No time for sickness


Already this year Atti had a surgery to put tubes in his ears, now he’s having surgery to fix his cute little wonky eyes, and he’ll have two more surgeries in the upcoming months to fix other things that don’t work right when you have cerebral palsy. Of course, working around surgeons and specialists I don’t have the luxury of waiting until school is on a break. So he misses a lot of school. Which means that I have to do everything I can to keep him healthy the rest of the time. When he’s missing weeks at a time recovering from surgeries, there’s no way I can let some sniffles slow us down. I’ve got to use everything I’ve got to keep him well, and when he does get sick, get him better fast.

I’m excited to be partnering with Mucinex to share some ideas to get through this cold and flu season with a smile. I don’t often have an excuse to slow down and take a whole day to play, so I want to get through the whining and the discomfort as quickly as possible to use that sick time to create some special memories. In future posts I’ll be sharing some great sick day activities to make this time count, but for today I want to talk prevention. Since Atti was born in February and with significant respiratory issues, I was that mom that wouldn’t take her child in public for the first six months of his life. I got some grief over that, but he never got sick and I don’t regret it!

Nowadays we wash our hands religiously, maybe a little too religiously. I have walked in on Atti pulling wipe after wipe out of the container as he sings, “This is the way we wash our hands..” and laughs his head off. Apparently he thinks Mama’s a little crazy. We’re also big juice drinkers around here. Whenever I hear Atti start to sniff I pump him full of orange juice and stop that sniffle where it stands. And of course we’re big believers in the power of snuggles.

I always say it in the disclaimer, but let me emphasize here that I only work with companies I can wholeheartedly support and that I spend my own money on. I turn down a LOT of ad partnerships. But I jumped on this one because I actually do use Mucinex for myself and my family. I first tried Mucinex when my doctor recommended it to me, and it’s now as much a staple for sickness as tissues and ginger ale. This is a product I would recommend to anybody, whether I was being sponsored or not.

When your child has a bad cold, you both can feel miserable. Children’s Mucinex is the #1 children’s brand for relieving congestion* and provides fast acting relief from your child’s worst cold symptoms. Try Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold if your child needs relief from stuffy nose and chest congestion. Always use Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold as directed. (*Based on IRI unit share data for the 52 weeks ending November 2012)

Mucinex is offering a $2 off coupon so you can try it for yourself. Just click the link and you can start saving.

But if you leave a comment you might get to save a whole lot more with a $100 gift card to CVS! We wanna hear how you keep those sick kids entertained, and one lucky commenter will get to win! So good luck, and tell me: What activity makes your child smile when under the weather?


No duplicate comments.

You may receive 1 total entry by leaving a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/6/2013 – 3/31/2013

Be sure to visit the Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!



  1. First of all, I LOVE Mucinex. It's the best stuff for congestion. In fact, it is time for my next dose (yes, I hab a code). But when the kiddoes are sick, I have a variety of tricks I use to help distract them from being sick. One is watching a movie of their choosing together. That means me dropping everything and watching it with them. Another fan favorite is coloring in a new coloring book (or finding some fun coloring pages online). No matter what, I keep the Children's Mucinex on hand so I'm ready.

  2. My daughter likes watching Nick Jr. when she’s under the weather.

  3. I love Mucinex as a frequent sinus infection sufferer. My fav thing to do is sunggle under the covers with a humidifier and watch reality TV. But I'm 42, not a kid! LOL

  4. I always keep a few fun craft projects hidden away for when a cold comes, nothing fancy, some pipe cleaners and beads, or some special new markers and a coloring book. Something that we can sit quietly and snuggle and do, to hopefully take his mind off of his cough or not feeling well.

  5. When my kids are sick I usually give them a new coloring book, so we can color together or play Tic Tac Toe.

  6. We like to snuggle and read books in between sick day naps.

  7. Dude, your sponsored giveaways are just soooo tacky. Tacky tacky tacky. Go back to your real stuff. It's way better.

  8. Sonya Morris says:

    My children love snuggling while watching television when they are feeling under the weather. They also enjoy playing board games too!

  9. I have never used Musinex. I will give it a try when another cold comes out way. (Hopefully not soon, we just got over one a few weeks ago). As for what activities my kids like. Well I'd have to say caressing them while we snuggle and watch a movie or cartoon. And of course I make them feel as comfortable as possible because I remember as a kid it would feel terrible to feel under the weather. Lets not forget that chicken soup that does a world or goodness!

  10. Patty Stabile says:

    When my son would get sick, he was allowed to come and snuggle with me in the big bed and watch me play on my gameboy. Now that he is older, we have camp out in the living room and watch movies, until he zonks out on the couch.

  11. We have had to do lots of nebulizing in our kids past…so my trick for getting a squirmy infant/toddler or impatient preschooler to sit still for the entire treatment was to have nebbing specific toys or shows just for nebbing…it help them form a habit as well…and it got us through some of those hard sick days.

  12. Jane Cornett says:

    I've used Mucinex for years. It's the only thing that helps me breath when I'm congested. You just have to remember to drink extra fluids because it will pull fluids from your body if you don't.
    Great post. Since my "baby" is 30 I can't really remember what we did when they were sick (he's the baby of 4) But with 4 it seemed like once they hit school, somebody was sick all the time – just passed it around!

  13. We spend a lot of time snuggled in reading books or listening to audio books when the boys are feeling under the weather. We also have a few games put up that are reserved for sick days. Not to mention the coveted bright orange adult sized t-shirt that is only allowed to be worn when having a sick day–it just seems to brighten the day and spirits.

  14. How exciting to be partnering with them! They do rock! Clears you up pretty quick!!

  15. We just do a TV day. I normally don't let my kids watch TV before 4pm, but on a sick day, anything goes!

  16. fantastic product! We love to color and spend time together when the kids are sick.

  17. rachelewang says:

    A special sick day treat….Sprite

  18. Lots of lots of hugs and cuddles.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  19. Watching his favorite cartoons

  20. I'm a little strict about sick days. I don't let them watch TV all day. I require some reading time and a nap along with the tv time. Of course I also give snuggles, sprite and good medicine. The goal is to get them up and at em!

  21. Watching The Princess Bride is a sure-fire hit. :)

  22. Love the post! I've never actually tried Children's Mucinex in my house but next time my son is miserable from a cold I will be sure to this product. When my son is home sick we usually play board games!

  23. We eat chicken soup with noodles and snuggle with her favorite book. Cute post!

  24. Watching something funny on tv

  25. Susan Smith says:

    My kids like laying in our bed watching a movie or cartoons when they aren't feeling well.

  26. When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  27. we hang out by watching bubble gupppies or fresh beat band!

  28. tcarolinep says:

    A fun movie or cartoon with snacks work the wonder when under the weather.

  29. My son likes watching Spongebob or the Fresh Beat Band to cheer him up.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  30. maria cantu says:

    watching bugs bunny videos usually does the trick

  31. My daughter rarely gets to watch TV, so that usually makes her smile

  32. Watching TV in bed or playing their 3DS. My oldest son likes to read on the iPad as well :) THANKS!

  33. Janice Cooper says:

    Snuggling and watching Dora the Explorer

  34. My child likes eating noodle soup and watching a Harry Potter movie when she's sick.

  35. Lots of snuggles! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  36. Tiffany Winner says:

    watching cartoons all day

  37. Tiffany Winner says:

    watching cartoons all day

  38. My son loves watching Disney Junior.

  39. puzzles

  40. Rebecca Graham says:

    Watching their favorite DVD movies all day.

  41. My kids just like to stay in bed and watch their favorite cartoons or play on the ipad.

  42. sarah hirsch says:

    Cuddling in bed and watching a movie.

  43. he's only 3 months but he loves to fly "airplane"!

  44. Well, I have to confess that I always loved when my kids got just a little sick because they were all MINE at that point! I loved making soup, watching silly shows all day….but I have to mention my beloved grandmomma who raised me….I LOVED getting sick because of all the rituals she had in taking care of me. ALWAYS Campbell's chicken noodle soup, in a big bowl, on an even bigger plate, surrounded perfectly by saltine crackers….and she'd crawl in bed right next to me…ahhh man, I loved getting sick….and if I had a fever her sweet, cool hand would rest on my forehead, pure bliss….I've tried to pass that love on to my children when they don't feel good….we just spend the day together snuggled, talking and me thoroughly enjoying having them all to myself!!

  45. tara pittman says:

    they love being able to drink soda all day

  46. When my kids are down they don't want to do anything but lie around watching movies. I feed them noodle soup and saltine crackers.

  47. laurajacobson says:

    Oh Carter always loves when I read books to him when he is not feeling well! Always his favorite!
    landfjacobson @

  48. Kelly Massman says:

    Reading books with me (or listening to me read)! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  49. Betty Baez says:

    watching their favorite movie cars :)

  50. Adrienne gordon says:

    Watching movies makes them feel better.

  51. HilLesha says:

    My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

  52. carol irwin says:

    mucinex always seems to work the best

  53. Margaret Smith says:

    My kids like to play games or watch movies together.
    Thanks so much.

  54. paige chandler says:

    My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart.

  55. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    Watching a funny movie

  56. Stephanie V. says:

    eating frozen yogurt!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  57. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I have no kids but I enjoyed puzzle books when i felt down

  58. soha molina says:

    Reading a book keeps her happy.

  59. Watching Disney movies

  60. Wild Orchid says:

    My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

  61. Wild Orchid says:

    My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  62. Watching movies helps

  63. Cynthia C says:

    Sometimes we got out a deck of cards and played 500 rum.

  64. Jessica To says:

    My son likes to play cards with me when he isn't feeling well.

  65. Even though she is 11, reading a funny book to my daughter when she is sick (or just tired) always makes her smile.

  66. sara wood says:

    my son likes to take a bath or have me read to him.

  67. Tari Lawson says:

    My son likes watching cartoons when he is sick.

  68. we color!

  69. Stephanie Larison says:

    She loves to finger paint

  70. My little one loves when I read him a book & even when he's under the weather it still brings him lots of joy

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

  71. jalapenomamamn says:

    The kids love it when we watch movies on Netflix when they don't feel well – cuddling included!
    Thank you.

  72. anastasia2013 says:

    Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

  73. Watching Dora makes my son feel better.

  74. My grandson wants to snuggle andwatch Dumbo and Sesame Street when he is sick.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  75. My toddler only wants snuggles, watching Caillou & popsicles.

  76. Janna Johnson says:

    palying on the ipad
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  77. Linda Lansford says:

    playing tic tac toe

  78. watching a funny movie, laughing always makes her feel better

  79. Doing puzzles.

  80. My boys like to watch tv and maybe a dvd. If they arent too sick they might want to play a video game.

  81. Pretending I cannot see or hear them usually gets a laugh or two out of a miserable situation.

  82. The game Uno Attack.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  83. Becky Horn says:

    We just stay in and read books, play games etc. after the fever is gone of course

  84. reading books together always put a smile on my kids faces when they are under the weather.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  85. My little cousin likes to make storybook or watch tv when she's feeling sick, I kinda like those times when she can actually sit still, I don't wish her ill though lol
    songyueyu at gmail

  86. I like to stay in bed and sleep a lot when I'm under the weather.

  87. Marcia Goss says:

    My granddaughter likes to lay on the couch with her blankets and pillow and watch a movie.

  88. Diane Baum says:

    They love to build a fort with the couch pillows

  89. We love to snuggle up with a good book or watch a Disney movie!

    rawrms at gmail dot com

  90. Watching movies and playing with dads tablet. Keeps them happy and resting

    njharmonyg at aol dot com

  91. Playing video games is always a hit as you can do it from bed or the couch and never have to leave your PJs! 😀

  92. Samantha Daleo says:

    A bowl of homemade chocolate pudding, a blanket, a new DVD and lots of Mommy hugs, work every time when my daughter is under the weather.

  93. Daniel M says:

    they like to watch their favorite movies

  94. s riches says:

    We like to make a pillow island on the floor and watch cartoons.

  95. play games

  96. No kids. I sleep as much as possible, drink lots of water and hot herbal tea and use essential oils.

    Thanks for the contest.

  97. Candice Hull says:

    We make a bed on the floor with lots of blankets and pillows and watch movies or play games. Just spending the day together resting seems to help everyone feel better

  98. kathy pease says:

    my kids love to hear and tell jokes

  99. Erica Best says:

    we love to watch old disney movies

  100. Erica Best says:
  101. My daughter likes to watch Wizard of oz when she is sick.

  102. ccboobooy says:

    My son loves to create animals out of popcorn.

  103. Brenda Elsner says:

    My kids just like to snuggle up and watch their favorite movies.

  104. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  105. We like to play board games!

  106. busyworkingmama says:

    My daughter likes to cuddle up on the couch with a TV show. aleksnearing gmail com

  107. Kari Flores says:

    A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

  108. Kathryn C says:

    playing with paper dolls on the couch

  109. Wendy Rozema says:

    coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!

  110. My little guy likes snuggling under his favorite blanket and watching movies when he's sick.

  111. Pauline M says:

    For my son, he just wants to cuddle with me on the couch while watching his favorite cartoon!

  112. daveshir2005 says:

    She likes to be read to

  113. cassandra says:

    we play lots of board games :)

  114. Susan Smith says:

    My daughter enjoyes watching her favorite movies and reading.

  115. Plastic canvas crafts.

  116. The get to watch children's shows on TV in my bed!!

  117. Nicole Larsen says:

    Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream :)

  118. heather c says:

    Watching Pokemon DVDs. That means the pokemon figures are coming out!

  119. Katharina says:

    My daughter likes writing and illustrating stories.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  120. I would make a "nest" on the sofa and watch our favorite movies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  121. Candy land is a go to game

  122. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

    pokergrl8 at

  123. my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  124. Tabathia says:

    coloring and watching tv

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  125. Thomas Murphy says:

    ice cream and disney movies


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