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Easton is the cutest little boy we know! He rightfully earned the nickname 'BEASTY' when he was a baby and it has stuck with him. He is such a sweet little mommy's boy and we are ALL at his Beck and call. Easton loves cars, snacks, and playing outside. He is talking up a storm and it seems like he learns something new every single day. He is at such a fun age. We LOVE LOVE LOVE this little guy!


Ainslee is the baby and she just turned ONE!! This child is a handful!!! She hasn't quite grown out of the difficult phase.....that she has been in since she was born, but we still find ways to find her sweet side! Hearing her baby giggles and watching her discover & learn new things make all the whininess......just a little easier to deal with. Aaaahhh, we love this Ainslee Girl!!


Oh our cute little Avery! With her blue eyes & blonde hair, she is one of the cutest 4 year olds around!! This girl is stubborn! She definitely keeps us on our toes. She is quite unpredictable, which makes for a lot of laughs! Avery is our TREAT-FREAK! We can always guess what is on her mind. My favorite thing about Avery is her smiles. She always has one for us no matter what and that makes everyones day just a little better. She attends preschool and says she doesn't like it, but secretly we know she does ;). We are so lucky to have this cute girl in our family! We can't get enough of her.

Kobe Dylan

Kobe Dylan
Kobe is our first child, born in 2004. He was 4 months early and weighed a whopping 1 lb. 4 oz.! We got to be with Kobe for 4 wonderful weeks. I feel so blessed to have been chosen to raise one of God's perfect children. We love him and thank Heavenly Father everyday that he is part of our family. We have a treasure in heaven.
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Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones


Quinnie just turned 6! She is growing faster than we can keep up with! She loves going to first grade and is doing really well! She picks up on things very quickly and LOVES learning. She's seriously a sponge. Her favorite thing to do is write notes and draw pictures for her friends & family. You should see our continual stack of papers. Quinnlyn is creative & spunky & totally independant. We love her like crazy!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tips for keeping your family cold and flu-free (SocialMoms)

I am a self-proclaimed Germ Freak. When Cold & Flu season roll around, I get a lot of anxiety about what kind of sickness my kids will pick up any given week. With both of my girls in school now, it has gotten even worse. Lysol & have teamed up with bloggers to get the word out about keeping you & your family safe from all those germs!! Here are a few things that we do in our house:

1. WASH HANDS!! I know this is a pretty typical answer, but it is huge in our house

My kids learn from an early age to wash their hands right after they get home from ANYWHERE…..the store, a friends house, school (especially), or just playing outside.

They also know how long they need to be scrubbing. We sing ‘Twinkle-Twinkle little star’ for the duration of our hand washing. Even Easton who is only 18 months knows this & he sings with us each time we wash his hands.

2. Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I cringe whenever I am around coughers & sneezers. I try not to let it show on my face, but I know I am probably not that good at hiding it. It’s obvious that it is pretty pointless to cough into your hand right? The germs are still going to get around once you touch something. Kids can learn at a pretty young age how to cough into their elbows.  Let’s teach ‘em!

3. Hand Sanitizer!!

I love this stuff. I keep a bottle with me wherever I go. If we go to the store, my kids get a little bit to rub on their hands immediately after we get into the car (I do it as well). However, hand sanitizer is certainly not a replacement for washing your hands with soap and water. We use it only if we don’t have access to soap & water. It’s a nice thing to have when you are out and about though!!

4. Sanitize your house.

This is especially important if you have sick family members. I currently have a sick child and have been sanitizing daily. You can use homemade sanitizer (lot’s of recipes on the internet), store-bought sanitizers (Lysol kills 99.9% of bacteria & viruses on hard surfaces), or there are even UV lights that kill germs. Yep, I have all of the above. It doesn’t take too long to wipe down surfaces that are touched daily and it may just be the thing that keeps the rest of the family from getting sick!!

Do you guys have any tips and tricks that keep your family well during the cold & flu season? I am especially interested in vitamins and such that might give us a ‘one-up’ this year. Any suggestions?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Lysol blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here

1 comment:

d.a.b.e said...

Great post. I like to clean the car seats in the wash or wipe them down with Lysol often. The car seat is another place like the home where kids might spend a lot of time in after being in public places. Also, I have a steam mop which doesnt require any mop cleaners. But, I like to still use a disinfectent cleaner spray like lysol or clorox to mop with so that I can not just pick up dirt and stains but help kill germs on the floor from our shoes and other sources. Its a good idea for kids who run around with no shoes at home like mine. Or for those who have litte one year olds like me who find their kid eating food off the floor that they dropped. I hope you dont think im silly but, those are just a couple other things we do for our family.