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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.

Self care: Taking care of me first

I tend to be on the uptight side. I like things a certain way and I am rarely patient. If I ask for something, I like it immediately. Apparently not the entire universe works this way. Moving to Southern California has given me a pass to let things go and not worry so much. After almost two year, it’s finally working. I’m finally understanding self care and taking care of me first. continued

Skin cancer and how we’re fighting it

About a year ago my mother had a small spot on her lip. We really didn’t think anything of it and she had been to the doctor several times. It wasn’t until I noticed the spot growing rapidly that I forced her to see a dermatologist. He was pretty confident it was Basal Cell Carcinoma but would confirm with a biopsy. Regardless of what it was, it would need to be removed.

On Christmas eve, her doctor called with the results of her biopsy. It wasn’t BCC after all but Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Although non-melonma, it’s still a dangerous cancer because it can spread to the tissues, bones, and lymph nodes. SCC tends to be an aggressive cancer. Once diagnosed, it’s important to get it taken care of quickly. Since her diagnosis, she’s had two surgeries and is now in the prevention phase of skin cancer.  continued

The runDisney Phenomenon and Runners To Watch

Let’s be perfectly clear here… I am not in shape. I don’t exercise regularly even though I want to with all my being. I let every excuse in the book prevent me from going to the gym or even around the block to walk the dog. I think you could almost say I’m lazy. Then registration opens for the next runDisney race. What is the runDisney phenomenon you say? It’s Disney’s way of getting you off the couch! continued

Got Milk? Milk for a brighter future


I have very picky eaters. They go through phases. One of my girls will eat everything in sight, then nothing the next day, or an entire week. I try not to worry; but as a parent, it’s hard. I’m always a little relieved when we start our bedtime routine. I know the girls will both get a full glass of milk during story time, and are getting some important vitamins and nutrients to make up for what they didn’t eat. continued

Living with anxiety

apart from the overwhelming anxiety and debilitating panic attacks, I think I'm pretty well adjusted. (someecards user card)

I’ve shared a little, very little, of how I have a history of anxiety. I don’t like to talk about it much, for fear it could bring my anxiety back. But lately, I’ve seen more and more people writing about their experiences, and I feel compelled to share mine. Not because I want you to visualize me rocking back and forth in a corner. But I want the shame that is associated with it to go away. There shouldn’t be any embarrassment, or stigmas attached to people who suffer from anxiety disorders. continued

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

The Must Have Box

I just got my first POPSUGAR Must Have box and I am thrilled. The POPSUGAR Must Have box was the first box subscription where I could actually enjoy everything in the box. The box is $39.95 a month, but the value seemed to be around $225. Not a bad deal for items I’ll actually use. continued

Pregnancy, second time around

I haven’t been posting, but I’ve been thinking a lot. I have a gazillion posts written in my head but no energy to post a thing. I think it’s because this pregnancy is so different from my last one. I’ve found this time around to be so much harder on me.

Here are a few things that have really shocked me this time around.

  1. Even thought I never thought it possible, I am even more sick this time around. My nausea lasts all day. At least with Em, I was ok by mid afternoon. Not this time.
  2. You would think that I wouldn’t have much of a belly with how sick I’ve been but I seemed to have “popped” much sooner. Looking at previous pics, I’m looking about 24 weeks instead of 17.
  3. I’m exhausted. I worked full-time and still managed to have a pretty good social life with the Emma. Now I pray each day that I make it till 8pm and don’t fall asleep with Emma in the bath tub!
  4. I’m really achy. Each night I lay in bed and feel like I’m 80 years old. My hips and back are killing me. Am I that out of shape? (Please don’t answer that.)
  5. Heartburn. What little food I do eat, stays with me. Not in a good way.
  6. Lack of bladder control. TMI I know, but jeez. I will never be able to sneeze or cough worry free again!
  7. The worst? Gas and “plumbing” problems. I honestly didn’t have these issues with Emma until month 8 or 9. This is just wrong!

I don’t know, is it just me? How was your second pregnancy? Was yours so different from your first or am I just being hormonal and everything is bothering me?

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