Tuesday, November 22, 2016

All-Natural Cold Remedies for Your Baby and Toddler

 
 
It's no surprise to anyone that cold and flu season is here. Having a toddler and a baby in daycare means double the germs. Add in that I'm a teacher and we've got triple the germs trying to invade our little family. I've never been one to take medicine (even when needed), so I'm always searching for all-natural remedies for my girls and myself. 
 
While I was pregnant, I came across Maty's All Natural Baby Vapor Rub when I was 38 weeks and suffering from an awful sinus infection. I remember slathering the rub on my chest, praying it would make me feel better and it did!
 
Once my first baby was born and was hit hard (and hospitalized) at eleven weeks old with RSV, I had to do some research to see what I could give to her at such a young age. There wasn't much out there that newborns can have, so the doctor suggested a vapor rub on her feet and her chest. Luckily, I had Maty's already in the medicine cabinet so I pulled it out and saw immediate results.  
 
 
 
Earlier this fall, my toddler came home from preschool with a horrible cough and as I was at Target, I came across Maty's All Natural Cough Syrup for Children. I quickly grabbed it off the shelf and read the back to see what the ingredients were.  Honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon peel were three things that I could agree to putting inside of my two-year olds little body. Within an hour of taking the syrup (which she put up NO fight for), her cough lessened and I could tell she was much more comfortable. There is also a night-time formula of this cough syrup which I have ready to go for the next time she comes home from school with a cough.


 
Maty's All-Natural products are a holistic approach to help the body fight off colds and other illnesses.  With whole-food ingredients, you don't have to worry about harmful side effects or drug interactions -- for yourself or your baby.
 
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, so please seek medical advice before giving your baby, toddler, or child any of these products.
 
Some of these products were received in exchange for a 100% honest opinion from me. I only choose to work with companies I believe in and value.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Meal Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Edition

 
 
Give me allllll the Thanksgiving side dishes this week -- in copious amounts -- because calories don't count this week, right?
 
For this week's Meal Plan Monday, I've decided to share some of the dishes that make my tummy grumble with excitement, thanks to Pinterest. Side note: please tell me I'm not the only one who could eat a plate full of sides on Thanksgiving and just skip the turkey? I mean, hello stuffing. And butternut squash. Oh and pumpkin pie! Oh my yum -- I just can't wait until Thursday! 

Appetizers
 

Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs 


Side Dishes







 Desserts

 
Mini Pumpkin Pie Pops



What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Does your family have the same menu every year?
 




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Monday, November 14, 2016

Meal Plan Monday

 
 
Well... the working mom struggle is REAL. Now throw in a working-mom-blogger into the mix and it's a whole new ballgame. But I'm back and I have a game plan for making sure I'm consistently posting. Don't worry -- I won't bore you with tales from my fifth grade classroom because let's be real: I'd much rather share meal plans, stories about my toddler and baby, and mom life in general. So no worries -- I'm back and I'm ready to do all things blogging! 
 
I have been awful the past few weeks at meal planning.  My husband has been out of town for work a lot lately (the last two weeks I think he logged 46 hours of overtime) and my dinner has consisted of cereal. Or chicken nuggets and tater tots. Not-so-healthy! 
 
I'm back this week with some great meals that are easy to make (and even to make ahead -- yesterday I ended up making the BBQ pulled pork AND the ground beef mixture for the cheeseburger quesadillas.) #momwin
 
So here's what's on the plate for this week!
 
Monday:
 
Tuesday :
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (leftovers from Sunday)
 
I love meatloaf and I love making up recipes as I go! I suggested Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches to my husband Sunday morning and he suggested maybe I make a Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, so I said sure (only I was out of Frank's Buffalo Sauce... whoops)! Here's a quick and easy recipe that I made up on the fly! 
 
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
1lb ground chicken breast (I like lean)
dried onion
garlic powder
1 egg
2/3 cup oats 
pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Line loaf pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray (hello easy clean-up!). Pour meatloaf mixture into pan, pressing evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, checking to make sure it's 165 degrees! Enjoy! 
 
**Normally I use Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce, but I substituted with the creamy Buffalo Wing Dip because that's what we had in the house. Next time, I would add more -- maybe 1/2 a cup and I would also add some crushed red pepper flakes! I like a lot of heat! 
 
 


 
Wednesday:
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
 
This is so easy -- all you need is boneless pork chops and some BBQ sauce. Just cover pork chops with BBQ sauce, cook on high for five hours, and then shred! You can serve on a hamburger bun, over rice, or however you like! Quick, easy, and delicious! And you can easily divide the portions and freeze for easy weeknight dinners like I did!  




  
Thursday:
Homemade Pizza
 
Oh you know -- Pillsbury pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, onions, etc... nothing special! ;)
 
Friday: 

I'll be back later this week with my all-natural remedies for sick babies and toddlers and then Friday for a Thanksgiving edition of my Friday Favorites!

Have a great week my friends!
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