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There are so many that are getting sick this time of year. I choose to help prevent it and save money on doctor visits. Yes, you are suppose to get sick to build up the immune system. Sucks I know! Who wants to be sick? But, there are some nasty stuff going around that honestly at 6 months pregnant I refuse to get. Well, at least I try my hardest not to get.
You know those cute little people that make the biggest mess and yet steal your heart. Well, they like to spread germs. They are extremely good at it! They put their hands in their mouth and nose then play with their toys and touch door knobs and many other things. Those germs love to spread.
I choose to build my children's health when they are NOT sick.
Yep, that's right! I like to prevent! Doctors must hate me ;)
The last time my almost 4 year old saw a doctor, besides getting his annual check-up, was 2 years ago! He had pneumonia and was on 3 different types of antibiotics. I was NOT giving him vitamins. That is when I decided to prevent that from happening again. It was so sad to see him so sick even on his 2nd Birthday :(
That's when I decided to use Shaklee vitamins. Why? Well, they are the #1 Natural Nutrition company in the U.S. Shaklee has THE BEST vitamins out there. To find out more about Shaklee go HERE.
My almost 4 year old has had the sniffles maybe twice that lasted maybe 2 days since his 2nd Birthday when I started a Shaklee vitamin regimen. Seriously! I have not had to stay up all night with him because he was miserable. There were no washing many loads of laundry because he was vomiting in the middle of the night...NOTHING! This has made this Mommy very happy!
This is what I give him daily:
Chewable Vita-C:A healthy immune system is your body's most powerful weapon in its daily battle against smog, smoke, and other environmental assaults. Our chewable Vita-C has a fresh citrus flavor making it ideal for anyone who has trouble swallowing tablets.
Shakleekids Incredivites is the first children's chewable multivitamin in the U.S. with lactoferrin, which helps kids' immune systems stay supercharged.* Packed with 23 essential nutrients, it's the world's best kids' supplement-with 600 IU of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth, and 100% of the Daily Value of all eight B vitamins and vitamin C. Just two a day and off they play. Now that's incredible!
Might Smart:Supertasty and supersafe, Shakleekids Mighty Smart Choice is scientifically formulated with a power-packed blast of 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA. DHA is the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid in the brain and eyes and each great-tasting chew provides 100 mg.
My 14 month old has NEVER been on an antibiotic. I hope to keep it that way for a long time. He has had the sniffles one time that lasted 1 day. Trust me, I do think how is this possible? I don't shelter him, he plays with other kids, and I have caught him sucking on the shopping cart. YUCK! He puts everything in his mouth. It's a constant thing around here.
Here is what I came up with. I did things differently when I was pregnant and after he was born than with the other. All because I knew more.
I took Vitalizer (multivitamin) with my 2nd during pregnancy and after. Whereas I took the prenatal vitamin that was prescribed by my doctor at the time with my 1st. I also was drinking Shaklee 180 Smoothees.
I nursed my 2nd which I wasn't unable to do with the 1st. I was still taking Vitalizer and Shaklee 180 Smoothees.
And of course I have introduced Incredivites to my 2nd way earlier than the 1st.
Now, he only has 5 teeth so far. So, what I do is crush 1 tablet and mix it into applesauce. He loves it! I have also crushed 1 tablet and mixed it into his water but he may not drink all of it so the applesauce is the way to go. I may also try it in yogurt too.
To find all the vitamins that I use go HERE.
What is also great, Shaklee offers 100% of your money back if you are unsatisfied! They can do this because their returns are super low.
Do you build your child's health with vitamins?
These pancakes are a family favorite! What really makes them yummy is the topping. You can use any berry you like for this recipe, fresh or frozen.
1 cup fresh or frozen Strawberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or white (I used wheat)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk (or your preference)
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries and maple syrup and bring to a simmer, then remove fro the heat. Use a fork to smash up the strawberries.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon butter. When butter melts spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan. Use a 1/3 cup pour batter into the to form pancakes. Cook until the edges are set and the tops are covered with bubbles, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve with drizzled strawberry syrup.
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Happy 2014 Everyone!
In 2014, I have several plans in mind that I am going to accomplish. I say plans because I never stick with a "goal" and I have a plan set in my head as to how I'm going to accomplish everything.
The first thing on my list is to eat healthier.
Isn't that usually on everyone's list this time of year ;)
Now, I'm not perfect and of course I'm going to indulge myself every once in awhile. Remember it only says eat "healthier" :)
So, how are you going to start without throwing out all the food you have and wasting your money?
Oh, I'm so glad you asked!
I'm starting out by organizing my fridge of course!
Then the freezer, the pantry, and I'll create a meal plan with what I have.
We are a family that shops at Aldi and Walmart. Why? Because really that is the only two stores to do grocery shopping besides Jewel in our town. I would love to shop at Trader Joe's but it's way too far away and a bit pricey. However, if I'm near one I may stop in and get a few special items.
Aldi has healthier options which we always go for first and now they are starting to carry Organic foods. Which I'm totally excited for! When I can't find something at Aldi then I grab what I need at Walmart. Our grocery bill comes out to be $60-$90 every week to a week and a half. In the winter it seems to be a bit higher only because we are not eating from our garden. What I also love is that Walmart will price match any advertised priced on fruits and vegetables. So, if Aldi is having a good sale on fruits and vegetables in their ad and it doesn't look so fresh I'll bring the ad to Walmart... score!
I am also going to continue my Shaklee 180 Smoothies. Why? Because they are incredibly good for you. I am not trying to lose weight since I am 5 months pregnant but the smoothies are really good for baby. They helped me not gain excess weight with my 2nd pregnancy and I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans within 3 weeks of my C-section and 10 pounds less than when I got pregnant! You can't beat that!!
Another way to save time and have healthier dinners on the table is to create freezer meals with Wildtree. Ever heard of it? My friend introduced me to it and I'm hosting my first freezer meal workshop in February!!
OK, so the real reason you are reading this post
How to Organize you Refrigerator
Well, at least how I organize mine ;)
I have steps labeled 1-6 for ya...
Step 1: Empty everything out and clean it. Even take out the shelves. To clean everything I use my All-purpose Basic H2. This is a good time to check expiration dates.
Step 2: Veggie Drawer. I add my veggies in the bottom drawer with high humidity.
Step 3: Fruit Drawer. I put my fruit in the next drawer above with low humidity.
Step 4: Dairy & Milk. I like to keep my milk towards the bottom of the fridge because it's a cooler spot in the fridge. I use to put them on the door and I have had my milk spoil if the door doesn't get closed all the way. I also keep my yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream here too.
Step 5: Snack Bin and Top Shelves. I put my lunch meat and cheese for sandwiches or dinner in the snack bin. Above that, I put eggs and raw meats. Then, the next shelf is for leftovers. It's the perfect height so you don't forget to eat it. Lastly, the top shelf is for beverages.
Step 6: The Door. This is where I keep all the condiments. I put all like condiments together.
I hope this post helps you organize your fridge!