Arctic Ease Twitter Review, Giveaway and Twitter Party


A couple of days ago I blogged about my determination to get back into running this year. It's one of my New Year's Resolutions for 2011. Note, I've tried to fashion a resolution more specific than just "Lose Weight" or "Get Fit", because I know those never last. But running, I can do (and if a bit of weight comes off, then hurray for me). I have the spiffy new running shoes that I bought at the end of 2010. I've signed up for some races to keep me motivated. I think I'm set.

One of the major stumbling blocks I have that keeps me from running as much as I want is my plantaar fascitis, or heel spurs. Two years ago the pain was so bad I had to stop running, but last year it seems to have eased off -- and I've learned how to manage the condition when it does occur. The simple act of applying a cold compress to my heel after a run has been crucial to avoiding pain the morning after. In the past I've used bags of frozen peas because unlike solid blocks of ice, they envelop the heel quite nicely, and unlike bags of crushed ice, they don't leak and soak my couch. The only problem is that peas are food, and resting my stinky foot on a bag of food (even when enclosed in a plastic bag) is, well, gross.

But it's a New Year, and it's time for a new kind of cold therapy. MomImpact sent me a sample box of Arctic Ease, a resusable wrap or pad that cools without needing refrigeration. Technically, Arctic Ease is a Cryotherapy wrap that aims to enhance the treatment of soft tissue injuries, burns and edema, whether induced by pharmalogical therapies, radiation or injury (I got that from their "About" page). In everyday English, that means Arctic Ease is the coolest cold bag ever!

The Basics
Arctic Ease Cryotherapy Wraps and Pads provide instant cold relief for the pain and swelling from bumps, bruises, and other injuries. They don't need refrigeration -- they are cold right out of the bag. The wraps and pads feel like cloth that has been coated with some kind of gel. My understanding is that the gel draws away the heat from the injured area and provides the cooling effect. The gel absorbs the heat, but the heat then evaporates, which means the area is kept cool for an extended period of time. God, I love it when companies apply science to come up with products that make our lives better!

The Bongga
Here's what I love about the Arctic Ease products:

* Instant cooling relief! I love the fact that you don't have to refrigerate it because that means I can leave a pack in the first-aid kit in our van. I was given several sample packs, and even though I waited over a month to open the last pack, it was still ice-cold. Actually, "ice cold" isn't the right term, because while you can really feel the cold, it's not an unbearable cold. It's gentle, even and long-lasting. It's more like "gel-cold", but even then, it's not icky-wet or icky-gooey!


* They conform to the injury and stay in place. They remind me of Saran Wrap! It's It certainly looks a lot cooler (gotta love that pun) than a bag of peas taped to my ankle:



* You can cut the wraps or pads to fit your injury so it's not too bulky. This is also great when you have twin boys who have injured each other and both need cold compresses!

* They are reusable. Just put them back into the resealable pouch when the coldness has worn off, and rehydrate the wrap or pad by adding a tablespoon or two of water into the pouch. After several hours, it will be cold and ready to reuse. See, once again, this is perfect to keep in the car! My understanding is that you can get several uses out of the product before the gel dries out completely and the wrap or pad no longer adheres to the injury. At that point, you'll need to discard it and buy a new one.


The Blah
The gel can feel a bit icky at first, but you'll get used to it. And although it's reusable, you can't wash it -- which means the Arctic Ease wraps for my heel are strictly for my heel only, and I can't ever step on the floor while I'm using the wrap, because I shudder to think how much dust and dirt it would pick up. But since Arctic Ease is pretty inexpensive ($7.99 for a pack of 3 pads, and $10.99 for a 4"x60" wrap), that's a minor inconvenience.

The Bottom Line
Every household needs to keep a pack of Arctic Ease wraps or pads around!


Join Arctic Ease's #CoolWrapsFitness Twitter Party
Arctic Ease is throwing a Twitter Party! It's going to be hosted by the awesome MizFitOnline, and I'll be joining her as a panelist, along with Joyce of Freaking Fitness, Lisa of Lisa Johnson Fitness, and Cara from Arctic Ease. We'll be talking about health and fitness in the New Year -- making health and fitness goals, achieving them, maintaining them. Gulp. These women are fitness goddesses! I guess I'll be there to provide the perspective of the Ordinary Woman. In any case, it's an important topic for me and everyone else, so I'm honored to be joining them and excited to start the party.

What: a #CoolWrapsFitness Twitter Party

When: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2001, 7-8PM CST

Why: to chat about health and fitness in the new year

How: Follow @mizfitonline, @arcticease, @bonggamom, @joycecherrier, @LisaJohnson and tweet with hashtag #CoolWrapsFitness for the duration of the party


And what would a Twitter Party be without prizes? Throughout the event, Arctic Ease will be giving away Arctic Ease prize packs (ArcticEase samples+ gift cards), as well as a grand prize (worth $100+) to end the hour-long chat!

Anyone and everyone is welcome to drop in and join the party, but if you RSVP at MizFitOnline's #CoolWrapsFitness party post, you'll be eligible for a special, high-value ($100+) prize. Hope to see /tweet you at the party next week!



Win an Arctic Ease Prize Pack
One lucky Bonggamom Finds winner will receive an Arctic Ease Prize Pack with three Arctic Ease Wraps and a t-shirt!

Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you would use Arctic Ease wraps. This entry must be completed before other entries will count.

Extra Entries
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment on this post for each extra entry, with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, blog comment link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).

1) RSVP to Arctic Ease's #CoolWrapsFitness Twitter Party on MizFit Online (1 entry).

2) If (and ONLY IF) you RSVP'd to the #CoolWrapsFitness Twitter Party, write this on the Arctic Ease Facebook wall (1 entry):

I RSVP'd to the #CoolWrapsFitness Twitter Party! I can't wait to join MizFitOnline, Bonggamom and other great panelists on Jan. 13, 7-8PM CST to chat about health and fitness in the New Year. Join us and RSVP at http://ow.ly/3A4tJ for the chance to win great prizes!

3) Write this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook wall (1 entry):

I entered the Arctic Ease Prize Pack giveaway! http://ow.ly/3A7wV

4) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Networked Blogs (1 entry).

5) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Blogger (1 entry).

6) Follow Arctic Ease on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day until 7PM CST, Jan. 13, 2011 (1 entry per day, leave a comment with the tweet link for each tweet):

RT @bonggamom Join me and @mizfitonline @joycecherrier @LisaJohnson for a #CoolWrapsFitness party! 7PM CST, 1/13/11 RSVP http://ow.ly/3A4tJ

7) Follow Arctic Ease on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day (1 entry per day, leave a comment with the tweet link for each tweet):

Enter to win an Arctic Ease Prize Pack from @arcticease and @bonggafinds http://ow.ly/3A7wV #giveaway

8) Join any of the other open giveaways on Bonggamom Finds (leave a comment with the name of the giveaway you joined, 1 entry per giveaway you've joined).


The Rules
This giveaway ends at midnight PST on January 24, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on January 25. I will post the winner's name in the comments section after he/she confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. Please note, entering this giveaway does not increase your chances of winning a prize at the Arctic Ease Twitter Party. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!




Disclosure: I received a sample of Arctic Ease products to facilitate my review. I have not been compensated for this post but I am being compensated for my participation in next week's Arctic Ease Twitter Party. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

89 Comments, Leave yours here:

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 2:55 AM said...

I would use them on my heel spurs and my ganglion cyst on my wrist! Thanks
bleatham*at*gmail.com
@sleatham1

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:07 AM said...

RSVP'd at MizFit....@sleatham1

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:07 AM said...

posted on Artic Ease wall
http://www.facebook.com/arcticease#!/sleatham1/posts/191646637515464
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:09 AM said...

posted on your FB wall
http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds#!/BonggamomFinds/posts/185250398170276
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:10 AM said...

following on netorked blogs
(shelly leatham)
bleatham*at*gmail.com

MizFit on January 8, 2011 at 3:11 AM said...

LOVE the pics (and the post).
I cant wait!

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:14 AM said...

following you on blogger as allysmama
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:15 AM said...

following artic ease on twitter and tweeted tweet 1
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/23698589372915712
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 8, 2011 at 3:17 AM said...

following ArticEase on twitter and tweeted tweet 2
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/23699565467148288
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 9, 2011 at 7:21 AM said...

Daily tweet #1
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/24123075536617472
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 9, 2011 at 7:22 AM said...

daily tweet #2
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/24123603905683456
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I TWEET TO ON MY TWEETTER! TRUCKERGAL652002@YAHOO.COM

allysmama on January 10, 2011 at 8:26 PM said...

1/10 tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/24683260659372033
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Karen on January 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM said...

I've come down with a stress rash recently and the only thing that keeps it from itching terribly is a cold pack so this sounds like it would work perfectly.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:42 AM said...

I'd use them for headaches and for any strains or bruises.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:46 AM said...
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Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:47 AM said...
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Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:50 AM said...

I follow on networked blogs (sandy miresse)

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:50 AM said...

I follow on blogger (SandyM)

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:51 AM said...

I wrote on your fb wall.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:53 AM said...

I follow Arctic Ease on Twitter and heres the tweet for the twitter party. http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/24826036256509952

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:55 AM said...

Today tweet for the giveaway. http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/24826515921313793

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:56 AM said...

I entered the Nerf N-Strike Blaster giveaway.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:56 AM said...

I entered the Beyblade Super Vortex Battle Set giveaway

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:57 AM said...

Entered Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory giveaway

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:58 AM said...

I entered the Kymaro Body Slimming Prize Pack giveaway

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:58 AM said...

I entered the Kymaro Curve Control Jeans giveaway

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:59 AM said...

I entered the Kymaro Essential Underthings prize pack giveaway

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 5:59 AM said...

I entered the My Little Pony & Littlest Pet Shop prize pack giveaway.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM said...

I rsvp'd to the Twitter party.

Sandy on January 11, 2011 at 6:07 AM said...

I entered the YoCrunch 100 Calorie Packs & Fruit Parfaits Review and Giveaway

pinklady705 on January 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM said...

I would use the Arctic Ease for my ankle and wrist that become sore.

2liv2laf2luv at gmail dot com

pinklady705 on January 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM said...

entered the Nerf n Strike giveaway

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pinklady705 on January 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM said...

entered the kymaro body slimming prize pack giveaway

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pinklady705 on January 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM said...

entered the kymaro curve contol jeans giveaway

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pinklady705 on January 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM said...

entered the kymaro essential underthings prize pack

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seaburd on January 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM said...

My son and daughter could use these wraps after swing dancing! They often do lifts and jumps and sprain their arms or legs.
seaburd@comcast.net

allysmama on January 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM said...

1/11 tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/25050511455551488
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on January 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM said...

1/12 tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/statuses/25412128370335744
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Sandy on January 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM said...

1/15 tweet. http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/26396466171871232

pmj on January 16, 2011 at 4:10 AM said...

I would use this product on my knees.
pjames330 at aol dot com

pmj on January 16, 2011 at 4:11 AM said...

I entered the dinosaur train giveaway
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pmj on January 16, 2011 at 4:11 AM said...

I entered the yoplait giveaway
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pmj on January 16, 2011 at 4:12 AM said...

I entered the kymaro underthings giveaway
pjames330 at aol dot com

pmj on January 16, 2011 at 4:13 AM said...

I entered the girl toys giveaway
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Sandy on January 22, 2011 at 6:07 AM said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/28816033506664448

Sandy on January 22, 2011 at 6:18 AM said...

I entered the Energizer battery packs giveaway.

Carol on January 22, 2011 at 7:03 AM said...

Bonggamom thanks for great review of Arctic Ease and participating in the recent #coolwraps Twitter Party it was a lot of fun. We appreciate your support.

Thanks again,
Carol
CEO
Arctic Ease

babytrees on January 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM said...

I would use them on those days when my ankle hurts to high heaven (I broke it just about a year ago)

theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

babytrees on January 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM said...

I wrote on your wall

theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

Sandy on January 23, 2011 at 6:37 AM said...

Tweet. http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/29185767481802752

cindiizzy on January 23, 2011 at 7:26 AM said...

I would use it for sports injuries for my family.

mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

cindiizzy on January 23, 2011 at 7:36 AM said...

I wrote on your wall here
http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/136331339764182

mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

Cynthia M

cindiizzy on January 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM said...

I follow via networked blogs

mercsmercado

Cynthia M

mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

cindiizzy on January 23, 2011 at 7:45 AM said...

I follow arctic ease on twitter and tweeted this here http://twitter.com/#!/cindi1969/status/29202141193179136

mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

kygirl on January 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM said...

I would use them on the kids because one is always falling.
stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

ScrewLucy on January 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM said...

For my wrists after pushups

Rachel said...

My husband is a runner and has issues with his heels, and I would love for him to try these
hhsmo11@yahoo.com

Elisa B. on January 23, 2011 at 6:27 PM said...

My husband has heel spurs as well. I also get migraines.

elisa17@hotmail.com

theolotto on January 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM said...

I'd use them on my wrists when they hurt.

theolotto@yahoo.com.au

theolotto on January 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM said...

Email subscriber.

theolotto@yahoo.com.au

Lean on January 23, 2011 at 7:40 PM said...

I get some injuries dancing and so these may help. LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com

Lean on January 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/LeanS12/status/29383560217493504

Taminar on January 23, 2011 at 9:17 PM said...

I would use the Arctic Wrap when we've been working in the yard and come in sore.

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM said...

I have RA and I'll use these on my knees when I have a flare.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM said...

http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/195638530449959

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:02 AM said...

networked blogs: Slehan

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM said...

Twitter follow Arctic Ease: slehan
http://twitter.com/slehan/status/29449386735964160

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM said...

GFC: slehan

slehan on January 24, 2011 at 12:08 AM said...

entered Energizer

kathy pease on January 24, 2011 at 5:56 AM said...

i would give these to my daughter who plays basketball in college

kathy pease on January 24, 2011 at 5:57 AM said...

http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds#!/BonggamomFinds/posts/162930420420659

kathy pease on January 24, 2011 at 5:58 AM said...

following on networked blogs kathy l pease
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kathy pease on January 24, 2011 at 5:59 AM said...

http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/29538739432726529

Susanmeep on January 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM said...

I would use them for my heals suelee1998 @ gmail.com

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ on January 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM said...

Id use them on my wrists!

Janice Crespo on January 24, 2011 at 8:49 AM said...

My knee goes out quite often and is VERY painful - think I would use it for that :)
janicecrespo AT gmail dot com

Janice Crespo on January 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM said...

Follow you on Networked Blogs
Janice Crespo (janicecrespo1)
janicecrespo AT gmail dot com

Janice Crespo on January 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM said...

Follow you on Blogger
Janice Crespo
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Sandy on January 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM said...

Final tweet. http://twitter.com/#!/slmiresse/status/29593488387477504

purango on January 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM said...

I would use them on the injuries the children are always having when they are playing sports outside. garrettsambo@aol.com

kelley c on January 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM said...

I would use these on my weak ankle.

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susansmoaks on January 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM said...

i will use these when i get a sprained ankle or hurt myself
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Donna on January 24, 2011 at 11:56 PM said...

I would use it when my ankle hurts.
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Donna on January 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM said...

I follow on blogger.
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Donna on January 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM said...

I follow on networked blogs.
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Bonggamom on February 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM said...

Congrats to the winner: #73, Kathy Pease!

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