Monday, December 26, 2016

Three Essentials for Sick Season

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas weekend.  I meant to have a post up on Friday, but we got busy with preparations for the weekend.  We had such a nice weekend with our families.  We've been stuffed full of good food, and our weekend was filled with love and fellowship.

I must have had a little too much fun, because I woke up feeling congested and tired.  Today's post comes at the most opportune time.  This is all about getting through sick season.  I've shared sick season tips before, and this morning I have one more.  To be honest, I'm going full speed with all my remedies because I don't want to be under the weather this week with the kids.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

Chest Rub

The first thing we do with either we or the kids start to feel under the weather, is get out the chest rub. Our favorite is from Maty's, and I find it at our Harris Teeter.  I've done a sponsored post for Maty's in the past, but we used Maty's long before they approached me about a collaboration.  It smells so good, and it doesn't have traditional petroleum jelly in it.  I don't know about you, but I just don't like the smell of petroleum jelly.

Drink Tea

This tip is more for me and Will, because the kids haven't developed a taste for it yet.  Earlier this year, I shared my recipe for Lemon Infused Honey.  It tastes so good in tea, and it really soothes a sore throat.  It doesn't take sickness away, but it definitely makes it more bearable.

Cool Mist Humidifier

We've been using a cool mist humidifier in our house for years.  We basically run a humidifier in our house from November to February.  It really helps with a dry throat and congestion.  Our kids get a cough pretty easily when they're congested, and a humidifier helps to keep everything moving right along.

We only run the humidifier at night, and we don't run it all night.  I'd say we have it on for about 4-5 hours.  My husband and I turn it off and dump out the water before we go to bed.  It's super important to maintain a cleaning routine with your humidifier.  Water can harbor bacteria, and your humidifier can quickly become a home for gunk.

You should rinse your humidifier every day and disinfect it once a week.  We've worked it into our daily routine really well.  Since we go into the kids' room and turn off the humidifier every night, we just rinse it out at the same time.  Every Saturday, we disinfect it before we put it back in their room for the night.  It has worked out really well for us.

We've been through a lot of humidifier over the years.  For our family, a cool mist humidifier that is filter free has been the best option.  Recently, Influenster sent us this Vicks® EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier.  For the past few weeks, we've been using it.  It has quickly become our favorite humidifier for a few reasons.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

Just like the name implies, it is very easy to fill.  You can easily fit it under a faucet.  It looks like it wouldn't fit in a small sink, but as you can see it easily fits in ours.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

You can also easily fill it at the top of the humidifier.  The top of the tank has a curved cover that lets you pour water in without spilling it.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

It has a dial to control the amount of mist coming out.  I like this, because sometimes we want it to put out a little more mist if we're feeling extra yucky.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

You can also use a couple menthol pads to fill the air with the scent of menthol.  This would help if you're feeling extra congested and need some extra help.

Rebecca Lately Vicks EasyFill Cool Mist Humidifier Influenster

Aside from being easy to fill, this is my next favorite thing about the humidifier.  The mist output is so strong!  Since we don't run the humidifier all night, we put the mist output at the highest for a couple hours.  That way we get the most out of the humidifier before we turn it off for the night.

Do you use a humidifer?  What do you look for when you're shopping for a humidifier?

I was sent this humidifier free from Influenster.  All opinions are mine alone.

1 comment:

  1. I never heard of Matys but I do pretty much all of this. This weather heat in NC is crazy!