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Easter is right around the corner and it never fails no matter how much I tell myself I’m going to be ready far before Easter arrives I still find myself shopping the weekend of the holiday. Here are some fun ideas that I like to include in my girls baskets...

  • Sidewalk chalk they seem to never outgrow this and you can find it just about anywhere. 
  • Beach towels. Make sure to get quality beach towels and they will last for years! Always check Marshalls they have great beach towels too!
  • ITunes Gift Cards
  • Bathing suits
  • Flip Flops
  • And of course Jelly Beans!

I hope this was helpful!

Have a very Happy Easter!

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The new craze for my kids are the Pali Hawaii Sandals check them out Pali Hawaii Sandals My oldest daughter was gifted a pair from her friend and they quickly became a family favorite. I made fun of them at first but I have to admit they are super comfortable and super affordable. My girls love to throw them on after a soccer game.

My girls joined a new soccer club a little over 2 years ago and they were the only players who would quickly remove their cleats after a game and put on their crocs. A couple weeks later the whole team had crocs to throw on after each game ; ) I love seeing how that and we love crocs! crocs I think the team will quickly catch on to Aloha’s as well and then they alternate between games : )

GREAT FUN! GREAT SHOES!

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Another school shooting. My heart sunk when I heard Parkland the first time I heard this on the news because we have a Parkland school as a neighboring school. This isn’t about politics or religion. This isn’t about the color of someone’s skin or what nationality they are. I’m sure DT (Donald Trump) knows that most school shootings are not committed by immigrants. This is also not 100% to blame on mental illness although there are so many holes in that system as well. This, and every other disgusting crime that I don’t want to write about has everything to do with the weapon.

I’m not a politician, in fact I would go down in the second round against any staunch Republican or Democrat for that matter. I just believe what I believe. Our country is not run by our president, it’s not run by our congressmen and senators and it’s not run by our military. Our country is run by healthcare companies, pharmaceutical companies and the NRA. That’s who runs our country. That’s why after a mass shooting you hear “we can’t talk about gun control right now”.I believe in the right to bear arms you better believe I do, just not semi-automatic one’s. There is no purpose, there is no reason for anyone to possess this type of firearm. We CAN talk about gun control and they SHOULD talk about gun control. AND BTW if you don’t have enough staff to conduct background checks HIRE MORE PEOPLE.

Kids should not be afraid to go to school. When I was going to school you didn’t have to worry about this stuff what has changed since then and now? I don’t think any large companies actually care about people anymore it’s whoever dies with the most money wins and we are just pawns in that game.

One kid with mental illness and access to a firearm that should be illegal killed 17 children who had hopes, dreams, families, love and now we will never see what they would have turned out to be. This is not God’s plan it can’t be. My heart goes out to their families and the communities affected.

One student said “if he had a knife he wouldn’t have been able to kill so many people” I don’t understand why it’s so hard for the decision makers to do something? How can they sit back and be okay with this? That whole school should go to Washington. EVERY school should go to Washington in the hopes that one day this will come to an end.

Gob bless the families, students and teachers of each and every school.

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Love. Hate. Love. This is what my every other minute of the day feels like with 13 year old twin girls. If they aren’t fighting over clothing (which some are exactly the same like soccer uniforms) they are arguing over who’s faster or who’s smarter or who emptied the dishwasher last. Sometimes I quietly hold my breath and wait until it’s over, don’t worry, trust me it’s literally over in less than a minute. But, in between every “you’re so annoying” there are laughs and giggles so as long the love is still there I think we can get through this. I love that they can make each other laugh and they always stick up for each other. I love having twins.

http://www.mytwinsarecuter.com/twin-youth

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I love it when I hear that people are buying our products as baby shower gifts! We get such great feedback about how people raved over the twin specific onesies and twin mom tee’s.

I don’t know about you but I love being the best gift giver at the baby shower, birthdays, Christmas…it’s all about finding that truly unique gift that looks like you spent so much time looking for.

Shop our twin clothing line and the be the best gift giver! www.mytwinsarecuter.com

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So I always thought the next step after high school is college, period end of story. You already have your foundation from 12+ years of school now you have to build. Build your knowledge. Build your future. Build your life. Learn how to be an adult right?

With my oldest in her second year of college I’m realizing that perhaps college isn’t just for learning. College is a way to ease parents into the fact that their babies will not be around 24/7 and you won’t see them everyday. College is a way of easing parents into adulthood for their children....... and I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled that my daughter is growing up to be decent, loving, hard working adult but I miss seeing her everyday and hearing her stories and laughing with her.

College isn’t just for learning....college is also a lesson for parents.

Try to enjoy every minute.

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Thank you to all the dads from @fathersofmultiples for contributing to this post. Please read on to see how father's of multiples really feel.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and instead of doing the usual Father’s Day Gift Guide, like everyone else does, we figured we’d switch it up and ask a few twin fathers from the site Fathers of Multiples what they were thankful for.(Trust me.No one said they were thankful they were getting yet another tie this year.)

“I am thankful that my wife and I realized when our twins were born that we wanted to spend Father’s Day/Mother’s Day in an unconventional way. I am not a morning person and never have been and never will be, but I always wake up before the kids on Father’s Day and let my wife sleep in all morning. I cook breakfast with my girls and then we watch a Star Wars movie. At some point in the early afternoon, we prepare a brunch for my wife and bring it to her in bed and she typically goes off for some "me" time while I go swimming or to the beach with the girls. Then we have take-out for dinner and look at old pictures before the girls head off to bed and we tell them the stories of their births. I get the quality time with them on Father’s Day (what it is all about) and get to sleep in and get pampered on Mother’s Day. It is truly a win/win situation for both my wife and me as we get the best of both on both holidays.” -Brian Gawlak (http://thecookathomedad.blogspot.com)

"I grew up in an old farm house that was warm in the summer and cold in the winter. I've lived in tiny little apartments that were so small, you had to go outside to change your mind. I'm thankful that two years ago my wife and I were able to build our "forever house”. I always joke that when my 4-year-olds graduate high-school, their party will be in the backyard. The house is big enough to accommodate any situation we may encounter over the next 14 years. I’m also thankful we don’t have to move again for a looooooong time!" -Kevin Zelenka http://www.doubletroubledaddy.com/

“I just got a new job, it's taken me forever and I had a LOT of emotional lows and self-doubt which was eating away at me. When it seemed like other guys my age or even younger are more successful than I am and I couldn't find work or even get an interview, it was all I could do to keep my head above water and try and stay positive for the wife and kids.It was rough. I am truly thankful for my new job. I am so thankful to be out of my old job which was a major source of, for lack of a better word, depression.” -Jeff Jackson http://daddyisbest.com/

“I'm thankful that despite adding twins to our family two years ago, my wife and I still have found a way to do our own thing, both as individuals and as a couple. Now, does that happen all the time? No. Did I mention I have twins plus a 4-year-old boy? But we have made a priority out of going on regular dates. And we take turns watching the kids so the other person can do their own hobby. It's the little things that matter when you haven't slept since... wait. Maybe sleep should be my new hobby.”
- Andy Shaw, (http://instafather.com)

When you are a dad of twins, which in my case is twin girls, you realize very quickly it's a very special thing to be blessed with, two children born at the same time.There is one day in the year that I hold very close to my heart, which is Father's Day. When you have twins on the morning of Father's Day they are so excited to show all the love in the world for their daddy and they definitely spur each other on. It's infectious and always puts the smile on my face, and of course I get double the presents. I love the way they sit there watching me open the first present and then just take over! Nigel Higgins (http://DIYDaddyBlog.com)

I'm thankful that I proved my mother right. She said, “you’ll move to London and fall in love with a British girl and never move back.” That was 8 years ago and my British wife and I are celebrating our five-year anniversary this year. I’m thankful that we were blessed with amazing boy/girl twins three years ago who are so full of life, are regularly teaching me…as well as stretching my wits, but are worth every second of it. I’m thankful that we live in an era where grandparents can watch their only granddaughter and grandson grow up through amazing video conferencing services, instant sharing of photos and videos that allow them to get to know each other and grow together. It makes the six-thousand-mile distance almost bearable. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to take three months off in our twins’ first year to be at home with them full time. It was an experience that bonded us and brought us closer together than any other way I can think of. Having a partner that shares these ideals and supports them as well is quite the gift. Also, I’m thankful for the sweet BBQ that I got for Father’s Day a few years ago. That thing is a beast!
-Chris Rothwell, twindaddyo.com

I'm thankful for the opportunity to be an involved father. Sometimes it's a challenge to do this alone but whenever I see a smile I remember it's all worth it. Their smiles are my salary. -Austin Bennett (no link)

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Today is the day I dreamed of when I started this business. This is the one place I wanted to be, the one place I saw this brand, the one place everyone eventually goes when they find out they’re pregnant. Today is the day we launch on Babies R Us! This is truly an amazing day for us. This whole adventure was a year in the making and well worth the trip. We have great things on the horizon for this brand and they expand well past clothing. We are looking forward to this relationship with Babies R Us and plan on making it long lasting.

We are so thankful for the family, friends, teachers, neighbors and twin families at all the events we have been to over the past 3 years who supported us, believed in us and even contributed to us. We are not just “ the lady who sold t-shirts at that event” anymore thanks to you! We are a brand. The only clothing brand for twins.

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Well, I learned many many things in my #& years. (that’s right, I’m not tellin :) but this one thing I could never figure out is how my middle daughter (Is she really “middle” if I have 4 kids and 2 are twins?) could always tell the twins apart. Maggie is 2 and a half years older than the twins and she was always spot on with who was who. I found it fascinating and thought she was a super genius until one day we were all swimming together and it dawned on me....she is on their level all the time so it’s easier to tell them apart. In the pool we are all on the same level and it was so much easier to tell them apart. 11 years later Maggie just calls Olivia and Sophia “twin” because I think it’s more difficult to tell them apart now but then again when I look back on baby and toddler photos it’s still hard to tell them apart I mean come on they are identical twins.

Truth be told I think I would have left the housework go for a couple more hours and opted for some more time on the floor with my kids. It’s not that I didn’t do it but I don’t think I did it enough. Or maybe I did do it enough and now that they are grown I just miss it. Either way take time to have some floor time with your kids. This is one of those life lessons I will teach my kids when they have kids. Life just always seems so rushed.... get on the floor and play with your kids.

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A question can come up when preparing for twins and again once they are born. Do you dress them alike, or not? You can hear some strong opinions on this one. I heard from people to absolutely never dress twins alike. You will ruin their quest for individuality. I’ve also heard of course you should dress twins alike- they need to feel the connection to their twin. I think the actuality of what should happen falls somewhere in between. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

There are some downsides to dressing twins alike. In the early days when it can be hard to tell who is who. Even with different gendered twins you can get confused. It is better to keep clothing different until you feel more confident in telling your babies apart. I even went as far as to write down what each of my girls was wearing every time I changed their clothes. It is worth the extra few seconds and potential ridicule for peace of mind. Any time I am worried about identity questions I go ahead and dress the girls differently. Generally if we are just hanging out at home they are dressed differently. I like to be able to tell at a glance from across the room who is who, and different outfits make that easier. (This is true even for boy/girl twins. Babies tend to look like, well babies. It is so easy to make a mistake and doubt yourself. It never hurts to be safe.) My girls almost always sleep in non-matching pajamas too. I don’t want to have extra worries or honestly any extra thinking in the middle of the night. Not matching makes it just that much easier to know who you are tending to.

Two times I always dress my twins differently:

1) Doctor appointments. This one might sound silly seeing as babies spend half their well check appointments sans clothing. But when medical attention is involved you don’t want to question who is who. There might be lots of people looking at your twins- the doctor, nurses, medical assistants- all who probably don’t know the tricks of telling your babies apart. Even well check appointments can be a bit chaotic. There is a lot of information that needs to get relayed quickly, and let’s be real babies often cry at these making it even harder to focus. Keep it easy on yourself, dress the babies differently.

2) When someone else is watching the babies. It is so cute to show off your adorable twins in matching gear, but help your sitter out. They are probably nervous about knowing who is who and babies can’t tell you. It is important that each baby gets all their needs met, and you don’t want one baby getting changed twice or not fed. This is extra important if one baby has a need the other doesn’t, like one twin is on a medication. Maybe even take it a step further and start a note sheet for your sitter. Baby A is wearing blank, Baby B is wearing blank, and then leave lines to note when they are fed and changed.

The other drawback of dressing twins alike is purely practicality. Sometimes it is hard to find the same clothes in the same size. This is especially true if you clothe your kids based off mainly hand me downs and clearance items like me. Despite some drawbacks, dressing twins alike is fun. Quite honestly I think it is a perk of giving your all to not just one baby, but two! The fun I think is the biggest pro of dressing twins alike, but it isn’t the only one.

Pros of dressing twins alike:

1) Saves time. You only have to pick out one outfit. One less decision to make can save some real time on busy mornings. It also saves on shopping time if you can just grab two of an outfit you like.

2) Easy identification in a crowd. You can easily pick out your two in a crowd if they are dressed alike. This comes in handy at parties or outings when you won’t be glued to your children, but want to be able to find them quickly.

3) Crowd favorite. Everyone loves seeing baby twins match. It is just so cute, and it can really make people happy to see it. Sometimes you have to give the people what they want.

But what about fostering individuality in twins? This is important for older children. For babies I don’t think it matters at all. My singleton didn’t care in the slightest what he was wearing as a baby, and safe to say the same is true of twins. Once the children are old enough to have an opinion I personally think it is best to let them decide if they want to match. I of course hold final say, but I like to save my outfit commands for important events like holidays or formal occasions. But hey, if my girls want to dress alike sometimes when they are older they are welcome to do so. I remember getting a kick out of dressing like my friends, so I think it is harmless.

I personally love having a couple of matching outfits to wear, and the rest of the time the girls dress differently. It’s a nice middle ground. Plus with sites like My Twins Are Cuter, it is easier to find great twin wear!!

-Kim

Kim is a mom to a three year old son and one year old identical twin daughters. She loves coffee, reading, taking care of her family, and blogging at teamcartwright.blogspot.com

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