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Over the past year I’ve done a couple posts regarding questions readers have asked.  

Well, now ladies I have a couple questions and would LOVE YOUR HELP!


*Has anyone potty trained a kiddo when they slept in the bed with another kid?  For example, Nixon and Bowen always sleep together.  It’s time for me to get rid of Bowen’s pull-ups but I know we’ll have some accidents.  How did you guys handle this?  I’m thinking those bed pads might be a good option, but if you have any great ideas…please let me know!

*Am I washing camo shirts all wrong?  I’ve bought two camo shirts over the last couple years and both after only a couple washes became extremely see through.  Am I supposed to be washing it with fairy dust?  ðŸ™‚  Or is this happening to other people?

*Does anyone know a great medication for fever blisters for kids?  Ebby Lee randomly gets them.  Maybe once a year?  But bless her heart when she does.  It’s painful, it lasts forever, and she feels bad about it.  We have some type of cream we put on them that was actually prescribed, but it doesn’t speed up the process too much.  Does anyone know of any medicine for this that is safe for kids?  Or an oil?

*We’ve discussed my dry hair before, but lately it’s been really dry.  I tried Selsun Blue, the medicated dandruff shampoo, and it made my head itch 24/7.  Do you guys have any recommendations on a good moisturizing shampoo I should use maybe once a week or every other week?

*You guys are great about recommending books.  Do you have any must-reads you’d like to recommend to us all?  A sweet lady at church just recommended, “A Man Called Ove” yesterday.  I actually already had it on my nightstand, but if you girls have any other great books.  Please send them!

Please share your wisdom with us all!  I can’t WAIT to read these comments to get some great advice from you girls.  Thank you!

And I’m also working on another, “You Asked” post.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  A few topics this next time will include…my favorite candles, paint colors, and anything else you have a question about.  You can comment or e-mail me  

See you back here tomorrow!  XOXO

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  1. 9.12.16
    Jen said:

    Hi Erika! Have you read Tuesday's with morrie or the 5 people you meet in heaven by Mitch albom? Both are great short reads.

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I've read the Five People You Meet in Heaven. I need to read the other one. Thank you for the recommendation!!

    • 9.12.16
      Alana H said:

      Second this! Mitch albom books in general are pretty quick semi-light semi-serious reads!

  2. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Frankincense oil for the fever blister, will numb it and heal it up quicker. Also try coconut oil on your hair a couple times a week. Leave it in for 20 minutes and then shampoo out.

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you, Brandi! We need to try both of these ASAP!!

  3. 9.12.16
    Sally Hepworth said:

    I second A Man Called Ove. Gorgeous book. Also The Birth House by Ami McKay and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah xx

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I just finished one of yours and LOVED it!! It was so good! I was a fan of The Nightingale but I need to read The Birth House. Thank you!!

    • 9.13.16
      Sally Hepworth said:

      Oh, you are lovely. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The Things We Keep? Actually my new book, The Mother's Promise is coming out soon, I can ask my publicist to send you an early copy if you like?

    • 9.13.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes! The Things We Keep! Sooo good!! I'd love to read it. Thank you so much!

    • 9.14.16
      Daniele said:

      Holy Guacamole! Sally Hepworth is posting book recommendations! ❤️Wow!

  4. 9.12.16
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Okay, shampoo for dry hair… Kerastase is THE best. It's pricey for sure but I only wash my hair maybe every 3 days or so, so that helps me justify the price. My hair is admittedly overly processed and super thick and this has been a lifesaver!

    As for fever blisters, one of my girlfriend's son gets these and she swears by tea tree oil (diluted with water, 3 parts to 1 part oil) applied with a cotton pad about 2-3 times a day. It seems to help with the redness and pain/itching and goes away in a few days.

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!! I need to call you today about something else so we can discuss your method too! 🙂

  5. 9.12.16
    Whitney said:

    If you like historical fiction, America's first daughter was amazing!!!

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I do! Thank you! I'm adding it to my list!

  6. 9.12.16
    Rosanne Green said:

    It doesn't work for everyone but I started using Wen last year. It was the first time in my life I didn't have flakes all winter long. It took about a month for my hair to fully adjust, although I saw results immediately. I only wash 2-3 times a week now. I like the fig in the dead of winter because it seems thicker and other than that I use the seasonal flavors.

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I might need to try this! Thank you for the recommendation!

    • 9.12.16
      Karen S. said:

      I would steer clear of Wen. There's currently a class action lawsuit against them. Lots of women have suffered hair loss after using their products… bald spots included.

  7. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    The ingredient in most fever blister/cold sore meds is zinc oxide. You know what has a high concentration of zinc oxide? Butt paste! I get them too and I put desitin on them and it helps so much!

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We need to try it! I'm gonna stock up on remedies but hopefully she doesn't get another one for at least a year!

  8. 9.12.16
    Alicia said:

    Have her start taking a probiotic as soon as she feels the fever blister coming on. There is also a vitamin called L-Lysine that helps. Motrin or ibuprofen will help with the pain and inflammation.

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Only take the vitamin when she can feel it? Or it's a vitamin she should always be taking? I didn't realize a probiotic would help! Thank you!

    • 9.12.16
      Unknown said:

      I second that. I get fever blisters on average 2-3 times a year. I started taking L-Lysine daily and I get them less often. Also, when I do get them they are less painful and do not last as long. I take it daily, but I've also heard that if you take it when you "feel" a fever blister forming, it will help.

    • 9.14.16
      Alicia said:

      You can help prevent them by taking it every day, I don't see what it would hurt. I take enough vitamins and don't want one more pill to swallow so I just start doubling up when I feel one coming on. I went through a phase where it felt like I was getting them a lot so I took the lysine daily, now that they don't come as often I only take it when I feel it coming on. The probiotics are great for them!

  9. 9.12.16
    Gracefully Mama said:

    Orajel makes a single dose treatment for the fever blisters. It does sting a tad at first but is dried and healed within a day or two! 🙂 It also comes with a little tube of cream to help heal. This is the only thing I've found that works!

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you! This cream used to really work but it doesn't have the same magic it once had. 🙁

  10. 9.12.16
    Michelle said:

    Do you use professional hair products? Because that definitely makes a big difference. You could try the Paul Mitchell Moisture line. It's really good. The Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line is very good as well. I'm a cosmetologist and went to the Paul Mitchell school. Or Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner which smells so good. Leave the conditioners on a little longer- like 5 minutes then rinse it. But only buy from a professional. I'm sure you know that but a lot of people don't know that when drugstores like Walgreens, Walmart, TJ Maxx, even Amazon sell the professional products, they're usually fake, super old, or tampered with. Not good!! You could also see if your salon does some kind of conditioning treatment. It could just be dry because summer too and swimming and all that. Hope this helps 🙂

    • 9.12.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you! I usually use Moroccan Oil shampoo and co sit-up er and love it! I think my hairline got sunburned and has had the hardest time recovering from the dry skin! I'll give some of these a try!

    • 9.12.16
      Michelle said:

      Also, saw a comment about Wen. I don't know about that with the hair loss thing going on. Google Wen shampoo hair loss. Never used that stuff and definitely never will now lol.

  11. 9.12.16
    Amanda said:

    Hey Erika! I get two fever blisters every year without fail, as soon as I feel one coming I take lysine which is a vitamin for skin and lips and it is THE ONLY thing that helps, it keeps it controlled and it never gets big and embarrassing anymore! Hope this helps:) ps I get it at cvs!

  12. 9.12.16
    Anonymous said:

    Heading over to Amazon to buy some of these book recommendations right now! My camo shirts do that too, so I'm coming back to read the tips for that! Xo

  13. 9.12.16
    Amber said:

    Try a dab of coconut oil for the fever blister. It soothes the dryness instantly!

    I'm a teacher, so I don't get to read a lot during the school year. These series may be a little old(er), since I do most of my reading during the summer!
    Rebecca Donovan The Breathing series
    Colleen Hoover- Slammed series

  14. 9.12.16
    Michelle said:

    You're welcome!! 🙂 Moroccanoil is very good too!! It probably does have to do with the sun and summer and just being dry!

  15. 9.12.16
    Mary K said:

    There is an amazing all natural hair care line shampoo is called Monat and they have absolutely no artificial ingredients, parabins or anything it..they have a wonderful masque and shampoo…I would love to send you a sample!

  16. 9.12.16
    Anonymous said:

    Have you tried Moroccan oil shampoo? I use that and then every other week the it's a ten deep conditioning. Also, it works makes a hair vitamin that really strengthens and grows your hair! I hope those work! Happy Monday!

  17. 9.12.16
    Kathleen said:

    My daughter did have bed pads but to get rid of night time pull up, I would take her to the bathroom around 10:00 pm before we went to bed. It helped her stay dry all night. Now she wakes herself up and goes one more time, all on her own.

  18. 9.12.16
    Jen said:

    The Oribe line of hair products is life changing! Completely turned my hair around! They're pricey but worth it!! One if my new favorite books is "My Mrs Brown" by William Norwich. It's a sweet simple story with a timeless message.

  19. 9.12.16
    Debbie K. said:

    I too get the blisters. As soon as I feel it coming, I take the Lysine. I continue to take it until the blister is gone. It really does cut down on the blisters and pain. I've tried the tea tree oil and didn't have much luck. I also use over the counter Areva. I hope this helps Ebby Lee!

  20. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Erika! Run, don't walk to the Lysine!! My son gets THE worst cold sores..has since he was tiny. Neither my husband or I get them, so for years I was at such a loss how to best treat them. We tried everything, including the prescription Acyclovir. But LYSINE has been our lifesaver. $10 on Amazon, (I'll send you a PM on Instagram with a pic). We take it all fall/winter as an immune booster for him. We've found that when taken that way, he doesn't get ANY at all. The ones I buy him, (he's11) are a bit of horse pills, but they could be crushed and added to something like applesauce. If you have any questions, let me know!

  21. 9.12.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I had a pair of camo pajamas that basically fell apart after the first wash! I have a camo shirt though that still looks great, so I have no idea! Love reading everybody's tips!!!

  22. 9.12.16
    Danielle Mcdermott said:

    Lysine is great to prevent blisters, and its over the counter, but doesn't do much once theyre there. I have suffered fever blisters my whole life. I went to a dermatologist at 16 and they perscribed me valacylovir. I think they perscribe it for kids as well, my brother started taking it at 10 or 11. I feel so bad for her if she feels bad about them, I was always super self conscious as well. I personally like the CVS brand of cold sore relief cream better (And its cheaper)! Hopefully those thigns work out!

  23. 9.12.16
    Lisa said:

    I use an Argan Oil Shampoo but I add 2-3 drops of Tea Tree oil to prevent my scalp from getting flaky.
    I just finished "A Girl Walks Out of a Bar" a memoir by Lisa Smith, read it in two days, could not put it down.

  24. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Diane Chamberlain–The Secret Life of Cece Wilkes!! My absolute fave. I love anything by Diane chamberlain

  25. 9.12.16
    sarah said:

    The disposable bed pads are a lifesaver. At first use 2 of them( one on top one on bottom) they are not long enough if you have a mover. Once they stay dry most of the time you can use one. I also woke my kids up to go potty right before I went to bed for the first week. It worked well.

    Use 3 minute miracle by Aussie on your hair. It's $3. At the drug store or Target. It's the best!

  26. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Melaleuca is the same as tea tree oil and that works good for fever blisters and canker sores. Clove and frankincense are other good ones too. I've struggled with them since I was two and I'm now 36. As a kid I would get them all the time until I started taking lysine (get over the counter at any drugstore) I get maybe one a year now. Bless hear heart- the do make you now feel good.

  27. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    A man called Ove is such a great book — loved it — it ends with us was soooo good !

  28. 9.12.16
    Deena @Shoes to Shiraz said:

    Have you tried a hair mask…like a deep conditioner to do once a week? Also- my hair lady always suggest I don't use shampoo and just condition. I've actually never tried it but hey….you never know.

  29. 9.12.16
    Jill B said:

    I also agree with the lysine. It's in the supplement vitamin section at your typical stores. You can take extra doses when you have a blister, or a smaller on an ongoing basis to help prevent. I don't know what dosage would be safe for kids. It seriously does work! I've been able to make them go away In a day or two if I can catch it right away and take a big dose before it has a chance to get big. Also straight up aloe Vera from an aloe Vera plant (buy a plant and break off part of a stem) has helped a little too.

  30. 9.12.16
    Melissa said:

    Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner has helped my dry hair/scalp! I was having a really difficult time and my hairdresser recommended it.

  31. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I loved the PM wild ginger line as well. I had overprocessed by hair and it helped my hair in no time. I also have dry hair and psoriasis on my scalp. I use the PM moisture conditioner and "it a 10 with Kertian" And a pump of "skinny hair" It helps SO MUCH. I have half curly half straight hair that is thinner then it used to be due to the psoriasis and thyroid issues

  32. 9.12.16
    Laci said:

    I use Redkin Moisture and love the smell and texture it gives my hair. It comes in a blue bottle. I recently had my first fever blister and oh my goodness those suckers hurt. The dr gave me some oral medication to take if I ever feel one coming on again. Maybe ask the peds office? Bless her heart!

  33. 9.12.16
    Beth said:

    The Woman in Cabin 10, The Couple Next Door, Secrets of a Charmed Life, American Wife, and The Lake House are all must reads!

  34. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Try washing your camo shirt inside out in Woolite on the gentle cycle. That has always worked for me.

  35. 9.12.16
    Candidly Clark said:

    I've always had fever blisters too. I hated the creams because they only helped the hurt, but didn't make them go away any faster and I was super self conscious about them. I remember my mom getting some sort of powder that was prescribed and she put it in my drinks. I wish I knew the name of it, but that actually helped a lot. Now, my husband and I both take a little blue pill when we feel one coming on and it clears them right up. I'd ask if that is safe for kids. Poor Ebby Lee…I feel her pain.

  36. 9.12.16
    amy said:

    For the fever blister, I take Lysine and then use the 1 time Orajel (mentioned already). I also get the cream and put it on the blister when its ithcy or hurting. It numbs it for alittle. This cuts them down in time and size for me.

    Biolage Hydro shampoo and conditioner. They work wonders on my hair!

  37. 9.12.16
    The Brooke of Knowledge said:

    Hi Erica! I have used "Curly Wurly" from LUSH for a while and it is AMAZING. I have really dry hair as well. I only wash my hair every 4/5 days. I have also used "Garnier Whole Blends" It has coconut oil and cocoa butter. I do feel like I need to wash my hair more often like every 3 days when I use the Garnier brand.Also, I have not had that problem with camo but we usually hang ours up to dry. Hope this helps!

  38. 9.12.16 said:

    I'm about to try bumble and bumble invisible oil shampoo…people are raving about it, it's on the pricier side. I know sephora sells it ☺

  39. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I get fever blisters and hate them. The last time I got them I went on Pinterest to look for different ideas that I haven't tried and it said to put ice on the blister for about 10 minutes 3 times a day. It totally worked and it cleared up so much quicker.

  40. 9.12.16
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Not really sure on the safeness, but when I was growing up we always put campho pehnique and it always knocked them right out!

  41. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Not your Mother's Shampoo/Conditioner. Can get at Ulta

    Books: Nicholas Sparks is coming out with a new one in a couple of weeks about a love between a daughter and her dad. I'm sure it will be good, all of his books are

  42. 9.12.16
    Bren said:

    My son has dealt with fever blisters/that virus since he was 5 months old (& he's now almost 20). He was prescribed medicine then and it does help shorten the time span they last. I'd definitely check with your doctor.

  43. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I get dry scalp too. My hairdresser says a lot of it is product build up. She told me to try Neutrogena Tsal shampoo. After only 2 washes my scalp is sooo much better. 🙂

  44. 9.12.16
    Brooke said:

    Hi Erika! L-Lysine is an immune booster & works great! Also, I think just beefing up the immune system helps. Probiotic daily, clean eating, enough sleep, etc. I always feel like those bad boys pop up when I am stressed, sleep deprived or getting sick! As for your boys sleeping together, good luck! I have three girls who are 14, 13, & 11. The younger two have slept together nearly every night since the baby was out of a crib! I gave up trying to separate them years ago!

  45. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Many people have lost their hair ( like chunks of hair)! There are many lawsuits against WEN and the FDA is now investigating them. I honestly would not try it!

  46. 9.12.16
    Mel said:

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Boston Girl, and Stella Bain are books I have recently read and loved. Also, if you like non-fiction Iris Grace is a great book about a little girl who is autistic and expresses herself through art.

  47. 9.12.16
    Jacqui German said:

    Okay i get blisters too (but I've always called them cold sores? like herpes simplex B or whatever it is) so they may not be exactly the same BUT all of these suggestions are spot on. I get more than 5 a year I would say. Stress brings them on as well as being in the sun/eating poorly.

    – A valacylovir prescription if she can handle the giant pills (or crush them)
    – the orajel one dose (expensive, comes 2 in a pack, numbs the area and helps heal)
    – abreeva is the cream I use, you might already have that, but they have natural/organic creams in my rite aid as well. some have Lysine IN them.
    – lysine pills – you asked does she take them all the time? she COULD. i try to take one or two a week just to give a boost to my system
    – aloe directly on the area will help the redness and some of the pain
    – honestly – in a fix, TOOTHPASTE. i have no idea why. but if i'm traveling and i have nothing else, this helps dry it out so it doesn't spread at the very least.

    no sharing cups or anything!!! good luck ebby lee! 🙂

  48. 9.12.16
    Lizzie E said:

    This might sound counter intuitive, but I find that washing my hair with a little good shampoo and a great conditioner MORE often actually protects my hair better. My hair can be really dry too and if I let it go 3 days without washing (which is fine because it's not greasy), my hair is a dry mess by that third day. It actually does better getting moisture from the conditioner… you might try it!!

  49. 9.12.16
    Cori Cane said:

    So for nighttime potty training…I stressed bc my 3 yr old boy (that potty trained at 2.5) was taking longer to lose the pull-up than his sister did. Our pedi said he will lose it when he was ready. So I quit worrying about it and then he just started waking up dry on his own a few months after turning 3. Once he was dry for a couple weeks, then we went to underwear.

  50. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    My hair gets very dry too and unfortunately I have to wash it everyday! I use Pureology Strength Cure (in the blue bottle) shampoo and conditioner, and love it! Plus your hair smells like fresh salon hair everyday! ��

  51. 9.12.16
    Sara H. said:

    I am LOVING Shauna Niequist's 'Present Over Perfect'. I disagree with the blogger that called it boring. She is a beautiful writer. If you haven't read her 'Bread and Wine' it's an all time favorite of mine.

  52. 9.12.16
    Mary Woods said:

    Hi, I love Bumble and Bumble Quenching shampoo and masque. My hair is too dry to use a normal conditioner. I also use Phyto 9 Ultra-Dry Hair Nourishing Day Cream for a leave in conditioner. I also have a dry scalp and use Aveda Scalp Remedy. For a deep conditioner I use olive oil on dry hair and let it set for about 20 minutes. I've tried Moroccan Oil shampoo/conditioner and like it but not as much as Bumble and Bumble.

  53. 9.12.16
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    I've used campho phenique for fever blisters or canker sores for years and it works wonders! It burns a little but it works fast! For shampoo, BeautyCounter!!! It's my new brand obsession. I love the shampoo and it's very good for itchy scalps. My brother is a welder and in high temps all the time and his scalp was driving him crazy and nothing was making it better. He tried the BC shampoo and hasn't had a problem since!

  54. 9.12.16
    Janet said:

    I use Abreva for my fever blisters. Available OTC. I also tried Frankincense the last time I had one because I was out of Abreva. It did help.
    Hair-I have been using the WEN products for almost two years with no issues. I use the rice formula because I am allergic to soy. I did take a few weeks for my hair to adjust to it. The Aussie 2 (?) minute miracle is also good. If it is your skin, try some tea tree oil on the flakes or Frankincense.

  55. 9.12.16
    Kristin Tate said:

    My 7 year old and I get fever blisters periodically, I mix 1 tbs. coconut oil and 4 drops of tea tree oil in a small container and dab it on throughout the day. I put some in a contact case for him to keep in his backpack. As soon as Ebby feels the tingle is the best time to start using it.
    I'm old school when it comes to stuff so for my hair I later in blue plate mayo and wrap a plastic bag around it for 30 minutes a once a week until it's restored. I normally only need to do this in summer months and a few times in winter.

  56. 9.12.16
    AmyRay said:

    Yes to the Lysine. But also get this – it's an ointment with Lysine in it. It really keeps the fever blister from completely erupting. I get it at Walgreens. Life changing!

  57. 9.12.16
    Meredith Kelly said:

    For fever blisters if she catches it when it first starts if you put ice on it that will keep it from getting bigger. Put the ice on it directly as often as she can. Also there is a chapstick called Herpecin(I know its a terrible name) but it works. It is also supposed to be a preventative chapstick to use daily to keep you from getting them.

  58. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Hey Erika! I'm a blonde and get pretty dry hair too– I started using the Sebastian drench shampoo and conditioner and the "nou nou pac" mask a couple times a week. You will love it! I get both off of amazon.

  59. 9.12.16
    Tabitha said:

    I have terrible dry scalp! Neutrogena T-Gel works for me.

  60. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    This sounds weird but I swear by it and I feel like I've tried just about everything else- 1x week, before you shampoo, soak your scalp in apple cider vinegar, like from the grocery store. It stinks, but really massage it in, let it sit, then shampoo it out and follow with conditioner. Its really the only thing that has helped me prevent dandruff, and I read it has to do with your scalp's ph? Not sure, but dandruff stuff from my dermatologist wasn't working and this immediately made a difference. I also use the Acure Argon oil shampoo/conditioner line, otherwise my scalp gets SO dry :-/ Good luck!

  61. 9.12.16
    JenC said:

    Try Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and conditioner! It works so great on dry blonde hair. And smells minty fresh. Totally recommend it

  62. 9.12.16
    Paloma said:

    As someone who gets fever blisters from time to time (thanks, stress) I typically valacylovir or Acyclovir. My doctor is great in calling in a prescription for it as I needed it. When I was a kid, my doctor would prescribe a cream that didn't really work. Abreva doesn't really work and my doctor and pharmacist don't recommend ti.

  63. 9.12.16
    Jen said:

    Aveda Scalp Benefits. I love that stuff. It's pricey for a normal shampoo but you can choose how often you use it. order from nordstrom b/c free shipping and much faster than even amazon.

  64. 9.12.16
    Shawnee said:

    I LOVE Karen Kingsbury and have read all of her books!

  65. 9.12.16
    shaeken said:

    I get fever blisters too and they are the worst 🙁 I actually have one right now. I've found that taking a lysine supplement helps keep them away (I got lazy and didn't buy more when I ran out!), and I take 3 lysine pills 2x per day when I have one. I also use the CVS-branded Abreva… but I'm going to have to try that Orajel one time thing! I have been putting a little peroxide on it to keep clean (it stings a little when it bubbles) and a little peppermint oil for the pain. My mom's dentist can do some sort of quick laser zap treatment for them when you start to feel one coming on, and she's had several stopped in their tracks from that. Unfortunately I don't go to the same dentist and I haven't thought to ask mine if they offer that. But, might be worth looking into.

  66. 9.12.16
    Trish said:

    I think coconut oil works wonders on my scalp. I put it on my hair a couple times a month and work it into my scalp and let it sit for as long as I can but at least a half hour or so. I have to shampoo it a couple times to get it all out but my head feels so much better after I do!

    Have you read Karen Kingsbury's Baxter family series? It's my all time fav!

  67. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I second the comment about taking L Lysine daily. I, on average, get fever blisters 2-3 times a year. I started taking it a while back and now I get them much less often and when I do, they're smaller and aren't as painful.

  68. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    My brother and I both get fever blisters really bad. Even when we were much younger, our doctor prescribed us a pill medication. I tried l-lysine and it didn't help us at all. The pill is actually a herpes medication, fever blisters are a different strain of the herpes virus, so the medication ends up being a generic form of valtrex. Which really freaked me out until I realized how good it works. With fever blisters, there is usually a little familiar tingle that you get a day or two before it actually pops out and shows on your mouth. When we get that tingle, we will start taking the recommended dosage of the pills and more often that not the blister never comes out. And if it does, it's always dried up and the pain is gone within 24 hours…..which by far beats out the 5-7 days of pain, discomfort, and the embarrassment of having it hanging out for the world to see that we normally have before we started taking the pills. I know she's much younger, but I think I was 10 when I first started getting the pill for them as opposed to creams and vitamins. I swear by them now.

  69. 9.12.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    I love Carmex for fever blisters. It's not even medicated… it's with the chapstick, but it knocks mine out right away!

  70. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I love Tea Tree Tingle conditioner from Trader Joe's. It's made with peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus. In the shower I actually put it directly onto my scalp and leave on for a few minutes. I also love coconut oil for all dry places. Just a warning, a little bit goes a LONG way in hair.

  71. 9.12.16
    misty said:

    I use Abreva for my fever blisters. If you catch it the day it starts tingling, put it on 5-10 times that day and the day after. It definitely speeds up the healing process.
    I am a "not-natural" blonde and have trouble keeping my hair from getting dry. I have recently started using all L'Anza Healing ColorCare products–especially the Trauma Treatment. My hair has never been better!!!!

  72. 9.12.16
    Pville said:

    If your daughter gets the cold sores in the summer they can be caused by the sun..have her use a Chapstick or lip balm with sunscreen!! I used to get them until I learned this tip.

  73. 9.12.16
    Bobbie said:

    It's a 10 miracle hair mask … You are the only other person who has described their hair as straw or hay ..

  74. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Currently reading 'Present Over Perfect' by Shauna Niequist! So good.

  75. 9.12.16
    jordan adele said:

    Ive had cold sores since I was probably a little bit younger than Ebby-Lee and am just now finding a good combo but I know that feeling of embarrassment all too well!! No matter how old you are, it still happens!
    I swear by using Polysporin cold sore patches on the blister to cover it but it also to speed along the healing. It really does make it less noticeable 🙂 Polysporin is the same as Neosporin (not sure if there is an equivalent in the US??). Also, as soon as she feels a tingle, the best hting to do is ICE IT. And finally, when she has one pop up, find L-Lysine supplements from your natural food store and let her take those. It speeds the healing of the virus 🙂
    Hope this helps!!
    ps. if you cannot find the polysporin patches there, email me at and I would be happy to send some for Ebby Lee!! They are a lifesaver.

  76. 9.12.16
    Beck said:

    I would ask the Dr. for a kid dosage of valtrex. If I take this when I feel one coming on, it doesn't get nearly as bad and it's not something you take all the time, only when you feel that tingle that you are getting one (I'm sure she knows the feeling that I'm describing). There is nothing worse than having a big old swollen lip on picture day, dance day, etc.. I have had cold sores all my life and they are SO SO painful. I don't get them much anymore which is weird but it also helps that I have valtrex if I do feel one coming on. For preventative measures, I suggest an SPF chapstick, like 30 or 45, I think sometimes they are brought on by sun exposure. They are also brought on by hormones for me so when she is nearing her time of the month when that happens eventually, she may get them more frequently (oh goodie 🙂 )

    I kept my youngest in pull ups for a long time because let's be honest- I was lazy and preferred spending the money on just in case instead of waking up to a big mess in the middle of the night 🙂 🙂 She has never had an accident and drinks right before bed.I say put a nice waterproof matress cover on and take your chances and see how he does. If he doesn't do so good then go with another solution. It may turn out better than you expect 🙂

  77. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    YES! my camo shirts do that too…its so frustrating!

    I would try melrose, tea trea, manuka, peppermint or lavender essential oil for fever blisters. I know that is a lot of options, but try what you have and people respond better to different ones! And I definitely think Young Living has the purest and most potent oils.

    Let me know if you need help purchasing any!

  78. 9.12.16
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    I'm no help on anything but the hair…I have super dry hair (always have). So here's what I do to it that has tremendously helped with the dryness…
    1. Do not blow dry it shortly after washing it. I HAVE to let my hair dry at least 2-3 hours (it looks crazy) before I put a blow dryer/brush to it. I leave my hair dresser's place with wet hair for this reason…it will look frizzed out if they dry it.
    2. Use the Porcelain Series 1.5 inch straightening iron ($40-45) and only go over the chunks of your hair ONCE. I tried a new iron a while back when my old one broke and noticed how much of a difference my Porcelain series was, so I returned it and got another PS. My hair is silky with this kind. I've used it for over 10 years now.
    3.I used Pantene Pro-V (for color treated hair). No idea if it is the best, but I like it. I leave the conditioner on for a few minutes while I shave or wash my face.
    4. I also use It's a 10 conditioning spray after I wash it (just a tad). Spray it on hair, put up in towel, comb out, let dry, blow dry/straighten.

  79. 9.12.16
    jillzy24 said:

    L-Lysine vitamins prevent (yes prevent) fever blisters. My husband takes them I'm not sure if they come in chewable child form �� Also they make a Lysine cream that you can apply.. But that's after they appear.
    As for dry hair…. Nothing OTC buy the good stuff. Anything sold at a salon would be better than OTC.

  80. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I have 2 camp shirts and I didn't have that problem, one is "hand wash", I don't have time for that! I have a hand wash cycle on my washing machine and that's how I've washed it, I then lay flat to dry. My shirt is from mindy Mae's market and it is a pretty good quality shirt, maybe that's part of it too! No shirt should fall apart! If you find fairy dust to wash it in though you may have good luck 😂!

  81. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I second Oribe products! They really are life changing!

  82. 9.12.16
    Dianna said:

    Love the questions you have for your readers! Will you combine the answers into a post to share with everyone?

  83. 9.12.16
    KVC said:

    Book: Secrets of a Charmed Life
    I loved it!

  84. 9.12.16
    arob2011 said:

    Read anything by Cecelia Ahern; you will LOVE her. Enjoy!

  85. 9.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I've had dry scalp and combination hair for years. I've been using Jason Dandruff Relief for the past year, and it's great. My scalp doesn't itch, and I have very few flakes. I like it because you can buy it at Whole Foods or online, it smells good, not too expensive, and it doesn't have as much chemicals. Hope that helps!

  86. 9.12.16
    Mary Parker said:

    I just read a book called The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. Oh my lanta!! To say it keeps you guessing is an understatement! It's a thriller, and will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence! If you liked Gone Girl, or Girl on a Train, it's similar, but I think more thrilling!

  87. 9.13.16
    Sweet Simplicity said:

    Poor Ebby Lee! I used to get horrible fever blisters growing up. I still get them but less frequently. I used aquaphor when I was younger, but it's more to help with the healing process and cracking. As an adult, I use abreva. The best thing I have to prevent them is Valtrex. Yup, just like the herpes medicine advertised on commercials. It works!! I know the signs of one coming and the valtrex stops it from forming or if I don't take it in time to prevent it, then it significantly speeds up the healing process. I would visit with your pediatrician to see what the best options are for her age. I hope you find something that helps her!

  88. 9.13.16
    Charla Liedahl said:

    L-Lysine for the cold sores!!! I take 1000 mg a day EVERY SINGLE DAY, but if I feel the "tingle" of one coming on I take 10000 mg for one day, 5000 mg for two days and then resume with the 1000 daily after that. I haven't had one in about 2 years! Before I started with the supplement I'd get them 2 or 3 times a year. THE WORST!!! Ask your pedi about dosage for kids. Hope she gets some relief!

  89. 9.13.16
    Bobbie said:

    It's a 10 miracle hair mask

  90. 9.13.16
    Charity said:

    I LOVE Dee Henderson's books!! I would start with the O'Malley Series, they were written in the 90's but still SO good. I just re read them and it was fun to read about beepers again 🙂 She also has other great books like Full Disclosure. She's a Christian Author and writes FBI and crime and just INTERESTING books!

    Right now I'm Reading The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter. Another Christian Author. It's a part of the Summer Harbor Series, but all the books in the series can be read as stand alones. They are super cute! Her Chapel Springs Romance novels are good as well.

    I also love Diann Mills, Patricia Bradley, the list goes on and on 🙂

  91. 9.13.16
    Lindsey said:

    I grew up having 1-2 bad cold sores (fever blisters) a year. The L-Lysine vitamins have helped in my adult years (they are considered an appetite suppressant so I would definitely check with a pediatrician). As a kid we got prescription Zovirax cream (didn't prevent) or Acyclovir (prescription anti-viral pill) that works AMAZING. You take it at the very first sign of a fever blister and it usually clears it up for me and my dad. Occasionally I still get one but it's never as severe. I know I was able to take the pill as a young teen but I'm not sure if I did as a young child. Hope this helps!


  92. 9.13.16
    mbrb12 said:

    RUN to your nearest salon and by the Kevin Murphy hair repair treatment. Believe me, I KNOW….THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!! My hair had gotten SO DRY that it was literally CRUNCHY! I had tried lots of the other recommendations and my hairdresser started using this product on me along with a keratin blow out every other time I went to the salon. I would apply the Kevin Murphy serum after washing at night and sleep in it and rinse out the next morning. You can even use a small amount as a leave in treatment after you towel dry. After a couple of months, my hair was the healthiest it's ever been! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kevin Murphy line. I use their session spray as well. For daily use, I use Moraccon Oil moisture repair shampoo/conditioner and Moraccon Oil leave in serum! Best of luck!

  93. 9.13.16
    tickledpink said:

    For books-
    Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen
    It Ends with Us- not a light read at all but definitely a page turner
    Love and Gelato by Jenna Welch
    The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
    In Twenty Years by Allison Scotch

  94. 9.13.16
    Unknown said:

    I don't quite have a solution for your hair — however I think I can give some insight as to why dandruff shampoo didn't work. I was recently at my dermatologist's and she told me that while most people think that dandruff is a result of a dry scalp, it's actually due to too much oil. Your head's natural response is to flake off little pieces in order to get rid of the oil and balancing out your scalp. Therefore, while most people think dandruff shampoo is moisturizing, it's actually preventing oil, making your hair even drier and itchier. Just an insight! Good luck on the rest!

  95. 9.13.16
    Anonymous said:

    HI Erika – try switching up your shampoo/conditioner. I had asked my hairdresser before about the brand you use bc it's more expensive but I was interested if it really worked. She said it's great but you shouldn't use it all the time because it's too much protein for your hair. Hope that helps! 🙂

  96. 9.13.16
    Unknown said:

    If you haven't read The Baxter series by Karen Kingsbury, I would highly recommend them! You will feel like a part of the family before you are finished.

  97. 9.13.16
    Missy said:

    To: Mary K- who responded earlier….I just learned about Monat & have questions!! Can I email you?

  98. 9.13.16
    Unknown said:

    I used to get fever blisters all the time and then my aunt told me what to do and I never get them now! Probiotics regularly (I'm bad about daily, but usually a couple times a week). Soak a cotton ball in vinegar as soon as she feels the blister coming on and then hold it to her lip for 5-10 min until it becomes numb. Do this 2-3 times the day she feels it and it should keep it from popping up. Finally, I now keep an aloe plant at home and the aloe directly from the plant helps if it does pop up. I usually put aloe on before bed the same day I do vinegar. Just tell her not to lick her lips bc it doesn't taste good! 🙂 good luck!!

  99. 9.14.16
    Daniele said:

    The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright is a beautifully written story. Happy reading!

  100. 9.14.16
    Unknown said:

    HI!! My daughter has an itchy/dry scalp. We found that Tea Tree shampoo/conditioner by Paul Mitchell works wonders. Good Luck, girl!

  101. 9.17.16
    kristine said:

    Hi!I've always gotten terrible cold sores.I have a prescription for Valtrex and if I can take it when I first feel the tingle, I don't get the cold sore or its hardly noticeable. I've tried everything, and it works the best. Not sure if it's ok for kids though. I would check with your doctor.