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Its that time of year again, folks!

That time of year when people say they’re going to get fit, get rich, and get organized only to putter out around Valentine’s Day. But don’t worry, I’ve got a way to make your resolutions simple and attainable!

Remember on NYE 2013 when I blogged about how my sister was teaching her fourth grade class about resolutions? No? Then read this. I’ll wait.

You done? Good. Let’s continue…

Here’s what to do.

Write this out on a sheet of paper:

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For the 2: Name the two best things that happened in 2015.

For the 0: Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year.

For the 1: Your one wish for 2016.

For the 6: Six goals for 2016.
Here’s mine:
The 2 Best Things of 2015:
We Bought a House!
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I had been a long road to buying our first home, but we did it! We lived with my sister, Bridget, for a year and a half and were able to save a 20% down payment! We’ve finally settled in and have *almost* everything finished!
BABIES!
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My newsfeed has been blowing up this year with pictures of positive pregnancy tests and new little ones being brought into the world. I found out I was pregnant in July and my best friend found out she’s pregnant a few months after! Up with babies!
Something I Want to Stop in the New Year:
Putting chores before my kids. 
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Dishes can wait. Laundry can wait. Dusting can wait. You know what can’t wait? My little girl saying, “Momma, come dance with me!” or “Momma, you read dis book to me?” I’ve been really bad lately about trying to just get everything done that I forget that there’s a tiny human that craves and needs a lot of my focus and attention right now. These are precious years I’ll never get back. And, she’s going to have a little brother soon that will also require my time. Chores can wait.
My 1 Wish for 2016:
Health
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This year was filled with so many of my friends and loved ones getting seriously ill. I don’t like it! My wish for 2016 is that my family, friends, and I all have excellent health!
Six Goals for the New Year:
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Workout Consistently
I’ve lost some of my speed and endurance. I’d like to get that back!
Be Able to Live on One Income
Eventually, I’d like to become a SAHM. But I’d like to try living on one income for a while, just to be 100% sure we can do it.
Be Present
So much of my time that I spend with family and friends is consumed with thoughts like, “Okay, let’s get this over with because I need to do A, B, C…” or “I need to check Facebook one more time…” I want to be able to stop the distractions and actually be present. 
De-Clutter
Nothing like moving to show you how much crap you have and how much crap you don’t need. I’ve already started getting things organized for a garage sale next summer!
Save Money
Huff the Hubs and I have a lot of goals for our family and we can’t really do a lot of them unless we watch our spending and save. Now that the holidays are over, hopefully it will be a bit easier!
Travel
We traveled a little this year, but I’d like to take a trip with Huff the Hubs and a family vacation next year. We’ll see if my tune changes once Huff the Babe gets here!
What are your goals for the new year? Have you filled out the “2016” form? What would your’s say? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Well, its the Monday after Christmas. Time to take down all the decor, vacuum up the tree needles, and eat all the Christmas candy before the New Year brings in its resolutions to lose weight.

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! We certainly had a great time at the Huffman Homestead. It was insanely busy, but still great. There were a few things I wish I could’ve changed… like my kid’s reaction to Christmas morning.

Before you have kids, you imagine all sorts of scenarios: your kid behaving like an angel at restaurants, never allowing them to watch TV, and how pleasant and magical Christmas morning will be.

Then, you have a child. And you get a big ‘o dose of reality.

Your child throws a tantrum at Olive Garden because they don’t have Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

You hit “Next Episode” three times on Netflix because you’d rather listen to Daniel Tiger talk about going potty than a screaming child.

And Christmas is a wrapping paper and cardboard box blur of trying to get toys out of the Fort Knox-like packaging before your child starts crying.

Yes, our dreams very rarely live up to reality.

Take our Christmas morning for example.

I thought it would be beautiful and wonderful and Huff the Tot would wake up in a GREAT mood, ready to see what Santa brought her.

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I underestimated, however, how much like her mother she really is. This is what really happened:

 

Sigh. 

Oh well. There’s always next year, right?

 

Writer Wednesday

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Y’all, tomorrow is Christmas Eve. However, I don’t know if its that its basically springtime in Oklahoma or the fact that I’m getting older, but it doesn’t really feel like Christmas to me, know what I mean? I feel like me (and everyone around me) is so overwhelmed, overworked, and just plain worn out.

I know we can’t be the only ones.

So, on that note, I’m giving you a little something that you can probably relate to.

I give you, “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”:

Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, y’all! I’ve got a DELISH dish for you that is SUPER easy! And, of course, I totally found it on Pinterest! It’s Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki!

Here’s what you need:

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~1lb chicken (cubed or however)

~1c chicken broth

~1/2c Teriyaki or soy sauce ( with or without sesame seeds)

~1/3c brown sugar

~3 garlic cloves, minced

 

Pour all of the ingredients (except chicken) into a bowl and whisk. Then, toss in the chicken and coat. Pour everything into your Crock Pot.

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Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low 6 to 8 hours. Serve with rice and veggies (we chose edamame to stay “on theme”, ha!)

Try It Teryaki Chicken (3)

 

This was SOOO good! And super easy! I’m definitely making this again when the newest addition to our family comes along!

 

Have you tried this recipe before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday Star Wars Release Day, y’all! I am so stinking excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens I can barely stand it! Sadly, I couldn’t get tickets until Monday evening, so I’m thinking I’ll be on a “social media blackout” until then. I’ve had waaay too many things spoiled just by scrolling through my newsfeed. I’ve learned my lesson.

 

Today is not only momentous because Jedis and Storm Troopers are back in the cinemas, but also because it’s exactly ONE week until Christmas! If you’re still trying to get those last-minute/hard-to-buy-for gifts knocked off your To Do list, I can help!

 

For the “silly walker” in your life, look no further than the Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Edition!

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This awesome set comes packed with bonus features, behind-the-scenes looks, and cast interviews all packed into a castle box complete with animals you can toss over the walls! Who wouldn’t love that?!

 

For the Trekker Mom-To-Be on your list, keep it logical with this Vulcan on Board maternity tee from Think Geek!

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Live long and prosper, Momma.

 

For the one who treats their life like a musical, grab this sparkly necklace from Perpetual Kid!

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Just don’t be offended if they try to click the heels on the charms to go home in the middle of your Christmas party.

 

For the overworked/sarcastic mother in your life (which, let’s face it, is basically every mom!), let them don this little beauty so everyone can see their hilarious snark:

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Pretty sure my mom probably said this a few times when my sisters and I were little, ha!

 

Have you finished your shopping yet? Better hurry!