Try It Tuesday

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If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve struggled with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a while. I’ve tried a lot of different things to help keep it under control and honestly, I feel like I’ve made A LOT of progress over the years. There are some days, however, that I feel very anxious and that feeling will sometimes lead to panic attacks. Many times I can come back down from an attack with a simple breathing routine or self-talk. Other times I need an outside source (e.g., medication) to help calm the physiological symptoms of the attack so I can focus on the psychological part. I’ve been trying to not take medications like Xanax and have been wanting to try more natural avenues. The other day when I was at the health food store, I came across this:

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Each little chocolate piece is packed with magnesium (a nutrient that is important to not only physical health, but mental health), L-theanine (an amino acid commonly found in green tea) and chamomile (I actually used to drink a cup of chamomile tea every night to help me sleep!). Intrigued, I bought it to test it out. About a week or so later, I had a very stressful and overwhelming day. I felt myself getting shaky and knew a panic attack was coming. I remember the little box in the cabinet and ate two little chocolate pieces. It actually helped calm me down! I was able to not focus on the overwhelming parts of the day and focus on what I needed to get done!

Now, am I saying that those of us with anxiety diagnoses should throw out the medications we have, not consult our doctors, and just down a bunch of this stuff? No.

Am I saying that I tried and it helped me? Yes.

Everybody is different and every body is different. It very well could have no effect on you. It also very well could. So, consult your doctor before trying it out.

Personally, I felt like it helped me and is a good alternative for me.

Have you ever tried Good Day Chocolate? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I’ve said it a thousand times before and Imma say it again: motherhood is hard. Not only because we’ve created tiny versions of ourselves that know how to outwit and outlast us with their never-ending supply of energy, but also because of our worst enemy: ourselves. We put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves as well as other moms.

I’m not too proud to admit that I have done my fair share of mom-shaming. I’ve seen the mom with an unruly toddler at Target and thought, “Sheesh, make that kid quiet down! Be a frickin’ parent!” And I’ve also been the mom with an unruly toddler and felt judgmental eyes on me. Its not fun. Its not cool. And I have been working on doing better. This video making the rounds on Facebook has actually been a kick in the pants to me to 1. Stop putting so much pressure on myself and 2. Stop putting unknown expectations on other moms. Just watch this video and you’ll be able to relate:

 

Let’s choose kindness, Mommas!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, nerlings! I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer and applying plenty of SPF 10000 because that’s what you need in the Oklahoma heat! I’ve rounded up some geeky goodies, so gird your loins! It’s about to get a whole lot nerdier up in this piece!

Watching Stranger Things season two made me all nostalgic for a cute little cuddly friend like Dart. Oh, wait… he wasn’t so cuddly, huh? Hmmm… well, Think Geek has made that alien aberration a whole lot snugglier, thank goodness!

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These cute little guys are actually nesting dolls! They go from pollywog to slug to demodog! Aren’t they precious?

 

Did you forget Dad last week for Father’s Day? Don’t sweat it! Tell him his gift “got lost in the mail” and quickly order him this awesome Batman-inspired grilling set!

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There’s also a Captain America set and a Wonder Woman set! Because, us ladies like a nice steak, too!

 

As a kid, I had an irrational fear that there were sharks lurking under the grates in the community pool (thanks a lot, Kid-From-When-I-Was-In-The-Second-Grade for telling me that!). However, this is a shark I could totally swim with:

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This shark is not one to fear but to float! Its big enough for me to laze around in the pool while also blocking the sun so I can chillax without getting red! Woo!

 

Now that summer is in full swing, moms everywhere are starting to lose their minds because their kids just have SO. MUCH. FRICKIN’. ENERGY. Seriously, do they EVER stop?! Thankfully, Perpetual Kid has a way to keep them entertained for hours while getting them to use up all that energy!

innflatable_outdoor_rolling_wheel__30738.1527778470.jpgThe great thing about this inflatable roller is that your kiddos can use it in the backyard or in the pool! Think of it as a hamster wheel for your youngins!

Got a nerdy nifty YOU want to see on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Hey y’all! Sorry I was MIA last week—the fam and I trekked up to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore! I don’t know about y’all, but when I travel I don’t always make the best food choices, especially when it’s a road trip. Isn’t part of the fun of a road trip the stops for snacks (uh, hello Sour Patch Kids and Nutter Butters!) and tasty treats you can only find in Small Town, America? This time, however, I thought ahead!

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This 12-ounce bottle is packed with good-for-your-tummy cultures, only 20 calories, and a mere 5 grams of sugar (all from fruit; aka, no added sugars)! I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the taste of it–I’m kind of a drink snob. But this was actually pretty dang good! I could really taste the basil in there but it wasn’t too overpowering. It was light and had a slight fizz and the orange/pineapple mixture gave it a real summertime feel! Plus, I did something great for my gut! Good Belly has a lot of probiotic-filled products, all geared to help your digestive system!I snagged this at Walmart Grocery Store, next to the kefir I wrote about a few weeks ago!

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

Mommy Monday

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Last week, me, my parents, my sister, and my kiddos went on a road trip to Mount Rushmore. At first, I was worried that I would end the trip in a straight jacket.

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But, it actually turned out to be not that bad! Of course, there were some “I’m-going-to-pull-my-hair-out-if-you-two-don’t-stop-it” moments, but the good times far outweighed the bad and we really enjoyed ourselves!

I’m fully aware that family trips can be downright awful sometimes, so if you’re dreading a road trip coming up or you’ve just returned from one, here’s some funny to make you laugh to keep from crying!

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Happy travelling!

Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, folks! I’ve tested some new products and I can’t wait to share them with you! Last time, I told you all about my new favorite yogurt found in a new refrigerated section of Walmart. I found one of today’s Try Its right next to it!

Naked is primarily known for its vast assortment of juices and drinks, but they recently launched a new line of fruit/veggie/nut bars! I tried the Red Machine!

This bar is packed full of vitamins and minerals! Its made from: almonds, apples, carrots, pistachios, cranberries, cherries, and spinach! They’re non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and made without preservatives! This bar was pretty good! It was a tad chewy, but still really good!

 

The next item I tried is new from McCormick–the spice people! They have a new line of breakfast toppers–shakers full of crunchy goodness to add to yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal! I bought the Cocoa Banana and sprinkled it on my plain kefir!

The breakfast topper was DELISH! The plain kefir? Not so much. Definitely need fruit to add to that to make it palatable.

 

Have you tried either of these products? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I’ve been in summer mode the past week–no major plans (sans the garage sale I had over the weekend; worst idea ever), no real schedule, and pretty much just doing whatever and hanging out with my tiny humans. That being said, my house has kind of been a pit lately.

I know that a lot of you have your kiddos home allllll day long now that school’s out and I’m sure your house will be pitted out soon as well. Which means we can ALL relate to this video from The Dad:

 

SO. TRUE.