Coupons For Good: 3 Travel Companies That Give Back
Millions of Americans travel every year, but not everyone is taking a last-minute vacation or planning a luxurious honeymoon. Many people travel because they want to help others, buying plane tickets or booking hotel rooms with the goal of making someone else’s life better. A few travel companies have noticed this generous trend, and some have launched programs to help others achieve their dreams. Here are three companies that use travel to give back.
Expedia’s Dream Adventures Program
Many kids grow up with a dream to travel the world, but some will never reach adulthood. Expediahas partnered with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to create magical moments for kids with terminal illnesses. On its own, travel can be a taxing experience. Long hours, strange environments, and exposure to a host of new germs can compromise a young and weak immune system. That’s whyExpedia gives back to the community with Dream Adventures, where kids can see the world with the help of virtual reality.
Through Dream Adventures, kids have roamed with wild horses in Argentina and explored tropical reefs without ever leaving the hospital. Camera crews travel the world creating immersive virtual reality experiences to let kids see the world, if only for a few minutes. These kids might never run with actual horses or swim with real sharks, but they can still experience the moment of a lifetime.
Travelocity’s Travel for Good Initiative
Travelocity recognizes the power of travel and volunteerism, which enables organizations to share ideas, provide aid, and work with people in need. To encourage voluntourism, the travel company has launched a Travel for Good initiative, though which recipients receive reimbursements for their trips as well as up to $10,000 for their cause.
Grant recipients have traveled to Portland to speak about their personal experiences with Parkinson’s Disease, visited Ethiopia to work with with orphans, and volunteered in Central America to help animals in need. Travelocity has created a global force for goodthat helps to turn dreams of helping communities into realities.Hotels.com’s Fairway to Wellness Tournament.
Many people use Hotels.com to book dream vacationsand relaxing golf getaways, so it only made sense for the company to develop an annual golf tournament to raise money for local charities. In 2015, the company raised nearly $300,000 and donated the proceeds to non-profit organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and the American Diabetes Association.
This event started as the brainchild of two Hotels.com employees who had lived with diabetes and cancer. Both wanted to find a way to give back to their causes while tapping into the power of their employer’s national brand. Today, sponsors of the tournament include brands like Adobe, Salesforce, MasterCard, Facebook, and Cisco. What started as the dream of two employees has turned into a top-rated event sponsored by some of America’s largest companies.
There will always be large companies in the travel industry, and some use their power to do good. These three companies are committed to giving back and using their size to make a difference in the world.
Halloween Costumes For Twins & Costume Buying Guide
The twins are 6 years, 6 months & 4 weeks old.
We discussed this last year, but a new year is upon us now and I feel like again talking about costumes for twins because 1. it’s cute, and 2. it’s time for me to plan and buy really soon to, so why not?
I’ll add a link to a former post of mine here. Twin costume ideasfor more, but I’m not looking at the post before I write this so my content will be original for this current year. Not like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that cute costume.’ I’m sure they’ll be some of the same though.
If your twins are still small, you will have all this say for yet another year. In a few, short years from now you won’t be the one selecting most likely, but like me, you can certainly help your twinkies out. Here we go!
This might be most appropriate for infant and toddler twins 😆 but is cute for both. They can be two of the same or be a little different and make your babies coordinating monsters.
Show the world your lil monsters
Or your toddler ones.
Baby twins always look cute as fruit. I personally love this strawberry costume for them.
Two freshly picked strawberries. What’s more delicious then that?
(A cheaper option.)
Here is a perfect outfit for twin girl tots & bigger girls.
You can go for one of the same with boy or girl twins, or mix and match. These are for little tykes, but there are many out there to choose from.
Pumpkin costumes are always a hit for babies and toddlers.
Nothing says Halloween like a nicely carved pumpkin. And an animated one x’s 2? Even better!
These are great for two girls, two boys, or boy/girl twins. There are tons of styles and looks to chose from.
Bride and groom
Got boy/girl twins? This is a cute idea. Maybe not so much in the future, but as tots they can easily get away with this one.
A butterfly/caterpillar combination
We know one comes from the other so why not go for something more original to make people have to put on their thinking caps?
This was our twins adorable Halloween outfit from 2010. 1/2 angel 1/2 devil. That about said it all. I must say for the money the poor quality surprised me. (Not in looks but bad stitching in parts and snaps popping off.) Don’t assume that what you spend =’s what you get. But they did look cute for that one day anyways.
For two girls I think this is really cute. Actually, I once was a bit smitten with this one.
Pink poodles for your best friends.
How about a unisex and fun idea like M&Ms? Made in both infant and toddler sizes & styles. Child sizes I found to.
As Kid Rock says, ‘Cowboy Baby.’ How about a cowboy/cow girl duo, or two of the same? You don’t see that every day.
Mickey & Minne Mouse
Other twin costume ideas not pictured are:
Two peas in a pod for newborn twins is an adorable smash!
The two little pigs
You could be #3 if you wish :lol:. Triplets would make 3 cuties for sure!
Mix and match animals
So many cute styles to choose from.
Cat and mouse
Let’s face it, there is always a twin that plays the role of the cat.
If you are extremely lucky 😀 .
A witch/ warlock duo
Princess and her leading man for boy/girl twins.
Dorothy and the tin man, cowardly lion, etc.
Doctor and nurse duo
In this day and age that isn’t limited to boy/girl twins..YAY females!
Donald & Daisy Duck
Produce & other food costumes
Questions to ask yourself when purchasing a Halloween costume for your twins. Your costume buying guide.
1) Is it practical?
How much can you actually afford to pay for one day of fun? Be sure to look around and get the best price that you can because x’s two is always an arm and a leg, as well you twin moms and dads already know. Shop smart and according to your budget.
2) Material content and styling
Are you buying an outfit that has itchy, scratchy, or annoying material? Perhaps, the design is something that falls into the babies face and will agitate him, her, or them? Be smart and check out the material and style of a garment as best you can before purchase, even online by reading and researching.
3) For babies…
Are buntings really the best way to go? Maybe for the first few months of life. Three months I’d say, because I can’t picture a baby being cozy once they are creeping, crawling, rolling, and moving a lot more, inside of a bunting without complaint. Most babies like their legs free. In my opinion the only way to get away with this one is during the newborn stage. Not 6-12 months as some costumes may state. 3 months to me is about it, in my opinion.
If you live in Florida you don’t want to buy a hot, furry outfit for your babies. And if you live in New York, you don’t want to buy something without any sleeves unless you have a top for underneath. You’ll find yourself covering up the outfit with a poofy jacket. Be smart and practical. Shop weather appropriate.
You may get a little surprised that it might be a tad warmer or colder then expected come the 31st of October, but if you plan on being outside, you have lived quite a number of years and are pretty keen on what the normal weather for October is in your area.
Don’t think just cute, think realistic. Your baby/ child/ twins need to be comfortable. If you will be trick or treating inside of a mall or something, or going to a party, this rule need not apply.
5) Remember sizing when buying for twins.
Twins are usually, but not always, smaller then a singleton baby and sizing can get tricky. If you are good with the needle and thread you may be able to help convert this problem into nothing much. But for most of us without any time or lacking such skills, it’s important to really look at the size charts and think about measurements before purchase. If you can try on in store and buy cheaper online, that is the best case scenario, when possible.
6) Have you read previous customer reviews?
It’s usually cheapest to buy online, but did you read reviews of the costume or costumes that have caught your eye? This is a big MUST DO before your purchase. Check the Internet and you will find information on any costume available for sale. This helps tons.
7) Shop early, shop smart!
If you don’t want to ruffle your own feathers, stress out, pay a higher price, and go insane, I totally encourage you to shop now..buy early. It takes away that stress as buying for two is more difficult then 1 and of course double the cost.
Last year I meant to buy AFTER Halloween to get the better price for this year and have everything set which I do recommend, but I got so busy I lost that opportunity, and here we are again. Oh well, my loss will be somebody’s gain but at least I shop wisely for the greatest discounts I can find on the net.
Squeem Fall Into Shape ‘My 41st Birthday’ Sale & New Squeem Questions Answered!
My twinkies are 6 years, 6 months & 3 weeks old.
Join in now and slim down with our fall into shape sale! Our original prices for authentic Squeem garments are as low as allowed, so the current, yet limited time additional 10% off of your entire Squeem sale is an unbeatable and unmissable deal.
Coupon code: FALL
I am 41 now as of last week, WOW, where did the time go???? So, I am having a start of FALL birthday bash! Save 10% off NOW! Off of the lowest prices allowed to be sold by Squeem + 10%. CHA-CHING!
If you want to lose literal inches off of your waistline that won’t come back to haunt you as you hide comfortably and seamlessly under your clothing. If you want to finally lose that bumpy and lumpy look in your profile that stops you from wearing tight clothing and two piece swimsuits.
If you are looking to close the gap in your abdominal muscles that can commonly occur due to pregnancy, improper exercise, weakened abdominal muscles, hard labors and c-sections, and minimize the risk for hernias and other problems, as well as the dismaying cosmetic effects of diastasis recti..you want to buy the Squeem.
6 and 1/2 years ago at nearly 35 years of age, I never thought my body would recover from babies number 4 and number 5. TWINS! 11 lbs. worth of baby was my body’s ultimate challenge. I know had I not developed a diastasis recti, looked it up and found out what I needed to do about it to try and fight against future surgery, I’d still have a big jelly belly pouch jiggling around in my mid-section today. Buying my Squeem was the best money I ever spent aside from hospital deductibles for having given birth to my children 😀 .
It is not at all vain to want to look the way you used to before you had children, or just to look more like you did when you were younger, or simply better in general. It’s not vain to wait to feel good about what you see in the mirror every morning, whether you are a female or a male.
Quick & common questions answered
(I get these a lot so I am doing a round 2..hoping it helps out.)
1. How long will I have to wear my Squeem garment to see results?
This will likely vary from person to person. It may take a week of dedicated binding for some, a few weeks for others, or even a few months to achieve your most desired, permanent effects based on your current size, body type, etc. But you WILL get results and will look terrific as you are slimming down through your clothing.
2. Will the results last after I stop binding?
That’s the point! YES! You should NOT get discouraged if you notice that after taking off your binder that your belly slowly pops back out again. Over time this will happen less and less and finally you will know you are done when your belly stays flattened without any further need for binding. No more popping out again.
So mine at first did pop back out after binding, and I wasn’t sure if that was going to ever go away..away, but it most certainly did. Through time it popped out less and less and then not at all. It’s a process. When it was ‘done’ and I could not get any better of a result, that is when I stopped. Actually, I gave it 3 extra weeks to be 200% certain! It was comfortable enough to wear that it wasn’t like, ”Oh God, I want to stop this so bad.” Not at all. ( I was 34 then & I am 41 now. Look below!)
3. How long did I wear my Squeem every day, and what model of Squeem did I use?
I used the Perfect Waist model and I bound for 12 weeks in total. About 12-14 hrs. a day to start because I was really wanting results and enjoying not staring at my mid section every second of the day. I even slept in mine. After 9 weeks my belly was flattened without any re-occurrence, however, as stated above, I gave it till week 12 to make sure everything was DONE DONE!
BTW- 6.5 years post twins my diastasis is still gone away! The only time I don’t have a totally flat belly is because of my IBS with constipation, which is severe, but has been a life-long issue. Trust me, the results STAY!!!
If you are looking to have future children, or even if you for the future want something to wear for an occasional bloat day..keep your Squeem around. It’s your body’s best friend!
4. How many hours a day can I/ should I wear my Squeem?
The recommendation may say 8-10 hours for daily wear, but I found that 12-14 hours per day was best for me at first. Sleeping being some of those hours. Then I weaned down to the 8-10 hours a day. You need to let your body breathe a bit, but I was very determined so I up-ed the ante and was totally comfortable.. so 14 hours was NOT at all difficult for me. I still had at least 8 hrs. a day of breathing. I am sure for many 8-10 hrs. is quite sufficient. Just know nothing bad happens if you go above should you choose to.
5. Which product do you recommend? I see several items on your order page.
I recommend the Perfect Waist or Miracle Vest for women who are looking for serious belly binding results. The fashion cincher is more of a lingerie piece and doesn’t have the special cotton/rubber blend that makes the Squeem power so ‘magical’. It’s more for bedroom wear. The other two are my best sellers. You won’t go wrong with either of those.
For men, I recommend the CORE-1. It’s the male version of the Perfect Waist garment. It is the top seller for men. The Power Vest is also highly effective and is popular also, just not AS much so. You can purchase either at Twinpossible’s Closet. Check out the order page for the men’s size chart for both the male garments, also.
6. What is the difference between the Perfect Waist & Miracle Vest?
I had only seen the Perfect Waist when I was shopping for a binder, but they also have a vest model. What is the difference? One has straps and supports the bosom, which some women like. If you are top heavy, breastfeeding..you may opt for the vest model to get some support for the bust, which in turn helps give some extra support for the back area as well.
If ‘bat wings’ are a serious concern for you underneath clothing, like where your bra is, and that bothers you a lot, the vest model hides those quite well if that’s a problem area for you. They both have the same rubber/cotton blend material, and both will get the job done. It’s all up to personal preference in all honesty. If you have posture issues, back problems, the vest model is great for that, as I have since tested it out. That model is very comfortable too! It’s what you decide based on your body and what is written here, and just what you want. With either you cannot go wrong. I do not know much about the Diva Fit collection as of yet. I just got one to test out, but all I know is that they do seem to run one size SMALLER than Squeem, so going up is safe, should you wish to buy one of those.
**NOTE THAT THERE ARE NOW OTHER FULLER-BODY GARMENTS FROM SQUEEM AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE PRODUCTS THERE ARE AS OF 2016.**
7. Help with sizing.
I answer emails every day. It’s REALLY hard to keep up with the time needing to answer all of these emails vs. my job here at home. it’s easiest for me to do this, as I am super busy, but if you totally need help, I will continue to do my very best to help you out. When in doubt..do go up a size. The size chart has just been updated recently, but in my personal opinion it was better as it was below. I have personal experience, hence why I say this.
I can only afford the time of my customers, as I have been very busy fighting to provide for my family, while my husband is out of work, working here at home, so please only ask questions if you are to be a customer of Twinpossible. Read on as to why you should choose us over the others. If not, please use this page as a guide. Thank you kindly.
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Due to the material and two rows of adjusters if you are on the late end of any particular size and go up and you won’t ever regret it. I wore XS clothing and fit into a SM garment. It seems to be quite often that it’s one size above your clothing size measurement. Not your pregnancy one. Your normal one. IF you have your waist measurement it is a great indicator for sizing, but if stuck on sizing and teetering on the brink..do go up. I have never heard of a garment being too loose only the opposite.
If in serious doubt you can still email me, but hopefully this will help many. The XS garment is quite tiny. IF you are not AT MOST, MOST, MOST 27 inches at the waistline RIGHT AT THE TIME OF WEAR, do NOT buy it! Squeem has even revised their size chart, but since I have an XS and a small and I have put both on and worn both, I know for fact that what is true is true.. and NO PP woman is 27 inches right off the bat, no matter where she started, and the small got me back down to 26 inches, where I was prior, on the second row of adjusters, and yes, the XS fits at that point, but PLEASE if in doubt or buying for immediate postpartum use, size up to a small. If you wanna go above and beyond afterwards you can. Multiple purchases at different times, I always give a discount if contacted prior! Also, the Trimmer, now called (CORE-1 & Power Vest) are for men, so ladies..do not order that one unless it’s for your hubby.
8. If I am pregnant how do I know what size I will be?
It’s tricky! Don’t simply go by your former waist measurement in all cases. Think about other things as well. Go by your former clothing size, waist measurement, and how much weight you have gained to date, and if it’s twins you may want to round up as you likely will have more of a postpartum pouch to content with. Also, a c-section can cause for some added bloat which is more likely with multiples.
If you gained a lot of weight and/or a lot of added girth you can try one size above what your pre-partum measurement may tell you. If your are say on your 1st baby gaining a normal amount of weight and girth, you will most likely be suited fine in your former size. If you are in total doubt and need to email me this info. I will help as best I can. You can send prior & current weight/height as well as any other info. you can. I also have a list of other questions I will send you if I need more answers when in doubt. I’m not God, but I do have an awesome track record over the years and have helped thousands. My time is precious though, and I work hard while my kids are at school and during my early morning hours. I can only answer questions from women planning on buying direct through Twinpossible, long-time authorized re-seller for Squeem. Call to ask if you wish :).
You can choose to wait until the postpartum period, if you wish. The little bit of extra time won’t hurt you if you wait. (That few extra days or weeks even.) Going up to one size above your prepartum clothing size seems to work best for most. The Squeem garments can size down on the second row if and when needed. The magical material does shrink down with you, so there is some room for error. Too tight of a garment can not be made larger, but it does have shrink-down-ability, as my small still fits nice and snug. It is rare that anybody need to buy a second Squeem down the line. It most always, and quite unusually, fits for the duration, as I have shown with my own. If you choose to waist train further down or find you have lost soo many inches and so much weight you need another, I have never heard any complaints about that!
WHY BUY FROM TWINPOSSIBLE? Here you get a 1,000% assured authentic garment, straight from the company’s hands into my hands, into your hands same day, via 2-3 day Priority Mail.I place orders with Squeem 2-3 times per week so you get hot of the presses garments with up to date packaging, and NO lying around or leftover stock. Nothing ever opened, tried on, dusty, old boxed, etc. As close to buying from the Squeem company as is ABSOLUTELY possible! NOBODY ELSE CAN SAY THIS or does this because it costs me more money (I pay extra shipping charges by doing this, that you do not pay) and it takes more of my time to do things like this, but it is what I would want for myself, and how I roll. I do this to help women that were in my same position, much mre so than for the money! I sing Squeem’s praises because the results cannot be denied!!! I was once petrified myself. I know how that feels.
You never need to worry about what you are getting here!
8-9 lbs. heavier over the past 6.5 years post twins, but at 41 years old (not uncommon to gain a bit), Squeem’s results still last & diastasis NEVER returned!
9. Does it matter when I start binding?
No. You could have had a baby 2 years ago, or if you have never had a child before. Obviously, men have not. There is nothing about being immediately postpartum that will make binding any less or more effective. It’s usually purchased (when known about) ASAP by a pregnant or newly postpartum woman because they wish to feel like they are on the road to their postpartum recovery ASAP, as was in my case. But binding is effective months and years later, as shown above.
As we age we get more belly and thigh fat (sadly) so at 41, approx. 8 lbs. up post twins, I obtained a Diva Fit exercise binder to test out. (For sale at Twinpossible’s Closet.) I haven’t exercised in a long while, but will do a review once I get more info. about the product. I got back to this with the Perfect Waist 6.5 years ago. NOOOO diastasis recti ever returned! Saved me surgery. You can’t put a price on that!) I plan on doing a fitness channel for DR sufferers, women over 40 and moms in general. Subscribe to Twinpossible Fitness on YT & get ready to have someone on your side, going along with you! I’ll have more time now that the kids are back in school, so no vids yet, but they will be coming up, one per week!
Binding has been around for centuries. Now it’s finally made to be effective YET comfortable. It used to be quite the contrary.
Ick! I think we would all agree that this is no longer attractive. Nor could it possibly be comfortable and healthy.
10. Can I use the Squeem after a c-section?
YES! It’s a c-section friendly garment. Trust me, no woman wants an itchy, abrasive velcro wrap that rides up and down near their healing incision. This garment stays in place, does not ride up or down and does not feature any abrasive materials. Everything is comfortable and like liquid skin I like to call it.
It will help support lax skin and help draw your abdominals back together as your incision is healing, helping you recuperate much more comfortably and heal split and/or cut muscles as you do. I really do believe it helps with the lax skin to. I recommend Palmer’s Tummy Butter on lax skin along with binding for a double threat. It was my savior combination.
11. Do you ship Squeem Internationally?
Yes, but it is expensive. Canada ranges between $20-$26 so we have made it a flat rate of $22 which is good, but other countries can expect a higher number. Some substantially higher. Only if you are truly willing to pay the cost and are making a serious inquiry should you contact me please via email. There are no handling fees involved. You get charged exact cost to your country.
If very serious, please send me your exact FULL address and I will find out the precise shipping costs to your country. Your parcel is shipped safely and reliably, but again..international shipping via their secure method is pricey. I know I would have paid 50 x’s over what I spent for the results that I got, but I digress. PLEASE only serious inquiries only, as outside of Canada I do have to take time out to call them manually and have them look into it and get back to me.
12. How do I save $ right now on my order?
Go to the order page at Twinpossible’s Closet only (the code does not work on the old belly binder page here), and put your order in the online shopping cart, and when you are checking out you will see a place to put in a coupon code. Type in FALL into that box and your discount will be applied to your order. It’s easy as 1-2-3!
My little, American twin miracles are 6 years, 6 months, 1 week & 2 days old.
Today, much like the beautiful, sunny morning that is now 15 years gone by..(WOW!) September 11th is still burned into my memory, as if it happened only yesterday. I can still remember seeing the towers collapsed from across the bay. The thick smoke erupting from what resembled two giant cigars burning in the distance. I was hit by a wave of sadness, a feeling of total despair, and complete and utter helplessness.
People crying all around, buses stopped on the sides of the streets in case the kids on board had one or even two parents among the missing or perished. Knowing my mother was somewhere inside there, not remembering exactly what floor she had been moved to. I hadn’t heard from her all day. It was something that I can’t explain fully in words here. Let’s just say it was a day that I, nor anyone I know of.. will ever forget.
As a proud NY-er, I know that I’ll forever be filled with thoughts of all of the wonderful people we lost on that fateful day back in 2001. The true heroes of 9/11. (Not forgetting the heroes that died, thereafter.) My heart goes out to all of the victims and the families of the victims, which could have included my own on that bright, September morn. Friends almost lost.. family almost lost. Acquaintances, who knows how many.. were lost.
9/11 victims, you did not lose your lives in vain. You brought our country together. You made us all stronger than we ever were before. Your bravery will be eternally appreciated by us, our children, and our children’s children, onward. We love and we miss you.
God bless you all! God bless the USA!
Today 15 years have passed, since our nation changed,
Cowards tried to take our strength, yet we grew strong again.
Today a nation’s tragedy, unites us one and all,
We still stand proud and raise our flag, we swayed but did not fall.
To break our spirit, yes you tried, but you failed miserably,
We came together, hand in hand, to bind in unity.
15 years have passed and true, our lives forever changed,
The heroes that we lost then, are remembered name by name.
We won the bigger battle, and the victors we’ve become,
We’ve taken out your leader, theAl Qaeda’s bin Laden.
You’ll never see us crumble, when you try you’ll always fail,
For America means freedom, and forever we’ll prevail.
Sorry To Be MIA Friends: WordPress Needed An Update & We Were VERY Hesitant To Update!
My beautiful 1st graders are now 6 years, 6 months & 6 days old. I will be 41 in a week, EEK!
Sorry my friends. It has been a couple of weeks without a post.. COMPLETELY un-intentionally. By far, this is the absolute longest time I have not been on here since starting this blog 7 years ago! Why?? Well, we did have a lot of stressful things occur, which I will speak of in my next post. I don’t have time right now, as I have to pick up the twins soon, and I tend to like to write long. My fans know that! A lot going on, none good sadly, but the real reason behind it was that I was trying to log into my blog and it would say that there was an update required, and even though we pay Vault Press a monthly fee to back up this site, since it does have so much content and work put into it, we couldn’t SEE the actual back up and feel safe enough, based on what we read online, to take the potential risk. I read some scary things that fed into that fear. My husband tried calling the hosting company, WordPress has no phone number to call, so our greatest fears were losing all of this hard work with one click of a button.
Today I happened to come on here, thinking about doing it after asking WordPress 101 on Facebook because I did not know what else I could do. It seemed like all or nothing, and to my great surprise, somehow, someway that UPDATE page no longer was showing, and it brought me here to my dashboard, with all of my thousands of posts still in tact. AMEN, PRAISE GOD!!!! OK, now I have had one good thing happen to me now (YAY!) It was almost miraculous, as I never pushed the update button out of fear to date, nor did my husband. It just did it on its own, and I am very relieved by that! I see some things have changed, which I am not a fan of change, however, everything important is here and safe, and it was obviously, just an update.
I have to get my butt into the shower now. I have been spending so much time on my You Tube videos, I don’t post 5 or more days a week like I once did because there is more much money in the You Tube world now, though I do LOVE to write, I only have so many hours in my day, but you can come and visit us and see the girls daily on our channel if you would like. The link is below.
Thanks everybody for your patience and understanding while this all went down! Posts will still come, I just am in dire need of money for my family right now, with my hub out of work and still not getting his well-deserved disability yet. It’s been very hard on us all.
My BFP is now 6 years, 5 months, 2 weeks & 4 days old.
1) Can you put too much pee on a pregnancy test, affecting the results?
Yes! If you over-pee on your test stick or strip it can cause a problem. It can wash out the dye and cause an unusual stain pattern on the test where the result line should be, or it can mess it up altogether and flush out the test line by diluting the dye, possibly even altering the control line as well. Make sure you follow the test directions to a tee. Since the amount of urine for every test can be different. Example 3 drops vs. 5 drops, 10 seconds in the urine stream vs. 5 seconds in the urine stream. Make sure you (even the pros like me) read every test’s directions for this information prior to testing to ensure the correct result.
(NOTE: If you don’t pee enough you may not get a correct result either.)
2) Can I use a pregnancy test twice? (Meaning, can I reuse an old test?)
OK, I’d be a total liar if I said I never did this. If say I ran out of tests and just had a real itch to pee on something, as many women trying to conceive will tell you that they do, it’s a huge temptation. It may sound gross to some because, ”Oh my God is she keeping these tests lying around? EWE!” (Just for a couple of days, and not all of them. Plus, they were hidden in the upper shelf of the vanity in my own bathroom. Don’t judge 😳 .) But I know I am NOT alone in that. (You know who you are 😉 .)
Will peeing on a used test show a valid result for pregnancy? There may or may not be enough dye left in the test to turn an already used negative pregnancy test into a true positive. I tested this out many times, especially after a pregnancy had already been confirmed as a positive result. It made my light tests look darker the majority of the time, but there were a couple of times where it did not turn my negative tests into positive ones. Sometimes the experiment worked, sometimes the experiment failed.
While not pregnant, however, I was more likely to get something called an evaporation line. A ‘ghost line’ if you will, when re-using a negative test. This is not a true positive test, just a faint line that does NOT indicate pregnancy and cannot be relied upon. Usually they are grayer in color than a pink result. And many times the lines are thinner, but I did have times these faux lines were thicker and even appeared pink, so BE CAREFUL!.
In conclusion, while it is possible for the test you are re-peeing on to contain enough dye in it to show a true positive result for pregnancy, it cannot be relied upon and trusted. I understand the urge believe me, but don’t bank on a used test giving you a positive result if you are pregnant, or a completely negative result if you are not. They are meant to be used only 1 time and thrown away. I recommend doing so to avoid this little situation.
3) Is 1st morning urine really the best? Is it possible I’d get a more accurate result testing later in the day or at night?
When you have yet to miss your period, most especially, most every test will say that you should use your 1st morning urine. WHY? Because HCG is said to be at it’s peak in your highly concentrated 1st morning urine. If you hold your urine for 2-3 hours prior it most usually will be enough. However, in the morning you have quite a number of hours under your belt, and this is why the HCG is most concentrated, which would help yield a truer positive result. Most times this happens earlier than testing at other times in the day, however, there are some women who will swear that their 2nd morning urine works best, or later on in the day urine.
Before your period is due most especially, whatever time of day you choose to test, make sure you hold your urine in for as long as possible first. And make sure your fluid intake is low to nil, as this will dilute your urine possibly causing a false negative result. The further along you get, like the day after your period is due and beyond, the HCG is increasing, often doubling (or close) every 48 hours, so it gets to a point where there are high enough levels of HCG in your urine to show a positive result at any time of the day or night. So maybe those night testers are just a little further along, even if only by 12 hours. Who knows?
HCG is constantly building up, so for early testers I agree that 1st morning urine is best, as I have had negative results, namely with my 2nd son, testing too soon in the later day. So if you wish to test early and don’t want to wonder or waste your money, do go with that recommendation.
(For the women who test with their second morning urine and swear by it, drop a comment in the box below, and let us know why you believe that this method works for you. I have heard that story a couple of times before. I am curious.)
4) Can a pregnancy test turn positive after the limit is up? And can I trust a seemingly positive result after the time limit is up?
Another thing I am super guilty of. Pulling those tests out of the trash and over-analyzing them. Often over and over again. This is another big no-no that we know is wrong, but it feels oh so right at the time.
Can you trust a result after the time limit has passed, especially by more than a couple of minutes? No. HOWEVER, that being said, when I was 19 and my mom forced me to pee on a test in front of her, that test did not turn positive even having had a planned parenthood test done the day prior that was positive. Even that PP test they told me it was negative at 1st and I was relieved, however, then a light positive showed up while they were counseling me about birth control. Low and behold she left to throw it away and came back and said, ”The line is faint, but it’s there.” You are newly pregnant. I’m certain it was far over the time limit, so I was baffled.
The test with my mom at 1st did not turn positive in the time limit and she threw it away. I fished it out of the trash later, and it had a definite line. I WAS pregnant. But this is not recommended because there is a possibility of a faint line showing up afterwards. (An evaporation line) that can fool those who are really wanting a child. I have seen them at least a hundred times before AFTER the time limit.
So, while it is true that if HCG levels are still quite low a positive can show up after the time limit, but it can also be very inaccurate, and not a practice I’d recommend, despite my own experience, as I have been on both sides of that coin. What I stated above, and also a time that I thought whole-heartedly that after I pulled the test out of the trash maybe an hour later, that I really was finally pregnant, but I wasn’t. Save yourself the possible heartbreak or heart attack and just wait another 24 hours to test again.
5) Can I take my pregnancy test out of the casing to check for a line?
Again, I’m SOO guilty of this. You want to see a line so badly that you crack open the shell of the test and even hold it up to the light if you must. That can be bad practice because, especially by the sunlight or another harsh light source, you may see what is called an indentation line in the test where the control line is. This can confuse people into thinking, ‘hey a line is a line, I might just be pregnant’, when really it isn’t anything more than a dent. (Dang indentations :-P.)
The safest way to test is by keeping the test in one piece and reading the results this way only. If you are fishing for a line that much, and yes you can develop line-o-vision (I have it), it is surely not a good habit to develop and succumb to. Waiting another 24 hours should make the answer clearer to you. Pregnancy tests weren’t made to be dissected and then read, so do things right, and you can trust your results much more. I’m such a hypocrite..ha, ha. But it really is true.
A negative test result doesn’t always mean you aren’t pregnant, so don’t lose faith. It may still be too early, as every woman and each and every pregnancy is completely different. Implantation dates do vary, and tests can and do turn positive at different times from one pregnancy to another.
I tested after my period was due with my 1st two kids. (Still faint lines.) I tested positive with a super faint line at 11 days past ovulation (3 days early) with my 3rd child. (That started out as a twin pregnancy.) And I tested positive at only 9 days post ovulation & trigger shot (5 days early) with the twins. Not only implantation dates vary, but also some pregnancy tests are more sensitive to the HCG hormone than others are. There are several factors at play here.
Please do try, hard as it might be, to play by the rules to avoid either fear or potential disappointment, depending on your particular case. I’d say make sure to not test earlier than when your period is due, but I’d be a HUGE hypocrite if I did. If you are trying to get pregnant I know how impossibly hard that is to do.
I hope that these pregnancy test Q&A’s help somebody out there in cyber space. I will answer more HPT related questions shortly.
Valid Reasons To Want Twins And Invalid Reasons To Try To Have Multiples
My sweeties are 6 years, 5 months & 5 days old.
OK, so I have talked about people who actually wish to try for multiples before, and also ways to increase a person’s chances of having multiples, although I in NO way condone it, except for what you will read below.
I want to quickly discuss valid and invalid reasons to want more than one baby in your belly at one time.
Invalid reasons to want twins
1) They are so cute. You can dress them alike too, OMG!
Not a valid reason AT ALL!!!! (An immature one at best.)
2) Getting it ‘over with’, unless you have infertility issues, see below.
Multiples create some very real, potentially life-threatening risks for the babies, and in some areas, even for mom. The risks for everything goes up with multiples. Pre-term labor sky rockets, miscarriages increase, still births happen more frequently as does cerebral palsy and other complications for the babies themselves. High blood pressure and other complications for mom, gestational diabetes. I had this complication just due to the fact that I was carrying twins and nothing else. I had zero other risk factors, and had 3 previous singletons without it also. C-sections are far more popular for twin moms-to-be than for singleton moms, though it is not assured, as I did have mine naturally, however, ALL risks go up for complications with multiples, which is important to remember before trying to have twins on purpose. And it definitely doesn’t feel as comfortable having 2 babies inside of your body, as well I know from lots of experience with 1 vs. 2.
3) It’s easier to have two at one time instead of two separately.
The jury will forever be out on this one, as I think it completely depends on the children themselves. I had one child that was like triplets I would say, even though I had no obvious experience with triplets. She was always a handful. I also had almost Irish twins that were boys and were easier, soooo… this subject will always be up for debate, but by no means is having twins ‘easy’. As any mom of multiples will say, there are some perks of having them together and there are some definite, undeniable cons and difficulties. Nothing is ever ‘easy’ with kids, I guess you could say. Read about Irish twins vs. twins by clicking the pink link to read much more on this subject.
4) They have a best friend for life.
Not always, and definitely not for a LONG time. My twins fought for blood and still do sometimes. They don’t come out of the womb hugging onto one another. There will be fighting and sibling rivalry down the pipeline that your fantasies about twins do not include. Be forewarned!
5) They have someone there to entertain them.
As a mom to more than one child, and especially two little ones at once, you have to TOTALLY divide yourself up like never before, because even if your twins play nice some of the time, again, fighting and rivalry is always going on. You have got to make sure each twin gets entertained and is bonding like a singleton by you and to you. It’s a lot of juggling. They don’t automatically entertain each other, nor should you have twins so you don’t have to be the one to be active in their lives, as far a entertaining goes. They both need you like two separate singleton children, and it is hard to spread yourself around so much to make sure everybody gets the validation and attention they need FROM YOU, not solely from one another. If you are using this as a reason.. don’t have children at all!
6) I only want to be pregnant one time.
I love pregnancy, but I know that not everybody does, so I can kind of empathize there. However, again, the pregnancy is automatically considered high-risk with twins from the get-go. And to be honest, I didn’t get to enjoy the pregnancy like I did with my single babies, because I was always worried about something happening. I was much more relaxed and would always prefer two pregnancies to carrying twins because of the risks and worries, even though I have no regrets, we certainly were NOT at all trying to have twins. In fact, quite the opposite. God said we were meant for it, so it somehow happened, although we were told we only had one viable egg. HA! Doctors sure don’t know everything!
7) Two babies will definitely make my partner want to stick around, marry me, not cheat on me, etc. etc.
That is pretty self-explanatory. I don’t think most people reading this are thinking about this one, but somebody out there, one out of 300,000 maybe, might just be. NOPE! One baby is hard on a relationship, even though it is a beautiful, amazing thing, it is far from easy. With multiples, the divorce rate skyrockets, and it is more than twice as hard as 1 baby on even strong and happy relationships. A relationship needs to be super solid beforehand. If it isn’t, a guy would leave quicker with twins than with one baby. Word to the unwise- if he’s not into you.. DON’T GET PREGNANT PERIOD!
Valid reasons to want to twins
This will be short.
1) You have battled infertility, have paid to go through interventions to have a baby, and this might be or IS your last chance to get pregnant and carry a baby, and you really wish to have more than one child.
Whelp, that is all I could think of. I think if God gives your family twins, if it is meant to be, it is meant to be. I don’t think anybody should take drugs they do not need to increase their chances. Natural ways.. whatever, but I would never have done it on purpose, and again, I don’t say DO IT either. It is just VERY important for these people to know about the risks and the truths about raising twins. It is a blessing for those who are chosen for the job. I love my girls to pieces. But it is damn hard, damn expensive, damn hard on your body, damn hard on your marriage. It’s nothing to step into lightly. Every child is a blessing. But they are all hard work.
Adorable? Yes! Bribed into taking this picture? YES!
(I just want to tell it like it is.)
Most of the people I have met that tell me that they always wanted twins have also told me that they quickly changed their minds after having only one baby. I can’t tell you how many people have said that to me. (Over 100 in the past 6+ years I would say. We get out A LOT 😛 !)
If anybody wants to add to this list do feel free to, or comment below.
Some Hope For Those Fighting To Keep Their Twins Together In School (UPDATE)
My adorable almost 1st graders are 6 years, 4 months, 3 weeks & 4 days old.
I wrote a post about wanting to keep my girls together in 1st grade, and my request got denied by the principal, which was very upsetting to me. I happen to have a lady across the street who works for the city in which we live in. She also has a daughter who has twins, so she was very saddened and angry to hear this. Going to her was all I could think of doing. She said she will talk to someone she knows on the actual school board, and if she gets nowhere with him, she will speak with the superintendent of schools, which she is good friends with. They go out to dinner and everything. He was the one I was thinking about writing to, but she obviously has much more of a relationship, but do this if you need to, please!
So, yesterday I saw her, and she said that she hasn’t forgotten about this at all, she just hasn’t run into the guy yet. The 1st step. BUT she did actually talk to someone very powerful, the city council woman who was outraged to hear about this and said to continue to fight and to go to her if our plight fails, as she is a mother of twins and assured me there are no laws in-state or any rules in a school handbook about twins needing to be separated in school. NADA! And she also said that the principal is NOT the one who makes this decision and that we do have rights as parents, even though here in NY we do not have any law about this in place, just a bill that has not been passed yet. She said if I wanted them in school together till high school, that is just fine, even though that wasn’t even what I was looking for. Just one more year, but that is good to know. She agreed that twins have different emotional needs and they do tend to mature slower, which is what I have been saying to my husband. I see that all of the time, as I have had other children before my twins. I know this to be true.
I think the actual school principal may dislike us after bucking her and going to the top, but our wish most definitely looks like it will come true, as she seemed very optimistic about it. I am going to take the letter I wrote to the principal and give it to my neighbor to give out for us. The actual city council woman told her if she gets nowhere with the others to come back to her. Finally a piece of good luck. Too bad she isn’t good friends with the principal. She actually despises her. She’s very ‘dry’, she describes her as. However, this decision should not at all be in the principal’s hands, and I wanted to share that information to others who might be in the same predicament right now.
Compose your letter. Make your convincing argument, and if the principal is giving you the no-go, do NOT be afraid to rock the boat, fight and go above her or him, and send your letter to the superintendent of schools and even the board of education. Send it to anybody with pull because obviously the principal should have zero say in this matter. You can also check twinslaw.com and see if your state already has a parental choice for the placement of twin’s law already in effect. You can also get a letter from your twin’s doctor, a psychologist, anything that can help your cause. Don’t be a victim. Every set of twins is different. Some benefit from early separation and others do not. Don’t let them fool you into thinking that it is ALWAYS best to separate when it is not. I even talked to a psychologist about this, and she agreed.
Mom’s Experiment With Her Twin Children Teaches All Moms An Important Lesson
My twin loves are 6 years, 4 months, 1 week & 3 days old.
One mom of young twin boys, Brandie Johnson, decided to watch her twins from behind while they played, to see how many times they would look back at her while she was not in view over the course of an hour. Obviously, it is normal for them to look for her at some point in time, even while entertained, but the point of her little experiment was to see how many times her children might be needing her, or simply her attention.
She found out that it was a total of 28 times that they looked back for her. Why is this so important? Because, while she thought her boys were entertained, playing with one another, completely engrossed, she would be on her smartphone entertaining herself, thinking they did not need her during times of play. This gave her the realization that this wasn’t just happening during her experiment, but all of the time. It was 28 times they looked for her, and she was not available to them. It made her really think about her smartphone usage during these times in which she thought it was safe to do so. This test showed her that all of this needed to change.
I happen to always think like this without the experiment. I do my video editing, blog writing, my small amount of Facebook posting, while my children are still asleep, or this past year, at school. I ALWAYS felt guilty doing anything while they were awake and around, even though it wouldn’t be playing around stuff, but actually trying to make some money for our household, nevertheless, it haunted me too much. During their waking hours, I felt too much like I was missing something, even if for just a couple of hours in the mornings. So when my twins were only babies themselves I stopped and got up extra early. 4 AM is not unusual for me.
I don’t have a pic of me on the PC because nobody is awake or around to take one for me 😆 .
I’m not the mom who is texting all day long, or EVER playing online games. I simply don’t do those things. I text if I need to quickly, but my attention stays on the kids, as they grow up SO fast. I am EXTREMELY hand’s on. As a mom who lost a child and has one grown and gone off on his own, I think that really makes you realize how precious time is and how fast it goes by. It also makes you realize how much you can miss out on. Plus, I didn’t get much parental attention myself and suffered greatly for it. That also affects the way I think and the way I parent.
I know some moms have to work outside of the home (or inside) to make end’s meet. This is certainly not a dis to you. It is just an awakening of how important it is during your free time outside of work to spend with your children, and less on social media, etc. etc. I mean during naps and stuff fine, but though I know even mom’s need a break, it’s just such a short time. They soon will be grown and gone. I am already seeing things change with my almost 11 year old daughter. She doesn’t wish to be with us all of the time, is now having play dates and such, which is normal. But they begin to want to do more of their own thing, and that only gets progressively more so over time. I have seen that, and that too opens up my eyes.
I enjoy everything I can. In fact, Tuesdays used to be me and hub’s ‘date day’. We changed it from date night while they were in school so we could do it while they were not around and be home an hour at most after they got home. Today should be it, and already I am like, ”I can’t do it.” I NEED time with my partner. We all do. And we do make that time every week. But I am seeing the sunshine and I know they have gymnastics later for two hours, and I will push off our plans until their uncle takes them to gym, and we will bring them to the pool or something for a few hours 1st. They enjoy that, and I enjoy watching it and taking part. This is just how I am. I don’t want to think about my kids sitting in the house on a beautiful day without us, doing nothing when they could be. I know I am on the extreme end of things, but you catch my drift.
I have friends, one in particular that stands out from the rest, that sit on their phones playing games, ignoring not just the kids but ME, all day long! I can spend the whole day talking to somebody who looks up at me once per hour if I am lucky. I can only imagine when they are alone with their children, how sad that must be for them. Even I take insult to it sometimes. That practice I do frown upon totally, but I have seen it. It is sad. The kids DO suffer. I am not saying don’t answer a text, but to play Internet games and chat all day without watching your child play or listening to a friend even, like my example.. it’s just such a waste of time, and time can never be turned back. It only marches forward. Enjoy your children while you can, whenever you can.
OK, so this woman Brandie now has taken a step back and is changing her ways because of the experiment she conducted. This is her own words:
“28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them,” Johnson wrote on her Facebook. “28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters.”
“In a world where quality time with loved ones is being replaced by isolation and text messages from the other room, I beg you to be different. Please put down your technology and spend some time with your family & loved ones. The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don’t be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending.”
Eye-opening, isn’t it? I just wanted to share! I hope you are having a wonderful week my friends!