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‘Tis the season for resolutions!

I’m going to lose twenty pounds!

I’m FINALLY going to finish my novel!

This is the year I take that European vacation! 

Resolutions are different for each person. However, I feel like there are a few resolutions that us moms desperately need to embrace.

  1. Exercise…and not just your body.

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Don’t get me wrong, being a SAHM is very rewarding, but some days when you’ve watched Frozen for the 900th time or read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? until your own voice is annoying you, you end the day feeling like you’ve had no intellectual stimulation at all. It’s so very important for you to exercise your mind! PICK UP A BOOK. Do a crossword puzzle. Download a trivia app or Tangrams! There’s even a study that suggests video games can help boost your memory and mental fitness! Watch a documentary on PBS/Netflix/Hulu or pop in your headphones and listen to a TED Talk. Do SOMETHING that gets your neurons firing. Even if you’re only able to do this once or twice a week, you need that time.

 

  1. Drink more water.

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Seriously. Dehydration is a serious energy and mood-sucker. If you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work overtime—meaning you can do a lot less physically—and you can get super cranky. Who has time for all that when you’ve got ankle biters to chase? Sip some agua and thank me later!

 

  1. Keep your kid’s bedtime firm and send them to dreamland EARLY.

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Kids that go to bed at a set time each night = more time for you to do what you want. Not only that, but research has shown that kids who go to bed at the same time each night (and earlier than their parents) are more physically fit, all-around healthier, and have better behavior than those who burn the midnight oil. Plus, a recent study came to the conclusion that earlier bedtimes for the kiddos affects mom’s mental health in a positive way!

 

  1. Stop Unnecessary Scrolling!

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Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.

Pinterest.

The various social media outlets are great for keeping in touch with folks, learning new things, and keeping up with news. They’re also huge time-sucks that can waste A LOT of your day if you let them. I get it; when the kids won’t stop talking about Minecraft or you’re eating lunch or the kids are playing outside, it’s so tempting to just open up Facebook on your phone and start scrolling. I totally understand and I’m guilty of it too. But this is a habit we need to try and break. Our kids deserve so much more than the back of our phones. Not only that, but social media can be addicting and its hurting our health. Seriously. Take a gander and this article from Forbes as well as this one.

 

  1. Be Grateful

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As SAHMs, we can sometimes get bogged down by the “woe is me” syndrome: “I’ve changed twenty blowouts today!”/”MY CHILD WILL NOT NAP!”/”I need out of this house!” and we can forget why we chose to stay home in the first place. A habit I’ve formed has been to think about three things I’m thankful for each day. I may write them down, I might text them to a friend, or I’ll just tell the Hubs. Either way, it makes me take my day into perspective and exercise having a thankful, grateful heart. And a grateful heart literally improves physical health and can improve your relationships!

 

  1. Spend More Time Outside

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Right now, I get it, this isn’t feasible. Well, today in Oklahoma it’s actually pretty nice, but I know in other parts of the country it’s snowing/blizzard conditions. BUT, when the weather is nice, go outside. It’s good for your kids and it’s good for YOU. So go catch some rays!

 

  1. Make Time for a Hobby

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I know, I know; I can hear you already: “Jessica, I barely have time to pee during the day and you want me to take up a hobby?! Are you on crack?!” Hear me out: there are so many hobbies out there that don’t take up a lot of time and can be done while sitting in front of the TV (like crocheting or knitting) and can improve your quality of life and reduce stress! Last year, Huff the Hubs bought me a banjo for our anniversary and I’ve been taking lessons once a week for a few months now. I. LOVE. IT. It’s a way for me to engage my mind that has ZERO to do with the house, the kids, or The Hubs. It’s just MINE. That’s part of the reason why I love it so much! It’s only thirty minutes a week, but man it’s awesome! Find your “banjo lessons”. Maybe it’s going to the gym or going for a run. It could be that you want to do a wine and painting class or start a blog. Find something that works with your schedule and make it happen!

 

  1. Eat a Veggie/Fruit a Day

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Moms often forgo nutrition for convenience. I ain’t judging! Been there, done that, have the t-shirt. But since we basically take care of everyone under our roof, we’ve got to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves. Even if you’re not a “health nut” or have zero intention of making any kind of health-related resolution, just TRY to eat a fresh fruit or veggie a day. Pick up an apple or a banana at 7-Eleven when you go in for a Big Gulp®. Grab one of those carrot stick packs at Walmart when you’re making a diaper run. Do something small that will impact your health in a big way.

 

 

What do you think about these “mom-o-lutions”? What would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, geeklings! Its the first Fan Girl Friday of the year and I’ve got gobs of geekery to make you smile! Let’s get right to it, mmmkay?

 

I know a lot of people have made resolutions to get fit and go to the gym. Why not rep your geekiness while doing squats with this awesome line of Harry Potter activewear from BlackMilk Clothing!

 

The line includes: active dresses, leggings, racerback tanks, sweatshirts, and shorts! Farewell, Christmas money!

 

I REALLY want to go to Comic Con this year–I guess you could say its one of my “resolutions”. And I’m hoping to run into the awesome folks from CosAbility! They’re a group of folks that help fellow nerds with different abilities be able to cosplay their favorite characters! Check out this video!

 

Have y’all seen The Last Jedi yet? NO?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! Sigh… If you need something to fill the Death Star-shaped void in your heart, this next story will do the trick! New mom Becs Reed from Australia decided she needed a nursery out of this world for her little padawan, Vegas-Jack! Just look at this baby girl’s room!

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Um, can she come decorate my house?! Click here for more pics!

 

Ever since October, I’ve been obsessed with a new show, Riverdale. Granted, its in its second season so its not really “new” per-se, but its new to me! Anyhow, as I was scrolling through Facebook I came across this hilarious parody by the uber-hilarious Jimmy Fallon and COULD. NOT. STOP. LAUGHING.

Oh, Jimmy, you slay me!

 

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Happy Thursday, fabulous females!

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to stress less and learn about legendary ladies? I’ve got what you’re looking for! I’ve found some printable coloring sheets starring some fantastic femmes from history!

 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space

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Marie Curie, Scientist

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Women’s Suffrage

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Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist

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Joan of Arc, Warrior (and Catholic Saint) 

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Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

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Pocahontas, Princess and Diplomat

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Have you seen any coloring books featuring great women in history? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I feel like we haven’t talked in so long! How’ve you been? How was your Christmas? Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, its time to start thinking about how you are going to make 2018 YOUR YEAR! Any plans? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got chu.

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ll do a little recap on how I like to do my resolutions list.

Write out “2018” vertically on a sheet of paper. Then, for the number two, write the two best things that happened in 2017. For the zero, jot down a habit you’d like to break in the new year. The one is for your one wish for 2018 (i.e., health, stability, find love, etc.) and the eight is where you list eight goals you’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months. Need help coming up with ideas? Here’s my list to help you get started!

 

2—The Two Best Things That Happened This Year

 

Adding to My Friends List

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No, I don’t mean on Facebook. I’m talking about real life, yo. This year I’ve really got to know some awesome ladies and have become super close with. It’s just nice to have some gal pals you can commiserate with, laugh with, and swap stories with who totally “get you”.

 

Teaching KidFit

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Last year was my first year teaching at my church’s Mother’s Day Out program. I enjoyed working with the Littles I taught but this year, instead of working in a classroom with the same kids all day, my co-teacher and I decided to shake things up and teach “KidFit” (basically P.E.). It’s so much fun! We get to see all age groups of kids AND we get paid to PLAY. How awesome it that?!

 

 

0–Something You Want to Stop in the New Year

 

Getting Unnecessarily Stressed Out

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Ugh. I do this so much. Something trivial will happen, I’ll freak out, and then later I’ll think: “Wow that really wasn’t a big deal. And now that I’ve had time to think about it, I’m super embarrassed about how I handled it.” This happens to me frequently throughout the day. I want to be more relaxed—especially about stuff that doesn’t really matter—because I think that will add to my (and everyone around me) quality of life. *takes deep, cleansing breath*

 

1—My One Wish for 2018

 

Health

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Last year I saw so many people I know and care for come down with terrible sicknesses and diagnoses. My wish for the New Year is health—for me, my family, my friends, and acquaintances.

 

8—Eight Goals for the New Year

 

Get Down to Pre-Huff the Tot Weight

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This has pretty much been a goal since I gave birth to HtT…four years ago.

 

Find a Literary Agent

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Again, this has been a goal of mine for YEARS. Last year, I may have sat down to work on my book and find an agent ONCE. O-N-C-E. I really want to become a published author with a literary agent, so I’ve got to actually TRY.

 

Practice Banjo Everyday

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For our anniversary last year, Huff the Hubs got me a banjo! I’m super excited about learning and I’ve been doing lessons now for about three months. As you can imagine, it’s hard to accomplish anything when you’ve got two little ankle biters running amok, so my practice times have been few and far between (especially with the holidays). But, it’s the time for resolutions and I’m ready to stick to this one!

 

Be Consistent with Tot School

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I’m prayerfully considering homeschool my turkeys. For many reasons, of which I won’t bore you with now. I have basically two years to decide whether or not it will be the avenue our family will take, so I’m trying to get a glimpse of what it would be like by creating—and sticking to—lesson plans for Tot School. This is a BIG goal of mine for 2018!

 

Wake Before the Kids

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This is a constant goal. I want to wake before the kids so I can workout, shower, read a devotional, eat breakfast, and pretty much get my head in the game before, as Huff the Hubs calls it, “The Krakens awaken”, ha!

 

Read One Book a Month

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Last year I read two books. TWO. FREAKING. BOOKS. That’s it. My sister has read NINE in the past two weeks. Yeah. If I want to be a better writer, I’ve got to be a better reader. This means I need to read so I can learn from other writers I enjoy (and even some I dislike)!

 

Blog Consistently

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The holidays really threw off my groove. I felt like I was doing okay with blogging and then bam! Thanksgiving hit and it was all downhill. I want to blog more consistently; even if folks don’t read what I post, it’s a great outlet for me!

 

Save More Money

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When Christmas came around, I sadly saw my checking account was not as plentiful as I had hoped. Why? Because, Target Dollar Spot. And Chick-Fil-A. And Starbucks’ cake pops. And Chick-Fil-A. And Chick-Fil-A. (Seeing a pattern?) I’ve made up a personal savings plan for myself (I even made a spreadsheet in Excel, woot!) and I intend to make it rain…in the safety of my account.

 

What about you? What are your resolutions? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Last-Friday-Before-Christmas/It’s-Only-Three-Days-Until-Christmas! Do you have all of your shopping done? No?! Still need something for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list? Don’t worry, I got chu!

 

It’s a trap…for your coins! This a-DORK-able coin purse is shaped in the likeness of everyone’s favorite space squid, Admiral Ackbar!

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Its functional, its cute, and bonus! No Bothans died in the making of this accessory!   

 

Y’all, its frickin’ cold here in Oklahoma today. Yesterday it was sunny and 65 and my crew and I were at the zoo. Today? Its 32 out, spitting freezing rain, and snow is supposed to come through this evening! We need a way to stay warm in this dreary weather! Enter this from Perpetual Kid!

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This microwaveable rainbow neck warmer will keep you nice and toasty while also keeping seasonal affective disorder at bay with its bright colors and happiness-inducing shape!

 

Are all of your clan descending upon your gates this Christmas and you need a way to keep them entertained lest your holiday party turn into a yuletide version of The Red Wedding?

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Bust out this Game of Thrones-themed Cards Against Humanity pack and you’ll be golden! Just, ya know, not like Viserys. (hey-oh!)

 

This last find is actually something I kind of want, too! My sister has one and its so much fun! Its a letter board from Letter Folk!

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This is the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you Instagram all your hilarious quotes! (Also, just a tip: I saw letters and symbols for these letter boards in the Target Dollar Spot! Woot woot!)

 

Happy fangirling and Merry Christmas!

 

Try It Tuesday

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The other day, I saw a video on Facebook showing how to bake brownies using cookie cutters in the oven. Intrigued, I thought I’d try it out! After all, if you bake the brownies first and then cut them out, you’ve got a ton of oddly-shaped brownies left over!
First, I mixed up the brownie mix. I saw this tasty mix at Aldi and couldn’t pass it up!
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Then, I laid out parchment paper on some cookie sheets and plopped the cookie cutters down.
After that, I poured some brownie mix into each cookie cutter and placed the cookie sheets in the oven.

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After they baked for about 30-40 minutes, I took them out and let them cool. Then, I tried to pop the brownies out of the cutters.
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Yeah. The video made it look A LOT easier. Certain shapes did better than others and some turned into just blobs of brownie.
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I think it would just be easier to bake the brownies as usual and THEN cut out the shapes. I know what you’re thinking—“But what about the leftover brownies?”. And I have an answer: cake pops! Or truffles! (Okay, that was TWO answers. But still, you have options!)
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Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!