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Getting Ready for Winter + Giveaway

The temperature has dropped which can only mean one thing, winter is on its way! Cue sore throats, sniffles, dry skin and the flu that will knock you around for weeks.

Getting ready for winter before it actually hits can help you prevent some of these side effects and prepare you for the flu season ahead. Here are some great ideas and products that will help!

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Ways to prepare for winter

Whether you love winter or loathe it, there’s no escaping it so pull out your winter attire and get ready! Here are some things I’ve stocked up on so I’m ready when it comes.

  • Pawpaw ointment – I tend to forget this until one of the kids comes home from school with windburn. It is essential in our house. The boys tend to get windburn lips and my daughters’ cheeks always dry out really bad. And as I get older, I’m finding strange places like my elbows are drying out. So pawpaw ointment is our go-to.

Check out: Dr. PAWPAW – $7. They have original and tinted pawpaw balm.

Dr. pawpaw ointment balm trio next to indoor plant

  • Vicks Vaporub / Euky Bearub – We have a stash of each of these so we have all bases covered (adults and kids). This is an age-old product that most families have used at one point in time or another. The decongestant and soothing effect can help relieve a blocked nose.

Check out: Vicks Vaporub $12 and Euky Bearub $10.

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  • Tea – Winter is the only time I drink tea. I find a warm cup of tea helps to soothe my throat when I’m sick. Any tea, even the cheap Bushells Blue Label one is good.

Check out: the tea and coffee aisle at your local supermarket. Approx. $3.

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  • Hot water bottle – I love my hot water bottle but the new electric hot pack I got is so much better! It takes approx. 10 minutes to heat up (auto thermal cut-out) and lasts between 2-3 hours when it’s cold (longer in warmer environments). I am not a person who likes the cold at all so I use this to warm up my bed before I get in at night time. It’s also good for aches and pains when you have the flu or period pain.

Check out: HOTPOD $40 (Chemist Warehouse)

  • Thermometer – When you have kids a thermometer is an essential item. We have had the Oricom Non-Contact digital Thermometer for about three years now and cannot recommend it enough! You can check your child’s temperature without waking or disturbing them.

Check out: Oricom Non-Contact Thermometer $80

Greenscape organic hand cream next to indoor plant

  • Moisturiser – For similar reasons to the pawpaw ointment, winter dries out the skin so much. Parents will always make sure their child’s skin is cared for but will often forget about themselves. I use Mustela on the kids (and myself) but I always overlook moisturising my hands.

Check out: Mustela from $10 and Greenscape Organic Rose and Geranium Hand Cream $15

  • Soup – Get your pot and slow cooker ready for some good hearty soups. There is nothing better in winter than a bowl of hot soup. Chicken noodle or pumpkin soup are always our first picks.
  • Tissues – Let’s be honest, you can never have enough tissues when winter is on its way! If they are on sale, buy them.

There are so many great products that will help you get through winter, these are just some of my favourites. And because I love them so much, I have put together a little giveaway to help another family take the stress out of getting ready for winter.

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Prize includes: 1x HOTPOD Electric Hot Pack (RRP $39.95), 1x Greenscape Organic Rose & Geranium Hand Cream (RRP $14.95), Dr. PAWPAW balm (RRP $22.85) TOTAL PRIZE: $77.75.

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  1. julie morton
    11/05/2018 / 6:06 am

    lots of moisture to prevent skin from getting dry and drinking alot of water to stay hydrated from the inside out

  2. Jennalee
    11/05/2018 / 6:11 am

    I drink lots of green tea in winter. It warms me up and keeps my skin glowing and body hydrated.

  3. Samara McRae
    11/05/2018 / 11:30 am

    I use a facial oil at night to keep my skin extra hydrated, lather up my lips with lip balm, moisturise my hands and feet just before lights out so the moisturiser has time to soak in overnight.

  4. Ryan H
    11/05/2018 / 11:31 am

    Drinking at least two litres of water a day and moisturise after a shower.

  5. Jen
    11/05/2018 / 11:31 am

    Paw paw ointment or a good quality lip balm to prevent wind burn on your lips, and trying not to have the shower too hot or sitting on top of heaters to much as it will dry your skin out!

  6. Stacey Banks
    11/05/2018 / 11:35 am

    Drink lots of water! Also I always moisturise in the morning and at night time after my shower

  7. Ann S
    11/05/2018 / 11:37 am

    I always try to start taking Vitamins before winter for them to kick in and drinking water to keep hydrated helps my skin as well as twice applying moisturiser (Day and night )

  8. Lara Haynes
    11/05/2018 / 11:41 am

    Moisturise as my skin gets very dry

  9. 11/05/2018 / 11:42 am

    Lots of water a good moisturiser!

  10. Cassy26
    11/05/2018 / 11:46 am

    Even though it’s cold I try and make sure my showers/bath aren’t too hot as that dries out my skin and i use lots of coconut oil as a moisturizer afterwards. I also drink lots of green tea to stay hydrated because I find I don’t drink as much water when it’s cold.

  11. 11/05/2018 / 11:49 am

    I think keeping the body nourished is important, I also believe doing regular salt water gargles and keeping hands clean and away from the face, helps prevent viruses during winter!

  12. Tracy
    11/05/2018 / 11:49 am

    1. Drink water
    2. Moisturise
    3. Vapourise-add moisture to the dry air of your home.

  13. Jane Whelan
    11/05/2018 / 12:16 pm

    Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin especially in Winter.

  14. Viny Vabriany
    11/05/2018 / 12:18 pm

    Drink plenty of water and fruits and veges especially packed with vitamin C, good for immune! Exercise! Use lukewarm water when shower/bath and moisturise!

  15. Nicole Williams
    11/05/2018 / 12:21 pm

    Keep up the water intake even though it’s chilly and moisturise twice daily to keep your skin from getting dry.

  16. Ben
    11/05/2018 / 12:21 pm

    Moisturising is a must in winter dry cracked skin can be a real pain, especially when your rugged up majority of the time.

  17. Antonietta
    11/05/2018 / 12:25 pm

    It’s always good for your skin to be hydrated during the winter as the heating dries out the skin, but also don’t forget the sunscreen as we could experience days of sunshine ?

  18. Leisa Sandles
    11/05/2018 / 12:29 pm

    My Mum always said,
    To stay warm, wear socks to bed,
    Use lots of pawpaw cream,
    To make your skin feel like a dream,
    And to stay healthy and fit,
    Drink lots of water, not just a sip,
    But my Mum also said,
    Not too much, …you’ll wet the bed!

  19. Wendy Darcy
    11/05/2018 / 12:32 pm

    Moisturize your face and lips as the heaters dry your skin out

  20. Bee Bowdlert
    11/05/2018 / 12:40 pm

    I use an organic facial oil overnight and a light moisturiser in the day, eat lots of fresh fruit and exercise.

  21. marie
    11/05/2018 / 12:54 pm

    Moisturise in the morning, moisturise at night. Otherwise you lose the fight!

  22. Tania
    11/05/2018 / 1:10 pm

    I reduce my shower times and shower in lukewarm water and immediately moisturise my skin with Petroleum Jelly once I am out of the shower.

  23. Adrienne Harries
    11/05/2018 / 1:51 pm

    Hat and sunscreen even in the winter time
    Had some skin cancers removed so protection is a passion of mine

  24. 11/05/2018 / 1:58 pm

    Plenty of moisturiser, lip balm and keep your chest warm to try to eliminate nasty chest colds.

  25. Penny Wiltshire
    11/05/2018 / 2:01 pm

    Drink lots of water and invest in a good face and hand cream.

  26. Jody Smith
    11/05/2018 / 2:32 pm

    Dry your hands properly

  27. Keiarnee
    11/05/2018 / 2:40 pm

    Moisturiser! Seriously use it when you wake up, after a shower, and even before you go to bed! Don’t forget balm on those lips also!

  28. Barbara Fehmel
    11/05/2018 / 3:20 pm

    Keep your resistance to colds and flu by eating plenty of Vitamin C, Exercising and most importantly get a FLU SHOT.

  29. Charlotte B
    11/05/2018 / 4:22 pm

    Try to avoid hot showers and baths especially when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.

  30. Gabriella H
    11/05/2018 / 4:24 pm

    Wear gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow and don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun so use sunscreen.

  31. Maggie Karner
    11/05/2018 / 4:47 pm

    Moisturise you entire body every night before going to bed. That includes feet and hands.

  32. Kate Slack
    11/05/2018 / 5:22 pm

    Macadamia oil is awesome i use it on my hands because they get really dry in winter.

  33. Maree Gray
    11/05/2018 / 5:28 pm

    I use lip balm every day to stop my lips cracking, drink lots of fluids and moisturise daily

  34. Sheena grey
    11/05/2018 / 5:42 pm

    Always keep my skin moisturised so it doesn’t shrivel up and die like a flower

  35. cleo
    11/05/2018 / 5:48 pm

    Drinking lots of water to keep hydrated and applying moisturise your skin. Lip balm for cracked lips and exfoliate skin.

  36. Linda Pepper
    11/05/2018 / 7:05 pm

    Drink lots of water, moisturise morning and night and stay out of direct wind where possible

  37. Chris Sheppard
    11/05/2018 / 9:39 pm

    Drink plenty of water, wear a heavier moisturizer & get outside as much as possible.

  38. tamra
    11/05/2018 / 11:46 pm

    Flush my nose with saline whenever i come in contact with sick people, seems to work.

  39. Jean Rutherford
    11/05/2018 / 11:55 pm

    A winter care and comfort pack that will soothe brilliantly.

  40. Pamela Dark
    12/05/2018 / 7:01 am

    Keep the water bottle with you during Einter as you would in Summer. Going in and out of heating takes it out on your body and you need to keep fluid levels up.

  41. Christine A.
    12/05/2018 / 9:21 am

    L.uke warm showers
    M.y skin not dry; An
    U.ltra good start to the day; Aveeno
    S.eals the deal,
    D.rink plenty of water to cleanse and hydrate from the inside out.

  42. Amy b
    12/05/2018 / 10:15 am

    Lemons,lots of lemons!They are great a warm lemon drink to warm you up or if your feeling under the weather it’s a natural way to soothe the throat.

  43. Natalie Murnane
    12/05/2018 / 12:10 pm

    I go for the light moisturizer in winter as the heavy oils clog my skin and send me acne’s way. I also like to run a humidifier in the evening, it keeps my skin moist better than anything else I have tried.

  44. Dianne P
    12/05/2018 / 3:44 pm

    Our skin needs extra hydration during winter. Drinking lots of water hydrates from the inside. Using body lotion or moisturiser regularly hydrates from the outside.

  45. Debbie O’Donnell
    12/05/2018 / 6:51 pm

    The electric heat pack will help relieve some of the symptoms of my arthritic pain I have been getting lately.

  46. Kim Manalo
    12/05/2018 / 9:33 pm

    slip slop slap!

    and LOADS of water

  47. Rebekah Ballingall
    12/05/2018 / 11:22 pm

    Don’t have the heater to high, it dries out your skin

  48. Lea
    13/05/2018 / 2:00 pm

    Don’t be deceived by the cold. Remember to protect your skin from the sun

  49. Jeannine Barrett
    13/05/2018 / 2:08 pm

    My hands tend to dry out more in winter from washing them, so I always keep a bottle of moisturiser handy and use everytime I wash my hands.

  50. Karli Hose
    13/05/2018 / 10:05 pm

    Other than the usual moisturise morning and night, it is also important to be happy! Don’t carry your stress around, it will give you wrinkles! … plus get a good night sleep every night.

  51. 14/05/2018 / 6:33 am

    I just got myself an extra think night cream to try and help with the dryness caused by the wind – now I just need to remember to put it in daily!

  52. Alicia Fox
    14/05/2018 / 3:40 pm

    Drink lots of green tea and stay moisturized!

  53. rachel sinclair
    15/05/2018 / 11:30 am

    I always keep moisturised, i find the heat of air conditioners very dries out my skin

  54. Amelia
    15/05/2018 / 10:49 pm

    If you have a wood fire keep a kettle with water on top. It helps to keep the air moist and not dry out your skin.

  55. cheerie murnane
    15/05/2018 / 11:45 pm

    I try to eat more of the foods that ward off the winter blues, kiwi fruit, broccoli, oats, yogurt, fish especially salmon, eggs, capsicum, citrus just coming into season right in time for winter, drink more water and get plenty of rest.

  56. Jacqueline Dodd
    16/05/2018 / 2:06 pm

    During Winter people think the sun disappears… it doesn’t! I make sure I’m always wearing a sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF to protect my skin!

  57. Tracy Mackay
    17/05/2018 / 12:33 am

    Apply facial and hand moisturiser at night. Drink plenty of water. Even though it’s cold, still eat lots of fresh fruit and salads.

  58. Liz B
    17/05/2018 / 9:53 am

    Drink lots of water, use moisteriser body wash.

  59. Amanda Hamlyn
    17/05/2018 / 10:01 am

    Rug up but still get out to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

  60. Kylie Marks
    17/05/2018 / 10:54 am

    Drink lots of water, eat healthy and keep well moisturised and plenty of snuggles on the couch to keep warm.

  61. Mary Tan
    17/05/2018 / 11:36 am

    Drink lots of water, moisturise and at least 8 hrs if sleep

  62. Rachel
    17/05/2018 / 3:18 pm

    Drink plenty of water (still have to keep the body well hydrated) A good moisturiser and Lip Balm!

  63. lily Goodwin
    17/05/2018 / 3:51 pm

    I use baby oil on myself and bub all year long not just winter to keep our skins nice and moist.

  64. Hannah Jewell
    17/05/2018 / 8:25 pm

    I use hand cream and lanolin on my lips before bed every night. Many cups of tea to keep hydrated when I don’t feel like drinking lots of water.

  65. Beth S.
    17/05/2018 / 9:36 pm

    I love Dr Pawpaw ointment! It works for almost anything! Chafing in summer or winter, nappy rash, dry lips or skin, or just calming the sore muscles! I’d love the try all these other wondrous remedies.

  66. Karen Bowen
    18/05/2018 / 7:46 am

    This win would be an amazing help to keeping my skin and therefore, entire body in the best condition possible. I take vitamins and try to keep hydrated.

  67. Michael Towers
    20/05/2018 / 12:01 pm

    Always moisturiser in winter. I need it or I dry out in the night. Stay hydrated and keep the blood moving. Heat pads to keepnfro stiff muscles and joints is super important for me too.

  68. Megan Patterson
    20/05/2018 / 7:12 pm

    Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. My biggest tip for winter. The extra moisture really helps my skin from frying out during the cooler months.

  69. Maggie Westbrook
    21/05/2018 / 12:44 pm

    Sticking with the summer routine, which is hard in winter. Water, exercise, skin-care routine and the occasional facial.

  70. Eva Kiraly
    23/05/2018 / 3:23 am

    Eat well, drink heaps of water and moisturise – not too many hot hot showers, it dries the skin.

  71. Faye Hannam
    24/05/2018 / 2:12 pm

    Two glasses of warm water in the morning gets my system going! Paw Paw cream on my lips is a must…

  72. Ben Travia
    24/05/2018 / 7:23 pm

    I have an emergency batch of ginger, lemon and honey which I only use in cases of winter colds. When things get desperate I reach for the tumeric.

  73. Kori Kollmann
    25/05/2018 / 2:10 pm

    I use vicks on my feet with socks over it to keep the flu away.

  74. Bella Ri
    26/05/2018 / 5:41 pm

    Moisturise! During the winter our skin cracks and gets dry really easily! Moisturising with a scent free cream will prevent this!

  75. Melissa S
    27/05/2018 / 9:52 am

    For me it’s extra Hugs during winter!
    Our skin is our biggest sensory organ and hugs certainly warm it, as they do our hearts.

  76. Tanya
    27/05/2018 / 7:47 pm

    Drink plenty of water, and don’t over do the heater, is a good starting point. Moisturise daily or in my case just maybe if time permits. Keep your chest warm, along with your feet, to prevent catching the flu. If you don’t keep warm, it will lower your immunity, thus making you more susceptible to catching the flu.

  77. claire evans
    28/05/2018 / 10:46 am

    pop on socks after i moisturise my feet

  78. 29/05/2018 / 3:41 pm

    Hydrate, moisturise everywhere , lipgloss , sunscreen – still necessary in Winter! Plenty of freshly squeezed citrus drinks, healthy eating to keep immune system in check.

  79. Sharon
    29/05/2018 / 4:16 pm

    Weleda Skin Food – just so nourishing

  80. Angie C
    29/05/2018 / 9:02 pm

    I have fallen in love with coconut oil! It’s keeping me healthy on the inside, and hydrated on the outside!

  81. Sarahmary
    30/05/2018 / 12:37 pm

    Staying hydrated and eating lots of fruit and veg! It does wonders for your complexion.

  82. Cassandra D
    30/05/2018 / 3:07 pm

    I drink a lot of water and I use moisturizer, as well.

  83. Kayla Williams
    30/05/2018 / 9:53 pm

    My tips to staying healthy this winter are to take Vitamin Supplements to keep those nastys away and immune systems in top gear, Drink plenty of water and Herbal Teas along with fresh fruit and vegies, Frequent Hand washing followed by moisturising so when snuggled in bed with hubby there are soft and smooth and of course sleep longer as the days are shorter and not feel guilty of being in bed before the sun goes down.

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