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I have had the nastiest cold this week, and it’s been kicking my butt since Saturday (that makes this fight 5 days old now) and I’m absolutely tired of it, and tired in general. So after doing some research, I’ve found some sure-fire ways to help you get rid of your cold and move on with your life.
But first, the annoying symptoms
(I got the following info from MayoClinic.com:
- Stuffy nose or a runny nose
- Sore or itchy throat
- Mild body aches or minor headaches
- Minor fever
Check, check, check, yes I have all of them. Lucky me! I’m a Bingo winner of head colds.
When to see a doctor?
This is for adults…
- If you have a fever of 103° F or higher
- That same fever coupled with sweating, chills, and a cough with discolored phlegm
- Major swollen glands
- Severe sinus pain
I don’t have any of those painfully torturous symptoms so there’s only one thing for me to do; let it run it’s course. But with what I’ve found, I can hopefully make that course run a little faster and get done a little sooner.
Here are 10 tips to help you get rid of that nasty cold:
- Drink warm fluids. It helps to relieve sinus pressure and congestion.
- Get plenty of rest. Duh, I know you hear this one in every list but for real, how is your body supposed to work overtime if YOU are working overtime? Let your body do it’s thing and stop getting in the way.
- Get a humidifier. Dry air is not going to help you with your cold, in fact it will do the opposite and make you feel worse (adding to a stuffy nose and a dry, scratchy throat). Get a humidifier and let it work wonders for your head cold.
- Stock up on cough drops. These are great for sore throats and can even help clear up your nasal passages. Look for different kinds with extra vitamins in them as well.
- Eat chicken noodle soup. There is just something about it, no really, studies have shown that chicken noodle soup can help provide anti-inflammatory properties along with relieve congestion.
- Take some Tylenol. But don’t overdo it as it can have negative effects on your liver if you use it for a long period of time. Tylenol contains acetaminophen that can help to reduce a headache, your sore throat, and even a fever.
- Drink orange juice and lots of water. Orange juice contains vitamin C and water will help your body stay well-hydrated to best fight the cold.
- Minimize dairy products. Believe it or not, consuming dairy products can add to your mucus level. It’s best to just stick to the basics for a few days.
- Take your exercise level down. Take it easy on your body right now because it’s doing some serious work inside. Switch your run for a walk, and your weight-lifting for some yoga or pilates.
- Take a long, hot shower. Let the steam naturally act as a decongestant and loosen up your nasal passages and sinuses.
I hope these tips help you combat your illness as I combat mine! Here’s to us!
Last weekend, I attended my first Bloggy Boot Camp. Usually this time of year, I was gearing up for the MN Bloggers Conference, but unfortunately they fell on the same day – such a bummer! So, this was the first year that I missed #MNBlogCon but hopefully next year I’ll be able to make up for it…
Anyways, back to Bloggy Boot Camp (BBC), it, was, awesome. I walked out of there with so many notes and to-do’s that I honestly didn’t know where to start. Which, I see as a good thing because at least I know what now needs to be done to make my blog even more awesome A big shout-out to the SITS Girls for putting that on, it was such a great learning experience! And, a big shout-out to a great couple of sponsors, Collective Bias and Mirassou Winery. They helped to put on an awesome event!
I couldn’t possibly even begin to tell you everything that I learned that day on blogging, because I think I would get carpal tunnel! Instead I’ll highlight one key point that I got from each presentation that day.
YouTube –> 25% of YouTube views are on mobile!
Instagram & Pinterest –> Interact if you want people to interact with you
Google+ –> Use hashtags at the ends of your posts
Business and Blogging –> Your disclosure needs to travel with the post
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp. I have 8 long pages of notes that go much more in depth with everything that they taught us that day. From 9am to 5pm, we were provided some of the best information that is out there for bloggers in our niche. It was wonderful.
Other Awesome Stuff
After all was said and done, Mirassou sponsored a wine tasting with some tasty hors d’ oeuvres. So yummy!! They also had a little photo booth set up where we got some awesome photos. Here are some fun ones:
And another fun photo:
After I got home, my husband asked me to tell him a few things that I learned. I looked at him and said, I don’t think I can even think about my blog for another year! I’d worn out my ‘thinker’ from all the tips, tricks and updates that I thought about all day long. Don’t worry though, after about a day, I was pumped to start implementing all the things that I had learned. Now I’ve been avidly working on my site almost every single day since the conference. It was definitely worth my time, worth the money, and worth the drive.
So, hopefully you’ll be seeing a good change in pace on my site and I start to tweak things here and there. I want to focus more now on sharing great content with you guys, along with personal stories and new things in my life. I hope you’ll stick around to see me through
Well that is all for right now. I just want to thank you guys, you there, who is reading this, for stopping by and checking out my site. I’m so thankful that after almost 3 years, I’m still here, blogging away So thank you for the support and thanks for being awesome!
Until next time.
My oh my, I feel like it’s been ages since I wrote a post just about my life in general. Hubby and I have had a lot going on lately and it’s been tough to sit down and just write. But here I am, and I’m excited just to recap the last few months.
Wicked at the Orpheum
First off, I’ll start with last night since it’s so fresh in my mind. I went to see Wicked at the Orpheum with my mom, sisters and brother-in-law. It was soooo good. I really didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t really know the storyline, but I love musicals and this was a wonderful one.
I was so impressed with the actors and actresses and how amazing of singers and performers they were. The play flew by, and it was really fun. They even let you bring in snacks and drinks into the theater which is a new one for me! It was a great time, and I would recommend going if you have the chance. They are still in town for another week, so check it out!
New Book: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Ah yes, my absolute favorite author, Sophie Kinsella, has written another book called Wedding Night (it’s her newest novel) and I, of course, snagged it and have been reading it since last week. I’m almost done. I am just in love with her writing, she’s my favorite. If you haven’t read anything from her before, I’d highly recommend reading her Shopaholic series and then progress from there. Yes, that is the book that inspired the movie, which was also wonderful, though I still liked the book better.
I’m a Goodwill Blog Writer!
I have recently been asked to help write some content for the Goodwill blog, which they have just redone and launched. So far it has been a blast! I love coming up with new crafts and ideas, and it’s always fun to go thrift shopping for items to upcycle for your home.
Go check out the Goodwill Blog to see some of my craft ideas. They are still adding them to the mix, so if you don’t see them right now, check back again later. But of course, there’s some great stuff on there currently so it’s a win-win either way for you!
I’m Freelance Writing
Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a journalist. My dream job was to work at a fashion magazine and write my own column. Maybe someday… but I decided there’s only one way to get there; write! So I’ve started freelance writing for a few different places and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and dare I say it, I think I’m pretty good at it! It’s fun to take that first step towards something you have always wanted to do, it makes me smile! I guess this is the part where I say, if you know someone (or if you personally are someone) who needs a writer for anything fashion, beauty, shopping, saving money or anything of those sorts, you know where to find me! (email@example.com)! Was that a shameless plug? Yes. Yes it was.
Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis
I am so excited for this Saturday, I’ll be attending my first Bloggy Boot Camp (put on by the SITS Girls). It’s a conference for bloggers like myself who want to learn and take their website to the next level. I can’t wait to meet fellow bloggers and learn lots of good stuff to make my blog better! I’ll let you know how it goes!
Well that is all for now!! I know, lots going on over here. If you’ll be attending BBC or have anything to add to this post, please leave a comment!!
When people first meet me, they usually try to segment me one way or another. I’ve heard things varying from, “Oh, you’re so quiet! Are you shy?” to “You are so outgoing, I love it!” How do those things even match up? Why do we have to be one thing or another?
Let’s go into this further, shall we?
People after they get to know me will say, “You are so not what I expected” or something to the extent of that. They have often said at first, “I don’t know what to think of you!” and when I ask what that means (because honestly, what is that supposed to mean??), they say that they just don’t know how to categorize me… Whaaaat? Why do we need to categorize people? Very rarely have I met someone and they fit a stereotype to the exact description. And why do they have to? They don’t. But it makes life easier for us to stereotype people or judge them just by looking at them.
Many times have I thought something about someone when I first looked at them, and they turned out to be something completely different. So hey, I’m guilty too! But when you stereotype someone, you don’t give them a chance to show you who they really are.
They’re too young to judge or know stereotypes. They just go about their ways and find common interests. Let’s picture that with adults.
Put ten adults into a classroom with a few toys and they won’t move. They’ll look around and create ideas of the other people in the room. They might say something to their neighbor about what’s going on, why they’re there, but probably not.
Follow Up Lesson
What’s the difference between the kids and adults? It’s plain to see that we learn as we grow to judge people. We look at what they’re wearing, what their hair looks like, what their face looks like, how they act. Then we choose what stereotype they best fit. We best categorize ourselves, and then we talk to those who we think are most like us. Bam. True story!
Why am I doing this post? Mostly because I’m so tired of being judged as one thing or another. Why can’t I be everything that I am and not have to be grouped into one stereotype or another? I fight with this battle as a blogger because I want to be so many things to you guys, but I don’t want to confuse you. “Oh I thought she was a MOM blogger, but she like doesn’t even have kids!” Yeah, I’m aware. “Then how does she even know what kids like?” Really? I have to be a mom to know what kids like or how they think? I don’t have any nieces or nephews, neighbors, or youth that I mentor? Why do I have to be a mom to be able to write about kids? That’s just stupid.
“All she wears when I see her is yoga pants and baggy tops. She knows nothing about fashion.” Really? You’re right, a person can’t ever get out of jeans and bedazzled tops or else they are not stylish. I can’t imagine what Rachel Zoe wears to bed if this is the case.
Anyways, I’m getting carried away. The main point is, try to be less judgmental. Am I saying to stop stereotyping and just befriend everyone? No. I’m not. If you see a man running at you in a black ski mask and his hand in his front coat pocket, you have my permission to stereotype him as a crazy man and get your pepperspray ready.
What I am saying, is that just because you think someone might be one thing, give them a chance to show you whether you are right or wrong. Doesn’t that sound easy enough? Then why don’t we do it?
Food for thought.
You guys have heard all about my puppy over the last couple months. Some good things, and some of my frustrations (okay, let’s be serious here, most of them frustrations lol) But I’ve learned a few things from her believe it or not… Let’s take a walk down puppy lane.
1) Everything is exciting. No seriously. That tennis ball? Whoooop!! Throw that sucker, let’s see what happens!!
2) Never lay down when you can be doing something. Why lay down and relax when there are garbage cans to get into, shoes to be chewed, rugs to poop on… Get up, get moving!
3) Life is too wonderful to walk. We gotta run! We gotta sniff! Live life to the max. Yolo. No really, my dog said ‘Yolo’ right there. She’s really hip.
4) Exercise every day. Okay this one, for real. All that energy has got to go somewhere! Do you want it to go into running and jumping on the furniture and chewing up pillows? Or would you rather it be that half hour walk that we all should take anyways? Get your butt in gear.
5) Be social. Big dog, little dog, heck even that cat down the street is fair game. I want to talk to all of them!! I need to meet them. Now! Do you smell that? I smell a new friendship blooming.
6) Wear your heart on your sleeve. Or your fur, or wherever you want to wear it. If you love something, wag that tail! If you love someone, show them. If something upsets you, bark! Dogs don’t hold their feelings back. Neither should we (most of the time).
7) Never underestimate the power of sleep. Dogs get more rest in one day than I probably do all week. We don’t take time to rest our bodies, and give ourselves the break we need. Take a moment to relax. You’ve earned it.
Lessons courtesy of my dog, I’m merely the translator.
Sarah (and Luna)