Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday! Do you enjoy the feel of a new paperback? What about the smell of fresh pages? Then today’s FGF is just for you because all of the geeky goodies are for book lovers!

 

One of my literary heroes is Jane Austen. She was such an amazing writer and marched to the beat of her own drum! Which is why I love that she has been immortalized as an action figure!

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This lovely figurine is an Archie McPhee exclusive and comes in a book-inspired box! Perfect for your shelves!

 

Pretty sure all of us as kids tried to escape into a magical world through our closets after reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Although all my sisters and I found was a hole and drywall. Sigh. Relive those days with this a-DORK-able tee from Mental Floss!

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Do people ever borrow your books and not return them? Keep book thieves at bay with this Harry Potter-inspired stamp from Etsy shop Hello World Stamps!

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Do you have a reading goal this year? Maybe you’ve seen reading challenges on Pinterest that you want to try? Why not challenge yourself while also decorating your home with this print from Blue Poppy Gallery!

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This print–An American Literary Journey–features 50 books from each of the 50 states! Read your way through America in 2018!

 

Happy fangirling!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I feel like we haven’t talked in so long! How’ve you been? How was your Christmas? Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, its time to start thinking about how you are going to make 2018 YOUR YEAR! Any plans? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got chu.

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ll do a little recap on how I like to do my resolutions list.

Write out “2018” vertically on a sheet of paper. Then, for the number two, write the two best things that happened in 2017. For the zero, jot down a habit you’d like to break in the new year. The one is for your one wish for 2018 (i.e., health, stability, find love, etc.) and the eight is where you list eight goals you’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months. Need help coming up with ideas? Here’s my list to help you get started!

 

2—The Two Best Things That Happened This Year

 

Adding to My Friends List

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No, I don’t mean on Facebook. I’m talking about real life, yo. This year I’ve really got to know some awesome ladies and have become super close with. It’s just nice to have some gal pals you can commiserate with, laugh with, and swap stories with who totally “get you”.

 

Teaching KidFit

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Last year was my first year teaching at my church’s Mother’s Day Out program. I enjoyed working with the Littles I taught but this year, instead of working in a classroom with the same kids all day, my co-teacher and I decided to shake things up and teach “KidFit” (basically P.E.). It’s so much fun! We get to see all age groups of kids AND we get paid to PLAY. How awesome it that?!

 

 

0–Something You Want to Stop in the New Year

 

Getting Unnecessarily Stressed Out

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Ugh. I do this so much. Something trivial will happen, I’ll freak out, and then later I’ll think: “Wow that really wasn’t a big deal. And now that I’ve had time to think about it, I’m super embarrassed about how I handled it.” This happens to me frequently throughout the day. I want to be more relaxed—especially about stuff that doesn’t really matter—because I think that will add to my (and everyone around me) quality of life. *takes deep, cleansing breath*

 

1—My One Wish for 2018

 

Health

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Last year I saw so many people I know and care for come down with terrible sicknesses and diagnoses. My wish for the New Year is health—for me, my family, my friends, and acquaintances.

 

8—Eight Goals for the New Year

 

Get Down to Pre-Huff the Tot Weight

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This has pretty much been a goal since I gave birth to HtT…four years ago.

 

Find a Literary Agent

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Again, this has been a goal of mine for YEARS. Last year, I may have sat down to work on my book and find an agent ONCE. O-N-C-E. I really want to become a published author with a literary agent, so I’ve got to actually TRY.

 

Practice Banjo Everyday

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For our anniversary last year, Huff the Hubs got me a banjo! I’m super excited about learning and I’ve been doing lessons now for about three months. As you can imagine, it’s hard to accomplish anything when you’ve got two little ankle biters running amok, so my practice times have been few and far between (especially with the holidays). But, it’s the time for resolutions and I’m ready to stick to this one!

 

Be Consistent with Tot School

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I’m prayerfully considering homeschool my turkeys. For many reasons, of which I won’t bore you with now. I have basically two years to decide whether or not it will be the avenue our family will take, so I’m trying to get a glimpse of what it would be like by creating—and sticking to—lesson plans for Tot School. This is a BIG goal of mine for 2018!

 

Wake Before the Kids

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This is a constant goal. I want to wake before the kids so I can workout, shower, read a devotional, eat breakfast, and pretty much get my head in the game before, as Huff the Hubs calls it, “The Krakens awaken”, ha!

 

Read One Book a Month

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Last year I read two books. TWO. FREAKING. BOOKS. That’s it. My sister has read NINE in the past two weeks. Yeah. If I want to be a better writer, I’ve got to be a better reader. This means I need to read so I can learn from other writers I enjoy (and even some I dislike)!

 

Blog Consistently

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The holidays really threw off my groove. I felt like I was doing okay with blogging and then bam! Thanksgiving hit and it was all downhill. I want to blog more consistently; even if folks don’t read what I post, it’s a great outlet for me!

 

Save More Money

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When Christmas came around, I sadly saw my checking account was not as plentiful as I had hoped. Why? Because, Target Dollar Spot. And Chick-Fil-A. And Starbucks’ cake pops. And Chick-Fil-A. And Chick-Fil-A. (Seeing a pattern?) I’ve made up a personal savings plan for myself (I even made a spreadsheet in Excel, woot!) and I intend to make it rain…in the safety of my account.

 

What about you? What are your resolutions? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to teach Huff the Tot about kindness and empathy. (Daniel Tiger is a GREAT resource for this! Plus, that kid has a song for errything!) I want her to be mindful of others as well as of her own emotions. I picked up a few books from the library, but this one was my absolute favorite:

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Its called, Have You Filled a Bucket Todayand it is AMAZING! The book describes how everyone, all over the world carries around an invisible bucket. And when your bucket is full (of good thoughts and feelings about yourself) you feel happy. But when your bucket is empty, you feel sad and lonely.

The book goes on to explain how we can fill other’s buckets (and, in turn, fill our own) and become “bucket fillers”.

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It also tells how there are some people who try to take good feelings from others’ buckets, thinking they can fill their own buckets but that will never work. These people are known as “bucket dippers”(i.e., bullies).

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This has been great for Huff the Tot! I’ve read it to her several times and she has said, on more than one occasion, “Mommy, I {insert something here such as “pick up my toys”, “draw you a picture”, or “build you a castle”} and I will fill your bucket up!”

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There are a TON of activities on the book’s website as well as on Pinterest! So you can keep the learning going with fun coloring pages or crafts! I think this would be a GREAT porject for an elementary school class as well! Heck, I think everyone in the nation could use some bucket filling nowadays!

 

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Have you read one that covers the same premise? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Before I had kids, I read A LOT. There was a time I could be found most days with a book in my hand. Then I started ghostwriting. And then I had kids. And my reading log went from about 40+ books a year to maybe four. I’m trying to remedy that, though, which is why one of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I want to read, not only for my own benefit, but I want my kids to see me reading–I want to raise little bookworms!

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So any time Huff the Tot wants to read a book, I {most of the time} happily oblige. Here lately, her book of choice has been an old book of Huff the Hubs’:

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This book is all about Louis Pasteur, the inventor of the rabies vaccine (and pasteurization of milk!). HtT likes to read this book about 2,000 times a day, so it was no surprise to me when she came to me and said, “Mommy, my horse died. Her has the rabies germs.”

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Y’all, I can’t make this stuff up.

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And even though it may sound a bit morbid that my kid is pretending her horse died of rabies, I still think its awesome that my three-year-old is remembering and comprehending the story, as well as building her vocabulary! Those are just a few of the phenomenal benefits your kiddo gets just by you reading to them!

Do you read to your kids? What are some of their favorite books? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Ever since becoming a mom, one of my favorite hobbies, reading, has kind of fallen to the wayside. Between diaper changes and tantrums, I haven’t had the time. Not to mention I wrote books for a living and, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to read more. I just wanted to sleep. But now that I’m no longer ghostwriting/editing books, one of my goals is to read more. I finished Me Before You when Huff the Babe was a fresh newborn and sped through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a few weeks ago. I told myself it was time to read a non-fiction; one that would help me in my new role as a SAHM and wife. I chose this book:

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I had pinned this a loooooooooong time ago on Pinterest (back when Huff the Tot was a few months old) but I just now got around to reading it. I’m only six chapters in, but I gotta tell ya, its already taught me so much!

As I read, I feel like the authors have peeked inside my home, taking notes of the things I have said, thought, or argued with Huff the Hubs about. Though the authors are women, they do a good job of showing the perspectives of wives and husbands. There have been several times I have stopped to take notes or felt convicted. However, this particular subtitle spoke deep to my soul:

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I realized I have been stressing myself out, trying to make everything spotless, making sure laundry is folded and put away (even if I’m accomplishing this at 11:00 p.m.), cutting my daughter’s pb&j’s with a cookie cutter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. instead of just cutting it into 4 triangles (because that’s how So-And-So did it on Facebook for her kid), and making every meal Pinterest-perfect, no matter how bad it stressed me out. I was putting so much effort into making sure everything was Instagram-worthy so other people would think I was doing a great job as a wife/mother, that I was alienating my kids and husband.

How many times have I said, “Mommy can’t play right now; I’m busy” or “No, you can’t help. Mommy wants this to look a certain way” or “Can you please just leave me alone so I can read this blog post about being a better communicator?!”

Something had to give. So when I read this, it was like I had seen the light. I decided “Good enough is good enough” will be my new mantra, especially in this season of life. With two little kids in the house, I can’t expect to get everything done nor can I expect it to be perfect. That is too much pressure and too much stress.

As long as my kids and husband are fed, know they’re loved, and have clean underwear (even if its not folded), that’s what matters.

Good enough is good enough.

 

 

 

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Have you read a parenting/marriage book that has spoken to you? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

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Happy Friday, y’all! With the impending arrival of Huff the Babe, I’ve been slacking a lot on my bog-writing duties. But, I couldn’t let another week go by without sharing some awesomely geeky delights for you!

 

Even though its barely March, I’m already thinking ahead to Mother’s Day. I’m thinking I need to tell Huff the Hubs that my Littles need to get this for their momma:

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Isn’t it so cute?! Perpetual Kid really knows the way to a momma’s heart!

 

Around this house, there are about five things that Huff the Tot absolutely loves. And one of those things is Pete the Cat! So imagine my delight when I read that Pete will be starring in his very own show!

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The release date is still TBA, but the creator of Phineas and Ferb has already been named as the show’s director! P and F is a hilarious show, so hopefully Pete will be a great one as well!

 

I’ve got a long list of books to read on Goodreads that hasn’t really been touched in the past 6 months. Because, toddler. And now, one of my “Books to Read” is about to be made into a movie! Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children has always piqued my interest, and seeing that Tim Burton is set to direct the film adaptation, I’m feeling the need to read this book!

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Here is a brief synopsis from IMBD: “When a teen (Asa Butterfield) visits a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, he learns that his new friends have special powers and powerful enemies.” The film comes out September 30th so I better get to reading!

 

Easter is only three weeks away! Can you believe it?! It seems like yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree! I love the tradition of Easter baskets and I’m REALLY hoping I get one of these in mine:

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Its a chocolate Cumberbunny! A chocolatier over in Europe has crafted these Sherlockian sweets just in time for Easter! They’re around $70, so they’d better taste as good as they look!

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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A few weeks ago, my sister and I took Huff the Babe to storytime at our local Barnes and Noble. To my happiness, the theme of storytime was Star Wars! Perfect for us, right? I pictured HtB sitting and listening as the man dressed as an X-Wing pilot told us all about what would happen if you gave a Wookie a cookie and how to train like a Jedi. That, however, did not happen.

My child decided to throw a tantrum and run like a rabid monkey all over the store. Sigh. While I didn’t get to listen to the story, I did have time to chase my kid all around the children’s area and look at the books she tossed off the shelves. That’s when I came across this:

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I was so excited! Not only was this book about Lucille Ball (a personal hero of mine) but I saw that the author, Brad Meltzer, had an entire series about important women (and men) throughout history! I’m so excited to get these books for my little Gryffindor!

He has a book about Amelia Earhart:

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And Rosa Parks:

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He also has Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Jackie Robinson. I know that its important for my daughter to have important male role models, but I was so ecstatic to see books for really young kids all about influential women!

Brad Meltzer also has another best-selling book titled, Heroes for My Daughter.

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This book contains fifty-five stories about important folks throughout history including: Marie Curie, Sally Ride, and Jane Gooddall! I may have to buy this one for her too!

 

Have you read any of these books? Have you read them to your little lady? Do you know of any other “girl power” books a young girl should have on her shelves? Share in the comments below!