Try It Wednesday

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Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday. I was an editing machine/was taking care of a very needy toddler. But I am here today with a very fun–and easy–Try It!

We moved into our new home about 2 weeks ago. There are still boxes EVERYWHERE and pictures have yet to be hung up on the walls. BUT, most of the rooms are functional and that’s really all I can ask for at this point.

I wanted Huff the Tots room to be cute and whimsical. I knew I wanted a little reading corner because, much like her namesake, the girl loves books. I got some PINspiration and decided to make a float canopy for her reading area.

Here’s what I used:


~Embroidery hoop

~2 sheer curtains

~White ribbon

~Wall hook

That’s it!


First, you’ve got to separate the two hoops. Then, tie some ribbon to the inner hoop. This will be how you hang the canopy from the ceiling, so make sure to measure your ribbon!



Then, take the outer hoop and remove the dilly-ma-bob so you can thread the curtain through the hoop:



Then, thread your curtain(s):



Be sure to keep the tags of the curtains on the inside of the hoop. If not, you’ll get frustrated and have to re-do it. Like I did.

When you’ve finished placing the curtains on the larger hoop, place the smaller hoop inside and screw the dilly-ma-bob back on. Be sure that the inner hoop is secure or else the canopy will fall and you will cuss. Like I did.



After that, hang it up and enjoy!



Like I said, not everything is hung up on the walls quite yet, but you get the jist! This was, by far, the EASIEST “DIY” I’ve EVER done. And I’m pretty pleased with the results!



Mommy Monday

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Y’all, this whole “being-pregnant-while-chasing-a-toddler-and-moving-into-a-new-house-while-your-husband-starts-grad-school” thing is reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyyy exhausting.


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Don’t get me wrong, I totally see how my body is doing something incredibly amazing right now, growing a human and all. (I also read one of the reasons I’m so tired is because I’m also growing the placenta. And the placenta doesn’t really take over until the second trimester. Gah, placenta, do your freaking job! Why do I have to do EVERYTHING?!)

But dang, guys. I’m so freaking tired. I’ve been trying to keep up my workout schedule, thinking that it would give me more energy. Boy was I wrong.

I’ve been limiting myself to one Diet Dr. Pepper a day (okay, so its a Big Gulp. Bite me.) but it really isn’t helping.

Mommy Monday Caffeine Patch

So, I’m sending up the Batsignal.

This is one of those rare moments when I’m actually asking for advice.

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How did you keep your energy up/get shiz done while you were preggars (whether or not you were chasing a toddler–or many)? I know its only been two years and some change since I had Huff the Tot, but I can’t remember how I was able to get things accomplished while feeling like someone slipped me a mickey.

While you think about it, I’m going to go take a nap.

Fan Girl Friday

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Another week down, another day to fangirl! Let’s jump right in, shall we?

The Nexon Computer Museum in South Korea serves up some awesome desserts! After a Kickstarter campaign launched a keyboard waffle iron (which is now available for purchase!), the café started serving them up, along with pastry “mice”!

Fan Girl Friday Keyboard Waffle

This is probably the most delicious looking piece of computer technology I’ve ever seen!


Y’all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this winter and the SW swag is EVERYWHERE! Including Shop Post!

Fan Girl Friday Stormtrooper Koozie

Keep your drinks cold while looking hot with this Storm Trooper koozie! Plus, it’ll intimidate anyone trying to finish off your can of Diet Coke®!


Ever wish you could pull a George Bailey and lasso the moon for someone? Well now, thanks to Luna Lanterns you can!

Fan Girl Friday Moon Lights

These beautiful, realistic moon lamps are available in four different sizes and can light up any room! (See what I did there?)


I. LOVE. DISNEY. And now that my little Gryffindor is getting older, she’s turning into a major Disney fan as well! Anytime I see anything House of Mouse-related, I HAVE to buy it! This is why Mod Cloth will be receiving a lot of my paycheck!

Fan Girl Friday Disney Notecard Sets

These adorable postcards come 100 to a box and are full of concept art and final depictions of your favorite animated Disney movies!



Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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As many of you know, I am a HUGE Anglophile. Anything and everything British, I absolutely adore, especially the royal family. I may not always agree with their politics, but there is something about them that I can’t help but love! And, one of the royals just celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. This is why she is today’s wonderful woman highlighted on Her’s Day Thursday!


Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed her great, great grandmother in becoming England’s longest reigning monarch! Queen Elizabeth II took the throne on February 6, 1952. (For those of you who have seen the Doctor Who episode titled “The Idiot’s Lantern”, you have seen some of the footage of her coronation and know what a big deal it was that her coronation was televised. And yes, I get much of my history knowledge from DW.)

Hers Day Thursday Queen-Elizabeth Coronation

She has met twelve U.S. Presidents, twelve British Prime Ministers, and even has a message written to the crew of the Apollo 11 that is microfilmed and STILL on the moon today!


Though many see her as a staunch, stiff-upper-lipped symbol of old-fashioned times, she has actually helped push the royal family into modern times. She set out a formal decree ensuring that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn (whether it was to be a boy or a girl) would have royal titles and be placed in the line of succession. This was a huge moment because had Prince George been a girl and the queen not changed the law; the princess would have been replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother.

Hers Day Thursday Queen Elizabeth Family Portrait

Queen Elizabeth also strives to be relatable to the public. She is the only royal who has taken a car maintenance course and even changed her own spark plugs during the Second World War! The queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress as a sign of solidarity during the rationing in the 1940’s.

BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 07: Queen Elizabeth II attends a Garden Party at Balmoral Castle, on August 07, 2012 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The queen continues to try and modernize the monarchy, by taking steps to shut down the Civil List (the public fund that provides funds to the royal family), make private treasures available for public viewing, and become more accessible, herself, to the public.


Its good to be queen.

Hers Day Thursday Queen Elizabeth II

Try It Tuesday

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I’m *this close* to finishing my play kitchen revamp! I just need a few more tweaks and I’ll be done! But I couldn’t let a Tuesday go by without trying something for y’all!


Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. So you know what that means…

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That’s right, Ned. Its coming.

Today’s first Try It is Fiber One PUMPKIN SPICE Brownies!

Try It Fiber One

All new from FO, this brownie promises lots of fiber and big, punkin’ taste! And boy did it deliver (on both counts, ha!). I really liked this! When I was trying to lose weight (back in 2006, I put on 35 pounds! Eeek!) I would heat up a Fiber One Brownie and dollop some Cool Whip Light on top for dessert! It was filling and tasty! I may do the same with these! Definitely buying them again!


The next product was actually suggested by my mom. We saw them at the store while shopping for stuff for the new house (pics to come when the casa isn’t in shambles from moving). They were near the register and said “NEW!”, so Mom had to get them.

Try It Chex Chips

They’re Chex Chips! I loooooove Chex Mix, so I was excited to try them out….until I ate one. The jalapeno has quite a kick to it and the texture just feels…wrong. I don’t know how to explain it. Needless to say, I’ll be walking straight past them next time I’m at Wally World.


Have you tried either of these products? What did you think? Are there any new products you’ve tried lately that you love? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, y’all! Today is trailermania on The Huffman Post! I’ve got awesome sneak peeks on much-anticipated movies!

First up, we’ve got The Scorch Trials the second in The Maze Runner series. And, bonus, it opens in theaters today!


Disney is releasing a live-action retelling of their classic The Jungle Book! And by the looks of the trailer, we will not be disappointed, people!


I know many of y’all were none too happy about the ending to the Divergent series, but maybe you’ll be appeased when you watch the newest trailer for the film!


And, finally, the last installment of the Hunger Games saga wraps up this November. When I saw this trailer, titled For Prim, I seriously got goosebumps. Watch and try not to cry!


What’d you think? Have you seen any new trailers that YOU can’t wait to watch in theaters? Share in the comments below!


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Hers Day Thursday

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There is an awesome show on Netflix called Mysteries at the Museum. It talks about different artifacts from various museums around the nation and the stories behind them. The other night, they showed a lantern and told the story of Kate Shelley.

Hers Day Thursday Kate Shelley

Kate Shelley was an Irish-born immigrant living in the Honey Creek area of Iowa in 1881. One day, a massive storm hit the Shelley’s rural home. Kate heard a loud crash and looked out her window to see that a flash flood had caused the timbers underneath the railroad bridge to fall apart. Kate knew the train schedule by heart and realized that a passenger train would come barreling over that bridge in less than two hours. It would surely kill all on board.

The nearest train outpost was two two miles away and the quickest way to get there was over the rickety, damaged bridge. In torrential downpour, Kate grabbed her lantern and started across the bridge. The bridge however, had no railings and with the high winds, it was only possible to cross on her hands and knees.

Hers Day Thursday Kate Shelley Reinactment

Her dress kept getting caught on the railroad spikes, but she pressed on. While going across the bridge, her lantern went out. She continued carefully along in almost near darkness. Finally, when she reached the other side, she ran as fast as she could the rest of the way. When she arrived at the outpost, she yelled as she entered, “The bridge is out ahead!” and immediately fainted.

The workers were able to get a message to the train which was diverted, saving 200 people. The people of the train took up a collection for Kate and she was also given a medal for her heroic act. The bridge, after it was fixed, was renamed the Kate Shelley bridge in her honor.

Hers Day Thursday Kate Shelley Bridge

Kate Shelley, one brave lady!


Try It Tuesday

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While taking a quiz on Buzzfeed the other day (pretty sure I was figuring out what my Patronus is for the 800th time. Its a fox, in case you were wondering) I saw an AWESOME dessert that made this preggo drool with delight. I HAD to try it!


Here’s what you need:

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~A pre-made pie crust (they used graham cracker, so that’s what I bought)

~M&M’s (1 cup; though I didn’t use that much)

~Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups (about 8)

~Twix (BF says to use four bars, but I only used two)


First, preheat the oven to 350*. Press the dough into the pie crust.

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Then, scream in frustration because you didn’t think to let the dough soften before pressing it into the crust.


Next, cut the eight mini peanut butter cups in half and press them into the dough.

Try It Tuesday Cookie Candy Pie2 (2)


Repeat for the Twix bars. Then, sprinkle M&M’s on top (I only did it on half of the pie because my sister doesn’t like M&M’s and I wanted her to try it).

Try It Tuesday Cookie Candy Pie (1)


Pop it in the oven for about 45-55 minutes. Then, let it cool and top with ice cream or Cool Whip!

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Y’all, this was da bomb! I LOVED it! And so did everyone else! Next time, I’ll let the cookie dough soften A LOT before pressing it into the crust. I’ll also let it cook a tad longer. The middle of the pie was a little gooey, though my dad said it made it even better!

Mommy Monday

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Now that Huff the Tot is two, she has reached an adorable milestone where she says “No” to everything I ask her to do. (Please note the sarcasm.)

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She’s getting older which means she’s starting to need more discipline. Which I absolutely hate. Its seriously a daily struggle with me asking myself, “Do I want to make my kid cry?” or “Do I want my kid to grow up to be a jerk?” Typically, my child is tears. Some days I don’t feel like fighting–and yes, you can call it laziness if you want to. That’s basically what it is.

I know I need to be consistent with my discipline. I know that my child needs boundaries. I want her to be a kind-hearted person with good manners and not a little brat. But I also haven’t yet found what discipline works best.

I’ve spanked her before, but sometimes I feel like that is counter-productive. For example, if she hits me or kicks me while I’m changing her diaper and I spank her leg and say, “Don’t kick!” or “Don’t hit!” does that send the wrong message? (E.g., You hit me so I’m going to hit you back.) Plus, after I give her a spanking, I feel like the worst mother on the planet.

Time-out doesn’t really help. It just sort of extends the meltdown. And then everyone in the house has to deal with a tantrum-throwing toddler.

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have noticed that when I get down to her level and tell her in a low voice that her behavior needs to be corrected (i.e., “We do NOT throw rocks” or “It is time to clean up”) she listens. However, this is not always the case. And when she doesn’t listen and flips out, it takes all that I have within me to not scream and cuss and punch the wall.

Mommy Monday Frustrated


So, I guess what I’m getting at is this: How do you keep your cool when your little one acts like a turd? What discipline style do you use? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? If your kids are grown, what is something you wish you had/hadn’t done? Share in the comments below!












(Also, a very happy birthday to the BEST mom in the world–mine! Happy Birthday, Mom! Thanks for not scarring me as a child with your discipline techniques! 🙂 )

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, padawans! I’ve got some nerdy nifties sure to put a smile on your face! Today’s FGF is all about a galaxy far, far away!


Huff the Hubs and I just bought our first house. We want our home to be a den for geeks, so I think we need to invest in this first find!

Fan Girl Friday Vader Porch Light Cover

These porch light covers come in two designs: Vader and Stormtrooper! They come as a kit so you can custom fit them to your outdoor light!


We’ve already decided that the Star Wars nursery will become New Baby’s room and Huff the Tot will get a new royal makeover. But when New Baby gets old enough, I think we’ll have to grab this bed for the little tyke:

Fan Girl Friday Star Wars Bed Pottery Barn

This Millennium Falcon children’s bed is exclusively from Pottery Barn. And comes with a hefty price tag: $3,999.00! Even for a ship that can complete the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, that’s a tad over our budget. But, a girl can dream.


Huff the Tot has really been getting into Star Wars, which makes this geek mom’s heart swell with pride. Her favorite character is Darth Vader…we may need to get this for the kid’s room!

Fan Girl Friday Vader Wall Decor With Sound

This Vader wall hanging not only looks cool, but also talks! It has three preloaded sayings and he does his signature breathing!


I’m all about mash-ups. So when I saw this ah-mazing invention from Falcontoys, I was ecstatic!

Fan Girl Friday Han Solo Pop Tart

Yes, that is Han Solo in a Pop Tart. (Ya know, if they would have done that in the original movie, I’m thinking that Jabba would’ve eaten the tart and Han would’ve only been in there for about 3 seconds!) These awesome figurines are were available on but they have sold out and now there’s a crazy-long waiting list! #worthit

Happy fangirling!