I don’t really get sick days. I mean, I suppose I get ’em, but I’m not salaried, and therefore taking days really hurts. Taking time off from my first job as an editor was super challenging, too. I’d often feel that taking sick days weren’t worth it, simply because of the prep/catch up work they required. And as a teacher, fear of the administration usually prevented me from staying home when it was truly necessary–both for me and the kids. No bueno.

But who doesn’t feel like this? Is there anyone out there whose workload doesn’t multiply when she’s out of the office for a few days, or whose boss high fives her when she suddenly comes down with a bad cold or the flu?

Didn’t think so.

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Outfit featured here

Being sick sucks. And sometimes, “calling out” isn’t in the cards–especially when you’ve already been out for a day or two.

Over the last year, I’ve been using DayQuil Severe or NyQuil Severe to help me power through some of my sick days, and it’s been absolutely amazing. It relieves my worst cold and flu symptoms so I can complete my jobs and avoid feeling completely overwhelmed once I recover. It also helps me attend meetings and events that would otherwise be unbearable while sick, and helps me get a good night’s sleep. No more tossing and turning!

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Last week, Mitch came down with a nasty case of of strep throat, and I came down with a cold. With friends and family coming in from out of town, we knew we couldn’t take a week to recover. (Otherwise we’d miss out on all the fun!) Of course, Mitch ended up having to take antibiotics, but we both took DayQuil and NyQuil Severe to minimize our symptoms, and it was the best. There were so many times throughout the week that I had to remind myself that I was, in fact, sick!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, it goes without saying that Mitch and I will be traveling with these Vicks products, too. Every year, we both get incredibly run down from the festivities and traveling (Chicago to Pennsylvania to New York City to Vermont to southern Illinois!), and one of us almost always ends up in sick in bed in the days leading up toward Christmas. This season, though, we’re relying on DayQuil Severe or NyQuil Severe to help us enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. :)

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Image via Bows & Sequins. How cute is her new place in Chicago?!

Oh! I should also mention that my friend Jess of Bows & Sequins is taking over the new @NyQuilDayQuil Twitter account tomorrow (November 11th). She’ll be providing a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a fashion blogger and explaining why she can’t take a sick day. Be sure to tune in!

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Check out posts on Bows & Sequins, The Balanced Blonde, and Brite + Bubbly, too!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vicks, but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!