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Sending a child off to college might be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences ever for a parent. Luckily I have at least a decade before I sent my oldest off. It’s a different story though for my children’s sitter. She has a daughter who is a freshman in college.
Sending her off to college in Boston last fall was tough, but I know it was even tougher the first time her daughter called her and told her she wasn’t feeling well. It took every ounce of her being not race immediately to her school and nurse her baby back to health! It’s in a mother’s nature to take care of our kids, but at some point, we have to let go and let them take care of themselves.
So to help my sitter’s daughter survive the cold and flu season, I thought I’d send her a winter care package. What college kid doesn’t love getting a care package? It’s a fun way for them to stay connected to family and friends who care about them back at home.
My winter care package is all about being warm and cozy – like a little chicken soup for the soul. Here’s what I included:
There have been many medical studies that have shown the benefits to drinking tea. Tea is filled with powerful antioxidants that can help to boost the body’s immune defenses to fight off colds, sinus infections, and even the flu. So why not brew up a hot cup…
I picked up a few boxes of Bigelow Tea at Walmart. I opted for boxes of Green Tea; I Love Lemon, which is an herbal tea that includes a daily dose of vitamin C; and Lemon Ginger, which includes probiotics that help in aiding digestion.
Since she’d need something to brew the tea in, I included a big mug that she can heat up in a microwave. Also, to be a proper tea drinker, I packed a box of shortbread cookies that she could snack on during tea time!
To keep her warm, I found a colorful pair of fuzzy socks and a plush throw that’s perfect for snuggling up on the couch or in bed. I made sure both were machine washable for easy care.
And just in case, she does happen to catch a cold, I included a box of tissues that include lotion. The last thing you want when you have a cold is to use a tissue that will irritate your skin. Tissues with lotion including Vitamin E or aloe make them gentle and soft on your nose.
For a little fun, I included an adult coloring book, which is all the rage these days along with a pack of colored pencils. I figure she can drink her tea and color away any college stress she might have.
Lastly, I included an inspirational greeting card that the whole family signed, just to let her know we’re rooting for her and know she’s a super student!
I covered the inside of the box with some festive tissue paper and a message that not only to not only lets her know we miss her but also a little hint as to what she’ll find inside her care package. I used some more tissue paper to stuff in-between all my winter care package items, taking extra special care with the ceramic tea mug. Packing tip – I used an empty tissue box and placed the mug inside wrapped in tissue paper so it won’t get knocked around during shipping. I wrapped the tissue box with some wrapping paper to make it pretty.
Now all I have to do now is take it to the Post Office to get it sent…..I think it will be a fun care package surprise!
Now it’s your turn to share. Are you enjoying life one cup of tea at a time? Check out Bigelow Tea’s website and tell me which flavor tea you’d like to have a cup of to drink.
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