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About that Eczema…

Awhile ago, I wrote about curing my 7-year-old’s eczema using the probiotic Florax DS. If you missed that post you can read it here.

Perhaps when I first mentioned this miracle eczema cure, you (and I) surmised that it might have been the Florax DS, but it might have been something else. I also told you, I have used creams, oils, butters, wax and many external interventions that didn’t work. I have read often–and if you or your child suffers from eczema, I’m sure you have too–that eczema comes from internal causes: food, allergies, gut imbalances and more so it makes sense that an internal cure would work better than external remedy; right?

Now, sometimes life gets busy, and people get complacent, and mamas might muse, “Maybe it just went away on its own…” I started using it because it worked, but then I kind of forgot that it was working or at the very least took it for granted. Several few weeks ago, I got a sample of another probiotic for kids and thought, perhaps, it would work the same. Plus, it was free, and Florax DS is not. Unfortunately, within two weeks, my little girl’s skin was itchy, rashy, bumpy, scratchy, and I sadly realized: S#$T!! All probiotics are not created equally.

Fortunately, I can get Florax DS at Walgreens, and within a day or two her skin will be back to normal, but I wish she didn’t have to suffer through that. Admittedly, she liked the taste of the other probiotic better, but Florax DS works. And through trial and error, we’ve learned that if she opens her mouth really wide I can shoot it in with a medicine syringe and she doesn’t even taste it. (This is her Shake It and Take It face).wpid-IMG_20140303_120425.jpg

While, I have zero interest in the different strains of bacteria and cell count and other lingo that probiotic companies throw out at consumers, I do know that Florax DS is made from brewer’s yeast unlike others, including the brand I tried, which are bacteria-based.

This issue just came to the forefront again recently, as I discussed eczema remedies with friends, and I stand by my initial assertion that Florax DS works. But I thought I should write about it again since now, I can back that up with another fact: Not all probiotics do.

Want to try it for yourself? Head to your nearest Walgreens, or order today at

Do you or your child suffer from eczema? I would love to hear your story!



That Crazy Wrap Thing

Last week I had the opportunity to try an It Works body wrap from the lovely Gina at Wrap and Slim You. I saw some posts about these wraps and was intrigued by the amazing before and after pictures of flatter, toned bellies, vanished double chins, and thinner, cellulite-free legs. So you can imagine HOW EXCITED I was to try them for myself!

The wrap arrived in a suprisingly small package–I guess for all that hope I was putting into the thing, I imagined it would be bigger. Gina gave me extensive instructions, and I couldn’t wait to try it.

My immediate observations: Measuring and taking before pictures was pretty discouraging. I eat healthy and work out pretty regularly, but it seems like since I hit 40 the weight just keeps creeping on.

Back to the wrap. It is very thin and kind of slippery as it’s covered with this miracle cream, but it was easy to apply. While the saran wrapping was kind of awkward, it worked out. It might be easier if you did this with a friend and wrapped each other. Although, having done it once, I’m confident I’ll be able to wrap myself just fine the next time.

I first noticed the scent, which was pleasant, kind of menthol-y. And when I applied the wrap, it felt warm and tingly–as, I imagined, it was melting the fat away.

The directions advise leaving the wrap on for 45 minutes the first time, I showered, applied the wrap, did my hair and makeup and then read for a little bit. While it says that you can do normal activities while wearing the wrap, but I felt mine was a bit precarious and opted to stay relatively still. Future wraps you can leave on up to 8 hours.

When I removed the wrap, there was a lot of cream still left that I massaged into my stomach and legs (as the directions suggest) and immediately noticed my stomach looked and felt flatter. When I remeasured, I had lost an inch and a half from my waist! Now, I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what is considered the waist these days, but I measured the narrowest part of my midsection–the smallest part of the hourglass, if you will. I figured as long as I measured the same place both times, the results would be accurate.

While I wrapped my stomach, you can use it on any area you choose: legs, but, arms, even cut it into smaller strips and use for your neck/chin. I can’t wait to wrap my neck–you all ready know how I feel about this waddle.

I know, I know, you want to see before and after pictures; here’s the deal: I was so excited with the results of ONE wrap, I decided to try the full regimen (4 wraps). So, I will show after pictures then. Intrigued? Message me if you want to try too!wpid-PSE25.jpg


This past year, I’ve been experimenting with essential oils–specifically Spark Naturals oils. Have you tried essential oils? You can do ANYTHING with them. Clean, cook, cure, calm…the list goes on and on.

I started with the essential 4-pack which is lavender, lemon, melaleuca (tea tree oil), and peppermint–these seem to be among the most popular and versatile. Since then, I have added bergamot, wild orange, grapefruit and intend to purchase eucalyptus, birch, oregano, and a special blend for anxiety and ADHD called Jeddy’s Blend.

Honestly, I love these oils. While, I’m researching and learning about new uses every day, here are some of my favorites:

  • Lavender: mixed with: water for a pillow mist, vinegar for cleaning, coconut oil for a soothing nighttime massage.
  • Lemon: in water, streaked through hair for natural highlights, cooking
  • Peppermint: rubbed under nose for congestion, mixed with coconut oil for a soothing sinus massage and also for oil pulling, in tea and/or hot cocoa
  • Melaleuca: on rashes, blemishes or other skin irritations
  • Wild Orange: in water as a natural diuretic, in cooking and smoothies, mixed with coconut oil for a fresh moisturizer, mixed with vinegar to clean and leave a fresh citrus scent behind.
  • Bergamot: rubbed on tummy to relieve gas/bloating and chest to relieve anxiety, mixed with coconut oil (and wild orange) for a delightful body lotion
  • Grapefruit: I just got this one and have only diffused it so far, but it smells fresh and citrusy
  • Also, I have naturally wavy/frizzy hair, and a couple drops of whatever oil is on my sink top calms the frizz and makes my hair smell wonderful

Researching can be really overwhelming, and there is a TON of useful information about essential oils, so take it slow. The starter pack was great because it allowed me to experiment with the oils and learn without getting overwhelmed. My friend  shared  that she had been researching using eucalyptus oil with her daughter’s nebulizer instead of steroids. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Do you use essential oils? I’d love to hear your experience!

*This is purely my opinion. Spark Naturals did NOT compensate me in any way for this post, and I have no affiliation with them other than using their oils and following a blog about them and other natural wellness remedies. 

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Propolis DS Giveaway!

I love giveaways, and I love the opportunity to try new products–FOR FREE!

Recently I have been afforded some great opportunities to try some new products in return for offering my opinion. Since, I love to try new things, and I love to offer my opinion, this has been a dream gig!propolis

Today, I am offering you an opportunity to try a new product that I absolutely love called Propolis DS.

Propolis DS is a pleasant tasting natural throat spray that employs propolis extract, a natural ingredient harvested by honey bees to relieve sore, irritated throats and coughs. It works very quickly to soothe throats regardless of the irritation. I lost my voice from excessive cheering at a baseball game, and Propolis fixed me right up. Additionally, a few weeks ago my middle child brought home the first strep case of the season and Propolis soothed his very sore throat.

It’s clinically tested, has no known side effects, and is safe for children and adults.

Have you tried it? If so, let me know what you think!

Good luck and thanks for entering! Propolis DS giveaway


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Shake It and Take It

Having a child opens you up to a whole world of things you’ve been warned and not warned about. Although I ran the gamut from amazing to awful birth stories, I have been blessed in more ways than I can count. A few: My kids slept through the night very early—God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. They come home from school and do their homework without nagging. They are healthy, kind and happy most of the time. The list goes on, but this isn’t about counting your blessings. We do that all the time. This is about:

Eczema. This trial we have faced for several years. My youngest child has itchy, irritated skin that last week brought her into my bed at 3 a.m. tossing, turning, and scratching. My son had it as well, but his was quickly remedied with Eucerin cream. Hers is not so easy.

Early Trials. For a while cocoa butter worked. For a while shea butter worked. For a while coconut oil worked. For awhile I bought homemade soy candles and rubbed the melted liquid on her because that worked. Nothing provided a solid consistent cure though. We try remedy after remedy all winter, then her skin clears up when spring arrives, and I forget about it until the following winter. However, when you crawl in my bed and keep me up all night: You get my attention.

Keep It Down. A few months ago, my brother-in-law mentioned that his eczema had cleared up since he’d been taking Florax DS. Although I take it regularly and have written about the huge improvements in my health, I am sometimes lax about giving it to my kids. And honestly, sometimes, for all their good qualities, they’re pretty awful medicine takers. If it doesn’t taste like bubble gum, they’re probably going to vomit it on me. But remembering his statement, I decided to try.

Surprise. I prefaced this undertaking with: This might help your “itchies,” so you should drink it really fast and wash it down with a glass of water and try really hard not to throw it back up; okay?. (Is this just me? Do your kids puke when they take medicine??) So after a big confidence-building pep talk, she took the Florax DS remarking, “It actually tastes pretty good.”

Results. After two doses (one per week) her eczema is almost gone. She had a huge patch on her face for the last month and a half, and it is GONE. Last night when she got out of the tub, I didn’t have to tell her to stop scratching. This morning, I didn’t have to lube her up with coconut oil before she got dressed. Signal heavens opening and angels playing harps.

I know what you’re thinking, but I promise you I have not done one other thing differently. It can only be the Florax DS. Wanna try it? Message me.


What’s In Your Mailbox?

I love learning about new things, healthy foods, must-read books, makeup that takes years off my face, and of course anything that will take the frizz out of my hair. My Birchbox subscription has been a delightful source of enlightenment, and now new subscription boxes are popping up addressing all sorts of different interests. My friend over at Must Have Boxes does amazing and thorough reviews of beauty boxes, so check her site out, but I just wanted to mention a few that have caught my interest.

  1. Birchbox. Although I love beauty products, I’m far too frugal to spend a lot of money trying out all the latest trends. However, for $10 a month, Birchbox lets me try high end wrinkle creams, hair defrizzers, makeup and so many more products that I would probably never have tried if they hadn’t arrived in an adorable custom-curated box on my doorstep. The arrival of my Birchbox is the highlight of my month.
  2. Conscious Box. Their tagline: “Discover the purest and most sustainable products
    on the planet—every month” pretty much says it all. They offer unique vegan, gluten-free, eco-friendly, green products for $19.95/month. What a great way to discover new products and companies that are making a difference in the world. Hebron USA’s Florax DS was featured in a gluten-free box.
  3. BarkBox. Do you have some furry friends who deserve special treatment? Or a hard-to-buy-for friend with a pampered pooch? BarkBox could be the answer. For as little as $19/month, your pup is treated to its own box each month filled with treats, toys, and other canine goodies. Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to a local shelter or rescue, so while you’re treating the dogs you love, you’re also helping others who may not have a loving human.
  4. Cravebox. This was actually the first subscription box I tried. They seem geared toward moms and working women. I recently ordered “Book and Beauty,” as the name drew me right in, and I just received notification that I’m getting another called “Bikini Ready.” Let’s hope it helps! The boxes range from $12-15 and you pick only the ones that interest you so you don’t necessarily get one each month. My first box had lotion, conditioner, some Biore samples and a book, but I’m really looking forward to the next one.
  5. Birchbox Man. This is a great idea for the, uh, well-groomed man in your life. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really for my man. He rarely wears a tie, which he got in his first and only box, and while he liked the cologne and manly smelling lotion—he usually settles for my girly stuff—it just wasn’t a worthwhile investment for $20/month. His $20 would have been better spent on fishing bait or beer. So if your man is more manly than metro, I’d suggest skipping this one.

Have you tried subscription boxes? What is your favorite? Any that you would or wouldn’t recommend?



Even MORE Benefits of Probiotics

Although it doesn’t feel much like spring, flipping the calendar to March put a little extra spring in my step this morning and gave me hope that the flu, strep throat, and respiratory infections that have been so prevalent will soon subside.

This winter has been an eye-opener. After adding a weekly probiotic to my diet, and I am healthier than I’ve ever been—knock on wood, I know it’s only March 1–but in the midst of multiple stomach flus, respiratory and sinus infections and a few bouts of strep in my house (not everyone here is as faithful about taking their Florax DS), I’ve been illness free.

So if adding a probiotic is something you’ve been considering, I highly recommend it. And Florax DS, made from all-natural brewer’s yeast, is an excellent choice. Of course, I’ll tell you why; thanks for asking:

  • Gut Health=Immune Health. Since more than 60 percent of your immune system is in your gut or digestive system, by keeping your gut healthy you keep your entire body healthy. Check out Kate and Garrett’s story. He was hospitalized several times last year for life-threatening infections. Since adding Florax DS to his regimen along some additional alterations including overnight nursing care, Garrett has not had one trip to the hospital.
  • Shake It and Take It. Some probiotics are just good bacteria, and while that is good for your gut, Florax DS contains a host of other vitamins and minerals. In one little vial that you take once a week, you get a huge dose of good-for-your-body stuff. Do your research and you’ll find you need to take a handful of pills, every day, to get the same benefits.
  • No More Itchy Skin. Do you suffer from eczema or other skin conditions? Brewer’s yeast has been proven to relieve symptoms. I can offer my own testimonial because I tried every skin cream on the shelves and even a few prescription ones to relieve my child’s eczema, Florax DS has finally given her relief.
  • Goodbye, PMS. Not all probiotics help alleviate symptoms of PMS, but the all-natural brewer’s yeast in Florax DS can. Taken about a week before or at the onset of the week from hell as I like to call it, this supplement can help reduce bloating, fatigue, and digestive issues associated with that time of the month.
  • Weight Management. The chances are good that if your gut is functioning at full capacity, you will have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, research shows that B vitamins and chromium (both are in Florax DS) could reduce the amount of fat your body stores to keep you from starving.

I’ve written a lot more about the benefits of probiotics, and I would be happy to talk with you about them or answer any questions. Message me or comment here. I’d love to hear about your experiences!