Her’s Day Thursday

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On Her’s Day Thursday, I highlight incredible women. And guess what? Today, I’m highlighting YOU. Yep, you, momma! The hard-working, diaper changing, soccer uniform washing, tear wiping, teenage sound board that is YOU. You are amazing!

So many times in this journey of motherhood, we get wrapped up in the stress, worry, and hardship. We think we’re not good enough and spend our evenings before we fall asleep telling ourselves we should’ve been more patient, should’ve read that fifth book, or should’ve allowed our teen to go to that party. We think we’re doing a terrible job and wonder what our kids think of us.

Your kiddos love you exactly as you are, where you are. They don’t care if you didn’t make a Pinterest-worthy snack for after tee ball. They don’t even notice if you haven’t lost the baby weight. And let me tell you that they probably rejoice when you’re too tired to cook and opt for pizza instead.

Don’t believe me? Check out this inspiring video from Care.com:

 

See yourself the way your kids do!

Mommy Monday

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Huff the Babe recently turned two. If you’ve never been around a two year old, its a lot like this:

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So, needless to say, when we go out in public it takes a lot of mental and physical preparation. Basically, make sure you’ve stretched, properly hydrated, and have on clothes you don’t mind being stained.

Sometimes when we’re out to eat or shopping I can easily ignore his and Huff the Tot’s bickering, whining, or begging for things. Other times, I don’t handle it so well. Mostly because of the looks I get from other people. So when I saw this video circulating on Facebook, it really hit home:

 

Y’all, we’ve GOT to support each other. Motherhood can be such a rewarding role. But its also really, really hard sometimes. And you know what makes it even harder? Eye rolls, deep sighs, judgy stares, and “whispered” comments to other people. These things just make us feel like failures. And guess what? About 90% of the time, most of us already do feel like we’re failing: we’re not feeding our kids healthy enough, we allow them to watch too much TV, or we’re not spending enough time with them.

Here are some simple ways we can show support to other Mamas:

Give a knowing smile to a mom that’s dealing with a tantrum-throwing toddler. 

Tell her, “You’re doing great, Momma!”

Call up a mom friend and offer to watch her littles so she can go grocery shopping in peace. (And then maybe she’ll even return the favor later!) 

If your house isn’t equipped for little ones, tell the mom you’ll go with her and wait in the car with the kids while she runs errands! (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people do this for me! IT. IS. AMAZING.) 

Buy a $5 gift card to Starbucks and keep it in your wallet. If you’re out and about and see a mom having a rough go of it, slip it to her so she can treat herself later. 

If you see a mom with a restless kiddo and you’ve got your kiddos too, offer to walk around with her at the store so the kids can keep each other company and entertained! Who knows, you (and the kids) might even make a new friend! 

If your kids are in school and you don’t work, call up a mom with littles and ask if she needs anything. Even if she says she doesn’t need anything, at least she knows you were thinking about her! 

Buy a momma and her kiddos lunch while you’re out to eat. (This one could get a little expensive, BUT, if you get say, a Chick-Fil-A gift card and add a little money here and there, you can totally do this!) 

Do you have a neighbor that has kids? See if they want to go for a walk with you. 

I love it on those rare occurrences that both of my children are calm and listening when we venture out and about. I also love it when a stranger compliments them on their behavior. I know it encourages them, but it also REALLY encourages me.  So if you see a kiddo doing great, recognize it! You will absolutely make that mom’s day–I guarantee it. 

 

Do you have any other ways to encourage moms? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Everyone feeling refreshed and well-rested after spending Spring Break home with your kiddos?

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Yeah, me neither.

 

However, since Easter is coming up, I found some great Easter-themed crafts that your kiddos can do {mostly} by themselves so you can sneak a few minutes hiding in the bathroom inhaling Reese’s Eggs!

 

Easter Mosaic Cross

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This craft is super easy! All you need to do is print off the cross and have the kiddos tear up some construction paper! Give them each a glue stick and let them go to town!

 

Paper Plate Flowers

Another super simple craft with little prep work! Plus, your littles can get in some cutting practice!

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Cross Sunrise Paper Plate 

This craft requires a bit more prep, but still super simple!

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Thumbprint Bunnies and Chicks

This craft would make a great keepsake as well!

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He Is Risen!

Pair this craft with The Story of Easter and you’ve got a great way to teach kids the real meaning behind this holiday!

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Popsicle Stick Chicks

Need a reason to eat up some popsicles? Now you’ve got one!

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What are your favorite Easter and springtime crafts? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Guys. This flu foolishness has me stressed out. Just look at this map from the CDC:

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I’ve already heard of ten cases at our Mother’s Day Out program (five of which are in my kids’ classes!) and I’m seriously going crazy waiting for symptoms. I really don’t want my kiddos (or myself!) to get it!

I already had a doctor’s appointment this morning (calm down, it was just a check-up) so I asked him what we can do to help keep ourselves flu-free. I thought I’d share what he told me with you guys!*

Get a Flu Shot 

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This is kind of a given. He said that the flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it will just shorten the days you have it/lessen the severity of the flu.

 

Avoid Contact With Folks that Have the Flu

 

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This is also a “no-duh” kind of tip. But still, just stay away from people who have the flu. No point in exposing yourself (and everyone under your roof) to that.

 

Wash Your Hands! 

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Again, DUH! But this isn’t just for you, this is for your kiddos too. Make them wash their hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing with toys at the store/daycare/school/doctor’s office, and after petting animals. There’s also a great hand sanitizer that’s alcohol-free (and safe for littles) that I keep on me all the time for the kiddos!

 

Take A Multivitamin

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Taking a vitamin with Vitamin-C, B-vitamins, and elderberry can help your immune system. In fact, elderberry has been show to help reduce the severity of the flu as well as help prevent catching it! (The kiddos and I have been taking these!)

 

If You Have Young Kids, Clean Their Toys at the End of the Day, Everyday (And Wipe Down Doorknobs With Clorox Wipes)

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Little Ones put everything in their mouths. The doctor said its important to make sure their toys are sanitized because of that reason. Especially if that kiddo attends daycare. Also, we all touch hundreds of surfaces a day. Be sure to clean the door handles around the house to get rid of any germs that may be sticking to them.

 

Now, let’s all spray ourselves with Lysol and pray we don’t get the flu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I’m not a doctor. This is in NO way me saying “avoid going to the doctor because this is what MY doc said”. If you think you’re getting sick AT ALL, go see your primary care physician. Also, do not follow any of these tips unless you check with your provider FIRST.

 

 

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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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!