Try It Tuesday

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Now that the holidays are over, I’ve really been trying to up my protein intake and lower my carbs. But sometimes you just want something that seems like a treat, even if its packed with good stuff. I’ve seen these bars before and have always wanted to try them, so I decided to snag one!

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Y’all, this was soooooo good! Its definitely no Oreo: The Most Stuf, but if you’re watching carbs its a great way to stay on track but also give your sweet tooth a little somethin’-somethin’!

 

Have you ever tried these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

I Have A Dream

Today we celebrate a man who fought for others using peace, patience, and love. He is one of the greatest men in history and we can learn so much through his famous speech:

 

And while we should absolutely reflect on the words of Dr. King, let us also not forget the words of the King of Kings:

“You have heard it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..” Matthew 5: 43-44

Today and everyday, show kindness. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Lets try to make this year a year in which we treat people decently.

Fan Girl Friday!

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Yeeeaaahhhh, boyeeeeee, its Friday! I have found some geeky goodies sure to make you squee with joy!

 

Being stuck inside since its been so cold out has made me realize our house is in dire need of some redecorating. I think I might spring for this awesome Harry Potter Quidditch Shower Curtain to re-do our bathroom!

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Complete with pictures of the various equipment used for playing the noble game of Quidditch, this shower curtain also has the words “keeper” and “catch” emblazoned about it because, you’re a catch and a keeper. Don’t ever forget that.

 

Keeping in theme with the bathroom, this next find is something I think we should all buy for the staff bathrooms at work.

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These Unicorn Poop Toilet Bombs make any loo smell cotton-candy-fresh after someone has, ahem, taken the Browns to the Super Bowl. These cleaning bombs also come in different fragrances titled: Dinosaur Dung,  Number 2, and my favorite: Ladies Don’t Poop!

 

Ever since the release of The Last Jedi, my kids have become even more obsessed with BB8 and I have a new love–porgs! Seriously, they’re so cute! Maybe I need to invest in a few sets of these pillow cases from Hot Topic…?

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Looking to make some tasty soups to warm up your winter? Try one of these soup bone herb infusers from Perpetual Kid!

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According to PK, here’s how it works: Simply place your desired herbs inside of this funny bone and place it in your pot with boiling water, and it will be ready in no thyme! It will keep your herbs together while adding flavors to your stews & soups. 

 

I feel like there was a collective gasp when Netflix revealed they may not be keeping Friends on their streaming service in 2019. Thankfully, they paid an enormous amount of money to keep the 90’s sitcom for another year! To celebrate, grab a pair of these Central Perk earrings from Hot Topic!

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The earrings come with two different pairs so you can share a pair with your bestie! Just don’t let Rachel borrow them–she always loses things.

 

Happy Fangirling!

 

 

Thriving Thursday

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This month, every Thursday I’m highlighting goals I have set for myself this year. Last week, I talked about saving money consistently throughout the year. Today, I’m going to talk about another goal: be more intentional with my friendships.

Motherhood (heck, just adulthood) can be isolating at times. You’re either working your tail off at your 9-5, doing chores around the house, or spending time with your nuclear family. And, of course, there’s other things going on like sleep, hobbies, exercise, etc. How are we also supposed to maintain deep, meaningful friendships when we barely have enough time to sit down and eat a healthy meal?!

Its really difficult for my girlfriends and I to sync up our schedules because most of us have kiddos and chances are, those kiddos are in sports, dance, or some kind of extracurricular. While Christmas shopping on Amazon, I found these awesome friendship postcards and HAD to buy them!

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My goal is to send a friend a postcard every month, just letting them know, “Hey, I’m thinking about you and I’m so glad we’re friends even if we don’t get to see each other that often!”

There are other ways to show your friends they’re on your mind, too! Blogger Christie Zimmer has some awesome printables in her freebie section and one is titled: “10 Minutes to Celebrate a Friendship“. Print it out, fill it out, and mail it to your buddy! Maybe pop a $5 Sonic gift card in there so they can get a slushie? Or a $5 Starbucks card so she can read over your paper while she enjoys a caramel machiatto in the school pickup line! By taking just a few minutes out of your day, you can let others know how treasured they are.

And, honestly, it isn’t that difficult if you think about it. With Facebook, Facetime, texting, and Snapchat there are a ton of ways to stay in touch. We may not always be able to be in the same room with one another,  but its very important to let your gal pals know how much you cherish them and their friendship!

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Try It Tuesday

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I’m always looking for life hacks that will make my life easier. As a mom, most of the time I’m searching for ways to make cleaning easier (see: ways to get the kids involved in cleaning). I read this article one day while I was searching Pinterest and I my interest was instantly piqued!

For those of you who don’t want to click the link, I’ll give the “TL;dr” version: a woman once had a terrible landlord who actually gave her some great advice on how to clean the bathtub: Dawn dish soap and a broom.

Apparently, the bristles from the broom are great at scraping away any gunk off the tub while the Dawn gets rid of all the nasty grime and soapscum, all while saving your back from any discomfort. I decided to try it for myself!

I went to Dollar Tree and bought a new broom specifically for this and just grabbed the Dawn from the kitchen.

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All I did was squeeze the Dawn into the tub:

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Scrub, and then rinse:

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It certainly looked clean, but my mom always told me that the way to tell if a bathtub is clean is to rub your hand alongside the bathtub walls. If its smooth, then all the gunk is gone and your tub is clean! If its bumpy and rough, you need to keep scrubbing. I sat down on the edge of the tub and rubbed my hands along the tub walls.

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I was VERY impressed! This is a great way for someone with chronic pain/back issues/elderly to be able to clean without putting unneeded stress on their back or joints! Even Huff the Tot could do this because the cleaner isn’t made with harsh chemicals! My life is forever changed, y’all.

Have you ever tried this trick? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Anyone else get inexplicably stressed out or anxiety-ridden when their house is cluttered/messy? When Duplos have been scattered across the floor and the hallway looks like an LOL Surprise minefield, I can literally feel my chest start to tighten.

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When the Christmas decorations were all out, I felt like the walls of our little house were closing in. I couldn’t wait for the holiday season to be over just so I could have a sense of calm. A few days after we cleared the house of decor, my husband and I watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. If you don’t know, Marie Kondo wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing which quickly topped the best-seller list and has made believers out of her converts–even Emily Gilmore…

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Basically, Marie says that instead of decluttering and organizing room by room, you do it category by category. For example, you bring all of your clothes out and pile them. You touch each item of clothing and, if the item does not spark joy, you tell it thank you for being in your life and get rid of it.

Personally, the whole concept of whether or not something sparks joy/thanking a hoodie for being in my life concept is a little too “crystals under the bed to promote healing powers” for me. BUT, I think the idea of organizing by category instead of location is pretty smart.

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Huff the Hubs and I decided to try it out. He started out in our room with his clothes and I piled all of Huff the Tot’s clothes in the living room and we got to work. After we finished with her stuff, I moved on to Huff the Babe’s room and then I tackled the beast that is my own closet.

Y’all.

It was incredibly cathartic and relaxing.

We got rid of SEVEN TRASH BAGS–you read that right, SEVEN–of JUST clothes. Can you believe that?!

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Huff the Hubs bought the book because he wanted to know “the real method” to getting rid of paper clutter and books, so as soon as he reads that chapter (because Momma ain’t doing it) we’re getting started on those categories. If you’re looking to get organized and feel less clutter anxiety in 2019, I highly recommend trying out this process!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy New Year, Geeklings! One of my goals this year is to be more consistent with blogging so I am committed to bringing you more geekery in 2019! Let’s just dig right in, shall we?

Its a new year, maybe its a time to update the decor in your house with some nerdy nifties like this Starry Night-inspired wall art from Think Geek!

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I just realized that this canvas included Earth…so…what planet is this city on?! Dun, dun, dun!

 

Maybe you’ve got a resolution to host more fantastical gathering with you and your crew! Definitely time to splurge on this Harry Potter flatware!

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These Hogwarts crest-engraved utensils come in a single place setting (5 pieces) or a 4-person place setting (20 pieces)!

 

Its a new year which means its probably time to start evaluating your fitness goals. Why not start small with this finger weightlifting set from Perpetual Kid?  Finger-Weight-Lifting__96530.1540683226

While not an actual way to get ripped, it is a great way to keep the workday more fun!

 

Y’all, January in Oklahoma is turning out to be a lot colder than December. I need to reevaluate my winter gear. Perhaps I need these:

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Seriously, how a-DORK-able are these unicorn earmuffs?! I bet they’re magically cozy, too!

 

A few weeks ago, my favorite Star Wars purse fell apart after about 9 years of love and affection. *Sigh* But this means I’m in the market for a new, nerdy bag! Maybe I’ll get this one from Hot Topic!

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This cross-body bag is made to look like a book of the classic Ghibli film, My Neighbor Totoro! Surely it will hold all of my little soot sprites, right?

 

 

Happy Fangirling!