Surviving Winter Ills

I’ve been super sick all week, and finally my brain has just shut down.  Between the snow, frigid temps and this brutal cold I can’t possibly dream up a crafty post today so instead I’ll share what I’ve been doing all week to keep myself feeling a little less like death warmed over.


1.  Even when I’m sick, I try to get out of pajamas, take a shower and into something I can answer the door in if need be.   It helps me not feel as gross.  These leggings, a tee and cozy big sweater do the trick.

2. My constant companion these days? A box of tissues. OMG, it’s ridiculous. Pretty up the box with a monogrammed cover.

3. I love spraying my sheets and pillows with this Lavande lavender linen spray to help relax me when I’m freaking out that I’m missing work.  When you’re the boss missing work isn’t fun, it’s stressful.

4. I am obsessed with my lavender neck wrap I pop in the microwave to help with a stiff neck (or a cure for the chills).

5. Cozy, cozy slippers.

6. A hot bath really helps break up congestion, and this is THE BEST SMELLING BATH STUFF EVER. Seriously, and the salts help detoxify too.  Not to mention the gorgeous cobalt bottle.

7. Nothing fancy here, just some old school Lemon Zinger tea (with honey and a sliver of fresh lemon) to help soothe my throat.  In my fave mug to help cheer me up.

8. Burning some nice candles helps make the atmosphere feel cozier and less like a sick bay.  I am totally obsessed with these Le Feu de L’eau candles.

9. Theraflu seems to work the best for this hellish cold.

10. Since I’m almost caught up on The Good Wife I had to find a new show to binge watch from bed- The Affair is slow to start, but now has me totally interested. And the scenery in the Hamptons is SO amazing. It’s shot beautifully.

11. A good book is essential when you are sick- this one is SO good, I read it in three days.  If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this. I see a movie in the future.

12. For chapped lips from constant nose-blowing a good lip balm is a must.

Also, if fun news, check out this article I did on about what makes your home look dated and how to remedy it!


Here’s to a healthier week next week!


  1. I have a neck thing like that from Origins and was using it last week when I was sick and had a fever. I messed up though and took my temperature while it was wrapped around my neck… 104.7!!! I flipped out before realizing the microwaved neck warmer probably messed up the accuracy. Whoops!

  2. OMG! THe Affair is SOOO good! You’ll love it. Also reading that book, so great! Feel better, my kids and hubby all just struggled through this! xoxo Irene

  3. YES!!! Loved Girl on a Train. Couldn’t put it down. Lavender and long baths are totally essential for sick days, Hope you feel better soon!

  4. The Affair! I just finished the first season and was totally hooked. My husband watches it with me (he doesn’t like it as much as I do…) and jokes that it isn’t the best subject matter for me to be engrossed in, but I agree it has a lot to do with the setting and the character development. Feel better!

  5. You have officially made being sick seem almost glamorous! Next time I’m under the weather, I vow to get dressed, light a candle, sneeze into tissues from a fancy box, etc. It will practically be fun!
    Seriously, feel better and thanks for taking the time and exerting the energy to post even though you are miserable.

  6. Feel better son Erin! It is so miserable to have a cold that lingers what seems like forever!

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  7. I think I had that same god-awful cold 2 weeks ago; I’m sorry, it’s truly awful….

    It’s definitely *not* glamorous like the lovely items you posted but I’ve found that using a neti potlike this one really helps get out the gunk and helps with all that nasty post-nasal drip.

  8. Throw a little bit of whiskey in that tea at night and it will help you sleep like a baby while soothing that throat. Feel better!

  9. 2 suggestions: Kiss My Face Cold & Flu bath and shower gel – and – before bed – hot Grand Marnier in a snifter. Neither will shorten the cold but both will make you feel much better.

  10. I’ve been wondering if The Affair was good! Same with Girl on the Train, so much hype but I wasn’t sure if it would live up to it…I bought it anyway and now I’m psyched to read it. A lot of my fave bloggers have been giving it good reviews. Heading over to read the article now, love the little illustrations. Hope you get well soon!

  11. I took TheraFlu once. Slept for 20 hours, woke up for 2, then slept for another 10. I’m pretty sure that stuff is part GHB. Never again!

  12. Hmm, clever idea for a post. :-D

    BTW, I’m halfway through and LOVING the book “Light Between Oceans” which you recommended a while back. Thanks !

  13. Feel better, lady! Just getting over a bad cold myself and was hating life for a few days. Hot showers=my heaven. Turned on the massaging shower head and (stay with me) put that sucker right on my face. Relieved some major sinus pain:)

  14. Hope you are up and around soon. I have to say that your “sick day board” makes we wish for some sniffles. I am totally going to steal the idea for a monogrammed tissue box cover and make one for a hostess gift.

  15. sadly, I have but one more episode if The Affair. What a creep Noah is. So egotistical. I have been enthralled however!!

  16. Hi Erin,

    Just wanted to let you know I picked up your book at the library on whim yesterday and read it cover to cover. It is full chock of great info, beautiful pictures and heartfelt stories. Anyway, loved it so much that I ordered it on Amazon this mirning and can’t wait to own a copy.
    Hope you feel better. I live in Boston and am so over this weather!

  17. Erin, you even do SICK better than the rest of us … at least more stylishly. When I went thru this about two weeks ago, all I did was sit on the couch and read. I did shower, you’re right, that helps immensely. But all those cool touches, love them.
    And you’re delivering a blog post each day. The only time I slithered off the couch is when I ran out of library books and had to make a run to get more.

  18. Loved your Oprah article. You’re so right about those poofs. I bought some charming embroidered ones to add some texture and color to our room. The only ones who can sit on them are the grandkids. They’re squishy and promptly dump adult bodies off to the floor.

    At least they’re cheaper than the leather poofs…

  19. Hey Erin,
    I loved the affair as well, def slow start, but very interesting. I dig Cole. Also, the Fiona Apple song is ok the first time you hear it, but makes ME want to jump into the Ocean to make it stop playing!!!!!!!!!!

  20. OMG! The Affair is so good!! I binge watched at my parents’ home over the holidays and I can’t wait for the next season. I cannot wait to read Girl on the Train.

    1. was completely glued to the affair until i read the new yorker review and agreed with lines like, “The goal seems to be to suggest something about the mutability of memory or truth. Unfortunately, the result is more often like listening to a couple bickering about whose idea it was to go to Queens for Korean food.”ugh. feel better erin..and start shoveling!

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