Mommy Monday

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One of my goals for 2017 was to try new hobbies. Because, as a mom, my hobbies include balancing two children on my hips at the same time and laundry. SO. MUCH. LAUNDRY. One of the hobbies I wanted to try was crochet. My mom has been crocheting since she was about 12 years old and is super good at it. She’s tried to teach me before but I was never really able to grasp the concept.

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However, a few weeks ago, she showed me again and something just clicked! I FINALLY got it!

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I told Huff the Tot I’d make something for her. At first I told her I’d make her dolls a blanket. Buuuut, now I think its just going to be a scarf. I’m kind of getting tired of just doing row after row. Now that I’ve got it down, I want a bit of a challenge!

 

If you’d like to learn to crochet, here’s a link I thought gave great instructions! And here is a tutorial that’s also pretty great:

 

Do you crochet? Have any tips or tricks? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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One of my New Year’s Goals for 2017 was to try out new hobbies. I use the term “new” lightly because, as a mom, I don’t really have time for hobbies.

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One of the hobbies I wanted to try out was woodworking. My dad is a master craftsman and has made some pretty incredible things:

 

So I knew he could show me the ropes. I’ve been wanting to build something that could show off mine and Huff the Hubs’ Lego minifigure collection. Right now they’re balancing haphazardly on the bookshelf–in prime range of a toddler who will not be named–and are constantly being found on the floor with several limbs missing. To save the Lego men and women from this disastrous fate, I called upon my dad to help a girl out!

 

I had a really great time learning what all of the tools’ names were, what they did, and how to use them. I also enjoyed when Dad cut most of the wood so I would not lose any fingers, haha!

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After we planned, measured, measured again, cut, nailed, stapled, painted, and covered the display, it was finally finished!

 

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(Yes, the shelves are level; its just the fabric. It got a little stretched, lol.)

 

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And no, that is not the extent of our minifig collection, they’re just a few of my faves! I definitely think I will be doing some more projects with my dad–I really enjoyed this one! Now, if I can get it hung up without it falling off the wall, THAT will be an accomplishment!

 

Are you working on any projects? Have you made a goal to try out a new hobby this year? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Its the first Friday of the new year, peeps, which means its the first Fan Girl Friday of 2017! WOOOOO! And get ready because I’ve got some awesome finds to kick your year off and help you stick with those resolutions!

 

If you’ve resolved to be more positive, check out these affirmation cards from Paper Source!

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Each card has a positive affirmation to help you put that negativity to rest and embrace the new year with a new outlook! Plus, unicorns.

 

Maybe your resolution is to start keeping a diary, but writing a long journal entry every day seems a big daunting. Look no further than the One Line a Day diary!

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This memory book has space for one line a day, every day, for five years! Just jot down a daily note: “Dropped my churro on the street today. Five second rule FTW!” or maybe a funny quote you overheard. Plus, when you fill it up, it will be fun to look back over the past five years of memories!

 

Perhaps you’ve resolved to start a new hobby. Might I suggest the Clay Animation Movie Kit?

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Yes, I know this is *technically* for kids, but it looks awesome! The kit includes: a movie studio stage, 4 full color backdrops, one white backdrop, phone camera stand, 4 sheets of props, 8 colors of modeling clay, 2 modeling tools, and 18 googly eyes in 3 sizes! Just don’t fall too deep down the rabbit hole like Ben Wyatt.

 

And maybe, you’re one of the folks that said, “Eff resoltuions! I just want to stay at home and chillax.” I’ve got you covered too! You, my friend, need these bath bombs–they are simply out of this world! (Hey-o!)

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Each bath bomb has a different fragrance and represents eight of the planets (poor Pluto!) and the sun!

 

Happy fangirling!