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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.

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

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

**This post contains CozyPhone Amazon affiliate links, all opinions are my own.**

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

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

Ten Reasons You Should Not Sell Girl Scout Cookies

I’ve written a lot around here about Girl Scouts. I take a lot of heat around cookie season. Mainly when my daughter and her troop are selling cookies in front of a grocery store. You wouldn’t believe some of the snarky comments people say… to little girls. My favorite comment so far was “how do you like exploiting your child?” My response? Well, if you don’t want your child to grow up smart, strong, independent and brave, here are ten reasons why you shouldn’t sell Girl Scout cookies. continued

Experiencing a spiritual awakening… Or two.


Last spring I was taking my daughter to a birthday party. We were meeting in a parking lot to be taken on a military base where the party was going to be. At some point, a man approached me. I have never seen this man before nor had I ever been in this location. He was friendly, I wasn’t really paying that close attention until he said… “Does your daughter know she was named after your grandmother?” Mic. Drop. continued

Omano Junior Scope: Perfect for your Girl Scout troop!

Microscope for kids

Earlier this year our Girl Scouts earned their WOW Journey badges while learning all about water. Now the girls had an opportunity to earn their Brownie “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Award Badge. Our friends at BSM Media and Omano sent us a Junior Scope microscope for kids. With the help of this microscope, we were able to take water samples and analyze what is in our drinking water, fresh water, and an area pond. How fun was it to see live organisms in our water samples! continued

Top 5 Best Hostess Gifts Under $40

Cyber Monday is just a couple days away and I have the top five best hostess gifts under $40 just for you. One of the reasons I love the holidays so much is because of the festivities. I have always loved to entertain and have both given and received some of the best hostess gifts. My favorite party is my cookie exchange party. I spend a lot of time thinking about fun gifts to give and useful gifts I’ve received. Something to keep in mind when you buy someone a host gift… You don’t have to spend a ton of money, these gift suggestions are from $6-$38. Keep it simple and thoughtful; those are the best gifts.

2017 Best Hostess Gifts…

Best Hostess Gifts continued

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