“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Feel Better Basket

Our family's Feel Better Basket: a hot water bottle, honey sticks and organic lollipops for sore throats, Vap-O-Rub, a back massager, a microwaveable rice-sock, and homemade handkerchiefs for runny noses.

I've been meaning to share this for a while- the idea of making a feel-better basket for your home. We are (knock on wood) finally coming out of the cold/flu season, but nonetheless, this basket has been a great addition to our medicine cabinet. I think I had read about this idea in one of Amanda Blake Soule's books, and a few weeks back in the doldrums of late winter, it was a fun little project to put together. I took an unused basket and put our family's favorite comfort items in there for times when someone is feeling under the weather. I made some simple kid-sized flannel handkerchiefs in fun prints, which has been great- Rowan loves having her own special handkerchief that she now uses when she has a runny nose. It has significantly cut down on how many tissues we were going through too. We also have honey sticks and sort-of-healthy (?) lollipops for sore throats, back massagers, a hot water bottle, and the the "family heart" which is a soft heart you can give to someone to hug when they aren't feeling well or need extra encouragement. It has a pocket in the front for little love notes as well. The idea behind this basket was to make something the girls could have access to not only to help themselves, but to encourage nurturing of other family members. Rowan has really gotten on board with getting the feel-better-basket out to tend to the sick. If you have young kids I highly recommend making one for your family and putting in whatever brings you comfort!

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