Mommy Monday

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Hey, Momma! Looking for something to do with the kiddos this Independence Day that isn’t popping fireworks? I’ve rounded up some awesome American-themed activities (thanks, Pinterest!) to keep your kiddos busy and in the patriotic spirit!

Playdough to Plato has an amazing exploding pop rocket activity that’s not only fun, but also educational!

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I know some moms are 110% done with making slime, but for those of you that aren’t, check out this Star Spangled Slime from I Can Teach My Child!

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Summer is great time to do messy crafts outdoors! The kids get to go crazy and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after them! This shaving cream firework craft (also from I Can Teach My Child) can be done in the backyard and then cleaned up with a run through the sprinkler! Everybody wins!

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Learning 4 Kids has an awesome way for kiddos that may not like the sound of firecrackers to still get in on the fun! Plus, you probably have all the necessary items already!

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Would you rather keep the festivities simple? Babies to Bookworms has a great list of Fourth of July books that will keep your kid’s attention and let them learn!

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Have you done any of these crafts? What’s your favorite way to spend the Fourth? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I’ve said it a thousand times before and Imma say it again: motherhood is hard. Not only because we’ve created tiny versions of ourselves that know how to outwit and outlast us with their never-ending supply of energy, but also because of our worst enemy: ourselves. We put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves as well as other moms.

I’m not too proud to admit that I have done my fair share of mom-shaming. I’ve seen the mom with an unruly toddler at Target and thought, “Sheesh, make that kid quiet down! Be a frickin’ parent!” And I’ve also been the mom with an unruly toddler and felt judgmental eyes on me. Its not fun. Its not cool. And I have been working on doing better. This video making the rounds on Facebook has actually been a kick in the pants to me to 1. Stop putting so much pressure on myself and 2. Stop putting unknown expectations on other moms. Just watch this video and you’ll be able to relate:

 

Let’s choose kindness, Mommas!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, nerlings! I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer and applying plenty of SPF 10000 because that’s what you need in the Oklahoma heat! I’ve rounded up some geeky goodies, so gird your loins! It’s about to get a whole lot nerdier up in this piece!

Watching Stranger Things season two made me all nostalgic for a cute little cuddly friend like Dart. Oh, wait… he wasn’t so cuddly, huh? Hmmm… well, Think Geek has made that alien aberration a whole lot snugglier, thank goodness!

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These cute little guys are actually nesting dolls! They go from pollywog to slug to demodog! Aren’t they precious?

 

Did you forget Dad last week for Father’s Day? Don’t sweat it! Tell him his gift “got lost in the mail” and quickly order him this awesome Batman-inspired grilling set!

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There’s also a Captain America set and a Wonder Woman set! Because, us ladies like a nice steak, too!

 

As a kid, I had an irrational fear that there were sharks lurking under the grates in the community pool (thanks a lot, Kid-From-When-I-Was-In-The-Second-Grade for telling me that!). However, this is a shark I could totally swim with:

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This shark is not one to fear but to float! Its big enough for me to laze around in the pool while also blocking the sun so I can chillax without getting red! Woo!

 

Now that summer is in full swing, moms everywhere are starting to lose their minds because their kids just have SO. MUCH. FRICKIN’. ENERGY. Seriously, do they EVER stop?! Thankfully, Perpetual Kid has a way to keep them entertained for hours while getting them to use up all that energy!

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Got a nerdy nifty YOU want to see on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

Happy fangirling!

 

Mommy Monday

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Last week, me, my parents, my sister, and my kiddos went on a road trip to Mount Rushmore. At first, I was worried that I would end the trip in a straight jacket.

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But, it actually turned out to be not that bad! Of course, there were some “I’m-going-to-pull-my-hair-out-if-you-two-don’t-stop-it” moments, but the good times far outweighed the bad and we really enjoyed ourselves!

I’m fully aware that family trips can be downright awful sometimes, so if you’re dreading a road trip coming up or you’ve just returned from one, here’s some funny to make you laugh to keep from crying!

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Happy travelling!

Mommy Monday

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I’ve been in summer mode the past week–no major plans (sans the garage sale I had over the weekend; worst idea ever), no real schedule, and pretty much just doing whatever and hanging out with my tiny humans. That being said, my house has kind of been a pit lately.

I know that a lot of you have your kiddos home allllll day long now that school’s out and I’m sure your house will be pitted out soon as well. Which means we can ALL relate to this video from The Dad:

 

SO. TRUE.

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!