It's outdoor season, meaning the chance that you chances (or worse, you kid) could accidentally stumble into a patch of Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac is likely if you spend any amount of time outdoors.

Ivarest has several products to help you deal with those pesky poison plants that make us itch and burn. One of their newest products is Ivarest Poison Ivy Cleansing Foam, a a new poisonous plant cleanser that’s can be used right after you discover you've been exposed to Poison Ivy (or it's equally itchy cousins) and can also be used once a rash has begun. The foam is designed to work with minimal rubbing to decrease the chances of spreading the oils from the Poison Ivy (remember the old advice of scrubbing hard with soap and hot water?).

The kind folks at Ivarest have offered me (3) Summer Survival Kits to offer to (3) lucky readers. Each kit contains (1) bottle of Ivarest Ivarest Poison Ivy Cleansing Foam and (1) bottle of Ivarest Double Relief Treatment Cream.

I received a set of these products and I immediately put them with all of my Girl Scout camping supplies. I have no doubt that they'll come in handy sometime in the future and it will be great to have the Ivarest Poison Ivy Cleansing Foam in my backpack the next time I take my Troop hiking through the woods.

Along with the (3) Summer Survival Kits offered by Ivarest, I'm offering (1) lucky reader a grand prize of a $10 gift card to their choice of one of these (3) retailers: Target, Walmart, or Kroger.

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us all about a poison ivy experience you've had, or if you're fortunate enough to have never been beset with the itchies from this icky plant, tell us about your favorite way to spend time outdoors with your family during the summer months.

I'll start us off by telling you mine: I'm one of those lucky freaks who doesn't get poison ivy unless I roll around in it. I spent my childhood summers mostly barefoot in our Maryland backyard and walked through patches of Poison Ivy many a time with no rash. I wouldn't be so foolish as to do that now!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, June 30, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Good luck!

Hey there - do you have a giveaway you're hosting at your blog this week? Feel free to drop the link to your giveaway post in the Mr. Linky below; thanks!

*Disclosure: I received a free Summer Survival Kit from Ivarest to review (and to keep for my Girl Scouts!) for this post. Thanks, Ivarest!


  1. Jane of Seagull Fountain // June 24, 2009 3:24 PM  

    We lived in Oregon for 6 months when I was 11, on a five acre parcel of land next to a national forest. I had poison oak the whole time. It was -- not great.

    Pick me!!

  2. Helen S // June 24, 2009 5:37 PM  

    It seems that I can just walk by poison oak and have a rash the next day. I have tried different things including washing with vinegar after being out, but nothing seems to help.

  3. Helen S // June 24, 2009 5:38 PM  

    I subscribe

  4. sue in peoria // June 25, 2009 11:16 AM  

    just found your site today...and love your give away...I'm a natural at getting a case of poison ivy especially just before I am supposed to attend a wedding...the rash always looks great in the pics


  5. News Around The Blogs // June 25, 2009 5:22 PM  

    I have never had poison ivy - knock on wood But I would like to have this JUST IN CASE

    But my family loves spending time out doors swimming. We love having picnics in the park also

  6. News Around The Blogs // June 25, 2009 5:24 PM  

    posted a tweet


    hoping for the giftcard!

  7. News Around The Blogs // June 25, 2009 5:25 PM  



  8. pierce // June 25, 2009 5:51 PM  

    One time I got it when I fell down onto a small patch but luckily it went away and without much pain because my mother had a nice remedy.

  9. Julie // June 25, 2009 5:52 PM  

    I personally have never had poison ivy but boy could I use that kit right now ;) my husband and mother in law have it.


  10. Julie // June 25, 2009 5:53 PM  

    I am a new email subsriber


  11. Courtney // June 26, 2009 9:05 AM  

    When we bought our home, my husband and his father spent a whole weekend clearing three feet of brush from the hill in front of our house (the people who lived here before us were animals, I swear). Didn't know there was poison ivy in there! Poor guy :) Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. Tiffani // June 26, 2009 11:25 AM  

    I love to play ball outside with the kids!!


  13. Tiffani // June 26, 2009 11:25 AM  

    I get your feed.


  14. Kristy // June 26, 2009 9:50 PM  

    We havent had any poison ivy encounters yet! But in the summer,if we cant go camping, we like to camp in our back yard and do it all! Roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories and just have a good time!


  15. Kristy // June 26, 2009 9:51 PM  

    Email subscriber!


  16. Amanda // June 27, 2009 9:26 AM  

    I get very mild cases of poison ivy but my husband gets it systemically. It will come out all over him, poor guy. He was hospitalized for it twice when he was younger, so products like this are highly valued in our house all year long (he can get it in the winter too).

  17. Amanda // June 27, 2009 9:27 AM  

    I just subscribed by email!