Fan Girl Friday!

 

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Happy Friday, peeps! We are officially in Christmas countdown mode now that we are in December! Are you excited?! Need help getting into the Christmas spirit? Then I’ve got some nerdy nifties sure to put some jungle in your bells!

Last night, the fam and I watched Charlie Brown Christmas on TV–one of my favorite holiday specials! YouTuber Only Leigh decided to put her own geeky spin on the Christmas classic by making the mash-up, “Merry Christmas, Will Byers!” (a blend of Peanuts and Stranger Things!) Check it out:

 

 

I don’t know about you, but my Black Friday was spent binge-watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. And while I wanted to slap Rory (and Lorelai) a few times, I still really enjoyed the visit back to Stars Hollow! So much so that I think I need to grab some GG swag, like this adorable tee from I❤ Apparel!

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This tee comes in a variety of colors (and you can also get this print on hoodies and mugs)! Plus they have other tees from Stars Hollow hot spots like Al’s Pancake World and, of course, Luke’s Diner!

 

For some folks, the holidays aren’t all stockings and rainbows. For some that aren’t able to make it home, the holidays can be a little sad. But have no fear! HomesickCandles.com can make you feel like you’re back with your family in your home state!

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After a group of friends relocated out of state, they wanted to still feel close to their roots and Homesick Candles was born! Each candle is comprised of scents native to or famous in that state. The description for my home state (Oklahoma) reads: “These scents will take you back to the good ol’ days at home in the Sooner State with hints of pecan, barbecue, cinnamon, and vanilla.” Mmm…smells like home!

 

Anyone else seeing their computer covered in boring, yellow Post-Its? It can make your desk seem very bleak indeed. Why not spruce up the joint with these:

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Rainbow scratch art notes will surely make those reminders like, “Take out the trash!” and “Pick up dry cleaning!” feel like less of a nuisance and more exciting when written on these! You can get 125 notes for $8.99 from Perpetual Kid!

 

Have a find YOU want featured on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

 

Happy Fangirling!

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone so you know what that means: today is #GivingTuesday! Don’t know where to start? Not to worry, I’ve found some amazing charities and foundations that make a difference in so many people’s lives!

 

Wreaths Across America 

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This organization is very near and dear to my heart. I have such a special place in my heart for veterans. We owe them SO MUCH. They deserve to be honored for their sacrifices. Each Christmas season, Wreaths Across America lays wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. For only $15, you can sponsor a wreath and honor our fallen heroes. My niece, Ellie, is a member of the American Heritage Girls. Every year, her troop raises money for wreaths and the girls also go to the cemetery to help place wreaths. My sister has said that it is such a beautiful experience for the girls as well as the adults. Click here to sponsor a wreath!

 

American Humane Association

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Even though we don’t have any animals at the Huffman Homestead (except for our fish, Darth) we still love our furry friends and want to see them thrive! The Humane Association does so much: from health care to rescue to preparing animals to be service pets, the list goes on and on! To give to a great cause, click here!

 

Operation Christmas Child

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I know I’ve talked about this charity before, but it bears repeating. This is one of my favorite charities to give to! Operation Christmas Child (also referred to as Operation Shoebox) gives presents to children all over the world who have little to nothing. Huff the Hubs and I fill shoeboxes every year and it is such a blessing! You may think filling a shoebox with simple items may not mean much, but take a look at this video and the excitement in the children’s eyes:

 

Habitat for Humanity

1692-habitat-for-humanity-webHabitat for Humanity is an awesome organization that does so much for low-income families everywhere! You can donate your time, funds, or resources to help this great cause! Click here to see how YOU can get involved!

 

There are so many charities out there that deserve our time, attention, and giving. Like this one, this one, and this one!

 

So try it! Get out there and give! What are some your favorite charities? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Remember last year when, during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, people would blow up your newsfeed with daily “I’m thankful for…” posts? I think its a testament to how awful 2016 has been that I have not seen a SINGLE post.

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But, even when circumstances suck, I still feel like there are things to be thankful for. Of course, I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my health, and my job. But there are other things that, as a mom, I am EXTREMELY grateful for.

 

PBS Kids Programming

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I feel like I need to make a disclaimer here that I don’t just park my kids in front of the TV all day (though, some days, its like that; don’t judge). Huff the Babe is STILL not sleeping through the night, so I basically wake when the kids do in the morning. I am ever thankful to PBS Kids for their morning lineup of Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Sesame Street. Because no matter what time Huff the Tot wakes, one of those shows is on and can keep her attention long enough for me to drink a cup of coffee and eat my breakfast. Sometimes I can even squeeze in a solo trip to the bathroom if I’m lucky. God bless you, Elmo.

 

Walmart Grocery Pickup 

 

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Yes, I know, I should support local grocery stores instead of going to big corporations like Walmart, blah, blah, blah… Well, when the Mom-n-Pop down the road makes it so that I can order my groceries online, drive to the store without having to put my toddler’s shoes back on get my children out of the car or get myself out of the car in my spit up-covered clothes and unwashed hair, then I will gladly frequent that establishment. Until then, I will gladly order groceries on my phone while nursing my baby and pick them up without wearing a bra.

 

Iced Tea

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Ever since having Huff the Babe, caffeine is a necessity in the Huffman home. Momma needs the juice to get through the day. My drink of choice used to be Diet Dr. Pepper, but I have since quit drinking the devil’s elixir. (For many reasons. Mostly because I noticed I was having some weird neurological side effects and was ending the day feeling SO. FREAKING. SLUGGISH.) Now, my drink of choice is unsweet iced tea. I still get my caffeine kick, but I don’t feel so sluggish and run down! I seriously can feel a difference! Its awesome!

 

Owning a Treadmill

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Before I had a treadmill at home, I maybe did cardio once a week. If that. It was difficult to make it to the park to run (plus, YOU try taking a toddler and an infant to the park and telling the toddler you’re not going to play on the slides. You won’t make it out alive.) and my running buddy (aka, my sister) and I had differing schedules so it was hard to meet up. Now that I have a treadmill, I can put my little ankle biters down for a nap, turn Netflix on the iPad, and run to my heart’s content! I. LOVE. IT.

 

Mommy Sites

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Sometimes, I feel like the world’s worst mom. There are days I beat myself up and think, “Motherhood shouldn’t be this exhausting or this difficult; clearly you’re doing something wrong.” Its in those moments I start to do what no one should do–I Google. I look up “should I always be tired?” or “how to not yell at my toddler?” and, I gotta say, I end up feeling MUCH better. Why? Because more often than not, I find websites, blog posts, or memes that sum up exactly how I’m feeling. And then, I realize I’m not alone! Its a glorious feeling!

 

What about you, Momma? What are YOU thankful for?

Try It Tuesday

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We are officially on turkey countdown, folks! T-minus 1 day, 8 hours, and some-odd minutes! And, if you’re like me, you feel woefully unprepared! Have no fear, I rounded up some of my favorite Try It Tuesday hacks to help you (and your house) get ready for the parade of family members to come over!

 

For You: 

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Want to get picture-worthy hair but don’t want to spend all day working on it? Use this simple hair hack to get cute curls (or wowza waves)! (Tip: Leave your hair in the foil while you baste, clean, and prep for best results!

 

For the House: 

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Have stubborn mineral deposits around your faucet? Keep the disgusted looks from in-laws at bay with this simple cleaning solution! And here’s another for those stainless steel appliances!

 

For the Table: 

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If you want a dessert that stands out from the crowd of pumpkin pies, store bought cookies, and some kind of fruit cake that looks like it should’ve been thrown out MONTHS ago, try this DELISH fruit pizza! It’s super simple and super yummy!

 

And, the biggest piece of advice I can give you this holiday season is: relax. Don’t take everything so seriously. Problems are going to arise, people are going to get on your nerves, and plans will inevitably be disrupted. But have a good sense of humor about it and try not to fret! Enjoy this season and the food it brings-ha!

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Do you have any style, cleaning, or cooking hacks for the holiday season? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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It’s that time of year again. A time when we all gather around, eat delicious meals, dress up in clothes, and internally scream at everyone around us. Wait, what? Nobody else does that? Just me? Cool.

In all seriousness, I really do love the holidays! Though now that I’m an adult with two kids, I have to admit that it’s not as magical as it used to be.

Last night we had Huffman Thanksgiving at the in-laws. Or, as my children thought it was called, “Let’s Have Meltdowns Simultaneously Making Mommy Lose Her Mind While We’re Wearing Fancy Clothes Day”.

On the ride home, Huff the Hubs said, “Now that we’re parents, Thanksgiving and Christmas just don’t seem as much fun.”

I agreed. Then, as if right on cue, Huff the Tot piped up, “Wow, Mommy, look at those lights!” (A house was decorated for Christmas) “It’s so beautiful!”

Being the emotional basket case that I am, I felt tears well up in my eyes because though I had had a very tiring evening, she could still see the world through her innocent kid eyes.

Which leads me to the subject of today’s post: How to Get Through The Holidays Without Losing Your Ish.

 

One of the things I like to do is make a list of things that are stressing me out and figure out how I can cope with each stressor. I thought of the main stresses most of us (and by “us” I mean women) have this time of year and some solutions to get you through!

 

Being expected to cook everything and clean up.

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Luckily, I’m not expected to do any major cooking. I’m an okay cook, but my family loves their traditional Thanksgiving foods and they like it how it’s always been made (i.e., mostly by my Grammy and mom) and we’re not a group that is in love with change so I won’t rock the boat. Anyway, I digress… BUT, if you are the one who is up at 5:00 a.m. basting, chopping, and sautéing, listen to what I’m about to say: DO NOT CLEAN UP AFTER ANYONE. Seriously. You have done enough. I don’t care if its tradition for the men-folk to watch football while the women clean. That’s outdated and misogynistic and it needs to end. Just like people are assigned what to bring to a family function, (e.g., Suzy brings stuffing, Bill brings cranberry sauce) there should be assigned dish washers and trash can emptiers. If you’re the one hosting and opening your home, DO NOT CLEAN. This is basically why people have children—free labor. Put those that didn’t cook (or are too young to cook) in charge of clearing plates and scrubbing casserole dishes. Better yet—use paper products and the clean-up is faster! Delegate—and do it early—so you’re not treated like a house elf!

 

The family member that wants to talk politics.

This year, all political talk needs to be banned from family functions. I’m serious. When you (or whomever) makes the call telling other family members what time the Turkey Day festivities are going down, add in a little disclaimer that there is a moratorium on political talk this Thursday. If that one uncle of yours just can’t seem to stop from flapping his gums about the Electoral College, just crank up the Adele:

 

 

Listening to your kid (see: toddler) whine about not wanting any of the Thanksgiving food.

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This was Huff the Tot last night. She didn’t want anything to do with the turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, or stuffing. And you know what? I can already tell you I will not be in the mood to pick that battle later this week at my grandparents’ house. So I WILL be preparing. I’m taking a Lunchable and half of a PBJ. Because it will not matter if my child doesn’t eat giblet gravy, but I AM going to make sure she eats something (and this momma ain’t cooking an extra meal!).

 

The fear of getting shanked at Walmart on Black Friday.

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I used to LOVE Black Friday, back before it became (as I like to call it) “Gray Thursday”. My family and I would make t-shirts, have call signs, and then meet up at Waffle House for a victory breakfast, swapping war stories about our deals. Now that the stores are open on Thanksgiving, it kind of takes the fun out of it. But, fear not! About 99% of the deals that are in store you can find online! The last two years I have bought the majority of my Black Friday swag online and didn’t necessarily have to get out! Word of advice though, do NOT get on the Walmart or Target website RIGHT at midnight. Everyone does that and the websites are suuuuuper slow. You’ll end up staying up until 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning because of it. Trust me.

 

Social anxiety.

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I’ve been very open about my struggle with depression and anxiety. It sucks. And sometimes it can really get in the way of letting a person enjoy special occasions. Something that has always helped me in the past was having a place I could escape to collect myself. At my Grammy’s house, there are four bedrooms and an enclosed staircase. Sometimes when it gets too loud or I’m feeling a panic attack some on, I slip to one of the back rooms or staircase and take a few minutes to breathe and regain my composure. (My essential oils anxiety blend has also been a real helped!)

 

The holidays should be fun, enjoyable, and filled with fun memories. But that doesn’t mean they also aren’t stressful and make you want to curl up in a ball with a bottle of Cupcake! Do you have any tips for surviving the holidays? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

 

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Happy Friday peeps! Sorry its been a while since you’ve been able to feast your eyes upon some nerdy nifties–things have been a wee bit crazy ’round here. But, no need to fear! I’m going to get your weekend started off in a magical way!

This weekend, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (or, to some people: Harry Potter 9) opens in theaters! And yes, I bought my tickets weeks ago and I am SO excited! To celebrate another film that will bring JK Rowling’s wizarding world to life, every geeky goody featured in today’s FGF is all about FBWTFT!

 

Y’all, Hot Topic has really grown from a store that carries oversized black Jnco’s to a haven of fandom gear! I love that they release their own line of clothes when there’s a major film debut and they did not skimp with the latest installment to the Potter-verse!

Just look at these Fantastic Beasts-inspired frocks! You’ve got Newt Scamander’s overcoat:

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The Queenie Goldstein-inspired dress:

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It even has the MACUSA symbol on it!

 

And, the Queenie coat!

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There’s even a space for you to carry your wand!

 

After you see the movie, decorate your home with the lovely pages of this Fantastic Beasts coloring book!

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This 80-page coloring book is full of magical creatures, famous wizards, and scenes from the film!

 

Percival Graves, I have learned, is the Director of the MACUSA and is always dressed to the nines. And now YOU can dress like the big wizard in charge thanks to Think Geek!

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This polyester tie will make any man look more magical (and dapper!) along with a model of Percival’s signature accessory–a double scorpion tie tack!

 

 

 

Happy fangirling!

Try It Tuesday

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You may not know this (actually, it’d be weird if you did) but my dad loves trying out new recipes (the guy is ALWAYS on Pinterest) or finding a recipe and making it his own by tweaking a few things. Sunday night, he treated us to one such recipe and its today’s Try it Tuesday! He found this recipe on AllRecipes.com, but decided to try it minus the banana-flavors!

Here’s what he used:

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1 graham cracker pie crust

1 package cream cheese, softened

2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant pudding mix (dad used cheesecake and caramel)

3 1/2 cups milk

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

 

In a medium-sized bowl, whip the cream cheese until fluffy.

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Then, add in the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.

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Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust and refrigerate for at least two hours.

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Then, serve! We topped ours with Cool Whip, caramel drizzle, and hot fudge! Mmm!

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This turned out pretty good! It tasted like turtle cheesecake! Dad sad that next time he makes it, he’ll be sure that the cream cheese is soft enough (there were still some lumps in the pie). But even with the lumps, it was still tasty!

 

Have you ever tried this before? What did you use? Share in the comments below!