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Prepare for cold and flu season by stocking up on essentials

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It’s hard to believe that in ten short days, my daughters will be on fall break from school. For my family, this break marks the official end of summer and the slow and steady descent into holiday mode. It starts with Halloween prep and party fun and slowly gains momentum from there. We all love this time of year, but one thing we don’t love is getting sick. Coughs, colds, runny noses, sore throats, strep and the biggie- Flu are no joke. They can enter your home easily and linger for days or weeks. The dreaded “bug” season is upon us! It’s time to think ahead and prepare for cold and flu season by stocking up on essentials. 

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Prevention is better than Cure:

Whether you’ve grown up with that proverb, or the more familiar words an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure quote from Benjamin Franklin, the meaning still holds true today. Trying to prevent illness is best of course, but being prepared for the inevitability of you or a loved one getting sick this season is the smarter move. I was one of the countless adults who had the flu last year during the holidays, and I vowed I would be ready this year just in case because making the dreaded run to Kroger while you feel terrible is just that, terrible!

Get a Jump on the Season:

As I type this, I’m wearing shorts and it was a beautiful, balmy day, so it is hard to think about colder days, but they are coming, so now is the time to take some preventative measures. Here are some tips to help you prep for cold and flu season.

One- Get a Flu shot. The CDC recommends all persons aged 6 months and older get an annual vaccination. I didn’t get one last year, even though I could have easily stopped in at the Kroger pharmacy and gotten it taken care of on my weekly grocery shopping trip.

Two- Get enough sleep. This really is a no-brainer and yet, I find myself getting to bed right before 11pm and getting up before 6am. I’m doing better than some, but there is room for improvement. Take stock of how many hours of sleep you’re getting and do your best to cut back on TV or screen time now to ensure you are getting a good night’s sleep.

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Three- Stay hydrated. You may think you are properly hydrating, but unless you are drinking half your body weight in water and other good for you drinks, you probably aren’t. I struggle with drinking all that water too, so I’m drinking more tea. I just discovered Lipton Daily Support Tea and find it’s a perfect afternoon pick me up.

The great thing about Daily Support tea is it is an excellent source of Vitamin C, with an herbal infusion helps support your body's natural defenses.* Lipton carefully selected botanicals that are blended with green tea and natural essential oils that make every cup delicious, even plain. I don’t need to add honey to mine, it tastes that good.  Lipton has a line of Wellness teas to choose from including Soothing Tummy and Bedtime Bliss. If my sleep habits don’t improve, I’ll be trying this tea next.

Four- Keep Tissues and Wipes on hand:

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It’s that time of year when you hear a lot of sneezing and you may think its seasonal allergies. It very well could be just that, but it could also a late summer cold. Why take the chance? Stock up on Kleenex® tissues now and cover all the bases by keeping a box in every room of your house and in your car. My daughters prefer Kleenex® Ultra Soft Tissues.  They are 3-Ply and extra soft to deliver gentle care and relief. They are so soft and soothing, especially if you’ve been blowing your nose frequently.

Kleenex also has these cool Wet Wipes packs. I picked up a pack for my purse for those times when I’m on the go and may need to clean my hands (or my nieces face before she kisses me!). They are soft enough for your face and body.  

Currently, look for the $1.50 coupon on 4-pack Kleenex Facial Tissues, for Kleenex Germ Removal Wet Wipes. And, 11/4-11/24 you can get .50¢ off Kleenex 4-pack bundles and Kleenex Wet Wipes via this digital offer.  You can also save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Theraflu Power Pods through 12/8, via this digital offer. I love saving on products my family always uses.

Five- Stock up on Theraflu Pods:

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I don’t want to let a cold or flu get in my way this year, so I’m keeping these pods on hand. I’m really excited about the simple convenience of being able to use my single serve coffee maker to make a cup of cold or flu relief!

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It really was as simple as popping a pod into my coffee maker, and waiting for it to brew. The Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold pods are a cup of green tea, menthol and berry infused relief. It can help treat the symptoms of a cold or flu-like nasal congestion, sore throat pain, cough, headache, body aches and fever.

Stocking up on all these cold and flu season essentials was really easy to do since my local Kroger store carries all these products that are easy to find while I’m doing my regular grocery shopping.

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Why not do a little prepping now, before you go grocery shopping this week and add these products to your list?

Please share in comments: Did you get a cold or the flu last year too?

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AiringMyLaundry said...

You reminded me that I need to pick up a lot of these things! It's good to have them on hand. You just never know when illness will strike. Especially when you have kids.

Laura G said...

Thanks for the reminder! I need to stock up on some good teas! All of those are great for this time of year. I also like to use a good diffuser with eucalyptus essential oils! So great for going to sleep!

Mom Knows Best said...

Last year I got a bad cough that lasted a long time. I think I drank plenty of tea during that time.

Sarah Bailey said...

I always seem to come down with something in the run up to Christmas so I need to think about making myself something like this. I think it would be good to have them on hand ready.

Unknown said...

I am gearing up for cold and flue season. Determined not to get sick this year.

Alexandra Cook said...

So many amazing tips! We are coming into Summer here in Australia, but I will definitely keep all of these in mind for next Winter :)

tren said...

Ok, I did not know there were kcups for theraflu. I guess that's a good thing, because that means the my household doesn't get sick often. Thanks for providing this information. said...

Those look like great products for cold and flu season. The pre-fall break school life was getting so busy that getting enough sleep was getting really difficult for my kids. I'm glad they had a break to catch up again before finals.

Jessica Martin said...

I always seem to get at least one bad cold in the winter season. I definitely do stock up essentials not just for me, but for my kids. It is important to be prepared in case sickness arises.

Vjay Rao said...

It is that time of the year again. Nice post that serves as a reminder for stocking up. Nothing like a hot cup of ginger tea to drive away the cold and flu.

What Corinne Did said...

I am very rarely sick but it is always a good idea to be prepare! And I can never say no to a warm cup of tea!

Sandra said...

Great Kit essentials for flu!! Colds can really be uncomfortobale for me... and I like having some hot tea as well whenever I get the flu. It makes me calm and very relaxed, making me want to sleep soundly.


Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Amber,

I agree with you. When you have kids, especially younger ones, there seems to be a bug of some kind always going around. Better to be prepared by stocking up.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Frugal,

I'm happy to share a reminder to stock up on teas etc. I adore the heavenly scent of Eucalyptus as well and need to get some more.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Tara,

Tea is so good for the coughs and sore throats. I love the flavor of the Lipton Daily support so I've been drinking it often.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Sarah-Louise,

Same here! The last couple of years, I've had a cold or worse in December, so I'm vowing not this year! Here's to our health!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Victoria,

I'm with you 100% there! I don't want a repeat of last year.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Alexandra,

Thanks for dropping by. I wish you happy summer and yes, please keep these great products in mind when you head into fall there.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Tren,

I didn't know about the Theraflu pods either until recently! I'm happy we have them on hand though as they taste good and work well.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Jessica,

It almost feels like if you have kids you are going to get at least one cold per season. Let's hope that's not the case for us this month.

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Heidi,

Yes! It is so important that we all get enough sleep, especially our stressed out kids during finals! Ugh. I hope we all stay healthy through this season!

Kristie Cirak said...

The Lipton tea looks so great. Its something I should be having instead of all the coffee I have been having. Im sure the coffee isnt great for that time of the year apart from keeping me awake lol

Dalene Ekirapa said...

When it's cold, my coffee maker is always beside me since it helps me keep warm and ative. Also, I'll agree that wipes should also be closer.