Kids and Rashes


If you’re a parent (or anyone who takes care of small children), you know how sensitive kids skin can be! All of my kiddos have had some sort of weird skin issues, from excema to yeast to allergies and random rashes. I even have one who is allergic to almost all sunscreens!

The one thing you don’t want to do is use creams and lotions made with chemicals. And did you know that hydrocortisone can actually thin the skin, so you NEVER want to use it on your child’s face?

One of the things we do at For the Love of Suds is solve problems for our families. From coming up with laundry detergent that cleans without being irritating, to solving that pesky diaper rash, so many of our products were created to deal with whatever is going on at home!

Well, this sweet girl had a rash.

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She was not happy about it and neither was her mama. So, we called in Lorie, who suggested using Woody Soap and Pine Tar Salve. Just a simple wash and a little bit of salve…

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12 hours later. Isn’t that amazing? No chemicals, no tears…just beautiful baby skin!

So, if you’re building your natural medicine cabinet like I am, you definitely need to have some Woody Soap and Pine Tar Salve on-hand for that troublesome summer skin.

Love and Suds,

Jama

Make It Monday – for the beardy guys

This Make It Monday is all mine! Well, partly mine. Ok, I had a great idea and our awesome owner/product-maker/soap-genius created some new goodies that I just couldn’t wait to share with you!

This is my husband:image

 

The one with the beard.

He LOVES products from For the Love of Suds. He’s actually politely ask that I not get any of that grocery store junk ever again. He’s a Suds man.

The only exception was for his beard. Just like that monthly shave club that everyone is joining nowadays, there’s a monthly beard club. It’s pretty cool, I suppose, but we both know Lorie and her family and would much rather support her shop than some stranger.

Here’s where I come in.

“Hey Lorie! You know what you should do? Make cool beard products! It’s a whole new market! You’re stuff would be great!”

Lo and behold. She did it.

Introducing handmade, For the Love of Suds Beard Oil and Beard Balm! My hubs works out of town during the week, but he’ll be giving these goodies a try in the coming days and will give a full report.

So tell your hubs, your dad, your brother, and your hipster friends…there are new beard goodies in town!!

Bathtime Drama

For some reason, kids (well, boys…as that’s all I have experience with) reach this point where they HATE taking baths. I’m on boy 3-of-4 who has hit the “baths are stupid” phase. It’s like you’re trying to soak them in battery acid.

Finally, though – FINALLY – I’ve found a solution!!

Bath bombs.

He calls them “bath balls” and takes enormous pleasure in tossing them in the tub.

Growing up, I was never allowed to use any sort of bubbles or goodies in my bath. Everything we could buy in the stores had chemicals in them and my mom knew they weren’t good for me. 

My boys, though, have the amazing chance to use all sorts of goodies in their bath water because we’ve discovered hand-made, all-natural bath goodies! My boys love tossing that ball in the tub and I love that the fizzy goodness and amazing smell isn’t going to harm their skin. 

So, we came home from church this morning and I commented on how good my preschooler smelled. My oldest, super cool 9-year-old said “he does smell good! I thought he’d smell like poop!”

Big win for bath bombs from For the Love of Suds.  

 

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Make It Monday! (January 11, 2016)
It is super trendy to make your own laundry detergent, and I completely understand why. Check out the chemicals in any store-bought laundry soap and you have reason to be worried! Most of my friends have tried it, used the homemade soap for a while, and then gone back to conventional, store-bought detergent. 

The standard recipe you’ll find on the internet calls for using Fels Naptha soap, borax, and super washing soda. The problem with this recipe is that it leaves your whites dingy, your clothes stiff, and doesn’t do a great job of removing odors. 

You can always come in and buy a jar of laundry detergent at For the Love of Suds – let me do the work for you! But if you’d like to make large batches of detergent for your family, cater it to your scent preferences, or just love making things yourself, then I’ll share with you the secrets to a great homemade laundry detergent.

You HAVE to start with soap from For the Love of Suds. Fels Naptha is marketed as a laundry soap, but is a skin and eye irritant. It’s primary use is to remove stains as a pre-treatment, but doesn’t make an effective base for a detergent. You can also seek out an ingredient list for Fels Naptha and see that they do not compare to the high quality, all natural ingredients we use at For the Love of Suds. Plus, you can pick your fragrance. 

So here you go:
1 bar of FtLoS soap of your choice, grated

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

1 scoop Oxy Clean (unscented)

Put all ingredients into a strong blender or food processor and run until smooth and mixed well. Use one tablespoon per load of laundry. 

You will absolutely notice a difference when you use our all-natural soap in your detergent!

Life With a New Baby

Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time. One day soon, you’ll experience that magical day when you meet your beautiful new baby. Your life will transition from a pregnant belly to precious snuggles and gummy smiles.

Life With a New Baby

Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time. One day soon, you’ll experience that magical day when you meet your beautiful new baby. Your life will transition from a pregnant belly to precious snuggles and gummy smiles. Your postpartum life with a newborn is the stage a lot of people call the “fourth trimester,” or as any honest mother will tell you, survival mode. Don’t worry. There’s no horror story here. Just encouragement, gentle advice, and amazing products to help you through this wonderful transition.

Baby wash: You have options in scent. You can either fall madly in love with your baby as you breathe in their unadulterated scent. Or, maybe your baby’s butt needs a little help in the fragrance department. You can choose from unscented or lightly-scented baby wash, both of which is gentle, safe, and moisturizing on new skin.

Baby buttermilk bars of soap: Soothe a fussy baby’s sensitive skin or a diaper rash with a calming bath using mild buttermilk soap. When the baby is clean, use a soft towel to pat the baby dry, instead of rubbing, for less irritation in sensitive areas.

BellyBalm: Itchy, tight, and overly-stretched pregnant bellies rejoice every time this moisturizing balm soaks into the skin. Keep your skin soft and elastic throughout your pregnancy. All-natural ingredients for your comfort and your baby’s health.

Swing by our store soon to see a corner of the store full of stylish and functional baby and mama products made by Deszrica Creations. Here’s a few of her products and packages you can pick up today at For the Love of Suds downtown Kingsport location! 236 East Market Street.

Bib Bandanas Infinity Nursing cover Scarf

Promo New Baby Deszrica Creations

Natural Diaper Bag Essentials

Natural Diaper Bag Essentials

Women pregnant with their first or fifth baby strive to protect our their new bundles from harm from the outside world. The last thing a mother wants to do is add to the stress of having a new human by using products that don’t fully support and help them. Babies need products that naturally protect, moisturize, and heal. How God intended us to help ourselves. At the same time, mothers also need to be able to get up and out of the house in a somewhat timely fashion.

Women pregnant with their first or fifth baby strive to protect our their new bundles from harm from the outside world. The last thing a mother wants to do is add to the stress of having a new human by using products that don’t fully support and help them. Babies need products that naturally protect, moisturize, and heal. How God intended us to help ourselves. At the same time, mothers also need to be able to get up and out of the house in a somewhat timely fashion.

Diaper rash and Thrush Cream: After all the love you put into growing and birthing your beautiful sweet new baby, you want to protect and heal their little bottoms from constant diaper use. The secret to this cream is that it soothes and heals sore nipples, as well. Reduce redness and irritation with an all-natural cream made up of shea butter, aloe, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. Free of petroleum by-products and other chemicals, this allows air to flow to baby’s skin, helping to heal. It’s also safe for your cloth diapers! Don’t run the risk of having to strip or toss your cloth diapers by using an over-the-counter cream.

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Lotion: Gentle moisturization for babies with sensitive skin, throw this healing lotion in your bag. Quick diaper changes where you discover dry red itchy skin can be relieved before it spreads. A new mom taking a shower can be a miracle in itself. If you forgot to lather up in lotion before you left the house, this lotion is perfect for your skin, too.

As a mother, being prepared will keep you calm and help you enjoy getting out of the house with your little ones. You also won’t want to carry the entire nursery in your bag, either. Here’s a tip you can take to the bank: Buy a plastic tote that’ll fit in your car to carry extra items you might possibly need but don’t want to break your back carrying. This is the perfect way to have extra diapers, wipes, change of clothes, and nonperishable snacks without having to physically carry it all the time.

Creative and quick teacher appreciation gifts

Here’s a collection of easy to put together gifts to show the teachers in your children’s lives how much you appreciate their hard work guiding your children’s educational path. You’re busy, but you still want to rock the teachers socks off, so we’ve compiled a couple creative ideas for you:

foaming hand wash

Keep classroom hands clean by providing a bottle of all-natural citrus foaming hand wash. Your children will get rid of germs without being exposed to unnecessary chemicals. $6

Here’s the perfect printable to go along with this gift: found from here.

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Walk in that school like a rock star with any of these:

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Help teachers relax and unwind from a long school day with an indulgent bath bomb. A steamy bath with cocoa butter and essential oils will have her thinking about how delightful your children are. $8

fruit loopy candle

If you have free spirited children and the teacher has done a wonderful job at keeping up with them, reward their efforts with a fun Fruit Loopy wood wick soy candle. What better way to say, “Hope we haven’t made you too loopy this year” as a light hearted and funny way to show your appreciation. $10

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Or, check out these pre-made teacher appreciation gift baskets. They’re ready to hand over to the teacher so you can grab your children and run to carefree summer days!

teacher appreciation baskets

(Price is anywhere between $20 to $30.)