Between homeschooling and the fact that my husband only needs to go in to the office two days a week, we've been blessed in that the last number of years the cold and flu bug seems to have skipped over our home.
But this year our daughter got a job cashiering at a grocery store. I don't even want to know how many germs are on all the canned goods and plastic packaging she touches during each four or six hour shift. *Shiver* And those germs have hitched a ride or two home with her, and now we've all gotten sick thanks to them.
I mean how pathetic is this?
But a sniffle or two doesn't keep me from going shopping. (Oh who am I kidding, a full on dripping nose and whooping cough wouldn't keep me away from Target). And while I was stocking up on items for the holidays, I made a stop in the paper products aisle with my $1.00 off coupon and grabbed a six-pack of Kleenex Tissue (with Sneeze Shield no less!). Because you can NEVER have enough Kleenex in the house at this time of the year. NEVER.
And this is the reaction I got when I came home. I challenge you to find a teenager more endeared with Kleenex than this one.
And just when we thought we had gotten rid of all the sicky cold germs. We got another round of them, just as Cleon blew through North Texas and the weather turned awful.
Amber came home from work on Thursday evening and the first thing she asked for was hot chocolate...and then for a box of Kleenex. Yes a whole box not just a tissue!
Thankfully hot chocolate is something else I stocked up on at Target, and I like to doctor up those instant hot chocolate pouches a bit, especially when everyone is feeling cruddy.
Need a bit of extra warmth? Make a spicy hot chocolate by adding some cinnamon and cayenne pepper to an instant mix - add a cinnamon stick for a swizzle stick.
Want a cool minty burst? Add Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer to your hot chocolate - add a candy cane for a swizzle stick.
Coughing and have a sore throat? Honey lozenges are our go to for that. But just adding honey to hot chocolate isn't really a good mix, so I melt a spoonful of peanut butter in the microwave add the hot chocolate to that and then add a squirt of honey. It tastes a little like a peanut butter cup and helps soothe the throat.
Really a cup of sweetness goes a long way to put a smile on someone's face... even if there's also a Kleenex tissue in their hand.
I'm pretty sure at least one my readers is in the same boat this season (you know the boat where you need boxes and boxes of Kleenex tissues), and so if you need tissues and are headed to Target make sure you print off this coupon to save $1.00 off of a 4-pack or larger Kleenex tissues. You can thank me in the spring when you all can breathe and you come up for air ;)
What kind of special things do you do for your family when they are battling coughs, colds or the flu?