Archive for February, 2010

Bye-bye “eczema”

Posted in Being Green on February 10th, 2010 by Lacey – 2 Comments
California Baby bubble bath

California Baby Overtired & Cranky bubble bath

My toddler has struggled with eczema for as long as I can remember. There have been red, rashy patches behind her knees since she was a tiny baby–I was told it was environmental and some kids just have it. I have faithfully applied Cetaphil lotion after every bath (every other day), have avoided overbathing her, have avoided using steriod cream to keep her from itching…it just seemed like it would never get better.  I’ve been using what I thought was the simplest, mildest bubble bath available.  Oh, how I am a sucker for advertising and a cheap pricetag.

While in Target recently, my eye was caught by the “Overtired and Cranky” (heh) label on the California Baby bubble bath and thought despite the $13 commitment that I’d give it a shot.

And wouldn’t you know–after a week and two or three baths, no more “eczema,” which I’m guessing was actually a skin allergy to the chemicals in cheap soap. No red patches. No more waking up itching. No more “Mommy, itchhhhyyyy!” Completely gone! An added irony is that in the product description for this great stuff, it says, “California Baby® non-drying (extremely) biodegradable gentle bubble bath strictly avoids the use of synthetic fragrances and harsh bubbling agents. This product was developed to avoid irritation (that is typical of other bubble baths), and we never use Sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, or numbing agents.” I believe it!

Big, huge thumbs up to California Baby. Thank you and you’ve got a customer for life.

Valentine’s Day crafts

Posted in Being Green on February 4th, 2010 by Lacey – Comments Off
Heart memory game via Scrumdilly-do!

Heart memory game via Scrumdilly-do. This project completely rocks!

I love Valentine’s Day. Cliche? Yes, because I said “love” (wah-waaaaah). But I think this holiday is the perfect excuse for DIY-ing some cards, decorations, and gifts. Something about the personal-ness of v-day makes it especially appropriate to make your own tokens of appreciation for that special someone.  I’ve been seeing a ton of cool and fun projects come through my feed reader lately–projects that can be accomplished using materials you probably already have in your possession.  Some of these are more kid-centered but that’s to be expected–we all need an “excuse” to make a Valentine heart lei.

And if you are a Baha’i, you can keep these decorations around or repurpose them for Ayyam-i-ha. Neat!

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