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Trendy Tot Thursday (26/03/2015)

Morning! Thank you for joining us on another Trendy Tot Thursday, where you can see what funky outfits Biscuit and Cracker have worn this week.

Our childminder held a little party during the week where she asked all the children to turn up in Disney fancy dress. Of course you’ve seen the twinkles’ Frozen clothes before but we went for something slightly different this time.

It would have been easy to get Biscuit a princess fancy dress, but I never feel that they are very comfortable as they are never made from soft material. Biscuit absolutely adores Doc McStuffins and I was so pleased when I found this lovely Doc nightie/playdress from George at Asda. She looks so cute and it comes with a Doc headband. We teamed it with some Doc McStuffins leggings (also from George at Asda), a long-sleeved vest and her trainers from Primark. She was so chuffed when she saw what she was wearing to the party!

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It is always hard for boys to do fancy dress, I think. There are lots of superhero costumes available, but they are not really Disney! I popped in to Asda and found him a lovely new Olaf t-shirt. I also bought him a pair of Mickey Mouse pyjamas. Can you guess which t-shirt he wanted to wear? You guessed it, he went in a George at Asda Mickey Mouse t-shirt! We layered this with a Mini Club from Boots long-sleeved t-shirt and tracksuit trousers. He is, obviously, wearing his brown boots from Clarks. As Biscuit was wearing her headband, Cracker also wanted to wear one and only pink would do! He borrowed my American Apparel one.

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I hope you enjoy reading our Trendy Tot Thursday as much as I enjoyed writing it! Check out The Mother Geek and Clearly Bex for more!

Hope to see you again next week for another Trendy Tot Thursday, and please feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ whenever you have time!

Two for the price of one?

There is some funny twin mama humour which answers the numerous times someone says “two for the price of one” to us with “the only thing my twins have shared is their birthday and my uterus”!

This is why we have a lot of toys, many of them in matching pairs so that Biscuit and Cracker can have one each. Of course the big things, like the toy kitchen and play tent, they share and other things they get their own version, like Biscuit has Toy Story’s Jessie and Cracker has Woody. It is the smaller things, the trains and teddies etc, that we buy two exactly the same.

So how do they know whose is whose? They may be twins, but I still want them to know that they have things of their own. I never want them to feel that they’re interchangeable, or that they don’t get personal property as they are one of a pair. Some things (and here is where the people who hate gender stereotyping may object) we get in blue and pink. From an early age they could recognise whose sippy cup it is, or whose bib as Cracker always had the blue one and Biscuit always had the pink. Don’t blame me on the colour- manufacturers generally do blue, pink and one gender-neutral colour like green or cream!

Other things are harder as they are identical. This can cause issues. I started writing their initials on things, but they can’t yet read (slackers) so I added a picture- a star for Cracker and a heart for Biscuit. They picked that up straight away and will look for the mark of their toys or beakers and, more importantly, will swap if they’ve picked up the wrong one.

I love them being twinkles, but I also embrace their individuality and own personalities. I see them as two sides of the same coin- totally different to look at and feel, but a part of a bigger whole as well.

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Reading To Twin Toddlers

World Book Day got me thinking about the books we read to Biscuit and Cracker. I saw so many children dressed as such a variety of characters it got me thinking about the stories the twins have been exposed to.

I have never been one to want to read three or four little stories to Biscuit and Cracker, instead I have read long books to them a chapter at a time. Maybe it’s because that’s what my parents did with me?

I have read to the twins the Harry Potter series, Roald Dahl, Winnie the Pooh, The Faraway Tree, Peter Rabbit and friends, Paddington, Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales, and His Dark Materials Trilogy to name a few. I am currently going through my beloved Chronicles of Narnia. I enjoy reading these sort of books to them, it’s allowed me to revisit my childhood every evening.

Rob is similar and he has read, in Italian, the Harry Potter series (yes, we are a couple of potterheads), Roald Dahl (for the first time for him, what sort of childhood did he have in Italy?!?), and Arabian Nights. He is currently trawling through Lord of the Rings with them (I definitely think this is more for him than for them, my husband is a geek!).

They obviously have a wide collection of their own books and stories which they pick and choose during the day and we will sit down and read them. This ranges from Mr Tumble to Toy Story and everything in between. Stories like Guess How Much I Love You and The Gruffalo we have in both English and Italian so that as they get older they can choose which language they want to read in that day (plus it’s good for me to try and read them too).

I am so glad that the twins love books and stories because I am exactly the same. I have always been told that I “devour” books and Rob bought me a Kindle to save on luggage allowance whenever we go away, I used to take so many books with me to last a week/fortnight!

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Rediscovering Baking

I have recently had the time and the inclination to rediscover my love of baking. Since having the twinkles I haven’t really had a chance to spend my time making cakes etc, but Biscuit and Cracker are now that little bit bigger and will allow me to leave them playing and stand in the kitchen (it’s open plan, they can still see me) and bake.

For a friend who came to visit I made a clementine and lemon loaf, for my Mum for Mothering Sunday I made spiced honey and lemon cake with lemon frosting, I made a sweet carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting for Rob and the twins and a less-sweet version for my Mum and Dad (who do not have sweet teeth), and just yesterday I made banana and chocolate chip muffins with peanut butter frosting. I also tried a mug cake from Pinterest as a quick pudding after dinner the other night.

There is something so incredibly satisfying about taking a bunch of ingredients and turning them into something delicious to be enjoyed by those you love. And it is good for relaxing and clearing your mind at the end of a long day.

Do any of you have any go to recipie that I should try? Please keep in mind just how amateur I am so no croquembouche please!

Trendy Tot Thursday (19/03/2015)

Good morning and welcome to Biscuit and Cracker’s latest Trendy Tot Thursday post. This week I’m hoping Tina (at The Mother Geek) can forgive me for posting clothes from a shop that rhymes with ‘Fara’. In my defence I purchased the clothes a while ago, in Italy. And hopefully the super cute photos of the twins will also help…?

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It’s not often that Biscuit and Cracker will appear in the same photo, so I ask that you join me in basking in that triumph for a few more photos!

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A lot of these clothes you have seen before and for this I apologise- I have mixed them up a bit too. Cracker is wearing a pair of jogging bottoms from Mini Club at Boots, his winter fleece from Mothercare and the most worn pair of boots I have ever come across from Clarks. Biscuit has a dress from Mini Club at Boots, her red winter snowflake fleece from Mothercare, her beloved tights from Slugs and Snails and her pink trainers from Primark.

The new part of the outfit is their fantastic body warmers from Zara (in Italy). Cracker’s is a vibrant orange, is padded with a hood and deep pockets. Biscuit’s is a beautiful blue with a starry lining, padding and a hood.

Especially when they’re running around in a playground on one of these lovely sunny, spring days which we’ve been enjoying their coats are a bit too much for them and they end up taking them off and then actually being a bit cold. Body warmers are perfect for them at the moment, particularly over a nice fleece, and they don’t restrict their movement running around.

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I’m going to have to go and get some shopping done for them soon as they have shot up recently, especially my little man, Cracker. Gone are the baby faces and bodies, replacing them are a grown-up big boy and girl!

I hope you enjoy reading our Trendy Tot Thursday as much as I enjoyed writing it! Check out The Mother Geek and Clearly Bex for more!

Hope to see you again next week for another Trendy Tot Thursday, and please feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ whenever you have time!

Trendy Tot Thursday (12/03/2015)

Hello and welcome to Biscuit and Cracker’s Trendy Tot Thursday.

Here in the U.K. it’s been Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day this week and I couldn’t let this opportunity to show you the Twins’ Red Nose Day t-shirts. Red Nose Day brings back fond memories to me of non-school uniform days and staying up late to watch Comic Relief on BBC one and I have always try and support it when I can.

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T K Maxx is the official vendor of Red Nose Day t-shirts (and onesies this year too). Biscuit and Cracker have on lovely red ones with a quote from Oscar Wilde on the front

BE YOURSELF EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN

designed by Anya Hindmarch. Rob has a matching one whereas I went for one from Karl Lagerfeld, we also have the spotty onesies from Henry Holland!

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Biscuit’s t-shirt has been teamed with a long-sleeved red vest from Disney Store, demon shorts from Marks and Spencer, funky tights from Slugs and Snails and her pink hi-top trainers from Primark. I think she looks awesome!

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Cracker’s t-shirt is being worn with a grey long-sleeved t-shirt and navy blue trousers from Boots and his ever-faithful boots from Clarks. He always look super cool!

Who’d have thought charity could be so fashionable! And the t-shirts are comfortable and well-made in organic cotton so they will be worn throughout the year, not just on Red Nose Day.

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What February Meant To Us

How it is already the third month of 2015 is beyond me! When you’re younger you wish those months away, hoping for your birthday, or the holidays, or whatever it is you were waiting for. Now, even without wishing and inpatience, the year seems to be speeding along very quickly.

Once again I am taking some time to remember what we did in February and why it was a special month for my little family.

February
Biscuit became very poorly with pneumonia. Even for someone with my background of paediatric nursing it was a scary time (if you’re concerned, see the NHS page here). She was admitted to hospital from A&E for IV antibiotics and painkillers and was an absolute superstar! She never complained once, even having bloods taken and medicines given. I am so thankful that she recovered so quickly and so well and that both her and Cracker are healthy now.

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Cracker had to go for another haircut, that boys hair grows faster than anyone else’s I’ve ever known! Even though he won’t let you come within 6 feet of him with a pair of nail clippers, he is actually very good with haircuts. I tried to do it a number of times at home but it is not easy to do. We’ve started to take him to the same hairdresser (the lovely Lynn) that Rob and I go to and he will just sit there and let her use scissors and clippers etc. He looks like such a grown-up boy afterwards!

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Both Biscuit and Cracker came to pick me up from work one day. It is nice for them to see where Mama goes when she disappears to go to work and it was nice for me to see them in my, thankfully, child-friendly workspace.

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We had Valentine’s Day. It may not be the outpouring of romance and excess that it once was for us, but it was a chance to spend time with those three people very special to me- Biscuit, Cracker and Rob. We went to a Zizzi restaurant and we spent the whole time amazed at how grown up our little twinkles have become; sitting nicely, eating and colouring.

Again, these things may not sound like a lot, but to me they are special things and ones I want to remember.

What happened to you in February that you’ll want to remember when you look back on this year?