Posts tagged ‘giveaway’

October 10, 2013

#485 – (Physi)Cool is the new hot – a giveaway!

What is cooling, comes in a spray bottle and has shown promising inflammation-reducing results?

Give up?

Physicool – a new product that is now available in the U.K. and the U.S. 

As part of this giveaway I was sent a combo pack—or as they say in the U.K. – a combi pack—a bottle of Physicool and a bandage, which I have not yet had occasion to use. Thankfully, my joints are behaving themselves, so I am not able to comment on how this product worked for me. You can read Pollyanna Penguin’s review, here.

I am offering a giveaway, courtesy of Physicool, for a combo/combi pack, which consists of one bottle of Physicool and a reusable bandage. This giveaway is only open to those people with a mailing address in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Three names will be chosen from the U.K., and three will be chosen from the U.S. and Can., combined.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To enter the giveaway, complete the following sentence by leaving your answer in the Comment section, below: Without inflammation, I would ____________. 
  2. Entries must be received by midnight PDT, on Sunday, October 20th, 2013.
  3. In order to enter, you must have a mailing address in the U.K., the U.S., or Can.
  4. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:
    – On Twitter share the following: I just entered a #giveaway for a #Physicool from @AuntieStress, thx to @Physicool1 & @BuyPhysicool. Enter here: 
    – On Pinterest make a comment, or repin the giveaway on my Giveaways Board.
    – Hit the Google+ icon for another entry.
  5. Names will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
September 27, 2013

#483 – Books, More Books and a Book Giveaway

I love to read. I always have.

However, when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, reading took on a new meaning. It was an escape from pain, taking me outside (of myself) to visit other places, people and events. This was especially important when I didn’t have the energy to physically get out and do the things I would have liked to do.

You can read about how reading helps with stress on Treasure Your Pleasure Reading.

Call me old-fashioned, but I love books – having them, looking at them, holding them and reading them. Even though an e-reader is easier on the hands, I still prefer the paperback version.

As it turns out, research is showing that your brain works differently when you read on paper than when you stare at your electronic device. (‘Fess up! You know you don’t blink that much when you read on the screen!)

There’s a physicality to reading a book that enhances cognitive processes. The fact that there is a weight and smell of a book makes it a more sensory experience. Corners, a left and right side all help to orient your place in the book. The act of turning pages and orienting oneself to the text serves to form a mental map of the text. For example, I’ll bet you are often able to recall the location of the information – first third of the book, bottom right side of the page. I know I am always surprised when I’m able to find the information I need or want.

In The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens, Anne Mangen from The University of Stavanger in Norway had this to say, “The ease with which you can find out the beginning, end and everything in between and the constant connection to your path, your progress in the text, might be some way of making it less taxing cognitively, so you have more free capacity for comprehension.”

The article does conclude by wondering if, over time, attitudes will adjust, and improvements to technology will change the way one reads and comprehends text.

In the meantime, my preferred method to read is with a book in hand, and a cup of tea or coffee at my side. So brew up that cuppa and review your book wish list, as by entering this giveaway you might be one read closer to that book you’ve been after!

The Abbotsford location of The Bookman with their neck-saving drawers.

The Abbotsford location of The Bookman with their neck-saving drawers.

I wrote about the neck-saving drawers at the delightful The Book Man shops in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, B.C. Well, today’s $15.00 gift certificate giveaway comes courtesy of The Book Man. If you can’t get to them, they do provide shipping. However, it’s worth carving time out of your day to make the trip to either – or both – The Book Man locations. This is a place with plenty of atmosphere, friendly staff, and let’s not forget those great drawers – in the store! 🙂

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To enter the giveaway, complete the following sentence: Books are______________________________.
  2. Entries must be received by midnight PDT, on Monday, September 30th, 2013.
  3. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:
    – On Twitter share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress for a gift certificate for @ZeBookMan. Enter here:
    – On Pinterest share a comment or repin the giveaway on my Giveaways Board.
  4. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, on Twitter and on Pinterest.
September 12, 2013

#480 – Nothing Lowly about Lowe’s

Last year, Lowe’s opened a new store in a neighbouring community. I was excited to read about their shopping enhancing experience. This is of benefit to anyone who has mobility issues. It is reminiscent of a time when service like this was the norm, not the exception. There was no need to explain what the customer could expect – it was just done as a normal course of business.

Lowe’s introduces the triplets of enhanced shopping:

  1. 3-In-Line Policy – since standing can be tough for someone with rheumatoid arthritis,  giving the customer care associates autonomy to open another till benefits anyone who is struggling to take care of some errands, even through the pain and fatigue of a chronic illness.
  2. Help Buttons – with a store as large as Lowe’s, the tiresome time-gobbling wandering trying to find help is halted.
  3. Carry-Out Service – to someone who has joint pain and limited mobility, opening a bottle of water can be as tough as cracking open a macadamia nut without a nut cracker. So, this service makes light of what is often a daunting task for someone who has RA.

This harkens back to the type of service that was the norm when stores had hardwood floors and cashiers needed to know how to count out your change. It was the type of service I remember receiving when I would tag along when my mom or dad when we went shopping  to town. 

It is the type of service that is memorable, particularly for parents with small children, seniors and those who are mobility-challenged.

Over to you. Where did you last receive platinum service on a shopping trip?

Disclaimer: I have not been reimbursed by Lowes in any way, shape or form.

May 10, 2013

#450 – A giveaway for another piece of the address your stress puzzle

“We know today that the story of our genes is much more intriguing, complicated, and adaptable than we ever imagined. In fact, our genes appear to be much more sensitive to the environment around us, and that environment may influence whether our genes will or will not activate. The combination of our surroundings and our genetic predisposition impacts us from the very moments we enter the world, and even in the womb itself.”

This quote is from the enlightening chapter on epigenetics in Manage Your Stress (Joseph S. Shrand, MD, with Leigh M. Devine, MS). It’s a quote that I feel is relevant to my predisposition to and development of RA. A combination of the world events that my parents lived through, that affected their relationship with each other and us children, addictions and personality traits, which consisted of a lot of negative feelings, including intense worry and feelings of never being enough.

I have been able to become my own gate-keeper, thanks to the stress techniques I regularly deploy, even when I’m not stressed. Every day I practice what I preach and build up resilience. Think of it as filling your pantry shelves with preserves marked ability, capability, endurance, performance – things that allow you to do well when the world has other plans.

In helping to build up your pantry of stress management goodies, I am delighted to be given an opportunity to review this book, then offer it as a giveaway. We all need reminders to take ourselves seriously enough to lead a designed-by-us life, not one that is dictated by Stress Uncontrolled.

Filled with plenty of links to case studies, Manage your Stress will open your eyes to the deleterious effects of stress, but it won’t leave you hanging, wondering “What next?” In a user-friendly format, you’ll learn how stress impacts your immune system, cardiac system, your gastrointestinal tract, how you sleep, and your brain function. You’ll get a good grounding in things you can do to start making a difference – now. This book is not only about “overcoming stress in the modern world”, it is also about being well by developing good living habits, with information on nutrition, relationships, time, structuring your home life, and so much more.

As I tell my clients, when you have knowledge, about not only how stress impacts you, but more importantly, what to do about it, plus the practice of practising your new behaviours, you can expect to see a change – one that will leave you feeling better – in ways that may delight you!

If you are puzzled by what to do about your stress, enter this giveaway for your own copy of Manage Your Stress.

How to Enter and Rules:

  1. To enter the giveaway, explain how you know when you are stressed. (To leave your answer, click the green Comment link, below.)
  2. Entries must be received by midnight PDT, on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
  3. In order to enter, you must have a Canadian or U.S. mailing address.
  4. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:
    – On Twitter share the following: I just entered a #giveaway for a copy of Manage Your Stress  from @AuntieStress. You can, too!
    – On Pinterest share a comment or repin the giveaway on my Giveaways Board
  5. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, on Twitter and on Pinterest.
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