Friday, December 23, 2011

There is a PartyLite Home Party Happening Every 18 Seconds, Somehwhere in the World

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yes, this is true you know. PartyLite is a very popular company where there are nearly 60,000 people selling PartyLite candles to 'redecorate and refresh' you home for the everyday and for every holiday you like to celebrate. When you host a PartyLite party you will benefit just as much as your guests do. Hosting a party is fun because you get to earn FREE products too. How cool is that! These parties are fun and you can invite all your family members, friends and their friends. It can be a 'girls night out', at your  home.

Right now, the PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes is going on and you can be part of it. That is right, all you have to do is visit the PartyLite website and enter there. When you visit the website, you can be the first to see the PartyLite Winter/Spring collection for 2012. When it comes to purchasing quality candles, PartyLite is the only place to look at for candles and purchase them for yourself, family and friends. They make for great birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts too.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Android Will Make For An Awesome Christmas Gift

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprint for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

That is right, now you, your family and friends can get a great holiday deal on Android. The Android™ powered EVO 4G devices are available for a limited time only. So, right now is the best time to shift from the device you have now, to an Android.  The Android is powered by Sprint and this is a special online deal. If you are looking for a phone with free activation and new lines of service, this can only available online. Oh, and Sprint will pay for your shipping! With the phone you have right now, it can pay for your new phone because you will receive a $250 credit towards your new phone, even if it is from another carrier. This is so cool, Sprint has a BuyBack Program.

If you ask me, this is one awesome way to start out the new year. This is a win, win for you and your pocket. I wonder, do any other big name carrier's have a BuyBack Program? If not, how come? This seems like to new trend in allowing customers to upgrade to a new phone and not have to pay that enormous fee to leave your contract and go with another carrier.

Yeah, this is a total win, win for you, your family and friends. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Decorating Time is Family Time!

--Philip J Reed on behalf of Westwood College

It’s that time of year! Did it sneak up on you? If so, you certainly aren’t alone! But as much time as you might spend getting ready for the holidays, you can also be using to spend time with your family. That’s a great bonus that is often overlooked, and that’s what we’re here to remind you about today!

Preparing for the holidays can take up a lot of time. Obviously Christmas is what’s coming to mind for readers right now, but any holiday can easily dominate your free time with preparations, whether that be decorating, shopping, cooking, or anything else! But by including your family (young ones in particular) in these activities, you will not only make them go by faster, you will also make them more fun. You’ll also be able to spend time with your family that you otherwise wouldn’t have!

Think about any of the traditional things that families have done for generations. Carving pumpkins, hanging decorations, trimming a tree…any of that is a perfect opportunity to get the entire family involved. Work together to select and hang decorations. Decide which activities you will do, and schedule a time to do them so that everybody can be available. The time you spend with your family is reward enough in itself, but accomplishing holiday tasks in the process means you can be productive as well as attentive!

Let’s just focus on decorating, to take one example. There’s a lot involved! Picking out decorations, deciding what will go where, hanging them, or even making them…that’s a lot of opportunity for family involvement, and small children in particular see the hanging of decorations as much more of a treat than a chore. So get them involved! Let them pick out what decorations will hang where, and you can even lift them up to help them hang them! For any decorations that might be more dangerous for children, such as hanging Christmas lights on the outside of the house, you can have the kids stay at ground level and either feed you lights up the ladder, or call out instructions to you to help you keep everything even and centered! Depending upon their ages, they may be happy just to be included in the process and won’t mind that not every step will be “hands on.”

Decorating the tree is probably the most rewarding for children. Trees are bright, shiny and festive, and small scale decisions such as which particular ornament will hang off of which branch can provide many hours of enjoyable planning. Again, you may want to handle the lights yourself, but a little bit of tinsel in a toddler’s hand goes a long way! For an extra treat, lift them up to place the star on top of the tree. There’s no more magical tree-trimming moment than that!

You don’t have to have attended an interior design school to have an idea of how to pretty up your home for the holiday. Just let your heart – and your children! – be your guide, and remember that though the holidays may be stressful, they’re also a time for togetherness, and for bonding, and for making memories with your family that will last forever.

Monday, December 5, 2011

TwiceGirlies and Keira attend "A Little Princess" at The Grand Theatre

A couple weeks ago when my hubby, twins and myself were driving downtown, I read on the theatre marquee that the Tracy Rep was having three showings of the play, "A Little Princess". So, I took a photo of the marquee and texted the pic to my friend Kim and said we should go. Well, she had already purchased tickets for the 20th. So I ordered tickets too, for the three of us, Mommy and Twins.

On the day of the play, in the afternoon, Kim and her Mom Maxine were kind enough to pick me and twins up. Those attending the play were Kim, Keira, Maxine, Angel, Me, Emma and Abby. This was my twins first time attending a play and wow, they certainly showed it...LOL. They were not still and kept asking me questions. My goodness, I thought going to the movies was bad, but having my twins sit still and be quite in a play did not compare.

I loved the play and I know when my twins get a little older they will be able to sit still and not talk during the play. Well, my three friends from church were in this play. I know the Director, one of the actors and lighting coordinator. They all did an excellent job and I can not wait to see another play they are in or direct.

Oh! One of my chiropractor's and his little girl were also in the play. It has been a long time since I have attended a play and this was just so much fun.

In May, I want to take my twins to see "Annie". This is a musical, so hopefully they will not chit chat too much and sit still..LOL..I would have taken them to see "The Nutcracker" this month, but....well...that would be more for myself and not them.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

TwiceGirlie's and the Windy Day

Well, it looks as if  we have finally entered the "Fall" season. Yes! I know we are actually heading towards the Winter months, per the calendar, but the weather outside feels like Fall. The leaves on our trees were supposed to have "fallen" in Sept, Oct and Nov. As per usual, the seasons in California are messed up! Oh yeah, in the Sierra's, the snow did not stop falling until mid or late June, summer did not really end until a week or two before November. Normally it is real cold on Halloween, but not this year. Oh no, it was so warm and unseasonal, but so like California.

But I digress...

The leaves really began to "fall" yesterday and are continuing today...with the high winds. Oh goodness, why are the seasons ending and beginning as they are supposed to? I just do not get it my friends. I wonder how windy it will be tomorrow and wonder how long it will take for all the leaves to fall.

My twins would love to rake up all the leaves, before the gardeners come back on Monday, to jump into them again and again and again. Well, here are some photos I took for you to see. These leaves are somewhat brown but the majority are green.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TwiceGirlie's Practicing for Christmas Play

This year's Christmas play is going to be so cute. Not only is the name of the play cute, so are the character's and all the people in the play. The songs, oh the songs are so much fun and I really can not wait to see the whole play put together. Each cast member was given their lines, lyrics and CD to practice at home and last night one part of the cast learned what they are to perform and how to sing their song as well. Oh goodness, I can not wait to see this play on December 18th.

Our play director, if I am not mistaken, said the cast has four weeks to practice the play: lines, songs and places on stage. This is not your typical Christmas play either and this play will make the crowd laugh and just have so much fun watching the whole cast interact and bring this play to life.

If you want to know what the name of the play will have to come with a family member or friend. In fact, that is a great idea. Laughter is always welcomed at Christmastime, right? Along with laughter, we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

The Christmas Play will be at Traina Elementary School and you can contact Calvary Chapel Tracy for more details.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The LG DoublePlay is the Ultimate New Smartphone from T-Mobile

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The LG Smartphone, by T-Mobile, will make for an excellent Christmas gift, birthday gift or a gift for yourself. This phone is simply unbelievable, especially if you are a fan of texting, taking photos and video. I do not know about you, but I love texting. In fact, I have become addicted to texting. I am not saying I do not like to talk you my family or friends, but texting is so much and it is great when I am in a place where talking is not allowed.

When texting, this is the phone for you too. This LG DoublePlay allows you to text from your PC, tablet or create group chats on the go for faster content sharing. Oh and if you are worried about the screen, this LG DoublePlay has a 3.5 by 2.0 display screen. This is also known as the Cloud Text and Group Text. Oh and there is a QWERTY keypad making it all the more easier to text everyone in your address book and Swype easy input . If you, like me, have a Facebook account, then this smartphone lets you update your pages at the same time you are surfing the Web, checking email and texting, of course.

This LG DoublePlay features the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), giving you access to Android Market  and giving allowing users to completely customize their seven home screens and create up to nine touchscreen shortcuts for easy navigation. How cool is that!

If this smartphone sounds like the ultimate social networking and multi-tasking handset, you would be correct. I mean, how could it not be the best with all the above features..seriously...

Okay, I have told you all the awesome features, now let me tell you why this smart phone is something that is right down my ally. First of all, as I have told you above, I love texting so this smartphone is a no brainer for  me. As it is, I must write over 200 texts a month. I text at home, in the car (not driving), walking, at a friends home, in the mall, etc. So, yeah, this is so the phone for me.

As for social networking, I check my Facebook account at least ten times a day and I am always uploading video from YouTube, articles I write on my blog and articles I write for public and private clients. Yeah, I am pretting busy on Facebook. It would be so excellent to update my FB pages from my phone instead of my laptop.

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Alright, now I highly recommend you check out this amazing new LG DoublePlay Smartphone for yourself and tell me how many hours you text each month and chit chat with your friends and family on the social networking websites you go to.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fashionable Eyeglasses For Any Budget With No Middleman

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's about time there was an eyewear company that made and sent you eyeglasses directly from them and cut out the middleman or pay any overhead fees. Not only is there no overhead, there is hardly any advertising costs. Zenni eyeglasses may be inexpensive, but this does not mean they are cheap eyeglasses either. Anyone who wears glasses knows what style they are looking for, whether they are thick, thin, round, square or colorful, they can all be found at a low cost and at the tip of your fingertips.

Wearing prescription eyewear is a must for many people and Zenni understands how important this is to all their customers, especially with the economy as it is today. So, customers to do have to sacrifice a style they are looking for over the price of eyeglasses. Above all, Zenni takes pride in their products and  they are made of high quality material which means your eyeglasses will be durable and always safe for you to wear.

Now that you are saving money purchasing one, or two, pairs of Zenni eyeglasses, what will you do with that extra money? Saving money has never been so easy, especially when it comes to purchasing something you need on a daily basis. Just as you think your eyes are important, so does Zenni. The eyeglass I like the most are the Metal Alloy(Memory) eyeglasses. I like them because they are lightweight and do not leave red marks on the bridge of my nose. With all the all the money I will be saving on my Metal Alloy (Memory) eyeglasses, it will be going towards my twins Christmas gifts or paying off bills.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

TwiceGirlies Are Flower girls in Cousin's Wedding

Saturday was my niece in law's wedding. My twins, her cousins, were in her wedding. Oh goodness, they were do beautiful and behaved so well. Yeah, even that surprised me and Daddy. The wedding was at 2:30 and we had to be at Auntie's home at 12:30 for primping from head to toe. The hairdresser working on the Twins hair just loved their hair because of their natural curls. Their natural curls made it easy for her to curl their hair under with the curling iron. My twins hairdresser is a twin too, a fraternal,  in fact. She thought my twins were identical. Well, so did her friends, until she began to grow out of her childhood. As we were talking, I told her about the fraternal twins next door to me. I said, "What are the odds on two sets fraternal twins living next to each other?"

Well, after my twins got their hair done, I dressed them in their beautiful flower girl dress. The flower girl dress was a cream color with a brownish bow sash around their waist. The brown bow sash matched the bridesmaid dresses. My twins had fresh flowers pinned to the back of their head with clips, that would barely stay in. The flowers in their hair matched the bouquet they walked down the aisle with.

Oh, I was so proud of them....

As for the bride, she was just lovely. Her gown was strapless and the train was not overly long, just the perfect length and looked stunning on her. She worn a veil, not over her face, but cascading down the back of her long and flowing, curly hair being held with a fancy clip.

When I look at the photos I took, I will post some here. I was not able to take photos of my twins walking down the aisle, but I am sure to receive all the photos with my twins in them..I hope to receive photos from the ceremony.

TwiceGirlies Being Primped at Auntie JuJus Home Before Wedding

On the day of the wedding, my twins, bride's maids/matron's and bride were at Auntie JuJu's home getting primped. All the ladies, including the littlest of the ladies, were having their hair worked on my several hair stylist. All their hair was being curled into ringlets and the hair stylist doing the Twins hair was a fraternal twin as well. It is interesting how I keep meeting fraternal twins, who also look like identical twins.

After the bride's maid's/matron's, flower girls and bride had their hair done, they stepped into their dresses. Oh, it was so much fun seeing them all get dressed. Just like the professional photographers, I too was taking photos, of my twins and some of the bridal party.

The mood in the house was hustle and bustle and the excitement could be felt in the air and seen on the faces of not only the bridal party, but the hair stylist and photographer's. The photograph's being taken began with the bridal party primping, in their dresses and photos of the bridal party at a variety of places in the house.

Here are some of the photos I had taken from what I saw taking place.

Wholesome, Clean Fun with Stand Up for Family

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Family Insurance for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is a comedy series, for families. If you thought comedy could only be fun it the jokes were dirty, it is time to rethink your position. In fact, you can watch some of these "clean" Stand Up For Family right here. Just because you are a parent now does not mean the laughter has to stop. In fact, when you watch these videos, I am sure you will find one that reminds you of your childhood.

I watched all the AmFam videos and the one that had me rolling on the floor laughing was the one titled, "Street Lights". I mean, who does not remember being able to stay outside, all day long, in the summertime as a kid? This memory is still vivid in my mind today,  In fact, I can see this memory in my mind's eye, right now. My goodness, I remember playing all around my block on the hot summer nights on my Big Wheel, Bike, Slip N Slide on front lawn and playing with my Barbie Dolls. Of course, my friends and I did all this before the street lights went out. There was a street light somewhat in front of my home and as soon as that light went out....inside my friends and I went.

Everyone likes to laugh right? Well  now the whole family can laugh together and not worry about unclean words falling on little ears. The American Family Insurance will make sure of this. Now that I have told you one of my childhood memories, tell me one or two of yours.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

TwiceGirlies At Wedding Rehearsal Dinner at Auntie JuJu's Home

The day before "The Big Day" the wedding party, including my twins who were Flower Girls, went to the church to practice walking down the aisle. Even though I was not able to take photos of them going down the aisle, I did take some cute photos of my twins with the rest of the wedding party.

After the wedding rehearsal, the whole wedding party drove to Auntie JuJu's home for the Wedding Rehearsal Dinner. The dinner was fun and the food was delicious. The food included Tri Tip, (another meat I can not recall), ravioli, salad and so delicious pies.

The atmosphere during the party was fun, relaxing and I mingled with Hayley's friends and family.

The whole party was in the basement, with a lot of tables and chairs set up. The theme of the party was a mix of Fall decorations/Country. The music was mainly country with a mix of other music on the radio today, which I do not listen to, as I just listen to Christian music on K-LOVE.

Here are some photos I took from the party, Hope you like them.