Wintertime Dry Skin

It’s not much more than a skiff, but it’s here! Snow!


What’s also here is dry skin! Sheesh! With the fire almost constantly going at our house the air is dry and so is everything else.

Travis and I have been using Aveeno, which works good, although I really want to get into making my own lotion. The start up costs to purchase everything are what’s stopping me right now. Once you have all the ingredients it’s relatively inexpensive to continue making. Or so my friends who make their own say. Winking smile I’ll let you know how it goes when I finally get around to trying it!


Burt’s Bees lip balm has been a life saver as well. All the other balms I’ve tried, the minute I would forget to apply it my lips would rebel and chap and crack like crazy. Almost like they became addicted to the balm. It was gross and the total opposite from what I was trying to accomplish! Burt’s is the one brand that hasn’t happened with. I also purchase their tinted balms from the Nutrition section at Fred Meyer and use those as well. I think the regular balms are around $4 and the tinted are around $8. Great stocking stuffers!

As far as Tyrion goes, he has been dealing with a bit of cradle cap, which the dry air has not helped with. I didn’t know that it could be a problem for those over 12 months, but apparently it’s not uncommon. After doing a bit of research I sat him down with a bowl of coconut oil and gently massaged it into his scalp. He loved it, which makes me think that maybe it was a bit itchy? After about 10 minutes of rubbing it in and loosening the dry skin, I took a small tooth comb and carefully worked it over his scalp, picking out as much of the dry skin as I could. It worked great and I let him run around the rest of the day with a grease bomb for a head, figuring it couldn’t hurt to let it really saturate his dry skin. He kept bringing me the comb throughout the day to do it again. Such a little goose.

Even with using Burt’s Bees baby lotion on Tyrion, he still has been struggling with a few dry patches of skin. So, that same evening I filled the bathtub with a little oatmeal bath I concocted for him.

It had –

  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup lavender buds (those were from my garden but you could also use lavender essential oil, only a couple drops.)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • small handful Epson salts

I turned the water on as hot as possible and swirled all the ingredients together in the bath for about 15 minutes until it cooled enough to put Tyrion in. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the floaters in his bath, but he got over it after a minute.


It smelled so good and he slept great that night, which I’m sure had something to do with the lavender and Epson salts.


I washed his hair really good using fresh water from the tap to rinse it off. His hair is so soft now! I might need to try a coconut mask on my head!

He came out of the bath like a little grease slick, which I was happy with. I didn’t apply lotion, there didn’t seems to be a need to.

I have noticed a couple days later that he still has some dry skin on his head, but not near as much as before. I’m thinking of doing the oatmeal bath and coconut oil on his head once a week until his issues are gone. With the skin though I’m sure I’ll be doing these baths all throughout the winter months.

Just thought I would pop in and share with you all, in case you were dealing with the same issues!

What are your favorite wintertime products for staying moisturized?

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Weekend and Monday Recap 11/18/14

Well hello there! Yesterday came and went in a blink and I just didn’t make it over to do a post. Honestly you didn’t miss much, it was a pretty low key day at home. It is still soooooo cold over here! I mean, if it’s going to be freezing out the least it could do is snow right? Give me something pretty to stare at from my living room window.

Holiday Weekend recap

Anyhow lets discuss the weekend!

Saturday was spent at home for the majority of the day. Our friends were having a “reveal” party for their baby’s gender in the afternoon, but since Travis was working Tyrion and I ventured out solo. Except it didn’t go as planned.

The pizza place they hosted the part at is sandwiched between two busy roads. The pizza place is also hopping at Saturday at 3pm when it’s cold out and the kids want pizza and arcade games, and the parents want them out of the house for a bit. So, it was packed. Long story short: there was limited parking, and I couldn’t find any.

After cruising the parking lot three times, and then trying to park in the neighboring restaurants lot, only to get yelled at, I gave up. I texted we weren’t going to make it, grabbed a Starbucks coffee for my effort, and took Tyrion home.

Yes, I could have parked across the street at the supermarket, but the first four parking lanes were also packed, and it really didn’t interest me to walk a quarter mile with Tyrion in my arms to the party. Neither of us had our “trek in the freezing cold” apparel on.

Once back at home I cleaned like a crazy person and got dinner ready for Travis. We snuggled in on the couch for the evening and did as little as possible.

Sunday Travis worked and Tyrion and I headed off to church. After which I came home, put Tyrion down for a nap, and promptly took one myself. As documented on my instagram account titled, “Some days, all I want to do is sleep.”


But then after Tyrion woke up I decided it best if I wasn’t a bump on the log the entire day, so I bundled little man up and we went for a 3 mile run.


I knew it was cold out, but gosh there was a chill in the air! Good thing Tyrion was as snug as a bug in a rug. That was my first run in 6 days! I would love to get some temps in the high 30’s again. Please?

Like I said, not much going on the past few days. This weekend however starts our Christmas Garage Sale and we are excited!



Seriously there is so many boxes that we haven’t even had a chance to go through them all. So. Much. Stuff! It should be fun and I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up adding to my Christmas décor stash as well.

And that’s it folks! I’m off to get dinner ready and bathe my little munchkin. Happy Tuesday!

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Stinking Cold

Burrrrrr! It’s been so cold out these past couple days. No running for this girl, pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to breath. I don’t think it would be too bad, but the wind is killer. Indoor PiYo it has been!


Hoping the wind dies down soon. It send chills through my bones every time I open the door to reach for more firewood.

sunny cold

We have pretty much been in hibernation mode with this sudden cold. The cats however, have been driving me nuts. This summer was the first time ever that we started letting them outside, so they have never had a winter of going in and out. The sun has been shining and it looks glorious out, so all three of them stand at the door and beg to be let out. I try and warn them, but they dart out the minute the door opens. Sadly, they get about three feet before realizing how cold it is, and immediately demand back in. Apparently memory is not a strong point for cats, because five minutes later they want out again. Sigh.

With being mostly indoors these past couple days I’ve found myself on Pinterest checking out Christmas décor a lot. I really want to make a tree skirt this year. I’ve been wanting to DIY one for a couple years now and just never got to it. I’ve found several that I really like and am determined to finally get to it this year!

tree skirt Pinterest

The ones they sell at most stores are just not big enough. I want to still see the skirt, even with present on top of it.

I also like the plaid incorporated into this one.

plaid tree skirt

While I was perusing tree skirts I also found some cute DIY ornaments and would love to get some of these up on our three this year too!

tree diy Looks easy enough.

star diy

Simple and classic ideas.

wood diy

I love the stamp on the wood since most I found were done with a wood burning tool, which I don’t have.

Anyhow just happily dreaming of Christmas décor while I’m snuggled inside staying warm.

Hope you all are enjoying this happy Wednesday. I’m off to put more wood on the fire!

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Weekend Recap 11/10/14

Today started out with a nice 4 mile run. It was beautiful! A bit cold, high 30’s, but once I got about a half mile in I started warming up. It was definitely glove and head band weather though.


Lots of nice people out on the trail today. Well really, there always are. A couple days ago when I ran with Tyrion in the stroller a man jogged past and yelled, “You get it girl!” Can I say again how much I love the comradery runners have! It always puts an extra bounce in my step! We all know how hard it is to get up, dressed, and out the door when it’s freezing out and we would rather stay snuggled in bed. A for effort to all those I ran past today! ( Or I should say ran past me!)

As far as running goes, like I mentioned previously, I’m not able to get out there as much as I would like. But, I’m finding that when I do get out there I’m not going for time or super long runs. I’m doing it for the pure joy I get from sweating it out in the great outdoors. It’s kind of nice not to have any pressure from an upcoming run. Don’t get me wrong, I love prepping for a race, but it’s also nice to relax a bit and take it slow and steady. I will definitely be signing up for more races next year. Until then though, I’m just enjoying doing my own thing.

Let’s back up a bit to last Saturday.


Travis’s parents ended up offering to take us out to dinner instead of coming over for dinner at our place. It was a nice surprise! While I don’t mind cooking for guests, it was a treat not to have to worry about it and just go out!

We had dinner downtown at Rocky Rococo’s, which is a local pizza place. Very kid friendly, and very yummy! I got the unlimited salad bar and had two of those, along with breadstick and two pieces of pizza. I left stuffed and very content. Tyrion was in heaven eating breadsticks and watching all the other children running around the place. We came back to our house afterwards and he spent a couple hours trying to impress grandma and grandpa before heading off to bed exhausted.

Sunday we were bad and skipped church. Travis worked late so we hung out in the morning being lazy. I made a batch of pumpkin spice cupcakes for my nephew Eli’s party that evening, and after Travis left for work I finished frosting them and started getting ready to go. I put Tryion down for his second nap while I was getting ready, and he just wasn’t having any of it. He sat in there for 45 minutes singing to himself, having conversations about who knows what, and then I caught him chewing on his crib! Little stinker. The front bar has a plastic cover over it, so he went for the sides.


Gosh dang him. That crib was in pristine condition. The key word here is Was.


After a bit more prep we were off to do a bit of shopping before heading to my sister and brother-in-laws.

Party Time! Happy 1st birthday Eli, with many more to come!


Sweet little guy! My boy however took forever to warm up to everyone. Especially since he was extra tired.

There was a lot of his happening.


That’s his, “Pick me up now!” face.

When Eli started unwrapping gifts though he decided it was time to investigate.


What a little helper.


Tyrion picked out the little flashlight for Eli but really wanted to keep it for himself.

Crappy part of the night – after looking through all the photos taken over the evening there wasn’t one of me in them at all! I mean, I’m not trying to be vain or anything, but I really want to be documented at our family gatherings along with everyone else. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I’ve missed out in being in so many event photos. My girlfriends bachelorette part which I helped host, and not one picture of me there. The same friends baby shower, which I hosted at my home, and nope, not one photo of me with the mom-to-be. I mean seriously? I am going to have to work harder at making sure I get some in front of the camera time too.

Oh wait, here is one photo . . .


Of my leg . . .

Anyhow. Tyrion ended up loosening up and even drank milk with grandpa while getting tickled.


Once 7pm rolled around the child had about had it. I changed him into pj’s and he fell asleep watching Dragon Tails on the way home. Love that movie!

And here we are. All caught up!

Hope you had a great weekend. Can you believe we only have two more weekends until Thanksgiving?! So excited for turkey day!

Have a great Monday!

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What Happened This Week

Was it really Monday when I last posted!? Gosh I’m sorry! Each day has been super crazy and went by like a flash. I’ll recap quickly –

Monday – My good friend Hannah came over and hung out all day. I crocheted while she sewed diaper wipes. Yep, she is also doing cloth diapers for her little munchkin coming in December!

Tuesday – Ran tons of errands all over town and also went out to my moms to drop off grain for my horse.

Wednesday – Went to a sweet friends house to help her with her first attempt at water bath canning. The girl caught on quickly and before I knew it she had learned all I could teach her and I was headed home to hang out with Travis who had the day off. Except he really didn’t because he spent from dawn to dusk doing this –


But it was so worth it because now we have this!


I think that’s enough wood to last us all winter. Ya! I was able to help Travis a little, but overall he accomplished this all by himself. Gosh my husband is awesome!

I did a quick 3 mile run on Wednesday while Travis chopped wood and Tyrion napped, and it was gloriously beautiful.


Thursday – Travis also had Thursday off so after he cleaned up the mess outside and worked in the garage a bit he came in and we hung out and honestly did a lot of nothing. Since he worked his butt off the day before it was totally earned! We watched Maleficent and the new Hercules with Dwayne Johnson. I really liked both!

I had dinner plans with a friend that evening so I left my men at home for a couple hours while I went and caught up with her. We ate at the HuHot in the valley. So, so good.

Friday – Today I can officially say is the last day of canning apples!


I have given anyone and everyone who has stopped by my house bags of apples, and finally only had a few left so I decided to bite the bullet and finish them off. The dehydrator is full and I have the last batch of apples on the stove. Not sure yet if I’ll do applesauce again or maybe try apple butter just for fun.

This weekend is also going to be crazy. Tomorrow I’ll be baking cupcakes for my little Nephews 1st birthday on Sunday! Plus, Travis’s parents are making an appearance tomorrow evening for dinner.

Gosh, do things ever slower down? Sheesh!

Also on the agenda that I really want done in the next few days? Finishing a table runner I started two years ago.


My mom, sister, and I each made one over two years ago and I never finished mine. All it needs is the binding on the sides and it’s complete. Hoping to get it done soon so I actually have time to enjoy it this year.


Random fact to end this post: I love fire burning season. Mostly so I can throw all my paper products in the fireplace.


I try and recycle as much as I can all year long, but there is just something about putting it in the fire and watching it burn.

And that’s it for me! I’m off to finish up those apples and when Tyrion wakes from his nap, bundle him up and take him on a little run!

Have a happy Friday and enjoy the glorious fall weekend!

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