Mommy Monday

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re about to hit the time of year in which there are parties to attend, dishes to make, and presents to wrap. And, typically, all of these responsibilities fall on us mommas. Which means instead of feeling like Mrs. Claus you can end up feeling more like the Krampus.

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Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to help you get through this holiday season without losing your tinsel all over a mall Santa.

Learn to Say No

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Repeat after me: “I don’t have to go to every party.” Seriously, you don’t have to say yes to an invite just because they asked. If you’ve got a lot going on and need to spend time at home just to decompress or want to wrap presents while watching a Hallmark movie, then by all means DO IT. If going to a party is going to stress you out, stay home. Relax. Not sure how to decline an invite? MyDomaine has some awesome tips to turn down an invitation with class.

 

Shorten Your Gift-Giving List

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I LOVE giving gifts. Huff the Hubs calls me “Leslie Knope” because gift-giving is kind of like my superpower. And I’ll pretty much give anyone a present. The mailman? Check. My dentist? Check. The kids’ pediatrician? Double check. But, that’s not always cost-effective. Which can lead to fretting over the cash flow. As I stated before, you’ve got to learn to say no. This means cutting your gift-giving list down. Instead of giving a gift to your grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, etc., make an agreement to forgo gifts this year OR draw names instead! That way, everyone gets something but you don’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to set a spending limit beforehand!

 

Simplify 

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A moms, we all want to make every moment of the holidays seem magical to our kids. Guess what? The simplest things can be magical. You don’t have to have your hubs dress up as Santa or move that freaking Elf every single day to make Christmas amazing. Do simple things: watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and pop popcorn, make snowflakes out of paper, bake cookies (make it even simpler and get the pre-cut kind!). Your kids will be happy just spending time with you!

 

Keep Christ in Christmas

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While the gifts, the parties, and the cookies are all fun parts of Christmas, they are not the ONLY part. Nor should they be the part that is focused on. Help keep Christmas in perspective for your kids (and yourself!) by shifting the focus where it needs to be: on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. There are a ton of resources out there to help with this! But you can’t go wrong with just simply pulling out your Bible and reading the Christmas story. You don’t have to sit down and give your kids a long sermon, talk about it in the car (“Can you imagine riding a donkey all the way to Bethlehem?!”), while you’re eating dinner (“What do you think the Wise Men ate while they traveled?”), or even while giving your kiddos a bath (“Do you think baby Jesus liked his first bath?”). Shift your focus and you’ll shift your perspective.

 

For more tips, click here, here, or here! Do you have any tips for a less-stressed holiday? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Most schools are out EVERY DAY this week, which means you, Momma, are home with all the kiddos, wondering how you’re going to survive until next Monday. If you don’t want your little humans plopped in front of the TV all week, I’ve found some great ideas to keep those little hands busy! (Thanks, Pinterest!)

 

Coloring Sheets

ThanksgivingColoringThe link above has a TON of free, printable coloring sheets for your wee ones! Its a great way to stalk about thankfulness and having a grateful heart, seeing as how we’re getting into the season of gift-giving and all.

 

Pattern Block Mats  

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This awesome website is run by a homeschooling momma who was a reading teacher pre-kids. She’s got a great round up of pattern block mats to keep your littles busy! Need some pattern blocks? Get them here!

 

I’m Thankful Sheets

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This is one the whole family can get in on! Go through the alphabet and name something you’re thankful for that starts with every letter! (Pretty sure everyone will be thankful for xylophones and zippers, ha!)

 

Fall Scavenger Hunts

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If you live in the south/midwest like I do, its still warm enough that you can send the kids outside or talk a walk as a family. Print off a few of these fall scavenger hunt sheets and see who can find the most items! Maybe even sweeten the deal with a prize!

 

Thanksgiving Bingo

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I’m considering trying this with Huff the Tot, but changing it around a little bit. Instead of using it as a legit Bingo card, I think I may print one off as a “scavenger hunt” for her to fill in while we go grocery shopping! She loves to have a “list” of her own and mark stuff off. Plus, hopefully it will keep her distracted from putting unnecessary things in the buggy (I see you, three boxes of Cocoa Pebbles.)

 

Are there any Thanksgiving-themed activities your kids love? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Its the weekend, y’all and we about to get craaaaaazy up in here! And by “crazy” I mean change into some jammie pants, eat some pizza, and go to bed early! Woot, woot! Not “crazy” enough for ya? No worries, I’ve got some geeky goodies for you to peruse while you throw back a few slices of pepperoni!

 

Star light, star bright, the only star I see tonight is YOU rocking this hooded cardigan from Think Geek!

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This snuggly sweater features dozens of constellations you see every night! Look chic while feeling geek…y. (That *almost* rhymed.)

 

Last week I featured some lovely Jane Austen-inspired stationery. Some of you may not be feeling the “Pride and Prejudice” vibe and need something that speaks to your soul a little bit more. This is for you!

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This set includes a black ink pen, complete with Maleficent, sticky flags, journal, and glittery pencil case! Everything a villain needs to correspond with her fellow witches.

 

Thanksgiving is next week and you know what that means: a bunch of family coming to your house to talk about politics and judge your housekeeping skills. Be sure to keep tabs on who is drinking what with these snarky but oh-so-relatable drink markers from Perpetual Kid!

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Not entirely sure which one would adorn my cup. Because, let’s face it, they could all work.

 

Let’s face it, mornings are hard. And not just the waking up part, but turning on the news to see what is going on in the world is such a bad way to start the day. Why not put a little sunshine in your morning, neighbor, with this Mr. Rogers coffee mug from ModCloth:

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This mug is covered in several quotes from the sweet, sweater-wearing man to inspire you! There’s also a picture of him smiling up at you to calm your worries and send you off with good feelings!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Hey y’all! Are you looking for a yummy breakfast to start off your fall days right? I’ve got ya covered! The other day while grocery shopping, I spotted these yummy things at Walmart:

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Not only are these things super easy to make, they are DELISH! And–bonus!–they’ll make your house smell like pumpkin spice!

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The *only* bad thing about these tasty rolls is…each one has THREE. HUNDRED. CALORIES.

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Yeah. I was only able to have one. Because, calorie counting. But they are sooooo good! Have you tried these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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About a week and a half ago, Chip and Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame) unveiled their new line at Target and women everywhere lost their minds. Including me.

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Seriously, have you seen the stuff included in the Hearth and Hand collection?! Its adorable crap like this dollhouse:

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Huff the Tot would have it looking like one of the Gaines’s houses on #demoday in about fifteen minutes, but still! SO. ADORABLE.

 

And these galvanized shelves?! My house is in no way “farmhouse style”, but NEED.

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Why yes, even though I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year (or any year in the foreseeable future) these napkin rings should be in my house:

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Oh, hello, precious little advent calendar that I would probably forget to fill up but you’re so chic and cute that I want you anyhow…

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Seriously, what is it with these people?! Why do they make such cute things and why do I need to BE JOANNA GAINES?! These ladies get it.

 

 

BRB, measuring my walls for shiplap.

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Fan Girl Friday

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Friday! Woot, woot! Let me tell ya, I’m super glad that this day is over! Let’s dive right in the gloriously geeky goodies I’ve found for you!

 

We are all goddesses, right? Now you can show just how much of a goddess you are with this awesome Thor-inspired wristlet from Think Geek!

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Cute enough to go with any outfit and big enough to hold all your crime-fighting essentials!

 

The Tenth Doctor may be long forgotten to some Whovians but not to this girl! Ten will always be my favorite which means I need to add this next find to my Christmas list!

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Seriously, how adorable is this?! Not only will I love it, but I’m hoping my little nerdlings will love it too!

 

Speaking of Christmas, the holiday season is upon us and that means parties will be filling up your weekends! Want the man in your life to look dapper while also sporting his nerd-side? Look no further!

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This suit is guaranteed to to turn heads! The jacket and pants are emblazoned with the face of none other than Darth Vader and accented with red buttons and lining around the pockets. Force couture at its best!

 

Everyone likes to get mail, right? Well, actually, that depends on the type of mail. Bills? Not so much. Cards and letters? YES! Send old school snail mail to your peeps with this lovely Jane Austen-inspired stationery set!

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This set includes: 20 note cards with Jane Austen quotes, 20 envelopes, 20 sticker seals, hardcover pocket journal, and a box for storage!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, peeps! I’ve got THREE new products to tel you about so let’s dive right in!
Y’all know I’m all about cookie dough. As a kid, I ate that stuff out of the mixing bowl ALL the time. I’d literally sneak spoonfuls because that ish was sooooo good. I’m a teensy bit nervous about eating raw cookie dough now, just because I’m like, “If anyone would get salmonella from raw cookie dough, with my luck it’d be me.” Thankfully I found an awesome substitute!
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You guys this is LEGIT. It’s so good and not that many calories! They come in a variety of flavors and are AMAZING! (If you’d rather make your own, see my post about edible cookie dough!)
Have y’all seen the Mystery Oreos? My mom picked up a pack the other day and we all tasted them to try and decipher what they were. Personally, I thought they tasted like Fruity Pebbles.
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Have you tried them? What did YOU think they taste like?
It’s the time of year for pumpkin errrrrrything and I’ve got a semi-healthy treat that will fulfill your pumpkin needs!
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This was soooooo good! The add-ins were delish! I loved the crunch and the pumpkin flavor!
Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!