Oh, the weather outside's delightful
And the leaves are just so crunchy
And playing tag's awfully fun,
Til the twinges in the hinges bring us down
(Tune – Let It Snow)
I confess, this little ditty of mine was inspired by Amydeanne from 160AcreWoods. She is enjoying SNOW right now, while we are basking in gorgeous sunshine, crunchy leaves, and 70 degree temperatures. She wrote on Facebook, "Oh the weather outside is frightful.. but inside I've got pizza and rustic apple pie on..," and being a mega Christmas music fanatic, I immediately recognized it as a take off on one of my favorite holiday songs, Let It Snow. It's been playing over and over in my head all day – hence my own little take off. For a busy Sandwich Generation granny nanny, though, this version wasn't TOO bad. Better than my Sandwich Generation Holiday Travel Jingle anyway. 🙂
And totally apt right now as my grandkids and I have been enjoying the crunching of the leaves as much as the running around playing tag!
I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but the leaves were several layers deep, at least six inches high on the ground in some places. And even more in front. Most are gone now, thanks to their parents' hard work, but it was so much fun while it lasted! Except of course for the occasional "twinges in the hinges" in my hate-to-admit-to-aging baby boomers' body.
I rarely let arthritis get me down, but once in a while…. My senior mom has to deal with it a bit more than I – and she doesn't even play tag! No justice there! But she does have a great product that enables her to be a bit more active than normal when the grandkids are over helping her with her gardening or playing puzzles with her at her table. She loves these little white pain relief patches put out by Salonpas. She's been using them for years! She puts them directly on an area where the arthritis is bothering her, and within a couple of minutes, she is feeling so much better. I've used them on occasion myself and really appreciate them. They work fast, and they don't smell very strong. Always a nice combination.
A couple of weeks ago, Caroline Christy, who works for the Zócalo Group, wrote me to explain that her group is partnering with Salonpas on a program to support their FDA-approved over-the-counter Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and Salonpas Arthritis Pain Patch. As she explained to me, "many consumers have found that Salonpas helps reduce their pain and gets them back to enjoying their favorite activities" for grandparents and their grandchildren. I immediately wrote her back that I would love to as I have seen first hand how much they've helped my mom. She then sent me a delightful box of goodies:
4 BIG Salonpas pain relief patches to test out – two of each kind:
1 Pandigital 7 inch WIFI Digital Photo Frame. This picture frame is a wonderful way to display your digital photos full of your sweet family memories of active fun and activities for grandparents and grandchildren. And if you look at the bottom of the picture, you'll also spot the cute back and neck massager they included. I gave that a try after a couple of hours of typing – it definitely felt good on my sore neck! 🙂
This package was for me to keep, test, take pictures of, enjoy, and tell you all about it. AND she has TWO more packages just like it to give away to two of you. Talk about a great giveaway – and perfect timing as these would make delightful Christmas gifts for an elderly parent, a friend, or maybe even yourself.
As ALWAYS here at SandwichINK, while I very much appreciated their gift and their giveaway, I would never have participated if I didn't highly appreciate their product. Anything I recommend here at SandwichINK is because I have personally used it and liked it OR I have researched it and feel that it is an excellent product to recommend for myself and my friends – which, of course, includes you!
With that being said, here's how to enter this great giveaway to help keep all of us involved in fun and healthy activities for grandparents and their grandchildren:
Leave a comment below with your name and email address (so I can notify you if you win) and tell us something you or your senior parents do to stay active with your family = 1 entry
For additional entries:
- Sign up to receive SandwichINK by email – and leave a comment saying you did or already do = 1 entry
- Follow @SandwichINK on Twitter – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Follow @MRSalonpas on Twitter – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Follow Salonpas on Facebook – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Tweet about this giveaway – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Blog about this giveaway – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Mention this giveaway on Facebook – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
This giveaway will end on December 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST and I will do random drawings to pick the two recipients of these wonderful packages – one per person. The winners will have 4 days (96 hours) to respond, otherwise new name(s) will be selected. You can read more information about the process at SandwichINK Policies.
Do join us in this fun Salonpas pain relief patch giveaway. And in the meantime, I'm off to see if there are any more leaves on the ground for this granny nanny to go crunching through with my grandkids (can you see my foot buried in these crunchy ones?.)
P.S. For more information about Salonpas, the first FDA-approved, OTC pain relieving patches, please visit their website, Salonpas. To request free samples of the Salonpas pain patches, just go to Salonpas on Facebook.