Archives for October 5, 2014



Carma Laboratories, Inc., the maker of Carmex® lip balm products, announced today the launch of NEW Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment, the only over-the-counter cold sore treatment that works on contact to block pain and itch with 10% Benzocaine, while also minimizing the appearance of a sore.1 This breakthrough product features TriPLEX™ Formula advanced technology, which combines three different optical brightener and filler technologies that each provide unique appearance minimizing benefits.2


According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), the virus that causes cold sores, infects more than half of the U.S. population by the time they reach their 20s. The majority of these sufferers acknowledge that a cold sore can be painful especially as it blisters and forms a crusty scab.3Furthermore, according to a 2013 survey conducted by Ipsos, a global independent market research company, over 550 cold sore sufferers reported that beyond physical symptoms there are also emotional side effects of cold sores.4


The two biggest physical complaints respondents described were pain, which likely reminds them that the cold sore is there, and the appearance of the sore itself, which can lead to the sufferer feeling isolated and self-conscious. These unsightly sores can make the sufferer feel helpless, as outbreaks are unpredictable and always seem to happen at the most inopportune times.


The combination of the three technologies found in TriPLEX™ Formula advanced technology allows this new formulation to provide cold sore appearance softening benefits. The first technology bends light as it approaches the cold sore, the second technology helps fill in unevenness of the cold sore, and the third technology helps correct the skin tone of the cold sore. The formula also contains a blend of silicone elastomers, commonly used in high-end skincare products, to give the product a smooth, silky feel.


While no product can cure a cold sore (as in remove the virus from one’s system), this breakthrough treatment can help sufferers feel more comfortable, confident and empowered to face the world. Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment has a MSRP of $14.99 (0.07 oz. tube) and can be purchased at drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit:

I received a sample to try out and I haven’t actually had a cold sore to try this out on! I do really like this brand though and am relieved to have it on hand for the next time I have a cold sore! I like that it is a brand that I know I can trust.



About Carmex® and Carma Laboratories, Inc.:
For more than 77 years, Milwaukee-based Carma Laboratories, Inc., has manufactured Carmex brand lip balms. Carma Laboratories, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing, the inventor of Carmex lip balm. Today, the company continues to produce its original lip care formula in its trademark jars, and has expanded the line to include flavored lip balms, ultra hydrating lip care formulas and soothing skin care products. The carefully crafted lip balm has been #1 pharmacist-recommended for 16 years in a row.5

 Self Disclosure: I received a sample to try out but have not yet needed to use it. I do feel comfortable with recommending this product to my readers. Photo Credit/Press info: Carmex.


1 When used to help conceal. Individual results may vary.

  For treatment of symptoms associated with cold sores. Product does not treat viral infections. Use as directed.

2 Carma Laboratories Data on File


4Ipsos Study Screener.  July 25 – 30, 2013

51999-2014 Pharmacy Times Survey of Pharmacists’ OTC Recommendations

SteveSongs & Recess Monkey Songs, Videos & More for National Fire Prevention Week

SteveSongs (“Mr. Steve,” co-host of the nationally broadcast PBS KIDS preschool destination) and family music stars Recess Monkey want families to jump on the bandwagon for fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11. 2014.

The National Fire Protection Association’s friendly mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog®, joins SteveSongs and Recess Monkey in inviting kids, teachers, and families to have fun exploring the world of fire safety. The place to start is, the “Sparky Schoolhouse” website, where apps, music videos, lesson plans, activity sheets, an e-book, and games for kids age 3 – 10 are available for free download.


The key elements to fire safety are celebrated in high-energy music videos created especially for NFPA by SteveSongs and Recess Monkey. On SteveSongs’ “Little Rosalie,” kids can sing and dance along as Rosalie and her little brother learn the four important steps to follow when they hear the smoke alarm. Recess Monkey’s “What’s That Sound?” takes a thrilling ride on Sparky’s flying smoke alarm while kids learn what it takes to stay fire safe.


New this fall is The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, a free app that’s jam-packed with games, activities, coloring pages, and lots more.

Everyone needs to know how to stay safe in case of fire, and this is especially true for kids. The key to fire safety for children is to teach them that when they hear the beep, beep, beep of a smoke alarm, they need to get out of the house and find a safe, outside meeting place.

Credit: SteveSongs & Recess Monkey.





Photo: JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES – “Jake The Wolf” – When Jake turns into a wolf after disregarding a warning, his pirate pals must find a cure. This episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” airs Friday, October 10 (8:30 AM ET/PT), on Disney Channel. (Disney Junior)

Includes Premieres of “Phineas and Ferb” One-Hour Episode,

Mystery Adventure Special “Evermoor,”

Crossover Episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” and Cast of “Jessie” —


A month of Halloween-themed episodes of popular series will form a mega “Monstober,” Disney Channel’s annual programming event for kids and families.


Beginning THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2,  “Austin & Ally” stars Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy return as “Monstober” hosts to deliver this year’s highlights, which include the premiere of the mystery-adventure special “Evermoor,” a one-hour episode of “Phineas and Ferb,” and an animated version of the “Jessie” cast in a crossover episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors.” Disney Channel series “Girl Meets World,” “Jessie,” “Dog With A Blog,” “Liv and Maddie,” “Austin & Ally” and “I Didn’t Do It,” along with Disney Television Animation’s “Mickey Mouse,” “Gravity Falls” and “Wander Over Yonder,” will also premiere all-new episodes.


Disney Junior programming block will present new Halloween-themed episodes of the award-winning series “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins,” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3.


Fan-favorite Halloween movies will air throughout the month, including “Girl vs. Monster,” “Toy Story of Terror,” “The Little Vampire,” “Halloweentown,” “Twitches,” and the Monstober movie premieres of “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Casper,” “The Pirate Fairy,” “Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?” and more.


Disney XD will also host all-new Halloween-themed episodes of its popular animated and live-action shows, including “Lab Rats,” “Mighty Med,” “The 7D,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H,” “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” and the upcoming new series “Kirby Buckets,” beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17.


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Disney Channel’s “Monstober” schedule is as follows (all times ET/PT):




8:00 p.m. – “Dog With A Blog”

“Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning” – When Ellen and Bennett overhear Stan talking, the kids go to great lengths to convince their parents the house is haunted to help keep Stan’s secret.



8:25 p.m. – “Mickey Mouse” Cartoon Short

“The Boiler Room” – Mickey’s attempts to fix the plumbing in Minnie’s apartment building are foiled by a monster living in her boiler room.



8:30 p.m. “Girl Meets World”

“Girl Meets World: Of Terror” – The kids face a trilogy of terror when Riley has a sleepover at Maya’s with her Gammy Hart and pet ferret. Auggie confronts the monster under his bed and Farkle tackles his most terrifying fear yet – playing softball.

Guest starring Charlotte Rae (“Facts of Life”) as Gammy Hart and Michael D. Roberts as Coach Gleason



9:00 p.m. “Jessie”

“The Runaway Bride of Frankenstein” – As the Ross kids prepare for the Halloween Festival, the festivities take a scary turn when Brooks proposes to Jessie and she learns that none of the kids like him.

Guest starring Pierson Fode as Brooks



Friday, October 3:


8:30 a.m. “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

“Pirate Ghost Story” – Jake and his crew help ghost pirate Treasure Tooth reunite with his ghostly pirate gal, Peg-Leg Peg.

Guest starring legendary comedic actors Carl Reiner (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) and Estelle Harris (“Toy Story”) as Treasure Tooth and Peg-Leg Peg.


“Queen Izzy Bella” – Izzy magically transforms into legendary pirate adventurer Queen Isabella and embarks on a quest to uncover treasure in Never Land’s Valley of Ice.



9:00 a.m. “Sofia the First”

“Ghostly Gala” – Sofia tries to keep a ghost from ruining her Halloween party.



9:30 a.m. “Doc McStuffins”

“Hide and Eek” – While pretending to be mad scientists, Donny and Alma create a toy monster which all the other toys are afraid of until they get to know him and see that he’s not so scary after all.





8:00 p.m. “Phineas and Ferb” One-Hour Episode

“Night of the Living Pharmacists”In this “Night of the Living Dead”-inspired special, Doofenshmirtz’s latest “-inator” accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies who run rampant all over town. Agent P and the kids must work together to save Danville and avoid becoming Doof-zombies themselves.

Guest starring are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Shaun and Ed, respectively, and George Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”) as reporter Don Adaded. Noah Wyle (“Falling Skies,” “ER”) and Bella Thorne (“Blended,” “Shake It Up!”) also lend their voices to the special. Reprising their roles are Ariel Winter (“Modern Family,” “Sofia the First”) as Fireside Girl Gretchen and Cloris Leachman (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Mary Tyler Moore”) as Mrs. Feyersied. 



9:00 p.m. “Gravity Falls”  

“Little Gift Shop of Horrors” – In three separate mysterious tales, Stan is cursed by a Witch,  Waddles accidentally eats a bowl of brain-enhancing jelly and builds a machine that allows him to speak for the first time, and Mabel faces her fear of Claymotion.

Guest starring is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”) as “smart” Waddles.



9:30 p.m. “Wander Over Yonder”

“The Gift ll: The Giftening”Mysterious gifts start popping up on Lord Hater’s ship, zombie-fying each recipient with gratitude. Hater and Peepers try to escape the creeping terror delivering these gifts.



Sunday, October 5:


8:00 p.m. – “Austin & Ally”

“Horror Stories & Halloween Scares” – When a power outage leaves the four friends locked in Sonic Boom overnight on Halloween, they pass the time by seeing who can tell the scariest ghost story.



8:30 p.m. – “Liv and Maddie”

“Helgaween-A-Rooney” – The Rooney’s Halloween celebration takes an unexpected turn when a magic amulet turns twins Liv and Maddie into triplets, and their sister is the frightening Helga. Meanwhile, Joey and Parker use the amulet to clone themselves.



9:00 p.m. – “I Didn’t Do It”

“Next of Pumpkin” – Garrett is ready to meet his secret crush at the Holla!-Ween fest, but his disco ball costume winds up getting him stuck belly up in a corn maze. Meanwhile, Delia has grown a 10-foot pumpkin in hopes of beating her arch nemesis Great Granny Wrinkles for the biggest pumpkin award.



Friday, October 10


8:30 a.m. – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

“Jake the Wolf” – When Jake turns into a wolf after disregarding a warning, his pirate pals must find a cure.


“Witch Hook” – Captain Hook is turned into a witch by the Sea Witch’s Magic Mirror.

Tiffani Thiessen recurs as Misty the Wonderful Witch



9:30 p.m.“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors”

“Halloween Night at the Museum” – The cast of “Jessie” gets animated in this special crossover episode that finds the Manhattan nanny in possession of a medieval sword coveted by the infamous Morgan Le Fey. Jessie and Spider-Man team up to save Halloween and the world from Le Fay’s evil plans.

Guest stars include Grey DeLisle as Morgan Le Fay and the cast of “Jessie” voicing their animated characters, including Debby Ryan as Jessie Prescott, Peyton List as Emma Ross, Karan Brar as Ravi Ross, Cameron Boyce as Luke Ross and Skai Jackson as Zuri Ross.




10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. – Marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes and movies.



9:00 p.m. – “Evermoor” Special (Chapter 1 & 2)

The mystery adventure special “Evermoor” follows Tara Crossley, an American teen and aspiring mystery writer who, along with her newly-blended family, has just moved into an old family mansion in Evermoor, a beautiful but isolated village in the middle of England. In Chapters 1 & 2, a series of mysterious incidents unfold at Evermoor Manor when Tara discovers a magical typewriter and an ancient tapestry that holds the power to predict the future. The inquisitive and impulsive teen soon finds herself at odds with the formidable Esmerelda Dwyer, who is determined to get rid of the Crossley family.




9:00 p.m. “Evermoor” Special (Chapter 3 & 4)

In Chapters 3 & 4, Tara and her step-brother Seb team up to solve the mystery of the tapestry that predicts the future and save their family and Evermoor Manor from the sinister Esmerelda.




2:00 p.m.10:30 p.m. – Marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes and movies.


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PHINEAS & FERB – “Night of the Living Pharmacists” – In this “Night of the Living Dead”-inspired special, Doofenshmirtz’s latest “-inator” accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies who run rampant all over town. Agent P and the kids must work together to save Danville and avoid becoming Doof-zombies themselves. This episode of “Phineas and Ferb” airs Saturday, October 4 (8:00 PM ET/PT), on Disney Channel. (Disney XD)


Credit: Disney.


Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest & more from PBS KIDS!

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You’re invited to the spooky return of CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest on PBS KIDS! OnMonday, October 27, everyone’s favorite monkey returns in his Halloween special, kicking off season 9 with a week of new episodes from the popular series!

New adventures with CURIOUS GEORGE debut on PBS KIDS October 28-30, including George testing his super spy skills and exploring an aviation museum. October 28 features the premiere of “Submonkey,” an underwater adventure that includes the song “Down, Down, Down,” performed by Belinda Carlisle (lead vocalist of the Go-Go’s).

The week of Halloween will also feature Halloween-themed episodes from other PBS KIDS shows, including DINOSAUR TRAIN, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, and more. Check your local listings for airtimes.

CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest Program Description
Airs Monday, October 27 and Friday, October 31

It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!

New Season 9 CURIOUS GEORGE Episodes Descriptions and Listings

“Submonkey/Double-Oh-Monkey Tracks Trouble”
Premieres Tuesday, October 28
“Submonkey” – When Professor Pizza’s birthday present is dragged away by a strong ocean current, George volunteers to take an undersea adventure in a monkey-sized submarine to retrieve it. Can the curious little monkey locate a small package at the bottom of the ocean or will Pizza’s present be forever lost at sea?
“Double-Oh-Monkey Tracks Trouble” – Double-Oh-Monkey takes on his most important case yet – to prevent Steve’s well-intentioned (but always disastrous) “good luck present” from ruining Betsy’s dance recital! Using his super spy skills and all five of his senses, George tracks down Steve and discovers…a bucket of wet paint?! Can George warn Betsy in time? Or will her dance recital get a splash of color?

“Monkey Goes Batty/Curious George and the Balloon Hound”
Premieres Wednesday, October 29
“Monkey Goes Batty” – A hole in the roof means George and the Man with the Yellow Hat must sleep in the living room while their bedrooms are being repaired. But their adventure quickly turns into a disaster when George’s nightly trips to the kitchen keep the Man with the Yellow Hat awake at night. Can George figure out a way to quietly find his way to the refrigerator in the dark?
“Curious George and the Balloon Hound” – George and Hundley are amazed by all the flying machines at the museum’s aviation exhibit. So when Hundley’s souvenir airship flies out of reach in the lobby, he dreams he is British flying ace, Leftenant Doxie. Joined by the daring flyboy Chuck Monkey, the dynamic duo uses propeller power as they race towards the finish line. When Hundley awakens from his dream, he has a few new ideas on how to get his ceiling-bound toy within reach.

“George’s Photo Finish/Monkey Mystery Gift”
Premieres Thursday, October 30
“George’s Photo Finish” – Today is the big unveiling of the Ankylosaurus dinosaur skeleton at the museum, but it’s missing a leg! George and the Man with the Yellow Hat thought they delivered all four bones. Where did the fourth bone go? Fortunately, Mr. Quint took pictures on their way to the museum. Maybe the photos can lead them to the bone…if they can only figure out which order to put them in.
“Monkey Mystery Gift” – George and Allie’s imaginations run wild as they brainstorm what could be in the large unmarked box on George’s doorstep. Based on its weight, sound, smell and bristly hair, they’re certain it’s a baby goat! But what’s really inside surprises them more than anything they could ever have imagined.
Credit: PBS KIDS.

NFPA announces theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11 “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA announced the theme at its 2014 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.


“Smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Unfortunately, many home fire deaths result from fires where a smoke alarm is present but does not operate. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on motivating people to test their smoke alarms each month to make sure they’re working properly.”


According to NFPA statistics:

  • Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.


“Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”


NFPA recommends:

  • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
  • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.


Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America.


For more information on Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!”, visit


About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at


Give Comics Instead of Candy this Halloween!


Be one of the coolest houses in the neighborhood this Halloween by passing out comics to trick-or-treaters with the Halloween ComicFest Mini-Comic packs now available to purchase from comic book specialty shops!


Each pack contains 20 mini-comics and are only available to purchase at comic book shops for just $4.99 per pack.  There are seven titles to choose from which include Angry Birds, Betty and Veronica, Plants vs. Zombies, BOOM! Studios Fright Fest, LBX Little Battlers, Mermin and Vamplets. The Mini-Comic packs are a healthy alternative to candy, promote literacy, provide entertainment for families to enjoy, can be used as prizes for Halloween games or prizes used in the classroom, and they last longer than candy!

Find a comic shop near you to get the Mini-Comic Packs and participate in Halloween ComicFest at


Credit: ComicFest.