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If you’ve got a little fan of Nature Cat in your house, you know that yesterday was Earth Day! It was crazy-hectic this weekend, so I didn’t get to talk with the kiddos about it. Luckily, they can’t read a calendar so we can celebrate today! Want to teach your kids about taking care of the earth? You’re in luck! I’ve found some great Earth Day activities!

“Stained Glass” Earth Suncatcher

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This project has little prep! Some clear contact paper and green and blue tissue paper and you’re all set!

 

DIY Crayons 

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We ALL have broken crayons somewhere in our house. Instead of tossing them, teach kids about recycling with this DIY project!

 

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

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Bird feeders are a great way to let your child show their creativity while also teaching about how, just because something may look like its ready for the bin, you can actually make something useful out of it!

 

God’s Creation Coloring Sheets

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Of course, the cornerstone of Earth Day should be that since God created the world, we should be good stewards of what has been given to us. These coloring sheets are a great way to help kiddos grasp the concept that God made everything so we should take care of it as an act of worship to Him!

 

Do you have any Earth Day activities you like to do with your brood? Share in the comments below!

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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!

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Sometimes I feel like we’re a little behind the times. Ahem, its 2018 and I STILL do not have a hoverboard, self-tying shoes, or food in the form of pills. Back to the Future really set us up for heartbreak.

However, I have found some gadgets that are sure to help you in your parenting journey and maybe, just maybe, make you feel a little more like one of the McFly’s!

If you’re a parent of a pre-teen or teen, I’m sure you’re already having the “Holy-Crap-My-Kid-Is-About-To-Be-Behind-The-Wheel-Of-A-Car” anxiety. Worry no more, because Autobrain is here for you!

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Autobrain is a small device (with accompanying app) that plugs into any car made after 1995 that can monitor speed, location, fuel levels, and battery levels. If the vehicle is in an accident, Autobrain automatically calls 911 and gives the location of the accident. This is not only great for new drivers, but for seniors whose older children may worry about them on the road.

New parents are usually walking around in a fog for about the first four months of their baby’s life. This means you can do a lot of crazy things from being sleep-deprived. Breaking your toe because you jumped out of bed to soothe a crying baby at 3:00 a.m. shouldn’t be one of them. Enter: Bright Feet!

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These LED-lighted slippers can help you maneuver the hellacious hallways while getting up at all hours to change diapers, feed your baby, or even do some late-night snacking!

 

Y’all, flu season really did a number on my nerves. Seriously. Everywhere we went I didn’t see people, I just saw piles of germs and bacteria waiting to attach to my family and I. My hands are literally cracking and bleeding because they are so dry from all the hand washing and Purell wipes I’ve been using. Thankfully, there’s a better–and more posh–way to sanitize my kids’ stuff!

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Meet Ellie, the first UV sterilizing pod! Here’s the skinny, according to the pod’s website: “Germs are a fact of life. Some bacteria are actually beneficial to us. But for dangerous, illness-causing, and potentially life-threatening bacteria and viruses—there’s Ellie with patented TRUVIOLET™ technology. Its digital UV light kills germs in a matter of seconds, eradicating E. coli, Salmonella, Staph and Listeria, plus antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA. It’s the most powerful, portable solution for sterilizing bottles, pacifiers and anything babies put in their mouths.” Yes, I’d like five, please.

 

Not only was I super-terrified of germs during this wave of the flu, but I was also scared that every sniffle, cough, or sneeze meant the flu! There were so many times I called the nurse’s line or wanted to go straight to the ER because I was sure we all had ebola. Thankfully, this was not the case. However, it does make me want to invest in the TytoHome Telehealth Kit!

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This kit can examine your child’s ears, nose, throat, abdomen, heart, lungs, and skin as well as monitor heart rate and temperature. The data can then be sent to your child’s doctor to remotely diagnose things such as ear infections, flu, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, pink eye, and many more common ailments. And, you don’t have to drag your sick kiddo to the petri dish, er, I mean doctor’s office!

 

Now that its FINALLY starting to warm up outside, I’m able to take the kids out and go for a walk. After reading about the 4Moms Moxi Stroller, I want to snag one for myself!

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This ain’t your momma’s stroller, honey. This bad boy is PACKED with features! Not only does it grow with your baby (going from bassinet, parent-facing seat, to a forward-facing seat) but this stroller also has headlights and taillights, an LCD-screen that displays distance walked, speed, calorie burn, temperature, time, and battery level, and it can even charge your phone! That’s right–there’s a self-charging battery via generators in rear wheels! Holla!

 

BRB, gonna go on Amazon and get to shopping!

 

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I don’t know about y’all, but here at the Huffman Homestead we’ve been battling sickness off and on for the past FIVE WEEKS. Yeah, you read that right: FIVE. WEEKS. Seriously. One person would get sick, then recover, and then another person would get it. That’s how its been. And, not only that, but its been SO. STINKING. COLD.

I’m so done with winter.

And I think we could all use some laughter to get us out of this seasonal affective disorder. Enter: I Mom So Hard to get us out of this funk!

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There was a time in my life when I absolutely loved winter. I loved the clothes, the cold, and yes, even the inclement weather. I loved bundling up in scarves, coats, and hats and walking around in a winter wonderland.

Now?

STOP

I’m 1000000000% done with winter. I’m so over it. I hate it. Loathe it. Want it to die a fiery death.

Why?

Oh, gee, I don’t know. (That’s total and complete sarcasm, OF COURSE I KNOW.)

Flu season.

Being cooped up inside.

Having to get EVERY FREAKING PERSON in the house bundled in coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. Then doing it about 10 more times because someone had to potty and had to get undressed. Or someone decided that the shirt they were wearing was “too scratchy” and they needed another one. And then while one was using the bathroom, another one decided to undress to his diaper and run around the house, scattering his clothes in his wake. And then Mommy had to take off HER winter gear because she was sweating her balls off chasing everyone around this freaking house.

Flu season. (Yep, I repeated it. Why? Because we’ve had TWO rounds of the flu. TWO.)

Being too overwhelmed with the thought of bundling everyone up to leave the house just for a small semblance of human interaction with another adult.

So, yeah. Winter can suck it. Its terrible and it needs to go away.

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I’m ready for warmer temps (and NOT coming from me, my children, or my husband). I want to be able to go outside with my kids in flip flops and sit in the sunshine. I want to only have to get everyone dressed ONCE. This means no jackets, no hats, no gloves. And when the temperatures are a steady 65-75 degrees outside and winter is FINALLY over, I am going to rejoice with the songs of angels.

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Because this ish is getting OLD.

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Sometimes–okay, ALL THE TIME–being a mom can make you frazzled, harried, and pretty much scatterbrained. Thankfully, there are some awesome products out there to help you with any problem a mom could think of!

 

Tired of eating a soggy bowl of cereal because you poured your breakfast, only to have to stop everything to search for a blankie, a sock, or a pacifier? Those days are over, sistah thanks to the Obol!

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The Obol has separate compartments for the cereal and milk, as well as a built in grip so you can eat while also nagging the kids to get dressed and brush their teeth without fear of dropping your breakfast!

 

Tired of your kids taking FOR-EV-ER to clean up their toys? Just get one of these awesome bags from Swoop and clean up is over quickly!

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The mini bags would also be great for you too, Mom! You could store makeup, snacks, pretty much anything! Just drop it on the opened bag and Swoop! its picked up! (See what I did there?)

 

If you have managed to keep your brood flu-free this season, I salute you. Giving them medicine is awful and taking their temperate is tough when they’re wrestling to get our of your grasp! Thankfully, there’s a new way to take your kids’ temp!

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These stick-on, fever indicating bugs monitor your kiddos’ temperature for up to 48 hours. This means you can give them a bug, and you can tell with a quick look whether or not your wee one is feverish! For more info, click here!

 

Seriously, y’all, this flu season has been the worst. I’ve been using Purell wipes on everything anywhere we go. Huff the Babe is still using a pacifier, and I worry about all the germs that can hop onto it while we’re out and about. I think I need to invest in one of these!

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When your baby-love drops this pacifier, the safety clip closes over it so the pacifier can be kept clean and won’t touch the floor! AH-MAY-ZING!

 

Parenting is tough. We all need a break now and then (speaking of, have you seen this hilarious video making the rounds on Facebook? Careful it features NSFW language!) and personally, I like to decompress with a nice, hot bubble bath and Netflix. I’m so glad I bought one of these!

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This bath caddy is AWESOME! There’s a place for my wine glass, I can watch Netflix on the iPad, and I can put some chocolates on it so I can truly indulge! I think all Mommas need one of these!

 

What products make your life easier? Share in the comments below!

 

 

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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.