Friday, February 11, 2011

Random Friday

With all the snow we have gotten this week (about 20"!) I have been a little unmotivated.  The first snow day I was very productive and unpacked from our trip and cleaned the whole house.  The second snow day I just caught up on some TV shows while Westin napped.  Both days were fun but now I'm looking forward to getting out today.  I have a bunch of random thoughts in my head right now so I thought I would list them out.

1.  I'm asking for THIS for Valentine's Day.  I told Cody it came in a lot of colors but I would leave the color choice up to him.  ;)  I'm secretly hoping for the yellow or aqua. 


2.  Have any of you tried the new Suave shampoo Rosemary + Mint?  Oh my!  It smells so good!

3.  If you have a glass shower or glass shower doors, what do you use to clean it?

4.  If you have a stainless steel sink, what do you use to clean it?

5.  I'm so excited about Westin's party!  Our guestroom has been come the landing site for all the decorations and food.  I was in there the other day just looking at it all and Cody asked me what I was doing.  I told him I was just looking at everything and that this room has become my favorite room.  Ha!  I know I'm going overboard but I just love details and parties.  It is a true labor of LOVE.  I'm excited!

6.  I'm in a major simplifying mood.  When I worked full time I had a cleaning lady and it was wonderful!  Now that I'm staying at home, I clean the house myself.  So in order for it to go faster I have cleared my table tops and counter tops a lot.  To some it might feel like there is still a lot of stuff around but to me it looks so bare!  :)  I'm getting used to it though and loving it.

7.  Here is Westin's precious new cousin, Bentley.  Cody's brother and sister-in-law had him on Jan. 31st.  He is a cutie!  I'm looking forward to Westin and him playing together in the years to come.

8.  I think Westin has an allergy to Red Dye in foods.  His cheeks get BRIGHT red if he eats anything with it.  He had been eating some cinnamon apple puffs and for about a week (as long as he was eating them) his cheeks were so red.  It was the beginning of winter and I thought they were getting dry and chapped.  Someone stopped me at Hob Lob and told me about how their son had the same cheeks.  That tells you how bright they were.  It looked odd.  They told me it could be the red dye.  Sure enough, I looked at those puffs and they had red dye.  I gave him a strawberry Nutri-Grain bar the other day and immediately his cheeks turned red.  I looked on the box and it has it in there.  I was so sad because he loved them!  Have any of you dealt with this?  What are some other foods I should stay away from?  I always look at the ingredients but I didn't think even think about the Nutri-Grains having it.  This is just a self diagnosis...I haven't talked to his Dr. about it yet. 

9.  I was trying to get to number ten because I hate ending on odd numbers....

10.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Any fun Valentine plans? 

Thank you!
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39 comments:

helen said...

Yes I have most def. heard of allergies to red dye in foods. That stuff is really bad. A friend of mine had a daughter who had an allergy to it and whenever she accidentally ate something with it her behavior would change so they really had to work on her diet. I think his red cheeks is in direct correlation to the dye.

Deep South Sweets said...

I love for stainless steel sinks Methods tub and tile scrub "le scrub". It is gentle and smells so good. After a good scrub, rinse and dry it out and then spray down with a little windex and buff.

Nora said...

I've never commented before on your blog but I just wanted to give you a tip for cleaning a stainless steel sink. My sink was starting to get stains so someone told me to take baker soda and some dish soap and scrub the sink with that combo. It worked wonders! All this brown stuff was coming out onto the paper towel. I was mortified but was glad it worked! Good luck.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I have used several different things already for our glass shower door but find that lemon juice cleans them the best.

As for stainless steel. I like scouring them several times a week with steel wool soap pads, usually Brillo or something similar. So far I haven't found anything that makes them gleam as nicely.

Blessings~

Rhonda said...

I will have to try that shampoo - I love Suave!

I use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Extra Power for my shower door. We have super hard, limey water in San Antonio, and it wipes it away with ease. Reminds me that I should probably go do that right now ;)

On my sink, I use "bar keeper's friend" - similar to Comet, but makes it shine like nothing else I've found.

Brittany said...

I can't wait to see his party! I am curious what the red and white polka dotted stand thing is?

Oh, and I've heard to use a dryer sheet on your dry shower door. Don't know if it works because I use a squeegee everytime I shower.

Kati @ "along for the ryde..." said...

I have seen that shampoo @ WM & have wanted to try it because it smelled so YUMMY, but didn't need any at the time! :P

I used to have glass doors on my showers & was told one time to save up used dryer sheets & wet them to clean the shower...& it worked! It might take a few to clean each shower door, but some how it gets all the scum off of the doors & they look great!

julie & joe said...

I use baking soda on my stainless sink. It works very well.

My brothers were allergic to red dye. It was also linked to hyperactivity in the very beginning. You should be able to find some nutragrain type bars at a health food store without the color. Annie's may even make some.

Kristen said...

I can't even imagine 20+ inches of snow! We're struggling with our 3" here in Nashville. I have searched far and wide (and by that I mean I have purchased every product on the market to clean my shower doors) and the best I have found is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for bathrooms. Super easy to remove the soap scum from the glass with no residue! As for the stainless sink, at the recommendation of a sweet sales lady at William Sonoma, I tried Bar Keepers Friend. I was sold immediately! I wouldn't know what to do without it. I use it to shine my sink, cookware, flat cook top stove.....and even add a little to the vinegar/water solution when I mop the floors.

Mary Madeline said...

I have the Clarisonic face brush. LOVE IT!!! I didn't realize it came in so many colors. I have it in pink!

ashley.zel said...

My husband is allergic to Red Food dye. It is in EVERYTHING. Everywhere we go we have to ask questions and make special requests (caterers, friends homes, restaurants, church dinners, potlucks......)
Every hard candy seems to have it. It's a mess to explain and people always think we are joking. Imagine just being handed a plate of Strawberry Shortcake and having to decline without being too rude.
As far as I know regular allergy medicines won't help (at least my husband has never been subscribed any) and it also effects his facial skin (blisters around his lips).
Some "surprising" sources are orange chips, cheap jellies, fake chocolate or caramel anything (cookies, cakes, sauces, candies), BBQ sauces, "fruit" snacks, "fruit" juices.
It is surprising once you start looking.

There are worse things in the world, Westin is lucky to have a momma like you who cares and notices these things!

Cuddles and Chaos said...

Shannon,
An allergy to red dyes is pretty common. My nephew has an issue with red foods and the allergist actually gave it a different name, so I'll ask my sil because he's even sensitive to foods like strawberries which clearly are not put with red dyes.
If you don't have a trader joe's near by, let me know because I'll send you some strawberry grain bars from there for which I'm pretty certain they don't have red dye in them. We are so blessed to have one 5 minutes away. They are cheaper than nutrigrain bars too.

Yes, I have gotten to simplying too...though it still seems like there is still so much stuff in the house.

Enjoy this special birthday and never feel like you're over doing it, because as long as you're enjoying it then continue on!

oh, we just got glass shower doors in our basement bathroom. I have a squeezy to have the water squeezed off after each shower. But before that I cleaned the doors and applied rainx to them so that the water would bead up on them. I use a method brand (found at Target) for the cleaner. I'm very sensitive to the chemicals in cleaning products (for my children and myself) so I use almost all method, seventh generation and Mrs. Meyer, and Trader Joe cleaning products. I can not stand cloudy shower doors.

Our sink is stainless steel and it's old (12 years), but I clean it with a scrub brush and seventh generation dishwashing liquid several times a time, once or twice a week, I have a sink full of bleach water (for which I clean the sprayer with too). I use a brillo pad from time to time too and a pampered chef 1.00 scraper.

Oh I have a professional clarisonic...LOve it. I'm very sensitive to cleansers so I use philosophy purity with mine. I buy my brush head refills brand new on ebay for great prices. Mine could only come in white since it's the professional one, but the mia has some awesome choice colors.

Christi

Nicole said...

Oooh I've really been wanting one of the clarisonic cleansing brushes - you have to let me know how it works if you get your valentine's wish!

Looks like all of the party planning is coming together - can't wait to see how it all turns out!

Elizabeth said...

Shannon, I haven't read all the comments so I don't know if this is being repeated, but I recently started reading a new food blog and they've been talking about food dyes this week. Here is a good link to get you started: http://www.feedourfamiliesblog.com/2011/01/when-food-dyes-color-our-childs-behavior.html

My son is allergic to blue dye-it gives him hives. So weird!

Tanya said...

I use barkeeper's friend on the sink...love it! I haven't found anything good for the shower door though!

Anonymous said...

my daughter has an allergy to red dye as well. it really is in EVERYTHING. even white icing?!? go figure. before i realized what the problem was, i was treating her hives with benedryl syrup...which is...you guessed it...RED!!! no wonder her symptoms were getting worse, lol. so i had to hunt for dye free benedryl, which does exist, but hard to find. i just started reading labels and memorizing. good luck!! he is adorable by the way!! just precious!!

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see everything for the party! Isn't it fun planning?!

I'm anxious to read everyone's comments on cleaning the shower door--we just put a glass door in ours and I'm already tired of the water spots!

I use the shampoo and yes, LOVE the smell!

Emily said...

Hi Shannon,

I'm a first time commenter, but I had to leave one because your shower door question made me laugh--I'm glad I'm not the only person who had that issue! I have tried so many products to clean the glass shower door and found that Comet makes Bathroom Cleanser (comes in a spray bottle) that you can quite literally spray on the door and wipe it clean. It is simply amazing if you're used to scrubbing and scrubbing!!!

At the risk of sounding like a Comet commercial, I use the powder to clean my stainless steel sink too. I got that tip from flylady.net. Bar Keeper's Friend works well too, but I like the smell of Comet a little better.

Happy cleaning!

Mallorie said...

For cleaning a stainless sink you can boil water on the stove and then stop up the sink and fill it partly with the water, then add some bleach to it and let it soak for 30min. After you drain it clean the sink with windex and it'll shine like new!!! I read this on a blog and I have no idea where or I would cite the source!!! It worked for me :-)

Shannon said...

Random question.... I love the quilt in your guest room on the bed and was wondering where you found it? It would be perfect in my baby girls nusery! :) about the sink cleaner I found these green scrubbers at walmart sort of like steel wool but not as scratchy. Cleaner already in them. They work well! I also love all the party decorations!! Cute with the blue and red together.

Megan said...

I switched to KASHI brand products for the a lot of the same reasons. You can get Happy Baby brand puffs that don't have dyes in them. Target runs both of these on sale a lot so I stock up when they do.

Bobbi said...

My 8 yr. old has a red dye allergy. Do you have a Trader Joes or Whole Foods? They sell Nutri-Grain bar and they have no dye.

Emily said...

Hi...
Baking soda on the sink!!!
I have a room that looks the same!! YAY for 1st birthdays!
Have you checked down the garden decoration isle at Hobby Lobby. They have a super cute yard pinwheel in Red for your party!!

'The H Family' said...

I am cracking up at this post cuz it was all just so interesting...I'm being serious!! So...
1. I gotta try that shampoo. Looks like it would smell amazing.
2. Cracking up at the guest room, and really can't believe that you are actually able to live with it like that!! :) But it all looks so fun!!!
3. I can't believe we've never had this convo, but the guys that put our shower in went on and on how WD40 is the best thing to use on shower doors to take off water spots. It really does!! Just spray it, leave it for a bit, and then wipe off...kind of like waxing a car.,,it majorly helps with future water build up and soap scum. I also use the Comet spray (in a white bottle with green sprayer) while I'm in the shower and then scrub it with a kitchen scrubber thing. It works great too!! A little more work, but when I run my hand back over it, there is no residue at all!
4. For the sink, I swear by Comet powder in the green old school looking container thing. I also sometimes use the kitchen scrubber thing when doing the sink too. I LOVE both of those!
5. I can't believe that about Westin's red food allergy!! I'm praying he'll outgrow it!! Hilarious that lady just randomly stopped to tell you..but so thoughtful!

francisfamily said...

I bought the Suave Almond and Shea Butter shampoo this week! It's new, too, and smells sooo good!
I use Kaboom on our shower doors. It works pretty well!!
I love all of Westin's party supplies! I cannot wait to see pictures! How is he almost one?? What a fast year!

Jennifer said...

Oops! That was me! Ha! Wrong email address! :)

carol said...

I love love that shampoo....you must understand that I am a hair fanatic...this has been my routine for the past 3 months..great stuff

hi-d said...

Bentley is SO cute! He looks a lot like Maximus...I delivered him on Monday!

Lauren said...

I can't WAIT to see pix of Westin's party. =) You are a machine!

Janis said...

The best way to clean any water stained glass is to use Spot X from Home Depot! It is amazing...just wet the sponge it comes with load it up with the powder and it all comes right off! I have a very large shower and even thigh we wipe it down everyday we need this once in awhile.

Janis said...

Oops I meant to say "though" in my post!

Deidre said...

Shannon, my oldest daughter had an allergy to red dye. Specifically to red dye #40. What started as a rash on her face as a baby turned into vomiting when she was almost two. I didn't get a lot of help from doctors, so we figured it out ourselves. Vomiting started when she drank juices (Capri Suns, etc), had red cake icing or red medicine. At 9 yrs old now, we're finding out she's outgrown it.

Roxanne said...

I taught a little boy with a red dye allergy. His mom also believed it was linked to hyperactivity in him. I specifically remember her mentioning Goldfish were a no-no.

Gina said...

I have to buy some shampoo today so I will look for it. For my sink I love to use Bar Keepers Friend. I also "shine" my sink Flylady style about once every month or so by soaking it with bleach and hot water for an hour.

Sarah Robbins said...

I had a stainless steel sink in my last house and I used Bar Keepers Friend on it. Just make sure you don't use it on your faucet- it's not good for that.

My cousin has the same allergy to red food dye. Her face gets all red and splotchy. They told her she would outgrow it, but she never did.

April @ Queen Acres said...

Hey Shannon -- I love to use Cameo on all my stainless steel. It's a lot like Bar Keepers Friend, but I think it works better. It's kinda hard to find (I usually get it at Martins). And for the shower, I often use warmed vinegar and a little bit of elbow grease. But it sounds like after reading the comments on your post, I have a few other tricks to try! :)

Maddie said...

If you start with a clean shower door, RAIN-X is definitely the way to keep it clean. Scrap excess water away after every shower with a squee-gee. Once a week after you clean it (Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Foamer is good), treat with RAIN-X, which you can find in the automotive aisle at Target or Walmart.

The Ramblings of a Thirtysomething Wife said...

I have been using Suave's Rosemary mint conditioner for a few months now and absolutely love it! I used to use the Aveda Rosemary Mint conditioner and this is a great substitute.

Jeanne said...

My now 3 year old had a lot of alergies to things when she was getting off a bottle. Whole milk seemed to make it worse, but she was also alergic to pink milk I realized and kidney beans- I never thought about red food dye! She ate a lot of goldfish but I don't know if she was alergic to them, she isn't now though so maybe she ate her way out of that one. I think she is also alergic to potatoes too. Nothing major, she just didn't like to eat these things and she had a lot of red cheeks until we lowered her milk fat.