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Thursday
May102012

Converting Mother's Day Memories to DVD with YesVideo

I remember this day like it was yesterday

The Twofer were around three years old (maybe 4?) and getting their first professional manicure with my mom. These are the people I celebrate on Mother's Day. The two little lives that made it possible for me to become a mom, and the woman who gave me the love, security, and stability I needed to take that step.

When I think of a unique Mother's Day gift I should get for my mom, I think of the mounds of video tape that was left behind in raw format when my dad passed away. When I think of what I want for Mother's Day, I think of the vacuum that needs to be replaced, the fan that recently broke that we'll need on hot summer nights, and (look I'm being honest here) I think about the mounds of video tape that we have taken since the girls were born that are STILL in their raw format.

Lucky for my husband YesVideo can convert that raw video to DVD so that we might actually watch that mound of life movies some day!

If you want to learn more or connect with YesVideo find them here:

What are you getting your mom this year?

Janine

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post as part of a campaign with YesVideo. The story is my own and I really do have a pile of video that needs to be converted. This post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published. If your mom has a stack of old video, get her a YesVideo gift certificate or better yet, grab that stack and send it to YesVideo yourself!

Wednesday
May092012

Field Trip to the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Spring break was not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be.

Actually, it was kinda FUN!

I did get work done but I also took a few days to just enjoy exploring our city as tourists.

One stop I want to re-visit is the National Gallery of Art...both wings

The Twofer learn about various artists in school and I should take the time to show them original works up close. But also, it's just a really cool place to browse around and chat quietly. A good place to get back in touch with your kids.

Calder at the National Gallery

And art.

Janine

Tuesday
May082012

Photobooth Birthday Party

The Twofer are turning 9!

Girls this age seem to love dressing up (not 'dress up' per se, but props and silly things) and they LOVE to ham it up for the camera.

I present as evidence..

So I'm having a photographer friend of mine come, set up her screen, her camera, and some props and let them pose like the rock stars they are!

We had tons of fun shopping for goody bag items like

Clap Board Picture Frame keychains

Metallic Sunglasses

Katy Perry Wig

and lots more.

I might even come back to show you the results!

Janine

 

Sunday
Feb262012

Learn about Easy Video Transfer at the YesVideo Twitter Party Tuesday, February 28

YesVideo is the easiest way to get all your video transfered and preserved for future generations.

We used YesVideo a few years ago as the video collection of The Twofer started to pile up. We were worried we'd never really get to watch it because our video camera uses those mini video tapes. YesVideo accepts a variety of formats and you can either mail in your video or drop it off at a retail location (we dropped ours off at a CVS near our house).

The video came back on DVD so we can watch it, share it, and actually enjoy it rather than letting it sit and collect dust in our office.

Now you can learn more about Yes Video and win prizes through a really fun party on Twitter this Tuesday (2/28) at 8:00 pm CST

To join in on the fun tweet using the hashtag #YesMemory and follow @YesVideo on Twitter.  The best way to follow the party conversation is to use the TweetChat room assigned to #YesMemory.  There will be some fun prizes given away during the one hour party as well!
Prizes include:

  • DOOR PRIZE - Sony BluRay Player {must fill out door prize form to be eligible}
  • 2 - $75 Value Video Transfer Coupon to be redeemed at Direct.YesVideo.com with 60 day MemorySafe membership
  • 1 - $75 Value Video Transfer Coupon to be redeemed at Direct.YesVideo.com with ONE YEAR MemorySafe membership
  • 1 - $100 Value Video Transfer Coupon to be redeemed at Direct.YesVideo.com with 60 day MemorySafe membership
  • 1 - $100 Value Video Transfer Coupon to be redeemed at Direct.YesVideo.com with ONE YEAR MemorySafe membership
  • 1 - $50 Gift Certificate to TracerPix.com
  • Surprise Final Giveaway!

*prizes will be given away randomly during the Twitter Party to people tweeting with the hashtag.

Twitter Party Panelists:
    •    @RachelFerrucci
    •    @LisaSamples
    •    @CherylBudge
    •    @jonbonjovious
    •    @StacieinAtlanta
    •    @Zipporahs
*follow all the panelists on Twitter to keep up with the party conversation and see important tweets during the party


During the Twitter Party be ready to share favorite Spring memories, discuss Spring cleaning and Spring Break travel plans.  Hope to see you there and good luck in winning some of the awesome prizes!

(You must be in attendance of the Twitter Party using hashtag #YesMemory to be eligible to win prizes.)

RSVP today! http://on.fb.me/z0whVn

Disclosure: I have been compensated to help spread the word about the YesVideo twitter party but the videos we had transfered we paid for ourselves and all opinions are my own. This post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published.

Friday
Dec162011

The Sisterhood

Tonight I was at a business networking event. I got to wear my big girl pants, talk a little shop, and drink a glass of wine. But the conversation that affected me the most was with one of the attendees who it turns out is in

The Sisterhood.

Oh how sweet it is when they play well together

Twin Moms Stick Together

We moms of twins, as much as we try to blend in, are different.

We have anxieties that only someone with 2 kids who are CONSTANTLY COMPARED can understand.

This woman has 11 year old twin girls.

As soon as she found out I have 8 year old twin girls she gave me

The Look.

The look that says, "I know what you are going through. I understand your fears. And you are right to be afraid. But we are survivors."

Yes, a look can say all that and more.

Because only a moms of twins (and possibly only a mom of twin girls who are about to embark on a trips through the Sea of Hormones) can understand the fear and anxiety that comes with knowing we'll have to manage

2 girls who are constantly compared BY others and By themselves

maturing at different stages

experiencing hormones, changes, drama...

together, and yet, alone.

As soon as I meet another Sister we are quick to bond.

We understand that we struggle to help our kids navigate because we weren't twins. We may have had siblings, we may have experienced comparisons, but there was a buffer in a difference of sex (I had a brother), age, or grade to ease the comparison.

We bond when we discuss the dominant twin and how that role can switch from time to time.

We trade stories of similarities, differences, separation.

We hold onto hope that they stay close, like Mary Kate and Ashley, rather than divided, like Cain and Able (who were not twins but the only reference of sibling rivalry I could come up with for now)

Then we hug each other goodbye knowing we have met someone who understands.