My husband got to spend his day off yesterday driving almost 4 hours each way to pick up a vehicle for one of his customers. Since I have a number of orders to fill this week we decided that he would bring newly 3, and full of life's exuberance, Zoie along for the ride. She has been anxiously awaiting her third birthday so that she too can go to work with Daddy, just like Evan has. In reality, she'd be a challenge there, but safely buckled into her carseat... The rest was history! :-) I was instructed to get a lot done on my one third (aka minus one kid) day off - which I did! She got to feel special, which can be a challenge for the middle child! I also received some very cute pictures of their adventures, of which I'll share my favorites! :-)
In keeping with my highly productive day, a promised recipe finally made and photographed! We've been fighting a bad diaper rash around here off and on this summer, which has been a consistent summer problem for us, and so nakedness has been a common site around the house! While I am in the midst of trying to repeatedly strip our diapers (we use cloth) to remove the almost 3 years of hard water residual yuck (whew! So very happy we have a water softener here!) we have been going through massive quantities of our Homemade Diaper Rash Cream, which really, really helps. It offers an all-natural barrier and has not caused any repelling issues for us. I've been using this for over 2 years now. Original recipe is from Passionate Homemaking and you can find it here: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/09/homemade-natural-diaper-cream-lotion.html Here's our version perfected over the last 2 years:
HOMEMADE DIAPER RASH CREAM:
Ingredients: (This makes enough to fill my three, 4 oz. containers)
3/4 cup Shea Butter*
1/3 cup Coconut Oil**
1/4 - 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder for thickening (use more in warm weather/climates)***
20-30 drops of the Essential oils of your choice (this can be left out for a sensitive version!) ****
1. Combine Shea Butter and Coconut Oil and blend together until smooth with a hand mixer
2. Add 1/4 cup of Arrowroot Powder and mix gently (I switch to hand mixing from here on out to avoid powder going everywhere!)
3. Add additional Arrowroot powder one tablespoon at a time to achieve desired consistency (you may have to perform some trial & error with this)
4. Add essential oils of your choice & mix well. I use 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil for anti-fungal and 10 drops of Lavender EO for anti-viral.
5. Add to container(s) of your choice for storage & you are done! I keep to by the changing table and one in our diaper bag and use a small amount with each diaper change. Works beautifully for us!
* We buy this at our co-op in bulk, but you can also find it on amazon
** I use Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade Organic Whole Kernel Unrefined which again comes from our co-op, but you may be able to find another brand in your local grocery natural section, most important is to buy Unrefined which means no chemicals were used for extraction of the oils!
*** We use Bob's Red Mill from our co-op of course ;-) this is a common place item that can be purchased online from amazon or the like. I highly recommend Arrowroot powder as a natural thickener, however cornstarch can be substituted in a pinch. Please be advised that cornstarch is typically a GMO product. For more information on GMOs read these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food_controversies
**** Aura Cacia has great quality essential oils and a good information directory here: http://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/aclearn/ar_directory.html