My Natural “Flu Shot” Recipe

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Flu and cold season is here and I often hear people talk about getting the flu shot. Not me. I like to protect myself from the flu naturally by eating a nutritious diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and drinking lots of tea. Also, during the cold season I get a little obsessive with wiping down counter tops and washing my hands a lot. One more thing, essential oils are something I use regularly. They are immune-boosting and germ-fighting and I put them to work on my body and around my home. The best way is to apply them undiluted to the soles of the feet at bedtime.

I recently made this all-natural immunity boosting concoction  for when the germs start “going around”.  I keep it in the fridge and I just scoop out a few tablespoons, add hot water and Bigelow tea and enjoy this delicious and soothing drink daily.

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Tea is one of the most tried and true methods of fighting off colds and flu. As children, my sister and I drank chamomile tea instead of juice. We loved it so much then, and still do.

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I  drink tea all-year-long. In the summer, I prefer my homemade iced tea. It’s my favorite drink to have after hours of mowing and weeding in the heat. Bigelow herbal teas are my favorite – green tea, chamomile, and peppermint. In the winter, I like a warm cup of tea before bed. It helps me relax and sleep better. On the rare occasion that I do get a sore throat, a cup of hot tea is all I want to sooth the throat and warm my body.

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Recently, I started drinking the Bigelow Lemon Ginger herbal tea with Probiotics, which supports a healthy digestion.  It’s delicious and so good for you. I like the foil pouches the tea comes in. They protect the tea and keep it fresh. I stick a couple of pouches in my purse and bring them to work with me.

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Walmart carries a nice assortment of caffeine-free Bigelow teas in their tea and coffee aisle. I usually get a few boxes because I love having a nice stash on hand. As far as quality, Bigelow is a family-owned business that  prides itself on using high quality ingredients. If you drink tea as often as I do, you want to tea proudly with Bigelow.

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At Walmart, I also grabbed lemons, ginger, cinnamon sticks and raw honey for my concoction.

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Lemon:  High in vitamin C, which keeps the immune system strong.

Ginger: Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. It  helps improve the immune system.

Honey: Honey contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that fight against the virus and bacteria to treat the cold.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.

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 Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Cinnamon in a Mason Jar

Just add hot water and tea and you have the most soothing drink.

Ingredients:

2 lemons

2 pieces of fresh ginger

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup raw honey (or more)

12 oz mason jar

Directions:

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Cut lemons into thin slices.

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Repeat the same with ginger.

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Layer lemons and ginger in a mason jar.  Add cinnamon sticks.

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Pour honey over the ingredients.

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Close the lid and store the jar in the fridge.

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This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to two months.

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When you want a cup of soothing tea, scoop 2 tablespoons into a mug of hot water and add  Bigelow tea —be sure to get whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.

How do you keep the flu and cold away? Any tips and tricks?

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More Inexpensive DIY Garage Storage

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At one point my garage looked like this.

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And this. Not only could I not find anything, I also hated doing laundry in there. garage wall storageIn August, I got ambitious and turned this huge mess into an organized wall storage. You can read about it heregarage floor paintI also took the floor from yuck to clean. Here are all the details.

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I organized my yard tools, scrap wood,

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power tools, and ladders.

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My laundry area became spacious and organized.

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A week ago, I finished building these garage shelves to store all my bins.

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I used 2 x 4’s and these “NO pre-drilling” screws. They saved me so much time. I love them!

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The idea for my shelves came from Ana White’s tutorial. However, I modified the length and height of the shelves.

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I even have a place for my 9 ft. patio umbrella.

img_9966I love how clean and organized everything is. I can even pull in the car, which I plan on doing during freezing temperatures.

Garage storage doesn’t have to be complex or cost a lot. As long as it’s sturdy and functional you’re good to go. It’s a great feeling to walk into an organized and clutter-free garage.

The Importance of Wearing Road ID

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If you follow my blog you know how much my workouts and walks mean to me. They keep me fit and sane. They allow me to refresh and regroup. As a single mom my plate is always full, but, I make time for my walks, even on very cold days.

While I like to walk alone, I often wonder what would happen if I get hit by a car and can’t speak? How would people know who I am or who to notify? I don’t carry anything with me on my walks and accidents do happen.

That is why I recently started wearing Road ID.

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What is Road ID?

Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. These rugged products can be worn on the wrist, on your shoe, ankle, or around the neck. They are trusted by moms and provide peace of mind. This product was designed with your safety in mind.

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Did you know that each year over 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID? Year after year, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars. Thousands more suffer blackouts, concussions, heart attacks, heat strokes and other serious accidents. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that “every day, 39,000 children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.”

These numbers are scary – it could happen to any of us.

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I also ordered a Road ID for each of my daughters. The girls are avid runners, and as a mom, I always worry about them. My oldest runs as early as 5:30 am in the big city of Chicago. Her younger sister likes to run in the morning and evening. Road ID provides them with a comfortable way to wear identification while enjoying their runs.

Road ID isn’t just for fitness enthusiasts.

My daughters also love music festivals. They’ve attended numerous, all over the country. Music festivals attract huge crowds and people get lost or pass out all the time.  No one would know who they were, or who to contact. In the past, the girls would write their contact phone numbers and names on their arms with a sharpie.  The Road ID gives them and me the peace of mind of knowing no matter what happens, they will be spoken for in an emergency.

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All IDs come with a stainless steel plate that is etched with your personal information, which you design yourself. This took less than five minutes to fill out my information: name, birth year, emergency contacts.

Road ID gear is not just for runners or cyclists. It’s also great for kids in case they get lost. I’m happy with the quality of these wrist bands. They are made with a high quality silicone that appears to be tough enough to withstand many miles of running, hiking,  cycling, and any other outdoor adventure.

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Stay safe and wear identification!

How many of you carry your driver’s licenses on your run or walk? Probably not many. I would strongly encourage everyone to get a Road ID.

From 11/24 through 11/28, take advantage of 20% off ALL Road ID products and gift cards, while supplies last! With Christmas upon us, now is the perfect time to gift these personalized ID’s to friends and family members.