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My Hallmark Moment: When a 3 year old told me to worry about myself

Celebrate the Small Stuff

Today I had the pleasure of joining a team from Hallmark at Old Ebbitt Grill in DC for a little brunch, a LOT of coffee, a few tears, and a reminder that we should celebrate the small stuff.

After the team from Hallmark shared their 'Special Occasion' stories, it was our turn to share. We had nifty t-shirts to personalize as a reminder of our occasion:

Hallmark Special Occasion

I was the last to share and after hearing everyone else's story I was amazed at how much we really can appreciate the little moments in life...

if we only take the time to do so.

What me worry?

I shared that every since my twins were young I had to give up a lot of control when it comes to what they wore. At most I was able to suggest clothing that was appropriate for the weather that day, but even then I would lose the battle. And with so many battles, this was not one I was always willing to fight.

Once when the girls were 3, Ellie came downstairs wearing something that was not great for whatever the occasion was. I 'suggested' she find something warmer, colder, fancier, etc...I can't remember now.

She explained,

"Mommy, I worry about what I wear and you worry about what you wear."


How can you argue with that?

Hallmark has more than cards to help you celebrate everyday moments

I love Hallmark cards

After sharing our everyday, yet very memorable moments, I was able to look at a number of new Hallmark products that can help me make more memories from these little special occasions. They have awesome cards, and I was able to meet some of the writers and creative team, but they have so much more.

Record your voice reading the book so that when you can't be there, you can still read to them before bedtime!


Interactive books like the one pictured above are something new to Hallmark. One of the writers shared a book she wrote that interacts with a tree ornament. These are not only festive, they make great gifts for the kid who has just about everything!

What special everyday moment would you have shared?

Disclosure: I enjoyed a delicious breakfast and gift bag from Hallmark. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. 



Song of the Week: Happy Nappers

OK, so remember when the girls couldn't stop saying "Mesothelioma" as the answer to every question?

Yes, it was annoying.

Yes, I considered the 'bad karmic' value attached to it.

But at least it was a word.

Just. One. Word.

Well they have moved SONGS. Multiple words, with an annoying sound track to boot.

The Song of the Week that will have you begging for someone to stick and ice pick in your ear is...

Happy Nappers.

WARNING: Do not play this song around children or they will not stop singing it with all kinds of variations.

Nappy Happers

Pappy Pappers

You get the idea.


Twincident #158 Sleeping Alone

I'm not sure if it's an age thing, or a vacation thing, or what but Em asked to sleep in a separate room last night.

She wanted her space, I get that.

She wanted to put her clothes away in a dresser and straighten up...I get that.

She didn't want to bump into someone in the same bed, I get that too.

What I didn't 'get' was the significance of what she was asking.

It wasn't until bedtime when El was looking REALLY sad and said,

"Why does Em want to sleep in another room from me?"

that it dawned on me..

They have NEVER slept all alone in a room at night. EVER.

To most people this is nothing.

But to a twin who has shared a room every single night of her life?

This is a milestone.

Good thing we hit this milestone at the beach where the sun and fresh air and activity wiped everyone out. They both slept soundly.


Twincident #156 You never know what the mail will bring

Kids Love to Play Mailman

This morning as we visit Grandma for Thanksgiving the Twofer are playing mailman and I get this lovely letter:



It made me think of how strange it is that my kids are so in tune with words like blog, blogging, Facebook, even Twitter.

And then I remembered another piece of 'mail' they brought me earlier last week that I shared with my Buzz Cooperative business partner, Linda who giggled along with me.


You just never know what information the mailman is picking up do you?

Have your kids surprised you with mail that made you giggle?



Twincident #155 I Must be Doing Something Right

This weekend I did some organizing and brought out my new favorite toy, the DYMO label maker. I mean, how can one possibly get organized unless you have labels? I know my friend Lindsay, aka: the Queen of Mabels Labels, would agree. She has an organizer for all of her Mabels Labels but don't ask how I know.

Let me get back to my point.

While I was labeling mail bins the Twofer were making some of their own.

That's when I found this one.



Yes, it's misspelled but it came from them. OK, it might also have come from a book or a movie but for the sake of this post we're going to assume the inspiration for this label came from the wisdom of their....


That's me.

I must be doing something right.

And now that label sits on my laptop.

So the next time you see me at Panera or at a blog conference remember that I can spell.

But I can also inspire!