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Germ Fighting 101-School is in Session!

Antibacterial SprayMy daughter just went back to school and I’m reminded how germy little kids can be!  I mean, I know how forgetful my kid is in the bathroom-I can’t imagine 20 plus using the same bathroom-EWWWWW!   Our immune systems have never been so taxed as they were last year when she started pre-K.  We were constantly fighting illness.  If it weren’t for essential oils, we would have been sick constantly.   So what is a mother to do?

I have a few suggestions for fighting bugs.  First, I want to highlight one of the most effective oil blends.  In fact, it’s so effective, almost every popular essential oil company has come up with their own version of it!  Young Living has Thieves, DoTerra has OnGuard and Spark Naturals has Shield, just to mention a few.

Shield Essential Oil is a blend of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.  It contains no carrier oils or fillers.  This blend fights viruses and bacteria like no other single oil.  The interesting history of this blend is that the “thieves” of the plague in 15th century England covered themselves in this blend in order to survive robbing the dead bodies.  Lovely, huh?

Many studies have demonstrated and proven the incredible killing power of these oils against harmful airborne and internal pathogens.  Shield blend creates a  hostile environment for viruses, bacteria, parasites, infections, microbes and mold.  Anyway, the germ fighting action is incredible with this blend and I would suggest it as a staple during the winter season and school year.

Ways to use Shield to fight germs….

  1. Diffuse-find a diffuser HERE.  Diffusing Shield kills airborne germs and should be diffused daily, but especially during illness.
  2. Drop one drop in 8 ounce to strengthen the immune system.  I usually do this every couple of hours once I feel a sickness coming on.
  3. Apply to the bottoms of feet to rev up immune system.
  4. Combine 12-18 drops with vinegar to create a germ killing cleanser for surfaces.
  5. Spray on hands to disinfect harmful germs.  See below for spray recipe.
  6. Add 4-6 drops on a wet wash cloth and throw in the dryer for a DIY dryer sheet!
  7. Apply 1-2 drops to cold sores, fever blisters, boils for accelerated healing.
  8. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the throat to soothe a sore throat.
  9. Add a drop to your toothbrush or mouthwash.

AND the SECRET WEAPON……

My car diffuser.  Cheap and yet so effective.  This little baby plugs into your cigarette lighter and diffuses essential oil through out your car.  I find this so effective when picking up my daughter from school.  Find car diffusers HERE.

Antibacterial SpraySecret weapon #2…..

Hand Sanitizing Spray-

1/2 Shield Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1/2 vodka or witch hazel (find it HERE)

*I like to use vodka because alcohol helps kill more bacteria then witch hazel.  Plus, vodka doesn’t have much of a smell, especially when up against an essential oil blend.

Direcitons:

  1. Combine in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and shake.  Find glass bottles HERE.
  2. Spray on hands to kill germs.

Antibacterial SprayI spray this on my daughter’s hands each time I pick her up from school.  It’s quick and easy and works wonders.  I also spray it right into the heater/air conditioner to disperse it throughout the car, works as an alternative to a car diffuser.

Of course, building up the immune system with nutritious meals and snacks and daily supplements will do wonders for fighting illness this winter.

Happy germ fighting!

xx, Jenni

Breakfast Popsickles for Kiddos on the go!

POPSICLES I don’t know about you all, but morning at our house during the school year can be really hectic.  I have kids that are wide awake by 6:30 am all summer but as soon as the school year starts my girls are like zombies until I literally drag them out of bed and turn on every light!  So, arguing about breakfast is just not an option.  I need something that is quick and healthy, that they will eat happily.

It isn’t easy to provide a non sugar filled breakfasts in the morning.  Cereals, toaster pastries and cereal bars just don’t provide the nutrition kids should start their day with.  Juices from concentrate are far from being nutritional and so sugary that they provide an immediate boost of energy with a huge slump once kids get to their first class!  Ideally, I would get up early enough to cook eggs and make a yummy yogurt with fruit and organic granola, but that’s probably not going to happen most mornings!

I love smoothies.  I can really fill mine with some highly nutritional foods that I wouldn’t normally eat in a non smoothie form.  My kids can be so picky that they won’t even eat certain foods in smoothie form.  BUT-freeze a smoothie-call it a popsicle and viola!  you’ve got a highly nutritional breakfast that even includes a veggie!!

Ok, so you’re probably raising an eyebrow at me right about now-Let me tell you why these popsicles are nutritionally balanced and will provide an adequate amount of energy for your kids to get through the morning.  You should know though, I still worry that my daughter will get hungry mid-morning so she usually eats something more as well.  We like organic poptarts.  I can find the linked brand at Walmart.  They are mess free and yummy!

First off, let’s talk nutrition-

Chia Seeds are a powerhouse food.  Just  1 TBSP. contains 5.5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat.  They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

Coconut Oil contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid.  Because coconut oil has anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral properties, it can fight viruses, fungus, bacteria, candida and parasites.  Coconut oil can help boost immunities.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids of a medium length.  They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy!

Coconut Milk contains 50% more calcium than dairy milk.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin D and is dairy, soy, lactose and gluten free.  Coconut milk is much easier on the digestive system then milk can be.

Raw Honey is a natural antioxidant.  It contains enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. Raw honey helps neutralize damaging free radical activity.  It also promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine and can even counteract seasonal allergies!!  It is a great defense against colds and flus!

Greek Yogurt is another great source of calcium and vitamin D.  It helps give the popsicles a creamy taste and of course it contains live cultures which promote good gut health!

Find molds HERE, HERE or HERE.

Most of the ingredients you can find at your grocery store or health food store, but I have linked a few high quality items for online ordering!

Strawberry Pineapple Green Popsicles!

1-2 cups Organic baby spinach

1 TBSP. Raw Honey (find HERE)

1/2 cup Organic Greek Yogurt (plain, full fat)

1 TBSP. Unrefined Coconut Oil (find HERE)

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 TBSP. Chia Seeds (find HERE)

1/4 cup organic strawberries (frozen works great)

1/2 cup pineapple (not canned)

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Transfer to popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze
  4. Enjoy!

popsicle 1

Tips-

  • I always buy a whole pineapple, chop it up and freeze it.  I like to avoid canned food and there’s nothing like a fresh, whole pineapple!
  • Because organic baby spinach is expensive-If I don’t use the spinach fast enough, I will freeze my spinach.  Frozen spinach works great in a smoothie.
  • I run hot water over the caps/covers of the popsicles in order to pop them out once they are frozen.  Otherwise they can come out in chunks.
  • I make my 5, almost 6 year old wear a bib in the care while she eats-just in case she drops some popsicle on her school outfit.
  • Berries are the best choice for the fruit portion of this recipe but they are just not too sweet and they STAIN!!!

Popsicles are perfect for eating on the way to school.  It’s a fun treat and the smoothie recipes are endless.  Once they get tired of this recipe, mix it up with different fruits.  Adding cinnamon is fun too!  Hey, who said you couldn’t feed your kids a veggie before lunch!?!

xx, Jenni

Dorm Room CHIC!

dorm room chicSummer is fleeting and it’s already back to school time!  I’ve put together some of my picks for the coolest dorm room ever!  Ahhhh, I remember the days when I could not wait to decorate my room in college!  Freedom was so new and being on my own was beyond exciting!  Once I moved out of my parent’s house, it didn’t take long for me to cultivate a style that was all my own!

Even if you’re not yet on your way to college, a bedroom styled to represent your unique personality is so important!  I hope my ideas inspire you.  There’s nothing like a newly decorated room to start the school year off on the right note!

  1. Love this horse bedspread-kind of quirky, super cool!
  2. I’ve been eying this Target floor lamp for a while now, and it’s on sale!
  3. Love this chevron heather gray throw, it will match with everything!
  4. This black and white throw is beyond amazing.  It’s big enough to go at the end of a bed and adds quite a lot of interest.
  5. These little trays come in every color and letter-perfect for jewelry!
  6. Love this colorful orange lamp!  Another Target find on sale!
  7. These feather decals are so dang cute!  Pops of color with a modern edge!
  8. This black and white rug will hide old dingy flooring and give your room a boho, modern look!  Plus it will match with just about everything!
  9. There’s nothing like tons of pillows to make a fun hang out for late night gab sessions!
  10. Teal pillow
  11. Yellow pillow
  12. Love Target’s end tables, there were many to choose from but this one stood out with it’s clean, mid-century modern lines.
  13. How cute and trendy is this arrow-and super cheap!

xx, Jenni

P.S. These cute and colorful music players by Crossley are def. on my wish list!!

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