Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, peeps! I’ve rounded up nerdy news and geeky goodies to get your weekend started off right!

 

Have you seen the new trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? NO?! I got chu:

 

Squeeeee! Doesn’t it look AWESOME?! And, if you need something to keep you warm and cozy at the movie theater, I recommend this throwback fleece from Think Geek!

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Warm, cozy, and super knowledgeable about science-y stuff!

 

And speaking of throwbacks, check out this slippers that remind us of our favorite red-headed toddler and his pals:

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These officially licensed Rugrats slippers will help you channel your inner Chuckie Finster while reminiscing about the good ole 90’s.

 

Got aches and pains from hauling your Christmas decor out of the attic? I’ve got something to help!

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This huggable warmer pillow from Perpetual Kid is infused with lavender and buckwheat to soothe those sore muscles!

 

Need a new look for a big presentation at work or just want to look fly while reppin’ your favorite droid? Girl, you need this a-DORK-able BB-8 blazer!

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This blazer, fashioned after one of the cutest droids ever, is lined with BB-8’s panel details and even has Rebel starbird emblem buttons! Cute, fashionable, and geeky–the big three!

 

Happy fangirling!

Try It Tuesday

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to follow low-carb/Keto diet during the week and pretty much do whatever on the weekend. Since its the holiday season, I know I’m going to pack on a few pounds with parties and such, so I’m trying to offset any BIG gains by doing this moderation-type diet. (It sounds weird but I definitely think its helping!)

Anywhoo, I’ve been getting a little tired of eating cheese, meat, and almonds 24/7 and a friend of mine (who is also doing the Keto diet) gave me one of her favorite recipes for low-carb biscuits and I was super excited to try them out!

Here’s what you need:

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~2 cups almond flour

~2 tsp baking powder

~1/2 tsp sea salt

~2 eggs (beaten)

~1/3 cup butter (measure it, then melt it)

First, mix all dry ingredients together. Then, stir in the eggs and melted butter and mix well.

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Scoop out with a cookie scoop (made this process soooooo much easier!).

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Flatten the dough balls a wee bit and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. And bam! they’re done!

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Guys, these were GREAT! Granted, they were small, but that’s totally okay with me! They gave me that “carb” texture I needed AND they didn’t wreck my total carb count for the day! Bonus–they’re gluten free! So my GF peeps out there, y’all need to make these!

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

Mommy Monday

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So, the day after Thanksgiving Huff the Tot got the tummy bug and thought that Mommy made a better vomit catcher than her bucket. Yeah. Seriously.

Naturally, I assumed the rest of us were going to get it. A week passed and nothing happened so I figured we’d dodged a bullet. Then on Saturday, I woke up with a sore throat. And white spots on my throat. Sunday, the same things happened. I hit that sore throat hard and thought I had turned a corner. Little did I know that the germs had also turned a corner and decided to go south. Yep. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

Because of this, Mommy has been moving a little slow today while also scrubbing every inch of this house with Clorox wipes. I’m completely convinced that one of my sweet little germ bags gave this to me. Because those kids share every germ imaginable. The gals at I Mom So Hard know EXACTLY what I’m talking about:

 

Here’s to a healthier holiday season!

Mommy Monday

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re about to hit the time of year in which there are parties to attend, dishes to make, and presents to wrap. And, typically, all of these responsibilities fall on us mommas. Which means instead of feeling like Mrs. Claus you can end up feeling more like the Krampus.

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Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to help you get through this holiday season without losing your tinsel all over a mall Santa.

Learn to Say No

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Repeat after me: “I don’t have to go to every party.” Seriously, you don’t have to say yes to an invite just because they asked. If you’ve got a lot going on and need to spend time at home just to decompress or want to wrap presents while watching a Hallmark movie, then by all means DO IT. If going to a party is going to stress you out, stay home. Relax. Not sure how to decline an invite? MyDomaine has some awesome tips to turn down an invitation with class.

 

Shorten Your Gift-Giving List

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I LOVE giving gifts. Huff the Hubs calls me “Leslie Knope” because gift-giving is kind of like my superpower. And I’ll pretty much give anyone a present. The mailman? Check. My dentist? Check. The kids’ pediatrician? Double check. But, that’s not always cost-effective. Which can lead to fretting over the cash flow. As I stated before, you’ve got to learn to say no. This means cutting your gift-giving list down. Instead of giving a gift to your grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, etc., make an agreement to forgo gifts this year OR draw names instead! That way, everyone gets something but you don’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to set a spending limit beforehand!

 

Simplify 

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A moms, we all want to make every moment of the holidays seem magical to our kids. Guess what? The simplest things can be magical. You don’t have to have your hubs dress up as Santa or move that freaking Elf every single day to make Christmas amazing. Do simple things: watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and pop popcorn, make snowflakes out of paper, bake cookies (make it even simpler and get the pre-cut kind!). Your kids will be happy just spending time with you!

 

Keep Christ in Christmas

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While the gifts, the parties, and the cookies are all fun parts of Christmas, they are not the ONLY part. Nor should they be the part that is focused on. Help keep Christmas in perspective for your kids (and yourself!) by shifting the focus where it needs to be: on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. There are a ton of resources out there to help with this! But you can’t go wrong with just simply pulling out your Bible and reading the Christmas story. You don’t have to sit down and give your kids a long sermon, talk about it in the car (“Can you imagine riding a donkey all the way to Bethlehem?!”), while you’re eating dinner (“What do you think the Wise Men ate while they traveled?”), or even while giving your kiddos a bath (“Do you think baby Jesus liked his first bath?”). Shift your focus and you’ll shift your perspective.

 

For more tips, click here, here, or here! Do you have any tips for a less-stressed holiday? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Most schools are out EVERY DAY this week, which means you, Momma, are home with all the kiddos, wondering how you’re going to survive until next Monday. If you don’t want your little humans plopped in front of the TV all week, I’ve found some great ideas to keep those little hands busy! (Thanks, Pinterest!)

 

Coloring Sheets

ThanksgivingColoringThe link above has a TON of free, printable coloring sheets for your wee ones! Its a great way to stalk about thankfulness and having a grateful heart, seeing as how we’re getting into the season of gift-giving and all.

 

Pattern Block Mats  

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This awesome website is run by a homeschooling momma who was a reading teacher pre-kids. She’s got a great round up of pattern block mats to keep your littles busy! Need some pattern blocks? Get them here!

 

I’m Thankful Sheets

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This is one the whole family can get in on! Go through the alphabet and name something you’re thankful for that starts with every letter! (Pretty sure everyone will be thankful for xylophones and zippers, ha!)

 

Fall Scavenger Hunts

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If you live in the south/midwest like I do, its still warm enough that you can send the kids outside or talk a walk as a family. Print off a few of these fall scavenger hunt sheets and see who can find the most items! Maybe even sweeten the deal with a prize!

 

Thanksgiving Bingo

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I’m considering trying this with Huff the Tot, but changing it around a little bit. Instead of using it as a legit Bingo card, I think I may print one off as a “scavenger hunt” for her to fill in while we go grocery shopping! She loves to have a “list” of her own and mark stuff off. Plus, hopefully it will keep her distracted from putting unnecessary things in the buggy (I see you, three boxes of Cocoa Pebbles.)

 

Are there any Thanksgiving-themed activities your kids love? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Its the weekend, y’all and we about to get craaaaaazy up in here! And by “crazy” I mean change into some jammie pants, eat some pizza, and go to bed early! Woot, woot! Not “crazy” enough for ya? No worries, I’ve got some geeky goodies for you to peruse while you throw back a few slices of pepperoni!

 

Star light, star bright, the only star I see tonight is YOU rocking this hooded cardigan from Think Geek!

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This snuggly sweater features dozens of constellations you see every night! Look chic while feeling geek…y. (That *almost* rhymed.)

 

Last week I featured some lovely Jane Austen-inspired stationery. Some of you may not be feeling the “Pride and Prejudice” vibe and need something that speaks to your soul a little bit more. This is for you!

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This set includes a black ink pen, complete with Maleficent, sticky flags, journal, and glittery pencil case! Everything a villain needs to correspond with her fellow witches.

 

Thanksgiving is next week and you know what that means: a bunch of family coming to your house to talk about politics and judge your housekeeping skills. Be sure to keep tabs on who is drinking what with these snarky but oh-so-relatable drink markers from Perpetual Kid!

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Not entirely sure which one would adorn my cup. Because, let’s face it, they could all work.

 

Let’s face it, mornings are hard. And not just the waking up part, but turning on the news to see what is going on in the world is such a bad way to start the day. Why not put a little sunshine in your morning, neighbor, with this Mr. Rogers coffee mug from ModCloth:

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This mug is covered in several quotes from the sweet, sweater-wearing man to inspire you! There’s also a picture of him smiling up at you to calm your worries and send you off with good feelings!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Hey y’all! Are you looking for a yummy breakfast to start off your fall days right? I’ve got ya covered! The other day while grocery shopping, I spotted these yummy things at Walmart:

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Not only are these things super easy to make, they are DELISH! And–bonus!–they’ll make your house smell like pumpkin spice!

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The *only* bad thing about these tasty rolls is…each one has THREE. HUNDRED. CALORIES.

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Yeah. I was only able to have one. Because, calorie counting. But they are sooooo good! Have you tried these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!