Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Farewell and Passing the Torch

We are in the final stages of transferring ownership of Stuff for Sprouts to its new "mom". I am signing off here now and the next post will be coming from her.

Thanks to all for your support over the past 18 months - it has been my pleasure to meet and "talk" with you all. I wish Sprouticus and all the rest of you all the best. Stuff for Sprouts will be in good hands and I am so excited to see what happens next!

If you want to come visit me - I'll be over here.

Take care!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hang On a Minute

I am in the process of moving some website stuff around, and it is possible that at some point will go off-line for a bit.

I am hoping not, and I guess it is unlikely for anyone to find this post if it does, in fact, go down.

But, I did want to say something about it somewhere!

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Potamas Product Review

Thanks so much to Potamus Prefers for their awesome review of Lip Stuff for Crispy Kissers. And how totally cute is their logo?

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Ideal Bite - WOO HOO!

Stuff for Sprouts Lip Stuff for Crispy Kissers is featured in the Ideal Bite Mama Newsletter today! YAY!

Ideal Bite is a great subscription newsletter with tips on painlessly living a greener life. After you buy some Lip Stuff, you should go subscribe if you haven't already!

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Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 Edition - Mommy Blogger Love

Thanks so much to Felicia at Go Graham Go! I am SO glad that Stuff for Sprouts is helping her crunchy kid! Coupon code over there - so check it out!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Laundry Tips

Things are getting downright frigid here in PA and the colder it gets, of course the dryer and itchier skin gets.

Years ago, I would have bundled up in wooly sweaters. However, over time, I have found that I absolutely can't wear wool. Not even things with just a smidge of wool in them. They make me itch and sneeze and get downright grumpy.

For a while I could get away with cashmere. Those were good years...just HAD to get cashmere. For my health. Seriously.

And then even cashmere got crazily itchy. Then anything that was touching my neck drove me crazy - even cotton and non-allergenic things like acrylic.

Then I thought about the laundry products I was using. Always a big sucker for good smelling things, I was buying the latest and greatest and most scented dryer sheets and detergents. Maybe this was part of my problem?

I have never been at all reactive to scent in body products - I wear perfumes and have the world's largest collection of body creams and lotions (I am guessing on that...but I am sure I am a contender!). But maybe the laundry stuff was different? Stronger?

So I switched to hypoallergenic detergent and softener (Tide Free and Bounce Free - although I have tried other "natural" detergents and they all seem good.) The clothes still seemed clean and soft, but my neck stopped itching. And I could wear a turtleneck if I wanted to.

I went to the dermatologist this week and she asked me how my irritated neck was going and I told her that changing the laundry products seemed to have fixed things. She gave me that "Of course!" sort of look and said that softeners in particular can cause problems. (It would have been nice for her to share that with me before!) Apparently detergent is less of an issue, since it is almost all rinsed out in the wash. So maybe I can get good smelling detergent!

Anyway - if you are having problems with dry and irritated skin, especially during the winter. You might want to take a look at what you are using in the laundry. For kids, it might be worth a trial of the Dreft or Ivory or whatever people are using on baby clothes these days. Reducing the irritation from laundry products could be one big step in de-crunching those kids!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yay me!

I was published!

Thanks T and T News!

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