S is for Smooth

I don’t know who coined the phrase “baby soft” but there’s a strong possibility they had a seven week old in their home at the time.

While Fox, my seven week old, is napping, I often touch his delicate skin or stroke his hair. How could I not? Babies have such smooth skin and look so sweet as they sleep.

But there are times when he’s cranky and bath time is the only way to comfort him.

Since baby skin is sensitive, I opt for fragrance free products so he isn’t irritated. One of the brands our rock star pediatrician recommended for Fox’s older siblings is Aquaphor.

And so when BabyCenter sent me Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo and Healing Ointment for review I had no problem using them on Fox.

The Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo has a smell that’s not overwhelming. I also like that its a space saver — no need for separate bottles of baby wash and shampoo — making it a great 2 in 1 skincare choice for his bath time.

The Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is being used on the infant acne that’s appeared on his cheeks making them feel really dry. I can’t wait until it restores his cheeks back to smooth.

This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. Join the Aquaphor “Comfort Zone” Group on BabyCenter . You can also read information about Aquaphor on their website.


Hipster Crayolas

Growing up with Manhattan as my stomping grounds, meant I had preconceived notions about the other boroughs.

When I was a kid, Brooklyn was ridiculously far to get to but when you did it was very family centric.

I still think of Brooklyn as far to get to and family centric but I also think it is quite the hipster hot spot.

Japecake blogged about Hipster Crayola colors and the names pretty much made my day — because they were so fitting! Check them out!


I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them. – Elizabeth Taylor

The first time my grandmother talked with me about Elizabeth Taylor, it was about her violet eyes. Later she told me about Elizabeth’s many marriages.

It wasn’t until years later when I read the following quote that something about Elizabeth Taylor truly resonated with me –

People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.

She too disliked having a nickname. Like her, so many people are determined to give me one — Vicky of course being the most popular choice. My close friends have always known to not call me Vicky. Some things matter more to people. This is one of those things for me.

So today as I hear soundbites about Elizabeth Taylor’s life and I read about her request to show up late to her own funeral, I remember when she inspired me to be true to myself — in a way that may be so simple for some. But for me, it mattered so much.

R.I.P Dame Elizabeth