Surviving Southern Spring Allergy Season

The Pollen Hurricane of Spring has hit us especially hard this year in the South, and the collective misery is obvious wherever you go. Allergy season has arrived, and I have boxes of tissue listed as budget item to prove it. Although most of us dearly love the natural beauty of the South and eagerly anticipate the annual appearance of Spring color, it’s a bit like childbirth in that we tend to forget how horrible the pains of hay fever and sinus infections can be. I’ve been hacking like a pack-a-day smoker and sound way more like Katherine Hepburn than I’d like, but I just can’t help but go outside to enjoy the beauty blooming all around me! My kids are also in the throes of hay fever, and they all have what I’d imagine “consumption” from Oregon Trail sounds like. The allergy siege must end. NOW. Because over-the-counter allergy medicines and antibiotics can only do good to a point, I’ve been on a crusade to find natural methods and home remedies to soothe our symptoms by asking everyone I know and researching like a jack rabbit on crack. I’m going to share them with you because The Golden Rule…

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What is a Jon Jon ? Talk Southern to Me

If you’ve ever heard Southern women talking about children’s clothing and you’re not from Here, you may have heard foreign-sounding terms, like Bishop (a style of little girl’s dress that flows like a clergy cassock), smocking (a type of decorative stitching/embroidery that fancies up children’s clothing) bubble suit (not like the Michelin Tire Man), or Jon Jon. Jon Jons (or John Johns, depending on who’s spelling it) are outfits for little boys that are kind of like overalls but are made of one cotton print fabric. They are usually shorts, but can also be made with long legs for cold weather. Sometimes there is smocking on the chest/bib area, and other times you will see an applique or no embellishment of any kind. They can be fancy for special occasions/holidays/church or very simple, to be worn while the little boy is outside playing. Southern Moms like them because they’re comfortable for the little boy, versatile, and look more “polished” than a t-shirt and shorts for a playdate. You’ll see them worn with and without shirts under the outfit. Now that you know WHAT they are, you’re probably wondering where on Earth the name “Jon Jon” came from. Remember little John…

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How to Keep Toddlers Busy on a Car Trip

If you’ve ever taken a long car trip, or even a shorter one, with a child who is still too small to “entertain” himself by reading or playing games independently on an iPad, then you know how frustrating it can be for everyone involved. I’m here to help you with tips on how to keep toddlers busy on a car trip and keep your sanity! Building a special kit just for them with age-appropriate activities could be the ticket to your survival when you’re stranded in a car (whether it be a commute or a drive to Disney) for any length of time. Snag these items when you’re out and about and put them in a fun, brightly colored bag, and only allow your toddler to use these special items while on the car trip! The novelty of new items is part of the distraction strategy. Toddler Activity Kit For a Car Trip After you read this let me know if you would add anything to the list of kit items over on the Herd Management Facebook Page!

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