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October 4, 2019

How to get Over Hand Foot and Mouth

You see that spot on her cheek? That’s one of them!

As a parent, having a sick child is the worst.
No matter the age, it breaks your heart into a million pieces and even more when nothing can be done about it.

Last December Bella got hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), and I would probably go ahead and say this is the worst sickness known to a healthy child.
Everything hurts, itches and eating normal food is not an option yet you are healthy and no medicine is prescribed.
Bella got it right in between Christmas and New Years and it was the worst for both her and us.

The thing with HFM is that no medicine is actually given. It’s one of those things where you just have to let it run its course, meanwhile, this disease gets worse before it gets better.

It appears as innocent spots and before you know your child is completely covered.
Now, there are cases where the child doesn’t even seem to bother by it and others where it gets very bad.
With Bella, it began with a fever, a fever that seemed to have no limit (104.9). We took her to the ER and after waiting 3 hours without seeing a doctor we took her to the next best thing, an Urgent Care clinic. Once the doctor saw her and spotted 3 red dots on her stomach she knew right off the bat.

*There is a misconception that these spots will only appear on the hand, feet, and mouth, going by it name, but in reality, they can show up anywhere on the body*

Within a few hours, she was completely covered and the worst part began. Her fever continued, the crying started and she began to feel very, very uncomfortable. The worst part was that every time we touched her it seemed to bother her more and more, yet she wanted to be carried and held tightly.

After 3 days the worst seemed to be behind us and Bella began acting normal, but her spots continued to appear and did so for about 4 more days. She was able to eat a little better and the itching stopped. Her spots started disappearing 2 weeks in and by 4 weeks they were completely gone, and to say I was relieved doesn’t come close to reality.

As the season of HFM circles back around we are taking every precaution possible to avoid it happening again, and I want to share with you how we are doing it and also a few tips that can help if your child already has it.

To prevent it is pretty simple, yet even more simple to catch.
– Wash hands after being in any public setting, especially splash pads and parks. Remember that germs reproduce in hot areas. This may be anywhere! Our daughter caught it from her cousins at my mom’s house.
– Use a lot of disinfectants. We carry a bottle of this in the car and always have Baby Ganics in our diaper bag. Bella loves this one as is a foam.

When your child has it:
– Ask your doctor for a prescription mix of Benadryl and Maalox.
This was our saving grace. This allowed Bella to sleep, eat and be a bit happier for a while. I was honestly afraid to give it to her since is does have Benadryl, but according to our doctor  (and the web of doctors, if you know what I mean), the amount of Benadryl is lower than the recommended dose going by your child’s’ age.
– Pick up at your local pharmacy (or you can always order it online here) Calamine Lotion and feel free to spread it as much as possible. This helped Bella with the healing, scarring, and ITCHING!
– This is the time to spoil them! Give them lots of TLC. Like I stated above, doctors don’t give medicine for this so only our love can make them feel better.
– To avoid any scratching we used cotton these PJs.
– Squeezy pops, Outshine fruit bars anything and everything cold.

Hope these tips help, but as always if you have any further questions feel free to email me!

 *This post contains some affiliate links. With a purchase from these links a small commission can be made, which helps keep this blog running. Thank you for your support*

 

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January 3, 2019

How to Make Toddler Meal time Easier

 

This post was sponsored by Yummy Spoonfuls as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

If you have a toddler you know how difficult meal time is, especially dinner time.

In our house, we have tried everything we no results. Bella refuses to eat anything and everything that doesn’t come in the form of milk. It was acceptable at 1 and a half but now at almost four, I’ve had enough. Some days are worse than others and those worse days are multiplied by the fact that I’m pregnant and now in my third trimester. So how have we solved it?

We haven’t, to be completely honest, but recently we found 3 ways to help us at through this time.

  1. Smoothies. I know it’s not the best option for everyone but I have given it a try a few times and it worked. She had all of it. The only con is not having a full sit down meal with the entire family.
  2. Hide everything in a sauce. Again not helpful in every meal but if I make spaghetti with lots of sauce or soup I can guarantee she’ll eat it. Con, not everything can be hidden in a sauce.
  3. Yummy Spoonfuls. Yummy Spoonfuls is an actual meal containing veggies and all. I love that’s organic and made by 2 moms who just like you and I that wanted better meals for their kids. They even have chicken nuggets which every parent knows is the gateway to any kid. I love reading the ingredients list and knowing everything inside the meals. Bella is getting use to it and slowly but surely getting to love them. She picks the nuggets over anything (Chicken Sweet Potato bites). They have high protein, not that she needs more energy, but it helps her with her muscle development.

Now, tell me what do you make for your kids?

If you are interested in learning more about  Yummy Spoonfuls, here is a bit more information about the company.

  • USDA Organic and Non-GMO
  • Provides a balanced meal specifically for toddlers
  • Clean Label Certified
  • Provides more than 65% daily required protein for growing toddlers
  • High protein content for strong muscle development – an essential for growing toddlers

You can find them at your local Walmart and as promised your Ibotta coupon.

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January 18, 2018

Life update!

Hey, guys happy Thursday!

Hope you all had a great week and cheers to Friday eves!! This week was a very short week for us as we were closed for two days in the week. Houston was frozen. Literally. A cold front took us on a wild ride freezing our roads and water pipes. Thankfully our home did not have any damage and we are safe.

Now to talk about something else than the weather.

Valentine’s day

I’m working on a few tutorials I can’t wait to share them with you.

Oils

starting next week I will be posting more about my love for oils! How they are changing our daily life and how they can change yours too! Stick tuned.

New Series

Super excited about this! We are starting a new series with a few friends and I can’t wait to share it. We will be talking about our precious little ones. The ones that made us moms and the ones that bring the gray hairs too.

 

Laundry room update

ugh.. It hasn’t happened! We bought a few baskets and some must haves but that it is.

 

 

That aside this weekend we are celebrating our 9 years, so all is well with the world!!

How was your week?!

 

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November 11, 2017

Dressing Our Princess this Holiday Season

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

This last year Bella has really shown us her beautiful personality. She wants to be a doctor who dresses like a princess, don’t ask me, but its the cutest thing ever. Which means we have a walking, talking and running princess who loves all things pink and girly. She only wants to wear tutus, dresses and if it was up to her, she would have her church shoes on all day, every day.

As a mom, I have to confess, dressing her has been a bit difficult these last few weeks. This is something I really never imagined would happen. I have been the mom who overthinks everything and buys many of her clothes ahead of time. Little did I know that I would be faced with a threenager who doesn’t always love what I pick out for her.  So I was happy to partner with Carters and had a blast shopping at their store.

I was able to let her choose two of the outfits we bought and didn’t feel like we were walking out with only pink gear. Their clothes are cozy, durable, and best of all they have such a variety to choose from.

We, of course, had to have all the tutu looking skirts in their Holiday Line to dance around while GOOGLE plays Christmas music and the temperatures get cooler. The pajamas also needed to have a tutu and she even wears it during the day. Real life here! I seriously tell you, this stage is difficult but it’s my favorite so far!

Now, let’s talk about the awesome deals!

Every year Carters has amazing deals on Black Friday and this year will do it justice, and you my friend, get the scoop before anyone else.

  • Black Friday Deals starts November 17. Yes, next week. you ready?!
  • Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh are giving away over $700,000 in Dash Cash to the first 100 people to visit their local Carter’s or OshKosh B’gosh store for the Dash In to Win Sweepstakes. Please tell me you’ll join me there!
  • I love any program that gives back and Carter’s believes that every child deserves a good night so they are partnering with Pajama Program, an organization that provides children new pajamas from November 1st – December 31st. All you have to do is donate a pair of new pajamas in store or make a monetary donation at check out (instore or online). Carter’s will match up to 100,000 pairs of pajamas. Your local community benefits directly from your support. Giving back!

But, it doesn’t end there! You can start shopping today their Mega Sale, and here is a coupon to make their deals even sweeter.

Take 20% off your purchase of $40 or more in store or online through 12/31/17. Some exclusions apply: www.carters.com/couponpolicy

In-store code: 07071

Online code: CART4198

 

Let’s get this Holiday Season started!

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October 16, 2017

5 Tips for Taming Toddler Tantrums

 

 

Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve said it many times and gosh as time passes I seem to get worse at it, or does my child get worse? Just kidding is a mix. Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you will ever do!

In most things in life with practice you get better but in parenting is different, every child is different and every stage is different.

Before having Bella I read my share of parenting books, I understood it all, or so I thought and was ready to put it in practice when she was born.  was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child is hard-headed, though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

And then, I was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child as hard-headed as they come. Though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

But if she is “strong-willed”  I’m even worse so it brings out a very ugly side of me which I had to learn to keep in check.

I had to learn that she is only 2, she may act, talk and walk like a teen but she is only 2 years old and there are ways to handle her tantrums without it becoming a battlefield.

I will share a few things that have worked for us but remember every child is different so what worked for me may not work for you.

Learning to deal with a tantrum

  1. First I prayed and prayed a lot. I had to understand I make mistakes and that I had to change first! I also had to realize that I caused more chaos to her chaotic 2 minutes by screaming or telling her she was going to go to time out rather than being the calm in the storm.
  2. Give them time. I’m not going to tell you to count to 10 because that definitely doesn’t work, at least for me. During the tantrum I ignore it, I gently ask her to stop and if she refuses to listen and ignores it I just let it happen. This is her time. Just like we need 5 minutes every once in a while, this is theirs.
  3. Let them explain, if possible. Remember they cant use words to describe what they are feeling. Bella has been talking for a while and will usually be able to tell me what’s going on, so after her “little session” I ask her to use her words to tell me what she wants or doesn’t want.
  4. Do follow through. This has been the biggest changer for us. If I warned her with a timeout and she didn’t do what I asked, after the crying stops and grab her, sit her in time and tell her why.
  5. Lastly, don’t talk too much. Why? Usually, before actually sitting her in time out I would tell her what she should have done and go on and on (and on) about how I wish she had acted (well hello, she is only two) and ended up distracting her from the actual incident.

I hope these tips will help you or at least give you a good belly laugh as I may be doing it all wrong, but this is what has helped us thus far. You can find more tips and how to apply them to your family by signing up to Boys Town email series. Boys Town (also for girls) believes that every family belongs together and every community deserves to thrive so they have created an email series just for you. These series will help you apply their teachings to your situation with tools and tips.