9 Things You’ll Wish You Knew About Whooping Cough


9 Things You'll Wish You Knew About Whooping Cough

I didn’t talk about it while we were in the midst of it.  Frankly, I wasn’t ready to.  I was scared.

I gave birth to Baby Quinnly on March 13th and the next month, several members of my family had contracted whooping cough.

I knew little about the disease, but I knew that if they vaccinated against it, it was probably not a pleasant experience.  And believe me, when I say it wasn’t!

Here’s Our Story….

It started out like a cold.  It did come with a cough, but often times, colds do.  It didn’t seem to be a big deal either.  But, one night, the cough got worse!  Way worse.  I mean, coughing until you can’t take a breath worse.  Coughing until you throw up worse.  But it was weird.  Between coughing fits, they didn’t even seem sick.  They would play as normal, have a coughing fit and then continue playing.  After a couple of nights of barely any sleep, due to all of the coughing fits, I decided that something wasn’t right.  I started researching what could be wrong and settled upon whooping cough. I listened to YouTube videos of coughing, poured over symptoms and decided that this must be what my children had.  2 of them were coughing pretty badly at this point and I was really worried that they were going to give it to the baby.  In fact, the toddler was always all over the baby, so I was REALLY worried that he already had given it to her.  Off to the doctor we went, but the doctor didn’t take us seriously.  They didn’t believe it was whooping cough.

They would cough all day, but like I said, it wasn’t horrible.  Then night would come.  Wow, it was bad then!  They would wake up several times a night with coughing fits. As time went on, I learned to sleep through most of them.  If they didn’t puke, anyway.  They slept through most of them, too.

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Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Giveaway

It’s sweet summertime and there is one word on the minds of moms everywhere…..


Ahh, glorious vacation! But if you’re like me, with even the thought of vacation, you’re seeing dollar signs.

What if I told you that one lucky reader will win a FREE 4 Day/3 Night trip to the incredible, oceanfront Sand Dunes Resort and Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC resort along with FREE water park passes, FREE golf, FREE breakfast buffet for children, and MORE?! Keep reading to find out how your family could be our lucky winner!

But first, what if you’re not the lucky winner, but still want to take your family on a fun and memorable vacation without breaking the bank? How do you do that?

5 Tips for a Frugal {and FUN} Family Vacation

Here are 5 Tips for taking a frugal {and fun} family vacation:

1. Stay within driving distance. This is a no-brainer, right? Airfare is expensive and unless you can find a totally awesome deal, it probably isn’t within the vacation budget. At least not for us. Chances are most of you are within driving distance to somewhere fun…the beach, mountains, state park, a different city, etc.

2. All-inclusive is good! Find a vacation spot that not only includes your lodging, but also food and entertainment! For example, when we stay at a Sands Resort, we not only get an incredible suite, we also receive complimentary tickets to Wild Water & Wheels water park, FREE Golf at Diamond Back Golf Course, kids eat free for breakfast every morning, FREE passes to the Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park and more! These extras are not only fun, but save us money on entertainment!

3. Book a room with a kitchen! This allows you to cook your own meals and cuts down on the expenses of eating out!

4. Travel off-season- this is especially easy if you’re a homeschooling family! We’ve scored some awesome deals during the off season. For example New Year’s Eve, we stayed at a Sands Resort for less than $50 a night! It was a perfect {frugal} overnight trip!

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Wellness as a Lifestyle {Wellness Education Series -part 2}

Welcome to part 2 of our essential oil education series!  If you are just joining us, please check it out here part 1: Essential Oil Basics.

Essential Oils: What & Why My Daily Routine

My daily dōTERRA Routine:  What and Why!

dōTERRA is not just a company out there to sell oils. It’s about helping people live the wellness lifestyle.  This is why we are so focused on education and helping people individually! (You can get personalized wellness consultations with the internship program! – see below).  My goal is not just to give you a solution for when you are sick, but instead to provide you with tools that will support your body in functioning optimally and avoid many of the issues in the first place.  Of course, there are many things you can do once you are sick to get over it quickly.  This is my day…



-Balance on my feet/neck to help blood flow freely and balance emotions

-OnGuard on feet to keep us healthy

-Peppermint on feet for a boost of energy

-Breathe on the balls of the feet to support healthy respiratory function

-Use dōTERRA skincare system! Feels amazing!  Clearskin for acne issues

-Diffuse citrus oils or OnGuard during cold season

-Lifelong Vitality Supplement Pack:  foundation of nutrition, more energy, less pain!  (in the morning and afternoon/evening) – This is seriously AMAZING!  It has been the biggest shift in my health.

-Clean my home with DIY cleaners with essential oils!  dōTERRA’s OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate is heavenly!  Cleaning now boosts my immunity, improves my mood, smells great and is not toxic to our health!

-Past Tense or Deep blue for headaches/shoulder tension

-Slim&Sassy in my water to speed metabolism and release stored fat cells.  Rubbed onto problem areas to tighten and smooth skin while reducing fat.



-wash face with Clearskin Foaming Face Wash and use the Clearskin blend

-serenity on my neck and pillow if I need help sleeping


Favorite Home Tips

doTERRA oils&fruit

-AIR FRESHNER:  Keep Spray bottles with distilled water and a few drops of your favorite dōTERRA essential oil handy

-ROOM FRESHNER:  Baking soda with a few drops of oil in a small mason jar help keep odors at bay.  Cover with a square of fabric and the ring.

-EVERY LAST DROP- Carpet Refresher:  throw lids from empty bottles into a container of baking soda.  Cover.  Sprinkle on carpets, sit a few minutes and vacuum

-SURPRISE SCENTS:  apply oil to a cotton ball and rub on light bulbs.  When they bulbs heat up, the scent is released.  (I love doing this with doTERRA’s Holiday Joy EO Blend during the holidays)

Oils and their uses:

These are some things that have been found beneficial in my home.

Helichrysum:  stops bleeding fast, speeds healing and removes scars  ( I had one 2 years old on my face that completely disappeared

Immortelle:  super power- this has all the super powerful expensive oils in it for a great price!  Excellent on skin and scars!

Deep Blue/Rub:  Awesome for sore muscles, inflammation and pain – This is a favorite at the gym, for arthritis and more. Comes in a rub and an oil.

Are You Interested in Joining &/or Purchasing doTerra?  

– You can always purchase dōTERRA essential oils and products retail from my store.  But, why buy retail, when you can get them BELOW WHOLESALE and even earn your Natural Healthcare for FREE!! Contact me for details and tons of education resources!!

– If you are drawn to this and need some financial healing, we can help!  Proven system and guidance to help you reach all your goals!


Online Health Summit


Our  Natural Solutions Health Summitis coming up  JULY 14-19th 2014.  It is completely ONLINE!  There are dozens of classes throughout the week – experts from all areas of Natural Health and Wellness.  This is not just essential oils people!  Nutrition, weightloss, candida, hair, cleaning, recipes, etc…  I learn SO MUCH in every session.   Watch as many as possible live and be entered to win HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN PRIZES!!  There are giveaways during the live events! Catch those you miss on recording later.  It is AMAZING!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the education! Now for the most awesome part–  I have some free tickets available for Sidetracked Sarah readers! These tickets have a $200 value!  And you can have this awesome education for FREE!!!  If something is tugging at you to make a change or get involved, this may help you find some answers you’ve been looking for! Please contact me and let me share this amazing gift with you!


Also check out our Essential Oil Internship  (If you want to jump right in to learn about essential oils and have them in your home!)

*If you would like to attend the internship or join the summit and do not currently have a wholesale account with doTERRA, please contact me for a promo code.*

Please Include:



-Best Phone Number and time to call

-Natural things you use

-Top 3 health concerns

-Why you want to attend)


Please join us tomorrow (part 3) to learn how we use essential oils to boost immunity, fight sickness, increase energy and sleep better!