#100HappyDays

At the beginning of the summer, I jumped on the 100 Happy Days bandwagon. I feel like I’m normally happy anyway, but I wanted a picture challenge, and this seemed right up my alley.

So, here are my #100HappyDay pictures. You know what I learned? My family is what makes me happy. Really happy. Ridiculously happy.

 

 

To see all of these pictures and the captions, come check out my Instagram page (@dorydoyle).

Review: SiliGuy iPhone Holder

When I had my last car, we had mounted a phone holder that was specific to my make and model. It was wonderful! Then, after the twins were born we got a new car (you can read about that saga here), but the mounted phone holder did not transfer over. I made do, until I received my SiliGuy iPhone Holder.

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This little guy is very cute and made of flexible silicon. You can adjust his arms and head in many different ways, and I was able to move him around so that he “sat” on my dashboard, hanging out of an air conditioning unit.

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Since I’ve been using it, I have loved being able to have a safe place for my phone. I can easily plug it in and have easy access when I get in and out of my car. No pictures of it in use, however, since I…well… can’t take a picture when it’s in its slot.

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One other use that is great is to hang it off of your wall charger to have a place to set your phone.

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Here’s just a little more from the guys behind SiliGuy:

Flexible Cell Phone Universal Car Mount. Use the SiliGuy anywhere you want. Flexibility to secure any smartphone. The universal fitting SiliGuy can grip your mobile device while hanging from your rear-view mirror, slid into the air vent, suspended from the steering wheel, or where ever you want. Any hand-sized device can be safely and comfortably secured in your car, providing safe visibility to use GPS and easy access to speaker phone. 

More than just a car mount! This cell phone holder can be used almost anywhere you want! Secures to bike handlebars, gym equipment, in the kitchen for eRecipes, hangs phone while charging, even secures power cords in the office. 

Want to purchase one yourself? They are available on Amazon for $10.94 (on sale from $15).

I actually have a black SiliGuy to give away to a lucky reader! Simply post a comment that says where you would hang your SiliGuy. You have until October 24 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

 

 

Breastfeeding at 10 Months

Well, I know that almost two months ago, I posted that I thought the end of nursing was upon us. That was when the babies were close to 9 months old. Now they are almost 11 months old, and we are surprisingly going strong with breastfeeding still! It seems like we just hit a bump in the road at 9 months.

With other moms and MOMs that I’ve talked to, it seems like 9 months is when many mothers stop breastfeeding. I think I have figured out why. At that age, babies are really fidgety, distractible, and goofy. They also bite and pull and pinch nipples. A lot. Ouch!

But I was stubborn and emotionally not ready to stop nursing. I wanted to get to 12 months. So I didn’t. I pushed through. And now, here we are at almost 11 months old, and we are still nursing at 7:30 AM, 11:45 AM and anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 PM. But nursing doesn’t look like it did when we first started this journey.

Now, I lie down on the ground, with the middle of the Twin Z pillow boosted up to support my head and neck. The babies crawl to me, sit on their knees, and literally attack me to start nursing.



They cuddle in to keep nursing. Audrey wraps her leg around me and snuggles her whole body against mine. She looks up at me with her wide, blue eyes. So serious. David stays on his stomach. After a minute or two he sits up on his knees and starts bouncing and singing. When I threaten to end our session, he attacks again to keep nursing. I usually laugh and laugh and laugh. When he gets really silly, he makes farting sounds against my breast. My little goofball.

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Sometimes, when one baby ends first, the other sees an opportunity and lunges across me for the other breast. They will do this, continually taking turns, pushing each other out of the way, singing, laughing, and then going off to play.

And lately, they have found each others’ hands again.

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Yes, I love nursing this way. I could continue this for a while longer. What a change a couple months makes!

Are you curious about our twin breastfeeding journey?

 

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

 

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered!


Brieftons Spiral Slicer

 

In our effort to eat healthy, we have started eating at home for most of our meals. It’s crucial, not only for our health, but also our wallets and sanity (with two babies in the house, trying to go out all the time is near impossible). We have some great meals that we make in rotation, but we are looking for easy recipes, especially with the twins starting to eat real people food!

In my research, I found out about using a spiral slicer for zucchini “pasta,” but I didn’t have a spiral slicer… until now! Here’s some a bunch of info from Brieftons, the manufacturer:

Looking For A Great Way To Eat More Vegetables For Better Health?
The Brieftons Spiral Slicer Is What You Need!

Have you ever wanted an easy, quick way to create long, even strands of vegetables to use in your low carb dishes? If so, you need the popular, newly improved Brieftons Spiral Slicer!

Designed to make raw vegetable “pastas” with ease from carrots, zucchinis and the like, the Brieftons Spiral Slicer is the perfect gadget for raw foodists.

From veggie spaghetti, easy stir fry, to fancy garnishes for the sushi plate, this spiral cutter makes it all child’s play.

It is ideal for making curly strands of firm vegetables, creating garlands of vegetables, making stunning salads and food preparations.

The Brieftons spiral vegetable slicer can cut spirals in 2 thicknesses (2x3mm & 3.5x5mm).

What Vegetables Can Be Used?

Simply use this Brieftons Spiralizer like a pencil sharpener. It works great on many firm vegetables, such as:

Carrots
Zucchinis
Turnips
Rutabagas
Cucumbers
Large radishes
And many more

The Quick, Safe Way to Prepare Vegetables!

It works great on firm vegies like carrots, zucchinis, turnips, rutabagas, cucumbers, large radishes, and more. In fact, it works better than expensive models. It is super easy & quick to operate this gadget, and is safe to use thanks to the built-in finger guards!

What Makes It a Great Spiralizer?

This is a high quality kitchen tool, made from first grade plastic and stainless steel. It comes with super sharp Japanese blades to cut through even the hardest vegetables. It is also compact enough to fit into a kitchen drawer. There is no annoying attachments to worry about. The Brieftons Spiralizer is also easy to clean & dishwasher safe. Just rinse it under the tap, spin it in the dishwasher, or use the included kitchen brush to clean it!

Make More Spiralized Vegetables Than You Can Eat

The Brieftons Spiral Slicer is perfect for making long vegetable strands for low carb, healthy vegetable meals. It can also core vegetables with seeds such as zucchinis, thereby prevent vegetable seeds from ending up on the plate!

What Is Included In the Box?

In the package you will get a Brieftons Spiral Slicer (including a finger-guard cap), a bonus cleaning brush to keep the device in tip top condition, a manual, and a recipe sheet.

In addition, you will receive an exclusive 20-recipe Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe Book electronically, plus other ongoing recipe updates on the Brieftons website.

The Essential Kitchen Tool for Healthy Living

The Brieftons spiralizer is great for those following a low carb, gluten free, or paleo diet, using vegetables instead of pasta/noodles. It is also great for fussy kids to make their vegetables more interesting!

If you love eating vegetables, you will love the Brieftons Spiral Slicer! It makes preparing vegetables so easy, you will want to use it over and over again.

If you don’t already like vegetables, you will like eating them now. The Brieftons Spiral Slicer makes awesome looking, appetizing textures and colors out of ordinary vegetables that you may not want to eat otherwise.

Start making those healthy vegetable dishes today. Our bonus Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe Book is designed to get you started right away!

Get the Brieftons Spiral Slicer Today and Start Eating More Vegetables For Better Health!

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

Pretty thorough information, huh? Well, we put this spiral slicer to the test. This little gadget is no joke!

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

I was actually wondering how well it would work, since it feels a little inexpensive, but it really sliced right through the zucchini like a champ. I’m so excited to stir fry it up and have a healthy lunch! Plus, hardly any of the zucchini was left over afterwards!

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

 

Does this sound like something that you would like? All you have to do to be entered to win one of these is to post a recipe that would use the Brieftons Spiral Slicer (either full recipe or a link to the recipe) in the comments. It doesn’t even have to be YOUR recipe. Find one online that you like (just make sure to let me know if it is not your original recipe to give credit to the original source) and post it in the comments! Easy! I will randomly select one of the comments to win! Contest ends on October 13!

To purchase one of these, simply go to Amazon! It couldn’t be easier! It is currently on sale for $12.89 (and PRIME shipping), so the price is fantastic!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

This giveaway has ended, but please feel free to keep submitting recipes! Yum! Congrats to our winner, Sarah, whose name was picked in the Random List Generator in spot #1!

Random.org List Generator Spiral Slicer Winner

 

My Favorite Posts Link Up: September (#7)

Can you believe it’s already October? The air is chilly and Halloween is just around the corner!

Today, we are featuring our favorite September 2014 posts from other blogs.

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Here is the Most-Viewed Post from the August Link Up:

Hey Jack” by Glitz & Gritz

 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts written by other bloggers that were published in September:

 

9 Things to Clean with the Kids Get Sick” by Clean Mama

Stuffed Shells” by Lou Lou Girls

 

*If you were featured on My Favorite Posts whether by me or one of the co-hosts, make sure to grab a button below!*

*Make sure to check out our co-hosts posts to see who they have featured as their favorite posts!*

 

The Link-Up

We will be hosting the My Favorite Posts link-up on the first Monday every month. Each month, we’ll be sharing our favorite posts from the month before and featuring the majority favorite from the link-up (most click-throughs).

 

The Hosts:

I am teaming up with Rachel at My Wholesome Home and Angela at House Full of Boys to provide you an opportunity to share your favorite posts from the last month.

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The Rules:

    • Feel free to link up one of your own posts, but only one!
    • Link up someone else’s post that you loved.
    • Check out somebody new that you haven’t read before.
    • Grab our button!

 

We can’t wait to read some more of the great posts you link up! We would love you to share the link-up using #MyFavoritePostsLinkUp.

 



Smart Weigh Digital Pro Pocket Scale Review


Smart Weigh Digital Scale example and direction book

When I was a teacher (in the classroom, as one can argue that I’m still a teacher every day with A and D), I had these amazing pocket scales in my classroom, that I received after participating in an amazing summer course to help write exemplar lessons for the Virginia Department of Education. I’m telling you, these were amazing, and we used them in so many projects. When I left the classroom, I thought that it was only fair that I passed them along to another teacher that was also in that program.

Since then, I have wanted my pocket scales a bunch of times, and I couldn’t use them! This is why I was thrilled to receive one via Tomoson.com and their review site!

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As a small business owner with my Etsy store Personally Yours by Dory, I am always looking for a better way to ship my products. I come up with the shipping based on past sales, but I always try to be fair. Usually that means that I underestimate, which means that I lose business. I’m so excited to be able to accurately predict shipping now, because I can weigh the product (in the box), calculate it on the USPS Postal Calc site, and I can even print my shipping label ahead of time. Then I can just drop the package off and be on my way! It can’t get any easier than that! The biggest issue, however, is that this has a 500 g weight limit (just a little over 1 lb), so anything heavier than that, and it won’t work. It’s great, though for those lighter items.

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When A and D get older, I plan on using this handy little scale to talk about weights and do comparisons of objects.

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I’m sure, as I start cooking more, I will even be able to use it for cooking!

Smart Weigh Digital Scale Example grams

In addition, now that I’m getting into my Young Living Essential Oils business as a distributor, I know this will help with shipping costs.

This thing is accurate, small, portable, and so necessary to have in your home. Plus, since it’s only $20 on Amazon, it’s such a great gadget to have!

By the way, here is information from the company about this product:

Have you been looking for the perfect on-the-go pocket scale?
One that is lightweight, accurate, and reliable? Look no further – the Smart Weigh Digital Pocket Scale with its sleek and portable design is exactly what you have been looking for!
Advanced!
Tired of inaccurate weight readings? Ready for an upgrade? The Smart Weigh scale features the highest grade precision with the latest technology.
Weigh Master!
This scale will help you accomplish a wide variety of weighing needs. It will do so accurately and to perfection!
Style!
Features a unique and simple design with its stainless steel 3.94” x 3.7” platform. It is easy to operate by using the four sleek chrome buttons.

  • Features – the top500 is strong, accurate, fast, and user-friendly; will work great for any of your mailing, jewelry, reloading, and cooking needs
  • Functions – this scale can double up as a postal scale; the pcs function gives you an accurate count and the hold function will lock weight readings
  • Design – features a clear LCD screen lit by a bright blue backlight; will display readings in g, OZ, OZT, dwt, GN, and CT
  • Precision – manufactured with high precision sensors to provide the most accurate weight readings; weighs up to 500 grams in 0.01 Increments
  • Includes – 2 AAA batteries with a two minute auto shut off feature; the tare function will provide a net weight

 

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Buy it on Amazon here.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

 

 

 

Blog Hobnob Linkup ~ October

Welcome to the October Edition of the

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August Edition

We are back with the October edition of the Hobnob Linkup! Made in a Day‘s former Blog Hop Social has been renamed the Blog Hobnob, and it is a great chance to find other blogs out there and meet new bloggy friends. Come and join us, why don’t you? I have found and connected to some amazing blogger through this hop!

This Blog Hop is a Meet & Greet where you can connect and network with other bloggers in various genres! Link up below and check out other blogs, follow them on social media and leave a nice comment! Super easy to make new friends!

This is a monthly Link Up. It will start on the first day of the month and will stay open until the last day of the month. So stop back by and check out who’s new each week!

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10 Months Old!

Please forgive us for being a little over a week late on their 10 month update. It’s been a little… well… crazy here!


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Things We Love About Audrey

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  • Her favorite sound: “Tffftttffff…”
  • The way she pulls to standing on everything, then cruises around while holding on.
  • The way that she loves climbing and rolling on pillows.
  • How we never know if she is going to spit all of her food out or keep eating.
  • Her cuddliness when she is cutting a tooth.
  • How, the first thing she does every morning, is to take all the books off of the shelf for David.

Things We Love About David

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  • His huge laughs.
  • The way he keeps asking to say the “Hoki Hoki Hi” cheer by clapping our hands together.
  • His big, sloppy kisses.
  • The way that he instigates play with a smile on his face and a raised eyebrow.
  • How he will read books all morning long.
  • The way he loves to push the pop-pop truck around the playroom.

 

Here are some pictures from when they were 9 months old:

It’s a Boy (in a Family of Girls)! Kit

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Last year, we had some family friends announce that their daughter was going to have a baby boy just a few months after the twins were born. How exciting! What was even better was that this woman has 3 daughters… so this is the first boy in a whole family of girls.

The Doyle family joked about putting together a kit for them of all the things that they would need for raising a boy, since they didn’t have any experience. While the kit never materialized, here is the list of things we thought of:

  • Legos
  • building blocks
  • a pocket knife
  • nunchucks
  • a sword
  • a Whoopie Cushion
  • a bag of dirt and a water bottle (to make mud)
  • a Dixie cup (for diaper changes)
  • a cap gun
  • Band-Aids and Neosporin

By the way, we know that not all of those would be for babies… some he would need to grow into. Still, what would you add to this kit?

Review: Kidecals

Disclaimer: I received the following items in exchange for my review. All of my opinions are 100% my own.

With it being the back-to-school season, it is also the start of  ”I can’t find my (fill in the blank)!” and “Where are my (fill in the blank)?” Although Audrey and David are too young to do this, we certainly aren’t immune to leaving or misplacing things, especially when we are out and about (all of the Doyle family has the tendency to spread out our possessions upon reaching our destination). When I was contacted by Kidecals about reviewing their products, I was thrilled to try out their website and personalized decals.

We ordered four different products from them: personalized decals for David and Audrey, labels for gifts, and decoration for my laptop keys (“keycals“). I will admit that we had a hard time figuring out exactly what to order, because they have such adorable products on their website!

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As we were working on designing and personalizing the labels, there were a couple of bugs with the personalization software, especially when I wanted to change the amount of labels to order. I found that I needed to select the size and quantity first before personalizing. Besides this bug, however, it was great to be able to see what we would purchase before finalizing the order.

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The labels arrived incredibly quickly in the mail, and I was thrilled with the quality. They are nice and thick with a really strong adhesive backing. These labels aren’t going anywhere! I love that I can seemingly use them for clothing, sippy cups, or toys, and they won’t budge. I haven’t tried them on clothing yet, but they are advertised as being able to go anywhere. Honestly, if you see how sticky these are, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do well.

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I’m all about making my life easier. With two babies, I love the idea of being able to use labels instead of handwriting their names on every item that goes out of the house. With the sizes available and the different options in styles, I would definitely recommend checking out Kidecals.com!

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Check out the different products they have available:

Boys Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/boy-labels/
Girls Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/girl-labels/
Parents Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/parents-corner/
Organizing and Kitchen Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/canning-labels/
Keyboard Stickers: http://kidecals.com/product-category/keyboard-stickers/
Chalkboard Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/chalkboard-labels/
Wall Decals: http://kidecals.com/product-category/wall-decals/

 

If you would like to receive a discount on any of the items available, they have a great deal for those of us with multiples in our families (whether the same age or different ages). You can enter these coupon codes at the checkout:

2 children:  doubles2014 = 15% off $25 or more
3 children:  threes2014 = 20% off $50 or more
4 children:  fours2014 = 25% off $75 or more
5 children:  fives2014 = 30% off $100 or more
6 children:  sixes2014 = 35% off $125 or more
7 children:  sevens2014 = 40% off $150 or more

 

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