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Sick Just Got Real™ Healing Basket - #AMomCanDream {Giveaway}



Parenting has never been considered a bed of roses, and if you're a parent you can relate. I'm talking about unpredictable days. Days where one moment you're dealing with a bouncing baby or in my case a pre-schooler and the next you're in the emergency room with a child suffering from pneumonia. A child whom you're helpless doing anything for because her illness is outside of your scope. Seems like one minute you're enjoying the sunshine and the rain and the next you're not. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. I am a parent times four and I can tell you I have so many stories that I can share with you. For example, my youngest son, Mikael aged 11 now, encountered his first broken arm at the tender age of 9 months. Learning how to walk, you couldn't take your eyes off him for a moment. Being a mom dealing with 2 other kids, you can't be in all places at once, so for me it seemed like I looked away for just a second and the next thing I knew, he was crying because he tried climbing up on the bed and fell. We (both my  husband and I) didn't realize his arm was broken until the very next day when his arm was swollen. Mikael however didn't seem to mind since he was still trying to climb, but yeah, Sick Just Got Real™ for us that day!

This is a sponsored post on behalf Pfizer's Sick Got Real campaign. All opinions are however my own 
Sometimes it seems like we parents just can't seem to get a break. From scheduling playdates, school meetings, running errands, homework, getting dinner on the table, it seems like the day just run on and on. When do we ever get a chance to have some "me time"? Is there even such a thing called "me time" when you have kids? You can't even take a potty break without someone coming to ask a question or to complain about something. However when your little one is sick, the illusive "me time" just seems to disappear completely.

Pfizer wants you to realize that you're not alone. We all want that one minute to ourselves, but we also want our little ones to be healthy. That's why Pfizer makes these amazing pediatric products for when our little ones are under the weather. They are a staple in my household and can make bad days a lot better. I make sure to have my Children's Advil® which helps in reducing their fevers whenever they have one, Chidren's Dimetapp® cold and allergy because sometimes you just want to fight those allergies and help to relieve their stuffy noses and soothe their itchy watery eyes. I also keep Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night on hand. It's specially formulated for kids and relieves congestions and lets them get the rest they need, after all, we don't want their cough keeping them up at night. What's great is that they come in flavors that my kids love. Madison would be the first to say "that medicine is *discusting*", but when taking her grape or fruit punch flavored Children's Robitussin® she's all good.


I also put together a Sick Just Got Real™"healing basket" for my little ones that just "seems" to make them get better quickly. My basket is super easy to replicate and mostly include items that I just know that my kids would love.

1. A book or books of their choice. My kids are big readers, especially my youngest and when she's not feeling well, I've noticed that reading to her and with her makes her feel so much better. It also puts her to sleep a lot quicker, allowing me  to have my "me time" a lot sooner than later.

2. Favorite stuffed animal. While an older child may not have a favorite stuffed animal you can always substitute with their favorite doll or action figure, or even their favorite blankie if they still have one. Whatever makes them feel safer.

3. Snacks. When a child is sick, they don't particularly like eating lots of food, and may forsake eating altogether. I like to have fruit bowls available along with electrolytes and of course water. You have to keep them hydrated and as long as they're are ingesting something, be it liquid or solid, I'm happy.

4. Tissues. Don't forget the tissues.  You may need it to wipe the runny noses and maybe even a few tears.


As part of their Sick Just Got Real™campaign, the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare have released a video depicting a small glimpse of what moms may feel and experience when their child is under the weather. Oh, how I can relate to that video, especially that part of having that faucet that just pours out white or red wine. There are days when I can drink an entire bottle myself and I'm sure a lot of you mother's out there can relate.


Let's discuss: What sick stories do you have to share?

Today one of my readers will get the chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can enjoy some me time. The winner will be randomly selected 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!




Annmarie John
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  1. I end up having to take care of them and clean up if they don't make it to the bathroom.

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    1. Oh that happens a lot with me too. I remember once Madison didn't make it and did it all over my carpet. Yuck!

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  2. Give lots of love, lots of fluid and keep them on medication until they are feeling better

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    1. Fluids are a must, you'll be surprised at how quickly a child can become dehydrated.

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  3. We always have Dimetapp on hand. My parents gave it to me when I was a kid,too.

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    1. Way to go! I keep it on hand myself and it works great. I even have it in the adult version for me.

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  4. What a great idea! I'm going to have to remember to do this for my kiddo, next time she gets sick.

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    1. I'm sure your kiddo would appreciate it.

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  5. It really does get real, FAST. For Scarlet it took a whole year and then it was a dog bite. For Des, he was in the NICU two days after birth for a suspected infection. It's so hard for us. Anything to make it easier on them, and us, of course.

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    1. I have been in and out of the hospital more times than I could remember with all of my kids. Madison I think has had it the worse with her pneumonia. You're right, anything to make it easier on all of us.

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  6. This looks like a great healing basket. It is always rough when your little is hurt or injured and all you want to do is make them feel better.

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    1. It probably hurts me more than it hurts them because I hate seeing them sick so I do everything that I can to make them feel better.

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  7. It sucks when kids get sick. When son is sick all he wants to do is sleep so we try to make his room as comfortable as possible with low light and quiet.

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    1. That is a great idea as well. Usually my kids just want to lay down all day as well, so I also try to make them as comfortable as much as I can.

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  8. It makes you feel so helpless when they are sick. I have been lucky that my kids are very healthy!

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    1. Even healthy kids can get sick so be sure to have a few necessities on hand for when they do.

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  9. I always feel so inept when my kids get sick. I give them their meds, and I keep them comfy, but after that I know I just have to wait. =/

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    1. And sometimes that's all that you can do, just sit back and wait. I had to wait an entire 2 weeks while my daughter finished her course of medication before she started feeling better.

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  10. I could have used this the other day. With the weather still going back and forth between hot and cold, the kids keep getting sick.

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    1. The weather has been crazy hasn't it? I can't believe it that one day it's hot and the next it's freezing. Hopefully it gets better for everyone.

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  11. That sounds like the perfect healing basket to me. My kids usually got sick at the same time so I had to make sure I was well stocked with medicine.

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    1. Mine seem to do it in procession. First one then once that one is over his sickness, the next starts so it seems like I never get a break. :)

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  12. Sick kids is heartbreaking and exhausting! I try never to be caught without childrens Advil in the house.

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    1. Fevers are the worse so anything you can do to bring that temperature down is a must. I'm glad that you're keeping medicine in stock. Kudos to you!

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  13. A healing basket is a great idea. I always relied on Children's Advil when my kids were sick.

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    1. I think most moms do. You have to get that fever down!

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  14. I think every parents can relate! I remember when my son was only 9 months old and he was hospitalized for a week. In his case they had no idea what was wrong. He would throw up everything and his white blood cells were low. It was a scary time. Even more scarier that the doctor didn't know what was wrong. After a week got better. I love the idea of having a healing baskets ready for the sick days. For him we would have added his favorite toy car. He was all about his toy cars back in those days. We have Advil chewables for him since he hates any kind of syrup medicine lol

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    1. I'm pretty sure that must have been truly scary. Yes getting them things that they love sure does make it a lot easier when they're not feeling well.

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  15. You are so right, it definitely does feel like us parents can't get a break sometimes. I worry about our boys all the time, especially when it comes to their health.

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    1. As parents we're always worrying but it gets worse when it regards their health and we're helpless to do anything about it. :(

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  16. How cute is that! We have a few of these products in our medicine cabinet right now! I love the idea of the basket.

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    1. I seriously think most parents do have these items. They're like our mom essentials. :)

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  17. I get my girls something special too when they get sick and they usually want their fav stuffed animal.

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    1. Oh how cute. Madison doesn't go anywhere without her faves as well.

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  18. This is an adorable idea! I definitely want to make one of these for my kids and that personalized book is awesome

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    1. Thank you Laura and I'm sure your little ones would appreciate it.

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  19. I disinfect everything and keep them comfortable.

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    1. Way to go and disinfecting usually keeps those pesky germs away.

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