5 Things to Help You Get Over the “CRUD”

Remember my post of 5 Ways to Destress During a Busy Time? I thought it was time to do another post relevant to this week. Ever since 2017 hit, it seems like I’ve had a cold that I just can’t shake. A few days will go by with nothing and then – BAM – I’m feeling drained and snotty for a week. It’s been an endless cycle thanks in part to the crud going around. Between the crud circulating at my work and Robb’s work, we just can’t get away from it.

So here are a few of my favorite things to help you get over the crud! Keep in mind that these are the things that I have found to help me. Everyone is different so I recommend checking in with your doctor first if you aren’t feeling well because it could be the sign of something more serious.

  • Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops – These cough drops are one of the few things I can pop into my mouth when I start hacking that will help calm me. They include a mixture of herbs such as horehound, lemon balm, and mallow. I love the taste of these (maybe one day I will make some of my own).


  • The Southern Belle’s Garden Irritated Lip Salve – This lip salve has been one of my top selling products. I keep it on hand to use daily but love using it when my lips are extra chapped from “mouth breathing” when I’m sick. I combine lemon balm, tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and a touch of clove to create this lip balm that you will want to make sure you have on hand year around.
Elderberries | Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Elderberry Tea – Elderberries are a great source of Vitamin C and have been used medicinally for hundreds of years of treat cold and flu symptoms. I like to fix myself an tea using elderberries when I start feeling a bit under the weather. I’ll add about a cup of water and 1 tbsp. dried elderberries to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain out the berries and add a bit of honey (to taste).


  • doTerra On Guard – doTERRA has a whole line of On Guard products (from a Foaming Hand Wash to Toothpaste) but I prefer the versatility of the essential oil. On Guard is a blend of wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark/leaf, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary leaf/flower making it a great oil for immune support. When diffused, On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting however one of my favorite ways to use it is as a non-toxic cleaner after a bout of sickness. I’ll soak my toothbrush in water with a few drops of the oil as well as mix a cup of water and a cup of white vinegar with 20-30 drops in a spray bottle to use as a surface cleaner.
White Mountain Epsom Salt
  • Epsom Salt – I use Epsom Salt in a lot of my products for The Southern Belle’s Garden. I love using it in the bath because of how it helps to detoxify the body. Adding a cup of epsom salt to a hot bath will promote sweating and I always feel better after sweating. Be sure to drink plenty of water after though.

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What are your “must-haves” for when you are feeling under the weather?

Meal Plan in Review 02/12-02/18

Last week on my Instagram account, I posted a glimpse of my meal plan for February 12-18th. I thought that it would be fun to take a look back and see if I stuck to my meal plan or if I deviated from it.

This week's meal plan featuring @papajohns & @plated

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The purpose of planning out my dinners for the week was to eliminate some of the last minute indecisiveness that leads to poor food choices,  to better utilize what it already in my pantry/freezer and to narrow down what I actually purchase from the grocery store.

Overall, we did poorly at sticking to our plan this week. Robb and I both came down with a cold that lingered (and still lingers) for days, leaving us without energy and really without an appetite.

Sunday – We ordered Papa Johns pizza on Sunday. Papa Johns is sort of our monthly treat [Canadian bacon, pineapple, roma tomatoes, and sometimes mushrooms and olives on Robb’s half]

Monday – While I ended up doing country-fried steak this day instead of chicken-fried steak, I did stick mostly to my meal plan for this day, though Robb asked if I could hold off on making the pie until he would actually be able to taste it. It’s in the oven now and smells amazing!


Tuesday – We did end up having leftovers so this was a win!

Wednesday – Robb’s cold was kicking his butt on Wednesday. I ended up making the Plated: Mediterranean Burgers with Harissa Aioli and Carrots Fries for me but made him a simple bowl of chicken ramen with peas and carrots. [Plated is one of those meal delivery kits.]

Thursday – Wanting something warm and comforting, Robb made a stew of sorts with chicken, potatoes, onions, broth, corn, peas, and dumplings. It was the perfect thing to help combat the crud.

Friday – I didn’t use my other Plated meal. Instead we were bad. I didn’t feel like cooking, Robb didn’t feel like cooking, so we picked up sandwiches from a local restaurant, came home, and watched Netflix. It was a good night though and after dosing myself with Nyquil, I was asleep by 7:30.

Saturday – Robb had purchased Barbeque Chicken plates from a local fire department so we had those Saturday night. They were DELICIOUS! Well worth the $8 per plate and we enjoy supporting our community.


I have my meal plan for this current week ready to go but may or may not post it as 3 days this week will be leftovers/on-your-own due to our work schedules. My main goal now is to cook as much from the freezer as we can. Doing a quick evaluation today, we have a lot of frozen produce that needs to used before this growing season starts.

Do you try to plan out your meals each week? How do you stick to your plan?

Northeastern NC Craft Workshop

Back in 2013, I was looking for something to do during two days off from work. House-sitting while my mom was out of town, I had taken the time off to enjoy a hot summer day and planned to relax and grill out. I ended up stumbling across the Northeastern NC Craft Workshop.

The NENC Craft Workshop is a two-day  event that offers a variety of classes such as stained glass, decoy carving, embroidery and more. Registration is first come, first served meaning some classes tend to fill out rather quickly.

After my first year of attending, I fell in love with the event and have always been eagerly anticipating the next one. Though my schedule doesn’t always allow me the time off to attend (such as when I started a new job or when someone else was already scheduled to be off of work), I have tried my best to attend.

Here are some of my creations!

2013 – This was my first year attending and I decided to sign up for the bonsai class.

This is my "before" picture of my bonsai for the bonsai class that I'm taking today.

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Unfortunately I forgot to take an after picture. My green thumb was still in the works during this time and my bonsai died not too long after. :-/

2014Garlic Basket! I enjoy basket weaving even if my patterns didn’t always come out right.

Beginning of a beautiful thing at the NENC Craft Workshop (garlic basket)

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Garlic basket all done!

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2016 – My sea grass stool. This was a class I had been trying to get in for a couple of years so I was pretty excited to be able to attend.

@ NENC Craft Workshop. Seagrass stool before picture. 🙂

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The after picture of the seagrass stool I made at the NENC Craft Workshop yesterday.

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What is really neat about my sea grass stool is that we have a nearly identical one my grandmother made during a different event years ago.

Though it’s easier for me to take the one-day events, I do want to eventually try Decoy Carving/Painting and Fishing Fly Tying! I love that these classes introduces me to skills that I may not normally have been able to try out. What’s also pretty neat is seeing some of the same people return year after year.

Registration is open now, by the way. There is a little fee attached to each class, but if you click the link below, it’ll clue you in as to how much.

For more information, please visit https://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/02/northeast-north-carolina-craft-workshop/.

BPI Sports on MavenX

MavenX is fairly new website that can sort of be described as Pinterest but with the opportunity to earn money by sharing the products you love and enjoy.

They feature Share Events every now and then where the users (i.e. me) are given an exclusive promo code and asked to share the particular company with others. I was recently selected to the BPI Sports Share Event.

BPI Sports is a sports nutrition company offering high-quality products like supplements to promote weight loss and building muscle. These are some of my picks from BPI Sports.

Visit my BPI Sports board on MavenX

My favorites from these picks are the BPI Shaker Cup and VIOPREX. Having a shaker cup when you are using any sort of a protein powder is a must so you don’t end up with weird lumps in your cup.

I may have to give VIOPREX a try. VIOPREX are capsules that help to promote healthy cartilage and tissue as well as provide joint support. I have a bad knee and wonder if this might actually help out. At this point, I’m willing to try anything!

Click here for more information.

I’m determined to get myself back in shape this year. I’m planning to eat better, exercise more, and CUT OUT SODA. Soda is my biggest weakness but an issue that I am working on. I started today eating healthier (though I did have a soda with breakfast…). Are you going to make 2017 your healthiest year yet?

And oh yea! The exclusive promo code!


Interested in trying out MavenX?

The Bouqs Company

I’ve probably ordered flowers from The Bouqs Company half a dozen times since their inception in 2012. Their flower arrangements are gorgeous, unique, and decently priced for the quality that you get. Even better – they are a company that actually LISTENS. Their customer service is on point. I once mentioned that the flowers I received were a little less than perky and they issued a store credit that I used to buy flowers at a later date (which arrived perfectly).

I’m not really a flower girl to be honest. I would much rather you buy me a plant that I can stick in the ground versus a bouquet of flowers that will only wilt and decay. But there is something so special about the selection at The Bouqs company that I couldn’t help but to order myself a bouquet around the Christmas holiday. My bouquet lasted nearly a month before I finally tossed it (as it aged, I found myself fascinated at how it changed) but still scented the room with a fresh floral scent.




I’m also currently eyeballing this gorgeous bouquet:

“Bewitched” from the Bouqs Company – Deluxe version includes 24 mixed stems for $65


Good news! The Bouqs Company is offering 20% Off + Free Shipping with Code: ROMANCE20 (Valid through 2/14) [affiliate link]. So place your order tonight for a great little Valentine’s Day pick me up for yourself or someone special in your life.