Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{Giveaway} Tiny Prints Holiday Card Giveaway!

Contest is closed.  Entry #35: Jessica Wyatt, is the lucky winner of the Tiny Prints Giveaway!  

I’ll admit it.  I’m a bit of a Christmas card snob.  I used to hand-make all my cards until I got married, and then I started sending photo cards of us, the dogs, the kids, you name it.  My idea of the perfect holiday card not only allows you to showcase a photo (or several photos) but is one where the design, font and photos all flatter one another.  Tiny Prints has selections that fit this desire beyond my wildest dreams (think Vote for Pedro, here).  You will find page after page of possibilities to choose from, from gorgeously elegant to simply classic cards.  …and good luck deciding on just one design!  There are even pages of unique photo gifts, perfect for that certain someone that you never know what to buy.
Now I’m *that person*.  I’ve been playing Christmas tunes in the minivan for about 2 months now, and thankfully, my kids have inherited my love of all things Christmas and beg for the songs to be played! (Ah, genetics.)   You won’t catch me complaining about seeing Christmas decorations in the stores in August. I LOVE IT!  Snow?  Bring it on!  Obviously, the thought of our 2013 family Christmas cards has already crossed my mind once or twice (or maybe a dozen times.)   Before visiting Tiny Prints holiday card collection, I didn’t completely realize how difficult selecting a few favorites would be.  I was swooning over the pages and pages of options they have.  Not only are their cards gorgeous with their extensive collections of Contemporary, Classic, Vintage, Full bleed photos, All That Glitters (seriously, who doesn’t love a little sparkle?), Bold Expressions, Simply Chic, Woodland Wonder & The New Tradition themes, but there are card trim options!  Play around with the gorgeous trim options of square, rounded, bracket, ticket & scallop (swoon!) and you’ll see the predicament I’m in for ordering cards this year!  The word ‘elegant’ doesn’t even do these cards justice.
I’m loving the gold and black I’m seeing all over for this upcoming holiday season.  It has a classy, yet festive feel.  I always sign my cards Merry & Bright, so Tiny Print's Golden Holiday card would be perfect!  Do you love it, too? Keep reading.
Golden Holiday
The Wonderfully Cozy design would be perfect for a family with a brand new little addition or a newly married/engaged couple, right?  I can even picture an adorable retired couple (maybe surrounded by their grandkids) on the front of this (Mom? Dad? Are you reading this?) 
These two sure look Wonderfully Cozy, don't they?
Remember I mentioned Tiny Print's All the Glitters collection? The Glittery Garland card contains no actual glitter (aw, schucks), but sparkly elements designed to look like glitter (aw, Yay!) What’s not to love?!

Glittery Garland.  Sparkle and shine, glitter imposters!

Want a more well-rounded wish?  Cover not just one holiday, but all 364 days of the upcoming year with a New Years card.  I love everything about the Banner of Dreams card.  I love the large photo and simplicity of the message.

Banner of Dreams, or, er, of awake people with cold hands.

This Christmas Heart card has a vintage feel that I'm loving, as well.  The muted colors and retro font are just perfect for sending a warm holiday message to loved ones near and far.

Christmas Heart.
Sit down.  There's more. 
Just when you thought TinyPrints couldn’t be more perfect, they go and make coordinating address labels and envelope liners for those of us OCD-matchy-matchy types!  Squee!
And now the BEST part of this post (yes, even better than glitter)!!!  I’m hosting a Tiny Prints GIVEAWAY (Contest now closed.)!!! The contest runs from now through 10/22/13 (at midnight) so enter ASAP!  One luck reader will receive a Tiny Prints credit for $50 (and free shipping)! Lets kick off the holidays together with Tiny Prints!
To enter, all you have to do is go to the Tiny Prints holiday card selection and comment below with your favorite holiday card design. (Simple, right? Yeah, sure! I’ll see you back here in 4-6 hours!)
For an additional (2nd) entry, pin your favorite card on Pinterest with the hastag TinyPrintsCheer (#TinyPrintsCheer), then comment below with your Pinterest handle so we can validate the pin.
Follow Double the Giggles for a third (3rd!) entry, then comment below telling me you've done so.
Winner will be chosen via and announced on Tuesday, October 22nd.  I need to hear from you within 24hrs so make sure your email is connected to whichever acct you are commenting from. ;) (Hey, I'm just blogger. I'm not an IT wizard, people!)

(Update) For a FOURTH chance to enter, like Double the Giggles on Facebook!
Good Luck!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

{Coming Soon} Bedroom Updates

In an attempt to tie myself down to finishing decorating the boys' individual bedrooms (it's been a year in the works, people), I thought I'd give a sneak peek of each of their rooms to keep you all in suspense!

We wanted to create their bedrooms around themes they both chose themselves.  In Andrew's case, it was his second choice, because although I'm not one to strongly enforce gender roles, I had to draw the line at a princess room with pink zebra bedsheets. Sorry, kid. The second choice was definitely more palatable and fun to create.

Can you guess the theme for each of their rooms?
Ideas were burning in my brain for Wesley's room!
Andrew's room is out of this world!
Have you separated your twins' bedrooms?  Leave a comment on how you decided to decorate their new digs!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Talk About Hitting the Nail on the Head

Relaxing was so much easier before I had children!
I'm exhausted.

I have been for maybe the past 18 months or so. More so than I ever was when I was up 4 times a night, bottle feeding infant twins.  My husband came across this article and knew I'd find it interesting, and I felt compelled to share with other moms.  Apparently my hubby is able to find time to read not only our local paper, but The Washington Post, too.  Me? I've stil got 4 months of unopened Martha Stewart Living on my nightstand.  I'll get to them eventually (or so I keep telling myself).
Mothers more fatigued than dads..., report finds - The Washinton Post

The article will hopefully open up mens' (and non-parents') eyes to the balancing act we (mothers) undergo every single day.  Organized, I am not, but the mention of planning?  Don't even get me started.... I'd be lost (LOST, I tell you!) without planning, and my faithful family planner.  When my mind is full of so much information about our family's activities, appointments, assignments, swing-shift-work-schedules, etc., it all is laid out clearly in my planner.  No, I don't over plan.  I don't invite the hectic schedule.  We've even held back on signing the boys up for weekily session-type activities due to the need to just keep things as simple and laid back as possible.  Life just happens, and we have busy boys who need to stay active and engaged with some sort of structure. 

The line of this article that really resonnated with me the most was at the end.
Galinsky found that women rarely let themselves fully enjoy their leisure time.

This is so true. So. Stinking. True.  Its really hard for me to leave the tension-ball-of-life at home when we have dinner plans, or a girls night out, or even an out-of-town trip.  Last fall, I was fortunate enough to sneak away for an entire four days to NYC with some girlfriends.  By the time I was able to get my relax on, it was time to pack up and head home.  No, I'm not one of those moms that must know what is happening every second of every hour when I'm not around, motherhood just consumes your mind and heart. It defines who you are, not just to others, but to yourself.

Please note, I am not using this article as a means to support a complaint of any sort.  I have plenty of backup at home.  I'm a lucky girl - my husband is very involved and may have changed more diapers back in the day than I did.  ...and he's defineitly way more tolerable of messy kid-fun like painting, PlayDoh and Legos.  That being said, He's. Not. Mom.

Moms are truly something special.  So if you aren't too tired, read this Washington post article and then go ahead and give yourselves a pat on the back today.  Heck, go ahead and treat yourself to some Starbucks, too!  Try really hard to enjoy something just for you.  You deserve it!

So, what are you going to treat yourself to today?  Leave a comment below telling me about it!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Long Overdue Update

I know, I know... I go through these crazy blogging phases of a post or two a week, and then nothing. Zero...For months...  Sorry, but I've got a lot on my plate. (Preaching to the choir, I know.)  I'm going to get busy, blogging. I swear.  It's been too long and I have lots to say.

Since I've last posted, the boys turned four (F-O-U-R!) and they've started at a new pre-k, 3-day-a-week daycare that is much closer to our home.  (First day of school pics to follow in next post. I promise!)  For those that have been following along with DTG for the past few years, you may have eagerly been awaiting my fourth birthday party post in early September, similar to their Third Birthday post, their Second Birthday post and their First Birthday post.  Other than me sharing a few great pictures on this post, there won't be a Fourth Birthday Party Extraveganza post, mainly because we celebrated with family, and that was it.  No big theme this year, no hoopla, no bells, no whistles, no cakepops (that's right, I said it. NO. CAKE. POPS.) Just our little family, together with our awesome parents, our siblings and their families.  it was a perfect little gathering, and just felt right this year.  I did make my famous (well, I think it should be famous) 3-layered buttercream cake and made some fancy toppers for it (a birthday ambulance for Wesley and a Fire Engine for Andrew), but that was the extent of it.

Here are a cuople of pics, and here's to reading more posts from me (hopefully!) Thanks for staying with me!