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Guys. Its here. Its finally, FINALLY here!

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Well, technically its two days away, but SPRING IS HERE!! I wore flip-flops today, people! FLIP. FLOPS. Do you know how happy this made me? Not only that, but I went outside and didn’t get hypothermia! Its like I can feel the weight of winter melting off me!

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I know that spring is going to bring seasonal allergies and we’re all going to be red-eyed and snot-nosed, but right now I DO NOT CARE. I am just so happy that winter is FINALLY going away!

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Are you happy spring has sprung?!

Try It Tuesday

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The other day, I was picking up a few things at Walmart and I passed the gluten free section. I like to stop and look because my mother-in-law and a good friend of mine both have Celiac and whenever I see new, GF products I like to mention it to them.

 

One item in particular caught my eye. It touted that it was not only gluten free but vegan, non gmo, and grain free! Plus, it also had spinach hidden in it! Intrigued, I grabbed a pouch and tossed it into my basket.

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I was super excited to try these and test them out on my kiddos. I followed the instructions and baked those puppies ASAP.

When they first came out of the oven and cooled for a few minutes, I tried one.

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I wasn’t too impressed.

Huff the Hubs and Huff the Tot, however, LOVED them!

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Kid-approved!

 

It wasn’t until the next day when I tried a brownie without heating it up that I saw what they were talking about.

 

HOLY MACKEREL, THESE THINGS ARE DELICIOUS!

I think they just need time to cool, settle, and let all the ingredients “mush” together for a bit. I will absolutely be buying these again!

 

A few things I’ll do differently next time:

~Pour them into a bigger pan than an 8×8. The package said to bake them for 20-22 minutes. In my 8×8 pan (like it recommends on the package) it took 45 minutes and the middle of the brownies were still gooey.

~Add in 1 tablespoon Enjoy Life chocolate chips. The reason I say this brand is because they are still allergy-friendly!

~Make them without the intention of eating right away. These brownies were sooooo much better the next day. Next time I bake them, I’ll keep that in mind.

 

This company also makes other mixes too, such as carrot cake, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and a bare muffin mix (meaning you can add ANYTHING to them to make any kind of muffin you want!).

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Mommy Monday

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Last Wednesday officially kicked off the Lenten season. Lent is a time where those from the Catholic church abstain from something (chocolate, sweets, etc.) during the forty days before Easter, commemorating when Jesus withdrew to the desert to pray and fast. I’m not Catholic, but this year I decided I wanted to try and “fast” from something for 40 days. I’ve done this before and it did NOT end well.

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Let’s just say I made it all of three days. This time, however, I started a few days earlier than Lent and stopped drinking Diet Dr. Pepper and replacing it with unsweet iced tea (sweetened with a natural sweetener).

One of the reasons I decided to give up this particular drink was because of the negative health affects of the drink. But I also wanted to give up something I felt I “couldn’t live without”.

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In addition to giving something up for Lent, I saw a neat post on Facebook that suggested adding something that’s good for you to each day leading up to Lent. For example: go for a daily walk, add a serving of vegetables to every meal, or drink 8 glasses of water. I’ve decided to add “exercise breaks” to every day.

Last week I added 50 burpees a day.

It was not fun.

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This week, I’ll add 50 jumping jacks a day. The next week I’ll add something different and so on and so on.

I think this will be a great way for me to not only make a concentrated effort to stick to my Lenten goals, but also to have moments throughout the day I can stop and think about this very important season while doing something good for my health.

What about you? Are you fasting from or adding anything to keep the spirit of Lent? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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My Pinterest feed has been flooded with life hacks for healthy(ier) snacks and desserts and I finally remembered to pick up the ingredients for one the other day! And, remarkably, all I needed was TWO things:

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Yup. That’s it. All I needed was an Oikos protein yogurt and a packet of sugar free lemonade drink mix!

I poured about half the packet of drink mix into the yogurt and mixed it all up!

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Then, I separated the mixture into to different containers. I topped one with some Reddi Whip and crumbled up half a graham cracker on top.

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This was pretty good! It tasted like a lemon meringue pie! It was tasty and it didn’t break the calorie bank! Look at these stats:

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And the cool thing about this is that you could pretty much use any flavor drink mix to shake things up! Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Y’all. I am so over winter. I just can’t hang with these frigid temperatures, ridiculously cold winds, and days on end at home. I truly believe I have a mild case of seasonal affective disorder. Right now, spring seems but a distant dream.

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I just can’t hang with this foolishness. I miss the sun. I miss going outside with my kids (I NEVER thought I’d say that; I’m what you call “indoorsy”). I miss walking out to my car and not having to basically shove tissues up my nose to stop all the running!

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I want to take family walks in the neighborhood without the fear of my kids getting hypothermia. I want my hair to stop being so freaking static-y because the air is so dry. And I want to not have to wear layers upon layers of clothing just to walk to the mailbox!

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However, don’t–as the kids say–“get it twisted”, though. I am in NO WAY ready for the triple-digit-hotter-than-the-surface-of-the-sun-humidity that is an Oklahoma summer. But dang, man. Is a 70-75 degree day too much to ask?

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Sigh. 

Until then, I’ll just be over here price-checking flights to the Bahamas.

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Does anyone else feel like the past three months have been nothing but coughing, sneezing, and/or fevers? It seems like every time I log onto Facebook, I’m seeing someone post about how they’re getting sick/getting over a sickness/nursing a sick child (or husband). Here at the Huffman Homestead, we’ve been battling coughs and congestion since mid-January. Its to the point that, when we’re out in public, if I hear someone cough I fight the urge to spray them with Lysol.

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When I saw the latest song parody from The Holderness family, I related to it sooooo much:

 

*immediately chugs Emergen-C*

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, boys and girls! We’ve been staying in a lot avoiding the cold weather, which means we’ve been stuck indoors, coughing/sneezing/blowing noses and sharing germs. Us over at the Huffman Homestead are in dire need of geeky goodies to buoy our spirits and I’m sure you could too! So let’s get to it, shall we?

While we were at Disney World, I really, really wanted to find where they sold “The Grey Stuff” (like from Beauty and the Beast) with this cookbook from Firebox, I might be able to make it!

Disney’s Simple Family Cookbook features 100 quick, easy, and delicious recipes your whole family is sure to enjoy!

When you’re done noshing on Lady and Tramp’s spaghetti, you can fix a spot of tea with Think Geek’s new Star Trek Captain’s tea set!

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This set, which features the Star Command logo as well as the insignia for the United Federation of Planets, comes with teapot, two tea cups, two saucers, a sugar bowl, and creamer pitcher!

 

Growing up, Huff the Hubs loooooved Winnie the Pooh. When we were first expecting Huff the Tot, he suggested a Pooh-themed nursery (which I quickly shot down in favor of our Star Wars nursery). But, maybe if we have a third, we can get this for the little geekling’s room:

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This framed, canvas map is perfect for any A. A. Milne fan and is available at any Hot Topic!

 

Anyone planning on going to see the newest installment of the How to Train Your Dragon series in theaters? Then you need this (ya know, to sneak candy into the movie! Wait, I would never condone such behavior…*cough cough*)!
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This Toothless mini backpack is made of faux leather and features the adorable dragon’s quirky smile and tiny wings! Seriously, could this be any cuter?!

 

Happy fangirling!