Mommy Monday

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Happy Monday, y’all! Its back to work and the usual grind now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are nothing but a distant memory. Womp, womp.

I’ve already got my Christmas decor up and I’m super excited for the holiday season. I made a point to get all of my shopping done early because I really want to be able to enjoy Christmas activities with my family. I know that this time of year can be stressful, especially for us moms.

Not only do we have the regular stuff to take care of (kids, work, house) but the majority of us also do all the present shopping, wrapping, and prepping for company (i.e., making the house look like no one lives there so people will think you live in an immaculate house everyday.)

While scrolling through Facebook yesterday I saw this article by Parents.com. It was all signs that you have forgotten to take care of yourself. And, if you haven’t taken care of yourself, you can’t effectively take care of other people.

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I thought that Parents had some good advice on how to unwind and relax, but I also have a few tips that help me unwind that won’t break the bank!

 

Go to Target by yourself.

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Never underestimate the power of walking around a store leisurely without a child in a cart. Think of all the things you can look at! You could actually try on clothes! You can read magazines! You can even go down the candy aisle without dragging a screaming child when you refuse to buy anything! Plus, they have a Starbucks!

 

Spend $10 and get a mini massage from those folks at the mall.

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I LOVE getting massages! They are basically the greatest thing since pedicures. But, let’s face it, we don’t all have time to book an appointment and drop $50 to get a head-to-toe massage. This is why I love those little kiosks at the mall. You can spend $10 and get a ten-minute refreshing massage! You can even spend less and pop a few bucks into those massaging chairs!

 

Take a bubble bath and watch Netflix.

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I love bubble baths. I also love binge-watching. But, having a toddler doesn’t allow much time to partake in these activities. Generally, after Huff the Tot goes to sleep, I use that time to clean up, fold laundry, or work on projects. But the other day I put those on the back burner and took a bubble bath, set up the iPad to watch Jessica Jones on Netflix and just relaxed.

 

Get a shake/coffee, go to the library, and surf Pinterest. 

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If you just want an hour of unimpeded quiet, pop by a coffee shop or Chick-Fil-A (they have an AWESOME Cookies and Cream shake!) go to the library and surf Pinterest (or Facebook or Instagram) on your phone. Its quiet, they have WiFi and comfy chairs, and its free!

 

These things may sounds silly, but they help. And if you can get a little more you time, you’ll be amazed at how your relationships with your kiddos and your husband will improve. Huff the Hubs is pretty good and seeing when I’m getting wound too tight. That’s when he says, “Why don’t you go to Sonic?” or “Go to our room and I’ll watch the kid.” When I come back, I’m typically in a much better mood (that is, unless he’s let HtT run amok and destroy everything!)

 

What about you? What do you do to unwind? Do you remember to take regular breaks? Share n the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Hey y’all! I’ve been looking at Pinterest and I found a Try It that I think you’ll love!

Sadly, its not edible. BUT, it is super helpful! It is a natural alternative to shampoo!

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Here’s what you need:

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~Baking soda

~Water

~Vinegar

~Essential oils (not necessary, but comes in handy)

~Two squeeze bottles

 

There are two parts to this Try It. One is the “shampoo” and the other is the “conditioner”.

The shampoo is comprised of 1 parts baking soda to 3 parts water. I mixed 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 6 tablespoons of water for my shampoo:

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The conditioner is 1 part vinegar (you can use white or apple cider) to 4 parts water. I also threw in 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of spearmint just to try to mask the vinegar smell.

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Then, I washed and rinsed my hair. I won’t lie, it was weird not having my hairy all foamy. And the gritty nature of the baking soda made me feel like I was washing my hair with sand. And even though I added the essential oils, I could still smell the vinegar. (It gave me flashbacks to when my mom made us girls rinse our hair with vinegar all throughout elementary and junior high. It was a natural way to protect your hair from lice. My mom had THREE daughters with hair passed their booties; she about had a mental breakdown whenever we got lice from some kid at school. Can you imagine combing 6 feet of hair?! But still, even though it saved us all from the terror of those scalp-scratching bugs, I’d cry every time my mom made me pour vinegar on my head. But, I digress.)

I was still skeptical when I rinsed my hair. I figured I would have to wash my hair again because I knew that when I went to blow dry it that it would be a horrible mess. But it wasn’t! My tangle-prone hair was surprisingly easy to comb through and after I blow dried it, it didn’t look or feel greasy! I really liked it!

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Being a mom has opened my eyes to many things. I’ve learned a lot in the short two years I’ve been a mom.

I’ve learned that you can seriously lose sleep wondering if your child will ever poop.

I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what you wear, it will be covered in food, snot, and juice by the end of the day.

And I’ve also learned that being a mom means being able to understand other people’s struggles and emotions, no matter how often they change or how erratic they become.

(Though, in all honesty, I think that just by being a human one needs to know how to understand someone else’s struggles and emotions.)

Its tough, not just as a mom, but as a woman to stop myself from wanting to “fix” everything that’s going wrong for someone I love. I know I’m not alone in this. We want to fix the “bad stuff” in someone’s life because one, it makes us sad to see them sad. And two, it makes us uncomfortable when there’s nothing we can do.

A few months ago, I was talking to Huff the Hubs about how I could be supportive of a friend that was going through a rough time.

“How can I be empathetic? Or sympathetic? What’s even the difference?”

That’s when he showed me this video:

It really struck a chord with me. I started trying to use some of the techniques in the video and went about my life. I actually forgot about it until this weekend when I saw a Facebook friend had posted the same video.I know that there may be people out there that are thinking, “How can I help someone I love that’s going through a tough time?” So hopefully this short video will help shed some light on how others around you may feel and how you can be a supportive mom, sister, or friend.

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, fangirls and fanboys! I’ve found the latest geeky goodies and compiled them all onto a list just for you!

 

Y’all, today is the today we’ve all been waiting for! Well, I’ve been waiting for anyway. Marvel’s Jessica Jones drops on Netflix!

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I’ve already watched the first episode and I like it! Jessica is a tough-talking, booze swilling, semi-hard boiled PI with a dark past. She’s not your typical Marvel heroine, but I like that she’s a bit gritty. I didn’t think I’d be able to accept Krysten Ritter as a tough chick, given that most of the roles I’ve seen her in she plays the earthy best friend or the vapid neighbor. But, I think she’ll do great with this! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that my favorite Doctor is in it as well! Though, he’s not as sweet as his Gallifreyan alter ego.

 

Looking for a fun gift for your Secret Santa? Check out these clever coins from Perpetual Kid!

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They’re called “Seed Money”. What you do is you plant the paper coins and they grow into pretty flowers! Pennies bloom as delicate wildflowers, nickels become herbs, dimes turn into crunchy root crops, and quarters grow to become crispy fresh salad greens!

 

This week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 hit theaters. And, from what I have heard from critics and friends, this is the BEST Hunger Games film yet! I am so excited to see it! I’m also excited about all of the merch that’s hitting the stores. Like this adorable Katniss from Vinyl Pop!

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You can get your very own Katniss at Hot Topic stores!

 

 

In just a little over a month, we will all be going to a galaxy far, far away! Its time to stock up on all of the Star Wars swag while you can! Like this darling droid lamp from Think Geek!

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This cute little lamp has three settings: on, off, and dim and will add Jedi charm to any room!

 

 

Have any fandom finds you want to see on FGF? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Writer Wednesday

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With Christmas coming up, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

 

Did I get everyone on my list something? Are the guest rooms ready? Did I remember to mail the Christmas cards?

 

Yes, it’s so much fun to dress up, be with family, and stuff ourselves silly. But let’s not forget those around us that are less fortunate. I’ve got a list of some awesome charities that you can get involved with this holiday season!

 

Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child—also known as Operation Shoebox—sends a shoebox full of goodies to children all over the world! They could end up in Africa, South America, Asia; anywhere! Huff the Hubs and I really enjoy doing this! Its so much fun to go shopping for a little one and knowing you’ll get to brighten up their Christmas!

 

Angel Tree

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The Angel Tree program is a great one that my family has been doing for years. This charity focuses on the children of incarcerated parents. The parents fill out the Angel decals with their children’s names and what they’d like for Christmas. Then, you pick up a decal from a pick-up spot (normally a church or mall), shop for your kiddo, bring the presents back (wrapped), and the kids get gifts from their parents for Christmas!

 

Toys For Tots

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Operated by the Marines, TfT focuses on helping children have the best Christmas they can, despite financial setbacks. There are so many drop-off locations throughout the nation that you can bring a new, unwrapped toy!

 

My Two Front Teeth

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According to their website, My Two Front Teeth’s vision is: “to reduce the pain of poverty and help strengthen the bonds of society by bringing simplicity, efficiency, and personalization to the charitable gift-giving process, encouraging everyone to experience the incredible power and joy of giving.”

 

Another way to help those in need is to simply pack a bag for the homeless. Keep it with you in your car and hand it to someone you see while you’re out and about. If you need some tips on what the homeless actually need, here’s a great site with some helpful tips!

 

Have you ever worked with any of these charities? Are there charities not on my list that you’ve worked with before? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Y’all, I’ve been weighed down by the absolute crazy, horrendous events happening around the world this weekend. So, I don’t have some meaningful, wisdom-filled blog post today.

But, I do have something that made me chuckle. And, if you’re feeling chained down by grief or worry or just the day-to-day junk you have to deal with, I hope this makes you smile, too!

 

Also, I saw this one on the same YouTube channel! I’m still laughing!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, peeps! We’re one week closer to Thanksgiving, or as I like to call it, “Gorge Till Puke” Day! And to celebrate, I’ve rounded up some fantastically awesome finds for my fangirls and fanboys!

Y’all, when Nickelodeon announced that they were going to dedicate a channel solely to 90’s shows, I was ecstatic. Then, I saw this video from Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo!

*Cue the 90’s fangirl screams*

 

Huff the Hubs and I have been working on decorating our new home. Our style can be best described as: “Twelve-Year-Old-Left-Alone-In-A-Home-Decor-Store-With-Our-Parent’s-Credit-Card”. Case in point, I really, really, want this:

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This “Potty Piano” from Perpetual Kid is the best addition to our house! Seriously! Imagine having friends over and then, instead of hearing terrifyingly gross sounds coming from the loo, you hear a nice concerto! Or, you know, Three Blind Mice. Because that’s basically all I know, ha!

 

With Christmas approaching ever so steadily, I think I need to pick up a pack of these to drop under my sister’s Christmas tree! Its Author Paper Dolls!

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Each pack comes with 16 different authors including Jane Austen, George Orwell, and Franz Kafka! This is a must for bibliophiles everywhere!

 

We all know that the holidays are awesome. Yes, we get to see family and friends, but most importantly, we get yummy treats that we don’t get throughout the rest of the year! Like my mom’s pumpkin bread! Seriously, y’all…This pumpkin bread is da bomb! The only thing I think that would bring it over the top would be this cake pan:

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Seriously, how much more kick-a would Thanksgiving be if my mom rolled into my Grammy’s house with pumpkin bread baked in the shape of a dragon guarding its eggs?! If only we could make it breathe fire…

 

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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By now, you’ve probably seen the many, many videos circulating through social media that highlight “women’s beauty throughout history“. And while its fun to see how fashions and trends have changed (what were we thinking in the 80’s?!) I’ve noticed that it all seems to just focus on what the women wore, not so much what they were doing. My sister knows how much stuff like this bugs me and sent me this awesome video! I loved it so much that I had to share it with you!

The maker of the video, Karolina Zewbrowska, said that although not all of the statistics are from one country (some are from America, others are from Russia) she wanted to show what women around the world were going through at the time, rather than just showing their clothes:

“I became more and more aware that beautiful faces and fashion we see on the photos, ads, and fashion plates are just an idealistic version of reality…So here’s to reality.”

 

Get it, girl.

Try It Tuesday

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The other night, I could NOT sleep. I was lying in bed, totally exhausted from the day, ready to pass out. However, that didn’t happen. Why? Because pregnancy makes your body do ridiculous things like suddenly have Restless Leg Syndrome when you’ve never had it before.

Want to know what RLS feels like? Imagine tiny little spiders walking up and down your legs and arms. Yeah. Its like that. Only less “horror-movie-ish”.

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Anyway, I got about 2 hours of sleep that night. Seriously. I checked my FitBit.

Finally, at 4:00 a.m., realizing sleep was a distant dream (ha-sleep pun!) I did what anyone else would do: I complained on Facebook.

Thankfully, a friend of mine had a solution for me! She told me about a spray that she used to help her RLS; its made up of magnesium sulfate.

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Being the awesome person that she is, she and her adorable weeks-old baby brought it by the house. I sprayed it all over my legs and arms immediately and then about half an hour or so before bed.

Y’all, I got the BEST sleep I have had in a while last night! For reals. My legs and arms weren’t tingling, I didn’t have the urge to kick my legs around; I felt so relaxed! I honestly could not believe how well this stuff works!

I started reading more about magnesium and its benefits. I knew magnesium helped Huff the Hubs stave off migraines, but that’s really all I knew. Turns out, magnesium is essential for good nerve health and may even help with insomnia!*

I consider this a Try It Tuesday WIN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Obviously, I’m not a doctor. If I was, I’d be typing this blog on my yacht overlooking Greece’s coastlline. Before you take any supplements, be sure to check with your doctor first to make sure it won’t interact with any medications you may be or or health issues you may have.

 

Mommy Monday

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Today I am officially 19 weeks pregnant. Which, essentially means I’m almost halfway done! I honestly can’t believe it; this pregnancy has FLOWN by!

My pregnancy with Huff the Tot was so exciting! Everyday I couldn’t wait to see what new stage I’d hit or what fruit my pregnancy app would compare Hermione to. This go around, though, its such a different story.

Here are a few ways your second pregnancy differs from your first:

 

First Pregnancy: You document EVERYTHING. 

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Dear Journal: Today I did six loads of laundry, mopped the floors, cleaned the bathroom, and had time to make dinner. This pregnancy thing is a breeze! I just know I’ll be able to keep this momentum after the baby is born. After all, everyone says the baby sleeps ALL the time!

Second Pregnancy: “Has anyone seen my pen?” 

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When you’re simultaneously chasing a two-year old and trying not to drop grocery bags, your mind has little space for focusing on what’s going on inside your body. Except when you’re hungry.

 

First Pregnancy: You Workout. 

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During my first pregnancy, I worked out about 3-5 times a week throughout my entire pregnancy. Because, you know, I actually had the time. Plus, I was terrified of it taking me forever to heal and I knew I had signed up for a marathon just 7 months after Hermione was born.

Second Pregnancy: “Workout? What’s that?” 

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I still try to workout as much as I can. But I’m not attacking it with the same ferocity as I did during my first pregnancy. Plus, I count lifting my kid and chasing her around Target as “working out”.

 

First Pregnancy: “I need to make sure I get the recommended amount of fiber, folate, calcium, and biotin at every meal and snack.” 

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I logged every piece of food that passed my lips during my pregnancy with HtT. I made sure that every meal had a lean protein, a complex carb, and some fiber.

Second Pregnancy: “Yeah, I’d like a number five with waffle fries, please.” 

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If I get the chance to eat anything hot, I’ll eat it. Even if its covered in cheese and bacon. Mmm…bacon…

 

First Pregnancy: “Do you have any decaffeinated beverages? Oh, never mind, I’ll just have water.” 

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Those nine months Hermione was camped out in utero, I had water, decaf coffee, or…well, water. (I won’t lie; that last trimester I had to fight to stay awake at work. So I’d drink a can of Diet Dr. Pepper…and then feel SUPER guilty about it.)

Second Pregnancy: “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?” 

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I’m telling ya, when you’ve got a toddler to care for, a house to keep standing, and other responsibilities, sleep is pretty much non-existent. You’ve got to re-charge as best you can.

 

Each pregnancy is different and comes with its own unique joys and challenges. But, the one thing I can say that has stayed consistent is that I still have no idea what I’m doing.

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You just have to get up everyday and tell yourself, “Alright, let’s do this thang!” and try to be the best you can be!

 

Have you noticed any differences in your pregnancies? Any similarities? Share in the comments below!