Being a mom is a full-time job, and when your child is under the weather with a persistent cough, it can be challenging to find the time to give them extra TLC while managing your daily responsibilities. Thankfully, there are several simple natural remedies you can use to help ease your child's cough to try to prevent a nagging cough from turning into something much worse (like pneumonia). Here are some valuable tips to naturally alleviate your child's cough.
1. Herbal Tea - There are many types of herbal teas that offer specific ailment relief such as coughs. Another option while searching for the perfect herbal tea is to think about your child getting a good night of rest. Chamomile tea is a great choice that can also help to promote calm and a more restful night of sleep. There are also many immune boosting herbal tea blends that may be the perfect option for your child depending on the blend and your child's palate preference. Which ever herbal tea you choose, just be sure to check all ingredients in the blend for children's safety.
Add a dab of honey (elderberry honey is super to maximize more immune fighting power) and lemon to the herbal tea to give a superior immune fighting boost. Honey alone can help ease a cough, allowing a child some relief and better rest. Best of all, most children won't turn down a dab of honey on a spoon!
Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamin C so they too, make a great addition to a cup of warm tea.
Non caffeinated herbal tea can help keep your kiddo hydrated, which is necessary to keep mucus draining and the body detoxing.
2. Moisture - Adding moisture to the air can be incredibly effective in relieving congestion and soothing a cough. Have your child enjoy a warm lavender and epsom salt bath for about 10-15 minutes so they can benefit from the effects of moisture in the air. You can also use a humidifier in your child's room to keep the air moist, which can help ease their cough. (Always dilute essential oils for bath time in a carrier oil. Also be sure the essential oils used are kid safe and bath safe. The number of drops of the essential oil in the blend for the bath will depend on child's age or health profile.)
3. Hydration - Make sure your child stays well-hydrated. Encourage them to drink water, caffeine free herbal teas, or chicken bone broth or vegetable broths throughout the day. Again, staying hydrated helps to thin mucus, making it easier to expel. Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks, as they can dehydrate the body and worsen coughs (not to mention they have NO nutritional value which means ZERO immune boosting value or nutrition the body needs).
4. Prop Up the Pillow - Elevate your child's head slightly while they sleep by placing an extra pillow under their head. This can help reduce postnasal drip, which often leads to coughing at night.
5. Use Essential Oils - Some essential oils, like frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), can help ease coughs and that annoying tickle in the throat. Diffuse a few drops of essential oil in your child's room and/or apply a diluted blend to their chest (always follow safety guidelines for essential oil use with children).
You have probably heard peppermint and eucalyptus are also great for coughs. This is true, however, these oils are not recommended for children under ten due to serious potential adverse affects. Check precautions and always use your best judgement with your child and products, as you know your child best. Both of these essential oils are also stimulating, meaning they can prevent an older kiddo (ten and above per safe use) from getting a good night of sleep. Frankincense and Lavender can be very calming, offering a means of support for cough relief and rest which is a win win!
6. Rest and Sleep - Ensure your child gets enough rest and sleep. A well-rested body can heal more efficiently, and a tired child may have a more persistent cough. If your child didn't sleep well during bedtime hours, set them up for a comfortable day time snoozer by making a quiet room a little darker, using nature sound app's to cover up any noises, and snuggling them in cozy and tight so they can get some much needed shut eye.
7. Avoid Lung Irritants - Keep your child away from smoke, strong odors, and allergens, as these can exacerbate their cough. Plug in's, air fresheners, cleaning sprays, and perfumes are all examples of products that can irritate your child's lungs and continue to leave them struggling with a cough. Being aware of these products will truly help your child and for long term health, replacing these items with a more natural options will be a huge benefit to the whole family.
Remember that if your child's cough persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional. These natural remedies can be helpful to ease a cough and help your child recover, but are also helpful to prevent the cough from worsening or the illness from getting worse. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still need to take the kiddos in and this is absolutely okay to protect your child and their ability to breathe. If you are unsure if they need to be seen by your MD or not, taking them in is still doing them good, whether it ended up being needed or not. No Mom guilt for caring!
8. Massage and Chest Tapping - Chest tapping can be done by gently tapping with your fingers put together over your child's chest and upper back. Tapping can help relieve some of the mucus congestion in the lungs. Massage around the shoulders, neck, and back can help promote drainage and detox. Kids love massages just as much as Mom's so be sure to never underestimate the power of gentle massage for immunity.
Being a busy mom doesn't mean you can't provide natural care for your child's cough. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can help your little one feel better and get back to their happy, healthy selves in no time.
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In the fast-paced world we live in, it's easy to neglect our health and wellness. However, making some simple changes to our daily routines can significantly boost our family's overall health and wellbeing. Here are five practical tips you can start implementing today that can help increase your family's health, wellness, and happiness.
1. Manage Stress Levels - Stress is an inevitable part of modern life, but managing it effectively is crucial for maintaining good health. High stress levels can lead to a host of health problems, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and mental health disorders. It's essential that everyone in the whole family takes time every day to unwind and relax. This could involve taking daily walks in nature, stretching, working out, meditating, getting a massage, or attending yoga sessions. By incorporating self care and stress management techniques into your daily routine, you can improve your emotional wellbeing and overall health, and your child's. Each child can also have there own self care and relaxation routine to follow that works specifically for their needs. Starting today offers your child life long tools to help them manage stress levels and stay emotionally balanced.
2. Stay Hydrated - Hydration plays a vital role in maintaining optimal health. Water is needed for almost all of the body's vital functions, including regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients, and flushing out waste products. Make it a habit to start your day with a glass of water and have a glass of water before each meal. Not only will this help to keep you hydrated, but it can also help aid digestion, elimination, and detox. *Hey, did you know symptoms of dehydration in adults and children can include stomach upset, muscle soreness, and headaches.... just to name a few.
3. Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet - A healthy, balanced diet is vital to maintaining good health and can help to prevent a range of diet-related illnesses. Processed foods, while convenient, often contain high levels of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats, and lack essential nutrients. Try to swap out some of these processed foods for healthier options that are rich in nutrients. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. A healthy diet can boost your energy levels, improve your mood. Get creative and make healthy eating fun!
4. Exercise - Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain your health and wellbeing. Exercise can help rid excess energy or negative energy, improving your mental health, and increasing positive energy levels. Try to incorporate some form of physical activity into your routine every day or as many days of the week as possible, whether it's going on adventurous hikes with the kids, hitting the gym, playing tag, or taking a fitness class. Even short or small amounts of exercise can make a huge difference in how you and your kiddos feel.
5. Do What You LOVE - Finally, it's important to make time for activities you enjoy. Engaging in hobbies and spending time with loved ones can significantly improve your mental health and wellbeing. Don't be afraid to say NO to obligations that don't bring you joy in order to maintain a simpler schedule. Prioritizing your happiness can lead to a more fulfilled and healthier life.
Boosting your family's health and wellness doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming. By implementing these simple tips, you can start to seeing positive changes for everyone.
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Fall is here and the leaves are falling fast. Will you be going down with them? No you will not, because your going to prevent allergens from taking you down with these must have tips!
Seasonal allergies can sneak up fast and be the cause for illness, missed work days, missed school days, and missed moments with the kids. In my world I try like all get out to avoid allergy symptoms for all us because allergy symptoms do make us miserable. We have been there and know that prevention is key!
Here are is a list of some of the things I do for our family or that can help you help your family prevent miserable allergy symptoms -
1. Ditch the carpets - Try to have smaller carpets that can be washed often especially during peak allergy times throughout the year. Carpets love to harbor allergens.
2. Grab a Hepa Air Purifier for your bedroom and or for the main rooms in your home - You would be surprised at all the dust and allergens they capture! Click Here to check out the brand we use (amazon affiliate link).
3. Use local honey - One of the most popular natural remedies for allergies is consuming local honey. The idea behind it is that honey produced by bees in your area contains small amounts of pollen and when exposed to small amounts of pollen, it can help you become less sensitive or build up a better tolerance for when exposed. Bee propolis is another healthful option! Learn more about bee propolis, benefits, and See Products HERE (amazon affiliate link). Caution with honey and bee propolis with children. Honey is not to be given to children one and under at all to prevent infant botulism. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions regarding when and if it is safe to use local honey or bee propolis products prior to use.
4. Use a Neti Pot to clean the sinuses - Nasal irrigation with a neti pot is a time-tested remedy for clearing allergens from the nasal passages. A saline solution is poured through one nostril and out the other, helping to flush out mucus and irritants. Cleaning the sinuses can help clear allergens and prevent sinus infections. There are also special sinus rinse tools for kids! Follow instructions per kit or allergist.
5. Do Steam Inhalation to clear sinuses - If you don't like the thought of using a neti pot, steam inhalation works very well to help clear the sinuses. For adults, you can add a drop of eucalyptus or mint essential oil (caution as it can be strong and burn the eyes so do not over use, start with one drop) and for a child or teen you can add a drop of lavender or tea tree. You must take caution with children not to burn themselves and to protect their eyes by keeping them closed. With that said, only use with older children and teens. What you will do is warm a bowl of water (steam distilled is best via microwave or stove top) until the water is steaming. Add your drop of essential oil to the bowl of water then sit down with your face over the bowl just close enough to breathe in the steam without feeling the warmth of the hot water or getting to close. Put a towel over your head to keep the steam enclosed and breathe for a few minutes or up to ten minutes. Then blow your nose blowing only one nostril at a time to clear allergens and sinuses.
6. Wash blankets, sheets, clothes, and pillows often - This will help keep the allergens out of your home.
7. Take warm epsom salt baths throughout the week and shower often when exposed to high levels of outdoor allergens. Be sure the kids are also washing their hair good.
8. Supplement with vitamin C rich foods or supplements to keep the immune system elevated (watermelon, cantelope, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, bell peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries are a few higher in vitamin C).
9. Eat a diet full of healthy fruits and veggies to really boost immunity, support gut health and elimination, and support hydration.
10. Hydrate starting first thing in the morning and be sure you are staying hydrated all day. This helps the body continuously remove toxins and keep lymph moving. Ask your health care provider if an electrolyte supplement is right for you or your kiddo to stay on top on electrolyte balance and hydration.
11. Keep your pets that go outdoors off of the furniture and out of your bedroom where you spend most of your time sleeping. Wash pet blankets and beds often.
12. Eat prebiotic rich foods (green bananas, almonds, flax, cabbage) or take a prebiotic or probiotic supplement, depending on what you might be lacking to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
Get at your day with confidence that you have the tools to prevent symptoms from taking you down!
Be sure to check precautions of essential oils prior to use and with your health care provider. Only use kid safe essential oils for children. Reach out with any questions!
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As a busy Mom, We have a million things going on and not enough time in a day. One of the questions I had this month was "How can I simply become unbusy". This Mom went on to say that the "busy" isn't always stressful, but it's exhausting and just "too much".
Juggling children's schedules with work and life routines isn't easy. Wait a second... Are there even still routines after having children? It can be a huge struggle!
The effects of being overly busy and moving at a high speed can be hard on a Mom's health and mental wellness. Let's first look at some of the effects of constantly being in fight or flight mode presents...
Imbalanced Hormones - Elevated cortisol levels disrupt many other hormones needed to stay physically and mentally balanced. Disrupted and imbalanced hormones can cause inability to sleep, decreased energy, fatigue, irritability, low mood and that is just to name a few. Mom's need to be balanced physically and emotionally. Having less stress and living a more simple life with routines allows Mom's more time for self care, leading to better hormone balance.
Decreased Immunity - When Mom's are on the go nonstop, they typically aren't eating the best nor taking supplements that can support what their bodies may be lacking. This can lead to getting sick more often and a longer recovery time. This leads to missed days of work and pay. In a lot of cases, it also leads to the kiddos catching the bug and a repeat of missed work days, lost energy, and pay. Following the first suggestion to create routines, time for self care, and living more stress free can boost immunity alone, without even adding those extra supplements.
Over Reacting - When Mom is overly stressed and in nonstop mode, it becomes a habit to not take the time to thoroughly think things through and overreact. This leads to Mom guilt which is one of the worst feelings a Mom can carry around. When Mom can follow a self care routine, cut out negativity and things that take up time that do not promote health and wellness, then Mom can focus on what her body needs emotionally to stay balanced. This could be getting regular massages, going to weekly yoga classes, meditating, walking, etc. Self Care can lead to better self regulation. This means less overreacting, more thinking it through, and less Mom guilt.
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So how can you become "UNBUSY"?
Start Here -
1. Set up some routines - Start by creating three schedules, a work schedule, sleep schedule, and family time schedule. Leave three 30 minute time frames open each day (if this isn't possible, try for at least one 30 minute time frame and two fifteen minute). This extra time is your self care time. It is your new YOU time. Choose three times of the day that you can devote to yourself right now. You can always change them later.
2. Prioritize Self Care - Now that you are starting some new routines that allow you time for self care, you need to BLOCK this time, never over book it, and write down at least five things you would love to or could be doing during this time. You can always add more self care items later to the check list. Ideas could be going for a walk alone, reading about your favorite topic, making a picture book of your kiddos, taking a warm epsom salt bath, doing one of your favorite hobbies that your forgot you even enjoyed, fishing, stretching, putting on a facial mask, heck, you can even add shaving your legs and putting lotion on them! These items can be anything, even hobbies, because remember, taking time to do what you love, clear your mind, and relieve stress creates a happier version of you.
3. Assess - If you don't already have a calendar go ahead and draw one up quickly or print one for this month (google free printable calendar or head to printacalendar.com). Fill in your schedule for the hours each day for a quick overview. You do not have to go into great detail for this.
Look at events you attend or other things you plan to do this month. What are you doing daily, weekly, or monthly that is a waste of your time? This is something that makes you cringe thinking about it, creates nervous tension, exhausts you, keeps you away from self care time or your children, and is literally using up your energy bit by bit. It's time to remove the things that you can that do not promote health, wellness, or happiness in your life. It is making you busy and your goal is to be "unbusy".
4. Delegate - What are some of the things you do daily that keep you busy but you would rather not do them or they could be delegated? For example, if you hate cleaning and can afford to pay someone to come a few hours a week, every other, or even once a month, then think of how much time this would save you to do things that matter more to you. Maybe you could have your child help with a few easy chores and ask Dad to help out with a few things per week (creating a little routine for Dad too that is helpful for you). Maybe there are things you could be asking your parents or family to help with or even your besties. See what you can get some support with to lessen your load.
As Mom's we try to do it all. It is okay to ask for help though. You can also think about ways you can offer support to others helping you, that are a struggle for them, but seamless for you. This takes away from some of the guilt of asking for help.
5. Meal Plan - Start meal planning to save you time during the week. Look at your calendar weekly and note ahead of time what you have available for meal ideas, and even note when is a good night to go out to eat on the busiest days. This allows you time to sit and eat with your children, talk and truly listen, and avoid last minute store runs, drive throughs, and clean up. Always add nutritious snacks to your grocery list and on your meal plan too.
Part of simplifying your life is decreasing clutter (in life and your home) and saying no more often.
Think of it this way...
If you are chasing a dream but you are doing 50 things per year that do not get you closer to your dream, than why would you do them?
Follow the path that gets you and your family to your goals and dreams. Always.
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The start of the school year creates a shift from the carefree days of summer to a more structured routine. As kiddos nervous systems tense up while they count down the last days until school, something else tends to travel south too... their immunity.
Worry, stress, and having a hard time adjusting to change can all weaken our immune system. For kiddos, it is crucial to help them boost their immunity before they return to school because of all the germ exposure from the being inside a building all day with so many other kiddos and adults, change in sleep and eating routines, less time outdoors, and more time indoors sitting under florescent lights that can literally be a headache waiting to happen.
* So what can we do to help boost their immune system?
Here are a few ways you can get started today -
1. Prioritize Sleep - During the summer, sleep schedules can become more relaxed, making it challenging for Mom and child to adjust to early school mornings. Start by gradually shifting bedtime and wake-up times about two weeks before school starts. Even as little as a fifteen minute shift every few days is incredibly helpful! Create a calm bedtime routine, avoid screens before bed, and ensure they are comfy and cozy.
2. Elevate Nutrition - Encourage your kiddos to eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies to offer them plenty of fiber, vitamins, including vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Limit sugary snacks, processed foods, and beverages, as excess sugar can weaken the immune system. Plan your meals, snacks, and lunches ahead of time when you are prepping your grocery list.
3. Keep them Hydrated - Proper hydration is often overlooked but is crucial for our body's systems to function properly and in sync. Water helps in transporting nutrients, removing waste, and supporting overall bodily functions. Encourage your family to drink water throughout the day by sending your kids to school and sports with water bottles and having water bottles available for after school travel, with meals, etc. Herbal teas and infused water with slices of fruits and herbs are also refreshing options that kids do really like! You just have to let them try it to know they like it!
4. Keep them Moving - Exercise not only contributes to physical fitness but also has immune-boosting effects. Engage in regular physical activity as a family, whether it's going for walks, bike rides, or playing sports together. Exercise helps increase circulation, exercise and open the lungs, rids excess energy and promotes better sleep, and reduces stress, all factors that contribute to a strong immune system.
5. Create Calm - Starting school can bring about stress and anxiety, affecting immune function. Teach your children natural coping techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, stretching, or yoga. Children are more likely to start getting into these habits when they see a parent or teacher doing the same. You can practice these natural, totally free, relaxing practices at home daily with your child. It's good for everyone!
6. Teach Hygiene - This is no new one of course, but it is so overlooked and incredibly easy to take five minutes to talk to your child about coughing in their arm, proper way to blow their nose (one nostril at a time and wash hands after), covering sneezes, and washing hands all over, top and bottom, and in between fingers with soap! Remember, hand sanitizer doesn't kill the Norovirus (dreaded stomach flu!) so it is worth teaching the kiddos these basics. And I must also add, you are also teaching them to keep other children safe, especially those with autoimmune disorders or weakened immune systems.
7. Keep them Outdoors - Being in nature is GROUNDING. I cannot express it enough because stress is a major cause of so many ailments, including a weakened immune system. Be sure to take your child out for a walk in the evenings after work or do things outdoors you both enjoy every day the weather permits. Get curious, open up their curious minds, and explore all the mother nature has to offer. Do you know how much natural medicine is in nature?! As you explore, you can write down what you might be interested in learning more about. Be sure to explore this blog page for more great health and wellness tips that helps you and your child thrive and also click here to Sign up for FREE weekly wellness tips!
9. Stay Ahead of Illness - Ask your children how the kids are at school, if anyone left home that day or is out sick, how their teacher is feeling, etc. You can learn a lot! So many time my children have come stating a child threw up in class and the first thing I do is pull out organic lemons and probiotics! This is just a small start of a routine that we would proceed with when hearing about the stomach flu. If it is a cough, sore throat, or other bug, we may do the same or something completely different depending what we have on hand at that time. Know how others around your child are feeling as much as possible and proceed from their to help your child thrive!
If you jump at these key immune boosting practices, you will be at a much better start to prevent illness the first two weeks of school.
I do know from experience though, that creating self care routines and sleep schedules isn't all that easy, so if you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out so we can start working together!
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It's past the fourth of July now, one of your busiest holidays and months of summer.
The weekends have all been filled with graduation parties, boat days, baseball, and now you soaking in sweat during soccer season.
Or, maybe your family is busy fishing, swimming, and camping.
No matter what you have been busy doing...
You are exhausted to say the least.
You wake up towards the end of July and realize that there is only one month left of summer.
School will start soon and the trees that provided you with grounding and shade all summer will start to change colors letting you know more change is coming.
You aren't sure how you will have the energy next month to squeeze any more activities in, but you also know between time and the weather, you summer days are becoming less and less.
So could you call this heavy hearted feeling the summer blues or is it just that you really want to get more quality time in with your kiddos and knowing they are growing again and heading into the next grade at school is making you a tad sad.
Or maybe you can't figure out where on earth you can fit more time in and you are feeling down right exhausted from going, going, and going already?
Wether you are feeling a touch of summer sadness or are just running on empty, here are a few things you can start doing today to gain some pep in your step and uplift your mood -
* Use Your Planner - Yes I now it is summer and anything goes in summer but guess what... part of your exhaustion could really simply just be your mind repeating to do lists over and over that aren't getting done because you ditched the planner. So to get a few things off of your mind and actually done, grab your weekly planner and get them on the calendar in a specific day and time frame this week.
* Plan Ahead - While you have your planner out, take a look at the next six weeks on the full calendar view and see where you have events you can say NO to and where you can add it what your heart really desires to do with your kiddos. If there are things you don't even want to attend, that make your muscles tense just thinking about them, or that you can kindly pass on to make memories with your children, then do it!
* Eat Fruit - I am sure you have been feeding your kiddos well and keeping them hydrated, but what about you busy Mom?The vibrant colors are uplifting alone, not to mention if you take a few minutes to enjoy the energizing aroma before you eat the fruit, you can easily boost your mood! The nutrients and antioxidants will replenish your energy supply and the fiber will help keep your digestive tract moving. Both can help increase energy! Boosting your mood and your energy makes grabbing an orange or grapefruit sound like the right thing to do!
* Organize Something - Sounds silly but I bet you have been so busy you have no idea what is even going on in your closets! I know you know what I am talking about! Give yourself a few hours this week to turn on your favorite tunes, diffuse you favorite essential oil, and just simply organize something and get rid of what you no longer need. It always feels good to simplify.
* Use Aromatherapy Products - It seems easy to forget to use essential oils in summer time because illness isn't lurking around every corner like in the winter months, but do not forget the power essential oils and aromatherapy products have to to help to uplift or balance a mood and create energy within. Ideas could be to diffuse citrus essential oils, use natural cleaning sprays you love, and use natural skin care products or blends you love morning, day, and night. Your skin will love the extra moisture anyways and you will love the aroma!
* Just Be In The Moment - Allow yourself time for self care prior to special outings with the kids so can calm your nervous system and clear your mind. Then allow yourself time to set your mental to do list to the side and just simply enjoy the time you have with your kiddos. You heart will be fulfilled knowing you were in the moment, made the memories, got to see the smiles, and enjoyed hearing the giggles and laughter.
You got this! 🦋 Jamie
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Summer time can be a really hard time for parents and children to stay hydrated.
Parents are usually juggling new summer schedules along with work, and children are in the hot sun more often and running around all day.
Symptoms of dehydration can impair normal body functions. Some common symptoms are dizziness, fatigue, and headache while more serious symptoms that aren't always noticeable right away are decreased elimination (decrease waste from the body), decrease lymphatic movement (decreased ability for the body to balance fluids and detox), and joint and muscle pain.
Whether you are the busy Mom, Dad, Caregiver, and Grandparent, there are things you can do daily to stay hydrated like these -
1. Start the day with a glass of water with a fresh squeezed organic lemon wedge in it. This will replenish lost hydration from the night and get your digestive tract and body ready and hydrated to start the day.
2. Get in the habit of having a glass of water before or with each meal and snack. Ditch soda's and juices and leave meals to water only to be sure you are getting that extra cup of water in to stay hydrated.
3. Carry a water bottle with you daily where ever you go so you can drink on the go when you feel thirsty. Be sure to send water bottles with your kids where ever they are as well or fill them daily so when they are thirsty they can reach for it. Kids don't want to stop playing to run inside to find a cup to fill, but if their water bottle is outside already filled and near them, they can sneak in a few drinks without missing out on play time.
4. Make healthy organic fruit juice popsicles or freezie pops. Click Here to check out this option for organic freezie pops and see if you think your kiddos may like them! Healthy popsicles are a great way for kids to take a break and cool off during the day, and when they are made with healthier ingredients, without the added food coloring and tons of sugar, you don't have to worry if they request a second or third trip to the freezer.
5. Make an icy or slushy. If you have a Ninja type or any type of blender, you can easily create a quick cool and hydrating drink. Start by adding a handful of ice, then add some coconut water and your favorite fruit combinations. Blend and enjoy!
6. Drink coconut water more often or add it to your child's juice, water, smoothies, and slushies. Coconut water is said to be one of the more hydrating beverages to have due to it's higher concentration of electrolytes. This is why I added it to the icy above.
7. Offer fruits and veggies with every meal and snack. Many fruits and veggies are made up of mostly water so serving them often not only provides much needed nutrients, but also another source of hydration.
8. Add electrolyte drops or an electrolyte powder packet to your favorite drink or water. Electrolytes help our body stay more hydrated or help to replenish hydration much more quickly than just having water alone. Ask your pediatrician or doctor how much is recommended to add daily for you and also your child since the amount will be different.
Which ones will you add to your routine so you and your kids can stay hydrated and feel great all summer long?
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My kiddos like to watch the air quality reports just as much as they like to check the weather on my phone, ask Alexa, or ask Google every hour of the day!
Some days are worse than others and we can definitely feel it or see it with the kids ability to clear their lungs or overcome a cough, even if the cough is from allergies.
Clear air is so important for lung health, which is therefore, super important for overall health.
Here are five things you can start doing today to support your lung health -
1. Get a good quality Hepa air purifier for your home or at least for the bedrooms, where you kiddos are for all of the hours during the night. Hepa air purifiers cannot remove all impurities from the air, but they can certainly help remove dust particles, mold, fungus and quite a few other things you don't want or need to breathe in. Click Here to see the brand we currently have in our home.
By ensuring the air quality indoors is more clean and clear, you are offering lungs support and the ability to stay healthier.
2. Exercise (indoors where the air is cleaner) to get your blood pumping and expand the lungs. By exercising the lungs, you can help to remove and clear unwanted germs and trapped particles or phlegm that are stuck way down in the lower lungs. This will help you breathe better and will also boost your lung health and the ability to prevent illness or congestion.
3. Keep hydrated! Dehydration causes a boat load of symptoms which can lead to other health problems. Not only can the first symptoms of dehydration cause dizziness, headache, and muscle cramps, it also decreases the bodies ability to detox. The more the body can detox and keep a better fluid balance with better circulation and function of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, the better chance you have to protect your body's organs, including the lungs.
Speaking of helping the body detox, add an Epsom Salt bath in your routine up to three times a week for at least fifteen minutes! Add one and a half cups for teens and adults, older children half to one cup, younger children one quarter of a cup to a half cup, toddlers no more than one quarter cup in a full bath (not sink).
Just run it past your health care provider first to make sure there isn't any reason your child cannot add weekly epsom salt baths to their routine and see if they agree to the amount you will be using. There are many more health benefits to epsom salt baths! They are good for Mom too while also pretty inexpensive.
4. Ditch fast food, processed foods, and sugars. I know, I know... it's repetitive! But all of these foods (alcohol too) can cause spikes in blood sugars, poor lymphatic movement, poor digestion and elimination, and more!
Why does it matter? Because it will increase inflammation throughout the body, including within and around the lungs, which could possibly make it harder for you lungs to expand or stay clear and healthy.
Be sure to add in plenty or even more fruits and veggies than normal to provide your body with much needed antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to be sure you immunity is elevated as well as your over all health.
5. Use true and pure medicinal essential oils to help assist to open up the lungs and make it easier to breathe. You can explore options such as diffusion, topical application of an essential oil blend, roller ball use, and having a nasal inhaler in your pocket or purse to use as needed. They even make diffusers to plug into your computer and use at work and for use in your car while driving! Using the right essential oils at the right dilution is a great way to help open the air ways when the lungs feel tight.
Essential oils that are often used for adults are Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). *All of these come with high precautions for babies and children so you must check precautions for everyone in the family. *If you are a parent, grandparent, nursing mother, or caregiver holding a baby or child, please know that if the essential oils you are using topically are on your skin and you are holding babies and littles, they will be more prone to an adverse reaction since these essential oils are not recommended for babies and children. Often times they can even cause breathing difficulty for them.
If you do have children under the age of 10, sticking to essential oils such as Lemon (Citrus limon), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) are better options to explore. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is also wonderful to support the lungs and assist to ease a cough, but it has a very strong aroma that isn't always preferred by children. Again, you know you kiddos best and their health profile so do check precautions of all aromatherapy prodcuts prior to use.
Hydrosols are a better option to use if you have babies or young children as they are not as concentrated as essential oils. Hydrosols can be sprayed in any room of your home or just in one specific room. You will still have to check precautions with hydrosol's as well prior to use.
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Teaching kids to grow their own food is essential. I wish it were taught yearly in schools because we cannot always rely on the weather and that hard working farmer's crops can get to us.
I love teaching my kiddos how much of an impact farmers have on everyone world wide. I also love to teach them how easy it can be to grow their own food.
I didn't grow up with gardeners so I relied on watching others, learning from others, and experimenting every year. So really, what I am trying to say is, no experience is needed to get started! Just start, learn, and grow!
Whether you have indoor space or outdoor, there is always room for plants and herbs. Of course there is more room outdoors, but take these simple steps into consideration to get started on planning the perfect plants to have indoors and or outdoors to get a small or large garden started with your kids.
Here are some key points to consider before getting started -
1. Are you planning for indoor or outdoor space? How much space do you have and will it be enough for the plants that you would like to start growing? For example, if you are limited on space it may not be feasible to start a hanging basket of strawberries and a potted tomato plant, but it may work great to have small pots of herbs to use for cooking and micro greens for salads and sandwiches. On the flip side, if you have a lot of space, maybe squash and zucchini will make for a great start.
2. What exactly would you like to grow? To figure this out, make a list of your favorite fruits, veggies, or herbs. Which ones could you grow for the space that you have? We love strawberries, so one of our first garden plants were dug up strawberry plants from a good friend. They reseed and grow year after year without needing to purchase more and kids LOVE them!
3. Check what zone you are in. This is dependent on where you live and the weather. Each seed packet or plant has a preferred zone listed on the tag. If you are buying perennials, you will want to be sure they are for your zone so they come back the next year and do not die off when the weather cools down.
4. Decide if you want all annuals or if you would like to start a perrennial garden that continues to return each spring so you do not have to keep purchasing more plants or plant more seeds every year.
Some examples of plants that return for our zone 4/5 here is Wisconsin that we have in our garden are chamomile, lavender, strawberries, lemon balm, blueberries, marshmallow root, lovage, and violets.
3. Now that you have an idea of what space you have and what you might want to plant, assess the lighting. Which plants need full sun and which are okay in a more shady area.
4. Next, find out if what neighbors your friends prefer. You can google "companion plants for ________". Sometimes certain fruits and veggies grown together can change the taste of the fruit or veggie, halt their growth, or they are simply prone to the same pesty bugs so keeping them planted away from each other will benefit the outcome.
5. Next, dig in! Teach the kids about the plant before letting them plant it in the soil. Have them label the plant and be sure to show them a picture of the fruit it will bear. Kids really do love taking care of their own plants or gardens and will eat more fruits and veggies when they actually get to grow them and pick them.
6. Make it fun! Make it a BIG deal when you are out there with your kids and they do a great job weeding or if you find a fruit starting! Get them excited when a plant flowers so they know they are getting closer to it bearing a fruit or veggie.
Cheers to teaching your kiddos some much needed knowledge, giving them experiences, and offering them homegrown healthy foods.
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It was about two months ago when a friend and I were talking and she nervously added in "And do you know summer is already coming!?! I have no idea what I am going to do with my kids and how I am going to get anything done!"
It made me very aware that summer was approaching quickly and I too, needed to start planning ahead.
In the past my summer's were quite hectic! I had no schedule and just went with the flow day by day. I feel like I ran on "toddler time"! I had three littles home so our overall schedule had mornings and afternoons open, but nap times were definitely to be spent at home so the littles could stay on a schedule.
This worked okay, but my to do list just kept growing and growing. I became anxious getting nothing done, even though I was enjoying every moment of getting to stay home with the kiddos.
Everything on my list must have taken an extra three hours to complete with the kids home too! I know I am not the only one who went or is going through this!
Fast forward to creating a consistent self care routine for myself and my kids, summer time home with the kids doesn't worry me a bit like before.
I know for the most part exactly how every week of summer will flow. I already know our monthly, weekly, and daily schedules too which is an amazing feeling!
Here is what you can do to stop the anxiety, rat racing around, emotional rollercoaster turns of summer chaos so you can stay focused, still get your stuff done, have time for yourself and your kids, and actually enjoy your moments while being completely present in them!
1. Grab your calendar or print the summer months of calendars from google (just type in "free printable calendar"). Go through each month of June, July, August, and September (if your kids start school again this late) and write down all the days you already know you have work or plans.
Once you do this take a moment to view the BIG picture of what summer looks like.
Any free days you have, leave them as just that, "free days" to choose what you want to do when it comes up. Or write in parenthesis what you could possibly do (like a summer bucket list plan if the weather if nice). This ensures you get free days and don't miss out on your summer activities you most likely won't make time for before summer is over if it isn't on the calendar.
2. Create or print a weekly calendar separate from your summer calendar. This can be purchased as an all in one calendar book too with weeks, months, and days in it, or can be printed just like the monthly calendar. On one piece of paper you should have all the days of the week open to write notes on. If you have times of day on the side better yet, otherwise please add hourly times you are awake to the side.
Then fill in a rough draft of what you do weekly. Block out time you work, have sports, music lessons, sleep, nap time, exercise time, meditate, yoga, walk, etc. Self Care time gets blocked, even if you are only wanting to put a facial mask on and make aromatherapy roller ball blends!
The goal here is to try to get a good feel at what your normal week looks like in summer time. This will help you adjust your daily and weekly schedules on the holiday weekends or days when you travel or have plans.
Take a good view at your week and see if there are any time adjustments you can make anywhere that may make things run more smoothly. For example, if you work a half day on Wednesday's, would it make more sense to run to the gym to workout and to the grocery store while the kids are in day care yet or already have it planned in your schedule that you will be gone like the other work days?
Would it make more sense to get up an hour early to make the kids meals and snacks for the day while you are gone or to prepare for your fun day with the kids so you aren't so rushed.
Would it make sense to skip a few things in your week to free up some time to spend with your kids or on getting more done that needs to get done versus something you may have on the calendar that you really don't even want to do.
3. Now that you know what the big picture of summer activities look like and what your weekly routine roughly looks like, go ahead and print or use a daily calendar now with hours. Here is where you adjust your days now to work around your weeks (like holiday and travel weeks). You will be able to see where you can add extra hours of work in or plan ahead for self care time, especially for those super busy weekends ahead.
Doing this part right here was a HUGE everything saver for me! My days ran more smoothly. I wasn't walking from room to room trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. My TODO list was still getting done. I knew exactly what I had to do and I knew exactly what they could be doing while I did my things.
Even if you are a stay at home MOM! Do this! Fill in the hours, I swear by it!
PRO TIP - Where ever possible, add an extra thirty minutes before and or after a task or event to give yourself extra time. Kids always need something, so planning ahead ensures you have time for them and time to still be on time for the next task. If you have kids five and younger, I would encourage you to try to add a few extra thirty minute free slots (six per day if possible) OR a full hour a few times per day as younger kiddos sometimes need more of Mom's time unexpectedly for things like potty training, sniffles, refusing to nap, tummy aches, or even just time to reason with your toddler. :)
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So there you have it! Prepare for summer with the kids home by having three schedules.
1. A Monthly Schedule.
2. A Weekly Schedule.
3. A Daily Schedule.
Enjoy staying on task without over stressing, rushing to avoid being late, outbursts from kiddos not liking chaos, and the ability to consistently get your self care time in, have patience, emotional balance, and stay on track while balancing work life and Mom life.
If you need help creating this schedule and need support in creating a self care routine personal to you and your kids, than let's spend an hour online together and get it done!
One hour can save you hundreds of wasted hour this summer!
Right now is the BEST time to learn natural ways to stay consistent and products that can support emotional balance through the busy summer months.
Not to mention, if you do this NOW for yourself and your kiddos, think of how much EASIER adjusting to back to school will be!
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