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Ah September…..

Almost two weeks in now, children are all back in school. The dreaded lunchboxes feel like they never took a break, my purse is feeling considerably lighter as the daily requests for cold hard cash come in, we’ve settled into the homework routine – I am doing it Mam!!- I’m expecting the obligatory headlice text any day now and that of course will be swiftly followed by a stream of snotty noses and a chorus of ‘Mum I don’t feel well’

Ah September, how we’ve missed you. In all seriousness though, I don’t know about you, but every September my children pick up colds. Then of course, it’s as if they feel obliged to pass them on to me or worse still…..Mr. Simply Homemade!! He doesn’t get colds of course, no for him it’s flu, worse flu than the last time he had flu. Of course, having had flu myself on one occasion that I am never likely to forget I can tell you he has never actually had flu.

Anyway, this year, having learned from previous years, we’re sorted! The press full to the brim of plasters, remedies and bandages we’ll never need medicine cabinet has been well stocked in preparation for the months ahead.

Nurofen 3 months+ and Nurofen 6+, they are to any medicine cabinet what baked beans are to a larder, essential. They have fought off many a high temperature with great success over the years.

Nurofen cold and flu tablets, for adults and children over 12.  Nurofen Cold and Flu Film-Coated Tablets provides fast effective temporary relief of the major symptoms associated with cold and flu without causing drowsiness.

Nurofen Express, as someone who suffers headaches, I find these great! They are very effective and better still, work quickly, which as a busy mum, is what I need.

In association with Nurofen, I have a complimentary package of goodies for myself and even better, a package to give away to one lucky reader, to help prepare you for the cooler months ahead.


This package contains Nurofen Express Heat Patches which provide up to 8-hours of therapeutic heat for relief of muscular pain and stiffness of the back, neck, shoulders or other muscular areas. Mr S/H tends to suffer muscular pain which causes more hardship in the winter months, these patches are great for providing relief.

E45 Moisturising Lotion, clinically proven to reduce roughness and flaking caused by extremely dry, irritable skin. In my own experience dry skin worsens during the winter months, this cream will be my friend!

An Airwick Essential Pearls candle. I love scented candles, use them all year round and on those gloomy days they do add a touch of cosiness to any room.


If you would like to win this little selection of goodies, all you have to do is:

Click here and like Simply Homemade on Facebook

Click here and like Nurofen on Facebook

Comment below and let me know that you’ve entered.

This giveaway is open to residents of Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Winner will be announced Monday 14th September.  Best of luck!!




  1. […] nicolasimplyhomemade Almost two weeks in now, children are all back in school. The dreaded lunchboxes feel like they […]

  2. I remember when you 4 year old started nursery and he was forever ill. Now my youngest is about to start nursery and my eldest just starting school on Monday. So we going to get double to colds and illnesses. Anything they get I also get so not looking forward to it.

    1. It’s a frustrating time, it’s horrible picking up all their colds, while we can look after them, nobody looks after us!

  3. Niamhie

    Done. Although I couldn’t win an argument so chances of me winning are slim!

    1. You never know Niamh, positive thinking!! 🙂

  4. Done!! That glade candle will be mine!! ahhahahhahahha

    1. HAHAHA 😀 Of course because you’ve no nice candles LOL 😉

  5. would love this wee package of goodies x

  6. Oh god, September! I work with children and it’s an inevitability they get sick in some shape or form. Immune systems must be down after summer and suddenly everyone is packed into a bus or classroom together and gets every illness coming. Nightmare! Boiling lemon and adding in honey for colds is one of the best cures, natural and tasty, really good for clearing the head too 🙂

    1. Honey in lemon is fantastic, I often add a little ginger to it too. I’ve also made a natural remedy using seaweed, though the children were less receptive to that.

  7. Aw, school days. I woudn’t go back to them if you paid me :)) But they’re having fun at least 😉

    1. Have to say I agree, I wouldn’t go back either! Having said that, school has changed a lot since I was a child, they do seem to have far more fun these days 🙂

  8. Yes please!! Love a good heat patch!!

  9. Haha, sometimes we just need some little things like this to get us through. Hoping it all calms down for you soon x

  10. When I moved to London and got my first headache I bought the Nurofen Express and until now that has been the best medication against my headaches! It’s a shame we don’t have it here in Portugal 🙁

    The Vintage Owl | Bloglovin

    1. It’s the one I have found most effective too, such a shame you can’t get it 🙁

  11. I swear by nurofen! Nurofen Plus is the ONLY thing that gets rid of period pains for me, I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it!

    C x | Lux Life

    1. It is brilliant, everything else pales in comparison I find.

  12. Nurofen is my saviour! Would you believe I only ever tried it for the first time in the last few months when I had akiller headache! I’m really not looking forward to the unaviodable winter cold and flu season haha!

    1. I’d be lost without Nurofen too, colds are the one thing I really do not like about winter lol

  13. Put me in the hat please, love the feel better package 😀 Have already had my first dose of the winter, straight away when I and kids went back to school.

    1. Oh no Laura…too soon, you poor thing, Best of luck!!

  14. Joan casey

    Love the nurofen patches! Always have a pack or two in the press!!! One of life’s essentials!!!!

    1. Fingers crossed you’ll get another pack! Best of luck 🙂

  15. I did a colloboration with Nurofen too and have to say the patches were great. I am in BITS with my neck now, shelling out loads for physio, but they do provide relief, along with all the drugs (!) hoping to avoid the nits for the moment!!

    1. Oh you poor thing, it’s very hard coping with pain. Oh I’m hoping to avoid the nits forever!!

  16. Helen

    Done, put me in the hat, hate the dreaded sniffles

  17. A feel better package would be lovely. Both hubby and my little man have the start of colds. Obviously I’m not allowed to get it, no time to be poorly

    Cat x

    1. Oh no, it’s like as soon as September arrives, it starts! Hope you do manage to avoid the colds x

  18. Oh dear!! Mine aren’t at school age yet but I kind of dread it for this very reason – the back to school colds, lice and goodness what else!! I’m not sure I can handle it!

    1. Viral infections…lots of viral infections. The upside is they’re all short lived, just frustrating at the time. The good days outweigh the not so good 🙂

  19. lifewithmunchers

    That looks like a little package of sanctuary! I forgot how the little bugs creep in this time of year. Time to stock up!

    1. And creep in they do, September and January I find are the worst months for bugs.

  20. Im sitting here reading your post with swollen glands and a busting headache with a headcold, caught from my woman who was off last week with it. Let the sickness begin….

    1. Oh no, you poor thing 🙁 You need a little pampering xx

  21. My daughter was sent home from school today after being sick! September definitely sees the return of viruses – boo x

    1. Oh no, I hope she’s feeling better soon xx

  22. This reminds me that I need to pick up some nerofen! At the end of the first we already had a house full of colds and virus’s so I need to stock up on some of of this to be more prepared. I can see us being ill a lot more now the little one has started school. x

    1. It’s dreadful isn’t it, my eldest girl has a dreadful cold and sore throat this weekend, every September for the last 3 years, since she went into secondary school.

  23. I don’t have school age kids but my little fellas childminder does and kindly brought home flu/viral bug on Friday. I’m pregnant so can’t take anything stronger than paracetamol; feeling extremely sorry for myself today!!

    1. Oh no! Plenty of honey, lemon & ginger too. It’s always worse when you’re pregnant, 5 pregnancies, 5 woeful doses! You have my sympathies xx

  24. Done pick me pick me, I bust my shoulder driving the two small ladies from Cork to Sligo so these heated patches would be cheaper than more physio!!!

    1. Oh no Eimear! You poor thing – best of luck!

  25. Done! My husband is training for the marathon so those heat patches would be handy!

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