A Family Full of Allergies

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO
allergy-mug-shotsMy family knows a thing or two about allergies.  And we owe our unchapped noses to Kleenex facial tissues.  For as long as I can remember I have had environmental allergies.  I’ve tried traditional medicines and homeopathic remedies.  While at times I have felt relief, it is pretty much always short-lived.  I have a constant runny nose.  Unfortunately because I have allergies, that means my kids were likely to get them too.  My  oldest was diagnosed with food allergies around his first birthday.  We have those under control but I think he is starting to grow in to some environmental allergies.  Why do I think that?  The constant sniffles.  And my youngest for sure has allergies.  He began coughing in the middle of the night last year every night with no other symptoms and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.  After seeing a doctor he suggested we try kid’s Zyrtec.  It stopped the coughs but guess what?  He has a runny nose too.  I stopped short of doing skin testing with him because I don’t know if you have ever had to do it but it totally sucks.

sharon-allergy-testHere is my last allergy test.  It hurt.  Real bad.  And it itched even worse.  The nurse actually gave me a Benadryl soon after the test started because of how quickly and how much I reacted to some of the things.  The two biggest welts are to grass and dust.  I’m basically allergic to indoors and out.  I asked the doctor to take a picture so I could text my husband that the they were writing me a prescription for a maid. :) It didn’t end up with a maid but I think it was the visual he needed to understand just how bad allergies make me feel sometimes.  My husband has never been diagnosed with allergies by a doctor.  But somebody without allergies would not make the snorty noises that he does.  Or sniff all the time.  Have I mentioned his 9 o’clock sneeze attacks?  Needless to say I think he contributed to the inevitable allergies for our children.

Kleenex-pocket-tissue-packsBecause all of us have runny noses, I do not leave the house without tissues.  You will always find a Kleenex Pocket Pack or Wallet Pack in my purse.  To me there is nothing more awful than being stuck somewhere when you need a tissue and you can’t find one.  I’m not even sure if my son knows this but I have a Kleenex Pocket Pack in his backpack in case I need to blow my nose on our walk to or from school.  What can I say, I plan ahead.  A sale on Kleenex Brand Facial Tissue is a happy day for me.  So the minute I found out about this coupon at Target I headed there.  The offer?  Buy 1 Kleenex 4 pack, get 1 free Wallet Pack (2-pk) or 1 Pocket Pack (3-pk) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  Some for the house, some for my purse.  Done.

on-my-nightstandTissues are pretty much part of our home decor.  Thankfully Kleenex boxes are well designed.  I keep a box right next to my bed so I always know where to find a tissue.  And when I gently suggest a tissue to my husband I can get one to him in a split second should he actually accept.  In his head he is allergy free…

Kleenex for AllergiesWe keep a box of Kleenex in the kitchen ’cause ain’t nothing grosser than a runny nose over a pot of food.  This is centrally located to the dining and living rooms as well.  And it is where I grab a handful of tissues to take with me in the morning when I sit down at the kitchen table with my cup of coffee and my laptop.

tissue-in-M's-roomMy youngest had started hollering for a tissue after we put him to bed so I decided he was old enough to keep his own box in his bedroom.  The only trouble is that I find used tissues all over his bedroom floor the next morning.  I’m pretty sure he does a quick dab at his nose and considers it done and moves on to a new one.  My mom came across a pin on Pinterest where you use tape and stick a full Kleenex box to an empty one so that you have your tissues and a trash can in one place!  Genius!  I will be making that this week.

in-o's-bedAnd although the tissue box doesn’t start out in my oldest son’s bed, it ends up there several nights a week.

o-blowing-his-noseI had never really thought about the softness or quality of Kleenex tissue before.  It is just what we use.  But last week we ran out of toilet paper and I bought a brand I don’t usually buy.  I sometimes use toilet paper to blow my nose.  I was taken aback by how terrible it felt.  And it dawned on me, Kleenex tissues are perfect.  The only time my nose gets raw from blowing is when I have a cold.  So in that instance I move on to Kleenex Lotion Tissues.  But I didn’t ever need to think about the softness before because I never thought they weren’t soft.  But it made me realize that sometimes brand names are totally worth it.  I will only buy Kleenex Brand Facial Tissues for my family’s noses.  It is the only way to ensure comfortable noses all around.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO



  1. Maribel Reyes says:

    I feel your pain with allergies! that is us. Our entire family has a medical history of asthma and allergies, sinus issues that are all about dust, weather induced, etc.

  2. The little bios are the best! Allergies are no fun. Thankfully, our son doesn’t have any yet, but my husband does. And it stinks.


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