Sick Day Essentials And The Best Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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Raise your hand if you’ve been sick already this year ✋ I’ve been sick a handful of times myself and winter isn’t even halfway over yet! As a mom, being sick is the worst because we don’t really get sick days between caring for our kids, working, running errands and taking care of our homes. Today I wanted to share some sick day essentials as well as a family recipe for baked macaroni and cheese that is absolutely fabulous (especially if you love cheese as much as I do).

Whether you are just shopping for sick day essentials to keep at home or creating a super thoughtful gift basket for a sick friend, these are things I always keep stocked up on:

OTC Medicines

Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets and TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Warming Honey Lemon are two medicines I count on when I’m feeling under the weather. The Theraflu provides powerful relief without a prescription and helps defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast. Tylenol, the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand, helps stop my painful coughing, congestion and sore throat.

Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle Soup

Campbell’s® soups warm me up when I need it most. These soups have been a staple in my family’s pantry since I was little and I love that they have no artificial colors or flavors. From their chicken noodle soup to their tomato soup (paired with grilled cheese of course!) we love them all. The soup now comes in a value 4-pack so it’s easy to stock up on it!

Original Premium Saltine Crackers*

When I have a stomach flu saltine crackers are a must and Nabisco PREMIUM is the #1 saltine cracker. They are often one of the few things that I can hold down when I’m feeling nauseous. I also love to have them anytime I’m eating soup!

Lipton Bedtime Bliss Herbal Supplement

Lipton’s new wellness range of herbal supplements are boosted with botanicals and carefully blended with essential oils that are known for their wellness benefits. The Bedtime Bliss one, with chamomile, mint and orange peels, contains no caffeine so it’s the perfect thing to have in the evenings before bed.

Tissues

A box of soft tissues are always next to me when I have a runny nose or a cough.

Hand Sanitizer

When I’m sick the last thing I want to do is spread my germs so I use hand sanitizer to keep the germs at bay.

Baked macaroni and cheese

Another thing I must have when I’m sick? Easy meals that don’t take much prep! Though soup is my typical go-to meal when I’m sick, because I always feel better after a bowl of it, there is just something about making a recipe that reminds me of my childhood that cheers me up and brightens up my day when I’m not feeling well. One of my favorite family recipes is baked macaroni and cheese made with cheese curds and stewed tomatoes. It’s a recipe my grandma made when I was younger and that my mom still makes. I follow the recipe they use but we’ve changed it up a bit with the addition of ricotta cheese to go along with the cheese curds. This macaroni and cheese is the cheesiest mac and cheese you’ll ever eat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Of Elbow Macaroni
  • 18 oz. White Cheese Curds
  • 14 oz. Can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Cook elbow macaroni according to the box’s instructions and then let cool. In a large greased casserole dish combine all ingredients and bake (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

And when it comes out of the oven…. so much gooey cheese!

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What do you consider sick day essentials?

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Sick Day Basket For Kids

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

Getting sick during the winter months is pretty inevitable. Our children especially, stuck in crowded schools with lots of germs, are more likely to get sick during these months than during other months when they spend more time outside. I’ve come to recognize the signs of sickness in my kids and can tell a sick call of “moooommmmmy” from an ordinary request for my presence.

Working from home, I am blessed to not have to make other arrangements on sick days however that also means that my kid’s sick days are pretty ordinary work days for me (with the added responsibilities of taking care of a sick child of course). This year I’ve created a “sick day basket” so I’m ready for any sicknesses that the season brings! I included some essentials along with fun activities to keep my kids busy while I try to get my work done.

Here are the things that are in my sick day basket:

BeKOOOL fever reducing pads- These are amazing! If you are sick of using ice packs that drip or are uncomfortably cold to the touch you need these. BeKOOOL soft gel sheets (featuring your child’s favorite Disney characters) provide immediate cooling relief from fever discomfort. Not only that, but they stick to your child’s forehead so they can get up and move around while the BeKOOOL sheet works for up to 8 hours! The sheets aren’t medicated so they are safe to use with over the counter meds or medication your child’s doctor may have prescribed.

Tissues or Boogie Wipes- If your child has a runny nose you are going to want to make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand. We like to use Boogie Wipes, which are saline wipes made especially for kid’s sensitive noses.

Medicine- Make sure to ask your child’s doctor what type of medicine your child should take and what dosage is right for their age and size. We’ve also found lollipops that soothe the throat which the boys prefer over the taste of cough syrup.

Snacks- The type of snacks you feed your child depends on what they are sick with. If our kids have an upset stomach we stick to light foods like applesauce and crackers. If they are sick with a cold we will often buy a special treat snack to make them feel better.

Thermometer- I just recently got the Kinsa smart thermometer and I’m loving it. Gone are the days where I struggle to hold my kids down to take an accurate temperature because the Kinsa thermometer gets an accurate reading in just one second! This thermometer is great because it has a free smartphone app that not only tracks temperatures taken, but when medications are given and symptoms my kids have. Now when I take my sick kid to the doctor I don’t have to remember every little thing because I have an app to refer to and can answer their questions easily!

Crayons and a coloring book- These two things can keep kids busy for long periods of time. I have a special large pack of crayons in our sick day basket. There’s nothing like a brand new box of crayons :)

Small building set- As kids get older they need more detailed projects to keep their attention. My boys enjoy building LEGO sets so I make sure to keep a small one in the basket. I also like to add other small sets that they usually don’t get to do, like this 3D motokit that is easy to assemble and turns into a toy they can then play with.

Books- Though we have bookshelves full of books, I always like to add a couple new books into the basket. Books on CD are also great because if kids aren’t feeling up to reading they can still enjoy listening to the book.

Bubble bath- As the boys get older they take more showers than baths but, since I know they enjoy baths more, I include bubble bath so they can take a relaxing bath instead of a shower on days they aren’t feeling well.

Game- A card game or board game is a nice way to connect during the day. We have family game night weekly but sick day games mean one on one time with mommy. Here’s a list of some of our favorite games.

Other ideas include mini puzzles, fuzzy socks, stuffed animals, play dough, small craft kits, and a blanket. What would you add to your child’s “sick day” basket?