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We are transitioning into fall and the temperatures are starting to drop friends.  Yesterday we woke up to 40 degrees and it’s only a matter of time before we start to see flurries. As a mom who needs to dodge weather induced illness, I am often searching for the best way to keep my body running smoothly so I can tend to my cuties.

Today friends I am sharing with you

Four tips to a healthy fall season.

Acclimate slowly.  We can’t control how fast the temperature drops outdoors. However, when it comes to inside our home, we try to keep the variation in temperature as minimal as possible.  Usually during the winter our home will reach a temperature of 65-67 degrees but we make it a point to get there gradually.  Because the cool temps are dropping fast we’ll set our heater to 72 degrees inside our home and as the weeks go by, we’ll drop the temperature a little at a time.



Humidifier.  The air gets pretty dry as it cools making it hard on our breathing and our skin.  We like to keep a humidifier in the bedrooms as well as the busy areas in our home.  Having a humidifier helps us all sleep better as well as keeps our skin feeling it’s best. 




Layers.  As the temperatures begin to drop it’s so important to dress for the occasion.  We start off with three layers. Our first layer or “ base layer” is usually something long sleeve, thin.  This layer is crucial and it helps to keep any moisture off your body.  The middle layer traps any warm air that’s close to your body and keeps it warm, almost like good insulation.  I usually opt for fleece for myself and the kids.  The third layer is your suit of armor.  It’s your parka, or coat. We opt for waterproof and thick! This is what protects you from snow, and keeps you nice and dry. 



Stock up on essentials.  Having the right essentials on hand can make it or break it when it comes to having a healthy season. These are my go-to most reliable brands… 


  • Breathe Right Extra Tan– These helps increase airflow so you can breathe better. And when you can breathe better, you can sleep better.  It’s easy to apply, drug free and it’s safe to use with any sleep medication. Make sure you read and follow label directions when using it.
  • Dial complete spring water foam– This is an all family soap brand that kills 99.99% of germs and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft.  I make sure the kids wash their hands every time we walk through the door. Dial is for external use only.
  • Halls – I love the honey-lemon flavor.  Halls are a staple, especially if Alex or I have a cough.  These are great to help soothe scratchy throats and relieves coughs.
  • Kleenex- We have a box of anti-viral kleenex in every room.  They always come in handy and having little ones running around with runny noses is no fun.
  • Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets- This is our go-to relief when we are feeling under the weather. It defeats sore throats, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache and body aches. Do no use Theraflu if you are allergic to acetaminophen, with any drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.
  • TYLENOL®-  We like the honey lemon liquid.  It’s a comforting warming liquid that tackles our tough cold and flu symptoms by clearing congestion, quieting coughs and relieving head and body aches.  Use only as directed, for adults and children 12 years and older.


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You can stock up at your local Baker’s and there are savings!  



Breathe Right® – Read and follow label directions.

Dial – © The Dial Corporation, a Henkel company. * Based on unit sales of soap products in last 52 weeks scanned data

Halls – HALLS Cough Drops temporarily soothe sore throats.

Kleenex – ® Registered Trademark of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. © KCWW.

Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed.

TYLENOL® – © Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2016. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.



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This past summer, I went out and got myself a cast iron skillet.  A real heavy duty – lets see what all the fuss is about – will last you 100 years – cast iron skillet. And I have to tell you… I love it! I didn’t understand the hype and definitely had to get past the no soap thing, but we are riding the cast iron skillet train and are loving it!
Owning a cast iron is serious work.  It’s like being in a committed relationship and like any good relationship, it has to be nurtured and tended to.  Since I am a cast iron newbie, I thought I’d jot down a few cast-iron 101 tips for myself to have on hand and for those of you who are also jumping on the cast-iron train with me!
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It’s here! The moment everyone in the midwest has been talking about for the past 11 months!


This is our first official fall friends.  We are waking up high 50’s degree weather, the leaves are starting to change and there are fall festivals everywhere.  Last week, we welcomed October and in lieu of all the festivities, we spruced up the house a bit. Nothing crazy… just a few DIY paper bats and the cutest little pumpkins all over.

The kids are super excited because this is the second time we’re trick-or-treating and Grace is at the age where she remembers that there’s candy involved with this holiday.

We’re still undecided about costumes this year. Grace is still going back and forth between a princess unicorn and good ol’ Elsa. Haddon has no clue, but he did spot a dragon at Target and can’t stop talking about it.

We’ve spruced up the house with the cutest paper bats. I’ve been wanting to do something whimsical like this for a while, but last year we were in the middle of a move so this my friends, turned out to be our lucky year.

Want to make these cute bats yourself?

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We have been looking forward to the first day of school for some time now. Grace is officially starting kindergarten and Haddon is convinced that he too will be starting school. During our school days, we like to have a routine to keep us focused and on track. This also works well for the kiddos at night. I’ve noticed that when Grace knows what to expect, our day and our evenings, run much smoother.

Our morning routines are a little different for Grace and for Haddon. They both wake up at the same time, but they have different tasks throughout the day that are tailored to their school, their extra curricular activities and Haddon’s nap time. Their evening routines are identical, which makes things a whole lot easier for me.

I thought I’d share with you what our evenings look like and share a FREE printable for you to download and use with your kiddos.  This bedtime routine is super easy to follow and fun for the kids.  I like to print one out and use a sheet protector to slide the printable right in.  In the evenings, I let Grace and Haddon check off what they’ve done.  Giving them an opportunity to use dry erase markers always gets them really excited.

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