Mommy Monday

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Guys. I know I’ve blogged about this before but OMG…my Pregnancy Brain is back. And not only that, its being mixed with a whole lotta Mom Brain as well. So when I saw this new parody from The Holderness Family, it spoke to my soul.

 

 

No lie, I poured coffee creamer in my mug the other morning and then put it up IN THE CABINET. Not the fridge where it belongs. The cabinet.

Imma go take a nap now.

Mommy Monday

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Last week we finally had a few days of GORGEOUS weather. After months and months of freezing cold/wind/ice/snow/threat of snow it was actually feeling like spring! I was so excited and so were the kids. We had a few errands to run one morning and when we got back home, the kids were itching to go outside (and I was ready for them to run off some energy)!

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I had a few bags to bring in from the car and kids would NOT stop begging me to go outside. “Not without an adult,” I said, about fifty times. But then I realized: You know what? I can see them perfectly from the window AND the glass doors. I only have a few bags of groceries to unload and put away. Our gate is locked. I’m letting them go outside without me for a little bit. 

I told them to get their shoes, watch out for each other, and stay where I could see them. As I put away frozen chicken and yogurt, I could hear the kids laughing through the screen door I left open and saw them running and playing together. It was so sweet. I had a few moments of much-needed peace and they were enjoying a little independence. I wanted to take a picture from the kitchen, looking out the window, but then I stopped.

I couldn’t post it on Facebook.

I couldn’t show anyone.

Why?

Because they might judge me. They might write mean comments or say things to other people about me, calling me a bad mother. 

Yep, you read that right. I was too scared to take a picture of my OWN children in my OWN backyard playing without me for a few minutes because I thought I’d catch flak for it from someone.

Do you think any of our moms thought twice about letting us play in the backyard by ourselves when we were kids?

Nope.

We had monkey bars, a trampoline, and a POOL. My parents would say, “See ya!” and shut the door behind us as my two sisters and I ran outside to play. They knew we’d take care of each other and if we got hurt, well…we got hurt.

That’s when I realized something: these are my kids. And I’m going to raise them how I dang well please. I saw an amazing quote on Instagram the other day: “It is not my responsibility to make you comfortable with the choices I make for my family.”

Mic drop.

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Eventually, I went outside and joined my kids. I chased them, we laughed, we played on the swings, and blew bubbles. I’m not so naive that I think there is no danger, even in my own backyard, to leave my kids outside without supervision for too long. All in all they were maybe outside for 10 minutes. Probably less. But I decided that I am not going to feel guilty about letting them have some independence so I’m not a huge ball of stress. If my kids go all day without eating any fruits and vegetables well that’s just the way it goes. They may skip a bath a few days because they just won’t calm down and Huff the Hubs and I are just too exhausted to deal with a Shamu-show-like experience in the bathroom. And there may be days that they watch more television than I would like so I can catch up on housework. But ya know what? These kids know they’re loved, they know they’re cared for, and they know they’re safe.

So cut yourself–and other mommas–some slack, mmmkay?

Mommy Monday

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Does anyone else feel like the past three months have been nothing but coughing, sneezing, and/or fevers? It seems like every time I log onto Facebook, I’m seeing someone post about how they’re getting sick/getting over a sickness/nursing a sick child (or husband). Here at the Huffman Homestead, we’ve been battling coughs and congestion since mid-January. Its to the point that, when we’re out in public, if I hear someone cough I fight the urge to spray them with Lysol.

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When I saw the latest song parody from The Holderness family, I related to it sooooo much:

 

*immediately chugs Emergen-C*

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One of my favorite shows in high school was MTV’s Cribs. It was basically a total ripoff of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous–another one of my family’s fave shows growing up. Anywhoo, the hilarious momma over at That’s Inappropriate thought it was time for some reality on reality TV and did her own spoof of those programs and LAWD it is so relatable:

 

“I do endless amounts of laundry in here and, if we’re honest, its completely soul-sucking.”

Agreed, honey. AGREED.

 

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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!

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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Mommy Monday

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Anyone else get inexplicably stressed out or anxiety-ridden when their house is cluttered/messy? When Duplos have been scattered across the floor and the hallway looks like an LOL Surprise minefield, I can literally feel my chest start to tighten.

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When the Christmas decorations were all out, I felt like the walls of our little house were closing in. I couldn’t wait for the holiday season to be over just so I could have a sense of calm. A few days after we cleared the house of decor, my husband and I watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. If you don’t know, Marie Kondo wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing which quickly topped the best-seller list and has made believers out of her converts–even Emily Gilmore…

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Basically, Marie says that instead of decluttering and organizing room by room, you do it category by category. For example, you bring all of your clothes out and pile them. You touch each item of clothing and, if the item does not spark joy, you tell it thank you for being in your life and get rid of it.

Personally, the whole concept of whether or not something sparks joy/thanking a hoodie for being in my life concept is a little too “crystals under the bed to promote healing powers” for me. BUT, I think the idea of organizing by category instead of location is pretty smart.

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Huff the Hubs and I decided to try it out. He started out in our room with his clothes and I piled all of Huff the Tot’s clothes in the living room and we got to work. After we finished with her stuff, I moved on to Huff the Babe’s room and then I tackled the beast that is my own closet.

Y’all.

It was incredibly cathartic and relaxing.

We got rid of SEVEN TRASH BAGS–you read that right, SEVEN–of JUST clothes. Can you believe that?!

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Huff the Hubs bought the book because he wanted to know “the real method” to getting rid of paper clutter and books, so as soon as he reads that chapter (because Momma ain’t doing it) we’re getting started on those categories. If you’re looking to get organized and feel less clutter anxiety in 2019, I highly recommend trying out this process!