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A Very Simple Way to Prepare for the Cold & Flu Season ~ #VicksHumidifier

A Very Simple Way to Prepare for the Cold & Flu Season ~ #VicksHumidifier

The seasons have changed, fall is here and winter is on it's way.  While I love fall and all that it brings, there are a few things I can live without. I love the cooler weather, the falling leaves, and even visiting a few pumpkin patches. There are traditions that we do yearly, including drinking hot cocoa while wearing our favorite flannel or sweater, yet no matter how hard we try, the dreaded cold or flu seems to find it's way into our household, threatening to spoil the good times that we try to share.

There's nothing that we want more, as parents, than to make sure that our families are feeling their best. With a household filled with kids, there's always that possibility that someone is going to come home with some dreaded illness. As a matter of fact, Madison was out just a few weeks ago with a nasty cold. Here in Colorado, kids are required to be fever free for 24hrs before they can go back to school. So she was stuck in the house with me, laying in bed for the most part.

While I have an arsenal of products, by Vicks, and you may remember my post a few weeks ago about my cold and flu basket filled with Vicks products, today I want to share with you one another simple way that I prepare, and how it has helped my family. I'm talking about controlling the germs that are in my house with one simple product. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier.

In Colorado our weather is usually dry or dryer and we lack the humidity that most states tend to have. Keeping the humidity levels in my home is of utmost importance. My son Kyle suffers from bloody noses, while the rest of us generally have dry skin and chapped lips. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier has kept our humidity levels at the ideal levels while helping to alleviate all our dry weather problems.

So how can a humidifier help you?

Here are 3 ways that the Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier has helped my family.

1. Enables us to sleep better. 
I still have yet to get into the essential oils craze., and as with all humidifiers, you cannot put essential oils into them. It is highly recommended against. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier however has a slot for VapoPads® that are just as amazing as essential oils. For Madison I generally use the Vicks Sleepytime VapoPads® which includes a rosemary oil and lavendar to create a calming environment when she sleeps. You can also use the traditional Vicks VapoPads® which includes an eucalyptus oil and menthol for soothing scented vapor.

2. Helps with our humidity levels
I mentioned above that my son generally suffers from nosebleeds. Personally I have a sinus problem and would awake in the middle of the night congested and barely able to breathe. Since introducing a humidifier in our household, I've noticed that Kyle now has less nosebleeds and I can breathe a lot easier as well. The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier helps to optimize our humidity levels, making our lives so much easier.

3. Reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air
Did you know that Vicks Humidifiers are helpful in attaining proper humidity levels in your home – which can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air – and increase your wellness all year round. Studies indicate flu viruses thrive in cold and dry places, making winter air an ideal breeding ground for the virus. By keeping humidity levels in your home between 40 and 60 percent you can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and cough in children.

I am loving the Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier. It was very simple to set up and usability couldn't be easier. The large one gallon tank allows for up to 24hr use and it's patented UV germ-killing technology kills up to 99.9% of viruses, fungus, bacteria and mold in the unit’s water, providing the assurance that the humidifier emits a virtually germ-free mist. It's also very quiet, especially on it's lowest setting so makes it great for bedrooms as it won't disrupt your much needed sleep. You can use the VapoPads with your Vicks Humidifier to provide soothing Menthol or Sleepytime Rosemary and Lavendar scented vapors for up to 8 hours.

So get back to what you love doing, and don't let the cold and flu season keep you down.

The Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier is currently on Rollback at Walmart for $49.86 (from $59.99) from November 2017 to January 2018, so now is your time to own one.

However, we have a surprise for you. One lucky winner will have the chance to win:

  • (1) Vicks® Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier
  • (1) Family Pack of Vicks VapoPads; and 
  • (1) Family Pack of Vicks Pediatric Vapopads 
All you have to do is enter the giveaway below and share in the comment below, how you prepare for the cold and flu season. The winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

How do you prepare for the cold and flu season?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vicks Humidifiers. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Annmarie John
Holiday Catering Made Simple With Boston Market ~ #HolidayExperts

Holiday Catering Made Simple With Boston Market ~ #HolidayExperts

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you're looking for an easy way to spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen, Boston Market has you covered with their new Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery Program, delivered directly to your door.

I like being in the kitchen and cooking for my family, but only if I have to. This Thanksgiving will be bigger than it's ever been, since I will have company, and personally I would prefer to have someone else do the cooking. That way I'll be free to spend more time with my family, something that we rarely get to do since my eldest is away at college and my husband has very weird work hours. This Thanksgiving however, we will all be at home giving thanks for all that has transpired throughout the year. So when I learned that Boston Market can eliminate my need to be in the kitchen by catering my entire Thanksgiving meal, I was intrigued and just had to give them a try. I have to say that I was totally blown away by what they offered and what I received.

Their Complete Thanksgiving Meal for 12 arrived frozen with FedEx and was placed in our refrigerator until it was ready to be served. Everything was already cooked so all that was needed was for it to be thawed, heated and served. This meal comes with all the trimmings included such as:

  • Whole Roasted Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Home Style Stuffing
  • Cranberry Walnut Relish
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip & Crackers
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Pumpkin & Apple Pies
Preparing the meal was very straightforward and even though I'm not an expert with Turkey's, I have to say that mine came out rather succulent and delicious!

The new Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery program will be available for you to order through November 19th. However, Boston Market can also put joy on your table this Thanksgiving with additional ways to help get dinner done right. For families located near Boston Market restaurants, options include:

1. Holiday Heat & Serve: These chilled complete meals, entrees, sides or pies are fully cooked and can be ordered ahead of time and picked up in any Boston Market restaurant the week of Thanksgiving.

2. A La Carte: Whether guests are bringing a side to a celebration or looking for a dish to round out the meal, these chilled, fully cooked main dishes, sides or pies can be ordered ahead of time and picked up in any Boston Market restaurant the week of Thanksgiving.

3. Holiday Catering: Get it while it’s hot with buffet-style dinner for groups of 10 or more which can be delivered or picked up in-restaurant for parties big and small.

4. Thanksgiving Day Meal: Join Boston Market in-restaurant on Thanksgiving Day for a traditional, delicious plated meal. Family Meals, whole pies and hot dishes can be picked up as last minute additions to accompany any meal as well.

Since 1985, Boston Market has been serving up delicious home cooked meals for people who don't have the time to cook. The Holidays are usually when most of your time is spent cooking. However, this Thanksgiving, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family reminiscing about the good old days.

You can also send a complete Thanksgiving dinner to friends and family through the Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery program. Food gifts are always remembered and expressing thanks has never been easier or more delicious with this new option.

Here is just a bit more information about the Boston Market Thanksgiving meal options offered. There are currently three meals options than can feed up to twelve guests, while two additional offers can feed four to six people. Orders received by November 19 ($39.99 flat-rate shipping fee per box, excluding tax) will arrive on November 21.

For additional information on Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery and to see a wide selection of other available holiday offerings including Heat & Serve, Hot & Ready Catering and A La Carte options, visit

You can also follow Boston Market on their social networks:

Will Boston Market be catering your Thanksgiving this Holiday? 

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Annmarie John
5 Black Friday Safety Tips

5 Black Friday Safety Tips

Black Friday is coming! Are you ready? It has been quite some time since I have been to a Black Friday sale. The day after Thanksgiving, people are usually lined up at stores to get a head start on their holiday shopping. There are usually deep discounts on electronics and other items which are usually slated as the best deals of the year. However, if you're going to the store at 6pm, be careful that you do not become a crime statistic. Black Friday is not all about how much money you can save, but also about protecting it and yourself as well. Today I want to share with you 5 Black Friday Safety Tips.

1. Dress Warmly
First of all before you head out the door you need to dress warmly. After all, it's November and unless you live in the Sunshine State, it will be cold. Dress warmly to keep the cold at bay, but there's no need to overdress as you will heat up inside the stores. If you plan on taking your kids with you (which I don't recommend), make sure that they are dressed for the weather too.

2. Protect Your Credit/Debit Cards
There is no need to carry your entire wallet of credits cards or even cash with you when going Black Friday shopping. Taking along just one credit or debit card will minimize damage in the event that you fall victim to credit card theft or even identity theft. If your debit or credit card ends up going missing, report the loss or theft IMMEDIATELY to your credit card issuer or bank. Reporting the loss immediately limits the liability for unauthorized use. With that being said, keep your cell phone with you and avoid unsecured wifi networks.

3. Keep track of receipts 
Keep track of your receipts to verify against bank or credit card statements and to dispute any charges that you are not aware of. You will also need your receipts in the event that you need to return or exchange any items. It's also a good idea to know your rights when it comes to refunds, returns and exchanges.

4. Deter Pickpockets
Yes pickpockets are still around and they are more likely to in a crowded area where their trade can be done easily and quickly. Leave your valuables at home and carry your purse or wallet on the inside  of your front pants or coat pocket. Purses that zip are also better to take along with you and should be worn closely to your body. It's preferable to have them in front of you than over your shoulder.

5. Shop at places you trust
That includes both online and brick and mortar stores. Pop up shops may seem like a good idea, but if they won't be around once the holiday is over, you may be out of your money if the product is not what you were expecting. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

So get those deals that you've had your eyes on all year, but remember to be safe! For more safety tips during Black Friday shopping, check out this article from Allstate, Loading Up Your ‘Sleigh’ this Black Friday? 4 Tips to Keep in Mind.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

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