Posted on October 3, 2017

Cold & Cough Season | Relieving Kid’s Cough Symptoms With Boiron

This blog post is sponsored by Boiron. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cough Symptoms With Boiron

These past few weeks were exhausting – it feels like the girls and I have passed colds, coughs, and fevers back and forth since school started.

Not cool!

I’ve used homeopathic remedies and medicine for sore throats and colds ever since being pregnant with Annaliese nearly 4 years ago – I suffered from the worst sore throats. And unfortunately, when you’re pregnant you are to avoid all traditional cough and cold medicine, so I had to get creative to relieve my symptoms.

Spoonfuls of honey became a staple for my sore throats, as well as gargling salt water.

You would think having your children (children all over 1-year-old, honey is not to given to children under 1 year old) swallow a spoonful of honey would be easy, but they found it was too thick and they’d spit it out. 

When I discovered Boiron’s homeopathic line for children I knew I needed to try it. The Children’s Stodal Honey cough syrup is honey based. Honey is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, so it soothes red, sore throats.

Pairing their cough syrup with the Coryzalia nose drops, to alleviate their congested or runny noses, is the perfect combo for bringing my sick kids some comfort.

Now that we’ve been through another sick spell I’m implementing new daily practices for us to stay healthy:

  1. Wash hands when you come home, and before you eat.
  2.  Sanitize door knobs, cell phones, light switches, high chairs, and dining table.
  3. Don’t touch your face and especially your mouth (we’re trying to break Abigail’s finger sucking habits).

And if one of my girls starts to get a sore throat they can be assured they’ll receive lots of fluids, rest, snuggles, and Children’s Stodal Honey syrup.

How do you relieve your children’s sore throats?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 1, 2017

Warm & Cozy with Gingham & Knits

photo by Bespoke Photography

foundation | concealer | volumizing mascara | year round bronzer | eyebrow pencil | lip sheer | eyeshadow duo

Hello, October!

October has a very special place in my heart and in my memories, as Annaliese and Abigail were born then.

I remember the first snow that occured in October 2013 was the day we brought Annaliese home from the hospital. And being able to introduce Abigail as a newborn to all our family and friends at Oktoberfest a couple years later.

Plus, it’s the best month for dressing in cute sweaters, scarves, and boots before you need to cover up with a winter coat (at least in Canada that is…).

I’ve linked some of my favourite fall accessories, as well as some that I recently put in my online shopping cart.

What are your favourite fall accessories?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 29, 2017

Citrus Autumn Punch | Delicious Thanksgiving Drinks With White Wine

citrus autumn punch with white wine holiday citrus punch

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to bring family and friends together! And hosting doesn’t have to be stressful when you make and plan meals/drinks ahead of time.

Matt always teases me for not liking to drink wine straight, but I love injecting different flavours into it – like this citrus white wine punch.

I recently had my best friends over for a girl’s night and this punch was a hit! I can’t wait to serve my Citrus Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving.

White Wine Citrus Punch
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Ingredients
  1. Bottle of White Wine
  2. 2 cups Lemonade
  3. 4 cups Ginger Ale
  4. 1 Grapefruit
  5. 1 Orange
  6. 2 Lemons
Instructions
  1. Slice the oranges, grapefruit, and lemons.
  2. Combine wine, ginger ale, lemonade, and fruit slices.
  3. Enjoy!
Honey & Betts http://www.honeyandbetts.com/

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 28, 2017

Committing To Potty Training With Pull-Ups On-The-Go

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups. All opinions are 100% my own. #PottyPartnership

Committing To Potty Training Potty Training With Pull-UpsPotty Training With Pull-Ups

Parenting is hard. But I find potty training takes the cake if you’re not prepared for it.

Unfortunately, when you’re a new parent it’s a lot of trial and error.

With our eldest daughter it took us and full month of (on and off again) potty training. It was maddening!

With the new school year and daycare starting it’s the perfect time to commit to potty training to give your toddler that independence they need to take on the change of schedules.

This time I am changing a few strategies for committing to potty training with Abigail (who is almost 2 years old), for even when she’s away from me (while at daycare, with a sitter, etc.):

  • Keep it fun! As a parent who has already potty trained a toddler, fun is the last word when I think about potty training… but the more you engage your toddler in their potty training journey (stickers, games, mini rewards, charts, books, etc.) the sooner you can achieve success. And then they will get into a more confident potty training routine that they can bring wherever they go! The Pull-Ups website has many resources available to help engage you toddler while their potty training! 
  • Stock Up!  Let’s be honest, you will need a lot of Pull-Ups training pants. The main setback we had with our first potty training experience is we would give up and put her back in diapers. It may seem like an easy break for yourself to use diapers during potty training, but it’s confusing for your child. Which brings us to my next strategy!
  • Stick to it! Consistency is key – even if there are setbacks and accidents – maintaining patience and consistency will pay off. When you take them out of diapers, keep them out! Now it’s time to use Pull-Ups! Using Pull-Ups training pants helps them be able to take them on and off by themselves when using the toilet, almost like regular underwear. And if there are any accidents (which there will be), be patient. Your toddler will respond better to positive reinforcement
  • Set them up for success (on the go)! It’s impossible to put your whole life on hold while potty training. I involve Abigail in packing her own little backpack full of her favourite stickers, her potty training chart, colouring pages, sippy cup, bento box, favourite books, and Pull-Ups training pants to bring her into the process to show her that we’re in this together I also follow the Pull-Ups tips and tricks on potty training outside the home, they’re really helpful!

I’m in for a wild ride with potty training Abigail. She’s my little firecracker, my spit fire, the daughter with the cutest dimples and the most selective hearing I’ve ever endured. Wish me luck!

For more ideas on potty training with Pull-Ups ideas and tips visit Pull-Ups.com!

I’ve partnered up with Pull-Ups to giveaway a Prep For Daycare Backpack Kit, to enter:

  1. Follow @honeyandbetts and @pullups on Instagram
  2. Tag 3 friends who would love this giveaway on the original Instagram post

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 25, 2017

Beautycounter Favourites | Fall Makeup & Skincare Must-Haves

Fall makeup must-haves

brightening mask | rejuvenating eye cream | hydrating foundation | volumizing mascara | plum lipstick

I’m a creature of habit and once I find a skincare and makeup routine that caters to my extremely dry skin I cling to it. Especially when I find products that sooth my skin when seasonal flare ups occur.

It’s been years since I’ve slept in my makeup and did not wash my face before bed. You could say I’ve developed OCD-ish tendencies about washing my face in the evening. I cannot fall asleep if it doesn’t happen, I have my night routine and I stick to it.

My current morning routine goes:

Wash face with cold water, pat dry, spritz with brightening face mist, apply brightening face oil (raved about in Allure) and nourishing day cream, and finish with the rejuvenating eye cream.

My current evening routine goes:

Remove makeup with cleansing balm, wash face with charcoal cleansing bar, pat dry, spritz with brightening face mist, apply brightening face oil and nourishing night cream, and again finish with the rejuvenating eye cream.

If you ever have questions about Beautycounter or what products are best suited for skin type and skin concerns – message or email me! I love connecting with you guys!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 23, 2017

Fall Colour Inspiration | Essie Wild Nudes Collection

Essie Wild Nudes Nail Polish Collection

Yay! It’s finally sweater weather!

Fall is my favourite weather because I’m already a 24 hour furnace. Though this week it was very rainy – which I joked to Matt that it doesn’t really rain in Edmonton, it just means it’s too warm to snow.

Speaking of fall, who else is loving the Essie Wild Nudes collection? The nail polishes surprised me because I loved them all, the purple and green are beautiful and don’t clash with multiple outfits.

I need nail polish colours that are versatile so I don’t want to change my nail polish every day. And these colours are perfect for that!

What are your favourite fall nail polish colours?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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