Beat the (swine) flu: 9 ways to get your kids to wash their hands

In light of the news about swine flu, Julie over at MomsToWork wrote a terrific idea filled post on 9 ways to get your kids to wash their hands. As a Mom of twin boys, she's been there and done that.    ...more

Worried About the Swine Flu? Common Sense Can Help Protect You

The swine flu is all over the news today, with good reason.  We've all heard the stories of the potential pandemic spreading quickly throughout the United States as well as the problems the flu is causing so far in Mexico.  So is there anything we can do to avoid it?  Absolutely! ...more

The dangerous overuse of antibiotics and creation of superbugs

For nearly the past month, my family and I have been battling a doozy of an upper respiratory infection, also known as a cold or the flu. It started with my daughter and quickly spread to my son and husband and finally to me all within about a week's time. The coughing, the phlegm, the runny nose, the aches, the fever, the gastrointestinal issues - we shared it all. Isn't family great?! ...more

The Flu Sucks. So Do You Get a Shot?

The CDC recently held a blogger webinar to educate us about the flu.  Before becoming a parent, I thought the flu was a stomach bug, not realizing that no, it's actually a really horrific respiratory thing that sucks, sucks, sucks.  And I've now had it, in all its glory.  And so has my daughter. I am still not so sure about flu shots.  ...more

I'm a fan of the flu shot. Always have been. And now I get it free since I work in a ...more

Papaya Helps Promote Digestive Health - It Can Also Prevent Colds & Flu

Papaya helps promote digestive health with natural enzymes. And a body with strong digestion has a stronger immunity because of its ability to remove built up waste from the body. Did you know that strong digestion increases your metabolism? It's true...And an increased metabolism can help promote weight loss. Papaya is also great for the immune system. The vitamin C and A in papaya are both needed for proper function of a healthy immune system, making it helpful in the prevention of colds and flu. ...more

At a raw food restaurant they made the papaya into a salmon steak. For real! It was good but ...more

Writing a Teleplay with the Flu

Sunday, Mach 23, 2008 Waning Moon Saturn Retrograde Sunny and cold Easter Sunday Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! May you have a family-filled day of joy and renewed hope. I’m feeling a little better. I have to get my act together because I’m invited to dinner tonight and can’t cancel. I’ll just eat, um, cautiously. ...more


Back in August, when I started to once again volunteer at the hospital, I was offered the gift of a free flu vaccine. I turned it down because I was told that the injection site would be extremely sore for several days and well, enough said, I'll pass. ...more

Snot: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Hello, world. It’s still flu season. According to the CDC, 5-20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year, with a higher percentage of that number being children. That translates into around 15-60 million people. This is my favorite description of a sick family thus far. …the children’s school holiday activities have mostly consisted of barfing, coughing, wiping snot on their pajama sleeves, tossing phlegm-soaked tissue balls into waste baskets and profuse night-sweating. Aaaaah, yeah. ...more

...but mostly, that title should earn you an award! That was hilarious!

Shannon @ Rocks In ...more

Flu Report 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008 The flu shot received last October provided hope that the infamous cold and flu season would not land anywhere close to where I was standing. That hope has now vanished, replaced with chills, a heavy chest, bouts of coughing, a fleeting earache, and of course the runny nose and headache associated with the culprit. ...more