Saturday, March 31, 2012

10+ Journal Review

As I wrapped up my first month of the 12 in 2012 project, I blogged about writing a "One Sentence Journal" I really like the concept of being able to write one or two sentences about each day in lieu of the pressure that comes with having to write an entire journal entry every couple days.

I was recently contacted by Because Time Flies, Inc. They asked if they could send me one of their 10+ Journals for my review and after reading about the journal, I was intrigued. The journal arrived and when I opened it, I was excited to find a nice and sturdy journal.

Its filled with tons of space for all kinds of things like:

1. Goal Planning Sheets where you can plan goals and ideas for the next 10 years

2. Monthly Overviews which gives you a place to jot down a few key words that represent each day
3. Daily Pages which is where you are given four lines for each day's journal entry

I immediately was drawn to the Daily Pages, which is very similar to my One Sentence Journal concept. But I like this better because its more organized and its fun to think about recording a thought daily for the next 10 years. After I looked through it, I promptly copied the last couple months of my One Sentence Journal into the 10+ Journal and have been using it ever since.

I know my life is going to change so much in the next 10 years and I am excited at the prospect of capturing one moment per day in the 10+ Journal. You can order your own Journal by clicking HERE. If you have any questions, email me at dtbttl at yahoo dot com.

The views and opinions within this post are my own. I was not compensated for this post aside from receiving a 10+ Journal.

Thursday, March 29, 2012



1. They have started tattling on one another. I hear a lot of "Emma told me that..." or "Josh is doing this..." I am guessing this is only the beginning of many years of tattling!


1. She loves my makeup drawer. She tries to get it in as often as she can and then pretends to put it on. Her favorites are mascara and the lotion.


1. He loves to ask "Mama, what this?" When we read a book now, he stops me a bunch of times to ask me questions. If I ask him one though and he doesn't know, he will say "Joshie does not know" and then he'll say "but mama, what this?"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two Peas In a Pod

I caught a few pictures of Emma and Josh being, well, two peas in a pod. They love to sit next to one another, eat their snacks and just laugh and goof off. I know I wrote about it my last post but I just really love how they interact together. Even though its so, so challenging to have twins, its the love that Emma and Josh have for one another that makes it all worth it!

Eating their snack

"Hiding" from me

The looks that I got when I said "Smile and say cheese!"

Thursday, March 22, 2012


As Josh and Emma are getting older, the biggest thing that I don't want to forget is how much they love one another. I know that at this time, its inevitable. They are each others' only playmate and they are together 24 hours a day. But their bond is one that I hope continues as they get older. Some things that they do together are:

1. They are always asking about one another. "Where Emma?!" "What Joshie doing?"

2. They bring each other toys, cups and food. And sometimes, they even share. This morning, Emma gave Josh a handful of grapes because he wanted some.

3. They hold hands, hug and kiss. It melts my heart every time

4. They play games together and laugh at things that sometimes even I can't figure out. They love to play what they call "Mouse Hole" To do this, one stands with their legs apart and the other crawls through and they laugh. I caught some pictures of it:

Setting up the "Mouse Hole"

Emma going through

And then the laughing!

I know their relationship will constantly change and evolve over time but I hope that the foundation they have now is one that they always hold onto.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Motivation Update

My focus for my 12 in 2012 this month is Motivation. I have been spending a lot of time reading about people that motivate me and will post on that towards the end of the month but I did want to spend some time talking about a book that I finished reading called "You Can Create an Exceptional Life"

The authors have each written many other motivational books and this book is their first book they have written together. It recounts stories from their lives that that drive home concepts like changing your thinking and focusing on the positive. Two concepts that I have been using are:

1. Affirmations. One of the authors, Louise Hays, talks about using affirmations as a way to identify positive things in your life and then to center on those positive things. The first time I read it, it sounded cheesy. But it stuck in my head so I decided to give it a try. Basically, I wrote a list of phrases into my journal and I try to focus on these phrases in the morning and throughout the day. Some examples of the phrases are:

"My life is filled with joy and happiness"
"I am a good mother and good at balancing all of life's challenges"
"I believe in myself and have confidence in myself"
"I accept what I cannot change"

During the day, when I feel the stress of work or the kids (or any of the other hundreds of things that stress me out) I try to remember to focus on the positive affirmations. Instead of focusing about a nasty insured, I try to focus on something like:

"My job does not define my happiness. I will not let it shadow my happiness"

2. The concept that "How You Live Your Day Is How You Live Your Life" The authors had a whole chapter on remembering that each day makes up a part of your life. And of course one day does not fully shape your life, but focusing on being happy for one minute, one hour and then one day will eventually roll into happiness on a grander scale. This is a reminder to me to make every moment count and in that moment, choose to focus on happiness and being positive instead of the negative.

I have a couple other books that I am in the middle of and plan to talk about soon. I am glad I decided to focus on Motivation because I think it is establishing a solid ground for me to move forward with the rest of my focus throughout this year.

"Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time." – Elbert Green Hubbard

Wordless Wednesday: Sans Clothes

Sunday, March 18, 2012

She Does, He Does

Emma and Josh seem to spend their time outside a bit differently.

Emma likes to walk around and collect stuff. And maybe play a leisurely game of croquet...

And Josh? Well Josh likes to do basically one thing. DIG IN THE DIRT!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Long week over here. Work is nuts, Emma has some kind of eye infection and now Josh has a fever. Is it Friday yet?


1. We have started using a "Calm down" technique with Emma and Josh (I will blog more on it later, its working great!) The other day, they were playing in the family room and I was checking email in the office. I could hear them playing and before I knew it, they were yelling over something. I then heard Josh say to Emma "Go calm down!" and she proceeded to run down the hall to the nursery. When I asked where she was going, she said "Calming down"

2. They begged us for a full apple the other night and we gave it to them. They each ate the entire apple down to the core!


1. When she woke up the other day, she told me "Emma has poop in her diaper." When I changed her, there was not a poop so I told her so. She looked at me very seriously and said "Oh, no poop? Just farts." I laughed for a few minutes straight.


1. He has an attachment to a new pajama top that I got for him. The top has a bulldozer on it and he asks to wear it all day and all night. He also asks to wear a pair of Emma's fleece pants...that are pink. He really likes to sleep in them!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012



1. Bambi was on TV last weekend and we let them watch it. They loved it! We had to rent it from the library because they were asking for it all the time.

2. They had the cutest argument the other day. I asked Emma "What color is a dump truck" and she said "Pink." Josh heard and said "NO! Yellow!" and Emma replied back "Pink." They are so funny.

3. If you ask them their full name, Josh will say "Joshie Robert Groves" And Emma? Of course she says "Emma Robert Groves"


1. She went poop on the potty! And I missed it! I never go anywhere at night but happened to go out on Monday for my Twin Mom Club's meeting. She did it that night, what a big girl!


1. He likes to sing songs, especially the ones from his "Truck Tunes" video. He gets a lot of the words right and I can normally figure out what song he is singing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


We celebrated my grandma's birthday last weekend and in true Emma and Josh fashion, they were super excited for the cake! They also talked about how it was "GiGi's Birfday!" (which is what they call my grandma) Here are some pictures from the day:

Emma in the dress that my grandma bought her for Christmas

Josh and my grandma

Emma begging my dad to let her drink from the water bottle

Emma and Josh helping blow out candles

And of course Josh stuck his hand in the cake!

Emma and Josh sitting on the fireplace

Wordless Wednesday: Blanket Pull

Monday, March 5, 2012

Month 3: Motivation

This month, I am going to focus on Motivation for my 12 in 2012 project. My goals for the month are:

1. Research motivational people and pick out some habits from their lives that I can incorporate into them

2. Read the following books:

- You Can Create an Exceptional Life
- Success Is Not An Accident

I have heard about both books and I think both will help motivate me to live my life in a happier and more productive way.

I look forward to updating this month on these two goals. Here's to another month!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Second Wrap Up: Health

I am still working on my 12 in 2012 project and this month was Health. The first month I worked on Organization and totally rocked it! I completed all my goals and my house felt lighter and more in order because of it.

I had really good intentions with Health but only fully met two of my goals: Taking vitamins/supplements and buying new skin care items. (And let me tell you, my skin feels smoother and softer already so I am happy I stuck with that one!)

There are three items I had trouble keeping:

1. Drinking 100 oz water per day
2. Stay on track to run 500 miles this year
3. No eating after 7

Hmmm...what is my excuse? I would like to pull the "Busy Working Mom" card here. I've just been too tired and too overwhelmed this month to grab my water bottle, get up early and run and not grab a handful of crackers after the kids go to bed. Is this an excuse? You betcha. Do I still want to work on these things? Absolutely.

I am also realistic and don't want to beat myself up too much. I don't want to set goals for myself and then beat myself up if I don't reach them every single time. I realize that it might not be possible for me to drink 100 oz of water each day. Sometimes I am on the road for work the entire day and lets face it. There are not always enough clean public restrooms for a girl to use! But I still want to try to focus on this goal.

I think its great that my next focus is Motivation. Part of my focus will be motivating myself to work on some of these goals that I have set for myself and didn't complete. So stay tuned...


This has been a long week. Josh had a couple nights where he decided he was not interested in sleeping which meant that I also had to give it up. I am still trying to catch up and am exhausted!


1. Before they go to bed, we read them a few books. Dan takes them to their room to pick them out and they have this game where he asks them if they want to read one of the books and they say "nope" while laughing. He has to go through all of the books (and we have a ton!) and they have to say "no" to every single one until we can pick one out.


1. She still sucks her thumb and I have started to tell her "Big girls don't suck their thumbs." She now tells me, "Big girls no suck mama" and holds out her thumb....and then promptly puts it in her mouth.


1. He thinks everything is funny and even seems to tell jokes to Emma. The other day he was saying "Joshie is Wolfie....Joshie is Dottie....Joshie is Oso!" (all characters on the Disney Show "Special Agent Oso" When he would get to the last one, he would bust out laughing and Emma would laugh, too. So funny!