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!

Why we choose Thule as our top recommended stroller

If you’ve ever looked around while driving on a road trip and noticed the top rack of other cars they’re probably loaded with Thule. Yes, the sleek carrier atop filled with all you will probably need on your trips.

Thule has been around since 1942, when created in Sweden. Due to the brand being a top rated product for safely transporting anything you care for safely why not move into the baby sector and transport the number one thing (person) in our lives …. the children.

We chose Thule Brand as the stroller for our little Bash as soon as he began walking. It was time for him to have a little more independence, with safety and comfort being the first priorities.

I was totally impressed by the hardware structure and easy collapsible features. We currently have the http://www.thule.com/en-us/strollers/strollers (Urban glide) which is super lightweight, casual and durable for walks.

The NEW Thule sleek is the first four wheel flexible stroller which allows configuration……. single and doublesssss yes twins can ride in Thule as well! There are so many features for moms and dads to enjoy as well as having their sweet little baby ride in style.

These opinions are of my own experience as a mom of a Thule rider.

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Summer Fun at Liberty Science Center

When you think of summer activities do you ever think of indoor activities? Well, we have an awesome indoor activity for you to consider.

The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ is a 300,000 square foot space located in Liberty State Park. There are so many reasons to visit this space and the surrounding areas but we’re going to share with you the reason why we love Liberty Science Center.

We attended the Summer time fun at Liberty science center with our friends at Mom trends to experience the FOUR great, Amazing exhibits and more. We couldn’t wait to share them with you – along with the opportunity to win 2 tickets of your own to experience it for yourselves !

This summer at Liberty Science Center there is a dinosaur experience, a scientific experience based on the human body called “Grossology”, Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium in a giant dome theater, and an Arthurs world interactive exhibit.

With all of that excitement….where do you start?

We began our experience at Jack Horner’s Dino Dig; where all of the kiddos were able to use their imaginations and the tools that paleontologists use to dig through 35 tons of sand to find fossils.

Next, we made our way over to the brand new Grossology exhibit.  LSC takes you on a fun and interactive experience within this exhibit. There is a slide through the tummy that is hard to resist as well as the belly pumping soda can which lets you know how much liquid enters the belly and the process of a belch. Our littles Bash had the best time learning about snot…yes snot.

The second new exhibit that you would not want to miss is “Arthur’s world”, itself.  This exhibit includes an interactive play stage for singing and dancing as well as some of his favorite places such as a camping site, Arthurs home, school setting and library.

We saved the 4th exhibit for last because it is the 4th largest Planetarium in the western hemisphere.

We are so happy that it has made its home at the NYC-NJ Metropolitan area!

The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is constructed of a dome shape at about 89 feet. This is where you will be able to experience shows and siting like the Orion Nebula – the night sky.

There are different show experiences throughout the day. However our top showing was Sesame Street! The planetarium is there for all age viewings, even 2 year olds will remain engaged when Big Bird is talking with friends, singing and dancing on the moving dome screen.

General admission is 22.75 for adults, 18.75 for children ages 2-12 and exhibits Arthur’s world and Dino Dig are included.

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“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.
  • 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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    Books Books and more Books at BEA & BookCon

    NYC Book Expo and Book Con has become one big playground for literary lovers, publishers and creators during this amazing event.

    Over the years these two amazing events have joined in to offer a full display of authors, books, opportunities to connect readers  libraries and literary enthusiast over the course of 5 days. We were so excited to spend the weekend touring the floors at the NYC Javits Center.  V & K were so excited to explore the children’s books section of scholastic as well as checking out the new “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” .  While I was happy to have them lead the way and chaperone.

    Walking into the center was very exciting their faces were highlighted when noticing the huge image of our friend (in our minds) Jim Patterson. Whom introduced his new book collaboration with Bill Clinton “The President is missing”.  Which has just been added to my must read pile right after MICHELLE OBAMA’s published story, “Becoming”.

    I’m always inspired by the book expo because of my background in publishing and writing.  I love to attend to refresh my visions and connections with all of the great people working the floor.  There is always something new to discover in this creative space.  Quirk Books  a publishing and creative group of leaders in the literary world set a very open and inviting setting to allow you to learn more about what they offer their readers and authors.  The nostalgic animation to the new sense of fun and pops of color was noticed in their array of publishing.

    V & K’s highlights included Harry Potter’s portion of the Expo ; I mean don’t we all!

    The opportunity to meet a very talented Joker during Book Con was quite frightening and exciting!

    The day was made when the girls were able to take a picture with (wink) Harry and Meghan Markle while wearing crowns themselves.

    All of the added animation continue to bring everyone’s imagination to life; which is why we love attending each year.

    Here’s to more TwinDollicious Adventures – currently going to summer camp

    3 HOT NEW products we love from the NY Baby show

    This is our 3rd year attending the NY baby show and every year it gets better and better!

    This year V & K were well equipped with knowledge on what Bash enjoys, what our audience loves and where to find things that would interest them as well. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this show.

    We entered the venue and immediately checked in with our friends from Mom trends at the blogger lounge. We got our map, ate a little lunch; catered by Boston Market and headed out to the floor.

    There’s always so much to see and amazing informative panelists speaking about parenthood, secret hacks and new products. We were sure to take a listen in while Twiniversity expert Natalie Diaz took the stage.

    We mapped out our day from panelist speaking to the media lounge with the first of our favorite companies Babo Botanicals .

    They are creating products that are reef safe. From amazing tinted spf sunscreen to skin cream with ingredients to help you get a handle on your eczema; all with natural delicious scents.

    Note: we weren’t the only ones with our day strategically mapped out. There were some 3rd trimester mamas with checklists in their hands. It’s very important to be prepared, when you’re walking a venue this big and fun.

    After visiting a few brands in the search of essentials for babies, toddlers and above we were so pleased with Stuck on you ! Our second favorite brand in attendance at the NY Baby Show was an easy selection. With V & K getting ready for summer camp; we needed to a few labeling accessories and boxes for snack. The durable bento box made by Stuck on You is so trendy with his cover designs “unicorns” and more, along with its compartments will make lunch packing easier than ever!

    Third on our Lovers list includes something special for nursing moms. The yummy secret behind the recommendation to eat oatmeal and ingredients found in Beer have come together in a delicious cookie recipe by Mommy Knows Best Lactation Cookie Mix ! We ALL tested a cookie and approved the yummy-ness; but validation was approved when milk was present for Bash. Many nursing moms may have tried the two foods or drinks separate for assisting with milk production but a yummy cookie treat can do the quick trick.

    After a fun day at the NY Baby show we couldn’t wait to share our favorite top 3 hot brands and products we’ve discovered along with the many reasons why the event is for everyone learning and experiencing the joys of parent hood including the kiddos. The top 3 selections were choices and opinions of my own and we hope you’ll consider trying for yourselves.

    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.

    3 reasons why I only took one child to work today

    On Thursday April 26th, 2018, we participated in take your child to work day but V & K did not participate.

    Ssssssh, they did ask to go to work with dad or myself but we had other plans and turns out they had the best day at school!

    Bash and I took our work on the road to the TTPM Toys Tots Pets and more Spring showcase.

    V and K were expected for attend the event because of the obvious – Toys, but Bash needed a day to experience things in his own direction. He did indeed lead his own direction from the moment we enter red the doors .

    He spotted a gigantic TRex and Almost lost his mind!

    Which narrows down to 3 reasons why I only took Bash to TTPM this season. I now know his genuine interests in Toys as well as independence.

    1.Finding one of his best friends

    2. Exploring his independence with Razor

    3. Miniature Thomas the train collectors

    In the end we did not forget to share the day with V & K. We were able to find something special for them from skip and hop collection !

    This is how they’ve decided to fill their travel bags.