Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Master Closet Redo - {Part 2}

If you missed Part 1 of our Master Closet Redo you can check it out here.

We have been very busy working away. In the last week, we have

1. Purchased everything we need (more on that later)

stacks of maple

2. We (and by we I mean Joel on this one) have cut everything!

cut wood

3. We have edge banded everything!

wood working

4. We have trimmed the edge banding on everything!

cutting edge banding with a trimmer

5. We have sanded everything… y'all this took forever!

girl sanding maple wood

6. We have stained about half of everything (it take 4 steps, more on that later).

garage staining

And all with the "help" of this little guy.

wood working

This is him smiling and saying cheese.

Stay tuned, we are making more progress tonight! So I should have an update for you in a few days!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meal Planning Monday {Feb 23}

Monday - Turkey burgers with rice and asparagus

Tuesday - Baked chicken and potatoes

Wednesday - Tacos

Thursday - Salmon and spinach coucous

Friday - Stuff bell peppers

Saturday - Grilled cheese and fruit

Sunday - Salsa chicken with rice

Favorite Things Giveaway Winner!!

First of all, thank you to everyone who entered!

And the winners are...

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kathy - You won my gift basket!

Alisa - you won A Mother's Craftuition's gift basket!

We will be contacting you today with more details. I sincerely thank all of you for entering and hope you will stick around and keep up with all our craziness here at Hooked on the Howards! Come back to tomorrow to see the progress we have made on our master closet!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Today I am linking up with Darci for 5 on Friday.


Let me just get this one out of the way first, I am hosting a giveaway of (some of) my favorite things! So please check it out and enter!


We had a very nice Valentines Day. In fact it was very relaxing. We decided not to go out and that was the perfect decision!

next bachelor


Last weekend I took dinner to a friend who recently had a baby. As if I didn't have baby fever enough, seeing him sent me over the edge (even if he did pee on me).


The hubs and I are redoing our master closet, so stay tuned to see how it turns out!

messy closet


I love black and white photos… Random, I know, but I was just thinking about it. I think I am going to do a photo wall in my hall of black and white photos. If you have ideas send them my way :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Babies with Sensitive Skin

babies with diaper rash

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As many of you know, my child has VERY sensitive skin! We have been to the doctor many, many times and even seen a pediatric dermotologist several times.

Lately, I have had 3 or 4 moms ask me questions about what I do to keep his eczema and diaper rash under control. Both of which are constant battles because of his sensitivity.

Here are the creams/lotions/washes we use:

aquaphor healing ointment

  • A&D Ointment - at the FIRST sign of any kind of redness on his bum we start using this along with the aquaphor.
  • Lotrimin - we use this when the rash moves up north from his bum
  • Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo Tear Free- we have tried every wash out there and this is the one we have found to be the best!!! Its gentle enough that it doesn't hurt his eyes and it doesn't smell.
aquaphor gentle wash

eczema lotion

I thought I would share with you all some of the tips I have learned and some of the products we love.

  • The best thing you can do for eczema is to keep the skin moist!
  • We do not bathe Landry every single night. We do it every other or every 3rd day. Obviously, if he is super dirty I will give him a bath, but if he doesn't need it we avoid it. Water dries out the skin, so we try not to bathe him more than necessary.
  • Use warm water. I know with babies and toddlers you don't really get the water hot, but if in doubt colder is better. The heat also dries the skin out.
  • Lotion, lotion, lotion! Especially after baths! That is when the skin can absorb it the most. We also lotion every night before bed and every morning when getting dressed.
  • When diaper rash gets really bad, we add a little bit of baking soda to his bath water. It helps neutralize the acid in his skin. We also try to lower the acidic food he eats when it gets bad. Usually after a day that does the trick.
  • We also changes diaper brands frequently. I have learned that he is not necessarily allergic to any brand of diapers, but he will break out if we use one brand for to long. So I usually buy the 100ish count of diapers and then switch to a different brand next time. We cycle through the brands before starting back with back with the first again.
  • Also, I make our wipes. You can find out how here.
We have been to the doctor many times and we have prescription strength creams too. 

I know what a struggle this can be for moms. There is nothing worse than watching your child scream when changing their diaper or seeing it bleed because it is so raw. There have been times when we had to put 4 or 5 different creams on him at once. There have been days when I stopped using wipes and would use a warm wash cloth instead. So mom if you're reading this YOU'RE A GOOD MOM! Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will try to answer or help the best that I can!

**I am not a doctor or an expert by any means. So please see your doctor for your specific situation. Also, I am not being paid for any of my opinions. I just love these products and know what a struggle eczema can be for a mom. However, if you work for any of these companies I will gladly accept free products :)**

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Master Closet Redo - {Before Pictures}

When Joel and I bought our house a few years ago, one of the things I LOVED about the house was the master closet. It's huge! Seriously, we could use it as a nursery if we needed to.

before pictures of closet

For a few years it has worked well for us, but the standard builder shelves and rods just aren't working anymore.

So we started researching closet organization. We originally decided to go with The Container Store Elfa Shelving. The cost was going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $3500 - $3700 ON SALE! But it's what we loved...

guy side of closet

Then for Christmas Joel's parents gave us some money to put towards the closet. (Don't worry it's what we said we wanted).

Funny how a gift of money can change your mind. We have now decided to DIY the closet! And the goal is to redo our entire closet for under $1,000 for everything!!

woman's side of closet before

Normally, I like to wait until the end of a project and post all of the pictures, but this time I decide to post as we go. So today we're starting with the before pictures!

I have shoes in 4 different places in our closet! Including a shelf on Joel's side.

too many shoes

necklaces and bracelets

The back wall has some hanging area, but we can't utilize it because of the way the rest of the closet is layer out.

messy closet

Do you see what a mess this corner is???

Stay tuned! I hope to post a weekly update!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Grilled chicken with garlic pasta and green beans

Tuesday: Free Chick-fil-a!! I love it… 

Wednesday: Tilapia and green bean casserole (I'm craving it, so we're having it)

Thursday: Lettuce wraps

Friday: Breakfast for dinner

Saturday: Something on the grill

Sunday: Pizza

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Favorite Things Giveaway

Y'all, I am so excited to be partnering with A Mother's Craftuition to bring you a giveaway of our favorite things!!!

First off, some of my favorite things!!

chickfila giveaway

So what's in this lovely bag?

1. Reusable grocery bags - I use these for everything from groceries (imagine that) to wet swimsuits. And the best part is that the bags just keep getting cuter! This one is from Pier 1.

2. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food - I am an emotional eater and this book as been a great resource for me. I highly recommend it for anyone that struggles with emotional eating or weight management.

3. Reese's… Do I need to say more?

4. Tumblers! Pictured is a plain clear one, but I will personalize it for whoever wins! Because honestly, personalized/monogrammed things are another one of my favorites!

5. Bath and Body works sugar scrub! It makes my skin so soft and smooth!

6. OPI nail polish! I have tried the cheap ones from Target or Wal-mart, but they just don't last like OPI does! And it's the perfect spring color!

7. I love Chick-fil-a! In fact, I probably eat there WAY to often! So in honor my love for the Christian restaurant I'm including a $10 gift card!

Here's a close up of the nail color!

Spring Nail Color

But that's not all!! You also have a chance to win A Mother's Craftuition's favorite things too!! Hop on over here to see what she's giving away!

bath and body giveaway

So now is your chance to enter to win!  Please be sure to become a Google follower for both of our blogs! And GOOD LUCK!

The giveaway will close Sunday, February 23 at midnight!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** Please know that no one is paying us to host this giveaway and none of these brands even know we exist. We just like their products!**

Thursday, February 13, 2014

4 Wheel Fun

Today is the first day it has been warm enough to play outside in weeks!! So we took this opportunity to try out Landry's new (to us) toy. Thank you cousin Rachel for passing along such a fun toy!

He is ALL boy and loves all things with wheels! So to have wheels that go like daddy's is the best!

I mean, look at that smile!

I see lots of fun spring and summer nights in our future!

Now if only he could figure out the steering…