Peanut allergy

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ImageAlmost 3 years ago, my now 6 year old son, was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. It started as something as simple as a swollen eye or two here, a large eczema outbreak there, & then complete out of our control symptoms. We started at his pediatrician, they led us to a dermatologist, and they sent us to an allergist. That is a day stamped out in time, that I will never forget. As we sat in the exam room, my son was very frigidity, he had just after all been exposed to peanuts two days before, and was just about crawling out of his skin. I am not sure how it had taken us so long to realize that he was allergic, but the test surely confirmed it.

The doctor handed me a large file folder full of information about his peanut allergy, and told me to be sure to read it. He wrote a prescription for an epi-pen, benadryl, nasonex (which was for his dust mite allergy), zyrtec, topical cream for his eczema & a bag of sample medication. I felt like I had just been handed over the goods to start my own pharmacy. I walked us out to the car, got in, and hunched over my steering wheel and broke down in tears. We had a good idea that he had peanut allergies, but now that it was confirmed, it seemed like every thing had changed.

Going to the grocery store became much more of a chore, I was reading labels, and it took what felt like forever. I wish that grocery shopping  was the hardest part, but I was terribly wrong. There are so many people out there that are completely misinformed about peanut allergies, and trying to explain everything to them seemed impossible. You know that look people give you when they aren’t really interested in what you say, their eyes glaze over, and you realize that you are never going to get through to them? Well, we had friends that were like that, and luckily are out of my son’s life now. Several times, they brought over items to the house that had peanuts in them, and placed them on our counters, in the fridge and exposed my son to peanuts. Every time this happened, we had to take our son into the pediatrician, he was uncomfortable, and we spent time and money to fix their ignorance of our son being allergic to peanuts.

I am not asking everyone to change the way that they live, I am just asking that they not expose my son to it in his own home. There are circumstances that I know are completely out of my control, and I accept that. I am lucky to have my son in a school that is incredibly helpful when it comes to his allergy. They have set up an environment in the classroom that keeps him safe. He is in a peanut-free classroom, and sits at a peanut-free table at lunch.

We are very fortunate in that we have only had to use the epi-pen on our son once. He ate a milky way bar, that is only processed in a plant that produces peanuts, and he started to go into anaphylactic shock. I had been trained in my previous job, as a bus driver, how to use an epi-pen, and didn’t hesitate. His trip to the ER was a little bit of a whirlwind, but we got through it.

I have heard many many theories as to why children have peanut allergies. One that shocked me was that it was caused by feeding babies formula. I am here to debunk that theory, my son was never fed formula. I nursed him until he was 16 months, & he then transitioned to soy milk. Another one was that the mother ate peanuts while she was pregnant with the baby. I can tell you that if that were the case, all four of my children would have peanut allergies. Especially my first, I couldn’t keep anything down, except for  peanut butter, and he doesn’t have peanut allergies, or any allergies for that matter.

I am not that mother asking you, or even telling you to keep peanut products away from my son. I am the mother that is only asking you to be mindful of what the possibility of exposing my son to it would cause. When it comes to anaphylactic shock, a child typically has less than 10 minutes between exposure and receiving the epi-pen shot before they could die. This is not an allergy that any child would ever ask to have, not that I could really think of one that they would choose for that matter. I want people to be aware, be informed, and be kind. Next time a child, parent, caregiver etc lets you know that a peanut allergy is present, don’t roll your eyes and make assumptions, ask questions and be helpful. Don’t assume that your child, or even you have more of a right to life than they do. A child or adult with a peanut allergy could die from exposure, and is nothing to take lightly, or yourself get upset about.

My son is very cautious when it comes to being out and about in public. We don’t create a sterile zone for him to live in, he doesn’t live in a bubble, and I don’t ask favors because of his allergy. I only ask friends not to bring it into our home, and do their best to avoid exposing him to peanuts. So far so good. If you have a child who doesn’t have an allergy, appreciate it. If you do have a child with an allergy, give them a hug from me, and pat yourself on the back, I know where you have been and the stress you feel, much love.

Let me know in the comments how peanut allergies have effected your life.

I like to run a kumbaya like blog, so please keep comments kind and helpful.

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MAKE YOUR OWN LAUNDRY SOAP

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Make your own laundry soap and save money

 I brought this over from my other blog that I keep HERE. I am a really big pusher of doing whatever you can to save money. I have found that this saves my family of 6 over $500 a year. Go ahead and make your own and see what I am talking about. I like to stick the money that I would have spent on traditional laundry soap in a jar. I have been making laundry soap for 2 years, so I have over $1,000 saved for a rainy day.
Save you and your family a lot of money by making your own laundry soap. It is much better on not only your pocket book, but on the environment as well. I decided to try using Oxi Clean this time around, and I think that I like it. It doesn’t take much, and it has made a huge difference on the cleanliness of my families clothing.
Items that you will need for this project.

Step one: Select a pan large enough to hold 4 cups
of water and a bar of Fels-naptha bar soap

The pan that I use is one that I always use to make my laundry soap, and don’t use it for anything else. I don’t prefer using pans with Teflon or any non stick material. They are porous and I would be afraid couldn’t be used for anything else. 

Step two: Pour 4 cups of hot tap water into the pan

Step three: Grate the whole bar of Fels-Naptha into
the pan (this is incredibly tedious and if
you have another idea that would have
the same results, I would love to hear it.

Step four: Heat up the water and bar of Fels-Naptha
until it is completely melted. Be sure to stir.

Step five: While you are melting the Fels-Naptha, fill
the 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap
water.

Step six: Measure out 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and add it to the water in the 5 gallon bucket

Step seven: Measure out 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax and add it to the water in the 5 gallon bucket.

Step eight: After adding the Super Washing Sodaand the Borax, stir them in the bucket. *

Step nine: By now the Fels-Naptha should be   melted. Pour it into the 5 gallon bucket and stir.

Step ten: Add hot tap water to the 5 gallon bucket, filling it to the top. (Leave room for moving it so it
doesn’t spill)

Step eleven: After stirring the mixture, put a lid on the bucket, and let it stand over night to thicken.

Step twelve: Once you have waited for the mixture to thicken over night, and it has thickened, stir it up again to loosen it up. Now you can enjoy using it!

To use: Be sure to dilute half (1 part) soap & half (1 part) water. I use an old fabric softener bottle and dilute it.

*You can add the Oxi Clean to your mixture. To do so, you would add a 1/2 cup when you add the Super Washing Soda and the Borax.

For my family of 6, this 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap (which turns out to 10 gallons once you have diluted it) lasts us 8 months. I do at least 22 loads of laundry a week, so this is astounding!

This will make 10 gallons of laundry soap. Each time you fill your bottle, you will dilute it again equal parts laundry soap to equal parts water!
For top loading machines use -5/8 cup per load (180 loads)
For front loading machines use -1/4 cup per load (640 loads)

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Why I will not shop in stores on Black Friday

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Why I will not shop in stores on Black Friday

I am incredibly conflicted by this. It took me a really long time going back and forth as to whether or not I would brave the crowds yet again. I decided, about 4 years ago to be exact, that I would no longer shop in stores on Black Friday.

You may be asking yourself, why wouldn’t you want to get in on those huge discounts, or are you crazy lady? This is how I see it, I may be wrong for viewing it this way, but I don’t think that it is fair. There, I said it!

The reasons that I believe that in store Black Friday shopping is not fair, is for a multitude of reasons. For me though, the decision not to, ultimately came down to one particular day after Thanksgiving shopping spree I had with my mom. We piled into a very cold car around 1:50am. I was clad with my stocking cap, ear muffs, three pairs of gloves, two pair of wool socks, thermal undergarments, & a thermos full of coffee and another full of hot chocolate. I had my backpack slung on my back, and I was equipped with my debit card, ready to go! My mom and I drove up to the local Kohl’s, got into the line around 2 am, and waited. We waited for about 2 and a half hours, 4:30 am rolls along, and a handful of people pile into a line going in the other direction! My mom and I started chatting about the new line that had just suddenly formed. Other enthusiastic people around us started chatting about it as well. We all got to thinking, “do you think that they will open the doors and let those people in first? After all, they just got here at 4:30 am and after, we have been in the bitter cold since 2 am!”

Then, just as quickly as we could think it, the Kohl’s employees opened the doors and let the “new” line in first! I was absolutely outraged! I had just given up on several hours of sleep to stand in a line and freeze my tush off, just to have people who hadn’t waited as long or tried as hard to go in first? As soon as our line was allowed to go in, I ran as fast as my little legs could carry me. I jumped over the ropes that they had positioned around the store, yelled for my mom to get in line, and within 20 seconds I had all my items that I went for in hand, and was ready to check out. I ran to the front of the store, hopped in line with my mom, only to have the lady behind me want to pick a fight with me about cutting. I did my best to keep it together, I really really did, but she really just hit a nerve with me. I recognized her as someone who had been in the “new” line, and began to let her know just what I thought about that. Just as quickly as I started to let her know what I thought about it, I stopped, and that is when I told her “Black Friday shopping isn’t meant to be fair, get over it!” I checked out all of my items, and strode out to our car. I hopped in, told my mom “lets go have breakfast, and never ever do this Black Friday shopping ever again!”

So with that, I don’t do Black Friday in store shopping. I plan my shopping throughout the year, I no longer wait until the holiday shopping guides hit our mailboxes, and I spend so much less this way. My children get just what it is that they have been wishing for, and I am a little bit more sane for it. So thank you to those people that went into the store first that freezing Michigan morning after Thanksgiving, without your dishonesty, I would still be losing sleep after filling my belly with turkey.

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Dasani Drops Review

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My Dasani Drops VoxBox showed up in the mail today! Woot, couldn’t be happier. I have recently, within the last 6 months, gotten back into running. I have found that I have been sleeping better, and I just all around feel better. So when I was offered the opportunity to try out the new Dasani Drops, I couldn’t say no!

I have been drinking half of my weight in ounces every day, which equals out to 65 ounces of water every single day! Are you calculating my weight now? It is ok, I would too.

I have found that drinking that much water gets really boring. I have joined in with a fellow blogger to give up soda for the summer, and trust me, it is harder than it sounds. So the Dasani Drops are a great way to spice up my post run water. I plan to use it as a reward for running, that way I have something to look forward to afterwards.

I have to tell you, that since I have been drinking so much water and cut out soda all together, my skin looks so much better. If you would like to learn more about Dasani Drops, head on over HERE to their facebook page. If you would like to learn more about Influenster, send me an email at honestlyfrazzledmomreviews@yahoo.com and I will be sure to send you an invitation.

 

Pros:

  • Comes in an easy to pack small container
  • You get to personalize how much flavor you use
  • Tastes wonderful & doesn’t have a big aftertaste

Cons:

  • Has artificial colors
  • Stains clothing, teeth and bottle/cup

Bottom line, I would recommend this to someone who is trying to get a little flavor in their water. I would not recommend this for children, especially if you are trying to avoid artificial flavors, colors, and sugars.

Keep watching for more updates about Dasani Drops and Influenster

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

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New POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Review

 

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I was lucky enough to be chosen by Influenster to receive a FREE full size New POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream & review it for my readers! 

 

 

 

 

First of all, let me just say WOW! I not only received a tube for myself, but five extra to hand out to my friends! The two shades that it comes in is medium and light.

My immediate impression was how light and creamy the BB cream is. I tested both of the colors, and I found that the medium worked best for my skin.

 

The main benefits of the Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ is that it has 15 SPF, which is great for protecting my skin from the harsh Florida sun. It creates a flawless coverage in just seconds, and even better, it creates a more even skin tone in just two weeks! I wish that I had taken before I started using this BB cream photos, you would see how it has improved my skin tone without wearing makeup. I workout at least 6 times per week, and do a lot of sweating. My pores get clogged easily and I end up getting zits. Those zits result in acne scars, and this BB cream has made them almost invisible by fading dark spots.

Let me prepare you for my photos, I will tell you that I am HORRIBLE at taking selfies.
  

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
This is my before any product was put on
This was after I put the Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ on

 

In the after photo, my skin looks more even and much softer. 

 

My findings with this BB cream is that it certainly makes my skin look great with it on, and my skin looks better than it did before I started using it. The New POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ cream has replaced my other BB cream & foundation. I just eliminated a product from my getting ready routine! This momma of four children can get ready to go out the door with the same amount of effort as putting on my face lotion! Easy peasy. The New POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ cream even looks great on my vanity. It is my must have beauty item, it will definitely be in my bag when I head down to the Keys :)
 
The New POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ cream has just been released into drug stores mid-July. It retails for about $9.99! Try it out for yourself and come back and let me know what you think about it!
 

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Introduction

Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am a stay-at-home mom of four children, and married to my high school sweetheart. We live in South East Florida, and are always on the lookout for new products to try, and new adventures to get ourselves into.

I am an avid runner, a doer of yoga, and a muscle toner with Pilates.  I spend my days researching new products and places, not only for my family, but for my readers as well. We are always on an adventure, or on our way to a new one. I love to try new things all the time, and are happy just doing things together.

We spend our free time at the beach. We love to snorkel, and explore the amazing ocean life.

Join with us as I share our world with you, review products and places.

If you have a product or place that you would like me and/or my family to review, please send me an email to honestlyfrazzledmomreviews@yahoo.com