Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Taking action against my Psoriasis

Taking care of my body. Now a number of people may have already read a couple of posts regarding my skin condition—psoriasis. Not a fun thing to have or deal with, but in light of everything I have started to take action by focusing on being healthful!

Supplements. Psoriasis seems to hit me in seasons, and wet or cold or dry or hot. I am not sure exactly what spurs my skin to itch like crazy, but one way in which I combat my psoriasis is by taking fish oil or krill oil supplements.  This helps nip off the edge of any weather condition by just providing my body with omega-3 fats!  Omega-3 fats is the key factor to help suppress the inflamed skin. 

Here's a picture of Fish Oil I am using:

 Cod-Liver is another one of the really good things to take—but have you ever tried Cod liver oil? We have two bottles of—and they still remain untouched. It was….MOST DIFFICULT…to get anything down. I know it is healthful, cod liver is, but I have found something I cannot stomach or get my mind past!  I now learned that they have cod liver pills, but my memory of taste and smell has not quite faded enough for me to try cod liver pills.  So to me taking Fish Oil or Krill Oil supplements are nothing in comparison to Cod Liver Oil.

Healthy Eating. Another way I am combatting and taking action against my psoriasis is eating right. I am not a scientist or ever claim to be knowledgeable about biology or such—but what I do know is that if I put the right things into my body my body will have a good start. My mom and grandma were two good cooks in our house growing up. I had the opportunity of living with my grandma or “Lola” as we called her, and between the both of them we ate healthily. I did have tiny specks of psoriasis, but they did not stay. They only came out when I was stressed out or in the heat and sun. It was nothing but a pest, but now at present they have grown to become a pestilence! I can see how my eating habits have started to wane, and flour and bread are major differences in my eating habits. Bread and flours and sweets were hardly a part of my daily food intake. I never ate a sandwich unless it was in the form of a burger or if we were eating out and grabbing a quick bite. So maybe I am wrong, but maybe I am not in my view of psoriasis, but either way I will still win by providing my body adequate nutrition to combat this skin condition I have! I used to not have it so by eating healthy I will give my skin the benefit of the doubt.

Lotion and Water equals hydration. Juices, wine, soda—they are okay to have, but water is king. Drinking Water has always done good for the body. Seeing that we are composed 80% of it, it seems only right to help maintain that 80%! Another positive with hydrating with water, is that I seem to lose my cravings for sugar and salts (aka bingeing). Over all, skin and whole body feels great when I Lotion up with a calming lotion. I can tell if my skin is irritated and if my psoriasis is going to flare up. Every part of my body feels on edge and in a sense feels frustrated! Usually it is because I had not hydrated enough, or I had used a soap that dried up my skin. My solution to avoid a terrible scratching marathon is to grab Gold Bond Moisturization or my Eczema Therapy by Aveeno. Lately, both have assuaged my scratching marathons. A Good lotion on hand is key. If I scratch till the cows come home…my skin would just never get better!

I really liked Gold Bond Extreme Moisturization and am presently trying out Eczema Therapy by Aveeno. We have bought Gold Bond for months, but thought it would be neat to try out something that was in my court of Eczema-Psoriasis.  As of right now, my neck areas have healed up from not using lotion and excessive scratching.   It looks almost normal!  OH yeah!

My husband picked this one out for me at Walmart:

I have tried medicated lotions from the doctor, but found that yes it works but then not.  It is hard because the itchiness does not go away!  I am finding that lotion like Aveeno or Gold Bond have helped me more then using a medicated lotion that is in a little tiny inch squeeze container.  Also, I am afraid that my unfaithfulness to use it might have caused my skin to be "used" to it?  I do not know, all I know is that I have tried it but my itching got the better of me.  Using calming lotion seemed to work better for me.

Let's see, that is all I have right now, but these can be your first steps into taking active action against psoriasis!   The best advice I have right now is to beat the urge to scratch by lathering up with lotion.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own.  I was provided the Fish Oil to write about, but it does not influence my opinions or ideas in this post.  I also am not a professional when it comes to health, so consult your doctor or physician and use your good judgement!

FeverAll Infants' Acetaminophen: Have you considered Rectal Suppositories?

As a child I was a little too stubborn when it came to taking medicines. I figured that I can cheek pills, spit out the sharp taste of cherry medicine, or even gag and throw medicines up.  I remember that the mere smell of liquid medicine was enough to make me gag.  Once I started gagging, my mom had lost the war.  Nothing would stay down.  She even tried hiding a pill in my food.  I found it.  I hated being sick, but more than that—I disliked taking medicines. I remember that one day they opted out for a more feasible way to get within me the medicine I needed. I do not remember much, but I vaguely remember my mom and grandma and aunts and uncles having the last straw and they chose to give me Suppositories. I was young, but I remember that I could not get away from taking medicine if it was administered rectally.

FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories are reasonably small (less than an inch) and have this waxlike feel to them allowing for me as a parent to slip it in easily and gently. The actual suppository started to melt fairly quickly in my hand as I handled it for pictures and to see what I would use on my child. As a mom I felt that administering FeverAll Rectal Suppositories would be easy because of these factors.

I understand it may be weird at first, and maybe not appeal to a large crowd, but for my parents and family members it sure gave them an easier way to administer medicine to me. So in turn, now that I am on the opposite side, I feel that FeverAll Acetaminmophen Suppositories will come in handy if my daughter gets passed down the stubborn “hate medicine” attitude from me. Also, I like knowing that my daughter will receive the full recommended dosage required to get her better.

FeverAll is available at major retailers such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart. They are tailored to fit your child’s needs. I received the FeverAll for Infants’ (Ages 6-36 months). FeverAll Children’s Strength are available for Children ages 3-6 years old and Jr. Strength for ages 6-12 years old.

To learn more about FeverAll please visit


Disclosure: All Opinions are my own.  I received the product for free in the exchange for my review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  I was not obligated to write a positive post.  Please consult your doctor and use your own good judgement before giving anything to your child.  I do not claim to be a professional.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Garnier Fructis--Triple nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner Review

What do I think of the new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Hair Conditioner? 

The Smell is invigorating and delightful.  My roommate always had amazing smelling hair, and walking into the bathroom after she was done showering was like walking into a a garden!  She used Garnier Fructis.
So I was thrilled when it was me who was taking the shower, and lathering the delightful yummy scents into my hair.  When I was done showering, it was my husband who had the sensation of walking right into a garden of apple orchards!  I do not know what took me so long to actually use Garnier Fructis!

The Triple Nutrition Shampoo seems a bit too strong for my hair.  I use it sparingly because a little bit of it lathers up my hair quite easily, and I have really really long hair.  For the most part, the light apple-like scent is nice, and I find that it is a real treat lathering the Shampoo into my hair.
The Shampoo itself contains lightweight oils such as Avocado, Olive, and Shea which work to add oils in my hair to keep it from drying out.  Though I have to say I have started to shampoo my hair about twice a week just because I found my hair becoming oily if I shampoo on a daily basis.  I think everyone's hair responds differently--and for me, shampooing twice a week is just about right.  I found that by using this product my natural oils tended to over react and get my hair too oily.  I am not quite sure I react this way, the shampoo does contain sulfates to get it to lather.

The Garnier Fructis Conditioner is amazing! It smells great, and I feel that it does not strip my hair of oils. The creamy luscious texture of the Conditioner treats my hair to a wonderful dose of intense moisturization. I like that my hair does not feel dry afterwards and what is left is a headful of soft shiny, scented hair! I have very long hair, and it seems that it needs more just of a conditioning to help keep it looking healthy. So I am a frequent user of Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner.

Here is what I found out on their website: 
I am excited to learn that Garnier Fructis is taking steps in advocating a greener and more friendly product. They are a new bottle that is made out of PET the most widely recycled plastic. 30% of bottle is recycled material.   And Secondly, I am happy to discover that they created a new line of shampoo that contains no parabens, no silicones, and no dyes—Pure Clean by Garnier Fructis. On top of liking their new line of Triple Nutrition products, I think that I will have to visit my nearest grocery store and see if they have Pure Clean products! I kind of wish that Garnier Fructis would apply this idea of Pure Clean to all of their products. That way we can choose anything.  I would not hesitate to try out their Pure Clean as I am all for something that is without parabens, silocnes, and dyes.  I really enjoyed using this product by Garnier Fructis, and can only imagine that their greener and friendlier product will be to my liking!

Disclosure: I am a Bzzagent and received products in order to fasciliate this review.  As a BzzAgent I am responsible for giving my full opinions and thoughts about the product.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Whitney Farms Organic Soil and Organic Plant Food $3 COUPON!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whitney Farms for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


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Anyone inspired by all that sunshine and blue sky weather we have been getting?  This last week we took a trip down to our local farmer’s market and bought some Thyme and Basil plants!  I know it is a small start, but I am hoping to try my luck at growing some herbs and flowers this summer.  My husband also has some roses he has been wanting to plant.  Right now the plants we have had during the cold winter are not doing so well.  One thing that I am hoping to do to help them grow healthy is to get them in some organic soil.  The benefits of organic soil is that it contains live microbes that enhance the nutrients in the soil.  Another thing I know our little garden will need is some organic plant food.  I have been watering these little plants, but I cannot wait to see what Whitney Farms can do to help our garden grow bigger.

I believe that one major difference between Whitney Farms® organic plant food and other conventional plant food is that it helps stimulates the roots to grow thereby enhancing nutrient uptake and the water the plant soaks up.  After watching a documentary about composting and the importance of the microbes in soil, I am all about organic soils and organic plant food!  Whitney farms contain Beneficial Microbes that help plants break down organic matter into nutrients.

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Here’s a picture of our roses.  Kind of sad really!  For these roses, One of the farmers recommended using some organic plant food to help get our roses happy again.








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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards

You came, you ate, and now it's time to vote! From world-class restaurants to food trucks, and everything in between, help decide who's truly the 'best of the best' across 20 categories in the world of food in the first ever The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards.
General Mills' is honoring the most delicious food experiences America has to offer - from the most iconic burger, to the best local farmers market, to the best chef. Featuring some of their favorite food people from TV, blogs, books, restaurants and beyond, Andrew Zimmern, Chef & James Beard award-winning television personality, and a panel of celebrity chowhounds have developed the list of nominees across three groups:

Terrific Tastemakers- the media and personalities that make the food world sizzle, from Favorite Food TV Personality to Favorite Food Blog
Best Bites- the most delectable interpretations of our favorite foods, like Most Iconic Burger and Best Cookie
Delicious Destinations- the establishments that keep us coming back for more; think Coolest Coffee Shop or Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar The nominees were chosen by a panel of culinary celebs, but it's now up to the real experts out there - namely, you - to choose the winners! Vote for your faves once per day (even recast your whole ballot with just a click!) at now through April 30th. Encourage your readers, friends and family to do the same, and don't forget to check back in May to see who the winners are!
While celebrating food, they're also fighting hunger. On behalf of the expert panel and all of the voters, is donating $15,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. One good meal deserves another, so head on over to to vote now!

Disclosure: I have been provided this information to you by through MyBlogSpark.

Yoplait Lactose Free Yogurt Coupon!

Yoplait recently announced its new Yoplait® Lactose Free yogurt and we want you to try it. Inspired by the Yoplait yogurt we know and love, Lactose Free comes in four delicious flavors - Strawberry, Peach, French Vanilla and Cherry - and contains 50% of the recommended Daily Value of calcium, with vitamins A and D in every cup. Lactose Free contains no artificial sweeteners and can be used in some of your favorite recipes - like chocolate crème brulee and strawberry cheesecake.

Lactose intolerant or know someone who is? We wanted to let you know that you can visit to download a printable *coupon for $0.30 when you buy any flavor of Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt cups. Remember to share the coupon offer with your blog readers, family and friends so they can take advantage of the discount as well.

*The coupon offer for Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt is not valid in some states, including Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee.

Disclosure: I received this information and the coupon offer from Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Summer Pass Bowling: AMF's Summer Unplugged!

I will never forget my first date with Andrew (my husbandnow).  Let's just say it was interesting.  I did not even think after going through such a funky date that I would marry the man.  

It was a Friday night, and we went off to dinner and an unexpected night bowling.  From the onset his car had some electrical issues--smoke was coming out of his steering wheel so we had to stay in town.  We ended up hitting the Sharis diner for dinner, and then circling back to the bowling alley.  I did not mind the bowling it was just hard to get a quiet date out of it!  They turned off all the regular lights and did a neat black light.  Tons of highschool students and other kids came in...boy was it awkward.  The kids that were joined up with our lane certainly had a blast--just have to say it was a crazy weird first date for us! But seeing all those kids have fun with bowling made me want to share this great deal with you guys!


AMF's Summer Unplugged is this summer's best bowling deal for kids! And adults get in on the fun too with Summer Pass.

Summer Unplugged: Zip, Zero, Zilch for Kids 15 and Under

At select AMF centers, two free games of bowling per day for kids 15 and under. (Shoe rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.)
    • Time: Free bowling until 8:00PM, 7 days a week.
    • Dates: Monday, May 14 through Monday, September 3 (Labor Day).
    Parents go to to select a participating center (over 250 locations) and complete a simple registration form.
    Free game coupons emailed every week starting May 14 – it’s that simple!
    $3.29 Kids Meals
      Summer Pass: Great Deal for Everyone 16 and Over

      • 2 free games, per day for up to four people ages 16 and up (shoe rental not included).

      • One $29.95 Summer Pass is good for 2 games per day for up to four people all summer long - that's $7.50 per person! (Same dates and times as above.)

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      Disclosure: I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing.  All opinions stated in the post are my own.

      Monday, May 14, 2012

      Review and Giveaway: Mother-Ease One Size Diaper {FItted Diaper Event}

      Now I have found that this diaper gets nice and “thicker” it seems after a number of washes.  Our washing machine is shared between our upstairs neighbors so it took quite some time to get this diaper washed!  But after a good couple of washings and using it for about a month now, I have to say that it’s a nifty daytime diaper.  My toddler is about 23lbs now and it fits her nicely.  This Mother Ease One-Sized Fitted is designed to fit a child 8lbs-35lbs.  

      Absorbency: Now at first I snapped on this diaper without an insert.  She got away from me and managed to run and pee at the same time.  A toddler without an insert in this diaper or a diaper cover—not a good idea.  After washing and drying the diaper, I added a soaker inside this Mother-ease diaper, and gave it another try!  I managed to slip on a diaper cover on her wiggly body, and voila!  It made for a nice daytime diaper for the afternoon. I found that it was a good diaper for both night time and daytime use.  In our stash it is used mainly as a day time diaper because it is just so easy to use and quickly put on her.

      Mother-Ease One Size Fitted Diapers have a place for an optional insert.  For a light weight wetter and younger babies, an insert might not be needed, as the cotton terry fabric seemed to absorb nicely.  I have only tried this diaper on my 18 month old, 23lb toddler.  For a toddler or heavy wetter Mother-ease recommend an optional snap-in insert as shown in their diagram on folding diapers for various sizes.  I highly recommend a thirsty insert.  She peed right through the diaper without the insert.  When I grab this diaper it is for the daytime uses.  I have used this diaper with a snap in insert and diaper cover for her 2 ½ hour. 

      Fabric:  I did like how the diaper had Cotton Terry touching my baby’s bottom.  If you are looking for a diaper that is soft and will not maintain its softness I highly would tell you that this one may be the diaper you are looking for!  The Cotton Terry has a nice feel to it—great for little bottoms.  I love that the cotton terry texture helps things fall off the diaper when plopping solids into the toilet.  It seems to absorb and then the terry texture keeps the solids at the top instead of getting smushed into the fiber.  Another fabric in this diaper, the polyester fabric is in the core to help “stabilize, prevent shrinkage, and add durability”.  I know that some may worry about polyester fabrics, but do not fear, the Cotton Terry is against the skin not the polyester.  

      It also has a nice stretch to it.  I like that I am not fighting a stiff fabric.  

      Newborn Fit:  I kind of like using my daughter’s baby doll for illustration on how fit is on a baby.  As you can see it will work for a tiny one.  It is loose on the bottom side due to the baby not having much of a bum.  It seems kind of bulky in my opinion even for an 8lb baby, but is doable.  I find that babies will rather grow into diapers sooner than one will know it though so do not despair if you purchase a diaper—your little one will grow into it for sure!   

      Though it will be somewhat bulky on a newborn, I feel that it could be a stay at home diaper till baby grows into it more.  The Cotton Terry cloth will be great for newborns’ skin I think, as it was super soft even after a month’s worth of washing.  The diaper itself is not stiff, but just supple and pliable to form and fit around umbilical areas.  I found it relatively easy to fold down the diaper to avoid umbilical cord as well.  Mind you, it was a baby doll I tried it on!

      Final Thoughts:  I really liked the trimness of this diaper.  I liked that I could slip on a pair of her shorts or pants over top the diaper and diaper cover.  Another positive about this Mother-ease diaper is the fabric--The Cotton Terry's softness was a major plus in my book.  This is my first cotton terry type of diaper, and I have to say we LOVE it! 

      For approximately $11-$13 you can get a decent One-Sized Fitted Mother-ease diaper.  I think that the price for the cloth diaper is reasonable especially since it will accommodate your baby till potty training time!
      Where to purchase: You can purchase this particular  Mother-Ease Diaper at

      Enter to win: Thanksmama has offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog!  One winner will receive a Mother-ease diaper, to enter please fill out the rafflecopter form below.  Winner will be drawn May 29th!  Winner will be drawn at random.  Thanks for Entering!

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      Disclosure:  I received the item for the purpose of the review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.