If You Don't Want Winter + The Holidays To Suck, READ THIS!

Does this sound familiar...

The first cold/flu strikes your house. One kid goes down, then another, then dad... Possible cycling back through everyone for an encore performance. Then, after spending two weeks caring for every member of your family who's been sick, YOU get sick. Not super sick, just kind of dragging and sniffling sick.

Then, two weeks later, because you refused to slow down and take care of yourself,  you find yourself bedridden. Dying. Not even the mountain of laundry in your house, currently so large it's getting its own zip code, can't even rouse you out of bed.

All because your stubborn ass didn't delegate the chores and go back to bed.  FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!

It's time for Change, Parents.

It's time to take care of yourself sooner than later so you don't spend the ENTIRE winter fighting off your first cold or flu from, OCTOBER! You know, like last winter and the Winter before that?

You know I'm right, too.
So, what's the plan? You've read my viral post on,  Tips for keeping your family safe during cold and flu season, but what happens if the flu infiltrates your household? How will you stop yourself from getting the four-month mom's draggin' ass flu? Don't have a plan? Haven't even thought about it? Here are a few tips from me and the experts on how to care for yourself, so the holidays' don't consist of you sick and miserable.

1. Create an emergency sick kit BEFORE anyone gets sick!  Stock the house with EVERYTHING you need to fight off winter's ailments, BEFORE they strike. Pre-stock the house with cold/flu meds, throat lozenges, extra boxes of tissue, Gatorade, sprite, antibacterial wipes... YOU know you will have to buy them eventually Why wait until 11:30 at night with a crying child or a head cold so hardcore you're positive death would be better?

2. Delegate the chores, early in the season. There's no reason you should do everything, anyway. Make a list of your night and morning routine. Pass it off to the most responsible adult. I say "most responsible adult" because, sometimes, it's a toss-up between my husband and his mini-me.



5. Eat a solid breakfast. NOT just the last two bites of the waffle your child didn't finish.

6. Decide if a trip to the doctor is necessary. If so, BLOODY GO!!!!!!

7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Until the cold or flu has passed, stay still. No good comes from dragging your sorry ass out of bed the minute you have enough energy. Seriously. How did that work out for you last year?  It brought you another day in bed, didn't it? Me too.


You could do nothing.

Which, you know results in you eventually being bed-ridden anyway. Remember last year when you took days off work and were too sick to move thanks to not slowing down in the first place?

Yeah. That.

My friend, don't fall into the same sick routine. You know you will end up in bed one way or another.

Why not take care of yourself and get ALL THE WAY better on the front end? It only takes about 1-3 days. Opposed to the month of sniffles and feeling rundown that leads to the two weeks of feeling like you're dying, followed by two days in bed feeling like death would be a welcome relief. Only to get about 85% better and spend the rest of the winter feeling, "not-quite-right."

Do you really want that?

Please, mom, dad, primary caregiver, take care of yourself this cold and flu season.

You know, how on a plane you put the oxygen mask over your face before your child's, it's because you are worthless to your family if you are dead.


Be Your Best You In 30-Days Or Less! #30DayChallenge

The temperatures are plummeting, the trees are starting to show their beautiful colors, and I made the best beef stew with made-from-scratch Everything Bagels and turkey chili with jalapeño cheese cornbread last week. Oh, yes, the cold air and comfort food are taking over my life. If I was in my early 20s when I could eat and drink anything I wanted and still be a size 4 I'd be stoked for comfort food and cornbread, unfortunately, since crashing into my 30s, everything I put in my mouth shows up on my ass, five minutes later


Long story short, it’s time to kick off the third annual winter season 30-Day Challenge: Beat Holiday weight gain before it beats you! If you’re a long time reader then you know how the 30-day challenges work. If not, get ready to have your life changed in 30-days. Actually, it’s more like 14 days. You’re gonna love this!

Today it is my honor, for the third year I row, to partner with TeaMi Natural Tea Blends (and other amazing stuff!) to kick off my Fall/Winter 30-Day Challenges! All opinions are my own. 

The first 30-day challenge requires a two-step approach. 

Step 1: Detox to get you clean, lean and ready for jeans. 

For the third year in a row, I’m sticking to my trusted and beloved, TeaMi 30-day Detox. There is no better, healthier, tastier, tea detox. At least not that I've ever found and I’ve been a tea detox devotee for about 15 years. 

All Natural Ingredients: 

TeaMi Skinny TeaOolong, Yerba Mate, Lime leaf Extract, Lotus leaf, Ginger

Root, Dandelion leaf, Rhubarb Root.

Teami Colon Cleanse Tea:
Senna Leaf & Root, Hawthorn Berry Extract, Lotus Leaf, Lime Leaf & Extract, Psyllium Husk Seed, Phaseolus Calcaratus Seed, Rhubarb Root, Poria Cocos Stem Bark, Valerian Root.

The Teami Detox Tea Pack includes:

  • 30 day supply of our Skinny loose-leaf tea
  • 15 colon cleanse tea bags
TeaMi Detox will completely change how your body looks and feels in just 30 days!

  • Boost your metabolism
  • Start burning stored fat
  • Calms muscle spasms and muscle tightness
  • Naturally, raise energy levels
  • Detox your internal organs
  • Reduce Bloating
  • Improve skin complexion
  • Flush out harsh toxins
  • Fix digestive issues

The program is a super fast, healthy weight loss blast that takes minimal effort. It's as easy as drinking a cup of 'Skinny tea' every morning and then every other night, a cuppa Colon tea before bed. Thirty days later, you will have lost a stupid amount of weight and most of all, you’ll be feeling great about yourself. Which, in my experience, has led to making much better choices around the holiday food table.  Unless your doctor says otherwise, DO THIS!

TIP: If you suffer from the mid-day rut and mindless snacking that comes with it, the TeaMi ALIVE Natural Tea Blend will solve that problem instantly. No more coffee jitters. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tea!!!! All Natural Ingredients: Ginger, Honey, Lemongrass, Green Tea!

There are a host of reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Alive Tea:

Benefits may include:
  • Eliminating Chronic Exhaustion 
  • Boosting Metabolism 
  • Heightened Focus & Concentration
  • Increasing Energy Levels
  • Relieving Muscle Pain & Inflammation
  • Purifying the Colon
  • Increasing Blood Circulation which Improves Skin Complexion
  • Detoxing of the Kidney & Liver
  • Decreasing Migraines
  • Relieving Discomfort from Stomach Cramps
Step 2: 30/30 walking challenge to get you active, sleeping better and off the cold-comfort couch. 

The second part is my favorite, the 30/30 Walking ChallengeThis 30- day challenge requires you to walk 30-minutes a day, for 30 days. You could do two 15-minute walks, too! 

 I personally lose about 10 to 12 pounds on this challenge alone, but people who have more weight to lose, I’ve known to lose up to 22 pounds! The Aussie is a week ahead of me! What's more annoying, if I don't do the Tea Detox with the walking challenge he will lose TWICE as much as me.


I’m not kidding. Diligently stick to the detox and walking challenge for 30-days and you will be a completely changed person inside and out. 

Please, do this. I know you’ll thank me. 

Every year I have many readers who do! And my favorite part is that throughout the year, I receive emails and photos of members of this community doing their own 30-day challenges. (Alissa, thank you for getting your entire office involved!) I’m serious, once you start your first 30-day challenge, you’ll never stop. The possibilities are endless. Focus on a different aspect of your mind, body, and soul each month, and at the end, you will be better for it. 

To get your hands on my beloved TeaMi 30-Day Detox and mid-day rut buster ALIVE tea, go here. Use code: April15 at checkout for 15%!! 

Start this weekend, and by Halloween, you will be down a dress size and by, Thanksgiving, possibly two! Remember, it's far easier to keep the weight off then burn it off later.

For more information about the 30/30 walking challenge and tips to incorporate more activity into your day go, here.



Pro Tips For Party Perfect Halloween Hair + Makeup

Whether you're going for super scary, super cute or super slutty, these Pro Tips For Party Perfect Halloween Hair + Makeup are super easy to pull off.

These makeup ideas are so cool and so easy!

Use Fishnets as a stencil for perfect Mermaid Scales

For a closed, big mouth Cheshire Cat look, use your natural line as a guide. 

For an open mouth, use your upper lip line and chin as a guide!

For cartoon eyes, use white to draw a large outline under your lower lash, finish the look with fake eyelashes.

Use liquid eyeliner to make precise lines, that last! There are so many colors available today, the possibilities are endless.

For the crazy eye look, without wearing irritating contacts, incorporate design on eyelids. Hold closed for photos and shock factor.

Make sure the makeup you use is safe for little faces. Crappy makeup can end a Halloween before it starts.

Now that the basics are out of the way, here are a few tutorials that look complicated, but are so easy to recreate!

First: Double Vision

Oooohhhhh Cheetah! 

 A Skeleton perfect for boys and girls! 


Need a look that you can go from work to party, fast? 

These Halloween hairstyles will scare, mystify and even melt a few hearts.

Create a ponytail, then wrap a mummy, spider, doll... you get the point.

Turn your child's hair into a spooky spiderweb

 Mmmmm Cupcakes! 

 Tie strips of tulle to a plastic headband for homemade Troll Hair! 

Don't forget the boys! 

Listen Up, Parents. THIS Works. Don't Bother Buying Anything Else...

**Today, I am partnering with Summers Laboratories to share the best Diaper, Skin, and Psoriasis products for children. All opinions are my own.  

At my baby shower, my sister gave me a huge basket full of all of her favorite, tried, tested and approved baby products. As she was going through the basket pointing to her favorite wipes, diapers, organic onesies, she reached in and grabbed a huge tub of Triple Paste Diaper Rash Cream, pushed it into my face, and said, "THIS is the best diaper rash cream on the market. Do not bother buying anything else, this stuff works! The last thing you want is a newborn with diaper rash."

The funny thing about that is I actually never did buy anything else. (Thanks, Big Sister. XO)

Now, six years later, I'm the one pushing the tub of skin cream in her face, but she is still the one saying, " 
Do not bother buying anything else, this stuff works!" 

Allow me to elaborate, parents with children suffering from severely dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or really any other skin ailment...

A couple of weeks ago, my sister called in tears that her daughter's eczema, that she's had since birth, is just not getting better seeing the pediatric dermatologist, and only getting worse. She told me how every product they have ever tried either didn't work or had such severe side effects they really made matters worse. I remember one of the tar shampoos smelled so bad, the poor little girl smelled like she had been paving roads all day. I also feel horrible in the winter for her when her eczema really flares up! 

Desperately wanting to help them, I did some research and read countless forums, and two particular products were repeatedly touted as 'the best'; Tarsum Medicated Shampoo and Cutemol Emollient Skin Cream.

So get this, both products are made by Summers Laboratories, the same people who make Triple Paste! That's when I knew I had to get both products into sister's hands!

The first night my sister tried the products on my niece she called me so overjoyed with the results. I ended up crying along with her and jumping for joy! My sister said the Tarsum Medicated Shampoo helped visibly more than any other product she'd ever used and most of all, the burning that all of the other Tar-shampoos caused, my niece, didn't complain about. Which is huge considering some eczema shampoos have brought her to tears. 

And as if the shampoo working so well wasn't enough, my sister said the Tar smell was not only way "less stinky" than any other tar shampoo she'd used, but after shampooing the tar smell was gone! 

Hallejuah! Amen! 

As for the Cutemol Emollient Cream. WOW! WOW! WOW! I can personally attest to that magic cream. It's the most amazing cream I've ever used. It's super thick and silky, but NOT GREASY!  My sister and I sat there rubbing our hands together, floored by the super soft coating of moisturizer on our hands that soaked right into our skin. If you live in a cold climate, have dry skin or just want a super moisturizer, BUY THIS! OhMiGosh, BUY THIS! 

My sister made me promise to tell the world, and especially parents with children who have eczema, to give these two products a try. And I promise, she really said this to me, "Tell them not to buy anything else, this stuff works."

I just can't recommend enough checking out all of the products Summers Labs creates. If you have a child with any type of a skin ailment, at all, from head to toe, see if they have a product that can help, because I'm 100% certain, it will help. These people know what they're doing. 

Don't bother buying anything else, their stuff works!  To see the complete product range from Summers Labs, Click here

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