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Have you ever heard of the term “house proud?” According to Merriam-Webster it’s being “proud of your house because you spend time and effort cleaning or improving it.” This. Is. Not. Me.

Is my house clean? Yes, it’s pretty clean. I swept and washed all of the hardwood floors today, I vacuumed most of the rugs, I even wiped down some baseboards and gave the dining room table a good scrub. I wiped crumbs off the counter, I emptied the trash and took out some recycles. But I didn’t get around to folding the three loads of laundry that are still sitting on the couch, there are dishes in the sink because the dishwasher is full and running.  I refuse to wash dishes by hand just to keep the sink empty, I mean, I’ve got to draw the line somewhere right so that I can actually spend a little time … Read More


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My five year old daughter Kate has eczema, and when it’s flaring up, it’s pretty severe. It covers her back, stomach and shoulders and hides behind her knees and under her arm pits. We’ve tried everything to get rid of it, including elimination diets and allergy testing. We’ve followed her pediatrician’s suggestions of short baths, using very little soap and covering her in petroleum jelly afterwards. We’ve used prescription steroidal creams and ointments, and in fact, when the eczema flares up, we can’t use any type of cream on her at all–it stings and she screams in pain. She seems to tolerate ointments much better. At first I balked at the idea of putting petroleum jelly on her skin but unlike the most natural, even organic, eczema creams I’ve bought OTC, it doesn’t sting when we put it on.

Treating the eczema wasn’t ideal. I wanted to prevent it from … Read More


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