Review/Giveaway: Deep Relief Canada Ice Cold Spray (12/4) (Can Only)

Ice Cold SprayFor the last five years I have been grappling with upper back, shoulder and neck pain. In my full-time job as a pharmacist, I am constantly hunched over a counter, checking prescriptions, deciphering signatures and fielding phone calls. The pain has gotten worse over time, and likely will continue to be a problem as long as I am working in this same environment. Most nights, I am searching for something to help my neck and shoulders feel better.

When I was sent a can of Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray to review, I was definitely interested. My preference is to apply products topically to my sore neck and shoulders as opposed to popping pills. Some nights I use a heating pad, other nights it might be a pain relieving rub.

What makes Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray unique is its spray can format. This allows you to literally use it anywhere the pain is located, even if it is in an awkward spot that is hard to reach (like the middle of my upper back!). So you just give your sore muscle or joint a quick spray, and POW, you are done. You don’t have to rub it in, you just let it dry naturally. No mess at all.

I have been using Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray every night before I go to bed. I find that it makes my upper back, shoulders and neck feel great. The menthol has a very cooling and soothing effect on my muscles, and it lasts for a few hours. My only note of caution: Do not apply this spray immediately after having a hot bath or shower. I made this mistake once, and I regretted it. Your skin’s pores are open after a hot bath/shower, and it caused great irritation to the area that I sprayed. I had a burning sensation that was uncomfortable for about 10 minutes. Definitely make sure that your skin is dried completely before use.

The generous folks at Mentholatum Canada are offering one of my readers a Deep Relief Prize Pack worth $75. It contains the following items:

*        1 Dual Action Neck, Shoulder, & Back Pain Relief (hands free) $14.99

*        Deep Relief Ice Cold Pain Gel 255g $8.99

*        Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray $9.99

*        Deep Relief Heat spray $8.99

*        Deep Relief Yoga Mat $25.00

*        Deep Relief cinch bag $10.00

 Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below, and good luck! Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

 

 

Product Review: Hyperbiotics Advanced Strength Probiotic #advancedstrengthprobiotic

probioticadvI tried probiotics for the first time a couple months ago when I reviewed a bottle of Hyperbiotics probiotics. (PRO-15) I had a very good experience with that product, and it seemed to agree with my regimen of vitamin supplements very well. So when I learned I was invited to review another product by Hyperbiotics, I was eager to check it out.

There are a couple reasons why Hyperbiotics probiotics are somewhat different than others that you will find in your medicine cabinet. First of all, they have a patented time-release technology which allows the probiotic strains to be released gradually into your intestinal tract, where they are essential to keeping your gut healthy. Many probiotic products break down in your stomach, which limits the numbers of bacteria which can even reach your intestines. The Advanced Strength Formulation which I sampled had 15 strains of bacteria, and 15 billion CFU. This is a much higher concentration of good bacteria than you will find in most other products. Combined with their unique time-release pearl technology, this 15 billion CFU is equivalent to 225 billion CFU in a conventional probiotic product.

Because this product is released gradually into your intestinal tract, you are much less likely to get any side effects like bloating and gas. I can honestly say that I never experienced any noticeable side effects as a result of this product.

Hyperbiotics Advanced Strength Probiotic is only taken once a day, which is convenient. It is shelf stable, and does not require refrigeration after the package is opened. It has a guaranteed shelf life of 18 months after its manufacturing date.

After doing some reading about how probiotic supplements work, I am more convinced than ever that it makes sense to use a product like Hyperbiotics which is designed to deliver high quality good bacteria in a controlled delivery, provided to the intestinal tract where it is going to do the most good for your health. If you are looking for a high quality probiotic which is easy and convenient to use, then I highly recommend that you check out the entire product line that Hyperbiotics offers.

You can purchase Hyperbiotics Advanced Strength Probiotic supplement on Amazon.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Bioque C-Plus Moisturizer #BioqueCplus

bioqueCplusHere in the north, dry skin season has officially begun. So in addition to taking care of my aging skin and trying to fend off wrinkles, I have to also try and keep my skin as moisturized as possible. These two things ideally are combined in one product, right? Well, yes, but up to now, I have always had to do the two things separately. It seems silly, but it’s true. My anti-aging products with retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and others are not necessarily the most moisturizing products in my arsenal. So I usually have to layer, using the moisturizer as the top layer to trap in moisture and all the other ingredients which fend off the effects of aging, free radicals, pollution and ultraviolet radiation.

Then, I was introduced to Bioque C-Plus Moisturizing Cream. Happily, I have found a product which both moisturizes and provides nutrients to my skin!

So what makes Bioque C-Plus Moisturizing Cream so special? It contains the powerhouse anti-oxidant vitamin C. However, their formulation contains 100 bioavailable vitamin C. This ensures that the vitamin remains stable (resists degradation) and is completely available for absorption by your skin. Bioque C-Plus Moisturizing Cream is said to be absorbed into the skin 20 times more than when you ingest vitamin C orally. That is a significant improvement!

Not only does vitamin C help to protect your skin from the effects of free radicals, it also is essential for the production of collagen, which helps your skin to appear fuller and more supple.

I have been using Bioque C-Plus Moisturizing Cream for about 3 weeks. It has a very thick texture, which is why I have not needed to use any other moisturizer at night. It has a very mild citrus scent, which is in keeping with its high vitamin C content. When I applied it to an area where I had an open sore (as a result of a scratch from my dog), I noticed a slight stinging. This is certainly not surprising given that vitamin C (also known as ascorbate) is highly acidic. However, it did not product any stinging to my unbroken skin.

My skin feels soft and supple, and I did not notice any irritation whatsoever. I really liked how this cream left my face feeling soft and smooth in the morning, and it is a great addition to my winter skincare routine.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

Book Review: No, No, No, No, No, Yes. Insights From A Creative Journey

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I was sent the book No, No, No, No, No, Yes. Insights From a Creative Journey by Gideon Amichay to review, and I was immediately intrigued. What is up with that title? I had to immediately dig in and discover more.

The premise of the book is fairly simple. Man has a dream. It is a far-fetched dream–to become a successful cartoonist and publish a cartoon in the New Yorker. For a man who came from a working class background in Tel Aviv, Israel, this seemed a bit of a lofty (if not preposterous) dream. It was not the kind of career his parents had in mind for him. But the dream persisted.

In the mean time, Amichay becomes a successful advertising executive in Israel. He is a partner in a very advertising firm; his position in society is one which would be called very prized. Is this not the definition of achievement, of success? For this man, it is not. His dream, his crazy ambition to become a cartoonist has not died. He makes the bold, audacious step to leave this successful career and follow his dream.

What follows in this book is the story of Amichay’s journey toward his ultimate goal. It is the story of many, many, many people saying “No” to his efforts. How does a person face this negative response over and over? How does this chorus of “No” ever lead to that singular “Yes!”.

This is not a long or difficult read. It is simply written, but to the point. The reader is given a very concrete example of one man’s journey to his ultimate dream, and how ongoing rejection helped shape his journey. It gives you a way to think differently about rejection. How you view your failures, and learn from them, helps you in your path to success. My only criticism of this book would be that it was a bit long on the story-telling aspect, and a bit short on the creative insights end. I would have liked to see a bit more introspection; I think it would have rounded out the latter part of the book well.

If you are looking for some motivation, and a little inspiration, this little book might just be the ticket.

You can buy this book on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler #juliennepeeler

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When I think about eating lunch, I almost always want to eat some type of salad. Not to say that I do this everyday, but if you were to ask me what I love to eat, then salad is almost always the answer. Unfortunately, I often run short on time, and don’t bring my beloved veggies to work for lunch. And store bought salads are not to my liking for sure!

When we have people over for dinner, I usually make a salad of some sort. Making it look pretty is a priority. I like to use a variety of vegetables, preferably with lots of colour. Presentation is important. It makes my guests feel good, like I put a bit of effort into dinner, instead of just slapping something on a plate.

When I learned that I was going to review the Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler, I was stoked. First of all, my day to day vegetable peeler is pretty bad, it has needed to be replaced for some time. Second of all, I was intrigued to finally have a tool to make julienne cut vegetables. (I don’t have a kitchen mandolin, which is the tool that many foodies use for this purpose)

It didn’t take long for me to decide that I totally LOVED my Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler. The vegetable peeler is very effective, and much sharper than the old clunker that I had been using before. My carrot was peeled very easily. The julienne peeler was used to make pretty long threads of carrot to top my salad. That job was also done very easily. It made long, elegantly curled carrot strands which looked awesome! Here is the yummy display!

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So in summary, here is what you need to know. This little gadget will peel most fruit and vegetables very easily. It also can be used to grate blocks of chocolate and hard cheeses. You can use it to cut julienne strips of many types of vegetables, to dress up your salad, stir fry or dinner entree. This peeler is made of stainless steel, and can be washed safely in the dishwasher. It also comes with a little wire brush, so you can get in there and clean it thoroughly if it gets gunked up with food. When you buy this product through Amazon, it also comes with a free digital e-book which shows you how to use the tool, and how to create fabulous, healthy recipes.

This is a great product for people who like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. It is very effective, handy, and reasonably priced. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

Product Review: Jammy Jams Pop Goes Lullaby 3 #jammyjams

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A few months ago, I published a review of a lullaby CD called Jammy Jams: Greatest Naps Volume 2. At that time,  I had never heard of this make of lullaby music. However, my kids have always listened to lullaby CD’s before going to sleep, so I was eager to try this one out. It became an instant hit in our house. My sons loved Greatest Naps Volume 2, to the point that it has been the CD player in constant rotation since I first downloaded the music.

When I learned I was going to review another Jammy Jams collection, I was really excited. This collection is called Pop Goes Lullaby 3. This CD features a selection of lullaby renditions of hits by artists that have been in constant rotation this summer. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dark Horse (Lullaby Rendition of Katy Perry)
2. Stay With Me (Lullaby Rendition of Sam Smith)
3. Fancy  (Lullaby Rendition of Iggy Azalea)
4. Maps (Lullaby Rendition of Maroon 5)
5. Ain’t it Fun (Lullaby Rendition of Paramore)
6. Summer (Lullaby Rendition of Calvin Harris)
7. Problem (Lullaby Rendition of Ariana Grande)
8. Am I Wrong (Lullaby Rendition of Nico & Vinz)
9. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Lullaby Rendition of Fall Out Boy)
10. Chandelier (Lullaby Rendition of Sia)

My kids knew all of these songs by name, and so they were very excited to hear this CD. (As a matter of fact, they had previously purchased almost all the original versions of these songs for download on their tablet). By looking at the songs themselves, you wouldn’t think they would all necessarily translate well into a lullaby. Well, that’s what I thought at first glance. However, after listening to the CD a few times, I can honestly say that I was happy surprised. I absolutely loved these renditions, and so did my kids. They look forward to listening to this CD every night before bed. I can hear them whispering the words to the songs as they drift off to sleep. It’s so adorable.

If you are looking for a new, fun twist on lullaby music, then I strongly suggest that you give this collection a try. You can check out their website, and see their full product line which includes many lullaby albums based on a wide variety of popular music. Their albums are available for purchase by CD or digital download.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Simply Essentials Precision Tweezers #simplyessentialstweezersforingrownhair

ef53159c7b9ec3fa6906c754e9d0e6dd56f7d489Think quickly: you are going on a trip NOW, and you have only 60 seconds to pack your beauty/hygiene essentials. What do you bring?!? What’s the most important part of your beauty routine?

Well, for me that is easy! I would bring toothbrush, toothpaste, facial moisturizer with SPF, lip balm and tweezers!

Tweezers have been a true essential part of my bathroom arsenal since I have been a teenager. My mother’s ethnicity is Mediterranean, and my Dad, though Canadian, has black hair and darkish skin. (possibly some First Nations bloodline from way back). So, I was born with brown hair (fairly dark). When I hit puberty, my eyebrows and facial hair (also dark!) started becoming a problem. My mom bought me my first set of tweezers in high school, and I have never gone without a pair (or two!) since. At present, I have 2 pairs, one larger set for everyday tweezing, and one smaller set for travel.

When I learned I was going to be reviewing Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair, I was very excited. I have never owned a set of tweezers specifically for ingrown hairs. Having ingrown hair is a common problem for me, and I suspect for others as well.

As you can see from the image above, these tweezers have a very long pointed end. This design enables these tweezers to get at ingrown hairs easily without damaging the skin. They enter the skin through the fine point, and then you can get in there and get out that pesky ingrown hair. The shape and length of the tips of these tweezers also make them ideal for extracting splinters. (easier than using a sewing needle, and far less frightening for my kids)

The tips of these tweezers are made from high quality stainless steel. What this means is that they will not easily bend, which is super important for maintaining their effectiveness, and strength. They are calibrated as well, which means when you use the tweezers, the points come together perfectly.

I used these tweezers a fair bit, and have to say that I really found them to be easy to use. Despite the size (larger than my usual pair), they were no problem to handle. They were very lightweight, and the precision tips made it easy to grab even the tiniest hair. I really appreciated the precision!

Although I have not had cause to use them for first aid, I can already see how useful they would be for extracting splinters. My two kids get splinters a fair bit in the summer months, so I have no doubt I will be using them in the future.

In summary, I really liked Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair. They are a great addition for your beauty kit and first aid kit.

You can find Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

 

Book Review: Under 15 Minutes Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes

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It seems that it was not so long ago that vegetarianism was seen as an unusual dietary choice. People who chose to exclude meat from their diets were labelled or stigmatized. Well, that certainly has changed. Now, the health benefits of vegetarianism are very well documented. Many people have chosen to eat this way for health reasons, religious reasons or simply for taste.

There are an abundance of choices when it comes to vegetarian eating. People have developed a myriad of different ways to cook fruits, vegetables and whole grains in ways that our ancestors never dreamed of! Even if you are not strictly a vegetarian, you may go through stretches of time when you choose to limit meats in your diet. For this reason, having access to tasty vegetarian recipes is both healthy and smart!

I was really happy to review this new e-book: Under 15 Minutes Quick and Easy Vegetarian Meals by Jonathan Vine and Tali Carmi. There were several reasons why this title intrigued me! First, I love the concept of an easy meal, because I am not an accomplished cook. Secondly, I try to stick to recipes that are quick to make. As a mom who works full-time outside the home, I don’t have much spare time. Therefore, I want to make healthy meals quickly!

This book has an abundance of really great recipes. There are literally recipes to tempt the most inexperienced palates (read: kids!) to accomplished gourmets. I tried a couple recipes, and I was really happy with the results! The first that I tried was Vanilla French Toast. This recipe was just a subtle twist from my regular one, but it was incredibly tasty! It took less than 15 minutes to make, and my family loved the taste! You could eat them as is with some fresh fruit or jam, or traditional maple syrup. Two thumbs up for sure!

Another recipe that I tried were the Deviled Eggs. I never used to eat deviled eggs for some strange reason. Then about a decade ago, I tried them, and realized that they were absolutely delicious! Whenever I go to a party, I inevitably eat them if they are offered. Jonathan Vine’s recipe was very easy to make, and the result was fantastic! The eggs turned out amazing! I packaged them up and brought them to a pot luck dinner that we were headed to.

I can absolutely say that I will be returning to this cookbook many times over. I love that the recipes are healthy, and easy to make. My only criticism is that there are no nutritional numbers associated with each recipe. I really value these numbers, especially when I am doing my Weight Watchers point tracking.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced e-cookbook with delicious vegetarian recipes, then definitely give this book a try!

You can purchase this e-book on Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Join The Influenster Community!

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One of the primary activities I do on this blog is write product reviews. Truthfully, I love receiving new products and trying them out. I think it is really interesting to see the latest innovations out there and figuring out the pros and cons.

I have been asked before, where do you get all that stuff that you review? Well there are several places to get started! One of my favorites is Influenster!

So what is Influenster? Well here is the low down, directly from their website:

Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!

We invite our most active and social media savvy members to participate in exclusive rewards campaigns

The basic premise is this. If you love social media and have a strong interest in sharing your opinion on products with your friends, family and followers, then Influenster wants you to join their growing community!

So how do you get started? It is incredibly easy! First of all, let me emphasize that Influenster is completely FREE to join. There are no membership fees of any kind. All you do is enter your basic information, then connect all your social media accounts through your personal Social Impact page. The more connected you are on social media, the higher your Influenster score will be.

Once you sign up, then you should definitely LIKE the Influenster Facebook and Twitter pages. It is here that you will hear about many upcoming and ongoing campaigns (called VoxBox programs) that are happening.

Personally, I only found out about Influenster in the last year. In that time, I have been invited to participate in two campaigns. Firstly, I sampled and reviewed Broadway imPRESS press on nails. Recently, I reviewed some Lancome Grandiose mascara. Both campaigns were hugely fun, and as a beauty product junkie, it was so cool to try out these new products, and share my views.

So, are you INTRIGUED? Do you want to join? Well, all you have to do is click here!

Product Review/Giveaway: Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum (Can/US) (10/07)

drsongSkin care is really a changing field. Once upon a time, it seemed that everyone owned a few staples, like cold cream. There were not a ton of options, and certainly people’s individual skin needs were not seen as important.

Now skin care is really an emerging field for scientific research. It’s not just a matter of putting a pretty looking package together, people want to know that what they put on their face is actually backed up by hard science. We know what kinds of things contribute to aging skin, now companies are racing to create products which help to mitigate the effects of pollution, UV exposure, smoking, stress, and genetics.

Science is the principle which underlies Dr. Song’s Vitamin C Serum. Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Their products are manufactured in the U.S., and are all fully FDA compliant. They adhere to strict quality control procedures, so that you can be assured that what is on their labels is actually in the bottle.

Their vitamin C serum is comprised of 20% vitamin C, but also other ingredients which help to restore the health and appearance of aging skin. These ingredients include: vitamin E, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. Vitamins C and E are known anti-oxidants which help to reverse the effects of damaging free radicals to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance which is known to decline in aging skin; using this ingredient in a topical formulation helps to restore the fullness to your skin.

I have been using this serum for approximately 3 weeks and have been very happy with it. I use a small amount in the evening after I wash and dry my face. The serum is dispensed using an glass eye dropper. It is a fairly viscous liquid, so I rubbed it quickly between my hands to increase its temperature and decrease its viscosity, and then I applied it to my entire face and neck. I waited at least 5 minutes to allow it time to completely absorb through my skin before applying my nighttime moisturizer. Despite its texture, I didn’t find this serum to be overly sticky. It seemed to absorb very nicely through my skin, and it didn’t leave any residue. Also despite the label which indicated that it contained a fragrance, I didn’t detect any noticeable scent.

You can currently purchase Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum on Amazon. (It is being offered at a very good promotional price right now, an excellent value!)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.