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About Kayla

Age: PitaPata Dog tickers
Gender: Female
Breed: Sheepdog x Poodle = Sheepadoodle
Weight: 52 lbs

Embrace Pet Insurance
This is a non-affiliate link, but without Embrace, there was no way we could possibly have afforded to keep her with her medical issues. In the first year of ownership alone we paid about $3,000 out in medical bills because of eight ear infections and other miscellaneous illnesses. Luckily Embrace picked up a majority of it because after our $500 deductible we had copays of 20%. So as a guesstimate we paid about $1,000 not including the cost of insurance.

I’m a lucky mama to have our little furbaby. Although I wanted to adopt a dog, knowing how many are in need of loving forever homes, we were, unfortunately, unable to adopt. Animals are the one thing I’m not allergic to, on the other hand, they are the one thing my husband is allergic to; so we ended up with a designer dog. We tried looking into Labradoodles, or was Jake a Goldendoodle? The loving kisses from the puppy caused Hubby to break out in hives. As a child my husband had a sheepdog, so we knew with their hair texture he would survive my need to have a dog, and that’s where the sheepadoodle came in.

Kayla’s been home with us since September 2014, we adopted her at four months old. She was all of sixteen pounds. I’d looked into the breeder online before making the purchase, we were able to get her at a great price but it’s because most people want tiny puppies whereas we took her in at four months. Even after what I thought was careful research, we aren’t sure if Kayla was a result of backyard breeding, or if she failed the genetic lottery.

My poor baby has very severe allergies to (Trees, Grasses, Weeds, Epithelia & Fibers) Cedar, Mulberry, Bluegrass (AKA: Junegrass), Ash Mix, Hazelnut Pollen, Mesquite, Privet/Olive Mix, Black Walnut, Goldenrod, Lambsquarters, Pigweed. As well as (Molds, Mites & Insects) Grain mites, yeast, dust mites, fleas, fusarium, Pullularia pullulans, rhizopus nigricans, CATS, House Dust Mites.

The hardest of her allergies to manage are Fleas, Cats, and yeast. She had eight ear infections in the first year of ownership alone, as I mentioned before, but thank goodness for pet health insurance. By the way, if you are looking for insurance for your pet I personally recommend Embrace, which I have a link at the top of the page.

Kayla spends her days sleeping on the bed in the guest room, she’s commandeered it and decided it’s her own. If she’s not in there she’s probably chilling in my office with me, debating if she wants to get up to nudge my arm to tell me it’s time for attention.


She will happily make time to stop and smell the roses or visit with her next best friend that comes into her life. We love trips to the vet because all our friends are there and ready to pet and share a treat or two.

Of course, when it’s time to come back home, it’s time to go back to demolishing her stuffies. Thank goodness for needle and thread, without them I’d have no idea how to keep up with her demanding need to get at the creamy filling (the stuffing) in those toys.

Kayla makes friends with everyone that comes over, begging for attention. She falls in love with everyone: Benito from Weedex who cares for our lawn, the men that have come over to spray for bugs, as well as contractors. 

In the rare event they don’t dote on her as she sees fit, or the person that doesn’t like dogs, I section off enough room for her to stalk them from afar.

 

Fragrance Free Products

WARNING: Fragrance-Free and Unscented are NOT the same. Don’t let the manufacturer trick you into thinking they are. Unscented products have chemicals that mask the odors, your skin might know the difference and still have an adverse reaction.


Beauty & Skin

Arm & Hammer: Ultramax Solid AntiPerspirant Deodorant, Unscented – While this says unscented in the title it actually specifies fragrance-free in the description. Hubby uses this one. (Amazon)

Avant Fragrance-free Hand Sanitizer (Amazon)

Aveeno: has several fragrance-free products. My favorite one is the Skin Relief Body Wash, it has colloidal oatmeal in it which is excellent for dry, itchy skin. Hubby and I use the Therapeutic Shave Gel. (Amazon)

Banana Boat: Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen – This is my go-to for sunscreen regardless of time of year. I apply this on my neck, decollete, and arms. (Amazon)

California BabyHas their own fragrance-free line called Super Sensitive. You don’t have to be a baby to use it, but this brand is very pricey! (Amazon)

CeraVe: Great fragrance-free options. I use the Hydrating and Foaming cleansers as well as the moisturizing cream. Higher price tags for this than Cetaphil but that was what my Dermatologist recommended while I was on Accutane. (Amazon)

Cetaphil: I’ve used these in the past but since I have so many CeraVe products right now I won’t repurchase til they are gone. Cetaphil is significantly more cost efficient! (Amazon)

Dermalogica: is another skincare line that is entirely ARTIFICIAL fragrance-free. You may find products that have smells, like precleanse, but they are all natural. My favorite product is the Daily Microfoliant. (Amazon)

Dove: Advanced Care Sensitive Antiperspirant – A great product I’ve used for I don’t know how long. (Amazon)

EltaMDUV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 – My dermatologist recommended this because of my fragrance sensitivity and because my skin is super reactive and sensitive.

First Aid Beauty: is another skincare line that is entirely ARTIFICIAL fragrance-free. You may find products that have smells but they are all natural. (Amazon)

Gold Bond Ultimate: I loved this product when my eczema broke out all over both hands. It really helped the itch and helped heal the skin enough to repair as well. I won’t go another winter without this product. (Amazon)

Healthy HooHoo: This is excellent for maintaining your PH in your feminine area, but expect to part with $12+ per 4 oz. It’s a bit too pricey for me personally but if you battle issues with consistent yeast infections this may be the feminine cleanser for you. (Amazon)

O’Keffe’s Working Hands: My brother recommended this because it was fragrance-free and because as a nurse he’s constantly washing his hands. He was referred to this by a coworker and now this is Hubby’s Holy Grail hand lotion. He REFUSES to use anything else. (Amazon)

Paula’s Choiceproducts are entirely fragrance-free!

Simple Skincare: Another all fragrance-free skincare line. These are very affordable as they are drugstore items. I love their micellar water! (Amazon)


Heroine Gauntlets - Extra-long arm warmers | EitanyaDesigns
Heroine Gauntlets – Extra-long arm warmers | EitanyaDesigns

So this is about skin… Since I have contact dermatitis, remember I mentioned the rash I get when I come into contact with fragrance? Well, I purchased these awesome arm warmers, I got them from EitanyaDesigns on Etsy.


Household Products

all free clear — We’ve used the liquid laundry detergent and dryer sheets for over ten years. The liquid detergent is even sold in select Costco locations in bulk. Hubby prefers to use the smaller bottles because they have nicer drip slots, so we’ll pour out some of the large bottles into the smaller ones.

Better Life – I found this product by watching Shark Tank! Now this brand has fragrance-free products (they list it as unscented) but it also specifies on the nicer smelling ones it does specify the scents are all-natural. (Amazon)

Bounce – Free & Gentle Dryer Sheets (Amazon)

DownyFree & Gentle Fabric Softener. Again something we’ve used for more than ten years now.

Dr. BronnersBaby Mild Castile Soap (Amazon) You can use this as is or you can use it in my DIY Foaming Soap.

PUREayre – Another Shark Tank thing I found super interesting. This can help you deodorize your home “Without the hazards of chemical products and artificial fragrances.” They have a variety of different products for Home, Baby, Pets, Dogs, and Marine. (Amazon)

Seventh Generation – Has a huge list of different fragrance-free products including all-purpose cleaner, baby wipes, chlorine free bleach, diapers,  dish liquid, glass & surface cleaner, dishwasher gel & powder, fabric softener, laundry detergent, rinse aid, stain remover, and training pants. (Amazon)


Miscellaneous Products

Dog Shampoos & Conditioners

Earthbath – Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo Fragrance-Free
Shampoo (Amazon) and Conditioner (Amazon)

Tenda GroomHypoallergenic Dog Shampoo (1 Gal Amazon)


Wet OnesSensitive Skin (Amazon) You can get the packets for travel or you can be like me and just get a tub to take with you. It’s easy to take them in a small Ziploc bag, if for some reason they start to dry out you can easily add a touch of water to the bag or just get a spray bottle and voila it’s all fixed. Same thing if you accidentally leave the tub open, just add a bit of water to the container and it’ll hydrate itself.

System Jo – H2O Personal Lubricant (Amazon) and there is also their All-In-One Massage Glide (Amazon.) Their manufacturer website is very image intensive so it may take a minute to load, but they have great products that we love. We were actually referred to this line of products by a friend / couple who enjoy their products.

Moso Natural – This company offers air purifying bags that are rechargeable via the sun! Isn’t that neat? They have small ones you can put in shoes or I use the 200g ones I bought from (Amazon) in a set of four. I have two in our closed trash can, it does a good job but closed trash cans get smelly really fast. We also have them in our bathrooms and fridge. I love that when the product ‘expires’ after 2 years you can open it up and put it in a garden or just on your grass.


Grab Green Home – Has a full list of items that are fragrance free. I’ve never used the site before, but as I type this out I am browsing the site.


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Fragrance Allergies

Have you heard of fragrance allergies? Do you think that the people that are subject to this are making this up to get attention or sympathy? It’s okay to say yes. My own brother, who is a registered nurse, thought I was a loon too til recently. Well, now you’ve “meet” someone with it.

So fragrance allergy, what is it? Well, it varies from person to person so here’s a link for WebMD.


Which reactions do you have, LilKaylie?

Personally, I have a mix of five different reactions. I can have them all at simultaneously, but not always.

  • Lightheadedness leads to dizzy spells.
  • Headaches that move on to unrelenting migraines.
  • Light sensitivity goes along with the migraines.
  • Asthma symptoms like tightness of the lungs result in the need for my rescue inhaler.
  • Then there’s the painful contact dermatitis which is a rash-like reaction. If it’s bad enough I can experience hives or skin can bubble like a third-degree burn (when they did my patch test for allergies my skin bubbled.)

In my case, my fragrance allergy is genetic, thanks, Dad! While my father has it, his case is significantly less severe than mine, and my brother was lucky enough to have been spared this condition. In some cases, women of childbearing age experience heightened sense of smell, which from what I’m told is a common occurrence in pregnant women as well.


You mentioned your brother recently clued in, what happened?

Within the last two months, my little brother got a sense of my sniffer power! In your mind fill this container up 2 inches of water and add about 25 or so different types of herb seedlings, they were about 3 inches tall from root to tip. Cilantro, Oregano, Thyme, whatever you want. Now add ONE mint seedling. This was something my in-law’s sister had given my brother for his greenhouse, so he had no idea what was in it. He was just going to put them into cups to keep under a heat lamp to help them grow before planting them in the greenhouse. OK back onto topic! I kept telling him I smelled mint, and he told me multiple times I was wrong before sticking his own nose into the mix. Once he’d unloaded about half the seedlings into their own cups he’d finally stuck his nose in again and found my single peppermint baby in there. From the look on his face, you’d have thought I stuck the seedling in there myself.


So how do I know if I have it?

Are you sensitive to smells? Does the thought of perfume, cologne, body wash, shampoo, or even hand soap make you pause out of concern about the reaction you’ll have to THIS product? You may want to check in with a specialist, an allergy specialist to be specific. A dermatologist can do a partial patch test, mine only offered me 10 different variations, while my allergy and asthma specialist offered me 40ish I think it was. Please bear with me, this was five or six years ago I had this test done.


Are you interested in Fragrance-Free products?

If you are interested, I’m going to have another page that will list off products that I have found, and even used some of them, that are fragrance-free! I’ve done the hard work in finding them, all you have to do is pick them up and use them, so long as you aren’t allergic to any of their other ingredients.


What about a cure? Is there one?

From what my allergy specialist told me there is no cure. I can’t take an allergy pill and expect to be able to go about like a normal individual. The only way to reduce negative reactions is avoidance. This can really suck for your social life, depending on how well your friends and family take the news.


My family’s reaction…

Mom thinks I can Google a way to cure myself, Google M.D. FTW!Dad understands because he suffers from a reduced version of the same thing.My brother, until just recently, thought I was off my rocker. Which depending on the day, I agree with him haha!

Thank God for my husband, who didn’t know what he was getting into when we got married but loves me all the same. He invites friends over to come visit, he takes the time to explain the situation in advance and tells them to please limit any cologne or perfume that they wear when they come over. They’ve already got an idea what happens to me when they come over, so when I excuse myself and make a run for my safe place (my office or bedroom, which both have air purifiers in them) they aren’t offended or mortified. There’s not much we can do about not asking them to use body wash, much less being concerned about laundry detergent smells. When his parents came to stay over from Canada a couple of years ago, he even had them using our laundry detergent and Dad stopped smoking for the duration of his stay. I didn’t know that Dad smoked, but Hubby mentioned how much of a sacrifice it was for him, that I was really fortunate for my in-laws to have that kind of patience.


What do you do when you leave the house?

I purchased awesome arm guards, well they are actually arm warmers, I got them from EitanyaDesigns on Etsy. They cover everything from my knuckles up to my upper arm, they even have a thumb hole, how awesome is that!

I don’t leave without my rescue inhaler (ProAir), generic Benadryl in case I come in contact with something my skin doesn’t appreciate. I also have migraine pills I take as soon as they get excessive. I have a good tolerance, just because I have to leave the house periodically, but it’s not recommended to use them while driving so I try to avoid places I know will trigger them like the mall or beauty stores.

I also take Cetaphil with me to use as a hand soap, a solid lotion (O’Keeffe’s Working Hands,) and I take a hand sanitizer as well. I can’t really find many fragrance-free sanitizers so I will either make my own or take the basic Purell.


Have more questions? Let me know, you can either comment below or you can contact me here.


*Note: FTW means For The Win.

About Me

I’m gonna start this by saying I have no idea what to put here, but let’s see how I do.


Hi, I’m LilKaylie, the lady behind the scenes running the website.

Years ago I went through an eight-year abusive relationship…
While it seems odd to say this, I am lucky to say it never escalated to physical abuse, it stayed mental. Unfortunately, as a result, I’m still pretty shy in person, but online I love to socialize and make new friends.

I was very fortunate to find a friend that helped me understand what was being done was wrong, and it was never my fault. He’s the reason I was able to get out of the cycle. Ever since then I’ve considered him my best friend.

A few years later I meet a man online, I played video games with him at the time.  He was from Canada but we still meet up about five years later, and I’d fall in love and I knew I couldn’t let him go, we married soon after and we’ve been together for almost ten years now! Hubby’s rather concerned about sharing information online, especially after I was a victim of identity theft, so you’ll commonly see me referring to him as Hubby. I loved that we had time to talk online, getting to know the person before seeing him in person. I’d seen pictures of him before, but I felt like we developed a deeper connection by learning about each other before worrying about physical appearances.

Hubby and I have a 2-year-old puppy named Kayla. She’s a sheepdog x poodle = Sheepadoodle. She’s got so much personality and she keeps me on my toes. She’s got some allergies, though, I’m afraid it was possibly from an irresponsible breeder. While I know that adopting an animal from a rescue is the ideal option, Hubby’s allergic to animals so we had to have a doodle cross. We even went to see a Goldendoodle or was Jake a Labradoodle hmm, before we bought Kayla. He’d had a sheepdog when he was a child so we knew he’d be able to tolerate the hair like fur and dander. If you want to see more about Kayla don’t worry, she’ll be getting her own page soon.

So what do you like? I love reading fantasy, romance, and some sci-fi books. I prefer to read series instead of stand alone books. You can find me working and listening to music, I typically listen to Top 40, Trap, and Hip-Hop. If I’m on the computer or when we’re on the couch I enjoy comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, Disney. The shows on my roster now, in order of what pops into my head, are The Blacklist, Scorpion, Flash, Arrow, Vampire Diaries, Suits, The Originals, Who’s line is it anyway?, Castle (discontinued), Modern Family, Game of Thrones, iZombie, NCIS, Shark Tank, Firefly. Ok, I’m stopping there that’s already probably too much.

Is there something you want to know? Ask in the comment section below.