Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Month: August, 2017

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Twin Time!

Every year in Twinsburg, Ohio there is a festival celebrating twins. Every year we say we want to go and something always gets in the way and we never make it there. Since the festival was in the beginning of August, we thought it’d be fun to write about some fun twin stuff this month.  Interestingly enough, when we wrote a twin blog back in 2012 we answered some of the top twin questions we get asked.  Out of the 9 questions we posted, 4 are in the top most popular according to an on-line article we read (see our blog from June 7, 2012).

Here are a few more interesting things we’ve read about or discovered:

Twins are easier to raise because you go through all the stages together with toys, school and most activities.

There is a lot of pride in being the first-born twin.  That’s Heather’s distinction being 3 minutes older!

Twins aren’t as competitive as you’d think they’d be.  We are very used to comparisons!

Some things about the way twins interact are hard to understand if you’re not a twin.  There is an ease in communication and thinking that, for us, is probably a combination of nature and nurture.

Twins have a built-in best friend (that’s us for sure!)

 

Hopefully one of these days we will get to that festival in Twinsburg and be able to tell you all about it!

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Summer Lovin’!

Pretty soon the lazy days of summer will be behind us and we will be back into the routine and schedules that comes with fall. But let’s stay in the present! The stores may scream Halloween but we’ll be enjoying all that summer has to offer right now. Beautiful weather means outdoor concerts, bbq’s and reading on a lounge chair. Don’t let these last few weeks go by without enjoying yourself and doing something you haven’t yet done this summer. Have you had a good laugh with your family during this relaxed time of year?  How about a quick getaway to some place new?  If you’ve been reading our blog this summer you know we’ve both been enjoying sun-kissed veggies fresh from the farm.  If you haven’t visited a farm stand yet, now’s a great time to try.  There are so many things to do, old favorites and new adventures, take what’s left of this precious slice of summer and enjoy!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Use Your Gifts!

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In an effort to center ourselves on the constant hope of making this world a better place, we thought it’d be a nice refresher to think about ourselves and what our strengths and personalities bring to that end.  We all have our gifts.  Some are talents like cooking or crafting, music or athleticism.  Others are traits like generosity, peacefulness or ambition.  How can you parlay any of those things toward helping others?  Let’s say organization is a strength of yours.  You could help a friend de-clutter a play room so she has less stress, giving her more patience/time with her children.  Or you could offer to categorize receipts and paperwork in an office which focuses on charitable works.  You can take nearly any gift you have, and help another with it.  What a great way of doing good while working with your own unique gifts, talents and strengths!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Eat Farm Fresh Veggies

If you’ve never eaten fresh vegetables from a farm, you’ve never really tasted vegetables! In Holly’s farm share this week came the most delicious broccoli she ever tasted. It’s pictured above in a simple recipe with garlic and olive oil roasted in a stone baker for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. This week blueberries also came that were so good they tasted like candy. Take a trip to a local farmers market if you can… it’ll be worth it!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Always Remember…

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We love Joel Osteen and earlier this week he tweeted this –

“People may have left you out, but God has not forgotten about you. He has you in the palm of His hand.” – Joel Osteen

For us this is a reminder about what matters most in life.  Staying centered in this way helps us to remain peaceful despite what happens around us.  We take the good and the bad and try not to let either determine our well being.  Our happiness need not depend on others.  We try to always remember what’s important in life…it’s all about love!  Summer blessings!!

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