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KEEP HEALTHY AND HAPPY THIS WINTER

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Blergh!

Everyone around us is dropping like flies with colds, flu’s and infections. We all have the sniffles and are coughing already and winter is still 3 months away. My poor bestie and her family are all terribly sick at the moment. She is fighting a sinus, chest and ear infection! The poor soul. She is a busy mum of three young children and does not have time to be sick. What mum does? Mum duties do not wait when we are sick; we have to soldier on no matter how crap we feel. There are meals to be made, after school activities to go to and sport on the weekends.

It has me worried. I hate the sickness that comes with winter. Both of my kids are susceptible to pneumonia and will often get a number of infections throughout the chilly months. Don’t get me started on The Mr. Working with sick people all day means he is exposed to all the germs daily and is always sick in winter. One flu after another with him. And we all know man flu pretty much means a death sentence.

I can’t deal with another winter like last. I just can’t. It was the sickest and most miserable we had been. Here are some tips I will be using this winter to ensure are healthy and happy!

  1. Glen 20 Everything
    I love Glen 20. That stuff promises to kill 99% of germs! I spray it over EVERYTHING and even more so in winter. Cushions, furniture, bathrooms, kids toys, the bin – nothing is safe! I even use it in the car! The bonus is that it does freshen the air inside the home as well.
  2. Up Our Vitamin Intake
    The kids take two vitamins everyday. They are fussy eaters so I need to ensure they get enough vitamins and minerals. In winter, we add a daily vitamin c to our morning routine. Funnily enough, we even give our dogs a Vitamin C tablet twice a day. They need it for a different reason though not to fight the doggy flu! But it is important to keep our dogs happy and healthy too.
  3.  Fresh Air & Exercise
    I am not a winter person. I don’t enjoy the cold, dark days. It’s hard to get me outside if I am being honest. But I do find that exercising in winter is really enjoyable despite the cold. I think its because you don’t get as sweaty and hot in winter. When The Mr can get me outside, we spend winter weekends riding our bikes around the lake or walking the dogs. The fresh air does wonders for boosting your immune system and a bit of exercise makes us all sleep better at night. And a good dose of Vitamin D is great for beating down those winter blues! Despite not wanting to get outside, I feel so much better afterwards.
  4. More Sleep
    I really need to get more sleep. Most nights I go to bed around 11.30pm. Its just too late but I just love our quiet the house is late at night. It is when I get a lot of my work done. When I do get to bed though, its not very often I have a night without being woken by The Mr being called out on a job, or one of the dogs barking to be let out for a wee. Broken sleep is just as bad as not enough! Time to fill up my sleep bank with a few more zzzzz’s
  1. Wash Your Hands
    Do you know how many people don’t wash their hands after sneezing or coughing into them. Gross!! Even kids are taught in schools to sneeze and cough into their elbows so that don’t spread germs. Wash your hands people or stock up on hand sanitiser. It is really that easy!
  2. Cook Hearty Meals
    Winter is the perfect season for slow cooked meals that are ready when you get home at the end of the day. Packed full of veggies, and tender meat – slow cooked meals really warm you from the inside out. I like to prepare everything the night before and put it all in the slow cooker bowl and pop it in the fridge. The next morning I just pull out the bowl, whack it on the slow cooker and turn it on. Dinner is done!
  1. Treat Yourself
    Update your winter wardrobe! Treat yourself to some woolly knits and some new ‘around the house’ clothing that is warm, comfortable and fashionable enough to be able to leave the house for school pickup! Don’t forget some new thick socks! Just because you stay home more in Winter doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style!What tips and tricks do you have to keep happy and healthy this winter and keep those winter blues at bay? Are you dreading man flu season?

Fleur x

6 Comments

  1. Jenni from StylingCurvy

    April 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I have just discovered Glenn 20, bought some last week but came home one day to the biggest smell. Master 18 must have read the tin because he was spraying it EVERYWHERE including all the door handles!!!

    I am right into essential oils at the moment, and today I made a big pot of chicken soup :-0

  2. Hugzilla

    April 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

    LOL oh yes, we are upping the vitamins at the moment. I don’t care if it does or doesn’t work. Can’t hurt to try!
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  3. Tracy

    April 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I don’t do most of the things you mentioned, and I rarely get sick. About the only thing I do is to take a cold and flu vitamin twice a day when everyone else in my house is dropping with colds. And no kissing. If you have a cold you get to kiss my cheek – that’s as close as I’ll let you get. I refuse to get sick for the sake of a kiss.

    If I start to get a sniffle myself I up my cold and flu vitamin intake and drink warm water with a lemon slice in it. My colds over the last three years (all two of them) have been just barely a sniffle and a throat tickle. No heavy head or taking time off work.

  4. Kit@lifethroughthehaze

    April 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    My kids seem to get more sick than we ever did as kids. While we didn’t have nearly as many antibacterial products every single household had a can of glen 20 in every toilet in the house! And even though it was winter there was always a window open for some fresh air.

    I have to wonder if the sickness rates have something to do with that Glen 20 was sprayed everywhere in fact it is a smell that I always fondly think of my grandparents when I smell it.

    I love the hearty stews that are great to eat, full of veggies and easy to make in the slow cooker in winter time!

  5. EssentiallyJess

    April 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    We did pretty well last winter and no one was really sick. Hoping we can replicate that this year!
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  6. Krystal

    April 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I swear fresh air makes all the difference!! Those pesky air conditioners just incubate germs and then spread them around… a bit of time in the sun, breathing in the fresh air does wonders for your health!! <3

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