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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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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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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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While on Facebook the other day, I came across this hilarious video from Story of This Life, totally nailing it on what its like to be a parent with the help of Rhianna, Taylor Swift, and even The Rock!

 

It made me think of my post a few years ago about my “pregnancy soundtrack” and got me thinking which songs I would add now that I’ve got two little ankle biters.

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Because, kids.

 

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – Culture Club

This was ESPECIALLY relevant whilst breastfeeding… YOWZA.

 

[I Don’t Even Know My] Last Name – Carrie Underwood

There are days I am so sleep-deprived that I think, “Wait a second–what’s your name? What’s his name? WHAT’S MY NAME?!” I seriously signed my MAIDEN name on something not too long ago. I’ve been married over six years. Yeah.

 

A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz

This stage of life is hard. Its full of sleepless nights, nose wipin’, cutting crusts off sandwiches, and changing diapers. But you know what? Its still awesome.

 

 

 

What would you put on your parenting soundtrack? Share in the comments below!

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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!