Friday, September 13, 2019

How We Try To Stay Healthy During Sick Season

Fall is upon us and while I'm super pumped for it, I'm totally dreading that along with the cooler temps and pretty fall foliage, sickness also comes around. Two and a half years ago Bennett and I could not stay well. We both stayed sick for more than 2 months straight. He and I both woke up every. single. Friday. with the stomach flu. Literally every single Friday like clockwork. It was horrible. It would last all weekend and we were both finally beginning to feel better by Wednesday or Thursday and then BAM. It started all over again. I swear I have PTSD from it. And I still have no idea why we both continued to get sick over and over again. However, I was determined to never in my life do that again. I decided everyone in my family needed to build stronger immune systems so I got to work.
Two and a half years ago, someone reached out to me about Plexus. They had noticed Bennett and I kept getting sick and suggested Plexus may help. I was desperate and willing to try anything so I started taking their Probiotic. Not even exaggerating, I have not been sick since I started taking their probiotic. I take it religiously, every night before bed. I never miss. I am absolutely a believer. I know taking a probiotic is essential in gut health and immunity. I think they key is finding a "good" one as some are way better than others. Find your Plexus girl and give it a try this winter.
Around this time last year, I decided my boys needed a good boost to their immune system. I was pregnant with Wells and knew he would be born in late January/early February, AKA--the peak time for flu and sickness. I wanted to do what I could to make sure Campbell and Bennett stayed healthy so they wouldn't bring any bad germs around our fragile newborn. I had heard about Elderberry and how it's packed with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your immune system and prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms. I decided it certainly wouldn't hurt to give it a try and see if it worked. I religiously began giving them elderberry gummies every single day and guess what? They haven't been sick since. Coincidence? I truly don't think so. Scott and I have both been so impressed by it we've decided to take them every day as well. The gummies I do are Sambucol. It says on the bottle for ages 4+ but I obviously do not follow that advice as I began giving them to Bennett when he was not quite 2.5. I'm kind of liberal about medicine but if you're concerned, ask your doctor. Also, beware. Because they taste great. Bennett ate an entire bottle at once when we weren't looking. Aye, yai yai. For the record, he was totally fine.
Finally, I keep Wet Ones in my car. I buy the small tube of them and they fit perfectly in that little pocket of my car door. Every time I get in the car from being out, I grab a Wet One for myself and give one to my kids. After I wipe my hands off, I wipe off my phone and steering wheel too. I don't know if it makes a difference or not but I like to think it does!

I hope this sick season is non existent like it was last season. We will do our best to stay healthy by continuing to take our vitamins, use our wet ones and wash our hands a lot. Crossing my fingers for a healthy winter for everyone!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

What's New

Hi! Is anyone even still there? Ha! I am falling so behind here and I wish that wasn't the case but I'm coming up short for spare time in my life these days. I have so many things I want to blog about and hopefully this weekend I can play catchup and write some good stuff.
First let me play catchup on here for a minute...
Last Saturday Campbell had his first baseball game! He has had a few practices these last few weeks and he is loving it. We did soccer in the spring but he seems to be enjoying baseball so much more. Scott and I have been in sticker shock over all this gear we've had to buy for 5 year old baseball. We make ourselves feel better about it by telling ourselves we have two more boys that will get to use this so thankfully we'll never have to buy it again. I just don't find a whole lot of pleasure out of swiping my credit card at Academy. I'd rather use it elsewhere. But I have so enjoyed watching Campbell play baseball and even though all that gear has cost us a small fortune, he does look super cute in it.
My sweet blondie is struggling with Campbell being in kindergarten. He still doesn't understand why Campbell gets to go and he doesn't. It's so unfair in his little mind. I hate it that he thinks we're favoring Campbell over him and letting Campbell do fun things and not him. It's really breaking mine and Scott's hearts. We're both doing our best to give Bennett extra attention and make his time at home alone really fun. He misses his brother and I have a feeling he will be beyond happy and ready when his time for kindergarten comes.
As for me, I'm still waking up every morning at 5:45 to get my Peloton ride in. I hit my 50th ride on Sunday. I did a live class and got a shout out from my favorite instructor acknowledging my 50th ride! This is what excites me these days. Ha! I post about the Peloton a lot on my Instagram stories therefore I get a lot of questions about it. I'll try to get a post going on here about it all but I am so obsessed and have seen so much change in my body. I'm so much stronger that I was before I started. It's honestly been life changing. I don't just ride the bike, I also take their strengthening classes as well. I love it all.  Since I am waking up so early, I'm also going to bed super early. By the time I get all three boys in bed, I'm pretty much ready for bed myself. It's so worth it though. I love my new little routine and I hope it sticks forever!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, August 30, 2019

Last Weekend of Summer

Our last weekend of summer is upon us and honestly, I'm glad. Some years I don't want summer to end but this year I'm looking forward to fall. Maybe because it has been SO hot and humid here and I am over it. Bennett is always asking me to go outside so he can ride his bike and I can think of nothing more miserable than standing in the driveway, in this intense heat, while he rides his bicycle.
We had a good summer! We kicked it off at the beach and spent a lot of time swimming. We did several movies and played outside a lot (before it got miserably hot). We grilled, played, and had fun! We're going to wrap up our summer with a lot of swimming and I'm looking forward to it.
I wanted to share a few of our beach photos that I don't think I've shared on here yet. Hope you all have a great, long weekend!!

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Whew. Y'all. This school business is no joke. Scott and I are exhausted!! And I think this is the running theme because every parent I talk to feels the same as I do. I honestly thought that since I was losing a kid during the day that my life would get a little easier but somehow it's busier than ever. How is it working out this way?? I'm so confused. I wake up at 5:45 am and hit the ground running. I literally go, go, go all day long. By 8:45 I am crawling in bed and I'm out cold a few minutes later. I have had zero opportunities to watch my favorite summer show, Big Brother. We always start it when we get in bed but I fall asleep. My mid-day slump used to come around 4:30 but now it's closer to 1:30. LOL.
I have always enjoyed a routine so in some ways I actually do love our new schedule. I'm dressed before 7:00 am which hasn't happened since never. I'm kind of loving that I'm an early to bed and early to rise person. I feel like such a grown up. However, I am SO looking forward to weekends now. I told Scott last Sunday that I needed to just sit and do nothing. And this weekend I'm hoping to sit all weekend and do nothing.
Thankfully Campbell has adjusted to the new routine so well. He is asleep by 7:30 and wakes up on his own around 6:30. He has a pep in his step when I pick him up from school and plays hard with Bennett until it's time for dinner/bath/bed. I had lunch with him at school yesterday and I enjoyed it so much. I loved seeing all of the kindergartners that I know and they were all so adorable and genuinely so excited to see me there. Everyone smiled so big and came up to me to say hi and we talked and talked. It was the sweetest. Campbell loved having me there but he cried when I left which was no surprise. We were both pretty certain it would happen but decided a few tears would be worth a fun lunch date.
I'm excited to go have lunch with him again soon. I just love that I can picture his day a little better now. I watched him playing on the playground before lunch. He couldn't see me and had no idea I was stalking him. I loved watching him play and seeing him at school. He looked happy and confident and it made me happy.
Labor Day Weekend is coming up at the perfect time because I am desperately in need of a long weekend. I'm literally doing nothing. Not one thing. And maybe I'll even get to sleep in if my internal clock will allow me the pleasure of doing so. Fingers crossed on that one.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wordless Wednesday