How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season & Prevent Viruses from Ravaging Your Family

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Sure, Fall comes with its beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun holidays, and cooler sweater weather, but it also welcomes us to the less-than desirable cold and flu season. Even as a homeschool family, we are not immune to the spread of germs, viruses, and diseases this time of year. And it is the pits. We are currently on week two of croup in our home with the most recent victim my 14 month old daughter, who I was praying would be spared as it went from one person in our family to the next. My son had croup as a baby, at like 16 months of age, and had to be hospitalized overnight. It was not fun and I did not ...

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How to Prevent Yourself From Getting Sick

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I hate being sick! I love these tips on how to avoid getting sick. Preventing it can be a pain, but getting sick is worse! #SickWeather #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sickweather. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Opinions are my own. Being sick is one of the least enjoyable parts of mortality. Yet it happens repeatedly to various levels of severity over and over again, particularly during the cold and flu seasons of the winter months. With a husband as a teacher/student at a university, and with kids who touch everything and then stick their fingers in their mouths or rub their eyes, we are no stranger to illness. Some winters have been very difficult for us. That's why I'm grateful that ...

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How to Get Children to Take Medicine Without a Fight

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Tips for getting a child to take medicine, especially if they don't like doing so. Great parenting tips! #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

There are some things that you are never told you will have to do once you become a parent. One of them is that you will have to hold down and force medicine down your child's throat, because they don't want to take it. Luckily, I've gathered some tips on how to get children to take their medicine, even if they hate taking medicine. As we approach the "cold season," which is generally considered to start in September and last until April, the same time span our children may be in school, it is important to know how to help our children avoid and treat the common cold symptoms. Colds are annoying in how adaptable they are. In ...

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How to Care for Sick Baby or Infant with the Common Cold

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It's hard caring for a sick baby or toddler because you can't give them a lot of medicine. So I love these parenting tips on helping your kid get back to full health sooner, or at least more comfortably.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Oh no! Your baby has his first cold! What are you going to do? If you run to your local drug store you'll be in for a rude surprise when you realize that pretty much all the children's cold medicine is for children 2 and up, several only for kids ages 6 and up! So, what on earth are you supposed to do when your 9 month old or your 19 month old gets a cold? First, don't fret. Because, while you can't drug 'em, you certainly can care for a sick baby or infant with ...

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How Kids Can Play Doctor: Get a Shot. Give a Shot.®

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser #GiveaShot. All opinions are my own. #CollectiveBias With twins it is often "You first then me" for anything unpleasant that must happen. When it comes to getting a shot at the doctors office, it's definitely YOU first!  Getting shots is not usually a very pleasant experience for kids, but it's necessary in order to immunize kids against things like whooping cough or meningitis.  At Walgreens clinics for anyone who goes first to get a shot they will donate a shot to a child in need. It's Get a Shot. Give a Shot. ® allowing you and your kids to really play ...

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What Every Mom Needs to Know About Genetically Modified Foods

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As a mom what do you really need to know about GMOs? Love all these FACTS and recources so I can make smart choices for my family.

Much confusion exists about whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe. The companies who make genetically modified organisms insist the foods grown from GMO seeds are perfectly safe and that we cannot feed our growing population without the use of GMOs, while public health experts insist GMOs are dangerous and are harming the health of humans, animals and the environment. In my work with families with young children, I find many mothers are confused and feel a bit whipsawed by all the conflicting information. My aim in this article is to introduce you to significant research on GMOs and to provide additional ...

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Breastfeeding hurts!: Uncovering 11 Breastfeeding Myths and Lies

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Here are eleven common lies of breastfeeding and the truth from everyday nursing moms. This is the reality of breastfeeding. whatsufpagans.com

I breastfeed my children. I breastfed my twins for 13 months. Currently I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old son and plan to continue nursing him for several months still to come. And I love it! I think breastfeeding is better than formula (though I am not anti-formula at all. I supplemented my twins with formula), and love the close bond it allows with my children. I also love not having to deal with bottles! I hate bottles (said the women who supplemented twins without a dishwasher)! However, I didn't always love breastfeeding. Breastfeeding hurts! And it's awkward at times. I struggled through the first several ...

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Food, Farming, and KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!

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Enter to win a 5QT Artisan KitchenAid Mixer from Indiana Family of Farmers!

This post is sponsored by the Indiana Family of Farmers and includes affiliate links. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Food is just one of those things that we all love to talk about. Food is as much a social and emotional engagement as much as it is a physical necessity. But, there are growing debates, growing issues about what is really in our food. Many have questions about the chemicals, hormones, and products being used on farms and in animal feed. As our country faces high obesity, blood pressure, and cancer rates, it has many looking for some place to point the finger. There are thousands of different opinions ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Sorry I didn't put one up last week! The previous two weeks I had so many other posts going up, I just didn't have the time or energy to put together a What's up Fagans? Friday post. But, here it is for this week! 1. My son is pulling up on everything! It's his very favorite thing to do.  He can pull up on the ottoman, his walker, boxes, stools, chairs, crib, TV stand, and more. He wants to be standing up! He can climb up a stair or two. He's a full on crawler and  is getting faster and faster. Oh, and he's still only 7 months old! 2. Michael has been pretty sick lately however. We've missed two Sundays of church in a row due to ...

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary: Blessings in Disguise

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary - Seeing the Blessings in Disguise. Great perspective comes with time and healing. | whatsupfagans.com

Two years ago my husband was in a severe car accident that totaled our one and only vehicle, broke his sternum, left him unable to work for more than a month, racked up medical bills, put us in (even more) financial strain, threw his awesome weight loss off track, and initiated us into the world of lawyers and lawsuits. This car accident was no fun. At. All. And today is the two year car accident anniversary. It's been two years since that accident altered our lives. Fortunately, it has been proven to us that this accident was actually the blessing in disguise that we prayed it would be. Two years out we can see all the good ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Baby Sitting Up

1. On Saturday, Josh and a few other people biked from our bishop's house up to the Indianapolis temple grounds.  It was a 30 mile ride that took about 2.5 hours.  And it was the perfect weather for the trip.  I'm still a tad angry with myself that I forgot to bring the camera!! If I can snag a picture from someone I'll come back and post it. After the ride, we went to a nearby park with another family and ate a quick lunch. 2. I love it when my Sunday school lessons go well.  I teach the 6 year olds, and no matter how many are in there, it can be a bit crazy.  But, despite the normal craziness, we went on a great tangent all ...

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Friday Favorites

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1. Today is February 1st!  I am currently putting together a monthly meal plan for our family.  We have been winging it for far too long and I am sick of the same few meals, and wasting money as produce rots and food sits idly on the shelves.  I made a list of dinner meals we like/want to try out and I will be filling it out on a printable calendar I found online.  I'm going to laminate it so I can use it every month!  Wish us luck!  I really hope it will help us stay on budget for food (for once).  Isn't this a cute meal planning calendar?2. The girls were sick with runny noses and a cough but seem to be doing better finally.  ...

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