5 go to’s for reflection and manifesting goals for 2019

Every year at this time I come to the blog to reflect and manifest. This year I’d love to reflect with some key points that I’ve learned as a mom of twin girls and a little boy , as well as a working mom with growing business.

My goal is to share some insight that may help our readers, as well as myself when I look back on it. You see, it isn’t always bad to look back. I once read that we should only look back when viewing in our rear view mirror, but I also think it’s a great learning technique how else can we learn that from our mistakes or blessings.

In my second year as a mom of three I’ve learned how to manage my time a tiny bit better. I’ve learned that I cannot slip on rest and to not go in overdrive. When handling 3 personalities as well as your own well-being its best to have our mental state at rest. If we’re relaxed as parents our children will learn to handle stressful situations better. Learning this KEY POINT here everyday… especially with the current busy schedule within our family (will share more on as we progress) .

Now in our 5th year as TwinDollicious , we’ve added “& Co ” to bring all of our amazing readers, customers and friends into one happy doll face family… as V & K say “hey dolls”!! Our Facebook Group is where we are also planning to bring great conversation about sibling bonded experiences, “how to’s”, answer questions on business, books, manufacturing, communicate 1:1 , as well as offer giveaways and giveback from our “insider box”! All that in 1 breath 😂

On that note our KEY POINT is also based on learning, but as a working mama. When building a business there are so many to do lists and though we’d love to tackle them all we eventually realize that we cannot. Hiring out has been a game changer for the stress of it as well as the great of it. Handing out power to individuals that harvest a talent you may not can be hard, especially when communication is lost. It’s best to stay in communication in order to understand if the individual is on the same page as you are for your business.

With that we’re crossing fingers for a NEW and fun website to come! We’ll keep you posted.

Doing my homework has kept me inline with writing and continuing to bring content to our growing community during the waiting period.

Q1, 2 and even 3 of 2018 was a blessing of growth Q4 has been a bit of a challenge but sometimes we must get over the hurdle in order to launch further.

When I reference homework I’m talking about taking the time to find other like minded individuals that are publicizing their work, sharing insights teaching a community of people that you’re going to love to check in with.

1. My Instagram go to has been MyLeik Teele

2. My podcast go to has been Julie Solomon

3. My online YouTube go to has been Marie Forleo

4. My blog go to has been Paulo Cohelo blog – this great one featuring Susie Moore

5. My current read for all things in life is non other than…. Michelle Obama’s Becoming

Leads me to bring lots of love, light and TwinDollicious insider adventures – because Any 2 can be….

Happy 2019🎊🎉🎊🎉

Happy Birthday V & K!

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The top kids brand from our holiday gift and style guide

This is a sponsored post yet all opinions are of my own.

Fashion and fun are extremely important parts of the TwinDollicious & Co lifestyle. We love to inspire new trends of style and fashion by sharing awesome brands we know that you’ll love.

We’ve partnered with the amazing Abercrombie Kids, and couldn’t wait to share their A&F club member program. It’s a sign on membership that immediately rewards you $10 off of your first purchase of $50 just for signing up; As well as gaining yourself closer to VIP status with every purchase. Who wouldn’t want faster rewards for every dollar you spend? You will also receive members only offers as well as on your birthday, earn points on every purchase to put towards other great stuff, and receive access to exclusive sales and insider events that only club members can.

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‘Tis the season to stay warm and stylish for holiday family photos, just in time to send your greetings to family and friends. Best of all are the gift guide selections from Abercrombie kids .  You will find a great selection of hot styles that are perfect for the chilling cold winter and outdoor play. We’re just as ready for the winter days with the new Abercrombie Kids ultimate Parka

img_9160 We were also super excited to have found the softest lined faux fur trimmed coat for the Little’s to love. While we’re at it let’s also talk about the flip sequins that we’ve all come to know and love. Not only are the designed logo sweaters making a statement but unicorns are front and center on this design.

We could not resist the The A & F Logo side legging, which is made for comfort and style. The full Abercrombie Kids just for girls leggings allow for active play. We all know that being stylish and playing in the great outdoors can be a perfect combination.

img_9166Once again, don’t miss the opportunity to shop the ideal styles for the kiddos, found at A&F Kids. You can receive 30% OFF select styles sale. This includes all of the fun trends for girls!

The One thing on our Black Friday shopping list

Were you dreaming of this weekend’s sales like the awesome one Abercrombie is having RIGHT NOW where you can grab 40% OFF the ENTIRE store!

Did you have your list ready for Black Friday shopping?

We had one request from V & K : an extra cozy, fluffy, and stylish coat!

Abercrombie Kids

Our NEW go to brand for home decor and style for the family is at JCPENNEY

Over the weekend a big thing happened at JC Penney and I’m bringing the good to you!

An exclusive brand for JCPenney has been curated into a collection of classic styles to mix and match for the entire family and the home.

This super exciting brand is called Peyton & Parker!

For me as a one stop shopper and style lover this is game changer especially during the holiday season.

Peyton & Parker is the photo ready collection that is perfect for coordinating a style or home decor with perfect mix and match pieces. It’s NOW possible to even bring the photo studio to your home for the holidays for some real life shots…. just the way we love!

I had the privilege of trying out the new brand in a style challenge and couldn’t find a piece I didn’t love; so much so that I did some boys styling and the whole family. This sweater has actually just made my wish list.

The new lifestyle brand is designed entirely by the in-house design team at JCPenney and sold exclusively at their stores and online. It’s truly a moms dream come true.

Peyton & Parker is now available to make instagramable moments real and simple for you and yours.

This post is sponsored by MOMTRENDS

Here are your first healthy, fun and stylish steps to prepping for the holidays from MTNightout3

If you’ve ever looked through the pages of Parents Magazine , Parents Latina, family fun and other amazing editorial magazines that bring you bright photos of products and brands you’re going to love what’s new for the holiday and beyond.

After attending a hosted event for moms curated by our friends at momtrends. I’m sharing how I experienced a list of brands in real life just to bring you a moms influential insight on some goodness you will love!

Now of course if you’re a parent you know that the start of school and change of seasons bring on sicknesses and the FLU. Well BoironUSA introduces us parents to more healthy days and less sick days with their homeopathic medicines. Boiron medicines do not contain any of the ingredients questioned by FDA for use in children under 4. They’re best know for the top selling flu medicine Oscillococcinum and the line of cough and cold relief medicines including chestal and cold calm. *We all know that it’s that time of year.

When you’re on a roll to happy healthy holidays you want to do it in style this is where JCPenney steps in. They have just launched a new lifestyle brand : Peyton & Parker. You can get your hands on the amazing new brand by shopping the store exclusively or on line Peyton & Parker by JCP

I’m personally in love with home decor and even enjoy adding the kiddos toys (because it is a part of our lifestyle) into the homes setting, which is why http://www.vtechkids.com/ are our go to for quality, sustainability, fun, learning and style. It is actually the world leader in innovative educational products that enrich your child’s development. We’re especially highlighting the electronic learning products that include baby walk alongs to the KidiZoom Smart watch DX2 for holiday gifting.

Fun and play is always great but with holiday fun also comes lots of family outings and delicious food. If your babes are eating meals they’re probably exposed to different foods and textures. It’s recommended to introduce them to a probiotic that will reduce fussiness due to occasional digestive upset while developing a healthy digestive and immune system; which is where http://www.culturelle.com/ comes in.

Culturelle is a pediatrician recommended brand based on a 2016 survey among pediatricians recommending a kids probiotic brand. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat , cure or prevent any disease, but contain safe and gentle ingredients that work naturally with your baby’s body.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.

This post is sponsored by MOMTRENDS

Back to school preparation and style needs

Are you and your kiddos ready to begin the back to school hustle?

We’re holding on to the last bits of summer but are in no way in denial that school will begin very shortly.

There are so many school supply lists with must haves and trends that begin to surface in retailers starting July that we may get a bit confused. It’s always best to abide by the school supply lists (so that’s an easy task conquered) but how do we prepare and make back to school exciting.

I attended a few events in Mid summer to learn about new trends and products that may excite me and the girls for back to school.

– At the mom trends event I discovered this adorable lunch bag and pencil case that would be trendy for the girls… since Unicorns rule their universe right now.

Unicorns for them and Mabel’s Labels for me (kind of) . On my to do list from teachers and to create an easy morning for us Labels are a must on most of their books and supplies.

They loved the Unicorn style and ran with the theme! ✅

Speaking of labels: Epson ecotank printing has an amazing new device that makes it easier to print out your magnificently designed labels. This eliminates the hours of perfect handwriting, with less stress on whether or not you’re running low on ink – let’s just print it!

I couldn’t do a Back to school preparation list without including Vamousse. If you’re not familiar with this brand; you’re welcome for the introduction. Lice is a very scary thing. It’s overwhelming and includes lots of work. We were faced with a scare in Kindergarten. The letter comes home from school that there is a case of love in the class and then the show begins. Before learning about Vamousse, my immediate reaction was to take them to the doctors office.

I couldn’t imagine where I would start. So each year I’ve prepped with rosemary shampoo and peppermint oil, hairspray etc. – I mean have you seen the hair on them x’s 2…. no thank you!

The Vamousse brand not only contains shampoo, conditioner but household products if an outbreak was to occur. They are now our go to for back to school prepping.

Back to school style includes accessories, and necessities! Many teens,tweens or younger children whom parents work late have to use cellphones. It isn’t a must have but if your child does have a device chances are their friends and others will know that they have one. We thought that it would be a great safety feature to collaborate with a company and make finger slider phone holders that are flat and less visible when in their pockets or bags. (One less reason for bullying) Cell phone Finger holders

-The sturdy hold unlike the other distracting holders allows for your other fingers to type or grip the phone better, avoiding chances of falling to the ground.

To piggy back off of the cellphone subject and the many ways that families become busier during he school year; sportsmanship for girls is always a great idea. Now is the time to figure out what extracurricular activities are of interest to them. We love the message thatAthleta girl is spreading and believe whole heartedly that team work will keep the grades up!

Style style and more style!

When choosing a back pack for school durability is first on the list. Yet, once again unicorn🦄 lifestyle has to be in close proximity in order for the girls to get excited about packing those bags with books. We loved the Lands End personalized feature with monogramming and patches. The color Teal won and so did the 🌈 rainbow.

Though their school supply list only includes plain color folders… we couldn’t resist this collaboration with Avery and Amy Tangerine. These special folders were so exciting to them that they’ve decided to use them as their personal journal folders. They plan to carry their lunch books and clean sheets of paper with them to write during lunch… I mean don’t all third graders … ugh 3rd grade 😭

More than likely we will be TwinDollicious-ly twinning in style this year (Shopping haul video to come, you’ll have to watch to see) so thanks to Keds and Rifle Paper co for designing these amazing sneakers. Their new print designs include florals, decor and animals for adults to toddlers just in time for Back to school !

KEDS and RIfle Paper co 💕💕

Disclaimer: This blog post is of personal opinion and review, based on use of products sponsored by the brands.

Cool off at these Summer Pop ups

How amazing is the craze of pop up shops?!

Doesn’t it seem like everyone is sharing their photos in these perfectly curated locations? Pop up shops are so popular right now and we are enjoying the amazing talents of designers who create the space as well as the brands they’re dedicated to.

Since summer is the most motivating season to get out and enjoy the weather we visited 2 pop ups that will only be in NYC for the summer.

One is the museum of ice cream’s Pint Shop.

There are walls covered in photo opportunities and skateboards to purchase ( amongst other things) . The girls and Bash couldn’t get enough of the boards; but unfortunately Mr B couldn’t ride so he wasn’t too happy.

However ice cream to the rescue!

Yes there are refrigerators with stacks of frozen one of a kind delectable ice creams for you to purchase. The 7 amazing flavors make it hard to chose but we were strategic and narrowed it down to 2 of our favorites.

Can you guess by this photo ? And the other was chocolate chunk (how can you resist) besides we had to make Bash happy too! “Choco-wit” is his favorite!

After choosing our ice cream, we took advantage of the photo opportunities and went with the Banana setting. Hey ,girls like to chat; even if its with a banana in the ear.

We then headed over to the new pier 17 waterfront location at the south street seaport NYC.

On opening weekend of this pop up music, family fun and food location The amazing artist Geronimo created an installation of colorful balloons along the deck. The ambiance was very close to Ibiza or European waterfront (as close as I’ll be again for the next 8-10years) with music, happy children and adults mingling together on a summer day and night.

– It was an inspiration of color, art, and love! Everyone danced, and enjoyed the opportunity to take photos sharing the new Pier 17 location.

🎼 We highly recommend these locations for an easy summer day in the city !

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Travel to the island we love most

After many years of traveling to the East to visit that amazing little Island for opening season called Martha’s Vineyard .. it never gets old. Every time I return, I tell myself that the children will always love it here as much as I do and will continue to come when they have their own families one day.

There is always an inspirational moment and something new to discover when visiting.

I found the best work space to sit and get work done in the early mornings or during afternoon naps.

Every town from Edgartown, to Vineyard haven to oaks bluff, back to the cliffs are phenomenal day or night.

The weather was completely perfect this trip so we made time for the beach and pool.

However the topper was the visit to the airport and the farm. The sweet farm in Edgartown was very interactive. The children were able to experience life on the farm as little “barnyard buddies” .

Nancy’s was our dinning of choice on National Lobster day and almost every night we found ourselves at the Back Door donuts for a snack.

The snacking is A OK when you’re walking through town or riding your bikes…. we were happier with riding the flying horses and catching the rings. In which K was the lucky winner of the brass ring 3 Times!

Epic for anyone whose ever had a ride on the flying horses!

We even squeezed in movie time to watch the Incredibles at the original Strand Theatre.

On our very last day we made a stop at the little free library to drop off a book – our new story that I began writing on our last trip to the Vineyard Here

Summer camp here we come

They know how to make this mom smile

Being a mom means learning patience, finding humor , teaching others as well as being taught at times.

I love listening to other children and experiencing their imagination during our book readings

New video here

Wishing everyone a relaxed and

I didn’t realize how special V & K’s first holy communion would be until…

Over the weekend V & K celebrated their first holy communion. They’ve worked hard every Sunday; waking at 7:45 to get to church by 8:30 ( sometimes 9) but barely missing any class ever.

They made new friends learned all about the saints and penance, in such a mature way. There was never a question of fear or doubt, just gaining faith in the religion and within themselves.

Somehow a smart person within the arch diocese figured that 7/8 is the mature age to speak about religion, life , living and death outside of the home and I personally appreciate that – thank you!

I try to cover all subject possible with the kiddos but if our village is responsible and experienced at it, I will allow the guidance.

To prepare for this big day V & K visited our friends over at the Country Mouse boutique in (Forest Avenue)Staten Island, N.Y. for their one of a kind, designed dresses. We enjoyed a day of fitting in fun in the store to finally pin point out the crystals, lace and perfect amount of tulle for their dresses.

The girls had rehearsed numerous ones daily, with and without teaching Bash how to hold his hands in prayer and walk down the aisle. They were ready!

The morning started off great, the rain never showed its face – sunshine all day!

This sweet video shows just how much they’ve enjoyed this process.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Through it all they were able to enjoy this experience together and embrace this #TwinDollicious bond!

V & K sharing their special cake to celebrate their first holy communion together.