Try It Tuesday

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Finding dinners that are easy, healthy, and that my kids will eat (so I’m not making TWO meals) is kind of difficult. So when I saw Good Table’s new Freezer to Plate meals, I was super excited!

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After all, GT’s stuff has no preservatives, no artificial flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. I’m totes down with that! Another part about this I really liked was the fact that I didn’t even have to thaw the chicken! I am notorious for forgetting to set out chicken to thaw. Then, dinner time rolls around and I’m like, “CRAP! The chicken is still frozen!” My excitement about this meal-in-a-box was growing.

It was pretty simple to prep. All I had to do was pour the noodles in, place the chicken on top (I actually remembered to thaw it–woo!), add a little water, and pour the sauce on top.

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Then, I just popped it in the oven for 30-35 minutes and dinner was done!

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It was…okay. I didn’t think it was very flavorful and the noodles were a tad on the chewy side. The kids ate some of it (mostly the noodles) but I wasn’t impressed.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, padawans! Have you seen the The Last Jedi trailer that dropped this week?! NO?!  Don’t worry, I got chu.

 

 

*Cue the feels/goosebumps like crazy*

To celebrate the release of this new trailer (and the fact that Last Jedi tickets are already on sale–totes got mine!) every nerdy nifty on today’s FGF is Star Wars-related! Woot, woot!

I know its getting chilly out, but seriously, I think I need this workout tank from Etsy shop Everyday Unicorns:

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Yasssss, queen! I mean, Yasssss, general! 

 

I’m not trying to get all political up in here, but why do I feel like Kylo would totally be sporting this hilarious tee at a Storm Trooper hiring day rally?

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Anyone else notice the ADORABLE little feathered/furry creature next to Chewie in the trailer? Apparently, that little thing is a Porg (or maybe Porg is its name, I’m not entirely sure…) and it is cute AF! I have a feeling that little guy is going to be to Star Wars 8 what the niffler was to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Don’t believe me? Check out this “Awwww!”-inducing Porg Funko Bobble Head!

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While you’re buying popcorn at the theater waiting for TLJ to start, show your fandom side with this awesome Tauntaun coin purse!

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I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain this one does NOT have a foul odor (inside or out)!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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I said yesterday, my little ankle biters have been sick A LOT this past week and a half. It seems like once I finally get one kid well, the other one comes down with something. Clearly washing their hands (and mine) fifty times a day wasn’t helping and I’m now at the point to where I’m willing to try anything. Enter: essential oils.

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Now, I’ve tried EOs before (they actually help me with my anxiety) and liked them. I’ve been a little skeptical of their “healing properties”, but like I said, I’m willing to try anything. So I perused Pinterest and found this awesome DIY hand sanitizer and thought I’d give it a whirl!

 

Here’s what I used:

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~2 oz spray bottle (you can find these at Walmart or Target in the travel section)

~1/4 teaspoon salt

~8-10 drops Medieval Mix (when I went to the natural grocers, I asked the lady there for something comparable to Thieves or On Guard and she said that this was what both of those are based on!)

~distilled water (not pictured; simply because I’m surviving on very little sleep thanks to sick kiddos and completely forgot to add it to the picture)

 

First, pour in the salt and then add your essential oils (this is so the salt can absorb the oils and mix better with the water):

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Then, add your distilled water and shake:

 

That’s it! You’ve now successfully made hand sanitizing spray (or pacifier sanitizing spray, toy sanitizing spray, the list goes on)! I’m hoping to see a difference in the frequency/intensity of sicknesses in the Huffman Homestead!

Do you use essential oils? What do you use them for? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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The past week one or both of my children have been sick. This means I’m getting less sleep than normal (which isn’t much) and any of my awake time is spent worrying about their health, remembering the last time they took medicine, and how often they’ve gone to the bathroom. Because, as any mom knows, when you inevitably go to the doctor, they will ask you how many wet diapers/trips to the potty your child has had and you will be expected to pull these answers magically from your butt.

Needless to say, its been rough around the Huffman Homestead.

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So prayers for healing, my sanity/sleep to return, and any tips on how to help a kiddo get over croup are absolutely, 100% welcomed.

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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The other day, while looking up where I could find some of my favorite bath bombs, I found out the the makers of said bathtime treats were not only sisters but TEENAGE sisters! There story was too amazing not to share!

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When Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were 10 and 11 years old, they decided to make bath bombs for a science experiment. After the girls saw the fun in creating (and using) their creations, they decided to open up a boot at a local art fair. Their start-up cost was around $350–which was graciously lent to them by their mother–and they were able to pay her back (and make over $350 in profit) their first day at the fair! The girls were selling out of their bath bombs so quickly, they couldn’t make them fast enough!

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Because of their success, the girls’ parents were eventually able to quit their jobs and run DaBomb Fizzers full-time! Dad runs the financial aspect of the company, Mom manages marketing, and Caroline and Isabel are co-chief creative officers (they create and test the bath bombs–all of which come with a surprise inside) as well as act as the faces of the company!

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The girls not only love what they do, but they love that they are in a position to give back. One of their bath bombs, the Earth Bomb, gives a portion of its profit to The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that helps keep the world’s oceans clean!

These girls have not only made bathtime more fun, but are an inspiration to young people everywhere that they have the potential to make their dreams happen! Way to go, girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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I’m all about making my mornings easier. Especially on the days I work at the Mother’s Day Out program at my church. Because getting me and two ankle-biters ready for an entire day away from the house is basically like preparing for a weekend away. So, if I can make my breakfast easy (and healthy!) I feel like I’ve got my ish together. That’s why, while we were out shopping yesterday, I scored this:

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Now, I’ve actually tried overnight oatmeal before. But I prepared it. And it wasn’t that great, to be honest. So I thought I’d try this out because all I had to do was remember to put milk in it and stick it in the fridge before bed. In the morning, breakfast was already done!

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This was SO MUCH better than the one I made, y’all! Seriously–I’m probably going to make this my staple breakfast from now on (see ya, Jimmy Dean Delights!). It was delicious, super filling, AND–since I used almond milk–less than 300 calories! That’s the kind of breakfast I can get behind!