18 February 2013

Comfort Food Confession & A Giveaway

When I was 14 I was in a serious car accident.  I broke my pelvis in multiple places, plus a few other bones.  I was in the hospital for two weeks until I was stable enough to be transported home.
The hospital stay was hard.  It was an hour away from home so I didn't see my siblings regularly.  My parents would come and try to include me in family life as much as they could.  We even celebrated my little sister's birthday in my hospital room.  I remember the hubbub of the party and somehow I fell asleep in the middle of it (which, if you know me, is very telling).  I remember waking up with a quiet room, aside from the beeping of machines and the chatter of nurses in the hall.
Each day I would anticipate the doctor coming in to tell me when I could go home.  Despite the excellent care I received, there's no place like home.
When we are not feeling well, all we want is comfort and the things we know and love.  Being at home, I could finally truly feel like my body could recover. I was able to be home with my family again, have friends come visit, and eat the things that brought comfort. (secret confession: one of my comfort foods is a hotdog sliced open with mashed potatoes and cheese on top--anyone else ever tried this? My family doesn't like it, so I have to eat it all by myself . Do you have a guilty comfort food?)
When each of my kids were born, I made them not just one snuggly blanket, but two, so I can swap out one that needs to be washed from all the loving it gets but my baby dill can still have the comfort of something familiar.
One of my favorite fabrics to use is the polka-dot minky.  When they come up with a striped minky, that might be my new favorite.
Something else that my kids enjoy when they're sick is a rice bag.  These are super duper easy to make, with your favorite scraps that you can't bring yourself to get rid of.  I know we all have them.  Make small ones for ear aches or bigger ones for leg or belly aches.  All you do is fill a fabric pouch with rice or whole corn (not the popping kind! and an essential oil if you like, and warm it in the microwave.  My kids love this, even when they're not sick!
Look at how little Drummer was!  Toothless and drooly, too!
Here's the link to my Triple Stitched Blanket tutorial.
And here's the tutorial for the little rice bags, probably one of my most used tutorials.  You can do it without the piping for an even easier and (quicker) project, too!  I also have more information on the filling and doing a larger size here.
When your child is in need of something more to help with the symptoms, Children's Mucinex is here to save the day! It loosens everything up, to help breathe better, feel more comfortable, and get the rest their bodies need.  Modern medicine is such a blessing. 

And I get to do another giveaway ($100 CVS giftcard)!  So? What activity makes your child smile when they are under the weather?


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159 comments:

  1. Disney princesses always cheer us up :) And I just had to let you know that Ribbon Retreat has striped minky. So soft!! http://www.theribbonretreat.com/Fabric/stripe-cuddle.aspx

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  2. I have the same jammies for my littles!

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  4. Def snuggling and reading books;) I love your blog and your adorable kids!!

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  5. I have to sing the "Mockingbird" song over and over and over :D ("Hush little baby, don't say a word, Momma's gonna bring you a mockingbird..."). It always, always cheers up my youngest. He requests it for bumps and scrapes sometimes, too LOL.

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  6. sour patch kids cures all! oh and sleeping in mommas bed:)

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  7. My kids love to be sick because I let them lay on the couch and drink apple juice and watch as much television as they want.

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  8. Last Christmas I made rice bags for all my friends: a large one for a neck, another one shorter for a different use... all of them love it. And a friend of me has a little boy (2) who LOVES band-aids, and Ikea printed band-aids were a success! My friend says that every time he is in pain (cold, a brush, anything!) a printed band-aid makes the little fellow feel much better. Every time I go to Ikea (I have one very close to my house) I buy a pack for my friend.

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  9. My kids like to color together or work on word searches or mazes when they are not feeling well.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  10. My daughter loves doing puzzles!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. Love your pictures! My daughter loves getting to watch movies or reading extra books.

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  12. When my little ones are sobbing, one thing that often helps is singing "Come Thou Fount". I don't know why...maybe because I sang it to them all the time when they were tiny babes? And when they're sick they usually ask for Mary Poppins which adds a few smiles to the rest time on the couch.

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  13. My older one just loves to snuggle with me and fall asleep under blankets on the sofa. I usually put on a favorite DVD and we'll watch together.

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  14. Having a nice bowl of hot soup with some rice in it always makes my kids feel just a little bit better....along with a nice heating pad and a warm, cuddly blanket.

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  15. Usually cuddling up on the couch, with lots of blankets and stuffed animals.
    And we call those hot dog boats, with the hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and cheese. We also like them with smoked sausages instead of hot dogs, as it gives it a better flavor.

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  16. Listening to books on tape...and snuggling with a rice pack {we call them "warmies"}!
    Whoever invented these is a genius.

    ~Michelle

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  17. Spud dogs are what we call them and every now and again they just hit the spot--especially if you have some yummy flavor of cheese to put on top. Good times.

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  18. watching his favorite cartoons

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  19. Snuggles with mama, or a good tickle.

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  20. Disney movies on the couch with some crackers. vernamichelle@hotmail.com

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  21. Lots of movies and my special "sick tray" on the couch.
    Evin5 at aol dot com

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  22. For growing pains, they love the "heat sack," and for everything else, popsicles!

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  23. My kids enjoy watching their favorite shows on netflix...laying on the couch.

    tcrowley122 at hotmail dot com

    Patricia Crowley

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  24. Lots of snuggles! :)

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  25. Snuggles and movies!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  26. Mine are old enough now that a movie in Momma's bed is the perfect cure...and it keeps them laying down all day. :)

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  27. Snuggles and extra nursing time!

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  28. Our kids get to sleep in our room! We make a cozy bed on the floor and they get to watch any movie they want.

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  29. Snuggling and reading or watching a movie always seems to work for us.

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  31. Comfort food....my greatest comfort food as a kid was grilled cheese and tomato soup...there was nothing like it on earth...and poached eggs with my dad. I don't eat eggs or dairy products anymore, but I still make grilled cheese (just not a dairy based cheese) and I've learned hoe to make tomato soup SOOOOOOO much better than the Campbell's I grew up on. Secret confession? When I am having a very awful time, I still crave the Campbell's crap above the deliciousness of the homemade.

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  32. I don't have any skin kids, but my fur kids always love it when they get their ears rubbed. I always get lots of moans and groans!

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  33. My little guy likes a mug of soup and a foot rub all while watching tv on the sofa

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  34. My little guy likes a mug of soup and a foot rub all while watching tv on the sofa

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  35. You do the best reviews! :) The hot dog mashed potato comfort food bit made me laugh and endeared you to me even more. I secretly like bologna and hot dogs. So bad! So what makes my kids smile? When I sit next to them and scratch their back and stroke their hair. I do that whether they are sick or not, but it seems to be especially appreciated and I tend to scratch a little longer when they are sick.

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  36. We like to cuddle on the couch and watch special movies together. We'll prop up a bunch of pillows and get a special "cuddle" blanket and relax.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. watching cartoons all day
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  38. When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  39. I can't seem to find what this is a giveaway for, but I assume it's as good as your others? I don't have much tricks of the trade yet with this, we've tried oils and painkillers... it seems the pacifier still just does the job at this point.

    And did you know Ben LOVES scalloped potatoes from the box. Any ol' brand'll do. I never understand it.

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  40. My son seems to really perk up when playing with Play Doh and Moon Sand! Its odd but it seems to help him feel better.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  41. frozen yogurt - I always get them their favorite flavor at the yogurt store and they love it! (and perfect for those sore throats)
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  42. My son loves painting.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  43. Making chocolate chip cookies together...keeps them distracted but happy

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  44. Movies.. my kids don't get to watch tv to often so when they are sick they love to snuggle and watch a movie and i can't complain either
    sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Reading books together

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  46. my daughter loves reading a good pop up book !:)

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  47. Lots and lots of snuggling, holding and hugging.

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  48. Watching sesame street (even my oldest!) always helps make anyone feel better!!!

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  49. Reading their favorite book with their grandmama.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  50. My little boys just want to be cuddled by me in the rocking chair. When they were really little, they loved the Get Better Bear pops (for sore throats) or pedialite popsicles..

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  51. watching cartoons, reading together and snuggling

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  52. They love coloring or watching cartoons.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  53. He likes playing Super Nintendo games when he is sick.

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  54. My kids just like to stay in bed and watch their favorite cartoons or play on the ipad.
    mom22girlz at ymail dot com

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  55. Tickles. She loves tickles, even if she feels crappy.

    Chelsealexander at hotmail.com

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  56. Soups and macaroni and cheese went over well when kids had colds. There was the domino effect since I had 5 kids in 9 years and if one got sick, the rest followed in no particular order. They also loved it when we took turns reading silly books - I read a page and then they read a page.

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  57. my kids like to climb into my bed and turn the tv on. basically spend a day without expending any energy
    stigay at comcast.net

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  58. I don't have kid, but when my siblings and I are sick we like to watch old movies and read good books :)

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  59. painting or paper crafting
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  60. Snuggling! They especially love when I bring them warm blankets from the dryer.

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  61. Coloring is always a great quiet activity when they're sick.

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  62. he's only 3 months but he loves to fly "airplane"! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  63. playing games on the ipad or watching movies

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

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  64. A big tray of beans to play with dig, put plastic snakes and frogs, little cars

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  65. When my kids don't feel good all they want to do is lie around and watch their favorite movies.

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  66. watching home videos make my children smile when they are sick

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  67. Oh Carter always loves when I read books to him when he is not feeling well! Always his favorite!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  68. playing video game with daddy
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  69. It is really hard to get my daughter to smile when she's sick. The surest thing I've found so far is to have my burly-man husband do his Minnie Mouse impersonation.

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  70. we like the rice bags, too...and popsicles.

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  71. Usually I let them choose a movie, cuddle up with them and that is all they want. Ice cream and blueberries with sugar on them are requested a lot (I know, its not the healthiest choice). What can I say, if you feel sick Ill get you what you want ;)

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  72. Reading books with me (or listening to me read)! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  73. My kids love a good movie marathon and little toys on the couch when they are sick!

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  74. fruit salads always bring a smile to their faces :) angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. Watching movies makes them feel better.

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  76. My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

    hillesha@gmail.com

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  77. They like to snuggle and watch movies.
    Thanks so much
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  78. My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  79. We like snuggling in to watch movies.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  80. I have no kids but I enjoyed puzzle books when i felt down

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  81. Reading a book keeps her happy.


    eddiem11 (at ) ca (dot) rr (dot) com

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  82. Building a "sick couch" with her blankets and pillows right in front of the TV(which is usually limited).

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  83. 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

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  84. They enjoyed crayons and coloring books.

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  85. Fun music and silly dances help cheer up my munchkins when they are feeling under the weather. :)

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  86. my son likes to take a bath


    sarajwood21(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. My son loves watching funny you tube videos when he is sick.

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  88. My daughter loves to paint and do puzzles when she's not feeling well.

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  89. The kids love my reading to them & watching movies on Netflix when they're not feeling well.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  90. My kids like watching cartoons.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot ocm

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  91. Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

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  92. When my 2 year old grandson is sick he wants to snuggle with me and watch Dumbo and Sesame Street all day.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  93. Snuggles, watching Caillou & eating popsicles.

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  94. We love snuggling and watching tv when the kids are sick.

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  95. My daughter loves to snuggle with me. She is only 17 months but when sick there is no substitute for mom. She loves to snuggle and listen to comforting music or Yo Gabba Gabba. Our comfort food is FRUIT! Watermelon, honey dew, oranges, strawberries, etc = YUMMY YUMMY in the TUMMY.

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  96. When my kids are sick I can always make them smile by cuddling with them on the couch and watching Americas funniest child videos!

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  97. playing on the ipad
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  98. Watching a funny movie, laughter always seems to work to make her feel better

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  99. DVDs make my children smile when they are under the weather.

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  100. Cute pictures! We usually put in movies since they normally don’t get to watch them. Leaving TV and movies for special times only makes it so they really enjoy watching it when the opportunity comes along.

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  101. Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/315887096965525504

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  102. watching a movie
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Prank calling the grandparents is often a big hit.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  104. The game Uno Attack.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  105. making him pudding does that

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  106. We just stay in and read books, play games etc.
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  107. baking with me in the kitchen makes my kids smile when they are under the weather. They always love to help.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  108. Cuddled up on the couch with pillows, blanket, and a movie.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  109. Cuddling with mom and drinking ginger ale. It's a special treat (the pop, not the cuddling).

    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  110. My little on smiles when we snuggle & I read him a book

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  111. They like to build a fort with the sofa pillows
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  112. We like to bake (cookies cheer everyone up!) or play card games like Goldfish.


    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  113. Watching movies and playing with dads tablet. Keeps them happy and resting


    njharmonyg at aol dot com

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  114. I can remember my mom petting my head and saying "go to sleep, kitty cat" when I was a kid. It always made me feel safe and secure when I was sick. I don't have my own kids so hope my own memory will suffice! :-D
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  115. A funny movie, some chocolate pudding and some colored pencils make my sicky girl smile every time.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  116. Snuggles and sherbet ice cream always does the trick.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

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  117. We like to make a pillow island in the living room and read books.

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  118. he loves to colors when he is sick

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  119. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/318027083278331907

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  120. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/318027083278331907

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  121. Coloring books and disney movies!

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  122. my kids love to lay on a heating pad when not feeling well

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  123. I like to shop at the dollar store for small things that make kids happy. Surprises make life fun.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  124. We make a bed on the floor with lots of blankets and pillows and watch movies or play games. Just spending the day together resting seems to help everyone feel better
    Thanks!
    candicesweeps at yahoo dot com

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  125. We like to sit with the puppies and watch movies under a blankie.

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  126. The activity that makes my girl smile when she's sick is watching wizard of oz.
    asketcher2@hotmail.com

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  127. My kids like to snuggle up and watch a movie.

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  128. My son loves his puzzles.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  129. PLAYING HOUSE, DRAWING PICTURES... THEY'RE PRETTY SELF-ENTERTAINING... & AT ALL TIMES, SICK OR NOT. kytah00@yahoo.com

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  130. She likes to eat some jello

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  131. A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  132. We enjoy making (and illustrating!) our own homemade books.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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  133. My daughter loves it if I let her snuggle on the couch and watch a TV show.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  134. coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!
    wendywynsma@gmail.com

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  135. coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!
    wendywynsma@gmail.com

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  136. crafts with construction paper
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    kacor7@hotmail.com

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  137. For my son, he just wants to cuddle with me on the couch while watching his favorite cartoon!
    pauline15_01(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  138. They love to play boardgames!
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

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  139. My daughter likes to read and watch her favorite movies in our bed when she isn't feeling well.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  140. Favorite treats, toys and movies.

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  141. I allow them to play Nintendo DS while laying on the couch. And I cater to them with fluids and snacks like applesauce.

    suziesweeps at yahoo.com

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  142. My little cousin loves her snuggle blanket too, she makes storybooks or watch tv when she's feeling sick.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  143. Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream :)

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  144. Pokemon, Anime, chatting with friends and fresh drawing paper.

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  145. I would make a "nest" on the sofa and watch our favorite movies.

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  146. watching tv

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  147. watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  148. my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  149. ice cream and disney movies

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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