Monday, September 15, 2014

It Was One of Those Weeks

Last week was one of those weeks at our house.

You know the one I'm talking about.

One of those weeks where you brought home more than Jesus from the church nursery.

One of those weeks where you desperately prayed that the sickness would go away & it didn't.

One of those week where you could count on one hand the number of consecutive hours of sleep you've gotten.

One of those weeks where you constantly rotated changing dirty diapers with wiping noses , washing hands, & administering treatment.

One of those weeks where you questioned your ability to do it all with grace.

One of those weeks where you wanted to throw in the towel and almost did (more than once).

One of those weeks where everything you needed to do was quickly forgotten.

One of those weeks where your family motto became "This too shall pass."

One of those weeks where you tearfully looked at your husband and asked "What did we get ourselves into?"

One of those weeks where you locked yourself in the bathroom so you could have a minute or two of quiet.

One of those weeks where you did what you could to just survive.

It's been one of those weeks.

It was one of those weeks at our house.

You know the one I'm talking about.

One of those weeks where your skills as a mother were tested and you passed with flying colors.

One of those weeks where the Lord gave you the strength to survive & you clung to Him like you never have before.

One of those weeks where you constantly rotated snuggles with hugs & kisses.

One of those weeks where your husband stepped up like he never has before and you fell in love with him all over again.

One of those weeks where your patience wore thin but you never lost it (for the first time in your life).

One of those weeks where you realized that your needs matter less & less with each passing hour.

One of those weeks where you defined the word 'perseverance.'

One of those weeks where you felt that peace that comes with knowing you did your best & you thrived.

One of those weeks where you never once felt alone.

One of those weeks where the sniffles and the tears became the music you learned to dance to because it was the only music that was playing.

One of those weeks where you chose happiness & joy when you could have easily chosen frustration & despair.

One of those weeks where you the Holy Spirit consumed because your brokenness opened your heart enough for Him to enter.

One of those weeks where you understood that God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

One of those weeks where you were more determined to succeed than you've ever been before.

One of those weeks where the light at the end of the tunnel made everything worth it.

One of those weeks that molded you into a better child of God, wife, mother, person.

One of those weeks that you will look back on in the future and say "It made me better & shaped me into who I am today."

What kind of week was it at your house?


Friday, September 12, 2014

Natural Cold Remedies for Kiddos

Well, we made it almost 2 years before Baby A caught a cold. I'm pretty proud of that! Everything sniffle she's had before this came from cutting teeth.

When her nose started running a few days ago, I knew that I wanted to nip this thing in the bud and not let it turn into something nasty. Especially with the rare type of enterovirus going around here in NC

So I hit up my most trusted medical resource, The Facebook. ;-) 

I jest. I'm not a big fan of online medical diagnostic tools. I did, however, ask if any other mommies had natural remedies for sniffles they wanted to share and I got some great suggestions!

And boy, I'm glad I reached out because the cold that showed up on Tuesday morning was almost completely gone by Thursday night!! All that's left today are a few sniffles.

Please, remember that I am NOT a medical professional. Use your own discretion and common sense when administering home remedies to your children. If symptoms are severe or persist, please contact a medical professional.

Here's a list (in no particular order) of the natural remedies I used on Baby A.

1. Hyland's Cold Tablets - tiny homeopathic tablets that dissolve under baby's tongue. I recommend their Teething Tablets as well.

2. Daily Vitamins - Baby A gets Carlson for Kids Fish Oil, HMF Neuro Powder probiotics, and Enfamil PolyViSol Multivitamins every morning regardless of if she's sick or not.

3. Herbs for Kids - Deep Immune Support/Echinacea & Astragalus; immune stimulant herbal blend to support the body's anti-viral and anti-bacterial capabilities while building the immune system in non-acute phases.

4. Vicks Baby Rub - I dab a tiny bit of the rub under Baby A's nostrils to keep her skin from chapping to badly and so she can inhale the vapors. This is the least 'natural' of all my remedies.

5. Dr. King's Natural Medicine - another homeopathic remedy that comes in a convenient spray. It's great for kids & adults and it has no taste. Seriously, it tastes like water so it's easy to administer to your littles! You can either spray it directly in their mouth or spray on their body to be absorbed. 

6. Essential Oils - okay, I'm a EO newbie. Before this week, the extent of my EO use was adding Lavender Oil to homemade lotions and laundry detergent. But , now I'm hooked! I went to our local health food store where they bottle their own oils that are medicinal grade with no fillers. I purchased peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and their sinus blend. I've used these in a few different ways.
-Peppermint Oil is for me. One little sniff in the mornings is a great pick me up after a restless, sleepless night of taking care of sick kiddos. I'm really looking forward to experimenting in other ways with this oil.
-Eucalyptus Oil is to help prevent ear infections. Rub one drop of oil behind the ears a few times each day. This will help keep the eustachian tube open. 
-Sinus Blend is a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender. I diluted this and rubbed in on Baby A's little feet a few times each day and then put socks on her to ensure absorption. I also boiled a pot of water, added a few drops, and let the water simmer/steam so the oil was diffused throughout our kitchen and living room. I even added a few drops to her bath.

So that's it, readers. All of that combined beat her cold and it's almost completely gone! 


So tell me, 
-What are you favorite natural cold remedies?
-What preventative health measures do you take this time of year?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Catching Up

You know the saying 'Time flies when you're having fun'? Well, I guess we've been having a BLAST at our house because time has literally flew by in the past few weeks.

I just can't get over the fact that our little A2 was born over a month ago!

L - A2 and R - A1
Baby A is getting so big!

We've been so busy with our newest addition, our active toddler, and keeping up with family, friends, and loved ones.

The adjustment is going pretty well. A2 is a great a GREAT sleeper so we're actually feeling rested 5 weeks out from her birth. Praise the Lord!!

We like to send Daddy as many selfies as possible during the workday.
Here are just a few of the awesome things we've done in the past 5.5 weeks:

-We were able to celebrate my little cousin's LAST chemo treatment! They threw her a huge party and we're so excited for her to close this tumultuous chapter of her life. Not only has she finished up chemo but she started 3rd grade this week!

-We took Baby A2 to her first Panthers game. Baby A had her first sleepover at Nana's....I was a wreck the whole night without her but we survived. I think it will be a little while before we have any more sleep away nights. Mommy likes having her babies at home!

-Baby A2 got to meet her 94 year old great-Grammy. It was such a special day and I'm very grateful that Grammy is still with us. She's the last of my grandparents still alive and the time we get to visit with her is so precious!

-We also got to celebrate the union of a good college friend of mine...she had a photo booth at the reception and it was 'totes adorbs'! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Top - College friends for life!! Bottom - Bro Bash '14
Like I said, we've been BUSY! =) But we are oh, so blessed.

So tell me, readers...
-What have you been up to in the past month?
-Did you have a busy wedding season this year?
-Are/Were you close with your grandparents?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Influenster TLC VoxBox

A few weeks ago I reviewed the TLC VoxBox from Influenster. I was excited to have been chosen as a recipient and I loved all the products that were included!

I received an email last week telling me that I had been chosen as a grand prize winner of the P&Geveryday Challenge and had won a gift basket of P&G products.

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My prize included five full sized products from Secret, CoverGirl, Olay, and Venus!

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