Being Prepared for when Mom is Sick

Being prepared for when mom is sick doesn’t seem like a fun thing to do but, trust me, it is worth thinking ahead for.  When mom get’s sick (and it happens when it is least convenient) it can be very tough, especially if other family members are sick too.  I have been nursing 4 of my 6 kids back to health this week and just restocked my storage box of items for myself.  I did it just in the nick of time too because after loosing sleep and caring for so many sick kids I am starting to not feel so great myself.

When you are not feeling well and daddy is at work all day, there are some ways you can make life easier on yourself.  Here are a few things I suggest throwing in a labeled storage box and stashing somewhere out of everyday sight:

The “For When Mom is Sick” Box

Kid snacks I would suggest stocking several non perishable snacks (granola bars, crackers, nuts) so that when the kids are hungry you have stuff on hand.

Easy to prepare meals– mac n cheese, canned soups, jars of spaghetti sauce and pasta, or other quick and easy meal ideas that you can put together quickly to feed the kids.

Easy Foods for you– Broths and soups and snacks in case you do have an appetite.

Vitamins and medicine– Since you are preparing for when you are sick you might as well go ahead and get these things. It’s no fun to have to go to a store when you are sick.  Throw in some Sambucus Syrup (Elderberry syrup) to help boost your immunity and help keep anyone who isn’t sick yet from getting sick too.  I also like to have Oscillococcinum on hand, which works well to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms.  I have been very grateful for it’s effectiveness in the past. Also, load up on vitamin C and make sure you’re taking vitamin D (see your doctor for doses).

I am also learning about the effectiveness of essential oils in treating all sorts of illnesses and issues.  Since I am a big advocate of using natural products as much as possible I am excited to learn more about the use of essential oils for treating illnesses.

New Games, Movies or Toys for the kids– Kids seem to have extra energy when you have none.  Help keep them entertained with a new game, coloring books, small toys, etc… Why should it be new?  Because they will be more likely to spend more time with it if it is new.  You may even save a new movie for this occasion.

Do you think ahead for things like being sick?  It’s not pleasant but very helpful. What would you add to your box?

Fit Moms For Life {And a Giveaway to get you started}

I don’t know about you but the idea of being Fit Moms for Life is super appealing to me.  I am very excited about sharing this book with you! If you are tired of being out of shape, overweight and unhealthy then this book has the potential to change your life.

Dustin Maher has created a book that is all inclusive on how to really become a Fit Mom for Life. This book is not just an exercise plan or an eating plan.  No, this book is detailed and thorough and will show you how to set long term goals, how to take the pain of what you have been experiencing from being out of shape, overweight and unhealthy and turn it in to motivation to take care of yourself.

Maher says that Traditional Cardio Doesn’t Lose Fat.  Perhaps in all your efforts to get into shape you have been doing it all wrong?  I know I was. This book will help to set you straight and on the right path towards fitness.

This book is not only informative on how to eat right to lose fat and what exercises to choose but it also filled with motivational stories from moms who have tried Maher’s methods and have been highly successful.  These stories are real life examples of what you can achieve if you will put these ideas into practice in your own life.

Fit Moms for Life is an easy read that will have you motivated and ready to jump into a healthy lifestyle after changing your mindsets about how to go about getting healthy. I’m following these principles and already seeing results.  Won’t you join me?!

TO PURCHASE: You can find Fit Moms for Life on the Fit Moms for Life site.

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Disclosure: I was sent the book Fit Moms for Life for free to review.  All of the opinions shared are my own.  I only share on Mommy Kudos what I use and love.


Kids Natural Calm Multi: Healthy & Yummy {and a Giveaway!)

If you could look into my pantry you would see a number of kids vitamin and health supplements that are mostly full and just sitting there.  I know…it’s pretty sad.
We are a family that eats organically as much as we can, avoids artificial colors, processed foods and white sugar.  Along with these standards comes a desire for my kids to get good vitamins and supplements. The problem is that so many of them taste horrible and even if they were good for my kids I could only get them to take them if I strapped them down and forced them.  I am not willing to put them through that.
So forget smoothies to hide the taste or holding their little noses.  I’ve finally found a wonderful liquid supplement that is full of organic fruits and vegetables, Omega-3 DHA & EPA, vitamins, minerals and more that kids need.  It’s called Kids Natural Calm Multi and it tastes really good!
My kids really liked the fruity splash flavor.  We mixed it with equal parts of water but you could also add it to juice.  We didn’t need to add it to juice though because my kids just drank it down by itself. 
Kids Natural Calm Multi is sweetened with organic stevia and organic agave.  Which are better for you sweeteners that don’t spike blood sugar levels.
As I read about why this product has the words “Natural Calm” in the title I was fascinated about the information on magnesium deficiency and how difficult it can be for your body to respond to stress because of it. I wondered why I hadn’t heard much about it before.  We all have stress in life (yes, even kids) and when your body doesn’t have enough magnesium the cells continue to work and not rest. You can read more about it here. Here is a list of symptoms of magnesium deficiency from the Kid Natural Calm Multi product flier:
  • Stress
  • Fatigue & Low Energy
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Muscle Tension, Spasms & Cramps
  • Anxiousness and Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Weakening Bones
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
We are planning to use Kids Natural Calm Multi long term to continue to help with these issues.  One of my daughters has had a tough time sleeping and I am hopeful that she will rest better once her deficiency is overcome.  I myself sleep so much better at night when I take a magnesium supplement just before bed (they have one for adults too called Natural Calm).
A 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium, along with magnesium deficiency symptoms, written by Dr. Dean is available as a free download at the non-profit
To find out more and to find places to purchase Kids Natural Calm Multi visit here.

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Disclosure: A free bottle of Kids Natural Calm Multi was provided for us to try. We truly enjoyed it and it’s benefits and my opinions expressed here were not influenced in anyway.