What is the best tick repellent for humans, you ask? Well, have you heard of Permethrin spray? When it comes to repelling ticks, avoiding Lyme Disease, and buying tick repellents… we recently learned a little secret from the U.S. Military. It’s called Permethrin! If it’s good enough for the Department of Defense, then it’s good enough for us. Here’s why we use Permethrin anytime we go in the woods now. By the way, it repels both ticks AND mosquitoes… far better than DEET-based products do.
Health & Beauty
A friend asked me for a list of the best baby shower gifts under $50 for her expecting friend. Here are 20 or so baby gifts that I actually received as a new mom, and I use each one of them! I feel these are not only useful, but thoughtful — because every time I use the item, I think of the person who gifted it to us.
Many parents swear by the Baltic Amber teething necklace. As a first time mom, not knowing what to expect, it appears the Baltic Amber necklace is working because he teethes with very little fussing AND he has never once had a fever! Here’s how a Baltic teething necklace works, plus some things you should know before trying an Amber necklace with your baby.
As a new mom, I look for baby items to serve multiple uses. That’s why I love the Bumbo Multi Seat. Not only can it be used as a floor seat and a high chair, but it can also be used on other flat surfaces — like the dining room table while I’m working there! The Bumbo baby seat easily converts from a floor seat to a booster seat — maximizing its use for as long as baby will fit in it! Here’s my detailed review, plus a video so you can ‘see’ what I’m talking about.
Thanks to the Ergobaby 4 position 360 carrier that I received as a baby shower gift, I am able to be somewhat productive with a needy and heavy baby by my side. There are 4 different ways to carry baby, and the Ergo 360 carrier has lots of unique features!
Scared of crossing bridges — either in a car or on foot? You may have Gephyrophobia. I had a similar fear and overcame it on my own without professional help. See how I did it… maybe these same tips will help you get over your bridge phobia too!! These are very simple things you can do to gradually minimize your fear of bridges.
Have sleep problems? Me too. I recently spent the night at a Sleep Center to participate in a sleep study to see if I might have obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what my sleep test was like (with sleep study pictures), plus some of my best tips to help you prepare for your own sleep study test. See what I wish I’d known before staying in a sleep study room and being attached to all of those sleep study wires!
Thinking of getting a Fitbit activity tracker? I got one! Here’s my Fitbit Flex review including all of the Fitbit benefits and advantages as I see them, tips for using the Fitbit wristband, and how to use the Fitbit Flex tracker without a phone.
What’s in your baby’s diaper tote? I believe these 20 or so items are a well rounded assortment of baby items that make the most sense to take with you wherever baby goes — while keeping it minimal. See what I keep inside my Skip Hop Grand Central Diaper Bag…
Want to know how to stop stammering and how to cure stuttering once and for all? I stuttered until I was 22 years old. After about 1 year of trying different things, I finally learned how to stop stuttering forever. Take it from this former stutterer, there are some rather simple techniques to stop stuttering — all it takes is consistency and patience. Here’s what worked for me.
My husband received a melanoma diagnosis from a mole on his arm. You can see in his skin cancer photos how the mole grew and changed colors over 6 years. Here’s what we’ve learned about the best melanoma treatment options, what the melanoma stages of cancer mean, and what melanoma looks like. We hope you’ll find this information helpful if you or someone in your family is diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer.
Here are my recommendations on how to keep your body cooler by wearing the right fabric for your undershirts. I have some tips for choosing the best undershirts for men.
A first time mom shares her top 10 must have baby items. Wondering which baby things you’ll really need? What should you put on the baby registry? I’ve used these unique items almost daily in the first 6 months my baby’s life!
I suffer from ongoing neck pain. My favorite ‘adjustment’ at the chiropractor’s office (up til now) has been what I refer to as ‘the neck crack’ or ‘that one that twists your neck’. Then, I read about the dangers of having a chiropractor crack your neck, so I studied up on it. Here’s what I’ve learned about neck manipulation — both from having it done myself and from talking to my chiropractor and others about it.
Wondering how to clear a clogged ear? Good news… it can be done naturally! I’ve tried these home remedies for clogged ears with great results. Here are 8 natural ways to relieve the pain and unclog ears yourself.
Looking for a DIY baby monitor or cheap iPhone baby monitor that isn’t too complex? Using the Cloud Baby Monitor app and 2 or more Apple devices is the easiest way to make a WiFi baby monitor yourself! See how to get the only baby monitor you’ll need for only $3.99 using Apple devices that you probably already have.
See my list of really cool features that I love about the Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller (with pics & video), plus a few things I don’t love about this Quinny baby stroller. Pros & cons of the Quinny Buzz stroller from a new mom’s perspective.
Got a baby who won’t nap? (Me too!) My baby doesn’t like to nap. He will show signs of tiredness but will fight sleep almost every time I put him down for a nap. Fisher Price baby swing to the rescue! See why I like the Snugabunny Cradle ‘N Swing the best.
TMJ is a very common disorder that is complicated to treat. A dentist explains the best TMJ treatment options that you should try first. The idea is to stick to the most conservative treatments (like night guards, jaw stretches, and physical therapy) because surgery and implants can sometimes make TMJ even worse.
It’s never too early to read to your baby. I started reading everything out loud when I was pregnant. I continued reading to my newborn while I was breastfeeding. By 3 months, my baby was fully engaged whenever I was reading a book to him. Here’s how I built my baby’s reading library
Every mom would benefit from a baby exercise saucer / baby activity center of some kind. There are several to choose from… too many! Lucky for me, my guesswork was done for me when I received the Oball Bounce O Bunch Activity Center as one of my baby shower gifts. This baby exersaucer has become an item we simply wouldn’t want to be without — not to mention an absolute sanity savior! Here’s why…
What do you mean you can drown and not even be in the water? That’s what happens in dry drowning and secondary drowning. Here’s what you need to know about secondary drowning symptoms in babies, toddlers, kids, and adults. Want to know the best defense against dry drowning? Teach your kids how to swim! You can also prevent this dangerous kids swimming scenario by watching for these signs.
Don’t you just love the way your teeth feel after getting them cleaned at the dentist? You can have that polished and clean feeling every day! For the past 4 years, I’ve been following this at home teeth whitening routine for a fresher, healthier smile. I’m going to show you how it only takes a few minutes a day to do teeth whitening at home.
There’s a difference between home mosquito control and insect repellents. See what makes each of these mosquito preventatives unique, how using natural mosquito repellent sprays can help, and why they’re better than other mosquito repellents on the market.
Exploring baby potty training? Have you heard about Elimination Communication? It’s a simpler way to do baby potty training) which focuses on being diaper free at a younger age. We started when our little boy was 13 weeks old. With EC, the diaper is used as a “back-up” instead of a permanent, wearable toilet.