Monthly Archives: March 2013

Television

For those of you that know me on a personal level know that I actually loathe television. I like movies and a few good or hilarious shows. The part that I can’t stand is the TV set being on all day long for no reason. I always find myself mindlessly staring at it never getting anything accomplished. Even if I don’t like the show. A lot of people tell me “I just like having the noise.” Really??? Because I feel like I’m going insane because every 30 sec someone is trying to sell me something. I prefer the radio. I love that my hubby’s great grandma has Sirius XM on her satellite. It rarely gets put to that but those channels have NO commercials and minimal talking.  I also found that my mother-in-law has Pandora that goes on the TV and it has nobody talking at me- ever. I know I’m probably waaaay behind on the times but this was news to me. I thought Pandora was just on the computer or in the car.  😛

But yeah- I love DVR. That way I can record exactly what I want to watch and can SKIP all the commercials. I do happen to like quite a few shows so if you’re interested these are the things I’m hooked on right now. (My top 3 are actually tied for how much I like them!)

  1. The Client List (I love Jennifer Love Hewitt!!! I was sad nobody picked up the Ghost Whisperer!)
  2. The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (I know this is the 13 season but its great even though I’ve only watched half of one other season)
  3. MLP– YES! It’s true I love My Little Ponies. As a “grown woman” I really shouldn’t but I do and I’m not ashamed.
  4. Project Runway Teams ( Another show thats been going for a while that I’ve watched here and there but I’m hooked on the Teams aspect of it!)
  5. Ridiculousness (I think that this new season they’re re-using a  few clips from last season so far it seems like every episode has at least one I’ve seen them show before.)

For some of my ALL TIME favorites they’re usually old or “old people” shows.

  1. Gunsmoke 
  2. Bonanza
  3. Matlock

And probably a few others. I could waste the day away if there was a marathon of any of those old shows because I actually haven’t seen that many.

As for movies….that could be a WHOLE other post and a very long one…..

 

Diaper Rash? Some Home Remedies & The Ointment Dilema.

***So in advance- I’m sorry this isn’t about nail polish, but it is what it is! And also for there being a little bit of information overload.***

So my little guy just turned 2! So much fun at this age. It gets better when they go on the potty, but I’m not there yet. Which leads me to my main topic. Diaper rash. My boy doesn’t get it near as bad as the my older girl did when she was little. But when he does, he is one unhappy camper. He recently got another rash and was so upset that he requested a bath. He does so by saying “tub”. Haha so cute. So into to the tub he went along with oatmeal flour. I’ve been trying to be more of a D.I.Y kinda gal. I’ve always been dabbling in the arts and craftsy stuff but rarely doing useful things. But Pinterest has charged me up quite a bit in this area. I pin so many things I want to do, so I decided to start doing them. I actually didn’t get the oat flour idea from Pinterest- just something I’ve heard of before and I know that Aveeno markets something similar.

  So I wanted to make sure that his rash would be well taken care of, googled oatmeal bath, and found a number of interesting suggestions.

Some are things I feel are obvious ones:

  1. Not using scented wipes- some suggest not using any type of baby wipe. Do it the old fashion way and get a washcloth. 
  2. Being gentle as can be!
  3. Oatmeal baths  or  baking soda baths. I actually did the two together. 😛  It seems that most people have different ideas about how much to use in the tub when it comes to oatmeal. On average people say a cup. I use oat flour because its exactly what you get when most recipes tell you to grind it in a blender. You need it to dissolve in the warm water! But most people seem to agree that you need a whole box for the baking soda. And make sure there’s no lumps on the bottom of the tub.
  4. Making sure tushy is dry before applying any:
  5. Anti-rash creams.

One I haven’t tried yet:

  1. Liquid antacid (Mylanta)! Apply with cotton ball and allow to dry.

Now everyone swears by a different diaper rash product. I’ve read some rave reviews on Triple Paste which I’ve never used. Some people prefer Desitin. When I started out with my first kid (the one who seemed like she ALWAYS had a rash) this did not work on her. Boudreax’s Butt Paste was the only thing that worked for her and it worked usually within a few applications of it, unlike Desitin which I tried for days and days without any change in the flaming red tush that greeted me every time I opened the diaper. But I know there are lots of people it does work for. I became completely turned off to Desitin once I read an article on its known carcinogens. SafeCosmetics.org has the scoop on its plans to be changed by 2015. Of course after reading that about Desitin I’ve come to be reluctant about using the Butt Paste as well. Apparently it’s a little better, but at what cost??

This website is amazing> Skin Deep Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group  it has a feature to look up any ingredient in your products and it would tell you exactly what is is and/or what countries it is banned in and everything else you should know about it. So here you can compare Desitin vs. Boudreaux’s vs. Triple Paste. Am I happy with my instinctive choice? Well yes and no. Yes, it scores better but in my book it should be zero. I hate taking these kind of chances considering that people I know personally are developing illnesses that could have been from years of use of multiple products containing a number of unknown ingredients and the types of things doctors have prescribed. So if you’re wondering (or still reading for that matter) I do still use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. XP Very very very rarely do I because I use Neosporin (link for arguments sake), mostly because I want things to heal if the paste isn’t working.

While I’m at it I might as well throw Women’s Voices For the Earth.  They have some good Toxin free info.

So here are some recipes I found via Pinterest:

  1. My Merry Messy Life using organic oils, beeswax, zinc oxide.
  2. Mrs. January only two ingredients cornstarch and coconut oil.
  3.  MamaOT a very nice list of a lot of things!

So like I said, information overload! I hope that somebody can find this useful!

 

 

 

All I’ve Got Going On…; Kids Books

So some may find this sad and depressing but after about 2 years of being a stay at home (like really stay at home, never go anywhere-) mom, you get used to it.

You sit on Pinterest a lot and try to find fun new imaginative things to keep children at bay busy. Also I should mention- don’t stay on Pinterest too long because that doesn’t help with the whole keeping children occupied. Another thing about being a stay at home parent is that you seriously need a million books, but at the same time it doesn’t really matter because they quickly develop favorites and your stuck reading a very wordy princess book over and over, causing strange princessy nightmares. But more surprisingly is that you too start to take a liking to certain books. My all time favorite that I have memorized (accidentally, honest!) is Goodnight Moon. I cannot even type that title with out starting to quote it in my head. I think its a great one to start the whole bedtime reading routine even with little tiny babies. Hey, if they’re alert and at least looking around period, they will definitely like hearing you talk to them.

Almost all Dr. Seuss books are great! I only say almost because those are some of the ones that are favorites that are requested to be read immediately after it is finished, and your tongue can get awfully tired after the 6th time.

Call me lazy but I mostly like short to the point books with great pictures, that way I really don’t mind reading ten in a row. Even with wordy books I still don’t mind reading more then one. It’s a great way to kill time. My 5yr girl received a nice little set of classic stories (they’re Brighter Child Keepsake Stories) that are mostly correct in my opinion and are long enough to make her satisfied and not so long that the 2 yr old has left pages ago. So right now I’m just going to cut to the chase and leave a list of all time and current favorite books for kids- young and slightly older.

All Time Favorites:

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. The Cat In The Hat  by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
  4. The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Current Favorites:

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  2. Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson
  3. Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

So that’s all I can think of at the moment! I did want to mention that the current faves have excellent writing. Little Blue Truck is #1 for a reason. I see that there’s more for Little Blue and I’ve been searching for more Bear books, they are just too cute and the kids pay attention. OH, and if you’re wondering, I pretty much never recommend  pop-up books or the ones with the little tabs you pull or turn because until they are at least 4 yrs old you’re just asking for it. You might as well flush $10 down the pipe. It’s just too tempting for little explorers that want to push everything to the limit. Even my first child who (no joke) was angel of a baby- very soft and gentle, easy going, didn’t even cry loud and knew  to take your word for things being hot- couldn’t handle not accidentally ripping the nice noise making pop-up book grandma sent her into at least 6 different non fixable pieces. Needless to say the hell raising 2 yr old boy will not be anywhere near those kinds books, he almost can’t handle normal ones.  But not to be a complete spoil sport you probably could have these kinds of books and keep them nice if you put them under lock and key. *Putting things up high just makes your children smarter and they figure out how to use chairs or just straight climb things.*