Congratulations to Amy McCullough, Winner of Braincandy DVDs

TwinsTalk member Amy McCullough is the winner of the Braincandy Mother’s Day drawing! Amy wins a full set of Braincandy DVDs for her twins, Jack and Olivia.

Each DVD in this 5-disc series covers one of the 5 senses:

See My World

Hear My World

Taste My World

Touch My World

Smell My World

Through characters in the “Sense Gang,” children explore the world through their five senses. Lots of music, puppetry, games and fun entice young children to engage in their surroundings.

Congratulations to the McCullough family! To learn more about Braincandy products, visit www.braincandykids.com.

Book Review: Twin Souls: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium

When I first heard about the book, Twin Souls: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, by Elizabeth Anne Hill with Catherine Mary Hill, I expected it to be one of those typical memoirs where someone loses a close family member and comes through the grieving process with a new perspective. In truth, that is only a very small part of Twin Souls.

Elizabeth (“Betsy”) and Catherine (“Cathy”) were identical twins, but their similarities pretty much ended with their appearance. They were opposites throughout their lives and argued about almost everything, including religion and politics. But then, on October 25, 2002, Elizabeth received the devastating news that Cathy, a United States Border Patrol Agent, had been killed when her Jeep rolled over while she was on patrol.

Despite their differences, Elizabeth was distraught. But, in time, Elizabeth realized that her sister wasn’t really gone. Her body was no longer there, but her spirit was still very much alive — and able to communicate with her twin sister. With Cathy’s death, a new life began for Elizabeth.

Cathy had been on a spiritual journey before her passing, and she began to show Elizabeth the same path. Through Cathy’s promptings, Elizabeth was led to just the right people, places, books and experiences that would ignite a fire within her to seek out the answers to so many of the questions that plague humankind. Do we really die? Does God exist? What does the future hold for our species? Why are so many religions at odds with each other? Elizabeth knew that her sister was guiding her to find the answers to these questions and share them with the world.

Twin Souls is the story of the Hill sisters, but it is also, as the subtitle indicates, “a message of hope for the new millennium.” Chapters include (but are not limited to):

Unity and Universal Truth (meditation, the spiritual eye and reincarnation)

Man-Made Religion (original sin, hell and the devil)

Man-Made Armageddon (overpopulation, poverty and the environment)

The Bible-Old Misunderstandings, New Insights (the Holy Trinity, Jews vs. Christians, the Ten Commandments, Creation vs. Evolution)

The Master of Galilee (the lost years of Jesus, who Jesus was and his purpose)

The World’s Teachers (the Ascended and Unascended Masters)

The World’s Messengers (our higher and lower selves, mediums and psychics)

Heavenly Helpers (spirit guides and angels)

And much more!

Other chapters in this in-depth book examine The Law of Attraction, science and spirituality, politics and ancient wisdom. No spiritual stone is left unturned.

You may not agree with everything you read in this book, but my gut feeling is that’s okay with Elizabeth Hill. She knew she had a big task ahead of her when Cathy persuaded her to write Twin Souls. What this book will do is challenge your thinking and spur you to seek answers to the questions that have perplexed our planet and its people for a very long time. As Elizabeth notes, “our planet is at a crossroads” and “each person will contribute to the transformation by changing their own views about the world.” If you allow it, Twin Souls will send you on a quest for your own life’s purpose and convince you that there is hope for our troubled world.

Available on Amazon.

The DUBBE Awards: Best Books for Families with Multiples

Double Up Books just released the results of their first annual Double Up Books Book Excellence (DUBBE) Awards! Through popular vote, the following books were selected in these categories. You can find all of these books at www.doubleupbooks.com.

Best Twin Pregnancy Book

Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood from Doctor M.O.M.

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, M.D.

Best Raising Twins and Multiples Book

It’s Twins!: Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy through Adolescence

Susan M. Heim

Funniest Multiples Book

Ready or Not…Here We Come: The REAL EXPERTS’ GUIDE to the First Year with Twins

Elizabeth Lyons

Best Two Children’s Books for Twins and Multiples

I’m Having Twins

Paris Morris

Two Snowflakes

Jennifer Miller

Best Twin Specialty Product/Book (Twin Tie!)

Twice Upon a Time: Twins Baby Memory Book

Lynn Lorenz

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins: A Step-By-Step Program for Sleep-Training Your Multiples

Marc Weissbluth, M.D.

Best Multiples Book from Dad’s Perspective

I Sleep at Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets

Bruce Stockler

Best Inspirational or Advice Multiples Book (Twin Tie!)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

edited by Susan M. Heim, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen

Twinspiration

Cheryl Lage

Best Twin Memoir

One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to be Singular

Abigail Pobrebin

Best Multiples Psychology Book

Emotionally Healthy Twins

Joan Friedman, PhD

Benefits of Joining a Moms of Multiples Group

By Carrie Kauffman

I’m a member of a local Moms of Multiples group. We meet once a month, and it’s a great time to get out with other moms who have twins and more. Our multiples group has several outlets for sharing new ideas and helpful hints. We have a monthly newsletter that includes good articles, and we share what’s going on for the month. We have several activities throughout the year for our families and their children. We have a Halloween hayride, holiday party, egg hunt, and a family picnic.

We have a website where members can ask questions on topics from multiple pregnancy to potty training toddlers. When you have twins, it’s different from having two children close in age. Women in our club have been there, and only they can really understand what you’re going through. A big benefit from belonging to this club is just getting out of the house and sharing your thoughts and ideas with other moms. You can learn so much from just talking or even listening to another mom who has multiples. Moms are able to share their thoughts on raising twins, and new moms get their questions answered by several “seasoned” moms. During our group meetings, we have social time, and then either a speaker, game, or age-appropriate discussions.

The new moms that I met at the group started a play date once a month. There are ten moms and twenty-one kids (one set of triplets). People think that we’re crazy for doing this, but just to get out with our kids and see everyone else is a great time. The kids all hang out and play together. We have other play dates throughout the month for smaller groups.

Joining this group has been a great outlet for me and my family. I’ve learned a lot from the other moms and formed many new friendships. Sometimes, being a mom of twins, you forget about yourself and just concentrate on your children. You need to remember who you are, and doing that will make you a better mom.

Red Leaf Papers Offers Unique and Attractive Twin Birth Announcements

Red Leaf Papers has just come out with some wonderful Twin Birth Announcements. The company’s founders, Allison and Olivier, are the parents of twins, and they felt strongly that there weren’t enough cute options for birth announcements for multiples. They solved that problem by creating their own!

Take a look at some of the creative designs they offer:

I love the beautiful colors in these designs! Red Leaf Papers was created around a love of color, uniqueness, versatility and typography. I encourage you to visit their site at www.redleafpapers.com. They also have invitations for birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations, and more events!

You can go right to the Twin Birth Announcements page by clicking HERE.

DISCLOSURE: No compensation or products were provided to encourage this review.