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It’s official… Cold and flu season has arrived, so today, I’m teaming up with Puffs to share our Get Well Basket. Did you know that *two-thirds of people get sick at least once during peak cold and flu season? Many of our friends are under the weather. In fact, our kids have already had their first sniffles of the season and I’m sure we have more to come.
Last weekend, our son’s friend was sick with the flu. It wasn’t long before his mom came down with the same thing. I wanted to help. The thing is – when someone that you know is sick, you want to help. The last thing that they want to do is run to the store, so we have started making “get well” care packages for our friends when they are sick.
*Did you know that 1 in 5 people do not have tissues on them during cold & flu season, and have to look for or buy them when a cold strikes? I want to be the person that helps, by giving them these things so they don’t have to go anywhere… they can stay at home, snuggled up on the couch or in bed, until they feel better.
In our basket we include a few things to help them feel better. When I know that another mom is under the weather, I know that she also wants to bounce back as quickly as possible, so I always try to include things that will help her feel like her old (healthy) self. The first thing that I include is a box of Puffs Plus Lotion facial tissues. *More than half of consumers hold in a sneeze when a tissue is not available, so a box of Puffs Plus Lotion is the perfect thing to add to a Get Well Basket. Plus, it is is America’s #1 selling Lotion Tissue brand.
I always have extra boxes on hand because I send them into our kids’ classrooms at school, too, so I alway shave backups. Plus, I keep a box in every bathroom and another unopened box under every bathroom cabinet. The Puffs Plus Lotion facial tissues lock in moisture better. It helps sooth irritated skin around your nose. I’ve seen what our kids’ noses look like when they don’t have these specific tissues: red and irritated. Puffs Plus Lotion facial tissues keeps our family’s noses soothed throughout the season. After all, a nose in need deserves Puffs indeed!
I include a jar of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. My husband’s mom uses the smaller noodles in her soup and it is so much better! I usually make a big batch of it for our family, so when I want to give some to a friend, I just pour it into a cute mason jar.
Of course, no one wants to eat ONLY dinner, especially when you aren’t feeling well. When I was younger, my mom would either have ice cream or homemade cookies as a special treat. When I wasn’t feeling well, it was always a comfort to have something sweet to take my mind off of not feeling well.
These cookies will do the trick: (Tip- to make them “gooey” on the inside and crispy on the outside, I take them out just a moment before they look like they are ready to come out. I let them cook the rest of the way on the pan, out of the oven.)
Of course, I also send the practical things to help my friend feel better: DayQuil Severe or NyQuil Severe. I’ve found that when all four of our kids are home and I’m under the weather, taking medicine can help to get me through the day (or night). We all need a little help sometimes.