Monday, February 18, 2013

Sick Day Fun!

In a previous post I shared our tips and tricks on staying healthy during the cold and flu months.  Sometimes they don't always work but you do your best and hope the kids stay healthy. 

I suppose my tips and tricks aren't working so well this year because we've had lots of opportunities to stay home from school due to all kinds of illnesses. I thought I'd share what Ainsley and I did recently when she was home with me.  I have to admit it is nice to have one on one time with the kids.  Of course I hate when they're sick but when they do stay home it's usually just one of them at a time and it's a good time to give them that attention that they don't always get.

With Valentines right around the corner I thought we could make Ainsley's valentines for her classmates.  Ainsley loves crafts and I knew this would make her feel better and cure some boredom as well.  We scrolled through my "cute kids crafts" board on pinterest and came across this:


 Seemed simple enough so Ainsley got to work.  We didn't have all the supplies at hand but we made it work.  Believe it or not (as hard as it is sometimes I've gotten much better about letting the girls do their own projects.
This kept Ainsley busy for quite a while and I think it took her mind off of feeling sick.  


They turned out very cute and all of it was done by Ainsley which makes her feel proud.  Not quite how I would have them look but it's NOT my project!  We still need to add the wiggly eyes though

Another activity that Ainsley always enjoys is baking.  Once again we scrolled through my "tempting desserts" board on pinterest and she picked out the one that looked the yummiest to her.  



 Yum!!




These are seriously so good!!!  
M&M Samoa Blondies
Recipe source: Recipe Girl
Ingredients:10 tablespoons unsalted butter1 cup packed dark brown sugar1/4 cup granulated white sugar1 large egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut1 1/4 cups mini M&M’s

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8x8-inch pan with nonstick spray and then line the bottom with parchment paper.
2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it browns and begins to smell nutty (watch it closely so it doesn’t burn). Let the butter cool for a few minutes, until just barely warm.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned butter and sugars. With a wooden spoon, stir in egg, vanilla and salt. Stir in flour, coconut and M&M’s until batter is blended.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle a few additional M&M’s on top. 

Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Let the blondies cool before turning them out onto a cutting board and slicing into squares (chilling them will make that process even easier).Side Notes:*Use chocolate chips in place of M&M’s if you’d like.
*For slightly gooey, underbaked blondies, bake for 25 minutes. For fully baked blondies, bake the entire 30 minutes.

While we waited for the cookies to be done Ainsley took it upon herself to make our neighbor, her good friend, a get well card because she was sick too.  Such a sweet girl

So with the Children's Mucinex on board which helped with her congestion and the fun activities to keep her busy, I'd say Ainsley had a fun sick day!  



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124 comments:

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

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  2. My daughter loves doing puzzles!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. My son likes watching cartoons

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  4. Lots of snuggles! :)

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  5. Watching their favorite movies and cuddling on the couch with a bunch of pillows and a special blanket that my kids use when their sick. We call the blanket the cuddle blanket.
    Thanks so much.
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  6. watching cartoons all day
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  7. When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.
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  8. We have special iPad time. I rarely let the kids watch 'tv' on the iPad but when they are sick they get to watch PBS kids and Disney Jr. They think the iPad is WAY better than the television.

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  9. Playing with Moon Sand and Play Doh seems to perk my son up when unwell

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  10. 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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  11. My daughter just likes being cuddled by mommy.
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  12. Something low-key to keep them resting...TV, reading books with us

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  13. Reading books together

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  14. my daughter loves reading a good pop up book!

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

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  16. Evan likes to eat popsicles in the bathtub. It helps bring his fever down while decreasing the stickiness on the rest of the house!

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  17. Coloring and doing puzzles with grandmama.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  18. We like to make vitamin c boost smoothies together....snuggle and read together

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  19. They love coloring or watching cartoons.
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  20. 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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  21. now that my girls are a little older if they feel up to it they like to go to sonic and get a slushie with me and head back home for movies

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  22. He enjoys playing Super Nintendo games when he is sick.

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  23. 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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  24. my kids like to rest when sick, so they watch tv or movies.
    stigay at comcast.net

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  25. painting or paper crafting
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  26. he's only 3 months but he loves to fly "airplane"! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Loves to play games such as go fish or finger paint!
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  28. movies or playing on the ipad :)

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  29. We listen to books on tape-kids are grown I'm back up babysitter for grandson and yes we still have cassette tapes and though he's 3 and watches movies on an ipad @ home he loves books on tape.

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  30. When they don't feel good, my kids like to lie around watching their favorite videos.

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  31. my kids love watching home movies when they are sick

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  32. Oh Carter always loves when I read books to him when he is not feeling well! Always his favorite!
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  33. playing video game with daddy
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  34. Reading books with me (or listening to me read)! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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  35. We go through a lot of audiobooks when our kids are sick. They're much more engaging than TV. There's lots of great sites to download them, but we use this one a lot because all the stories are original and free. Here's the link if anyone is interested. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/moral-stories-for-kids

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  36. finger painting brings a smile to their face angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. Watching movies makes them feel better.

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  38. My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

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  39. They like watching a funny movie
    Cathy Truman
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  40. 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.
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  41. We like to snuggle in on the couch and watch favorite movies.
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  42. My daughter likes to put her dollhouse at couch level and play with it while resting.

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  43. eating frozen yogurt!
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  44. I have no kids but I enjoyed puzzle books when i felt down

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  45. My daughter likes to make a bed on the couch and read a book on the Kindle.

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  46. My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

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  47. My kids enjoyed making craft projects

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  48. My son likes to play cards with me when he isn't feeling well.
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  49. my daughter loves playing board games. Depending on just how sick she is, it definitely makes her smile to have one on one time playing a game with mom. when she is really miserable, she loves to snuggle in a blanket and we read her fave books

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

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  51. Eating my home made chicken noodle sound and watching kids's movies on Netflix.
    Thank you.

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  52. The kids like to watch cartoons.
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  53. Snuggling up together & keeping the girls comfortable & entertained makes them forget their sickness and smile for a while :)

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  54. Being waited on like King and Queen makes my children smile when they are under the weather.

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  55. When my 2 year old grandson is sick I go to his house and he will lay on me all day and watch Dumbo and Sesame Street.

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  56. Watching his favorite shows and laying on the couch all day.
    lisae819 at yahoo dot com

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  57. My son loves snuggling while watching Caillou & eating popsicles.

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  58. Cuddling with mommy is the best medicine around here. That and unlimited screen time.

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  59. My little one loves when I crawl into bed with them and read them a story so they can fall asleep. I have to admit I love it too.

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

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  62. Watching a funny movie while snuggled up on the couch. Laughter makes everything better

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  63. laying on the couch watching movies

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  64. 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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  65. My boys just watch tv and lay on the couch. Maybe play with Legos.
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  66. watching a movie
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  67. Grandma and grandpa charades always makes us laugh.

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  68. The game Uno Attack.
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  69. chocolate and elmo
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  70. We just stay in and read books, play games etc.
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  71. Reading together makes my kids smile when they are under the weather. It a light activity that they can enjoy at home. :)

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  72. My granddaughter likes to snuggle on the couch with blankets and pillows and watch a movie.
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  73. They like to have someone read to them and have some hot chocolate or root beer or play with some games like puzzles.

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  74. Sick days mean days spent with mom cuddling. I get nothing done but my daughter will always remember getting babied by mom.

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  75. Sitting on the couch under blankets and watching a funny movie.

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  76. Reading and watching televison

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  77. making paper crafts make her smile

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  78. The m&m blondies look yummy, my little cousin would like them, when she's sick she likes to make storybooks or watch tv.
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  79. We snuggle up with all our fave reading books
    Diane Baum
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  80. We like to read a book or put a puzzle together!
    rawrms at gmail dot com

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

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  82. When I was a kid, my mom would always stop by this local deli on her way home from work and bring me their homemade mac n cheese. It was always a highlight of being sick! LOL
    Angie
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  83. When my daughter is sick we pull out her favorite movies and snuggle on the couch. She likes to drink tea and eat homemade biscuits.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
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  84. usually one of the fav movies does it - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  85. The kids love it when I make chicken noodle soup and watch Netflix with them.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  86. Their favorite activity is to read a book to the dog and cat.

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  87. my nephew loves to play board games

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  88. I like to shop at the dollar store for small things that make kids happy. Surprises make life fun.
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  89. 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!

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  90. The activity that makes my girl smile when she's sick is watching wizard of oz.
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  91. My kids like to snuggle up and watch movies when they are sick.

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  92. My son works on his puzzles when he's sick.

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  93. GETTING TO WATCH MOVIES ALL DAY! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  94. She likes to lay on the couch and watch tv

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  95. A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup.

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  96. We enjoy writing and illustrating handmade books when under the weather.
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  97. Lots of chicken soup and tv in bed.

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  98. I like to snuggle up on the couch with a good book or my laptop.
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  99. coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!
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  100. bust out the jigsaw puzzles
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  101. For my son, he just wants to cuddle with me on the couch while watching his favorite cartoon!
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  102. We like to color and watch tv!
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  103. My daughter likes to read and watch her favorite movies.

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  104. My kids like to watch movies and eat popsicles.
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  105. Favorite treats, toys and movies.

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  106. My 7 year old likes to do crafts. I pull out glue, glitter, pom poms, and the like to get creative.

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  107. Drawing pictures in bed while listening to Japanese anime music!

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  108. The buddies movies (snow,air,space, etc. )

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

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  110. watching tv

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  111. watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

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  112. my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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  113. My 9 year old loves to lay in bed and listen to music wilcarvic
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  114. ice cream and disney movies

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