GIVEAWAY: Abreva – What Are Your Purse ‘Must-Haves’? (Coupon Offer Too)

My five must-have items in my purse (besides my wallet and keys) are:

  1. Lip balm, gloss or lipstick (depending on what I am doing and where I am going)
  2. Nail file
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Small notebook and pen (ideas leave as quickly as they come to me so I am always writing notes to myself)
  5. Cold sore remedy cream

You either get cold sores or you don’t, and once you do get one, you don’t get to go back to ‘Team Cold Sore-Free” ever again. Once you get a cold sore, the virus remains in your body for life.

And, cold sores suck!

I have never been punched in the face in my life (this is not an open invitation), but I can imagine that having a cold sore at its peak of ugliness hurts way more.

How does something so small, hurt so much? Even when it is just starting and it is still unnoticeable under the skin, it throbs and tingles. It feels as though the cold sore is going to pull a stunt like something out of the movie ‘Alien’ and burst out of my lip.

Cold sores start out as bumps under the skin. They become red, puffy, filled with all kinds of grossness and then once they dry out, the can get scaly and scabby. It is all I can think about and it takes my confidence away, which is actually hard to do. I am a talkative, outgoing person, but when a cold sore decides to join the party that is my face, I instantly become reserved.

For this reason, a cold sore cream is on my list of necessities for what I carry in my purse. And my favorite cold sore remedy cream, since I first discovered it, is Abreva. I’ve used Abreva for years and my top reason for using it is because as soon as I begin using it, it stops the spread of the sore, so if I can get to it when it is still just a tingle under the skin, it is usually unnoticeable.

Among topical over the counter (OTC) cold sore treatments, Abreva is my first choice because it:

  • contains moisturizing ingredients
  • is clinically proven to speed healing
  • soothes on contact and reduces duration of pain, burning, itching and redness
  • works even after a cold sore has appeared
  • helps prevent the spread of infection from spreading to other skin cells

If you are like me and you suffer from cold sores, you can register for a $5 off coupon. But act fast, this coupon is only good until September 13, 2011 or until 3,000 coupons are reserved. Just go to and fill in your information, answer the survey and the captcha and you are all set.

I also have a giveaway for you. One lucky This Bird’s Day reader will win a Coach Wristlet.

To enter (MANDATORY ENTRY): Leave me a comment below telling me what your top 5 must-haves in your purse are (make it fun, exclude wallet and keys). Please also leave a way of contacting you if your comment is randomly chosen. *You must do this for any additional entries to count.

After you have completed the first entry, you can enter an additional comment one time for each of the following:

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This contest is open to residents of Canada only and runs until 12pm MST on Friday, September 2, 2011. Readers may enter the contest on multiple blogs, but are only eligible to win one Coach Wristlet as part of the contest. Prizes will be shipped approximately 6 weeks from when your winning information is submitted.

Disclosure: I am participating in the ABREVA program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline. I received a Coach wristlet as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  • MrDisco Sep 1, 2011, 9:16 pm

    joined via GFC

  • MrDisco Sep 1, 2011, 9:14 pm

    added to my rss feed

  • MrDisco Sep 1, 2011, 9:11 pm

    My must haves are:
    1. GPS
    2. Mini portable umbrella
    3. Surplus army rations
    4. A swiss army knife
    5. A slingshot

  • Huguette English Sep 1, 2011, 8:17 am

    Like on network blogs ~ Huguette En

  • Huguette English Sep 1, 2011, 8:15 am

    My must haves are cellphone, lipgloss, pen, kleenex and comb
    henglish at nb dot sympatico dot ca

  • Lisa W Aug 31, 2011, 12:25 pm

    top 5 must have – hand sanitizer, brush, snacks, tissues, chapstick

    frugalmommieof2 at

  • corey Aug 30, 2011, 10:45 pm

    no purse, but I have a wallet and in it, 5 things: pictures of my wife and kids, license, costco card, note with pin #, and a note with long distance phone pin# to call home(no cell phone).

  • Jennifer W Aug 30, 2011, 1:39 pm

    My must haves are stamps, a pen, nail file, lip gloss and cel phone (assuming we are leaving out wallet!).

  • Amy Brown Aug 30, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I must have toddler snacks, usually raisins or something that’ll give a little sugar boost in case we get caught somewhere and she needs a snack. Or sometimes, for me!

  • Tina L. Aug 29, 2011, 11:16 pm

    My top 5 must-haves are gum, tissue, pens, hair bands and phone.

  • Audrey Hayes Aug 29, 2011, 3:41 pm

    wallet (which sadly never has any money in it), iphone, lip gloss, deodorant (I am notorious for forgetting to put it on in the morning, much to the shagrin of all those I come in contact with), and Kleenex (just in case there isn’t any toilet paper in the public washroom).

  • julie g Aug 28, 2011, 7:48 pm

    blistex, ipod, phone, kleenex, a pad

  • Belinda M Aug 28, 2011, 5:50 pm

    my top 5 must haves are my blackberry, ipod, wallet, keys and lip gloss


  • andalene Aug 28, 2011, 1:24 pm

    5 must haves: wallet w cards, lip gloss, wet nappies (for messy kiddies), sunglasses, and a couple of quarters for phone (no cell phone), shopping carts etc.

  • Katrina Brady Aug 28, 2011, 12:22 pm

    CAD Only – Win a Coach Wristlet from Abreva on @ThisBirdsDay at

  • BMyltoft Aug 28, 2011, 12:45 am

    Lip gloss
    coupon binder
    teasing comb/hairspray

    bmyltoft at live dot com

  • Haylie Langwald Aug 27, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Top 5 items in my purse-1: mini calendar
    2: lip gloss
    3: pen
    4: dinky cars to entertain the boy
    5: notebook to entertain the girl

  • Haylie Langwald Aug 27, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Liked on FB

  • Hollie Pollard Aug 26, 2011, 3:53 pm

    lip gloss, pen, quran, iphone, coupons

  • Athena Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 pm

    like you on FB AthenaD

  • Athena Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 pm

    kleenex, wallet, lip balm, antibacterial gel, pens, paper…

  • Katrina Brady Aug 26, 2011, 9:53 am

    Five must have items include, pen, mentos, lip gloss, iphone and kleenex!

  • nm Aug 26, 2011, 2:24 am

    Lip balm with spf, gum/mints, hand lotion, eye lash curler and mirror.

  • Josie Aug 25, 2011, 9:51 pm

    lip gloss, granola bars, goldfish, coupons, brush

  • MissT Aug 25, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Wallet,Cell Phone,Blistex,Folding Brush,Concealer

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom Aug 25, 2011, 4:24 pm

    lovely giveaway
    I like to keep a mirror, lip balm, pen, paper, candy :)

  • Kari Aug 25, 2011, 3:34 pm

    lip balm, snacks for the kids, pen/paper, gum, breast pads (can’t wait to be done with those!)

  • Kari Aug 25, 2011, 3:30 pm

    lib balm, snack for the kids, gum, paper/pen and breast pads (can’t wait to be done with those!)

  • chana Aug 25, 2011, 3:15 pm

    i need
    cell phone
    and a pen
    cposen at

  • Amy C Aug 25, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I Like This Bird’s Day on FB
    Amy C

  • Amy C Aug 25, 2011, 3:14 pm

    My top 5 must-haves in my purse are:
    – gum
    – pen and paper
    – Kleenex
    – cell phone
    – coupons

  • Jennifer Aug 25, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Purse essentials:
    Lip Balm
    Bath and Body Works pocket hand sanitizer
    Dentyne gum (always)

  • Dawn LeDrew Aug 25, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Liked ON FB

  • Dawn LeDrew Aug 25, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I keep my softlips lip balm, tweezers (because they can be used at the most interesting times with small kids LMAO), Pen and postit note pad, zippy of candy to bribe kids with, and All my Husbands junk that he dosnt want to carry on Him LMAO!

  • Kristi K Aug 25, 2011, 2:05 pm

    My top 5 must-haves in my purse are:
    1) mints or gum
    2) chapstick (love, love Blistex Silk n Shine)
    3) lotion (hate having dry hands)
    4) a pen (I always need to write something down)
    5) my son’s EPI-PEN…it’s always with me.

  • nathania hunter Aug 25, 2011, 2:03 pm

    What a great giveaway!
    lip balm, cell phone, baby wipes, hemp lotion, perfume, baby treats to occupy the kids
    nathania.a at gmail dot com

  • Carrie Dodd Aug 24, 2011, 8:59 pm

    a pen…..I’m always needing to write something down to remember, baby wipes, lip balm, cell phone

    carrie_dodd at hotmail dot com

  • Pam R Aug 24, 2011, 7:49 pm

    1) Kobo
    2) cellphone
    3) lip balm
    4) Kiss it Better Balm
    5) reusable bags

  • Karla Sceviour Aug 24, 2011, 6:11 pm

    My 5 are:
    hair elastic
    hand sanitizer
    lip blam or lip gloss
    coupon booklet
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  • Tara E Aug 24, 2011, 3:04 pm

    1) nail clipper w/file
    2) lipgloss
    3) mirror
    4) gum
    5) lotion

  • Soozle Aug 24, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I like you on FB (Suzanne Kristy)

  • Soozle Aug 24, 2011, 1:44 pm

    My top 5: 1) A notepad for when I have thoughts on the go
    2) A deck of cards.. you never know when you will get bored!
    3) powder foundation – for a quick touch up!
    4) Kleenex.. for the perpetual runny nose!
    5) A pen.. because you always seem to need one when one is not available!

  • Glogirl Aug 24, 2011, 1:12 pm

    My purse must-haves are:
    -a lip gloss (or two or three!!)
    -hand sanitizer
    -gum (usually spearmint)

  • Anne Taylor Aug 24, 2011, 12:28 pm

    lip balm
    hand sanitizer
    pen & paper


    nancyrobster at gmail dto com

  • Pam Aug 24, 2011, 11:20 am

    Leaving out wallet and keys….

    coin purse full of coupons
    lip gloss

  • angela m Aug 24, 2011, 8:48 am

    Top 5 things in my purse are
    lip balm


  • Sue G Aug 24, 2011, 7:39 am

    Chap stick, phone, gum, pen, lotion

  • Doris C Aug 24, 2011, 5:40 am

    My 5 must haves are
    1) Cell Phone
    2) Wallet
    3) Make-Up
    4) Hand Cream

  • ginette4 Aug 24, 2011, 5:07 am

    In my purse I need
    daily planner
    jolly ranchers

  • edmontonjb Aug 23, 2011, 11:23 pm

    My purse always contains lip balm, a kleenex pack, my coupon folder, gum and a notebook with a pen.

  • Leanne M Aug 23, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Lip balm, purel, lotion, pen and rockets so I can bribe the kids.