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Hey there! I'm Shelby, mom of twin toddler girls Aria and Zelda. They are my A to Z. I am a professional blogger at www.twinningatoz.com, where I help guide new and experienced parents of multiples through the journey of raising double or more. When I am not running around with my twins or creating content for my blog or Instagram, I enjoy learning new things and skills, trying new hobbies or projects, and cooking new recipes. I am looking to collaborate with brands or other influencers to help grow- and best serve my audience of twin (+) Moms and Dads. I'm so excited to work with you!
It’s been a couple of months since our announcement to friends and family, as well as on our Instagram page @twinningatoz , but thought we would share the exciting news again here. Being pregnant this time around has been much different from my pregnancy with the twins. My first trimester with this baby girl was so tough- constant nausea and overall very poor mental health. With the twins, similar symptoms were there but not to the same extent. The twins were born a month premature, and we are hoping/expecting to reach 39 weeks this time around. Life is always changing around here, but this sweet girl will be so loved. These girls sure are excited to meet her! ❤️❤️
This brave girl had surgery last week to remove her mostly deflated infantile hemangioma on her neck. It was her first surgery, so obviously I was a total mess, but Aria did great. It’s crazy to see how brave kids can be in unfamiliar situations. I definitely expected her to be more nervous than she was. We were advised to have minimal activity for 4 weeks. I know you mamas can understand how TOUGH that really is for a 3 year old. Any suggestions for fun crafts and low-movement activities for the next 3 weeks? 😂❤️ . . . . . . #parenthood #twins #twinmom #twinmama #momoftwins #parentingtwins #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #preschoolcrafts #preschoolactivities #firstsurgery #hemangiomababy #hemangioma #hemangiomaawareness #hemangiomajourney
“Our sister gets her OWN birthday?” We are excited to welcome Baby Valencia number 3 in August 2021. ❤️❤️❤️ It’s been a while, Twinning family! I’ve been on a business break for a couple of months now. I’ve missed it a whole lot, but have been focusing on my mental and physical health. This pregnancy has been so challenging from the beginning. SO much more difficult early on compared to my twin pregnancy. I’ve experienced a LOT of all-day nausea, lethargy and fatigue, and a general lack of motivation paired with poor mental health. So I did what was needed for me, and allowed myself a break. In a world where social media and work is easily all-consuming, it is important for us to grant ourselves permission to take care of ourself and our family. Today I am going to care for myself and my family by making a delicious home cooked meal for dinner, and giving my twins tons of cuddles. How are you caring for yourself and your family today? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #twins #twin #twinmom #twinparent #twinsofinstagram #pregnancy #dueaugust #pregnancyannouncement #pregnant #pregnancylife #blogger #momblogger #momblog #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #momofgirls #momoftwins #momofthree #momlife #familyfirst
This week Twinning A to Z was featured on my friend Stephanie’s blog, Mama Questions. She asked some awesome parenting bloggers “What’s your best tip for self care?” and received tons of relatable and achievable advice. Check out the post, and read more from Stephanie on Mama Questions: https://mamaquestions.com/self-care-tips-from-moms/
You matter. Your health matters. Your happiness matters. I have taken the past month to care more passionately for myself, and this has included a short break from some social media. The past month has been full of unexpected illness and exhaustion, and I needed to allow myself to heal. Always remember that the passion with which you care for others should be shared with caring for yourself. As mothers, we are at our best when we feel mentally and physically well. Self-care is not only a series of short-term tasks, but also an ongoing practice. I’d love to know: What are your favorite self-care tasks? . . . . . . . . . . #twinning #twins #twinsisters #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodmoments #selfcare #selfcaretips #mentalhealth #careforyourself #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #blogger #motherhoodblogger #motherhoodquotes #parentingquotes #mamablogger #mamalife #twinmom #momoftwins
Whether you are looking for help making parenting decisions, education on child safety, support with your child’s virtual learning, yummy from-scratch recipes to feed your family, guidance on saving money or making the leap to stay at home, advice on self-care and postpartum mental health, or some comfort in living far away from your family members, you’ll find some amazing content on these 18 must-read new motherhood and parenting blogs of 2021. Mom v Home is an informative blog that give moms tips and tools to be a stay at home mom when their household income is average or low. She blogs about ways you can become a stay at home mom, tips to help you through motherhood, and ways to make your life easier. Little Home on the Iowa Prairie Little Home on the Iowa Prairie is a blog focused on taking natural living and making it both simple and affordable.
This week I contributed a guest post to my friend Riley’s blog, Motherhood Is A Ministry. Have you struggled with postpartum anxiety? Think you may have, but aren’t sure? Maybe you’re planning on giving birth soon? Look out for these symptoms of postpartum anxiety- you should NOT ignore these! Get help when you need it, even though you’re Super Mom! Read my guest post here: https://motherhoodisaministry.com/symptoms-postpartum-anxiety/ #postpartumjourney #postpartum #ppdsurvivor #parenting #motherhood #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness
The past week has been a rough one- I’ve been battling with feeling ill. But these girls always make me smile. (I admit, many days they also make me want to scream, pull my hair out, lock myself in the bathroom to cry, or just sleep for days, BUT one smile or laugh like this and my mood changes) This week we are working on calming down and using our nice words to ask for what we want instead of yelling, and I am finding that they really like using their lungs instead of please and thank you. Hello terrible threes- we must have skipped terrible twos. Almost three, and they have a LOT of feelings and emotions to learn to regulate. Did you find that your littles had a bigger temper at 3 instead of 2? Or was “terrible twos” true for you? . . . . . . . . . #twinmom #twingirls #twinmommy #toddlerlife #toddlermomlife #toddlermom #terriblethrees #learnthroughplay #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #momblog #momblogger #parentinglife #parentingishard #parentinginapandemic #twinsofinstagram #twinsisters #momoftwins
Having toddler twins isn’t always (really hardly ever) like the pictures. Truth be told, my sweet and loving girls would prefer to play separately next to each other than together. They fight over toys and yell at each other constantly these days. Many days they only wear underwear. Today these lovely photos were successful because I told them I wanted them to wear their new dresses and sit next to each other for JUST a moment. I also bribed them with fruit snacks. I at times get jealous when I see twin moms getting amazing photos of their twins playing together. But then I remember, they may be bribing their kids too. 💁♀️ And if that’s not the case, that’s ok. My girls are still learning and growing, and I’m doing alright. Have you ever needed to bribe your kids to get a good photo? . . . . . . . . . #twinmom #twingirls #twinmommy #twinmomlife #twintodddlers #momlifebalance #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #toddlermomlife #toddlerfashion #momsofinstagram #momblogger #momblog #girltwins #girlmom #kidsofinstagram #childrensbooks #childhoodunplugged #childrensbook #readmorebooks #readingtime #readersofig #mommydaughtertime #twins #momoftwins #momofgirls #firstwednesdayls
This week, I was fortunate to be a guest blogger on my friend Tiffany's blog, Saving Talents. In this post, I share my top 6 money saving tips to prepare for twins. Preparing for twins on a budget can be challenging. Read my guest post below to find out what I did to save money while preparing to welcome my twins! Thanks for having me, Tiffany! #twins #moneysavingtips #twinmom #preparefortwins #savemoney #budgeting #frugalliving #frugalmom #momofmultiples #momoftwins https://savingtalents.com/money-saving-tips-to-prepare-for-twins/
One of my favorite things to do is look at older photos. This one is from almost 2 years ago. As a mom, some days I just want to go back in time and relive all the small things. The small cuddles, the small giggles, the small smiles, the small toes, and the small belly kisses. I miss all of it. These days, hugs are quick unless preceded by a scrape or bump. Toes are bigger, laughs are more hearty (and mischievous), and belly kisses are fewer. What hasn’t changed much are the smiles, and I’m thankful for that. Seeing my twins smile can make me happy on my darkest days. Does anyone else get caught up in their feelings looking back at old photos? #motherhoodjourney #momlifebalance #momlifestyle #twinmom #twinmommy #twingirls #twinmomlife #twinpregnancy #twins #twinsisters #parenthood #parentinglife #blogger #momblogger #mombloggersofig #momoftwins #momofmultiples
We got another 7 inches of snow yesterday afternoon, and we are just getting around to playing in it. I am entirely too sore after pushing my husband’s car out of the ditch across the street from our house yesterday evening, as he was less than 100 yards from home and I was determined we would NOT need a tow across the street. I am reminded by my muscles how out of shape and weak I am today, after feeling like freaking Super Woman yesterday. Has a workout ever kicked your butt like this? Feeling like a million bucks, until you wake up the next day feeling like you got hit by a train? I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I definitely need to focus on my body next year. Do you have a resolution or goal for 2021? #snowday #twins #twingirls #twintoddlers #toddlers #snow #snowstorm #twinmomlife #twinmom #twinsofinstagram #momlife #momoftwins #momofmultiples
We got another 7 inches of snow yesterday afternoon, and we are just getting around to playing in it. I am entirely too sore after pushing my husband’s car out of the ditch across the street from our house yesterday evening, as he was less than 100 yards from home and I was determined we would NOT need a tow across the street. I am reminded by my muscles how out of shape and weak I am today, after feeling like freaking Super Woman yesterday. Has a workout ever kicked your butt like this? Feeling like a million bucks, until you wake up the next day feeling like you got hit by a train? I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I definitely need to focus on my body next year. Do you have a resolution or goal for 2021? #snowday #twins #twingirls #twintoddlers #toddlers #snow #snowstorm #twinmomlife #twinmom #twinsofinstagram #momlife #momoftwins #momofmultiples #socialmamaas
When I first became pregnant with twins, I had SO many questions. One of the biggest questions that I couldn't seem to find ANYONE to answer honestly for me was "How is a twin pregnancy different from a singleton pregnancy?" While there are a lot of similarities (like, you know- creating a baby), twin pregnancies can be very different in their own right. Here are 10 ways a twin pregnancy is different from a singleton pregnancy: https://twinningatoz.com/10-ways-twin-pregnancy-is-different/ #twins #twinmomlife #twinmom #momoftwins #twinpregnancy #multiples #pregnantwithtwins