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.
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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?
How I prepare for germ 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:
- 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.
- Breathe Right Nasal Strips: I hate not being able to breathe when I’m trying to sleep. These strips provide relief for congestion due to colds, allergies, or a deviated septum and reduce snoring caused by nighttime nasal congestion (something that my husband says I do but I’m still in denial about). I love that these are drug and medication free, so they are safe to use with other medication and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Halls Cough Drops: I’ve used these my whole life and they always do the trick when it comes to soothing a sore and scratchy throat and helping to relieve a cough. I’m pretty sure these are on my bedside table all winter long, just in case.
- 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.
- Kleenex Anti-viral Facial Tissues: We go through a lot of boxes of Kleenex during cold season and I’m never without them in our home. They are soft and a great value. Plus Kleenex stepped up it’s germ prevention game with their Anti-viral line, which kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue.
- Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash: I prefer foaming hand soaps, especially for use with my kids. Dial hand soap leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft while killing 99% of germs. We keep a bottle at every sink in the house and make sure we wash our hands frequently and teach our kids that is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
If you want to find any of these products for yourself, I found mine at my local Kroger store. The Dial is in the hand soap aisle and the Kleenex is located in the facial tissue area. The Tylenol and Theraflu products are found in the cold and flu/pain relief aisle near the pharmacy. The Breathe Right strips and Halls drops were located right next to each other in the 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.
This post should not be used for medical advice. Please consult a doctor prior to taking any medication.
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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?