Breakfast Stations: The Easy Way for Your Kids to Get Breakfast

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Getting breakfast on the table can be such a challenge!  My friend Kim from Not Consumed has created a great way to help you get your kids fed in the morning.  The easy way!  You know me, I’m all about doing things as easily as possible!

She creates packs of food, either in the fridge or in the cabinet, that are single serving that her kids can grab for themselves.  This is perfect for kids who are going to school or even those of us who keep our kids at home.  It’s just another way to help us in our jobs as busy moms!

Kim has included all of her recipes and printable kid friendly instructions in one easy to download pack and today they’re on sale!  The instructions walk the kids through how to prepare that food.  The price on the combo pack (breakfast stations 1 and breakfast stations 2) is going up every hour today, so be sure to go and grab your set as soon as you can, to get the lowest price.  If you miss the sale, don’t worry, it’ll still be worth it!  Just click here to read even more about it.


My 8 Year Old’s Hospital Stay Last Week

This past week was one of those whirlwind experiences.  Totally unexpected, but very slow moving whirlwind.  When I say slow moving, I’m talking 9 nights in the hospital slow.  Yes, nine!  Seven of those were in the PICU.  I don’t know if you follow me on Facebook or not.  If you don’t, you don’t know much of my story of this past week.  If you do, you’ve probably heard bits and pieces.

Savannah in Hospital 2

Last Friday night, my husband and I came home from a quick evening shopping trip in a nearby town to find our 8 year old daughter, Savannah, in respiratory distress. Our teens were babysitting and have been trained what to do when she is having asthma issues.  She was originally diagnosed with asthma almost 2 years ago, after a collapsed lung and a life flight and we have been using the inhaler or nebulizer as needed since that time.  On this particular night, our teens had been keeping us abreast of the situation and we were told that she had needed a couple of breathing treatments while we were gone and had used her inhaler.  Nobody realized she was still having trouble breathing as she was just laying on the recliner resting, looking tired and no longer complaining. When I got home (shortly after her treatment), I asked her to meet me in my bedroom so I could fully assess her without any noise. Just walking to my room had her so completely out of breath that I was worried. I called my husband into our room to help me evaluate her and we did a couple more breathing treatments to see if that would help.  It didn’t help, so  we decided we needed to head to the ER.

 

 

Her oxygen saturation levels were low, so they put her on oxygen and began more breathing treatments and steroids.  Since she wasn’t improving fast enough, the doctors decided to admit her into the hospital.  They had taken X-Rays and had seen a small spot of pneumonia on her lungs, too.  After staying a night there, they decided to move her to a larger hospital that was better equipped to deal with children in respiratory distress.  Specifically, they wanted her in a PICU unit.  She had been working for too hard, for too long at breathing.  

 

They transferred us by ambulance to a hospital about 2 hours away.  We were met by a myriad of hospital staff getting her checked in and ready for the new treatment plan.  My husband and I had felt apprehensive about going back to this hospital (the same place she had been life flighted to a couple years prior), but once we were there, we felt a sigh of relief, knowing that these people really knew what they were doing and would not take anything we said lightly.  Just being in a place that specializes in children can make all the difference in the world!

 

The first part of the plan was to place her on albuterol breathing treatments continuously.  This was equivalent to getting 20 breathing treatments an hour.  Something that literally makes your hands tremble because you have so much in your system.  Because her respirations were still so high, she was at risk of aspirating, so the first rules were to go in effect.

 

No Eating or Drinking

 

Now that sounds mean, doesn’t it?  Apparently the need for food isn’t as great as the need for breathing.  Go figure, right?  :D  If she were to aspirate any food, that could have made her recovery that much harder, if not impossible.  It was already hard.  We didn’t need it even harder!  But, it was so hard to tell her, “I know you’re hungry honey, but you have to listen to the doctors”.  All she could think of was food, food and more food!  Her mouth was getting so dry, too!

 

We arrived at this hospital on Saturday evening, late.  Her last meal had been at supper time.  Apparently the other hospital didn’t have any trouble with her eating, as they fed her multiple times.  It wasn’t until Tuesday when they decided to let her have clear liquids.  None of her options tasted very good to her, so she held out as well as she could until the next day when they finally let her order yogurt.  She gobbled up 2 containers of it, almost immediately.

 

As she progressed, they allowed to her to eat more and more.

Savannah at Hospital 2

 

She stayed on the continuous breathing treatment from Saturday night through Thursday afternoon.  She then slowly moved from every 2 hours to every 4 hours and finally on Saturday (a week later), they moved us out of PICU to the regular Pediatric floor.

 

After a partial family sleepover (me and 4 of my girls) in our room that night, they sent us home on Sunday.  We left with an upgraded asthma status (mild/persistent from intermittent/as needed).  9 days in the hospital was a long and boring way to spend that week of our life, but we’re so very thankful that modern medicine can help us so efficiently!

 

Savannah is now home and feeling pretty good.  We are still giving her a breathing treatment every 4 hours and she is now on a maintenance steroid inhaler, until further notice.  She had had a mild cold at the onset of this, and we believe that the cold, coupled with allergies and chlorine are what caused this to get bad so quickly.  We are now taking beginning steps to make her bedroom as allergy free as possible.  A total room clean out and vacuum session, mattress and pillow covers and even new paint on the walls.  We will be doing everything in our power to keep this from happening again!

 

Savannah & Quinnly

 

If you’d like to read more about how we entertained her during that time, please click here.


5 Ways to Fend Off Funsuckers

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.

 

We love summer!  Don’t you?  There’s so many fun things to do in the summer time, that you can’t do the rest of the year.  Things like riding tricycles…

2 on Trikes

Boy on Trike

 

and blowing bubbles!

Bubble Blowing

But sometimes, there’s some things in summer that suck the fun right out of it.  (Hint:  That’s why we call them Funsuckers!)

You know what I’m talking about, right?  Funsuckers, like extremely hot temperatures; blood sucking insects like mosquitos and ticks; sweat; and dirt.  They can take the fun right out of our summer if we let it.  We can hull up inside, avoiding every uncomfortable thing out there, OR we can put together a game plan and fend off those funsuckers.

 

5 Ways to Fend Off the Funsuckers:  Don’t Let Them Steal Your Summer

  1.  Cool off in the water. - Because playing in the water not only cools you off, but it’s so much fun, too.  My kids love to play in the hose in the front yard.  Sometimes they fill up their small pool or make a water slide.  Other times, they play with water guns or water balloons.  Regardless of how they play in the water, it’s always a great time for them!
  2. Get in the shade. - Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to get wet.  If you’re stuck outside and can’t get cooled off with water, at least find a shady spot.  I’m always amazed at how much cooler the shady spots are, especially if there’s any breeze at all.  Ahhh, I love a breezy summer day in the shade.
  3. Shower regularly! - Because we tend to sweat a lot in the summer time, showering regularly is a necessity.  Sometimes we find ourselves taking 2 or 3 showers a day, depending on how active we are.  (3 sounds crazy to me, lol, but I’ve known people who do it!).  Try taking a cool shower instead of a warm shower for a nice refreshing twist.  You won’t want to do that in the winter, I can just about guarantee it!
  4. Don’t forget the sunscreen.  Nothing ruins a night more than lying down in bed and realizing that you forgot the sunscreen.   Now, you’ve got large, painful blisters.  Use sunscreen any time you’re going to have prolonged exposure to the sun.  Little bits of time are fine, but if you’re going to be out there for an hour or more, get that sunscreen on!
  5. Use Cutter® Insect Repellent - Mosquitos are such a pain.  We’ll be enjoying a nice, cool summer evening and you look down and see your arms and legs covered in those little funsuckers!  ICK.  I hate them.  That’s why when they’re at their worst, I use Cutter® Insect Repellent.

 

In fact, I was able to try 3 different kinds of Cutter® products.

 

We tried:

  • Cutter® All Family® Mosquito Wipes
  • Cutter® Dry &
  • Cutter® SKINSATIONS®

 

#CutterRepellents

 

The last time we were outside playing, we had forgotten to put on any insect repellent.  This was the wrong day to do that!  We had so many little bites.  In fact, my daughter has scratched hers open so many times.  I just can’t get her to stop scratching them!

 

#CutterRepellents

We loved all of the products, but with kids, I’m especially fond of the wipes!  It’s so easy to grab a wipe and wipe down all your kids real fast.  Or you can hand them one and let them do it themselves!  What’s better is that these products don’t smell like your typical stinky insect repellents!  They have a nice smell and they’re not oily either.

Using Cutter Wipes

 

Now that we’re remembering to use something to get rid of the mosquitos, we can go back to all that summer fun we’ve been having.  Check out our fun times in the video below……

 

Have you tried Cutter® Insect Repellent before?  What’s your favorite way to Fend off Funsuckers?

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.