Top Three

The three most common phrases heard around our house are:

  • Don’t climb on that.
  • That’s not safe. (or another version of it, “dangerous”)
  • Please get down.

If you’ve ever talked to me on the phone while the girls are awake I am sure you have heard each of these at least once. So I am curious… What are your family’s top three?

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 8:24 am  Comments (1)  

If There Is A Doggie Heaven…

… then I bet Annie and Oakley are out on a trail ride.

… maybe Annie and Dana are playing chase.

…then Annie’s tired old body is no longer holding back her playful, enthusiastic soul.

If there is a doggie heaven then one of the best, sweetest, and most loved dogs has found a new home.

There is always a sadness when you lose someone you love, and the loss of a pet is no different. But Annie lived a wonderful life in a home where she never doubted the love for her. You can’t ask for more than that. And I know she touched us all in a way that will continue to stay with us.

Play in peace forever, sweet Annie. We love you and miss you.

Published in: on June 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Is This Good Parenting?

I guess more specifically I am wondering if the parents in this video asked themselves that question.

If you actually had the stomach to watch all two and a half minutes of that cute little girl hugging and petting a dead squirrel, you might be feeling the same way I did.

WHAT are these parents thinking?

Generally I try not to judge other parents for how they choose to raise their kids, but this kinda takes that to a whole new place. My first thought was “Oh boy, wait until this guy’s wife sees this.” Until, nope… she’s there in the video too. I will give this dad as much credit as I can possibly muster and say, at least he did say she was going straight into the bath afterwards.

Now as you might have been able to gather from my other posts, I am not a germ-a-phobe. I did, just his morning, let my girls chase and squash bugs in our back yard. But I do believe it is our job as parents to say at some point:

“No, the animal carcass is just not a toy.”

Published in: on June 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm  Comments (2)  

You’re Not Going To Believe This

Well, if you’ve read my blog or you know anything about my kids maybe you will.

Kylie had a little fun on the rocking horse today. I think she might have a career as a trick rider in her future. What do you think?

Let me preface this by saying, this is not the first time either of my kids have done this… it just happens to be the first time I was able to catch it on film.

So, the part of the horse she is standing on is already about a foot and a half off the ground, when you add that to the fact that it bounces and rocks too… you’ve got something pretty impressive here I think.

A while ago my friend Allison commented saying she sometimes felt like hers were the only kids who got into stuff all the time. Things like this make me wonder if other parents of 16 month old kids deal with this type of stuff as well. It sure doesn’t seem like it.

Published in: on June 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm  Comments (6)  

A Flashback Friday

Check out this old picture I found of myself sewing a quilt when I was around 10 or 11. And in case you were wondering, yes… I still have the quilt!

Don’t you love my huge watch and my early 90’s grunge flannel shirt? Oh ya, I know you do.

While you’re here don’t forget to enter my teething necklace giveaway. Click Here! And for those of you who have entered already you can enter again simply by mentioning it on facebook and leaving another comment telling me! Good luck!

Published in: on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 am  Comments (1)  

Custom Sun Hat Tutorial

A while ago I posted a pattern for a Infant/Toddler Sun Hat. Today I am going to share another style of sun hat. (this is one I have made for boys too) It may seem a little more difficult since you will be creating your own pattern based on your child’s measurements, but it is actually very easy, and has fewer sewing steps.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE CUSTOM SUN HAT TUTORIAL!

If you use this pattern please remember to credit me here @ Twinfinite Fun and share with me any pictures from your project. I’d love to see them!

When I make this pattern for a boy, I usually use longer sides and a smaller brim so it doesn’t flutter out so much around the edge. Fabric choice also makes a big difference! I hope you find this pattern helpful.

Here is Kylie modeling a hat from this pattern.

Published in: on June 9, 2011 at 10:20 am  Comments (2)  

Baltic Amber Baby- Review And A Giveaway!

I am so super excited to introduce you to something I recently discovered.  Amber teething necklaces. When I first heard about a friend using teething necklaces I thought it was something that the baby chewed on that provided relief. Let me say right off the bat, that was totally wrong.

Here is some info from Baltic Amber Baby’s site:

“Amber has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to relieve pain in both young children and adults. It has been shown to provide pain relief and remedy the complications that occur during teething. These include pain, lack of appetite, upset stomach, excessive drooling, fever, ear aches and cold. Amber is also a powerful antioxidant, helps to compensate for low energy in the body and in the brain, thus boosting awareness, energy, concentration and reflexes and reduces stress. So how do they work? When worn against the skin, the warmth of the skin releases healing oils within the resin, which contain succinic acid, which then get absorbed into the bloodstream. Many mothers would prefer not to give their babies over the counter drugs during teething and these necklaces provide 24 hour pain relief and relief from the associated symptoms from teething, in a non invasive and side effect free way.”

My experience with the Baltic Amber Baby teething necklaces:

Let me start off my saying- the girls have not exactly been easy teethers. I don’t love loading them up with Tylenol, but I hate watching them suffer so much. So when I received a sample necklace in the mail I was very excited to try it out. As soon as I opened the package there were a couple things that impressed me about the necklace. First of all, the clasp was easy to screw and unscrew, which is a plus with sometimes uncooperative, squirmy toddlers. Secondly, the necklace is knotted after each bead. Just in case it were to ever break, only one bead would come off.

Alyssa graciously volunteered to be my test subject and has been wearing it ever since. I have been completely surprised that she has hardly even noticed it was there! They recommend having your baby start to wear it at 8 weeks so they become accustomed to it and are less likely to pull on it, so I was a little worried about starting so late. Let me tell you, it has not been an issue at all. At night and during naps I move it to her ankle and wrap it around twice so it isn’t a choking hazzerd and even then she hasn’t played with it much.

I wasn’t really sure if we were getting a good idea of how well the necklace would actually work since she didn’t seem to be having any teething issues at the moment. She wasn’t overly fussy, wasn’t really chewing and had been sleeping very soundly (more so than she ever has in fact). But then when I was brushing her teeth I discovered she had actually cut TWO molars without us even knowing about it. Yay! We were so impressed we ordered a second necklace for Kylie after only three days of trying it out. I definitely recommend the Baltic Amber Baby teething necklaces to my friends and readers. I only wish we would have discovered this a year ago!

Now for the best part! Baltic Amber Baby is giving one lucky reader a FREE teething necklace (or bracelet) of their choice! And for every 50 entries an additional five readers will receive a 20% off coupon code. Even if you don’t have a little teether (or soon to be teether) go ahead and enter. These necklaces would make a great gift as well! So here is how to enter:

Mandatory Entry: Go the the Baltic Amber Baby Facebook page and “Like It”. Check out their selection of colors, styles, necklaces and bracelets. Come back here and leave a comment telling me which one you like the best. This giveaway only applies to teething necklaces and bracelets.

Additional Entries: (once each per day, must complete mandatory entry for additional entries to count)

  • Write your own blog post about this giveaway and leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  • Mention this giveaway on Facebook and leave a link.

Please leave your email in each comment so I will be able to contact you if you win! The winner will be chosen on Saturday June 18th, at 8pm PST using Random.org. Good luck!

(*Let me remind you though, babies and toddler do fuss for reasons besides teething, so please do not expect this to be a magic, happy-all-the-time or mood stabilizing necklace.)

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 8:26 am  Comments (27)  

You Are Not Alone…

… if your kids seem to get into everything and cause trouble everywhere.

Tonight Kylie decided it would be fun to take apart the blinds from our living room door and bring them into the kitchen for me.

Thanks Bear.

Published in: on June 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm  Comments (5)  

What Are Kids Learning These Days?!

This morning I was taking advantage of a free service our library offers and downloading some music for the girls. One of the songs I chose to get was the Alphabet Song. (You know the one… A B C D E F G, etc) Well I found out that apparently there is some new version out there different from the one I learned as a kid. I know what you must be thinking, how can the alphabet song be different if the alphabet is the same? Well, it is all in the ending. I learned it to go:

“Now I know my Abc’s, next time won’t you sing with me?”

But when I was listening to the selection of artists availaible I discovered a whole new ending out there. This one goes:

“Now I’ve said my Abc’s, tell me what you think of me.”

Which is just wrong. And weird. Is this the version any of you learned, or have your kids learned it this way?

Published in: on June 1, 2011 at 9:00 am  Comments (3)