7 Must-Have Essentials for Toddler Sick Days!


I feel like I am actually prepared for the winter flu and cold season and finally figured out a way to keep it to a minimum.

My daughter doesn’t get sick too often because she’s not in a daycare or preschool yet, but since her cousins are school age, they always seem to be sick, which in turn gets Arya sick about 70% of the time we come into contact.

She actually just caught the flu bug a few days ago from the cousins, so I’ve been dealing with trying to keep the sickness at bay. Luckily, I was already prepared since I stocked up on Kleenex essentials at Walmart.com.

The ordering process was simple, just head on over to Walmart, add the kleenex to your cart and select in-store pickup or 2-day shipping to home.

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Amazing Essential Oil Roller Blend for The Winter Moody Blues

Winter blues is no joke. Most people develop mood disorders in late fall and winter months, which often leads to depression.

I’ve just started taking an interest in essential oils last year and I’m finally getting around to buying and using some in more recipes because I like a more holistic approach when it comes to health and well-being.

Because of the lack of sunlight (hello daylight “pointless” saving time..), the end of the year stress from Etsy, and my cat dying, I decided I should make an essential oil rollerball blend to get me out of my moody blues funk.

How to make an amazing & uplifting essential oil rollerball blend for the winter moody blues

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Why I Declined the Vitamin K Shot at Birth

This is one of those controversial posts no one likes to talk about but I think it’s important. Everyone wants to believe that their doctors have their best intentions when it comes to their child’s health and well-being. But, that doesn’t always mean they’ve done the research to the best of their knowledge. Now that I have a child, I am constantly researching and trying to make the best choices for me and my family.

I knew when I gave birth to my daughter that I was going to decline the Vitamin K shot because it’s 20,000 times more than what babies need and it can cause all sorts of problems for infections to occur. I got a shit ton of flack by the nurses when I told them I wasn’t doing the vitamin k shot, and they were acting like I was committing child abuse. I finally had to tell them I would do the oral vitamin k shot with our pediatrician. And they said, by the time I visit the pediatrician (because they don’t do the oral vitamin k at the hospital), she would no longer need it. Well, then I guess she is going without. Yes, I believe there may be instances where a newborn may need it if there are bleeding issues, but my daughter was completely healthy and normal with no visible signs of trauma after coming out of the birth canal. My mind may have changed IF there were issues, but there were not. I also believe the body is capable of doing what God intended it to do. The body is a powerful thing that can heal itself.

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5 Ways to Help Your Cat With Asthma

*I received the medicine in exchange for my honest opinion. I had used this medicine prior to receiving it for review”

My cat hasn’t always had asthma, but it seemed to appear the older she got and the more weight she gained. She’s 15 and about 16 lbs which is heavy for a cat her size.

My cat started having coughing fits about 4 years ago, which I was clueless about. It wasn’t her typical hairball hacking or her gorge on food then throwing it up head movement that I was used to. These seemed to last longer and sounded raspy. I found videos on YouTube of people videoing their cats who had asthma, which sounded and looked identical to what my Yasmine was going through.

I ended up taking her to the vet and explained the symptoms. He checked everything out and she looked and sounded fine. But, they wanted to do this expensive x-ray imaging which I kindly denied. I told them I preferred her to get a steroid shot because I am pretty sure it was cat asthma and that’s what they use to calm the inflammation down.

It took a couple days for the asthmatic attacks to calm down, but I researched and researched until I finally came up with a plan…

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My Experience with a D&C for Miscarriage at 10 Weeks

The main goal of treatment during or after a miscarriage is to prevent hemorrhaging and/or infection. The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the more likely your body will expel all the fetal tissue but 10 weeks and on is not recommended to do naturally according to my doctor.

Let me just say, the D&C was the best option for me mentally and physically. There’s no way I’d be okay birthing my dead baby at home. 

My surgery was setup for noon on Friday, March 24th, 2017.

That dreaded day had come…

I arrive at the surgery center at 10:30 am to check-in. They call me back, get me undressed and in bed right away. Take my vitals and plug a fluid IV in me. At least this nurse knew how to work with veins unlike the one I had when I was giving birth to my first who ended up blowing my veins out with her unnecessary prodding.

Then my husband and daughter get to come back into the curtain room with me and visit before I go in. Even though it was a few hours, I needed her there to give her love and kisses beforehand.

Honestly, I freaked myself out more than I should have worrying about anesthesia, but for this procedure they can give you as little or as much as you’d like and I opted for light twilight. Essentially I was still asleep and don’t remember anything but you come out of it feeling less groggy and not nauseous. The last thing I needed on top of my worries was to feel more sick to my stomach.

The anesthesiologist was kind of funny, so he lightened the mood a bit. I explained my concerns about anesthesia and how I wanted to not be in a deep, deep sleep.  I told him I was nervous about it so he ended up bringing me anxiety meds for my IV, which made me feel calmer and better about the procedure.

I had about a half an hour to go…

Dr. then came in and introduced himself and then the nurse came back and started wheeling me to the operating room.

They switched me into a different bed and then put an oxygen mask on me and then about a minute later, I was asleep because that’s all I remember.

I didn’t wake up during the procedure, nor did I hear them talking and I didn’t feel anything. I woke up shortly after the were finished to them trying to put mesh panties on me.

From the time I went in, to the time I got wheeled out, it was about 40 minutes.

I immediately felt light period type cramping and had light bleeding which is to be expected.

The Dr. came out and told me everything went well and was sorry we had to meet on such circumstances. He’s not my normal Dr. but he is a decent one around here. I checked out reviews beforehand and everyone loves him. Definitely look into Dr. James Calvert if you’re in the area and need an OB/GYN.

Also, I wanted to state that they never did another ultrasound, so make sure if you’re still feeling uneasy about the results you received to get another one. It may end up making the pain more real but at least you now know and can have a peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing and won’t be lingering with “what if”.

I hope everyone who has gone through this heals both mentally and physically and goes on to have happy, healthy babies.

Now I need some much needed rest because this has me all kinds of exhausted.

Different Ways to Soothe a Baby With Colic

Colic is not fun for any parent, whether new or experienced. My sister dealt with a semi-colicky baby, and I honestly don’t know how she managed. I’d go completely bonkers! I get so stressed when my 16 month old cries or whines at me for more than an hour. When she does that, she is either tired and wants to be held, or have the ninny at times when I’m trying to finish cooking dinner. It’s definitely difficult to handle sometimes.

They say that colic is usually when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts around 2-3 weeks of life and may be worse in the evening or during the night.

colic baby

Crying is a way for babies to express how they feel. All babies cry. It’s natural.

In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. This can happen even if they are not hungry, too cold or warm and everything seems well.

So if you’re a mom who’s dealing with a baby who has colic, I recommend trying these tips that my sister used in order to achieve less crying for babies, more smiling for all.

1. Swaddling:

Wrap that baby up like a tight little burrito just like the hospital showed you upon arrival. Babies love the feeling of tightness since they didn’t have much room in the womb.

2. Holding Position:

Hold baby face down on your arm so that their stomach has pressure which may alleviate some gas discomfort. More on this below.

3. White noise or Shhhing.

There was a lot of whooshing and noise going on in the womb, so having any type of background noise that resembles this may provide comfort. Get one of those sound machines or stick baby in a seat by the dishwasher.

4. Go for a stroll or car ride:

Sometimes babies just need a change of scenery. There are many times I’ve used this method myself when I couldn’t get my girl to settle down or take a nap, and it worked like a charm! Most of the time I’d go back to the house and sit in the driveway with the stereo on and the car off just so she’d stay asleep for a little while.

5. Try Gerber® Soothe products:

  • Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops is formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies.

Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.

Comforting probiotics are a great way to improve the good bacteria in baby’s digestive system, which helps promote digestive comfort. GERBER Soothe products (drops and powder formula) contain L. reuteri, a comforting probiotic that is safe for infants and similar to those found in breast milk.

My sister loves this formula and colic drops. She used both with her son and will use them for her daughter that she is about to have in October because of the probiotics.  She has issues with breast feeding and not producing enough milk to feed her kiddos, so we love that Gerber® Soothe products have probiotics in them that are similar to what an infant would receive from us. This is a godsend for breastfeeding moms who struggle like ourselves!

What is your formula for happiness?

Thanks to Gerber® Soothe for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to speak about baby colic and excessive crying and the solution to the colic problem. Their promise is less crying means more smiling for all!

“I received a free sample of [Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula or Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops] from Gerber. My thoughts and opinions are by my own.”

My Experience With Gental Dental and Impacted Wisdom Teeth

All I can say is thank god I finally scheduled this appointment and got it over with. I didn’t exactly like my experience with one of the Gental Dental’s in Vancouver, WA so that’s why I am going to share it here.

I’ve had an impacted wisdom tooth that was partially erupted for quite a few years; I just never got around to getting it out because I was pregnant, and dental work is not really safe during certain trimesters, so I opted to wait until after she was born. Only, I didn’t really do it then either since she’s now 19 months.

I never really had bad pain problems, just the occasional swelling and soreness but nothing that over the counter ibuprofen couldn’t handle. I guess I was lucky in those regards.

So I schedule an appointment with the recommended surgeon at Gentle Dental and go to that appointment.

I have in my head that I don’t want general anesthesia, but I am also nervous about hearing or feeling anything and everything that’s going on in my mouth. He was feeding off my nervous demeanor. I told him I didn’t want anesthesia and would just go with the local Novocain for the procedure. He explained to me that I would need a coronectomy based on my x-rays since my roots were too close to the main nerve in the jaw. Essentially, if that tooth was removed, it could cause some face paralysis. So now I am even more nervous and he tells me to just go with general anesthesia. He said it about 3 times… just go with it; you’ll feel better about the process. Then told me about the person in the next room and how he wishes he would have gone with it because his coronectomy went wrong. Hello, patient confidentiality? I’m pretty sure that’s a HIPAA violation. Then he says I’ll give you some vicodin for the pain or whatever Jenny wants. What if I was a pill addict? I could have gotten whatever I wanted from this dentist. (I’m not BTW) That comment rubbed me the wrong way because I do have a sister who has battled addiction numerous times and for these dr’s to make it that readily available pisses me off.

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How to Treat Toddler Teething Pain

This last week, my 16 month old daughter has been going through an “I don’t want to eat that, even though I’ve ate it before” stage. I am unsure if it’s just a picky phase, or if it has to do with her teething. She still only has the top 4 and bottom 4 teeth in currently, and I think she’s been dealing with molar pain since she’ll smack her ear when any sort of teething is about to occur. I have heard they start appearing anywhere from 14 months on up, so it’s probably about that time for us. DOH!

She did spike a fever at one point. AND I know Dr’s say it’s a coincidence, but from our experience, it seems to go hand-in-hand with teething. So my guess is we’re dealing with molars, even though I haven’t felt the little buggers pop through yet.

How to Treat Toddler Teething Pain

I do try to relieve her pain by following the steps below.

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Avoid the doctors office and chat with real doctors on Amwell

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own”

Before I got pregnant, I hardly ever went to the doctor. I just didn’t feel the need to waste my time by sitting in an office waiting to be called, then sitting in the exam room for a half an hour waiting to be seen for something trivial that could possibly be handled by just dealing with it at home. By dealing with it, I mean contacting Amwell, which is a site with real doctors who call or video chat you to help you out with a diagnoses based on your symptoms.

How awesome is it to not waste gas, bring the kids, or sit around and wait forever?

 Reasons to Use Amwell

  1. Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance.
  2. Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.
  3. Convenience. Consumers are looking for a faster appointment. Now they don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do they need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
  4. Quick prescriptions. Consumers would rather have an online video visit than an in-office visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.
  5. Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors.

I’ve been feeling like I have a UTI, so I decided to hop on Amwell and contact a specialist. I described my symptoms and they are prescribing me antibiotics. It’s as quick and as simple as that.

Having a little one makes it hard to do anything let alone visiting a doctor’s office. I’ll be using Amwell from now on for all of my basic needs.

Follow the link and use this code (HEALTHY16) to get your first visit for only a $1!

That Time of Year When Depression is Rampant

Among various types of mental issues, depression takes number one position when it comes to number of affected people. It is so common that almost everyone had at least one depressive episode during his life. Symptoms of the condition affect both body and mind, causing severe social problems for a patient.


People like to behave as doctors and set up their own diagnosis. Because of this, and because of the fact that most people had experienced something similar to depression, we tend to disregard real disease when it happens. Individuals perceive it as a passing issue that can remedied with help of the friends. Unfortunately, oftentimes depression has strong roots in childhood. There needs to be some traumatic experience that led to this illness. Due to this, patient will be forced to go to psychotherapy and to buy Wellbutrin online or some other medication for major depressive disorder.

Depression is a state of low mood that needs to persist for at least two weeks. Any other behavior that lasts for shorter period of time cannot be called depression. It is natural to feel down from time to time. But, illness is much different from passing feeling of sadness because it persists and patient is unable to do anything to help himself. Even though basic symptoms resemble sadness and bad mood, there is much more to depression than this. Person affected by it will lose confidence and self-esteem. He will not be to perform at school or at work due to lack of focus. Furthermore, he won’t be able to accomplish set goals or to finish things which he started. Patient’s social life will also take a hit. He will slowly withdraw from his family and friends. He will not be able to communicate with them or with anyone else. Social interaction and making new friends will be almost impossible. Besides these symptoms, individual will also experience some other physical issues such as insomnia and loss of weight. The worst thing about this condition is the fact that it often leads to suicide.


This illness often has roots in childhood. Individuals, who were abused, mistreated or lacked love, will suffer from the disease later on in life. Often, there needs to be a trigger that will make all those emotions from childhood resurface. Like with any other mental illness of today, our environment can be the cause of disturbance. Noise, pollution, impact of other people, can all lead to it. Of course, people who have genetic predisposition for depression or mental sicknesses are more likely to develop it.

Major depressive disorder, as well as seasonal affective disorder, can easily be treated with Wellbutin. Specialists from You! Drugstore warn consumers that use of medication is not enough to battle this disease. Individual will also have to visit therapist. But, if you use Wellbutrin, you are able to eliminate most of the symptoms making your day go better. Patients who have seizure or epilepsy disorder, those who suddenly stopped using alcohol or those with eating disorder, should avoid this drug.