Let’s talk about lice…

** I talked with my family before publishing this post. They didn’t care if we talked about it having lice and want people to know it’s not a big deal if you get it.**

Dealing with headlice

The first time I got lice was in kindergarten. That was 39 years ago. The last time (fingers crossed) was last week. My oldest daughter came to me one day last week and said her head itched. After a quick look, there was evidence of lice. I immediately got on the internet and was overwhelmed with what to actually do with this. Because now there are “Super Lice” and if you get those you might as well shave your head and burn your house down. So, let’s talk about lice for a minute.

Headed to Hair Fairies

If you’ve been to my house, you know we are really clean people. And that’s totally not relevant because lice do not care if you are clean or dirty, rich or poor, sick or healthy, old or young… These parasites are equal opportunity bugs. All they care about is whether YOU are alive or not. So in true form, all of us but Doug got lice. Which meant that we all needed to be treated. I wanted to make sure we actually were treated properly, so we did go to Hair Fairies, a salon that specifically deals with lice. I know that not everyone has access to these salons or can afford them so I wanted to give you a few basic tips for surviving a lice outbreak in your home.

Hair Fairies for Lice

First, you need to get the lice under control. If you don’t do it right, you’re going to keep passing it back and forth to one another. I was told that my oldest daughter has probably had lice for over FIVE weeks. After seeing what came out of her hair, I have no idea how she’s been living with this. Second, start treating your family right away. Like I said, you can seek professional help, or do an at-home treatment plan. Keep in mind, this is not a one-shot treatment and your done. You need to be using a good preventative shampoo and checking daily for at least three weeks. It took over three hours to comb out my daughter’s hair and we still needed a second treatment. It wasn’t until the second treatment that we were all finally in the clear.

Comb out at Hair Fairies

Once you have started treatment, you can then start working on your home. You’ll need to wash all your bedding each day until there are no more signs of lice or nits. Even one nit can do a lot of damage. Washing everything each day will be a drag but will save you in the end. We bagged everything up and stored it. It’s actually still in storage. That included decorative pillows, stuffed animals, and other toys that looked at me funny. Since my kids still sleep with lovies, I did wash them each day. After that, I vacuumed everything and sprayed with lice preventative. Your pillows and mattresses are fine as long as they didn’t come in direct contact.

So much laundry when when you have to deal with lice.

We are finally done with this process. It’s not fun and can be really stressful. One of the reasons I really want to talk about this openly is because I don’t think we are aware of how common it is and left untreated we will continue to spread it. Once resource that really helped me was an eBook, Uninvited: Mom’s guide to lice. It’s a moms guide with what to do if you find yourself in our shoes. She provides step by step instructions on how to self-treat and keep the lice from returning.

Is your head itching now? Are you ready to check into a hotel for an extended weekend? Us, too.

Spend a day in Salzburg, Austria

A Day Trip To Salzburg

I really can’t believe it’s been over six months since we went to Europe. I needed a little trip down memory lane today and wanted to share about our day trip to Salzburg. Our family is still talking about what an amazing time it was. We tried to hit as many cities as possible and sneak in a few day trips here and there. Our favorite day trip by far was to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is known as the home of Mozart, lots of LOVE, fortresses, rivers, and of course… The Sound of Music. I loved Salzburg and wish I had spent more time there. The kids loved this day trip and we really look forward to going back. Until then, here’s a short list of things you must do when you take a quick day trip to Salzburg. continued

Our experience with a Toyota Highlander SUV

The Toyota Highlander SUV

As our family keeps getting busier with sports, Girl Scouts, after-school activities, and playdates, and with friends and family coming to visit now and then, we’ve realized maybe it’s time to consider a third-row vehicle. While we’re looking for a third row, our garage ceiling and door height limits us to what kind of vehicle we can consider. Plus we still need space to haul around equipment and whatever else we need to transport. continued

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

This past weekend, we sold Girl Scout cookies at our local grocery store. I know I’ve been talking about Girl Scouts lately, but it’s cookie season, and it really consumes all of our family. I am the cookie mom for 3 troops, plus I have a daughter who wants to sell at least 1,000 boxes. I’ve been doing this for five years, you’d think that I’ve seen it all by now. This year is different. People are different. Women are… very different. Here are five things not to say to a Girl Scout selling cookies, and a simple suggestion for what you could say instead. continued

WHO wants to get crafty? DIY Valentine OWL

DIY Valentine Owls

Nowadays I am always thinking about service projects that my Girl Scouts can do during the holidays. Who wants to get crafty? My Girl Scouts do and we made DIY Valentine Owl for a senior church luncheon. The senior citizens at the luncheon are so happy to see fun crafts made for them and my girls love making these projects for them. continued

You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread. Why Girl Scout cookies have different names

Little Brownie Baker Girl Scout Cookies

We are in FULL Girl Scout cookie mode around here. We take our girls door to door and sell as many cookies as we can. Our oldest daughter has a very ambitious goal of 1000 boxes of cookies. Thankfully, our youngest has already met her goal of 24 boxes. Last week I told you 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Sell Girl Scout Cookies, I’m adding one more to the list. We’ve run into a lot of people wanting cookies that we do not have. Less than a hundred miles away, the “other” cookies are being sold and people want to know why there are different names for Girl Scout cookies. You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread, did you know those are pretty much the same cookie? continued

Packing light with CozyPhone headphones

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Train rides through Europe

This past summer we took a three week trip to Europe. Each girl had her own backpack to carry. One of the biggest space stealers was the iPod and headphone case. Both a necessity as we were going to be taking an 18-hour train ride without internet. We managed just fine, but had we known about the CozyPhones beforehand, we would have made sure we had them with us. We’re so excited CozyPhone sent us these headbands to try out for our next trip. continued

Growing up Goofy is… Growing!

We are the Bowmans of Growing Up Goofy!

No, we are not expanding our family in any way, shape, or form. I’ll get that out of the way right now. But Growing up Goofy is growing! And what I really mean by that is Doug (my husband) is going to finally contribute to my our blog. Doug offers an entirely different perspective and I’ve been asking him to write about this or that for years. We starting our first blog together as Doug and Cam in 2005… THIRTEEN years ago! continued

LEGOLAND California Kids Go Free + Giveaway

What? You’re giving away FOUR one-day LEGOLAND® California Resort tickets? Yes, yes we are. Thank you to our friends at LEGOLAND® California Resort for hosting this giveaway and sharing the LEGOLAND California kids go free promotion. 

LEGOLAND: Kids Go Free + Giveaway

Living in San Diego we are lucky to have LEGOLAND in our backyard. It’s one of San Diego’s most popular destinations and they are always adding new experiences that keep us coming back. Right now, kids go free to LEGOLAND® California Resort when you buy Honest Kids Juice 8ct Carton at any retailer. The offer on the box includes a FREE Child Hopper Ticket with a full paid Adult Hopper Ticket admission coupon to the LEGOLAND® California Resort. continued

Stop overthinking everything and just do it

My plate is full. So full, I just sit there and look at it and then I’m not hungry anymore. I push the plate away from me so I don’t have to see it anymore. I know I need to eat, so I pull the plate back. I push the food around with my fork so it looks like I am making progress, but in true form, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Then I realize, I need to stop overthinking and just do it. Whatever it is on my plate, I just need to stop worrying about it and just get things done that I have control over. continued

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