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!

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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!

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!

Mommy Monday

 

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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!

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If you haven’t been on Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, to the grocery store, or watched the news lately then you probably haven’t heard that there was a total solar eclipse today. This is quite a big deal as another total solar eclipse will not happen again for another seven years.

While I think its cool in a, “Hey, there’s a solar eclipse. Neat.” sort of way, I’m not too hyped about it. There are some things, however, that feel like they happen every seven years–because they’re so rare–that I do get excited about. For example…

My family all eating the same meal, without a fight.

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Normally, I make Huff the Hubs and I something and then the kids get something else. Because I know that they will throw a big ole hissy fit about eating salmon or some kind of chicken that isn’t golden brown and dinosaur-shaped. But, there are rare occurrences when I say, “Too bad, so sad,” and errybody has to eat what I cooked for the grownups and it actually goes well!

All the laundry baskets empty AT THE SAME TIME. 

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Most days I get about 1-2 loads of laundry done and then they sit in baskets until laundry overflows in said baskets and I’m up folding clothes until midnight. But, once in a blue moon, I get laundry washed, dried, folded, AND put away ALL in the same day. Its glorious.

My children sleeping in past 7:00 a.m.

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No matter what time my kids go to bed, they are almost always up right at the stroke of 7:00 a.m. They could’ve gone without a nap the day before and didn’t fall asleep until 10, but rest assured, they’ll be saying, “Mommmmmmaaaaa!” before I can hit snooze. There are some times, though, that they sleep until 8:00 and I’m actually able to do stuff. Like, drink coffee before it gets cold and actually eat a healthy breakfast.

Wearing a white shirt the entire day without spilling something/my kids rubbing food on it.  

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I don’t buy white clothes. Not only because my kids can attract any mess within a 1-mile radius, but also because my nickname is “Messy Jessie”. So any time I can wear a white shirt without dropping a drink or a meal on it, I feel pretty accomplished.

Only having to ask Huff the Hubs once to take out the trash. 

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Calm down, I’m not going to get into a husband-bashing debate. But come on, all you wives out there know what I’m talking about. You’ll ask your hubby to take out the trash after dinner. And then again after the kids’ baths. And then again after you’ve tucked them in bed. And then you’re both laying in bed and you say, “Honey, did you take out the trash?” So when it only takes ONE TIME to ask and it gets accomplished, its basically the same feeling you get when you find $20 on the street.

Eating a warm meal. 

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You know that scene in A Christmas Story when the mom sits down to eat but can’t even take one freaking bite because her family keeps asking her to get them stuff? Yeah, its funny because its true.

Going to the grocery store without enduring any meltdowns. 

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“We just need a few things. We won’t be long.” HAHAHAHAHAHA! Famous last words. The grocery store and I are not on the same page when I bring the kids along. Why can’t they have a drive-thru?! Why must they put all the candy by the registers?! Its like they WANT you to fail. Sigh. So whenever I can go through the store quickly and without a major meltdown, I feel like a total bad-a!

 

What about you? What “rare occurrences” would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Before I became a parent, I would sometimes get a little annoyed with people that posted every ten minutes on Facebook about something their kid did/said/pooped or about the struggles of being a parent. Now, however? I totally get it.

I know some people get irritated with (mostly) SAHMs posts about their kids. I mean, there’s even blogs about it. But imma let you in on a few reasons why SAHMs, such as myself, tend to post so much in a day.

 

1. We’re bored. 

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids. But you can only dress and re-dress a Barbie and listen to another hour-long Minecraft monologue before you crack. Sometimes you just need to zone out and tweet a little something to break up the monotony.

 

2. We want to feel connected to the outside world. 

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There are many days that the kids and I don’t leave the house. Sometimes its because there’s just so much to do around here or because I don’t feel like taking the kids to the store with me. Either way, if you go two or three days without stepping foot outside, you start to get a little cabin fever. Its like when Netflix asks you if you’re still there after binge-watching Gilmore Girls for three hours–we want people to know we’re still around!

 

3. If we don’t post a picture of our kid or tweet a funny quote they said, we will probably forget. (And trust me, we want that ish on our #Timehop next year!) 

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At the beginning of the year, I saw an awesome commercial for this app called Chatbooks. It basically takes all the pictures you post on social media and makes it into a scrapbook FOR you! They automatically send once the book is full, and its only $8! Its awesome for the time-crunched Momma that wants to make sure she captures everything. Drawback? Your friends have to put up with your constant picture posting (#sorrynotsorry).

 

4. We need to know we’re not alone. 

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This parenting gig is tough. And honestly, nine times out of ten when we post something, we want to hear that we’re not the only ones going through this season of constant diaper changes, potty accidents, and tantrums over the wrong color sippy cup.

 

5. Sometimes, our kids do genuine adorable things and we want to share their adorableness with everyone. 

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Everyone thinks their kids are the cutest and we just want other people to share in an “Awwwww!”-worthy gush with us. So go on, throw ’em bone. Give ’em that “like”.

 

But I get it, sometimes its eye-roll inducing when you see that same mom with yet another status update about the “very large poop that could rival a grown man’s” or how they’re “constantly cleaning boogers off the wall” or “drowning in a sea of diapers”.

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Maybe this will help you understand us a little better. Or, ya know, just click the “unfollow” button. Whatevs.

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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, my sister and her brood were in town and we had to cram in a year’s worth of memories and fun in just eleven days! Its been a whirlwind around the Huffman Homestead full of cousin sleepovers, late nights, lots of ice cream eatin’, and TONS of giggles. Now that the Smiths are back in Ohio, we can get the kids back on a normal sleeping routine. Which, in and of itself, is a lot like trying to tape a document back together once its been run through a shredder.

 

 

Sleep training (and sleep re-training) is the worst. Solidarity, Mommas.