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How To Make A Winter Toolkit
Winter is almost here and it’s our busy season! Living in San Antonio, our winters are pretty comfortable – not too cold or hot, just somewhere in between most days. So, we try to take advantage of the moderate temperatures by working on home repairs, landscaping, and other outdoor chores. It’s the best time of year for us to do these things because the summer months are usually way too hot for strenuous work.
Since the weather is starting to get cooler we have begun planning what we are going to do this year. So far, we have decided on adding a play structure to the back yard for the boys and to do some simple redecorating as well. My husband is going to build the play structure and we are thinking of something really cool like monkey bars, a slide, and a fireman’s pole. The boys are totally going to love it and I am sure we will be spending even more time in the yard together this year.
I want our backyard to feel cozy and welcoming and I needed some ideas. I went to Target to check out some new lighting options and maybe some throw pillows and other decor for the yard. While browsing the aisles I started thinking about last year when we worked on our deck and our flower beds. It was really awesome, working side by side with the hubby, laughing and just spending some quality time together. But when we were done, oh boy were we sore! My husband threw out his back and my entire body was aching.
On those nights after the kids were in bed, we both took hot showers and Tylenol® PM. Then we took turns rubbing each other with Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream. Talk about romance, huh? Lol! Seriously, though, it would have been a rough night without them! I knew this year would be a repeat of last year’s aches and pains so while I was at Target I decided to put together a Winter Toolkit so that we can get through the sprains, pains, aches and soreness of this season with ease.
Grab Your Winter Toolkit Supplies
I grabbed some Tylenol®, Tylenol® PM, Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, a scented candle that we both love, a really cute pair of long socks (not to wear!), some ribbon, hand lotion, a couple of magazines and some candy. These are all things that will make us feel good after a long day of hard work. The Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream really is a lifesaver because it helps relieves the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints that we normally aren’t so hard on. When I got home I put everything in a basket that I had on hand to make the perfect Winter Toolkit for us.
Assemble the DIY Cold/Hot Packs
Here’s what I did with the socks and ribbon:
- Get some uncooked rice from the pantry and fill each sock. You want them to be about ¾ of the way filled.
- Tie a ribbon tightly around the open end of each sock to close them.
Voila! We now have DIY His and Hers Cold/Hot Packs. We can either stick them in the freezer for about an hour to use as a cold pack or microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute (depends on your microwave, always check after 30 seconds to avoid overheating) for a heat pack. The great thing about these socks is that the rice makes them very moldable so they can be used anywhere from your neck to your back, knees or even ankles. They are even good for kids under 12, who are too young to use Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream. They don’t get super hot like a traditional heating pad and they are perfect to place around sprained little ankles.
Next time you’re in Target, be sure to grab all of the supplies you need to make a Winter Toolkit to help your family get through the aches and pains of the season!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.