Silence is not Golden, it is Lonely

As a mother of a child under the age of one, things can get a little hectic from time to time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “mommy needs some me time” —

Today my husband brought my son to the grocery store with him, they haven’t been gone for 20 minutes and I already don’t know what to do with myself! Sure, the break is nice but I miss my boys. Sass & all … ha!

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Maybe next time I will plan better. Ha.

Washing & Disinfecting Make-Up Brushes

Think about it, we wash our face every day, most of us twice a day. So why don’t we wash our make up brushes? I think this is a must to-do that is very often not done!

It’s so simple and so important! What I do is fill a short glass with 1 tablespoon vinegar + a few drops of regular Dawn dish soap and hot water. I then put all my brushes in and let them soak for 10-15 minutes.

Remove them and use a little extra soap to get all the make-up out of the bristles. Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear!

Wa-Laa!! Clean, disinfected make up brushes! Your skin will thank you!

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Washing & Disinfecting Make-Up Brushes

Think about it, we wash our face every day, most of us twice a day. So why don’t we wash our make up brushes? I think this is a must to-do that is very often not done!

It’s so simple and so important! What I do is fill a short glass with 1 tablespoon vinegar + a few drops of regular Dawn dish soap and hot water. I then put all my brushes in and let them soak for 10-15 minutes.

Remove them and use a little extra soap to get all the make-up out of the bristles. Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear!

Wa-Laa!! Clean, disinfected make up brushes! Your skin will thank you!

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Spicy Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork with Lime Slaw

If you are looking for a mind blowing meal, look no further! This slow-cooked pork was so good, my Husband re-proposed – haha! Enjoy!!

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INGREDIENTS:
3 ½ pound pork shoulder
2 tablespoons Sea Salt
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup raw honey
1 tablespoon cold water

INGREDIENTS FOR SLAW:

1/4 head red cabbage
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 cup matchstick carrots
1/2 lime, juiced
Honey, to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar, to taste
Sea Salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Place the pork in the crockpot, fat layer on the bottom.

In a medium bowl, mix the salt and garlic together. Add the paprika, black pepper, cayenne, and thyme and whisk together to mix well.

Pour in the vinegar and stir until fully mixed. Add the honey and stir until completely mixed.

Pour the paprika-honey mixture over the pork, scraping the bowl to get out every last bit of goodness, then cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours until the pork is tender and pulls away easily with a fork.

For the slaw …

Cut the cabbage and pepper into slices and toss together with the carrots.

Add the lime juice and then season with honey, salt and apple cider vinegar based on your taste preferences.

Serve the pork on a roll and top with slaw!!!

How I dealt with Hand-Foot-Mouth [HFM] as an Adult

How I dealt with Hand-Foot-Mouth [HFM] as an Adult

I had no idea what hand-foot-mouth (HFM), was until I had a child.  A friend of mine got it and all I could think was damn, that SUCKS!

Fast forward six months … Sunday I ran around and did my weekend errands. I was fine all day! I woke up Monday morning with what I thought was a spider bite on my finger.  I went to work and within a few hours I started getting bumps on my chin and hands. As time passed, the itchiness grew to be very intense. At that time, I decided to call my doctor.  He confirmed that it sounded like I had HFM!!

The upside, my son does not have it, thank god! I am pretty sure I picked it up at Babies-R-Us.

Symptoms::

Day 1: As I stated above, it started off with what I thought was a spider-bite. It itched and was 2 small blisters.

The blisters then moved to my face. I thought I had a few pimples until they started itching like crazy. The few turned into a full rash with blisters covering my chin and around my mouth. It hurts to open my mouth because it feels like my face is cracking! My hands both have small, pen-head sized blisters on them. Both hands feel numb like the tingle feeling you get when your leg falls asleep. When I do anything causing pressure, my hand hurt!

RELIEF/TREATMENT

Ibuprofen: It doesn’t help much, but it does take the edge off.

Raw Organic Coconut Oil: I have been applying this as heavy as I can without it dripping off my face and hands! It does provide relief. As soon as I feel dryness, I reapply.

Water: I have been drinking tons of water! It has helped with the sore throat and also keeping my body hydrated.

Washing Hands: every time I touch my face, or a blister, I make sure to wash my hands thoroughly (20 seconds with warm water & soap). I have been drying my hands of paper towels, instead of a towel to help prevent it from spreading.

Rest: This one, I am trying to do but it’s kind of hard when you have a very active 11-month-old child.

Essential Oils :

Day 2:
I did not sleep at all last night! Between the itching and the pain I was up every 2 hours!

I did call my son’s daycare and told them that I will be keeping him home for 48-hours as a precaution!

Hoping today gets better! I will update!

UPDATE: The blisters have spread along my hands & between my fingers. The itching & pain is enough to drive me insane!

I have been obsessively applying coconut oil to my face which is now a combination of new blisters, popped blisters, scabs, and a rash! The blisters have spread into, yes IN, my nostrils which I’m sure you an imagine is painful as hell. My feet have started to tingle but I don’t see any visible blisters, bumps, or a rash.

Day 3:
In a desperate attempt for any kind of relief, I posted a plea on my FaceBook page.

A friend of mine … within minutes … Dropped off a blend of Young Living Essential Oils which included: Thieves, Purification, Lemon and Oregano – the carrier oil was organic coconut oil. I think I sprinted to the bathroom and lathered it on my face! I honestly felt soothing relief within a few minutes. Although the pain and discomfort was still there it was not as intense.

I continued to apply the essential oil mixture every few hours to the affected areas. In addition, my husband picked me up a bottle of  Elderberry Syrup which I have been taking 2 teaspoons of 3 times a day.

Click here for my Essential Elderberry Syrup Recipe

The face blisters are pretty much all scabs now which I am hoping is a sign of healing. It is painful because of the tightening. The insides of my nostrils are still very raw and hurt pretty bad.
My hands have more blisters but they seem to be under the skin which I think might be better than if they were topical and popping.

Last night when I took a shower, I couldn’t even wash my hair because the tips of my fingers were so sensitive.
Day 4:
Although I have a few blisters on my feet, the placement isn’t causing too much discomfort. I can feel them when I walk but it’s not excruciating, thank God! I have been applying coconut oil and the essential oil mixture to my feet and keeping them covered with socks.

I can see signs of healing on my face but the blisters are all scabs so it doesn’t look much different. The tightness doesn’t make it feel much different because now it’s hard to open my mouth because of the tightness.
Not much of a change with my hands, they still have the under the surface blisters and the tingling is still there.

Day 5:

I feel ALIVE!!! For the first time all week I am not in pain!
Still applying the Essential Oils blend, hydrating and not picking or itching.I can see healing! Although still visible, MUCH better! Here’s to hoping all the marks will be GONE within a few days!

UPDATE: by Day 7, I was 100% healed up and back to normal!  I swear I owe it ALL to the essential oils!  It was this incident, this awfulness and the healing results that made me a TRUE believer in Essential Oils!

PLEASE ALSO READ: HAND-FOOT-MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN … WE WON THIS TIME!

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