Happy Birthday! Now stop growing.

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Grandma Jack and Pop came to visit and so did Brian’s sister and brother-in-law and their kids.  We had SO much fun spending time with family.  I honestly forgot how much my kids adored their grandma and pop and having them and their cousins here was straight up good for the soul.  We played sardines for hours in our house and I couldn’t believe how good my kids were at hiding!  I didn’t take many pictures after they got here, I wanted to spend time with them and not behind a camera, but I did get a few shots I thought I’d share to commemorate their birthdays!

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The kids’ birthday weekend started off with the most amazing Christmas like Birthday morning ever.  I mean… how can a house not just oooze in happiness when there are two gorgeous, and lighted might I add, teepees full of birthday presents?  The answer is it can’t.  It was amazing.  And I’m pretty sure Brian and I now need a teepee for ourselves!  You can find the black and white teepee here and the natural arrow teepee here.  They are both from the Tnee’s Tpees and I ended up getting the six footers.  I spent hours and hours trying to decide what size I wanted and ultimately I felt like splurging on the bigger size was going to be worth it.  And it definitely was.  My kids are three and five and if the teepees had been any smaller, I’m not sure how much they would have ended up playing in them.  This way we can turn the teepees facing each other and they can go back and forth from Savy’s to Boston’s or they can both play in one with enough room to spare.  Plus they make me happy seeing them in our living room and they hide toys flawlessly.  Win win!

Decorations: Dream Catcher | Tassel Garland Tutorial | similar Sheepskin Rugs (I got mine at Home Goods for $50 each.  I debated on getting the cheaper fake ones but these are so soft and I know they’re going to last through massive amounts of abuse and photoshoots.  Plus they don’t shed.  If you can’t afford to splurge right now here are some cheaper ones I’d get!) | White Lights | Burlap Banner – just cut triangles out of burlap from target and hot glued twine to the backs.

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^^ almost a month later and she’s still entirely obsessed with this hello kitty airplane set.  Thanks gma Jack!

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^^ He CRACKS me up.  The passion in his tiny little body is out of this world.  I got him these Alphabet Transformer Letters that he plays with at the library and I knew he was going to freak out when he opened them.  He’ll sit for hours and just transform them in his tent.  Best present evvver!

IMG_2350-Edit^^ her birthday crown (still available from Wynne Marie Ink) she got when she was little.  Best tradition ever – she looks forward to wearing it all year!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for ya!  I’m sad our family has left but it’ll just make it that much more special when they come out again when the twins are born.  Plus hosting is a little bit stressful… cleaning, grocery store trips, meal prep, baking… speaking of baking.  I’m dishing this tomorrow:

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The half frozen half TMNT cake!  It only took me a thousand hours but it was totally worth it in the end!  Until tomorrow, happy Friday!

Stripes and Plaid, an outfit for travel

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Striped Sweater: Asos | Jeans: Asos Maternity | Booties: Target old, similar here and here | Diaper Bag: c/o Lily Jade | Plaid Button Up: c/o Novae Clothing sold out, similar here and here

 

I am soooo excited.  Like, could barely sleep last night excited.  Today we are headed to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky!  The kids have been cooped up this entire winter and we just felt like a family trip needed to happen before the twins turn our family of four into a family of six.  I honestly can’t wait to meet these two little babies but I’m a little sad to say goodbye to this chapter of our lives.  My kids are fairly independent at this point and we’ve all enjoyed being able to just take off and go.  Babies are definitely going to change things.  I know they’re going to make it so much better and it’s going to be amazing, it’s just hard to imagine.  Will my big kids still feel important and loved with all our energy focused on the twins?  Will I be just as good of a mom to four as I am to two?  So many questions and unknowns, it’s all a little overwhelming.

ANYWAY.  So yes.  A trip.  We decided to take a trip haha!!!  I thought I’d quickly post my travel outfit for ya because there’s nothing more comfortable than a soft sweater and a flannel shirt tied around your waist.  And this bag?  You guys.  This bag.  I have the brown and black one and they are MY FAVORITE.  It goes with me everywhere and even though it’s a diaper bag, it’s also a travel bag and it’s perfect for when I don’t have my kids because it doesn’t look like a diaper bag.  It’s just a classic, beautiful bag.  I love it.

Alright, well a waterpark awaits me so I must be off.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram @twistmepretty to stay updated!

MUAH!

Decorating with Pictures

My good friend Kristen, from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke invited me to play along in her “Decorating with Pictures” series she’s had going on all month.  It’s pretty much fabulous and the inspo is insaaane!  If you’ve missed out on any of the posts, be sure to check out the whole series HERE.

Decorate with Family Pictures in your home

So today I am sharing with you my gallery wall that took many hours of perfecting haha!  GALLERY WALLS!  The bane of my existence!  But they’re oh so pretty aren’t they?  We just moved into our home the end of December and with Christmas, birthday week (both kids – same week – do not recommend!) in January and well, maintaining my sanity while being pregnant with twins I haven’t gotten as much done as I would normally like.  But we’re alive so I’m counting it as a win!  When we first moved in I told Brian I just wanted to get the hallway and that front room decorated so that people thought we had our act together when they stopped by!  I’ll show you what I have and you guys are going to have to help me figure out what to do with the rest of the space!

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Harnessing My Cara Loren… haha

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Cream Blouse: c/o Novae Clothing | Jeans: Asos Maternity | Leather Jacket: c/o Choies similar splurge here similar save here | Caged Heels: Nordstrom, similar here and here | Lips: Mac’s Russian Red | Necklace: c/o Kenra Scott | Ring: c/o Sole Society

 

Harnessing my Cara Loren…  HA!  Who am I kidding.  I can’t take myself serious to save my life.  This blogging thing is quite awkward sometimes and I hope the second picture up there clearly shows how I feel about this whole posing in the middle of the freezing street while pregnant (even when not) thing.  It’s quite ridiculous.  Or hilarious.  Or however you want to look at it it’s probably that too!  I promise I’m not super vain and care only about my clothes and hair.  And I only get ready twice a week soo… there’s that too.  Ha ha the problem with reading blogs is you sometimes forget that this is just a tiny part of a persons life and everything you see has been edited and made to look picture perfect.  Heaven forbid I actually take a picture of my real life… sweats, no makeup, messy top knot.  Now I’d like to see some of that goin’ down with a camera in the middle of the street!  Alright, nuff said about that!

Before I move onto more important matters, I HAVE to tell you about this AMAZING giveaway White Plum is doing.  I was introduced to White Plum this summer and it’s the most adorable boutique.  They’re giving away a free wardrobe for an ENTIRE year!  $1200 worth of product and the giveaway runs now until the 22nd.  Just click here and join their mailing list and your name will be put in the pot.  It’s pretty awesome and if you need new clothes… well, now’s your chance!  Merry Christmas – Happy Birthday.  Just go enter already :)

WP Free Wardobe Giveaway

Many of you have been curious how this twin pregnancy has been different than my first two.  Mostly, until now at least, it’s been quite the same.  The first trimester I was a little bit insane.  We had just moved to Ohio when I got pregnant and I thought I was just depressed out of my mind to be here.  I could barely get off the couch, I could barely take care of the kids let alone myself!  I was a hot mess.  Turns out I was pregnant with twins so that was encouraging news – I’m not crazy!  It was sad though, Brian would come home from work and I’d be asleep on the couch and the kids would still be watching TV in their jammies and he’d be like “babe… I’m worried about you.  Do you need to see someone”?!  At the time I was like, maybe… I have no idea what my problem is!  So yeah, twins.  That was the problem.  Also my skin got REALLY bad.  It’s still pretty bad but it was TERRIBLE that first trimester!  I don’t get that pretty glow when I’m pregnant ever but my skin hasn’t ever been this bad.  I’m chalking it up to hormones.  I’ll just have to ride it out and that’ll be fine.  Thanks photoshop.  If you look closely in my videos (which you absolutely shouldn’t) you can see it.  I’ve tried to wash myself out reeeaaaal good for those though ha!  Just turn up the lights!  And really the only other thing that has been different is just that I’m measuring the size I would normally be at.. maybe 350-ish weeks?  Everything has just been heightened.  I’m seriously feeling like a small semi-truck these days.  And don’t misunderstand this as complaining – I’m so happy to have these babies fattening up in this ever growing belly of mine.  I found out on Friday that they’re both one pound!  I’m starting to feel them roll around more and more in there so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.  Apparently I’m entering the fun part!

I hope you guys had an amazing Valentines Day and I’ll see you here Wednesday for a new tutorial!