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The holiday season is nearly here and as much as I love it and all of the fun it brings, I am not a fan of the germs. Holiday gatherings with family (some of whom inevitably show up sick), cold weather, dry heat, the stress of the holiday season — it is all enough to make you sick. Literally. This is our first fall/winter living in a new state with true seasons, which will mean exposure to new germs, colder temperatures, and probably more frequent sickness (we’ve already been sick a couple of times). So I’m preparing for the holiday season ahead of time this year and I thought I would share a bit about how I do that here in case it helps you prepare for the same. Consider it an early holiday gift 🙂
How I prepare to have a healthy holiday season:
- Take preventative measures:
The first way I prepare for germ season is by trying to protect us from sickness and building up our immune systems. People have different favorite ways to do this, but I’m a believer in a combination of both traditional and holistic methods. I get a flu shot. I diffuse essential oils. We take probiotics. We try to get enough rest. We wash our hands. All of these things help our immune systems to be strong and ready to fight off any germs that come our way (hopefully).
- Stock up on supplies:
Nothing is worse than coming down with a virus and not having the supplies you need to feel better on hand. Especially when it is you, the mom and caretaker, that is sick. Because you definitely don’t feel like heading out to the store for supplies once you’ve already gotten sick, especially if you have to take your kids with you, and you probably can’t rely on someone else getting the supplies you want for you. In an effort to avoid that miserable situation, I stock up at the start of fall so that my medicine cabinet is ready. Here are some of my favorites to have on hand:
1. TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night: This is my go-to for cough, congestion, sore throat, aches, and fever. I love that there is treatment for both daytime or nighttime, so I don’t get drowsy during the day but I can sleep better at night.
2. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes: I should own stock in these wipes, that is how much I love and use them. No need for a spray — just pull one out and wipe! They kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, including viruses* and bacteria like Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, Strep. I put a pack of them in each bathroom and kitchen cabinet in my house, plus one just stays on my kitchen counter all winter long.
3. Abreva: If you get cold sores, the holiday season is sure to cause a flare up. For me, stress and exhaustion are my biggest triggers. I always have Abreva on hand because it helps to heal them and delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore (when you feel the tingle on your lip — if you get them, you know.) It is the only cold sore treatment FDA approved to shorten healing time and the duration of pain, itching, burning, and tingling (sometimes as quickly as 2 1/2 days when applied at the first sign)***.
4. Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu: Flu shots are an area people are still divided. Many are firm believers and others prefer not to get one. Even I do get a flu shot (and have since I was in law school in Chicago 15 years ago) there is a chance you can still get the flu, so having Theraflu on hand is a must. It is great for helping to defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast, like sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, and body aches.
If you want to find any of these products for yourself, I found mine at my local Kroger store. The Clorox wipes are in the household cleaning aisle. The Tylenol and Theraflu products are found in the cold and flu/pain relief aisle near the pharmacy (right next to each other!) The Abreva is located right next to other lip soothers and balms same aisle.
- Put all of your supplies in a designated area, so you can find them when you need them. If you don’t have a hall closet or bathroom cabinet where you can store supplies (out of the reach of kiddos, of course) then consider making a “sick basket” with all of your supplies and keep it somewhere you can find it all when needed.
- As family members to consider staying home or rescheduling holiday events if they are sick (easier said than done, I know) and stay home yourself if you are the one with the germs.
Disclosure: Abreva – Use only as directed. Read and follow label directions. Clorox – Use as directed on hard non-porous surfaces. Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL® – ® Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.
*Influenza A Virus **On hard, non-porous surfaces. See product label for list of organisms
***Median healing time is 4.1 days, 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.
Holiday jammies are a tradition in our house, and were a tradition for me growing up as well. It is the only time of year we can get all of our kids (and our spouses!) to dress alike without eye rolls — because everyone loves Christmas pjs 🙂 And if you celebrate a different holiday, you can still get in on the cuteness by choosing a winter pattern or matching grey or blue stripes. The only thing I don’t love about holiday pajamas are that they can be pretty pricey. My kids do wear them beyond the holiday, but since they grow out of things so fast, While my absolute favorite pajamas are from this brand, some families can’t spend that much on pajamas, or aren’t looking for long lasting quality so much as just wearing them a couple of times and are looking for a more budget-friendly option. In case you’re in the same boat I thought I would round up some of my favorite affordable matching holiday pajamas for the whole family.
- Black & White winter fair isle pajamas.
- Red & white candy stripe pajamas.
- Christmas lights pajamas.
- Christmas stripe pajamas.
- Snowflake pajamas.
- Family plaid pajamas.
- Elf stripe pajamas.
- Christmas tree pajamas.
And just because I can’t handle how much they’ve grown, here are the boys in their matching jammies from last year. You can find more of my boys in their matching pjs last here in this post and buy some yourself here. These are the best quality and fit pajamas I’ve found, although I do size up for my boys who are bigger than average.
Does your family do the matching jammies thing? Where are your favorites from? And what other family traditions do you love? You can find more of our family traditions in this post and also by following the #fredrickfamilyxmas feed on Instagram.
I don’t often dedicate a full post to one product or discovery, but this one has been such a huge hit and I’ve received SO many questions about it via email and Instagram messages that I feel like it deserves its own post. If you only buy your family one thing this year, it should be a Nugget.
If you aren’t already familiar with the magic that is the Nugget and are thinking “what the heck is a nugget?” then this post is your answer. It is part furniture, part playground, easily portable and washable, safe and comfy, and basically the perfect product for my family. And while it might seem like a gift for your kids (and it is, mine are obsessed!) it is also a gift for YOU. Because once you bring a Nugget into your home, you won’t hear yourself saying things like “stop jumping on the couch! That’s not a toy! No climbing on the furniture!” The Nugget is meant to be jumped and climbed on, but it is also a kid-friendly, comfy, and washable place to sit, sleep, cuddle, read, and relax.
My kids are known to read on it one minute and then drag it into different formations to play. They create castles, perform puppet shows, and build jump ramps, tunnels and slides. It gives them a place to play and focus their energy indoors, which is a lifesaver when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play. And as a mom of three little boys, I can’t tell you how much this has saved my sanity! My boys no longer destroy my white sofa. They don’t rough house in the living room. They aren’t bouncing off the walls. And they haven’t been bored, because there is always a new idea or creation we can make with our Nugget. The possibilities are endless.
They climb mountains. They slide. They tunnel. They hide. They perform. They fly. They let their imaginations go wild and have fun. My oldest even turned it into a Haunted House for his little brothers around Halloween. He performs puppet shows for them. They all are able to work on their gross motor skills and balance without even realizing it.
Many have asked what room we have it in. We recently moved into a new home, so right now the nugget mostly lives in the front room (which would be considered a living room) because we have no furniture in there yet and the kids love to play on it. Sometimes we bring it into the family room and the kids watch tv on it while my husband and I get the couch. When my oldest son was sick and didn’t want to sleep on his top bunk, we moved it to his room and he slept on it all night (and loved it!). It fits a twin sheet perfectly, so it will be great for sleepovers down the road too. Eventually, it will go down in our basement for movie and game watching and play and I’d like to get a second one to go in the “living room” which we will be turning into a family library. Since we got this one they have released new colors and I’m dying for a grey one with the matching zipper for a more styled space, while our current one in the vibrant blue fits perfectly into a more fun and relaxed room.
Side note: we also love that Ruggish play rug, which is a stylish design on one side, and flips over to be a modern and fun road design on the other. My kids love playing on it and laying on it, and I love that I can flip it over when they are done and make the room look more like a grown up space.
We’ve had ours for almost two months and it is in just as good of shape as day 1. The pillows hold up to all of the jumping and climbing and sitting. I haven’t had to wash it yet, although the covers do unzip and are machine washable. Not a day has gone by that we haven’t used it since we got it, which to me is the best sign of a must-have product. If you have questions or want to learn more, follow Nugget on Instagram, where they answer lots of FAQs!
Last but not least, if you were hoping for a Black Friday deal, you’re in luck! On Black Friday they’ll be doing two things:
1) Bringing back old Nuggets at $209.
2) Sharing a $10-off code while supplies last for all Nuggets on the site.
New Nuggets (the new color releases with matching zippers) will bump down from $229 to $219 with the code. Our Nuggets (the older colors with white zippers) will bump down from $209 to $199 with the code. The code will be released on Nugget’s Instagram feed and it’ll be an as-supplies-last deal. Nuggets go fast, so be sure to follow them for the code. And as always, they have free shipping to the lower 48 states and offer multi-pack discounts ($25 off each additional Nugget in your cart automatically)!
So that’s why we love our Nugget in a nutshell. We hope to add to our Nugget family in 2018 and I’ll be sure to share more on my instagram feed as well, so follow along there to see all the ways my boys love to use it. You can also see past posts on IG under the #thefredrickboysandtheirnugget feed.
Do you have a Nugget already or is one on your Holiday wish list this year?
PS- if you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, click here to see all of my Black Friday deals round-up. And you can find my entire Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 on Pinterest. I’ll be adding more until Christmas!
This post is not sponsored, but Nugget did provide us with a Nugget to try. All opinions are my own. Our Nugget love is real.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Breathe Right, DIAL®, Halls, Kleenex, Theraflu and TYLENOL®. All opinions are mine alone. #HappilyStocked #CollectiveBias
Fall is by far my favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, trick or treating, pumpkin patches and corn mazes: there is so much to love. But fall also brings the dreaded germ season, and when you have little kids that is the most dreaded season of all. This is our first fall/winter living in a new state with true seasons, which will mean exposure to new germs, colder temperatures, and probably more frequent sickness. So I’m preparing for germ season ahead of time this year and I thought I would share a bit about how I do that here in case it helps you prepare for the same. Because when it comes to germs and preventing their spread, we’re all in this together right?Read More
#advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls
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!Read More
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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