How To Care For Your Baby's Skin Properly

Babies have very delicate skin and it can be difficult to know how you should care for it properly.
The first thing to know is that your baby is going to get rashes bumps and lumps at some point,
you can’t really avoid it. A lot of parents get worried when they notice these things appearing but
as long as you know how to treat them properly and how to keep your baby’s skin healthy, you
shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Here are some simple tips on caring for your baby’s skin. 

Get The Right Products 

Firstly, you need to make sure that you are using the right products. All of the soaps that you use on
your own skin are far too harsh for a baby’s skin because they tend to be heavily perfumed. So, you
need to make sure that you are only buying specific baby soaps. All babies are different and certain
products might irritate them. That’s why it’s important that you keep an eye on them and if a product
doesn’t agree with them, you should stop using it. It might take a bit of trial and error but you will be
able to find the right products eventually. 

Diaper Rash 

Diaper rash is a common skin problem in babies and it’s usually caused by skin irritation. The good
news is, there are some simple things that you can do to prevent it. Diapers that are too tight is one
of the most obvious causes so you should consider buying a bigger size or switching to a different
brand if diaper rash is a persistent problem. Leaving a wet diaper on for too long will cause rubbing
and irritation that leads to diaper rash as well. You might not always notice right away but you need
to keep an eye on them and make sure that you’re changing their diaper as soon as you can when
they need it. When you do change their diaper, try to leave it off for a while so they are open to the air
because this will help to prevent the rash. Sometimes, it might be a particular brand of diaper,
detergent, or baby wipe that irritates their skin. If you are changing them right away and their diaper
isn’t tight, but they are still getting diaper rash, you should try changing these things and see if it
makes a difference. Once you find the right combination, it should be fine. 

If your baby has diaper rash, you can get some great treatment creams to relieve the symptoms and it
should clear up fairly quickly. If you find a good brand, it will not only treat the rash, but it will also help
to prevent it in the future. 

Cradle Cap 

Cradle cap is another skin problem that a lot of babies have, usually during the first few months. It
will usually clear up on its own within the first year, but there are some things that you can do to help
it in the meantime. It is caused by excess oil and it appears as a scaly, red rash on the scalp and
behind the ears. There are plenty of great treatment creams out there that will help to deal with it, so
speak with your doctor if you are worried about it and they will help you. You also need to think about
hair care for your baby because the products that you use might be making the problem worse. You
need to find gentle products to clean their hair if they have any. When washing their hair, take care not
to be too rough because you don’t want to irritate the rash and make it worse. Cleaning your baby’s
head properly will help to remove excess oil and can prevent cradle cap. It’s important to remember that
even if your baby does not have hair yet, you should still be using a baby shampoo to clean their hair. 


If you have a family history of skin conditions and allergies, your baby is more likely to develop eczema.
They will get a weepy rash on their face, elbows, chest, arms, and the back of the knees. Over time, it
can get hard and scaly and it can cause them quite a bit of discomfort so you need to find a way to treat
it. Eczema tends to have triggers so you need to be very careful about the products that you are using
and experiment with them to find ones that don’t irritate the skin. Moisturizing the skin is important as
well, but you need to make sure that you don’t over apply them because that can make the problem
worse. If their eczema is particularly bad and you cannot find a way to relieve the symptoms, speak to
your doctor and they will be able to prescribe you some medicated creams.

Prickly Heat 

If you notice small red bumps on your baby’s skin, especially around the neck, armpits, skin folds,
and diaper area, that is most likely prickly heat. These are the areas where your baby sweats the most
and if they are too warm, it can cause irritation and lead to a rash. A lot of parents make the mistake of
wrapping their baby up too warm and that leads to a problem with prickly heat. It’s not just a problem for
the summer either, it can still happen in winter if you are covering them with too many layers. The good
news is, you won’t need any creams or anything to treat it, you just need to help them cool off a bit. 

When you are at home, make sure that their environment is cool. Keep the heating turned down and
open a window or two in the summer to cool them off. When you are dressing them, you should always
go for loose fitting clothes and try to layer them up so if they get too warm, you can take a few layers off. 

Most of the skin issues that your baby will experience are normal and easily treated, but if you are
worried about something, you should always see a doctor.

How To Give Your Home A Makeover


Every single person wants his or her home to look and feel perfect. Your house is a place of rest after a long day at work or school. You use this space for spending quality time with your loved ones, for hosting parties, and when you just need a night for yourself.

Remember that the aesthetics of your home always impacts your mood when you spend time there. This article will outline a few home makeover tips that will upgrade the ambiance of the place.

Set a budget for yourself and be realistic
Upgrading your home will require you to set a realistic budget aside. First, consider how much money you are making every single month. After you have paid for the monthly bills and other necessities, how much do you have left? You can dedicate a portion of the leftover amount to improving your home aesthetics.

Entering debt is never the answer because this will make you feel anxious and pressured while at home, especially if you can no longer pay for your monthly bills.

Bring in more plants
You should invest in more plants because they are a natural and easy way to improve the aesthetics and ambiance of your home. They even improve your mental state by helping you relax.

Studies have shown that plants can improve your productivity, assist with creativity, help you breathe better, and calm your heart rate.

Incorporate more tech-friendly gadgets
Today’s technologically savvy world allows you to purchase more tech gadgets within the home than ever before. Examples of this include smart home systems where you can control your entertainment system or even thermometer with simply the sound of your voice.

Technology and interior design now go hand in hand, and it is no secret that any tech you purchase makes life easier.

Embrace color
Color impacts the look and feel of your home alike. Brighter colors can make a space appear larger, as opposed to darker shades, and warm versus cool tones which can either make you feel energized or calm.

Whether you paint the walls or purchase more colorful décor, you should embrace different shades and hues of color because leaving your walls white, and blank can be uninspiring.

Why not even hire some professionals that have the tools they need to give your rooms a new coat of paint? For instance, searching online allows you to find interior painters that are located near you.

Let in light
Letting in natural light into your home can make any room appear bigger and brighter. Aside from windows, you can increase the light in your home by using lighter colors on the walls and adding more mirrors.

Adorn the walls with art
Wall art matters because it makes the space look more fun and unique. Even if you choose to paint your walls orange or red, why leave them blank? Wall art can create a focal point in the room, and if you find a painting that you like, it might even stimulate you creatively every single time that you stare at it.

Don’t forget that paintings, photographs, and other wall art can be expensive, especially if the artist is famous. If you don’t have the budget for these, but you still want to invest in some fun pieces, consider rummaging through vintage shops and flea markets. You never know what you will find, and you can guarantee that no matter what it is, it will be unique and one of a kind.

Make your hobbies more evident
Practicing a hobby or two is the perfect way to improve your mental health, so why not include them as part of your home décor? If you play the piano or guitar, display your instrument somewhere in clear sight.

If you enjoy taking photos with a professional camera, why not print some of these and adorn your walls with your own artwork? Alternatively, you can display your camera on your mantel. The next time a friend or family member enters your home, your hobby might become the topic of discussion for a while.

Landscaping the backyard
Don’t forget that the backyard is just as important as your home interior, especially during the spring and summer months. There are times when you simply want to sit outside and enjoy the sun while reading a good book. In situations such as these, you need to make sure that you have a table and chairs where you can spend some of your time.

Giving your home a makeover isn’t hard, but you shouldn’t rush into it. You want your house to be perfect, but most importantly, you don’t want to break the bank doing it.

Pampering Our Skin Has Become A "Ritual" #ritualsusa, #shareyourslowdown @ritualsusa #tryazon.

I received a Tryazon box containing some products from Rituals:

The Ritual of Sakura-Try Me Set 

• A wonderful Rituals Sakura Try Me gift set with the scent of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk to spoil yourself or someone else.

• For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. This marks an awakening of nature and symbolizes that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, our Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning.

• Try Me Set Contains:
o The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (1.69 oz)
o The Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub (2.37 oz)
o The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream (4.40 oz)

The 411:

The first thing I noticed was the packaging the pink box with the white containers and minimal wording is already soothing and I haven't even tried it yet. I LOVE the shiny, pink top on the Body Scrub.

My skin felt amazing after just one use of the Shower gel. Which I really like. I need a large bottle of this. Even though a little goes a long way. I have used it all.

My daughter started using the body scrub before shaving and says she has never had smooth legs before. We are sharing but I think she will find a set in her stocking this year. I have been trying to get her to take better care of her skin and understand that pampering yourself pays off big time. I think she finally sees that it is worth it and that SHE is worth it.

I have been keeping the Body Cream next to my bed so when I come out of the shower I can spend time on myself. It has become a "ritual" that I should have taken up years ago. I am learning to practice what I preach and spend time on me. As a mom you put everyone ahead of yourself but it is okay to take a moment to take care of yourself!

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MGM'S ANIMATED COMEDY 'THE ADDAMS FAMILY' In Theaters October 11 @MeetTheAddams

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) announced today its upcoming animated comedy The Addams Family will feature original songs from global music superstars Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg, among others. Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, the kookiest family on the block is back on the big screen with an all-star voice cast led by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher and Snoop Dogg playing IT.

Directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends, Day of the Diesels), The Addams Family will be released in theaters on October 11, 2019.

I cannot wait to see this!!!

Learn How To Draw Aladdin and Abu in Celebration of Aladdin Signature Collection on Blu-ray TODAY!

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"Gotta keep.. One jump ahead of the breadline, one swing ahead of the sword.
I steal only what I can't afford
. One jump ahead of the lawmen. That's all, and that's no joke.
These guys don't appreciate I'm broke.

To celebrate the animated classic, Aladdin, which joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection on Blu-ray TODAY, Art for Kids Hub has created a step-by-step guide on how to draw the lovable characters, Aladdin and his sidekick Abu! Check out the video below.
Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic Aladdin soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, now on Digital and available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD September 10. The all-new live action version of Aladdin will also be available on Blu-ray September 10.

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Guide for Parents: Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Unless you are a dentist, you no doubt struggle when it comes to judging how much dental care your child needs. How long do children need to brush for? What type of brush should they use? Should you little one be flossing? Does he or she need braces? When do you take them to the dentist? You’ve asked all of these questions in the past and, thus far, you’ve struggled to find any real answers.

Fear not, as the answers you’ve been looking for can be found below. Read on to find out what you should be doing to keep your child’s teeth healthy. 

When should your child’s dental care begin at home?

Believe it or not, your child’s dental care should begin even before his or her first tooth appears. Of course, they can’t go ahead and brush their teeth if there is nothing there for them to actually brush (or if they cannot yet hold up a toothbrush without support). Your little one having no teeth shouldn’t, however, stop you from tending to the all-important task of keeping their mouth as healthy and as hygienic as it can possibly be.

Here’s what you should be doing before and just after your little one’s first teeth appear:

          Run a clean and damp washcloth over their gums regularly before their teeth appear, as this will help to clear away any harmful bacteria that attempts to form in their mouth
          Once teeth appear, brush them with an infant toothbrush using a rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste
          As soon as the teeth begin to touch, you can start flossing gently between them
          Around the age of 2, your child should learn how to brush their teeth without support (at this time, get him or her into the habit of brushing for two minutes at a time, twice a day)
          Once he or she has turned 3, turn that rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste into a pea-sized one

When should your child see a dentist?

Many experts recommend that you take your child to see the dentist as early as just after their first birthday. Of course, your little one isn’t necessarily going to get a lot out of this initial visit, mainly because he or she won’t understand much about what the dentist does or says. Getting your child used to seeing the dentist as early on in their development as possible, however, will help them to get comfortable with the idea of getting check-ups more often in the future. Overcoming this hurdle will then allow you to book your child in at the dentist regularly without having to worry about them rebelling against the idea and, subsequently, ruining their chances of enjoying good oral hygiene as they grow.

If your child takes a particular disliking to visiting the dentist, you should consider taking him or her to a child-friendly clinic. This kind of establishment, such as the Brunswick Family Dental Clinic located near Melbourne, makes visiting the dentist a fun and engaging experience for all children. On top of that, it provides the best kind of oral care an infant can hope to receive.

As their parent, it’s your job to ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy and hygienic. Take the above advice, and you’ll be sure to do just that.

Planning a Great Gatsby Themed Party Celebration


Planning a Great Gatsby Themed Party Celebration The roaring 20’s is almost upon us again, which means there’s no better time to start busting out the ‘Charleston’ and having your very own Great Gatsby -themed birthday bash. Planning a party is no easy task and will take a lot of preparation beforehand to get everything just right; especially when you have a theme in mind. One thing’s sure though, Mr Gatsby held the most extravagant of parties and this guide will help you do the same.

If you’re hoping to achieve a 1920’s-themed party in the style of The Great Gatsby, here’s some tip tips to get your party off the ground with a bang:

1. Send Out The Invitations 

First and foremost, you need to send out your invitations roughly 6-8 weeks beforehand, so your guests have enough time to research the theme and get suitable costumes. When selecting suitable invitations, opt for designs that have an art-deco feel to them, for example, gold tones, symmetrical lines, and flamboyant patterns.

2. Focus On Décor 

For any themed party, you need to think wisely about how you’re going to decorate the venue. While you may dream of getting the look exactly like the movie, the reality can be very different when you have tight deadlines, limited space and an even smaller budget. Here are some ideas you can think about for turning a drab room into an art-deco paradise:

• Metallic paper chains hanging from the ceiling
• Glass chandeliers
• Pearls hanging from fittings or being used as table decorations
• Feather details as part of displays
• Floral table decorations, preferably in a white hue

3. Find The Perfect Entertainment 

One of the most important aspects of a good Great Gatsby-themed party is to have some good entertainment; either in the background as people drink cocktails or later on in the evening for dancing. Just like times of the past, hiring a live band for your event will take the atmosphere to a whole level. Then, if you want to play your favourite songs in the late evening, change the entertainment to a DJ set. Websites like are a versatile live music and DJ team who will bring a specialist touch to your Great Gatsby-themed bash. 

4. Think About The Menu 

It’s not essential that you choose a fully authentic menu for your guests, but if you’re throwing a drinks party, two things are essential – champagne and canopies. In fact, having a sit-down meal or buffet will only prevent the flow of the party from really getting started, so a few small snacks handed around on dinner plates would be a nice touch if your party is held in the late evening.

5. Pick Your Costume

When it comes to selecting your costume, you can watch the movie to get some inspiration or even research online to see the types of clothing people in the 1920’s may have worn.  You can pick up an array of accessories at fancy dress shops such as long pearl beads, feather headband and cigarette holders, but you may also have a few gems hidden at the back of your wardrobe. That short black dress you haven’t worn in years and a pair of court heels teamed with the above accessories will fit the bill perfectly.

Award-Winning Tale: Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home - Book #GIVEAWAY

As an family of animal shelter volunteers we were honored to read Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home. Written by Susan Marie and Illustrated by Rebekah Phillips the first book in the Miss Olive trilogy.

Recommended for ages four through nine, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home teaches children an important lesson about life and what it means to be accepted for who you are. Through the Miss Olive book series, children learn that bringing a pet into a loving home can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home, which was recently awarded the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year, follows a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of being taken in by a loving family. On her journey to find her forever home, Miss Olive feels love and kindness from her foster mom and finds friendship with other animals who are waiting for adoption. One by one, all of the other dogs are adopted into happy families and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her.

The 411:

We volunteer every weekend at an animal shelter because we cannot take every animal we fall in love with into our house. By volunteering we feel like ALL the animal at the shelter are ours. I am a huge advocate for adopting from a shelter. We see their little faces every week just beginning for someone to take them home especially the dogs. They are so excited to have any attention and we love when we hear they are adopted. Which is why I love this book so much.  

Miss Olive is about a  tiny Italian Greyhound who happens to have 3 legs. She longs for a home to call her own and longs for a name. When she is taken into foster care she is promised a furever home but when all the other dogs are adopted she worries that it is because she is different. You see Olive is missing a leg. Oddly enough I had to re-read the book after that getting to that page looking for a clue about her missing leg. There wasn't any.  The photos don't focus on her leg issue. She appears like every other dog in the book but Iove that she was "special".  The books focus wasn't on her difference, she was like all others it just took longer for the perfect family to come into her life and when it did,  it was exactly what she needed. There were other dogs even a loving grandma.  Olive got her wish which is what my wish for every animal at the shelter. When we go in on the weekend we immediately walk around to see who was adopted and talk to those that are still there letting them know their time will come. 

This book is for every animal lover especially children who may look at those who are "special" in a completely different light.  My daughter is especially in love with every animal who is a little "special".  

You will fall in love with Olive and will enjoy reading this adorable book to your children. 

To Find out more about The "REAL" Miss Olive visit the The Doggy Diva Show

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Lil' Mixins Is The Easiest Way to Prevent Food Allergies in Babies

Did you know that research shows that the ability to have an allergic reaction is rare in babies four to six months?  If parents introduce potential allergens as soon as their baby starts solids, this can PREVENT food allergies from happening later. But how do you give baby eggs and peanuts before they have teeth? Lil Mixins makes it easy with their egg and peanut powder.

Lil Mixins takes pure egg and pure peanuts and grinds them into a powder form. Parents only need to use two teaspoons to mix with any baby food.. Each of the powders tastes great, and are safe to use on babies four months and up.

So just remember:

1.     Babies aren’t born with food allergies, they develop them

2.     Parents can rest easy and know it’s safer to introduce peanuts and eggs at an early age

3.     As a result, parents are training baby to tolerate these foods

The 411:

I have two who are allergic to peanuts. My daughter would love to try peanut butter because it smells good to her and she knows that Reeses Peanut Butter Cups is my favorite. We have tested the kids every 3-4 years with an allergist to make sure nothing has changed. Kids with allergies can be complicated. We have a friend who is allergic to eggs, peanuts, wheat and more. There have even been scary episodes at school that required transportation to the hospital. I find these stories so upsetting because I know how fatal these allergies can be. I really wish Lil Mixins was available when my kids were babies. 

It is so easy to use and you can start using it the moment you begin introducing solid foods to your baby.

Just scoop and mix in to their food. I added a tiny bit of water to see how it would mix and it looked like baby food. It took two seconds to go from a powder to the below photo.

The jar lasts for months because you need only 2 teaspoons 3 times a week.

They don't only have egg powder which is made from egg whites and Tapioca; they also have peanut powder. I tried this one and it taste just like peanuts. No sugar. Just 100% organic peanuts.

If Lil Mixins had been around when my kids were babies, I wouldn't have to answer a million Epi-Pen questions every year from the school nurse. All school forms ask about allergies and when I write peanuts they suddenly require an Epi-Pen which is $99.  The kids have even been denied birthday party treats from teachers when everyone else is partaking in class because the form says allergy to peanuts. I have always felt so bad about it.  I understand the teacher's point of view. They are nervous. Thankfully my kids allergies are mostly welts but why take a chance. Lil Mixins would have changed things dramatically.

To Learn more follow Lil Mixins on Facebook, You Tube and Instagram

I will be adding this to all baby shower gifts from now on!

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Charleston Chew Vanilla Nougat Hot Cocoa Giveaway - Ends 9/25

Hey everyone...are you ready for the cooler weather? I usually am but after our summer I am wishing the warmer weather was ahead of us not in my rear view mirror. With that being said, I was so happy to have some hot cocoa in my kitchen today. The kids and I head back to our regularly scheduled lives tomorrow with school and work so today we headed to the pool. It was beautiful out but the water was cold and I still have not warmed up after my shower.  After making a cup of Charleston Chew Vanilla flavored Hot Cocoa (do you call it cocoa or chocolate?) my daughter came out of her room asking "what are you making?" I knew it smelled good but didn't know she could smell it in her bedroom.

She made a cup and together we sat down to watch episode 5 of Stranger Things Season 3 our 3rd go around with this season.  Sooo good.

As a kid I loved Charleston Chew but as an adult didn't love it, I do however love it hot. It has a smooth velvety chocolate flavor that while reminiscent of the candy probably due to the packaging, reminds me of the iconic candy that I use to put in the freezer. Please tell me I wasn't the only one. Pretty ironic that I am enjoying my Charleston Chew hot when my favorite way as a kid was frozen.

If you enjoy hot chocolate, and you will enjoy this. It is yummy and if you add some marshmallows or whipped cream even better. We need to pick some up soon. It really hit the spot when you want a little sweet, a warm drink or just need some chocolate!

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