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!

Photo taken at our favorite family of business mamas – join Hey mama

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!

Twindollicious & Co holiday gift guide filled with exclusive hey mama brands!

🛑 STOP what ever you’re doing!

You’re going to want to screen shot this image and write down every single brand listed here to knock out your holiday shopping and support these hey mama brands at the same time!

Now if you have not heard about Hey Mama; the network of rocking business mamas who do it all, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the list and watch the amazing video.

1. Any2CanBe / subscription box for you and your BFF/Sibling Coming Soon 2019! Early bird gets the worm, so sign up for your ➡️ TwinDollicious FREE Gift

2. Madeleine Editions  Designed for children ages 7 and under to cultivate their ear for languages and a taste for the creative arts, Madeleine Editions specializes in multilingual, multidisciplinary and multi-cultural stories available in English, Chinese and French language editions, Paris based founder Eva Lou collaborates with award winning warriors, talented illustrators and world renown musicians to create a magical reading experience for young children.

3. Go Happy Kids  The Lightweight travel tray that gives any traveler a clean, germ free surface. Perfect for keeping toys in one place.

4. Also from Go Happy Kids : The set includes a travel journal, a postcard set and a travel sketch book which can be purchased as a bundle set or individual for $24.99

5. Buck what  The delicious family friendly snacks. They are made with a few simple pantry ingredients and absolutely no added sugar! They are naturally gluten and vegan. Three flavors are nut free!

6.  Beyond Mom This book will not only validate these kinds of questions but will provide real life tools that are tangible and manageable for any woman re-establishing her identity after having a baby. Randi has spent years interviewing, networking, and collaborating with Beyond Moms of every type – this book takes all that knowledge and gives it, with love to her readers.

7. Rey to Z  Personalized baseball hats for kids and adults.  Offering 4 sizes – baby 18m, 4y, 5y, 10y,a nd adult +. Many hats are solid colors as displayed with white patch letter in many styles.

8. Georgia Alexandra Hues of blush and tangerine distinguish these one of a kind jasper gemstones. Wrapped in 14k rose gold and adorned with emerald cut, responsibly sourced diamonds in this exceptional pair of earrings.

9. Ashleigh Bergman Jewelry  This modern take on classic is such a beautiful way to honor those you love. You can choose to leave it blank or have it engraved.  The ring holds up to 4 uppercase initials or a name with 5 letters (first letter will be uppercase) /Shown Diamond skinny Plaque style)

10. MatrescenceSkin Baby-safe and Mama-safe. Perfected to address skincare needs from bump to beyond in just 3 steps, all made with Rose Glow Brilliance.

11. Nashelle Love + Light …the Floral Coconut Perfume . Two combinations of love and light in one bottle. The scent takes you on a journey.

12. Paynes and Grey Sure to create a sense of warm, inviting comfort in any space, this exquisite throw will be the perfect addition to your home décor. Featuring a solid knit construction in magical mint coloring, this piece will wrap your space in inviting charm. Upholding elements of comfort while maintaining a sense of striking style, this piece forges an impeccable display of artistry and fashionable design (59in x 51in)

13. Trestique Essential 8 simplifies your everyday makeup routine with 2-in-1 products that combine high-performance formulas and built-in tools for perfect application. Magnetic caps keep makeup spill-proof and mess-free. Get ready, anytime anywhere, with your Essential 8!

14. Hudson and Bleeker This gorgeous and functional makeup train case was designed for every beauty loving jetsetter. A (4) four-piece makeup brush enclosure conveniently holds all of your brushes, while dedicated elastic bands and pockets are perfect for storing your favorite lip color, mascara and concealer sticks. With room for all of your beauty palettes, lip kits, foundation and bronzer, our Jetsetter Train Case is the ultimate travel makeup bag.

15. Victoria Road The 18″ doll outfits are made from remnants of the same luxury fabrics as their gorgeous girls’ dresses, skirts and tops. Top off the gift with a matching dress for the real little princess –

16. Gift Card FOR THE MEN!!!  BombFell is an online personal styling service for men. That means we help get your husband out of the old sweatshirt he’s been wearing since you met him, or your son into something nice you’d love to see him in. They fill out a simple style profile and our stylists will take care of the rest: handpicked outfits for him, delivered right to your door.

17. Sefte Living  Linen Pajamas description: Basically the perfect, 100% linen pajamas. Wear the top during the day or together as a pair for comfy nights.

18. Sofiafima a handbag brand dedicated to organizing women’s busy lives with style, confidence and ease. We’re all about organizing women everyday and eliminating the three bag schlep most women deal with on a daily basis. Our uniqueness is an organizational insert that slips in and out of our bags (as well as any standard tote most women already own).

19. PookaBox  Pooka Box is a subscription service that ships every three months to coincide with your child’s development. Each box is filled with high end toys, books, activities and research-based curriculum designed by our early childhood experts.

20. Gold NO 8 The company with beautifully made necessity bags like goldno.8 Crossbody Cell Phone Case* *Once you have it, you can’t live without it. Convenient, chic and super sleek, it gives new meaning to hands-free phones. Crafted from 100% Italian quilted leather with 4 card slots and a magnetic closure. Make it your own with key tags and tassels. (Click Link for more Styles)

21. TwinDollicious & Co. Charm/birthstone Bracelet

22. Lulu and Shay Lulu & Shay jewelry is designed and made by hand by Leeorah Betan-Hartman with a great attention to detail and quality. Each piece is exclusively made with precious metals that come from recycled or reclaimed sources and gemstones and diamonds that are ethically sourced. Pieces from Lulu & Shay have been featured in JCK, InStore Magazine, Gem Gossip, and the Knot among others.  Pieces can be custom ordered as well as custom one of a kind orders are always welcome!

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We hope you enjoyed our First gift guide of the holiday season and are ready to get those one of a kind gifts to your loved ones!

This is not a sponsored post…just brands we know and love!

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

Our favorite road trip summer snacks

We have been on the go this summer as many of us all have. I mean, we’re all trying to squeeze in the joy of the sun before (not going to say it) you know what happens.

Being on the go with the kiddos means packing snacks for those quick hungry moments.

We’ve discovered imagine snacks – a delicious yogurt crunch blend. Also available in different flavors such as cheddar . We truly enjoyed the yogurt sweet biscotti taste …. so much so that K would have preferred to keep it to herself .

Imag!ne snacks

We also discovered that the delicious KIND co has “KIND KIDS” ! Exciting and delicious all wrapped in one small package.

KIND KIDS

I discovered my go to snack after receiving a shipment of the assorted blended brittles. The Softer than brittle brand has been around for 60 years and developed by a family recipe. I have been enjoying this snack with my morning coffee or matcha as well as when we’re on the go during this summer.

“Where can you find the latest baby gear and toys”…you asked?

In other breaking news Toys r us and Babies r us are here no more… but when Sweet Suite and Baby Palooza NYC come to town your prayers are answered and there is hope again!

There is always so much anticipation as to what brands will be in attendance at the mornings event of Baby palooza NYC.  The amazing team pulls together great brands, new and old to create a space that showcases all of the goodness the brands have to offer.

This year I attended with Bash in tow (fast asleep) OMG! We worked the floor visiting our favorite brands, while getting to learn about new start up brands and products.

You may have read about Babobotanicals   here before.  However their new skin care, tinted line for moms is one to enjoy.  Where else can you enjoy an online shopping experience for you and your little baby at the same time? Find them at #babolove for awesome promos and product updates via facebook.

Next, B.Box the go to brand for feeding your babes from 6 mos…to 7 Years.  The new double servings container is perfect for kids on the go.  With summer camp well underway we couldn’t have asked for a better find when it comes to packing up snacks and lunch.

DEAR MOM , well what can I say? A four pack of a delectable wine beverage found at your local grocers and here for you to enjoy.

We’re always looking for something to include for mom 🙂 The 3rd mom treasure found at Baby palooza NYC was Armitron ..one watch many faces; it so hard to choose a favorite.

Lets talk about Thule; the company known for urban explorers and outdoor adventures. We love a great adventure and having our little Bash to tag along requires a durable vehicle for him.  With Thule’s luxury line of luggage, ride alongs, and now carriage system the little’s are sure to be anticipating just as much of the adventure as the older siblings and parents.

This fun fueled pack day did not end at baby Palooza!

Yes, there was more to discover in one day. Sweet Suite took place just hours later in a perfect location by the piers in NYC. The anticipation of Suite Sweet is based on the entry way and showcase displays of brands.

This year guests were greeted by a balloon maze watch here !

Upon entering the show floor, V & K were excited to see all of their favorite brands. Yes, the girls attended a toy insider event and were able to work and play!

Their top 5 favorites included

  1. Roblox
  2. Orbeez
  3. Boxy girls
  4. Nickelodeon
  • 5. Cra Z art
  • However the showcase floor is so big, it can be hard to cover the entire event ins few hours, so the amazing team of toy insiders send along a swag box for some at home fun.
  • We found an extensive amount of amazing toys to share for all toy lovers…. starting with Plushee lovers
  • 💕 Jigglydoos – which can now be found at Walmart!
  • 2. Getting creative with these toys for Stem and science play
  • 3. V & K’s kind of science mixed with beauty include tons of this…
  • 💕 Shimmer and sparkle scented bath bombs
  • 4. Kind bag Fun is all the craze and will continue with these fun new toys! Have you heard of the Party pop teenies ?!
  • 5. Outdoor play products just in time for summer vacations. How about floating on a flamingo floatie… I mean that is seriously the life that any 7 year old would want to live ; isnt it?
  • Music and wonder for the imagination thanks to Microphone
  • For those moments when it’s time to unplug; turn to highlights activity books, crayons fun and mini game boards for siblings to learn and play together.
  • We won’t forget the smallest of the bunch. The little learners who enjoy light and sensory based stimulation to grow.
  • 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

    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.

    NYC weekend weather teaser in Style

    We’re still waiting for spring to officially arrive here in NYC, but somehow she gave us a peek over the weekend.

    Yes it’s April and we’ve passed through spring break so shouldn’t we be well on our way to a forecast view of 60’s and above. Nope, not this year!

    We had a little break in the weather and experienced a 77 degrees high Saturday, over the weekend, which was perfect for our agenda. V, K and I were invited to an early Mother’s Day event hosted by Hey Mama and Michele Watch . We were able to preview the amazing new styles of watches and interchangeable bands, perfectly designed for the special mothers in our lives.

    K had her eye on one particular style and I’m hoping she shares her thoughts with daddy. Isn’t it great to have little fashionistas with such style, by your side… if you’re lucky in that department we’d love to see in the comments below :)) ⬇️

    We would also love to invite your mini to the TwinDollicious and The Fashion class party… we’re we’ll be making awesome backpacks!

    Fashion Party / Design contest

    V & K both enjoyed the stroll to BobO restaurant located on 10th street – downtown NYC; while sun gazing, chatting. We enjoyed brunch with friends and made new ones…. and couldn’t resist the cotton candy treats and flower wall.

    #Twinmamas 💙💕💙💕

    Photos: @stevilou