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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

WFMW - dry skin remedy

I was thinking I wanted to do something profound for Works for Me Wednesday over at We are THAT Family. But profoundness is not to be found :) So you get how I fixed my dry skin.

For several years, I have had such severe dry skin on my right hand that almost every day my thumb was cracked and often bleeding. The same thing with my knuckles on other fingers. My doctor gave me some special cream and told me to put it on my hand and then wear a latex (or plastic - I don't remember) glove for 30 minutes afterwards. It worked, for a week or so. But it wasn't practical. The doctor had also suggested I keep my hands out of water as much as possible. So I started wearing gloves while I wash dishes. But that wasn't practical for giving my daughters' their baths.

Finally, I had a friend start selling Mary Kay and through her I discovered their Extra Emollient Night Cream. It really worked but I still couldn't get rid of my eczema/dry skin problem. Finally, I switched lotion to St. Ives Advanced Body Moisturizer. After a few weeks of applying the lotion several times a day, plus the emollient at night, it went away. I also convinced my husband to be the primary bath giver/supervisor for our daughters.

Now I only have to use the emollient rarely, like when I've had to catch up on a kitchen full of dishes and give my daughters a bath. I can't endorse these two products enough! They have saved my hand from misery.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WFMW - Traveling with Young Kids (Backwards Edition)

So today is Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family. I LOVE WFMW! Especially today - it's backwards edition and I've been hoping for one of those. So here's my request. We are taking a LONG trip this summer to Southern California (from the Midwest) so my girls will be in their seats for a LONG time (caps are fully intended). I want to keep them entertained, using the DVD player only minimally.

Here's my plan. We are getting a triptik from AAA. On each page of the TripTik, I want to have an activity written on it for the girls. Examples are Sing Silly Songs, Watch a video - K's choice, ABC game, color a picture, open a present (toys/activities they can play in the van).

So what I need from you are your inexpensive to free ideas for activities both my girls, ages 6 y/o and 2 y/o, can do in the van as we drive. I'm figuring I will have 100 pages to write on and some can be duplicates but I want a lot of variety. Although my 2 y/o is brilliant, she can't write and it's difficult for her to see much outside of the van. The 6 y/o is reading but isn't ready for the state license plate game (although DH and I play it most long trips).

So let's see what you come up with....