Sunday, October 21, 2012

Giveaway Alert!

Who doesn't like winning?  Don't forget about Double the Giggle's awesome Shutterfly Giveaway - don't worry, you still have plenty of time to enter!

Hurry over to my friend and fellow twin momma Robyn's blog,  Robyn's Little Nest.   She is also hosting an amazing giveaway from 31 (Thirty-One) (or XXXI, for those of you that really like to be different) that ends tomorrow.  (Hurry!)  Head on over to her blog, enter her giveaway, and while you're there, take a look around.  She has tons of great organizing tips, party ideas and recipes to share with you!

Good luck!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

{The Lorax} Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes

Although I bought adorable berber fleece Pooh and Eeyore Halloween costumes at a recent consignment sale (for an amazingly sweet deal), I also wanted to create costumes for the boys that they would love. Sure, they like Pooh and Eeyore, but they don't LOVE Pooh and Eeyore... and I'm not really a fan of characters, per say... Characters, schmaracters. I could almost smell the argument over who would get to be Lightening McQueen and who would be Mater if I actually let them choose who they really wanted to dress up as.

Insert crafty mom, here.

I decided to come up with an idea myself (based on something I *KNOW* they love), and make them love it as much as I did (does that make me a bad mom?) Anyway, it worked. I broke my 'no character' rule a bit, but I'm tickled with the results. Simple, easy, and cheap! We used some of what we had, and I spent less than $20 total for both costumes (Gotta love those craft store 50% and 60% coupons!). The fuschia boa (60% off) was the most expensive thing at a little over $5.00! Add some hot glue, some feathers and some felt and VOILA! The Lorax and a Truffula Tree! I love the costumes, and they love
them, too!

 
 We'll discuss Andrew's obsession with pink in another post! Oy....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

{GIVEAWAY!} Shutterfly Photo Cards



GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Congrats to our winner Michelle T! Thanks to all for entering and welcome to all the new DTG followers!

It's that time, again!
No, not halloween time, silly.
Not turkey time, either.

Then what you ask?  Well, if you know me and my passion for photography and the holidays, it should be totally obvious that it's officially time to start thinking about Christmas Cards
Christmas cards are a great way to keep in touch with the family and friends you see often, as well as those across the miles that you wish you could see more.  I love sending photo cards (see the extent I'll go through for a good christmas card photo HERE), but even more, I love receiving them!  Especially cards with pics of people I love on them. They are like tiny, flat presents that I can keep on display all year round.  Did I mention that my boys LOVE sorting through cards featuring photos of their cousins and friends?  They love recognizing a face and I love seeing them smile and hearing them shout out the names of the person who is making them smile!

If you haven't utilized Shutterfly yet, you are missing out.  Go on, head on over to shutterfly.com and have a look around, my friends.  I'll wait... 

OK. Now that you're back, let me just tell you that Shutterfly will not only develop your digital photos, create high quality photo books and calendars, and make custom photo iphone cases (HOW FLIPPING COOL IS THAT?), but they also have an overwhelmingly (and hard-to-choose-just-one-of) large collection of beautiful holiday photo cards available.

Still need more convincing? Check out Shutterfly's special offers page.  They always have great products on sale and irresistable, hard-to-pass-up discounts are constantly being offered.  Canvas print or photo mug? Yes, please! (...and that photo iphone case is seriously calling my name!)

Now on to the fun giveaway stuff....  Shutterfly is generously offering $50 off an order to one lucky Double the Giggles reader. Yipee!  Just think of all the possibilities!! Follow the widget below to enter. You can enter several different ways.   Jack Frost may not be nipping at my nose just yet, but I'm totally in the mood to burn some delicious smelling holiday candles and throw on some twinkle lights!  Bring on the holiday season!!!



Contest begins Thursday, October 18th at 12:01am will end on Monday October 28th at 11:59pm (EST).  Entries received after this time will be considered invalid. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog post on October 29th.  Winner must be in contact with blog administrator within 24 hrs and provide valid email address.  Contest open to US residents. This post is sponsored by Shutterfly, and $50 credit is off of a total order, does not include shipping costs and cannot be combined with any other promotion.  Double the Giggles may have received  products in exchange for promoting.

Friday, October 12, 2012

50,000 VIEWS!!

Updated pic of the boys, taken with my most recent freebie app from Starbucks, PocketBooth.  So cool! 




































*Squeel!*  My blog just hit 50,000 views!  Now, I may be letting you in on just how much of a nerd I really am, but I think that is the coolest thing, ever! (Well, besides volcanoes.  I think those are pretty rad, too.)

Pinterest.  I have Pinterest to partially thank.  You see, I've been pinning some of my posts to make it easier for someone (who wouldn't normally come across DTG) to find what they might be looking for. The latest post of interest is my Halloween Costumes post.  ...and can you guess which photo/post gets the most re-pins?   The hairy Hooters girl pic! Imagine that!

I also have YOU to thank.  My loyal followers. (Can you feel the love?!) The ones who always read and comment on my posts, even though my posts show up once every six months (determined to fix that).  This blogging world of mom's-of-mulitples has been a life saver for me.   Please know that although I may not post often, I am always reading what YOU have to say and I'm truly grateful you like to read what I have to say, as well.

Anyway, here are some updates about what's going on here. As fall settles in, I've started challenging myself to several new things:

The first is Reading. I've joined a book club with some local gals and am forcing myself to get through at least the first book before bailing.  I despise reading (sad, I know), so this is not the easiest task for me.  I lack focus and concentration, and when I can actually get through a book, I'm always disappointed at the ending (never fails.) Good news is that our meeting is a week and a half away and I'm over half way through our selected book.  Go me!

Meeting People: After hemming and hawing it over (MOPS wasn't a real good fit for me), I've finally joined our local Mothers of Twins Club and am looking forward to the year ahead.  I already know a few of the girls and we had a great time at the last meeting (even if we were confused half the time and giggling a lot).  For some reason, I'm feeling the need to add more women into my life who understand both the ups and downs of parenting.  The "twin" thing is definitely unique, and it's good to have a circle of twin (and triplet!) moms to bounce ideas off of, vent to, and laugh with.  I'll try to keep updating you all on how that is going (*see next challenge.)

Another challenge I'm giving myself is blogging more frequently.  I've said this 100 times before, but I'm determined to make time for it again.  It seems as though things with the boys are busier than ever these days.  It's not that we are constantly scheduled to do things, it's that they are 150mph, for the 14 hours they are awake and they never seem to slow down.  I always have to be "on" with them. I need a nap.  Really badly!  Anyway, I'd like to get back into the blogging world.  For starters, I asked a friend (and fellow twin momma) if I could guest post on her blog.  If someone else is involved, I'll feel more obligated to complete it, right?  I think so! (I hope so!!)

Hey! One more thing.  (The most important thing, if you ask me!) Stay tuned for a BIG GIVEAWAY in my next post!  I'm super excited!!