5 Ways To Keep Kids Healthy This Winter


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Are my kids the only ones that get stir-crazy in the winter? The weather isn’t the best, they’re spending a lot of time inside, and there’s just not much you can do inside. Plus, winter is prime time for kiddos to catch the sniffles, pass colds onto each other (and their parents), and decide that wiping noses with tissues is optional. Eww. But, there are ways to keep kids healthy this winter, and they may not be ones that you’ve thought of before.

5 Ways To Keep Kids Healthy This Winter

Let Them Get Wild

The more our kiddos move around and exert energy, the better their bodies will be able to fight germs. Think about it this way: adults are told to exercise to keep our immune systems thriving, and that works for kids too. Whether you let them pay the Wii, create an obstacle course around the house, or just have a good, old-fashioned pillow fight in their room, you’re helping their little systems get a boost.

5 Ways To Keep Kids Healthy This Winter

Get the FUN Vitamins

Vitamins don’t sound exciting to kids, but if you can make it fun they’ll be all about taking them each and every day. We love to hit up CVS for the “fun” vitamins with different flavors and textures. The CVS Children’s Chewable Vitamins and CVS Health Children’s Gummy Dinos are fan favorites in our house. I’ve tried the gummy vitamins. Their fabulous. Please don’t tell my kids I ate them.

Wipe Knobs and Switches

Remember when I told you that kids think wiping their noses with tissue is optional? Well, they also think that washing their hands is optional too. Then, they touch all kinds of doorknobs and light switches. Give the kids a few rags and some small water bottles filled with cleaner, and have them wipe down the knobs and switches a few times a week. It’s a fun little chore for them, and it gets all of those germs off parts of the home that EVERYONE touches.

Open The Windows

Over the years, I’ve found that stifling winter air in our home turns everyone into crazy people. So, even though it’s super cold outside, we open the windows at least once a day. The new air takes the place of the stale, germ-filled air, and we instantly feel better. Bonus: we play a little game to see who can stand in front of the window the longest. It’s like a kids version of a torture challenge. Ha! My kids are so amazingly weird.

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Get Outside!

Even though the weather outside is frightful, we all need to get out of the house for a little bit. If you can get outside to build a snowman, do it. Need to run to the grocery store? Get everyone dressed and ready to go. Time out of the home will refresh your kids, inside and out.

Do you have any tips for keeping kids healthy this winter?


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Cookies make everything better, especially the holidays. My kids always have memories of making cookies in our home, and with my in-laws on Christmas Eve. Even my 5 year old talks ALL YEAR about our Christmas cookie fun we have in the month of December. This year, we wanted to celebrate our favorite neighbors by making a fun DIY Cookie Making Kit to drop off on their doorstep. We grabbed a few bags of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, some other fun items for our baskets, and got busy!

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Cut-out sugar cookies are a family favorite, and they are perfect for neighbor gifts. The kids always have a blast reading the instructions on the back of the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix, while we mix the ingredients together. As they’ve gotten older, it’s be so much easier to have them take care of this part. They almost know the instructions by heart!

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Their favorite part is using the cookie cutters, of course. From bells to trees and gingerbread men, they use them all.

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After we bake them, we always glaze and cover them with TONS of sprinkles. Lots. Oodles.

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Once the cookies are completely dry, we packaged them up and put them in our DIY Cookie Making Kit. We included the fun cookies we made, a giant cookie cutter, an apron, a kitchen towel and a package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. We also labeled it using these fun holiday printables that we found on the Betty Crocker website. Such a fun way to spread cheer!

Pssst…You can also print a coupon to use for your Betty Crocker Cookie Mix packets. Go get yours!

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While we didn’t write who the baskets were from, we got knocks on our door from our neighbors. They knew it was from our kiddos! The smile on their faces were so perfect. You have to do this for your neighbors, you guys. It’s the best way to #SpreadCheer this holiday.

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