Monday, November 11, 2013


Our son, Jonathan, just turned ONE this past week. It has been such a pleasure watching him grow and we look forward to many years to come. For Jonathan's birthday party, my husband and I decided to give it a Dr. Seuss theme. 

The decor:
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Welcome wreath
This wreath is very easy to make. You will need a styrofoam circle, yarn, a wooden letter, and some ribbon. Simply wrap the styrofoam circle with yarn neatly and embellish with the wooden letter and ribbon. 


The Lorax pumpkin

 The menu:

 To go along with the theme, we served Who-Food. 

Lorax Punch - Orange Punch
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Goldfish crackers
Green Eggs & Ham - Deviled eggs and ham
Poodles with Noodles - Pasta Salad
Cat in the Hats - Strawberry & Banana skewers
Three Cheese Trees - Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Swiss Cheese
Quilligan Quail - BBQ and Buffalo wings
Biggle Balls - Swedish meatballs
Schlotts Knots - Rolls

The food:

Green Eggs & Ham

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Lorax Punch

Three Cheese Trees

Cat in the Hat Skewers

Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes and Smash Cake

I made all the cupcakes and the smash cake with Funfetti cake mix. We added food coloring the the icing to get the perfect colors for Thing 1 and Thing 2 hair.  The cupcake display is made up of 3 boxes we had around the house just wrapped in wrapping paper and stacked. The other cupcakes with Dr. Seuss pictures were also made by us. To make the cupcake toppers you will need construction paper, Dr. Seuss character printouts, cake pop sticks, a glue stick, and a 1 inch circle paper punch. 

Cake pops

Here is Jonathan exploring his smash cake. He hates getting dirty LOL!

After the cake and opening his gifts, we had some activities.

The photo booth: 

What's in the Cat's Hat and Play Dough competition:

By the end of it all, the little boy was worn out. I hope he had a Happy Birthday! We love you Jonathan!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cradle Cap

Hello Everyone,
Yes, I am back!! My little booger bear, Jonathan, has been keeping me very busy. I am finally getting back in to the swing of things. Back to work, gym, volunteering, social outings, and last but not least, my blog.  

3 months
I learn something new everyday when taking care of Jonathan and I wanted to share with any new moms out there what I learned. With a bit of trial and error I have cured Jonathan's cradle cap! For those of you that don't know, cradle cap is very common in infants and it is an inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalf or inside the ear. I first noticed he had cradle cap when I saw him constantly scratching his head sometimes to the point of it bleeding and then you would just see a bunch of white flakes in his hair. He would get really irritated and fussy so I had to find something to get rid of this quick.

First, I started giving him a bath and washing his hair more frequently. I used Johnson's Baby Head to Toe Wash and then I would rub some olive oil in his head. The flakes would lift out of his head and I would comb them out but hours later he was scratching again. Next, I tried washing his hair with the same wash but instead of using olive oil I put my shea butter-olive oil mix in his hair. This cut down on the scratching but the flakes got bigger and brown looking and his hair just seemed really dirty. Then, I went back to just olive oil after washing his hair but instead of just putting it in there I would massage his head for about 10 minutes to really work the oil into his scalp. That didn't work either, the flakes returned! Then, the other day I had an epiphany...why not wash his hair with natural products like I do for myself.  So, I got a 3 oz bottle and mixed apple cider vinegar and water.

Added water
I washed his hair with that and he was screaming!!! I guess it hurt a little because he had cuts in his head from all his scratching. I dealt with his screaming because I saw all the gunk and flakes just lifting out of his head. After I got his hair completely clean, I massaged olive oil in his head for 10 minutes. With this method, he has been scratching a little still BUT there are no more flakes. When I see him scratching during the day, I wet his hair and apply a little vaseline and he is good to go. By the way, he doesn't cry anymore when I wash his hair because all his open wounds from scratching have healed.


Please share any home remedies you have used on your baby for anything (eczema, dry skin, cradle cap, colic, constipation, colds, teething, etc).