Archive | October 2016

Pick of the Patch

A few weeks ago I wrote about Fun Things to do This Fall. Our family usually does one, or all, of these every year. We decided to hit up the pumpkin patch first!

We chose a local farm that has lots of amenities included, like a slide that we could go down about 1000 times!

We had so much fun taking advantage of the free apple cider, fresh picked apples, moon bounces, the mazes and more.


And of course, no pumpkin patch could ever be complete without a hayride!


Helpful things to pack:

Change of clothes– especially if your kids have any allergies. We were able to change the kiddos right in the car so they wouldn’t have to ride home with any dirt or allergens. Plus it got hotter than we expected so it was nice to have cooler clothes to change into.

Sunblock– Even though the temperatures were average, we had a lot of sun on us. We were so glad we brought sunblock for the family.

Ice Water– With all the running around we did, we easily went through several bottles of water.

When all is said and done, maybe a nice nap is in order!

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Taking A Sick Day

It has been a “fun” week in our household. Both my son and my husband came down with a cold. I can always tell something is off when my oldest son sleeps, and sure enough, after taking a nap he woke up flushed and complaining that his head hurt. Two days later, my husband asked if the house felt cold to me. Again, a sure sign something is off, as he likes to keep the house sub-arctic year round. Time to break out the following things:

  1. Essential Oils– I can’t live without them, especially during the season changes when we tend to get colds. Diffuse them. Apply them. Consume them.
  2. Hot Tea and Honey– Nothing makes me feel better faster than a hot cup of tea with a bit of honey. Tazo’s Zen Tea is my absolute favorite when I start to feel run down.
  3. Hot Shower– My family jokes that I’m part mermaid. They may have a point, especially when I don’t feel well. Now my son will ask for a steam shower when he gets extra stuffy.
  4. The Couch and a Good Movie– For some reason, we would always end up on the couch while we were sick. My mom would prop us up with our pillow and blankets and have the movies rotating.
  5. Water/Fruit Juice/Ginger Ale– Those three drinks are enough to get me through any type of cold or virus we are fighting. Ginger Ale for an upset tummy. Fruit Juice for a boost to the immune system and sometimes to help sooth a sore throat, and water for obvious reasons.

What are your “go-to” things that make you feel better?


What really struck me about this time with my family getting sick, even though I don’t mean to, is how much I take it for granted when things are running status quo.  When my oldest is healthy he talks, non-stop. However, when he’s sick it’s too quiet in our house and it just doesn’t feel right. This time around, it reminded me to appreciate him more for the energetic, talkative little boy he is.



*DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or giving any medical advice. These are just things that help make me and my family feel better.


Breathe Easy Again with Winix Wi-Fi Air Purifiers!

It happens! No matter how much you dust, vacuum, wash and clean, it seems like our family is constantly rubbing their eyes, and blowing their noses all season long. It can seem like an endless struggle throughout the year. That’s why it is a great idea to get an air purifier to help us in our battle!

Air Purifiers are so useful because not only do they clean the air of allergens, they also fight odors, bacteria, smoke particles, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), all of which can cause health issues.

If this resonates with you look no further than Winix!


The NEW Winix Wi-Fi Enabled HR1000 and the NK105



The Winix Wi-Fi HR1000


The Winix HR1000 Features:

  • 5-stage air purification system
  • Washable Pre-Filter
  • Coated Deodorizing (CD) Carbon Filter
  • Anti-microbial True HEPA Filter
  • WINIX PlasmaWave® Technology, which eliminates viruses, bacteria, allergens, odors and VOCs
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Technology
  • LED Air Quality Indicator
  • 4 Adjustable Fan Speeds
  •  For Large Rooms up to 400 square feet



The Winix Wi-Fi NK105

The Winix NK105 Features:

  • 4-stage air purification system
  • 360° All-in-One Filter featuring a hair collecting Pre-filter
  • Coated Deodorizing (CD) Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA Filter
  • WINIX PlasmaWave® Technology
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Technology
  • 4 Adjustable Fan Speeds
  • LED Air Quality Indicator
  • Great for rooms up to 320 square feet


Both models are great for baby’s room, bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and basically anywhere in your home.









With the new Winix Smart™ Wi-Fi app you can monitor and control your air purifier from anywhere at any time letting you breathe easier.


Make sure to visit Winix America for more information on these and many more products they offer.



I did not receive any product or compensation from Winix for this post, however, by writing this review I am entered to win a prize from Winix. All opinions are my own.