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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!

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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!

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!

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The other day, I was talking to a friend, mourning the fact that I haven’t been doing regular Tot School activities with Huff the Babe. I mean, when Huff the Tot was his age, I was doing alphabet flash cards, color songs, and reading at least five books a day to the girl.

“Poor Huff the Babe,” I said to my friend. “He’s getting the raw end of the deal.”

“It’s just the curse of the second child,” she said. “They don’t get as much as the first.”

Which is the cold, hard truth. With your first kid, you have a lot more time–there’s only one of them after all! So many things change once you go from one kid to two. Or two to three!

 That’s why this video from Story of this Life really hit the nail on the head!

 

What differences did you experience going from one to two (or two to three? Or three to four, you brave soul!)? Share in the comments below!

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If you haven’t been on Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, to the grocery store, or watched the news lately then you probably haven’t heard that there was a total solar eclipse today. This is quite a big deal as another total solar eclipse will not happen again for another seven years.

While I think its cool in a, “Hey, there’s a solar eclipse. Neat.” sort of way, I’m not too hyped about it. There are some things, however, that feel like they happen every seven years–because they’re so rare–that I do get excited about. For example…

My family all eating the same meal, without a fight.

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Normally, I make Huff the Hubs and I something and then the kids get something else. Because I know that they will throw a big ole hissy fit about eating salmon or some kind of chicken that isn’t golden brown and dinosaur-shaped. But, there are rare occurrences when I say, “Too bad, so sad,” and errybody has to eat what I cooked for the grownups and it actually goes well!

All the laundry baskets empty AT THE SAME TIME. 

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Most days I get about 1-2 loads of laundry done and then they sit in baskets until laundry overflows in said baskets and I’m up folding clothes until midnight. But, once in a blue moon, I get laundry washed, dried, folded, AND put away ALL in the same day. Its glorious.

My children sleeping in past 7:00 a.m.

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No matter what time my kids go to bed, they are almost always up right at the stroke of 7:00 a.m. They could’ve gone without a nap the day before and didn’t fall asleep until 10, but rest assured, they’ll be saying, “Mommmmmmaaaaa!” before I can hit snooze. There are some times, though, that they sleep until 8:00 and I’m actually able to do stuff. Like, drink coffee before it gets cold and actually eat a healthy breakfast.

Wearing a white shirt the entire day without spilling something/my kids rubbing food on it.  

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I don’t buy white clothes. Not only because my kids can attract any mess within a 1-mile radius, but also because my nickname is “Messy Jessie”. So any time I can wear a white shirt without dropping a drink or a meal on it, I feel pretty accomplished.

Only having to ask Huff the Hubs once to take out the trash. 

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Calm down, I’m not going to get into a husband-bashing debate. But come on, all you wives out there know what I’m talking about. You’ll ask your hubby to take out the trash after dinner. And then again after the kids’ baths. And then again after you’ve tucked them in bed. And then you’re both laying in bed and you say, “Honey, did you take out the trash?” So when it only takes ONE TIME to ask and it gets accomplished, its basically the same feeling you get when you find $20 on the street.

Eating a warm meal. 

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You know that scene in A Christmas Story when the mom sits down to eat but can’t even take one freaking bite because her family keeps asking her to get them stuff? Yeah, its funny because its true.

Going to the grocery store without enduring any meltdowns. 

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“We just need a few things. We won’t be long.” HAHAHAHAHAHA! Famous last words. The grocery store and I are not on the same page when I bring the kids along. Why can’t they have a drive-thru?! Why must they put all the candy by the registers?! Its like they WANT you to fail. Sigh. So whenever I can go through the store quickly and without a major meltdown, I feel like a total bad-a!

 

What about you? What “rare occurrences” would you add to the list? 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!

Mommy Monday

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As moms, we know that our work never stops. There’s always laundry to fold, dishes to wash, boo-boos to kiss, tantrums to soothe, and booties to wipe. Our “shift” is never over; its a 24/7/365. The oh-so-funny ladies at My Life Suckas knows what we’re talkin’ about. Just check out this parody of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic— you’ll be feeling hashtag same, sistah.