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rhoid balm: it’s not just for your a-hole

Got a pain in your tushie? Annoying, pestering bug bites?

I’ve been telling so many people about this product lately that I figured I’d better share here.

First, let me say that I really used this product for it’s intended purpose while I was pregnant. Two weeks of Preparation H and every other over the counter solution I could find, with absolutely no relief. Imagine being 9 months pregnant, and nothing will ease the pain in the tushie that you can barely even reach! I bought the Motherlove brand Rhoid Balm at Whole Foods, and my life was changed. Within a few days, rhoids were gone.

Fast forward 8 months to the following spring. The mostly-unused vial of Rhoid Balm in my cabinet has been almost forgotten, until I overheard someone recommending Prep H for mosquito bites.


The indications are for “redness, itching and swelling,”

Why not use it for mosquito bites? If Preparation H couldn’t stand up to the Rhoid Balm for actual rhoids, why would it be any better on bites? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against Preparation H per se, other than it did squat for me when I needed it most.

But I’ve got to tell you, Rhoid Balm is AWESOME for bug bites. I’ve since recommended it for everything from actual hemorrhoids to bites to stress hives. Anything red & itchy, actually.

According to Mother Love’s website, the Rhoid Balm is, “An all natural herbal balm that effectively soothes and relieves the discomfort and itch often associated with hemorrhoids. Motherlove’s rhoid balm has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.”

Don’t let the name hold you back. You don’t have to be a mother, and you don’t have to have rhoids. But trust me, this stuff is awesome. I’ve got your back(side) on this one.


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I put toothpaste on my zits

Yes, I have zits. Who knew menopause would bring pimples? Well, probably anyone who has been through it. Since I started menopause at the ripe young age of 39 (I’m 40 now), only about half my friends have experienced this. It’s not something they usually think to discuss with me (why would they, I probably shouldn’t have to deal with this for another few years!), so I find myself in the dark and searching the interwebz for information. Truly, the girlfriends are awesome once I tell them I’m in the club, and their advice has been invaluable. I just don’t usually know that what I’m experiencing is menopause-related until after the fact. BECAUSE NOBODY HAS MENTIONED IT.

Anywhoo… pimples. zits. yuck.

I remembered that when I was a teenager, a dab of toothpaste put on at night would dry up a pimple overnight. It’s got to be the paste kind, though – not the gel. Works like a charm.

I also use toothpaste to clean my diamond wedding rings. They’re so sparkly afterward!

Eric just decorated our cherry-stained-oak kitchen cabinets with a silver fat-tipped Sharpie, so Brian did a little web research and learned that toothpaste should remove it. It did! It got me thinking that toothpaste might be the wonder-fixer.

I just stumbled across this list of household uses for toothpaste, so here – for your edification – I present,

Things To Do With Toothpaste Besides Brushing Your Teeth:*

1. Deodorize hands • wash your hands with some toothpaste to get rid of persistent odors, such as garlic, onions or fish.

2. Whiten sneakers • Clean rubber soles by rubbing toothpaste (on an old toothbrush) – again, non-gel toothpaste.

3. (this is new for me, I have never tried this – yet) Buff a DVD • apparently, you can get rid of light scratches – not the kind inflicted by the likes of my children! – by putting some non-gel toothpaste onto a cotton ball, and gently wiping from the center out to the edge. Rinse (duh) and dry with a lint-free cloth. Cool, I will have to try that.

So what other uses for toothpaste (or other common household items) have you found?

Please share!


*The list is courtesy of this post, which I found via Stumble Upon


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How to hike a vineyard in strappy wedge heels

I have never actually been to a vineyard tour before, and if I had known that I was attending one today, I might have chosen more appropriate footwear. Cute strappy platform wedges are not entirely conducive to climbing a hilly vineyard. In the grass. I knew I was going to a vineyard, and to a book signing by Katherine Cole. I’ve known Katherine for years, and was looking forward to one of her book events so I could reconnect with her. I just should have done a little more research about what was in store! I felt a little self-conscious walking in to the registration area, and I usually don’t feel self-conscious about my attire unless I’m under-dressed. Which doesn’t happen very often!

After securing my signed copy of “Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers""  and a gorgeously perfect Riedel “Oregon” Pinot Noir Glass"" (did you know Georg Riedel created this glass in 2008 specifically for Oregon Pinots? I just learned that!), I trekked up the hill to find Vivalavivie. This is when I realized my shoes were wrong. At first, I felt like I was in a movie. The sun was shining, I could hear the music drifting up the hill, and I was surrounded by grape leaves and grass and mountains. I was walking up the hill, and walking… and walking… and walking… when it occurred to me that a hat would help, as would different shoes. No matter, I’m not one to let a sartorial mistake ruin a perfectly gorgeous afternoon.

Trekking up the hill, I stopped to admire the view. And to catch my breath.

Finally I finally made it to the top, where a pouring station was set up, and found Vivian and friends,. We sampled the reds here, chatted with friendly folk, then headed down a different row to another pouring station, to sample the whites.

Pouring station at the top. My favorite here was the 2008 Seven Springs Vineyard La Source

I’m not wine-proficient enough to have the right language to tell you why I liked certain wines more than others. That might be another post, anyway. I really enjoyed everything I tasted, and not surprisingly, adored the most expensive bottles.

Here’s what I can tell you without hesitation, however:


1. Dress for the weather. I was wearing an appropriate sun dress, but next time I’ll wear a hat. And sunscreen. I guess I thought we’d be inside somehow. Silly me.

2. Cute shoes are fine, but make sure you can walk in grass in them! I really did fine with my wedges, but I certainly could have chosen more wisely. Flatter sandals would have been better.

"Whites" pouring station. My favorite here was Seven Springs Vineyard Summum, but I took a picture of the Mad Hatter in honor of Tina Kelley, the Mad Hatter Mom

3. Eat before you go. There were lovely snacks available, but if you’re drinking wine, you really need to not have an empty stomach. I’m not really successful with the whole swish & spit thing. I like to drink my wine!

4. Travel lightly. I put my credit card, phone and car key in my pocket, which left my hands free. I had Katherine’s book & the wine list/map in one hand, and my glass in the other. I would have been annoyed if I had my purse around my neck, especially trekking around in the sun.

5. Be prepared to buy some wine to take home. Enjoying it later will bring back all the memories of visiting in the first place. I didn’t buy any at the time, and I’m regretting it. I will have to secure a bottle or two… maybe not of my favorites, because I don’t want Brian to divorce me, but even the lower-end wines were lovely (and hardly lower-end by any other standards).

I hope to do more vineyard tours, and next time I’ll be more prepared!

Every view was enchanting. This is the view from the 2nd pouring tent, where we tasted the white wines



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