Complete Laundry System!! My interest is sooooo Piqued now!!! I am such a TREE Hugger and nature lover, save the EARTH and Fishies Girl! I want to Give this a Whirl! I hate to think of all that harsh Detergent polluting our Waters!LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/
August 4, 2009 10:31 PM
With songs like "Wish Come Two", "Twins Rule", and "Me Me & You You" you will find yourself bopping along with your own twins. The music is catchy and easy to sing along with. It is definitely"Double Double Fun Fun"!
The boys love this cd. When I put it in they start grinning from ear to ear. Connor has mastered the hop-dance. Too cute. And Colton likes his toe-tap. I would say that they have given this their seal of approval 100%. Their favorite song is "The Twins Are Marching", they start marching around the living room when it comes on.
I definitely approve of this CD. It is so much fun just listening to it. I can't say there is any "learning" going on while listening to this cd, but can't we just have fun listening to music?!
Want your own copy of Twin Spins for your twins? Well you can purchase your copy on the Twin Spins website for $15.99 for CD and $8.99 for the cassette by clicking HERE. But WAIT!!! You have the chance to win your very own CD here!
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
There is no way for me to write it and it sound as funny. So here is the link and it is the second joke. (About a man laughing at a pregnant woman).
Friday, August 7, 2009
The only tips I can really say from exerience is that each child (no matter whether you have 1 or more) needs their own mommy/daddy time. With multiples it is even more important to give them that individual one on one time. But how do you manage to do it without breaking the bank, or without feeling like you are not giving equally?
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Twin A. That is me!
Love it. Hate it.
Never thought alot about it!
I cannot imagine my life without Twin B! My womb mate!
I can't speak for All twins; I can only speak for me and my Twin!
So here we go!
It is the BEST and it is the WORST!
Best: I was never lonely, I had a built in Best Friend!
Worst: I had to share a strawberry shortcake Butter cream frosting Birthday cake with my Twin for 18 years!! I wanted my OWN Chocolate Whipped Cream frosting cake!
Best: No first day Jitters at school! Ha I had my Twin by my side! Even though we never had a Class together, I had nothing to fear! I had my Sissy by my side!
Worst: All the other kids had Gumby and Pokey! I wanted both too! I got Pokey Darn it! We had to SHARE every single toy we had! So NOT fair, just because we were twins!
Best: Didn't have to be afraid of the Dark! No Siree Bob! Twin Sissy and I Shared that Big old Bed together and how could a monster get me? He would surely go for HER first! So *I* was safe! Besides I would hear her scream when the monster came through the door and I would protect both of us! (That is how a twin thinks, no lie)
Worst: I must have had insomnia even as a kid. Poor Sissy (ya know my Sister's name is Helen, not Sissy Right?) would try to sleep and I would want to play, so I would put my hand under her pillow and jiggle it to keep her awake! She would beg me to stop! "Please stop Sissy!" Would I? Heck no! If I did she would go to sleep and my fun would be OVER!
Best: It was Helen who introduced me to my Hubby! I DID NOT WANT HIM! I figured he was HER CAST off! She tried to get me to meet him for 2 years. I canceled....Stood him up at least half a dozen times. I figured if he was so great, she would keep him for herself! But she insisted he was the MAN for me! Well, 28 years later and Sissy KNEW BEST!
Worst: Hearing "I told you so". Shut up Already! We have been married for 25 years! YOU WERE RIGHT!!!! ENOUGH!
Best: Our family moved to Georgia from New York 11 years ago! I did NOT want to leave my TWIN! We lived 2 miles apart Sissy cried, I cried and we made the Hubbies miserable. Finally Helen told her Hubby "We have to move to GA....You can't separate Twins, they die! They arrived in GA 6 months later! Ha! Victory!
There is NO worst! I cannot imagine my Life without Helen! I Love her and Thank God for her every single day of my life! Helen lives 2 miles away! That's how it should be!
The Twins are Happy!
The Hubbies are Happy!
*Thank you Leslie for being the first guest poster, and giving us a new way of thinking about twins. *
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
When it comes to discipling your children, do you ever feel like everyone in the world is judging you based on that one action? Take the recent photo of Kate Gosseling spanking one of her children. I know they wanted shock value, and probably got it. Oh, I am sure a whole hornets nest was stirred up over it. With spanking being so taboo and all. I am not a Jon & Kate fan, I think they are using their children to line their own pockets and get amazing things from people, but that picture didn't get the shock value out of me that I am sure other people exhibited. See, I spank my kids. Yes, I do. Call whoever you want. Stop reading this blog. It won't change anything. But don't jump off the boat to the deepest end possible. I said spank,not beat. BIG difference.
I do yelling, time out, sitting in the bedroom by their selves, and then spanking. It is a last resort, but it is a resort. I was raised with getting a paddle (a ping pong paddle with holes drilled in it for maximum effect) on my rear when I lied, disobeyed, or was a smart mouth to my parents. I never ever saw it as a beating. I saw it as punishment. And as much as it hurt, I knew I had deserved to get in trouble. No, I don't have a ping pong paddle in my home. I don't beat them black and blue. I simply spank them.
The point I am trying to get at, is every parent has their own way to discipline their children. Just because you do it a different way, doesn't make the other person wrong. It just makes their choices different from yours. Don't judge a person based on one aspect (or one photo), judge the whole person. Be sure to know whether what you are seeing is someone beating their child, or if it is your politically correct thinking going "Oh my God! She is beating her child!" I know some would argue that violence begets violence, and therefore spanking my boys and girls will teach them that they can hit others. I don't believe that. They know what they are getting a spanking over. But as for violence begetting violence...I think there are worse things out there teaching our kids to be violent than parents disciplining them
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I'll start with the lip balm for you. I love lip balm. I have been a Burts Bees fan for many years, until now! The Lip Wonder Balm has turned my lips into a velveety smooth surface. It is not sticky or tacky feeling, does not burn when you are wearing it, and feels devine when putting it on. What I found iteresting is that on the site they say that the Lip Wonder is great for dry cuticles! I will definitely have to try that! You can get it in 3 flavors-Vanilla, Peppermint, and Plain. And interesting fact...It is hugely popular in Salt Lake City, Utah. It sells out every time it is listed on http://www.kdylam.com/.
And last but not least, the WonderBall Laundry System. This has got to be the most AMAZING invention for laundry ever! You see, this one little yellow ball lasts for 3 YEARS!!! Yep, you read me right! While, you may still need to pre-treat stains like you normally would, and for those really bad loads add a itty bitty bit of laundry detergent, you will not need those bottles clogging up the recycling bin. I actually one a 1 year WonderBall and have been using it for a week. I have not had to use detergen once with the clothes. When Mystic Wonders sent me the Complete Laundry System I sent the 1 year ball to my neighbor. The Complete Laundry System comes complete with 1 Wonder Ball for the washer and 2 Wonder Ballls for the dryer. If you add up how much you spend on laundry detergent over a 3 year period (especially when those twins are infants) you'd be surprised to know that you will spend in two months what you would have spent on one Mystic Wonders Complete Laundry System that will last you 3 years.
The Mystic Wonders company gets my seal of approval on all of the products we were sent. The money I will save on laundry detergent alone, is amazing! The added benefits of no eczema in sight is a blessing. So it is definitely mom approved!
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Sunday, August 2, 2009
Little Stellan needs prayers. As does his mommy and daddy. Stellan is about to undergo an abalation on his heart due to severe SVT.
*update...since planning this post I am beyond happy to report that God has blessed the doctors over Stellan's case with insight, and have developed a new drug regiment that is so far controlling the SVT, and have been able to put the abalation on hold until he is bigger. Praise the Lord!
Little Gia is suffering with Neuroblastoma, and needs so many prayers. They are having a hard time controlling her pain, and the doctors are not very hopeful that she will make it through this new relapse. But I know a Great Physician that is more than able to ease Gia's pain, and give these doctors the strength to find a cure! Please keep Gia in your prayers. She has fought for sooo very long.
Praise the Lord!!! Yes, praise Him. See this one little boy is about to celebrate 1 year since he underwent cord blood transfusion. Visit Ethan and his family praise the Lord with them!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
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When doing sammies, it is easy to make sureeach one gets one just as they like it. Keep a variety of ham, turkey, and bolonga in the fridge. Then you are sure to be able to make whatever combo your little one will like.
The boys really like Chef Boyadee's Chicken and Rice with Veggies in the microwavable can. It is the perfect size for them to have as lunch. When they have the spaghetti or ravioli ones I do give them a small salad with it, but like I said, they will eat anything.
The price of the individual microwave meals is usually around $1 a piece. So this makes for an affordable, quick, easy lunch. Right up my alley!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Laundry is one of the things that all the kids love to help with. The girls are old enough to actually do their own, so they do. They have a laundry basket in their room, and when it is full, they wash them. I do supervise however. With the 3 year old and the twins, it is more of them being in there. They like to help put the clothes in the washer or dryer. They like helping set the cycles, and the dryer times. They are learning now how to do it, just be helping me in little ways.
Kitchen duty is something I take seriously. I am not their maid. Even if it may seem that way! My children all know that they clear their own dishes, and help pick up dropped food from the twins. Since I use reusable plastic plates and bowls for the kids ($1 at Wal-Mart in a variety of colors) it makes it easy for me to relax and let them bring their plates to the sink. I am working on teaching them to clean out the plates, but that usually turns into a mess all over the kitchen floor!
Cleaning in general is where I actually dole out "chores". Different days means different areas that the 8,7, and 3 year old have to work on. The twins, and this is where this post has been going all along, pick up their toys, any books they have taken out, and any paper they find on the floor. Yes, toddlers can clean! And they even find it fun if mom/dad make it that way. We play basketball with legos and soft balls (try to ring the basket), race to see who can get to the piece of paper first, and read a story during the book pick up.
In my opinion I think that starting kids off early with a few simple tasks as chores starts buiding up for later when they have real chores. Make sure you have a reward system in place! That way they look forward to the reward and will do the "chore" just to make sure they get the reward!
Monday, July 20, 2009
You would think that after doing this three other times I would be a pro at the dreaded potty training. But see in my defense I was doing one at a time with the other three. And two of them were girls that were so easy I could've done it blind folded! With Connor and Colton, I have been "introducing" them to the idea of the potty. Bought a nifty little potty (for $1 at the 99 cent store! and yes it's a real potty), started letting them sit on it, put them in under-roos, you know all the normal do's of potty training. Now as they get closer to 3 I want to really get into this. So I thought I would share with you some of the tips I have been getting from other moms of twins or more and some things I have figured out through trial and error.
Watch and listen for clues that your little one is ready to start on the road to potty training! Things like sleeping through nap without wetting, pulling at the diaper when they pee, verbally trying to tell you that they have peed or pooped. Your little one or ones are your best gauge to when to start potty training.
Always have a treat for doing a good job going potty. Now please don't think I am comparing my kids or yours to dogs, I am just throwing this out there. When you train an animal...how do you get it to do what you want? You reward it with a treat for following through. With potty training you can implement the same thing. When they see that they will get a sticker or piece of candy like an M&M, our personal favorite, the little one will start to go just to get the treat!
Make it fun! That is right, make it fun. Make up your own potty song, potty dance, or whatever. Just make it fun! We have a silly song that ends with a high five for a job well done. And of course you know I am gonna share it! LOL
Sunday, July 19, 2009
One of the biggest expenses is diapers. In the first few months we went through 16-20 diapers a day. That is over 100 diapers a week. Over 400 a month! If you are buying “name” brand at that amount you would be spending roughly $150 a month on diapers (unless you are able to score some major coupons). Not me. I used Parents Choice diapers from Wal-Mart. I had previously used them with my other children, so I knew they worked. At $14 a box, I would spend less than $100 a month on diapers. Now I spend $28, which is roughly the cost of one box of the “name” brand. And wipes from Parents Choice brand are $2 for a pack of 80 wipes or $5 for a 3 pack (240 wipes). For your name brand wipes, you would spend the $5 on one pack! The Parents Choice diapers and wipes work as well as the “name” brand, so save yourself some moolah and head to Wally-world to buy your diaper needs there.
Another big expense is formula. Unless you solely breastfeed, you are looking at spending $4000 the first year on formula for your twins if you use “name brand”. Even more if you have to use Alimentum or any other specialty formula. But what many people tend to forget when they are new parents and are in the I-want-the-best-of-everything-for-my-child mode is that infant formula is one of those things that has a set of guidelines put out by the FDA to ensure that no matter what brand you buy, you are getting the same basic ingredients. Some add extra stuff, but what your baby needs from the formula is the same in ALL formulas sold in the US. So save some money here, and once again I will recommend Parent’s Choice brand. It is cheaper by around $10 a can. Which saves you $1400 a year. I would even recommend GoodStart for babies with acid reflux issues (mine had it, and we used GoodStart until they were about 4 or 5 months old). I also saved by breastfeeding along with formula feeding. I just couldn’t do solely breastfeeding because I wasn’t that comfortable whipping it out in public or sitting in a yucky bathroom stall trying to balance them both.
Other items that you can save money on:
*Toys-you don’t really have to buy two of everything. Only having one will teach the concept of sharing. Unless of course it is a super special toy that one is very attached too, then buy two.
Sippy Cups-Go to the Dollar Store, and purchase you a few cups for a $1 a piece. You get cute cups that last, for 1/5th the price of the other brands!
*Clothes- I fell into the category that dressed my identical twins identically. So as you can imagine all the money I saved everywhere else went to clothing. Buying two of each of everything. I have now figured out that my boys are two very different individuals. And even though I love seeing them all dressed up alike, I now buy only one of items I like. Occasionally I will come across something that I just have to see both of them in, and buy two of it, but mainly they get their brothers hand me downs and a few new pieces. Let the relatives and friends buy the matching outfits and save your money for other items!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
EcoTime Toys is a company dedicated to bringing you quality toys that are made from natural, biodegradable, or recycled materials. The Pull-Along Snail is made from Natural Organic Rubberwood and has proven that is a toy that can withstand the twin test. It has been beaten, rolled across concrete, gravel and black icky dirt. It has been tugged from both ends. And it has managed to stay in one piece, which attests to its high quality. I found it super easy to clean. The Pull-Along Snail is painted with lead-free paint in bright colors that have withstood the beatings as well.
We often hear the old adage “You get what you pay for” and often take it to mean that the more something costs the better a product it is. Not true! I have found with EcoTime Toys that their quality and value are equal to one another. I often times get frustrated when I buy toys and they are within days broken. I end up frustrated with the kids for breaking them, the manufacturer for making such a piece of crap, and with myself for spending the money on yet another piece of said crap. I can happily report that we have had the Pull-Along Snail for a month and it looks as good as it did when we pulled it out of the box.
The boys have done everything you could imagine to the Pull-Along Snail and it is still in perfect working order. Definitely passes the twin test!
The value and quality of the Pull-Along Snail makes this one a winner.
As a mom of multiples, I am always on the hunt for products that can withstand what I like to call the "twin test". And other multiples blogs are my haunt for finding these products.
With the multitude of review blogs out there, and actually running one of my own with in Life with 5 monkies and 1 ape, I couldn't believe there was not a single one dedicated to the vastly growing families with multiples. So here it is. I have decided to take it upon myself to try and let everyone know about all products that I find that can withstand the "twin test".
What is the "twin test" you are asking? Well, if you have twins, trips, or even higher order multiples I am sure you know what I mean. The fighting that can insue over a single object and whether that object can withstand immense torture. And with that you have the "twin test".
Do you have a product that you know can withstand this test? Let me know!!! I will be developing a weekly feature to talk about products that the readers recommend. Know a family of multiples? Let me know!!! I love introducing new people to my readers.
I hope you enjoy this little corner of the blogosphere. Please do come back. You never know what you will find here.
At a glance:
My twins are 2 year old boys. So while I would love to tell you that I can do pretty little dresses, headbands, and tutus, I can't. (Not that Colton wouldn't mind a new tutu or a few headbands...a story for another day!) We will happily review any of the following products:
*Household appliances that are relevant to having a family of toddler twins (vacuums, carpet cleaners, etc.)
*Cameras (with twins alot of pictures get taken trying to capture those special twin connections)
*Bedroon furniture for boys
If you have an item not listed, but still think it would make a great twin product, please email me and I will let you know what I think.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
PO Box 2020
Neenah, WI 54957-2020
free coupons for $3, $1 off diapers
2. Pampers Multiple Birth Offer
PO Box 599
Cincinnati, OH 45201
free coupons for $5, $1 off coupons, book
3. The 1st years
1 Kiddie Drive
'Avon, MA 023222
Pooh rattles, 2 Pooh foot rattles, 2 Tigger foot rattles
4. Carnation Good Start Formula
Nestle Infant Nutrition
PO Box AW
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703$19.50 coupon for Nestle formula, coupons
Vancouver, WA 98666-8830
2 packages of free Drypers, coupons
Piqua, OH 453566
8 oz bottles and 6 stage 2 nipples, 2 teethers
7. Spencer's Inc
Attn Quality Control
PO Box 988
Mount Airy, NC 27030
2 free growth charts
8. Ross Labs
625 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, OH 43215-1724
$10 off Similac, multiple 0.50 coupons
Ask pediatrician to contact rep for free formula
10. Johnson and Johnson
4 free J&J products (coupons)
free sitting fees, coupons
12. Playtex Diaper Genie
20 Troy Rd
Whitpany, NJ 07981
$7 rebate on diaper genie
13. Customer Service Baby Program
8607 Westwood Center Dr
Vienna, VA 22182
Free Ringling Brothers ticket for each baby
Coupons, free Motrin
15. Beechnut Stages
free cereal, juice, baby food (via coupons, also coupons for $$ off)
17. Kroger Formula
18. Walmart Formula
PBM Product, Inc
Attn Debbie Burdyck
204 N. Main
Gordonsville, VA 22942
free 1 can when you call, 2 more free cans by writing
19. Twins Magazine
1211 E Arapahoe Rd
Centennial, CO 80112-3851
free trial issue
20. Sassy Baby Products
Breton Inductrial Park Dr SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
call first for order form, buy one get one free offer for cups, silverware, blankies,etc.
21. Infantino, LLC
9909 Huennekens St Suite 200
San Diego, CA 921212
free infant carriers, diaper disposal system
22. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles
4433 Flyer Avenue
St Louis, MO 63116
2 free 4 oz bottles
23. The Boppy Co
602 Park Point Dr Suite 105
Golden, CO 80401
your name is placed on a list, when they have free stuff, they send it to you
24. Out! International
PO Box 227215
Dallas, TX 75222-72152
free Totally Toddlers products up to $6.99
25. Ocean Spray Carnberries, Inc.
Consumer Affairs Dept
1 Ocean Spray Drive
Lakeville-Middlesboro, MA 02349
free 64 oz juice, crabraisins, sauce
26. HJ Heinz Multiple Birth
PO Box 57
Pittsburgh, PA 15320-0057
free juice, cereal, baby food
27. Attn Consumer Affairs
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
235 E 42nd St 6th floor
NY, NY 10017
free Lubiderm, Tucks, gum, Desitin
28. Sensational Beginnings
10% off, catalog
29. Leap Frog
6401 Hollis St Suite 150
Emeryville, CA 94608-1071
30. Fisher Price
PO Box 620978
Middletown, WI 53562-09782
coupons $5 off any Mattel product
31. Mayo Clinic/State Farm
free hardcover book on raising baby
10% off products (you must call for this offer)
free coupons, samples
Free coupons (I got over $40 free medicine with the coupons), 2 tubes of orajel
coupons and multiple teething swabs
37. Payless Shoe Stores
(not all stores participate in this so call ahead first!) First pair of shoes free!