October 9, 2014

My Cold and Flu Season Survival Kit

My Cold and Flu Season Must Haves

I'm very scared to say what I'm about to say because usually when I say it, I jinx myself and end up waking up sick, but....I rarely ever get sick. There. Maybe because I typed it instead of verbally saying it, it won't happen. Hashtag: 'wishful thinking'. Typically I only ever get sick when I pick up germ-infested hand weights at the gym or forget to wipe down the shopping cart handle (yes, I'm one of those freaks who stands there frantically scrubbing every inch of cart that may come into contact with my hands). However, yesterday morning around 4am, I woke up feeling AWFUL. Like...first trimester of pregnancy awful. Nauseous, dizzy, very angry stomach, cold sweats, the works. I instantly thought I had the stomach flu. Turns out, it was just food poisoning. Haha...JUST food poisoning. I wasn't so blasé while I was curled up in the fetal position on the cold bathroom floor and ralphing into the toilet. What I mean is, I'm SO thankful it wasn't the flu. We are big advocates for the flu shot in this house and all 3 of us have already had ours for the season, but sometimes things happen and you just get sick. 

These are the things that I cannot live without when I'm feeling crummy and suggest keeping handy in your medicine cabinet.

Braun No Touch + Thermometer | WHOA NELLY. All I have to say is, I wish I had this bad boy when my son was a baby. I'm not kidding. Throw out all your other thermometers and replace it with this one. Especially if you have kids. You have 2 options: you can either place it on the forehead between the eyebrows and press the blue button, or you can literally hold it about 2 inches from the forehead and press the blue button. I've used it both ways and have gotten the exact same read both times. Incredibly accurate. This would have been soooo much easier to use on a newborn baby (especially if you had a baby that had severe jaundice like ours did and needed to take their temperature multiple times a day during their light therapy sessions). Fast forward to having a very active toddler (pictured below allowing me to use him as a test subject): I can get an accurate read within seconds (gone are the days of having to slip a cold metal thermometer under his armpit). And for us adults, there's nothing worse than digging the family thermometer out of the medicine cabinet, having to sterilize it, then cram it under your tongue to find out your temp, which I think we can all agree totally sucks when you're not feeling well. I will be adding this to every single baby shower gift for the rest of time. Nothing compares.

Aveda Eucalyptus Oil Singular Note | There are no words to describe just how much I love Aveda. So I'll skip the love song and just tell you this stuff is a must have. Add a few drops to your bath water, massage some into your temples, add a drop to your body lotion and massage on chest before bed. It's so soothing and cooling which is a complete comfort when you're under the weather. 

The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm | I received this as a gift when I was pregnant and I have been buying it ever since. It's one of those products you can use for so many different things. But during nasty colds, I use it on my chapped nose and nostrils that get raw from blowing my schnozola so many times. It's also the perfect moisturizer to use on your dry, cracked hands from washing them so often (which we all know is a MUST when you're sick).

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream | I hate wearing makeup when I'm not feeling well. But my skin usually looks "toe UP" when I'm sick, so if I have to be seen in public, a super moisturizing BB cream is a non-negotiable. This one by Lumene feels divine and really brightens my skin.

Vitafusion Power C | I feel like such a 7 year old, but I've been slowly switching out my vitamins to the gummy versions lately. Not all of them, but some. I don't mind taking vitamins in pill form, but if I have the option to take what tastes like a fruit snack...um...I'm going to choose fruit snack! 

Organic Throat Coat Tea by Traditional Medicinals | I used to get sore throats CONSTANTLY before I had my tonsils out in my early twenties. I get them occasionally now, and I just honestly feel there's nothing more uncomfortable. This is the only thing I've tried (and trust me, I've tried everything) that actually makes my throat feel better. I seriously always have it stocked at my house. Plus I love the taste. This brand has a tea for just about anything you can think of. It's amazing. I buy it in the organic section of my local grocery store.

Clinique Superprimer Corrects Sallowness | This is a little trick I just learned in the past few years. I find that if I use a violet or lavender tinted primer before I put my makeup on, it really gets rid of that nasty yellow-ish (sallow) tone I get to my skin when I'm sick. It cancels everything out and perks up my complexion so I don't have to wear as much makeup. 

Hopefully you stay healthy this season and can avoid all the gunk that inevitably floats around this time of year. But if you do find yourself feeling crummy, maybe you can find some relief with a few of my secret weapons! 

I received the Braun No touch + thermometer complimentary from Influenster for testing and reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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