Tips To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

Tips To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

While there are many things I love about the holiday season, a failing immune system isn’t one of them. There are plenty of theories flying around about cold/flu season and the effect it has on the public. And while I think there are many different reasons, it mostly has to do with the level of care we show ourselves throughout the holiday. It’s true that joy and love may be filling the air, but along with it come sniffles, coughing, and sneezing.

With all of the pressure and extra demands of holiday cooking, spending, shopping, and events; there is no shortage of interaction with the public. So, here you have it… a room full of parents who are overworked, malnourished, overtired, underpaid and eating on-the-go. Whoever decided to stick everyone in a room during this season for winter concerts was surely a sadist.

Tip# 1: Remember Your ABC’s

It may seem old-fashioned, but a good washing of the hands is an excellent way to keep from any unwanted germs. It’s a scientific fact that the actual rubbing of your hands and the friction created is what helps to get rid of germs, not just the soap. A good rule of thumb is to sing the ABC song twice, that is sufficient time to rid any and all germs from your hands; particularly before eating when you are most vulnerable.

Tip# 2: What Goes In, Must Come Out

While we can do our best to keep gross germs and bacteria from entering our bodies as best we can, we cannot guarantee to get it all. I had heard of nasal flushing when you have a cold. It’s the process of flushing your sinus cavities with a natural saline flush. I recently had success with Nasopure, the gentlest of nasal saline solutions, using buffered salt for its gentle cleansing effects. Nasopure is the most comfortable nasal flush I’ve experienced, it’s so gentle it’s even kid-friendly.

Healthy Holiday Tips

Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 3: Control the Environment

Controlling the condition of your microbiome is a surefire way to stay healthy all year-long. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the gut is the epicenter of the body and contributes a great deal to immune support. Probiotics are a great way to keep the good bacteria present in your body to fight off the illness-causing bacteria. Also, while it is one of the busiest times of the year, it’s important to be mindful of your nutritional intake. Double up on greens and steer clear of all the extra refined sugar that tends to come with holiday binging. While it’s impossible to ignore altogether, balance is the key to life. So if you indulged a bit, be sure to follow-up with a heaping plate of greens to help build you back up.

In order to help you stay healthy this season, I have partnered with Nasopure to give away a Healthy Holiday Kit! 10  winners total will receive the following: 3 Sampler Kits, 1 Little Sampler Kit, 1 Personal Refill Kit, Dr. Hana’s Book – ‘Clearing the Air One Nose at A Time’. Enter the giveaway below by following Nasopure and @essentiallyerika on Instagram and FB, then tag a friend to do the same. You enter by tagging new friends to follow each day. The giveaway will close Friday, December 22nd. Good luck!

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Essentially yours,




DIY Guest Bathroom Holiday Valet Tray

DIY Guest Bathroom Holiday Valet Tray

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

With the holidays comes lots of guests. Whether you are hosting a large party, or keep a steady stream of intimate dinners between friends, it’s always nice to make your guests feel welcome. I usually aim for making them feel right at home, which is nice… but, on one of my recent stays in New Orleans I experienced one of the most fantastic displays in a hotel lobby bathroom. It was literally the most gorgeous restroom I’d ever experienced.

The layout was fabulous, but what really made it special was that upon walking in the smell was intoxicating. I felt like I had just been transported to a spa, I was instantly soothed. This got me thinking, perhaps I could get my guests to feel the same way. I imagine it’s a fun surprise to walk into a bathroom and suddenly feel at ease. Who knows, my guests may not want to come out!

Click on the photo above to shop any of the three Poo~Pourri fragrances. Don’t forget to use this coupon for 20% off!

Holiday Valet Tray

I created this festive valet tray to provide my guests with whatever they may need. I know whenever I visit a hotel/restaurant I am always grateful when there is service available with a spritz of perfume, or a little extra hairspray. So, I decided to add a few personal items to each layer of my tray.

  • I keep a few Poo~Pourri sprays in my bathroom at all times, particularly when I’m hosting guests. There is nothing worse than walking into an unpleasant odor from a previous visitor. On the flip side, there may not be anything worse than being afraid to use the restroom for fear you may be found out! The festive Secret Santa fragrance is by far my favorite during the holidays. These scents are all potent without being overwhelming, with spicy and citrus notes that smell delicious, even though its poo were dealing with here. Besides, its adorable packaging fits right in with my holiday valet tray.
  • To Stay Fresh: I added some mints, gum, floss, deodorant, or candy canes in case anyone wanted to freshen up before returning to the par-tay.
  • To stay primped: I added hair ties, bobby pins, clips, and hairspray.
  • Bonus: I added hand lotion and sanitizer gel for my germophobes.

When you look and smell your best, you feel your best, simple as that! I like to think this may be one of the reasons the convo has been excellent at any of our gatherings.

Holiday Valet Tray

You can find Poo~Pourri in an assortment of scents like:

  • Secret Santa (Cinnamon+Vanilla+Citrus) | 2oz (100-Use Bottle) or 4oz (200-Use Bottle)
  • Merry Spritzmas® (Peppermint+Vanilla+Citrus) 2oz (100-Use Bottle) or 4oz (200-Use Bottle-)
  • Spiced Apple (Apple+Pecan+Citrus) | 2oz (100-Use Bottle) or 4oz (200-Use Bottle-)
  • Lavender Vanilla (Lavender+Vanilla+Citrus) 2 oz or 4 oz bottle
  • Original Citrus (Lemon+Bergamot+Lemongrass) 2 oz or 4 oz bottle

If you’ve never experienced these sprays they are a miracle worker. You can put the matches way ladies, these can really do the trick. They consist of Poo~Pourri’s pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS. Simply spray it into the toilet water before sitting and the film created above the surface will envelop your… well, you know. Completely masking any odor, think of it as a barrier of protection for your poo. Once I found these I seriously did not want to live without them. I keep on handy in every bathroom in the house, particularly the boys’ bathroom. Ugh.

DIY Holiday Valet Tray

Aromatherapy has a funny way of instantly transporting you to another time or place. Hopefully, my holiday guests will experience a warm and inviting memory while staying with this and every year.


You can use this coupon for a full 20% off Poopourri products! These would make excellent holiday stocking stuffers for all the friends you know will be hosting their tushies off this year! You can find these products online and easily add to your cart.


There are tons of adorable holiday gifting options to choose from. This would even make the cutest party favor if you’re looking for a chuckle from your guests. Chances are after giving it a try they will be interested in having one of their own.

Merry Spritzmas®!

Essentially yours,


DIY Holiday Valet Tray



Holiday Prep Made Easy with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Holiday Prep Made Easy with BJ’s Wholesale Club

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I’d like to thank BJ’s Wholesale Club for sponsoring this post. Without it, I may not have been able to pull off my holiday shopping! As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Holiday prep has officially begun! The kids are out of school on break (yay?), which means we are short on time and full of errands. It’s a race to see how much we can get done without meltdowns and trying to keep the family peace. And these days, I’m learning to simplify as much as possible—which usually means finding multiple purposes for single actions, rehabbing vintage decorations, one-stop shopping and even re-purposing a wreath for even more décor uses.
In an effort to minimize stress in our home this year, I’ve decided to buy wholesale in order to save on both money and time. At BJ’s Wholesale Club, I can get groceries for the whole family, and even stock up on food for entertaining guests and simultaneously snag holiday gifts and supplies while prepping for a long night of wrapping. With such little time on my hands these days I’m able to appreciate the small victories that allow me to gain some peace and be a better mom and wife.

Holiday Centerpiece Cheese

At BJ’s you will find everything you need to make your holiday shopping a breeze, with reversible wrapping paper, holiday pajamas for the kids, and a festive pillow – I was set in one trip.

Holiday Centerpiece
Each year we let the boys open one gift on Christmas Eve, they know what it is, but it’s still a surprise. We wrap their new Christmas pajamas and they always race to put them on before bed. BJ’s has a variety of bedtime pajamas and bathrobes at every day low prices, which makes it perfect for celebrating Christmas Eve and creating your own traditions without breaking the bank.

Speaking of celebrating…

During my trip to BJ’s I was able to gather all of the ingredients for a perfect cheese platter with all the fixins’. Their assortment of serving platters is pretty impressive, and I decided to put my own twist on it by adding this Berkley Jensen 11-Pc. Slate Cheese Board Set to our new Berkley Jensen 28″ LED Decorative Wreath to create a holiday centerpiece! Look how festive! And the decision was made easy with BJ’s high-quality and affordable holiday décor options.

We made life simple with a pre-cut cheese platter, the Wellsley Farms Cheese Cube Party Tray, 48 oz. worked perfectly and then we just set it all up like we’re fancy. No one will be the wiser! 

We also stocked up on enough wine to keep the party flowin’, I mean going. The wine selection at BJ’s is unmatched, with the Wellsley Farms Lodi Red Blend and the Wellsley Farms Monterey Chardonnay as great options for all of your celebratory needs. I needed wine, lots of it. I can explain, I’m in the PTA.

Holiday Centerpiece

Needless to say, BJ’s really saved my tush when it came to holiday planning! I was able to purchase everything we need to make it a festive and fun holiday for all, all in one place. The stress that this one-stop shop relieves is incredible! It allowed me to relax and enjoy my family during the holiday season, and that is priceless.

Essentially yours,

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BJ’s Wholesale Club.

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