Holidays & Head Colds

Well, Turkey Day has come and gone for 2016 and now the Holiday shopping season is here. One thing I would definitely recommend is to take a visit online to and see what awesome coupons and deals you can scoop up. I personally am avoiding the madness of malls and busy commercial strips this year, as I much rather prefer to make my purchases online.

As a new parent, it has been a fascinating learning curve raising my little one. I have a daughter under the age of 2 years. Aside from navigating moving around with the stroller while shopping, while also looking out for little hands grabbing things off of shelves… It adds a new layer of interesting to the stressors of shopping. Online shopping is my new best friend, so I don’t have to negotiate melt-downs for a toy or candy in a shiny wrapper, when I am reviewing the list of ingredients or features of an item, before deciding whether I want to purchase or not.

When it comes to dealing with the baby having a cold, I have to recommend one item I found to work quite well. Zarabees Naturals Baby Cough Syrup made with organic agave syrup seems to do the trick, when it comes to reducing baby coughing in the day, and while sleeping through the night. Zarabees comes in a grape flavor, which I am not too crazy about. However, I gave it a taste test, before giving it to the baby and it’s not bad. It doesn’t have that chemical manufactured grape taste, that I associate with other more recognized brands of medicines for wee ones.

The packaging for the box of medicine is quite adorable. I am a sucker for packaging, in addition to cute stories involving parents turned entrepreneurs, who develop something that wasn’t available on the market because their kid needed something a little different. Dr. Zak Zarbock, a pediatrician, and father is the inventor of this neat cough syrup, and I am happy to offer my baby something that is chemical free, inexpensive, and above all works well! The box is goldenrod and white, with a darling abstract bee image in a diaper on the front. Baby stuff can be so much fun to look at, especially with bold typeface, a clean look, and when it provides something that aligns with my values.

The little one has been getting over a cold for the past few days, so I am happy that local stores and online retailers carry this product. Local pharmacies carry this cough syrup for around $10. Looking online I saw that, another online retail favorite of mine, offers Zarabees for around $7.49. I didn’t have time to order online and wait for delivery, which can be pretty darn quick, with 1-day rush shipping, but better luck next time. There is nothing wrong supporting local businesses, especially around the holiday season. Shopping local, however, is a topic for another day.


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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