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My Cold and Flu Survival Kit

flu survival kit blog

 

These are the things I always like to have at home just in case the dreaded flu strikes.

Flu season – that time of the year when we just know that the bugs are circulating.  Kids go back to school, a colleague starts sniffing and the air conditioning does the rest.  Sometimes it is just a sniffle but then again it could be full-blown flu.  Aches and pains and a seriously red nose.

There isn’t a quick fix for colds and flu, but there are a few things that I think are essential for getting through a dose.

  1. Good quality tissues – the ones that have balsam in them. It really does make a difference.  My advice is to have a stash of a few boxes hidden away just in case.
  2. Honey and lemon. Good local honey has all sorts of healing properties as does lemon.  I make up a drink of lemon, honey and hot water and keep it beside me.  It is antibacterial and really is very soothing and helps sooth a cough.
  3. Orange juice. I crave orange juice when I am sick.  It is like a glass of sunshine.  I am sure that the Vitamin C helps to heal and ward off further bugs, and the sugar gives you a bit of energy to get a few things done.
  4. A good book – you need to rest when you are sick. Rest really does help healing so give into an early night and go to bed with a good book.  You deserve it. I am currently reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington on my Kindle.
  5. Essentials oils. I love my essential oils and they are great when you struggling to breath.  My go to oils are eucalyptus, and peppermint.  I add a couple of drops to water in a burner and keep it beside me.  When my son was young I would dab a few drops on his pyjamas and send him off to bed breathing easier.  A drop of lavender will also help sleep.
  6. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. This is seriously magic stuff.  It fixes all sorts of things but can also go a long way towards preventing a red chapped nose – so often the side effect of a head cold.
  7. Your choice of decongenstant – my current favourite is Uniflu which works for me and doesn’t conflict with other medications I take. I have no medical qualifications but I do think that dealing with the symptoms helps.
  8. And finally tea. Honestly I always have tea in the house as I am addicted, but when I am blocked up I tend to reach for herbal infusions or my new favourite Solaris green tea chai.

Finally my advice is to be kind to yourself.  Taking time to rest and recharge is what your body is asking for.  Rest while you can.  Treat yourself to the chocolate biscuit with your tea. Say thank you for the TLC and get well soon.

 

Thanks for reading x

Kerry

 

 

Planning a party from your sofa

There is always time for tea and cakeI love a good party.  I love bringing people together over good food and drink (not necessarily alcoholic) for fun times.  Spending time with friends and family is so very special.  I also enjoy the idea of inviting random people who have come into my life, and made it better.  Seeing people meet and make connections just makes a party pop!

Well, I have a reason for another party – I am having a housewarming for my new home. As I started to plan and prepare for the party it occurred to me that I do most of my planning online using social media and apps.

This is how I do it …

I start with a little Pinterest and YouTube browsing ideas for a theme.  Sometimes it is a piece of music and an item of food that has me thinking.

I just love vintage music – so let us put a bit of Louis Armstrong on in the background on YouTube, and then hit Pinterest for some foody ideas. Time to unpack my gorgeous tea cups!

Tea parties are really my thing.  A good cup of tea and a perfect cake cannot be beaten. I have recently connected with a fabulous tea company based in Galway.  Solaris Tea have simply the most marvelous teas including one I call celebration tea.  I am including a video clip because I am not sure I can describe it as well.  A clear tea pot is a must and as the hot water is added the pot of tea becomes an exquisite flower.

I am very excited to say that I contacted.Solaris tea on twitter and will be having this fabulous range of tea at my party!!  I met up with Catriona from Solaris at an ITWBN blogging event and she urged me to try the Chai Green tea. I am not a green tea lady, but to be polite I said I would try it.  After drinking 3 cups I had to buy it.  The tea is beautifully made and combines whole leaf tea with delicate citrus and spice.

I do love spending an hour (or two or three) in Pinterest, It is my first stop when planning a party menu.  I was so inspired that I had to create board with tea party ideas,   I am thinking tiny tea sandwiches and perhaps a pink and white dessert buffet?

A trip to Spotify sorts the music – some big band blues I think.

Now for the invites.  Let’s head over to Facebook, where I can send off some invites and catch up with some friends who live to far away. Perhaps I might have to have a little party over in South Africa when I visit…

The party is next week, so best I had over to my lists.  Lots of recipes and party posts coming soon.

Thanks for reading

Kerry x

 

 

 

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