Vitamins and Supplements the Kids & I Take Every Day

Good morning friends!  Happy MLK Day to you all!  If you are off today, make the best of it, if not, make it a great day anyway!

*Also, before I get into today’s post…please know I’m not a doctor/nurse/caregiver.  These are simply just my opinions.

I wanted to write a short post on what vitamins and supplements the kids and I take every day.  Why just the kids and I and not Brock?  Well, because Brock doesn’t take anything…#TypicalDudeProbs.  I have always thought health was equal parts interesting and super important.  I took nutrition courses my third and fourth year of college because the science behind nutrition has always amazed me; so much so, that for 5 minutes, I thought about being a dietician.

I don’t really think anyone gets all the nutrition they need from food these days, unless you are eating a perfectly balanced menu every single day.  I didn’t really start giving the kids vitamins until they entered the petri dish known as school.  Also, I never thought to give them probiotics (partly because I never knew they were freakin’ magic) until Mason was 3 and having lots of constipation issues (sorry, TMI) and we were literally trying everything to get him regular (FYI…he’s still not, but it’s much better than it was).  So basically I learned and still am learning as I go, but I have done my own research and looked at 5 million reviews on what we take.  There is still a lot to learn and if anyone has any suggestions for additional vitamins and supplements, please comment and let me know.

I’m breaking this down by morning and night, though most of what is taken of a morning is taken by me.

Taken in the AM:

Mason (5 years old)–1 elderberry gummy (We use a brand called Nature’s Way and Sambucol).

Brayden (10 years old)–1 elderberry gummy.  (We use a brand called Nature’s Way and Sambucol).

Mary (like I’m going to tell you my age!) — 1 Vitamin C (1000 mg, Nature’s Way), 1 Vitamin D3 (5000IU, Naturewise) 1 bio-identical testosterone trochee (1.5mg).

Taken in the PM:

Mason–1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Way or Sambucol), 2 Immune C with zinc and echinacea gummies (Lil Critters), 2 multivitamin gummies (Garden of Life My Kind Organics), 1 probiotic (Garden of Life Organics).

Brayden— 1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Life or Sambucol), 2 Immune C with zinc and echinachea gummies (Lil Critters), 1 probiotic (Garden of Life Organics).

Mary–1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Way or Sambucol), 1 probiotic (Young Living Life Nine), 1 Vitamin C (1000 mg, Nature’s Way), 2 hair/skin/nails vitamins (Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair with biotin/folic acid/fo-ti/zinc and paba), 1 progesterone trochee (30mg) and 1 Kavinace Ultra PM (NeuroScience, adrenal, GABA support and sleep aid).

In the fall and winter the kids usually take more than what they would take in the summer on break.  Usually during the summer months, they will just take their probiotics.  Also in the summer, I will go down to 1 Vitamin C a day and stop the elderberry.

One thing we will never stop, no matter what season?  Probiotics!  I cannot stress it enough that everyone should be taking a good probiotic.  The more strains of bacteria the better.  My Life Nine from Young Living has 9 (if it wasn’t obvious haha) and the kids’ have 5, but there are some out there that have even more than 9!  My advice is to do your own research and find which one is right for you.  I would start by googling brands that have 9+ strains and then dig into ingredients, cost and reviews.  Gut health is so crucial for every day healthy living.  It’s kind of our foundation to health.  Getcha gut healthy, getcha self stayin’ healthy!

There are several more supplements that I would like to start taking like a good organic Fish Oil, but I just haven’t taken the leap yet!  I also bought Zinc to have on hand, but haven’t been taking it regularly since my hair vitamins have zinc in them.  I also know the kids take a lot of gummies and I hate that they are consuming extra sugar because of it, BUT if it gets them to put some vitamins and good stuff in their bodies that pizza,  pretzels and organic lunchables can’t deliver, I’m here for it.

Just a helpful tip, lady to lady….the Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair vitamins are LEGIT and worth every single penny.  Do you know how many hair and nail vitamins I have tried???  Well, let me tell you, I’ve tried at LEAST 10, ranging in price from 80.00 to 6.00 and I’ve never seen results.  Hair Sweet Hair is literally the ONLY vitamin in it’s category that has started new hair growth for me, all over my head.  Also, my nails grow at lightening speed and could be used to cut ….pretty much anything.  How did I find out about this gem?  My blogging friend, Cristin over at CristinCooper.com.  Side note: she’s one of my most favorite bloggers ever and hilariously funny…also, she’s from NC, so she’s already winning at life in my book.  But get the vitamins, they are so good.  So, so good!!

So, that’s it!  I know it may seem like a lot, and as Brock would say, our kids may as well be 80 year olds with day of the week pill holders, but let’s face it, most kids eat like crap.  Yes, mine will eat berries and PB and green beans and occasionally a bite or two of broccoli, but as a general rule of thumb, I think it’s important to try and supplement when possible.

 

Just as a recap, here are the brands I use for our daily vitamins/supplements:

Kids:

Garden of Life Organics Probiotics

Lil’ Critters Immune C with Zinc & Echinacea

Nature’s Way (or Sambucol) Elderberry

Garden of Life My Kind Organics Multivitamins

Me:

Nature’s Way Vitamin C 1000mg

Naturewise Vitamin D3 5000IU

Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair

Young Living Life 9 Probiotic

Nature’s Way (or Sambucol) Elderberry

NeuroScience Kavinace Ultra PM

Testosterone 1.5 mg (bio identical hormone)

Progesterone 30mg (bio identical hormone)

 

Most of these items can all be found on Amazon or even at a local Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods or a local specialty “clean” store.

You CAN NOT buy the hormones I take over the counter.  You will HAVE to talk to a doctor that specializes in bio identical hormones and have lots of blood work done to find out if you need hormones or not.  Balancing hormones is very important for optimal health, but it’s NOT something you can do alone.  Please reach out to a doctor that specializes in this and do your own research when considering these options.  If you are local to Indiana, and are interested, please send me a message or comment and I can give you my doctor’s information.

I hope you all have a great day, and I’m gonna leave ya with my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote….”The time is always right, to do something right.”

xoxo

 

 

 

Throw Back…on a Monday

Throwing it way back to November 2012 today with THIS POST 

Enjoy!!

Do It Yourself Carpet Deodorizer

So, who here has animals? Who has kids? Who has husbands? Just kidding on the husband comment (kinda).

If you have carpet in your house, most of the time, I’m sure it could use a bit of a pick me up in the freshness category.

I was searching for our natural carpet deodorizer the other night and when I finally found it, I saw it was completely empty.

So, in typical oily fashion, I started concocting my own recipe. I knew purification was a must because of how well it zaps air odors that animals leave, but I also wanted to add lemon to give it that ‘freshly cleaned’ smell.
It turned out smelling wonderful!! And bonus: by sucking up the combo on the floor, it also deodorizes the sweeper filter!
Give it a try!

Disclaimer: I’m not a DIY’er by any means, but this was SO simple, that even I was able to pull it off!

What you will need:
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops Young Living Purification essential oil
5-6 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil (you can also use orange, tangerine or grapefruit)

Combine the baking soda and both oils, slowly stirring the oils into the baking soda. Once the oils are completely stirred in (& clumps are gone), it’s ready!

You can store it in any glass container with a lid, after use.

Enjoy!!! 🙂

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Favorite Fall Scents–the Natural Way!

It’s finally fall. Mixed feelings, as you know (refer HERE and HERE). Living in Indiana, you get to experience all four seasons. I’m more of a three season type of girl myself. Maybe one day I will live in a state that only experiences three seasons.  Even though I DREAD what comes after fall, I do think fall is gorgeous here and there are so many great things about the season that I like!

My absolute favorite three things about fall are:
The food
The fashion
The smells

I know everyone is thinking “OK, smells, Mary?” But, hear me out!  A lot of memories can be brought on from a scent.  When you smell fresh air and cut grass, you think of summer.  When I smell warm spicy smells and citrus together, I think of fall.

I used to be the girl running to Bath and Body Works when the fall candles came out. I would also stock up on their fall scented wall plug-ins.

Last year, after getting started with essential oils, I decided I was no longer going to be the candle/wall plug-in girl. There are so many carcinogens in those manufactured products, and I’m assuming the better the plug-in smells, the more junk it contains. I didn’t want our kids to be breathing the chemicals all the time, not to mention the plug-ins are major fire hazard! I guess I could learn how to make my own scented candles, but that sounds like it would take a lot more time than I have right now.

Now I use our home diffuser from Young Living (part of the premium starter kit) and a variety of 100% pure essential oils from Young Living. I can mix-and-match to make the perfect fall scents and the best thing is that I can breathe easy (pun intended) knowing it is not hurting my family’s lungs, or putting our house in danger while we are gone for long periods of time.

Here are some of my favorite oily combos to diffuse for fall:

–Thieves (8 drops)
–Thieves with Orange (6 drops Thieves, 4 drops Orange)
–Christmas Spirit (6-8 drops)
–Clove with Orange (5 drops Clove, 3 drops Orange)
–Cinnamon Bark (6-8 drops)
–Cinnamon Bark with Orange (6 drops CB and 4 drops Orange)
–Thieves with Lemon (6 drops Thieves, 6 drops Lemon)

{Thieves, Lemon and the home diffuser are all included in the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  Until October 31, 2015, I will be giving a bottle of Orange or Christmas Spirit to anyone who purchases a Premium Starter Kit}

With just one home diffuser, we can safely enjoy fall scents throughout the entire first floor of our home!  We have a really open entry way that opens up to a huge loft when you walk up the stairs, so if I have the diffuser going in the kitchen, I can even smell whatever is diffusing upstairs in the loft area as well.

An added bonus, when you are diffusing oils, you will also receive the therapeutic benefit as well.  2 birds. 1 stone.

I can’t control a lot of things in life, but this is something I actually can control.  To me, it’s the best of several worlds…it’s completely natural, it is therapeutic and if our 2 year old gets into it and spills it, it’s a cool mist (similar to a humidifier) and won’t hurt him like candle wax would.

diffuser vs wax

If you have a cool mist diffuser and Young Living oils at home, give some of these blends a try to make fall come alive in your home:

fall scent guideRE

Let me know if you try any of these combos, and what you thought.

Happy Fall All!

Make your own bug spray—the natural way (using 100% pure essential oils)

If you are like me, you worry about getting bitten by (insert giant biting bug here).  Here in Indiana we get major mosquitos and even ticks and spiders.  I’m sure it could be much worse, but it’s enough to be more than annoying here when you want to spend the evening outside.

When I started using Young Living Essential Oils, I searched and searched for recipes of products I knew I would use most often and knew I wanted a 100% natural version of.  No by products, no hidden synthetics, no harsh chemicals.  One of the really cool things about essential oils is that they are pure, but still effective.  Plus, you get to feel like you are a magic chemist putting all these “recipes” together.

Today, I’m sharing the natural bug spray recipe from Young Living.  Last night I wished I had this made up and ready to go when I was outside with our 6 year old playing and he was rolling in the grass.  Normally I don’t care, but I saw mosquitos flying around.  Tis the time of year for them to make their appearance again, after all.

This recipe is super simple.  Distilled water, witch hazel, peppermint, purification and thieves oil.

BUG SPRAY

Simple and super cheap to make!

Another trick to repel bugs from around doors and windows?  Put 10 drops citronella with 3 drops of peppermint on a cotton ball (or many cotton balls) and leave them around areas of your home where bugs seem to enter.  5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of citronella work as well.

I wish you a bug bite free spring and summer! 🙂

PS, I would love to hear your experiences with this recipe and others like it!  Leave your comments below.

 

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