5 Tips For Staying Healthy This Fall

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

It’s that time of the year! The weather’s getting colder and kids everywhere are starting to catch colds and other bugs. It’s the time of the year that my year’s always get sick. But there are some things that you can do to help prevent the kids from catching whatever’s going around. I’ve got five tips for staying healthy this fall.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy This Fall

It's that time of the year: the time everybody gets sick. I'm sharing tips for staying healthy this fall that you can start doing with your family today!

Beware of the Playground

Not just the park, but any place the kids play. I read somewhere that jungle gyms are more germ-infested than public bathrooms. Blech! While yucky to think about, it makes sense; bathrooms are cleaned regularly but playground equipment is never cleaned.

Teach your children not to touch their mouths, noses, or eyes at the playground or anywhere they’re playing on play structures. Easier said than done, I know. Before leaving the park, make sure to use antibacterial hand gel on everybody’s hands and wash them thoroughly when you get home.

And on that note…

Teach Your Kids How To Cough and Sneeze

Teach your kids to sneeze and cough into the crook of their arm instead of just coughing or sneezing into the hands or the air. If your kids have runny noses, use tissues (or our favorite, Boogie Wipes) to clean up and then wash hands.

Wash Your Hands. A lot. And Don’t Touch Anything (only kind of kidding)

When you go to any store where there are shopping carts, make sure to clean the shopping cart handles with disinfectant wipes before you touch them. This is also true for anything you touch in  other public places: the gas handle when pumping gas, opening doors, money…just about everything you touch is fair game. Now you can’t run around with wipes or wearing gloves everywhere, but once you are back in the car you can use wipes or antibacterial gel to clean your hands. And when you get home, wash them really good!

A Note For You Moms With Little Ones: If you use a fabric shopping-cart cover to protect your child from touching shopping carts, know that germs can survive longer in fabric than on the cart’s plastic handle. Make sure to wash the cover regularly. 

It's that time of the year: the time everybody gets sick. I'm sharing tips for staying healthy this fall that you can start doing with your family today!

It grosses me out to think that the kids are at school touching EVERYTHING like door knobs and  playing on the playground, coughing and wiping their noses. Then they head to lunch and eat with dirty hands. So I pack Wet Ones Singles in the kids’ lunch boxes so they can clean off of their hands quickly before they start eating.

Avoid Sickos

If you know somebody is sick, try to avoid being around them. Impossible for the kids at school, but you gotta do what you can at home. And remember, people are most contagious when they are running a fever. So if your little one has a fever, try to keep him or her away from other kids.

And because avoiding the sickos is nearly impossible…

Boost Your Immune System

Boosting your immune system will definitely help fight off any nasty germs and viruses floating around. And it’s easy to do!

Drinking plenty of  water is a simple way to help keep you healthy. Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat will definitely help, too. Eating foods that are in season can help save you money on your grocery bill too!

Another powerful way to boost your immune system and keep strong is to get some exercise. Get the family out for a walk or a bike ride. Exercise doesn’t have to be structured – schedule a play date for your kids with friends and let them play outside.

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Everybody always mentions taking Vitamin C to boost your immune system. I don’t know if it’s a proven fact or not, but Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and also helps iron get absorbed in the body. It helps support your immune system.† So I picked up someNature Made® Chewable Vitamin C tablets at Walmart to take along with my daily multi-vitamin. These aren’t for the kids: my kids take Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® multivitamins.

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It's that time of the year: the time everybody gets sick. I'm sharing tips for staying healthy this fall that you can start doing with your family today!

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It’ll make your gut feel better, naturally. Probiotics can help relieve occasional gas, bloating, constipation, and irregularity. So if you’re feeling sluggish, you might want to try a probiotic. A healthy gut will really make you feel better!

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Eat Healthy and Don’t Forget To Take Your Vitamins!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Over the summer, I decided I was tired of being tired, feeling terrible, and eating terribly. So I started Weight Watchers and so far I’ve lost 15 pounds! Making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle sounds easy, but putting it into practice on a daily basis for, well, the rest of my life has proven to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be.

Our busy schedules also interfere with all of my efforts and good intentions to eat a more balanced, healthier diet. But it’s working. There’s not as many sugary snacks or processed foods in the house, and the kids are learning that fruit does indeed qualify as a sweet snack…especially with a bit of peanut butter. We’ve all started walking everyday; the kids are in the 100 Mile Club at school and also walk in the evenings with me several times a week.

Because health and exercise are becoming priorities for all of us, I thought it would be a good time for everybody to start talking a multivitamin. So we headed to Target to see what would be the best choice for the kids and for Jason and I. Turns out, Nature Made® vitamins fit the bill for all of us.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need. Pick yours up at Target today!

We settled on the Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® multivitamin and fiber vitamins for the kids. My kids are picky about vitamins – they don’t like the hard, chalky ones or any vitamins that taste like vitamins. These are great because they are easy-to-chew, yummy tasting gummies.

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They come in 3 all- natural fruit flavors like Orange, Cherry & Mixed Berry. I like that the colors are derived from natural sources, so no synthetic dyes. They also do not contain any preservatives or yeast and are gluten free.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

Now as healthy as I try to make sure the kids eat, they still like junk food and would prefer candy over a plate of broccoli. I know they probably don’t get all the nutrition that they need each day, so the KIDS FIRST® multivitamin really helps ensure they’re getting the important vitamins they need like vitamins A, C, D, E, and B as well as minerals like iodine and zinc.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

The KIDS FIRST® fiber gummies provide a good source of fiber for the kids’ diet, which helps support healthy digestion†. Fruits, veggies, legumes (beans), whole grain and cereals are great options…and while the kids do eat those things each day, I’m still not sure that they’re eating enough fiber. And just like with the multivitamin, these gummies are gluten free, contain only all natural flavors and colors, and contain no preservatives or yeast.

Even if your family eats healthy, they still may not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need. Take Nature Made gummies to ensure they are getting what they need!

The Adult Gummies are good! Jason and I take the Fiber gummies, and like the  KIDS FIRST® gummies, these also come in all natural flavors with fruit flavors like mango, peach and strawberry. Not sure if Adult Gummies really work as well as other adult fiber and multivitamins? Give them a try. Nature Made® is so sure you’ll love the taste that they guarantee it with their “Love Them or They’re Free” gummy guarantee. Check it out! It says so right on the band when you buy a bottle of them.

Now that I’ve talked about trying to feed the kids delicious, healthy foods, let me say it’s been a challenge and they’ve fought me almost every step of the way! Here are a few healthy snack recipes they all have given thumbs up to.

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They love these Caprese Bites, and ask for them at least once a week. They’re so simple to make that I can’t say no when Lila asks if she can make them!

568de16c-3c5f-11e5-9acb-22000af93a2d Mia’s a fan of this Tropical Fruity Yogurt, and likes to change up the fruit we put in it.

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By far, Ethan’s favorite healthy snack is Crispy Kale Chips. He will eat an entire bag of kale when I make it this way!

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And all of us agree that these Peanut Butter Apple Slices make a great dessert. And if you’re doing Weight Watchers like I am, this dessert is only 5 sp!

Head over to Target now to get Nature Made® vitamins and supplements for your family. You’ll be glad you did, and everyone will love how delicious they are!

How do you ensure your kids are getting the vitamins and nutrition that they need each day?

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Dramamine for Kids Really Works!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

We are back from Hawaii! We had an amazing trip, and we can’t wait to go back. We ate delicious food (mom and dad even enjoyed some local adult beverages like a Lava Flow and Kona Brewing Company beers), we swam in beautiful warm waters, and drove through the gorgeous windy roads from Kona through Waimea and to the other side of the island to hike to incredible waterfalls.

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Akaka Falls, The Big Island of Hawaii

It was our first “big” family trip, and it’s one we will never forget. The kids had a blast, Jason and I had a blast, and we are all wondering when we can go back.

Remember I mentioned I was worried that the kids or I might get some motion sickness? Mia and I both seem to be affected by it, and so I dreaded the possibility. We had plans for a trip to the other side of the island (and those roads are windy.) That’s when Mia normally gets sick, in the car. So I was worried that the other two might as well.

We also had a trip to take a boat out a few miles off shore to snorkel with dolphins. We went out early morning – when the dolphins come in from feeding all night – and hoped to catch them in their resting spot for the day. I was concerned about Mia being on a boat since she gets sick in the car. She was also concerned that she might get sick and told me that her tummy hurt from the car ride. So before we headed out on the boat, I gave all of the kids Dramamine® for Kids in the hopes of staving off any potential sick issues and having to help her puke over the side of the boat!

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

There are other over the counter medicines out there, but we choose Dramamine® because it’s the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for treating and preventing motion sickness. I like the ability to be proactive and give it to the kids before, but if they start experiencing motion sickness when we aren’t expecting it, I can still give it to them if they get it and it helps mellow out the symptoms.

Dramamine® for Kids is the only medicated motion sickness relief product just for children ages 2-12. Since I have three in that age range, it’s perfect for our family. Just like the adult Dramamine®, it can treat symptoms of motion sickness on the spot, or you can use it before an outing to prevent nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness. One of my favorite things about Dramamine® for Kids is the convenient travel case that it comes in that I can just toss in my purse or bag. Each tablet is a precise dose (no measuring needed) and the kids said that the grape flavor was really good…no complaints about taking yucky medicine!

And we got to see, hear, and swim with the dolphins! Bear with the terrible underwater pictures; they were taken with a $13 underwater camera and dolphins move FAST!

Mia didn’t want her picture taken underwater, but you can see her watching the spinner dolphins as they spin out of the water. They put on quite a show! The first (blurry) dolphin picture shows a dolphin who thought it was fun to zip past me – look how close we were! The bottom picture was of a mom and her baby. The baby was doing all kinds of spins in and out of the water. As a scuba diver who has often heard dolphins while diving but never got to see them, this was a really special experience for me. And it was made more special because the kids got to be a part of it as well.

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Now that we are home and out of vacation mode, I still keep Dramamine® for Kids in my purse for those “just in case” moments we decide to take another adventure! The L.A. Fair is here…I’m sure we’d all need some Dramamine® for all of the roller coasters and fast rides!

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We were so happy with how well that Dramamine® for Kids worked, that Mia and I have given it the Mommy of a Monster stamp of approval!

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Pedialyte Uses For When They Aren’t Sick

Disclosure:I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Pedialyte. If you have kids, chances are you know what it is and why every mom has it in her Super Mom belt. Moms love it because its the #1 pediatrician-recommended oral electrolyte solution AND the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for hydration. Moms also love it because it works. Kids love it because it tastes good.

When the kids are sick, I always grab some Pedialyte because it has the balance of sugar and sodium to prevent dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea in children (and adults.) I know when we were kids that my mom always got us a citrusy soda to help our tummies, but things like sports drinks, juice, and soda are too high in sugar and too low in sodium, which is an important electrolyte lost due to diarrhea and vomiting.

Pedialyte Uses For When They Aren’t Sick

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Did you know that there are lots of other times that Pedialyte can come in handy, too! You may have never thought about it, but Pedialyte fights dehydration not only when they’re sick, but also after exercise, too much heat or time outside, and when you’re traveling.

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Living in So Cal, we spend a lot of time outdoors. And in the summer, it gets HOT! We spend time at the pool, in Palm Springs, on the river in Parker, AZ, and the kids play outside in their bathing suits all summer long. One way to keep them hydrated throughout the day is with Pedialyte.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Pedialyte isn’t just sold in 1 liter bottles – it’s also available in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

When we are at home and they’re out playing, they like the Freezer Pops. When we go to the river where we spend all day on the boat, I always bring the powder packs which can easily be added to cold water.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

If you’re a new mom or not sure where to find Pedialyte, you’ll always find it in the baby section at Walmart. You can’t miss it; just look for the rainbow of colors!

Want to save $2 on Pedialyte? Stock up now and get $2.00 off any 2 one-liter bottles!

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

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Top 3 Tips To Help You Conceive

Are you trying to conceive? If so, you may be experiencing many feelings. Feelings like excitement, anxiousness, wonder, and joy. Or maybe you’ve been at it for awhile and your experiencing other feelings like frustration, hopelessness, fear (what if it never happens?), or anger. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of those feelings at once! I’ve been there and done that. I know how much work and effort sometimes goes in to trying to conceive, especially if you have been trying for months. But I’ve got 3 tips to help you conceive!

There are a lot of things you can do to get pregnant, believe me, I’ve tried lots of crazy things while trying to get pregnant! And if you talk about it with anybody, you’ll have lots of advice thrown at you: just relax and it will happen, only “do it” in the missionary position, don’t think about it and it will happen. You’ll also have people say things like Oh I just thought about sex and I ended up pregnant! Those are the people you’ll want to punch! But seriously, don’t listen to or think about all of that advice from those types of people. The advice won’t help and the people will drive you crazy. But there are also some easy ways that you can improve your chances of conceiving.

Top 3 Tips To Help You Conceive

Are you trying to get pregnant? I'm sharing my top 3 tips to help you conceive, as well as over the counter products that can help make the process easier.

Understand and Track Your Cycle (and Know When You’re Ovulating) – If you’re like me and it doesn’t “just happen” after the first few months, you’ll need to make sure to track – and understand – your cycle. This is the most important tip anybody should give you!

There are a lot of menstrual cycle tracking apps out there that make it easy to track. This article makes it easy to understand your menstrual cycle and what’s going on througout it.

Knowing when you’re ovulating can get tricky. There are some signs, like the mucus in your vagina may get from slippery or you may feel some cramping. But you may have no idea when you’re ovulating. If that’s the case, you’ll need to consider using (and I highly recommend it) an ovulation kit to help you determine your most fertile days.

Have Sex – Duh, right? But what I mean is that you have to be having sex at the right time, during your most fertile time of the month. And no, position really has nothing to do with it so just have sex and have fun. Don’t stress yourself out about position and what you should or shouldn’t do. Just enjoy it and don’t be thinking “baby” the whole time.

There are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant at this time, like using like Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive.

Are you trying to get pregnant? I'm sharing my top 3 tips to help you conceive, as well as over the counter products that can help make the process easier.

Astroglide TTC™ supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body’s cervical mucus. It also contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, the main source of energy for sperm. This is something that you can now buy over-the-counter, but when we were trying, I had to get a similar product from my doctor!

And while you may be thinking this is just a lubricant, it’s more than that. When trying to conceive, it’s vital to provide an environment where sperm has a chance of survival. Environmental conditions are affected by (among other things)  pH levels and the consistency of your egg white cervical mucus. Astroglide TTC™ gives sperm a better chance of survival compared to other lubricants and helps create the perfect environment in your body, which increases the chance of conception.

Relax – No, I don’t mean just relax and it will happen! After sex, don’t just hop up and jump in the shower or head to the bathroom…all your hard work may be wasted, literally! Web MD advises: “It’s good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don’t need your feet in the air…your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air…don’t go the bathroom during this time either, by waiting 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.”

And by relax I also mean de-stress, but not just in the bedroom. De-stress your life! Stress can affect your ability to conceive, so chill like a cucumber, girl! My friend Heather from It’s A Lovely Life blog has 25 easy ways to help you de-stress today. I use most of them!

What are your top tips be for those trying to conceive?

Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine