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Today is a holiday in which we celebrate the life of a great man and his lasting legacy. To our kids, however, its a day off from school during which they will ask for snack after snack after FREAKING snack. Lock yourself in the bathroom, open up some leftover Christmas candy, and enjoy a little “Mommy Time” while laughing hysterically to this hilarious (and oh-so-relatable) video from Pretty Darn Funny:

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‘Tis the season for resolutions!

I’m going to lose twenty pounds!

I’m FINALLY going to finish my novel!

This is the year I take that European vacation! 

Resolutions are different for each person. However, I feel like there are a few resolutions that us moms desperately need to embrace.

  1. Exercise…and not just your body.

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Don’t get me wrong, being a SAHM is very rewarding, but some days when you’ve watched Frozen for the 900th time or read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? until your own voice is annoying you, you end the day feeling like you’ve had no intellectual stimulation at all. It’s so very important for you to exercise your mind! PICK UP A BOOK. Do a crossword puzzle. Download a trivia app or Tangrams! There’s even a study that suggests video games can help boost your memory and mental fitness! Watch a documentary on PBS/Netflix/Hulu or pop in your headphones and listen to a TED Talk. Do SOMETHING that gets your neurons firing. Even if you’re only able to do this once or twice a week, you need that time.

 

  1. Drink more water.

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Seriously. Dehydration is a serious energy and mood-sucker. If you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work overtime—meaning you can do a lot less physically—and you can get super cranky. Who has time for all that when you’ve got ankle biters to chase? Sip some agua and thank me later!

 

  1. Keep your kid’s bedtime firm and send them to dreamland EARLY.

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Kids that go to bed at a set time each night = more time for you to do what you want. Not only that, but research has shown that kids who go to bed at the same time each night (and earlier than their parents) are more physically fit, all-around healthier, and have better behavior than those who burn the midnight oil. Plus, a recent study came to the conclusion that earlier bedtimes for the kiddos affects mom’s mental health in a positive way!

 

  1. Stop Unnecessary Scrolling!

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Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.

Pinterest.

The various social media outlets are great for keeping in touch with folks, learning new things, and keeping up with news. They’re also huge time-sucks that can waste A LOT of your day if you let them. I get it; when the kids won’t stop talking about Minecraft or you’re eating lunch or the kids are playing outside, it’s so tempting to just open up Facebook on your phone and start scrolling. I totally understand and I’m guilty of it too. But this is a habit we need to try and break. Our kids deserve so much more than the back of our phones. Not only that, but social media can be addicting and its hurting our health. Seriously. Take a gander and this article from Forbes as well as this one.

 

  1. Be Grateful

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As SAHMs, we can sometimes get bogged down by the “woe is me” syndrome: “I’ve changed twenty blowouts today!”/”MY CHILD WILL NOT NAP!”/”I need out of this house!” and we can forget why we chose to stay home in the first place. A habit I’ve formed has been to think about three things I’m thankful for each day. I may write them down, I might text them to a friend, or I’ll just tell the Hubs. Either way, it makes me take my day into perspective and exercise having a thankful, grateful heart. And a grateful heart literally improves physical health and can improve your relationships!

 

  1. Spend More Time Outside

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Right now, I get it, this isn’t feasible. Well, today in Oklahoma it’s actually pretty nice, but I know in other parts of the country it’s snowing/blizzard conditions. BUT, when the weather is nice, go outside. It’s good for your kids and it’s good for YOU. So go catch some rays!

 

  1. Make Time for a Hobby

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I know, I know; I can hear you already: “Jessica, I barely have time to pee during the day and you want me to take up a hobby?! Are you on crack?!” Hear me out: there are so many hobbies out there that don’t take up a lot of time and can be done while sitting in front of the TV (like crocheting or knitting) and can improve your quality of life and reduce stress! Last year, Huff the Hubs bought me a banjo for our anniversary and I’ve been taking lessons once a week for a few months now. I. LOVE. IT. It’s a way for me to engage my mind that has ZERO to do with the house, the kids, or The Hubs. It’s just MINE. That’s part of the reason why I love it so much! It’s only thirty minutes a week, but man it’s awesome! Find your “banjo lessons”. Maybe it’s going to the gym or going for a run. It could be that you want to do a wine and painting class or start a blog. Find something that works with your schedule and make it happen!

 

  1. Eat a Veggie/Fruit a Day

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Moms often forgo nutrition for convenience. I ain’t judging! Been there, done that, have the t-shirt. But since we basically take care of everyone under our roof, we’ve got to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves. Even if you’re not a “health nut” or have zero intention of making any kind of health-related resolution, just TRY to eat a fresh fruit or veggie a day. Pick up an apple or a banana at 7-Eleven when you go in for a Big Gulp®. Grab one of those carrot stick packs at Walmart when you’re making a diaper run. Do something small that will impact your health in a big way.

 

 

What do you think about these “mom-o-lutions”? What would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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Y’all, its one week til Christmas. And I think I speak for every mom, dad, teacher, and anyone else who is around children right now when I say: WE ARE ALL LOSING OUR MINDS! Seriously, I think once Thanksgiving is over kids have an unspoken pact with one another to take every last shred of sanity from the adults in their lives. Because we’re all going crazy, I’ve found some hilarious memes and tweets to help you laugh to keep from crying!

 

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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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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re about to hit the time of year in which there are parties to attend, dishes to make, and presents to wrap. And, typically, all of these responsibilities fall on us mommas. Which means instead of feeling like Mrs. Claus you can end up feeling more like the Krampus.

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Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to help you get through this holiday season without losing your tinsel all over a mall Santa.

Learn to Say No

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Repeat after me: “I don’t have to go to every party.” Seriously, you don’t have to say yes to an invite just because they asked. If you’ve got a lot going on and need to spend time at home just to decompress or want to wrap presents while watching a Hallmark movie, then by all means DO IT. If going to a party is going to stress you out, stay home. Relax. Not sure how to decline an invite? MyDomaine has some awesome tips to turn down an invitation with class.

 

Shorten Your Gift-Giving List

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I LOVE giving gifts. Huff the Hubs calls me “Leslie Knope” because gift-giving is kind of like my superpower. And I’ll pretty much give anyone a present. The mailman? Check. My dentist? Check. The kids’ pediatrician? Double check. But, that’s not always cost-effective. Which can lead to fretting over the cash flow. As I stated before, you’ve got to learn to say no. This means cutting your gift-giving list down. Instead of giving a gift to your grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, etc., make an agreement to forgo gifts this year OR draw names instead! That way, everyone gets something but you don’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to set a spending limit beforehand!

 

Simplify 

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A moms, we all want to make every moment of the holidays seem magical to our kids. Guess what? The simplest things can be magical. You don’t have to have your hubs dress up as Santa or move that freaking Elf every single day to make Christmas amazing. Do simple things: watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and pop popcorn, make snowflakes out of paper, bake cookies (make it even simpler and get the pre-cut kind!). Your kids will be happy just spending time with you!

 

Keep Christ in Christmas

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While the gifts, the parties, and the cookies are all fun parts of Christmas, they are not the ONLY part. Nor should they be the part that is focused on. Help keep Christmas in perspective for your kids (and yourself!) by shifting the focus where it needs to be: on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. There are a ton of resources out there to help with this! But you can’t go wrong with just simply pulling out your Bible and reading the Christmas story. You don’t have to sit down and give your kids a long sermon, talk about it in the car (“Can you imagine riding a donkey all the way to Bethlehem?!”), while you’re eating dinner (“What do you think the Wise Men ate while they traveled?”), or even while giving your kiddos a bath (“Do you think baby Jesus liked his first bath?”). Shift your focus and you’ll shift your perspective.

 

For more tips, click here, here, or here! Do you have any tips for a less-stressed holiday? Share in the comments below!

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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!

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About a week and a half ago, Chip and Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame) unveiled their new line at Target and women everywhere lost their minds. Including me.

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Seriously, have you seen the stuff included in the Hearth and Hand collection?! Its adorable crap like this dollhouse:

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Huff the Tot would have it looking like one of the Gaines’s houses on #demoday in about fifteen minutes, but still! SO. ADORABLE.

 

And these galvanized shelves?! My house is in no way “farmhouse style”, but NEED.

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Why yes, even though I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year (or any year in the foreseeable future) these napkin rings should be in my house:

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Oh, hello, precious little advent calendar that I would probably forget to fill up but you’re so chic and cute that I want you anyhow…

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Seriously, what is it with these people?! Why do they make such cute things and why do I need to BE JOANNA GAINES?! These ladies get it.

 

 

BRB, measuring my walls for shiplap.

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