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

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.

Pop sugar: the new playground event for all pop culture lovers

I can’t believe that it’s been over a week since we’ve walked the pop sugar playground floors. The 2 full days of pop sugar culture was amazing.

For me it brought the Pop Sugar brand to life! There was a complete umbrella of amazing talent who make our lives in beauty, fashion, lifestyle and social so much more reachable. The roster of talent included musicians, comedians (women), actresses and boss women in business. Gracing the floors of pop sugar meant that all of this experience was tangible.

V & K, my twin doll sidekicks attended and were ecstatic. We learned How to properly slide down into a ball pit and spin the wheel of luck sponsored by Kohl’s .

They were super lucky and made a double win!!

I walked away from the 2 day event with insights on growth in pop culture, what’s trending as well as a huge amount of inspiration.

My favorite part about attending empowering events such as this, is the meeting of the awesome new brands, creative people behind them and the take away experience that can be used within my own business and lifestyle.

Here are a few links to new brands that we’ve come to know and love ❤️

UR Bath ad Body co

SkinInc

100% Pure

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.

Maybe you need a sleep buddy too

When the time came for V & K to transition into big girl beds and possibly different rooms they made the choice to remain together in the same room. We thought it was a wonderful idea…. perhaps they would keep each other company and be the best sleepers in history. But, of course we were all children once and either we never left our parents bed or we slept well in our own beds at the beginning and eventually ended up with our parents. That is except for a few far and in between.

The girls and Bash have all started out in their own beds. Then it was the stage of potty training where you’d rather them wake in the middle of the night to use the bathroom than to let them sleep with trig pants.

Well, now we’re at the stage of fear of darkness; in which they happen to wake in the middle of the night 3 times a week Times 2. That counts for, you guessed it 6 sleepless nights. We were so excited to learn about the Sleep buddy .

1. Unable to remain in the bed throughout the night

2. Transitioning from crib to bed

3. Co sleeping

4. Ready for independence

When this list matched 2 of our 3 issues I had to invite the Sleep Buddy into our home.

The beautifully boxed package includes:

– a lamp/light with color options blue or yellow.

– a bedtime story about the sleep buddy

– a chart to record and reward successful sleeping night

– smiley face stickers that are great for children to self reward or for watching their progress

I am so pleased with the results. V & K are independently placing the smile face stickers on the chart and shutting their bedroom lights themselves at night.

I also believe that Bash will enjoy using the Sleep buddy sooner than we know. For younger children between the ages 6 months and up; parents enthusiasm will go a long way ! They may not understand the reward system right away but will quickly catch on and enjoy that perfectly dim light at their bedside.

The best option on this amazingly timed night light sleep buddy is the option of dimming the blue light for children with special needs and sensory sensitivities.

We enjoyed documenting V & Ks success so much that we recorded and shared our first night experience with the sleep buddy.

Our video of the experience:

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The importance of building data management

Starting a business of your own can be extremely exciting, scary, frustrating and satisfying all at once. Businesses across the country are growing from day to day. As each new business opens they are faced with the decision of how to become more marketable to their targeted audience.

Who is their targeted audience?

A major question that every business owner has to answer; but how do they come up with the correct answer to grow on. It is easy to establish an idea for a business that you’re passionate about as well as a plan to attract a market population of people, but appropriate data management should be implemented.

There are many Master data management methods used to consistently define and manage critical data. Reference data along with analytical data is created to support decision making. Creating a registry, centralized, co existence as well as consolidating a model is the beginning of a MDM platform. Overall it should provide modeling, web services, data quality, business rules, workflow, matching, survivorship, and scalability.

Whether you are building a blog, ecommerce or brick and mortar a Common MDM domain covers the categories of People (customers, employees, patients) Organizations (customers, vendors, partners) and Things (products, parts, locations).

As over whelming as it may seem to have to learn about your companies MDM; it is highly recommended.

There may be technological language that is unfamiliar but an overall understanding that applying all of your data to one file as a sustainable way to manage your business is all you need when beginning this portion of your business.

The typical master data needs of Microsoft mds that are in your industry, may include Companies that distribute finished products and have different needs than an industrial manufacturer. For example healthcare and insurance companies share common needs around provider and patients.

It’s always best to trust Master data Management companies that will put this portion of your businesses growth at ease.

TwinDollicious Holiday Gift Guide


Yay! The holiday season has begun!

One down and more to come!

We love this time of year because not only do we begin preparation for Birthday festivities but we began hunting for the most awesome gift ideas for V & K and now Bash!

This year we’re bringing you a holiday haul gift guide that includes gifts that not only the children will love but the parents will love even more! Win/Win 💯

We have spent the past few months attending events and meeting new brands just to build this list of the SUPER 6.

  1. Simplay3 : Water and Sand Bench // Made of the most durable material with such easy assembling pieces that instructions are barely needed. The kids are able to get right to playing and finding the perfect place for their new activity bench. We love it so much we included it in our festive fall blog along with fall photo shoot.  NYC apartment living must have for children! It fits so perfectly on the balcony for outdoor days, can double as a toy chest during the colder days and keeps the little ones comfy with their own personal seat at all times!

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2.  MAM Gift Set // This gift set is such a great starter for any one who may be expecting and not sure on which bottle brand will best fit new baby.  MaM is best known for their less colic and regurgitation design.  Not only will the design be a beautiful gift but the gift of helping a new mum feed a baby with ease will be so appreciated.

3. B.Box Smock Bib // This wonderful bib can take a child a long way.  Not only will it be a perfect handy product to have while your little one is learning how to eat on their own in the high chair, but keep it in a safe place for use once he/she wants to spend their time in front of the easel.


4. We’re actually taking our number four to B.box once more with their diaper caddy ! We don’t usually do this but with the high quality make, feel and function of this product we had to share. There are 2 deep drawers and storage drop in space for mums needs and babies toys; just to keep them busy while easily changing on the included diaper pad!

5. Our number 5 was exclusively chosen to be listed by V & K!  Being that they’re newly second graders they are learning a lot about geography in social studies; which is becoming their favorite subject.  (Could it be because we love to travel?) The Silikids Foldable Silicone USA placemat // This fun place mat can travel with you or be used for everyday life at the kids table. We just love products that are good for more than one use.


6. Number 6 is a favorite of mine! As a mom of 6 year old twins I now am faced with the start of clothing/stuff wars. Though the girls enjoy sharing things together they also have the same style. The awesome company Stuck On You has the most adorable & comfortable must have pajamas, that are PERSONALIZED! Watch our fun holiday Video HERE to see how the girls styled their pajamas to wear in the video and the whole day!

If you enjoyed reading our gift guide ideas please comment below! We would love to hear if we were able to add any of our favorites to your list. Also, your comments will gain you a free Starbucks drink on us..(Limited to first come first serve) 💕💕

Enjoy our Holiday Video ✨

 

Kids cooking up Cracker Barrel at home

What better way to start your day than to have your two seasoned 6 year old twin chefs prep you breakfast straight out of the recipe of Crackebarrel! http://shop.crackerbarrel.com

Yes! Cracker Barrel delivers a bundle box to your address with freeze packs, fresh products and easy to make instructions on the box. When you can’t make it to Cracker Barrel they can make it to you!

Living in NYC makes it hard for us to enjoy this delicious restaurant menu but we are super excited to now bring these ingredients to our own kitchen.


Its time for a NY Baby Show Giveaway

The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.

Our experience at last years event was a success.  We attended with a goal ..to find a travel system for one baby this time! I happily tested a few high end popular brand carriages and fell in love with the Maxi cosi Adorra travel system(pictured below).  Our little bundle Bash enjoys his rides in his carriage and this mom here enjoys the light weight comfort of the detachable pieces….and the gorgeous shade of gray.

 We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. 

Just click this link below and happy baby show….

Baby show tickets

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-baby-show-may-20-21-2017-tickets-30329817300?discount=NatashaDFree

V & K at NY baby show 2016 hunting for the perfect travel system for their new baby brother … happy helpers!