1. Isabelle got her first picture next to our growth chart! She still hasn’t taken any steps yet, but boy does she get around quickly! She has such a sweet and hilarious personality, and it’s been so much fun watching her grow into her own little person and play with her brothers more.
2. Our next door neighbors have two girls that are the exact same age as Joseph and Dominic; last summer every time they were all outside they would play together. A couple of weeks ago was the first time they had seen each other since winter broke, and now the boys look for them every time they’re outside playing. The other day they had a little conversation through the trees lol! A few hours later, Dominic pushed a box to the window that looks out onto our driveway and was knocking, calling for them… melted my heart :)
3. Has anyone tried the Honest Gently Nourishing line that’s supposedly super moisturizing? Joseph has pretty dry skin and eczema flare-ups every so often; Dominic’s isn’t as bad, but he gets dry spots sometimes, too. Right now I use Dove moisturizing wash and Aveeno eczema cream on them. Wondering if the new Honest line would work any better?
4. Oh my, this sweet pup! >> Dog Saved By Workers on Oil Rig, 135 Miles Off Thai Coast
5. And speaking of dogs, this video of a mama dog getting her pups to settle down is amazing!
6. A big shout out to King Arthur Flour – I got an order of some stuff yesterday and noticed that on the back of the packages, in the allergy cross contamination statements, they list the ACTUAL tree nuts that could possibly be included. This is HUGE for an allergy mom! Joseph is not allergic to all tree nuts, but just about all packaging has a blanket “peanuts and/or tree nuts” statement, which means it’s an automatic no. Having a list of the actual nuts is so helpful because the ones that were included he is actually NOT allergic to, which means we don’t have to avoid that particular product. The only other company I’ve seen do it this granularly is Sam’s Club with their bakery items. I hope other companies begin to follow suit.
7. Did you watch Game of Thrones on Sunday night? We didn’t see it until Monday (you’ll be SHOCKED to hear that our power went out Sunday night during a five-minute heavy downpour *insert eye roll emoji*), but I felt kind of meh about it? I don’t know, it’s been so long since it was last on and it’s so hard for me to keep track of all the story lines, that I think I was a little lost? Did I totally miss something?
8. What are you doing to celebrate the holiday weekend? Any big baking or cooking plans over the next few days? We are headed to my mom’s for Easter dinner, and I’m in charge of desserts. I’m making my pavlova layer cake (my sister’s request since we’re also celebrating her birthday), as well as strawberry pretzel salad (classic!).
9. TGIF! Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend!
We had similar feelings about the first two episodes of GoT this season. They’re not awful but knowing we only get six episodes makes it feel like nothing important happened. Looking forward to this week’s episode since we’ll finally get to a battle!!
I really love the products from a company called Tubby Todd. It’s a mom-started company with all natural ingredients. The All Over Ointment is very moisturizing without being greasy and helps so much with eczema or any little red bumps or skin irritations. I bought it for my son but I end up using it just as much on my own skin. They have a great hair and body wash too.
I work in s dermatology office and we always recommend Cetaphil or CeraVe cream. Cetaphil has a baby line with calendula oil in it that smells wonderful! If you want to go natural coconut oil is an excellent option. Just remember that any cream or oil you use works best if it is applied to damp skin so it can lock in the moisture.
As for the honest line the ingredients are great but for eczema prone skin really thick creams or oil is the way to go and I’m only aware of that brand carrying lotion. I hope this helps!
I like these two dog videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B65T3iVac3U and https://www.today.com/video/cute-puppy-grabs-onto-shaggy-mop-enjoys-ride-across-floor-1488217155898
I need to make Pavlova — either the layer cake or a regular Pavlova.
We have tried everything for my son. He gets eczema all over his entire body. We finally found Renew from melaleuca; it’s kind of expensive, but worth every penny. We moved to California a couple of months ago and now my son rarely needs any lotion. I’ve also heard that when they eat certain things it makes the eczema worse. Some people say bread, some say milk, and some say sugar. Watch his diet and see if certain foods make it worse. Good luck!
Yes! The Honest nourishing line is amazing! The sweet almond scent is lovely. My One year old has dry skin and eczema. Softens skin and keeps flare ups away. I did use the Aveeno eczema cream before finding this. It was nice but honest co. feels luxurious and works! I didn’t think my little one needed conditioner, but honest conditioner gets rid of the nest in her hair and keeps it tangle free for days.
I use vanicream as recommended by allergist on my son for eczema. It has really helped and he gets rashes with anything with a scent. We also use robathoil from the same line as vanicream in the bath, but dr said can rub it directly in skin as needed.
Yes! We watched GOT on Sunday. I caught myself up on it beforehand by watching Season 7 On HBO on demand. It was great because they have a Behind the Episode segment at the end of every show.
Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family!! I’m making Easter dinner this year – baked ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pineapple stuffing, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, homemade rolls, Lemon Meringue, Strawberry shortcake and rice krispie treats :)
Oh my goodness, Michelle, is your little Dominic riding a bike without training wheels already?? 😲
VERY cute photos of all your darling kids! Happy Easter!
Re: eczema lotions, I tried this on a whim a few months ago and it has worked WONDERS for my skin! Areas that I regularly moisturized with creams and even Vaseline still seemed dry — and let’s not even talk about the state of my dry cracked hands. But this stuff worked miracles all over my body, including my hands. It’s pretty gentle, too. Hope you find some relief! Vaseline Clinical Care Eczema Calming (I found it at Target): https://www.vaseline.com/us/en/products/lotions-and-moisturizers/vaseline-clinical-care-eczema-calming-lotion.html
As I mentioned before, my daughter has food allergies. Along with it comes eczema. The only cream that really helped her is called Vanicream.
I made pavlova for the first time last year for Easter dinner. It’s such a great choice for a springtime dessert. This year I made Key Lime layer cake from Christina Tosi’s new book. It requires freezing for 12 hours before thawing and serving, so you can make it ahead of time, which is a good thing since it is quite labor intensive. Wishing you a happy Easter!
We have a long history of sensitive/dry skin with periodic eczema. Dove SENSITIVE body wash and Aveeno lotion combined with the eczema cream might do the trick!
oh yes! i have only every used HONEST body wash, conditioner and lotion on my girls and most recently their new nourishing line! its amazing! don’t use Dove for sure :-) all the chemicals in Dove, you don’t want that on your kids skin! hopefully you like the Honest as much as we do!
My granddaughter has very sensitive skin and lots of eczema flare-ups and Eucerin Baby Sensitive Skin Wash & Shampoo seems to be the very best for her. I also have very dry and sensitive skin and it works great for me, as well. We also both use Vanicream for lotion. It doesn’t feel greasy and is very effective! Hope you find something that works well for your son.
Bend Soap Company in Oregon makes goat milk soap, https://www.bendsoap.com . The soap and body lotion have really helped my dry skin.
I haven’t had that Strawberry Pretzel Salad, but I was reading it again today. I have to confess that the first thing that comes to mind is it needs brownies as the bottom layer. Interested to hear what you think about that swap. Happy Easter.
The crunchy pretzel crust is the perfect compliment to this. I would not recommend brownie.
My daughter’s elbows get super dry in the winter and it almost looks like eczema and I have found that coconut oil is the absolute best thing for clearing it up. I usually put it on her when she gets out of the bath so it can soak into the skin. It works like a dream and her skin feels amazing 😊