cold & flu season has arrived {Braun & Vicks} + Giveaway

Here comes Santa Claus along with the battle to keep cold & flu season at bay. We keep Elderberry Syrup on hand at all times for the first sign of sickness. In addition to that, I increased my kid’s Vitamin D to 1200IU’s a day in addition to their Zinc. This is proven to reduce the duration of colds and flu for kids. We also believe pretty strongly in the healing powers of natural fruits and vegetables. Every day our family has a fresh smoothie with freshly squeezed oranges and my choice of fruits and veggies. If your body isn’t struggling to process food, you’ll be amazed to see how much healthier you’ll be and feel because it will be busy fighting off bugs.

Flu and cold bugs play no favorites especially with kids in school and daycare. How to tell what a fever is for your child:

  • Under 3 months, take their temperature rectally, 100.4°F or higher is a fever
  • 3 – 36 months, 102.2°F or higher is a fever
  • Over 36 months, 103.1°F or higher is a fever

The best solution for congestion with colds and sinuses is a humidifier. Vick’s Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier V4600 has really impressed me so far. I honestly have a love/hate relationship with humidifiers. I love them because they’re great when you first get them, but shortly thereafter they gunk up and I feel like they’re squirting bacteria into the air. That being said, this model is specifically designed for low maintenance operation; requiring no filters and is ultra quiet. It can run up to 30 hours per filling and automatically shuts off when empty. It has a really large tank and my favorite thing is that there aren’t a ton of nooks and crannies that get gunked up with calcium. So I can easily run it under the faucet and clean it easily and quickly.

Vicks Humidifier

The easy to use dial helps you determine the amount of mist you want in the air. My 17 month old is a teething monster right now. This means that some days her nose is congested and other days it’s pouring down her face. I am able to put this humidifier at almost it’s lowest setting and it nicely humidifies her room as she sleeps. I’m especially in love with the Vicks Scent Pad Heater on the side. Walmart sells these packets pretty cheaply and you pop one in the side before you turn it on and your child’s room is filled with soothing menthol vapors while they sleep. I love this!

Vicks Humidifier

I did notice additional accessories that you can buy for your humidifiers, and I’m fairly certain I’ll be buying at least the Antimicrobial Cleaning Cartridge….because I’m a little paranoid about germs. Check them out though!

Braun ThermometerEvery house needs a good, easy-to-use and accurate thermometer. Braun’s Forehead Thermometer is a great choice. It’s pretty dummy-proof, which is a good thing in our house. In case you forget, the instructions are actually written on the front of the thermometer. Hit the power button, hold it against your forehead, press the temperature button and slowly swipe across the forehead. At the long beep, remove the thermometer from the forehead and you have your reading. I love the color coding on this thermometer using Green to show you have no fever, Yellow to show a slight fever and Red to show a fever.

Now to share the love for our readers and to help keep your family’s recovery times go faster if you’re hit by the cold or flu, we wanted to share with you a great contest from Kaz called Comfort Contest. Simply click here and enter your little one’s favorite object for comfort when they are in need of an extra dose of TLC. Five people will win a package of Vicks products including a Vicks Starry Night Humidifier, a Vicks Behind the Ear and a Comfort Flex Thermometer. AND we have a Braun Thermometer to give away to one of you! Simple enter the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!!! If you are in need of an item right now, head over to the Cold & Flu Shop to grab what your family needs now.

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special thanks for samples provided in order to conduct this review

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  1. December 17, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    My favorite item is the forehead thermometer!

  2. Lacenda
    December 17, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

    The plug-in waterless vaporizer!

  3. December 17, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

    The thermometer for sure

  4. December 17, 2013 at 10:44 am — Reply

    I love the Vicks Steam Inhalers!

  5. Cassandra Eastman
    December 17, 2013 at 11:06 am — Reply

    The Vicks V980 Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer would be great too!

  6. Mandy Y.
    December 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    The Vicks V3700M\ Starry Night Humidifier.

  7. Em Ma
    December 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    I really like the Vicks V980 Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer

  8. Rochel S
    December 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks V925P-A Digital Pacifier Thermometer

  9. December 18, 2013 at 4:24 am — Reply

    I like the Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler

  10. Tammy Dalley
    December 18, 2013 at 4:56 am — Reply

    I love the thermometer

  11. debbie
    December 18, 2013 at 5:00 am — Reply

    I like the v1200-6 electric steam inhaler.

  12. Telana Knapp
    December 18, 2013 at 5:38 am — Reply

    Vicks V150SG Warm Steam Vaporizer had it for 5 years and still going strong

  13. December 18, 2013 at 5:55 am — Reply

    I like the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer the most.

  14. Jennifer B
    December 18, 2013 at 5:57 am — Reply

    I like the vicks waterless vaporizer

  15. SueSueper
    December 18, 2013 at 6:25 am — Reply

    Vicks V400-2 Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier is the one I like.

  16. December 18, 2013 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Visited and my favorite item is Vicks V1200-6 Electric Steam Inhaler

  17. Beth R
    December 18, 2013 at 8:25 am — Reply

    I like the Vicks Steam Inhalers

  18. rochelle johnson
    December 18, 2013 at 8:53 am — Reply

    Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler V1200-6

  19. kim burnett
    December 18, 2013 at 8:59 am — Reply

    I like the Vicks V105SG Vaporizer with Nightlight

  20. Tian A.
    December 18, 2013 at 11:37 am — Reply

    My favorite is Vicks V3700M Starry Night Humidifier, thank you.

  21. December 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I like the new fever Insight feature, there is no guessing if their temperature is high. Another item I like is the Vicks V925P-A Digital Pacifier Thermometer, make it easy to take a newborns temp.

  22. ET Pruitt
    December 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    The Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler V1200-6

  23. loriag
    December 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    My fav item is the Vicks V400-2 Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier

  24. December 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks V935 Wearable Thermometer

  25. Natalie U
    December 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    The health check hygrometer

  26. Gianna
    December 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Vicks V105SG Vaporizer with Nightlight.

  27. December 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    I like the antimicrobial cleaning cartridge, I need this for my humidifier!


  28. May
    December 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks Waterless Vaporizer V1900-N!

  29. Anne Perry
    December 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    Vicks V1200-6 Electric Steam Inhaler

  30. December 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm — Reply

    I love the Vicks V1200-6 Electric Steam Inhaler!

  31. sandra davis
    December 19, 2013 at 1:50 am — Reply

    i like the Vicks V5100-N/V5100JUV Ultrasonic Humidifier

  32. Elizabeth B
    December 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks V3700 Starry Night Humidifier!

  33. Jessica
    December 20, 2013 at 5:57 am — Reply

    I like the Vicks V200 Warm Steam Vaporizer

  34. Vicki Wurgler
    December 20, 2013 at 8:00 am — Reply

    Vicks V3500N Cool Moisture Humidifier would be great to have

  35. Angela Y
    December 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler.

  36. December 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Vicks VBR-5 Pediatric VapoPads

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  37. Tina L.
    December 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    I like the Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler V1200-6.

  38. Jennifer
    December 23, 2013 at 9:31 am — Reply

    The vicks steam inhalers

    December 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    the vicks steam inhalers

  40. christine jessamine
    December 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    my kids would love the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier

  41. December 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    I would love to have the Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler

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