Do you have a friend who is struggling through health problems or the flu while raising young children on her own? These get well gift basket ideas, packed in a useful plastic bin, are design to support, comfort, and ease solo moms who may not feel their best.
I married a submariner. It’s a hard and lonely life, even for a military brat turned military spouse. After the Hubs got out of the Navy I figured things would be easier going–which they were until he decided to become a contractor. For over four years, until just a few months ago, I was a geographically solo mom for 95% of the year. Four years with toddlers that became preschoolers that became school agers. I spent three of those years working full time in the corporate world.
Life was hard. It got a little harder when Pea’s Juvenile Arthritis flared for half of the year. When one child got sick, I knew the other would follow a few days later. I stayed on my toes fighting all those daycare germs. That’s how I became skilled at sick kid hacks. I had no choice.
But that wasn’t the worst.
The worst was when I got sick. With the exception of my miscarriage, which I went through while my husband was away, I have only been knocked down with a virus twice in those years.
Without my Dad, sister, and closest friends dropping stuff off on my doorstep, I don’t know how I would have made it through.
I know I normally write about ways to make caring for sick children easier but when the kids get sick…mom eventually gets sick too.
Do you know a military spouse, single mom, or someone whose husband is often away? Have you ever wondered how you could help her through some rough patches?
Make her a Get Well Kit when she is sick
This is a list of what I would have loved to have dropped off on my doorstep when I was unexpectedly sick with young children.
A plastic storage bin instead of a pretty basket is perfect for a get well kit because it could be used well after the illness has passed.
Get Well Gift Ideas For Sick Moms
Sambucus Gummies – These gummies are made of elderberry, which is known to have antiviral properties. One year, when the flu season was particularly hard, I told everyone I knew to buy a bottle.
Orange Juice – because Vitamin C is good.
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Ginger Ale – because Vitamin C tastes better mixed with something fizzy that calms digestion.
Jello – because it’s easy to eatBox of tissue
Apple Sauce – easy way to re-introduce solids to your diet following a stomach bug
Instant Noodle Soup Packets – quick for a solo mom to make for herself.
This easy DIY tutorial is for VICKS inspired shower melts.
Godiva – because chocolate is integral to feeling better, at least for me it is!
Saline Soothers – these unscented wipes are infused with Natural Saline Vitamin E, Aloe and Chamomile to soothe and moisturize. Constant nose blowing during allergy bouts or when suffering from a cold can leave you with red, chapped sore nostrils. These alcohol free and hypoallergenic wipes are a great solution.
Gorgeous DIY Natural Gel Air Freshener made with essential oils that aid in breathing easier.
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When I am too sick to get out of bed with no other adults around to help me, I tend to order food for the kids and then go without unless my pantry is stocked with the easy stuff. Since my diet is mostly unprocessed meats, fruits, and veggies I often don’t have easy to prepare food at home.
What would you put in your get well kit?
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