How to Boost Your Immune System & Recover from Colds

Earlier this year I battled a sinus infection, and through the sniffles and fatigue, I dreamed of brighter and healthier days. Thanks to a tried and true antibiotic and lots of hydration and rest, I made a full recovery and was back to chasing the boys and our regular routine. And thanks to having my tonsils removed last fall, it didn’t manifest into strep or tonsillitis like the many times before. Most recently spring allergies and a cold have had the best of me, and it’s had me thinking about how grateful I am for my health. We tend to take our health for granted as we go about our action packed days, but truly it’s so very important. Eating well, exercising regularly, and sleeping at least eight hours a night all contribute to our vitality, however there are a few other things we can do to boost our immune systems and recover from illness.

And so, here are my tips and I hope they help you next time you’re feeling under the weather!


 

Drink hot water with lemon and ginger!: Hot water with lemon and ginger is my go-to anytime I feel like I’m getting sick. Soothing and delicious, the vitamin c in the lemon and antioxidants in the ginger will help to fight off any illness and kill bacteria. This drink also helps to alleviate congestion so you can breathe easy.

Up your vitamin C:  To stay healthy, try to regularly eat foods packed with Vitamin C – think crisp red pepper, sweet strawberries or juicy orange segments. And if you feel a cold coming on, up your Vitamin C intake with a supplement. It won’t always prevent the cold, but it can help lessen the duration.

Take a hot Shower: If you have congestion (nose or chest) take a hot shower. The steam will open up your nasal passages and chest and help you to breathe a bit better. If you have a fever though, stick with lukewarm showers until the fever breaks.

Eat super foods: Superfoods are nutrient dense foods filled with vitamins, minerals, friendly bacteria and antioxidants that nourish our bodies and help strengthen our immune system. Some delicious and nutritious superfoods to add to your diet include spinach, oats, citrus, yogurt, sweet potatoes, and berries.

Rest: You know that feeling when you are a bit rundown and on the verge of getting sick? That is your body telling you need rest! Whether you’re getting sick or are sick and trying to recover, get in bed (if you can!) or relax on the sofa and nap, watch a great movie, or read a book. Try to go to sleep early too!

Gargle with saltwater: If you have a sore throat, try gargling with a warm glass of saltwater. The saltwater draws out fluids from the infected throat, and can provide relief. To make the rinse, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz cup of warm water. Gargle at 3 to 4 times a day.

Use a humidifier: A humidifier can soothe your sinuses and airways and help you to breather easier if you have a congestion or an upper respiratory infection. We use a cool mist humidifier in the boy’s rooms anytime they have a cold, and it really helps. Just be sure to clean it often!

Hydrate: Sick or not, it’s vital to stay hydrated and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Clear/moisturize your sinuses: I love Simply Saline and often use it year round, especially when I’m sick or if my allergies are bothersome. If you have a cold and congestion or even dryness in your nose, try a little simply saline spray to moisturize your nasal passages and flush out any allergens.

Take probiotics: I’m a big believer in probiotics, and taking them to prevent illness as well as when you are sick to recover faster. Probiotics help to balance the friendly bacteria in your gut, and can even help with digestive issues and allergies. You can find them in fermented foods such as yogurt, or take them in capsule form.

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Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

Wedding Guest Attire Etiquette

Spring Table Settings To Recreate

Today I took the boys for a walk in our neighborhood, and from the 70 degree temps to the blue skies and sunshine, to the light breeze, we were enveloped in spring and loving every minute. G snacked on peanut butter crackers and soaked up the scenery while C fell asleep in the stroller, and I enjoyed the serene sound all parents appreciate – peace and quiet! 🙂

Something about the spring/summer inspires me to start entertaining again – perhaps its the ease of grilling a fabulous dinner and having friends over to swim, or it might even be the lovely daylight savings – and this year is no exception. Thanks to our two sweet boys, our version of entertaining has become much more low-key, and honestly I love it. Being a California girl, I’m inherently quite casual, and while I adore dressing up or go to a fancy party, I’m happiest in a casual atmosphere. I even dress casual – athleisure when I’m chasing after the boys on a daily basis, or jeans and blouse or casual dress (most likely blue and white!) if I want to dress up a little – done and done!

I’m looking forward to hosting friends soon, and of course it has me thinking about table settings and decor. Any guess what the color scheme will be? Likely blue and white! My go-to setting recently has been these gold placemats and blue and white napkins, and I’d love to find some neat votives to add to our collection. These napkins are on my wish list too. As for cuisine for upcoming spring and summer entertaining, I can’t wait to make this peach and raspberry crisp served with barbecued chicken, grilled corn and salad.

To help inspire you and any entertaining you have up your sleeve, here are a few colorful and crisp table settings that could  be recreated. I especially love the second image – the vibrant red and purple flowers mixed with the casual blue and white checkered cloth creates a simple and stylish look perfect for warm weather entertaining. You could easily recreate this by using a similar table cloth, white napkins, and fresh flowers in your favorite vase – voila and cheers to spring entertaining!

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Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

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Ask B: Joint Birthday Party

 

Dear B,

We’ve been invited to a joint birthday party for my son’s friend and his classmate. We go to a different school, so we have met the classmate before, however we don’t know him very well. Do we still need to bring him a gift? Or just bring a gift for my son’s friend?

Sincerely,

C


 

Dear C,

Great question! Joint birthday parties are a wonderful way to celebrate two children, be it siblings or friends, and the mantra is the more the merrier. Twice the cake, twice the fun! However, when it comes to gift giving for this type of party, it can be quite tricky. Given that your son is friends with only one of the birthday boys, I think it is perfectly acceptable to only bring him a gift. If you feel the need to bring something for the classmate though and budget allows, consider a small gift such as a book. Also, there is one exception to this scenario: if your son went to school with both boys, and both mother’s invited everyone in the class, I would advise you to bring gifts for both boys. Hope this helps!