Tips for staying healthy!

It’s already happened. The change of weather makes my nose sniffle, my throat scratchy, and my head to hurt. Actually, I think the boys get it first and then pass it on to me. I told Hubby I’d pass it on to him, but he always refuses to believe he’ll get any kind of sickness. Why? Because we try to take these steps to stay healthy!

1) Get Adjusted by a Chiropractor!! This is numbero uno and we are firm believers. As soon as we feel any type of sickness coming on, Hubby gets out his portable table for a back and neck adjustment. Visit your chiro regularly. You will definitely see the difference!

2) Wash hands. Kids being around other kids at school can lead to nasty germs. Before each meal I gently remind them to go and wash. I buy fun soaps to make this more pleasurable.

3) Anti-bacterial hand gel comes in great little sizes. I have one attached to my diaper bag and sometimes the boys keep on in their school bags. Great scents from Bath & Body makes us want to wipe our hands down.

4) We do NOT get flu shots and believe this can make you more sick in the long run.

5) Sneezing in you the crook of your arm. Did you know that I didn’t even know this trick until my kids started school. It was always sneeze in my hand to not spread them around and then go wash them. But your arm is better because it doesn’t touch anything else.

6) Taking a daily vitamin I think is important to stay healthy, but staying healthy with all the food groups is important for your body.

7) Exercise is something that can be done daily and keep your body functioning like it should. Even if the kids have a slight fever, but feel well enough to shoot some hoops outside. I let them. The sun is good too!

8) Extra measures like Echinacea and extra Vitamin C are taken if we do feel something coming on. We keep lots of orange juice in the house at this time!

9) No medicines for us, unless someone is really bad. We take homemade elderberry syrup, hot heating pads, and other natural remedies to make us feel better.

10) Keep the weight off. I keep gaining a little weight each other and know I am not as healthy as I should be which leads to more colds every season.


Those are the tips of what my family does! How does yours differ?


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10 Holiday Planning Tips

The Holidays are here! Well maybe not yet, but I’ve been busy planning for the Holidays on the blog so it seems like it is fastly approaching. Yes, I know I haven’t even bought my pumpkins yet.


Let’s chat a little on some ideas we have to plan for the upcoming busiest time of year!

1) Plan Ahead! This has been harder and harder for me as life seems to get busier as the years go one but I’m trying to learn that weeks or even months of planning make everything run smoother.

2) Make Lists! I have lists everything! My favorite new type of list is my sticky computer notes that are plastered all over my homepage. I have an online website I use for lists and my iphone has a list going. Lots of lists! Hope I don’t lose focus. Lots of lists! I hope I don’t lose focus with my bookmarked shortcut to lingering nearby to tempt me into procrastination and away from holiday preparedness! Focus! Just starting the list is sometimes the hardest part, then all there is to do is follow it.

3) Buy ahead as you run into deals! I was at Walmart last week and found a couple of toys on Clearance that were perfect for gifts. Wahoo for me!

4) Find your Holiday Decorations! Most of my ornaments and decor are in Red storage containers. This helps as I’m searching for them in my storage mess each year.

5) Think about Holiday Meals! Who will we be eating with this year? At whose house? What will I need to make and prepare. Start finding fun recipes in the magazines coming out.

6) Baking! I let each child decide on a cookie to make. Have them start thinking of what they want and if you need to buy any new supplies – like cake tools or different shaped cookie cutters.

7) Christmas Present Lists! I told my boys the other day that I wanted them to start writing their Santa List. This way when I am out and about I can grab things.

8) If you’re going out of town start those travel plans! Airlines & hotels will be cheaper the further back you are able to book them. Plus you don’t want them to fill up!

9) Deep cleaning! I know I like to thoroughly go through everything before all the new gifts come in. Plus company may be coming over. It’s just a good time to get a good cleaning and organizing in.

10) Plan your Christmas cards! I love sending out cards every year. I usually mail mine somewhere in the first to mid part of December. I have fun deciding if I’m going to do religious, modern, or the photo type.

Storkie Christmas Cards has a great variety of stylish cards to pick out!

What holiday planning tips do you have?


I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine