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Thank You Notes Link Up {1}

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Last Friday, Mrs. AOK wrote an awesome post that I loved the second I read it. Inspired by Jimmy Fallon, Mrs. AOK wrote her own Thank You Notes! I was thrilled when I heard she was going to make this a weekly link up.  Who doesn’t love taking the time to reflect on what they have to be thankful for?



Thank you, Amy and JD, for falling in love, getting married, and hosting such a beautiful day to celebrate your love. Ames, it was such a blessing to be your maid of honor as you and JD became husband and wife! XOXOIMG_2110

Thank you, October, for being such a fun month, filled with so many firsts for our family of four. The boys started swim lessons, we went to the zoo and pumpkin patch for the first time, they attended their first wedding (see above), and they even had their first taste of baby food this month. October has been good to us!


Thank you, weather forecast, for the promise of cooler temperatures. October has been an unseasonably warm month, even for Arizona. This girl is looking forward to some cooler temperatures.


Thank you, Halloween, for making it completely acceptable for me to play dress-up with these cute babies, and have multiple outfits lined up for them to wear on one day


What are you thankful for? Take a second to write some thank you notes, read it in your best Jimmy Fallon voice, and link up!

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Silly Questions People Ask About Twins

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I get it. It’s not every day that you see twins or triplets or other multiples.  Therefore, there is some natural curiosity,  I often feel a bit like a circus when I go out with the boys.  If it’s not crazy enough to see me doing the tango to get the stroller set up, and then a mad dash to get the boys in or out of the car; the people gawking and whispering definitely add to the circus feel. I have gotten use to the questions and inquiry from strangers.  Sometimes aggravating, but mostly silly questions people ask about twins.

As a mother to twins, I have gotten use to the questions and inquiry from strangers.  I'm sharing my favorite silly questions people ask about twins.

Are they twins?
This e-card is my favorite imaginary response to this question. However, I have never uttered anything besides, “Yes.”

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Are they identical?
Feel free to look at them.  They do not in fact look alike.

Are you sure?
Yes, I birthed them. I am fairly certain I know that they are not identical. Again, let me repeat myself… feel free to look at them. 

My best friends, cousins, daughters, neighbor has twins.
I know, I know. It’s not a question but it sure is silly statement. And I hear it every time I step out the front door, therefore it made the list!

I’ve always wanted twins. Two for the price of one.
Two for the price of TWO. Enough said.Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 4.31.46 PM

Why aren’t they dressed alike?
For the exception of family photos and holidays, I do not dress the boys alike on a day to day basis.  When I buy them clothes I feel like I get more bang for my buck if I buy two different outfits instead of two of the same.  But I know this is not how all moms of multiples feel. And clearly the public disagrees with me too.

Were they born naturally?
I never really know what this very personal question is asking? Are we talking conception or delivery? Either way it’s a very personal question for a stranger to ask. Yet they do!Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 4.33.52 PM

What are their names? Why don’t they match?
Again like the clothes, when Matt and I found out we were expecting two babies we knew right away that we did not want their names to sound twinny.  We didn’t want matching names.  The public is often disappointed by this as well. 


Are you a mom of multiples? What silly questions people ask about twins have you heard?

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Fall Inspired Manicures

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It is no secret that I love a perfect manicure.  It is my go-to me time activity! There is nothing better than meeting a friend for an afternoon manicure. Thanks to Pinterest I am constantly finding cute designs and creative ways to paint my nails.  No more boring one solid color for me! Nope, I always have something special.  I love a good accent nail.

Fall Inspired Manicures

Last month I shared some fabulous Halloween inspired manicures but today I am going to share some fall inspired manicures.  These are perfect for the whole fall season, although a couple are great for the upcoming Turkey Day! I tend to favor the pink and red shades when choosing a color; so I loved about creating this list of fall inspired manicures because it allowed me to step outside my comfort zone!

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.40.53 PMThanksgiving Nails from Style Crazy 

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.42.17 PMAutumn Nails from Style Craze

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.35.48 PMArgyle Manicure from Kelsie’s Nail Files

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.36.32 PMFox Manicure from Eeeek Nail Polish

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.47.54 PMAutumn Nails from Ashley is Polish Addicted

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.37.19 PMDiagonally Stripped Nail from Stacey’s Stash

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.42.34 PMCopper Nails from Nailasaurus

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.43.31 PMFall Polka Dot Nails from Divine Caroline

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.44.26 PMAutumn Tribal Nails from Spektor’s Nails

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 6.05.35 PMTurkey Nails from Polish and Pearls

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.46.10 PMAcorn and Leaves from Ashley is Polish Addicted

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 5.49.12 PMThanksgiving Peanut Nails from Amber Did It

What is your go-to nail polish color? Would you step out of your comfort zone and go with one of these fall inspired manicures?

12 Fall Inspired Manicures


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Apple Cider Sangria

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I love a good reason for drinking a festive cocktail.  As soon as I can buy apple cider at the grocery store, I am just as quickly whipping up this tasty apple cider sangria recipe.  Sangria is such a simple cocktail to make and it is always a crowd pleaser!!  This apple cider sangria is perfect for any and all fall gatherings. And I promise it will be loved by all.  The recipe is always easily doubled if you are entertaining a larger crowd!This Apple Cider Sangria has tasty hints of apple, cinnamon, and spice. It is the perfect adult beverage for fall!


Apple Cider Sangria

2 cups apple cider 
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice 
1 orange sliced into rounds
1 bottle Spanish red wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup brandy
Orange slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish

Mix together apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, and all spice in a medium sized saucepan.
Add slices of orange.
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Strain allspice.
Add wine, triple sec, and brandy.
Garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
Serve over ice and enjoy a glass, or two!


Do you have a favorite fall cocktail? I’d love to hear!

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Non Scary Movies for Halloween

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I love Halloween. And I love a good movie night. Especially with cooler weather, there is something so perfect about being curled up on the couch, under a blanket, munching on popcorn.  A movie night is perfect way to celebrate Halloween.  However, I  do not love scary movies.

Suspense I can do, but not scary. If we are being honest here, the commercials alone for scary movies leave me with nightmares!!

But I do have a few movies that I love to watch each Halloween season. Today I am going to share my favorite non scary movies for Halloween!

Non Scary Movies for Halloween

The Adams Family

The Adams Family

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble



and last, but certainly not least Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Have you seen any of these perfect non scary movies for Halloween? Do you have any more I should add to my list?

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That’s What She Said #LinkUp – Coco Chanel

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Here is how it works: Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The linkup will run for 2 weeks.

We will pin and feature our favorites the following month.

You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here and sent to your inbox if you linked up the month before!

What are the rules?

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you and go show them some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the linkup via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: have fun and be creative ♡

 Your Hosts

TWSS CrewDean from Mrs.AOK A Work in Progress       Courtney from What’s Up with the Wilhelms           Katy from Chaos And Kiddos


This Month’s Featured Posts:

Mrs. Tee- Love, Life, Laughter and Mommy the Maid
Check out what these amazing bloggers shared after being inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s recipe for beauty!!

Octobers Quote:

Coco Chanel Beauty.

My life is filled with beauty. And messes. And constant love.

My life is filled with beauty.  With laughter, and tears.  From me and my sweet boys. And poopy diapers and spit up. Only from my sweet boys.  

My life is filled with beauty.  Some days I shower.  Some days I have the time (and energy) to actually blow my hair dry.  Some days I simply put on a new, clean set of pajamas. 

My life is filled with beauty.  I make the most delicious, nutritious, lunch for myself in the world.  Other times, I make brownies, just so I can lick the bowl.  True story.

My life is filled with beauty. And laundry. So much laundry.

My life is filled with beauty. And support from my family and friends. 

My life is filled with beauty, as I am exactly who I am suppose to be.

I am Mama.

I am the maker of milk, the washer of bottles.

I am the kisser of 20 tiny toes, 20 amazing fingers.

I am the singer of silly, made up, nonsensical songs.

I am the reader of stories, the teller of tall tales.

I am the constant source of entertainment, knowledge, and love for my two perfect babies.

I am the exactly who I am suppose to be. And my life is filled with beauty because of it.

I may have made the two sweetest boys, but they made me exactly who I am suppose to be. Their Mama…  

Now it’s your turn… what do Coco Chanel’s words mean to you?? Join the fun by linking up with us!  Be sure to visit the blogs below and see how they interpreted this months That’s What She Said!  


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That's What She Said November

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