Monday, October 24, 2016

Making A Wecome Home From The Hospital Gift Basket For A Dear Friend

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If there's one thing in life I've learned, it's how valuable our friendships are, especially as we get older. Friends may come and go at certain points, but if we're very lucky, we will keep a few that are with us through thick and thin, good times and bad, and through the health problems many of us are challenged with as the decades go by.

I have a dear friend who is kind, and smart, and talented, and who always listens to me with an open heart. I know I can tell her anything and she will support me and help however she can. We also have a lot of laughs together, and I consider her an important part of my life.

Since she's in her seventies now, the last few years have not been easy for her in terms of her health. She's had some very serious heart problems and surgeries, but somehow manages to bounce back to her old self pretty quickly. I truly admire her wonderful attitude and love for life.

She recently had surgery again so I wanted to bring her a gift basket filled with things that she can use, and things I knew she would love. I've discovered that just because you are ill or recovering from illness, doesn't mean you no longer care about feeling special in the way you take care of yourself.

My friend loves to dress well, and pamper herself in small and simple ways. There's nothing she loves more than a warm, soothing bath so I decided to make her some Pumpkin Honey Sugar Scrub Cubes that I know she'll use and appreciate. 

Along with the sugar scrub cubes, I included some cards she can send, some note pads, warm socks, hand cream, a new coffee mug, and a favorite book of mine on faith.

I think a gift basket is one of the nicest things you can give someone for almost any reason, and it's a lot of fun buying and gathering things to make it special for the receiver.

I also included something that I know she needs and will really appreciate me buying for her, and that's Poise® Maximum Absorbency Pads. With all of her health problems and surgeries, it's a relief for her to have a product she can depend on to deal with her incontinence, and still feel fresh and clean.

Since a lot my friends have had to start dealing with incontinence as they get older, or become caregivers to elderly parents, we look for products we can use and trust.

Sam's Club offers Poise® Maximum Absorbency Pads that provide even more absorbency to give you the confidence and protection you need for your Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) with discreet and worry-free protection.

Look for the new packaging now available on Poise® and Depend® products that shows just how much you save by shopping at Sam's Club. I love the convenience and saving of buying in bulk, and not running out on important essentials.

I'm always so touched whenever anyone gives me something they made. It's just such a warm and sweet way to show they care about you. These easy Pumpkin Honey Sugar Scrub Cubes are super easy to make and the pumpkin spice in them is especially nice this time of year.

How to make Pumpkin Honey Sugar Scrub Cubes:


1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unscented soap, shredded
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice


In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the oil and shredded soap. Microwave on high in 20 second intervals until soap and oil are combined and melted. Add in the sugar, honey, and spice and then stir to combine.
Quickly pour the mixture into an ice cube mold and place in freezer about 30 minutes to firm up.

When the cubes are firm, store them in an air tight container to maintain their proper consistency. But for gift giving, I put them in a plastic bag and labeled them with a tag. They smell so good!

To use them in the bath or shower, take one and crush it slightly in your hand, Then rub it over your body before rinsing. They act like a pumpkin scented exfoliation and really feel great on your skin.
This recipe will make 12 sugar scrubs.

Along with Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads, Sam's Club members can also find Depend® FIT-FLEX® Underwear for Women. They are now more comfortable and feature all-around leg elastics, and a smooth, close-to-body fit.

And when you open your Depend packaging it will have a sticker inside that you can use to redeem at the pharmacy for a great caregiver sample kit. This offer is available while supplies last, so hurry in today to find your packaging with this offer!

Be sure and check out Sam's Club Family Caregiving, a one-stop destination for all of your caregiving needs, including prescription refills, personal care products, and free health screenings. This is really awesome for all members, and I know I'm going to take full advantage of it.

Be sure to download the Digimarc Discovery app, you can scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, and it will take you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website where you can find more information.

Whether you are a caregiver for a family member, or simply care very much about someone special like I do about my friend, it feels wonderful to share in making their lives a little better. I know my friend will appreciate her gift basket and everything in it. I'm just happy to spend time with her and enjoy her company.

Do you know someone who would be able to use Poise® Maximum Absorbency Pads? Sometimes the gift of giving basic products that we need are so appreciated. Do you have a caregiving story you would like to share?

Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.

-Post By Patricia

1 comment

Huppie Mama said...

This is such a kind gesture for a friend who is recovering from surgery. The Pumpkin Honey Sugar Scrub Cubes sound perfect for this time of the year. #client

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