The Twinsicles nursery is coming along. The room has been painted, furniture has been ordered, some has even been delivered, and the accessories are coming along. Next on my list is their library. My heart goes pitter patter just thinking about reading them bedtime stories while snuggling together in their rocker. I want their library to be fun, and of course, educational. Since I didn’t know where to start, I called my good friend Lori, who is a teacher and literature expert (check out her site, readingwithbean.) She’s also a fellow mama-to-be (we are due about 2 weeks apart) and has a sweet, adorable toddler she affectionately calls Bean (seriously, how cute is she!!).
So why read to your baby from birth? Lori says it’s essential. “It may seem fruitless at first, but early exposure to books helps determine a child’s literacy success later,” she says.
When choosing books for your baby ages 0 – 1, keep these tips in mind:
-Look for books with vivid pictures
-No more than 1-3 lines on a page
-Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are important
-Animals in books are a favorite
-Pick books that you will enjoy reading
Here are her top favorites for your baby’s first library:
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
- Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
- The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
- First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
- Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman
- Are you My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The past few weeks I have ran to the mailbox each day to check for any holiday cards from our friends and family. Seeing my friends babies has brought me so much joy. My heart literally swells seeing my friends from Colorado send holiday cards with their miracle babies and miracle bumps! This year I knew I wanted to share our pregnancy announcement that we are expecting twins in our card. Well, December came and Brian and I still didn’t get around to taking a cute family photo (not to mention Lulu is impossible to get to sit still for a photo.) My fellow twin mama-to-be suggested doing an illustration like she did from Carolyn Kao Designs (she works at Pinterest and is filled with great ideas!). I got hers in the mail and it was so adorable. So Brian and I did the same (imitation is the best form of flattery, right?). So instead of the traditional photos, here are a few ideas for customized illustrations for your holiday cards next year.
1. Rifle Paper Company Create fun and unique holiday themed photos with custom illustrations of your family.
2. Bis For Brown When in doubt, turn to Etsy. The site features tons of custom card makers, including Bis For Brown, which makes fun, whimsical cards.
4. Scout Mob For anyone out there who is camera shy, a great idea is a general illustration with a holiday theme.
No matter what you choose, these cards will definitely spread some holiday cheer! Happy Holidays and like we said inside our card, hope 2016 brings you double the blessings!
In the season of miracles, Brian & I are overjoyed and blessed to share we are expecting TWINS this spring! Miracles, indeed. Like so many women, my road to motherhood was not easy. Two years – filled with frustration, pain, heartache, months of failed IUI’s, multiple rounds of IVF, and, for the first time in my life feeling all hope was lost. I was no longer the happy girl everyone knows. I pushed away friends, family, stopped working, stopped living. My path crossed with two angels on earth who convinced to go to Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, the best fertility clinic in the world. It would be a long journey, several trips to Colorado, more money, injections, heartache, all for our “Hail Mary” shot at what matters most in life. Somehow my heart healed and hope was restored during the time I was in Colorado. I knew in my heart it would work. After many more months, our prayers were finally answered.
In the era of Pinterest perfect pregnancy announcements, I want to be honest. Far too many women walk this painful journey. I would never want anyone out there suffering like I did to think our babies came easily. Do not give up hope. The heart of a woman on this road is brave and courageous. Miracles happen – and sometimes they come in pairs!
Yay for the holidays! I love this time of year, from decorating to eating and celebrating it all in style. This year, especially, I feel like doing it all. Believe it or not, when I am not working, I wear very minimal makeup. But I am planning to dress up and celebrate this year a lot. I love the look of a smokey eye. But at the same time, it can feel a bit too much for me. So here are two palettes that not only give you a subtle dressed up eye, but are also super easy to use. Once you find your favorite, remember to keep the rest of your makeup really subtle, with a skin-toned gloss and cheek color.
1. Bobbi Brown Long- Wear Eye Set $49 Bobbi Brown is known for her natural-looking makeup, yay for that. So this set is automatically going to give you a subtle look. But it’s also super easy to use. Plus, it’s gel formula won’t settle into fine lines and creases. It’s also long-wear, so it will last as long as you do at your next party (for me, that’s about 10 PM, max!). Just an FYI, it’s a limited edition set, so get it while it lasts.
2. NudeStix Go Nude Kit $49 This kit contains everything you need for the rest of your face so you don’t look like overkill when you do a smokey eye. Their skin-toned shades work on both lips and cheeks. Plus, they contain shea butter, vitamin E and peptides to plump up skinny-looking lips.
3. Too Faced Eye Smokey Eye Shadow Collection $32.40 What’s so great about this kit is that it literally tells you what goes where. No more shadow confusion! The colors are a bit more intense if you want to really have a dramatic look, too.