How I Stop My Colds In Their Tracks!

colds, natural, healthy, options, medicine, stop, healthy

colds, natural, healthy, options, medicine, stop, healthy

My life is extremely busy. From one moment to the next, I have about 300,000 things on my to-do list. The one thing that can pull my day to a screeching halt is… a cold. All of my life, every time I ever got a cold, it would make me so miserable I couldn’t do anything. For weeks.

It would go through phases. I would get the achy, dry throat. Stopped up nose. Head fog. Watery eyes. Sneezing. Body aches. Headaches. Chills. Then it would last for days and days. Then I would get the gunky throat and the gross cough. Then after that I would get sometimes a constant, barky, dry cough. Sometimes it’d get so bad I’d lose my voice for days.
Sounds more like the flu, doesn’t it?
But its really my personal normal symptoms for the common cold for me. I often get sinusitis too. I finally got fed up with it after I had my daughter, McKennah. I figured there HAS to be a way to help this. My body never responds to over-the-counter drugs, besides ibuprofen. And only when I have a bacterial infection, does it respond to antibiotics.
I have been pregnant for the better half of the last 5 years. My four children mean the absolute world to me. It’s just so hard to be the best mom I need to be when I have a cold. I hits me like a train and suddenly I just can’t do anything. I don’t want to cook, clean, go out anywhere. All I want to do is sit in my tub and drink coffee.
But then I found a few things that would change my life forever.
With a little bit of determination, research, and willingness to try something new, I have found the answer to my month-long cold problem.
  1. Elderberry. Before having kids, I had never even heard of elderberry. It has a lot of health benefits and it has been used for hundreds of years as a part of traditional medicine. They have large amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, and its health benefits range from digestive health, cardiovascular protection, immune system health, and bone health and inflammation. It helps alleviate respiratory conditions such as cold and cough, which is why I use it while I’m sick and even when I’m not to help avoid sickness. It’s only when I’m not taking do I catch nasty germs.
I have grabbed this awesome infographic from
You can view its entire article here.
It is an AWESOME preventative for colds. Take it every day if you have a job where you’re around of lot of people, or take for a few days before you go somewhere where there might be people who are sick.
Another great thing about Elderberry, its SAFE for pregnancy and breastfeeding which is one of my biggest concerns when looking for cold relief as a mom. As long as it is not taken in huge amounts, its very safe, as with many OTC drugs. It is also safe for kids to take, and they even make children’s elderberry supplements. I have a bottle of little elderberry gummies right now! Elderberry is also sweet and easy to take.
I know for a fact that elderberry works. The first time I started taking it was when I was Day 3 in a horrible cold. It was about 3 days later, I felt good as new. Seriously. Coupled with Elderberry and my #2, Apple Cider Vinegar, my horrible colds are now a thing of the past.

If you want to check out what I personally use, you can view it here on Amazon:Nature’s Way Sambucus Black Elderberry Original Syrup, 8 Ounce

And also here is the children’s gummies that I buy too:Zarbee’s Mighty Bee Gummy – Elderberry – 42 ct

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar: I love ACV. It naturally alkalinizes the body, and most illnesses can’t thrive in alkaline environments. Make sure that if you use it, buy the raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized versions that include “The Mother of Vinegar” which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. It is rich potassium, it helps soothe dry throats, and it also helps support a healthy immune system.

Personally, I have had it help stop my colds in their tracks. There are so many wonderful benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar. I only buy Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can find it everywhere now! I used to have to go to health food stores or order it online. Look at it further by clicking here:Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Did you know that Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history? In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities! You can also give it to your kids as well, and use it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s also healthy for your pets, including horses! 


If you want to take ACV, I personally mix it in a cup of tea, 3 times a day. I only use 1-2 tablespoons! If you’ve never had ACV, the taste my knock you down a bit, but you’ll get used to it. Especially when you start seeing how amazing you feel. 🙂
  1. Saline Nasal Spray- I never liked the thought of spraying anything into my nose. I broke down and eventually bought some because my poor nose was raw from trying to get all that congestion loose. I actually tried Nasonex when I was little and I remember it gave me the worst nosebleeds while I was in school. I never used a spray again. But now if I ever have a stuffy nose, saline nasal spray is one of the top things on my list. I can’t use anything with a drug in it because I’m nursing the twins. Saline spray is perfectly safe to use as many times as you need to while you’re sick.
  2. You spray in one nostril, and gently breathe in a little through your nose, even if you can’t breathe through it. It’ll help the spray get to the toughest spots in your nose. A couple of times in each nostril usually does the trick for me. And the best thing to do is to be very patient and gentle with yourself! If you’re blowing your nose really hard, its only going to make the inflammation worse.

Those are my major essentials for knocking colds down. Other things that help me battle them are:

  • chicken soup
  • coconut water
  • tea
  • foods with fresh garlic or ginger
  • cinnamon
  •  lots of dark leafy things, spinach, kale, etc
  • plenty of rest and sleep

What are your experiences with Apple Cider Vinegar or Elderberry? Do you have a go-to cold relief protocol? Let me know in the comments below!

35 of Our Favorite Summer Activity Ideas


The end of winter is almost here, and I’m so excited. We had a beautiful weekend and we were able to go out in shorts and t-shirts! The twins are crawling now so I’m determined to stay outside a little more this summer than I did last, when they were newborns! Their sisters did not get to play outside with Mommy as much as they were used to so this summer, we are going to have a blast! I have a big list of summer activities and this is just a few realistic ones that we will be able to do when it warms up a bit! I hope you find some things you’d like to do too!

  1. Create a scavenger hunt! I found an adorable printable from Clean and Scentsible, you can find the post here. I loved scavenger hunts when I was little. And these are so versatile, you can put just about anything into a scavenger hunt! Make it really fun and get the kids involved in the list-making. 2e224a3f60acbab352ecb2a35c56f696
  2. Go on a picnic. This is so much fun because its low-cost, and you can pick anywhere you want to go to have a picnic!
  3. Find a nature trail. c08fee2c7fcaeb128d0416d9f5997146
  4. Go swimming at the lake. 7d7a32270833ad247cd78c52c21ffd8f
  5. Go to a new park.
  6. Ride bikes.
  7. Draw with chalk! 7889e07dd780aec6a7634813ead17ab1
  8. Play with bubbles!
  9. Finger painting!
  10. Buy bouncy balls and have a race! f516d87b827126572d17e100140ef34a
  11. Go fishing. f2c39351ed493c45180e63579cddbb0f
  12. Go camping! 1a0415aa9749da7986268b4022c50870
  13. Play a sport.
  14. Build sand castles! 2f4cdc44c4bbb33618f1506947059c09
  15. Turn up some music outside and dance!
  16. Have a cookout.
  17. Take horseback riding lessons. 76490d0559142f471059bb5943889752
  18. Take the dog to a dog park. d39f2a399916d20500364c404b511fe1
  19. Make a lemonade stand!
  20. Do a yard sale!
  21. Play in the sprinkler. 3790c14c493351c667948dd77f2cf3f9
  22. Collect bugs! There are special containers and nets you can buy just  for kids. k2-_50f94c47-3f21-4c8a-a767-2005c6064c41.v1
  23. Collect fireflies at night! 0ce0973b0fa70e33e433c0d4416c27ad
  24. Build something! A birdhouse or a dog house. 3d94c2e4d854dfccc81556deda84733d
  25. Build an obstacle course.
  26. Go look for arrowheads! 05109dc30ecd2c7e8c1a8676e0f6bfd9
  27. Look for crawfish.
  28. Grow something!
  29. Paint a flower pot, 7393341370154269a79be3cc21718233
  30. Plant flowers!
  31. Make a bird watching journal for the nature trails. I LOVE this free printable from Buggy and Buddy: Free Bird Book for kids!  b1252a2e3221a616123642ae48e99058
  32. Build a bird feeder, here’s something that the kids can make: Easy Bird Feeders!  e9d1ce925b6abd372a64c31b599ed753
  33. Find pet rocks, and paint them! bb0f4b7dcbebf1a5a8ee2dcf6531fcc5
  34. Make tie-dye shirts! e5243e0bc34d17cc2ba4346282d64088
  35. No matter what you do, just make sure you’re spending your time with your kids. 100%. Leave the smartphones and tablets at home. Lastly, let your kids come up with something to do! Give them ideas and let them choose.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share and leave a comment. 🙂

25 Things To Say to Your Children To Encourage Them


I made this post in infographic form, so it’ll be easily “pinnable”! I have tried to make at least one photo in each of my posts easily recognized when you’re searching through your pins on Pinterest. If you are on Pinterest and want to follow me, you can find me here:

One thing I must do as a mother is let my children know that they can do anything they set their minds to. I strive every day to make them feel like their voices are heard, like their thoughts and ideas mean something to me, and that they are an important part of the family. I have gathered some of my favorite things to say to my kids on a daily basis. I want to share the things that help my daughters know that I want to hear what they have to say. I want to encourage them to speak their mind, while being kind and courteous.



I love to encourage my children to do their best, all the time. Do you have something you want to share? Comment!

Thanks for reading, and feel free to Pin!



Happy 5th Birthday, Darlin’!

My oldest daughter, McKennah, turned 5 this week. I am so proud of her.. and its been a bittersweet time for me. It seems like days ago I was helping her walk around the house, or trying to get her to say “Babo”, her word for Elmo that I loved to hear her say. Now she’s learning the alphabet, and writing her name. She’s so smart and so beautiful. She’s going to be in kindergarten next year and every time I think about it, I get all teary-eyed! My sweet, beautiful baby is growing up right before my eyes.

She had a cowgirl birthday party. It made my inner child so excited because I grew up on the back of a horse, so you can imagine how crazy happy I was to hear that my kiddo wanted anything to do with horses. I would never push her into horses because true cowgirls are not taught, they are born. 🙂 and I can only hope that Ava and my boys have horses in their blood too!

The boys had fun hanging out while we were getting ready for the party..

IMG_1136 IMG_1126 IMG_1122 IMG_1121 IMG_1117 IMG_1113

Then their cousin Mikey came to play!


Kennah’s birthday was really on Wednesday.. and we took her to her favorite restaurant for lunch and then we made strawberry cheesecake cupcakes for her at home!



Her party was Saturday. Some of her decorations!

IMG_1140 IMG_1142 IMG_1143

IMG_5451 IMG_5448 IMG_5442

IMG_1146 IMG_1147 IMG_1151 IMG_1171

My sister Shannon and I played with Breyer horses growing up. I kept them over the years and we brought them down from storage to decorate with. They’re on her cake and we put them on the fireplace mantle. 🙂 These horses mean so much to us, and I can’t wait till the kids are old enough to play with them.


Her cake 🙂



My sister and I made them. I baked the cake but I could not TOUCH that icing. She’s an icing wizard! 🙂 And fantastic with cupcakes. She doesn’t think she’s good at cakes but as you can see, she’s freaking awesome.  Go to her website here:Mama if you’d like to contact Shannon about her cakes!


Some of our guests.. 🙂

IMG_1168 IMG_1177 IMG_1183 IMG_1185 IMG_1232 IMG_1248

IMG_1250 IMG_1258 IMG_1245 IMG_1247 IMG_1253 IMG_1256 IMG_1230


Kennah was NOT excited about everyone singing Happy Birthday to her… but she loved her cake and she ate every bit of her plate AND her ice cream. That girl could live on ice cream. She loved opening her presents, though!

IMG_1199 IMG_1206 IMG_1216 IMG_1218 IMG_1219 IMG_1225 IMG_1227 IMG_1235 IMG_1236 IMG_1238 IMG_1241 IMG_1244


She had a wonderful time at her party. She loved everything. I hope that I can get her buddies to come to her party next year. It’s always so cold on her birthday so a lot of people don’t really like to come and it makes me sad for her. She was born on a very snowy day.. I hope she doesn’t hate me for that forever. lol.

Thanks for reading. 🙂