Italian Cream Sodas are a favorite in my family. When Todd and I got married we had Italian Cream Sodas as our featured drink, my nieces always make them when I go over to watch them, my brothers are obsessed- it’s easy to say it is a favorite drink at the Olthuis house. So with the holidays upon us and much family time in the near future I thought it would be fun to share an EASY Italian Cream Soda recipe that helps to limit the amount of items used.
Have you ever lost your wedding ring? The panic of realizing that its gone and you might never find it? I have and its not a fun feeling. Especially when you don’t want your husband to find out that you can’t find it- you know, searching everywhere you think it could be but acting cool like nothing is wrong. Well guess what- I got caught- my husband actually found it and asked me about it one day. Worst feeling ever.
Well I don’t have to experience that feeling ever again. Thanks to Tile I will be able to find it if I ever lose it again. I attached the tile to my wedding ring and engagement ring using a key ring. If I ever can’t find it I go to my phone and click find on the app, or any device that I can use the app with to log in. It will play music to let me know where it is and it will also show me the location on my phone gps.
Now you might wonder, a wedding ring- why aren’t you wearing your wedding ring. I am a dental hygienist and as a RDH (registered dental hygienist) you are encouraged to not wear jewelry which includes a wedding ring. Now I know some still do but I am kind of a germaphobe when it comes to stuff like that. You see jewelry is small and has small parts that the bacteria can get into. So when I work I don’t have my wedding ring on- the other days I don’t like to wear it because I have scratched my kids with it- as well as getting it dirty with just being around kids. I have always felt like it was safer put away- until Olivia started to explore into all of my things.
Now in marriage what is mines is yours- but it is that way with kids as well. At least the part of what is mine is yours, but what is theirs is theirs, right? So having Olivia getting into my things and playing with my jewelry was how I lost my wedding ring and thank goodness I was able to find it not too far in the house- but I don’t have to worry about that again thanks to Tile.
We have also used a tile on Olivia’s favorite stuffed animal, Rudolph the red nose reindeer- and no I am not saying that because its almost Christmas. Last year my mom gave Olivia a book with the stuffed animal and she hasn’t parted with it yet. She will run around all day playing with this thing and once its bedtime it disappears- I think its a way to stall bedtime, but of course she has a meltdown in her bed til one of us can find it. Thanks to Tile its not that hard of a task anymore and bedtime can stay on time.
It’s fall, the perfect time of year to start craving everything apples. Apple pie, caramel apple, apple rolls. You know when its late at night and all you want is a snack that is quick to whip up but has that yummy home-made taste, I can’t be the only one that gets these cravings often. Well I devoured pinterest and came across a few recipes and started looking into my cupboards and fridge to see what I had available and created my own- altered/combined recipe of an Apple Cinnamon Rolls. You can save $1.00 using this coupon on the cinnamon Rolls
As parents we have a million things going through our heads at all times.
did I change the load in the wash
what is for dinner tonight
do I have those groceries to make that
I hope I am going to have time to get Ryan to her doctor appointment without waking her from her nap
did Olivia eat enough for breakfast and was it even healthy
Lets be honest do our minds ever stop- I know mine doesn’t. I went and got a massage the other day and the entire time I was thinking about a million things. I couldn’t even relax.
I know I don’t have it bad compared to some but between dealing with Ryan’s acid reflux and than adding her plagiocephaly & torticollis into the mix I feel like we are always on the go. The last thing that I want to have to deal with is a diaper rash.
When Ryan was about a month old she started getting really bad diaper rashes & was upset all the time- the only thing that would calm her down was to nurse her but that only lasted a few minutes and than she would arch and scream. Come to find out she was reacting to all the dairy that I was eating (which I live off of my dairy) and she had acid reflux. One thing that really helped during this time was Desitin Rapid Relief.
Every now and then we still deal with diaper rash but it is nothing compared to those earlier days. I also know that we are staying on top of it to help prevent it from happening. If you are dealing with diaper rash right now Desitin shares some of their secrets how to deal with it here as well as how to prevent it from happening here. We love using the Desitin Rapid Relief but I also recommend trying their Desitin Maximum Strength Original paste. Have you tried Desitin? What are some secrets to keeping your little ones bum from turning red?
Chores are an excellent way to teach children responsibility as well as being a part of the family and contributing. One thing I have noticed with children is the desire to help out so I knew I wanted to teach her things while she still had this desire. We started some of these chores around the age of 1 but thought I would write a list of a few chores we have her do and most 2 year olds are capable of doing.
2 Year Old Chore List
Wipe up spills
We started this early- around 1 1/2 years old- every time she would spill something on the floor I would give her something to help wipe it up- sometimes she would go into the drawer and get a towel herself as well to help clean it up. She doesn’t always do the best job and I often have to go after her and finish cleaning it up but I love that she knows that if something spills she needs to clean it up.
Pick up her toys & books
This task isn’t always easy- she gets distracted very easily when picking up her toys and will sit down and start playing. I probably end up cleaning most of the toys up but I do like knowing that she can do it. There are times that I tell her I will not help to pick them up and make her do them herself. I think it is good to teach them that you are not there to serve their every desire. If they make a mess it is their responsibility to clean it up.
Make her bed
Thanks to Beddys bedding this is an easy task. I think a made bed makes the room but how hard would it be for a 2 year old to always make that bed when I can’t even seem to make my own all the time- thanks to the zipper feature she is able to zip her bed made and she loves doing it as well.
Brush her teeth
I am a dental hygienist so this one is extremely important to me and I love that she wants to do it. Obviously I go in and do it as well but I love that she wants to brush them herself. It will create a healthy habit for when she is a teenager and older.
Throw away her garbage
Another task that she has loved since a young age. She often asks to throw away our garbage. I wanted to teach her to not leave her trash everywhere for me to find. Outside I do not allow her to leave her garbage all over the yard either. There are times that we eat outside and she will get distracted and want to run off and play but I still make her throw things away. Hoping it will help to prevent littering in the future as well
Feed the cats
This chore more came about from her begging to do it. We help her with this task and measure out the amount the cats need but she goes and puts it in their bowls. She often goes and calls for the cats to come to dinner as well if they aren’t already up in the kitchen begging for it.
I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet. I enjoy winter but ever since becoming a parent each changing of the seasons makes me sad- realizing how quickly time is flying with my babies. So having this Welchs box arrive the other day was the perfect pick me up that we needed. I laid out a fun picnic blanket on the floor and let Olivia open the box up- one of her favorite things to do lately. I was as excited as her. I mean look how cute these pineapple cups are.
Now I am not a fan of coconut water- I have tried to give it a chance several times. I felt left out since everyone was talking about how much they loved it and how beneficial it was for you. I just couldn’t get over the taste. I was a little nervous to try Welchs new Coconut Water drinks but I thought if I was going to like anything with coconut water this would be it. Honestly I love it. I am not the only one either- Olivia is asking for her fun drink all the time.
Being a dental hygienist I usually don’t give my daughter a lot of drinks other than milk and water. I even try to limit the milk but I don’t feel guilty about giving into her with this. It has 30% LESS sugar and only 100 calories per serving. With every 8 oz drink you are getting 2 servings of fruit. As a busy mom this is helping me feel less guilty when I give her a juice knowing that it has benefits to it.
Go to their website and you can search what retailers have this new product available. We were able to find them at our local Target Store- which come on-every mom loves going to Target so tell your husband to watch the kids because you need to go pick up a healthy juice with coconut water.
The girls and I got to spend the weekend up in Park City, Utah last weekend while we spent some time with their cousins. It was the perfect girl weekend- even the pets are girls. After packing up the entire house between a 6 month old and a 2 1/2 year old I wanted to make sure to pack lightly for myself. A few items that I had recently gotten were perfect for this weekend trip. I was able to wear the outfit together or wear the pieces with other things- keeping my luggage to a minimum. Take a look at how I wore them throughout the weekend and shop the items below.
Last weekend was the first day of fall and as this might look like the perfect fall day I must add that when we woke up that morning we woke up to snow. It was extremely cold up there yet I was perfectly fine running around in these leggings- I had gotten the Cuddle Duds fleece leggings and at first I was nervous that they might be too thick looking. You know how leggings are usually skin tight- so I didn’t want them to look to thick. Well they are perfect, they are thick and soft enough that I didn’t feel cold at all on my legs yet thin enough to give me that cute leggings look. I am extremely happy with that product.
The Cuddl Duds maroon shirt got worn several times, I wore it with jeans, just the shirt and leggings and once it really cooled down I added a grey cardigan. Which I must add that I have been wearing every single night around the house since I got it- this fall weather has hit us fast. It is so comfy I feel like I am wearing a robe- yet cute enough that I look like I put some effort into myself that day. You can pick these Cuddl Duds items and more up at your local JCPenney.
Being a mom I seem to always be in a hurry. Where did all of my time go before children, I thought I was busy than but I can’t quite remember what I was busy with. Add trying to keep your milk supply up and constantly eating healthy things on the list and you can feel overwhelmed. Something that I love to have lying around are healthy snacks that I can grab on the go or while I am trying to wrangle one of my wild ones. That is what I love about these Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks I know I am getting a healthy snack but I don’t have to waste a lot of time preparing it.
As a breastfeeding mama protein is really key to keep my supply up- I love that these have 10 g of protein per 7 oz drink with no added sugars. This drink is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D as well as 9 essential amino acids that your body needs but can’t produce itself.
My husband is trying to be more healthy as well and has been packing lunches for work instead of eating out all the time- it is convenient for him to have these healthier options in the house to choose from. Thank goodness these drinks come in a 4 pack that we picked up at our local Walmart, making sure we are stocked up.
Who doesn’t like to save money on their everyday purchases as well. I started using an app a few months ago that has made my regular shopping a little more budget friendly. Have you heard of the site/app Ibotta? I take photos of my receipts that the app accepts (which is quite a lot) and can get savings that way. When you use this app you are able to save a $1.00 when you buy Dannon® Light & Fit® or Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks
Some other snacks that I love to have available to help give me an extra boost are:
Many of you that follow me on social media or this blog now know that I am a huge fan of Evivo Probiotics. This is the 3rd time that I have mentioned them on my blog in the last few months. If you are new here I will explain something before going into this post.
My daughter was born and was extremely upset- all the time- the doctor tried telling me that every baby has an upset time during the night but this was more than that. You could tell she was in pain. I than started to notice the smell- that acidic smell coming from her and I instantly knew that she had acid reflux. We took her in and one of the first things the pediatrician recommend that I try was a probiotic. The probiotic that we started her on helped but wasn’t doing enough- so we ended up getting her on medication. Good news is that she became an instantly new baby- the relief she was getting was amazing.
Anyways after reading about all the benefits that the probiotic had for my daughter and than witnessing changes in her for the better after being on it, I started thinking more about my own health and reasons why I should be taking a probiotic.
I am now on a probiotic as well and completely understand why she seems like a whole new baby once being on the correct probiotic. Like I mentioned above- the one we tried first made improvements but once we got on Evivo she was a completely different, happy baby. Every new mama that I meet- I mention to them that they need Evivo and a dockatot, haha, my 2 favorite baby products.
When I was little and would have a cold or sore throat my dad would always make me a hot tea with lemon juice, honey, and some sugar to help soothe the symptoms. It is the best cold remedy ever for myself and I still use it all winter if I feel anything coming on. Now I have added something to this to give it that extra boost for my immune system. Have you ever heard of Forté Elements? They have all sorts of different supplement that benefit certain things, for example prenatal vitamins, postnatal vitamins, and the one that I am taking which is Amino Acids.
Amino Acids are important to help support your muscles to recover faster after working out and assist with cardiovascular, muscle and central nervous system functioning. It helps to increase energy, everyday health and here is what is important to me – helps reduce risk of infection.
The Amino Acid is a lemon-lime flavor so instead of putting lemon juice in my hot drink I place this in instead.
Best Cold Remedy
8 oz hot water
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 packet of Forté Elements Amino Acid
What are some things that you do to help your immune system during the flu season? Any cold remedies that you swear by?