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    I have to say my least favorite time of year is the cold and flu season. I’m a germ freak, so whenever I go out I wipe down everything. Do you get that way? I’m so grateful stores now carry disinfectant wipes, so I can wipe down the cart before shopping. Of course I always carry disinfectant in my purse as well. With young kids, you just never know what they are picking up, so it’s always best to be prepared. TIPS on dealing with the flu and cold seasonI’m excited to be apart of a three part series program for Children’s Mucinex. Come back for tips on keeping children smiling and entertained when they have the sick day blues through the month. Today I have a few tips on dealing with the cold and flu season.

    5 tips

    1. Slow down. I know it’s super hard to get kids to actually slow down but I have found by doing puzzles, coloring activities and watching Disney movies I have been able to get them to rest.
    2. Wash hands regularly to stop the germs from spreading and avoid getting more people sick.
    3. Drink lots of liquids, mostly water.
    4. Be patient and give yourself a “sick day” so you can recover.
    5. Get enough sleep. This will help empower the immune system.

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    Comments

    1. Margie Visnick posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:07 am (#
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      Snuggles and movies!

    2. Briana R posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:15 am (#
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      My kids love playing with legos and building all sorts of creations!

    3. Shawn B! posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:16 am (#
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      Snuggles! The really giggly kind – getting right up into their neck!

    4. Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:18 am (#
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      My kiddies always light right up when they find out that they get a movie day when they’re sick!

    5. Mami2jcn posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:28 am (#
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      My daughter likes watching Nick Jr. when she’s under the weather.

    6. Beth A. posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:36 am (#
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      My boys love to pick what’s for dinner when they are sick. It is one way I can guarantee they will eat at least a couple bites (neither one will eat much when sick).

    7. Lauren posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#
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      Hugs and kisses! Also, we make ice pops together using 100% fruit juice and a banana. Healthy, refreshing and delicious! It’s fun bonding and my kids love it! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your other posts! Thanks Children’s Mucinex! Great product.

    8. Becky Greene posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:14 am (#
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      Silly cartoons are sure to make my little one laugh – no matter what!

    9. Jamie Larsen posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am (#
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      My babies love to just watch a movie or color when they’re sick.. sometimes that doesnt help and they just wanna be held by mommy or daddy

    10. Shelly posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:59 am (#
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      Getting to lay on the couch and watch TV is a real treat when my kiddo is sick!

    11. Catherine posted on February 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#
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      My oldest likes to play video games and my youngest likes to be read to when he is feeling sick.

    12. Tiffany A. posted on February 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm (#
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      Snuggling and lots of rocking! She likes to be held close while singing songs!

    13. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm (#
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      My son loves to watch endless episodes of Bob the Builder on Tv when he’s sick. So right now, this very minute, he’s next to me on the couch doing just that!

    14. Jenna posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#
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      Painting, my little boy loves making messes and painting is messy! :)

    15. KW posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm (#
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      We watch movies and read.

    16. Kelly D posted on February 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm (#
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      When my kids are sick I usually give them a new coloring book, so we can color together or play Tic Tac Toe. They love these activities.

    17. Erin posted on February 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#
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      My niece loves to be read to when she isn’t feeling well. Thanks!!

    18. Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm (#
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      We do lots of snuggle and popsicles to stay hydrated!

    19. Eva Scott posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#
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      My son very much likes quality time with mommy and daddy when he’s sick.

    20. Rachel posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#
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      My kids love to snuggle and giggle at funny movies.

    21. amyinsc posted on February 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#
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      My little ones like to bring their favorite pillow and blanket downstairs, snuggle on the couch, and watch cartoons.

    22. Theresa Janke posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#
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      My son loves to snuggle when he is sick

    23. Karen S posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm (#
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      My girls love blankets and pillows on the couch and watching a movie!

    24. Brandi posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:37 am (#
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      My children love playing with Playdoe Even when they are sick they are still really busy so this gets them to sit and have some relaxing time.

    25. Dezi A posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm (#
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      Playing the xbox or wii. Pretty much anything with a screen. :)

    26. keshakeke posted on February 7, 2013 at 2:27 am (#
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      My daughter loves to cuddle and watch silly movies. Even though she is not feeling well, she still enjoys the snuggle time and attention! I love to give it to her too!

    27. Julie posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:35 am (#
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      My son loves to play with his trains and my daughter just likes to snuggle with our kitty when they’re sick.

    28. Kyla posted on February 7, 2013 at 1:10 am (#
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      My little bear loves to color on large pieces of draft paper taped to the wall. He smiles when he walks by and shows me what he made.

    29. Leia posted on February 7, 2013 at 1:57 am (#
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      Movies, snuggles & playing with his cars- he loves to make up conversations between the cars.

    30. Cindy Brickley posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:45 am (#
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      A big bowl of Macaroni and Tuna Fish! And he can eat the whole pound of it!

    31. Linda Cosentino posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:57 am (#
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      Hugs, kisses and warm freshly baked cookies always help make my daughter feel better!

    32. Leslie posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:29 am (#
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      My son enjoys resting on the couch with a good show while getting his back rubbed. Mom is right there rubbing his back while reading her book :)

    33. Lauren V. posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:52 am (#
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      Reading books

    34. Cam's Nan posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:00 am (#
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      My tinies like to snuggle and watch their shows.

    35. Heather posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:06 am (#
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      My kids just like laying on the couch and watching movies!

    36. Karen Tecklenburg posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:11 am (#
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      They love to watch movies and play video games.

    37. barbara n posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:18 am (#
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      My kids just want to lay on the couch and watch movies…and they get to eat and drink in the Living room (which isn’t usually allowed :)

    38. cindi posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:45 am (#
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      easy for my son – video games. my daughter – movies, popcorn, hot chocolate and blankets

    39. Lori Z. posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:50 am (#
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      A new book and snuggling together to read it.

    40. Tracey F posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:20 am (#
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      My littles love to snuggle with their dad or me and watch some tv when they are sick.

    41. Amber E. posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:49 am (#
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      Lots of mommy cuddles and a video game ;)

    42. Becky U posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:18 am (#
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      When my son was little he loved to read comics or play Legos. He’s 32 now and still loves his Legos!

    43. labbie1 posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:47 am (#
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      Snuggling down together on the couch with our dogs was always a fav for my son!

    44. Kala posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:49 am (#
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      Just holding them while laying on the couch watching cartoons or movies and eating some special foods

    45. Jen posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm (#
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      My kids love a day off from school and chores and love watching movies all day. I also like to have popsicles to offer, helps keep them hydrated and sweet!

    46. Crystal posted on February 7, 2013 at 11:23 am (#
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      When I’m sick, I love curling up on the couch under a blanket and watching I Love Lucy or Doris Day movies and that my husband and daughters (both older teenagers) take care of the house and me.

    47. Mercedes C posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm (#
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      A silly puppet show works everytime. And it makes mommy feel better to hear them laugh even when they feel rotten.

    48. jessica w posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm (#
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      I don’t have kids,but my nieces always like watching a movie, snuggling, and a fun sweet or getting to pick dinner

    49. Emily posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#
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      Cartoons and cuddles

    50. Pamela Gifford posted on February 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm (#
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      Construction paper, glue and scissors. We have endless creations and lots of fun.

    51. Katy posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm (#
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      My sons loves playing board games :)

    52. Melissa M posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#
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      My kids always liked to snuggle with me on the counch watching their favorite Disney movies or in the bed with me.

    53. Karen posted on February 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm (#
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      No children yet, but as I am a child at heart, I love snuggling up in a blanket and watching TV, especially I Love Lucy. Always cheers me up.

    54. Eligonma posted on February 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm (#
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      Reading his favorite books!

    55. rachel posted on February 8, 2013 at 11:55 am (#
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      Ice cream always seems to work ;)

    56. Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm (#
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      Singing silly songs together!

    57. Elena posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm (#
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      watching his favorite cartoons

    58. Dorothy Green posted on February 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm (#
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      My daughter loves fries & movies.

    59. Wehaf posted on February 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm (#
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      Watching The Princess Bride is really good medicine!

    60. Lindsey R posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:33 am (#
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      My kids love playing games, baking oatmeal cookies and relaxing! What a fun program and great tips!

    61. Brenna S posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:40 am (#
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      My 3 kids enjoy napping and watching tv when they are sick. Typically between sports, after school activities and homework they don’t get to watch any tv so it’s a treat! My youngest who is 5 likes to snuggle when she is sick. I definitely love that!

    62. Karen S. posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:43 am (#
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      Thanks for all the great tips on trying to stay well. I agree with them all. We are all on the go sometimes and forget to rest. My 8&11 year old both slow down when they are sick and just usually stay in bed, drink lots of liquids and read books.

    63. Susan Smith posted on February 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm (#
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      My kids like laying in our bed watching a movie or cartoons when they aren’t feeling well

    64. Sally P posted on February 10, 2013 at 6:50 am (#
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      Hugs – and movies :)

    65. Karyn posted on February 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm (#
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      My kids love to snuggle and color!

    66. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm (#
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      Hugs, kisses, and lots of books!

    67. Sonya Morris posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#
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      It always makes my child smile by playing board games and watching their favorite shows while snuggling on the couch when they are not feeling well. I love the extra snuggling!

    68. Sonya Morris posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm (#
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    69. susan posted on February 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm (#
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      Even when he’s under the weather my little one always smiles at his favorite stories!

    70. courtney b posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm (#
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      we lay in bed and watch bubble guppies or fresh beat band!

    71. Tisha posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm (#
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      Movies & snuggles!

    72. Holly posted on February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#
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      Cuddles and Loves……; )

    73. Mel :) posted on February 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm (#
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      Cuddling w/thier babies & Good Luck Charlie ;)

    74. Katie posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm (#
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      Cartoons and Disney Movies!

    75. Amber posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm (#
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      TV is what my kids love when they are sick.

    76. lace posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#
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      snuggling, reading books, and watching movies.

    77. christina posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm (#
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      cartoons

    78. Holly B posted on February 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm (#
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      Favorite cartoons and snuggling on the couch.

    79. Jessie C. posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm (#
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      A fun movie or cartoon with snacks work the wonder when under the weather.

    80. Ashley posted on February 13, 2013 at 8:42 am (#
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      My little boy loves his stuffed puppy dog when he doesn’t feel good. He just cuddles it all day.

    81. latanya posted on February 14, 2013 at 8:23 am (#
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      My son likes watching Spongebob or the Fresh Beat Band to cheer him up.

    82. maria cantu posted on February 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm (#
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      watching bugs bunny videos usually does the trick

    83. Ashley Hatten posted on February 16, 2013 at 7:36 am (#
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      Watching TV in bed or playing their 3DS. My oldest son likes to read on the iPad as well :) THANKS
      ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

    84. Heather Corona posted on February 17, 2013 at 8:25 am (#
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      When my daughter is sick, she always asks for homemade chicken soup! It’s my aunt’s recipe… the smell and warmth of the soup with noodles and oyster crackers twice a day does the trick. What makes it fun is to serve it in a mug, just like my mom used to do for me…easy to hold the handle and sip!

    85. Madeline posted on February 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm (#
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      My child likes eating noodle soup and watching a Harry Potter movie when she’s sick.

    86. Erika posted on February 19, 2013 at 10:01 am (#
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      Lots of snuggles! :)

      chambanachik at gmail dot com

    87. KM posted on February 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#
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      My 3-year-old doesn’t slow down, even when she is sick, so playing outside cheers her up. My baby on the other hand loves to be held… all day.

    88. Tiffany Winner posted on February 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#
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      watching cartoons all day
      thismomwins@gmail.com

    89. Tamar posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:48 am (#
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      My son loves playing with his lego.

    90. tara pittman posted on March 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm (#
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      letting them watch tv all day

    91. LaDonna G posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm (#
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      my kids love getting goldfish in their chicken soup

    92. Kelly Massman posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:53 am (#
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      we read; Thanks for a chance to win!
      kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

    93. HilLesha posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:32 am (#
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      My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

    94. Carol Irwin posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm (#
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      inside with movies,good food and snacks and rest

    95. Margaret Smith posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm (#
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      Usually playing games or watching movies together.

    96. CATHY TRUMAN posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#
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      They like having chicken noodle soup and watching a funny movie.

    97. Stephanie V. posted on March 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm (#
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      watching movies and making a bed on the couch

    98. Kate F. posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#
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      Watching Disney movies

    99. Cynthia C posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:32 am (#
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      My kids always smiled when they got a new book to read.

    100. Wild Orchid posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:29 am (#
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      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

    101. Julie posted on March 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm (#
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      Putting her dollhouse at couch level so she can play and rest at the same time makes her smile.

    102. Stephanie Larison posted on March 20, 2013 at 3:10 am (#
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      Finger painting and snuggling up

    103. catherine copeland posted on March 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#
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      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

    104. Anastasia posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:16 am (#
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      Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

    105. Emily posted on March 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (#
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      Watching Dora makes my son feel better.

    106. gina posted on March 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm (#
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      Playing with his wooden blocks.

    107. janna posted on March 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm (#
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      renting lots of movies
      Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

    108. linda lansford posted on March 23, 2013 at 9:03 am (#
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      rent a dvd they haven’t seen

    109. Betty C posted on March 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm (#
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      Lots of cuddles, chicken soup and TV

    110. syy posted on March 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm (#
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      My little cousin likes making storybooks and watching movies when she’s under the weather, not at the same time though :D
      songyueyu at gmail

    111. ky2here posted on March 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm (#
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      A pinata is always a nice touch.

    112. Amy Tong posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm (#
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      going for a walk for fresh air makes my kids smile when they are under the weather.

      amy [at] utry [dot] it

    113. Lynn posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#
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      We watch his favorite movie–Finding Nemo.

    114. angie lilly posted on March 29, 2013 at 9:09 am (#
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      If they are sick but not too sick, baking their favorite iced sugar cookies is always a fun option!

    115. Erica Best posted on March 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm (#
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      he love to bake cupcake when he is sick

    116. Erica Best posted on March 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm (#
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    117. Kenny F posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm (#
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      playing games!

    118. Sarah L posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm (#
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      No kids. I sleep as much as possible, drink lots of water and hot herbal tea and use essential oils.

      Thanks for the contest.

    119. Kimbery Hilbert posted on March 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#
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      My girl likes to watch the wizard of oz.

    120. ANGEL JACKLYN posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm (#
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      ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE LAYING DOWN IN BED. LOL. ROAMING AROUND THE HOUSE AND DOING WHO KNOWS WHAT… MAKING A MESS.

    121. Brenda Elsner posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#
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      My kids like to snuggle and watch movies

    122. Kayla posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm (#
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      We like to watch movies!

    123. BusyWorkingMama posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:13 am (#
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      My daughter loves to work on art projects.

    124. Kathryn C posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:55 am (#
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      fleece blanket , on the couch, tomato soup and paper dolls books

    125. shirley zolenski posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#
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      She likes to color

    126. cassandra posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm (#
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      Reading books and being read to while cuddlinggg

    127. Gianna posted on March 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm (#
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      Favorite movies.

    128. mary j posted on March 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#
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      Chicken soup and playing card games

    129. Nicole Larsen posted on March 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm (#
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      Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream :)

    130. heather c posted on March 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm (#
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      Drawing comic strips all day long. Good stories!

    131. Tabathia B posted on March 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm (#
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      coloring and watching tv

      tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    132. Personal Trainer Guy Putney posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm (#
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      Thanks for the tips! I have to admit that when I was a child I liked the idea of having a cold just SO I could watch Disney movies! 

    133. Andy posted on May 21, 2016 at 10:15 am (#
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      Thanks for the tips Jamielyn Nye,
      I hate flu…!