Archive | April, 2012

April: Rosacea Awareness Month!

27 Apr

There is so much pressure to look a certain way in regards to weight, what we wear, physical features and complexion. The other day my 3 1/2 year old was looking in the mirror at a scab on her face that she got from a battle with her younger sister. All of a sudden she started screaming “get it off me NOW, I want it gone, it’s ugly, I’m ugly”.  A few minutes later she was talking about being fat.  It was heartbreaking that at 3 1/2 she is already concerned about her image.  I have no idea where she got it from because I have never said anything like that to her.  I can only imagine that it is what she sees.  Media has a big impact on our perception of beauty.  There are “beautiful” women; thin, in great shape, wearing great clothes and shoes, make-up done, and flawless skin all over T.V. and in magazines. It’s important, especially for youth, when celebrities share their experiences and create awareness about conditions which impact their appearance.

April was designated as ROSACEA awareness month.  When I received an e-mail about spreading awareness I immediately wanted to join because I wanted to find out more about the skin condition.  I do not have rosacea but I developed melasma which I am very self-conscious about.  In honor of this month, celebrity Cynthia Nixon from my favorite HBO series Sex and the City shared her personal experience with ROSACEA.   Thank you Cynthia for sharing your experience on your public service announcement, educating me about ROSACEA and reminding everyone, not just sufferers but the world that no one is picture perfect- not even celebrities (What Cynthia wants you to know from MamaDrama).

What you should know about ROSACEA (all information below from the Rosacea Fact Sheet I received from MamaDrama, additional information can be found on the RosaceaFacts website and RosaceaFacts Facebook page):

Rosacea  is  a  common  skin  condition  that  affects  over  16  million  Americans,  yet  it  is  still  somewhat unknown  and  poorly  understood.  Often  characterized  by  flare-­‐ups  and  periods  of  remissions,  rosacea  isa  chronic,  inflammatory  skin  condition  that  causes  persistent  facial  redness,  blemishes  and  bumps.Although  rosacea  can  affect  anyone,  people  over  age  30  with  fair  skin  and  a  family  history  are  most  at risk.

Symptoms  of  Rosacea  
Symptoms  of  rosacea  can  vary  greatly  from  person  to  person  but  may  include:
• Blushing:  a  tendency  to  blush  or  flush  easily
• Redness:  persistent  redness  in  the  center  of  the  face
• Irritation:  a  burning  or  stinging  sensation  on  the  face;  the  skin  also  may  itch  or  feel  tight
• Bumps:  red  bumps,    visible  blood  vessels  and  pus-­‐filled  pimples  may  occur
• Eyes:  burning,  itching,  watery  eyes  and/or  swollen  eyelids

Causes  &  Common  Triggers    
While  the  cause  of  this  condition  is  not  fully  understood,  researchers  suspect  that  rosacea  may  be
caused  by  a  combination of  inflammatory  proteins  and  peptides  in  the  skin,  rather than  by  bacteria.
Common  triggers  for  flare-­‐ups  include  seasonal  weather  conditions,  emotional  stress,  exercise,  alcohol
consumption  and  spicy  foods.
  
Rosacea  &  Acne:  What’s  the  Difference?  
Before  you  assume  those  bumps  on  your  face  are  acne  –  take  another  look!    Rosacea  and  acne  often  can
look  very  similar  on  the  surface,  but  beyond  the  skin’s  surface  there  are  separate  issues  going  on.    There
are  no  products  for  the  self-­‐treatment  of  rosacea,  and  it  can  actually  worsen  if  treated  with  medications
intended  for  acne.    If  you  suspect  that  you  may  have  rosacea,  a  trip  to  the  dermatologist  is  a  must.

The  Emotional  Effects  of  Rosacea     
Rosacea  affects  the  face,  so  people  with  this  condition  can  often  experience  embarrassment,  low  self-­‐ 
esteem  and  depression.  Rosacea  is  a  disease  that  can  deeply  affect  people  emotionally  as  well  as   
physically.     
A  survey  of  rosacea  sufferers  found  the  condition  had:   
• Decreased  their  self-­‐confidence  and  self-­‐esteem   
• Made  them  cancel  social  engagements  and  avoid  public  contact   
• Negatively  affected  their  professional  interactions  and  even  caused  them  to  miss  work   
  
The  good  news?    A  majority  of  people  polled  also  said  medical  treatment  improved  their  emotional  and   
social  well-­‐being.     
  
Treatment  of  Rosacea   
It  is  important  for  people  who  think  they  have  rosacea  to  talk  to  a  dermatologist  about  their  symptoms.   
If  left  untreated,  rosacea  may  progress  in  severity  and  result  in  permanent  changes  to  the  skin.    In  a   
National  Rosacea  Society  survey,  about  half  of  rosacea  sufferers  said  without  treatment,  their  condition   
worsened.  

There  are  several  FDA-­‐approved  treatments  available  (both  topical  and  oral  therapies)  to  help  reduce
the  inflammatory  lesions  of  rosacea.    A  dermatologist  will  determine  which  treatment  is  best  for  every
patient.  Lifestyle  modifications  to  avoid  triggers  may  also  help  manage  symptoms.

Help spread awareness and follow the campaign  on Twitter with #RosaceaFacts. If you know someone with the condition be considerate of the emotional impact a flare up might have on them.

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A Journey Through Motherhood: Join Belabumbum on Pinterest!

25 Apr

Image from Belabumbum.com

While I was at the MomTrends Living in Style Event last week I met Heidi and Alyssa, founders of Belabumbum. I learned about their exciting pinterest campaign/ contest to showcase the journey through motherhood to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. I look forward to joining their campaign.

When I took my first pregnancy and it read pregnant, I thought there was no way I was pregnant.  Sure enough, after four tests to confirm, I was pregnant with my first daughter Maddie.  Little did I know what was in store for, no book or class could fully prepare me for the journey I was about to take.  Nine months went by super fast and my life had changed forever. Then 19 months later, number two joined our family.  As a full-time stay at home mom, some days are amazing and other days can bring you to tears. My girls have more shoes, clothes, and accessories than I have and I rarely take time to shop and update my wardrobe, especially when it comes to sleepwear.  My husband always laughs because I wear over-sized T-s and shorts to bed- far from cute or sexy. It’s amazing how life changes when you have kids.  Follow my journey on My Belabumbum Board.

To join:

Tell your journey and join the Belabumbum pinterest campaign and win a $500 Belabumbum shopping spree! There are three easy steps:

  1. Create — Create a “My Belabumbum” board on your Pinterest account. (It’s easy to join, just request an invitation.)
  2. Pin — Pin images on your  ”My Belabumbum” board that represent your blooming — your journey through motherhood and what makes you feel good at the stage you’re at right now. Show us your favorite Belabumbum pieces, as well as other images that resonate with you. Include anything you want: people, places, spaces, things — whatever inspires you. In the pin descriptions, jot down a few words or a short explanation of why you chose that pin.
  3. Tweet — Tweet us a link to your board (@Belabumbum) using the hashtag #mybelabumbum.

Belabumbum will announce the winner at the end of May.

Check out “Show Us Your Belabumbum” on Pinterest

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MomTrends at Exhale Spa Meatpacking

24 Apr

Image from exhalespa.com

Last week I attended the MomTrends Living in Style Event at Exhale Spa Meatpacking.  The morning started with a choice of a spa treatment: a polish change with Scotch Naturals, a massage, a skin consultation, or ear seeds from Exhale Spa.  I decided to try the ear seeds since I had never heard about them before.  Ear seeds are an acupuncture therapy in which a hard seed(s) are taped to different pressure points in your ear to help relieve stress.  Seeds can last up to 2 weeks, mine is still there a week later.  I am not sure if it is helping me relieve stress though.  I only had one seed placed in and with both girls going through difficult stages in the toddler years, I think I may have needed a few more put in.  Not sure if I would go back for more seeds but I would love to go back to try other acupuncture therapies or the acupuncture massage.

Ear Seed

After therapies, delicious wraps were provided by The Fresh Diet and dessert from Keep It Sweet. While eating I listened to presentations from sponsors: Stokke, Belabumbum, Exhale Spa, and Jill Vegas and was able to check out their products.  Did you know that parents send their kids to college with their STOKKE Trip Trap Highchair to be used as their desk chair?  Such a great idea that I will do with my girls.  I have so many friends who are new moms and have needed ideas for a gift.  I love Belabumbum’s adorable mom and baby sets, my favorite is the Starlit set.  Jill Vegas inspired me to redecorate my apartment during her presentation.  She showed different ways to add bright colors like peony pink and blue lapis into the home without going over the top.  I may need to sign up for Jill’s six-week online speed decorating class that starts in June.  Other sponsors included: FunBites, Method, Scotch Naturals, and Karin Von Voigtlander Photography.

STOKKE Trip Trap

Mom and Baby Sets: The perfect shower or Mother's Day gift for a new or expecting mom.

Peony Pink! Image from MomTrends.

After the presentations, I took a Core Fusion Classwith Anna G which was ridiculously hard but an excellent workout.  The class focused on all areas: arms, legs, glutes, and abs and included stretching between sets. My core has never been the same since becoming a mom but I think with a few more classes I can get relatively close to where I was before. I was very sore for a few days after but it reminded me that I need to take time out of my day to get back into shape.

Image from MomTrends

To read more about the event, see the MomTrends recap.

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a generous gift bag with products from the sponsors.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you to MomTrends and the sponsors for putting together a wonderful event!

Enjoy Life: Not Nuts Seed and Fruit Mix {Review and GIVEAWAY}

23 Apr

Image from Enjoy Life Foods

I have been fortunate to try Enjoy Life foods: cookies, chocolate chips, granola and recently their line of Seed and Fruit Mixes.  When you have a child with a food allergy, your entire life and eating habits have to change.  I can no longer have anything with NUTS in the house and I spend way too much time at the grocery store reading labels.  Until I received, Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mixes, I forgot how much I missed snacking on Trail Mix.  I never thought about trail mix because I knew it was usually loaded with nuts and it was a NO NO in our house.  Thanks to Enjoy Life, I can have that sweet and salty mixture that I love and miss so much.  Their Seed and Fruit Mix is a great alternative to Nut Trail Mix and it has become my go-to snack for throughout the day.  I had a difficult time getting the girls to eat it because Maddie insisted that seeds were for planting and not for eating.  I eventually got them to try it by adding some goldfish to it.

                             

About Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit MixesSalty, sweet and crunchy, our trail mix is so good you won’t even miss the nuts. On the trail or on the go, it’s the ideal portable snack. With no peanuts or tree nuts (or any other allergens for that matter), it also makes a great school-safe treat. Made in a dedicated facility free of the 8 most common Allergens, Gluten- free, and no artificial anything.  Comes in two flavors:

Image from Enjoy Life Foods

Not Nuts! Beach BashA yummy medley of sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, apricots and cranberries. My favorite of the two because it goes great in a salad or on it’s own for a fast, filling, and delicious snack.  Nutritional and Ingredient Information can be found on Enjoy Life’s website.

Not Nuts! Mountain Mambo: Made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), fruit (raisins, apples, and cranberries) and chocolate chips.  I enjoyed this one too especially when I got a chocolate chip in my bite.  I added it to my greek yogurt and it was surprisingly a good combination.  It is also yummy on its own as a quick and easy on-the-go snack.  Be careful about where you leave your mix because the chocolate chips will melt and create clusters of seeds. Nutritional and Ingredient information could be found at Enjoy Life’s  website.

Even if you don’t have an allergy, Enjoy Life products are delicious and are safe to bring to school.  Everyone should be able to Enjoy Life and Eat Freely

GIVEAWAY: Enjoy Life Variety Pack

One lucky reader has the opportunity to win 1 box of Crunchy Cookies, a bag of Granola, and a bag of the Seed and Fruit Mix.  Winner will choose flavor.  To find out more about the different flavors, see my past reviews: Enjoy Life: Crunchy CookiesEnjoy Life: Eat Freely (Granola Review) and Recipe using the Double Chocolate Crunch Granola.  You can also check out Enjoy Life Recipes for other ways to use Enjoy Life foods.

To Enter:  Comment T.C. Enjoy Life, Eat Freely Giveaway on one or more of the following:

“Like” Tastefully Childish on Facebook and comment on page (mandatory entry)

“Like” Enjoy Life Foods on Facebook

“Follow” @TastefulyChldsh on Twitter

“Follow” @ELFCeo on Twitter

All entries must be posted before Sunday, April 29 at 11:59 pm.

Baby Mash

19 Apr

image from baby-mash.com

About a month ago I met Molly from Baby Mash at a MomTrends event.  She gave me a sample of Baby Mash Pumpkin and Oat teething biscuits to try.  Pela is about to get her two-year molars and is putting everything she can find in her mouth.  A few days ago she came across the sample of the biscuits I received from Molly and can’t put them down.  Maddie wanted to try one and Pela ran off with the bag and hid them.  If she loves them at 2, I can only imagine that an infant would too.  I wish I had them when my girls were going through the horrible teething stage to gnaw on to soothe their gums.   

About Baby Mash (from their website)Baby Mash was created after discovering that babies gnaw on everything  — I mean everything! — and being unable to find a biscuit that wasn’t rice based and loaded with sugar.  Teething Rings come in a variety of flavors and are allergy-friendly: free of dairy, soy and gluten — and not to mention vegan! They are baked in a facility that processes nut products, so unfortunately Maddie did not get to try them . To find out more, to purchase and see other available flavors visit Baby Mash on their site, facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

image from baby-mash.com

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a sample for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Origami Lesson

14 Apr

One of my greatest memories of my grandfather was his love for origami.  He loved to fold.  If he gave us a present he put it in an origami box and if he gave us money he made us an origami wallet.  He made cranes, dolls, flowers, boats, you name it and he tried to teach my brothers and I on several occasions but we never mastered it.  Unfortunately he passed away before Maddie and Pela were born so they did not get to know him.  This morning I was checking my e-mail and came across this Origami Lesson Event at Bit’z Kids.  I immediately signed them up.  It will be a great opportunity to tell them about my childhood memories with their great-grandfather.  I can’t wait to check it out and do a little Spring shopping while I am in there!

“When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade”

13 Apr

When ever we go out to eat Maddie always asks for lemonade.  While I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago, it was about 80 degrees one day and there were a few girls with a lemonade stand at the end of the street.  It got me excited for warm weather and made me want to move to the suburbs so the girls could set up  their own lemonade stand on hot summer days.    I was looking through a Chasing Fireflies catalog I got in the mail and came across the cutest lemonade stand supplies.  I started thinking about how the girls could set up their stand and found recipes for snacks they could make to sell.  I’m not sure who is more excited about the idea of having a stand, me or the girls. Here is the stand I have in mind for US for the day we move to the suburbs or maybe we’ll just take a trip to my parents and set one up there:

Cardboard lemonade stand $78 (Image from chasing-fireflies.com)

Personalized decals for lemonade stand...I wish I could put two names on there. $28 (Image from chasing-fireflies.com)

Lemonade dispenser $128 (Image from chasing-fireflies.com)

What we would have:

Lemonade (flavors would change)  Maddie loves strawberry lemonade.  Here is a recipe I found from Emeril on foodnetwork.com.  We are going to try this weekend because the forecast says 80 on Sunday and Monday.

Image from foodnetwork.com

SkinnyTaste’s Pink Lemonade Confetti Cupcakes:  The girls saw the picture of these cupcakes and wanted to go out and get one.  I am definitely going to make these for them soon and would be perfect if they have a lemonade stand.

Image from SkinnyTaste.com

Taste of Home’s Soft Lemonade Cookies:

Image from tasteofhome.com

Lemon Square Bars from AllRecipes.com:

Image from allrecipes.com

All this recipe searching is making want to start baking all these delicious treats.  The girls and I better get to the store to get the ingredients. 🙂

Soup From A Straw

10 Apr

Eating Beet Soup with Mushroom Ravioli

My girls LOVE soup so much they could eat it for every meal.  It doesn’t matter what vegetables are in it they will slurp it all up.  The only problem with soup: it is challenging for them to eat.  They get frustrated when the broth falls off their spoon when they attempt to take a bite.  It usually takes a few tries before they get a good bite and then the soup contents usually end up EVERYWHERE.  Recently, the girls started using a straw to drink the broth and then they use their spoon to eat the rest of the contents of the soup whether it is pasta, veggies or meat.  It has worked out well and has left their table clean.  Last night the girls had soup for dinner.  While they were eating I decided I would surf the web for a straw/ spoon combination so they don’t have to keep switching back and forth between straw and spoon.  I came across the Sip-N-Spoon Straw during my search.  It looks ideal for cereal, milkshakes, smoothies, and SOUP.  I will have to get a set for the girls.

Sip-N-Spoon Straw (Image from perpetualkid.com)

Happy Holidays!

7 Apr

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We made it to the Bunny this year (Maddie insisted) and it went better then in years past.
Have a wonderful Easter and Passover Weekend!

Our Easter Basket: 5 Candy Alternatives

3 Apr

My girls have way too much sugar as it is.  They last thing I want is for the “Easter Bunny” to overload them with more, especially since Pela turns 2 this week and I am sure Maddie will want to have a cupcake for her everyday to celebrate.  I decided that I needed to find a few alternatives to filling their baskets.

1.  Seracon Indoor Herb Growing Kits:  I stumbled across them at my local Barnes and Noble.  They have different types of herbs depending on the region you choose.  The girls will be getting the Italia (Basil, Oregano, and Italian Parsley) and France (Lavendar, Thyme, and Roquette) kits.  They have so much fun watering the plants at my parents house I thought it would be great to have their own and it makes it even better we can use the herbs to cook together.

Image from barnesandnoble.com

Ready to take care of her own plant.

2.  A watering can to make sure the herbs get enough water.  Love these little ones my mom found at Target.

3. Horn:  The girls love their scooters.  With Spring finally here, the girls will ride them everywhere.  To make them stand out from other scooters, the girls will each get a princess horn.  Maddie has been asking for one for a while now, so she will be extremely excited when she sees it in her basket.

Image from Diapers.com

4. Fill Eggs with $$$:  When my girls get money their eyes light up.  Pela is still a little young but Maddie has a wallet and piggy bank.  She loves saving money.  We are going to Disney in May so when the girls get the money in their eggs they can put it in their wallets and use it for souvenirs in the park.

Image from About.com: Investing for Beginners

5.  Bubbles:  Love these Jelly Belly Bubbles.  The yummy smell of Jelly Beans without all the sugar.  I found the Banana clip on bubbles at Boomerang Toys.

Image from littlekidsinc.com

Image from littlekidsinc.com

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.