Archives for April 2013

More Yin and Yang

The twins went to bed tonight on their own terms:

1.  Lauren fell asleep with her Disney Princess sing-a-long CD

2.  Kyle fell asleep listening to a baseball game on the AM radio.

Lauren has been relatively okay over the last couple days.  Kyle has been suffering from junky lungs, lots of cough treatments, sore throat, and puking blood.

It’s as if the “yin and yang” of opposite world never stops.  As if they don’t realize that they don’t HAVE to one-up each other.    Eh, YOU tell ’em.  I’m still sleepy.


Cassandra can be found on Twitter @aclevergirl.  Learn more about her family’s unique challenges and why they have hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy at

That’s What I Get for Snooping.

Hey, parents:  Do you hide stuff from your kids on the top shelf of your bedroom closet?  Yeah?  Well, based on empirical evidence culled from data provided by my rigid and objective research (one casual chat with drunk friends at my kitchen table last Saturday night), so has every other parent since the invention of bedroom closets.  As it turns out, all kids seem to eventually figure out that everything you want to find is something Mom and Dad don’t want you to find and that’s why Mom & Dad put it on the top shelf of their closet.

Summary of items which my party-goers found in their parents’ closets as children, in no particular order:

1.  Christmas gifts

2.  Handgun

3.  Christmas gifts

4.  Hanukkah gifts

5.  Christmas gifts

6.  My dad’s bachelor party photos

That’s right, you heard me:  my father’s bachelor party photos.  You would think the top shelf of my parents’ closet was a safe place for such a thing, but I was born a tall and curious person.  And while my dad and his bachelor party attendees were cops, let’s just say that based on those photos the guys were the only ones not wearing police uniforms.  ::coughcough::

I was about twelve years old, and suffice it to say that was the first and last time I ever searched my parents’ closet.  It was Christmastime and all I was hoping to find was a Nintendo ES (never got one).

Folks, the moral of the story is this:  Whether it’s guns, or gifts, or potentially controversial unmentionables: when it comes to where you store stuff you don’t want your kids to see, get creative!  If you want to hide something from them, tuck it away next to the vacuum cleaner.  It’s not like your kids would ever voluntarily shine the light of day on a Bissell, amiright?  But if they do find it, this way they can work off all the anxiety which comes with finding something they had no business finding by cleaning your house.

I only wish my parents had been so considerate…

p.s. My parents still don’t know that I ever found those photos.  Don’t be the jerk-face who tells them please.  PLEASE?


Cassandra can be found on Twitter @aclevergirl.  Learn more about her family’s unique challenges and why they have hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy at

Invitations, Announcements and

I’m always amazed at how quickly time passes since I had my first child.  And now it’s Spring again already, which means I am starting to prep and plan the twins’ birthday parties and annual photo sessions!  Lucky for me, I was invited by to check out their birthday party invitations and decor in advance and I found some gorgeous stationary products to share with you.

The first thing I do when I find a website offering invitations and announcements is peek around to see if they sell photo birth announcements specifically for twins and multiples. sure does, and they are sophisticated, understated and on premium paper.  Two of my favorite birth announcements for twins are these:

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

This & That


They also have some gorgeous baptism/christening invites which you can peruse further here, plus First Communion, Confirmation, Quinceanera, Bar & Bat Mitzvah invitations and graduation announcements.  No sacrament or milestone has been forgotten here–love it!

I can’t commit yet to one birthday invitation or announcement for the twins’ party.  If they want to have a bowling alley birthday party, this one couldn’t be a more perfect invitation.  If we’re feeling creative and whimsical, then One Happy Day, Stacked, and Circus Tent are floating my boat in big ways.  I love these ideas!  So many options!

I’m thrilled to find a new and better vendor for birthday party invitations.  I was compensated for this post by so that you other like-minded parents might find some new inspiration and ideas for your kiddos’ birthdays and other life events, and I look forward to hearing about them.


Cassandra can be found on Twitter @aclevergirl.  Learn more about her family’s unique challenges and why they have hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy at


I’ve Accepted a Fitness Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram, on Twitter or if we’re Facebook friends… you’ve no doubt seen my fitness posts. Over the last 6 months… I’ve been working very hard in the gym. I joined a UFC gym and took up kickboxing! It’s changed my life! I did a vlog about it the other day… but to recap… I gained new friends, new strength, and lost 20 pounds!


But then… I stopped losing. There is only so much that exercise will do for me if I’m not paying attention to what I’m eating.

Enter Shaklee.

For the over 50 years… Shaklee has been producing natural health products.

Thirty days ago… I joined a team of bloggers who all embarked on a journey together. A fitness journey. We’ll be together for 90 days on the #Shaklee180 program and 90 more days of support. We’re swapping donuts for Blueberry Almond Meal Bars. And ditching calorie laden dinners for delicious shakes. Even snacking is a part of the program!

before and after

Let me walk you through my day.


Coffee and a Shaklee 180 Meal-in-a-Bar


Something very normal with my co-workers… like a chicken sandwich and some fries at Red Robin. Yeah. I’m still eating fries. Is that my best choice? No. But I’m allowed 1200 calories a day and I make fries a part of that occasionally! Plus… I just have to get out of the office sometimes.


I’m hungry again around 3pm or so. I grab a Shaklee 180 Snack bar. I’m a fan of them all… but particularly the Crunchy Peanut Butter.

Gym Time:

I burn about 800 every time I walk into the gym. I’ll do at least 1 hour of cardio-kickboxing. Sometimes I add on 30 minutes of personal training, a run on the treadmill or weight training.


After an intense workout… I don’t want to eat. I feel like I need to replenish! So… I make a Shaklee 180 Energizing Smoothee. I often will add baby spinach, frozen fruit, or a touch of peanut butter.

After 30 days of being a part of this program… I’ve lost another 5 pounds. But it’s not the pounds I’m really focused on. It’s the inches. The inches have been falling off!

I’m not going to say that it’s all been unicorns and rainbows. I’ve not stuck to my plan everyday. But the fact that I’m making a conscious effort to track my calories and make healthier food choices is HUGE for me!

I’d really love it if you followed me along on this journey for the next couple of months. Your support and encouragement means more to me than you know. Thank you friends!




Note: I am receiving the Shaklee 180 program free for 90 days. All I have to do is share my progress through a video diary and blog post each month. Peo­ple fol­low­ing the weight-loss por­tion of the Shak­lee 180™ Pro­gram can expect to lose 1–2 pounds per week.