Fiesta Friday: links I love and things to celebrate

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Most of our 10 years of marriage we’ve lived in places with snow in the winter. Now that we’re back in CA, I don’t miss the snow at all! Ok, not completely true – I love looking at the snow from inside a warm house, ha, ha! I’m loving these snowy pictures from Blair:

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Ways to safely keep guns in a home. This is something I feel so strongly about! I hate reading stories of kids accidentally finding loaded¬†guns in someone’s house and shooting and often killing another child. I hate it because it makes me incredibly sad and most of those ‘accidents’ can be prevented.

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5 Favorite Winter Essentials for Dry Skin

Even though Southern California isn’t the driest of winter airs, we’ve lived in some low humidity cities where winter is really harsh on your skin (especially when we lived in Utah!) I feel like my skin is naturally dry but I’ve found a few things that definitely help my skin and overall health in dry weather. Here are my top 5 winter essentials:

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  1. ¬†Humidifier– We actually have 2 of this same humidifier! I use one in my room in the winter (or if I’m sick) and we’ll use the second one in the kids’ bedrooms if they¬†get sick. I feel like I can breathe better at night and feel more rested in the morning. I like this one because it’s small, the cord is a¬†good length (it’s about 5 feet long), it’s easy to fill and clean and you can adjust the level of humidity.
  2. Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy lotion¬†– this lotion is awesome. It’s made for skin that is extra dry and I use it daily on my upper arms which for some reason are more dry than the rest of my skin. I saw¬†good results in the first week of using it! My skin is much less bumpy and dry.
  3. ¬†Saline salt nasal spray – this helps with dry nasal membranes. It’s not by prescription, non habit-forming and great to use for nasal congestion. It’s not medicated and easy to spray in your nose. It also doesn’t taste weird like how some medicated nasal sprays can drip into your throat. I buy this at any¬†grocery or drug store and it’s only a few dollars.
  4. ¬†Vicks Vaporub¬†– ¬†I’ve written about this product before and how¬†great it is for a sore throat! There are actually lots of uses for Vicks Rub but my primary use is if I feel a sore throat coming, I’ll rub it on (the outside) of my throat before¬†going to bed. It doesn’t cure an illness but alleviates the symptoms.
  5. ¬†Hydro Flask– I’ve also talked a lot about this bottle because it’s honestly one of my favorite things to have cold water all day! I especially love this bottle because it doesn’t collect condensation so I can bring it in a bag and not worry about other items¬†getting wet. I have the wide mouth spout version which I prefer, they make a variety of sizes and mouth openings. Hydration is super important all the time but especially in the winter and can help with dry skin, illness, etc.

*related: 7 Ways to Fight a Cold , more on my Hydro Flask love

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Winter outings with kids

This winter is the warmest winter we’ve had in the 10 years we’ve been married! 10 years! The kids’ and my favorite thing to do in the summer is the splash pad but our favorite cold weather activity is the library.  When we lived in Utah, Brent and I went to the toddler story/sing time every week. Our library in Texas had tons of puzzles and puppets (in addition to books obviously) that the kids loved. Our new library here in CA only has computers as an extra ‘activity’ to books which I don’t love since we try and limit the screen time the kids get. However, it’s still fun to read new books!

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library winter activities with kids

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Linking up for Mommy Style Monday for other Winter activity ideas check out:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins

Britt at My Little Sunshine

Rachel at Tutus and Heels

Noelia at You Can Call Me Noe

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Michelle at The Mumsy Blog

Kahana at A Beautiful Life

Monica at It’s All About

ankle boots // moto leggings // cardigan and long sleeved tunic from Target

7 ways to fight a cold: winter survival tips

We’ve lived in some cold places throughout our 10 years of marriage like DC, Utah and Scotland and this winter in LA should be pleasant! Even though it’s warmer it doesn’t prevent sickness and colds from spreading. Here are some of my favorite things in the winter to fight a cold (not sponsored, just some things I loved that have worked for me!)

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Vitamin C¬†– ¬†I like to use¬†Emergen-C drink mix that you mix into water to boost your immunity. It’s similar to drinking a¬†glass of orange juice but convenient if you don’t have juice on hand (we usually don’t because it’s a lot of sugar and the kids will drink it all, ha, ha). Vitamin C doesn’t¬†get rid of a cold but it can help¬†reduce the symptoms of the illness. I’d also add hand sanitizer. I always carry a travel size bottle – it wont¬†get rid of a cold but can help prevent catching a cold.

Vicks VapoRub – If I feel a sore throat, cold or congestion coming on, I’ll use Vick’s rub on my throat. It contains menthol and eucalyptus oil which help soothe a cough, congestion and also sore muscles.

Humidifier Рincreased humidity can help with a cough, cold, dry skin, etc. I like to use my humidifier at night next to my bed.

Water and hydration РI always carry my Hydro Flask with me and try to increase my water intake when a feel like I might be getting sick. Increased hydration helps with so many bodily functions!

Saline salt nose spray – If I’m congested I’ll use a non-habit forming generic nasal spray from any drugstore and find it helps a lot with dry nasal membranes.

Gargling with warm salt water РThis old wives tale actually has some truth, gargling with warm salt water helps flush out a virus and sooth a sore throat. The Mayo Clinic recommends 1/2 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.

Peppermint Oil¬†– I¬†get this from any drugstore and like this roller style because it’s already diluted oil (so ready to use). Peppermint oil is awesome for so many things including sore, aching muscles, clearing sinuses (by breathing, not applying in a nostril), headaches, cramps, stomach pain. I’ll usually roll on some peppermint oil before bed to relieve any sore muscles (from an impending sickness or exercise).

Fiesta Friday: links I love and things to celebrate

It’s kind of the time of year when so many people get sick! Knock on wood our household has avoided getting sick so far. ¬†I’ve used VicksVapoRub for various ailments such as a sore throat or cough, but did not know about some of these ways you can use it!

The hot Texas summer was so worth not having snow this fall/winter! Snow is beautiful to look at but not to drive around!

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We received an offer on our home and hoping to close on December 20 (!) so we’ve been busy looking at rental homes in the LA area.¬†Feels like deja vu because we were just in this process in April!