Now that the warm days summer have quickly given way to the cool (and even cold in some instances) days of late fall and early winter, all I’m wanting to do is cuddle up at home and stay warm. While I don’t necessarily mind the cold weather in itself, I find that during the colder months of the year, I need a little help warming up, taking care of myself and remembering that everyone in my family deserves a little tender love and care. While most days I focus on keeping my family going strong, on those days when mama is feeling a little blue or a little under the weather it’s important for me to have a few essentials on hand that allow me to give myself a little TLC.
Now, what do mamas need on days when they just aren’t quite feeling up to par? While my answer with my family’s busy lifestyle would undoubtedly be an assistant (haha!) we all know that’s not happening any time soon so instead, I reach for my trusty Tender Love and Care basket. With a book, some tea, a few homeopathic essentials and of course a sweet treat, this is my way to give myself the extra care I need. So, whether I’m flat out feeling ick or just a little run down (as tends to happen during the winter months), how do I take care of myself? I’m so glad you asked!
Grab a Good Book
Confession time: When I’m sick, I don’t necessarily want to curl up in front of the TV. I want to grab an easy read and snuggle up under a blanket. While some of you may find this funny, I actually like middle grade novels that inspire me and that I can pass on to my son or niece once I’ve devoured them (not only do I get cool mom and aunt points but I’m able to have great conversations about the books). I recently found myself entranced by two-time Newberry Medalist Kate DiCamillo and her instant #1 NewYour Times beltseller novel, Louisiana’s Way Home.
This companion title to the Raymie Nightingale which is a 2017 National Book Award Finalist is a story of deciding who you want to be and while it may be written for middle grade ages, there was something in it that just spoke to me! I was able to read it and then hand it off to my son, who devoured it as well and the best part was, we had fabulous conversations about the meaning of the book that I would have never been able to have with him if I hadn’t read it first.
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Sip on Something Warm
While a cozy blanket and a great book go a long way towards chasing away the cool weather blues, having a cup of something warm and delicious in my hand helps even more. For some time now I’ve been a fan of Red Diamond coffee. With coffee beans that are grown at only a high altitude, hand picked, sundried and roasted in small batches, I’ve known for a while now that Red Diamond always delivers the perfect cup of coffee. But when it’s really cold out or I’m under the weather, all I really want is a glass of Red Diamond Green Tea.
Through their relationship that spans four generations with one of the largest tea importers in the country, Red Diamond is able to source the finest quality tea from around the world year after year. They offer a blend of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe cut black tea leaves that provides the highest quality iced tea when that’s what I want but when I really want something to warm me up, the Red Diamond Green tea is a must! Their lack of stem content produces a better tea flavor and the smooth warmth soothes even the scratchiest throat while warming me up from the inside out.
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Reach for Feel-Better Essentials
While there are some times that a book and a cup of hot tea can make everything better, we all know it’s cold and flu season and sometimes our bodies need a little extra help to fight off those icky germs that find their way into our homes (attached to the kids most likely). For the most part, I like to go with a natural cold and flu remedy and lately I’ve been really loving Pure Synergy® Rapid Rescue®!
These easy to swallow tablets have nine SuperPure® organic and tested immunity extracts that bolster your body’s natural protectors. By including echinacea elderberry extract with olive leaf, oregano and other immunity boosters, these tablets quickly support healthy immunity so that my body can stay strong and I can feel better fast.
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While Pure Synergy® Rapid Rescue® is my first line of defense for when I’m under the weather, not far behind is my trusty Neo-Synephrine. This nasal spray that is so easy to use comes in a variety of options including Mild, Regular and Extra Strength. As the only medicated nasal spray concentration approved for use in children ages two and up, these sprays are the most effective way I’ve found to relieve nasal congestion, sinus pressure and stuffy nose symptoms that come from the common cold, hay fever and upper respiratory allergies.
No matter which variety you reach for, you’ll be met with temporary relief that helps you breath easier. This is a must in my home during cold and flu season and I suggest that you stock up on it today by heading to Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon and more. Plus, you can grab a money-saving coupon for Neo-Synephrine here or find them on retailer and coupon sites nationally.
Snack on Something Sweet
Whether I’ve got the cold weather blues or am getting over an illness, one way I love to treat myself when I’m feeling low is with something sweet. If you haven’t discovered SMASHCRISPY treats yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! These delicious snacks that come in Cinnamon Churro, Strawberries & Cream and Milk Chocolate Chip taste divine while being made from natural ingredients. It’s the perfect way to crush those sweet tooth cravings in a way that is mindful yet still tastes totally indulgent. With a taste that’s like the crispy rice treats from your childhood….only better….the crunchy, chewy, ooey, gooey snacks aren’t just for kids!
While my boys do adore them, I love that they are gluten, soy, dairy and nut free and taste like a total treat when I need a little something sweet! Be sure to stock your pantry with this awesome snack for the whole family by using the code SNACKSMASHCRISPY to save 25% of SMASHCRISPY treats on smashmallow.com (offer good through 11/30/18).
So there you have it! A list of essentials that are perfect for mom and even great for sharing with the family during the coming cold months. Be sure to stock up on all these awesome items today so that no matter what this winter brings, you’re ready to love yourself (and your family) in the best way.
Now tell me, which of these awesome items will you be stocking up on?