It was 84 degrees here today. Just to remind everyone, it’s November, not July. When we wake up tomorrow morning, it’ll be 45 degrees, with a high of 65 and the local weather wizards aren’t even sure it’ll make it there.
A 20-degree temperature dip within the course of a few hours is a major Mother Nature tease.
I’m left wondering exactly when I’ll be able to kick in the door of my walk-in closet and start takin’ names, moving my bathing suits and majority of my shorts to the far nether regions of the top shelf and shake the dust off of all those sweet hoodies.
We went swimming today. Seriously… in November.
Tomorrow I’ll be rollin’ down the lane, walking the dog in my alpaca sweater and muck-lucks.
The drastic weather change indicates that Autumn is fully here, with winter close behind – and for me, my family and most of the Northern hemisphere, this brings lots of hot cocoa, fire pits, leftover turkey sandwiches and eventually eight reindeer – but unfortunately the chilly weather also brings a bevy of bad things—clocking in at the top of the list, cold and flu season.
Aren’t you totally psyched for dry, cracked knuckles, lips and nostril edges?
Are you prepared to hose down your small children with refreshing sanitizing gel as they get home from school?
What about mounting your head on a swivel every time you step into a big box store, preparing to tackle your children into a clearance rack before they start rolling on the floor or licking the elevator buttons?
Even before I partnered with Clorox for a series of posts, one of the big buys for us has been their disinfecting wipes. Especially after this past weekend, when much to my dismay, I discovered that Charlie is sick. I’m literally walking around the house with a holster containing two canisters of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
They knock out 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria – plus Staph, E.Coli salmonella and strep. By the way – I’m not afraid to mention their Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-scrubbers that dropkick various dried shmutz and kitchen grease that might accumulate in my private eden – the KITCHEN.
There’s absolutely nothing exciting about being sick at the beginning of the holiday season. Don’t get a case of FluFOMO (fear of missing out) on a major event because you or your family are sick. When’s the last time you caught a case of FluFOMO?
This year, Clorox is partnering with Sickweather to combat FluFOMO.
Sickweather is a cool app that allows you to report illnesses, and tracks social networks for indicators of illness. Download Sickweather so you can see how severe the cold and flu season is in your local area or where you may be traveling, and it will give you the extra edge you might need to help avoid illness. You can even join Sickweather groups to get intel about your kids’ schools or the gym and swap messages with others in the group.
In addition to tracking the flu near you with Clorox and Sickweather, remember that the CDC recommends frequent hand-washing, healthy habits and cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces (if your kids are like mine, it’s essentially every surface below waist level) with an EPA-registered disinfectant, like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
This season, it’ll be worthwhile to do everything you can for you and your family to stay healthy – I won’t judge if I see you out walking to get the mail with a painter’s mask on or wearing germ-resistant plastic bubble!
*Human Coronavirus, Influenza A2 Virus; CROSS Staphylococcus aureus; Escherichia coli 0157:H7; Salmonella enterica; **Streptococcus pyogenes
EDITOR’S POST: This was a sponsored post on behalf of Clorox, however the thoughts opinions and illnesses are all mine (and my kids’). To learn more about Clorox and their various products that an arm you against cold and flu, check out their site and Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also use the #FluFOMO hashtag to post about this flu season.