This week we decorated our salt dough Christmas ornaments! We used acrylic paint, glue, and glitter.
Alana using crafting ribbon to hang the ornaments on the tree!
Noah’s little handprint!
So my final conclusion is that it was fun. I would gladly do it again. More than anything, this will be a memory that will last a lifetime. It was a great bonding experience with my kids for 2 weekends in a row:)
- Sometimes I hide in the bathroom just for some alone time!
- I am 14 months post partum and I still wear maternity pants because I refuse to buy bigger jeans…and, er, I like to be comfy!
- I do everything with my phone in my hand…I even mop the floor sometimes with my phone in my hand…which is just sad!
- I open drinks, snacks, and even children’s Tylenol and use it before paying every time I go shopping. The children’s Tylenol thing has happened twice recently.
- I regularly take my 14 month old out wearing pajamas.
- I got all the way to Target before noticing my baby wasn’t buckled into his car seat! This is one I have a hard time admitting, but most of us have done it once in a lifetime and this kind of thing doesn’t happen twice! Scary!
- I’ve never taken my kids on a real vacation because that is a luxury for two income families.
- When I don’t have anywhere to go, I don’t even look in the mirror. My hair remains unbrushed, jammies stay on, and yesterday’s mascara more than likely is smeared under my eyes…but I don’t care, so I don’t look!
- I have no self control when it comes to ice cream so I can’t keep it in my house.
- We have one night a week that we call ‘fend for ourselves night’. On these nights we are, for the most part, on our own. The big kids can make a sandwich for themselves, or we eat leftovers, or…GASP…even a microwave dinner! However, the other six nights of the week I do cook well balanced meals!
Well there it is folks! I got it off my chest! Lol what are YOUR confessions?
Yesterday I took my nine year old daughter to the pediatrician for a persistent high fever. She was already being treated for strep throat and had been on antibiotics the entire time. I was desperate for her fever to break and for her to feel like herself again. Her doctor gave us a really strange suggestion…wet sock treatment. I know what you are thinking…it sounds extremely bizarre! At this point I was ready to try anything!
Wet sock treatment is recognized by top physicians and hospitals (University of Maryland for example), so I knew it must be an effective treatment if doctors are actually endorsing it. The instructions are to take a pair of thin cotton socks and wet them with room temperature water. Wring out all of the excess water so that they are just damp, and then put them on your feet. Over top of the damp socks put on a pair of thick wool socks and go to sleep.
The purpose of a fever is to increase your metabolism so that your body will fight off the source of infection; however, a prolonged high fever can be dangerous. Physiologically what happens during the treatment is this: in response to having wet feet, your body sends blood and lymphatic fluid circulating through your body. What this does is boosts your immune system and allows your body to rest and heal. You can actually do this treatment for five nights in a row, and then take two nights off before starting again.
I can only speak for my own experience. I was so worried for my daughter with a fever of around 104 for days on end. We did the wet sock treatment exactly as directed by our physician. I checked my daughter’s temperature one last time before bed and it was 102.6 at that moment (this is while on Motrin). When she awoke this morning the socks were dry and her fever gone! There is no doubt in my mind that the wet sock treatment is what broke her fever.
I absolutely recommend this treatment. It is so simple and harmless. I honestly can’t imagine how any harm could come from trying this, but I believe you should always ask your doctor first before trying home remedies. This is definitely one to add to your repertoire. We definitely have!
1. Do you have a middle name?
2. What was your favorite subject in school?
English and photography. They are still my two favorite things. I am a photographer and a blogger!
3. What’s your favorite drink?
Coffee! I am a total coffee junky. I absolutely cannot function without coffee!
4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Well, I’m a mom so I mainly only get to listen to Disney radio on Sirius. I love Taylor Swift, Wildest Dreams!
5. What would you name your children?
I’m not having anymore kids, so I’ll tell you my kids current names. My 9.5 year old is Alana. My almost 6 year old is Vincent. My 13 month old is Noah!
6. Do you participate in any sports?
No, but I’m a soccer mom!
7. What’s your favorite book?
I do not have time to read, but the last book I purchased on my Kindle was 50 Shades of Grey…one of these days I will actually read it!
8. What’s your favorite colour?
I love purple, but wear black because it’s most flattering!
9. What’s your favorite animal?
Cats! I have 2 myself.
10. What’s your favorite perfume?
I love Clinique Happy.
11. What’s your favorite holiday?
12. Have you graduated from High School?
13. Have you been out of the country?
Only to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls! Lol.
14. Do you speak any other languages?
15. Do you have any siblings?
Yes. My sister Carie is 5 years older than me. My brother Mike was 2.5 years older than me, and tragically he passed away nearly 6 years ago in an car accident. Would be 37. I have 2 very little sisters. Samantha is 15 and MacKenzie is turning 13 this month.
16. What’s your favorite store?
17. What’s your favorite restaurant?
It must be Olive Garden because we go there any time we go out to dinner.
18. Do you like school?
I love learning, but I must admit…I didn’t care too much for school!
19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
I love the Daily Bumps, Shaytards, and itsjudyslife to name a few.
20. What’s your favorite movie?
The Other Woman! I just adore that movie!
21. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
The Voice and Grey’s Anatomy is about all I have time for these days.
22. PC or Mac?
23. What phone do you have?
I have the Samsung Galaxy S5.
24. How tall are you?
25. Any pets?
We have 2 cats.
My pedometer tracked my progress today and we walked 8,741 steps, or 4.51 miles today (most of which was trick-or-treating). Pretty impressive, if you ask me! Especially considering we did it with 3 sick kids who wouldnt miss trick-or-treat for anything! If everything motivated us like candy we would accomplish so much!
Being home with 3 sicks kids all day certainly keeps you on your toes all day! Strep throat has made its way through 4/5 members of my family. I appear to be the only one spared…finally, something good comes out of getting a tonsillectomy at the age of 30! When I had my tonsillectomy I was cursing my doctor for suggesting I need to have it done, and I was questioning WHY would a person ever get their tonsils removed as an adult, for the love of god! However, today was the first time in 4 years that I was glad I did. While it’s not impossible to get strep throat, it is certainly more difficult…I’ve been in closed quarters all week exposed to strep and never got it. Yay me! My poor family though! Even the baby has strep! My other two didn’t get it until they were 5. My 9 year old daughter has had a fever of 103 and the lowest its gone down to after ibuprofen was 100.5. So my husband and my 2 boys are on amoxicillin 3 times a day, and my daughter (who is allergic to amoxicillin like I am) is on essentially the liquid equivalent of the Z pack. She had a double dose tonight. Other than that I have made some preparations for our halloween party tomorrow. I made rice crispy treats and homemade spiced whipped cream for the homemade slow cooker hot cocoa i am making tomorrow for trick-or-treat. It will take more than a fever and a strep diagnosis to keepbmy kids from trick-or-treating. Although they will no longer be contagious, I hope they are feeling up to it. In order to submit this blog on time (before midnight) I will end this here. Until tomorrow…