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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As soon as I sat down to write this blog, my son ran up to me. “Momma! MOMMA!” I turn my head and see he is completely naked from the waist down. Oh, and what’s that on his tushie and legs?

Yeah, it was poop.

His dirty diaper was about five feet away.

I frantically grabbed him and kept him at arms length so I could get him cleaned before I started to clean the poop from the carpet. That’s basically life with a toddler. For a more in-depth look, just watch this Thriller parody by Vintage Marquee Lights…

 

Its pretty much like that.

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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.