Her’s Day Thursday

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On Her’s Day Thursday, I like to highlight strong women; women who have impacted their community, their country, or the world with their bravery and talents. And while I think its VERY important for young girls to have strong, female role models, I think its equally important to have strong male role models in their lives as well. And no one makes an impression on a daughter’s life quite like her father.

And that is why I am loving the new commercials from Pantene, showing the importance of time between fathers and daughters:

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Try It Tuesday

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I’ve got yet another nummy crockpot meal for you today! This one has a little spice to it, too! This one was Pinterest find, but it actually comes straight from the Kraft website!

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Here’s what you need:

~1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch-wide strips (I actually just used some shredded chicken I had prepped and frozen a few weeks ago and it was tasty!)

~2 Tbsp. (about 1/2 of 1-oz. pkg.) TACO BELL® Taco Seasoning Mix

~2 Tbsp. flour

~1 each green and red pepper, cut into 1-inch-wide strips (again, I used some frozen I prepped a few weeks ago!)

~1 cup frozen corn (I had a bag of southwest corn, pepper, and bean mix that I hadn’t used yet, so I threw that in there instead)

~1-1/2 cups TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Salsa (I used Newman’s Own; just a personal preference)

~2 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice (yeah, we don’t do white rice; I used brown)

~1/2 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese

 

 

First, coat your chicken with the taco seasoning mix and flour in your slow cooker.

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Then, add the veggies and salsa and mix well. Cover with lid and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours).

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When time’s up, stir the contents! Serve over rice and cheese.

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I really liked this, but Huff the Hubs wasn’t too impressed. He said he likes my Mexican casserole better. Though I liked this because of the ease! Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Y’all, its been rough around the Huffman Homestead lately. Huff the Hubs was out of town all last week and this week, leaving 7 1/2 months pregnant me alone with Huff the Tot. Thankfully, I’ve had family and friends to help me out. Pretty sure I owe about 8 different people fruit baskets after these two weeks are up!

I haven’t been sleeping well. Mostly because Hermione hasn’t been sleeping well. Her normal bedtime is 7:30 p.m. However, my little Gryffindor hasn’t been falling asleep (slash staying in her bed) until about 10:30 p.m. And then she wakes around 1:00 a.m. And again at 7:00 a.m. She fights her naps with everything within her. She’s also been flipping out during bath time. Seriously; its like she’s part cat or something.

Needless to say, I’ve cried A LOT over the past 7 1/2 days.

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I’ve also been praying (A LOT) that Hermione would nap and sleep at night.

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And it seems like all of my prayers have been answered… except the ones regarding Hermione’s sleep. Yesterday, I had a full-on meltdown about it. Why was He not answering my prayers? Why was he letting me suffer? (And yes, I sure did say suffer. You try being pregnant with a non-sleeping two year old and you tell me how YOU’D describe what you’re going through.)

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Then, I started thinking about it. I remembered a quote said by tons of people many times: “When you pray, God’s answers are normally ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘wait’.” But then I thought, “What if there’s a fourth response? Such as: ‘I’m teaching you something.”

That’s when I realized God was working on me during these two weeks. And what has He been teaching me?

 

Grace

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Its tough sometimes to remember that kids are just that, kids. They don’t know as much as adults do because they haven’t had the same experience we have. As my dad so eloquently put it, “She’s only been on Earth two years! Cut her some slack!” So that’s what I’ve been doing. Those times at night when I’m so exhausted I can’t remember my own name and she’s been out of bed twenty times, I repeat to myself, “She’s only two. She’s only two. Show her grace, but be firm that she’s sleeping in her own bed.” Its actually helped A LOT.

 

Patience

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I’ve never been a patient person. But these past two weeks (and, really, the past two years of being a parent) have really helped me refine my patience. I’m in no way close to being as patient as some, but I can feel God working on me in that area.

 

Self-Control 

Though I have totally cried just about everyday, I feel like my self-control is being polished. Nothing makes you dig deep into your reserves of self-control when your child is kicking and thrashing around and you’re still able to stay calm when you just want to pull a Beast:

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And even though I know I still have A LOT of work to do with myself, I think having this perspective will help me out the rest of this week, as well as when Huff the Babe makes his grand entrance into the world.

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(Sidebar: To all the military wives/moms and single moms out there, I salute you. I know I’m only getting a tiny taste of what you deal with on a daily basis and that makes me want to salute you, girl.)

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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Happy Thursday! We’re one day closer to Friday! And that’s not the only good news.

Remember when we were little girls and played with our Barbies that looked like this:

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And then as we got older we started to think, “Hmm… maybe should look like that. After all, there’s not really a doll out there that looks like me.

At least, that’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong; I think Barbie is a great toy and I absolutely LOVED dressing mine up and acting out plays with them. I also really like that Barbie has had 130 different careers, showing girls that anything is possible! However, I do think there’s room for improvement. And that’s why I was so excited when I read an article from The Telegraph!

“Mattel has revealed, as a new range includes three optional body shapes – petite, tall and curvy – as well as seven different skin tones and 24 hair styles.”

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Mattel has decided to add new dolls to their Barbie line! There will be three new body shapes as well as new skin tones and hairstyles! How exciting is that?! Now little girls everywhere can find a Barbie that looks like them! I truly think this was an awesome move for Mattel.

What do you think about the new Barbies? Share int he comments below!

 

 

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Hey y’all!

Its been a while since I’ve done a Writer Wednesday. I know you’re all clamoring for it. My inbox is practically FULL of requests from followers simply begging me to regale them with some of my awesome writing.

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While scrolling through Pinterest (or was it Facebook? Ugh, I don’t remember…) I saw this and thought it would be a great WW prompt!

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Here’s what I came up with:

 

She sneezed applying mascara. 

 

Ha! Okay, okay, that wasn’t the real one. But every girl can totally relate, right?

 

He never returned again. 

 

What would your sad story say? Its a lot tougher than it looks! Tell me in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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As you all know, I’m trying really hard to be as healthy as I can whilst growing the little nerdling in my tummy. I try to eat fresh fruits and veggies a much as I can, but some days I need something besides an apple or banana. Enter, two new products!

 

First up, Sargento Fast Breaks!

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These awesome little containers come with cheese (protein) and either almonds and cranberries (protein and fiber) or cashews and raisins! They come three to a pack and I got ’em for less than $3 each! They are SO good! And with only 190 calories (not that I’m really counting calories too much right now) they make a GREAT snack! I highly recommend these!

 

Next I tried Chobani’s new Flip flavor: PB&J!

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Its strawberry yogurt with peanut butter crunchies and little granola bits! This was SO good! I actually ate it as a dessert the other day! I love the chocolate almond version, so I’m super happy that I like this one too! Another one of their new flavors was Sriacha Mango! That was a little too out there for me, lol.

 

Have you tried these yet? What did you think? Do you have any snacks that you’d recommend to the readers? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I’m officially 30 weeks pregnant. Well, 30 weeks and 1 day according to my Ovia Pregnancy App. And holy crap, I feel like I’m 43 weeks pregnant. (Yes; I know the gestation for humans is 40 weeks; THAT should tell you how miserable I feel.)

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I mean, when you’re carrying a little “love goblin”, as Mila Kunis so eloquently put it, it takes a toll on your body. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. And sometimes I feel like not everyone gets it.

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The changes to your body alone are pretty drastic and, at times, terrifying.

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The past few weeks have been especially hard for me. I seriously feel like my stomach cannot stretch anymore. Its beyond uncomfortable. When you’re hot or cold, you can take off your jacket or put on a sweater. But how do you get comfortable when its your own body making you feel that way? Don’t get me wrong, I love my babies with everything that’s in me. But dang, its hard work bringing them into this world!

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So if you see an expecting momma, please don’t say things like, “Oh, I bet you’re ready!” or “Whoa! Goodness girl, how long do you have left?” Give her a hug (or a candy bar) and tell her that’s she’s awesome.