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Review of Carex Products

I recently received some great products from the people at Carex Health Brands (through Crier Communications) for me to use and blog about. Carex Health Brands offers a complete line of products to help you ease the aches and pains that come with stress and health conditions such as RA and fibromyalgia.  

I received the following products from Carex for my review:

Bed Buddy Warming Shawl

Bed Buddy Aromatherapy Hot/Cold Pack

Bed Buddy Foot & Hand Warmers

Carex Ultra Grabber Reaching Aid

Bed Buddy Warming Shawl


The Bed Buddy Warming Shawl came in handy with I awoke the night after the products arrived with neck and shoulder pain. I took out the warming shawl, took a quick look at the product description and then put it in the microwave for less than two minutes. I put it around my shoulders, buttoned it and fell back to sleep quickly. When morning came, I had gotten a good night’s sleep and most of my pain had subsided. 

The design of the shawl covers the shoulders, neck and arms. It is comfortable to wear and is attractive coming in two colors – black or burgundy. It also offers a secure closure so you do not have to hold it around you. The shawl keeps you warm while providing a deep penetrating moist heat. It is great for anyone with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and/or back pain. You can even use it just keep warm on a cold day. All you have to do is put in the microwave for a minute or two (depending on your microwave) and the warm heat lasts for up to an hour. You can also put in the freezer if you are looking for cold therapy.

Bed Buddy Aromatherapy Hot/Cold Pack 

I really loved the Bed Buddy Aromatherapy Hot/Cold Pack. Actually, using it was heavenly. If you want soothing relief from aches and pains, this Hot/Cold Pack is your friend. It is filled with 100% natural grains, herbs and flowers and scented with rose, orange, lavender and cherry blossom. The uplifting aroma will rejuvenate you and the hold or cold relief will help you with aches, pains and stiffness.

The Hot/Cold Pack offers a moist heat and deep soothing relief from arthritis pain, joint stiffness, and sore muscles. You can use hot or cold and it heats quickly in the microwave. The aromatherapy scents will help to heal and uplift you. 

I awoke the other night with a really bad migraine headache. (I often awake to pain.) After taking my migraine prescription, I needed to do something about the throbbing in my head until the migraine medication did its own job. I heated up the hot and cold pack in the Microwave, headed back to bed, and put it on my forehead. The aromatherapy helped me to fall asleep quickly while the moist heat provided soothing relief. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to use the heat/cold pack on my forehead but it came in handy when I did need it and offered relief I didn’t expect.

Bed Buddy Foot & Hand Warmers 

The Foot & Hand Warmers come with lightly fragranced scent packs with eucalyptus, clove, and cinnamon – all to calm and revitalize your senses. Heat up to long lasting comfort, that stays heated for up to one hour. The warmers are one size fits all and easy and safe to use. I have awoken to stiff achy joints and even on a warm morning, the Foot & Hand Warmers are a Godsend. 

Carex Ultra Grabber Reaching Aid 

The Ultra Grabber Reaching Aid is designed for grasping items from those hard to reach places. I am 5 foot 3 inches so even without RA and fibro, there is not a lot I can reach. Additionally, the Ultra Grabber offers a 90 degree rotating arm that makes grasping easy. The wrist support is great for those of us with achy and weak hands. The locking tab holds grabbed items in place for those lacking hand strength. It is great tool and it does it what it is supposed to do. It is most helpful to me in the kitchen because I have pretty high cabinets. I don’t do well with stools and chairs as it is but with the grabber, I no longer have to worry about stretching to reach something and then giving up to locate a stool or chair. 

You can find Carex products at various online retailers, including Amazon, and local retailers, including Walmart.  You can also find Bed Buddy products there as well. Carex Health Brands is a global leader in home health products and has been in business for more than twenty years.  For more information, please visit the Carex website at and/or the Bed Buddy Facebook page at  To find retailers, call Carex at 1-800-526-8051 or email them at


Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. The people at Crier Communications sent me samples to try out. The opinions expressed belong entirely to me.


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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Product Review


Trudeau Stress Less Product Line Review and Giveaway

Just in time for Arthritis Awareness Month (May 2012), the good people at Trudeau Corporation sent me products from their newest line of food preparation tools for review.  These kitchen tools from the Stress Line product line are designed to reduce the strain on your hands and joints so it makes them ideal for those of us who struggle with arthritis and other limited hand conditions.

I received a complete set from the Trudeau Stress Less product line which included the six following products:  

1.     Stress Less Safety Can Opener

2.     Stress Less Garlic Press

3.     Stress Less Easy Grind Pepper Mill

4.     Stress Less Easy Grind Salt Mill

5.     Stress Less Pizza Cutter

6.     Stress Less Rotary Cheese Grater

The total retail value of the set is $143.00.  In addition to my providing a review, the good people at Trudeau Corporation and J.M. Glass and Associates, Ltd. are giving away one complete set to one reader of this blog.  

My Review

It took me some time to review all the products but the people at Trudeau and J.M. Glass gave me all the time I needed. 

The Stress Less Safety Can Opener

My favorite of these products was the Stress Less Safety Can Opener.  Once I figured it out, opening cans were a breeze.  The can opener offers an ergonomic design and comes with an easy rotating handle.  It opens cans from the side so there are no sharp edges on can once open.  It is also compact for convenient storage which means it fits in your kitchen drawers.  My electric can opener was on its last lick and it lasted me a good two years and I was deciding whether to buy a new one (another electric one).  For a lot less, this Stress Line can opener doesn’t leave the sharp edges that other can openers leave, plus there is no cost towards your electric bill if you were considering an electric one like I was.  Additionally, it comes with a five year warranty. Think about all the money you are saving now and into the future.

Check out this video on how to open cans easily and effortlessly with the Stress Line Can Opener and tell me that you are impressed.

Stress Less Garlic Press

I used the Garlic Press next.  The Garlic Press comes with a lifetime warranty, ergonomic handle, nonskid pads to allow you to press onto the counter, and a pivot ABS chamber that allows for convenient cleaning.  Simply put, it was easy to use, easy to press, easy on my hands, and easy to clean.

Stress Less Easy Grind Pepper Mill and Salt Mill

The Stress Less Easy Grind Pepper Mill and Salt Mill were so simple to use.  If you have hands that hurt and/or are weak, you know that pepper and salt mills are hard on the hands. Most likely, you avoid using salt and pepper mills for that very reason but now you don’t have to. The Stress Less Easy Pepper and Salt Mills allow you to use pepper and salt mills again without the pain involved.   Grinding salt and pepper is as simple as turning a handle with these two products. They feature an ergonomic design and soft handles to make grinding effortless. Additionally, both come with a lifetime warranty. You can even buy as a set and save some money.

The Stress Less Pizza Cuter and Rotary Cheese Grinder

The Stress Line Pizza Cutter and the Rotary Cheese Grinder were easy to use.  The pizza cutter offers an ergonomic handle with a finger guard, a removable cutting wheel for easy cleaning and a large diameter wheel for easy cutting.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty. The rotary cheese grater allows both left and right handed use.  It offers an ergonomic vertical design and a rotating crank for natural motion.   As with the pepper and salt mills, rotating the handle was effortless. The ergonomic design reduces pressure off the fingers and eliminates the need to turn your wrists.  It offers a vertical design so that the cheese falls directly on the food. Like the pizza cutter, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

My Overall Impression

The Trudeau Stress product line, in my opinion, delivered on their promise to offer products that reduce strain in the kitchen.  In addition, their products are well made and beautifully designed. If you are like me and you have tried many joint friendly products, you know that most are not well made and beautifully designed and their promises fall short when the product falls apart.  Well the people are Trudeau have been able to combine traditional designs with ease of use thus offering a great quality product.  

All of the products in the Stress Less Line are available online and in retail stores, such as Ace Hardware and Bed Bath and Beyond with a suggested retail price from $12.99 to $34.00.


The gracious people at Trudeau are giving away a complete set of their Stress Less product line products that includes the Stress Less Safety Can Opener, the Stress Less Garlic Press, the Stress Less Easy Grind Pepper Mill and Salt Mill, the Stress Less Pizza Cutter and the Stress Less Rotary Cheese Grater.

For an entry in the giveaway, visit Arthritis Connect, one of the online health communities I advocate for, and check out their product review section. Pick a product that you are familiar with and let me know if that product delivered on its promise.  Leave a comment below telling me which product you checked out, its link and your experience with it.  Also, please leave your email address so I have a way to contact you. I will announce the winner on Monday, April 30.  You have until April 29 at 11:59 pm to enter.  Good Luck!


Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Product Review


Magic Opener – Review and Giveaway

The great people at Open Sesame USA sent me their Magic Opener® to review. They have also given me six openers to give away to readers of my blog.

My Review

Opening small, medium or large plastic bottles and cans is a snap with this opener. You can open any brand of bottled water, soda pop cans or even glass soda bottles. Whatever it is you are trying to get open, the Magic Opener® Bottle Opener is your answer to daily opening of different beverage containers. The openers not only work well but they are fast opening and very comfortable on your hands.

Having used the product for this review during a rheumatoid arthritis flare period, I can honestly tell you that I was relieved to have the opener available for use. It is as simple as saying “open sesame,” and the magic opener does the job each and every time.

Here are some really cools things about the Magic Opener® Bottle Opener:

  • It is so small you can take it with you in a lunchbox, purse or backpack. You can take it anywhere – to the park, camping, traveling and even your workplace. Store in your car, your RV or with your camping equipment. Store it any place you will need it to come in handy.
  • It is magnetic! It sticks to any metal surface so you don’t have to worry about getting it lost. Mine is on my refrigerator door right now so I won’t be searching for it the next time I need to use it.
  • It offers a 3 in 1 function feature – you can open plastic bottles, flip tops on cans, and glass bottles all with one tool.
  • It is ergonomic and for me – that is a big deal. Because of having rheumatoid arthritis, my hands always hurt. Along with the 3 in 1 function, the Magic Opener® is designed to be gentle on the hands especially for those suffering from arthritis or limited hand strength. This also means no pain or strain is required to get bottles and cans open.

  • 90 day money back guarantee – You can use it for 90 days and return it for any reason at all and the people at Open Sesame USA will send you your money back, no questions asked.

Here is a demonstration video that shows how the product works.

If you are interested in buying your own Magic Opener® Bottle Opener, you can click on any of the links on the main page to be directed to the order page or by clicking HERE. You can also purchase a set of three interchangeable metal plates. As you know, water and soda bottles come in many different cap sizes. If one plate is not the correct size, replace the metal plate with the most appropriate: x-small, medium or large. The plates are easy to change and the directions are simple and easily explained.

Coming from someone who has spent the last three days with very achy hands, this is a product that can make life a lot easier for you whether your hands ache or not. Another plus for those of us who have arthritis is that the opener grips the bottle cap or can flip top so well that you don’t have to worry about it getting lose while opening and thus, you avoid a mess. Additionally, you can also tightly reclose plastic bottles and as we all know, this practically important for plastic soda bottles.


I only have good things to say about the Magic Opener® Bottle Opener: and that the people at Open Sesame USA have delivered on their promises. They have also generously given me six bottle openers for giveaway. If you want one, just leave your email address below. I will contact the first six people to get their addresses and send out right away. Also, please let me know what other opener products you have tried in the past and whether those have delivered on their promises.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review.  I received a Magic Opener® for my review.  Thank you Pablo at Open Sesame USA for providing me the opportunity to review your opener.


Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Product Review


Stopain Cold – Review and Giveaway


I was recently contacted to review Stopain Cold a topical analgesic for pain relief. Stopain is available in four formulas: Stopain Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Roll-on and Stopain Gel. All the formulas provide fast, temporary relief of pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, muscle aches and back pain. What it does is stop the pain and allows you to get moving again. Sounds simple, right?

The best thing about Stopain is that it goes on cold. If you have arthritis, your joints are constantly inflamed so using a cold product makes a sense. (If you have arthritis inflamed joints, you know what I am talking about.) Further, it is not sticky so it doesn’t stick to your clothes. It is also non-drip so you don’t have to worry about it dripping as you apply. Last, it has a menthol scent that you only smell when you find apply it and I don’t know about you but that is long enough.

I received the received the convenient hands free application roll-on. I loved that I didn’t have to get my hands messy. No dripping, no stinky smell, and it did not stick to my clothes. It definitely helped me with my back, neck, and should pain and muscle aches. I saw relief within a few minutes.

You can buy Stopain at most pharmacies and drug stores including Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens. Further, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Stopain are donated to the Arthritis Foundation with a minimum contribution of $25,000.00


The folks at Stopain have generously offered to give one reader of this blog a Stopain formula of their choice. All you have to do is like their Facebook page and come back here and leave a comment that you did so. Leave your email address so I have a way to contact you.

The giveaway to open to US residents only and the winner will be picked by You have until Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. EST to get your entry in. The winner will be announced the following day. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

For more information about Stopain you can visit their website or Facebook page, where there will also be ongoing sweepstakes.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. Robin Leedy Associates sent me Stopain Cold Roll-on to try out. The opinions expressed belong entirely to me.


Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Product Review


I need a break from this reality

I can’t even seem to get into the Christmas spirit this year for reasons that I have no control of.  In addition, it is a busy time of the year at the office so my mind is completely fuzzy with too much legal terminology that sometimes I wish would stay out my dreams.

Maybe I should take a vacation?

How about some place warm?

Or some place cold?

Considering how cold it has been and that we are still thawing out in the Northeast, not a good idea.  (Dee, stop your snickering or I might send you snow for your Christmas present.)

You know what I will do?

I will go online to CSN stores website and take a look at bedroom furniture.  See, last month we had a waterbed incident so I gave my husband a choice, either he went or the waterbed went.  Considering how cold it is here, it is a good thing he chose to get rid of the waterbed.  That means that we need a new bedroom set because the guest bedroom set is okay, but it is the guest bedroom set – you get my point, right?  It is also a queen size and my husband has issues with queen size beds.  It doesn’t really help that he hogs up the bed so then, I got issues.

Whether you are looking for bedroom furniture, dinning room furniture, or living room furniture, CSN Stores has more to choose from than any local store.  Besides, it is cold outside – going online is much warmer and you can take your hot chocolate with you.

Delivery is free in most cases and right now, if you shop online, any product marked “arrive by Christmas” will arrive in time for Christmas and all your purchases include an extended holiday return policy through January 31, 2011.

My vacation starts December 24 and goes through the beginning of the year.   Maybe, I will sleep for a week on that new bed I plan on buying. Maybe, I will buy a queen so I don’t have to share.

Happy holidays and happy shopping days!

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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Product Review, Site Review


The RA Communication Kit

I recently received a “Let’s Talk RA” communication kit from the Arthritis Foundation. First, I would like to point out the importance of communication with your doctor towards managing your rheumatoid arthritis. Let’s Talk RA offers an opportunity to the take the first step in learning to discuss your healthcare options with your doctor. The kit is free and it provides a lot of great important information essential for successful management of RA.

The communication kit offers four great resources: (1) a communication guide that offers advice on how to make the most of your appointment with your doctor; (2) a healthcare assessment so that you can share your responses with your doctor at your next appointment; (3) a survey that allows the Arthritis Foundation an opportunity to see the helpfulness of this kit and so that they work towards other successful resources to help patients in RA management; and (4) information from the Arthritis Foundation and Bristol Myers Squibb about other resources and information they provide.

Personally, I think that this a great tool essentially for those who have a hard time communicating with their doctors on they are feeling and the concerns they may have about their treatment and healthcare. My favorite piece of this kit was the patient notebook, because it allows you a small, handy place to all your questions and your doctor’s responses to those so that you can look at that in preparation for your next appointment. These is so much information out there and it really helps and makes sense to have to break all that information down and to just look at the most vital information that you need to better manage your care.


Posted by on September 5, 2010 in Product Review, rheumatoid arthritis


Two CSN Stores products to make life with arthritic hands easier to bear

The generous folks at CSN stores sent me two products to test and write a review about. The two products they sent are helpful to those with weak or arthritic hands. As a person who deals with the daily reminder of rheumatoid arthritis and painful hands, I am always looking for ways to make my life with RA easier. In particular, I have a passion for cooking (even though it may seem like I am consumed with my job, family and education) so it makes sense that working in the kitchen is not painful.

The two products I received from CSN stores are the Black & Decker Grand Openings Can Open and the WMF Profi Plus Lid Gripper. They become useful to me right away, and thus, they became a Godsend to my arthritic hands.

Black & Decker Grand Openings Can Opener

This can opener was very easy install and use. Even my four year old nephew was able to open cans with it. That is how easy it was to use. Its use resulted in no stress on my hands and I was able to open cans with little effort. It is different from other electric can openers because it opens bigger and taller cans and most others do not. In addition, it has a power piece cutter and automatic shut-off for smooth cutting. The blade is removable and replaceable. You can hide away the cord for easy storage. The Black & Decker Grand Openings Can Open also offers a built-in knife sharpener and bottle opener so it is a 3 in 1. At $19.95, it is 25% off the regular price and is reasonably priced considering all its great features.

WMF Profi Plus Lid Gripper

I have several different types of lid grippers that come in a variety of sizes taking up closet space in my kitchen because none adjust and they are not as good at gripping as they advertise. What is unique about this gripper is the balance it offers because of the way it grips. For those with weak and arthritic hands, this means you can use a weaker grip without pain. It offers an adjuster so you can get rid of all the other plastic or metal grippers you own that are cheaply made. Its cylindrical handle is heavy duty and offers a hanging loop for easy storage on a utensil hook or hanging. It is durable so you do not have to worry about it falling apart when opening a bigger jar or a difficult lid and it is easy to clean. It is currently $35.oo and the last lid gripper I will ever buy so the savings of this product has already started. In addition, all the grippers I own altogether total about five times as much and do nothing but take up space and hurt my hands and wrists when I use them and on days where my hands feel both weak and painful, they are useless. (In addition, if my husband is being useless, then I am stuck banging jars to get them open.)

Some Tidbits on CSN Stores

CSN stores are an online retailed based out of Boston, Massachusetts that started out in 2002. Since then, they are over 200 online stores, including their lighting store, which offers a variety of ceiling and fan lighting, wall lights, lamps, track lighting, and lighting accessories. You never find this many brands of lighting in one place unless you visit CSN Lighting. The site also offers some great selections, including their “Go Green,” “Clearance Center,” “Special Savings,” and “Request a Quote” options. You always have the price narrowing option if you have a particular price range in mind or a brand option if you have specific brand in mind. All of their 200+ online stores are set up this way so you will always find what you are looking for and at a price you can afford.

An Advantage

The biggest advantage to buying from CSN Stores is that you will not have to deal with annoying sales people who to try to get you to buy something without letting you look around in order to get rid of you. Have you ever left your local furniture store wondering whether you had an opportunity to fully explore your options and price ranges? (Yup, that feeling really sucks.) In addition, at CSN Stores, anything over $69.00 is shipped free and they ship within United States and Canada. Think about what local stores charge you for delivery. The last time I bought furniture, it cost $75.00 for delivery from a warehouse that was less than a mile from my home.

Check out CSN stores for yourself so that you can check out satisfied and the visions of rude sales people and high delivery costs will be a forgotten memory (the best kind of amnesia you will ever have).

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I also have a giveaway post up at my review blog where CSN stores is giving away a Ginsu Bakelite 5 Piece Prep Cutlery Set .

I was not paid for this review. CSN Stores sent me the two products for review. The opinions expressed belong entirely to me. Thank you CSN Stores for allowing me the opportunity to review your products.


Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Product Review, rheumatoid arthritis


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