6 ways to {help} boost your kids immune system



Maybe your wondering WHAT can you do so your babies aren’t catching every single cold or runny noise?! 😕

I shared with a friend recently that our kids really don’t get sick often-and we work on boosting their immune system to help with that.


Here’s 6 areas we work on {especially in the cooler months – which is so odd and sporadic here in Texas!}


—Don’t panic about everything

I let my kids play in the dirt. They run outside, and I don’t freak out if they don’t have shoes on all the time. Cause being real, kids usually hate shoes 😆 

I’ve always heard it’s supposed to help their immune system…and while I’m not a sciencey mom, I do know that we were healthier than most as kids, and we played in the dirt a LOT.


—Cut Down sugar + Increase Clean food

If we are around sick people we limit sugar intake- drink orange juice and eat as many raw and “whole” foods we can.
Aldis has really good not from concentrate orange juice for $2.09, so I’ll grab extra in the cool months.

I have all kinds of recipes on my “Recipes to Make” Pinterest board you can look at for meal inspiration.


—Pay attention to what’s on their body

When it comes to everyday things like the soap they wash their hands with, the laundry soap on their clothes, and the hand sanitizer I rub their hands with when someone is coughing-I choose to have natural minded products without the toxic junk that would make their body work extra to handle.

Thieves laundry soap is my best friend since I feel like I wash clothes CONSTANTLY with 6 people in this house-especially if we do catch something and I want to clean up after kiddos.


—Think ahead and Prevent

I use a few different essential oils to boost their system and keep them well-especially if we have been around someone who isn’t feeling great!

I rub diluted Thieves EO on their feet at bedtime- and if I notice they are a little less spunky than usual, they get their feet rubbed on every 15 minutes for an hour.

For noses that are misbehaving, they know momma is gonna grab the SniffleEase EO roll on in my purse for respiratory support, and I’ll just roll it on the back of their neck. Have tissues ready cause it really works!


—Get a good nights sleep

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle between starting back schoolwork and upcoming holidays, kids (and mommies) simply don’t get enough sleep. A few drops of Lavender EO or a squirt of Lavender hand and body lotion rubbed all over their body after bath time helps them sleep really good and relaxes their body, and you definitely want good rest to stay well.

I’ll throw 4 drops of Lavender EO + 2 drops of Cedarwood EO in their diffuser (yes I have them in the kids rooms!) for extra measure and sleepy babies.


—Try what works for other moms

I just added Elderberry syrup last year-I keep hearing it’s a great way to boost their system and my friend Sarah is making it so if you need some, PM her!
Kidron approves of it-we just started it last year in the cooler months and all the kids LOVE the taste.


Here is a Elderberry + Ningxia Red gummy recipe for kiddos– I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list to make as soon as I order some gelatin!


So I want to know-if you’ve read all the way to the end of this 😉 – what do YOU do to boost your kids immune system????

——-if this was helpful for you, please SHARE this with a friend!! ❤️


Heres a list of our favorites oils and oily products I mentioned and where to grab them:

Disclaimer: These are affiliate links- which help me bring you tips for FREE and help our family save $$$ at home 🏡

I am very particular about what I recommend to friends, so you can be confident that these work well with my family, and maybe they will for yours!


I order these online from Young Living essential oils.


Want to grab them individually?

(or just stalk their site and see what it’s all about)


Thieves hand purifier:

Thieves laundry soap

Thieves hand soap

Lavender Hand and Body Lotion

Lavender essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil

SniffleEase essential oil blend


Roll on tops (pk of 10)


The best way to get any of these is to grab a Premium Starter kit.

It comes with a diffuser, Thieves and Lavender oils, and 9 other oils.

Now, the samples have changed out since this photo, but now it comes with my FAVORITE cleaner, Thieves Household cleaner

It’s $160 + ship/tax, and then you get a 24% off discount off the retail price for any future orders!!



Budgeting Hack: There’s even a sweet+ free saving program called Essential Rewards-where you can earn CREDIT back just for ordering what your family needs monthly + FREE oils. (This is how I have such a great oils stash!!)

You can get on that ASAP if your like me, or wait and sign up after your kit comes in.


Here’s the deal- you CAN order just from youngliving.com, but you don’t get a super supportive oily mama system with that. Use my link above, and I’ll get you added to an exclusive FB group with thousands of moms who focus on keeping their kids healthy. 

If you get stumped at ALL- just shoot me an email at sk@shanna-kaye.com and I’ll get you all set up.



Why I love Aldis {and grand opening in Tyler TX}

Is it possible to get excited over a grocery store?

I think so.

Maybe I am a little crazy, but we kind of spend a lot of time in one, with a family of six.

I’ve been a wherever-the-deals-are-really-good shopper, thanks to my dad teaching me how to check the price of food based on its weight.

I learned real quick as a kid not to simply grab the biggest box, cause sometimes you weren’t getting the best deal.

So naturally I was skeptical when friends mentioned this “Aldis” store with “really affordable groceries”.


I thought it would be bad food, or just dirty…. but I was wrong.


Oh…and babywearing…can we talk about how it’s a MUST for momma’s with littles?

I don’t know how I survived with my first kid without one!



Insert Aldis.


If you’ve never been in an Aldis, it’s kind of like a small grocery store/ Sam’s Club/totally different than the others store. It’s a European store, come to the USA.


Let me just lay it out for you.

The good

There’s no membership fee to get in, and you don’t have to have a 12 foot passenger van to load up your groceries, but you might want some extra room for their sales. (Yes they can get REALLY good)

They are cheaper than anywhere else I’ve found.

I find better deals on produce here, and things like nuts than stores like Wal-Mart and our local grocery stores.

The not so good

They don’t carry EVERYTHING.

If you’re looking for a very specific kind of mustard, they might not have it, cause they usually carry plain ole yellow mustard and Dijon mustard.

Which when you have small kids like I do, is fine because you don’t need 30 bottles to pick from.

You don’t have enough brain cells left to handle that kind of decision (I kid, but really.)



This will totally stump you otherwise-but you get used to it.

You stick a quarter in the buggy for it to release from it’s friends, and then when you get done, simply bring it back and your quarter comes out!


My son Kidron gets to keep the quarter if he puts the buggy back.

Which means he gleefully helps me and then looks for fellow shoppers he can “help”.



The first time you go inside your probably going to want to throw EVERYTHING in the store in your buggy cause it’s so inexpensive. It’s a crazy thrilled feeling you never thought you would get as an adult.


So make a list so you don’t come back with random chip bags and kombucha and chocolate bars from Germany.

Though if you do, that makes for a fun date night watching a Netflix re-run with your spouse.

This is what it really looks like to shop with kids.


Aldi buggies rock cause they have TWO SEATS.

Thank-you, Aldi, from the bottom of my momma heart.

I can now strap in BOTH of my busy girls and keep them contained during my shopping experience. 

Easy on your Budget Prices

Almonds for $4 and $5 a bag?!

Seriously the best price I’ve found around.


Bags of mandarin oranges for $2.49? Yes please.


Grapes for .69/lb? My kids go thru them like they are candy.


Each week they have sales, like any normal grocery store does.

Except every 3-4 weeks there seems to be a “let’s bless these sweet mommas with lots of mouths to feed” sale, and I stock up on whatever that is…. apples, bell peppers, oranges, etc… and that’s what we make our meals around.

They always have the cheapest bananas. 

So usually these kind of advertisements are misleading, but I can tell you this is TRUE.

Before shopping at Aldi, my family was spending 2x as much (if not more) and that was before we had 4 kids!!


Things I buy at Aldis:

  • nuts
  • Kerrygold butter
  • ketchup and mustard
  • cheese sticks
  • maple syrup
  • orange juice (the one with the green lid, high pulp, is AMAZING)
  • all the fruit
  • pickles
  • olives
  • veggies
  • hummus
  • kombucha
  • chips (like the good organic blue corn ones)
  • frozen corn
  • water
  • ice cream (let’s be real)
  • dried fruit
  • diapers
  • toilet paper
  • trash bags
  • paper plates
  • chicken
  • lunchmeat


You get the idea.



One reason I appreciate Aldis is their STORE BRANDS have taken out Synthetic colors, MSG, and partially hydrogenated oils from their line up. Just a few less things this healthy conscious momma doesn’t have to look to avoid!

(photo from their website, click to head there)

Things I’m NOT currently buying at Aldis:

Einkorn berries (flour berries, it’s an ancient grain): #1 cause they don’t sell them, and #2 because I get mine from Young Living

Beef, because my parents have a working farm and I get 100% grass fed beef from them

Dairy: I get our Raw dairy from Waldo Way Dairy farm in Mineola,TX. 

(notice the cute little boy on their page? That’s my son Kidron! I did their photography)




You can bring your own bags, or buy them for .07-.10 at the register.


Now Thursday Sept 6th, 2018 is the big GRAND OPENING at the new Hwy 31 and Loop 323 Tyler TX store.  (so probably when your reading this)


I hear they open the doors an HOUR early at 8am, and there will be prizes, foods to try, and prizes.

So my crew is planning to be there bright and early and snag a spot!!!

Here was our haul, for $107. You really can’t beat that!!!


Follow me on Pinterest about to see the recipes I’m making this month!!


I want to know….

are you an Aldis shopper?

Or brand new to it?

Share your success grocery stories with me below!!!

and make sure to SHARE this post on FB or with a friend who needs to experience Aldis.

Shaphirah Kaye {cake smash}

My little Shaphirah Kaye isn’t so little anymore.

Oh baby girl, how you have changed in just the last few months faster than I’m ready to accept.




Photographing your own baby is a whole other ballgame.

There’s the exhilaration of being able to create exactly what you want-and the stress of having to pull it all together.

We got to the farm (a stunning location I use, and where I grew up) right as the sun was setting…

and I tried hard not to be sad that I wouldn’t get that yummy golden light.


And then the colors were so beautiful and accented her little lips and eyes so perfectly-

and I couldn’t be upset.




I found this headband here at Peek-A-Bootique and it’s $7.95, guys!!!!

It’s the most beautiful shade of cranberry and mauve and greenery…. perfect for that antique rose feel.

and while you “ahhhing” over her sweet dress… I can tell you it was a STEAL for $8 at the CCC sale.

That’s this huge 1000 mom garage sale event that happens in Tyler 2x a year.

It’s SO fabulous for finding kids clothes, baby stuff, and home decor!

Next one is September 13-15…..


and then came the cake.

She saw it briefly before we started, so that brought on “UHH!!” expressions as she really JUST wanted cake.





This cake has quite the story.

I decided to cook my own-you know, do-it-all mom style, and asked my sister for a great recipe.

She hooked me up with this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction-and I started making it at 4pm.

I did her session at 7:30pm. On the same night.

Let’s just say there was some putting cakes in the freezer to cool!!


Then a quick run to Hobby Lobby for the succulents and roses…and sticking them in the cake.


The things you do for pictures, right?!



Can we talk about how PERFECT this Unicorn headband is?

I just about fell over when I saw it in Peek-A-Bootique, our local kids and baby boutique.


Good news though-they have an online shop-so you can score this for $9 here. 


I mean. It’s perfect. You might even try it on for size. 


My 2 favorite upclose photos – because I love her blue eyes and that little tongue!! It reminds me of her big sister Kyra, who stuck her tongue out

in almost every photo till she was a year old.


My little sister Sylyna, who is 11 years old, picked up the camera and helped me.

She took the shots below-and I edited them.


She’s rocking this picture thing!!!

She’s saving $$ to buy a camera.


My most FAVORITE part of the session was when I asked Sylyna to take some pictures of Shaphirah and I.


It’s been on my “NEED TO DO NOW” list for months, honestly about 6 months…and my heart is happy to have them.

She did SO good capturing us- and I got to give her pointers on where to put the focus point, and what to do when they are blurry.

Want to see all the ones I picked out?

<<<<<<<Head HERE to see our little session together.>>>>>>>>

Below are a few peeks.

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