Try It Tuesday

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So, for the past several Tuesdays, I’ve been talking about the fairy house I’ve been making. Y’all, this fairy house has been the bane of my existence. It has been tedious and time-consuming. And, to be honest, I’ve wanted to throw it out so many times and call it a day. I felt like all I was doing was working on this ridiculous house.

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But, thankfully, I’ve finished it! Woo!

First, let’s recap. Here’s where I got the idea to make a fairy house:

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I thought, “Oh, that couldn’t be too tough!” Ha! I was so naive.

I used an old Juicy Juice bottle and some rocks from Dollar Tree:

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Grout was too much for me to handle, so I used this awesome glue:

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And I went to work:

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This took, to quote Squints, FOR-EV-ER! Once I got all the rocks on, it still didn’t look right. So I added some sand in between the rocks to give the illusion of grout (in hindsight, I should have just used the freaking grout).

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Then I let it dry and started working on the roof. I bought some moss from Dollar Tree, along with this colander:

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I used Liquid Fusion and hot glue to stick the moss on. Then, I glue the roof to the house and set up my fairy garden:

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I think it looks super cute but there is no way in Neverland I am EVER making one of these %$#@ things again!

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? What were your results?

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Y’all, I seriously feel like I’ve been walking in a fog the past–oh, I don’t know–three months? Four months? Its been rough. With Huff the Hubs in grad school taking super-hard-and-involved engineering classes, me working and keeping the kids all day, as well as getting up 2-4 times a night to breastfeed, I’ve been exhausted. Like, heavy-bags-under-the-eyes-having-vertigo-and-can-barely-stay-awake exhausted.

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Something had to give. I knew Huff the Hubs couldn’t just STOP grad school. I mean, it’s free (his work is paying for it), he’s already halfway done, and it will help our family in the long run. I didn’t want to put both kids in daycare and I was not about to stop nursing (personal choice; don’t get all butt-hurt thinking I’m insulting formula-users. I’m not. Check yourself before you wreck yourself). So the only thing left I could give up was work.

So a week and a half ago, I turned in my two week’s notice.

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Honestly, it was a pretty easy decision. I’ve always known I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I wasn’t sure when that was going to happen. And, to be quite frank, I’m a little nervous.

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I know that this is going to be a big challenge. I mean, I love my kids. I love them with my whole heart. But sometimes, my patience wears thin. Like when Huff the Tot throws a fit because I made her a PB&J and not chicken nuggets even though she she said she wanted a sandwich.

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Or when Huff the Babe is screaming his head off and nothing–and I mean NOTHING–will calm him down.

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My mom was a SAHM until my sisters and I were in school full-time. She assured me that there are days that you want to rip your hair out, but that it is survivable…

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…and totally worth it.

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I know this is the right decision for me and my family, but I also know there will be good times and frustrating times; victories and failures, and days I want to be around my kids and others I’ll be hitting the door as soon as Huff the Hubs walks in.

So here’s to a new adventure!

 

Are you a SAHM? What are some ways you stay sane? Was it hard for you to make the decision to stay home? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Now that Huff the Tot is getting closer to becoming a “threenager”, things have become much more interesting around our house. Dinners are less about actually eating and more like hostage negotiations. Bedtime now consists of someone throwing themselves on the floor in a tantrum while another is crying in the corner in the fetal position (and yes, one of those is me). And when I say, “Its time to clean up” my kid hears, “Time to dump out the 500 piece Lego box and watch the vein in Mommy’s forehead rupture!” 

So when I saw this video from the gals at The Break Womb, I had to laugh to keep from crying: 

 

Can you relate?

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I gave you a teaser as to what my Try It Tuesday would be this week. Did you guess what I’m making? Here’s the picture again, just to refresh your memory:

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Give up? I’m making a…. FAIRY HOUSE!

The idea for a fairy house came when I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and saw this:

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Turns out, making these adorable little homes are much more involved and tedious than I anticipated. And with the Virginia family visiting and two kids to wrangle, there was no way in Narnia this thing would be done in time for today’s blog. So, stay tuned for updates on the fairy house!

 

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? How did it turn out? Share in the comments below!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Y’all know I’m all about empowering young women and girls to believe that they can be anything and do anything. I want to raise my daughter to shoot for the stars (same goes for her little brother) and to not let anyone say she (or he, in Indy’s case) can’t do anything (except skydiving; Momma won’t allow that. Sorry, kids.).

Because of this–and my love of documentaries–I have scoured Netflix and found some awesome documentaries and docu-series that highlight amazing women (as well as causes to help young women and girls) that are absolutely amazing!

Here’s my Top Four List of “You Go, Girl!” films on Netflix:

The Ascent of Woman 

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This four-part, BBC docu-series by Dr. Amanda Foreman explores women’s history in ancient civilizations, revolutionaries, and achievements of women throughout history.

 

The Women’s List 

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This film focuses on fifteen different women from different careers and their influences on women’s issues.

 

Warrior Women

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Warrior Women is an inside-look at some kick-a ladies from history that have become legends in their own right. From Joan of Arc to Mulan, host Lucy Lawless (AKA, Xena!) tells the stories of these BAMFs.

Girl Rising

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Y’all, this one is probably my favorite. This film focuses on nine different girls from various parts of the world and documents their triumphs and struggles. Its incredibly eye-opening!

 

What about you? What are some of your favorite “girl power” shows? Any of these make your list? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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With the festivities this weekend, I have been behind on my latest Try It. Plus, its a multiple day project; very involved, very time-consuming, and very “not-able-to-be-accomplished-when-children-are-awake”. Because of that, no real post today. But you do get a little teaser. I won’t tell you what I’m making, I’ll just show you a few of the items needed:

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Any guesses?

You’ll find out next week!