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Slow Cooking

Cooking.

Yeah. I don’t have time for that. Since having moved to Sheldon, IA almost a year ago, I have fallen in love with convenience food. My weight having jumped almost 20 pounds proves it. However, now that we’re in the new house, I can not afford, monetarily or health considering, greasy, fried fast food.

Not so easy. I do not want to diet. I can’t. If I try to restrict myself in anyway I will binge eat to illness. I have extreme addiction patterns and I break easily. Very easily… It is time for a complete lifestyle overhaul. Time to cook my own food.

Crockpot

I thought it was love...

After seeing this awesome post on freezer crockpot meals, I was instantly inspired. I have always wanted to tackle crockpot cooking and this looked like an amazing way to really jump in with a meal time overhaul. There are two things I have in abundance, a lack of patience and a love for home cooked food.

Within hours of my inspiration, Starla and I went out to buy a slow cooker. I had one awhile ago but it gave me a bad feeling so back it went…don’t ask. Found a fancy name brand, 7 qt crockpot, on sale $50 marked down to $30. (It’s red and I HATE red appliances, with a fiery passion from hell, however I totally scratched it big time while opening the box, so I doesn’t matter. I ruin everything and having already made it mine by accidentally beating it up helps me to love it.)

Crockpot acquired and already damaged. Check.

Food shopping. This was the fun part. I actually made a list. I had no idea what my recipes were going to be or what I was going to mix with what. Just a general idea to wash, chop, pack and freeze. This is what I bought:
5 green bell peppers
2 red bell peppers
7 ish small brown potatoes
7 ish small red potatoes
2 bags celery
1 bag baby carrots
Bag of white onions, about 6, I didn’t even count
10 garlic cloves
Bag of green beans
12 chicken breast
5 mild Italian sausages
BBQ sauce
Taco seasoning
Marinara sauce
Freezer bags

I ended up with 6 meals. I was watching the totals at the register and I spent around $50 for all of the food as almost everything I bought was on sale. Score!

Now, I went at this just sort of looking over random recipes. Give ‘freezer crockpot cooking’ a google, there are some really awesome recipes out there…but I don’t follow recipes. If I do, I ALWAYS mess up. It is basic enough, I wash and chop and just pack the bags…Freeze and dump in the pot the next day, right? Wrong.

Baking Pan

You can make cake AND casserole in this bad boy!

Everything I do turns to mush. Everything. Low temp, high temp, low water, high water, and By mid-week I finally gave up. My freezer meals ended up in a 13×9 pan, in the oven. This was perfection. I love baking. Love. It. So, goodbye crock-pot. Helloooooo baking pan!

Now I am on a quest to find the quickest and simplest baked dishes out there. I would love to see your recipes in the comments below! I will be starting a new cooking project very soon as I get back in check with #GeekFit. More on that later…

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All New Herbal Bath Tea and a Giveaway!

Herbal Bath Tea
All new Herbal Bath Tea is coming soon to LuxuryLaneSoap.com!

Soothing, natural botanicals combined with mineral rich Dead Sea salts, enhanced with certified pure essential oils, hand blended and sealed in a biodegradable pouch. Bath time perfection? Why yes, I do think so.

While we already know the health benefits of drinking tea on a daily basis, it is not commonly known the skin and health-enhancing benefits of soaking in it. A tea-based bath is a great way to absorb the antioxidants and minerals that come from tea and sea salts.

That’s where I step in and bundle the best of the best, from whole flower chamomile to rose petals to sun dried orange peel, each ingredient that goes into my new Herbal Bath Tea is hand picked and blended when ordered for the freshest soak possible. 100% Natural, Biodegradable, Vegan and Hypoallergenic

Sound nice? How would you like to win all of my premium Herbal Bath Tea varieties, including Red Clover Muscle Relief, Lavender Bedtime Bath, Sensual Passion Flower Soak and Triple Mint Sinus Relief, before you can even buy them?

Herbal Bath Tea 2

Multiple easy peasy ways to enter:

1. Visit the Luxury Lane Soap FB fan page and

2. Follow @LuxuryLaneSoap and tweet about this giveaway. (Example: Win all new Herbal Bath Tea from @LuxuryLaneSoap *link to blog post*)give a quick like.

3. Leave a comment on this post telling me how you like to unwind and relax.

4. Pin this post on Pinterest using the simple ‘Pin It’ button below!

5. Blog about this giveaway! Be sure to post a link in the comments below.

That’s it! Every shout out/post/tweet is another entry! Be sure to tag Luxury Lane Soap in your posts and tweets so I can verify your entry. Enter as many times as you’d like, winner randomly selected by random.org.

Terms & Conditions: Giveaway open to USA residents only. Prize(s) must be claimed within 10 days. Fun starts today: Monday March 12th 2012 and ends Friday March 16th 2012. Winner randomly selected (as always) by random.org

 

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Tough Dudes Cry

After yesterdays F%#k Allergies post, I have received MANY emails requesting I keep everyone up to date with Trent’s skin as it seems a lot people are dealing with issues like this and I am not the only one who feels completely lost and helpless. I am tagging these posts Trent’s Skin so they are easily searchable.

Also, from my post being re pinned/tweeted/liked I was able to gather a TON of information and I also discovered I have another family member across the United States who has the same problems with her son. So, really, thank you so much to everyone who helped get the word out and gave me suggestions and encouragement. I chose to live a very isolated lifestyle and sometimes I forget there are people out there who actually do care, even if they have never met us before.

So, on to Trent’s appointment yesterday.  His doctor did decide to do a skin lesion biopsy because something is clearly wrong. I was very adamant about Trent not being put on steroids because now we have a 3 yr medical history of what they don’t do for him. I am refusing being told this will just “go away” because it won’t. Thankfully, my doctor is absolutely ready to give us whatever we need. Trent was prescribed an antibiotic and while we had planned a biopsy, it was decided to send us to a dermatologist for a second opinion. I was irritated at this because I am impatient, but a second opinion is needed to decide what type of biopsy will be most beneficial. They don’t want to put Trent through the pain and not get it right the first time.

As one can imagine, Trent is scared shitless. He tries so hard to be brave but you can just see him melt. The more and more we talked about what a biopsy is and why we need to do it his skin got red and he started scratching and he just shut down.

Trent: “Today, when I am scared I decided to just be quiet and it will go away.”

Me: “You can scream. You can cry. You can do whatever you want.”

Trent: “I just wish this wasn’t me.”

My heart breaks and I start crying. Playing it off that crying is cool and totally not embarrassing. I tell him how once I cried when I got a tattoo. His eyes get all wide. The thing with Trent is that he cries all the time. It is when he doesn’t cry that we have a problem. When he is too afraid to cry because he feels completely out of control and this, his tears, he can control. So I nudge him to just let loose and we watch our faces in the mirror across the room. We both sit there crying and a nurse knocks on the door. She looks in, feels awkward, and just sort of leaves.

Me: “Dude! Did you see that? Our toughness was so tough it scared the nurse away!”

My son just giggled and smooshed me. I promised him Legos after this shitty doctor visit.

The car ride home was quiet, he collected his thoughts and when we got to Walmart to pick up his medicine and new Lego set, he had a breakdown in the toy isle and cried about whether he liked BatMan or Dinosaurs more. THIS was a relief. He needed to get it out and if he felt more comfortable crying about toy loyalties than trying to wrap his head around everything, by all means, go on and cry your face off little boy.

And then he was fine. And he picked Batman.

We have a dermatologist appointment in a couple of weeks. During this time waiting I am going to be experimenting with different skin relief formulas for Trent since nothing topical was prescribed. I need more information on what does and doesn’t help him. One big thing I learned at our visit was that it is immensly beneficial if you can have a conversation and not just answer questions. I knew why the doctor was looking in between Trent’s fingers and why he asked he what he sleeps in. I was even slapped on the knee and told how impressive it was that I had educated myself on so many possibilities, from fleas to copper allergies to shitty luck.

I will keep everyone posted on what we are concocting and trying. Our prime directive is to stop the weeping and oozing of the new skin eruptions while keeping the dried out scabs and eczema from itching. Because such large areas of his body (like the entire thing…) are being inflicted, I am making “natural” a priority. Especially since if and when we do find something that works, it has to be considered there will be long term usage.

Today I am asking, what has and has not worked for suffers of anything from sunburns to extreme dry skin to healing wounds? Our skin system is giant and no amount of googling can answer all of my questions and right now I am looking for ideas.

Much love to everyone and seriously, thank you so much for all of your kind words.
Yours, Kylee Lane
 

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F%#k Allergies

To say my son has problematic skin is an understatement.

Trent's Skin 3/6/2012

3/6/12 This is what his entire body looks like.

Since he was a bitty baby his skin has always broken out in bleeding sores that itch and burn him. There never was a time he wouldn’t wake up with blood on the bars of his crib or scream in pain because his socks were stuck to his sores on his feet. He always itches, he always hurts. That is just how it has always been.

We started taking him to Doctors when he was around six months old specifically to find out what was wrong with his skin.

Dr: “Eczema. Here. Use this cream.”

Me: “But, um, it has steroids in it? Should I be covering my baby in this?”

Dr: “It will go away and you won’t have to use it again.”

Me: “WHY is this happening? I need to treat the problem, not the side effect of.”

Dr: “There is nothing else you can do.”

Now repeat this conversation for the next seven years of my sons life…steroidal creams, safe to say, they don’t do a damn thing.

Early 2009, we met a very open minded doctor. For the first time ever, it had been suggested that Trent might have severe allergy issues. (You can revisit that here.)

Trent and Ocelot

"Can I please just hug him one last time?"

So. We have a little boy who is allergic to dust mites, cats and mold with allergy induced asthma. We are told to buy a house with no carpet and no forced air heating or cooling systems. Get rid of our cats and buy a HEPA bagged vacuum and clean daily. No vertical blinds and everything in the home has to be able to be removable and washable.

Jump from 2009 to now. We spend all of our savings/money/everything to buy a house, a much older brick building with no carpet and no forced air. This house has a steam heat system. This is perfect for his mite allergy…however, now his skin is multitudes worse. We are told steam heat and no forced-air is perfect for soothing Eczema and not blowing allergens all over the place. However, my guess, not so perfect for mold.

There is no visible mold growth anywhere at all. Most houses in Iowa have mold. It is very humid here in the summer, reaching 90% humidity some days. Buying a cheaper wooden home would have a far higher mold potential verses a brick house built by one of the wealthiest people in our region, though both choices are about 100 years old. Buying a newer home has such a high rate of chemical uses just being built that Trent’s asthma can’t handle it. He has extreme chemical sensitivities (Yes, this is why I make soap and things. So he can breathe and so I am not packing more chemicals onto his open sores.)

Trent Reading

"Mom! Technology! I can read anything, anywhere?!"

Honestly, a new house would have been the best choice, but we couldn’t afford having a brand new home built with a steam heat system. I am, for the first time ever, realizing the amount of guilt this causes me.

Today I sit here with a colossal mortgage, a giant brick house and I should have a healthy son. I don’t and I am doubting every decision I have made in the last three years. I feel massively overwhelmed because my son can’t even go to school today because he is covered in open sores. He has never had a appetite and he is smaller than everyone else. I feel like this is all my fault because I didn’t pick the right house for him. I can’t fix him. His skin, for the first time ever, was perfect while we lived in a roach infested apartment in Las Vegas. We should have just staid there.

Oh the joys of parenthood.

Has anyone else ever dealt with this type of skin condition? Anything. Often my son asks, “When will this not hurt and just go away?” and I have nothing to say to him. We go to another specialist today and I am requesting a skin lesion biopsy. Skin cancer runs in my family and I honestly just don’t know what else to do. What I do know is that if another doctor prescribes Trent steroids and tells us it will just go away, my next post is going to be about how a spent the night in jail for assaulting a physician.

Yours, Kylee Lane

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Playing with BlogPress

Look at me exploring blog apps on the iPad!


While looking for a better portable blogging option, and after a lot of cussing at the WordPress app, I found BlogPress. (I just easily coded the link with HTML magic super quickly via the super easy to use BlogPress HTML button in the upper right corner)


And easily took and added this photo using the little camera icon next the HTML button in under 60 seconds.

Basic, I know, but do you have any idea how UNbasic some blog apps are. >_< …yes, they make me squink a grumpy face due to lack of user friendliness.

So anyway, this is just my testing out the simplicity of it all. Now, I am going to test how it posts to facebook and twitter…

Location:10th St,Sheldon,United States

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Fairhill

A new home for Luxury Lane Soap!

Luxury Lane Soap FINALLY has a new home! After almost 2 years we finally bought Fairhill.

I wanted to get an update posted as to where I have been! We bought the house on February 1st and have yet to move in. The sellers need our help moving out. So, plain and simple, we are helping them. As we move them out and before we move in it has been hectic. We are still living above a garage, as we have been for the last 8 months while we saved money. Currently, with no internet very little production and shipping time, I have been kind of laying low. Just let me say, I am going to have buns of STEEL from going up and down these steps.

I will try to keep everyone posted with pictures and updates right here in The Fairhill Project. ♥ While I try to get a little more order to the chaos, I want to thank EVERYONE for being so patient!! Please feel free to text me with any questions you have, it seems to be the fastest way for me to get back to you. (712) 229-9115

You know the drill about calling…if I don’t know you, it scares the hell out of me to answer my phone. Please don’t call, but do feel free to text anytime!

Sending lots of love out there this fine Thursday. Have a beautiful day!
Yours, Kylee

 

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64 Horror Movies

Before you do anything else, go subscribe to hatinhand’s YouTube channel. Flawless editing.

Seriously. I have watched this about ten times, I love it so much.

I grew up watching horror movies and sadly, a large portion of what I grew up with (primarily creature films) aren’t here. Regardless, this is KyleeLane.com worthy on the principal that I really like cussing love horror films.

FILMS:

**CHAPTER ONE (Haunted Houses & Ghost Stories)**
11-11-11
1408
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Awakening
Dawn of the Dead
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Eye
Fragile
The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting in Connecticut
Insidious
Mirrors
The Orphanage
Paranormal Activity 2
Poltergeist
The Shining
Shutter Island
Silent Hill
Triangle
The Uninvited
The Ward
White Noise
The Woman in Black

**CHAPTER TWO (Angels & Demons)**
Constantine
Devil
Drag Me To Hell
End of Days
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcist
Legion
Lost Highway
The Ninth Gate
The Omen
The Prophecy
The Rite
Sleepy Hollow
Stigmata
Suspiria

**CHAPTER THREE (Killers & Slashers)**
30 Days of Night
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The Crazies
Dead Silence
Don’t Look Now
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (2007)
Hannibal Rising
The Hitcher
Pontypool
Psycho (1960)
Red Dragon
Red Eye
The Reeds
The Ring
Saw
Scream 4
Se7en
Shutter Island
Silence of the Lambs
The Strangers
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
Zodiac

Flawless.

Yours, Kylee

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