Fall is a Great Time for Family, NOT COLDS


I’d rather throw a party than crawl under the covers. Are you with me fellow hostesses? When I caught my first cold of the season I was a little bummed. I know the kids can’t help sharing their germs–try as we might with hand washing–my 2nd grader managed to share a cold with us this month. Right before our big harvest party.

Thankfully, we were ready with the Dayquil supplies to get back to the business of having fun. Really, all you need to know about how I treated my cold is that I relied on DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe to do the heavy lifting. We have too much fun stuff planned for me to be out of commission.

Let’s talk about harvest season. It’s a favorite time to entertain. We have this amazing mini-orchard in our backyard in Connecticut. This year the apples were amazing–and 100% organic–we don’t spray them. Every year we host a dinner party that incorporates MANY things with apples in them (including this squash soup). When I plan a party, I want to let my personality shine through. Feeling less than 100% just wasn’t going to work with my “hostess with the mostess” attitude.

While I was planning the menu, I asked the girls to get involved. We decided it would be fun to have an official menu for the party.

fall menu by kids

Here’s how you can get your kids involved in this easy and fun craft.

Make your own menu.

White paper
Hot glue gun

Have your kids practice penmanship drafting the menu in pencil. Once it’s approved, have them trace the menu in marker. Now comes the fun! Have them forage in the yards for twigs, leaves, mini pinecones–anything that they like. With supervision glue the paper menu onto cardboard–leave about an 1″ around the edge for decor. Then start layering on the “nature” they found outside. My girls loved contributing to the fanciness.

fall tablescape

That’s not all they can help with. My girls also cook–and set the table. Let’s talk about a fun party-ready fall table. We gathered more than a dozen apples for the meal–and a few extra for this fun tablescape. While the soup was simmering, the girls and I got to work creating this. We used apples from the yard, cloves, leaves, mini gourds and a bit of colorful string to pull it all together. With this type of arranging, you really can’t go wrong. When I needed to get back to cooking, I sent the girls out to look for more to forage.

It was a glorious day of creating and cooking and the whole family got involved. DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe helped me power through as a do it all Mom and hostess. I’m not perfect, but I did create a pretty special day.

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Clearly even on a weekend, I can’t take a sick day. There’s just too much fun to be had.
If you love entertaining as much as I do, you probably already know about The Chic Site. This fall I’m teaming up with them to help launch @NyQuilDayQuil on twitter. Rachel, of The Chic Site will be taking over the @NyQuilDayQuil account for one day. Rachel will be sharing tips on entertaining and bringing what you love to life.

I’m sure you know what the #NoSickDays movement is about. You’re like me and don’t want to miss a moment of this season. When cold hit know that DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe are there for you.

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I’m not a doctor, I use Vick’s products to treat my cold symptoms. If you have health questions ask your doctor, if you have lifestyle questions come to me. 

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Busy Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Colds & Flu


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Mr. Momtrends came home sick today. There’s nothing worse than seeing your husband down for the count. He’s a huge part of what keeps our family going. Now not only am I brewing tea for him, we’re now playing defense “man down” when it comes to parenting. If your house runs like ours, you know we need all the players in prime shape. A few weeks ago, I was in the same spot. We keep the right supplies on hand to make sure we bounce back as quickly as possible now that cold and flu season is officially upon us.

The Mr. and I both have full-time work and co-parent the girls. We’re always looking for tips to keep ourselves feeling healthy, Vicks offers DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe with maximum strength ingredients to relieve the worst cold and flu symptoms. In addition to keeping these remedies on hand, my best tip to navigating illness is to cut back. I clear my calendar and make rest a top priority. I cut out sweets and remove dairy from my diet. When I’m sick, I focus my diet on nourishing foods like citrus and herbal teas (my favorite is verbena tea from Kusmi).

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Though there is always tons of work on my plate, I know staying up late won’t help anything. To speed up recovery, I have to sleep. No other nighttime medicine relieves more cold/flu symptoms than NyQuil Severe*. I get the rest I need to help my body fight back. NyQuil Severe contains a pain reliever/fever reducer, nasal decongestant, cough suppressant and antihistamine all to temporarily relieve aches, fever, sore throat, nasal/sinus congestion and pressure, sneezing, running nose and cough.

While I love a good workout, now is not the time for training, at most I will rely on stretching or light yoga is the perfect thing to alleviate aches.

When I have to get out for school drop off or another essential event, I rely on Vicks DayQuil Severe. No other non-drowsy medicine relieves more cold/flu symptoms*.

Four quick recovery tips from Nurse Practitioner Barb Dehn:

1. Don’t Spread It. You’re most contagious in the first 24 hours when your symptoms are at their worst. If you have two or more of these symptoms, stay home to rest: fever over 101oF, cough, sore throat, running nose, headache, body aches, chills, or fatigue.
2. Say no to stress. Now is not the time to plan the school benefit on top of your other responsibilities. Stress can influence the symptoms of cold, cough and flu by interfering with how the immune system functions. To keep your immune system strong, make sure to get plenty of rest and sleep all the time, not just when you’re sick.
3. Elevate the head of the bed. Place a pillow under your mattress to raise the upper body from the waist up. This allows blood to flow away from the head and reduce inflammation of the air passages. Using extra pillows can also ease body aches by taking the pressure off hips, knees and back. Remember to wash your linens quickly once you recover.
4. Take a hot shower before bed. Steam and humidity can cause sinuses to drain and relieve stuffiness from a cold. It can also help you to relax, and ease chills, aches and fatigue. Put your towel and/or bathrobe in the dryer so that you don’t feel chilled when you get out, and make sure the room is nice and warm.

Don’t just take it from me. Better Home & Gardens just announced that Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe has been named Best New Cold and Cough Remedy in the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Products Awards (BNPA). The BNPA is the most credible, consumer-voted awards program in the U.S., and represents the unbiased voice of consumers nationwide.



Here at Momtrends we hope all parents stay healthy during this season. If the germs find their way into your home, rest assured Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe will help you feel like yourself again. Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe provides relief from your worst cold symptoms helping you power through your days and get the rest you need at night.

*among OTC cold & flu medicines. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and nothing was scripted from the sponsor.

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