I can’t quite quit my flip flops or shorts yet, but there’s a definite a nip in the air these recent fall mornings here in Nashville. My 9-year-old has a soccer tournament in Kentucky this weekend and the chilly forecast for her first game on Saturday has me on full-on fleece alert (not to mention hankering for hot coffee or even hot chocolate).
The change in the weather, unfortunately, always brings with it some unwanted sniffles. With a busy school and soccer schedule we don’t have time to get sick, though! My 6-year-old, Miss A, has already had her first bout with congestion and one of the first things I did was break out the familiar blue jar of Vicks VapoRub and her flannel pjs.
My mother relied on Vicks VapoRub when I was a little girl and now that I’m a mom Vicks is a must have in our medicine cabinet. The familiar menthol smell is a soothing reminder of all things comforting and caring to me, like curling up under a quilt made with love by my grandmother or the smell of a crackling fire in our wood-burning stove. There are some poignant sensory triggers that instantly take you back to being a child and feeling completely safe and loved in your own home.
I’m proud to tell ya’ll I have been asked to be a Vicks VapoRub mom this fall and winter, along with some other great bloggers like fellow Tennessee mom Robin from Pensieve, the hilarious Jenny from Mommin’ It Up, and my California peep Sugar Jones. I’ll be sharing news and updates from Vicks over the next several months as well as giving some personal anecdotes about Vicks VapoRub. And although I’m somewhat joking about being a “cool mom,” I am at least cool to my kids. OK my coolness is slowly wearing off for the 9-year-old. I still have the 6-year-old totally fooled.
The big news for Vicks VapoRub is that they’ve signed on a well-known dad to be part of their ad campaigns. This is the first time a dad has been featured in Vicks VapoRub ads in the 100 plus years it has been around! You can find out more on the Vicks VapoRub Facebook page, where they’ve been posting teasers about the Vicks VapoDad. Rumor has it the big reveal is THIS WEEK.
What sights, sounds and smells of fall remind you of your childhood? I grew up in tobacco country in northern Middle Tennessee so the smell of tobacco being fired in barns always takes me back to fall days as a kid.
Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work with Vicks but, as always, the words and stories I share with you are all my own.