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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have You Voted in the MiB Awards? #mibawards2014

No, not the Men in Black Awards. The Made in Blog Awards. This is the second year for the program, and it's a great chance to show some love for your favourite Canadian blogs in a variety of categories. I threw my hat in the ring this year, but haven't made a big deal about promoting it, beyond that button over there on the side bar. I'm not a big fan of begging for votes in these types of things, but I thought I'd put it out there today for your consideration, just in case you didn't know what it was all about :)

If you think I'm doing a great job here, and you enjoy reading what I have to say and checking out the family-friendly products and toys and such that I review, then please consider clicking over to the MiB Awards site and registering your vote for Raising My Boys. It's a quick single click vote. It won't hurt a bit, I promise! I would never buy votes, but you will have my undying gratitude :)

Public voting continues just until November 26 (tomorrow!), and then the 10 blogs with the most votes in each category will move on to the final round.  The Best Canadian Blog in each category will be chosen from among those finalists, according to specific criteria, by a jury.

Each person can only vote once per blog, per category, but you can vote for multiple blogs and show love to all your faves. Thanks in advance for considering me and my little spot on the web!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fighting Back with Tylenol #TylenolArthritis

We were heading out to my mother-in-law's for our birthday dinner. (That sounds odd, I know, but Hubs and I have birthdays within a week of each other.) Freshly scrubbed and dressed, I started down the stairs to grab my boys and my coat, but as I stepped over the cat who was obstinately lying on a stair about half-way down, I slipped. I slipped and I slid, down the last 7 steps, landing with a solid smack of my right foot on the ceramic tile at the bottom.

Ouch. There's a long version of the story that sees me believing I simply sprained my ankle (again) and heading to dinner anyway, reasoning I could put my foot up at her place as well as at mine, no big deal. It became a very big deal, and the short version is that my foot was broken. Really broken. In three places.

The break eventually healed of course, but a year or two later I started feeling pain again, especially when the weather got damp or cold. Pain, tightness, even sometimes redness and heat. My doctor nonchalantly announced I had arthritis in my foot as a result of the break. Apparently previous injury is a pretty common cause of arthritis, but that didn't make it any easier or more pleasant for me to deal with. Arthritis anywhere is painful, and can be debilitating. But when it's in your foot just simply getting around becomes so difficult. Every step is excruciating when my symptoms flare up and driving becomes difficult too. I'm "lucky" you know, so naturally it's my right foot that's affected.

I suspect I also have arthritis in fingers on each of my hands, again due to previous broken bones, but that hasn't been diagnosed. I simply recognise similar symptoms that can make it painful to type or to knit. Also a lot of stiffness in both ring fingers. I hate that the pain gets in the way of doing things I enjoy.

How do I treat my arthritis pain? My doctor recommended Tylenol Arthritis, and I take that when things flare up, so I can get back to living my life. It's the same drug my mother takes for the arthritis in her neck, so it's a bit of a family affair. I also sometimes use topical treatments, either including acetaminophen or a cooling agent to get some additional relief. A cooling gel feels great when my foot feels like it's on fire.

Tylenol Arthritis is designed with two layers for both a quick hit of acetaminophen for immediate relief, and then a longer lasting delayed release, so you get up to 8 hours of symptom management with just two pills. And Tylenol is easy on your stomach and kidneys, making it safe and comfortable to take. You don't want to be replacing one symptom (pain) with another one (stomach troubles)!

Tylenol has provided the following infographic to give you a clearer idea of what arthritis is, and how it impacts individuals and the Canadian economy. For instance, did you know that arthritis isn't a single disease, but that the term covers over 100 conditions? Read on!

A Giveaway

One reader will receive a $50 Visa gift card, courtesy of Tylenol. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, Dec. 3. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

Friday, November 21, 2014

HGG2014: Get Your Superhero on with Hasbro's Line of Captain America Gear {review}

'Fess up. You dreamed of being a superhero when you were a kid, didn't you? Excitement and special powers and crime fighting. It's all pretty alluring. Playing superheros was a favourite pastime when I was in elementary school, and I don't think much has changed. Except that now the kids have access to super cool gear they can use for dress-up superhero play!
Check out my little Captain America
Hasbro has a great line of Captain America role play gear that is timely with the excitement around the release of  Marvel's "Captain America: Winter Soldier" earlier this year. Captain America and all his fellow Marvel heroes are hot right now.

Boo has been trying out the Stealthfire Shield and Battle Helmet, having a great time striking poses and shooting darts. 

The Marvel Captain America Super Soldier Gear Stealthfire Shield has a little surprise for the enemies - just pull on the handle and the centre of the shield pops up to reveal 4 dart launchers, armed with 4 Nerf N-Strike Elite foam darts. The darts shoot up to 20 feet, and the launchers automatically retract once they've fired. This shield also features a rail system attachment for other Super Soldier Gear items (each sold separately) to customize your shield for battle.

Pair this up with the Marvel Captain America Super Soldier Gear Battle Helmet for even more fun. The helmet includes a button-activated light-up visor and a missile-firing projectile rocket launcher. Shoot right from your helmet just by pressing a button! The helmet also has a rail system, allowing the launcher to be connected in three different areas. Additional attachments are also available for purchase to further customize your helmet. This one requires 2 AAA batteries for the light-up visor, so be sure to include those when gifting.

Rated for ages 5 and up, the Stealthfire Shield and Battle Helmet each retail for approximately $24.99.

Both of these got a big thumbs up from Boo, even without the add-ons, but for reference, you can also get the Recon Rangefinder and/or Dualshot Gauntlet accessories for approximately $9.99 each. These attach via the rail system. Oh! And the Dualshot Gauntlet needs 2 AAA batteries.

The whole Marvel line from Hasbro should appeal to the school-aged boys on your list this year. If role play is not their thing, try the line of action figures in 3.75, 6, or 12 inch models. They even have Marvel superhero options for the toddlers and preschoolers in your life.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

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