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Hey y’all! Halloween is officially over so we can now start focusing on Christmas!

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Oh wait. We still have to do Thanksgiving. My bad.

Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is an okay holiday…but its not my favorite. Honestly, I just see the third Thursday in November as a hurdle to Christmas. But, I DO like how I can weave in little lessons here and there during the Thanksgiving season to help my kiddos (and myself) grasp the concept of thankfulness and having a grateful heart. Need some help in how you can teach your kiddos thankfulness this season? I gotchu, girl. Or should I say, Pinterest has you, girl.

 

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Coffee Cups and Crayons has a great printable you can download to have your older kids (and you and your hubby!) fill out every day in November to help you remember that even the simplest of things can be appreciated! By day ten, you typically have to start really looking at the little things in your life that you can be grateful for!

 

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Not Consumed Ministries has compiled a list of children’s books that help teach thankfulness! You can see the list here!

 

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The Fervent Mama offers a printable pack full of thankfulness activities for kids including memory verses about gratitude!

 

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Another site full of book recommendations about gratitude is Babies to Bookworms!

 

What is one of your family’s favorite thankfulness activities? How do you teach gratefulness to your children? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Remember last year when, during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, people would blow up your newsfeed with daily “I’m thankful for…” posts? I think its a testament to how awful 2016 has been that I have not seen a SINGLE post.

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But, even when circumstances suck, I still feel like there are things to be thankful for. Of course, I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my health, and my job. But there are other things that, as a mom, I am EXTREMELY grateful for.

 

PBS Kids Programming

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I feel like I need to make a disclaimer here that I don’t just park my kids in front of the TV all day (though, some days, its like that; don’t judge). Huff the Babe is STILL not sleeping through the night, so I basically wake when the kids do in the morning. I am ever thankful to PBS Kids for their morning lineup of Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Sesame Street. Because no matter what time Huff the Tot wakes, one of those shows is on and can keep her attention long enough for me to drink a cup of coffee and eat my breakfast. Sometimes I can even squeeze in a solo trip to the bathroom if I’m lucky. God bless you, Elmo.

 

Walmart Grocery Pickup 

 

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Yes, I know, I should support local grocery stores instead of going to big corporations like Walmart, blah, blah, blah… Well, when the Mom-n-Pop down the road makes it so that I can order my groceries online, drive to the store without having to put my toddler’s shoes back on get my children out of the car or get myself out of the car in my spit up-covered clothes and unwashed hair, then I will gladly frequent that establishment. Until then, I will gladly order groceries on my phone while nursing my baby and pick them up without wearing a bra.

 

Iced Tea

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Ever since having Huff the Babe, caffeine is a necessity in the Huffman home. Momma needs the juice to get through the day. My drink of choice used to be Diet Dr. Pepper, but I have since quit drinking the devil’s elixir. (For many reasons. Mostly because I noticed I was having some weird neurological side effects and was ending the day feeling SO. FREAKING. SLUGGISH.) Now, my drink of choice is unsweet iced tea. I still get my caffeine kick, but I don’t feel so sluggish and run down! I seriously can feel a difference! Its awesome!

 

Owning a Treadmill

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Before I had a treadmill at home, I maybe did cardio once a week. If that. It was difficult to make it to the park to run (plus, YOU try taking a toddler and an infant to the park and telling the toddler you’re not going to play on the slides. You won’t make it out alive.) and my running buddy (aka, my sister) and I had differing schedules so it was hard to meet up. Now that I have a treadmill, I can put my little ankle biters down for a nap, turn Netflix on the iPad, and run to my heart’s content! I. LOVE. IT.

 

Mommy Sites

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Sometimes, I feel like the world’s worst mom. There are days I beat myself up and think, “Motherhood shouldn’t be this exhausting or this difficult; clearly you’re doing something wrong.” Its in those moments I start to do what no one should do–I Google. I look up “should I always be tired?” or “how to not yell at my toddler?” and, I gotta say, I end up feeling MUCH better. Why? Because more often than not, I find websites, blog posts, or memes that sum up exactly how I’m feeling. And then, I realize I’m not alone! Its a glorious feeling!

 

What about you, Momma? What are YOU thankful for?

Thankful Thursdays

There are few things in the world I truly hate. The list is fairly small: poor grammar, people that wear a blue tooth in other places besides a boardroom (you’re in the GROCERY STORE, you’re not trading stocks!), and the fact that Moore has FOUR chicken tender/wing/nugget places next to each other within a 3-mile radius. But the thing I loathe with the fire of a thousand suns is: THE DENTIST.

 

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He’s pure evil, GC. You’ll love him.

 

Although, now that I’ve pushed a baby out of a very intimate area, going to the dentist seems like a cake walk. Which brings me to today’s “thankful for” post. Today I am thankful for: Nitrous Oxide.

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That’s some strong stuff, Doc.

Ever since I was little, I have hated going to the dentist. I even bit my dentist in Hamilton once (which later led to an altercation between he and my father; don’t worry, no fists were flung) and since then I have never liked going to the dentist. True, its probably because at one point I had 13 cavities (what, you mean brushing with Jack doesn’t kill bacteria? Ke$ha lied!) and every time I saw the dentist they made my gums bleed.

Now, however, I actually enjoy going to the dentist. Mostly because they give me the laughing gas and its like I’m on a mini-vacation, but still! It works for me and it gets my teeth clean. And not only that, but the dentist I go to now has Netflix. Three of my favorite things: a comfortable chair that reclines, mild sedatives, and television on demand. Can’t. Beat. That.

Thankful Thursdays

Ah, November. We’re only seven days in and I am already counting down to December. No, not because of Christmas. Or even my birthday for that matter. I’m ready for November to be over because I’m already feeling jaded from the “I’m Thankful” posts on Facebook.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not so much of a cynic that I think no one should post what they’re thankful for. I’m glad you’re marriage is strong and you love your husband. I’m glad your kids are your life and you’re proud of them. I’m also glad that you love football season because it gives you something else to complain about besides the heat of summer.

But…shouldn’t we be thankful for people and things every day not just 30 days in November?

Yes, I’m thankful for my family and friends and that Starbucks finally has pumpkin lattes. But Oh. Em. GEE, I can be thankful for/post that I’m thankful for that all year round (well, not so much the lattes…they’re seasonal).

So, for the entire month of November, I’m going to do Thankful Thursdays. Don’t worry; I’m not going to post about overly-sentimental things that are so sweet they’ll give you a cavity.

For example, for today’s Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Ecards. Those snarky, sarcastic internet sensations that I pin so much on Pinterest I had to make a board completely dedicated to them.

Why am I thankful for Ecards? They say everything I want to say but can’t find the sassiest, most sardonic way of saying.  Bless you, Ecards for making my life much funnier.

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