Giveaway: The cold and flu package.

th-1I’ve heard a bunch of hacking and coughing lately, and I bet Alaska isn’t the only state thus afflicted. With so much time spent indoors, you’re likely to run into some kind of rhinovirus or other virulent cootie just lookin’ for a home.

Once it hits, having to pay $7 for a bottle of cough syrup adds fiscal insult to physical injury. I think that’s why these cold-and-flu giveaways are so popular: Nobody wants to shell out $20 or more for analgesics and expectorants.

This time around the package features:

Advil Congestion Relief. It’s a non-drowsy version, in case you really can’t take time off from work, and it’s a one-pill dose so you don’t have to remember to take it throughout the day.

Tissues. With all the suffering in the world it’s a little embarrassing to complain  about a chapped honker. But after a couple of days of nonstop blowing our noses really do get sore. That’s why I’m including a box of Kleenex Lotion Aloe & E Tissues.

Lip balm. When I’m sick my lips get really dry and I can never seem to find a Burt’s Bees or a Chapstick anywhere in the house. To maintain my frugal street cred, this particular  model is the Walgreens store brand.

Teabags. A hot cup of tea is soothing and the steam can help decongest you somewhat. This little sampler has gingseng, Constant Comment, and three from Tazo: Wild Sweet Orange, China Green Tips and Awake English Breakfast.

Chicken soup. You know why. Just the sight of that familiar red-and-white Campbell’s label might make you feel better.

KAKM mug. For your tea or your soup and courtesy of my friend Linda B., she of the wearable Alaskan art. She’s supported public television for so long that she has a nice big collection of unused mugs.

Something to read. If you’re lucky enough to have sick days, or if you go to bed right after supper but can’t sleep, immerse yourself in Michael Crichton’s “The Lost World,” a sequel to “Jurassic Park.”

Robitussin Maximum Strength Nighttime Cough. A dose of this stuff might let you sleep almost a whole night, and we all know how important sleep is when you’re sick. (Comedian Chris Rock swears his parents tried to fix everything with Robitussin – a comedy bit that wound up on his TV show, “Everybody Hates Chris.”)

Here’s hoping you don’t need this giveaway. But I strongly suggest you enter anyhow, if for no other reason than to be able to White-Knight a sick friend. Karma points are nice things to have.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline to enter is 7 p.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 4. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 10 p.m. PST Wednesday, Feb. 5, I’ll pick a new winner.

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner who lives outside the United States will be given an Amazon gift card and the package will go up for grabs again next week.

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  1. Barbara A

    Thanks Donna!

  2. I could use this

  3. Subscribe via email

  4. Like on Facebook

  5. Follow on Twitter

  6. Already had the 3 week-long cold and hope I don’t get another but you never know, especially with other family members. I could always help someone else out with the cold products. Great timely idea.

  7. Ro in San Diego

    I subscribe by email & I am surrounded by coughing, hacking people at work

  8. This entry is the online equivalent of “knocking on wood”. Once I was aware of this giveaway I had to enter, otherwise I would certainly pick up one of those icky viruses or germs that so far this winter I have managed to avoid. . . (KOW)

  9. Ro in San Diego

    I subscribe by Facebook too and would love to win so I can give this package to one of the hacking, coughing people at work!

  10. Like on Facebook too and am also surrounded by hacking snorting snuffly co-workers.

  11. Lynda Leads

    Boy do I need this

  12. Great giveaway!

  13. I follow you on facebook.

  14. I follow on Twitter.

  15. Alexandru Rusu

    Thanks for this giveaway.Flu is bad!

  16. Alexandru Rusu

    Subscribed to email

  17. Alexandru Rusu

    Liked on Facebook:Allexinno Alexys

  18. maryegankirk

    great package ~~ my co-workers and I have been struggling with a cold/flu(?) that hits a first time and comes back again and again ~~ hope I can win this!

  19. We will eventually need these items at our house.

  20. I follow your site on Facebook.

  21. Already enrolled with email.

  22. We’ve had so much flu here, that it would come in handy. (I wouldn’t mind the gift card, either!)

  23. I subscribe via e-mail.

  24. and yes, I follow you via Facebook, as well.

  25. Great giveaway! Perfect time of year for this too!

  26. I subscribe via email

  27. I follow on twitter and Facebook

  28. I’m in — thank you for the giveaway

  29. Follow you via email

  30. Thanks for the chance!

  31. email subscriber

  32. I follow on facebook

  33. Would love this. Thanks.

  34. E mail subscriber.

  35. I follow on Facebook.

  36. Veronica A.

    Sad to say, this giveaway would be appreciated!

  37. Veronica A.

    I subscribe via email.

  38. Veronica A.

    I also follow on FB.

  39. Email follower

  40. And Facebook, yeah for this giveaway! Never know when the germs will strike

  41. Very appropriate giveaway. Thanks Donna.

  42. Facebook too.

  43. I start a new job tomorrow – yay!, and usually get sick just after starting a new job, so this might really come in handy! Thanks Donna!

  44. Caroline Kipps

    This is so sad it’s funny. My eldest son has been coughing for a month, with a stint of pneumonia in there. Then my second son began hacking. My husband began coughing today. I am totally surrounded now, except that my dogs and cats appear to be fine.

  45. Zelda Lee Hoover

    Oh yeah: something everyone could use.

  46. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  47. conee corning banks

    follow u on facebook

  48. Tracy Stone

    It’s so nice of you to put this all together in one package.

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  51. Cathy in NJ

    Always good to be prepared and the PBS mug sounds interesting:)

  52. lisa m. jones (@TexanChef43)

    just added you on twitter

  53. i follow u on facebook

  54. i just really need all this stuff. i am so mad i got sick. i was living in a place where my apt was drafty and the upstairs neighbors were the drama queens (a gay male couple who loved to argue at all hours) so i think the combination of all that made for a negative environment plus the factor of attending a difficult, challenging class schedule. (i’m in culinary school so each class was 6 hours long with 2 hrs homework each night)

    so i just need a break. i need some good healing items…thanks for your site and the positive things you do and share with your readers. take care.

  55. Perfect timing. I just came down with bronchitis after a mild cold. Hope I win the cold pa kage. With a toddler I’m guessing this won’t be the last.

  56. I follow via email

  57. Wonderful giveaway for this winter.

  58. We are all sick. We need this. But if we don’t win at least reading your posts will make us smile.

  59. Stephanie Phelps

    Boy I could really use this right now I am sick and cannot rest!

  60. Stephanie Phelps

    I subscribe to your emails

  61. it’s never fun to be sick, but at least we can be prepared — thank you!

  62. I get your emails

  63. I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  64. enjoythejourney

    I woke up this morning feeling that early beginning stage of feeling really lousy. Now I’m in the crappy moaning, whining stage of hitting that weird “uhh…” sound and stretching it for about 40 seconds. Fortunately, I’m alone in the house right now. Not so enjoying the journey at the moment.

  65. I would really appreciate this!

  66. People at work have been getting colds. This would help a lot.

  67. I subscribe via email.

  68. Just used up all my head cold supplies! I could use this!

  69. what a great giveaway would love to win it

  70. email subscriber

  71. follow u on twitter-lmurley2000

  72. like u on facebook-lmurley2000


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