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How I Keep My Family Healthy With Winter Essentials

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I have a household of 4 kids. Granted one is currently in college but she's home every other weekend. With 4 children in school there is always the chance that one of them is going to come home sick. As a matter of fact just 2 weeks ago you may have read where Madison, my 3 yr old, was so sick that I was running around with her trying to make her well. If it's not Madison then it's one of the others. There is always some germ that they're going to pick up in school or on the playground. With the cold weather here now it's inevitable that one of them is definitely going to come down with a cold, and when one of them has a cold, guess what? The entire family gets a cold. There are however a few things that I do because as my mom would say "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". Here are six ways that I have been keeping my family healthy with winter essentials.

1. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with the essentials. For us it's cough and cold medicine, fever and pain medication, extra vitamin C and vitamins for me. With someone getting sick I won't have to worry about running out to the pharmacy to get what I need in the middle of the night.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! During the winter with the harsh winds we all get chapped skin. Keep your skin moisturized and also your lips. Remember to keep a lip balm on hand.

3. Remind your kids to wash their hands before eating and especially after they've used the bathroom. You should also teach your children good hand washing technique by washing for at least 30 seconds with soap and also under the fingernails.

4.  Change your toothbrush every 3 months but sooner if you've had the cold or flu.

5. With winter we tend to keep the kids indoors but try and have them go outside for at least a few minutes a day to soak up that Vitamin D. Remember sunlight is your friend but still remember to use your sunscreen. A lot of people think that because it's winter you don't need it but you do.

6.  Get the flu shot! We advocate getting the flu shot but this is our choice and while most people don't bother, we do.

This winter I was able to stock up on my winter essentials with savings from Pfizer at my local Walgreens. A few of the items available were, Advil, Thermacare, Children's Advil, Dimetapp, Robitussin, Emergen-C 30ct, Centrum/Caltrate, Chapstick and Nexium 24HR. I don't usually pass up savings so when I was in my local Walgreens and saw the display that said I could save $15, I just had to stock up. After all these were items that I needed for my own medicine cabinet that would keep me from making a trip to the emergency room if it wasn't necessary.

So if you want to keep your family healthy this winter I suggest heading into your closest Walgreens and stocking up on Pfizer products. Unfortunately these savings are only valid thru 11/28/15 so I would hurry if I were you. You can check out this link for more information on other great Pfizer products.

Let's discuss: In what ways are you keeping your family healthy this winter?

Annmarie John
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  1. I often forget to replace toothbrushes after we've been sick but that's definitely an important one to remember! #client

  2. I try to keep them healthy so we don't need any of that stuff ;) We wash our hands A LOT.

  3. Staying healthy over the winter can be such a task! I will definitely be following all of these tips.

  4. I think you know that we are fans of all of these products! We all four got sick at once earlier this month and that had never happened like that before. Usually it's one or two of us, or even three, but never four. Terrible! Never again!

  5. I am all about taking my vitamins to stay healthy! Although I had a pretty bad sinus infection last month. Hopefully, no more of that for a good long while!

  6. You are so right about stocking up! More than once, hubby has had to make a 2:00 am run to the 24 hr pharmacy. Good reminder about the toothbrushes. Actually, I need to get new ones right now!

  7. My husband and I just got our flu shots. I hope we're protected. My friend had her shot but still got the flu.

  8. We don't get the flu shot but we do make sure to eat healthy, get enough rest, and wash our hands all the time.
    The one and only time I had the flu shot I was so sick I spent 10 days in bed so we avoid it like the plague.

  9. I'm guilty of not stocking up our medicine cabinet and it never fails I'm without what I need when someone gets sick! I'm going to make it a priority to stock up this year!

  10. You have a good stockplie! I need to get to the store and get more emergen-C! That stuff saved me last winter.

  11. These are definitely some good ways to stay healthy. I had my flu shots and I'm going to make sure to get some Vitamin C!

  12. I give my kids Emergen-C all the time. It always works like a charm, knocks any cold out of them super fast!

  13. Staying healthy is a priority for us! I teach over 40 children every week! Love your tips!

  14. Yes! WE all need to take better preventative care of ourselves.

  15. I definitely need to get organized and get my medicine cabinet ready for winter season. Having the needed medicine in the cabinet is so important.

  16. I have to replenish our stock on these items, so thanks for the reminder. We just go over the flu and bronchitis in our house.

  17. Walgreens is such a great place to stock up on these supplies. With their super saver book I find that they are often the cheapest place in my area.

  18. These are all top-notch products. Emergen-C really works. I shop at Walgreens weekly to advantage of the deals.

  19. These are all great products - and great tips. Tis the season to keep colds and the flu away!

  20. My youngest is so hard on toothbrushes. We barely make it to three months ever. I talk to him about not brushing too hard, but he still goes through bristles like they're water.

  21. I just replenish out stock pile of cold and flue medicine. I also made use we had tea, vitamins and other healthy things to get us though.

  22. I keep a clear green box filled with all our medicine, bandaids and thermometers. Love your 6 tips. I knew to change the toothbrush every 3 months, but not after you've the cold. (silly me) Off I go to change them all.


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