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Fall season is upon us, and that means sick days. Homeschooling through sick days can be a real challenge. I want to tell you how we survive our sick days. Plus, I have our favorite Banana Berry Smoothie recipe to share with you because it is a sick day (and every other day) favorite.
Sometimes the kids are sick and sometimes Mom, the teacher is sick. That’s when things are harder. But I am glad my kids are understanding and respectful of me when I get sick, too. Sick days for me take a strong dose of daytime cold medicine from Albertsons for the upcoming flu season. I stocked up on some Signature Care™ cold medicine from Albertsons (in Utah) for the upcoming flu season because it is a great store in a convenient location!
The Signature Care line, which is exclusive to Albertsons Companies stores (including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Carrs/Safeway) is made with the same safe and effective ingredients as national name brands, but is available at a more affordable price.
I love that these products use the same manufacturing standards but provide a better value, as well as a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
When I am sick, the kids can do their independent work, then I usually put on an educational documentary or show for them to fill the rest of their learning time. I also have my bigger kids help my younger kids with their work on these days. I am most often present and on the couch to guide them, but there is a lot less of our regular read-aloud time and no hands-on fun happening from my end!
When the kids are sick, it is usually one at a time staggered through the week, right?! The sick child gets to stay in bed and read or watch a learning show. I don’t make them do any school work on a sick day. But, they have been known to fake it, just like any other kids. I can usually tell, and will give them a light school load on those days. When a child is faking their sickness, it is usually a result of high stress, so they may just need a break! I can relate to those days.
There are a few sick-day favorites around here. Sick days call for healthy comfort foods. A big pot of soup on the stove, a cup of herbal tea with honey or a nutrient-dense banana berry smoothie! A loaf of fresh bread always seems to cheer people up, too!
On sick days we love that we can get comfy on the couch in our PJ’s. We are glad that there are no outside responsibilities we are missing, since we are lucky to homeschool! We have a pull-out couch in our school room, so sometimes that is pulled out on our sick days and we can cuddle up and have quiet reading time.
Following is the recipe for our favorite sick day banana berry smoothie. It is delicious and so full of goodness!
Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe
There is not much better on a sore throat than a cold nutrient-dense smoothie. I like to jam pack our family’s smoothies with lots of immune boosting foods. Here is one of our all time favorite combinations. Grab some O Organics frozen berries and almond milk from Albertson’s to make this delicious smoothie.
1 1/2 c. O Organics Plain or Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Ripe Banana
2 c. O Organics Frozen Mixed Berries
2 Tbsp Raw Honey
1 big Handful of Fresh Spinach
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Add all to the blender with the milk first and the berries last. This helps it to blend more quickly and easily.
I also like to pair the Albertsons’ O Organics line with Signature Care™ cold products to help keep my family healthy throughout cold and flu season.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons.