Coconut Oil: Not just for butts anymore!

I’ve been using coconut oil as a cloth-diaper-safe butt cream for over a year now. Luckily, we haven’t had to deal with diaper rash, but teething sometimes makes Little Man’s bum a little angry, and a swipe of coconut oil calms it right down every time without causing my diapers to repel.

But this week, I fell in love with coconut oil all over again for a completely different reason.Β 

Those of you who tweet may have seen me mentioning the horrible case of hives I had last week. At least I thought they were hives. It turns out I had an allergic reaction to something (who knows what) that I had come in contact with, and I was a mess.

I had a red, itchy, swollen rash all over my face, neck, torso and hands. I think my right pointer finger was the worst, and it blistered so much I was actually afraid it might scar. When I went to the doctor, he seemed concerned about infection because it was getting pretty ugly.

He immediately prescribed a round of Prednisone. When I mentioned that I am nursing and we are trying to conceive, he decided against that prescription. (I was relieved because I just hate medication in all forms, and I have to be pretty much dying to agree to it…)

The rash seemed to be calming on its own a little, but he still wanted to prescribe Triamcinolone Acetonide cream. But only for my hands. Not my face, because it’s more vascular and too much could enter my bloodstream.

Sorry, but does that sound safe to you? Uh, no thanks. πŸ˜•

OTC hydrocortisone? I think I’ll skip that too.

So I left and went home, happy in the knowledge that I didn’t have some kind of incurable skin crud, but not sure what to do about the severe itching and raw skin on my hands and face.

And then I remembered: A jar of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil in my cupboard.

Could that work? Why not!? With all I’d read about the different uses of coconut oil, it made perfect sense. πŸ’‘

I immediately put a thin layer on my face and a slightly thicker layer on my hands. On the really bad parts, I applied it a few times.

That was yesterday and, long story short, you can barely see where the blisters were. No lie – the parts of my hands that were affected actually feel better than the rest. This stuff is amazing: just one simple ingredient that’s 100% pure and safe for me as a mama, my baby, and the baby that we’re already looking out for, just in case. πŸ˜‰

Prednisone disaster averted.Β 

Just one more reason I plan to keep a jar of coconut oil in my house at all times. Thanks so much to Tropical Traditions for a great product, and I look forward to finding out what other tricks it can do! πŸ™‚

I was not compensated in any way for this post. I just really, really want you all to know how great this stuff is!

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Have you ever used coconut oil? What is your favorite use for it?

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Wordless Wednesday: 18 months!

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Frontera Fresh Guacamole Mix

Cookout season is upon us! Chances are, you’ll be called upon to bring a dish to countless occasions in the coming months, so I thought I’d tell you about a new favorite of mine!

Frontera Guacamole Mix, straight from the kitchen of Chef Extraordinaire Rick Bayliss! (He is toooo cute!)

Quick and easy is the name of my game lately, and this mix fits the bill. But in all honesty, the key selling point for me is the all-natural list of ingredients – fresh tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, green chiles, fresh onions, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, citric acid, salt, and pure cane sugar. No funny stuff! (A BIG plus since my toddler would eat it by the handful if I let him.)

This mix adds lots of the flavor you want, with little to none of the calories, added fat and sodium you don’t want, allowing your lovely ‘cados to shine through!

Β All you have to do is cut the avocados in half and scoop them out! I add 3 and give it a quick spin in the food processor.

If you like it a little chunkier, just mash by hand. You’ll have fresh, zesty guacamole in a matter of minutes. It’s perfection on a sandwich, in a taco or dropped into a bowl of white chicken chili. Grab a bag of chips and you’re good to go for a “bring a dish” party (you don’t have to tell ’em how easy it is! πŸ˜‰ )

Since this guac warrants a quality chip – might I suggest Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips? I tried them recently, courtesy of Foodbuzz, and they earned a solid 2 thumbs up from my crowd. I don’t buy chips often, but I dig that Tostitos chips are all-natural. Who needs a fake chip? πŸ˜•

Plain chip pictured in photo - not a Tostitos chip.

When I have them, I like to add a few chopped tomatoes, straight from the farmer’s market, for eye appeal.

…and don’t forget to put the pits in so your guac doesn’t turn brown! πŸ˜‰Β (Thanks for the tip, Alysha!)

I’ve served this at a few gatherings now, and I’ve learned one thing: there are guac people, and there are non-guac people. Verdict? The true guac people love Frontera Guacamole Mix – Look for the affordable 4.5 oz. pouch in your local produce department!

*Note to Mr. Bayliss: Now, how about an organic version? Just a thought… πŸ˜‰

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Are you a guac person or a non-guac person? What’s your favorite way to eat guacamole?

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Where am I?!

Geez! Where have I been?!?

No, I have not fallen into a big black hole somewhere, although I can see how you might assume that I had. Last week, I had a short vacation, and now it seems that Verizon has stuck it to me once again…and I’m without internet service until FRIDAY! πŸ‘Ώ

Dudes…tonight is the finale of My Baby ExpertsΒ with Shari Criso!Β I can’t believe I have no service.

I’m NOT happy. 😦

But I’m going to try to figure out something sooner, and if I do, I’ll see you then.

Oops…gotta run! Β (My boss is coming. πŸ˜‰ ) #officewifi

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Wordless Wednesday: The reason I’ve been MIA…

Big things are just around the bend. I can feel it!

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Wordless Wednesday: Meet my new nursling!

I’d like to introduce you to my new nursling…

Yeah, it felt a little silly, but my son insisted. And so goes life with a toddler… πŸ™‚

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18 months tomorrow! WOO!

Go (.)(.) !!

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Mom Fail: Yet another reason to go green…

Yesterday’s Major Mom Fail:

About 10 seconds after I heard my son run down the hall toward his very baby-proofed playroom, I turned to go find him (because I never, ever leave him alone. Not for a minute.)

I was heading down the hallway when I heard a thump behind me, in the kitchen. I thought my husband had come into the house.

I turned to see my son, sitting on the kitchen floor. How did he get over there? I swear toddlers have some kind of magic…

Then I noticed the spray bottle of bug spray. In his hands. Pointed toward his face.

His little face, with tiny droplets on it.

My heart stopped. For a minute, I thought I might throw up.

He looked at me, wide-eyed, surprised. But he did not cry.

He switched gears, smiled, got up and ran past me down to his playroom, and I ran after him, grabbing a towel along the way to clean him up.

Reason #45789203 to go a little greener: Orange Guard Home Pest Control, kills pests on contact with orange peel extract in a water-based formula that is safe for use around food, humans and pets.*

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I was horrified that my son had gotten past me, and that I allowed it to happen. I felt like the worst mother in the world, and I’m still beating myself up for it. But, I gotta say, I’m pretty freakin’ proud of myself for making sure the product in that bottle wasn’t toxic. Because toddlers really do have a certain sneaky mischief magic, and accidents happen.

Even so, I’ll be hovering a little more from now on.

*Orange Guard may cause moderate eye irritation.

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