Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Survive Hand Foot and Mouth Disease As An Adult

I think I'm going to put this down as a milestone on Facebook. You know right after "got engaged", "got married", "had a baby", "contracted Hand Foot and Mouth Disease."  Because, I have to tell you, right now, it feels like a milestone.

Don't believe what you read when it says "mild" condition. Apparently adults aren't really supposed to get this. I'm not really sure how I was 'chosen'. I'm pretty much a germaphobe. Oh, you know the one. Touch a grocery cart (get out hand sanitizer), pay for groceries (get out hand santizier), put groceries in car (get out hand sanitizer). And I practically scrub my son once we leave any public place. I think you get the idea.

But somehow, Lil Man and I have contracted this horrible little illness, and I decided to share with you a few things that I have learned so far.

We are on day 3.

Your Child is Playing - You are Almost in Tears
Lil Man has had a few crying spells, and he's been grumpy from time to time. But although he has some blisters on his elbows and hands, and a rash, he has played as if he felt fine. Me on the other hand has yelped as I've picked up things. A simple cup of water almost brought tears because just a light touch to the blisters bring pain - and lots of it.

You Are Going To Hurt 
You see that teeny tiny blister? Well it's going to multiply like the plague. Your once smooth knee will be covered in a cluster of blisters. But the worst is the hands and the feet. My hands feel like pins are sticking in them, and when the blisters started between the toes (yes, between the toes), well I couldn't help but yell "Seriously! Why! Why! Why!"

The Rash May Completely Cover You
On the internet, I read that 'some' may get a slight rash. When my slight rash started below the knee this morning, I didn't think much of it. Fast forward a couple of hours and I am covered head to toe in a rash that can only be described as something out of a horror movie. So don't be alarmed if you look in the mirror and see this monstrous angry rash.

Think Cold Not Hot
I have found (and was told by a friend) that heat hurts. And by experience it does. Use cool water for hand washing and bathing. Cold drinks were more soothing to my throat then hot ones. And although I haven't tried it yet, I was told that ice packs on your hands and feet will help.

Don't Shave
I don't care how many days it's been, just don't do it. The rash may look like it's just under the skin. But it wouldn't be smart to further irritate it. And besides, people are going to avoid you as if you have the plague. So no one is going to see your legs or any other body parts.

You Will Be Treated As If You Have The Plague 
Well, cause you kindof sort of do. This thing can last (from what I've heard) a long time. I called the pediatrician today to find out when we could go out in public. We don't feel like it now, but when we do feel better, I didn't want to get anyone else sick. I was told once the blisters have burst, crusted over, and are flat we should be ok. Oh goodie, busted crusted blisters sounds like another awesome thing that I'm about to experience (insert eye roll). Not all blisters will burst, but some can. And if they do, that fluid could pass on the virus.

Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect
I've washed the sheets every day. Towels, dishtowels or anything else that I felt could hold on to germs has been washed. The bathrooms have been disinfected as well as the kitchen. I know that I need to do other common things that we've touched (such as door knobs, remote controls etc). But right now my hands just hurt too bad to clean. I'm trying my best to keep Hubby from getting it. Although it can be rare for adults to get it - hello - girl with blister hands typing this, I really don't want Hubby to get it.

Pain Management 
Your body will hurt. Expect it, and be prepared to take some meds like tylenol or advil. For Lil Man and myself, our pain management of choice is Ice Cream. And we had a friend who was great enough to drop our favorite ice cream off at our door. It sure brought smiles to our faces today.

Last but not least.... I keep saying This Too Shall Pass... I don't know how long it's going to take, but surely this is going to pass. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Social Media Icons For Blogs

I don't know about you, but I can't help but love cute social media icons. So I have compiled a list of some of my favorite sites of free social media icons for blogs. I will be adding more to this list so check back to see new additions as I find them. :)


Extreme Grunge Social Media Icons 

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Kids Academy Company Preschool and Kindergarten Apps

Full Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines. My opinions are 100% my own based on my own review and personal experience. 

As most of you know, Lil Man turned 3 in March. And preschool is fast approaching for this year. So I've been looking for some educational (fun) things for Lil Man to do. I have found that the more it feels like 'play' the more he enjoys it, and the faster he picks up on concepts.

Well, the Kids Academy Company makes some awesome apps for the iPhone and iPad.

One app is the "Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games Free ∙ ABC alphabet phonics, letters tracing & learn to read app. Montessori educational English language approach in reading (crosswords, sounds, song, spelling blocks, flash cards) for toddler by Kids Academy" and it an be found here in itunes.

Another app is the "Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games for girls & boys ∙ Learn to read interactive ABC, alphabet tracing, phonics song with educational app based on Montessori match letter quiz & logical math puzzle games for toddler iPad free by Kids Academy" and it can be found here in itunes.

And last but not least from the Kids Academy Company is "Kids Academy • Best Kids Songs : Bingo ABC alphabet phonics. Fun educational nursery rhymes app with Karaoke music. Baby, Pre-K, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten children learn English language through play games: animal flash cards and Sing Along." and it can be found here in itunes.

From the moment I opened these apps, Lil Man was interested in what was happening on the screen. The colors were vibrant. The characters were cute and fun to watch. He loved the animations. He repeated each letter as it was named. He loved the mazes. And he found the songs interesting. I believe these apps to be great educational apps.

One thing to note is that these apps require in-app purchases. In other words, you don't receive all of the levels for free. So a purchase would be necessary to utilize the entire workbooks in the app. However, the free version does provide a nice overview of what the full app would entail. And honestly, for Lil Man, the free version had enough information that we could use  for awhile before an in-app purchase would be necessary.

If you are looking for some nice educational apps for preschoolers and kindergarteners, I would suggest checking out the educational apps from the Kids Academy Company.

Full Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines. My opinions are 100% my own based on my own review and personal experience. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Clipboards, Glue Sticks, and Adhesive Putty - Shoplet Reviews

I don't know about you, but I can always find a use for a clipboard. And if it's a storage clipboard that's an added bonus. The SlimMate Storage Clipboard is an excellent product. It's big enough to hold my notes, shopping lists, coupons, and pens. But it's slim enough to fit in an over-sized bag without taking up too much room.

It also makes a perfect companion for Lil Man when traveling. Paper, pencils and small books fit nicely. 

In addition to the storage clipboard, the Sauders Recycled Hardboard Clipboard  is also a great product. I love the small size. It fits nicely in my car where I can keep notes, receipts or coupons attached. 

Speaking of attached, what it is about pre-schoolers and gluing things? My Lil Man loves to do art projects, and he loves to glue. The Sauders Color Glue Stic is an great choice. It's non-toxic, easy to use, and dries quickly. In addition to glue sticks, the UHU Glue N Style Pen is also a good choice. It was very easy to use, and the glue flowed freely to where I wanted it to go. However, I think this pen might be a little too much for Lil Man since he's just 3. But I will be getting a lot of uses out of it. UHU also makes some nice Adhesive Putty along with Tac Propower (which will hold up to 6lb) and Tac HomeDeco (which will hold up to 4lb). These items are also worth checking out. 

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What I Saw Today

What I saw today: It was Lil Man's  first time at a water park, and he wanted to do the water slide. I was cautious and said "Are you sure?". He said yes. I helped him to the top of the slide, then I waited for him at the bottom. He looked so small up there all by himself. At the top are sprinklers that you go through. I watched as he sucked in as the cold water hit him, then I saw his eyes big as saucers as he was moving so very fast down the slide. He has never slid that fast before. He quickly wound up on his back, and when he got to the bottom he was submerged completely under water. I was there to grab him, but not before he was sputtering and choking on water. Once he caught his breath, he wiped the water from his eyes and croaked out "Again". And that he did, over and over and over. 

We moved over to another section where there were water guns. He patiently waited his turn as another boy was using it. Once he moved away, Lil Man timidly said "My turn?". I told him yes. After a few minutes of inspecting the water gun, a lady walked by. He blasted her full force in the eye. I watched as my son didn't discriminate against race, gender or age. He blasted everyone equally in the head, and squealed with them as they squealed. I think they were quite surprised that he was such a good shot.

We then moved on to the sprinklers that had timers. One went out. Lil Man leaned over and said "It come back?" I said. I don't know.. what do you think? He leaned over, his head just a few inches from the hole, as he watched. Then it came on. Sputtering he said "Yep, it came back".

And my heart swelled as all day he grabbed my hand and said "Do it with me Momma", cause I know there will come a day, far too soon for me, when that will change. But today, we ran through the sprinklers hand in hand.

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