Mommy Monday

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Hey, Moms! Guess what? Tomorrow is Halloween. Yes, you read that right. TOMORROW. As in “less-than-ten-hours-from-now-tomorrow”. Got your kid’s costume made yet?

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I’ll take that as a “no”. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! Here are some easy-peasy, “I-can-make-this-in-twenty-minutes-or-less-with-a-trip-to-Walmart-or-Dollar-Tree” costumes that are actually creative and will look like you spent months planning!

 

Paper Doll Costume

All you need to make this costume is poster board (literally $1 at Walmart) and a black Sharpie. That’s it!

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Bank Robber

Get your kid a striped shirt (honestly, any color shirt with black stripes will work), a black beanie (hi, Dollar Tree!) and a black mask (yep, DT again!). Don’t have a drawstring bag? Grab a white pillowcase and draw on it with a magic marker. BOOM. Done.

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Jake from State Farm

Every little boy probably has a red polo and khakis somewhere in his closet. Borrow a headset from someone (or run to the thrift store!) and you’ve got yourself a clever costume on the cheap. Click the link above and print off an “official” Jake nametag!

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Wind Up Doll

This may be the easiest costume. Just dress your little one up in the cutest outfit she has, grab some cardboard, cut out a “winder”, and you’ve got yourself an adorable little doll!

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Fork in the Road

Got a black t-shirt? Cut out some white paper and grab that plasticware from last week’s takeout!

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Deviled Egg

Walmart/Dollar Tree/Party City/Target has devil horns like crazy! Cut out a yolk and you’ve got yourself a “punny” costume for less than a bag of Halloween candy!

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DO you have any ideas for last-minute costumes? Share in the comments below!

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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I love fall–or, as I like to call it, “No Leg Shavin’ Season”! I love the crisp weather, the festive food, and yes, even the cool crafts and activities to do with my Littles. Though, I won’t lie, sometimes the cooler weather also makes me want to do nothing at all. Which is why I’ve found some great fall activities for the “Perfect Pinterest Mom” and the “Loves to Lounge Mom”.

PPMs are all about cutesy crafts and activities for their brood. Like these:

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From JugglingWithKids.com

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Courtesy of GluedToMyCraftsBlog.com

 

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Courtesy of The Resourceful Mama

 

And now for activities for the LtLM–the momma who just needs a break, even if its just five minutes of peace to go to the bathroom.

“Scarecrow”

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For some reason, every time Huff the Tot sees a bird she says, “Shoo! Get away bird! Shoo!” That’s how I came up with this game–all you have to do is send the kids outside to scare the birds! Then, close the door and binge-watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

 

Flu Season

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Lay on couch while kids bring you snacks and beverages. If they aren’t into it, offer stickers for the best “doctor”.

 

Rake the Leaves

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This works especially well for kids who like to dump out their Legos all over the floor and then refuse to clean them up, causing you to step on them (also see: worst pain ever). When the Legos make you want to hide wine in your coffee mug and retreat to the bathroom, tell the kids to grab a broom, shovel, whatever–and “rake the leaves”. Bonus points if you can get them to rake the actual leaves!

 

What about you? What’s your favorite fall activity? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

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~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

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

 

Try It Tuesday

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A few weeks ago, I was perusing Amazon when I came across this little contraption:

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No, not the toddler. The blue thing! Its called: The Noggle. Its an attachment you hook to your A/C vent so your rear-facing kiddo can get cold air in the hot car. This intrigued me because I’m constantly concerned that Huff the Babe is burning up in the backseat (which is why I have the A/C turned down to 68* in the car, much to Huff the Tot’s disappointment). I checked the price: $45.99!

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SAY WHAAAAAAAAT?! Nah. I know I could do this for a lot cheaper. I checked Pinterest for some tutorials, but I couldn’t really find any. So, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing.

Here’s what I used:

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~foil duct

~glue gun

~silicone sink strainer (I found some at Dollar Tree!)

~Velcro adhesive stickers

~felt

~fabric

 

My idea (well, actually my dad’s idea) was to put the silicone sink drainer in the hose, put felt around the outside, and attach the Velcro adhesives to the vent so the vent would stick.

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Then, I put a funnel at the other end (AKA, the end that Huff the Babe would have). I put the funnel there because I didn’t want Huff the Babe to put his hands down the tube.

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It looked REALLY janky. I couldn’t deal. So I covered it with some Star Wars fabric I had lying around.

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Much better.

Then, Huff the Hubs and I tried it out.

Yeah. Big. Fat. FAILURE.

The air didn’t really come out the other end (probably because of the funnel) and I really didn’t want to take it out because I knew HtB, AKA “The Destroyer”, would rip through the tubing. (Seriously, this kid has some Hulk strength). So sadly, this was a bust.

BUT, at least I didn’t spend $45.99! I only spent $16! And I can still use the stuff. I’ll probably reuse the fabric and the tubing can be used for a Tin Man costume or robot costume later. So all is not lost!

Have you ever tried The Noggle (or something similar)? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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This past Saturday was Earth Day! Did you do anything special? If 90’s cartoons taught me anything, its that we only get one planet; we need to take care of it (and not just on Earth Day)! So today’s Try It is all about upcycling, reusing, and reducing waste!

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I did two different projects this week re-using what some may deem as “trash” but I saw its potential to be something better!

For my first project, I took the empty M&M minis tube Huff the Tot had just devoured and cleaned it out:

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Then, I wrapped it in some a-DORK-able Duct Tape:

Voila! I was done! Seriously, that’s it. Now I have an awesome pocket container to take places when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. This would be great for trips to the beach/lake, festivals, concerts, or just a night out on the town (though, I have two kids so the chances of me getting to go to any of those places is pretty slim!). But still, look at all that this thing holds:

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Plus, there was still room! You could pop a chapstick tube in there and maybe even some compact feminine hygiene products!

For my next project, I used an old coffee container:

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I cleaned it out, took the label off, and cut an “X” on the lid:

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Then, I used a chalkboard sticker I bought the day after Christmas and bam! Instant bag dispenser!

You don’t have to put bags in yours! You can decorate/label it any way you want and store just about anything in there. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some more links for recycling crafts!

Make Your Own Bath Bombs with K Cups

Tin Can Crafts

Bag Weaving with Old Plastic Bags

Altoid Mint Tin Upcycle

 

 

Do you have any favorite eco-friendly crafts? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been seeing a lot of DIY sensory play in my Pinterest feed lately (probably because of the glitter bottles I made a few weeks back. Which, by the way, worked like a charm!) so I decided to try another one!

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Its homemade silly putty! Here’s what you need:

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~Yogurt

~Corn starch

 

That’s it! Oh, and a willing assistant to test said putty. Which, I had on hand:

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Start with a cup of yogurt and 3/4 cup corn starch. Mix together. If its still sticky, keep adding corn starch. If its too grainy, add more yogurt. Keep doing this until you reach the desired consistency.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the process because corn starch is the devil and it gets everywhere and makes you lose your mind because of its ability to cling to clothes/hands/the floor/everything within a 2-mile radius until your home looks like Tony Montana’s desk in Scarface.

But, finally, I got the consistency I wanted!

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It kept my little assistant busy for a hot minute while I unloaded/re-loaded the dishwasher. She really enjoyed it when I got out a few cookie cutters.

 

When she lost interest, I put it into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. THEN it was enjoyable for Momma. Mostly because it felt like a stress ball, lol. That’s when I thought, “Hey! This might be a good sensory play-type thing for kids! They can squish this together and keep their little hands busy!”

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All in all, it wasn’t my favorite Try It, but definitely not my least favorite! Have you ever tried this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!