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Relief for Winter Dry Skin – George’s Skin Creams

In the summer it’s usually my feet. I wear sandals most every day, except when I’m barefoot in my own yard. My feet get really dry and cracked. In the winter, it’s pretty much everywhere else. With the dry, cold air outside, and the stale, heated air inside, my skin doesn’t stand a chance. Moisturizers and hand creams are a staple in my life.

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For the past couple of weeks, this has been sitting next to “my” spot on the couch. George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion is my new go-to solution for my winter dry skin. The pump makes it super easy to quickly access and apply the lotion to my hands, arms, and legs while I’m watching TV. And the lotion absorbs so quickly too. It is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, with no parabens, urea, or lanolin, so it is safe for the sensitive skin of small kids and even babies. This is a moisturizer the whole family can use, and it works!

George’s is a Canadian company, out of Alberta. And there actually is a George! George Doherty is a pharmacist and entrepreneur from Calgary, and he originally developed this formulation at home, using his wife’s mixer, in an attempt to come up with a cream that could combat the severe dry skin and irritations that come with the dry and cold Alberta winters. The original George’s Special Dry Skin Cream was later joined by George’s Light, a lighter lotion, which can even be used as a daily facial moisturizer. These products are still produced locally to strict standards, by a single manufacturer.

George’s is known for its great results with severe dry skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis, but it offers therapeutic benefits that will provide immense relief to those suffering from many skin conditions, including:
Cradle Cap
Sunburn
Flaky Skin
Wind Burn
Swimmer’s Itch

It is available across Canada at major and independent retailers, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and Loblaws. You can find out more about these products on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

A Giveaway

To care for your skin this winter, you could win a prize pack of George’s Skin Cream products, including both full- and travel-sizes. Approximate retail value $30. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 17, 2012. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I received free product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions on this blog remain my own.

MGA Entertainment Prize Pack – next in the #holidayshowcase

Tis the season for giveaways! I love bringing my readers chances to win fun and/or useful items, and I think you’ll be excited by this one. Today’s prize is a $258 prize pack of toys from MGA Entertainment. MGAE includes many popular toy brands, and for this giveaway they are offering a selection to please both boys and girls, from the Little Tikes, Lalaloopsy, and Bratz lines.

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The Giveaway

  • 3 Action Adventures Robot Flashlights
    · 4 Lalaloopsy bundle
    · 4 Bratz Catz
    Total Prize Value: $258Personally, I know Little Boo would love those Robot Flashlights. He has a bit of a flashlight obsession, and add a robot to the mix? Total win!

    Entries for this giveaway are via the Rafflecopter widget below, until Dec. 9th. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.

Thank you to Kidsumers for organizing!

Toys R Us Play Day, June 22

 

More fun happenings this weekend! This Saturday, June 22, from 11am-1pm, ToysRUs locations across Canada (excluding express locations) will be hosting a Play Day to celebrate the start of summer vacation.

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Activities may vary by store, and are available while quantities last, but include a special Lego build, a chance to design a Thomas cargo car, a Klutz craft station, and more. Little Boo and I attended a Lego build at our local ToysRUs before Mother’s Day. He made me a heart box and had so much fun. And of course, these activities are free. We’re planning on visiting again this weekend.

Disney’s Frozen – Family Pass Giveaway

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. “Frozen” hits theatres in 3D on November 27, 2013.

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A Giveaway

Disney’s Frozen may not officially open until November 27, but I have a special treat for two Raising My Boys readers. On November 9th, at 10:00am, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Canada will present a number of screenings of the new film in cities across Canada. I have family passes to give out for the GTA screenings, in Richmond Hill and Whitby. Can you attend? The screenings will be at the Silver City Richmond Hill and Empire Theatres Whitby. Each family pass provides admission for four people. I have one to give away for each location. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, November 4. Open to Canadian residents only, and the winners must be available to attend the screening in person on November 9. Best of luck!

Diamonius Simulated Diamond Jewelry

Who doesn’t love the pretty? And when the pretty sparkles? So much the better for this girl! I was approached earlier this month to review a couple of simulated diamond rings from Diamonius. I hadn’t heard of this company before, so I had a look around their website to see what they were all about before I committed. What I saw impressed me, both in terms of the jewelry pictured and the company’s philosophy and practices.

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The Company

“Every woman should have the opportunity to own extraordinary jewelry that is conflict-free, and has no negative environmental, economic or humanitarian effects. Diamonius’ philosophy is to provide all women with their dream jewelry at an affordable price without compromising luxury or elegance. We enable fashionistas to wear $150-$200 rings that look visually identical to $2000-$8000 rings.

Diamonius uses only the highest quality lab-created diamond simulants as substitutes for naturally mined diamonds. Diamonius diamond simulants truly capture all the brilliance and luxury of mined diamonds. Our Diamonius diamond simulants will not fade, discolor or cloud. Our diamond simulants are colorless and flawless. Diamonius diamond simulants are visually indistinguishable from a mined diamond except by specialized gemologist equipment.”

The Rings
I received the Adrianna and Cheryl designs, pictured below. They are both stunning pieces and were very difficult to photograph simply because they sparkle so much. Adrianna is my favourite of the two, maybe because it has the three gems, but mostly because the visual weight of the ring looks great on my finger. I tend to prefer chunkier designs. The Cheryl is exquisite and very delicate. It would be great for a slender finger or anyone who prefers a simpler design in their jewelry.

Mother’s Day Gifts From Blurb.com

Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and you may still be looking for ideas of what to get for the woman who gave you everything. How about a collection of memories?

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Blurb Designer Instant book templates allow you to easily make a professional quality photo book filled with memories for mom. Scan and upload pictures from your childhood, or hers. Or send Grandma a photo book filled with beautiful images of her grandkids.

 

Instant Books are easy to create, take about an hour, and start at just $12.99. This is definitely a present she will leave on the coffee table for everyone to see each and every day! Start creating your Blurb Designer Instant Book today and save 20% with promo code LOVEYOUMOM, valid through 5/10/13!

Blurb Yearbooks – New Discount Code

My big 25% off code for Blurb Books expired yesterday, but you can still get 15% off all books until April 30 with the code APRIL15. Plus, there’s a special new discount code available to celebrate the launch of the Blurb Yearbooks.

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Remember all of those special moments of the last year? (Your child graduating and moving onto a new school, your kids first soccer season or school field trip!) Now, you can remember them forever by creating a Blurb School Book! The best part about Blurb School Books is they are easy to create and a great fundraising tool for your school or class (there are discounts for bulk orders). Or, get together with other parents and create a wonderfully meaningful teacher’s gift for the end of the year.

Use the code MYSCHOOLBOOK to receive your 15% discount* on Blurb School and Yearbooks until 5/31/2013.

*Offer valid through May 31st, 11.59pm Local time. A 15% discount is applied towards product totals for books made by you. Maximum discount avail is USD $200, CAD/AUD $250 or EUR 160. This offer is not valid for GBP purchases. This offer is good for one time use only and may not be combined with any other offers, discounts, volume discounts, gift cards or used for adjustments on previous orders.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Blurb Books affiliate program through ShareASale.com

Heard From the Backseat

 

Little Boo was playing a Mario game on his DS. He was talking about the Boos in the game, which are a kind of ghost. He said you couldn’t kill them and you couldn’t scare them. So I asked him, is that because ghosts are so scary nothing scares them? “Yeah,” he said. “Except maybe a zombie. Zombies are scarier.”

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As I looked up and thought Hubs was about to run a red light (he wasn’t and didn’t), I inadvertently blurted out in fear, “Jesus!” A voice from the back answered, “Yes?”

Resolutions and Me

 

Happy 2011! I’m still a little shocked that 2010 is over and we’re in January already. And in a bit of denial that I have to go back to the 9-5 on Monday. Between Little Boo getting sick and then our holiday closure, I’ve been off for 2 and a half weeks, and I’m very much getting used to it.

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Lots of my friends have been talking about making New Year’s Resolutions. It is something that I used to do every year. I would even put my resolutions in writing and pin them up by my desk or carry them in my purse to remind myself and (in theory) to keep me on track. But I gave up probably a decade ago. Some resolutions stuck, some didn’t. Some caused too much anxiety when I failed. And I have to say that this is not my best time of year. Once we get past my birthday later this month, I go into a bit of a slump right through February and into March. So it’s not a great time of year for me for motivation and making changes. I mostly just need to focus on soldiering through and getting to the brighter days and warmer weather.

These days my resolutions may be made at any time of the year when I see the need for a change. It’s a bit like how I feel about Valentine’s Day I guess – why wait for one arbitrary day a year to show your love? or to start out on a new path or try a new skill?

In general, I’ve been resolving to be a more patient mother, and a more present friend. I’ve been working on getting out of the house more, networking and learning, both to help me figure out what my next career steps might be, and to create some balance and “me time” in my life. This directly feeds into my ability to become a more patient mother! These are the types of things I expect to continue working on in 2011, but I don’t consider them Resolutions. Just good decisions I made for myself and my family over the past many months.

What about you? Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? And, if you do, could you share some here?
Cheers!

Don’t Forget To Look After You!!

The Heart and Stroke Foundation tells us that the following are all warning signs of a heart attack:
• Chest discomfort (uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness)
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back)
• Shortness of breath
• Sweating
• Nausea
• Light-headedness”
Do you want to guess how many of these I experienced at work yesterday afternoon? Every. Single. One. Seriously. I was terrified.

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And at the same time, part of my head was telling me, “Don’t be so silly! You are in an extremely low risk category (non-smoking, great cholesterol & blood pressure, no family history). You’re too busy to go to the hospital. What a waste of precious time. And who will pick up Little Boo from daycare?” Do any of these excuses sound familiar to you? Mom can’t go down. Period.

On the other hand, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has different advice. If you experience these symptoms? Call 9-1-1. Stop what you are doing, take an aspirin if you have the chest pain, and lie down. I was miserable, in pain, numb, short of breath, dizzy, scared.

So what did I eventually do, once the chest pain really kicked in? I walked two blocks to my preferred hospital. (I did at least take my assistant with me in case I collapsed on the sidewalk. I’m not a complete fool.) After a brief 90 minute wait (triage nurse clearly wasn’t worried by what she saw), I saw a doctor, had an ECG, and was assured that what I was really experiencing was just the worst anxiety attack I had ever encountered. The doctor took a quick history, including a run-down on the hellish week I’ve just come through, patted my hand and gave me a script for something to take when necessary. He also told me to go home and rest, take a couple of days off work. I am following those orders.
And I still made it to daycare in time to get Little Boo.

The bottom line, I decided to go with better safe than sorry. I have experienced panic attacks before, but this was unlike any other. What if I were wrong and this were a heart attack? Who would look after my family if something happened to me? So I called on my dear friends to arrange help with Little Boo. I called on my assistant (and friend) to help me to the hospital. And I called on the medical professionals to check me out and fix me if need be. I realised while in the Emergency waiting room, if any of my friends, family, or staff had reported these symptoms to me, I would have been the first to haul their butt in to a doctor.

The doctor I saw was wonderful. And he was very clear with me – I did the right thing by coming in. I want to share this story with you, my readers, to encourage you to listen to your bodies. If something doesn’t seem right, if something is scaring you, it is worth getting checked out. See your family doctor, or a walk-in, or go to emerg if necessary. Keep yourself well! Your friends and family are counting on it.

Please note: this post is in no way sponsored by or authorised by the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The opinions here are my own. The symptoms and actions listed above are from the Heart & Stroke website, as noted.