Saturday, September 26, 2009

cool it

My son is three and has been walking for two years now. He hates sitting in the stroller but can never seem to make it to our destination by foot. My husband and I end up carrying him part of the way. My two-year-old daughter will cozy up in the Phil and Ted's if she's ready to nap, but otherwise she wants to walk or be carried as well. After lugging around the extra weight, and constantly stooping down to their level to hand them things or pick things up, back strain has become second nature. So I was anxious to try Elemental Herbs® Herbal Cool natural pain-relief spray ($12.49 for two ounces; $20.49 for four ounces).

The 100% botanical and natural herbal-based healing tonic is made of wildcrafted herbs and menthol for quick relief. Designed to relieve strains, sprains, bumps, bruises, sore backs, joints and muscles, it also soothes arthritis, tendonitis and helps ease menstrual cramps. It is a must-have remedy for athletes but I think parents can equally benefit from its use.

I got my husband to spray it on my sore shoulder blades but neglected to tell him there was no need to rub it in (a little massage never hurt anyone!). It immediately felt cool on my skin and continued to soothe my muscles for the next couple of hours. The three anti-inflammatory herbs--Arnica, St. John's Wort and Balsam Poplar work together to reduce inflammation. Granted, I wouldn't trade it for a deep tissue massage but it's the next best form of relief when there's no one else around.

Go to or a local retailer to try it for yourself. Also check out the company's other popular products like All Good Lips lip balm and Sunscreen Sport.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

open arms

For me, one of the most annoying things about going to the playground is having to carry a bag with your keys, cell phone and cash, or even worse, stuff them all into your pockets. Try pushing a swing or digging in a sandbox with your bag falling off your shoulder or your pockets bulging. That's why I LOVE these innovative, Hands-Free Bags ($49.99 + tax) from Jupiter Freedom. Founded by Genevieve Liboiron in Montreal, Canada. Far more cooler than traditional "fanny packs," the hands-free bags can be worn on your upper or lower arm, wrist or even thigh and holds your cell phone, lipstick, PDA, keys and even most pocket size digital cameras. They're made with quality materials and have amazing features--like an all-around zipper for both right- and left-handed moms, an adjustable elastic straps for the best fit, breathable mesh for comfort, a removable change purse, and more. So what if it was really invented by Liboiron so she could be hands-free when going clubbing? Moms can live vicariously through her as we jump around in Gymboree class! Choose from about a dozen styles at