Friday, November 16, 2012

For what ails you... (recipe)

Mia and I got our flu shots on Wednesday, and I'm not saying there's a causal effect, exactly, but we're both sick now. Granted, Mia had a cold before she got the shot. But she's been downright miserable since - waking on Wednesday night every two hours, and last night every hour.

I caught her cold, I guess, and I've been nauseous, with a killer headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and so, so darn tired. If only I could catch a decent night's sleep! And if she would only sleep more than an hour during the day... Oh, Mia.

Anyway, I'm not into medicating, so here's my alternative cold treatment. Good enough for any time, but especially good when you're feeling off.

What Ails You Tea

3 slices lemon
1-2 slices fresh ginger root (or 1/8 tsp ground ginger if you don't have fresh, but fresh is best)
2 tsp honey (or maple syrup, or brown sugar to sweeten, but honey has antibacterial properties)
a pinch cayenne pepper

Steep in 2 cups of boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

This can be served hot and steamy, or chilled.

Toddlers (past 1 year of age, if you're using honey) can drink it, too. Don't add too much (or any, if you worry) cayenne for children under 2 years old. I feel that the tiny pinch within 2 cups is okay for my 21 month old, but use your judgment.

Why does it work?

Lemons help with throat infections (it is an antibacterial), respiratory ailments, and reducing the body temperature. They are full of Vitamin C, B, and flavonoids (antioxidants).

Ginger is helpful for nausea. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.

Honey is a natural antibacterial, antioxidant and antiseptic.

Cayenne - the capsaicin in cayenne helps relieve pain and may help with heartburn and blood circulation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

iShine Electronic Cleaning Wipes by Clorox - Review

One toddler with sticky fingers + about a zillion gadgets = a lot of messy screens to clean. My daughter has watched us use the tablet and our phones, and believes every screen is a touch screen that she must immediately touch - including the tv and our laptops.

Luckily for me, I got to try out the new Clorox Electronic Cleaning Wipes featuring Clorox Electronics Cleaning Spray.

It's bleach-free and ammonia-free, and it works really well to get rid of tiny fingerprints, dirt and smudges. We just use a wipe to clean the surface, and a microfiber cloth to give it a quick polish after. Voila!

We've put it to the test on our phones, tablet, tv, laptop screens and the display of a digital camera, and it's kept our screens shiny and clear... until the next time Mia happens by.