Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

This post is sponsored by Kleenex; all text and opinions are my own.

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I’ve always been susceptible to germs; if someone was sick and I went near them, I would catch it. Heck, if someone was sick and I spoke with them on the phone it seems like I caught whatever they had. They say that babies catch a cold once a month, so it surprises me, knowing my history with germs, that my two kids seem to be doing so well at avoiding getting sick… most of the time. Sienna didn’t get sick for the first time until she was almost a year old, and Connor is 7 1/2 months now, and is on his second cold. Yep, they are currently both sick, as am I. My husband, Blake, has gotten lucky so far and avoided the sickness… but it’s still early days!

So how do we prepare for cold and flu season with young ones in the house? There are a few things that have always helped us stay comfortable and are our must haves for cold and flu season.


Dealing with the dry air can be difficult on an average day, but throw in funky sinuses and coughing, and it gets that much harder. We have a couple humidifiers ready to go when the time comes around that we need them. They’re great for reducing coughing and making breathing easier, especially at night.

Kleenex Facial Tissues

Kleenex brand has always been my favorite facial tissue, so we stock up on them whenever we feel colds coming on. If I start getting sniffly or notice the either of the kids getting a runny nose, I text the hubby at work to stop by Walmart and pick up some Kleenex facial tissues. Kleenex facial tissues are great for delicate skin, especially when we’re using A LOT of tissues. They’re gentle enough for my little ones’ noses, too… that is, when they let me chase them down and wipe their noses… They’re also great for stopping the spread of germs because, unlike many other options, they stop stuff (also know as: snot) from getting on your hands when you sneeze into them.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Blake makes a great chicken noodle soup, so whenever a sickness comes through the house, he always throws it together for us. Some seasoned chicken, rotini, mixed vegetables and potatoes and some extra seasonings… delicious. Making us soup and picking us up Kleenex facial tissues are small actions but very uplifting and help us feel just a little bit better on their own.

Tea with Honey

I love tea on any given day – it always helps calm me down – but especially when I’m sick. Normally I add a little sugar to my tea, but when my throat is on fire, I use honey instead, and get some natural relief. I always make sure to keep tea and honey in my cabinet, year round.

Blankies and PJs

Yep, I’m one of those people. If I’m sick, I most definitely WILL lounge around the house in my pajamas all day. We have a few big, soft blankets that are great for snuggling, and sometimes, if it’s chilly out, I’ll wrap up in my super soft, cozy bathrobe. At 7 1/2 months old, Connor hasn’t quite learned the joy of the PJ and blankie routine, but Sienna is wise to the ways of comfort and will cuddle up to a blanket whenever there’s one available and she isn’t feeling well.

We usually have most of these things on hand, but when we don’t, we head to Walmart to stock up. Right now Kleenex facial tissues are offering a FREE $5 VUDU credit when you purchase either a 4-pack of 75-ct Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues or Kleenex Lotion Tissue. Redeem by purchasing qualifying item and star/check the item(s) and the date of your receipt. Snap a clear photo of the entire receipt with your phone. Text CAREPACKAGE to 811811 for submission instructions. Please allow 48 hours for processing.

Here’s to surviving this year’s cold and flu season!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex Brand.

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