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.

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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.

Sheri Landry

Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.

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