06 February 2013

DIY Matching Game & Giveaway


Sickness is inevitable.  Especially when you live with less-than-germ-conscientious little people.  Like some of the baby dills I know (and love!)  Of course we always do our best to prevent getting sick and keeping our bodies full of goodness and health. 
 My girls all make their own school lunches.  They know they pack something with protein, a fruit and/or vegetable, and then they get to include a "snackfood" like crackers or chips and a little treat.  I like to peek in their lunches every once in a while to make sure they're eating well.  More importantly than making sure they don't take a lunch of all chips/cookies/crackers, I hope they are learning to see a correlation between having energy and feeling well to feeding their bodies with the nutrients they need.
Sometimes they'll even police each other  So, that means at least they know what they should be eating.  Along with eating well, I've mentioned before that they have a post-school routine of taking off shoes/hanging up backpacks/washing hands.  They sometimes want to take the short-cut of using hand-sanitizer, but I tell them that when there is water and soap, that is the best way to clean those little hands! Especially at school.  If there are claims that they've already washed their hands and there are suspicions that that isn't true, we ask to smell their hands.  If they hide them behind their back we know there's washing that needs to be done.
 So, we're teaching.  And hopefully they're learning.  And I think they are.  But, even those who sneeze in their sleeves, sanitize shopping carts, and put antibiotic ointment in their nostrils upon boarding a plane still get sick!  When my kids do get sick I do my best to keep it from spreading.  I don't work outside the home, so I have the luxury of keeping them home without worrying about finding someone to watch them.  During the day I try not to give them any medicine unless they are extremely uncomfortable, just so they'll listen to their bodies and get some rest.  
 But, at night, I want them to get some good sleep, and when you don't feel well, or you have symptoms that are bothersome, that doesn't happen.  I don't know how many times my kids have gotten out of bed, complaining of a stuffy nose, and that no matter how much they blow them, it still bothers them.  
Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is fast acting.  I like that.  Nobody likes to see their children suffer, and if I'm able to relieve their symptoms so they can be comfortable and get some rest, I count that as a blessing.  Then I can get some rest to take care of them during the day!  You can get a $2 off coupon here!
 Meanwhile, this little, easy matching game can make things more enjoyable.  Not only do they get to draw their own pictures, but then playing the game of their own creation is even more fun!  You can do this with older kids and give them a category (like horses for Pearl!) or you can help your younger ones learn their letters and match the letter with the picture that starts with that letter. If you want it more durable, you can coat each side with Mod Podge.
Clover simply drew some of her favorite things.  And I'm not going to take it personally that she didn't draw a picture of me, but she did draw Azure (pictured above).


The next time your little one comes down with the inevitable cold, give Children’s Mucinex a try! And go here to print a $2 off coupon!

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What activity do you do when your kids feel less than 100%? Answer for a chance to win a $100 CVS gift card! 

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142 comments:

  1. We rely on TV as a pacifier for a sick child. My kid actually ramps up her activity when she's sick -- germs are like caffeine to her system -- so TV is about the only thing that will engage her enough to settle down in one place for some rest. Since she doesn't get the opportunity to watch much otherwise, it's enough of a treat to work.

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  2. snuggle up together and watch a movie :)

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  3. My daughter likes watching Nick Jr. when she’s under the weather.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. Saline and a humidifier are a lifeline for us to make sure the kids feel better, but we certainly like a good children's medication when they absolutely need it :)! I think a good ol' fashioned book is what the kids usually gravitate towards when they're not well.

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  5. We read piles of books or do puzzles, and if all else fails we snuggle up on the couch and pop a movie in.

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  6. We usually do shared baths/shower time and it's never longer than 10 minutes, so when one of my little boys feels stuffy or achy from a cold, I let them have a 20 minute hot shower all to themselves twice a day, no soap required. So luxurious when you're 6 and under ;) Mucinex has been working great this winter for us too! I have never tried it before but so far, two colds down and loving it.

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  7. We always drink apple cinnamon tea, caffeine free of course! Then my kids usually want to do a craft. My daughter will want to do something with fabric, and my son loves any homemade themed toys. Our most recent was pom pom Angry Birds.

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  8. We snuggle & read & drink lots of fluids!

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  9. Jello. Even if they aren't puking, jello is a "sick food," and never fails to elicit smiles!

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  10. we stay home and have plenty of "feel better" (chamomile)tea!

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  11. sometimes I let them play in the bathtub, the moist air helps with sinus congestion.

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  12. My little guy has been sick nonstop since the day after Christmas. We've been running the humidifier, rubbing his feet & chest with menthol cream, washing his bedding more often, wiping his nose a lot (he hates that, of course!) and washing hands very frequently. And I took a can of Lysol & misted down everything we touch!

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  13. We have a weekly whole-house Lysoling routine, and tiny hands get washed every time we come inside or sanitized any time we get in the car. But my little one inevitably still gets sick once in a while (thanks, day care!). On sick days, she stays home with me and we watch a classic Disney movie.

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  14. Please, no antibiotics as a preventative! Not only do they not help at all against viruses of any kind, but their use should be reserved for bacterial infections on an as-needed basis. Overuse of antibiotics makes them less effective to all, because it creates conditions favourable to antibiotic-resistant bacteria!

    Best thing to do is stick to immune system boosters and stay rested and hydrated.

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  15. When my kids don't feel 100% I usually give them a new coloring book, so we can color together or play Tic Tac Toe. They always enjoy this.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  16. Love the matching game!

    My children love snuggling while watching television when they are not feeling well. Love the extra snuggle time! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  17. I save up sticker projects and we do the hidden pictures from Highlights magazines. That and lots of snuggling. :-)

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  18. We usually curl up on the couch and watch favorite cartoons.

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  19. My grandma made something like this when I was a kid for us... out of old canning lids and stickers.

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  20. Well my only one is still under 1, so we just hold him and pace the house---or crawl around and play anyways depending on the minute. :)

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  21. We cuddle on the couch and watch movies together.

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  22. Not really a specific activity, but we stay in jammies all day!

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  23. I don't have kids,but my nieces always like cuddling and watching movies.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  24. Lots of extra cuddles and nursing time. Works great - even though it's only been teething issues so far (almost one year old). She's been lucky to never even get a sniffle yet, even though I keep getting sick!

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  25. I use a humidifier a lot. Even when it isn't a tremendous help physically, it helps my baby's feelings! I'll take all the help I can get...placebo effect or not!

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  26. We love to bake cupcakes and play hide n seek under blanket tents-
    yes.4eva.r(atgmaildotcom)

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  27. Watching a special TV show seems to help!

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  28. Lots of lots of hugs and cuddles.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  29. We watch movies.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  30. We cuddle and watch TV

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  31. We always like to watch The Princess Bride - it makes almost anything better.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  32. I let my kids pack their own lunch too and give them choices but let them decide. They tend to eat it more knowing they packed it. :) Thanks for the tips and thanks Children's Mucinex for sponsoring!

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  33. My kids like laying in our bed watching a movie or cartoons when they aren't feeling well.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  34. There are several tv shows that my daughter loves and usually bring a smile to her face.

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  35. 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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  36. This last cold that blew threw our home was mild enough that my kiddos had energy but not well enough to step outside, so ... We had fun using colorful masking tape in the living room to create our very own indoor hop-scotch, and we used a home made bean bag for the "rock."

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  37. I love to snuggle! It's about the only time i can get them from my boys anymore!
    sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. when i'm with my little lady and she's not feeling well we like to play card games. Right now it's uno :)

    achristie87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. watch a movie or read books together!

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  40. we lay in bed and watch bubble guppies or fresh beat band!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  41. Pretty much just watching TV, unfortunately!

    shaylatucker at gmail dot com

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  42. Im a teen, so I don't have kids. But when I'm sick (I actually am right now), my mom takes care of me and makes me smoothies :)

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  43. A fun movie or cartoon with snacks work the wonder when under the weather.

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  44. My son likes watching Spongebob or the Fresh Beat Band to cheer him up.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  45. watching bugs bunny usually puts him in a better mood
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  46. On sick days, I let her watch cartoons, drink smoothies, and we snuggle....which makes her smile

    cgies25 at hotmail

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  47. Watching TV in bed or playing their 3DS. My oldest son likes to read on the iPad as well :) THANKS!
    ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  48. My child likes eating noodle soup and watching a Harry Potter movie when she's sick.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  49. Snuggling and watching Dora the Explorer
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Lots of snuggles! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  51. watching cartoons all day
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  52. Oh hello nobigdill February! So much giving!

    I proudly say that these boys haven't been sick that often, but I LOVE that it means he will somewhat stay still and cuddle! Seems it's not a very unique activity, but one for a chance at $100 nonetheless... ;)

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  53. chicken noodle soup

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  54. My son loves to paint :)
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  55. Snuggle up together and watch a movie or some tv while eating popsicles

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    lola_violets_2010[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  56. Reading and resting.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  57. My kids just like to stay in bed and watch their favorite cartoons or play on the ipad.

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  58. Lots of extra nursing when my little is sick.

    Chelsealexander at hotmail.com

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  59. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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  60. We play some games, give some massages, read outloud, watch old Andy Griffith shows and listen to some stories on CD. Unfortunately we have had quite a few opportunities to figure out things to do when we are sick this winter. :-( Oh well, this too will pass!

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  61. Cuddle on the couch and watch movies.

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  62. we're not as creative as you. when my kids are sick, they just rest in bed watching tv
    stigay at comcast.net

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  63. Reading together in mommy's bed is a favorite in our family.

    Cjm0014 (at) auburn (dot) edu

    :)

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  64. we read a lot of books at our house. It seems that just spending time next to her makes my daughter feel better.

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  65. I don't have kids yet but when my family is sick we sleep alot and ramp up the vitamin C :)

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  66. I don't have children but would love to be entered in the gift card giveaway if possible. Thanks!

    fbc (at) inbox.com (dot) com

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  67. If we are all sick, it's movie time, but if I feel OK I love to curl up with a big stack of books and my little sickie. Thanks!

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  68. Lots of coloring and sleeping.

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

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  70. We love movies, books and the ipad when we are sick

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

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  71. the only time my children get goldfish in their chicken soup is when they are sick and think its hilarious, they love it

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  72. 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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  73. playing video game with daddy
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  74. we read; Thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  75. love it! we play matching games with cards...also dominoes are fun! angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

    hillesha@gmail.com

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  77. Watching movies together or playing a game.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  78. buy them frozen yogurt
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  79. The "rainy day" craft box works for sick days too. When my daughter is moving a little slower than usual, we take it out.

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  80. 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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  81. We often got out a deck of cards and played War.

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  82. my son likes to take a bath or have me read to him.

    sarajwood21(at)gmail.com

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  83. Play puzzles with her, she loves it.

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  84. Movies. Laying on the couch watching all the best kid movies. :)

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  85. I watch kid's movies with them on Netflix - they love it!
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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

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  87. My grandson wants to snuggle and watch Dumbo and Sesame Street when he is sick.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  88. My little cousin and I make storybooks when she's not feeling well, matching game is a great idea, making matching game is too.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  89. My toddler only wants snuggles, watching Caillou & popsicles.

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  90. watching movies and work on easy crafts
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  91. When my kids feel less than 100%, I pamper them like king and queen.

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  92. Watching TV or listening to me read while we snuggle on the couch.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  93. My daughter loved the I Spy books
    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  94. Paper Mache is popular because it's messy.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  95. Play the game Uno Attack.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  96. We just stay in and read books, play games etc. after the fever is gone of course
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  97. reading together is the best when they are feeling less than 100%. It's a light activity and take their mind off a little.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  98. They like to have someone read to them as they drink hot chocolate and they also like to play with puzzles.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  99. My little one loves when we snuggle & I read him a book

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  100. They like to snuggle and draw with pastels
    Diane baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  101. We watch his favorite movie, Finding Nemo, while curled up in blankets with my homemade chicken noodle soup.

    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  102. coloring pretty sunshiny pictures from a book or freehand is always popular!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. DVD's, a blanket, a book and a board game. They all make my daughter smile when she is sick.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  104. They like when I break out a brand new coloring book and make a special place on the couch.

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  105. No kids. I sleep as much as possible, drink lots of water and hot herbal tea and use essential oils.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  106. we like to do word search puzzles

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  107. my nephew love to draw and color

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  108. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/318101836928253952

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  109. The activity that makes my girl smile when she's sick is watching wizard of oz. we watch it together
    asketcher2@hotmail.com

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  110. We snuggle up on the couch and he gets to pick the movies for the day.

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  111. Popcorn crafts

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  112. STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE AND MAKE THEM REST... WELL, THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO MAKE 'EM DO! kytah00@yahoo.com

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

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  114. We read new books and write stories.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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  115. I cook up a storm if I'm stuck at home with a sick kid.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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

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  117. We like to color in the coloring books!
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

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  118. We may watch a movie

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  120. If they are contagious, I visit every now and again with activities, food, drinks, etc. If not, I'll snuggle with them and read.

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

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  122. watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  123. 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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  124. coloring and watching tv

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  125. ice cream and disney movies

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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