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First Hair Cut is a Cool Cut

1st Hair Cut Cool Cuts 4 KidsSince the girls just turned 4, we decided it was probably time for them to (finally) experience their first hair cut. When ever I need suggestions for places to go with my double crazies, I always ask my twin mommas for advice first.  This time they lead me to Cool Cuts 4 Kids in Mission Viejo, where we had a very successful trip!

This salon was designed with kids in mind. Every station has a TV, and your child gets to pick their favorite movie. We picked Strawberry Shortcake. There are televisions, video games, a train table, and toys to keep the kids busy while they wait. For the younger ones, you can get your hair cut in a racing car chair. My girls, however, were very happy to be in the princess and fairy station.

Today, we went with the Cool Cut Supreme which included a shampoo, hair cut, and blow dry. Our stylist was Carla, and she was awesome. I would definitely recommend her!

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My 1st HaircutCool Cuts 4 Kids understands that you want to save these sweet memories and all the important “firsts” in your child’s life, including your child’s first hair cut! We received a certificate commemorating the occasion, and they gave us their first lock of hair, to add to their baby books! (I’m glad we finally got the first lock of hair before they hit kindergarten…)

I’m really glad we found Cool Cuts 4 Kids and will definitely be returning in the future!

Thanks to Carla, for a wonderful first haircut experience!

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The Ultimate Preschooler Birthday Party

First of all…how is it even possible, that the girls just turned 3? I am completely baffled by that number. It seems like just yesterday I was holding two 5 pound babies in my arms!

Moving on…I think I may have found the ultimate, preschool-aged, birthday party venue!

This past weekend, the girls celebrated their 3rd birthday, with 14 of their friends, at Pump It Up in Lake Forest. The party was private, so the kids had the entire place to themselves for two hours!

What could be better than throwing a fabulous birthday party, at a super fun place to play, where jumping is allowed, screams and giggles are welcome, pictures can be taken for you, it was completely stress-free and best of all, you get to leave the mess behind!

There are several different packages to choose from when booking your party, which can be done online, over the phone, or in person.

We went with the deluxe package for 15 kids, which included access to the exclusive, Pump It Up invitation system (making evites a breeze), 80 minutes of private play (40-minutes in each arena), 2 slices of pizza per child, bottled water for each child (you also have the option of soda or juice), set-up, clean-up, paper goods, party photos, and amazing hosts! All we needed to bring was the cake!

40 minutes in Arena 1:

40 Minutes in Arena 2

40 Minutes in the Party Room

There are several other options you could add to your package if you choose, including additional party food (or you can bring your own approved food and beverages), party experiences (Go Glow!, Pirate Quest, Super Hero Training Quest, Boppin Balloon Bash), goodie bags and more!

Some important things to consider before booking your party, for safety reasons, children under 34″ are not permitted on the inflatables. Everyone who plays on the inflatables, must wear socks. Adults can play too!! In fact, I have had so many parents make the comment, “I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids or adults!” and I couldn’t agree more!

We had such a fun time celebrating the girls’ birthday, that I would highly recommend checking out your nearest Pump It Up, to celebrate your little one’s next birthday bash!

Pump It Up Irvine 16871 Noyes Ave, Irvine
(949)261-7867
Pump It Up
Lake Forest
26242 Dimension Drive, Suite 100, Lake Forest
(949)951-9663
Pump It Up
Huntington Beach
16351 Gothard St Suite C, Huntington Beach
(714)847-9663
Pump It Up Anaheim Hills 5397 E. Hunter Ave, Anaheim Hills
(714)693-9663

Time For a Dentist Check-up!

Today, my girls were scheduled for their first dental cleaning. Naturally, I was nervous.

The first dental visit, which was a quick visual inspection of their teeth, resulted in a long wait, lots of tears, and a frustrated mommy.  I knew that was not going to be the dental office for us, so I was already dreading future dental visits with toddlers.

After a year slipped away, from that unpleasant experience, I realized it was time to schedule their first cleaning. I decided to go to my twin mommy’s and ask them for help in selecting the right dentist. I immediately had referrals coming in, and reassuringly, they were all for the same person, Dr. Tina Azin, in Rancho Santa Margarita.

These moms could not have been more right! Everything about this dental office was perfect! From the moment you walk in, you feel like you’re at a tropical beach. The staff greeted us right away and the girls headed straight into the Tiki Hut, where they found toys, and video games.

We signed in and were happy to find out they are a paper-free office, so a few digital signatures and we were ready to go! The girls were called back right away and were seen at the same time, which is fabulous when you have multiple children!

The girls climbed in their chairs and were excited about the “ride,” as the chair reclined backwards. What was even more exciting, was the fact that there were TV’s on the ceilings that were playing our all time favorite movie, Frozen! Katarina and Danny were the Registered Dental Assistants that did the cleanings, and they were awesome!

I was in shock. The girls laid back in their chairs, listened to Katarina and Danny, and had their teeth cleaned, flossed, followed by an application of fluoride, and they were 100% cooperative…the entire time! It was like watching a movie. Were these my kids?

After their cleaning, the girls received a goody bag, which to a toddler, was like receiving a pot of gold.

Next, Dr. Tina (Azin) came over for one final look. She counted Katelyn’s teeth and Kate was surprised to find out there were 20 in there! When it was time to count Chelsea’s teeth, Katelyn helped Dr. Tina count. She wanted to make sure sissy had 20 in her mouth too! (She did.)

Overall, the dental visit was amazing. The girls did great, the staff was wonderful, and they can’t wait to go back for their next check-up! Finding the right pediatric dentist is so important. Our girls felt so comfortable here, from the moment they walked in the door. We hope to continue visiting Dr. Azin’s office as long as possible!

 

Maternity Tour at Kaiser Permanente

Trent and I are members of Kaiser Permanente and our girls will most likely be delivered by Kasier Anaheim Medical Center or Kaiser Irvine Medical Center. We switched insurance coverage about 2 months before we found out I was pregnant. I cannot say enough good things about Kaiser. We have been blessed to have all wonderful experiences throughout the pregnancy so far.

Kaiser offers a lot of prenatal education classes including: Have a Healthy Pregnancy, Preterm Birth Prevention, Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding with Success, Baby Care Basics, Infant Safety & CPR, and Maternity Tours. The majority of their classes are free and we have signed up for all of them. The more education, the better!

Last night, we attended the Maternity Tour at Kaiser Anaheim. Upon our arrival, we were given two adorable hand-made hats for the girls to wear when they arrive.

The first ninety minutes of the course was in the audtiorium where we talked about the classes offered, birth certificate information, choosing a pediatrician and took a virtual tour of the hospital.

The virtual tour reviewed everything moms-to-be and their families will experience while at Kaiser, from labor to delivery to going home! It was really eye-opening and a relief to see the entire process so we will be as prepared as possible for the big day!

We received a handout that walks us through every step of the process including what number to call, when to go to the hospital, where to park, where to go, etc. We learned that we can handle the admission paper work 4-6 weeks before the babies are due. That means paper work and co-pay will be handled ahead of time, making it one less thing for us to worry about. It was very detailed and thorough. We were quite impressed!

I learned that the Kaiser in Anaheim, which is where we most likely be delivering, has a Level 3 NICU department, which is for babies born over 28 weeks, who will need special care. The Kaiser in Irvine has a Level 2 NICU department, for babies born over 32 weeks. With twins, I am definitely high-risk for pre-term labor, so it was very reassuring knowing that these NICU departments are there in case we need them.

One thing about Kaiser that I loved is the G.I.F.T program. GIFT stands for Giving Intimate Family Time. They stress the importance of skin-to-skin contact after the baby is born. The mother and baby are wrapped up together for 1-2 hours. There will be one nurse in the room, but there will be no interruptions. It is your time.

Following our girls birth, mom and dad are sure to be hungry. Kaiser provides one celebration meal in their room. It is a gourmet meal ordered off a special menu and served with sparkling cider!

After the lecture in the auditorium, we split up into smaller groups and took a walking tour of the Labor & Delivery unit. We got to see every room that a pregnant mom and her baby would go to, with the exception of the Operating Room. With our pregnancy being high-risk, whether we are delivering natural or having a c-section, our labor and delivery will be in the operating room.

The rooms were very nice. Even though Kaiser Anaheim is a much older building, all of the rooms were completely renovated when Kaiser Irvine was recently built. Kaiser Anaheim now has a beach feel, which I love!

After the girls are born, we move into our private recovery room. On the way to the room, there is a mural on the wall of a beautiful painting of the beach. Within the painting there is a little button. Mom (and in our case Dad too) presses the button in the center of the red and white umbrella. A Brahms Lullaby chimes spreading the happy news throughout the hospital, that a baby was just born!

The maternity tour was awesome and again, I cannot say enough good things about Kaiser. We are so glad that they are our providers and every day we are more and more excited for our girls to arrive!

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Minute to Win a Second Audition!

So last week I was watching an episode of Days of Our Lives, (Yes, I DVR it, Yes, I watch it every day) when I saw a ticker on the bottom of the screen that there would be an open casting call for the NBC game show, Minute to Win it!

NBC’s new game show “Minute to Win It,” hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”), features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize.

In each one-hour episode, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant.

At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point — but it’ll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million. The competitors, who come from all walks of life, are shown over 60 games prior to the competition and are encouraged to practice these one-of-a-kind challenges at home. (http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/about)

The casting call was today at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in The Block at Orange at 10 a.m. Trent and I absolutely love this show there was no way we could miss the opportunity! Not to mention that Trent is absolutely amazing at silly “bar games.” Being the early birds that we are, we were the 12th and 13th people to arrive.

Today was simply an interview process and they wanted to get to know us.  I think it went really well and we are both very excited! There is a chance 1 of us may make it, or even better, we could make the couples edition of the show!

They said if we qualify, they will be making phone calls for a second interview this week and they will begin taping the show in the next two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed and you will DEFINITELY know if we made it!

Just to give you a sample of some of the games – here is the Blue Print for “Face the Cookie,” which is the first game we ever saw!

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Hang Up and Drive…

The new laws in California regarding banning the use of cell phones while driving have been in place for well over a year now.  Just in case there is any confusion, I wanted to state the current laws before I go on with my rants.

Effective July 1, 2008, the state of California passed a law that prohibits drivers from using a hand held wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device, which also means, drivers that are under the age of 18 may NOT  use their cell phone at all, NOT even with the use of a hands free device. Kids, this means all hands on deck (steering wheel), put the cell phone in the glove box.

Effective January 1, 2009, the state of California passed a law that prohibits motorists from reading, composing, or sending any text-based communication while driving. If you don’t understand this completely, this means NO emailing, texting, instant messaging, or even Googling!

An officer can definitely pull you over if you are seen using your cell phone to talk or text. Fines can range from $20 for a first offense and up to a $190 fine if you are also cited for other violations. I did find a strange  loop hole that could possibly get you out of a ticket, though I would not gamble on it.  The new law does NOT prohibit dialing a phone number, although, drivers are strongly encouraged NOT to dial while driving, it is not illegal.

If you are looking to save some money right now on a blue tooth or installing hands free in your car, my guess is you probably DO have speaker phone on your mobile device. The law states that YES, you can use your Speaker Phone, but ONLY if you are NOT physically holding the phone to your hand. This means holding the phone 4 inches from your mouth is NOT hands-free. Sorry, Jennifer Aniston, (pictured left) unfortunately, this  includes celebrities too.

I think most people agree that talking on their cell phone and especially texting while driving, is dangerous, because we are not focused on the road. I came across a National Study in the Washington Post that revealed:

“Cell phones and texting were to blame for 28 percent of crashes, a report released Friday concludes that hands-free cellphones are no less distracting than those held to the ear.”

Let’s just say everyone DOES use a hands-free device. Is this really safer than holding the phone to your ear? When you are talking on the phone, your attention is still on the phone conversation. You mind may be processing what to say next. You may be looking at your surroundings but are you effectively analyzing your drive? We not only drive with our hands (10 and 2) but we also drive with our minds. Talking on a cell phone takes the essential attention that is needed to focus from the road to the phone.

It’s a fast-paced business world and we all have distractions. Whether it is your spouse, kids, or work, a stressful day can take our attention away. If you have to talk on the phone, I agree, hands-free is a better alternative but try to be mindful of your surrounding. Texting, Emailing, and Messaging on the other hand, definitely not safe, because now your focus is not only on your email but your eyes are on your phone and not the road. If there is something that is so urgent that it needs an immediate response, pull over. If you refuse  to do that, at least respond at a red light. There are way to many accidents and deaths that happen each year because someone urgently had to reply back, “lol” to their friend’s text.

I’m not here to police or judge, because although I do have hands free installed in my car, there have been times where I text back a friend or hold my phone that was on speaker. I understand we live in a busy world but I think if you read little reminders here and there, the next time you hear the beep on your phone, you may wait to respond until you’ve come to a stop or answer the phone on speaker and throw it your lap instead of holding it in your hand. Just focus on one trip at a time.

I would love your opinions!

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