• Having made the decision to go down to one car can sometimes be a challenge. For example, it means that I cannot simply run out to the store every time I need something. Honestly, I find this a blessing now. It has forced me to become a touch more resourceful. I have learned to make many things at home from scratch. Not to mention I save the money that I would have spent at the store.

    One of my last adventures of this nature happened last week. Now that school is in full swing, the germs are also in full swing. It didn’t take us very long until we had a full on stomach bug. Our pediatrician recommends kids with diarrhea drink Pedialyte to keep their little bodies hydrated. Sadly, I had no Pedialyte. I also had no car to go buy any. I suppose I could have walked to the store! it’s only about 2 miles away, but three sick kids who have to run to the potty every few seconds made that impossible.

    Luckily for me, the nurse at our pediatrician’s office had the solution. Home made Pedialyte. The whole thing was so simple that I had to laugh. How many times had I bought this stuff, and how much money did I waste?

    To make your drink you will need:
    8 cups water
    1/4 cup honey (use corn syrup, or a sweetener of your choice for kids under the age of one!)
    1 tsp kosher salt
    Juice of one orange
    No sugar added (or sweetened with stevia) Kool aid. This is totally optional but my kids drank it much easier with it added.

    Mix all of your ingredients together in a large pitcher. Stir until the salt has dissolved completely.

    We prefer this drink icy cold. In fact I love to pour it into Popsicle molds. Popsicles guarantee my kids will consume it, plus they will consume it slowly. Plus who doesn’t love a Popsicle, especially when you don’t feel well.