Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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TwiceToddlers Building a Castle with Their Blocks

These building blocks have been a great tool for my twins imagination. Yes, I have written about my twins building with these blocks, but it just amazes me how much they really like this toy too.

For some time now, I had thought of getting another one for them since they fight all the time over what color or size blocks they want. But then I thought, how are they going to learn to share their toys if I keep buying them the same toys.

When my twins were two years old, I purchased this for them. The reason I got these bigger blocks for them is because they were BIGGER and not as easy to swallow. I also like these big blocks because they come in their own bag. A great bag my twins can put the blocks back into, zip up and put away.

As lovely as it sounds, my twins putting their blocks away, it rarely if ever, happens. It seems that wherever my twins roam, so does their toys, especially the Big Blocks.

I find it great to have a Great Room, but my twins toys do not stay in this Great Room. Oh no, these Big Blocks find their way in the Living Room, Kitchen, Spare Room, Master Room, The Twins Room, Hallway, Bathroom and anywhere in between.

Here are my twins building with their Big Blocks in the Living Room.

TwiceToddlers Not "Toddlers" Anymore

So, with my twins now in kindergarten, they are no longer toddlers. Now, I am wondering what name I can use behind "Twice". When my twins were babies, I called them "TwiceBabies". When they became toddlers, I gave them the name, "TwiceToddlers". Now, I would like some input into what new name I can add to the end of "Twice".

Looking for suggestions...Anyone who comes up with a good name will get a FREE Rhinestone Tank Top, something like one of these. Of course, when whatever saying you want on it.

Your Baby's Bottom Needs Boudreaux's Butt Paste

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boudreaux's Butt Paste. All opinions are 100% mine.

When my twins were tiny babies, this Boudreaux's Butt Paste was given to me as a shower gift and several times after they were born. This paste really works miracles on your baby's sensitive bottom and front area. Even before my twins were born, I would see TV commercials saying how wonderful this product was in healing diaper rashes. The healing process works in no time and your baby, my twins, were back to normal in no time. The last thing you want is a fussy baby due to diaper rashes.

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TwiceToddlers and Fundraising

It is that time of the year. This is my twins first time doing some real school fundraising. Their school fundraising this year looks pretty cool. There are some really nice products for sell. I have sent emails to all my family, friends and acquaintances too.

The types of products range from Christmas products, Bath and Body, Jewelry (nice too), Gourmet and so much more. I am hoping my twins sell a lot this season. Well, Mommy is doing most of the selling.

If interested, please send me an email and I will send you the online website.


TwiceToddler "A" Gets Snoopy Award

Last week, Twin "A" received the Snoopy Wag of Approval Award. I am guessing it is because she listened to her teacher, obeyed her teacher and was kind to her friends.

Now, if only Twin "A" and Twin "B" would carry this over to Mommy and Daddy's home. If they did this, I would give them rewards like this too.

It looks like this is a PC(school's initials)Buck. This time, it is on a purple piece of paper and has Snoopy on it.

Both my twins love receiving these awards for good behavior and I was just like them when I was their age. As I am sure you were too.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Medical Alert System to Give Seniors Their Independence

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Medical Guardian. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you know or live with a loved one who needs something to keep them safe from harm? If you do, you need to learn more about the Medical Guardian Alert System.

When your loved one uses the Medical Guardian Alert System, this is one way to keep them safe at home. This alert system comes with a battery back-up, phone connection,
long range wireless receiver and an easy 5 minute setup instructions.

Having this device in your home and putting the pendant cord around your neck is the best way to stay in contact with the Medical Guardian Alert System team.

If you, the caregiver, and loved one are concerned about falls, the best thing to do is get an annual vision and hearing test. Being able to see and hear what is in your surroundings is one way to stay safe. Since Seniors are at high risk for falls, it is also important to have good lighting throughout their home. Dim lighting is not necessary or suggested in a seniors home or surroundings.

There is value in using the Medical Alert System. For one thing, this device allows your parent or friend to stay independent. As we get older, or just have a disability, retaining our Independence is always a must have. When a parent or friend keep the clip on attachment, wrist band or pendant on them, this will allow them to remain independent in their home or around town.

Independence comes with using the Medical Alert System and is a great alternative to assisted living or nursing homes. This Medical Alert System also comes with an unmeasured value to the children whose parents or parent uses these wireless emergency buttons on their person.

Finally, senior Independence is available by putting a wireless emergency button: clip on attachment, pendant cord or wrist band on your parent or parents.


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TwiceToddlers Mom and a Busy Weekend Ahead

This weekend, my twins, Mommy and Daddy are going to have a busy weekend. Tomorrow, Mommy is going to a surprise birthday party at my church. I will probably be there for an hour or two celebrating with her, her family and our church members. It should be fun. I love these type of surprises too. These type of surprises are surprises of love and appreciation.

Let's see, after the party, I am not really sure what we will do. Probably come home and do stuff around the home. Depending on the weather, my hubby and twins will clean the window screens.

On Sunday after church, we are going to another birthday party. This is not a surprise birthday party though. There is supposed to be a big water slide at this party. But again, it will depend on the weather. Today, the wind began kicking up and it began to feel more like fall and not summer. For the month of August, it is usually in the high 90s or low 100s.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Glidden TM Paint

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Glidden. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was looking for an interior paint for one of my rooms, I wanted to try out Glidden. So, before purchasing it outright or going to my local home improvement store, I went to the discuss your experience with the Glidden website first. Once at the Glidden.com website, I was able to see the array of interior colors and textures from Gildden. Right there on the website, under Glidden Paints > Interior Paints, there is a list of Interior Paints. These paint textures are in Flat, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Ceiling Paint-Flat and High Gloss. But, Glidden Paint helps make color easy with the www.Glidden.com Room Painter too.

It is really nice to see the products and colors before leaving your home. In fact, before leaving your home, you can print out the color and texture you are looking for. Then, once at your local Home Depot, you can ask for the color you want and perhaps get a sample to take home.

Once I found the color(s) I needed, I drove to my local Home Depot store, went to the paint center and showed the employee the color(s) and texture I needed. The employee in the paint center showed me the colors I was looking for with XL color chips and coordinating color ideas first. Once I looked at the color chips and liked I asked about the color paint testers in the colors I liked before making a big purchase.

Yeah, did you know you can purchase these GliddenTM Ready-to-Go Paint Testers first? If you are not ready to purchase a full gallon, of a color you might not like, you can purchase some Ready-to-go Paint Testers first.

The Glidden’s paint testers are unique from other brands because they have a handy brush included in the lid, and the testers allow you to try out the actual paint color before you commit to buying all the paint necessary for your project. Glidden is one amazing paint company when they came up with this idea.

These paint testers are also great for households with children because they can be used to quickly touch up scrapes and stains. I know in my home, with my twins, my hubby and I find it is easier to paint over permanent marker than to scrub it off. These little paint testers are just the ticket homeowners, parents or not, are looking for.

Also, these Glidden paint testers are much easier to store than large, messy, half-used cans of paint. Glidden is confident that once you experience their great Glidden colors and quality paint, you will be inspired and motivated to continue all your painting project with Glidden paint for your future projects.

If you are not sure what you really want in a color and look, you can find ideas quickly with Glidden’s Top 10 Color Palettes and XL Paint Chips. You can become inspired to paint with colors that reflect who you are! Glidden’s Top 10 Color Palettes are assembled by color experts to express your personality. Glidden also makes it easy to select the perfect combination of colors.

With Glidden's large paint chips, they will help you experience your favorite color in your room’s unique lighting. Plus, all of the chips have two coordinating color options right on the back. So, even before heading to your local Home Depot, go to the Glidden.com website first.

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TwiceToddlers Wake up Whining

This is something somewhat new, but my twins will wake up at night either whining or crying. They will not tell me why they are crying, but instead I have to pry it out of them. Take tonight for instance. Twin "B" wakes up crying and I find her in the hallway. At first, I was not sure if this was Twin "A" or Twin "B". So, I began asking her why she was crying...she would tell me nothing.

I heard the noise outside her bedroom window and said, "Are you cold? Do you want me to close the window? Twin "B" nodded her head "Yes". Then, I asked, "Do you have to go to the bathroom?" Twin "B" nodded her head "Yes". That was the ticket. Twin "B" had to go to the bathroom. Usually when either one of my twins wake up whining or crying, they have to go to the bathroom.

Time and time again, Daddy and Mommy tell them, "If you have to go to the bathroom, please just get up and do not cry about it." Still, either or both twins wake up whining or crying about going to the bathroom.

Now, sometimes, yes sometimes, they will wake up and go to the bathroom without whining or crying. When they do this...it is like music to my ears.

TwiceToddlers Go To Costco

When Daddy came home from work, TwiceToddlers, Daddy and Mommy went to Costco. Let's see, the things we have to replace were Tri Tip, Nuggets for the girls, bacon, batteries and a couple other things. My twins love going to Costco. Daddy and Mommy used to put them in the carts, but they like to not walk, but run around. Oh yes, they run around and never, ever stay near us. I do not understand them, it is as if they are deaf to our requests to stay near us. Maybe we should put them back on these toddler leashes, do you think these would help. Or, would it just look weird having, almost 5 year old twins, on leashes.

Along with going to Costco, Daddy dropped me and one of the twins off at Michael's. I went back, yes back, to get some more melting chocolate and colored vanilla melts too. When I was there, I also got some blue dissolving roses for the girls bath and two birthday gifts for them. I am slowing purchasing birthday gifts for me. So far, I have purchased small gifts for them, not things they have requested.

Then, I went into Walmart alone and got two birthday gifts for my friends birthday's this weekend. The one thing I was looking for, I could not find. This is either because they are not sold there anymore or they were moved to a new location. So, I had to improvise and purchase what I could.

Yeah, it was a nice evening this Friday, even though my twins, still refuse to stop their running and disobeying Mommy and Daddy.

NMEDA is Your Road to Independence

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are a caregiver of a family member or friend who is not able to get around anymore, it is time you check into NMEDA. NMEDA understands the struggles of a caregiver who has a disabled loved one or friend. Many caregivers are not able to move large and heavy equipment and this is where NMEDA comes in handy. NMEDA is a non-profit trade association which educates consumers on buying products from a NMEDA qualified dealer. Whether you are a driver, passenger or caregiver, NMEDA will direct you to a qualifed dealer in your city or nearest town. When a caregiver goes through NMEDA, they can be rest assured the elderly or disabled they are assisting will be able to get back onto the road of independence.

In case you are wondering, NMEDA does not sell anything. NMEDA was formed originally as an association of mobility equipment dealers in the state of Florida. When family members and caregivers learned about NMEDA and how they help disabled people, their membership opened up nationwide in 1989. In 1989, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association was established and is the only association that promotes safe driving and equipment for disabled people.

The NMEDA is a non-profit organization and their members are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NMEDA dealers (members) are the ones who sell handicap vans and vehicle modifications for disabled people.

Now because disabilities are not exactly the same, it is wise to check out your wheelchair adapted vehicle thouroughly. This is especially true if your vehicle was sold over the Internet or through catalogs. After a personalized “in-person” evaluation, you can be sure you are getting the right driving solution customized to your specific lifestyle and needs. If you need additional training or product refinements, your NMEDA dealer is there to help you.

NMEDA has Dealers and Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. When you begin looking for dealers in your area, you can go directly the the NEMDA website and type in your zip code or state/prov. When you go to the NMEDA website, please leave me a comment letting you know their closest qualified dealer. As for the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), it is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. The QAP is based on the principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality.

When dealers participate QAP they are held to extremely high standards. In fact, they are required to maintain product and completed operations and Garage Keepers insurance for liability purposes. Dealers have to be certified welders if they perform structural modifications to vehicles and have technicians certified for the equipment they sell, install and service.

It is also important for dealers to maintain records of all adaptive vehicles. Along with the maintence of the adaptive vehicles, these vehicles must undergo an inspection/audit process at least annually by an independent auditing firm to ensure compliance to the NMEDA Guidelines.

NMEDA dealers must abide by the Mediation Committee's decisions when a complaint is lodged by a consumer, a Dealer, or any other person or entity. Local NMEDA dealers have to provide 24 hour service to their customers and meet shop facility and equipment requirements.

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TwiceToddlers and Non-Stop Play

I do not know about your children, but if given the chance, my twins would play all day, everyday! As soon as the sun rises in the morning until it sets a night, my twins would be playing indoors or outdoors(weather permitting).

The only reason my twins do not play all day is, I give them nap time. If I do not give them a nap, they will be cranky fall asleep really early in the evening. Take for instance yesterday. When my twins got home from school, I read their books to them, we went for a walk (that was an adventure in and of itself), we came home and they watched some cartoons. As they were watching cartoons, I made them dinner as I was getting ready for my Girls Night Out.

Now, because they did not take their nap, after coming home from their outing with Daddy, they took a bath and probably watched one show. Usually they watch 2-3 shows before going to bed. When I got home from my night out, guess what! You guessed it, my twins were out like a light! They wanted to stay up for Mommy, but missing their afternoon nap made them so tired. When I got home, I went into their room, prayed over them and kissed them goodnight. Usually, we have this whole routine we go through every night, both twins, but not tonight.

Anyway, if I do not put my twins down for a nap, they would indeed play non-stop, all day, everyday. Is this what your children, my twins age, are like too?

TwiceToddlers and Their Imagination

My twins are so precious. They use their imagination in the greatest ways. Let's see, the toys we have in our home are Princess Tents, Stuffed Animals, a Toy Kitchen, Plastic Red Wagon's, Building Blocks, Toy Doll House and a lot more.

Well, when my twins play together, they will bring almost all their stuffed animals into the either the Family Room, Living Room or the Master Bedroom. When they bring their stuffed toys together, their animals have parades, sing songs and are placed inside the tall towers my twins make with their building blocks.

With the building blocks, they create homes for their animals and have their animals greet each other, exchange homes and play in the pretend backyard. Along with their stuffed animals, my twins have this little people for their Toy Doll house that get to live in the building block homes my twins create.

I love watching my twins play together, nicely and see what they will come up with next. It is just wonderful seeing them play nice together as it does not always last long.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What's Your Kissimmee Story?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Kissimmee Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just in case you are not aware, Kissimmee is in the heart of Florida. That is right, in the heart of Florida and right next to Orlando. In fact, Kissimmee is close to everything, including the beaches. This means the Atlantic Ocean is just about an hour away and the Gulf Coast is less than a 2-hour drive.

When you stay in Kissimmee, you will enjoy ALL the things you want in a Florida vacation. Things you might enjoy will be visiting theme parks, beaches, outdoors and just relaxing.

If you love the outdoors, you might like airboat rides, zip-lining, horseback riding, hiking, birding, biking and so much more. Now, since you love the outdoors, you might also like to explore the quaint downtowns in Florida cities like Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Celebration. When it comes to shopping, you will have to go into the delightful boutiques, eclectic shops and super restaurants. Since you will be outdoors or the downtown area, you will also enjoy the lakefront of all three towns. At the lakefront, all you have to do is relax and have a family picnic.

If you think this is a lot of entertainment in Kissimmee, wait, there is more. If indoors entertainment is what you are looking for, you can go see such shows as the Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil® La Nouba and House of Blues® in Downtown Disney. Maybe you want to checkout or eat at local hangouts. If so, you can check out the Breezes Bar & CafĂ©, Sun On The Beach and other popular places to hangout.

Now, although I have not visited Kissimmee yet, if I were to plan my dream vacation, I would definitely hangout in Downtown Disney, go to Disney World and oh, I would love to do that zip-line for a real rush. Oh, and I could not forget to do some shopping. The outlet malls and boutiques would be the shops I would definitely go into.

When it comes to a hotel or resort, the place I would check into would be the Barefoot'n Resort because kids stay free. This resort offers their guests a Luxury Two Bedroom/Two Bath Condo's which includes a full kitchen. There is a King bed in the master bedroom and a queen bed in second bedroom. There is a queen sofa sleeper in the living area and plenty of space for up to six people. After a long day in Kissimmee, I would come back to my room and was TV in the flat screen TV and more likely than not, relax in the jetted tub then go out on the screened balcony with table and chairs and just chill.

Well, it looks like Kissimmee is an amazing city in Florida to visit to me. This city is pretty much all inclusive. So, what are you waiting for, go to the Kissimmee website and make your travel arrangements now and plan your dream vacation.

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TwiceToddlers Mom and Girls Night Out

When last year's bible study ended in May, we always plan to meet for either dinner or dessert once a month in the summer months. This year, I was only able to meet this month, tonight to be exact. Let me just say, it was awesome! Not only did I get to see two of my bible study friends again, one of my bible study friends we see each other all the time, but we shared how our summer has gone and one of my bible study friends got engaged! She got engaged to a guy friend she has known all her life.

We also talked about one of my friends surgery she had this month to remove her appendix which she is still recovering from. Her Mom was so sweet to come up and cook for her and her family since she has been out of commission.

We had our girls night out at The Olive Garden. I love that restaurant. Instead of dinner, we each had an appetizer and of course, dessert! I and my bible study friend who got engaged, each got this cool new appetizer called the Lasagna Fritta. Oh my, it is made of Parmesan-breaded lasagna pieces, fried and served over Alfredo sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. It was amazing and should actually be eaten as a dinner or shared with two or more people. I was hungry and ate all six pieces. When it came to dessert time, I had ordered the Triple Chocolate Strata. This dessert looks amazing and is a Classic Italian chocolate torta layered with creamy mousse and topped with dark chocolate ganache. But, it looked like I was not the only who liked chocolate because they had no more. So instead of this delicious dessert, I ordered the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. This was good, but nothing beats chocolate.

When it came time to pay the bill, our dear friend who got engaged over the summer paid the bill! That was awesome and such a blessing. Paying the bill, just like our God paid the bill for us.

Anyway, I had a wonderful evening and can't wait to do this again and again and again. I really need to get out of the house more often.

TwiceToddlers Mom Runs into an Old Friend

Today when my twins got home from school, I read them their books on the Family Room couch. Once the books were read, I had them change into their walking shoes or flip flops. The flip flops are much easier to walk in.

On our walk, we were hoping to play with one or two of the kitties that come out of hiding to greet us. Well, even though it was windy today, there was still some heat and this is why the kitties were more likely than not, indoors.

So, we missed the kitties today, but continued on our walk anyway. Well, my twins, they really are not fans of listening to Mom and got way ahead of me. When I finally caught up to them, Twin "B" had stopped next to a lady outside her car.

As I approached her car, she looked familiar to me. I could not recall her name, but as soon as we saw each other, we greeted each other with a warm, "Hey, I know you! We used to go the same church together." That is when we exchanged names and talked for about 5 minutes. Catching up on things and watching my twins running away from me as always.

Anyway, it was nice seeing her again and she gave me her business card. She still lives in the city I live in. Maybe soon, we will spend the afternoon together when she is not working.

Charter is giving Free laptops to Schools

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Charter Cable Company has always given out great promotions. This has been a way of rewarding their customers along with those looking to sign up for Charter service.
Some of Charter's past promotions include a hybrid car, a Camaro, an HDTV-A-Day for an entire month, free laptops, XBox 360's and more.

Righ now, Charter wants to give back to the community, especially schools. In fact, Charter would like your favorite school to start smart this fall. This means Charter will be giving away 50 new laptops! That is right, Charter is doing a laptop-a-day giveaway. As part of Charter’s back-to-school campaign, they are giving 50 laptops away to two schools. All you have to do is register for a chance to win a laptop for yourself. These laptops are from Lenovo, model numbers are G555 with a 15.6" screen, 160GB drive and 3GB ram (with a Targus bag. This is an awesome promotion indeed.

Whether your order Charter service or not, you are automatically given a chance to win a laptop and get up to $300 cash back. You can also register online with no purchase necessary. The real opportunity here is for parents and others to nominate their local schools. It is also important to encourage your friends to vote for their school to win the 50 laptops as well.

In order to nominate your favorite scool, they must be nominated by Aug. 12. There is a short nomination process at http://www.charter.com/laptop. Once all nominations are in, Charter will choose 50 finalists (based on the nomination stories submitted) and announce them on Aug. 16. Charter will have open voting between Aug. 16 and Sept.20. Then Charter will announce the two winning schools on Sept. 27th.

If you are on Facebook, do not forgert to go to Charter's Facebook fanpage (http://www.facebook.com/chartercom) and 'like' Charter just like I did. That is right, there is you can click the 'like' button with Charter on Facebook too.


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TwiceToddlers Mom is Wondering What Happened to the Month of August

My goodness, the month of August certainly went by fast. It came and went in the blink of an eye. Sure, there is still one weekend left and half a week to go, but this month seemed to go by quicker than it arrived.

In fact, this year has come and gone so fast, it amazing me. This year, coming and going, is like my twins growing up so fast. Yeah, like in the blink of an eye too. For me to see how small my twins were, preemies, I have to go back and look at photographs of the preemie hood to now, toddler hood.

So, with only four months left this year and a new year on the horizon, what do you plan to do? As for me, I have a lot of family events planned, places to go..people to see...

TwiceToddlers Wearing Dress Nana Made

When my Mom and Sister came up to see us in July, my Mom brought with her this dress she made her granddaughters, my twins. When I was little, my Mom a lot of our dresses and when my twins were babies, I asked for a dress a piece. But, my Mom said she would make them a dress when they got a little bit bigger.

Now at four years old, along five, this is the most precious dress my Mom, Nana, made them. I just love it and hope they can wear it for more than one year.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It is Time to Experience all that Branson has to Offer

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson. All opinions are 100% mine.

As the seasons change and it begins to cool down, there is no better time to plan a trip to Branson. When visiting Branson, you can register to stay at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing is surrounded by the most electrifying entertainment capital of the Midwest in Branson, Missouri.

When staying at The Hiltons of Branson every guest has access to shops, boutiques, restaurants, a river walk and other attractions. When you stay at the Hilton Promenade at Branson, you will be able to dine at the new Level 2 Steakhouse. This offers guests their signature 28 day aged beef brought in from Kansas City. The Level 2 Steakhouse is open at 6AM to 11PM for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

While staying at the Hilton Promenade at Branson, you can check out these various attractions. There is Lake Taneycomo, the Payne Stewart Golf Club, Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake, Tanger Outlet Mall and the Theatre district. Since the fall weather will be just amazing, doing anything outdoors, like hanging out at any of these lakes, would give you and nice feeling of the Branson outdoors. If you want to check in your pet while staying at the Hilton Promenade at Branson, you can do this too.

The city of Branson offers guests an ongoing array of events. Some of these events are the Moonlight Bide Ride, a Southern Gospel Picnic, the Shepherd of the Hills Fall Harvest Festival and tons of concerts on the exciting Branson Landing. When I make plans to visit Branson, I stay at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing because I want to see their current concert series and have fun in their many parks. Since I love the outdoors, it is important for me to spend time outdoors as well to admire their many the water features and breathe in that fresh Midwestern air.

Whether you or your family plan a golfing or shopping package, at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing, you can book various guest packages such as a shopping or breakfast package. If choosing the Shopping Package, it comes with Deluxe accommodations, a breakfast buffet for two and a $25 gift card. This gift card may be used at any store in the Tanger Outlet Mall(located three miles from the hotel). On the other hand, if you are looking forward to a Bed & Breakfast Package, you will be able to start your weekend on a Thursday and get a great rate, too. You'll enjoy the comfort of a Hilton Hotel plus a personalized Hilton Breakfast for two, all weekend long.

The other Hilton Hotel, Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel offers their guests places to have family reunions, weddings, various places to shop and eat. If you are staying at the Hilton Branson Convention Center for business purposes, you will be able to use the Audio/Visual Room, Equipment Rental, the Business Center, Express Mail, Fax, Meeting Rooms and so much more. The Hilton Branson Convention Center is like an all inclusive city.

Both hotels are within easy driving distance of Branson’s championship golf courses like the Payne Stewart Golf Club managed by Hilton, as well as beautiful lakes, museums, theme parks and 49 live entertainment theaters. With so much to offer, this exciting vacation community is perfect for everyone! It is time to book your stay at either hotel today!

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TwiceToddlers Wearing Purple Hello Kitty "T"

My twins love Hello Kitty and one of their Aunt's, one of Daddy's sister's, gave them this Hello Kitty "T" gift. Anything Hello Kitty my twins love. I told them when Mommy was little, I too loved Hello Kitty. Wow, that ages me..(ha, ha).

So, here are my twins sittin on the carpet, wearing their Hello Kitty "T". It looks like there was too much light coming into these photos. I think my twins would be happy to wear all Hello Kitty clothes if I allowed it.

TwiceToddlers and Their Stuffed Animals

I am not sure about your children, but my twins love, I mean LOVE, their stuffed animals. They have so many stuffed animals, they could open not only their own toy store, but own zoo for stuffed animals. (ha, ha).

As much as I try and keep their toys in one room, they tend to migrate to all the rooms in my home. Our Family Room is where all their big toys are and their smaller toys, stuffed animals, are in their bedroom.

My twins tend to 'set up shop' wherever they move to. On this day, and everyday, they were playing with some of their favorite stuffed animals on Mommy's bed. This was their first day of school and they were getting ready to watch one of their 'new' favorite cartoons and take their afternoon nap.

TwiceToddlers at the San Jose Jazz Festival

Last weekend, Mommy, Daddy and the Twins went to my Aunt and Uncle's home in San Jose. They had invited us to the San Jose Jazz Festival a week before. When I first moved to NorCal, the four of us went to the SJ Jazz Festival. That must have been in the late 90's that I attended. I recall it being really warm that day in the 90's, but this time, it was chilly. My twins and I were wearing clothes for a warm day. It is a good thing I brought my twins their white sweater's. Funny, I have no idea what happened to those white sweater's.

But I digress...

When we got into the jazz festival, we first got something to eat. Oh, there was a lot of yummy food to choose from at each stand. I ate some fried calamari and the twins had their own, BIG, hot dog. My uncle was looking for the Blue Stage, but we ended up at the Salsa Stage. My uncle got a whole lot of Chinese and Mexican food. I think my hubby just got a hot dog too.

Well, after getting our meal, we sat on the blanket I brought. My Aunt and Uncle opened their chair's and the twins sat on those. Since we were in front of the Salsa stage, we were sitting on the asphalt. That was a nice place to sit.

So, we all got up and walked back to the front of the festival looking for the Blue Stage. As it turns out, the Blue Stage was behind the Salsa Stage. Well, we were not going to turn around so we walked to the Main Stage, opened the blanket, chairs and sat down on the grass. This was a much better place to sit, indeed.

While sitting down, the band was warming up for the next act. I really can not recall the woman who was singing because I was looking at my twins and making sure they were not wondering off anywhere.

We did have a good time, but next year, we will be going to San Jose earlier so we get to the festival eariler too.

Here are some photos of my twins and other photos.

Member's Mark Infant Formula has a New Look

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TwiceToddlers Wearing YELLOW Week

This week in school was YELLOW week. On Monday, Mommy, that is me, cut out four pieces of YELLOW in some magazines I have lying around. With the yellow I found in the magazines, I put them in an envelope, put my twins names on the outside and wrote YELLOW on the envelope too.

Then today, my twins had to wear YELLOW. Well, this is one color I do not really have for my twins to wear. The only thing I had for them to wear was a yellow tank top, with their floral skirt.

It is a good thing I at least hand this yellow tank top. I purchased it last year at the Outlet Carter's Store. Since it was over 100 today, wearing this yellow tank top came in handy.

Here are my twins wearing their yellow tank top today for school.

TwiceToddlers Taking Photos of Mommy

My twins, they are going to be shutterbugs, no doubt. They see Mommy taking photographs, especially of them, and they want my camera. Now, my camera was quite expensive so I do not allow them to handle it unless I am around. Even when I allow them to take photos, I put the strap around their neck. If they dropped my camera, that would make Mommy a very unhappy camper indeed.

So, here are my twins taking photos of us sitting on the long couch in the Living Room. My camera is pretty easy to photos since it has a wide viewfinder. I can see one of my twins, at least, studying photography either online or at a nearby college for the arts.

My twins are so precious!!! They ask Mommy and Sister to do exactly what I would say to them. Things like, "Okay, put your hand over here and smile. Stand in this position and turn to the camera. Look here!, etc."

Here are photos my twins took of our couch session: