If there is one thing that is certain throughout the fall and winter, it is that you’ll likely catch a cold or flu. Symptoms can range anywhere from fatigue, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose to cough, body aches and fever. The change in weather can affect some more than others and what is really important at this time of year, is that your immune system be in top notch shape.
I absolutely LOVE the Christmas holidays! The gatherings, the glowing lights, the wreaths, the sparkly decorations, warms fires, musical cheer and best of all the food! Ooooh the food! This is the time of the year where I allow myself to enjoy those special treats. Everyone has their own personal favorites and mine range from gingerbread to pancakes, stuffing, eggnog, mulled wine and hot cocoa! Delicious! Inevitably, I end up with some indigestion. The holiday season typically results in the worst period of time for digestion and weight gain – cue the booing – and we pay for it through January. So how can you avoid the holiday season hangover without completely depriving yourself of all the things you love?
Spring ahead and fall behind! I definitely prefer the fall because I might get to sleep for an extra hour, as long as my girls have the same plan – haha! Remember the fabulous sleep ins you used to get? Aaaaaaah yes, warm, comfy and quiet bed with as many hours of rest as you wanted! That sounds so dreamy to me! Although I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything in the world, I do dream of one day sleeping in again. Continue reading “Making the Best of Daylight Savings Time as a Parent”
As a mother of two and someone who has struggled with anxiety long before becoming a parent, I can tell you that parenthood can certainly bring about the lions share of my daily anxieties and I’m definitely not alone! The list of things I could constantly worry about as a parent is endless. So I’ve had to give myself a reality check and do some grounding because otherwise the anxiety can really suck the joy out of being a parent.
Every.parents.nightmare. The mere thought of head lice causes my scalp to suddenly get itchy and my skin to feel like it’s crawling with these creepy crawlies. I feel infested nooooo! They appear seemingly out of nowhere and do not discriminate. If you’re human and have hair on your head, you’re in their sights (shudders). Thankfully they aren’t interested in your pets and more good news, they don’t jump they crawl and are transferred only by direct contact and from sharing grooming tools, personal items or from physical contact. Lice also don’t carry any bacteria or viruses.
The summer holidays are coming to an end already and the kids are going back to school soon or maybe starting daycare. Whatever the case may be, it’s the time of the year where everyone starts coming home with random viruses. Cue the fevers, coughing, sneezing, copious mucousy runny noses and maybe even vomiting. It’s all part of childhood and educating a young immune system and believe it or not, it’s actually better for children to encounter more microbes throughout childhood because that will result in a more robust, balanced immune system when they reach their adult years. Having said all that, being sick with anything is not fun for anyone and it becomes specially challenging if you are a working mom or dad or have other little ones to care for.
This summer has been a hot one and so keeping cool with healthy snacks is on my mind! Because I also recently gave birth to our second baby girl, life is extra busy and so fast easy and refreshing snacks are what I go for.
I love my fresh morning air walks in the summer, I also enjoy evening walks and sitting by the fire! They’re a few of my favorite times to bond with family, but they also happen to be the worst times for bugs and I’m a mosquito magnet!
Mosquito bites can be really annoying and if you’re allergic to the bite then the swelling and itching (caused by the body’s release of histamine) can get really bad – for some people, bites can cause reactions as serious as anaphylaxis. I’ll talk about the most common reaction to bug bites, not anaphylaxis.
We love summer and this is our first summer as a family of four. We’ve also just renovated our backyard to make it a usable space, so we’re not quite ready to plant a garden just yet – probably next summer. For this reason, we’ve been looking for easy table top options to grow our own food and start teaching our two year old how to care for plants and help them grow.