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Two are two

February 25, 2015

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Tomorrow Lucky & Stone will be two years old. TWO!
So I spent much of today being very aware that this is the last day that they would be considered one year olds. And as I had to take in as much of it as I could, naturally, I smothered the crap out of them. Luckily they are very affectionate and for the most part didn’t mind and even reciprocated.

My two sweeties have kept me extremely busy these past two years. And if “the terrible two’s” are all they’re cracked up to be… then I’m terribly terrified. Because it’s challenging. And very, very exhausting. But… here come the clichés… It’s all worth it. They are so worth it. I have never felt a love so intense, from the moment I knew of them… and it has grown every. single. day. And now that they express their love for me so sweetly, I swear my heart could burst. By now I have had many “discoveries” about motherhood that I had already read about, or been told about many times before. It’s amazing that despite the infinitely distinct situations we find ourselves in, it’s as if we are all meant to have many of the same moments in life. There are simply things that we must all experience as parents.

Being the mother of Lucky & Stone, and all of the things that come with it has been the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. And to think that it’s only the beginning of my turn to experience some of those common mommy moments. Because my “newborns” are already turning two… but they are only turning two.

So every morning I am thankful for another day with them. And every night I give thanks for having spent (and survived) that day with them. And I savor their pudgy hands, tiny bodies, and little voices, and all the funny little things that they do and say. And I want to remember forever. And when it’s bed time, after their bath, brushing and books routine, I always carry them to bed, one at a time, letting them know just how much they are loved. Tonight, as I did so, with many kisses I said goodbye to one year old Lucky and Stone. In the morning I will say hello to two two year olds. Despite the part of me that feels sad to see my babies un-baby, I am so thankful and excited to continue to see them growing and developing into amazing little people. I’m going to go give my one year olds one last kiss tonight, and then look forward to smothering some two year olds tomorrow!

our little Christmas…

December 26, 2014

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I’d really like for my Lucky and Stone to grow up appreciating everything they have. So I like to keep presents simple. They each got one and a half presents from mommy. A magnetic drawing toy for each, and a wooden box of block shapes to share. And they played happily with them all day! They did also get presents from family and friends, but I love that they were spaced out throughout several days. This way I feel that they were able to appreciate each and every thing that they received. I am so thankful for this Christmas. My babies are healthy and happy and we have everything that we need and so much more. And this year more than any, I feel an intense appreciation for what Christmas truly means…. the celebration of the birth of Christ. Perhaps it’s because there is so much love in my little ones that I am overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude for the gift of life itself. Of mine, of theirs, of yours.TwindwellBabesTwindwellLoveThank You for this, and everything, and happy birthday.


Clutch Organization in a snap

September 5, 2014

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I’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to store my vintage clutches. In the past, I’ve resorted to baskets (which make them hard to see) or just stacking them, which has always ended up in a mess after a few clutch clutchings. When I recently re-did my tiny closet, I was inspired to come up with not just one, but two super simple, cost-efficient ideas to organize clutches that work really well.

1]  Line your clutches up on a shelf and use brass duck head bookends to hold them up. Okay  they don’t have to be brass… or ducks. Or heads. Actually, there are so many amazing bookends out there that I would love to see how other people put this idea to use.

2]  If your clutches have flaps, use the flaps to hold them up on hangers. If there is a button on the inside of a flap, snap it to secure in place. (This clearly only works for enflapped clutches.)

TwindwellClutchOrganization3bThat’s it! Both of these clutch organization ideas are super easy, allow for you to see and grab your bag of choice easily, and might even add a little cute to your closet. It just couldn’t be easier. De nada, monada!


August 25, 2014

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Like playful puppies and cuddly like kittens. My little litter is bigger. Not in number, but in size. When I first took them home from the hospital, Lucky was 3.5 lbs and Stone was 5.5 lbs. They were so tiny, I actually wanted to live in the hospital where doctors and nurses were just a button press away. But they made us leave… and thank God, my babies thrived. Today, August 25th, they have become 1 1/2 year old people.

I can’t help but to marvel at them every day. They come home from school with art. They eat their meals with a fork. They help me put their toys away… Granted they also rip the art, fling their food-on-a-fork, and throw around far more toys than they put away… but why count anything but the positive here. Because up. Up in size and up in knowledge. And infinitely upping in mommy love points!


Tip: As they still chew on everything, I was a wee weary of getting my babes crayons, but I went in search of toddler ones anyway. Instead, however, I found these Crayola Twistables which I love, as try as they might, they can’t eat them! My concern with using them is the use of plastic and our environment. Pssst…. hey Crayola, at least make them refillable. All things considered anyway, I’d probably use more resources in having to buy more crayons when they break (or get eaten) and these should last a while.  (btw, not a sponsored post)

Note: You can see I started painting the walls, but around here, projects get done in baby steps these days, as time allows. Consider it sort of a before (it’s finished) picture :)

room for two

June 28, 2014

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Here is Lucky & Stone’s room, as it is presently (a work in progress). Somewhat visibly in the pics, you can see that they have mini cribs with plexiglass, which were bought from Craigslist for $50 each. I did buy them new mattresses at about $50 each as well, so they ended up being $100 each. Back when I was looking, the cheapest crib of this type I could find was close to $300. I just did a search and found some on sale for $200 at Toys R Us. These cribs are great if space is tight, but  you must be up for switching to something larger sooner down the line. I really love them, as they have been amazingly convenient, and I enjoy being able to see my babes so clearly. Since they are on castors, when the babies were newborn, I was able to roll the cribs around the house to always have them nearby.

The only problem with these cribs is the obvious, as I’ve mentioned… your babe(s) will outgrow them sooner. With my littles at almost a year and a half now, I will soon have to find another sleeping solution for them. I love the idea of floorbeds, but am open to toddler beds with rails. I’m not in a rush yet, as I still have a few months before I’ve got to take the plunge, but when the time comes, I’ll share my finds with you.

Between the cribs, there is a medium-sized, vintage dresser (also Craigslisted, for $60) that is just wide enough to set their diaper pad on. I painted the top of it in a creme color using homemade chalk paint. This dresser is more than spacious enough to house their onesies, shirts, shorts, pants, jammies and socks. Seriously, the pace at which we have to replace and purge little clothes for growing babies is whiplash. worthy.

As you can see, Lucky & Stone’s room is quite small, but by choosing the right size and amount of furniture, as well as finding an optimal layout, the room feels comfortable and open… and I haven’t had to spend a lot on it! In fact, very little of what it on these pics is new: the mattresses, diaper pad (gift), Skip Hop bunny (gift) & Ikea fuzzy rug. I’m happy to say that everything else, besides a couple of toys has been used.

And Lucky & Stone love playing and sleeping in it.  They actually ask me for “night, night” when it’s that time. Can you believe those guys? (I will write in a future post how I’ve managed to pull that one off.)

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