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We KNOW you’ll love Despicable Me 2!

We interrupt our normal posting schedule to bring you news about Despicable Me 2! Did your family love the original Despicable Me? Then we guarantee you'll love the second as well! More Minions and just as much humor as the first is less than 48 hours from hitting theaters! A few days ago my family was given the chance to see an advanced screening of Despicable Me 2.  I'm not sure who was more thrilled, Hubby, the kids, or me. We all loved Despicable Me (the first one) because the minions were cute and the humor was great, but not crass or overly adult-ish.  We had high hopes for Despicable Me 2 and we were not disappointed! Minions, definitely more Minions!  And, let me tell you, yellow is not the only color they are in this movie!  That's all I'm going to say about that. The plot?  Predictable, but who cares?  We didn't want to see it for the mystery.  We wanted the humor and cuteness.  Be prepared to bust a gut at the beginning and the end of the movie.  It's going to … [Read more...]

Time For Yourself…#QuakerEpicAdventures #Spon

With summer break starting for the majority of families it will be harder and harder for moms to carve out a little bit of time for themselves.  I know I'm going to miss those 2.5 hours of "me time" on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Nutty was at school and Tottie was at preschool! (Please note that the cookies in this photo are the Quaker® Chocolate Almond cookies because my family ate all the plain chocolate chip ones before I could get a photo) Now, this may be TMI (too much information), but I have been guilty of taking an extra long time "going to the bathroom" just to get away from my screaming girls.  I've also been guilty of sneaking snacks such as Quaker® Chocolate Chip Cookies into the bathroom with me just to get that 5-10 minute break.  With only 170 calories and 10 grams of whole grains per serving, I don't feel guilty about eating something sweet while trying to watch my intake.   I know I'm not the only one who uses the bathroom excuse for their "me time"!  Come on, … [Read more...]

Birthdays with “The Twin Factor”

More often than not I am asked about my twins and how alike they really are.  In a factual sense of the term they are twins: they were born on the same day, from the same mother and they shared the womb. But beyond that they really are quite different (besides the obvious that they are different genders).  They enjoy each others company and they are pretty protective of each other, which I think is adorable, and they are generally a terrific two-some. For the first 4 years of their lives I was able to squeak in my own personal preference for "twin-ness" by hosting their birthday parties with themes (prince and princess, monkeys, spring theme and last year was all about the number four). This year, however, it slapped me in the face when it came to their differences. I will admit my heart was a little broken when I realized what was occurring, they were asserting themselves in their own right.  They are in different pre-school classrooms this year and therefore they each got to pick … [Read more...]

Sneaky Ways to Stop Toddler Tantrums

Both Jamie and Lindsi will be some-what "off" of blogging for the next two weeks because both Tottie and Lil' Princess are having tonsillectomies.  Tottie's is on Monday and Lil' Princess' is on Tuesday.  Their surgeries are litterally 24 hours apart and by the same surgeon!  Please enjoy some guest posts and other fun things not normally in our schedule while we take care of our daughters. __________________________________________________ A Hazel Musing:  Sneaky Ways My Parents Stop My Tantrums   Now I've turned two, I have upped the ante on the number of tantrums that I have.  As a toddler, it's my duty to live up to the reputation of the terrible two's and I tell that to every toddler I meet!  But I've not managed to master tantrums completely yet, as my parents have some sneaky ways, which they use to diffuse my tantrums and I often forget what the tantrum was about.  I thought I'd better speak out and warn other toddlers about these sneaky … [Read more...]

Toys In The Dryer, Then and Now

Toys In The Dryer is 1 Year Old!! One year ago today, Toys In The Dryer published our very first post, Introducing Toys In The Dryer!.  We are both proud and excited that we have made it to our 1 year blogiversary.  We have grown leaps and bounds over this past year and we can not thank our readers enough for helping us do that!  Did you know we've published 265 posts so far?!  It doesn't really feel like it to us!If you've been following us from the very beginning, you know that a few things have changed over this year: We had a (very) brief period where we had a Mom of the Week meme.  After only two weeks we decided that MOTW was not going to be very popular.  Why we gave up after 2 weeks when we were less than 2 months old is beyond us, but we changed to Fun Stuff Fridays.  FSF became popular in it's 21 week run averaging 220 link ups per week in the end.  However, we feel that FSF has run it's course being similar to many other linky parties out there.  We now bring you Pin it, … [Read more...]

Back to School- Then and Now

Many kids are getting ready to head back to the books (or may have already depending on where you live). Jamie and I were talking about how things have changed. The conversation went a little like this: Lindsi- "I can't believe only 2 more weeks until S's first day of school!" Jamie- "Me either! I can't believe K is going to be in 1st grade. I just finished getting all of her school supplies. And I found the stylis that she needs for her iPad." Lindsi- "What? Her iPad? When did she get one of those?" Jamie- "She didn't. Each kid in her school gets one!" Lindsi- insert looooooooooong pause here "holy crap!" Then we chatted a bit more and decided on a few things that have drastically changed over the years. Before- you know, when our parents were in school, During- when we were in school, After- now that our kids are in school. Let's start off with math! Math was something I thought didn't change over time...but as you see below....it … [Read more...]