Custom College Graduation Invitations and Thank You Cards from Basic Invite

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this blog post.

Can you believe that we will be in April next week? Time flies! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we recently celebrated the twins’ second birthday. In just a few months, they will be entering preschool, and that makes my heart a little bit sad. And although the days are long, the years seem to be going by so fast! Pretty soon, they will be graduating from preschool, then high school and then college.

Although college seems like many years away, we have already started planning and saving for their tuition fees! Crazy, right? If you know me, I am a planner when it comes to my life and my family, sometimes to my husband’s dismay.

I love to plan and create special moments for my whole family and I am sure once college graduation comes around, I will take the opportunity to mark the amazing achievement in a special, personal way.

2017Grad32

Basic Invite is an online company that creates custom stationary for all of your business, holiday and special occasion needs. If you have a loved one graduating in the Class of 2019, Basic Invite has both modern and classic graduation invitations. One of my favorite graduation templates is the “then and now” template! It is so adorable. I would absolutely use my twins’ preschool pictures and senior portraits for these invitations. They also have options for text only, one or more images, foil cards and camo graduation invitations.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Over 180 Color Options – Basic Invite allows you to change the color of each of the card elements with over 180 color options. You can also instantly preview how your card will look. I love that, with so many color options, you can give your cards the exact look and feel you desire.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite gives customers the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly what it will look like and hold it in your hand before you place your final order. To me, ink and paper quality are so important when creating custom stationary, and Basic Invite is one of the few online stationary shops that gives customers this option.

Over 40 Different Envelope Colors – Basic Invite allows customers to make their invitations stand out even before they are opened. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors for their envelopes, which is another way to really stick to your personal theme and look-and-feel. Another thing I love is that all envelopes are peel-and-seal!

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends’ and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no additional cost on all card orders.

Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

2017Grad25

My Experience with Basic Invite

I got to try out the design and printing process with Basic Invite for myself, and I can tell you that it is user-friendly and the final product is high-quality and beautifully made. For the boys’ second birthday, we picked a dinosaur theme since they are obsessed with all things dinosaur. Basic Invite had the perfect dinosaur-themed thank you cards that we were able to personalize and customize to send our guests their thank yous!

Basic Invite has so many college graduation invitations templates. Check them out to see all of their designs. Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% off orders with the coupon code: 15FF51

Check them out online and on social media at:

BasicInvite.com
Facebook/BasicInvite
Pinterest/BasicInvite
Instagram/BasicInvite
Twitter/BasicInvite

This blog post has been sponsored by Basic Invite.

Advertisements

Thanksgiving 2018 with Chinet

Thanksgiving is always such a hectic time of year! This year, it was especially so because we had visitors from out of town for over a week to entertain, and I somehow was given the responsibility of organizing Thanksgiving dinner for everyone!

To my surprise, I received a VoxBox from Influenster and Chinet earlier in the week, which made our Thanksgiving table a little prettier and clean up a little easier!

IMG_8289
Thanksgiving with Chinet Cut Crystal Collection

The VoxBox included plastic cups, cutlery, dessert plates and stemless wine glasses, all from the Cut Crystal collection. I love Chinet products because even though they are disposables, their plates, cups and other items are sturdy and classy!

IMG_8287
Chinet Cut Crystal cups, cutlery, dessert plates and stemless wine glasses

Throughout the week, I did my Thanksgiving meal shopping and picked up a lot of pre-made items from the HoneyBaked Ham store. Additionally, I baked two pies on Wednesday night.

2018-11-21-14-58-39
Let the pie baking begin!

I made a classic pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. I must say that my pumpkin pie was the most perfect that I have ever been able to bake! It was so neat (as in tidy).

2018-11-21 16.56.22
Pumpkin pie is ready!
2018-11-21 16.54.48
Pecan pie going in the oven

On Thursday, I put together a little appetizer tray with some inspiration from Google images! Lol…it’s a turkey! I also made a green bean casserole, which is one of my must-have Thanksgiving dinner sides.

2018-11-22-16-21-42.jpg
Turkey-shaped appetizer platter

We headed over to my brother’s house once the boys woke up from their afternoon nap and helped put the rest of dinner on the table, played with the boys and enjoyed the company of family.

20181122164138_img_0169.jpg

Our Thanksgiving table was full of delicious food! The menu included a whole turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Cope’s corn pudding (a Pennsylvania tradition), candied yams (a Texas tradition), gravy and cranberry sauce!

2018-11-22 17.22.18

2018-11-22-17-45-51.jpg
The dinner spread
2018-11-22 17.54.19
My plate was full!

Unfortunately, the boys were not too impressed with Thanksgiving dinner. They barely ate anything, although they did eat a bunch of the appetizer platter!

2018-11-22-17-55-02.jpg

2018-11-22 17.54.24

For dessert, along with my pumpkin and pecan pies, we also got a cheesecake from the HoneyBaked Ham store.

2018-11-22-19-09-13.jpg
Pumpkin pie on Chinet Cut Crystal plate

Before calling it a night, we were able to take some photos by the Christmas tree. Our apartment is too small to accommodate a tree so I am glad that we got to borrow my brother’s for some family pictures!

20181122191940_IMG_0181

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Celebrating Halloween with Twin Toddlers

Today, I am looking back at the twins’ second Halloween. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and as you know, I love creating new traditions with my family, involving them in activities and making memories together. This year, I planned out, sourced and created our family Halloween costumes, we painted and decorated pumpkins together, we went trick-or-treating at a local shopping center and spent Halloween day playing at Kid Ventures.

Continue reading for all the details on our Halloween 2018. Since I did not start this blog until after last Halloween, I also wanted to share with you a look back on the twins’ first Halloween.

Pumpkin Painting with Toddlers

Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite fall activities. I have made it an annual tradition in our home since I was a young adult. I’m sure there were years, here and there, where we missed pumpkin carving, especially when we were in graduate school or traveling, but it has been a consistent activity for years.

This year, we tweaked our pumpkin carving tradition so that we could enjoy it with the twins without worrying about the mess or the safety of trying to carve pumpkins while getting our twin toddlers involved.

Pumpkin Painting with Toddlers
Pumpkin Painting with Toddlers

Earlier in the month, we purchased four pumpkins during our visit to Bates Nut Farm. Unfortunately, one of the pumpkins developed mold, so it had to go before we got the chance to paint it. When it was time for our painting activity, we were left with only three pumpkins to decorate.

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween
Painting Pumpkins for Halloween

I purchased some last minute supplies from Target, including kid safe paint, paint brushes and googly eyes. The pumpkin decorating supplies were pretty slim picking since it was the weekend before Halloween.

I also had some leftover tablecloth from a previous party that we used to cover the kitchen floor and smocks from Ikea that are perfect for arts and crafts with the twins.

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween
Painting Pumpkins

We noticed that older brother was a little bit more adept and focused when it came to painting the pumpkins, but little brother had a lot of fun too!

Overall, I would say our pumpkin painting activity was a success and they even turned out pretty nice!

Finished Pumpkins
Finished Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Costumes

We decided to go as our own little zoo for Halloween this year. I purchased a lion and a giraffe costume from Carter’s for the boys and sourced my and hubby’s costumes from our closets and Goodwill.

2018-10-28 15.15.22

I found the perfect khaki dress for myself and a khaki dress shirt for hubby from Goodwill. They were $4.99 each. To complete our zookeeper uniforms, I found the logo for the San Diego Zoo online and then re-sized and printed them onto iron-on t-shirt transfers. Finally, all I had to do was figure out the placement for the transfers and iron them on. Super simple!

DIY Zookeeper Costume
DIY Zookeeper Costume

Then, we were able to finish our looks with items already in our closet. I added a brown belt and black flats, and hubby wore brown khaki pants and a hat. I think our costumes come out so great, especially considering the cost!

Trick or Treating at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

On the Sunday before Halloween, one of our local shopping centers held a trick-or-treating event for the kiddos and we decided to make that our Halloween activity for this year and skip trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Trick or Treating with Toddlers
Trick or Treating with Toddlers

This year, the boys were able to walk to the stores by themselves and carry their Halloween buckets by themselves. We led them to each store that was participating, but they could find the person giving out candy, pick a piece and put it in their bucket.

Lion costume from Carter's
Lion costume from Carter’s

They totally got the concept, but at 19 months old, they still don’t know what candy is.

We went to the majority of the stores that were participating before we got exhausted and took a break in Starbucks.

When we got home, the boys played with the candy for a little while before we took it away from them. Most of it wound up being shared with hubby’s co-workers the next day!

Photo credit: Keane Studios

I had so much fun trick-or-treating with the boys because I could tell they were having fun and got the concept of it all. Plus, they were so freaking adorable in their costumes!

Halloween Day at Kid Ventures

On the day before Halloween, I got an email that Kid Ventures was offering 50% off admission for those dressed in costume on Halloween Day. Since we needed something to do anyway, I decided to take the boys there for a few hours. Kid Ventures is one of the local indoor play gyms for younger kids, and I had never been before and wanted to check it out.

Halloween at Kid Ventures
Halloween at Kid Ventures

The twins had a blast and could have stayed there much longer, but we had to attend a birthday lunch.2018-10-31 09.36.41

 

2018-10-31 10.13.13-2

Kid Ventures was also doing some activities throughout the day, but the boys were more interested in playing and running around.

Trick-or-treating – Halloween 2017

Last year’s Halloween was very different from this year’s mostly because the boys and I were still living at my parents’ house in Los Angeles, while hubby was living and working in San Diego and would come to visit us on the weekends.

My parents and I took the boys trick-or-treating on Halloween night at Del Amo Fashion Center, near their house in Torrance. They were only 8 months old at the time, so they had no idea of what was going on. When I look back, I cannot believe how little they were! We stopped by only a handful of stores, ate dinner and headed home with our little astronauts!

 

 

 

 

2017-10-31 16.10.52

Hope you enjoyed reading about our Halloween! I cannot wait to see how grown up they will be next year. Now on to planning for Halloween 2019!

Read about our visit to Bates Nut Farm here

Five Ways to Save Money on Balboa Park Admission

2018-02-15 13.49.58
Entrance to the San Diego Museum of Art

One of our favorite places to go to in San Diego is Balboa Park. It also happens to be ranked the #3 Thing to Do in San Diego on TripAdvisor.com

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park with open spaces, gardens, walking/hiking paths, theatres, the San Diego Zoo and museums. The park was established in 1835 and is one of the oldest recreational parks in the United States. It hosted international expositions in the early 1900s, which left many architectural landmarks. Today, many of those buildings house Balboa Park’s museums.

2018-07-15 13.40.29
Museum of Man

Balboa Park is currently home to 16 museums. They are:

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • Fleet Science Center
  • Marston House
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Mineral and Gem Society
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

Now that we are a single-income household, we are always looking for inexpensive, fun and creative things to do as a family and being new to San Diego, I have had to learn as we go. For that reason,  I wanted to share the five best tips and tricks I have discovered for saving money on admission to the museum’s of Balboa Park.

#1 Get a Balboa Park Explorer Pass

Purchasing the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is a great way to save money on admission to the museums in Balboa Park. This pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase and includes admission to 16 museums. It costs $129 for one adult and $229 for the Family Pass (two adults and four kids).

For more information and to purchase, check out the Balboa Park Explorer Pass site.

#2 Visit on a Tuesday

Balboa Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout the  month to residents of the City and County of San Diego and to active military personnel and their dependents. Proof of address may be required.

The current schedule is as follows:

First Tuesday

  • Fleet Science Center
  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum

Second Tuesday

  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego History Center
  • Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

Third Tuesday

  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Japanese Friendship Garden

Fourth Tuesday

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • SELECT House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
  • San Diego Art Institute

If there is a fifth Tuesday in a month, regular admission prices will be in effect.

For more information, check the Residents Free Tuesday site.

#3 Check Out a San Diego Public Library Museum Pass

San Diego Public Library card holders can check out 14-day passes to either the Museum of Man or the San Diego Museum of Art. The passes are valid for up to two adults and four children. Additional fee may be required for special exhibitions. To check it out, sign on to your San Diego Public Library account, place a hold on the museum pass, and then wait. Currently, there are over 500 on the hold list for the Museum of Art pass, but if you are not in a rush to visit, this is definitely worth trying!

We were able to use the Museum of Man pass to visit with the twins over the summer, and it was a lot of fun!

2018-07-15 13.32.16
Monsters! Exhibit at the Museum of Man

2018-07-15 13.05.08
Monsters! Exhibit at the Museum of Man

#4 Kids are Free in October

Kids can get free admission to over 40 San Diego County museums, including many museums in Balboa Park, thanks to the San Diego Museum Council.

Check out the San Diego Museum Council website to download a coupon and see the list of participating museums.

#5 Get Half off Admission for Macy’s Museum Month in February

During the entire month of February, local San Diegans and visitors alike are able to take advantage of half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego museums. This program takes place annually through Macy’s and the San Diego Museum Council.

To take advantage of this promotion, just stop by any local San Diego Macy’s store to pick up your Museum Month pass.

Check the San Diego Museum Council website in late-January to view a list of participating museums and to find out where to pick up your museum pass.

Bonus: This Museum is Always free

The Timken Museum of Art is always free!

Bonus #2: Free Admission for Youth

The different museums have vary widely on the cut-off for free admission for youth under a certain age. For example, the San Diego Museum of Art offers free admission for youth 17 years and under. The Museum of Man is free for children under 5 years old, while the kids two and under are free at the Air and Space Museum. Make sure to check these age limits and visit before they hit the upper limits to save even more!

38th Birthday Weekend Recap

There was a time long ago when hubby and I would jet out of town for our birthdays. One year, it was a weekend in Bermuda. Another time, it was a hiking trip to Acadia National Park. Things have changed for us now that we have kids.

This year was significantly lower key and more oriented around kids’ activities.

Flower Hills Maker’s Bazaar

On Saturday, we headed to the Flower Hill Maker’s Bazaar in the Del Mar‘s Flower Hill Promenade.

The event had so much to do for the kiddos! There was Pam’s Farm, a petting zoo with a sheep, goat, pig, ducks, chickens and a shih tzu pup!

2018-07-14-10-57-59.jpg

2018-07-14 21.26.04

I understand this pig so well! Sleep is nice.

2018-07-14-13-05-32.jpg

Pam let the little guys get on top of the sheep. So adorable!

2018-07-14-21-25-59.jpg

2018-07-14 10.54.21-2

There was a little area for lounging on blankets and pillows with a ping pong table and corn hole.

2018-07-14-11-13-59.jpg

My mom took part in the charity cake walk, and she won a cake in the first round! It was funny because this wound up serving as my birthday cake.

2018-07-14-11-27-14.jpg

Flower Hill Promenade has a little playground, and the twins really enjoyed climbing and running around before lunch.

2018-07-14-11-37-18.jpg

We also got two amazing balloon animals created for the boys. Big Brother also got his face painted! That’s a little hippo on his cheek.

2018-07-14-13-37-43.jpg

2018-07-14-13-37-50.jpg

Wow, I cannot believe how fun this event was. On top of what I have shown you, there was also live music by Kathryn the Grape and a choir group as well as succulent and painted picture frame make-and-takes. We were pooped after about 4 hours at the bazaar.

Dinner at Giovanni’s

That evening, we had dinner at Giovanni’s in Linda Vista with my parents and my brother’s family.

2018-07-14 18.45.40

2018-07-14 18.44.02

Balboa Park

On Sunday, we all met up again at Balboa Park to visit the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre.

2018-07-15-10-56-17.jpg

It was the boys’ first time in a theatre, and they got to be big boys and sit in their boosters all by themselves. Big Brother really enjoyed the puppet show, while the other two lost interest after awhile.

2018-07-15-11-03-07.jpg

After the show, we got to pet the puppets and take photos with them. Hi, Baxter Bunny!

download_20180715_232511.jpg

We had lunch at the Home Plate Cafe and then continued on to the Museum of Man without the rest of the group. My parents and brother had to leave.

I checked out the Museum Pass from the library which provides admission for 2 adults and 4 children, so we were able to visit for free!

Our favorite exhibits was the Monsters! exhibit and Adventure Kids in Egypt.

2018-07-15-13-32-14.jpg

2018-07-15-13-03-43.jpg

That evening, hubby took care of the kiddos so I could go have a massage and cupping session! Woohoo!

It was such a fun-filled weekend and I am so happy to have spent it with my family.

July 4th Recap – 2018

Hope you all had a Happy Fourth of July! We had a relaxing day of fun with the kiddos and enjoyed the gorgeous San Diego weather. It was actually one of the more relaxing days I can remember since becoming a mom. This was our second 4th of July as a family of four.

We started off the day by visiting a local splash pad. We met up with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, and we let the boys run around and play.

splashpad

splashpad

They were having a lot of fun running around freely, but I don’t think they appreciated getting water in their faces. They also looked ridiculously cute in their swimming outfits.

After they seemed to have their fill of water play, we headed over to Breakfast Republic for brunch. They were so busy but were able to accommodate our party of seven quicker than we excepted. I had a feeling that service would be slow and I was correct.

breakfastrepublicmichelada

I don’t drink much anymore and haven’t for years, but I thought that I deserved a drink this holiday. I ordered the michelada, which is basically a bloody mary with beer instead of vodka. It was actually quite tasty.

For my meal, I got the chilaquiles and I was pretty disappointed with them. They came out barely warm and weren’t great.

2018-07-04-12-02-07.jpg

After brunch, we headed back home to rest and let the kids nap. I also wound up taking a nap. We decided at the last minute to invite my brother and his family over to barbecue, so hubby had to run to the grocery store to get supplies. The pool in our community opened back up after renovations that day, so we were going to hit the pool and grill up some burgers.

We headed over to the pool at around 5:30 pm. It was still busy, but we were able to grab some lounge chairs all together and share one of the grills with another party.

One of our neighbors brought their pet bird with her and it was very interested in the babies.

2018-07-04-18-04-35.jpg

This was the boys’ first time in the pool and they were a little frightened to say the least. Hopefully, they start to feel more comfortable in the water once we start going to the pool more often.

2018-07-04-18-26-40-5.jpg

2018-07-04-18-56-30.jpg

The guys grilled up some delicious homemade patties. They were half regular beef and half wagyu beef. So juicy and tasty.

2018-07-04 18.38.46

I also baked some boxed Funfetti cupcakes! That was all I could manage with the two guys on my hands but they actually weren’t bad.

2018-07-04-18-57-52.jpg

Once we finished dinner, it was already past the boys’ bedtime and we still had to give them baths and get them ready for bed.

I was hoping to watch some fireworks on tv, but our tv decided to have issues this week and we basically had to reset the whole system and have not had time to reprogram it yet. We also could not see any of the fireworks from our place, so none for us this year. One of the things I am thankful for about not living in New Mexico anymore is that fireworks are illegal here for regular folks to buy. Woohoo! So no more weekend after weekend of fireworks in our neighborhood.

Hope you all had a fun, safe and relaxing July 4th!

Mother’s Day 2018 Recap

Some how, some way, I celebrated my second Mother’s Day this weekend! I cherish every day I get to spend with my two little guys and feel so lucky to be their mom. Of course, we have our moments, and I suspect we will be having many many more once they get closer to two years old, but at this moment, they are still two little squishy boys who love to give hugs, cuddle and always want their mommy. I really cannot ask for more!

So Happy belated Mother’s Day to all my fellow mommies of humans out there! My Mother’s Day lasted a solid week, with lots of activities and fun with my little guys.

Mother’s Day Card Art Project

On Tuesday afternoon, we had a little painting party! The boys stripped down to their diapers and made me Mother’s Day cards and also got their abstract artist palettes out afterwards.

InkedIMG_7939_LI

IMG_7940

Mommy and Me photo shoot at Old Poway Train Park

The Mom’s Guide to San Diego and My Gym Poway hosted a Mommy + Me photo shoot at Old Poway Train Park, and we were lucky enough to participate!

It was our first time at this park, and it is really cool! On the weekends, they have a ton of things to do, including the Heritage Museum, Poway-Midland Railroad and the historical Nelson House.

2018-05-09 11.11.22

I would love to visit again during the weekend sometime!

2018-05-09 11.21.04

2018-05-09 11.08.47

I love that we got to capture the three of us this week. It is so hard when you are juggling two babies to remember to take pictures. Our photograph came out so sweet! Thanks so much for having us!

10
Photo credit: Honeybee Photography

Mother’s Day Shop + Sip at Sakura Bloom

On Thursday, we headed to Sakura Bloom in Encinitas for a Mother’s Day shopping event. It turned out to be a bit of a pain because there was no room for strollers, so I wound up wearing one of the boys and holding the other in my arm. I was there for a whole 30 minutes, and my arms were dying! Ugh! Just another thing singleton moms don’t have to worry about.

2018-05-10-10-30-51.jpg

With my one free arm, I did manage to eat a donut, wait in line for a custom floral bouquet and get our picture taken before running back to my car before my arm officially fell off.

2018-05-10 10.52.37

2018-05-10 10.53.07

So no shopping was to be had by us. 😦 I also have not gotten our photo back yet, but the floral bouquet was on point.

2018-05-10 11.26.01

Mother’s Day

Hubby was so sweet on the actual Mother’s Day and gave me some time to do some things in the morning. After helping with the kids and Gus, I headed to a morning yoga class at the Free People store in Mission Valley.

2018-05-13-08-52-15.jpg

It was a super chill class, and afterwards, we got some healthy snacks and could do some early bird shopping before the mall was officially open.

2018-05-13 08.58.10

2018-05-13 10.18.44

Before heading home, I picked up some boba tea from Kung Fu Tea for me and the hubby.

2018-05-13 11.07.12

For lunch, hubby planned a picnic lunch for us at Kate Sessions Park. The views here are to die for! The park also was not crowded at all and had the perfect, huge grassy area for picnicking! I only wish we had brought Gus along, because he would have loved it. Next time…

2018-05-13 12.54.45

This weekend, we also discovered that both of the boys loooove being in the baby swing! The park has a relatively large play area with two baby swings. Perfect!
2018-05-13-13-23-34-7.jpg

2018-05-13 13.24.02

IMG_7950
Look at this view!

While the babies took their afternoon nap, I was able to get a nice massage. I have been feeling very off the last few days after taking a kickboxing circuit class, but I felt much better after my massage.

2018-05-13 14.12.33

Last but not least, hubby gave me the night off from cooking dinner too! He picked up some sushi for us from Gami Sushi.

2018-05-13-18-11-23.jpg

Thanks, boys and hubby, for making me a mom!

Freebies and Discounts for Twins and Multiples

I originally discovered that many companies offer freebies and discounts to parents after the birth of their twins or multiples through Twiniversity. I am so glad that I read about this because this is honestly something I would have never known about, and it is pretty darn easy to take advantage of.

Since the boys came unexpectedly early and were in the NICU for 4 weeks and life in general was crazy, I did not get around to working on this until 3 months after their birth.

To get started, you will need:

  • copies of their birth certificates or records of live birth from the hospital
  • a form letter (sample form letter can be found below)
  • envelopes and stamps
  • pen

This is an example of the form letter I used. To save paper, I printed two of the letters on each sheet of paper and cut them in half.

[DATE]

Dear Sir or Madam:

On [DATE OF BIRTH], my husband and I became the proud parents of twin boys. We understand that your company offers special benefits for families with multiples. We would love to take advantage of this offer and be added to any mailing list your company may keep for future coupons and informational mailings. Enclosed are copies of the proofs of birth for our children, [CHILDREN’S NAMES].

Thank you for your support of our family. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at [PHONE NUMBER].

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Some of the companies are extremely generous with what they sent to us, some were not and some gave no response whatsoever. Remember that these companies are being generous when they give you anything, so I was grateful for whatever we received.

I put an asterisk (*) next to the brands that I thought gave the best freebies or discounts, in case you are like me and are lacking in the time department. Remember, these programs and freebies can change at any time.

Aquaphor
Used contact form on their website. Received coupons for $1.50 and $2 off Aquaphor Baby products

Beechnut
Emailed through contact form on their website. Received coupons

Earth’s Best 
Consumer Relations
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
4600 Sleepytime Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301

Received coupons for discounted formula, baby food and diapers

Gerber
Attn: Multiple Birth Program
445 State Street
Fremont, MI 49413

Received coupons, including two coupons for $10 off of $20 of Gerber baby food products.

Happy Family Foods *
Emailed parents@happyfamilybrands.com. Received great coupons including free baby food, oatmeal and pouches.

Huggies *
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Department QMB-017063476A
P. O. Box 2020
Neenah, WI 54957-2020

Received coupons including free diapers

Luvs OR Pampers
Luvs [OR Pampers] Multiple Birth Offer
The Procter & Gamble Company
P.O. Box 599
Cincinnati, OH 45201

Received coupons for $3 off specific Procter & Gamble brand products

Ocean Spray Cranberries *
Consumer Affairs Dept.
1 Ocean Spray Drive
Lakeville-Middleborough, MA, 02349

Received coupons for free juice (64 oz or less) and Craisins (6 oz or less) and booklet of recipes

Similac *
If you are planning to formula feed or even if you want to have a stash of formula just in case, talk to your twins’ pediatrician about the Similac Multiple Birth Program. You will need to fill out a form from your pediatrician and mail it in with copies of birth certificates.

Received two cases of six 1 quart ready-to-feed bottles of Similar Pro-Advance formula

2017-12-10-09-42-17.jpg

TOMY *
Attn: Multiple Birth Program
2021 9th Street SE
Dryersville, IA 52040

Received two packs of 6 Take & Toss sippy cups and 2 Freddie the Firefly rattle toys

2017-06-06-12-31-17.jpg

Triple Paste for Triplets *
Summers Laboratories
103 G P Clement Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

This program is technically for triplets and higher order multiples, but they honor requests from twin parents as well. To sign up, visit their Triple Paste for Triplets page here. Then fill out the form, and mail the completed form along with copies of the birth certificates. This program is so generous!

Received 8 oz jar of Triple Paste, 2 oz tube of Triple Paste, 8 oz bottle of Triple Wash, 3 bars of Comfort Bear Gentle Baby Soap and 3 cotton onesies. You also get 30% off Triple Paste products until their third birthday when you order directly from Triple Paste.

2017-06-25-11-42-36.jpg

No Response

Boogie Wipes – used contact form on their website

Evenflo
1801 Commerce Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356

Handi-Craft Company (Dr. Brown’s)
4433 Fyler Avenue
St. Louis MO, 63116

This was my experience in May 2017. Addresses and programs may change at any time.

San Diego Beer Moms – February Meetup

San Diego Beer Moms held its first event of 2018 last week, and now, that my schedule is finally back to normal, I was able to attend with the twins in tow. San Diego Beer Moms, part of the San Diego Moms Blog community, is a group of moms who love craft beer (duh!). They meet on a monthly basis at different breweries around San Diego County, to explore the beer scene and meet other moms. This was my first time attending an event, and I was a bit nervous to be honest!

The meetup was held at Ballast Point Brewing Company‘s Miramar location, which is a quick 15 minute drive from us.

2018-02-28 11.09.57

San Diego Beer Moms had a nice section of the tasting room reserved for the group and it included a number of four-seater high tops and a long high top communal table. There was also room for strollers!

The event included a drink ticket for one complimentary pint. I chose the Wahoo White, since I love citrus-y, light beers and it contains only 4.5% ABV for this light weight.

2018-02-28 22.46.31

I also ordered a house made hot pretzel with Sculpin beer cheese and California Amber beer mustard ($8) to soak up some of the beer so I could drive the kids and I to some errands afterwards!

2018-02-28 11.20.53

Aside from the booze and eats, the event was a fantastic way for me to get out and meet some moms! I am a total introvert and super reserved, but I feel like it is important for me to get out of the house every day and interact with grown adults at least of few times a week. I was lucky because everyone was super friendly!

2018-02-28 11.24.57

I am looking forward to attending another meet up soon!

The March meetup has been set, and it will be on March 29th from 5 to 7 pm at Savagewood Brewing Co.

For more information on San Diego Beer Moms, find them on:

Facebook – San Diego Beer Moms

Instagram – SD Beer Moms

 

Happy First Birthday!

How are these two sweet boys already one year old? It feels so strange that I have been a mom for one year now. Time flies and it really makes me appreciate all of the time I get to spend with my babies as a stay-at-home mom. It truly goes by so quickly!

2018-02-17 11.17.31

We celebrated the boys’ birthday a week early, since it was President’s Day and family members were able to fly out and spend more time over the long weekend than during their actual birthday weekend.

Folks flew in from Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas and San Francisco to be with us. The theme I chose for the party was “Where the Wild Things Are” and I included a photo display of the boys’ monthly pictures from their first 11 months! It is so crazy to see how much they have changed!

2018-02-17-12-40-41.jpg

For food, I ordered Hawaiian food, just because. We had kalbi (Korean-style beef short ribs), baked fish, rice, macaroni salad, another salad and spam musubi. Yum!

2018-02-17-12-39-59.jpg

2018-02-17-12-40-09.jpg

2018-02-17-14-08-12.jpg

Of course, we had to have cake too, so I got a strawberries and cream custom cake and a two flavors of cupcakes!

2018-02-17-14-13-58.jpg

I love how the cake turned out. It is Max’s king of the wild things crown from the book! So adorable.

2018-02-17 14.11.50-1

2018-02-17 14.17.562018-02-17 14.17.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We gave the boys their first taste of sugar for their birthday, and that was not a good idea. The boys had allergic reactions to something in the cakes and got sick. Hubby had to take little brother to the ER to get checked out after calling the pediatrician’s nurse line! The party quickly dispersed after that. Big brother’s reaction was a bit slower and he wound up getting sick too.

It’s all fun and games until someone winds up in the hospital. They just needed a bit of Benadryl and were okay. Thank goodness!

2018-02-17 17.28.44

After the kids had some time to recover, we were finally able to open presents later that night. They got so much cute stuff!

Things did not exactly go as planned, but it will be a birthday party to remember.

Decorations: Declan & Smith and Stripes to Sparkle

T-shirts: The Shindiggity Shoppe

Catering: Dakines Hawaiian Catering

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery

Balloons: Dollar Tree