Her’s Day Thursday

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With the 2016 Olympics kicking off in Rio tomorrow, I thought that this week’s Her’s Day Thursday leading ladies should be none other than #TeamUSA Olympians!

First up, Missy Franklin!


The 21-year-old Canadian-American swimmer may be young, but the girl has already achieved so much in her swimming career! She has won FOUR Olympic gold medals and has set FOUR world records! Not only that, but Missy credits her faith for her success:  “God is always there for me. I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions. I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me, and promise to be a positive role model for young athletes in all sports.”

You are definitely a role model, Missy!


Another awesome athlete that is kicking butt and taking names: Claressa Shields!

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Claressa is giving the one-two-punch to folks that think girls can’t dish out KO’s. Claressa was the first woman boxer to win a gold medal while competing at the 2012 London Olympics! Out of her 75 total fights, Claressa has only lost ONCE. ONCE! Get it, girl!


There was a time in my life that I thought I might try a triathlon. That was s short-lived dream. I’ll leave that to the pros like Gwen Jorgensen!

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Gwen competed for Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics and is back again to bring home the gold from Rio! Gwen is a total BAMF, running a personal best of a mile in LESS than 5 minutes (my PB was 9 minutes!) and the 3,000 meters in less than 10 minutes! Not only that, but two years ago Gwen finished first in FOUR consecutive triathlons! Who run the world? GWEN!


Gymnastics has always been my absolute favorite Olympic sport to watch (with swimming coming in a close second) and I am super excited to watch this young lady take the beam!

Simone Biles of the U.S competes on the beam during the women's all-round final at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow

The road to the Olympics hasn’t been an easy one for Simone Biles. Her mother struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for years and she and her siblings were put up for adoption when the courts realized Simone’s mother could not care for them. Thankfully, Simone’s grandparents stepped in and took Simone and the kids in. Not long after that, Simone’s grandfather recognized his granddaughter’s talent for the sport and the rest, as they say, is history. Now, Simone holds 14 medals–the most of any female gymnast in America’s World Championship history–and has her eyes set on the gold for this year’s Olympics! Stick that landing, Simone!


Any athletes you’re excited about seeing represent girl power at this years games? Share in the comments below!


Try It Tuesday

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The past several weeks have been tough at our house during the bedtime hours. I haven’t been getting much sleep and Huff the Tot has decided that she’s hungry (even though she just ate) or thirsty (even though she just downed water), or needs to go check on baby brother right as we’re closing her bedroom door. Convenient, huh?

Because of this, the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. typically go the same way EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT:

Put child in bed.

Hear knocking on child’s door.

Exchange look with Huff the Hubs. Stay quiet. Children, much like deer, react wildly to noise.

Hear knocking again followed by, “Momma? You dere?”

Let out exasperated sigh.

Try not to strangle Huff the Hubs when he says, “She wants you!”

Open door.

Tell child to go back to bed.

Child throws self on floor in an emotional breakdown that could rival Britney Spears’ mental upheaval of 2008.

Read child one more book.

Put child in bed.

Repeat until child or parents pass out from exhaustion.

Something had to give. I needed this child to go to sleep at a decent hour. If she wasn’t going to sleep, wasn’t going to sleep. Which sucked because I have been getting up 2-4 times a night with Huff the Babe.

I had heard some good things about a new, revolutionary book that helped kids fall asleep FAST. I decided it was time to try it!



We went to Barnes and Noble after dinner one night and I just knew this would work!


I told Huff the Tot that Mommy bought her a new book and we would read it together in her room just before bed. Look how excited she is! So cute, so innocent. (Do NOT let this picture fool you. She pulls you in with her cuteness and then becomes the Destroyer of Rem Sleep.)*

We sat down and read. There is a page at the very beginning that tells the parent how to read the story. Certain words are bolded and you’re supposed to emphasize those words. Others are italicized and should be read with a slooow, callllming voice.

I started reading.

Wow! I thought, Look at her eyes! She’s blinking very slowly! Its working! 

A few pages in…

The thumb is in! Yessss…. Momma’s gonna sleep GOOD tonight! 

A few more pages in…

Did she just fall asleep? Oh, her eyes are opening. THIS BOOK IS GOLD! 

By the time I got to “The End”, Huff the Tot was snuggled with her blanket, sucking her thumb, and asking me to turn on her music (toddler speak for, “Go away.”) I kissed her goodnight, turned on her music, and practically skipped the entire way out of her door.

Just as I was about to tell Huff the Hubs we could FINALLY catch up on the latest season of Gotham, I heard it.

Knock, knock, knock. 

Knock, knock, “Momma?” 

I put her back in bed. Her room was quiet. All was right with the world. Then I saw this on the monitor:

Cut to 10:45 p.m. and she’s still awake. I didn’t let that faze me, though. The next night, we tried again. This time, we sat in the rocking chair. I rocked as I read and I could tell she was getting sleepy. I put her in bed, half-asleep, and breathed a sigh of relief when I closed the door and heard nothing. Twenty minutes later I’m calming a crying-like-a-banshee toddler.

I tried a third night to no avail.

So, Imma say this was a Try It FAIL. Well, so long, Sleep. It was nice knowing ya.^

Have you tried this book? Did it work for you?









*Calm down, Keyboard Judges. I love my kids. But I’m a better momma when I get quality sleep.


^What HAS worked for us is allowing Huff the Tot to pick out a few books to keep in her bed. We tell her, “You may lay in bed and look at books while you try to fall asleep. you may not get out of bed. But you can look at books.” THAT has cut down on so many bedtime tantrums. I don’t know why, but I am not complaining!

Mommy Monday

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As Huff the Tot grows, there are so many awesome milestones: watching her use a fork properly, being able to use the potty, and create worlds with her imagination as she plays. I can’t help but smile when I see her beam with pride and say, “I did it, Momma!”

Those adorable moments are usually followed by her doing something completely crazy, me sighing exasperatedly, and administering a face-palm.

After she does said crazy thing, I typically respond with sentences I never thought I’d say:

Stop licking your brother’s feet!

If you put your foot in that toilet one more time…! 

We do not say “Bye, Felicia!” to Nana! 

Glue is NOT for eating! 

So when I saw this video from Buzzfeed Parents, I totally related:


What are some weird things you say? Share in the comments below!