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Happy friday

by Juliemara
11.30.12

Happy Friday! Nothing too crazy planned for this weekend just some meals with friends. Maybe a little home organizing.

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Enjoy your weekend.

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A new video

by Juliemara
11.29.12

A little video of the girls being their little punky selves
Copy and paste the link into the browser bar if the video does not automatically load.

I am in the process of improving the blog, the experience is never without some hiccups.

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Another year

by Juliemara
11.28.12

20121128-101215.jpgI’m not a big birthday person, I really never have been. I just don’t like that on your birthday everyone asks “how’s your birthday?” “Are you having a good birthday?” And you are expected to say yes. Well what if you are having a bad day?! Maybe you woke up with a headache, or the outfit you wanted to wear just didn’t fit right, or anything? What if it’s not a good day, then you have to tell everyone “no, I’m not having a good birthday” and they think you are just a grump.
None of those things happen to me. My birthday was yesterday and I am happy to report it was a pretty good day.
I wore my new shoes from Sole Society and I love them!

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Like this little piggy from fruitflypie, from my sisters.

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The beautiful flowers above from my in-laws. And some yummy perfume and a chocolate cake from my husband.

20121128-102313.jpgWe also asked our nanny to stay extra late so we could enjoy dinner out with friends.

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We went to VG Bistro in Roswell. The food was excellent, but I would suggest passing on the desserts. .

20121128-102332.jpgInstead stop by the Krispy Kreme down the road. All in all it was a good birthday. There was no embarrassing awkward surprise party at work (I’ve been at my same company for five years) So I was quite relived by that. I got a grand total of 118 happy birthday posts on my Facebook time line, 1 Facebook message, 7 emails, 14 text messages, 2 ecards and 2 paper cards. I feel very loved. And my girls danced for me while Yael sang happy birthday in Hebrew. I think they we’re confused as to why there were no toys.

I never thought I’d be one of those women who lied about their age, but it turns out I am. From here on out I am 32. Until I’m 60, then I’ll turn 50.

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Baby bath time is the best

by Juliemara
11.27.12

Baby bath time is the best, they almost always love the bath and it is one of the few things that I get to do with them since I am at work during the day. My husband usually does the actual cleaning while I get everything ready for bedtime but I also find the time to just sit in the bathroom with my family while the girls are in the bath and enjoy their happiness during this time of day. It’s also a prime picture taking time since they are contained in a small space and usually looking in our general direction. Any other time I try to take pictures of them I usually end up with something like this.

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So here are the latest cute as can be bath time photos of our girls.

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We Love our Giant Bear

by Juliemara
11.25.12

We love our giant bear. He’s not as big as the bears they have at Costco right now, but he’s big. 4′ 2″ and 5lbs at least. And he is the girls best friend, 20121124-220746.jpg20121124-220734.jpg20121124-220741.jpg

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although sometimes he probably thinks the girls are his worst nightmare the way they try to rip his head off,

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but it’s all out of love. Yes the girls love their bear.giant_teddy_bear

Mr. Bear or dooby dov (Hebrew for teddy bear) has an unlikely story, here’s how it goes…

While I was pregnant I was suppose to walk, helps with circulation. But walking was painful, I didn’t like to do it much. It was late summer as my pregnancy got really difficult and there were plenty of neighborhood festivals happening all over town, a favorite pastime of my husband and I was to wander around these festivals in the hot summer sun enjoying the fair food and music. We had just moved to our new house a few weeks prior. One Saturday morning we heard some noise coming from the direction of the big street outside our neighborhood. My husband went to check it out, it was a parade! That culminated at a small festival of local vendors, crafts and games for kids. He came back to the house to get me and we went to walk around the festival bit. I ate some ice cream, learned that in our town you have to have 2 acres of land to raise chickens, boo, we only have one acre. And entered a raffle for…what you ask? a giant teddy bear! The raffle was sponsored by a local magazine, the East Cobber. I knew that entering the raffle was probably going to get me some solicitation email and maybe a trial subscription of the magazine, but I figured that was about it. A few weeks later I got a phone call, it was a nice woman from the East Cobber, HA! I was their big winner, I had won the bear. Funny, I rarely win anything, I can’t say never because when I first moved to Atlanta I won having my credit card paid off by a Q100, a local radio station and a few years later I won $100 in gas from the same station.

They delivered the giant bear to my house and when I opened the garbage bag it was in I realized it was the actual bear from the festival, gross. Every person at that festival pat the bear as the passed by. That bear wasn’t going anywhere near my newborn babies. It got put in a back corner of an extra room with the plan of donating it one day.

Fast forward five months later. Yael, the girls nanny discovered the bear, and introduced it to the girls, they became good friends right away. The bear was part of the family. The girls loved the bear and I am over my germaphobia. I figured five months of solitary confinement was enough to give all the germs time to die. And it has been proven in mice that living in a sterile environment caused more allergies and asthma to develop, so some germs are a good thing.

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Games with the bear never get old. If we make the bear talk and play they talk and play right back,20121124-220712.jpg

they love to snuggle with the bear and drink their bottle laying in the bears lap, it’s super soft.

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I love seeing pictures of them with the bear then and now. 20121124-222246.jpg

It so easy to see how much they have grown. The bear has gotten pretty gross but loved. The girls are constantly drooling on him an spilling their milk on him. We wipe him down as best we can but Mr. Dooby Dov’s days are numbered.

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Dooby Dov may not always be center of attention but I’m pretty sure the girls take comfort in knowing he is close by, ready and willing to give endless hugs and snuggles.

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One day I’m sure the girls will forget about him and he will sit alone in a corner again before we decide its time for him to move out, but we will always have the photos to remember what a big part of our lives Mr. Dooby Dov was.

With the holiday season upon us I just want to remind all my readers that there are so many children who, for no other reason than luck of the draw, may be without a teddy to hug or a train to push this Christmas. If you would like to make a donation to help a few of these children have a happy holiday please donate toys or money to Amy’s Holiday Party. It is a holiday celebration for close to 1000 Atlanta area children. The party is in its 15th year and includes games, a dance party, pizza, a visit with Santa, new pajamas from Carter’s, and a few new toys for each child to take home. It is a cause I have been involved with since moving to Atlanta five years ago. Thank you for your support.

 

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The great thing about twins

by Juliemara
11.25.12

Happy birthday Safta! We hope you enjoyed your birthday! We love you, Talia and Jordan.
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My little ladies just get funnier and funnier. They play together better everyday. Instances like the one in the video are happening more and more often. I love watching them entertain each other, it just melts my heart. I can’t imagine our world with out two. My husband and I thank god everyday for the gift we received.

 

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Thanksgiving Day

by Juliemara
11.22.12

I love Thanksgiving, it’s probably my favorite holiday. 20121122-202628.jpg20121122-211013.jpg20121122-211029.jpg

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20121122-211107.jpgI love it for several reasons, since its not a religious holiday there are no services to attend. It’s not that I mind the services, it’s just nice to get to spend the whole day off enjoying free time with family. And it’s a great excuse to dress babies up in their fancy dresses from Safta. They are from Zara (similar here).20121122-202357.jpg20121122-202651.jpg20121122-202603.jpg20121122-202416.jpg20121122-202758.jpg20121122-202738.jpg20121122-202428.jpg20121122-202453.jpg20121122-202618.jpgAnother reason Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine is because we spend it out in the country at my sister lake house, which is beautiful and relaxing and always one of my favorite places to be. OK, its not exactly out in the country, its more like a country club, but the town is far away from a big city. 20121122-202815.jpg20121122-202440.jpg20121122-202348.jpg20121122-202323.jpg20121122-202329.jpg

20121122-211018.jpgThen there is the fact that Thanksgiving is always within a week of my birthday, so I always get to celebrate my birthday with my family.

And last is the deserts! 20121122-202259.jpg20121122-202306.jpg20121122-202312.jpg20121122-211024.jpgI love pumpkin and pecan pie, whip cream in anything is perfect and there is always enough chocolate left over to last for days. The actual meal is always tasty too, but it’s the deserts that keep bringing me back each year.

So that’s a wrap for thanksgiving 2012, let the games be watched.
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I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and spent it in company that you enjoyed. I hope you ate enough gravy to last you until next year and I hope that each day you remember that you can be thankful for the people who make your life special.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Smiling Watermelon’s Amazon Store

by Juliemara
11.21.12

I’m sure all of you have seen that cute Sophie giraffe over there on the right side of this blog

and maybe some of you have clicked on it and were taken to this page

It is my Amazon store.

I choose products from Amazons selection and add them to my store. Many of the items that I used and liked are in there, like the twin nursing pillow I used.

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And then there are items that I wish we had bought instead of what we did, like the first years bottle drying rack

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rather than the Skip Hop one we did, because it looked cool,

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but it’s really not very functional. We’ve made due with it because we had it but if I had to do it over, I’d go with the First Years one.

Here’s the cool thing about an Amazon store if someone, anyone buys something from amazon weather it is in my Amazon store or not I get paid a referral fee from Amazon! It’s a tiny amount but if all of you who shop on Amazon clicked on little Sophie Giraffe

and then went to shopping it could add up. And that could mean free diapers! We use a lot of diapers, about 14 a day or 280 a month, and I get them all conveniently and automatically delivered to my house from Amazon on a monthly basis with my Amazon Mom and Subscribe and Save Subscription.

I actually buy a lot of things from Amazon, I’ll check the price of something at Target or Walmart, if it’s the same price I get it from Amazon, because it gets delivered, which saves me time and gas! And then there are those times when I know I won’t be getting to the store in the next two days so I’ll order whatever I just need soon from amazon and know that it will be here in two, three days at most. Amazon really is a Moms and maybe every busy bees best friend. The girls like Amazon too, they often have sales on great toys or baby items, but to be honest, the boxes are their favorite part.

And the best part about shopping through the Smiling Watermelon Favorite Baby Products Amazon store you still use your Amazon account, your own Prime membership, Your Amazon Mom Membership and your Subscribe and Save account. It won’t cost you anything extra it just give us a bonus!

So when you are stuffed to the gills this holiday weekend and you plop down on the couch to start your online shopping spree don’t forget the steps

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Favorite baby products

Powered by Amazon

 

it’s that easy! Happy Shopping! And thanks in Advance.

Oh and setting up your very own Amazon store is really easy to, all you need is an Amazon account and a social security number. If you have a blog or even just want to recommend your own set of products on Facebook or twitter you should.

Safe Travels This weekend!

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Home Improvement Weekend – Media Console

by Juliemara
11.20.12

Here’s a sample of my to do list for DIY projects to my home

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

ok you get the idea, my husband calls me a busy bee,and for good reason, I feel better when I am busy and creating something weather its something new or something neater, doing makes me feel good. So  this past weekend I finally found a few minutes and did something, lets take a look at that list again.

 

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

 

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

That’s right I added a back to the media console to hide all those ugly wires.

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It was easy really I took 1/4″ black foam core and cut it so that it would sit about an inch inside the outer edge of the back of the bookshelf.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

Then used wire nails to secure it into place.

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I had to make a hole for the wires from the speakers to come through, I did a very hack saw job of this but it’s ok because the hole is hidden by the speaker.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

It’s so calming to look at the TV wall now. I love not seeing all those messy wires. I’m sure some of you are thinking why did you buy that piece in the first place? Because I love the look of it, the square cubbies and the prices at IKEA are just right.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come. Do you spend your weekends doing home improvements or do you prefer to pay the professionals for up keep and improvements?

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The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come.

 

 

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Things are changing around here…

by Juliemara
11.16.12

Things are changing around here. The girls keep getting bigger and smarter and my blog is moving to a new home. the hope is that you wont feel a difference but posts may be a little sporadic for a while and the look will change some. but the cool thing is this blog will be much more fun! to keep up on all the updates during this transition time be sure to LIKE the Smilingwatermelon Facebook page. ill post never before seen pictures and videos there especially on days that the blog is having technical issues.

These sweet baby girls are 13 months old!

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I was told recently by a coworker that after a year counting months is annoying to hear about. This makes me think I should stop coloring my monthly chalkboard and taking the white couch pictures. What do you think? Should I keep going with the monthly pictures or move on to something new? I wouldn’t mind the extra time to knock out a new project or two over this next year, but as my readers, will you miss those pictures? Should I keep counting? Until when? 24, 36, 48 months?

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Counting or not they keep growing, they are walking (but not with out the more than just occasional boom into a wall/chair table right onto their face/head/tushie), they are babbling, and they are using their gestures to tell us what they want, or don’t.

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It’s not easy to keep two toddlers busy all day. Sure they nap, usually two times a day for an hour, maybe more,sometime only once, maybe for two hours. But two hours goes by quick when you are cleaning up after the morning mess. Luckily we have a fantastic nanny who always seems to get everything done and keep the girls busy and learning all day long. She is even teaching them to sleep on little cots so that one day when we are out during nap time or sleeping somewhere new they will feel comfortable to sleep somewhere other than their cribs.

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The girls nanny uses a great online resource for fun things to do with the girls on days when they don’t have music class or story time. Macaroni kid lists all the events in your neighborhood for kids, all the details are there to help you choose the best events for the age and most of them are free!

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She also takes the girls to indoor playgrounds when it’s too cold/hot or rainy to play outside. Also, until a toddler is a good walker most playgrounds are not really practical with a wood chip or even dirt ground cover. Most I the indor play places like Kangazoom or Catch Air, have a cover charge, even for the babies, but discounts can always be found on Groupon, Living Social, Sweet Jack and on their individual Facebook pages.

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I hope you are doing something fun with your kiddies this weekend! I’d love to hear about it!

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