Mommy Monday

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As soon as I sat down to write this blog, my son ran up to me. “Momma! MOMMA!” I turn my head and see he is completely naked from the waist down. Oh, and what’s that on his tushie and legs?

Yeah, it was poop.

His dirty diaper was about five feet away.

I frantically grabbed him and kept him at arms length so I could get him cleaned before I started to clean the poop from the carpet. That’s basically life with a toddler. For a more in-depth look, just watch this Thriller parody by Vintage Marquee Lights…

 

Its pretty much like that.

Fan Girl Friday!

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Oh yeah, boyee! Its Friday! AND it’s Avengers: Infinity Wars day! That means that everything on today’s Fan Girl Friday is about everyone’s favorite group of superheroes!

Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon dropped a hilarious video of the cast of Avengers singing and it was PURE. GOLD. Didn’t see it? Don’t worry, I got chu.

Loki at the end?! *swoon*

 

Need something to wear to the big premiere? Look no further than this minimalist Marvel button-up from ThinkGeek:

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The shirt features Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor’s helmet, an arrow, Cap’s shield, Mjolnir, and a Marvel logo!

 

Don’t worry ladies, I’ve got awesome stuff for you too!

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This Her Universe hoodie dress (yes, there’s a hood!) is at Hot Topic right now! The dress is a classic comic book print with Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, and resident BAMF–Black Widow!

 

You can also give yourself an Infinity Wars mani with this pack of Infinity Stone-inspired press-on nails!

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When you have all the stones on your digits, try not to let the power go to your head, mmkay?

 

And finally, finish off any outfit with these Infinity Gauntlet stud earrings!

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Just try not to blink the planet out of existence, alright? At least until I get to see Avengers!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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This week, I thought I’d take a break from my declutter challenge and post about something super fun and tasty! If you follow this blog, you know I absolutely love unicorns. Who wouldn’t?! They’re pretty and magical and downright awesome!

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Anyway, the other day, Huff the Tot and Huff the Hubs ran some errands. When they got home, HtT was super excited to show me a “surprise” they got for me.

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I was nervous at first. This was a BIG box. What if this cereal tasted like cardboard? What if it was so sugary that one of my teeth fell out? All valid concerns. Because my kiddo was absolutely thrilled that she picked out something unicorn for her mommy, I decided to go ahead and try it!

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Y’all. It was actually really good! After trying it with and without milk, I’m thoroughly convinced that eating this cereal dry is the way to go. It just didn’t taste right in milk. (There are certain cereals that just lose their tastiness in milk. Ya feel me?) And, bonus! One cup is only 110 calories! This would make a great dessert or sweet snack! (I know its not the healthiest, but still!)

 

Have you tried this magical cereal? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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If you’ve got a little fan of Nature Cat in your house, you know that yesterday was Earth Day! It was crazy-hectic this weekend, so I didn’t get to talk with the kiddos about it. Luckily, they can’t read a calendar so we can celebrate today! Want to teach your kids about taking care of the earth? You’re in luck! I’ve found some great Earth Day activities!

“Stained Glass” Earth Suncatcher

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This project has little prep! Some clear contact paper and green and blue tissue paper and you’re all set!

 

DIY Crayons 

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We ALL have broken crayons somewhere in our house. Instead of tossing them, teach kids about recycling with this DIY project!

 

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

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Bird feeders are a great way to let your child show their creativity while also teaching about how, just because something may look like its ready for the bin, you can actually make something useful out of it!

 

God’s Creation Coloring Sheets

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Of course, the cornerstone of Earth Day should be that since God created the world, we should be good stewards of what has been given to us. These coloring sheets are a great way to help kiddos grasp the concept that God made everything so we should take care of it as an act of worship to Him!

 

Do you have any Earth Day activities you like to do with your brood? Share in the comments below!

Her’s Day Thursday

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I thought I’d do something fun this week for Her’s Day Thursday and highlight some awesome goodies I found for the little lady in your life!

Have a pal that is expecting a wee woman? Or maybe there’s a fabulous female that’s turning one? These blocks are perfect!

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These Women Who Dared Blocks feature kick-a ladies from history such as: Cleopatra, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Tubman!

 

Have a little architect in your house? Spur her imagination on with this set of straws and connectors!

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Each set comes with 230 pieces to build forts, tents, boats–just about anything your girl can think of!

 

Huff the Tot must have a stack of books in her bed every night or the girl finds it impossible to go to sleep. I think she needs this nightshirt!

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Its perfect for your little bookworm!

 

Inspire your future CEO, president, mother, or writer with this poster full of wonderful women who rocked the world!

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This Women in History poster includes 13 women from history that did amazing things! The poster features Sacagewea, Queen Elizabeth I, and Anne Frank among others!

Try It Tuesday

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Y’all. This declutter challenge is out to get me. Seriously. I’m starting to think that this challenge was not made for people with kids. I’ve been so behind on the daily cleaning goals for this thing! Last week was okay-ish because I had actually done some purging a while back to get ready for a garage sale I’m having. Plus, I like to get rid of things before the kids’ birthdays and Christmas, so some areas of the house have been decluttered.

Day Eight 

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Today’s challenge was to discard old books. I’d already gone through the kids’ books and tossed any that were torn beyond repair or donated any that Huff the Tot deemed “too scary”. I’m still working on Huff the Hubs’ collection of how to draw manga books, *eye roll*. (He works full-time, is married to me, and we have two kids. When does this guy think he’s ever going to have time to draw?!)

 

Day Nine

Today’s task was one I was waiting for: clean out your wallet. I had more receipts than Kim Kardashian had against Taylor Swift!

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I seriously had target receipts from December of last year! This was an easy one!

 

Day Ten

Cleaning out my purse wasn’t as magical as cleaning out my wallet. I typically throw my wallet into a “mom bag” full of diapers, board books, and coloring pages so my purse was pretty much clean already!

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Day Eleven

Y’all, my makeup drawer is ridiculous. Not because I necessarily have a lot of stuff, but because of how long I’ve had certain pieces of makeup.

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Those three foundations? Yeah, I’ve had those since my wedding SEVEN YEARS AGO. Probably the last time I ever wore it as well. I bought three beforehand so I could test out which one worked best, in case you’re wondering. Also, those lipsticks? I *maybe* have worn them each ONE time. A few I also bought during engagement pictures/wedding time. (If you’re curious about how long to keep makeup, I found this helpful article here!)

 

Days Twelve to Fourteen

Thankfully, I had recently cleaned out mine and Huff the Hub’s shower, bathroom cabinets, and also went through my old shoes. So I gave myself a pass on those days!

 

How are you doing on your decluttering? Any tips you’ve learned along the way? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Huff the Babe recently turned two. If you’ve never been around a two year old, its a lot like this:

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So, needless to say, when we go out in public it takes a lot of mental and physical preparation. Basically, make sure you’ve stretched, properly hydrated, and have on clothes you don’t mind being stained.

Sometimes when we’re out to eat or shopping I can easily ignore his and Huff the Tot’s bickering, whining, or begging for things. Other times, I don’t handle it so well. Mostly because of the looks I get from other people. So when I saw this video circulating on Facebook, it really hit home:

 

Y’all, we’ve GOT to support each other. Motherhood can be such a rewarding role. But its also really, really hard sometimes. And you know what makes it even harder? Eye rolls, deep sighs, judgy stares, and “whispered” comments to other people. These things just make us feel like failures. And guess what? About 90% of the time, most of us already do feel like we’re failing: we’re not feeding our kids healthy enough, we allow them to watch too much TV, or we’re not spending enough time with them.

Here are some simple ways we can show support to other Mamas:

Give a knowing smile to a mom that’s dealing with a tantrum-throwing toddler. 

Tell her, “You’re doing great, Momma!”

Call up a mom friend and offer to watch her littles so she can go grocery shopping in peace. (And then maybe she’ll even return the favor later!) 

If your house isn’t equipped for little ones, tell the mom you’ll go with her and wait in the car with the kids while she runs errands! (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people do this for me! IT. IS. AMAZING.) 

Buy a $5 gift card to Starbucks and keep it in your wallet. If you’re out and about and see a mom having a rough go of it, slip it to her so she can treat herself later. 

If you see a mom with a restless kiddo and you’ve got your kiddos too, offer to walk around with her at the store so the kids can keep each other company and entertained! Who knows, you (and the kids) might even make a new friend! 

If your kids are in school and you don’t work, call up a mom with littles and ask if she needs anything. Even if she says she doesn’t need anything, at least she knows you were thinking about her! 

Buy a momma and her kiddos lunch while you’re out to eat. (This one could get a little expensive, BUT, if you get say, a Chick-Fil-A gift card and add a little money here and there, you can totally do this!) 

Do you have a neighbor that has kids? See if they want to go for a walk with you. 

I love it on those rare occurrences that both of my children are calm and listening when we venture out and about. I also love it when a stranger compliments them on their behavior. I know it encourages them, but it also REALLY encourages me.  So if you see a kiddo doing great, recognize it! You will absolutely make that mom’s day–I guarantee it. 

 

Do you have any other ways to encourage moms? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, peeps! I’ve got some galactic geeky goodies to share with you today! Did you see the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story? NO?! Have no fear! I got your back!

 

I think it looks awesome! I can’t wait for Memorial Day! To tide us over until May, I found some Star Wars swag to get you through!

 

You’ll look better than a scruffy nerf herder in this jacket from Think Geek:

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This faux suede jacket looks just like Han’s from the film and comes with several hidden pockets so you can smuggle candy into the movie! Er, not that I condone such behavior…cough, cough.

 

The jacket not your style? Keep it casual with this wonderful wookie shirt!

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You’ll be the best-dressed co-pilot this planet has ever seen!

 

Need a way to carry all your bounty around? Just pick up this Han-inspired backpack from Merchoid!

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It’s got compartments like crazy! Including one just the right size for a DL-44 blaster pistol!

 

Happy fangirling and may the Force be with you!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I told y’all I was going to try a 30-day decluttering challenge. At first, I was super excited because I thought, “Oh yay! I’m going to get rid of so much stuff and its going to be such a load lifted off of me! This is going to be SO easy!”

Yeah.

Not so much.

After the first few days, I was starting to lose my mind.

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Day One 

The first day, I had to empty out one junk drawer. This is everything I cleaned out of the drawer:

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I was able to put a lot in the garage to save for my garage sale this summer, and also took some stuff (like the selfie sticks and other fun things) to work to see if anyone else wanted them! After all, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.

 

Day Two

I was supposed to purge my closet, but I had actually already done that about a month ago so I did a quick once over and decided I was okay.

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Day Three

My confidence started to wain on the third day. I had to go through our movie collection. We have our movies stored in CD cases (a small one for kid’s movies, two larger ones for grown-up movies, i.e., PG-13 and up) and yes, they are alphabetized (hashtag OCD has it perks). After Huff the Tot’s birthday and Christmas, however, I hadn’t put any of our new movies into the cases. This meant I had to literally take EVERY. SINGLE. EFFING. movie out of the cases and put them all in alphabetical order. I thought I’d be able to do this during the kids’ nap times. I was sorely mistaken.

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It ended up taking me two days, but #blessup, I got it done!

 

Day Four

Decluttering the TV stand was much simpler after I went through the movies! I had cleared out a lot of space just by taking movies out of the plastic cases they came in and into the binders.

 

Day Five

Going through our mail pile wasn’t too terrible. Going through our “to file” pile was the filing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. For reals. It took Huff the Hubs and I almost three hours to go through a pile about a foot and a half tall. I’m not joking. I wanted to take a picture of the pile, but Huff the Hubs had basically thrown the pile all over the floor by the time I got my phone.

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Day Six

This was the easiest day! All I had to do was clean off the kitchen table! Woot, woot!

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Day Seven

Again, I had already purged kitchen cabinets a few months ago, but I decided to go through a cabinet anyhow because I knew there had to be things we weren’t using. Sure enough, I was right. I moved all the baby bottles and baby food prep/maker to storage and got rid of the cups from Hideaway Pizza and Fuzzy’s. This cleared out A LOT of space!

 

I feel pretty good now, looking at what all I have gotten rid of (clutter, for some reason, has been a big weight on my anxiety lately) and I’m re-energized for the next three weeks! Have you been doing the declutter challenge? How’s it going? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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One of my goals for 2018 is to try to get the kids to not watch as much television as they have in the past. I’ll admit it, my kids watch the big black box more than I’d like. According the Academy of American Pediatrics, toddlers shouldn’t be exposed to “screen time” more than an hour a day.

Whoops.

I’ve been trying to think of ways to keep the kiddos busy (so I can do stuff like actually go to the bathroom or blog) besides turning on the telly. I made a few “centers boxes” I found with items from the dollar store but Huff the Tot and Huff the Babe seem to really fly through them. I did a little research and found some awesome games that can either be played alone or together and are great for getting kids to think critically and problem solve!

 

Roll & Play 

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This game is great! We have one similar at the Mother’s Day Out program where I work and the kids love it! The premise is simple: roll the soft, plushy dice and find a card with the matching color. On the card is an activity you have to perform (sing a song, roar like a lion, etc.). And bonus–the cards fit inside a little pocket on the dice!

 

Camelot Jr. 

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Do you have a Minecraft or Lego-obsessed kiddo? Camelot Jr. is an awesome way to introduce your little one to spatial dynamics and architecture! This game (which can be played independently) comes with a variety of blocks and a booklet with instructions and is fun for the whole family!

 

Three Little Piggies

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This single-player game is similar to the Camelot Jr., but with a little twist. Using the familiar theme of The Three Little Pigs, this game includes a booklet with 48 challenges and encourages spatial insight, planning and problem-solving skills!

 

Last Mouse Lost

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One of the biggest problems we have in the Huffman Homestead is keeping the kids busy and focused on something when we go out to eat. For a kid, waiting 15-20 minutes for your food to arrive can seem like an eternity. And as soon as they get bored, all hell breaks loose: silverware goes flying, iced tea gets spilled, and someone (sometimes me) ends up in tears. This game is no bigger than a pancake is a great way to keep kiddos entertained on the go! Here’s how to play, according to Amazon.com: The mice have just finished feasting and need to scurry into their holes. Don’t be the last mouse standing or you might get caught by the cat! Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses the round. Whoever wins three of five rounds wins the game! 

 

Zingo Bingo

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A new twist on an old favorite, Zingo Bingo helps kids learn sight words and matching! This would be great for a playdate or even as a center in a classroom!

 

What are some of your kids’ favorite games? Share in the comments below!