The Cure-All For Everything (almost everything…)

21It all started when I got pregnant…my worst enemy reemerged from junior high – ACNE! It was all over me (in places I never imagined…my face, my neck, my back, my chest…) and there was nothing I could grab from my box of magic tools that was safe for the growing boy inside me. I reached out to my sister – praying she would have an answer (she always does in matters of the personal care) and was introduced to, what I call, the cure-all for everything: Healing Elements by Lemongrass Spa.

I can honestly tell you that, with a little bit of tea tree oil and Healing Elements, my acne problems were solved!


“Joshua had the worst chapped lips of any newborn I’d ever seen!”

Then my son was born…such a precious bundle of joy. But Joshua had the worst chapped lips of any newborn I’d ever seen! I was very conscious of what I used on him and fled to my drawer for the Healing Elements salve I’d used during my pregnancy. Sure enough, it soothed and healed his lips.

As my little boy grew, we noticed he had eczema – not the most severe case, but bad enough that I had purchased enough lotions to fill a shelf in my bathroom closet (it’s a big shelf!) The hard part was finding a lotion that was gentle on his skin, all-natural (meaning safe if he ate it-because I knew he would…and he did) and reasonably priced.

Again the winner product was Lemongrass Spa’s Healing Elements.

As stated on Lemongrass Spa’s site, “Healing elements contains a special blend of Lavender and Vanilla Essential oils for a subtle essence. Amazing combination of oils for ultimate healing. Every family should have this natural salve which has dozens of uses! Healing elements contains zinc oxide which is the #1 pediatrician’s choice for healing skin rashes for children. Enhanced with Vitamin E oil, calendula extract for soothing itchy spots and shea butter for excellent moisturizing benefits.”

What’s even more important is that I can pronounce and recognize every ingredient listed and that each one has a purposeful reason for being included (no fillers or artificial scents).

We’ve also used this cure-all for scrapes, bruises, diaper rashes, mosquito bites, chaffed skin, body lotion and many other countless things.


  • Calendula Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Shea Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Non-nano Zinc Oxide
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • All natural essential oil blend of lavender and vanilla

This is the best baby shower present you can ever buy a woman! Click here to purchase from the best Lemongrass Spa Consultant around (not me – I’m only a passionate customer), Celeste Jaimes.



Pure Spiritual Milk

“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for the nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” 1 Peter 2: 3

My son loves to eat!

LJ EatingHe knows when he sees me holding a fresh bottle that something wonderful is about to happen. He will cry for that bottle – and, until I get it into his mouth, he is unsatisfied.

It’s amazing to me the overwhelming amount of peace and contentment that comes over his body as he begins to drink. He literally goes from a state of total meltdown to sleep the moment a bottle is put into his mouth. He relishes in getting his craving for nourishment fulfilled.

And so, I read this verse from 1 Peter with new meaning this morning…

I read it with a stark visual representation in my head of what it means to crave pure spiritual milk…

To cry for the Lord’s kindness and interaction with a fierceness that isn’t calmed until the craving has been met…

To experience instantaneous peace and contentment upon entering God’s presence.

This is what my days should be centered around. Much like my son’s daily mission is to get nourishment – mine is to find that pure spiritual milk and to not accept any substitutions.

To My Under-Appreciated Husband

Dear Husband,

I want so badly to be the wife you deserve…

A wife that greets you at the door, when you come home for work, emotionally stable with a smile on my face.

A wife who could manage our son’s doctors appointments on her own.

A wife that could spend time pouring over recipes to make you the perfect dinner each night.

A wife that didn’t nag or snap at you.

A wife who didn’t need you to immediately take our son after a long day of work.

I yearn to be a wife that is nurturing, selfless and thoughtful.

I’m humbled each day when…

You come home from work greeting me with a smile and asking about MY day as you take our son into your arms to give me a break.

You take time in the middle of your busy day to attend EVERY doctors appointment you can for our son (usually having to work extra to make up for the time.)

You make your own lunch each day and pick us up dinner every night.

You support every weight loss program I try, wake up early so I can sleep in…

…change poopy diapers while getting ready for work, don’t criticize me for wearing cut off pants, crocs and a puke stained shirt in public with you (yes it really happens), and listen patiently as I rant and rave that you aren’t being attentive to my needs (clearly not the case).

Thank you for your unconditional love.

Thank you for providing each day for our family above and beyond what we need.

Thank you for making our son laugh so hard.

Thank you for being an incredible man of God…

…and for giving me a family I never dreamed possible!

Love your incredibly grateful wife.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

For this week’s photo challenge, share with us a photo that expresses something fresh.

This is a photo taken of my husband’s hands encompassing my brand new baby son’s feet. He was brand new here…

In Daddy's Hands

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The Journey for My Son’s GI System

It’s a very early February morning. The temperature outside is too low to mention and the sun is shining on about 12″ of snow that surrounds my home. I’m sitting at the kitchen table listening to the sound of a heartbeat generated by the Graco swing next to me as my two month old son, Joshua, struggles to find peaceful sleep and work on today’s bowel movement. That’s right…bowel movement. I must also point out the word “movement” is singular and not plural. With frustration dripping from my typing fingertips – let me tell you the journey we have been on so far…

IMG_3659 12-6-14Born November 28, 2014 after 14 hours of labor, 3 hours of pushing and one very welcomed c-section – Joshua Henry Lupu entered this world at 8lbs and 19.4″ long. He was perfect! Every part of his little body was beautiful and wonderful. The first few nights he barely made a sound – we couldn’t believe how peaceful he was. And then it started…his inability to sleep without waking from attempts to pass gas, his arched back and screams as he tried to eat, and his total unhappiness every other part of the day from GI pain we didn’t know he was having.

The first pediatrician said his GI struggles were normal. He stated that newborns passing gas can look like an ordeal but is really not as bad as it seems. I mentioned that the milk protein allergy runs in both mine and my husband’s families. He stated there was no visible blood in Joshua’s stool – so the allergy wasn’t present. So, I took him home and reluctantly accepted that his excessive crying was normal. Before you mentally chastise my complacent acceptance of this doctor’s diagnosis – I only let Joshua continue on in this manner about 24 hours before I found a new pediatrician 🙂

At this point, we had tried Similac Organic formula, switched to Similac Sensitive and landed on Nutramigen which seemed to make a significant difference.  All of a sudden Joshua was able to poop – in fact he was pooping 3-4 times a day! Additionally, the new pediatrician diagnosed him with acid reflux and prescribed Zantac.

Three weeks later, I was surprised to be holding a baby who still arched his back in pain while eating, never seemed to smile and couldn’t sleep peacefully in my arms. I called the pediatrician…Prevacid was added to his prescription line-up (note this is not a medication you can have called in same day – it has to be specially compounded by the pharmacist). Apparently, it’s common for infants to need both medications to treat reflux and GERD, but they like to start with one first. Just in case the list got longer than you could keep up with, Joshua was now taking:

  • Nutramigen formula
  • Zantac every 8 hours
  • Prevacid once a day
  • Oh yeah – he had thrush so we can throw Nystatin in there too!

Still no improvement…in fact, late one night while changing his diaper, I noticed a small trace of blood in his stool. I called the pediatrician…he was referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI (note the hospital couldn’t get him in for two weeks – I had the pediatrician call and he got a next day appointment). While there, Joshua happened to have a bowel movement so a stool culture was able to be taken which showed hidden blood. This was an indication of infant ulcerative colitis due to a milk (also sometimes soy and egg) protein allergy (reminder! – I had previously mentioned this to the first pediatrician). Joshua was switched from Nutramigen to a hypoallergenic formula called EleCare which uses amino acids as its protein source instead of the milk-derived whey protein found in other formulas.

IMG_4915*Almost immediately we noticed a difference!

He began to smile!!!!!!!!

He began to laugh!!!!!

His moments awake were no longer filled with tears – and he actually began to let me put him down (he would only stay calm in my arms prior to EleCare). I finally felt we had reached a resolution and my baby boy would begin to spend his days pain-free.

We were told to give EleCare a good two weeks before his bowel movements would regulate and his temperament would calm down (note the milk protein can stay in the GI system for up to a month before the body is totally rid of it). Unfortunately, he reached his three week mark yesterday and has begun a downward turn…

…his bowel movements never regulated – in fact he went from 3-4 poops a day to one every other day. He has to push very hard for a small amount to come out (liquid in texture) and still struggles with painful gas.

I called the pediatrician…I am waiting for what happens next.

As of today, Joshua is thriving – he continues to gain weight and to grow in length. He smiles more and coo’s often. But he doesn’t have a day without some pain. His medication list is as follows:

Prescribed medications:

  • EleCare for Infants formula (you don’t have to get a prescription for this, you can have your pharmacist order it for you or buy direct from the manufacturer)
  • Zantac twice a day
  • Prevacid once a day
  • Nystain (he still has that stubborn thrush)

Natural/Homeopathic Medications:

2/19/2015 Update on

We took Joshua back to C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital for a follow up visit. We learned that his intestines have healed and are no longer bleeding. We were so glad to hear this we almost jumped at the doctor’s office. We also learned he is dealing with infant dyschezia, which basically means he strains and cries before he has a bowel movement or passes gas. Basically, he needs to learn how to coordinate bearing down to push out gas or stool while relaxing his pelvic muscles to allow them to exit his body. This seems to be a normal developmental issue with infants and we are looking forward to him growing out of it:-)