Category: Health

Skinfix a Centuries Old Diaper Rash Cream

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 by No Comments

I’m a fan of natural products, and I just learned about a centuries old remedy for diaper rash. It’s called Skinfix Diaper Rash Cream. The recipe for this cream was originally blended by a man by the name of Thomas Dixon in Victorian England in 1850. He sold the formula in his store.

The family recipe for this cream was passed down through British Pharmacopoeia and is an all-natural blend of botanicals, vitamins and minerals designed to prevent and heal skin problems from head to toe.

In 2007, Thomas Dixon’s great-great-great granddaughter brought Skinfix into existence as a skincare brand that’s all natural, and fragrance- and paraben free. That means it can be used to help heal your baby’s diaper rash, but also eczema, chafing, and heat rash, too.

My kids didn’t get diaper rash often, but it seemed no matter how careful I was they did get diaper rash from time to time. In fact, it’s one of the ways I knew my son was teething. While it may be a “harmless” rash, it certainly can make our babies fussy! I wish I would have known about Skinfix when they were in diapers!

Skinfix has been pediatrician and dermatologist tested, and has been shown to relieve diaper rash in just one application according to 90 percent of the moms who have tried it. In the short time Skinfix has been an official brand, it has grown into a national business but it wasn’t until 2013 that they launched in the U.S.

This is one product that offers everything we could look for in the natural realm, without the work of making it ourselves! And since it’s worked for more than a century, I’d say it’s been well tested!

No matter how careful you are, your little one will probably get diaper rash at some point. Most babies do. So plan ahead.  Learn how to treat diaper rash, plus prevent flare-ups. Your baby’s little bottom will thank you!

Photo credits: Joanna Lane

Link Roundup: Halloween Foods, Cronuts, Fight Aging, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Halloween and fall-inspired foods, glow-in-the-dark pumpkins, homemade cronuts, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween bat burgers.

Living Locurto taught us how to make Frankenstein Halloween Pops.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her pregnant girl’s guide to what to sleep, eat, and wear.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make cronuts.

Mind Body Green shared seven ways to fight the effects of aging.

I Love to Create showed us how to make glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.

Tone It Up shared a recipe for healthy, yet decadent and divine, mocha brownies.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess

Choosing a Veterinarian for the Family Pet

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 by 1 Comment

If you consider your four legged friend to be part of the family, it’s important to have a vet you can trust to make sure Fido or Fluffy stays in tip top shape.

You can start looking for a vet by asking friends, coworkers, and relatives with pets who they use for veterinary services and if they’re happy with their pet’s medical care. The vet who does a great job with your sister’s kitten might not necessarily be the best choice for your full grown dog, but referrals should at least give you an idea of which vets in the area have a positive reputation.

After you’ve searched for personal referrals, make a few appointments with different vets in your area to check out their facilities and their staff. The ideal vet should have readily available appointments that fit well with your schedule, affordable payment plans that are within your personal budget, and friendly staff who genuinely love working with animals.

The facility should also be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. The AAHA is the leading national organization overseeing the quality of veterinary hospitals across the United States.

Questions to ask your potential vet include:

  • What veterinary school did you graduate from?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Do you have any specialties?
  • Are you familiar with my pet’s special health concerns? (This is especially important if your pet is older or dealing with chronic medical issues.)
  • Will you be meeting with us every time or are there other vets who rotate throughout the practice?
  • How do you feel about alternative treatments like chiropractic care or acupuncture for sick pets?
  • Where will I need to go if your practice can’t handle my pet’s health issue?
  • Are you willing to answer questions via email?

Photo credit: Dana Hinders

Link Round-up: Improve Your Posture, Cookie Bars, an Easy Grapevine Wreath, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for improving your posture, toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars, a grapevine wreath how-to, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make a flower box garden cake.

Mind Body Green shared five exercises to improve your posture.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars.

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My Own Home Blog shared a how-to on making a monogramed grapevine wreath.

Living Well Spending Less shared an easy freezer pot roast recipe.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make cute apple cider cups.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the eight tips for a perfect biscuit.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and My Own Home Blog

Link Round-up: HIIT Workout, Recipes, Makeup Tips, and More

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a HIIT workout that you can do anywhere, sweet and savory pizza sauce, recipes, makeup tips, and more.

Tastefully Frugal shared a delicious pizza sauce recipe that’s sweet and savory.

Mind Body Green shared a 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere.

Makeup and Beauty Blog gave us a time-saving beauty tip.

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My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for vegetarian grilled cheesy chicken and tomato sandwiches.

Create Craft Love shared an easy apple fritter recipe.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some of the things she’s learned since turning 30.

Halifax Bloggers offered some tips for decorating with maps.

Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and My Own Home Blog

Are Royal Babies Spaced too Close Together?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

Now that the Royal family has confirmed that Kate Middleton is pregnant for the second time, amid the buzz about a second royal heir being on the way is talk about whether or not 13 months is two short a time between pregnancies.

That is the amount of space between my own children, and while it wasn’t what I had “planned” I rolled with it. But 13 months is shorter than the 18 months recommended by Mayo Clinic and other organizations including the March of Dimes.

However, there is also research that suggests too much time between babies is not good either.

One of the cited possible risks based on the limited research is that the baby is at risk of a lower birth weight and small gestational size.

In my case that didn’t happen. My son actually weighed over two pounds more than my daughter and was an inch and a half longer. I’m not saying that is proof that the research is wrong, just that for me it was absolutely not the case.

Other possible risks include the potential for the placenta to partially or completely detach from the inner wall of the uterus before the baby is delivered, or that the placenta may attach to the lower part of the uterine wall and cover the cervix partially or all together in women who had a Caesarian section with their first child.

Aside from these risks there may be an increased risk of autism in the second child and some experts point to how an unplanned pregnancy and closely spaced pregnancies can put women at a socio-economic disadvantage.

I can say this is not the case for William and Kate. First of all, they probably planned this pregnancy…that is my guess not a substantiated fact.

Secondly, finances are not a factor for them, and even the stress of having kids close together will be much different with the help of a nanny, the Royal Chef, and all the other support most people don’t have.

While pregnancy and breast feeding take a toll on the mom’s body and diminish the supply of nutrients available, women in good health, who take their prenatal vitamins and have access to good prenatal care should be okay with the 13-month spacing according to some experts.

So are the Royal babies spaced to close together? Not really.

Photo credits: wikipedia

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Dry Body Brushing

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

As moms, we often neglect taking time for ourselves, but I’m telling you to take time for yourself in the morning. Get up a little early and do something just for you – dry brushing.

If you haven’t heard of this, it’s something you might find on a pricey spa menu. While I admit it’s fun to go for a treatment where you feel pampered, when you can’t afford or don’t have time for such pleasantries, why not still reap the benefits in your own bathroom.

Go ahead, give yourself a treatment! All you need is a natural-bristle brush. One with a long handle is best for reaching your back.

How to Dry Brush

Dry brushing is what it sounds like. It’s brushing your skin while dry. Do it before you climb into the shower.

To dry brush correctly, make long sweeps with the brush and always move toward the heart. Lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart and you’ll want to move in that same direction except on your back. On the back move from the neck down.

Avoid back and forth or circular scrubbing motions. Just sweep the skin in one direction and start at your feet. Move up the legs. Then move to your arms always brush toward the chest.

When brushing your stomach, brush counterclockwise. Use a light touch, hard enough to stimulate the skin but not hard enough to make the skin turn red.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing offers a number of benefits. It increases circulation to the skin and is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite. That alone is a great reason for dry brushing, but there’s more!

Other benefits include:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal
  • Helps eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Helps improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulates nerve endings in the skin
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Makes skin more receptive to nutrients by eliminating clogged pores

Once you brush, bathe or shower to wash away the loosened dead skin cells. All of this results in smoother, brighter skin. It really is a great way to start the day.

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First Baby Spa a Hit in Houston

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

There’s a new spa located in the heart of Houston’s Memorial Villages. It’s called Float Baby and it is exclusively for babies.

While Float Baby is the first baby spa in the U.S., it turns out baby spas aren’t actually new. For instance, there’s Baby Spa in Kensington, London, that also offers “hydo therapy” and baby massages.

Float Baby opened in Houston last February, and it services infants from age 2 weeks to 8 months. The hallmark spa treatment is the floating pool which is kept at a comfortable 95-98 degrees.

Babies are dressed in waterproof diapers and a small flotation device is placed around the their necks before they are placed into the pool where they are free to move their arms and legs while they gently drift.

According to Kristi Ison, the owner of the spa, this treatment improves physical and cognitive development “by as much as 50% ahead of non-water peers.” Plus the treatment is said to strengthen muscle and bone structure.

When the babies are taken out of the pool, they get a neonatal massage performed by their parents while they are coached by Ison who is a certified instructor in infant massage. A visit costs $65 and takes about an hour.

This leads to a couple of questions like what happens if the squirming baby slips from its flotation device? Turns out that the inflatable tubes are sized by the staff every visit.

My other concern relates to a bunch of babies in the same pool, even with waterproof diapers. How clean is that pool? Turns out the water is purified and the pool itself is washed out daily.

While there is no research to support the claims made by the spa’s owner, parents using the spa have said their babies are sleeping better and are generally happier. Ison plans to expand her current facilities and hopes to open more franchises.

While I like the concept, I’m not sure about dishing out $65 for a baby spa treatment. What do you think?

Photo credits: HLN

Link Round-up: Furniture Inspiration, Halloween Ideas, Clothespin Dinosaurs, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has furniture painting inspiration, 15 Halloween DIYs, a clothespin dinosaur craft, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a cute Despicable Me minion bento lunch idea.

Seasoned Homemaker inspired us to give some old furniture a makeover with paint.

I Love to Create Blog shared 15 Halloween DIYs to wear or decorate.

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Crafts by Amanda shared a clothespin dinosaur craft.

Mind Body Green shared eight ways you might be keeping yourself stuck.

Kenarry shared a recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce.

Adventures in Making showed us how to make mini apple cupcakes.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Crafts by Amanda