8 Ways to Keep Sickness at Bay (and make it go away fast)

I’m a mom of three so it seems like someone is always sick. I have one in public school, daycare, and they spend a lot of time at church in class and the nursery. So they have plenty of exposure to yucky germs.  I have found a few things that work for us and are more natural. See if they work for you!! 

*I am not a doctor and these are just things that have worked for me. 

1.  Washing Hands/Hand Sanitizer 

I know this kinda goes without saying, but it’s so important!  I was myself a billion times a day!  And when I do not have access to soap and water, I use an alcohol and fragrance free hand sanitizer by babyganics.  Also, it is so important to not ever touch your nose, mouth, eyes, or anywhere on your face without washing your hands first. When in doubt, wash your hands!!  

*I make my own foaming hand wash with Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap and water.

2.  Elderberries 

Elderberry is supposed to be very good at keeping sickness away and it can also help you get over sickness quickly.  Plus it tastes really yummy!

Elderberry Gummies

3.  Honey ACV Tea

There are lots of great things out there that are great at treating colds. But these also are great for you all the time. You will want to find a local raw unfiltered honey. As far as the Apple cider vinegar goes, you want to find one that has “the mother” in it. 

To make the tea, you will want to heat up some water. Add about two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of ACV (shake before to distribute the mother). Stir. You can also add a little lemon juice and a dash of tumeric as well. Mix well and drink while hot. 

4.  Essential oils

I love essential oils!  They are everywhere. Even Walmart sells them now!  They are the latest craze. I prefer to get my oils at Rocky Mountain Oils. I find their quality wonderful, prices are reasonable, and free shipping!

My favorite oil to help keep you from getting sick and to reduce the severity of a cold is immune strength. It is very similar to the same thing from other companies. I put a few drops on my feet at night when I’ve been around sick people or if I’m already sick. 

I also make my own roller ball blends. I use a variety of oils depending on the age, but some of my go to oils are myrtle, lavender, and eucalyptus. I fill with fractionated coconut oil. I roll up and down the spine and on the feet when sick or if someone is sick in the family. 

5.  Good vitamin

I recently found Alive vitamins. Everyone in the family takes them. They have the highest vitamin dose with the best variety of vitamins I could find in the Children’s vitamins.  I found the max potency vitamins were best for me and gave me lots of energy.  They have helped me stay more healthy being on them that’s for sure. 

6.  Pre and probiotics 

Doctors say the key to good health is a healthy gut. Pre and probiotics can help with that!  They make sure that the healthy bacteria flourish and the bad bacteria die. Find some good ones on Amazon, but I can’t recommend one yet. 

7.  Grape juice

This is one thing I absolutely love. Grape juice can help keep the stomach bug away!  Drink 100% grape juice daily and then more when someone in the family has the stomach bug (just don’t give it to the sick one!).  Bonus, it’s also full of vitamin c!!!

8.  Norwex cloths

I love my Norwex cloth!  They can clean with just the cloth and water!  No chemicals!!  This is great for people that have allergies and sensitive skin. It can also clean germs better than disinfecting wipes (they can remove 99% of everything from surfaces) and when someone in the family is sick, that can be helpful to keep the rest of the family from getting sick.

After everyone is over it, give the whole house a deep clean, wash everything in the washer, and use again!!
Have other great ways to stay healthy??  Share below!

1, 2, 3 Banana Bread

This is one of the easiest banana bread recipes I’ve ever tried. And one of the yummiest. 

It’s literally three things. 

  1. Box of yellow cake mix
  2. Eggs
  3. Ripe bananas

Easy to remember. Easy to buy. Easy to make. Easy to put in my belly. 

I like to make this for the weekend when we all just want something yummy to eat. It makes you feel good. 

And yes, I’m a big make it yourself kind of person, and if you are, definitely make your own cake mix, (this one is easy-Homemade Yellow Cake Mix) but in a pinch this works too. 

Start by throwing everything in the bowl. 

Then start mashing. I use a potato masher to get all those bananas mushed up and evenly distributed throughout the bread. 

When it looks like banana pudding, you’re done. 


Butter/spray/grease a pan.  I gave up spray awhile ago for oil or butter. Works just as well, but without all the chemicals. Metal or glass will work for this recipe, but you might lower the temp a bit for glass. Mine always seem to need longer to cook through. 


Pour that goodness in the pan. 


Then let it cook 325-350 degrees 35-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean from the middle.  Watch it and don’t just set a timer. Every oven is different. Wait for that toothpick to be completely clean. You don’t want liquid bread. 

Gross. 

If you find the top browning too much and middle is not cooked, lower the temp and check it in a few more minutes. 


Oh boy. 


It’s lovely. My kids love this stuff.  Gets them eating, which is never an easy feat, plus I have something to do with those too ripe bananas my kids won’t touch because there’s a brown spot on them. 

Sweet. Moist. Nice crust. Banana-y. Serve with a side of bacon or sausage and you’re good to go!!  Enjoy. 
Ingredients:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Two eggs
  • Three ripe bananas

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees (325 for glass) and butter a loaf pan and set aside. 
  2. Mix cake mix, bananas, and eggs in medium sized mixing bowl. Use a masher to distribute bananas throughout the bread. 
  3. Pour batter into greased pan. 
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

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Great Expectations

I’m a stay at home mom and wife.  Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure to have the perfectly clean house, perfect meals, perfect activities for the kids, and look perfectly presentable when my husband walks through the door.  During the week, I would say 4 times out of 5 that does not happen.  On those days, do I think I have failed?  Does my husband think I have failed?  Do my kids wish their mom was better?

Maybe.

But most of that is brought on by myself.  I expect so much out of myself and set standards so high that no one could possibly succeed.  Why do I do that to myself?  Why do we do that to ourselves?  Why do we set ourselves up for failure?

Is it society?  Maybe.  Is it my upbringing?  Possibly.  But it’s also just what I want to do.

I want to have a clean house where everything is in it’s place and I can find things when I need them.  I want to have nutritious and yummy meals my husband and kids love eating.  I want my kids to grow and learn and explore through fun activities and outings.  I want my husband to come home after a long day of work and find solace in me.

I want so much.

And I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting all of these things.  The problems come when they are expected.  When I think that if I don’t do this or that, I am a failure.  Or if my husband demands these things out of me and tears me down if I don’t measure up.  Those are problems. 

How many times have I made a new daily schedule or cleaning routine or activity for the kids only for it to fail miserably?  Countless times.

But I keep trying.  And I keep getting better. I am not standing still.  I am not going to become stagnant.  I won’t give up trying to improve myself.

Sometimes I feel like people look down on stay at home moms and think there is nothing to us.  There is no depth and no brains.  I may not have the best brains (something about having three children has left me feeling like I am in a constant fog!) but I do have heart.  I want to get better in my chosen profession just like anyone else might in theirs.  And the fact that I want a clean house and dinner on the table when my husband gets home does not mean that I am his servant or I am in any way less valuable than him.  It’s just the same as him doing his very best in his job so he can earn that promotion so he can better the lives of his family.  We are both striving for success so we can provide the best life for our family.

So the next time you hear about a stay at home mom and you think less of her for wanting those things and in your mind you compare her to a 50’s housewife, just think first.  Would you criticize a business man for working late to create the perfect proposal for a meeting the next day?  No.

And to the mom that expects everything out of herself and feels like she is failing at 99% of it, I applaud you.  I applaud you in wanting great things for your family.  For making an effort.  For wanting more.

You choose your career path and how you walk on it.  Don’t let anyone choose it for you.

 

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-Love

 

 

Be still and KNOW


I woke up the other day with this in my head.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

KNOW

Emphasis on the know.  Not think.  Not feel strongly.  KNOW.

For certain.  In the depths of your soul.  Feel it in every part of you.

I felt like God was speaking directly to me.  He was there and He needed me to know that.  I hadn’t read this, or heard it, or even sang the hymn in a long time.  So there is no other explanation.

There is another part besides the KNOW that I needed to hear.  Be still.

You know when your kids get so worked up about something and they just won’t calm down and hear what you have to say?  What do you do?  You get down.  Look them in the eye.  Take them by the shoulders and say, “Hey!  It’s ok.  Everything is fine.”  I feel like that is what God is telling me. 

My child, “Be still and KNOW that I am God!”  I have you.  I’ve got this.  Everything is going to be ok.  Just let me handle it.

 

The Day I Let Go


It’s one of those revelations that comes over you and you feel all the lights come on around you. One of those thoughts that come in your brain and you think, this makes so much sense; how could I have ever thought differently. This is the answer. 
That’s the day I realized I was holding tight to everything. Keeping everything in my grasp. Trying to control everything. Fitting everything into a box so I could label it, file it, and pull it out in a controlled environment. 

But in doing this, I was limiting my joy. 

The thing about life is it’s messy. It’s scary and unpredictable. At times it can feel out of control. But without the scary messy side of life, you can’t feel the sun and the joy. 

“I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind.  I try to keep you safely in between the lines.  I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed.  I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye.  When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?”-Natalie Grant, King of the World

It’s not easy but I’m letting go of that control. The need to know exactly what was going to happen next. 

The biggest thing I’ve noticed is I’m less stressed. I’m calmer.  Happier. I don’t get upset as much. I’m able to keep my cool. I am able to just have fun. To let loose. 

Letting go has allowed me to find my joy and peace again. 

Do you love gifts?

For a long time I didn’t really understand what it meant to have a spiritual gift.  It sounded a lot like talking in tongues or something like that.  I took a quiz many years ago, but none of it made sense.  But the more I read about it, the more it made sense.
The past year God moved us to a new city.  Far away from our friends and family and pretty much anything we knew.  I truly felt like this was the place God wanted our family to be, but I was feeling very alone.  I didn’t know anyone.  Plus we lived in the country and anything was about 20 minutes away.  That meant A LOT of time in the car.  This meant a lot of reflection, which meant a lot of soul searching, which led to me really figuring out my gifts.  One day I was reading about spiritual gifts again, still trying to figure out what mine really was when it shown on me like a beam of light.  “If it is to encourage, then give encouragement.”  That’s it.  That was my gift. And I saw that I’ve been using them my entire life.  I just didn’t use the words-spiritual gift.  The gift specifically chosen by God for me.  I felt humility and appreciation and understanding all at once.  I loved my gift.

You see, I’ve always had these “feelings”.  I would get this deep intuition.  Like God was telling me something.  I even had dreams that came true.  It was very weird to me and I didn’t tell many people because I thought they would think I was a freak.  Later these feelings evolved into sensing when others were going through something.  I didn’t know what it was or what they needed, but I sensed something wasn’t right.  The past few years this has happened many times with people that I hardly knew or hadn’t talking to in years.  I would eventually listen to these “gut feelings” and reach out them and would find out that they were in fact going through something and needed someone to talk to.

Since then I have seen how God has put certain people in my life so that I can be there for them.  A shoulder to cry on.  Someone to listen to them.  Someone to understand and feel their pain.  I am honored to be chosen for this important task.

For a body of believers to truly be working at their best, we all must be using our gifts.  Everyone has one and they are not all the same.  Some are gifted in teaching.  Some in serving.  Some in prophesying.  Some in giving.  Some in leading. Some in showing mercy.

Now some people are blessed with multiple gifts.  But there are some that you are simply not blessed with.  Think of it this way.  If everyone was a Pastor/Preacher, who would you be preaching to?  If everyone was a teacher, who would they teach?  Everyone has to work together.

I think for most people their gift jumps out at them.  But if yours doesn’t, keep researching, keep reflecting, and keep reading.  You have one, and if you ask Him God will help show it to you.

How Do You Act When Things Go Wrong?

It’s inevitable.  At some point you will come to a time in your life where there are bumps in the road.  Whether big or small.  One or two or many.  It will happen.  It’s just a matter of when.

How you deal with the bumps is what makes you who you are.  It’s what sets you apart.  Most people will fit into one of these when things aren’t going exactly the way they want them to.

 

  • The Complainer   Do you pout, complain, say why me?  Oh, have I been there a time or two.  Maybe it’s because it’s just one thing after the other or the straw that broke the camels back, but sometimes the load seems like too much to bear.  So what do we do?  We throw a pity party in hopes that someone will attend and say, “Yeah, that does suck.”  The problem with this is that we are bringing others down and looking ungrateful for what we do have going for us in our lives.  What we should do is trust that God has a plan.  There is something that He is trying to accomplish, change, or build in you or somewhere near you.  Let Him work through you.

 

  • The Smiler  Do you smile and push it down?  Though not nearly as much (I’ve been told what I’m thinking is written all over my face.) I have definitely felt this too.  It’s mainly in situations where you cannot lose it or you are around people you do not trust to show your true feelings too.  Maybe the kids are around and you don’t want to scare them.  Or you’re in line at the grocery store.  Or at a party where not a single person has spoken to you.  The problem with doing this on a regular basis is you do not get healed.  Your emotions and feelings are real and as long as you push them down they will not be dealt with.  They will continue to fester and grow inside of you.  I am a real believer that when you don’t deal with things either in your past or present, they start affecting your health.  What we should do is find someone we trust and unload what is going on, decide how to solve the problem, and move forward.  Even if there is not “resolution” that you can see, there is always forgiveness.  Through forgiveness we can let go of those burdens and not carry them anymore.  Just in the same way that God forgave us our sins.  They are no more.  He has healed us.

 

  • The Screamer  Do you yell and scream?  So this has been my go to when things go wrong when it comes to the kids lately.  I’m not proud of it.  I’ve been so stressed lately that I’m letting that spill over when I’m frustrated with the kids.  Yes, they spilled their milk all over the table and crushed Cheetos into the carpet….BUT they are kids.  I guess it’s not a matter of if it happens, but when really.  LOL  Usually if you fall into this category, there is more going on.  More that you need to deal with.  More weighing on your shoulders.  Cool down, then let it out in a way that won’t damage those around you that you love.  The problem is yelling is damaging.  To anyone.  It tears into you and rips you a little inside.  And the sad thing is, some people start to become immune to it because “that’s how they act at my place of work” or “that’s what my parents did”.  Whether you are yelling at someone because they made a mistake or they wronged you on purpose, it’s not showing God’s love.  We are called to love and to turn the other cheek.  To me I don’t think yelling and screaming at someone would really fall into the turn the other cheek category.

 

No matter if you are one or all of these when things go wrong, no one is perfect.  There’s no one right way to feel or deal with what you’re feeling.  We can always get better and improve and even if we mess up (which I do every single day), God forgives us and will help us get through it and get better at handling life’s bumps.

 

What’s this? A Blog?

Hey!  Hello!  So yep, it’s another blog out there.

I’ve always loved to write.  Pretty much as long as I can remember I have been writing poetry, songs, or just jotting down my thoughts in a journal.

So why a blog?

I started this blog because we moved to a new town where we don’t know anyone.  We are away from friends and family.  I was feeling lonely from the get go.  So I came up with the idea to vent/write/share with friends and family and document this new journey for others to relate to.

So what’s with that name?

I got the idea after my mom made a comment about my daughter.  She was dressed in this beautiful dress up costume and was eating a turkey leg that was about as big as she was.  The two just came together and I thought it sounded neat.

So what will I write about?

Small town life.  Mom life.  Wife life.  Recipes.  Cleaning tips.  Venting.  Renovations of our new house.  DIY projects.  Educational.  And whatever else happens to pop into my head.

You can also follow me on Facebook @tutusandturkeylegs and Twitter @tutusandturkeylegs.

Have a good day!!  Be kind and considerate!


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