How I Stop My Colds In Their Tracks!

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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.
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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 Organicfacts.net:
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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.
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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!

The Best Toys for Babies!

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I’m a mom of four, so I’ve went through my fair share of trial and error when it comes to baby toys. Lots of wasted money on toys that they had no interest in at all. There are some cute toys out there, but you’ve got to think about your baby and what will entertain him or her the most.

Click on any of these pictures to go to its Amazon page. Amazon almost always beats the store prices so I’m saving you some time and linking all of the pictures to it’s specific page. Happy shopping! 🙂

0-6 Months

These are my personal favorites for babies this age. It’s such a waste to buy big, bulky toys, even if they hang on the car seat, because from my experience, babies just aren’t that interested in that giant elephant with rings on each foot. It’s all super cute but its just overwhelming to them.

Simple, inexpensive things are the way to go. All of my kids loved things that they could grasp and hold on to themselves. Things that were big were just too heavy and they never got played with.

Look for things that have bright, contrasting colors. A ton of pink stuff is cute, but babies love to look at all of the different colors. That also goes for things that are plain colors like tan and gray. It’s just not fun for babies unless it has another sensory effect for them.

Look for things that rattle, click, snap, or crunch. Try not to get things with buttons unless they are big and easy to press. At this age, their attention span isn’t really long enough for them to focus on a big toy like a ball popper. If you’re buying for a baby up to 6 months, these simple toys are going to be a favorite!

Don’t forget about things they can chew on. Teething babies put everything in their mouths! Toys made specifically for teething are great and its always good to find ones that are easy to keep clean.

6-12 Months

This is probably the best toy out there for babies and toddlers. It is a Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home Play Set. We bought one of these for my oldest daughter, and we still have it sitting in the living room right now for my twins to play with. It’s adorable, sturdy, and there are so many little things to do with it.

 

This xylophone was always a big favorite with my kids and it is easy to listen to, compared to some of of their noisy toys. Teach them to tap the chimes gently and this xylophone actually comes with a few little songs you and your baby can learn to play. 

 

Building blocks are my kids favorite thing to play with, and they’re 2 and 5 now and they still play with them.
These are great for babies because they are too big to be a choking hazard, like the single Lego Duplo block, and their size makes them easy to hold and put together.

My kids also loved these Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles.They’re inexpensive and sturdy enough for toddlers, and they encourage fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills.

Buying toys for babies seems like an easy task, just grab something in their age group and go. But if you want something that the baby will love, you’ll have to think like your baby and take note of where they are developmentally. If she’s trying to learn to crawl, buy a ball to roll across the floor and she will love trying to chase after it. If she’s learning to sit up, get something that will be stationary and won’t roll away from her. Whatever you do, encourage learning and creativity!

 

 

 

Don’t forget, you can click on any of these

pictures to go to its Amazon page, if you’d like to look into one of the toys further!

If you have a little Princess (they also make one for little Knights!), the Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Set is something you need to have. We ended up collecting every princess they have, and we also bought the Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable. We love Little People by Fisher Price! My girls are 3 and 5 and still play with them. Imagination is so important, and the earlier imaginative play can start, the better. You can show your child how to pretend to make a pot of tea for a princess or how to “walk up the stairs!”. I loved seeing my girls light up when I would get down there and play princesses with them. I have little knights now and I already know I’m going to be buying more Little People stuff. 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed this list! I want to hear from other moms out there. What toy did your child love the most? Was it a big toy? Was it a stuffed animal? Comment and let me know!

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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: Pinterest.com/Kennahsmama

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.

 

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

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