Health

Beat The Flu Quickly With No Medication

It is flu season once again and I can say that as always and on time, that evil virus has made its way into our home. The thing about the flu and having a large family is that it attacks slow and hangs around for awhile. It seems that as soon as one child is getting better another begins to get worse. Really it is a never-ending, exhausting cycle. I have always been one to believe that medication is not the best way. I have always believed that medicine suppresses the symptoms that our body gives off to tell us that there is a virus and that it is fighting. In fact, each time my children have gotten a fever I reassure them that it is a good sign because “it means your body is working and fighting hard”. Of course that usually doesn’t offer much consolation and my heart…

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Every Day Eats

Flu-Fighting Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing more soothing when you are sick than having a nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. Not only does it soothe a sore throat, but it warms the belly and provides a relaxing sensation. Chicken noodle soup is extremely versatile as well, which makes it so easy to customize to your families preferences. In our home, sometimes we opt for a simple chicken noodle soup while other times I like to add in a whole variety of vegetables. However, when the fall and winter seasons hit, I tend to make sure that my chicken noodle soup is packed with tons of flu-fighting backup! Unfortunately, my children (and husband) are picky when it comes to what vegetables they eat. So to make sure everyone gets the nutrients they need, my flu-fighting chicken noodle soup takes an extra, but simple, step! I begin by filling a large stock pot 3/4…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Why I Don’t Budget On Groceries

If you search on Pinterest you will find numerous posts about budgeting on groceries. I have been amazed by some of them really, wondering to myself “how do they do that?” I mean really, I have read some articles where a family of 5 spends $200 a month on groceries- how do they do it?! For a while I was inspired to try. I was convinced that I could budget and shop in this magical way and our family of 6 could spend even $400 a month on groceries, instead of the average of $1000 we were currently spending. After all, who wouldn’t want to save hundreds of dollars- especially since we lived on a very fixed income. So many times I tried to lower our grocery spending. I tried so hard to only shop the sales and to eat less meat. I clipped coupons, compared prices, and utilized leftovers.…

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Parenting

Connecting With Your Eldest Daughter

Being a mother has been the most rewarding adventure of my lifetime. I have birthed 3 beautiful children and was given a 4th blessing the day I met my husband, my oldest daughter. Raising babies was a breeze! They eat, sleep, poop, and play. Toddlers were exciting; all of their firsts in life happen and every moment was a new milestone. Children are fun! You get to teach them things, play with them, and watch their character form. My youngest is 6 and he is so full of an imagination that his older brother and sister still enjoy. But somewhere after the joys of being a child, things change. My eldest daughter turned 12 this summer, although at times I swear she is already much older than that. She is beautiful and creative and the biggest help in our home. She takes on every task when I am consumed with…

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Parenting

What To Say To Your Bullied Child

We hear too often now stories of children who have been bullied in school. For some of us, we have had to deal with the heartbreaking reality that our child has been bullied. Whether it be physical or verbal, it is never easy mending the heart of a hurt child. Of course, there are steps we take to try to ensure that these occurrences do not happen again; we talk to teachers, the principal, and sometimes even the parents. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. As parents we try our best to protect our children and set them up to be able to handle any type of situation properly. I have always been an advocate for teaching a child to stand up and defend themselves; even more now with bullying becoming a larger issue in our schools and society. I do not condone violence, but I encourage everyone I…

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Educational Thoughts

The Power Of Play: Educating Young Children

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer We all hope for the best education for our children. In fact, many of us parents worry deeply about our children’s educational well-being. I know that I did for a long time! Once I began homeschooling all that stress and worry on my part meant that I was giving my kids extra lessons and extra work. Even to my youngest “baby”. If only someone would have shouted at me “STOP IT!” What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was not only forcing my children to develop a dislike for school work, but I was taking away from their play time. I didn’t realize just how important play was until I watched them one day. My eldest painting old milk cartons outside while her younger sister had a whole store going where leaves symbolized different…

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