5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families

This post on 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families was sponsored on behalf of RAYCOP. All opinions stated are my own.

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

I never fussed too much about being healthy until Addie was born. The term “wellness” wasn’t something that I’d ever really used, and I didn’t think much about taking care of myself until I became pregnant. Now that I’m a mom, and one to a medically fragile toddler, my eyes have been opened up to an entire new world. During the wintertime, all I see on Facebook are people talking about how sick they are or how entire families have been inundated with illness. My Facebook memories pop up each morning when I log on, and even I am reminded how frequently I was sick during this time of the year! Ever since Addie was in the NICU, I’ve learned some amazing winter wellness tips and I wanted to share them with families that are sick and tired of being, well, sick and tired!

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

Winter Wellness Tip #1: Wash your hands. It sounds simple enough, right? Yet, more germs are passed around because we simply don’t wash our hands enough or wash them as long as we should. Here’s a tip for you, when washing your hands, sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star twice in your head. It may seem a long time, but it’s just the perfect amount of time to help you wash any little germy friends on your skin.

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

Winter Wellness Tip #2: Drink Kombucha. I’m a HUGE fan of drinking Kombucha because of all the amazing health and wellness benefits it provides. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has live bacterial cultures in it, like a probiotic does. You can make your own, or you can purchase some at your local grocery store (usually in the healthy living aisle). Drinking Kombucha every day will help protect your body naturally by supporting your gut. In fact, 70% of your immunity is in your gut. Your health starts in your gut, so you need to support it year-round, but especially in the winter. Not comfortable with the thought of Kombucha? Grab yourself a probiotic. We’re huge fans of Young Living Life 9.

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

Winter Wellness Tip #3: Sanitize your home. Here’s the thing- we have a TON of people in and out of our home because Addie requires nursing, therapies, and medical supplies. To say our door is revolving would be an understatement. Now that the holidays are here, we’re having more friends over for different events like Friendsgiving and our upcoming Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Christmas Party! Of course, we love diffusing Thieves to purify the air in our home after we have guests, but have you ever thought about the germs on your couches? What about your bed after you’ve been around a lot of people? It’s something many people don’t even think about, but it’s one that’s on my radar often. We just recently got a RAYCOP RS2 and it is AMAZING for sanitizing any fabric surface in your home. After TWO seconds, it is able to extract 99.99% of bacteria, 99.8% of pollen after 1 minute, and can extract 90% of household dust in just 3 minutes. Insane right?!

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

After my recent Friendsgiving party I decided to give my RAYCOP RS2 a whirl. I can’t chance having any of our family members or nurses sick,  especially because of Addie’s respiratory needs. Every RAYCOP purifier uses patented RayClean Technology® to efficiently sanitize fabric surfaces. Unlike a regular vacuum, RAYCOP purifiers have a dual filtration system incorporating a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter which is proven to capture 99.9% of common allergens like dust, pollen and mold, and UV light technology that deactivates the DNA in dust mites, bacteria, pollen, mold and mildew. Of course, don’t take my word for it- they have tons of research and development to back up their claims. I’m all about research (hello, oily mom here!) so it made me happy to see that on their website.

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

I love love love the RAYCOP RS2 for my couches, Pearl’s dog bed (because let’s face it, pets bring in lots of stuff from the outdoors), pillows, beds, and even blankets. I am also planning to use it on my curtains that have been hung in our dining room for 2.5 years and need a good cleaning. It’s a great way to save water by not having to physically wash them! I never even knew a product like this existed until recently, and I’m so thankful for it. I’m always looking for natural yet effective ways to clean our home and this is just an amazing product that is going to make such a difference for our family- especially Addie. If you want to snag a RAYCOP RS2 purifier, grab it today at raycop.com/shop.

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

Winter Wellness Tip #4: Keep exercising. When I started Camp Gladiator a little over a month ago, everyone kept asking me why I chose this time of year to start working out. The more I thought about it, the more I realized, “Why not?!” This is the time of year when indulgences are high for many, weather is chilly (because, you know it doesn’t truly get cold here in Texas!), and it gets darker faster. You have every single excuse to not work out, but this is the best time to push those excuses away. Working out is what is going to keep your body in tip top shape. Not into working out outside like me? Try a workout DVD, head to your local gym, do laps in a heated pool, or find a partner that will bundle up with you and will go for a walk!

Trying to stay healthy this winter? Check out these 5 Winter Wellness Tips for Families. So many amazing ideas that I never would have thought of before!

Winter Wellness Tip #5: Add spice. When I think about the holidays, I always think about the different spices of the season: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, orange. Did you know that all of these spices are eaten this time of year for a reason? Each spice has its own health benefits that are crucial to keeping you and your family healthy during the winter season. We love using Young Living Vitality Essential Oils in vegetable capsules, but adding spices to your foods will naturally aid your body in wellness. How cool is that?!

Using these winter wellness tips you’ll be set to fight off all the stuff that winter brings! Check out the giveaway from RAYCOP below for your chance to enter their lightest and most portable purifier, the RAYCOP Lite! It is a must-have for every home. I’m so thankful for it! 

RAYCOP Lite Giveaway

That Whole Resolution Thing: Clean Eating with eMeals

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by eMeals however all thoughts, opinions, and statements are 100% my own. 

I never do New Year’s resolutions. Like ever. Maybe because I feel like when I used to I never went through with them. Or maybe they lasted until February or March and then I’d be over it. I’m not sure. I’ve just never been good at that whole resolution thing. This year, I’ve actually decided to try….clean eating with eMeals.

I know, I know..diets. Blech! But, to me, I feel like clean eating isn’t really a “diet” per se. For several months now, even though I was working out with my co-worker, I realized that all I was putting into my mouth were meat and starches. I rarely had vegetables, and to be honest, even though I realized that I wasn’t eating well, I didn’t care. It definitely was a slippery slope, considering that I KNOW how to keep my body in shape and how to lose weight and keep it off for a long while. It was SO frustrating.

Christmas break was the kicker for me. Mathew and I went home to Corpus to visit my family. While I was there I indulged in Chinese food, Mexican food (so many chips and tortillas!), sweets (pan dulce, ice cream, bunuelos), and I honestly don’t think I had ANY vegetables except once when my mom made green beans. Pretty sad, huh? I thought so…

January 2nd I decided to jump back onto eMeals and switch my meal plan to the 2 year Clean Eating Plan for Two. Let me tell you, it’s already made a world of a difference. At the grocery store, someone actually complimented me on my grocery basket- it was FULL of vegetables (and that wasn’t even all the veggies and fruit I bought!) Not only that, but I’ve found that I have SO much more energy. I took down Christmas, cleaned the kitchen, and even cleaned out our storage closet. Trust me, that’s rare.

eMeals sends you a list of recipes each week for your meal plan, and a grocery list as well so you don’t have to worry about making one! Plus, if you’re a Dave Ramsey fan, it’s endorsed by him! Meal planning is an effective way to save money because you’re thinking ahead instead of thinking about getting take out because you forgot to get groceries.

Mathew and I are also back on My Fitness Pal (add me!)  and as of yesterday have lost 4 pounds in 3 days. We are eating our calories that MFP has given us, and are working out together. It’s amazing what you can get accomplished when someone in your house is working towards the same goal you are! I want my body to be healthy so that someday in the future we can have a baby. I would absolutely not want to have a pregnancy where I was diabetic, had high blood pressure, or became obese. I want to be in amazing shape, making great food choices to FUEL my body and my child’s body, and I don’t want to be tired from only eating carbs.

Later this week I’ll be sharing my favorite eMeals clean eating recipe- Kale, Bean, and Orzo soup with of COURSE my own little spin to it. I’ll even be giving you the calorie counts so you know how much to put into your My Fitness Pal account if you make it. It’s time for me to make a change, and I hope you’ll join me in the journey. I still probably won’t be sharing workout pictures all over the place, because I’m doing this for ME, but I will happily share some clean eating recipes that pass my way.

If you’re thinking about clean eating and want help from eMeals I highly suggest it. You can try either of these plans:

6 month Clean Eating Plan for Two,
1 year Clean Eating Plan for Two
 or 1 year Clean Eating Family Plan,
2 year Clean Eating Plan for Two
 or 2 year Clean Eating Family Plan

What’s your favorite clean eating recipe? If you haven’t tried clean eating, what was your New Year’s resolution this year?

Holy Moly It’s Happies and Crappies 49!

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 49th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:

1. Happies and Crappies link up is posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!

2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. It’s not  mandatory, but we appreciate the love.

4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag me and Amber as well as use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies


1. I got to spend 5 days with my family back in Corpus this past week. Seeing my family was MUCH overdue and I was so glad to have spent as much time as we could there.

2. As y’all know, my parents got me the Maskcara IIID Foundation HAC Pack for Christmas! It was the really big thing on my list, so it made me really happy.

3. Mathew and I not only got to have a late Christmas with my family, but we spent New Year’s Eve with them as well! We had a great time at my aunt’s house playing trivia games, watching football, eating yummy food, and my favorite part…making bunuelos. Bunuelos are balls of dough stretched out super thin until they’re practically see through. Then, they are fried in oil and covered with cinnamon sugar. It’s my favorite part of New Years because all the ladies just sit around, talk, and try to make the best looking one!

4. Mathew and I started working out again and are beginning the process of clean eating. I’ll be talking more about our journey with clean eating and even giving y’all some fun recipes from one of my favorite websites, which I can’t wait to do! Although yesterday was only day 1, I’m happy to say that it was a success.

5. I was inspired by a fellow blogger and Instagrammer to take a picture every day for the year and use a hashtag to document it. I’d love if you all followed my hashtag on Instagram– #VMWeveryday2014. Let’s hope I can keep it up for all 365 days!



1. My car STILL isn’t done and I wrecked it in October. I’m dying to have it back!

2. Our only working car went kaput on us this week and so we are even MORE in dire need for crappy #1! We would absolutely love your prayers or thoughts to just get through this hard time. It’s not easy having ZERO vehicles.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!