so you haven’t tried elderberries yet?

With all this running around the stress is taking its toll on me and I am not trying to get sick but I have a secret. Well not a secret but a great benefit that should be a staple in your immune boosting routines.

Elderberry Syrup.

Last November I was in and out of urgent care for colds and viruses with my two boys. My pediatrician recommended Elderberry Syrup when I had my first son two years ago but now that the kids are in school, sickness is inevitable.

I took the advice of my pediatrician and began giving them Elderberry Syrup. Y’all not one sniffle since Christmas. I admit I began to slack up with the daily doses but I kept up with the routine. It even helped with my son’s allergies. Some allergies cause mucous and mucous is caused by inflammation in the respiratory lining. Elderberry syrup reduces inflammation as well.

So I swear by this. I’ve made three batches for Moms at our school and they are amazed at the benefits too. Read about Elderberry benefits here.

So to my recipe.

*****Please consult a physician before taking this syrup or giving to your kids. If you have an autoimmune disease you should not take elderberry as it can cause an active immune system.

The recipe is super simple just five ingredients:

The fifth ingredient is, Spring Water.

– Add all the ingredients to a pot with 8 cups of spring water.

– Bring ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes then let simmer for an hour until it is a thick consistency. I usually make it in a crock pot so I let it cook for about 8 hours but if you’re boiling you will have to add water as it reduces with cooking.

– Once finished mash the mixture with a potato masher and strain.

– Add 1 cup of raw honey if you are using to the syrup mixture. I substitute with pure maple syrup for my toddlers.

*****Do not give babies/infants/toddlers raw honey. Consult with your physician/pediatrician.

– Store in a mason jar and refrigerate for up to two months. You can take 1-2 tbsp daily and for kids 5ml (1tsp) daily. If you have the flu or cold already up to three times daily.

You can buy this syrup at your local health food stores.  I’ve seen it at Whole Foods as well but it runs anywhere between $15-$19 for a bottle that will last a about two weeks depending on how often and how many people will be taking it. I preferred to buy the Elderberry flowers in bulk and make it.  Sevananda Natural Foods Market here in Atlanta is where I purchased mine. I can make a bigger batch and it last for months.

Even if you have the cold or flu Elderberry can shorten the lifespan of the virus within 48-72 hours which can last up to six days.

What are some of your remedies to boost you or your kids immune system?

*****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents!*****

xo,

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diy || mess-free finger painting

Another DIY craft brought to you this rainy day again…

but first, can these chubby little fingers and dimpled knuckles stay forever!!

I am working on a VLOG for a cool backyard toy for fun.  So until I get that edited and posted here’s our favorite go to—-Painting!

This one is so much cleaner than letting them go loose with the paint.  I usually give Apple a painting bag while he waits for me to prepare his food.

Place a piece of paper or construction paper inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag then place several dots of different colors of paint on the paper.  

Zip it up and….

See.

Really simple….

Keeps him busy for like three minutes lol!

have fun.

be happy.

diy toddler craft || water painting 

If it’s rainy there like it is here this craft is perfect for indoors.  Pretty self explanatory,

  • Water. 
  • Paint brushes. 
  • Construction paper.  

This activity works better with smaller toddlers 18+ months or so.  This is my go to activity when it’s raining, if I need a few minutes to call people, tidy up a bit or catch a new episode of This Is Us.  I know, super late. 

This is a simple DIY activity that helps with coordination and an easy way to begin learning alphabets, numbers or shapes.

Also, Sage is still at that stage where he has to taste everything, so this is a very safe non toxic, mess free activity. 

Simple. Easy. And inexpensive! Have fun! 

What type of activities do you do with your toddlers at home? 

*****the opinions expressed on LCC, are just that, MY two cents*****

diy: pool noodle horses 

Being a stay at home mom, I am always looking for activities to keep the kids busy.  I live on and for Pinterest for CHEAP and easy projects. I am a creative and that’s what I do best…..create.  I’m going to enjoy making arts and crafts more than them.  Off to Michaels we go.  

I know I specifically said don’t ask me for SHAT, but $50 bucks later.  


This project was right under five bucks.  But of course, there is always something that you think you need or a sale price you just can’t beat. 

Like frames 40% off…

I LOST my mind! 


We used our own pool noodles for the horses.  Being that they are only $1 we can buy plenty more for next summer. 


But of course they had to wrestle and swat at each other with them first….

I’m starting to think this was more fun! 


This is basically what we’ll end up with…


Really simple to make too…

All you will need are 

  • Pool noodles
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Hot glue and gun
  • String or twine
  • (2) Felt squares 12 x 12 per noodle 

First, bend the tip of the noodle down towards the opposite end about halfway down.  You can make it shorter or longer to the size you would like and tie a string around it.

I know, manicure time!

This hook will be the horse’s nose so tie the string pretty tight to hold the nose in place.  

Next, cut your felt squares like so.  There are other options such as cutting fringes along the edge as well for a front horse mane.


Now, glue the eyes on.  Be sure to use a low temperature hot glue gun because foam and hot glue won’t work.  


Now you’ll glue the felt pieces on the in between and on the back of the hook you made earlier.  For the ears, place the long strip between the hook and glue on each side for the ears. 


Then glue each side to the noodle.


You’re almost there! Do the same for the mane.  Fold the bigger cut out in half.  Place glue down the middle first and attach to the noodle.  Then add glue along the edges of the noodle and glue the felt to the horse accordingly.  We used a fringed mane and added it to the front. 

BAM!! All done and a fun activity for the kids.  


Sage wasn’t feeling it at first he just wanted to play with the scraps! 

Oh well, I tried and he’ll have it when he’s ready!! 

Really simple see!! 

Try it, post it and tag me @lovecottonandcurls or hashtag it #lovecottonandcurls!!

I love making crafts with my kids.  All in all it was a fun day with this coconut.  Seeds in my teeth too from eating of course. It a great pic tho! 

What are some crafts that you come up with to occupy your little ones?


****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents****

DIY Vlog on Skin Toner 

People!!  I am still living in this unspoken paradigm of motherhood and LIFE!  Time management is my daily goal and squeezing posts in when I can, or cannot for that matter, when I should.   One thing I do try to keep up with is my skin care.

I’m exhausted and the last thing I am thinking of is a beat face honey, sometimes!  Most days a lightly colored lipgloss will do.  But I do try to maintain my skin complexion and tone by exfoliating, skin brushing and skin toners.

My skin tends to get super oily in the summer and moisturizers can be heavy and greasy too. So to make it easy I cleanse my face at night and in the mornings a splash of water and toner and I’m good.  Oh and lipgloss!

I decided to make rose petal, lemongrass and mint toner water.  The benefits of these leaves basically is amazing: 

Rose Petals – Excellent antibacterial properties that are effective in fighting acne and breakouts 

Lemongrass- Has the same antibacterial properties but is also a natural astringent. 

Mint- Fresh aroma and also strengthens skin tissue and reduces oily skin. 


I made my first DIY video playing around with a few apps so excuse the background noises but I like it it’s kind of raw.

 https://youtu.be/WwmYGz9Y0Ug

The instructions are pretty simple if you need to see them written down like me sometimes.

Ingredients 

Rose Petals

Lemongrass

Mint leaves

Purified Drinking water

Witch Hazel


Kitchen Utensils

Small strainer

Pot

Spray bottle or jar to keep water in

  1. Boil water for five minutes first.
  2. Add rose petals, lemongrass and mint leaves and boil for 5/10 minutes.
  3. Remove ingredients from water and strain into a bowl several times before placing in your spray bottle or container.
  4. Add three parts toner water to one part witch hazel.
  5. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  6. Spray on after cleaning and moisturizing your face or just for a quick refresher throughout the day.

Enjoy!!

XoXo,

Do you make your own skin toner?  What ingredients do you use? Leave a comment here or on FB or IG

****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents!!****