Perioral Dermatitis (PD) Vol. 2

It’s been a little over a week since I decided to over haul my entire diet and beauty regime. Starting Tuesday, May 29, I have not had dairy, sugar, grains, beans and legumes, and alcohol, following the recommendations from The Paleo Cure, by Chris Kresser.  I’ve also switched facial wash, shampoo, body wash, facial moisturizer, and sunscreen.

As I stated in my previous post, I visited my dermatologist on Thursday, May 31,  and he prescribed a low dose antibiotic, doxycycline hyclate.  Which I hate taking, but agreed in order to try to get my face cleared up.  My MD, said I had to take it for a month or even six weeks. SIX WEEKS! Not having it.

By Friday, June 1, my skin was looking a lot better and the antibiotic couldn’t have started working that fast. So something I’M doing is working.

I wish I had figured out how to take a more detailed picture on the 30th.  The picture above really doesn’t do the rash justice.

Here’s my regime.

Morning: Rinse face with cool water, pat dry. Apply topical metronidazole cream. Wait a few minutes for it to absorb and then apply Avene Cicalfate Restorative skin cream.  If going outside I apply Babo Botanicals super shield sport stick SPF 50.

After Breakfast, I brush my teeth with Jason toothpaste.  A few blogs mentioned fluoride could aggravate the PD.

I wash my hair with Nizoral (only twice a week) and California Baby Eczema Shampoo and Bodywash. I turn the shower temp. down as low as I can take it.20180608_133430

Evening: I wash my face with Cetaphil gental skin cleanser and brush my teeth with Jason toothpaste.

My skin today. Thursday June 7, 2018.

I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and after 30 days I’ll start to reintroduce foods and then products, one at a time till I find what maybe the cause.

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Also, I’ve added a 1 tsp. of cod liver oil to my daily routine. Which I wash down with an entire can of La Croix. And a cup of bone broth. I like to mix V-8 juice with the broth. Taste delicious and makes a good snack.

Six weeks! Pulease.


Pretty Paper Petit Bouquet

I was lucky enough to take a paper flower making workshop with this amazing woman Livia Cetti, through The Good Lodge.  I also, happen to be,  lucky enough to know the women who created The Good Lodge. (I’m very lucky) They organize talks, workshops, and events that fill your cup.  I always leave their presence feeling inspired and ready to walk forward.  AMAZING WOMEN!

My first attempt at a paper flower.

After the class I bought one of Livia’s books.  The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers. The next morning I woke-up itching to get my hands on some tissue paper and floral tape. I could kick myself because Livia was selling kits, beautiful hand-dyed paper and everything you would need to get started and I only bought the book. Dumb! You can buy her kits here.

I ordered what I needed on Amazon, the book gives you a list of materials and tools you need along with resources for the projects in the book.

And by the time my supplies arrived I also had a reason to make something. Having a reason was just the “bee in my bonnet” I needed to get me going.

Another AMAZING WOMAN I know was celebrating her 50th birthday and I really wanted to make her something special.   Amy, my birthday friend, has one of the most beautiful Christmas trees filled with handmade ornaments.  I’m not saying my piece will be worthy for her tree but I wanted to make her something beautiful and heartfelt that could be hung from a tree, or door knob or what have you, with Amy in mind.

Here it goes.

The Green card stock was mine. The tissue paper was from Amazon. The paper wasn’t of as high quality as the hand dyed tissue paper Livia had at the workshop. And when I tried to dye the paper I wanted to use, only one took, the pale pink.  The dark purple did nothing.  The floral tape was also from Amazon. Get good tape. Because some don’t stick and also slip and slide mine was not good.  The wire was from the Michael’s Craft Store, average.

After you have cut and dyed your paper and created your petals, my petals consisted of two petals folded and pinched together,  and prepare your wires,  by wrapping the wire with floral tape.  You start to build your flower from the bud up, adding each petal one at time. In the workshop I zipped through this wrapping of the wire part, but again, sub quality material made the process a lot slower.  The floral tape I was using kept slipping and separating. Ugh!

But I finished in 3 days. Whoop! Whoop!


I decided to use the same silk ribbon I wrapped the bouquet with as a loop to hang on the tree.  I attached it with hot glue and a vintage button from my collection. Yes I have jars and jars of buttons.  Also, that blue tag says K.T. Buckels, so she never forgets who gave it to her. I’m bold.  I hope she likes it.

Cheers to Amy!  And all the AMAZING WOMEN I know. You fill my cup daily.  I feel very lucky.

TV Room Reboot

We had our house completely gutted and redone. But, by the time we were ready to design the TV room, we were tired and burnt-out.  Basically, it became a dumping ground for all things family. Family photos, family games, furniture from the past and even the rug, which you can’t see, but had been in my daughters nursery. We couldn’t even be bothered to pick out a new paint color. This color had been used in a previous project. (Benjamin Moore, OC-16, Cedar Key) We really gave it no thought.

TV Room
TV room in full use.

But after a few years, I started to get inspiration and really wanted to make this room beautiful, comfortable and part of the rest of the house. Here’s some shots I took for inspiration. Cecconis, on the right. I love everything about this restaurant.

I love the color and the different textures. Velvet, leather, marble and brass.

How’d I do?


Couch (Pit couch from Mitchell Gold) , Leather chair (Vintage, Brooklyn Flee), Red blanket ( and console (used, from someone in my building) are the only things that stayed.

The Brass Table round side table, Ceramic table lamp, and brass/glass pull up side table came from Wisteria.

The pillows (except the red one) came from West Elm.

The sconces, West Elm.

The Rug, The

The lamp you can’t see in the picture, Target

Still I think it’s needs more. We hung art (ours) and added pillows (West Elm), maybe too many pillows.