Friday Favorites: Combating Colds

combating coldsThis week/last weekend all of us got slammed with an awful cold. Chase had it over the weekend while I was gone working a wedding and I have it now that he’s back at work.

The difference between being sick before becoming a Mom and after? You don’t get to snuggle under a blanket with your freshly brewed tea and binge on Netflix anymore. Now you have to take care of yourself and a sick little nugget. A couple days this week, that basically consisted of me lying on the floor while Rhett crawled all over me. He hasn’t been my biggest fan at times. It’s awful to see him feel so terrible and not be able to do anything about it, but all I can do is take care of the both of us the best I can.

So what are we using to combat colds around here when we can’t take any medicine? Here are my favorites:

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Emergen-C®: While it doesn’t taste like sunshine, I feel like it’s giving me the antioxidant and electrolyte boost I need.

Kleenex® Cool Touch Tissues, enriched with coconut oil and aloe: Magic. These things keep my nose and lips from getting chapped twice as long. Coconut oil has some serious healing powers.

Chamomile Tea with Honey: I’m pretty sure everyone already knows this makes you feel WAY better. We don;t have a favorite brand but I do love using local honey. My current favorite is one I picked up from a Farmer’s Market in San Diego around this time last year. It’s a wildflower honey and it’s insanely good.

Boogie Wipes: Do you know about these? They’re obviously for kids but when we ran out of Kleenex® I started using Rhett’s little wipes instead. THEY’RE AMAZING. My lips still aren’t chapped and I don’t have an obnoxious red spot between my nose and my upper lip. Rhett isn’t really into them yet, because he hates it when I wipe his face with anything. We’re working on it.

doTERRA® Essential Oils: Not to get all hippie dippy on you, but we do use a combination of this and Baby Vicks. For Rhett, I mix a drop of Breathe with some coconut oil (there it is again!) and rub it on his feet, chest, and back. I do the same thing for myself, except with two drops and mostly on my feet and chest.

What do you guys use at your house when everyone gets sick? I’d love to add to what we have now in case we catch anything else over the winter (it seems inevitable since it’s only October). Hope your house is cold and flu free and y’all have a great weekend! Happy Halloween!

Friday Favorites: Madeline’s Box

Happy Friday, friends!

This week I’m SO excited to share a review of Madeline’s Box leather braided pacifier clips.logo

Waaaaaay back (not really) when Rhett was about two months old, one of our friends told me she had bought some leather pacifier clips but only needed one and offered me the other. Funnily enough, I had just (that day) purchased Rhett a pacifier clip from Target that I wasn’t very excited about, but I decided I would try the one she was giving me anyway. That small, magical little gift turned out to be a Sea Breeze Blue clip from Madeline’s Box.

The rest, my friends, is history.

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Not only are the leather braided pacifier clips from Madeline’s Box adorable, but they are insanely functional. Once I started using mine I could’t go anywhere without it. Once I actually forgot it at home and cried. I’m not even kidding.

These pacifier clips are great because, as we all know, babies love to spit pacifiers out of their mouths. Instead of picking up pacifier after pacifier off the floor, these great little clips catch them for you. When Rhett was little, his was constantly clipped to him when we were out and about. I worried much less about where his pacifier was and whether or not it was going to end up on the floor.

Now that Rhett is older and doesn’t take a pacifier anymore, I use his clip to attach a toy to the strap of his car seat. His new favorite thing has been to take any toy I give him and throw it overboard while I’m driving so I can’t safely reach back to give him anything else. Using one of Madeline Box’s clips has totally saved my sanity by keeping Rhett’s teether in his car seat with him, which keeps both of us happy.

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What else can I tell you about these magical, life-saving, leather braided pacifier/teether clips? They’re made by a mama named Heather who, just like me, wanted a cute and stylish pacifier clip for her baby boy. When she could’t find one she liked, she decided to make her own. Her friends and family loved them so much she decided to open her own shop. Each clip is actually made from a specially treated microfiber suede that’s even better than leather and supposed to last forever. I rhymed! The metal clips are also made with a soft plastic insert to avoid making marks on, or ruining clothing.

The great thing I’ve realized about these clips is that they can be used for much more than pacifiers or teethers. Now that Rhett’s a little older I either keep his clip in the car, attached to his teether, or I bring it to restaurants with us, attach it to a toy, and clip it to one of his high chair straps. I’m telling you, it’s genius. As I mention at the end of this post, in exchange for this review I received two Madeline’s Box leather braided pacifier clips in addition to the one I previously owned. That being said, I am totally a Madeline’s Box clip groupie, because I actually had one of these before writing any of this. The bonus is that I now have multiple clips so I don’t have to worry about forgetting one in the car and running back to get it. I plan to keep one at home, one in the car, and one in Rhett’s diaper bag so I can feel prepared wherever we are. And who knows, maybe Rhett will have a little brother or sister someday that can use one too!

How cute is this little nugget wearing the Slate Grey clip?

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Think these stylish clips are a great idea? Head on over to Madeline’s Box to check out Heather’s pacifier clips, adorable teethers, pacifiers, and more.

You can also follow her on Instagram! Or look up the Madeline’s Box Instagram on your app: @madelines.box

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however, in exchange for writing this review I received two Madeline’s Box leather braided pacifier clips in addition to the one I previously owned. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Friday Favorites (Instagram Edition)

Oh Friday, how I’ve looked forward to you.

One of my best friends is getting married this weekend! I’ll be spending this evening at her rehearsal and participating in wedding shenanigans tomorrow. I’m tremendously excited about it. This is a picture of the two of us from my wedding last year. I can’t believe our roles will be reversed tomorrow and I’m so honored to be a part of her big day!

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