Monthly Archives: December 2012

GLUTEN-FREE RECIPE AND XMAS GIFT IDEA

EM_jarfinalDay 1 – Hot chocolate and marshmallows with a secret ingredient.. Well, it’s not so secret anymore!  This is a great “recipe” because it’s easy, delicious and doubles as a potential last-minute Christmas gift.

I got the Nestle hot cocoa powder, Jell-O vanilla pudding powder and marshmallows at Wal-Mart.  The Mason jars were $2 each at Joann’s, but I used 50% off coupons using the Joann’s app on my iPhone to bring my total
down to $1 each.  I used red ribbon I already had at home and burned the Continue reading

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“MAMA, DOES SHE HAVE A BOO BOO?”

EM_sistersMy dear friend, Carly, has the two most beautiful, smart and charismatic daughters I have ever been lucky enough to meet.  She has an adorable 8-month old and a curious 3-year-old.  I went back to my hometown today and met up with Carly and her lovely family to say hello and catch-up on four months worth of time spent apart since I moved away.  I love both her daughters for warming up my heart in ways other children never have.  Her eldest daughter today pointed at a finger on my right hand and inquired about the yellow teddy bear band-aid  it was enveloped in.  She looked up at Carly with Continue reading


20 CHILDREN SHOT DEAD

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-Caption: A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
-Photo credit: Jessica Hill, Associated Press

I’m sitting in front of the television set, lounging in my boyfriend’s maroon, black and white plaid fleece bottoms and a blue cotton crew neck tee, sipping on a hot chocolate with my raven hair in a messy bun.  A NBC special news report flashes on the TV screen about an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut where (horrifically and I’m so sad and shocked to say) the report claims 18 children are dead alongside eight adults. Continue reading


FIGHTING THE ITCH TO SCRATCH

Scratch_EMI can bind my hands at night with oven mitts and duct tape and I will still somehow manage to scratch that itch.  I’m not sure how I manage to puncture a whole through layers of fabric and not only scratch my arm, but scratch until it tears my skin and bleeds leaving residual red beneath my nails.  But that’s how it is at night.  In deep slumber, I really have no control whether I scratch.  It’s not until morning’s blinding sunlight breaks through the window and I wake only to see my skin torn apart.

It breaks my heart every time because I feel like there’s something I should have learned Continue reading


THE GIFT-GIVING SEASON

XmasGifts_EMThe last thing I want on Christmas day is to be reminded that I have bad eczema.  I have to deal with it all year long, especially in the winter.  Some of these gifts are meant to be a sly way of helping your loved one with eczema, without a big, red, flashing reminder that they have it. Continue reading


GLUTEN FREE SHOPPING WITH TRADER JOE’S

TJ_EMHere are some starter options for going “Gluten-free:”  (All these products can be found at Trader Joe’s stores and all products are $5 or less!!)

  • Finding gluten-free bread can be a pain, but TJ’s has Udi’s brand bread, including hamburger buns, sliced bread and bagels, all for $5. Continue reading

PROTOPIC BLACK BOX WARNING

BlackBox_EMThe skin on my wrists is much lighter than the rest of my body.  It looks bleached and patchy, red, pink and scratchy.  It’s easy to blame yourself for how bad your eczema has gotten, but it’s necessary to understand it’s not all your fault.  We trust our doctors and dermatologists to give us good advice and only recommend medications fit for healing our skin.   Continue reading