Wedding Ring Rash & Ring Dipping

16 Oct

On Thursday, Travis and I will be celebrating 9 years of marriage. In a way it went super fast, and in another way it’s difficult to remember life without him by my side. We got engaged in February of 2007, got married in October of 2008, had Jack in February of 2012. Boom, boom, boom…life races by.

It should surprise no one that I picked out my own engagement ring. I’m pretty darn picky and if I’m going to be wearing a piece of jewelry for the next 60+ years… I wanted to make sure I loved it. I ended up choosing a solitaire design in palladium with a little twist on either side. I loved the palladium because it was nice and shiny, while still being super lightweight. When it was time to decide on a wedding band, I went for a plain palladium band.

For our fifth anniversary, I added a little bit of bling with an anniversary band. Instead of getting a palladium band, I got one in white gold to save a little money. It looked basically the same and was more affordable so we figured it would never be an issue.

It became an issue in less than 4 years.

I first noticed it at the beach. Instead of taking off my rings each night, I’d leave them on while sleeping. After a few days I’d have a red rash on my finger. I did a little research and found that it was most likely “wedding ring rash” which is pretty common. It could be due to any junk (sand, sunscreen, etc) getting caught in between the rings and rubbing my finger. Or, it could be due to a nickel allergy.

I had never been allergic to any sort of jewelry before, so I just cleaned my rings and gave my fingers a few days off. I also used a little cortisone, which cleared the rash right up.

This happened on and off throughout the summer and then it started happening on regular days too. Whenever I’d wear my rings for a few days (taking them off each night while I slept), I’d end up with a red and itchy rash. It got to the point where I’d only wear my plain wedding band because anything else was irritating my finger.

After some trial and error, I figured out that it was the anniversary band that was causing the issue. So I did some google sleuthing and found that many people will paint the insides of their rings with clear nail polish as a barrier to stop the rash. So, I tried that… and within a day or so it totally flaked off.

As a last ditch effort, I decided to find out how much it would cost to have my ring rhodium plated. With white gold rings, they tend to yellow over time as the plating wears off. So, you can get the re-dipped to put them back to their former glory. I figured it would be expensive though, so I had been putting it off.

I called up the jewelry store where I purchased my ring. Over the phone, they told me that to have a ring “dipped” or rhodium plated, it would coast between $40 – 75 depending on the design. This was WAY cheaper than I expected, so I decided to stop by ASAP to get this issue (hopefully) fixed. When I got there, they said that since I purchased my ring from the store, the first time it is dipped is actually FREE. Well, okay then!

I dropped my ring off on a weekend and picked it up a few days later. For the grand total price of $0 my ring looks as good as new. Even better, I’ve been wearing them every day and haven’t had even the hint of a rash!

So, as your little PSA for the week… if you’ve been putting off re-dipping a ring because you think it’s going to be super annoying, inconvenient and expensive, DO IT! It felt so good to check something off my ongoing list and now I can wear my rings again… just in time for my 9th anniversary!

Have you had “wedding ring rash” before? How did you deal with it?

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Movie Talk: My Queue

12 Oct

We have finally been making some headway on our queue lately, so I wanted to share with you some of movies we’ve really enjoyed…

Table 19

I love Anna Kendrick, so when I saw that she was in a wedding comedy, I immediately added it to my queue even though I hadn’t really heard much about it.

Here is the synopsis: After her boyfriend dumps her via text, Eloise McGarry finds herself demoted at the wedding of her ex’s sister, from maid of honor to a seat at the table reserved for guests of little consequence. But Eloise soon realizes it’s the best table of all.

I loved the different wierdo characters, laughed a bunch and even cried a little bit. So yeah, even though this one ended up getting mixed reviews I thought it was great!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Photo courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment

When Travis and I were at the movies, we saw a preview for the new Kingsman movie (The Golden Circle), which made us realize we never saw the first one. We got it last week from our membership and we thought it was awesome! It’s basically like a funnier/bloodier James Bond. If you have a Colin Firth crush and want to see him as a total badass… add this to your queue ASAP!

Here’s the synopsis: Seeing untapped potential in a wayward teenager, veteran secret agent Harry Hart recruits the young delinquent and schools him in the skills that will ultimately transform him into a superspy.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

The whole family loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, so I knew that Volume 2 would be a hit. Travis and I saw it in the theater because we weren’t sure if it would be too scary for Jack. After watching it, we decided it would be totally fine for Jack to see… so we’ve been anxiously waiting for it to be released on DVD. Jack loved Volume 2 even more than the first – mostly thanks to Baby Groot. I think I might as well just buy both movies, because they are both fantastic.

Here’s the synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and characters from the classic comics come to their aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Oh, and Jack is a proud owner of this “I am Groot” t-shirt.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks

Next up in our queue:

The Boss Baby
Let’s Be Cops

Do you have a movie recommendation that we should add to our queue?


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Loving Right Now: TONYMOLY Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack

10 Oct

I wanted to do a quick Loving Right Now post of one of my current favorites. I’m totally obsessed with a new conditioner, the TONYMOLY Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack!

{Oh, and my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

I first read about this conditioner in an article about awesome Korean beauty products that really deliver and immediately went to Amazon to order some to try out. The packaging is totally adorable, and you do kind of feel like you are squeezing mayonnaise on your hair. But, it’s NOT ACTUALLY mayonnaise. The hair mask has nutrition enriched oils, Shea butter and other vitamin packed ingredients. It is super moisturizing and smells like a mix of vanilla and macadamia nuts.

My hair tends to be super dry because of the harsh shampoos I have to use for my psoriasis. Also, I highlight my hair on a regular basis so I like to baby it as much as possible with a super deep conditioner. I LOVE this one. It smells great, goes on nice and thick, and leaves your hair soft and silky (not greasy) afterwards.

I made my original order from Amazon (you can find the link here) but it is currently on backorder for 1-2 months. Yeah, it’s THAT awesome. I stocked up with a second order on (find it here) and THEY are now totally sold out too. This stuff can’t stay on shelves!

Not to worry though, because I found it for you all online at the Ulta website: TONYMOLY Haeyo Mayo. It’s $16.50 on their site, but they currently have a special to buy one and get one for 40% off.

Now it’s your turn to share, what are you totally loving right now?


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Having a Bit of a Tantrum

9 Oct

Some days I have it all together. I can juggle my million things with finesse and make it look easy. Heck, sometimes I convince myself that it IS easy.

Today is not one of those days.

Yesterday I had one of those tantrums where I burst into tears because sometimes life IS HARD and NOT FAIR. It must have been a sight to behold, because my husband took Jack out of the house for a bit and nicely suggested I should take a nap.

So yeah, much like my 5 year old… I had a tantrum and needed to take a nap.

Whatever, it helped a little. I felt a teensy bit more normal.

But last night – probably due to the 2 hour nap in the middle of the day – I couldn’t sleep. I just laid there in bed, tossing and turning and thinking of all the things that are stressing me out. Because THAT is obviously the best way to get to sleep.

First on the list: I’m failing Statistics. I have to pass the class with a B to go towards my Master’s degree and I’ve failed the last two quizzes… even after getting help from a tutor. The teacher is awful, the class is 100% online and I’m totally in over my head. I’m going to have another quiz this week and I’m just full of anxiety that I’m going to fail it. If I keep failing the quizzes, I’ll probably fail the midterm and final too. I’m going to fail the whole class and I’m going to have to retake it. I’ve never failed a class in my entire life and it feels like crap.

Second, Jack hit people two days in a row at his before-care program, so now we get to go in for a parent meeting. Why did Jack hit? He has no idea. On Wednesday he was playing with a hula hoop and someone went to take it from him, so he bopped them on the head. The very next day, he was cleaning up his station and a kid came over to help… so he pinched them. {sigh} I thought that he was finally settling in well with the whole kindergarten transition and now we have to start ALL OVER AGAIN with daily reminders to use his words. He didn’t have this issue at preschool, so I don’t know why suddenly he’s Hulk-smashing everyone. I’m tired. Just SO TIRED. And I don’t know when the heck I’m supposed to fit a parent conference into my schedule.

Dieting Sucks. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol a couple months ago and I’m working with my doctor and nutritionist to get it into the normal zone. I’ve been on a special diet for 5 weeks so far… some days it’s okay, other days it’s really hard. Where I’m typically a person who just eats what I want, I’ve had to think SO MUCH about everything that goes into my mouth. In addition to adding a bunch of nutritionist approved foods to my diet, she has me totally avoiding anything fried and all red meat. I need to keep following this diet for at least 4 more weeks until I retest my blood, but most likely forever. And it’s HARD. Most days I’m fine with a healthy breakfast smoothie and salmon for dinner… but sometimes this girl just wants a steak or a burger and fries! Don’t even get me started on the lack of donuts in my life (RIP Krispy Kreme addiction).

So there you go.

Yes, I can usually keep my shit together… but today is not one of those days.

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