Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kleenex and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate: Essentials for Cold and Flu Season

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex 
but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget

It's that time of year again, when Kleenex brand tissues become a staple around our home.
I grew up with Kleenex as the only facial tissue that my mom trusted and I am
proud to say that I have continued that tradition with my own children.
Both of my children suffer from seasonal allergy induced asthma and during this
cold and flu season it can get especially dicey around here with runny noses and coughs galore.
That's why I have a box of Kleenex in every room and at easy reach for the kids to use
and help contain the germs in the thick, soft layers of tissue.

Right now Target has adorable holiday themed boxes of Kleenex, which fit in nicely
with all of my Christmas decorations. We had to buy the four-pack because I wanted
the green & red box and Isabella wanted the ice blue "Elsa" box .
Target even has a $1 off coupon for Kleenex 4 packs or larger.

 Something I love to do for my kids when they are sick during cold and flu season,
is make them my special Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I started off just making this
fun hot cocoa concoction for myself because I love caramel, but once the kids tasted
it, they had to have some for themselves!

 I mix my hot cocoa in my Cocoa Latte machine - which I adore!
The key to a really creamy and delicious cup of hot chocolate is MILK!!!!
I know most of the directions will say to use hot water, but I highly recommend using MILK!
It has changed the the lives of all I have come in contact with, so trust me.
As the hot chocolate mixes in my Cocoa Latte machine
I drizzle in 2-3 tablespoons of caramel syrup.
 Then, I top it with whip cream, drizzle with caramel syrup and sprinkle
some coarse sea salt on top - YUMMY!

A box of Kleenex, a cup of my special salted caramel hot chocolate, a cozy blanket,
and a fun game is all it takes to help create a warm spot for my kids to
snuggle up in and pass a sick day at home.
Even my little Isabella recognizes when a facial tissue isn't Kleenex.
She'll say, "This one isn't the "K" ones like your name. They are scratchy!"
And I totally agree! If it doesn't say Kleenex, keep it away from our noses!
With allergies, asthma, colds and flu around these parts, we have to be choosey
and only use Kleenex so that our noses stay healthy.

So if the cold and flu season rears it's ugly head at your house, be sure
to use Kleenex and whip up some salted caramel hot chocolate to help everyone
stay comfortable and cozy!



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