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Trendy Tot Thursday (25/06/1015)

Hi there! Sorry for missing you last week. Life does sometimes get on top of you doesn’t it? But we are back with avengence this week, hope you’re ready!!! 

Has everyone had a good week? We have been busy (do the words ‘potty training’ strike fear into the hearts of any other parents of toddlers???), hence the Sunday posting, again

 
My gorgeous Cracker is wearing a t-shirt from Rocket and Rose which we bought from Zulily. You may remember it from their birthday Trendy Tot last July; as you can see, it still fits! Not only that, but it has survived multiple wears and washes. The colour is still as vibrant as ever, and the transfer decoration is still pristine. What more could a Mama ask for? His shorts are actually swim shorts from Primark, but they’re really comfortable for him and very hard wearing. He is also wearing his Lightning McQueen Crocs, these are some of the most loved shoes in the world. Plus, being Crocs it means that they can be wiped down when they get muddy/messy- very handy! 

 
Beautiful Biscuit is wearing her Doc McStuffins baseball cap from George at Asda, a pretty white dress her Grammy bought her from a brand I have never heard of called ABQ (goodness knows where she got it from, my Mum is a genius at spotting gorgeous things), a pair of well-worn, but still vibrant pink leggings from Boots and her Frozen Crocs (again, I love Crocs for toddlers, they are like the perfect summer shoes). I was initially a little nervous of her running around and playing in a white dress, but have learnt that if you feel like that then they have items which never get worn. And that is more of a waste than if one gets mucky in the park. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed another week getting a sneaky peak at the twins’ wardrobes. We’ve enjoyed showing you! For more #TT_Thursday, please visit Clearly Bex and Mother Geek– they are our wonderful hosts of this fun linky. 

Please feel free to drop by at any time and say ‘hi’, we like company! 

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Trendy Tot Thursday (11/06/2015)

Hello and welcome to another week where I get to show off my beautiful twinkles and tell you what they’re wearing! 

It’s rather an eclectic mix for you this week as my twins are toddlers and will only pose when they deem fit; even if they are wearing something ridiculously cute that is no guarantee they will ever let anyone see it! 

This is why Cracker has picked his pyjamas to show you this week!!

  His jumper is from George at Asda; it was in the Spring sale and it is 2 sizes too big, but super comfy and perfect for over jammies! The jammies in question, which you can only see the bottom half of, are shortie jammies from Primark. They are Dusty from Disney/Pixar’s Planes, Cracker spends most of his awake time wearing these flying around the flat! He is always wearing Mickey Mouse slippers from his favourite place in the world- the Disney Store. They are soft and padded and has Mickey’s face on them, what more could a 2 year old want from slippers?!

Unlike her brother- Biscuit is more than happy to pose on demand!

  

Doesn’t she look like a little super star on her Mini Micro Scooter?! Her sailor dress is from Powell Craft. Word of warning- this dress is on the generous size! Biscuit, at 34 months is wearing their 12-24 months size. I know she’s petite but seriously?!? The cardigan is from a brand called Barbaras, I bought it from Zulily– originally it was Cracker’s but now Biscuit is making good use out of it. Her Doc McStuffins baseball hat and her Frozen sunglasses were a present from her Mamps (Cracker got a Minions hat and Avengers sunglasses for those  worried about him). All these accessories are from Asda. Her Frozen shoes are from Crocs

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!

Twice the Achievements, Double the Praise

Drum roll please…… We’re starting to think about potty training Biscuit and Cracker! Pre-school is looming in a mere couple of months and they are showing plenty of the signs of readiness (check out NHS Potty Training Tips if you’re looking at potty training your little ones). 

A reward system is good to try, if your children are old enough to understand the system and enjoy getting treats. We decided to try a sticker chart with Biscuit and Cracker.

So there we were, all prepared with 2 potties, a toilet seat and an armful of stickers for them. Biscuit then pipes up that she needs the toilet; low and behold up she climbs and does a number 1 and a number 2! Proud Mama here rushes in afterwards armed with our sparkly ladybird stickers (oh yeah) and she pops it on to her reward chart. 

Now picture the crumpled little face of Cracker and imagine his tears which quickly turn in to racking sobs. He comes rushing over to me and apologises to me for being “bad”. In his beautiful blond head Biscuit did something really good and got a sticker, he didn’t get a sticker so he didn’t do something good, ergo he did something bad. 

I hadn’t even anticipated this. What on earth?!?! I followed all parenting guidelines and no-one warned me about this response. It wasn’t even jealousy (I was a little prepared to deal with that), it was toddler guilt. What should I do? A couple of friends I spoken with since thought I should have given him a sticker to show him that he wasn’t bad, but I think that would have taken away from the amazing feat that Biscuit has performed. 

Instead we sat down with Cracker down separately and explained to him again that they only get those special stickers if they do a pee or a poop in the toilet or potty. It doesn’t mean she’s a good girl and he’s a bad boy, it just meant that she did something special. I hope he now understands. Biscuit hasn’t asked to use the toilet/potty since, so we haven’t had a chance to test it.

All the things that get made harder due to the blessing of having twins! All we can do is our twin-parent-best! 

Trendy Tot Thursday (04/06/2015)

Hi! Sorry we missed you last week, but we were enjoying a lovely weekend at my parents and I didn’t get the chance to post. 

Also, this weather which seems unable to make up it’s mind (do I need flip-flops or a rain mac) means the twinkles aren’t yet in their awesome summer clothes which have been hanging patiently in their wardrobe for sometime now. I figured you must be getting bored of seeing the same things over from them? 

 
Our little princess, Biscuit, is enjoying the sun and the freedom of a garden at Mammy and Mamps house in a George at Asda dress I bought a couple of months ago. It is super soft denim and is really versatile as you can team it with tights and a t-shirt of it’s chilly and on it’s own if it’s not. In fact Biscuit was wearing a pair of pink polka dot rights for some of the pictures (from www.mamasandpapas.com) and then took them and her Clarks‘ shoes off to run around barefoot. Her pink t-shirt is from BHS

 
Prince Cracker is in his amazing Mini Club at Boots shorts (amazing because they were superb value AND this is his second year in them and they are still going strong) and a t-shirt, with a tractor on it, also from them. I find their clothes comfy, good value and those classic pieces that they will wear again and again.

I know this isn’t strictly a Trendy Tot thing but they were able to show off their Little Tikes slide during this post; a friend of mine bought it for them for their first birthday (where has the time gone?) and they love it. They’re getting a bit big for it now so we’re looking at what our next options are for taking over Mammy and Mamps’ garden! 

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!