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Being a busy mom of three boys, I know firsthand how hard it can be to keep up with little kids. With each kid I’ve had, I’ve also gotten older — obvious, I know, but when you stop to think about what that means for your body, it is no wonder we have a hard time keeping up. One of the biggest struggles I’ve had is lower back pain. I attributed it to carrying around toddlers, lots of bending and lifting, and always being on my feet. But after trying lots of things to help (stretching and less lifting) and having the pain persist I started brainstorming other things that could help. What finally worked well for me might surprise you, because it wasn’t about my back at all. It was about my feet!
A doctor friend of mine suggested it might have to do with my shoes and the support (or lack of) that I was getting. So I started wearing only comfortable and supportive shoes. That helped a bit, but the pain still persisted. Comfortable sneakers weren’t quite enough, but I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel on youth and go head first into orthopedic footwear. Luckily I found a good compromise — support that I could wear with my cute and stylish shoes. The answer to my pain was Dr. Scholls® Custom Fit® Orthotics.
I’m not going to lie, at first I felt a little “old lady” about orthotic inserts. But I quickly realized that was just my hang-up. Everyone needs good foot support and shoes are not tailored to each person’s individual foot needs. So I finally headed to the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Kiosk at Walmart. It is located right next to the pharmacy at my local store.
It might seem a little intimidating at first, but using the kiosk is actually really simple and you are walked through the entire process. Dr. Scholl’s® experts in biomechanics developed the advanced FootMapping® technology used in the Custom Fit® kiosk. It uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length, and unique pressure points. In under 2 minutes, the kiosk evaluates all this data and recommends the Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts that are right for you. You just remove your shoes, place your feet on the feet in the kiosk, and follow the prompts. So simple. I learned that I have low arches (which I did not know!) and high foot pressure. Based on that, I was recommended the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics inserts that are right for me.
Since I started using them, I’ve noticed a big improvement in my lower back pain. They make every pair of shoes I use super comfy! They stay put inside my shoe, so the only reason I notice I’m wearing them is because they are so comfortable. And the best part is that you can remove them and use them in each pair of shoes you wear. They aren’t stuck inside one particular pair, which means you only need to buy one set. I’m so glad I got over my orthotics hang-up and tried Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics inserts. They got me through all of the corn mazes, autumn hikes, and trick-or-treating this fall!
Sweater weather is here! It is definitely my favorite time of year as far as style is concerned — not only because the fall and winter clothes and accessories are so cute but also because they are more forgiving of the momma bodies many of us have. Give me boots and sweaters over tanks and sandals any day. Since I moved and am experiencing a true fall and winter this year I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite style finds and how and when I wear them. First up, my favorite outfit for a day date, which also works for a date night.
Pretty much the second the weather cools I throw on a scarf. Remember when pashminas were a thing? I still have a million. Pretty much anything that you can wrap around your neck works and there are so many ways to tie them. This black and white one is the Wanderlust Shawl from Sseko Designs and is my current favorite this season. It is super versatile and goes with everything. I also love that their products give back (I’m a big fan of this brand, and you can read more about them here.)
When it comes to sweaters, I tend to go cardi or cowl neck. I also like them looong. I love the look of those cropped sweaters that are on trend right now, but they do not look good on me. I think those are best on long-legged ladies, which I am definitely not. Plus, if I’m wearing leggings or skinny jeans (which pretty much is every day) I like a top with length to hide the things that need hidden 😉 My favorite sweaters this season are from the A New Day line at Target. I’ve worn this cardi in both colors it comes in almost daily (it is so soft and has pockets!) and also have this cowl neck sweater (pictured) in rust and camel and love them.
A few more staple pieces: booties, black vegan leather leggings, and a black carry-all. I love that all three pieces can be worn day or night, can be dressed up or down, and instantly make an outfit look chic and pulled together. I’ve had those Rag and Bone booties for seven years. They were an investment, but I haven’t bought a pair of booties since, so I think they were well worth it — and they were on sale. I do love them and think they are classic and comfortable. You can find them here (this is the cheapest I’ve found them!) if you are looking for an investment piece.
Another investment piece I can’t speak high enough about are these black vegan leather leggings. They are comfortable, stylish, sexy, and make your booty look SO good. Basically they are magic leggings. I have worn them to lunch with a sweater or for a night out with a cute top and jacket. I have them in black but want them in more colors! They are also really flattering. My husband (who took these photos) asked me if I photoshopped myself. I swear I didn’t — it’s the leggings!
There are a few great leather totes out there, but mine (which happens to be my favorite) is the Aida Tote in Black, also from Sseko Designs. It holds my laptop, wallet, a little zipper bag with a couple of diapers and travel wipes just in case, and anything else I need for any outing. There is a zippered inside pocket, an open outside pocket, and a zipper to close the bag itself. It is really good quality, and as I mentioned before, all Sseko Design purchases give back. It is also reasonably priced for the genuine leather and high quality.
I realize a few of these are investment pieces but I don’t buy multiple pairs of boots or leggings/pants (aside from jeans) or bags each season. These go with me from year to year and then I add tops, sweaters, and accessories that are cheaper and on trend (I never spend much money for anything that I won’t be able to wear from year to year). These posts are meant to give you a good base for a fall/winter capsule wardrobe and doing more with less rather than buying a bunch of cheap pieces you’ll barely wear.
What are your favorite wardrobe pieces for fall and winter? Do you tend to stick with a capsule wardrobe, investing in a few classic pieces? Or do you like to change it up each year and buy more on-trend pieces? You can find each item pictured in this post sourced below, as well as a few other favorite staples. And those Target sweaters are currently 20% off, so get to shopping!
Photos taken by my husband in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.
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If you are already in the thick of the germy cold season like we are in our house, then today’s post is timely. I am currently trying to get everyone in my house well, and I thought I would share a few ways I try to keep my family healthy and boost our immune systems in case you are in the same boat. It had been so warm here that germ season snuck up on me and I hadn’t been preparing us as much as I should have. And now we all have colds and I’m suffering through a sinus infection. So here’s what I’m doing now and will be doing until germ season is gone, to help us battle the cold and virus season.
When someone in the family is coming down with something, I immediately start diffusing essential oils to help build up our immune systems. I’ve tried Thieves (there’s a much more affordable and highly reviewed version here as well but I’ve never tried it), OnGuard, and Defender. I prefer Thieves to OnGuard personally, but since I discovered Simply Earth oils, Defender has been my go-to and I’m loving it! I diffuse 5-7 drops of whatever immunity boosting blend I have on hand in the living room and at night in the bedrooms until everyone is well (I use the low end for little ones and a little more in my bedroom). I also make roller bottles with the oil and fractionated coconut oil and roll along the spine and on the bottoms of feet. I even starting rolling it on Charlie’s feet before I put his socks on in the morning and sent him to school. (see below for detailed instructions on how to make your own rollers).
A few other Essential Oils that are good for boosting the immune system: Oregano, Clove, Frankincense, Myrrh, Just be sure to dilute properly and oils like Oregano sparingly, as it is a “hot” oil and can be quite strong. Do your research and talk to your doctor.
If you need guidance on how to make Essential Oil Rollers, follow this tutorial:
What you need:
- Glass roll on bottles
- Essential oil of choice (for immunity boost rollers I use Defender, for sleep/relaxation I use Sleep, etc.)
- Fractionated coconut oil (different from culinary coconut oil)
How to make it:
- Remove the roll on top from your glass bottle.
- Add 15-20 drops of essential oil to your bottle.
- Top with fractionated coconut oil, filling the bottle halfway.
- Put roll on top back on, pressing down to ensure it clicks and is secure.
For a good reference on diluting essential oils safely, go here.
What Oils I Choose and Why
Without getting into a bunch of rumor or negative claims about any essential oil companies (it exists and can be found with a simple google search if you are interested) let me just say that there are a few things about a couple of essential oil brands that give me pause. I have tried and used some of their oils, however. But then I discovered Simply Earth, and I gave them a try and haven’t looked back. I love that their oils are 100% pure, farmed ethically and responsibly, distilled properly, 3rd party tested to ensure purity, and packaged and stored properly. Also, their oils are reasonably priced for the quality (much more afforable than those other brands I was talking about). The oils work great, smell great, and are packaged beautifully. And the company donates 13% of profits to fight human trafficking, which I think is fantastic and I am always happy to support with a purchase. I’m saying this only because I know I’m going to be asked what oils I use or why I choose these over other popular brands. I think you need to try oils out and do your research and choose what works best for you and what you feel good about. This is a company I feel good about. They also have a wonderful subscription box service that I love for discovering new uses and recipes for using essential oils, plus the value of what is in the box itself is much higher than the monthly subscription.
Probiotics have many health benefits and one is that they can help boost the immune system. By helping to keep your gut healthy and inflammation in check, they also help ensure that your immune system functions well. When your body is dealing with inflammation, it can be more susceptible to allergies, viruses, and infections. So taking a daily probiotic can help keep those things at bay. I give my kids this multivitamin that has probiotic included because they think it is candy and will happily gobble it up. We also eat greek yogurt, my kids love Kefir milk in the morning with breakfast.
Because we don’t get our typical levels of Vitamin D sun exposure in colder months, we all take a Vitamin D supplement (my pediatrician advised 1000 for my oldest son and 2000 for the adults). My husband and I take this supplement and the kids get theirs from their multivitamin. Vitamin D is important for many reasons, but a Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased autoimmunity and increased susceptibility to infection. I have an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto’s) and anxiety, so Vitamin D is key for me.
Some herbs have antibacterial and anti-viral properties and I try to incorporate some of them into our routine, either through the use of essential oils as I described above, or in the form of supplements. You can drink Turmeric Tea or add Elderberry Syrup to your breakfast. I give this Elderberry Syrup Supplement to my kids. You can even put oregano and garlic in your food more frequently to add anti-viral herbs to your diet.
I only recently started splurging on Manuka Honey after being on the fence about trying it for years. But after hearing and reading so many rave reviews and benefits, I finally decided to eat the cost and give it a try. I’m so glad I did. It really does have many health benefits and help ease coughs and colds. I found this one online that is actually highly rated (make sure you buy one that has a UMF rating), well reviewed, and more affordable.
As always, please consult your physician if you have any health issues and try this at your own risk. This post should not be used to diagnose a medical condition, or replace your health care provider. However, I do hope to inspire you to become healthier, more self-sufficient, and more aware of alternative options. I hope to aid you in your own personal research and study.
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Since I became a mother I’ve become very conscious of what is in the food and beverages we consume as a family, including things I eat myself. I try to stick to products with an ingredient list that I can pronounce, whole foods and all-natural things whenever possible, and I buy organic as much as I can. While it has always been easy for me to find organic produce, I’ve found it challenging to track down good organic options for beverages and snacks when I’m on the go. And as a busy mom of three, I don’t always have time to wash, prep, and pack fruit or veggies — I need easy beverages and snacks that I can just throw in my bag really quickly in the morning.
I have searched and searched for something that is easy to grab on the go but also delicious, organic, and just a tad sweet. I love Honest Tea® because it is real tea brewed with real ingredients and am a big fan of Simple Truth® snacks because they live up to their brand name. And since September was Organic Month I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our favorite organic options for when I’m on the go and need a quick drink or snack.
My favorite Honest Tea flavor is the Peach Tea, and my husband loves the Pomegranate Blue. We also are big fans of the Half Tea Half Lemonade flavor — so refreshing and a great option to grab and throw in the diaper bag or stroller to have a cool beverage for us when we’re taking the little ones to the park or out for a picnic. I also always have some of our favorite Simple Truth organic snack options for us, like the Cheddar Kangaroos and Animal Crackers, the Simple Truth organic yogurt raisins, or the Simple Truth Roasted Seaweed Snack. While I often find myself swiping a bag of animal crackers to eat myself, I also love having some Simple Truth Roasted Almonds on hand for a good snack option for me.
If you aren’t sure where to find Honest Tea or Simple Truth Organic Snacks, just head to your local Kroger (or Ralph’s for you West Coasters). Honest Tea can be found in the cold beverage refrigeration section of the store. My local Kroger has a whole “Live Naturally” section where I can find most of my favorite Simple Truth foods, but if you don’t have that you can find them in the general aisle for that food category (almonds and raisins in the dried fruit and nut aisle, for example). Want more amazing recipe, snack, and project inspiration? Check out this link!
What are your favorite ways to eat organic on the go?
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Our family loves books. Like, really LOVES them. I’ve been a “read under the covers until the middle of the night” kind of girl since I started reading chapter books as a kid (I give Nancy Drew and my mother all the credit). My husband is also a book lover, as well as a writer. We even gave our first born a middle name from one of his inspirations (Dashiell Hammett). So obviously when we started a family it was really important to us to teach our kids a love of reading as well. Books are our favorite gifts to give and receive, we read together as a family as part of our daily routine, and now our oldest son loves to write his own stories. Literacy is so very important to the growth, development, and confidence of our kids! Kellogg’s® recognizes that importance as well, which is why they are a proud sponsor of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
- Here are some tips for helping to instill a love of reading in your own kids:
- Start early! We started reading to our oldest son when he was a baby. We weren’t as disciplined about that with our second and third sons but we still read books regularly and often once they were around a year old.
- Incorporate books into your routine. If you do it everyday as part of your bedtime routine for example, then they will naturally gravitate towards reading on their own as well.
- Get them a library card and make regular trips to the library and let them choose a book (or a few!) themselves. They’ll look forward to reading what they chose and making future trips to the library.
- Buy books that kids love. If you need some recommendations, here are a few of our favorites:
- BOARD BOOKS:
- All of the Sandra Boynton books
- Hello, Bugs: This one is very visual with lots of graphic black and white patterns for baby’s vision. There’s an animal version too.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear: I don’t know what it is, but both of my boys freaking love this book as babies.
- Peek-A Who: This one is fun, and interactive. Calvin loves the mirror at the end of the book.
- In My Tree: This one has a puppet-like interaction that both of my boys loved.
- Charlie Monkey is our number one favorite – the funny animal faces always get lots of laughs and love.
- PICTURE BOOKS:
- Dragons Love Tacos , Dragons Love Tacos 2, & Secret Pizza Party: So silly and fun.
- The Pirates Next Door: Cute and teaches tolerance and empathy.
- Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School: teaches the beauty of being different.
- The Way Back Home: We love all of Oliver Jeffers’ books, but this one is a fave.
- I Want My Hat Back and We Found A Hat: author Jon Klassen is a favorite of mine and my kids too.
- Creepy Carrots: cute and fun.
- The Book With No Pictures: brilliant and loved by all kids.
- All of Dallas Clayton’s books: beautiful illustrations and messages.
- BOARD BOOKS:
The importance of literacy is clear when I look at the confidence and love of learning that my kids have. That is why Kellogg’s® is a proud sponsor of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Kellogg’s is committed to providing 3 billion Better Days through 2025 through initiatives that feed people and their potential. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating over 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for their high school equivalency, or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $140 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 9 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills. Isn’t that incredible? I also really enjoyed reading the real literacy “My Story” on the back of our Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® Cereal box — super inspiring! You can also find the campaign on Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®, Kellogg’s Frosted Bite-Size Mini-Wheats®, and Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®.
Go here to learn more about this literacy initiative and enter the #DGMyStory Sweepstakes with the hashtag #DGMyStoryEntry to share your own personal literacy story for a chance to win a $50 Dollar General gift card. How do you promote a love of reading in your own families?
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When you have multiple kids, the bath time and bedtime routine can be quite hard to manage, especially if you are doing it alone and without help. If you follow me here or on Instagram, you know that I recently moved across the country and my husband had to stay behind to finish up some work. So I’ve been doing the solo parenting thing for a couple months and really had to simplify things as much as possible to get all my kids to bed successfully and at a reasonable hour. One of the hardest tasks has always been the bath/book/bed routine. While my oldest has become very self-sufficient since we moved, I still have two toddlers to juggle on my own. Which is why anything that helps do two jobs at once has become a lifesaver for me.
I usually bathe the kids together, but sometimes I tandem bathe them one right after the other. Either way, they are using the same bath water (unless one was especially dirty or had a dreaded potty accident in the tub) and bath products. Calvin has sensitive skin and many products I’ve used in the past dry his skin out or cause him to break out in itchy bumps. Quincy, on the other hand, has perfect skin that requires no special products. That is why I love Johnson’s Baby Products. They follow Best for Baby standards and have no parabens, no phthalates, and are hypoallergenic. Safety is their #1 priority, and I love that since it is also my #1 priority for my own babies. They are safe enough to use on newborns but fun enough that you’ll use them well past the baby and toddler phase.
Thanks to those safety standards, I can use the same products on both Calvin and Quincy (and even though Charlie is a bit older he uses them too!) I especially love the Bedtime Bath Wash and Bedtime Lotion because their lavender scent is perfect to help calm my crazy boys before bed. Another favorite of mine is the No More Tangles Shampoo because it is gentle and cleansing but makes combing through Calvin’s usually tangly and knotted hair so much easier. The boys’ favorite product is Johnson’s Baby Bubble Bath. Instead of forcing them to take a bath, they ask me if they can have a bubble bath!
I also love the adorably designed packaging, which is available exclusively at Target. Look for it at a special aisle endcap in the baby section or you can click directly on my first image to purchase it online. But in case you’re anything like me (and I would bet that you are) Target is your happy place and you’ll be adding this to your in-person shopping list 🙂 You can also add it to your Target Baby Registry or buy it for someone expecting a baby because that packaging makes for such a cute gift and we all know you can never have enough bath stuff for baby, whether it is your first child or your third.
How do you juggle bath and bedtime with your kids, especially if you have more than one? Do you have any tried and true tricks or products that make your life easier?