#NoSickDays Twitter Party

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#NoSickDays Twitter Party
Saturday, January 16th
2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST

Hosts: @momtrends @TheShoppingMama @TeamMomtrends

sponsor: @NyQuilDayQuil

Taking a sick day is no fun, we want you out on the slopes and having fun! Get powerful 6-symptom cold and flu relief with DayQuil and NyQuil. This winter I’ve been sharing my tips for making the most of the great outdoors. Since we all want to spend the winter making memories, not sitting on the couch with a box of tissues, our friends at NyQuil and DayQuil are here to help.

I’m going to be tweeting live from Aspen and sharing tips to stay healthy this winter and ideas on getting the most fun out of winter. Colds happen, you don’t want to miss out on a great day with the kids because you feel awful. Thanks to DayQuil Severe (click here for a coupon) moms like me can power through the powder and not have to sit the day out back at the lodge. The party will be a great chance to talk about your favorite winter activities and share ways you create special moments with your family.

Now let’s talk about prizing! To celebrate winter travel season, we’ve got some amazing prizes. First, the ultimate on-the-go camera, a GoPro Session. The smallest, most portable video camera around. Take it on your next trip to capture the kiddos at the terrain park or take it to your local sledding hill to capture those everyday winter moments that make parenthood the best job ever. Value $199.

And that’s not all, we know little things pop up whenever you travel. We’re giving you a chance to win one of (2) $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Total Value $200.

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To plan and execute the perfect winter holiday, be sure to pack smart. The 2015/16 Family Ski and Snowboard Guide is packed full of tips to enjoy the winter season. We’re celebrating the launch of the 2015/2016 Ski and Snowboard Guide. Enjoy the guide and let me know if you need any help planning your ski holiday!

 

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Be a Healthy and Happy Ski Mom


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Who has time for sick days? Not this ski mom. This winter our travel calendar is packed –this snow mama plans to make the most of the winter weather. I’ll be zipping off to Utah, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Colorado to cover ski trends. Between getting the kids to ski school and taking all the runs I want, I really don’t have time to take a sick day.

When you get a bluebird day on the mountain, the last thing you want to do is stay indoors and nurse a cold while everyone else is outdoors having fun.  Thanks to DayQuil Severe I can power through the day. I don’t want to watch the highlight reel–I want to be in the action.

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Some of my favorite travel memories involve being outdoors in the snow with my girls. We have the best time on the lifts telling stories and plotting our perfect runs (and the perfect hot cocoa break). I work hard to carve out vacation time with the kids–time to connect and make memories.

I can’t check out at the first sign of a sneeze, so DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe help me to survive my on-the-go lifestyle. I’ll be in five states over the next 6 weeks. I can’t change travel plans and don’t want to disappoint my kids or my clients.

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Not only do I love getting tons of skiing in, I love to write about travel and explore different mountain towns. DayQuil/NyQuil Severe relieves your worst cold & flu symptoms so you can and go back to doing the things you love and can’t miss. So I don’t have to miss spa time at four-star resorts or soaking in the heated outdoor pool as snow gently falls around me.

Most of these ski trips are also work. On my “sick day,” I’m running to a meeting or working on a new travel video. No one else can do my job for me, so I need relief from my symptoms so I can power through. This is why DayQuil/NyQuil Severe products are always packed in my ski bag.

What else do I pack? Good question. For most of our ski adventures, we like to head out for nice dinners and take in the aprés ski vibe. Here are some of my favorite things to pack to look chic in the winter.

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Fur vest: super trendy right now and cuddly too Got to love it when fashion combines form and function. Click here for some fur styling tips.

Chic boots: ditch the heels, when you’re out West no one wears heels, it’s all about the fur-lined boots. This winter neutrals are the cutest options.

Metallic bags: since snazzy shoes are out of the equation, amp up your fashion by adding a cute clutch or cross-body bag in a metallic finish.

Head wraps: hats are a hair disaster in the winter–all the static cling. Keep your hair fabulous and your ears warm with a cute head wrap.

Printed gloves: leave the dark mittens at home, polish off your look with a fun animal print glove.

Statement necklace: a little bling is fun at night. A cool statement necklace is the perfect way to finish off your outfit and look “snow” elegant.

Red lip: keep the rest of the makeup minimal and add a bold swipe of gloss.

For more ski fashion tips and snow-mom survival advice, head to our 2015/16 Family Ski & Snowboard Guide here.

 

My life is about enjoying every moment and embracing the adventure each day brings. Hanging out inside in pjs isn’t trendy. So I’m thankful NyQuil Severe gives me a great night’s sleep to allow me to keep my edge.

Get your Vicks coupon code here to save and stock up for your next trip spr.ly/NoSickDays

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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Doctor On Demand: A “Trip” to the Pediatrician—Without Leaving the House!

doctor on demandTaking your child to the pediatrician is never a fun task. But taking your toddler to the pediatrician and carting along your newborn in the dead of winter is especially difficult—take it from me. Oh, and did I mention that our doctor’s office is 45 minutes away from where we live—in another state!

It’s a long story, but to sum it up in a four short excuses: We moved. I love our pediatrician. He’s a close friend. And, finally, finding a new doctor is daunting. I know, I know. I have to buckle down and break up with Dr. Bob—“it’s not you—it’s me!” I’ll get there… eventually.

DISCLOSURE-BAR-701-300x34Fortunately, until then, we won’t have to make the trip from New York to Connecticut every time my toddler has the sniffles, thanks to Doctor On Demand, a healthcare company that provides video visits with board-certified physicians, psychologists, and lactation consultants via smartphones, tablets, and computers. I recently tried the service, and I’m sold. Case in point:

When my two-year-old son, Grant, woke up a few nights ago yelling, “Mommy! Wipe my eye!” I didn’t think much of it. But the next morning, I noticed the white of his eye was looking a bit—uh-oh—pink!

Instead of bundling the kids up and preparing for a long car ride, I logged into the Doctor On Demand site. After registering and filling out a brief medical history, I was able to select a convenient appointment time. (Worth noting: if you need to triage a situation, you can also opt to speak to a doctor immediately.) A few minutes later, with my son on my lap, I was chatting face-to-face (or, rather, computer-to-computer) with Dr. Teet, a board-certified pediatrician and all-around nice guy.

doctor on demand 2I described my little guy’s symptoms, and Dr. Teet instructed me to pull down the skin under Grant’s eye to look for gunk, junk, and buildup (ah, the joys of motherhood!), and check his throat for white spots. I then tilted the computer to an optimal angle so that Dr. Teet could see Grant’s eye for himself.

After a few painless minutes, we determined that Grant did have a case of viral pink eye. Dr. Teet called prescription drops into my local pharmacy, and that was that. It was so easy. No coats, no cars, no germy waiting rooms, and, best of all no crying kids!

Doctor On Demand has launched a “first free” appointment promotion—so you, too, can experience the convenience this service has to offer for free! (It’s usually $40 for a 15-minute appointment.) Use the code MOMTRENDS50 when you register online or download the free app.

Just do me one favor: If you get Dr. Teet, tell him I say “thanks!” Grant’s eye is on the mend—and we never even left our couch.

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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.

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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.

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Cold and Flu Relief

Cold and Flu Relief

It is tough to get through winter without getting a cold. We are amping up our vitamins, green foods, and getting as much rest as possible as well as getting ready in case we do get sick. Here are some of our favorite tools to fight the cold and flu this season.

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UviCube: We recently discovered an interesting way to keep babies safe from germs by eliminating 99.9% of harmful bacteria using ultraviolet (UV) light technology. Using the UviCube, you can easily dry, disinfect and store baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups while also safely sanitizing mobile phones and electronics. Not only fantastic for cleaning, it is also a huge space saver where there is no system to prepare or maintain.

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EZC Pak: A physician-formulated five-day immune support pack is composed of organic Echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C conceived as a tangible solution to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Created by Dr. Sarath Malepati, a Los Angeles-based physician and Medical Director of the PPC Group, EZC Pak was designed as a tool to help relieve patient pressure for unnecessary prescriptions, while maintaining or improving patient satisfaction by supporting the immune system. This is NOT an antibiotic replacement, but rather a product created to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in order to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics when they are medically necessary. EZC Pak is available online at ezcpak.com for $19.99 and will be available at additional online retailers and an expanding number of physical stores in early 2015.

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Boogie Wipes: For little noses, we love Boogie Wipes. They work to soothe runny noses when germs strike thanks to its addition of saline that works to dissolve mucus. They are also super portable to treat runny noses wherever you may be.

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Immunity Booster: Boost your immunity this winter with antioxidants zinc and vitamin C. We love the Immunity Booster from Twinlab that supports your body’s innate and adaptive defenses.*

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Kinsa Smart Thermometer: When your child’s head is warm, we love using the simple, accurate and easy-to-use Kinsa Smart Thermometer. As a smartphone-connected device designed specifically with moms in mind, will do much more than just take your child’s temperature, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer works to deliver a precise and inexpensive way to detect a fever. It works by connecting to any smart phone where you place its thin, flexible, and comfortable thermometer into your child’s mouth where you then get an accurate temperature reading is revealed in seconds. Additionally, it comes with a free mobile app that lets you stay connected to current health concerns in your area – in real-time. This allows you to associate symptoms, save history and share them with private groups (like your your kids’ daycare class). It even allows you to schedule the next urgent care appointment at a facility close to home, or send photos to your doctor for an immediate response. Another cool feature for parents is that you can create a private community and view the symptoms and illnesses going around that particular group – allowing you to have a health map to better understand your child and pass along this information to their doctor.

Check out the video of the Kinsa in action:

 

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How to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

Sneezing, sniffles and a sore throat—all tell-tale signs a cold is on the way. The holiday season is right around there corner, so there is no worse time to be bed ridden and miserable.  With all of the running around and the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we come more into contact with germs, our bodies and immune systems get worn down and in comes those dreadful common cold and flu symptoms.

Check out the fun infographic from Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy to help you steer clear of those dreaded cold and flu germs and stop your symptoms in its tracks.

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Join the New Flu Club

No Flu Club

The flu has not struck our house yet and I am doing everything possible to avoid it. In fact, as of last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 47 states have declared the incidence of flu to be regional or widespread in their communities and nearly 10,000 cases of H1N1 have been documented. With the thought of the flu on everyone’s mind we are taking precautions with LYSOL®, a brand that is committed to making sure the public is armed with the knowledge and tools to help keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.

Through its Mission for Health, LYSOL engages communities across the country to promote hygiene practices and instill healthy habits. Together with its healthcare professional and education partners, such as the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Lysol spreads healthy habits directly into schools and homes. These organizations champion healthy environments and teach lifelong healthy behaviors that help prevent infectious diseases, in an attempt to lessen the impact of the millions of school days missed by students each year in the United States.

In addition to routinely cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surface areas, the CDC recommends the following effective tips to help families stay healthy during peak flu activity:

  • Get vaccinated with a seasonal flu shot – the most important step in preventing cold and flu.
  • Help prevent the spread of flu germs by practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette, staying away from sick people, and staying home if you get sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to a sink.

In addition to these tips, you can also use LYSOL products such as the Lysol® Power & Free Multi-Purpose Wipes, a product that is designed to kill 99.9% of viruses & bacteria including Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Staphylococcus aureus without the use of bleach harshness or harsh chemical residue. We also like the Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and the Lysol Hand Soap that delivers a pump so that you can encourage hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs.

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7 Ways to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and Flu – and don’t forget stomach bug – season is here, and something is bound to hit someone in your home. The question is just how hard?

Without becoming a total germaphobe, here are some ways to reduce the impact of viruses in your house – and teach kids some good skills for protecting themselves from illness.

  • Wash and wipe hands. Get kids and yourself in the habit of washing hands before snacks and meals. Use warm water and scrub with soap while counting to 10. If you can’t get to a sink, use hand wipes or sanitizer. Make sure you carry one or the other in your bag. Once someone gets sick, double up your hand washing – and resist all urges to touch your face with unclean hands. Your eyes, nose and mouth are the biggest germ entry points.
  • Disinfect dirtiest areas. What are the germiest areas of your home? Doorknobs, sink faucets and toilet seats and handles, for the most part. Also, make sure to sanitize the remote control, computer keyboard, and favorite cups. Keep in mind that kids are their most contagious two-three days before they show symptoms, so once the virus hits, disinfect their backpacks, bed sheets (yours too if they still snuggle with you in the morning) and their most visited spots.
  • Teach prevention. Kids are taught in preschool that they should cough into their arms and resist the urge to share cups. Keep this in good practice at home as well.
  • Get your rest. The best way to prevent these bugs is to get your rest – before they strike. Build your immunity by getting lots of sleep. And if you’re feeling run down, go to bed as soon as the kids do. Explain to kids that sleep helps keep them healthy – so they won’t be too sick for basketball practice and the weekend birthday party.
  • Boost the Vitamin C and zinc-rich foods. Healthy eating is important all year long, but during the sick-season, it’s extra important. Zinc and vitamin C are immunity-building ingredients. As an adult, I take Ester-C (500 mg) two times a day. I’ll even add an Airborne if I’m feeling sniffly. For kids, talk to them about the importance of eating their fruits and veggies. Kids under 6 should have 3 servings of veggies and two servings of fruit each day. Kids over 6, get even more (3-5 veggie servings and 2-4 fruits).
  • Create a preventative care plan. Okay, worst case scenario, the kids are too sick to go to school. What is your back-up plan? And if you have more than one child, what is your plan if this slowly spreads throughout the house – causing you to be out for 3 or more days? If you don’t have a nanny, create a list of babysitters who are available during the day and willing to care for sick kids. College kids are especially helpful, if their schedule allows (which is why you should have a list of 5 or more options). See if you can create an emergency plan for each day of the week (as in, On Mondays, Jessica is available. Tuesdays, call Sophie.)
  • Talk to HR. The option that will cause the least amount of anxiety is if your company has a care plan in place for you.  A service like Care.com Workplace Solutions offers backup care as a company benefit. So when your nanny is sick, or if your child is too sick for school or daycare, you can call the service and have a professionally vetted nanny at your door. The last thing HR wants is for their employees to take off for someone’s illness other than their own. So discuss this with them as a possibility.

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Staying Healthy and Flu-Free this Winter

Staying Healthy and Flu-Free this Winter

Did you know that it is estimated that approximately 5%-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year (CDC.gov). To stay health this winter, we are loading up on some of these healthy essentials.

1. Swype Shield: We love this physician-invented cold and flu prevention product. How it works is a clear gel is applied on the nostrils, which is where cold and flu viruses most often enter the body. The active ingredients in Swype Shield are non-toxic and safe to apply to the skin multiple times a day. In fact, during product development, an independent laboratory performed dilution studies to determine the lowest concentration of each ingredient required to effectively neutralize viruses. Once the optimal combination of active ingredients was determined, extensive lab testing resulted in a clinically significant reduction of all 25 cold and flu viruses tested. More recent testing also confirmed the combination is effective against the virus responsible for the SARS outbreak, one of the most aggressive infectious organisms ever isolated.

2. Thermometers: Personally, we love the Kinsa Smart Thermometer, a smartphone-connected medical device that utilizes its mobile connectivity to enhance the features and benefits available to users beyond a fast and accurate temperature reading. Through the free accompanying Kinsa mobile app, users can track their illness history to share with physicians, access tools to better manage and plan around their illness, and view the “health weather” in their local area, including what symptoms and illnesses are going around. You can also see what symptoms and illnesses are going around a custom-created community, such as the parents of a specific first grade class or group of close friends. Users in the group will see that flu, strep throat, or other illnesses are circulating, but the data is anonymized so they will not see who is ill. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer itself has no batteries, LCD, or processor, instead leveraging the power of the smartphone to allow the device to be thin, flexible, and comfortable to use, especially for children. The thermometer connects to the phone via the headphone jack, keeping its cost far lower than the costs of other existing mobile-connected medical devices. With a price point on par with most current non-connected thermometers, Kinsa’s focus is on widespread access to better health information.

3.  Chillow: We love this portable pillow insert that provides instant personal cooling relief. A cool Chillow under the arms, forehead or groin area provides relief from uncomfortable flu symptoms. While most regular pillows trap heat, Chillow absorbs the heat that radiates from the body and releases it into the air. Chillow is activated by adding water to its inner chamber (a cup of water may need to be added monthly depending on climate). It can be customized to four different cooling comfort levels to satisfy personal needs. Once its temperature is set, it stays at that level and provides cooling relief for hours.

4. Load up on vitamin C: To get our vitamins, we love the tasty and healthy Cuties. They are also rich in antioxidants, a good source of soluble fiber and packed with a number of vitamins including A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid. And, they are especially high in folate and vitamin C. Two Cuties provides you with nearly 300% of the U.S.D.A’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C (based upon 2,000 calorie diet). In fact, two little Cuties contain 4 grams of fiber. Diets high in fiber have been proven to help heart health.

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