Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our Defense Against Winter Sickness

Last Year was just a busy year for us. Between church commitments, school events, writing and blogging deadlines and an International trip.. don't ask me how we did it. I don't know either! Kidding aside, we did hit a lot of road blocks along the way. We made adjustments here and there with our schedule and gave ourselves room ( days sometimes) to breathe. When you have a busy family life and a calendar packed with to do's, appointments and responsibilities, it is easy to lose focus of what is important.

In spite of all the busyness that we had, we are grateful for all the wonderful opportunities that God had opened for us. For His grace to be able to adjust with whatever life may throw at us. One thing I am thankful for is discovering these vitamins and supplements for our family. This is not a paid post , though I did use affiliate links. I am just so happy with these products that I had to share. Last year, it really did feel like our kids were sick the whole winter. When you have school age kids, you know what I mean. It is so hard to keep your kids from getting sick. It seems like our eldest went to school everyday to shop for a cold or fever.

PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM NOT A PEDIATRICIAN and I am not in the medical field. Before giving these products to our kids, we did CONSULT OUR KID'S PEDIATRICIAN. I strongly suggest that you do the same.

Note: This is not a sponsored post and I did not get any free item to post . I am just a happy and contented mom, very satisfied with the products. However, I provided  amazon affiliate links where to buy it and so you can also read the reviews for yourself.


We had used the Flintstones and Lil Critters gummy vitamins. I started them on Flintstones. It is very affordable and it seemed like the right choice that would get our daughters to take vitamins. Then we tried the gummies. It took several attempts because they just got really used to the little chewable vitamins. I did my own reading and research . Just like anything else, you will find good and bad reviews.

Because it felt like our girls were sick almost all the time in spite of the constant reminders to wash their hands , to drink plenty of water and to get enough sleep...We decided to change things up with their vitamins and supplements. I went online, read the reviews first. BEFORE I ORDERED it, I printed the information ( info on the back label) and forwarded it to their pediatrician. I made sure that I got the green light from their pediatrician first. 

Here's the products that we've been using for a while now.

1. Tropical Oasis Multiple Vitamin Mineral


I was advised by the pediatrician that the best form of vitamins for kids of course are from real foods. Not all kids can get all the vitamins and minerals when they are picky eaters, vitamins in liquid form is the best way to go since some tablets and gummies are packed with sugar. What I love about this product is that it has more vitamins and minerals than a child needs. It is also fruity and tasty ...according to my picky kiddos.




2. Nature's Way Sambucus for Kids


We are really happy that we discovered and tried this product. Aside from honey and lemon , this is our first line of defense during the cold season.  Elderberries does our body good but needs to be standardized for kids. Did I mention that our girls used to be sick for at least two weeks? It felt like a month long battle. This helped our girl's immune system. We would give a teaspoon for everyday maintenance , and 2 teaspoons for when they have the bug . We swear by this supplement! With a kid in school and being exposed to sickness all the time...We highly recommend this product ( Reminder: Ask your Pediatrician first before adding or changing your child's vitamins and supplements). In fact, even me and my husband take a tablespoon of this when we are sick ( together with Yogi Throat Comfort tea)


3. Barleans Kids Omega Swirl Fish Oil

Our girls loves this! There is NO fishy smell. Not unlike the other brands that claim to have no fish smell but do have one. It does taste like a smoothie while it gives the benefits of Omega-3's. I'll be honest, we do try to serve fish at least once a week.I am aware that you can get Omega 3 not just in fish but for those days that they don't get the daily serving needed for their brain development , this is my recommendation.









These three along with vitamin c and children's probiotics are our go to daily vitamins and supplements for our girls. While there is debate on whether vitamins are really needed and beneficial, know that again..I am not a Pediatrician or a specialist. Just like you, I am a mother who likes to give the best for her kids and provide the essentials for their growth.

Along with these "reinforcements" , it is very important to also provide a balanced diet. Choosemyplate.gov is a free online resource that provides information, guidelines and tips on healthy eating.

 
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Keeping their shots up to date is VERY important as well. Remind your kids to always wash their hands and to get plenty of rest. Nothing beats a full night's sleep and a warm bowl of Chicken Soup.





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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bloggers Spotlight Link Party #48

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 48

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Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party #97


Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #97

We are simplifying the rules of the party! Why make it complicated to enjoy a link party when we can keep things simple? You are still welcome to share as many links as you want, both old and new. And of course we would still love to meet you, we appreciate follow backs and a link back on our party however it is not required.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Have Fun at Medieval Times

We recently celebrated my mom's extra special birthday. Why extra special? It's been years since I was able to celebrate her birthday WITH HER. She is visiting from Philippines . While we were blessed to be able to go home last 2014 and then again last year , we weren't given the opportunity to celebrate her special day. Now that she will be spending a few months with us,her birthday is on the top of our list. To make it fun and memorable . Our girls are beyond excited to celebrate their Grandma's birthday.

My husband and I kept the secret of where we are all going to celebrate. What we told them was we were going to a new place that we have not gone before. A new experience for all of us! Rob and I are also thrilled. We have heard only good things about Medieval Times Dinner Tournament. Truth be told, I always wanted to visit and try ever since. Every time we are in Buena Park, we passed by Medieval Times , the eagerness to experience it builds up. So when I was given the chance to review and VISIT Medieval Times...I certainly did a happy dance.





I tweeted my excitement before our visit and Medieval Times people..do respond. They do make you feel that your visit is anticipated, just right there you know that the customer service will be great.  When we arrived, expect a line however, the lines moves pretty quickly. You will greeted with smiling and friendly staff wearing Medieval times costumes ( and  expect the cute accent) and be taken back to the Medieval period.

We wore paper King Hats to indicate color or "teams". You will also have a choice to have some photo opp with a Medieval period princess! My girls are excited to wear the crowns too.

Me and the Mr. How do you like our crowns?


Expect a crowd when you get inside. There is a large waiting/hanging out area and a bar area. There are plenty of tables and chairs. My mom uses a cane so having a whole lot of chairs and table is a plus. We were also approached by a guy who works there ( my bad, I forgot his name) he offered to take my mom in first when the doors open because of her cane. That folks is just awesome!!


While we were waiting for the show and dinner , we took a look around and got excited to show the horses to our kids. They are beautiful and I think that is cool because we were able to use it as a point of discussion and learning for our girls. All kids love animals! My husband bought flags too, totally optional. It will be a souvenir too.


Even if there is a waiting time , time quickly went by. We were there an hour before the dinner and tournament , the entertainment does not just start when the gates open.  There will be some announcements, reminders and laughs.


 As soon as the gates open, we were all impressed by how big the place is!  Inside those walls, you will travel back into Medieval Spain. We were seated according to color. I will not give you all the details just because it is a MUST VISIT place. I can assure you though that the 4 coarse meal is so good! A lot of food if you ask me BUT they do give out to go boxes.



My family totally enjoyed the show too!! You will cheer and will be impressed with the two hours of jousting-packed action as you watch the  resident knights fight for the honorable title of the King’s Champion.  Be prepared to get messy! You will eat with your hands from the delicious meal.


Here's a few pictures from our fun visit :


All of us with a happy belly. 


Right after the show, we picked up a souvenir for our fun experience. Our girls asked when can we go back again. Thankfully, Medieval Times offers discounts and promotions.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 47

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