November 12, 2018

Taking a Sick Day

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Being a mom is a full time job. But, unlike a regular 9 to 5, being a mom is a full time job that doesn’t come with sick days. You’ve always got to be on your game, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No calling in sick.

Creating a Mom Sick Day Kit

If you’re a mom, you can agree that being sick and having to take care of little ones, is not fun. 

And while it may not always come first, now that the cold weather is here, its time to start taking care of ourselves and being extra vigilant in the fight against those pesky viruses ready to wreck havoc on your health.

But, if you do find yourself losing the battle against sickness, and so badly wanting to “call it in”, make sure you’re armed and ready to face it head on. 

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

Arm yourself with a well-packed sick day kit, and be sure to include some of the following items,

For Tummy Troubles:

Chamomile Tea - helps ease the pain of an upset stomach. Keep a couple of packets in the cupboard to help reduce unpleasant cramping. 

Heating Pad - an inexpensive and cheerful way to soothe and calm your stomach. They also give you that warm comfy feeling that will make curling up on the couch much more pleasant (especially if you only have a few minutes before someone needs your attention).

For Cold & Flu:

Tissues - a no-brainer. There’s nothing worse than running out of tissues when your nose is leaking like a faucet. Keep your nose happy with a pack of your favourite soft tissues. 

Soup Packets - no on wants to cook when they’re sick and drinking soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting the liquids you need to stay hydrated. Soup is also a favourite amongst toddlers (or, at least mine), so its a win-win when you don’t need to make multiple meals.

Redoxon - a great way to get your vitamin C dose year-round whether you are sic or not. It is especially helpful when a cold throws off your usual diet, which always seems to happen when you’re sick. Just one tablet is equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 oranges**.  Available in great-tasting oranges flavours, Redoxon® also gives your water a fun fizz and flavour in case you’re getting tired of gulping down plain water all day. (**Not meant to replace food.)

hydraSense - clear your nose fast with a hydraSense® saline nasal spray. Just spray, blow and you’re clear. hydrSense is medicine-free, so you can use alongside your other cough and cold medicine. Made from 100% naturally sourced seawater, it is clinically proven to reduce and relieve nasal congestion and nasal cold symptoms. There is also a children’s version, incase they need a little help in the nasal department as well.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

For Headaches:

Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever - to help take the sting off your headache.

Essential Oils - while they may not have any scientific claim to healing, a nice peppermint, lavender or rosemary essential oil can help.

Ice Pack - can help to temporarily take the sting off a headache. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or cloth before applying for more comfort.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

With kids, sickness seems to be a never ending cycle of lovingly sharing germs. Especially if they’re in school. So, once those symptoms subside, be sure to plan ahead for the next round of sickness. Oh, the joys of parenthood.

Here are a few things you can keep on hand to get your back into your regular routine,

Getting Back on Track:

Hot Bath - when your partner gets home, pass of the kids and draw a hot bath to help clear your head and relax. Pour in some bubbles or essential oils, grab a good book and enjoy a nice, long soak. 

Sleep - nothing can truly rejuvenate your system like a full night’s rest (if you’re so lucky). Sleep plays such an important role in your overall health by reducing stress, improving mood and increasing energy. 

One A Day Multivitamins - when you are sick you may feel like you’ve been unable to eat anything, which means you may not be getting the important nutrients your body needs. One A Day® Gummies Plus Immunity Support contain zinc and vitamin C to help maintain immune health in a great-tasting gummy.

Motivational Playlist - a great playlist will lift your spirits and get you motivated to start moving again. And if you have kids that love to dance, a good dance party and a good laugh will make you feel that much better.

And there you have it - almost everything you need t make sure you’re prepared to fight the good fight when it comes to the cold weather crummies. Or in the case of being a mom, the things that can make being sick and chasing after the little ones just a little more bearable. 

REMEMBER, if your symptoms are severe or your find they are getting worse instead of better, or your children fall ill too, talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you and your family!

Do you keep a sick day kit at home? What are some of your sick day must-haves? I’d love to hear!

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


Creating a Family Sick Day Kit


November 1, 2018

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

Looking for the perfect fall recipe that's both healthy and delicious? This recipe for Roasted Beet and Kale Salad is sure to be a tummy pleaser around the dinner table. 

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

Beets. Some people love ‘em, some people hate ‘em. Personally, I’m a lover. Pickled, steamed, roasted, I love them all. 

I really don’t think beets get the credit they deserve. When roasted, they turn into this unexpectedly sweet vegetable. Perfect to pair with the bitterness of another one of my favourite vegetables, kale. 

Tip for buying and storing beets: When buying your beets, look for firm, small to medium-sized beets. To store, loosely wrap in paper towel and keep in refrigerator crisper for up to one week. 

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

This recipe for Roasted Beet and Kale Salad is sure to be a tummy pleaser around the dinner table. And it may even convert those haters into lovers of this delicious, hearty root vegetable. 

Make this salad for a hearty weeknight meal or for lunches on the go. Wherever and whenever you eat it, it’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients to keep your body fuelled as the weather turns colder and all we want to do is hibernate.

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

Serves: 2

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 6 large beets
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry the beets and kale.
  3. Prepare the kale by removing the middle rib and chopping roughly.
  4. Prepare the beets by cutting into bite size (approximately 1 inch) chunks.
  5. Toss the kale with salt, pepper and a small amount of olive oil. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 
  6. Toss the beets with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a small amount of olive oil. Place the chunks on lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast for approximately 45 minutes, tossing twice.
  7. While beets are roasting, make the vinaigrette. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper in small bowl and set aside.
  8. When beets are roasted to your liking, remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
  9. In a medium bowl, combine the roasted kale and beets, thinly sliced red onion and half of the slivered almonds. Toss with honey-lemon vinaigrette. 
  10. Garnish with remainder of the slivered almonds.
  11. Enjoy!

What is your favourite (healthy) fall meal? I'd love to hear!


Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

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