The Natural Ways I Prevent & Fight Sinus Infections

I’ve suffered from allergies for as long as I can remember, and where allergies go, sinus infections seem to follow. I used to get one bad sinus infection per year. But then, in my late twenties, that number sky rocketed. I was going to the doctor and prescribed heavy doses of antibiotics every three months. I was absolutely miserable for 2-3 weeks, four times a year. What a nightmare! I hated being sick, yes, but I also hated being on the antibiotics. What’s more, I was so frustrated that we kept fighting the symptoms, not the problem. I wanted to prevent the sinus infections all together!

I can’t tell you the many, many hours I’ve spent researching this subject. I’m no expert by any means, I’m just a girl, sitting in front of a lap top, asking Google to help her not get so sick.

I’ve tried so many different things, but finally, I think I’m on to something that really works to prevent and fight sinus infections, 100% naturally.  I did get very sick when I was pregnant with Bea with one doozy of a sinus infection, but that is an anomaly because in pregnancy, all bets are off. Your body throws you to the proverbial wolves in an effort to protect your baby, so when you get sick, you get really sick. But even then, that was eight months ago. EIGHT!

Based on the rate I was going, I should have had 2-3 sinus infections between then and now, but I haven’t had a single one. I’ve struggled with allergy symptoms, sure, I’ve felt the beginnings of an infection, absolutely, but I’ve fought it off with my new all natural routine, keeping myself out of the doctor’s office, off an antibiotic, and feeling so much better. Seriously. I can’t even tell you how much better I feel. It’s like I’m a new person. Continue reading “The Natural Ways I Prevent & Fight Sinus Infections”

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Bath, Body, & Baby Products

Last week, I made a bunch of all natural, DIY bath, body, and beauty products. I did quite a bit of research to find recipes that had ingredients that were simple, inexpensive, and could be used interchangeably. I had so much fun with this project. I love the idea that they are simple, good for our bodies, and that I can make them myself! Today, I’ll be sharing the recipes for:

I love soaking in the tub and take a bath about once a week. In the past, I’ve always soaked in a combination of epsom salts, oils, and an all natural bath bomb or clay mix. But there’s one thing those don’t offer: bubbles. It is really difficult to purchase an all natural bubble bath. In fact, I’m yet to find one that doesn’t have a fragrance, a synthetic color, or some life-preserving chemical in it. There might have been a time where I would have sacrificed natural ingredients for a good bubble bath, but now, I’ve got a new tub buddy and it’s just too important to me that I give her body natural goodness whenever I can.  Continue reading “Easy and Inexpensive DIY Bath, Body, & Baby Products”

Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own

Kombucha. The fizzy, fermented, good-for-you drink that’s fun to make and even more fun to drink. It looks like a crazy science experiment or like an extra from that old sci-fi movie, The Blob. But kombucha is SO good for you, and so easy to make. I’m on my third round of bucha brewin, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the process and how you can brew your own kombucha. Continue reading “Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own”

My Top 5 Healthful Habits (That Make Me Feel Less Guilty About My 5 Unhealthy Habits)

This is a post I wrote two years ago, but I thought would be fun to share again (with updated photos :-).). Enjoy!

I know what you are thinking. “Healthful? Isn’t it healthy?” But no! No it is not. You can be healthy, but things (like vitamins, working out, etc) are healthful because they add to your overall health. Cool, huh?

As I write this, the temperature is 1°. If you are like me, being trapped indoors for days on end with the sky a static shade of gray doesn’t exactly inspire lofty fitness and healthful eating goals. However, I’ve found a few simple ways to stay healthy, despite the frigid temperatures and gloomy weather. Continue reading “My Top 5 Healthful Habits (That Make Me Feel Less Guilty About My 5 Unhealthy Habits)”

What It Felt Like To Get A Cupping Massage

Because of some health related issues, I’ve received deep tissue massages for years. But this week, I got the opportunity to try something new – a cupping massage!

Cupping is an ancient technique that has been around for thousands of years. There have been, and currently are, a number of methods. My therapist told me she has three types of “cups,” although she only used a silicone version for my massage.

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Natural Ways to Get a Negative Group B Result In Pregnancy

There are so many things about pregnancy and labor that you typically don’t know about until you’ve experienced it. I, for one, had never even heard of Group B Strep until it was time for the test during my first pregnancy.

What is Group B Strep, you ask? I won’t go into too many details because a quick Google search will bring up countless articles on the subject (like this one), but basically it is a bacteria that many people harbor in their intestines and can be harmful if passed along to your baby during birth. The chances of this are relatively low, but the harm that can be caused is real and should be taken seriously.

If you test positive for Group B (usually around week 35 or 36 of your pregnancy), then you will be administered antibiotics intravenously during labor.  Continue reading “Natural Ways to Get a Negative Group B Result In Pregnancy”

Hello Darkness My Old Friend: How to Survive Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday is doomsday. Also known as Daylight Saving Time. Also known as, the stupidest idea ever. Also known as, every parent’s nightmare. Also known as, one more thing to throw off your kid’s sleeping schedule. Also known as, the governments way of ensuring that people with moderate to severe SAD really have something to look forward to each fall.

As if it’s not bad enough that it’s getting dark at 6 PM each day naturally. You have to enforce an archaic and cruel policy that takes a seasonally appropriate sunset and usher it in a whole hour earlier. I love Simon and Garfunkel as much as the next person, but I am not cool with darkness and we are not friends.

Not. Even. Close.

Plus, DST is a real pain in the butt to deal with once you have kids. You go through so much just to get them on a sleep routine of any kind, and then along comes DST and completely ruins everything. Everrrrrrything.

*Open palm. Insert face. Commence sobbing.

Listen people, I know I titled this post “How to Survive Daylight Saving Time” but let’s be honest. I have no clue. I’m just trying to get through “falling back” until that glorious day that we get to “spring forward,” just like the rest of us. And short of storming the White House with all of our sleep deprived children and demanding that they stop – just stop- the madness, I really don’t have any great solutions. Basically, all I can do is offer a few of my favorite coping mechanisms.  Continue reading “Hello Darkness My Old Friend: How to Survive Daylight Saving Time”

My Favorite 30 Minute Free-Weight Workout

This post is coming a little later in the day, because last night our refrigerator decided to quit working for us. So today, in between an OB appointment and taking care of the boys, Mike and I had to find a refrigerator that fit both our budget and the space in our kitchen, both of which are tiny.

We were able to find something that worked for us, and it should be delivered tomorrow. In between all our running around, I put together a post to share my favorite 30 minute free-weight workout.  Continue reading “My Favorite 30 Minute Free-Weight Workout”