Home Remedies to Help You Get Relief When You’re Sick

This has been quite a sick season for us as a family. We are continually battling germs and trying to stay healthy. We are no strangers to home remedies and in fact try new remedies with regularity when we become aware of them, either through research or word of mouth. However, there are some home remedies that just work and others that may work but are just not right for us. Finding out which home remedies work (or do not work) is sometimes an adventure, as we found out this past week. I think for now we stick to the tried and the true home remedies that we know works for our family.

This past week, my husband and I were feeling particularly desperate to give our immune systems some reinforcement. After having pink eye and contracting another respiratory bug shortly after that, we needed something. We loaded the kids in the car and headed to Sprouts to try out some homeopathic remedies, since the traditional ones were only managing the symptoms. After spending a good deal of time trying to find the ones recommended to us by friends and failing. -What the heck is Kava and why would this new remedy be next to it?- We settled on a few that we thought were close (or even might be the one we were looking for) and called it a night.

That night as I lay the kids down, I gave them a dose of this magical liquid. They did not have the reaction I was anticipating. There were a few shudders, coughing fits, and looks of disgust. Kids are so dramatic, aren’t they?

When I woke the next morning, I was excited to try the ultimate immunity boosting homeopathic remedy myself. Despite my kids less than stellar reaction, I was going to be cured, people! I did as instructed by placing the liquid under the tongue. Immediately my eyes started to water. I found it hard not to gag as the liquid pooled under my tongue started to seep into the cavity of my mouth. In my panic, I swallowed it all in one gulp. I tried it again at lunch with the same results. I then made my husband try it as well. His reaction was identical to the kids’ and mine. After that, I quietly slipped the homeopathic remedies in the cupboard with the thought that they it might never again be seen in the light of day.

I think we will stick with managing the symptoms for now!

4 of my Favorite Ways to Find Relief

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Diffusing Oils

Diffusing oils are great for easing congestion and coughs. They can also support the immune system. We use Doterra’s Breathe and OnGuard with great frequency! 

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Humidifier/Showers/Baths

The kids take a nightly bath that helps clear them out before bed. I also like to keep the humidifier going to keep moisture in the air as they sleep . Shower tablets are also great for relieving congestion.

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Sleeping With Head Elevated

Prop pillows under your head so that the pillows are slightly elevated. Especially for my son, this seems to reduce coughing dramatically.

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Plenty of Fruits and Veggies

We make juices and smoothies to make sure everyone is getting plenty of nutrients, even when none of us feel like eating. Check out one of our favorite smoothie recipes here or here. Naked Juices are a great option too (especially when turning on the blender with already hurting head is a no-go)!

None of these are revolutionary, but they all go a long way in helping us keep on track and feeling better (even if we are not feeling the best). Most of these are also centered on sleep because rest is definitely the best remedy.

 

 

Houseplants: Bringing Life Into Your Home

There is a lot you can do with home décor to brighten a home, but the best ever is adding house plants. I am a believer in the benefits of house plants. They purify your home, boost your mood and can bring life to any space. You may think that house plants are for those lucky people with a green thumb, but let me assure you, I have the opposite of a green thumb. I think my thumb just might be black. Ugh. However, even with a black thumb, I still think house plants are a great investment. Many plants are inexpensive and you can find forgiving stores with great return policies for when you’re just starting out. If you can justify spending money on flowers that you know won’t last forever, then you can justify spending some money on a house plant that can last much longer.

I recently purchased our first house plant for our current home, and it has changed our world. I can’t wait to buy more. Today I want to share 5 house plants you should consider for your home.

Majesty Palm

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A non-expensive houseplant that can be found at any local hardware store from anywhere from $15-$25. The Majesty Palm is easy to care for and only needs several hours of indirect sun light. Watered frequently, the soil should remain moist but not wet.

Aloe

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An Aloe plant has great health benefits and can be used for first-aid purposes. Aloe is a non-expensive houseplant that can be found at any local hardware store for $10-$15. Place your Aloe plant in a sunny window with indirect sun light and rotate occasionally so the full plant can receive light. Allow soil to dry between watering.

Snake Plant

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Another non-expensive plant that can survive almost any black thumb. You can find Snake Plants at any local hardware store from anywhere between $15-$25. Snake Plants should be placed on a spot with indirect sunlight and can be acclimated to many different lighting environments. Allow the soil to dry between watering.

Succulents

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A great option for those with a black thumb.  Purchase your succulents anywhere plants are sold due to the popularity and easy care. Succulents can cost anywhere from $ 8-$15. Place your succulents in a sunny window where they will receive plenty of indirect sunlight. Water them infrequently, and allow the soil to remain dry most of the time.

Fiddle Fig

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You can’t have a plant post without the popular fiddle fig tree. As beautiful as fiddle fig trees are, they are not the most affordable. Hunt for the fiddle fig at you local nursery. The price can range from $60-$100. If you manage to pick up one of these beauties, place your plant in an area where it will receive bright indirect sunlight. Let soil dry between watering.

Mom (who has a little green thumb) suggests leaving plants in original pots for as long as possible, giving the plants a chance to acclimate to your house environment. Right when the roots are “bursting at the seams” replant to next biggest pot. She likes using small wastebaskets as cheap decorative containers.

 

 

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Remodeling

1.Plan Ahead

Take the time to plan everything that is required of your projects before starting including the costs, tools and supplies. While this may seem like an obvious step, it’s a step that often gets skipped in the excitement of remodeling. What is most important to you to get done first might not be the correct order of priorities. Those ugly floors might be driving you crazy mad, but it’s smarter to get the walls painted before you do the flooring in order to save you from the extra time needed prepping your space for painting and to prevent any disasters on your new flooring.  

My husband moved into our empty house a couple weeks ahead of the rest of us. In that time he ripped out all the carpet and tile, and took down the wall that was our fire place. While it felt like a great idea to get stuff done while he had an empty house to work in, it created two projects that were not on the top of the to do list. Had we planned ahead, we would have known that we needed to paint before we installed new floors. Refinishing the fireplace was a low priority on a long list of to-dos and wouldn’t get done for a long time after. Thus ugly, unfinished wall

2. Tackle One Project at a Time

This goes along with planning ahead. My husband and I have this ongoing joke about changing a light bulb. The joke is in reference to the popular T.V. show Malcolm In The Middle. It seemed like every time we started a new project, we would have to start a second or even third project before we could get the first project done! For instance, before we could tile the bathroom floor, we needed to install a new tub. After we installed the tub, we needed to tile the shower. Soon one project would turn into three projects and then things would start to get a little overwhelming.

3.Cost

Don’t let those Pinterest posts fool you. I fell for them, too. While it may seem really awesome that you can shiplap a whole wall for under $50, many of those posts either: a. don’t use the right supplies and lack quality, or, b. its some amazing killer deal! Remodeling the right way will cost money and while you may be able to save on some things, for others, it’s not worth the cut in costs. Do your research and overestimate when it comes to planning a project. Believe me when I say, every project we did cost more than we first thought.

Another thing! Consider the cost of tools.  Unless you know someone who has all the tools you can borrow, then you are going to have to add those costs either buying or renting. Most rented tools require a deposit and then charge you by the day or hour. You get the refund when you return the tool. When we did the math, we were close to the cost of purchasing the tool outright. So we chose to purchase instead of renting

 

4.Permits

Before taking on any big projects that require changing the structure of your home or even removing drywall, call your city’s planning and permit office.  The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of money on a project only to find out it’s not up to code and have to redo it. We were able to learn a lot from just a phone call. It helped us to decide what projects we could tackle on our own, and what projects needed a contractor.

5.Create a Construction Free Space

This can be an area that you tackle in the beginning and finish completely first, or, something that you don’t touch until the end. Put it on your priority list. Make it a place for relaxing and unwinding. Remodeling is a lot of stress and sometimes you just need to take a break from the dirt and fuss. It’s not fun when you take a moment for yourself to relax only to have a half-painted wall staring at you reminding you of all the stuff you have left to accomplish. We got to a point where every room in our house had something that needed to be fixed, painted or organized. It became so hectic that I found myself constantly thinking about the long list of to-dos. I had nowhere to go to get away from it all. This month we finally got our room completely painted and all the baseboards done. I could kick myself for not making it a priority (see no. 1) to have a completed space. It’s nice to have a relaxing area that feels like a home, and not a construction zone. 

X’s & O’s Quit

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Fabric by Bonnie and Camille, Little Ruby & Connecting Threads Quilter’s Candy White
Pattern by Amy Smart, Crosshatch Baby Quilt, Monochromatic (size modified) available from Craftsy at Pre-cut Shortcuts Class

Be My Valentine: DIY Valentine Cards for Kids

Valentine’s day is my favorite holiday, it could be because of all the pink hearts and mushy post about love or it could just be an excuse for me to craft new valentine cards with my kids.

This year we made some Cool Kid Sunglass Valentines at the request of my oldest daughter. I had originally planned on designing them and get printing at staples but since we procrastinated till the last minute we had to whip something up!

We hand painted hearts and X & O’s on some cardstock we had on hand and printed the design at home. It was a something special that we were able to do together.

Supplies

  • The sunglasses I order from amazon you can find them here.
  • Cardstock (Amazon)
  • Watercolor Paint (Amazon)
  • At Home Printer

 

Purple Flowers

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Fabric by Marti Mitchell, Catalina Ultra Violet for Maywood Studio
Pattern Scrappy Half Square Triangles with double border

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