Debunking Cold Sore Myths

If you've ever had a cold sore, you know that tingle.  That little itchy feeling you get along your lip that can only mean one thing: 10 days of pain and embarrassment.  Don't wait until you get a full-blown cold sore to start treatment.  For the fastest relief, start treatment at the very first tingle to shorten the duration.

I used to get so embarrassed when I would get a cold sore. I felt like everyone was staring at my lip and didn't see me. In reality, they probably didn't even notice it. If they did, they've probably had one themselves. It's important to stay confident while you have a cold sore, and it's important to treat it properly. Let's talk today about debunking cold sore myths.

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I Never Quit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Refreshinq Co.. All opinions are 100% mine.

I never quit.  Sometimes I think about all that I do in a week and wonder how I get it done.  I joke that I can never, ever get sick because I am responsible for so many things and so many people.  Two months ago, I got pneumonia and got very sick.  I am normally on the go every day, and I was stuck in bed for two weeks.  When the symptoms were finally gone, I was still exhausted.  Five weeks after getting sick, I still couldn't make it through a day without needing to rest.  My daily rest time was coming a little bit later each day, but I couldn't keep living at that slower pace.  I simply have too much to do in a day and too many people counting on me.  I knew I needed some help to get my energy levels back up, so I started using the Energy Support Patch from Refreshinq.  Finally!  I felt almost normal again.

My family is big in martial arts.  Two of my kids are currently in karate and ju jitsu, and my oldest took tae kwon do for a while.  My husband has earned his black belt in a few different styles of martial arts, and I took tae kwon do with my oldest son.

I found out there was a taiho-jitsu class being offered at our local community center.  My friend and I really wanted to take it, but I knew there was no way I could handle the class until I got some energy.  It took some persuading from my friend, but I signed up and hoped that I was feeling better.

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I had been slacking on taking my vitamins and drinking enough water each day.  I like the Energy Support Patch from Refreshinq because it's easy to use, easy to remember, and works well.  There are 30 patches in a box, and you just put one on your clean skin and take it off in the evening.  You can put it on your upper arm, forearm, or wrist, rotating where you put it each day.

The patches are water-resistant, so you can shower or work out while wearing them.  When you swallow a vitamin, it can take hours for the nutrients to work in your body.  The patch releases the nutrients into your body in just minutes.

Each patch contains:
  • Guarana extract to boost energy level
  • Green tea extract to combat free radicals
  • Quercetin B12 to support energy metabolism
  • CoQ 10 to combat free radicals
  • Agmatine Sulfate to benefit cognitive health
  • Cosmoperine® to improve vitamin absorption
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Taiho-Jitsu Class 

I'm glad I signed up for the class because the patches helped me get more energy as I continued to improve from being sick.  It was a great class, and I learned a lot.  Taiho-jitsu means "arresting art".  Cops take the class, but it's also useful as self-defense for civilians.

Even though the class was centered on self-defense, taiho-jitsu has roots in karate and ju-jitsu, both of which are fairly athletic.  I've been practicing my kicks and punches because it's good exercise too.

Who knows?  Maybe I'll join the kids in their karate class to keep working on some of the things I learned in the class now that I have more energy.

What will you never quit?

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Digestive Health for Kids

This post was sponsored by Align as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As an autism mom, I have to be proactive.  I have to anticipate things that can put stress on him, because that stress manifests as behavior.  When we are doing school work, I have to be prepared and have the day's lessons ready so I can work on predicting potential problems.  We follow a sensory diet during our homeschool time, which helps prevent negative behavior before it starts.  When we go somewhere, I have to be prepared with activities and therapy items to help him stay calm if there's a long wait or other unexpected surprise that happens.

Another way that I'm proactive is by giving him probiotics every day to help his little body with digestive support.  Digestive problems are fairly common in kids on the spectrum, so I've been giving him probiotics for a few years now with great success.  Since I take Align myself, I give him Align Jr.  We like Align Jr. because they are chewable, which is easier for him than swallowing a pill.  Right now, you can print a $5 coupon for Align Jr. for your kids to try it.

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Digestive Health for Kids

Stress is a natural part of being an adult, whether it's good stress or bad stress.  We don't think of stress being a problem for kids, but it is.  Changes in your child's diet or routine can cause stress, even if they are good changes.  Even having a busy morning getting ready for school can be stressful.  I thought our busy mornings would be gone when we started homeschooling, but they aren't.  Mornings are just tough.

Since my son has autism, even small disruptions in his daily schedule can cause a lot of stress.  We have a routine that we follow, but sometimes life just happens.  I try my best to keep to a routine, but I can't control everything unfortunately.

All of the stressors that happen each day can cause a disruption in a child's digestive health.  That's where Align Jr. helps me be proactive so we can help him keep his digestive system healthy.*

Align Jr. comes from the makers of Align, which is the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic brand‡.  Align Jr. comes in chewables for kids ages 6 to 12.  And it doesn't have artificial colors, so it's safe for my son to take.

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Being an autism mom isn't easy, but at least now I have one less thing to worry about.

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10 Best Charcoal Skin Products

Charcoal is an amazing natural beauty product.  Activated charcoal is just like the charcoal that you get when you burn wood except the activated version is made to use on the body.  To make activated charcoal, they take charcoal and heat it, which causes expansion.  This expansion causes it to be porous to trap more toxins.  The reason charcoal works is because it forms bonds with other substances, namely toxins.  It can absorb 1000s of times its own weight in toxins, and it has a large surface area.  This is why charcoal is sometimes used if someone ingests a poison or toxin.  This also makes it a wonderful natural product to help prevent and heal acne.  Charcoal is gentler than using harsh chemicals on your skin, so it really works well for those with sensitive skin and acne.  I don't suffer from acne other than the occasional blemish, but I like using charcoal because I have large pores, and it helps pull the dirt out to make them appear smaller.  Here are my top 10 best picks for charcoal skin products.

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Rose Bath Salts

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I wanted to give you this recipe to use either for your date or with your roses after the petals have dried.  My husband gets me roses for Valentine's Day, and I hate to just throw them away after I've enjoyed them.  With this easy rose bath salts recipe, I can reuse them and enjoy them for several more months.  I used pink Himalayan salt in this recipe because it's naturally pink.  You could use a clear salt and use pink food coloring to dye it as well.  I also used rose oil instead of rose essential oil.  Rose oil is more expensive, but you can easily make your own rose oil.  Rose oil has many benefits for your skin, so I prefer to use it over the essential oil.

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Coppertone Whipped Sunscreen Review and Giveaway Ends 2/25

You all know that I'm a big advocate for sunscreen.  My grandmother, her sister, and her brother all had skin cancer, so I started using sunscreen daily when I was a teenager.  I used a facial moisturizer with sunscreen in it from the time I started wearing makeup in my teens.  Now at 36, my skin looks great for my age.  I'm really excited to be working with Coppertone to bring you a great giveaway for their new whipped sunscreens and their lip balm.

Coppertone Whipped Sunscreen Review and Giveaway

Coppertone just came out with a new line of whipped sunscreens.  As soon as I heard about them, I had to try them.  Being on a farm, we spend a lot of time outside.  I'm not crazy about the feel of sunscreen, but I deal with it because I know how important it is.  My kids, however, can not comprehend the benefits outweighing the risks.  The boys have sensory issues with their autism, so getting sunscreen on them is pure torture--for them and me!

I like the whipped sunscreen because it feels smooth when I apply it and absorbs quickly.  Since it feels light and not heavy like a cream sunscreen, my kids don't fight me quite as much.  It also smells like citrus, which is a nice bonus.  

My lips must be very sensitive to sunburn.  We can be outside all day as a family, and no one gets sunburned lips except me.  I started just keeping a lip balm in my car and in my purse so I always have some.  I like that this formula has vitamin E and aloe to moisturize my lips too.


Coppertone is giving away a Waterbabies SPF 50, Clearly Sheer Whipped, and a Sport Lip Balm for one of my lucky readers!  Enter below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

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Embedded Melt and Pour Heart Soap Tutorial

This soap was born out of serendipity, to be honest.  I had some deep purple soap that needed to be used soon, so I decided to make some heart shaped soaps with a mold that I got at the grocery store.  I was also making another soap that day in my round soap mold.  When I set the heart mold on top of the circle mold, I noticed that the hearts fit inside the circle very well.  Learning how to make already colored soap in a heart mold isn't blog post worthy, but I thought these embedded soaps turned out cute, so I decided to blog them.  If you're new to making melt and pour soap, this technique can be used to make embedded soaps of all kinds.

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How to Make Soap Petals

Way back when I sold bath and beauty products, these were a hot seller for me.  I used to make them in several different scents in rose petals and other flower petals.  Now I make them for myself because I have eczema on my hands and most hand soaps in stores make me flare up.  I keep a baggie of these disposable soaps in my purse so I can use soap without risking itching.  These soap petals are also good for a romantic bath.  Simply toss a few in to the bath water, and they will float.  As the soap dissolves, the fragrance is released into the bath water.  How romantic would this be for Valentine's Day or date night?  They also look and smell pretty in a dish on the counter in a guest bathroom.  Keep reading to learn how to make soap petals for disposable soaps or guest soaps.  
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DIY Calming Glitter Glue Bottle

Have you ever been so upset that you just need to get your mind off of things before you can calm down?  Like you just need to walk away and focus on something else before you can respond?  We all get like that.  Adults.  Kids.  It happens to the best of us.  Now that I'm an adult, I can recognize that I'm upset and use coping strategies.  Children are still learning coping strategies, and some kids need a little extra help.  My middle child, who has autism, is one of those kids who needs a little extra help with calming.  I made him this calming glitter bottle so he could self-regulate.  They are also good for anxiety in kids too.  This is one of the easier autism DIY projects that I've done, and it's gotten a lot of use.  Even my neurotypical daughter likes to look at it.

DIY Calming glitter glue bottle