Thursday, May 29, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #20

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


Take a look at us trending last week...We couldn't do it without YOU

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.








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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Unofficially Summer

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is over and done with, it's unofficially summer! Time for a summer-y Words for my Wednesday.




Do you have any summer time quotes to share? Please do with a comment. I'd love to feature some of your favorites. =0)

Happy Wednesday, everyone.



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day at the County Fair

The County Fair is always here over the Memorial Day Weekend. We hadn't been there in a few years, so this year, we spontaneously decided to go on Sunday. But we had to go early, right when they open the gates, because I knew the heat and sunny day would be aggravating the eczema. 

A really fun exhibit of Vintage America, with the RV-ing theme.

We arrived when a line of cars was just starting to form for the parking lot. Parking was super easy to find, and we even got next to a shade tree! It was just a short walk to the entrance gate, and we only had to wait in line to purchase tickets for less than two minutes. Kids get in free, so we only had to pay for adults (admission was $5).




Once inside, it was super quiet! It was almost like we were the only people there. All the Midway employees were still getting rides set up (I think the carnivals rides open an hour or two later), the food vendors were just starting to prepare (you could smell the BBQs getting fired up), and you could walk without bumping into anyone. It was really pretty nice!

We didn't go for the carnival rides, as much as the kiddos like them. We went for something fun and different to do over the holiday weekend. I didn't want to spend too much money, so we went for all the free fun at the fair - the exhibits, the animals, the shows, and whatever else we could fit in before the heat came.

Gardening and planting seeds was the theme of this exhibit. All of these decorated wheel barrows were made (and plants grown) by local elementary students.

A giant chess board! There was a couple playing the game.

Baby Girl had fun with the Giant Connect Four game for a little bit.

And then the real fun came with the giant bubbles.


In hindsight, we really should have left the indoor exhibits and fun for later in the day when it was hotter outside (I'll have to remember that for next time). But after the fun stuff indoors, we headed outside. By this time, there were more people roaming around too.

Baby Girl got a chance to visit the Petting Zoo!

These baby goats were adorable!

We called this one Bambi.

It was a pretty fun day. We lasted until just after lunch. I had packed us sandwiches with waters and gatorade. After our picnic, we watched a couple of shows (a circus show and a cultural dance show) and then headed home.

What did you do over the holiday weekend?




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Monday, May 26, 2014

Remembering Those Who Served Us

Here in the United States, today is Memorial Day. It's a day to remember those who served our country and died while doing so. It is a federal holiday going back to the days after the Civil War but has extended to commemorate all Americans who gave their lives in military service. Remembering those who served our country, we raise our flags, paying tribute and thanking them. 




I have some great Pinterest finds to share with you for this day. Patriotic Memorial Day finds always get me geared up for the Fourth of July too. What about you? Memorial Day is, after all, an unofficial start of the summer season as well. Take a look. Repin by clicking on the images.


Get the printables HERE, from How to Nest for Less.





So...Who's having a BBQ today?





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Friday, May 23, 2014

Joie Joelle Giveaway WINNER

We have another lucky winner here at 2justByou Blog! The Joie Joelle Giveaway winner will be receiving an awesome sampler set of aromatherapy products. 





Big congrats, Lulu! 

Much thanks goes out to all the entrants, and to our lovely sponsor Joie Joelle Creations

And if you didn't win, there are some pretty awesome products as prizes in the current giveaways we have going on right now.  

Skin Care products from Cheryl Lee MD ($100 ARV)
Organic & toxic-free shampoo, lotion & sanitizer ($43 ARV)

You can also find more great giveaways to enter at my giveaway linky HERE!




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Thursday, May 22, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #19

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.










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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mommy's Club Name Change {& a Giveaway to Celebrate}

You may remember my Buy & Try Product Review of a new company and its products: Mommy's Club. I also have another review coming soon on their household cleaning products (which are fabulous, by the way). 

Less than six months old, this company has grown and evolved into so much more than the the original target market of moms and babies. It is becoming a full circle resource for moms, babies, children, home, women, men, health...If you want organic, natural, toxic-free products, it's got what you need (or will have it in the near future). 




The name Mommy's Club just wasn't fitting the description of all that the company has to offer anymore. In March, the household cleaners were introduced. In April, a collaboration with Living Nature cosmetics was launched. Here in May... Introducing...Healthy Home Company. 




New look, new logo, new name - same great natural, organic & toxic-free products for your family and your home.

All social media platforms are slowly switching over. You can search for Healthy Home Company or Healthy Home Co, and you should find them.

Learn more about Health Home Co. Click HERE.

To celebrate the name change, I'm giving away some of the awesome products with the old logo to make way for the new. Here's your chance to try out some of the Mommy's Club goodness ($43 retail value)



Here's what you can win (shown with new packaging above):
* Lavender Shampoo
* Lavender Lotion
* Sanitizer
Even though these say "Baby," they can be used by anyone.

Giveaway is open to US residents, and ends 6/6/14 at 11:59 pm, EST. Enter with the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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Good luck to you all!

Disclosure: THIS IS A NON-SPONSORED POST. We were not compensated by any means. All opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links may be included in this post. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 10 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.




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Monday, May 19, 2014

A Painted Weekend

We had been wanting to paint the inside of our house for awhile now, and this weekend, it was just time to do it. My oldest son's birthday was over the weekend too, but we spent it doing prep work for the painting (although, we did have pizza!).


Priming the Walls


Taping Edges


More Paint Primer


We're still not completely finished. We did prep work (priming, taping, removing outlet covers) on Saturday and started the painting on Sunday. One thing I don't like about high ceilings - it makes it really hard to paint! We started with just doing the lower walls (stuff we could reach, being the shorties that we are). 

I picked a light gray with blu-ish tint. It's called Twilight Gray. The picture really doesn't do it justice, but it was the best I could do at the time. 




Today we'll be finishing up all of the walls (hopefully) and hanging new window coverings. We'll be saying goodbye to our big white wooden blinds and saying hello to pretty blue curtains with new decorative rods!

Needless to say, it was a busy weekend full of prep work and paint. I can't wait to have it all finished and sit in the living room to just look at it. =0) Our whole house has been plain white for the longest time. We just needed something new.

What color is your living room?




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Thursday, May 15, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #18

Are you ready to party? Let's get started...

Welcome to the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, where we network and share content all day long every Thursday.

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.










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The Heat is On {Cheryl Lee, MD Product Review & GIVEAWAY}

We had a mini heat wave a couple of weeks ago, with some temperatures in the upper 80s. Then we had some rain, some wind, and some clouds. This week, the heat is on! We're expecting some triple digits in California. Oh summer...You're gonna be a hot one! I know I'll have to turn the air conditioner on for this week (and I'm already not looking forward to that utility bill!). Take a look at our forecast:



In winter we battle dry skin, itchiness, and eczema flare ups. With the heat comes sweat, uncomfortable rashes, more itchiness, and - you probably guessed it - eczema flare ups. My youngest son, Baby Girl and I were already feeling it during that one week when we were feeling the upper 80 temperatures. Baby Girl has noticeable rashes on her inner elbows, behind her knees, and on her face and neck. My eczema has been fairly under control, for the most part, for a couple of months now. But the eczema on my hands have been a problem area, never really clearing up at all. 

Being that it had been about three months since we last switched skin care products, I knew it was time to change it up again. If we use the same skin care routine for too long, it becomes ineffective. Rotating what we use has been helping to keep my son's skin from having any infections. He's gone one entire year with no infection. This is a record, my friends. 



With that said, an opportunity came knocking. Cheryl Lee MD, Sensitive Skin Care offered a chance for us to try their products. I jumped at the chance, because I recognized their TrueLipids® Relieve & Protect Ointment from the National Eczema Association (it has been awarded the highly prestigious Seal of Approval). 

I was sent two products to try out and review: TrueLipids® Anti-Itch Barrier Cream and the Relieve & Protect Ointment.



At first, I was hesitant about the Anti-Itch Barrier Cream, because it contains hydrocortisone. I'm not too fond of using steroids. We used them on my son for years. Years. We used the steroids (both very high dose topical and oral steroids and in lower concentration doses as well) so much that I'm almost certain the usage was partly to blame for him having so many infections. I emailed my concerns to my contact at Cheryl Lee MD, and they quickly replied in a timely manner and the doctor's expertise:

The concentration of hydrocortisone in our TrueLipids Eczema Experts 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream is extremely low and safe.  It does not cause disruption of the HPA axis.  The HPA axis is the hypothalamo-pituitary axis---the system in your body that tells your body when to and when not to make its own cortisol (very similar in structure to hydrocortisone in our products).  When high doses of topical glucocorticoids are used on the skin for long periods of time, they can actually interfere with the communication in the HPA axis and tell your body to stop making its own cortisol.  This does not happen with the very low, safe doses of hydrocortisone found in our hydrocortisone product.  Our TrueLipids 1% hydrocortisone is the only hydrocortisone cream in the world with a skin lipid barrier repair system that provides essential, deficient skin lipids, modulates the pH of the skin to put it back in the range where it is supposed to be, niacinamide, and an added anti-inflammatory agent, 18-B glycyrrhetinic acid (from licorice root).  The 18-B glycyrrhetinic acid is included, because is actually makes your own cortisol and any topical steroid with which it is combined to last longer and to be more effective…a novel way to possibly use less steroids and less-potent steroids when your skin is really in trouble.  If you or someone you love have ever been covered in oozing, scabs from eczema, then you understand that sometimes a little whiff of a steroid like this can help bring you around the bend towards healed skin-----thus allowing you to get off of stronger steroids.  So, this is the scientific basis of the hydrocortisone in our products."

I was in no way expecting such a detailed reply, but I was certainly thankful for it, because it proved to me that this company wants to ease consumer concerns. 

I'm going to show you a "before" photo collage, and please don't be grossed out. My hands and fingers have been a big problem area, never fully clearing up at all. Since July, guys. Yeah, not fun at all. Imagine that all over my face and neck too...Nope, I don't do selfies.



Hydrocortisone creams at the 1% concentration level are safe enough for over-the-counter (OTC) products, and we've used some of the OTC varieties for mosquito bites and other bug bites, but they never seemed especially helpful for the eczema. If they did help, it wasn't long-lasting in the slightest. 



However, TrueLipids® Anti-Itch Barrier Cream is definitely different. The anti-inflammatory agent that the doctor speaks of (up in that paragraph up there) is really evident! I noticed this with just the first application of the cream. Take a look at my "after" photos. Even on Day 1, the swelling had gone down considerably. I'm not sure it's noticeable in the photos, but it was noticeable to me in the form of RELIEF.

My daughter is the one who had a flare up with our first taste of warmer weather, so I wanted to try these products on her arms. I won't go into too much written detail. I want you to see the results here. Check this out.



Now with hundred degree weather upon us this week, we're really doing our best to stay indoors during the heat. The oozing sores and dealing with scabs is not so much fun. But the itchiness...It's really difficult for small kids to control scratching. It's hard for ME as an adult to control it. 



The combination of these two TrueLipids® products is pretty awesome. I know I've said it many times, but we're big fans of Aquaphor ointment. One great thing about TrueLipids® ointment is the natural, anti-inflammatory agent. It makes it different. And it's worth it. The products are also fragrance, paraben, PEG & formaldehyde free. They're hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Both products I was given offer itch relief. And it's longer lasting than a lot of other products we've tried.

In conclusion, I am loving these products. If I had a suggestion, it would be to offer the ointment in a tub-type container, or some other sort of packaging, so that it's easier to apply. It was a little bit hard to squeeze out of its tube. The lids on both products also have to be screwed off, and a flip-top lid would be easier to open. But overall, I'm really happy with both items. I'd love to try the TrueLipids® Hydrate, Correct & Perfect Lotion next, because a really good (& light) lotion is really hard to find. 

That's not all! Cheryl Lee MD, Sensitive Skin Care is offering readers a 10% discount on all orders placed. 
And something you should also know, these products are unlike any over-the-counter products used for eczema. They provide a patent-pending blend of essential skin lipids, which makes them different than all the rest and highly effective. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee! There's absolutely no risk in giving it a try. Order HERE.





Find them online:


If you have a question about these products, please ask in a comment. Cheryl Lee MD is more than happy to answer them. 

OH WAIT...There's a GIVEAWAY too! (Did you think I forgot that part?) 
You can win two products of your choice (up to $100 value). 
Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents and ends 11:59 PM, EST on May 31st, 2014. 
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Good luck!!!




Disclosure: We were given complimentary product(s) for the purposes of conducting an honest review. We were not compensated by monetary means. All opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links may be included in this post. I was also advised by my daughter's pediatrician and my son's dermatologist that these products were safe to use. I am not a medical expert, and I am only sharing our positive experience with these products tested as a testimonial. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 10 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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