Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls, A Sick Child, & Missing Our Mother’s Tea

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I could tell by the way she was slugging along in the school pick-up line that she wasn’t doing so well. She’d been coughing since I’d gotten back from my trip, but seemed fine otherwise. I thought maybe she was tired, or was sad about something. Even calling out to her, she didn’t pick up [...]

Respiratory Help with Young Living Oils

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When I picked him up from school, he mumbled, “Mom, I’m not feeling so well.” He went on to explain how his stomach hurt somewhat, how he was coughing and having trouble breathing (but never went to the nurse, grr!). I already knew this was a bad asthma season for him already, and pointed out [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W10} The Sick Edition #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W5} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

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There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W4} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

10 Movie Recommendations When You’re Sick, Snowed In, or Stuck at Home #NetflixKids

10 Movie Recommendations When You’re Sick, Snowed In, or Stuck at Home

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. We’ve had one heck of a crazy weekend here in Texas. We endured a stomach bug AND a winter storm almost simultaneously (and we’re gearing up for more icy weather again)! Having the kids unexpectedly at home for both reasons, it’s tough to keep them occupied, [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W3} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Eighteen} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two

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Good gravy, people. Yesterday, something happened that gave me chills. Something that practically mirrored what happened almost two years ago, when I wrote a story about a chain of events that happened that made me question my beliefs on whether or not something else is truly “out there.” Divine intervention, if you will. This story begins [...]

Of All My Traits, It Had to be Asthma

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When I was young, I always dreamt of having lots of children. I dreamt of my boys picking me flowers, playing Matchbox cars on the kitchen floors, wrestling in the living room, pillow and blanket forts, and jumping in mud puddles. I dreamt of having little girls who would play with dolls, prance around dancing [...]

Why Can’t Moms Take a Sick Day?

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Do you know how hard it is to sob quietly with a sleeping infant on your chest? I tried so hard not to get sick alongside the kids, but each and every single day I go to school and see children hacking and coughing all over themselves, I just grow angrier and angrier. This ear [...]

All I Want for Christmas… is Christmas

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I didn’t shop Black Friday. I didn’t shop Cyber Week. In fact, I believe there are a total of 3 or 4 presents purchased, and that’s because my husband went and got them. I have lists of things I want to get, but I can’t seem to even begin to look, let alone price, let [...]

Doctor’s Appointment of Doom™

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I think you can safely assume that, after what we went through, I do my best to stay away from the doctor. We already feed them well, give them daily vitamins, but they’re kids and inevitably they’ll get sick. But I think you can surely understand why I secretly wimper and shake uncontrollably when walking [...]

The Birthday Fail and Lesson Learned

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During every walk this week, Baby Dude and I concocted a plan about how we were to “picnic” on his birthday yesterday, having lunch on a blanket, at the park, eating our PB&Js and carrotsticks in the sunlight while sipping water and swinging swings. It wasn’t the most dazzling plan of all plans, but it [...]

When Vacation Turns Into Staycation

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It was a nice ten-day vacation plan – visiting family, going to the beach, staying a hotel with awesome poolside activities, all while spending good quality time with my children and husband. I was elated to click-click away on websites, booking resorts and prepping and gearing up for the much needed Douglas Family Vacation of [...]

When An Ear Infection is Meningitis. Or Not. Part 2

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(Continued from Part 1) “I bet this is the first ambulance ride you’ve ever had for a patient who only has an ear infection, huh?” “Wait, what?” The EMT gripped his clipboard and pen tightly. “We were called for possible sepsis and meningitis.” “WHAT? What the hell is sepsis?!?” I yelled while gritting my teeth. [...]

When An Ear Infection is Meningitis. Or Not. Part 1

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“Ma’am, if it’s all the same to you, we’ve been here over an hour waiting for this ambulance. This is getting ridiculous. We don’t even NEED one, we can drive ourselves.” “I’m told they’re here in the clinic somewhere. They’ll be here shortly. I promise.” The nurse responded, touching my arm compassionately. This old woman [...]

Forty-Eight with Many Exclamation Points

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“Go ahead and take off your shoes.” The nurse scribbled away while my second grader slid out of his velcro sneakers and onto the scale. He stepped onto it gingerly, as he always does. She walked up behind him, masking the scale from me as she moved the metal dial, ticking it over, and over, [...]

Leaking Orifices and the Laundry Pile of Doom™

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I love nature, being outside (despite my ding-dang allergies), breathing fresh air, wind, and all that other crunchy-granola-hippie-type of crap. But every-so-often, sometimes nature’s a friggin’ bitch, man. You remember my mentioning how we were welcomed home by PukeGate2011 revisited, right? Not but two days later, Baby Dude starts, too. Which made no sense to [...]

Rebirth of a Runner

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I should’ve knocked on wood when I saw the 10-day weather forecast last week. All 60’s and 70’s and one day with a chance of rain. My running legs were itching to get back on track with the horrible weather we’ve had as of late. But then the flu laid it’s bacterial smackdown upon me, [...]

Garbage Etiquette for Kids aka Mom is Sick, Pick Up After Yourselves, Little People!

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Because I’ve been sick the past couple days, the housework has been passed over. A lot. Don’t look at me like that. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, and when she’s sick, she’s “gotta do” NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. ZILCH. ZERO. Unfortunately, this also means that no one else does anything, either. With [...]

Kids Arts and Crafts Lovin’ (and Giveaway)

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The day the Arts and Crafts Case for Kids arrived from Constructive Playthings, my poor daughter was sick from a stomach bug. She’s a mirror-image of me, loves to do crafts, draw, paint, and to not be able to rip into this right away, it just about killed her. However, it served as an important [...]

Mom Takes a Nap, Film at 11

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(Note: I would love to tell a beautiful tale of my husband’s triumphant return home as being magical and awe-inspiring, but illness has seemingly gripped our small kids again, and it’s been nothing but boogers and coughing for Round 2 of Douglas Family’s Winter of Illnesses 2011. Blerg.) Stop the presses, folks. Yesterday, I took [...]

Another Day of “Did That Just Happen?” “Did I Just Say That?” “Can I Haz A Nap Now?”

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Words actually said by me: “Baby, DON’T DRINK THE SYRUP!” Something I actually did yesterday: I nailed blankets to the wall, covering my front and back doors. What the crap? Strange places I found peanut butter this week: On my entertainment center Smeared onto the toilet wand Unbelievable as that sounds, yes, I did in [...]

Just Because Mom Knows Best, Doesn’t Mean She Knows It All

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We hurried along, sliding shoes onto feet, bundling coats on littles with zippers and snaps, and into carseats with seatbelts clicking shut. Once my six were piled on into the van, after a five-minute drive down the road, we arrived at soccer practice; the kids excited to see their friends, get their feet on a [...]

Kids and Boogers – What the Heck!?

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My toddler is the sniffly, coughing one in the house now. Ugh. Just as I thought we were all safe and finally getting over the Back To School Bronchitis Game™, she woke up with her eyes swollen, and boogers a-plenty. And upon this realization, I began pondering.. How on earth do teeny tiny toddlers with [...]