Thriving Thursday

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One of my goals this year is to FINALLY read my Bible allllll the way through. I actually found a great reading plan on Pinterest and Huff the Hubs and I have been reading the passages at night, together. I’m telling you, if you want to help build up the foundation of your marriage–read your Bible together. Its done wonders for HtH and I. Now, there have been some nights we’ve missed reading them together. Sometimes kids need extra cuddles at night, lunches need to be prepped for the next day, or one of us is so exhausted we pass out before the other one comes to bed.

When those situations happen, I’ve been improvising when I feel rushed. The ONE moment in the day I get peace is when I shower. Mostly because I make a conscience effort to do it while the kids have their allotted tablet time. They have their screens and I have a nice, hot, uninterrupted shower. I’ve been opening my Bible app and listening to the audio of the Scripture while I shower. I’m able to focus and really hear what’s being said. Its awesome!

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Maybe your goal isn’t to read the Bible more, maybe you want to work on your prayer life. There are a ton of prayer challenges and resources on Pinterest (like the ones here, here, here, and here).

Maybe there are a lot of things you have on your mind and feel like there is no way you can possibly remember all of them when you’re finally in a quiet place to pray. Last year, I wanted to be sure I prayed for my family–immediate and extended–as much as possible. I grabbed a few popsicle sticks and wrote their names on them. I placed them in a small jar by my bed and every day I’d grab a few sticks out of the jar. I pray over each person by name. Then, when every stick had been taken out of the jar, I placed them back in and started over the next day.

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I also added in other things I wanted covered in prayer (wisdom for our finances, friends, and anytime I got a prayer request for someone who was ill I added their name as well) and put them in the jar. This was a great way for me to stay disciplined and also just to remember everyone!

The Bible app also has several daily devotionals and reading plans that can help you with whatever your spiritual goals are this year. I hope and pray that you reach your goals and feel uplifted by whatever plan you choose!

Do you have any goals related to your spiritual walk? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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While doing the Keto diet, I honestly haven’t missed bread *too* much. But there are days when you just want a little carby-somethin’ to satisfy a craving. I’ve made Keto rolls before and I REALLY like them, but I didn’t have the time to make them the other morning. Thankfully, after consulting Pinterest, I found this:

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I gathered my ingredients and set to work!

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~3 tbsp almond flour

~1 1/2 tbsp melted butter

~1/2 tsp baking powder

~1 egg white

 

Mix up all the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug:

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Then pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds:

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I waited a few minutes before popping it out of the mug and then I cut it in half–it actually looked like a real English muffin!

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I thought it was pretty good, but it was super dry. I smashed up a raspberry and spread it on top like a jam and that helped a lot!

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Was this absolutely delicious? Not really. Would it work if I was deep in the throes of a bread craving? Eh, maybe. Personally, I think I’ll stick to baking the Keto rolls!

 

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

Mommy Monday

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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start waking up before the kids so I could have time to workout, shower, and read my devotional before they swarmed me with demands for chocolate milk and Storybots. I did okay for a hot minute, but then life happened. Huff the Hubs would suggest staying up to watch something on Netflix or I’d need to finish a load of laundry that didn’t get done, or I was just so excited to have five freaking minutes to myself that I’d scroll through Pinterest or Facebook only to find I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Needless to say, finding time during the day to workout proved very difficult.

Huff the Babe goes down for a nap around 1:30 everyday but Huff the Tot doesn’t take naps anymore. We tried doing “Timer Time”–quiet time in her room for about 30 minutes so I could have a little bit of quiet/time to run on the treadmill but she just ended up under my feet, asking me what I was doing fifty times. Mommy needed something for her to do.

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The other day, I overslept and didn’t get my morning workout in. I decided I’d do it during HtB’s nap time and tried to think of something that would keep HtT busy for 30 minutes while I worked to get “shredded” with Jillian Michaels.  I remembered something I saw on Instagram and decided to give it a shot.

HtT loves playing salon and painting my nails. I figured I could keep her busy and help her work on some fine motor skills all at the same time with this neat activity!

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I traced my hands (well, I made them a tad bit bigger than my actual hands, just to have a bigger painting space) and cut them out of cardboard. I let HtT pick out different colors of nail polish from my stash and she set to work while I worked up a sweat in the other room. This worked WONDERS, y’all! She was occupied, she was creative, and she worked those little muscles in her hands! When she finished painting the nails, she even drew rings and bracelets on them! She later told me, “That was fun, Mommy! I want to do a feet one now!”

Well kid, I’ll probably be sleeping in soon so looks like you’ll get your wish!

 

How do you keep your kids busy when you want to workout/blog/scream into a pillow? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, peeps! Ready to have your socks knocked off with geeky gloriousness?! Good, ’cause I came a-packin’!

Want to give your porch a fresh look for the new year ahead? Think Geek has your back!

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This Princess Peach welcome mat is sure to make visitors smile! Unless, of course, you make them battle a boss upon entering. They also have a Harry Potter themed mat!

 

Planning on hitting a reading goal this year? Read by a-DORK-able, ambient lighting with this unicorn light from Perpetual Kid!

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This cute, battery-operated unicorn light can travel anywhere with you, giving off a soft glow that’s just PERFECT for late-night reading sessions!

 

Trying not to tipple so much in 2019? Feel like you’re still fancy with this red wine-scented candle!

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Light this baby up, turn on your unicorn light, and open up that copy of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters on your shelf and you’ve got yourself a great Friday night!

 

What’s this? What’s this? There’s DINNER everywhere! Cooking just got a whole lot more fun with this Jack Skellington slow cooker!

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Emblazoned with the face of The Pumpkin King himself–along with other Nightmare Before Christmas folks–this slow cooker from Hot Topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

 

Have a nerdy nifty you want highlighted on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter–@thehuffmanpost–or drop a comment below!

 

Happy fangirling!

Thriving Thursday

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Every Thursday this month, I’m going to be discussing various New Year’s resolutions along with tips and tricks to help you (and I!) achieve those goals. This week, we’re talking about health and wellness!

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Now, I’m not just talking about losing weight. I’m talking about all-around health. Maybe you want to try to drink more water in the new year or make one meal a day the epitome of health or you want to start hitting a certain number of steps per day. Whatever your goal is, start small and make a plan.

 

Nutrition Goals

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There are a ton of apps that you can use to track your nutrition, such as: Sparkpeople (that’s what I use), My Fitness Pal, and My Diet Coach. Water tracking apps like Plant Nanny make drinking water actually fun! This app gives you a virtual plant that you care for through how many cups of water you drink in a day. Its basically a Tamogachi with added health benefits! You can even find some great printables to help you stay on track here and here!

 

 

Taking Care of YOU

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If you’re wanting to make self-care a priority in the new year, Aloe Bud is great for that! It sends reminders throughout the day to get up and move, reach out to a friend, and helps you celebrate small victories. Another app called #SelfCare lets you pretend you’re able to stay in bed all day! Throwing mindless scrolling to the wayside, this app helps you take breaks throughout the day and just relax!

 

 

Mental Health

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As someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression, and OCD most of my life, anytime I find new, healthy ways to cope I’m totally onboard with. Apps such as HelloMind, Calm, and Headspace can help you make great strides if you struggle with anxiety or panic disorders and help you achieve some peace! Plus, never underestimate the power of simply writing out your thoughts/fears/worries/blessings in a journal.

 

Whatever your health and wellness goals are for 2019, I hope you achieve them and celebrate the fact that you are working to be the healthiest in body, mind, and spirit that you can be! Share your goals in the comments below!

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Try It Tuesday

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Now that the holidays are over, I’ve really been trying to up my protein intake and lower my carbs. But sometimes you just want something that seems like a treat, even if its packed with good stuff. I’ve seen these bars before and have always wanted to try them, so I decided to snag one!

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Y’all, this was soooooo good! Its definitely no Oreo: The Most Stuf, but if you’re watching carbs its a great way to stay on track but also give your sweet tooth a little somethin’-somethin’!

 

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

I Have A Dream

Today we celebrate a man who fought for others using peace, patience, and love. He is one of the greatest men in history and we can learn so much through his famous speech:

 

And while we should absolutely reflect on the words of Dr. King, let us also not forget the words of the King of Kings:

“You have heard it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..” Matthew 5: 43-44

Today and everyday, show kindness. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Lets try to make this year a year in which we treat people decently.

Fan Girl Friday!

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Yeeeaaahhhh, boyeeeeee, its Friday! I have found some geeky goodies sure to make you squee with joy!

 

Being stuck inside since its been so cold out has made me realize our house is in dire need of some redecorating. I think I might spring for this awesome Harry Potter Quidditch Shower Curtain to re-do our bathroom!

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Complete with pictures of the various equipment used for playing the noble game of Quidditch, this shower curtain also has the words “keeper” and “catch” emblazoned about it because, you’re a catch and a keeper. Don’t ever forget that.

 

Keeping in theme with the bathroom, this next find is something I think we should all buy for the staff bathrooms at work.

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These Unicorn Poop Toilet Bombs make any loo smell cotton-candy-fresh after someone has, ahem, taken the Browns to the Super Bowl. These cleaning bombs also come in different fragrances titled: Dinosaur Dung,  Number 2, and my favorite: Ladies Don’t Poop!

 

Ever since the release of The Last Jedi, my kids have become even more obsessed with BB8 and I have a new love–porgs! Seriously, they’re so cute! Maybe I need to invest in a few sets of these pillow cases from Hot Topic…?

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Looking to make some tasty soups to warm up your winter? Try one of these soup bone herb infusers from Perpetual Kid!

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According to PK, here’s how it works: Simply place your desired herbs inside of this funny bone and place it in your pot with boiling water, and it will be ready in no thyme! It will keep your herbs together while adding flavors to your stews & soups. 

 

I feel like there was a collective gasp when Netflix revealed they may not be keeping Friends on their streaming service in 2019. Thankfully, they paid an enormous amount of money to keep the 90’s sitcom for another year! To celebrate, grab a pair of these Central Perk earrings from Hot Topic!

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The earrings come with two different pairs so you can share a pair with your bestie! Just don’t let Rachel borrow them–she always loses things.

 

Happy Fangirling!

 

 

Thriving Thursday

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This month, every Thursday I’m highlighting goals I have set for myself this year. Last week, I talked about saving money consistently throughout the year. Today, I’m going to talk about another goal: be more intentional with my friendships.

Motherhood (heck, just adulthood) can be isolating at times. You’re either working your tail off at your 9-5, doing chores around the house, or spending time with your nuclear family. And, of course, there’s other things going on like sleep, hobbies, exercise, etc. How are we also supposed to maintain deep, meaningful friendships when we barely have enough time to sit down and eat a healthy meal?!

Its really difficult for my girlfriends and I to sync up our schedules because most of us have kiddos and chances are, those kiddos are in sports, dance, or some kind of extracurricular. While Christmas shopping on Amazon, I found these awesome friendship postcards and HAD to buy them!

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My goal is to send a friend a postcard every month, just letting them know, “Hey, I’m thinking about you and I’m so glad we’re friends even if we don’t get to see each other that often!”

There are other ways to show your friends they’re on your mind, too! Blogger Christie Zimmer has some awesome printables in her freebie section and one is titled: “10 Minutes to Celebrate a Friendship“. Print it out, fill it out, and mail it to your buddy! Maybe pop a $5 Sonic gift card in there so they can get a slushie? Or a $5 Starbucks card so she can read over your paper while she enjoys a caramel machiatto in the school pickup line! By taking just a few minutes out of your day, you can let others know how treasured they are.

And, honestly, it isn’t that difficult if you think about it. With Facebook, Facetime, texting, and Snapchat there are a ton of ways to stay in touch. We may not always be able to be in the same room with one another,  but its very important to let your gal pals know how much you cherish them and their friendship!

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Try It Tuesday

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I’m always looking for life hacks that will make my life easier. As a mom, most of the time I’m searching for ways to make cleaning easier (see: ways to get the kids involved in cleaning). I read this article one day while I was searching Pinterest and I my interest was instantly piqued!

For those of you who don’t want to click the link, I’ll give the “TL;dr” version: a woman once had a terrible landlord who actually gave her some great advice on how to clean the bathtub: Dawn dish soap and a broom.

Apparently, the bristles from the broom are great at scraping away any gunk off the tub while the Dawn gets rid of all the nasty grime and soapscum, all while saving your back from any discomfort. I decided to try it for myself!

I went to Dollar Tree and bought a new broom specifically for this and just grabbed the Dawn from the kitchen.

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All I did was squeeze the Dawn into the tub:

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Scrub, and then rinse:

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It certainly looked clean, but my mom always told me that the way to tell if a bathtub is clean is to rub your hand alongside the bathtub walls. If its smooth, then all the gunk is gone and your tub is clean! If its bumpy and rough, you need to keep scrubbing. I sat down on the edge of the tub and rubbed my hands along the tub walls.

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I was VERY impressed! This is a great way for someone with chronic pain/back issues/elderly to be able to clean without putting unneeded stress on their back or joints! Even Huff the Tot could do this because the cleaner isn’t made with harsh chemicals! My life is forever changed, y’all.

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