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Feel Better this Cold & Flu Season with Vicks #PGMom {Giveaway}

I grew up in a family where home remedies were often the first line of attack against our colds and flu. My grandmother swore by the power of a few drops of warm olive oil to fight off an earache, and she would make us ginger beer for stomach problems. Hot water, honey and lemon for a cold, and of course – chicken soup.

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But what we also always had was Vicks. I still get a wonderful feeling of comfort from the menthol and eucalyptus scent of Vicks Vaporub. It’s a staple in my medicine cabinet, and you’ll find me applying it liberally to chest and back of anyone with nasal or chest congestion. It works wonders to clear up that congestion and ease muscle aches. And did you know – to help with coughing at night, apply Vicks Vaporub to the soles of the feet, then haul on some cotton socks. Seriously! It works.

I swear by their cough syrups as well, and there again is a family tradition. My grandfather always had a bottle of Vicks Formula 44 by his bed. Always. Do you remember that one? He was a bus driver and so was exposed to so many cold and flu bugs, being with the public all day. Formula 44 was the only cough syrup he trusted. And these days I rely on Vicks Nyquil and Dayquil.
These come in a number of formulations, so be sure to read the labels and choose the one that is designed to treat your specific symptoms. Never take more medicine than you need to, right? I do appreciate that you can find a solution within this line for everything from just a cough, to sinus issues, right through full-on flu with a chest full of mucus symptoms, plus you can choose from liquid or caplet forms to find what works for you. I trust Vicks, and am glad I can find what I need from them, regardless of my specific symptoms.

Personally, I am a fan of the NyQuil original flavour liquid, as it hits my typical cold symptoms with a pain reliever, antihistamine and cough suppressant. Plus I love the taste, likely because it reminds me of Formula 44. I find it soothing, and it helps me sleep when I most need the rest to heal. I stock up with this each fall in anticipation of colds to come.

Tips from Vicks
Vicks has these helpful tips and suggestions for you, to help you get through this winter cold and flu season in the best shape possible. Remember – prevention is the best!

Know the signs: Not many people realize they’re most contagious in the first 24 hours of symptoms. If you’re experiencing two or more of these symptoms, do your best to stay at home and enjoy some Netflix!

Cough or Sore Throat
Runny Nose
Headache or Body Aches
Chills / Fatigue

Avoid work germs: Be wary of sinks, office kitchen tools, and especially doorknobs. Keep some antibacterial gel at your desk and make sure you wash your hands frequently.

Take more “You Time”: Saying no to stress can keep your immune system strong, make sure you get plenty of rest and sleep, not just when you’re sick.

Double up on pillows: Place a pillow on your mattress to raise the upper body from the waist up. This allows for blood flow away from your head and will reduce the inflammation of your air passage. It’s also a great method of reducing body aches.

Sweat it out: Steam and humidity will help drain sinuses and relieve your stuffiness. You don’t necessarily have to sit in a sauna or steam room, a hot shower has the exact same effect. (Helpful tip: put your towel or bathrobe in the dryer so you don’t feel chilled when you get out)

“Tea, please”: Drinking herbal teas like chamomile, mint or passionflower can help you relax while also helping fluids into your system.

Treat all your symptoms simultaneously: Look for a medication that can treat the toughest symptoms while also helping you rest. DayQuil COMPLETE and NyQuil COMPLETE provide all-in-one relief for your toughest cold and flu symptoms so you can start seizing the rest of your day, and get the rest you so desperately need at night.

Get Social
Connect with Vicks on Twitter: @NyQuilDayQuil and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VicksCanada

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A Giveaway
We want to help keep you and your family healthy this winter, so we are offering this giveaway to one lucky RMB reader. We can’t have medicine as a prize, so instead the winner will receive a $50 Shopper’s Drug Mart gift card to purchase what you need and a lovely Anthropologie mug for your favourite hot beverage. Total prize value approximately $75. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, March 13. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be resident in Canada.

Finish Quantum vs. Eggplant Parmigiana

Cheesy, yummy goodness. I love eggplant parmigiana. It’s not the fave of the rest of my family, but sometimes Mom gets to pick the meal. When that happens around here, it’s usually some kind of baked pasta. Often lasagna, but eggplant parmigiana is a special treat.

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However, as yummy as it is, I don’t love cleaning up after it. Baked on mozzarella and parm are not fun to get off. Check out this baked-on, hardened, sticky mess.

 

The bottom of the pan is never too bad, since it’s the eggplant slices that sit directly on it. But the edges are always coated with stuck-on, baked-on cheese. In my experience, this is not an easy clean-up job.

This is the type of dish that Hubs would just put in the dishwasher. Then I would re-wash it with a nylon scrubbie after it came out. (We have a history with this. Sometimes I wonder if he does it on purpose to create more work for me, since he doesn’t really like baked pastas.)

I have not had much success with my usual detergent getting off baked-on cheese, or starchy things like mashed potatoes or white rice. But, since I have joined the #FinishRevolution, and I have been challenged to get a messy dinner cleaned up with Finish Quantum in the dishwasher … in it went.

I did wait til the next night to get a full load as well. So it had some time to really dry out and set in. Was I nervous? A little. But Finish Quantum had been doing well for me so far.

The results? Surprising and exciting! See for yourself:

 

 

Sparkly clean! There were a few little dried bits left (you can see one if you look closely at the first picture). But they flicked off with my fingernail. The turners came clean too:

 

(Please ignore the holes in my counter top. It’s on “the list.”)

What do you think? Personally, I think this experiment was a success!

underWAY – review and giveaway

I’ve mentioned here before that I’m trying to lose some weight. I think many of us, especially as we are staring down the barrel of swimsuit season, are feeling the same way. I’ve been trying to cut back on my calorie intake, and drinking lots of water, but I find I am always starving!!! And a hungry me is not a pleasant me. (Just ask the Hubs.)

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So, I was pretty excited to hear about this product – underWAY supplement drinks – and to be invited to try it out and participate in this MomCentral blog tour. I was sent a big package of underWay drinks and Smart for Life products (cookies, cupcakes, soup, cereal, shake, etc.)

I received 4 bottles each of two flavours of underWAY – grape and acai-pomegranate. Each bottle is considered to be two servings – 10 calories per serving and only 2 grams of carbs. Each bottle has 9 grams of fibre. The drink is not only a supplement, but an appetite suppressant. The fibre is a special formulation called HeroFiber, a soluble dietary fiber that helps maintain normal levels of cholesterol, glucose and insulin that are already in the normal range and promotes slower absorption so we feel fuller longer. So, drinking one of these between meals, you are not only hydrating with a sodium- and caffeine-free beverage, you are also tricking your stomach into thinking you are consuming more calories than you are, and fighting against the urge to snack. Plus, we all know fibre is important in our diet, so getting more is a good thing.

Of the two flavours, grape is definitely my favourite, though both are good. I guess I would compare them to something like a sport drink flavour, or weak kool-aid. Not too intense, not really sweet, nicely refreshing. I found the Acai-Pomegranate to have a bit of an aftertaste, though it didn’t last long. The Grape I am really enjoying and haven’t noticed any aftertaste. There is also an Orange flavour, according to the website. I’m not sure how to describe this, but the drink felt “hearty” going down. Not thick really, but substantial. I had one last night on my way to an event, having not had time to eat dinner. I was hungry, but not starving. I drank a full underWAY and I really did feel satisfied and conquered my desire to dash through a drive-thru somewhere on my way. I was happy with that. I can see these drinks working well for me during my work day. I am particularly prone to giving in to snack cravings and tummy rumblings mid-morning and mid-afternoon, when I’m sitting at my desk and healthy options are not plentiful. I will be bringing a bottle to work with me each day next week to see how they help me stay on track, while not feeling those hunger pangs (I hope!).

I also received the selection of Smart for Life products. I’ve been reading about their Cookie and Cupcake Diets. You can get more information through the link below, but, basically, you replace most of your meals and snacks over a period of time with regularly consumed cookies or cupcakes that are filled with healthful ingredients and specially formulated fibre. They all contain a balance of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains designed to give maximum nutritional punch. I have been trying another diet plan that included snack and meal replacement bars, and I have to say that I find the Smart for Life product much more appealing. I found the other replacements I had tried tended to be sweet and sugary tasting. I don’t have a big sweet tooth to begin with, so this doesn’t really work for me. But the Smart for Life cookies are filling and tasty and not sweet. I think I might actually be able to keep that up. And you can substitute one of their soups or cereals for a cookie or cupcake serving, adding variety. (Plus you eat a healthy dinner – details in the diet plan.)

 

You can learn more about Smart for Life and underWAY products, developed by physician Dr. Sasson Moulavi, at www.smartforlife.com and www.under-way.com. Check this out for yourself and see if you think these products are something you think could help you achieve your healthy weight goals.

 

Now for the big fun … my first giveway! Yes, MomCentral and underWAY are providing ten prize packages to lucky blog commenters. These packages will contain eight bottles of underWAY supplement drink, plus an assortment of Smart for Life products. The same package as I received to try out for this blog tour, so you could try out this program for free too. To enter, please simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to try underWAY and/or Smart for Life products. Contest closes on August 4. I will be choosing 10 winners from all comments received, using random.org. Contest is open to Canadian residents only. You may enter the contest through multiple blogs participating in this tour, but can only win once. *Be sure to include an email or a Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!*

 

In the meantime, if you want to try the drink out for yourself you can receive a 10% discount on online orders of underWAY with the following code: MCCAN10OFFUW.

 

Disclosure – I am participating in the underWAY program by Mom Central on behalf of Better Health Beverage, LLC. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Portion-Controlled Treats from Allans Candy

Sometimes you just need a little something sweet for a pick-me-up. Nothing big, just enough to satisfy a sweet craving. Allan Candy, a Canadian company, has just come out with a sweet treat that will do the trick!

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Allan’s Dessert Bites are soft, chewy candies, wrapped in a creamy or chocolate coating. The flavours are based on four popular desserts – Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Strawberry Shortcake. The bite-sized candies really do deliver on these flavours, staying pretty true to the real things.

 

The Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake is my favourite, probably because I love chocolate. I prefer this coating to the yogourty coating on the other flavours, but all taste good.

 

The serving size listed in the nutritional information is 14 pieces, but I found maybe half of that was enough to satisfy my sweet craving. 8 pieces would come in about 100 calories. This is a nice option for a portion-controlled sweet indulgence. These are gluten free as well, and more flavours may be in the works!

 

Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Allan’s Dessert Bites are available in 200g resealable packages (perfect for your desk drawer). Right now they are offering a printable $2 off coupon on their Facebook page. So head over, print out your coupon, and introduce yourself to a little sweet Canadian treat.