An Honest Review of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

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An Honest Review Of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

A Tried and True Diaper Rash Ointment

As a first time mom with the twins I never knew what to use when they would get diaper rash. I tried all of the at-home remedies like having them soak in a tub of Dawn soap and using corn starch. It was messy and the twins were fussy and in pain. Nothing seemed to work on their cute little tushies. Naturally, I sought the advice of my other mom friends which wasn’t very many at the time because I was one of the youngest moms in my group of friends. I found myself studying every diaper rash ointment in the baby aisle at Target. This bright red tube with a cute cartooney baby caught my eye and I looked it over carefully. I just wanted something that got the job done and provided relief to my babies. I enjoyed the pleasant smell and was impressed with the texture. It didn’t slide off of the twin’s skin and stuck to the diaper. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste was my go-to diaper rash ointment from that day forward!

Fast forward eight years and my youngest was born. She was a solid breast milk baby and was fortunate enough to not have diaper rash issues. I had registered for Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and had a tube on hand in the event that I may need it but  only used it a handful of times. It was still the great diaper rash ointment I had always relied on and could still count on it to heal my baby’s owie bottom. I had been very particular about this pregnancy and made sure I read the labels on everything before buying or giving it to my youngest. I was relieved to find that Boudreaux’s is still free from dyes, preservatives, talc, phthalates and parabens.

Why I Use Boudreaux’s On My Toddler…

Then, last February, we took a family outing to a new indoor trampoline park that had just opened up in our area. I had actually won family passes so we had a budget-friendly family outing. Even though we followed the rules and regulations strictly we were not prepared for what happened that day. Our little Lil received a buckle fracture of her tibia that afternoon because children six and under shouldn’t be playing on trampolines of any kind. Period. Their bones are just too soft still. You can read more about our experience here.

We were in the middle of potty training Lily and she was making great progress. Unfortunately the fracture resulted in Lily wearing a full leg cast for almost six weeks. She wasn’t able to walk for about a week and when she finally did she struggled and hobbled along. She couldn’t sit down on her little potty chair do go potty any longer because her leg was straight and couldn’t bend.

This unforeseen accident resulted in severe potty issues for Lily. She was a 22-month old toddler who was almost fully potty trained and now couldn’t sit down to relieve herself. The lack of running around and playing as her usual self resulted in severe constipation. She’d go days without a bowel movement and when she finally did go they were so hard and long that they cause Lily to tear a little bit. Her poor little bottom was so sore. It absolutely broke our hearts. But we knew we could rely on Boudreaux’s Butt Paste to provide Lily with the relief that she needed and to quickly heal her bottom.

Trusted and Loved!

Lily still has issues from time to time and I always whip out good ol’ Boudreaux’s Butt Paste! I am extremely thankful to Moms Meet and Boudreaux’s for sending us a generous supply of Boudreaux’s Maximum Strength Butt Paste in a tube and a tub as well as a tub of the Original Bourdreaux’s Butt Paste. Unfortunately, we were supposed to be sent the new Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Rash Kicking Kit and didn’t receive that so we were not able to sample and share our review of that specific kit. It was supposed to include the innovative Butt Brush, a mess-free silicone applicator that helps parent’s apply a thick and smooth amount of Butt Paste. Since I didn’t receive the new Rash Kicking Kit I looked it up on Amazon. It looks pretty nifty because it comes with two 2 oz. tubes of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste in Original and Maximum Strength along with the new Butt Brush. The Butt Brush looks pretty nifty so parents can keep their hands and fingers clean from mess. It appears to help apply the rash ointment nice and smoothly as well. The really cool thing about the Butt Brush is that is has a suction cup on the back of the applicator so you can stick it to nearly any surface and not worry about it falling or getting dirty. How innovative! I’m pretty bummed I wasn’t able to personally review it for you but you can find a video to the product on Amazon here. It retails for $14.99.

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Halloween Holly: A New Family Tradition

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Halloween Holly: A New Family Tradition

Okie dokie, Parents! Halloween is just around the corner and that means that the decorations are out, the costumes have been decided upon, and you’re gearing up to stock up on your  Halloween candy favorites. I was just telling my husband this week how we used to have our candy bowl set out on the kitchen table always filled to the brim with our favorite candy minis and we’d snack upon them all month long. That tradition quickly fizzled out after the first year we were married after discovering the yucky ingredients that’s found in conventional Halloween candy.

But we needed to limit the amount of sugar we were consuming period. I’ve always enjoyed letting my kiddos dress up and trick-or-treat for gobs and gobs of candy. Let’s be honest; the best part of letting our kids trick-or-treat is so that we can paw through their stash, lol! I will never forget when the twins were four years old and they’d run down the neighbor’s sidewalks yelling, “Mommy! I got an Almond Joy for you!” Yep… my kiddos knew how much a absolutely loved Almond Joys. I still do. But I no longer consume them.

On our journey to healthier living it quickly dawned on me that the amount of candy my kids received at Halloween time would last until Easter. I noticed my kids reaching for candy instead of fruit or healthier snacks. I would let my kids pick out a few pieces of their favs and bag up the rest to take with me to school to hand out as rewards for my students at school or send my husband with the leftovers to drop off in the break room at work.

Then one day last fall I came across Halloween Holly.  Cara Via is a mom of two boys and a Halloween enthusiast. She is the creator and author behind Halloween Holly. Cara was also faced with the candy dilemma that parents face each year: too much candy, meltdowns, upset tummies, and dreaded struggles. Her goal was to keep Halloween fun while avoiding all of the downsides and aftermath that often comes after the Halloween festivities.

Holly is an elfairy (part elf, part fairy) that lives at the North Pole with Santa. While visiting Santa’s workshop, Holly learns that the secret to the Christmas elves’ energy is CANDY! When a candy shortage threatens the Christmas deadline, Holly springs into action and comes up with a marvelous idea! Holly tells Santa that everyone needed to know about the candy secret and emergency at the North Pole. She’s sure that once the secret is out that everyone will be willing to share their Halloween candy to help the elves out.

Holly quickly spreads the news to children far and wide and encourages them to collect as much candy as they possibly can while their out trick-or-treating. With a parent’s help, each child would get to pick out 10 pieces of their favorite candy to snack on and then they’ll place the rest in a special bowl. After Halloween, Halloween Holly comes to collect the candy and bring it back to the elves. So now, Santa needs each kids help in order to save Christmas. And Mom and Dad’s sanity is saved knowing that their kiddos still get to participate in the Halloween festivities without experiencing the negative cons afterwards.

My twins were really excited about adding this new tradition to our home because they agree that there is an overload of candy after all of the Halloween events and this is a healthy balance of fun and having treats in moderation all while saving those pearly whites!

Cara has created such a fun and ingenious family tradition to add to your family traditions and transform your festivities! A huge thank you to Cara and Halloween Holly for gifting this to our family! You can get your very own Halloween Holly here.

What are some of your favorite family traditions? I’d love to hear about them! 🎃🍬👻

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Friday Fall Favorites

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First Friday Fall Favorites

This year I decide to share some of my Fall favorites with you. I’ve always been a bit hesitant because my decor is outdated and looks nothing like what you’d find on Pinterest or from some of the top home decor bloggers. Since starting our debt-free journey I’ve had a different perspective on my priorities. I used to chomp at the bit for the holidays to roll around so I could run to the stores and add the latest trend to my collection. It started out as adding a few items each year to deck out each nook and cranny just right before it became a fun obsession.

If you’re here because you’ve been following our journey, thank you. I hope to share some frugal tips and how you can have simple decor on a budget. A lot of what I share in this post is about items that I have had for years. Some items even have sentimental value which makes living a minimalist lifestyle next to impossible for me. Everything is about Baby Steps and I’m on the saving money focus for right now. This has taught me to humble myself and be content with what I already have. It’s not always easy when we live in a world that is constantly pushing to buy and spend more. To stay up on the latest trends or the hottest buys. I hope you find some fun along the way as well. Stay tuned for more holiday updates for my Friday Fall Favorites Series. I’m thrilled to announce that my friend Adrienne over at the blog All Adrienne will be joining me as well. We’ll be linking to one another’s posts in this series. If you’d like to join us, please leave us a comment letting us know you’d like to jump in on the fun. We’d love to have you! 😊

Quick Home Decor Tour

This week I’ll be sharing a quick home decor tour. It’s not much but just enough to be festive and add a touch of Halloween to our home.

Piano/Living Room

My twins take piano lessons from my Mom via FaceTime. I used a few items from my teaching days to add a little touch. The candy corn “Got Candy”, purple BOO! sign, and jack o’lantern bucket were from the Target dollar spot. The candy jar was from the Dollar Tree.

The jack o’lantern placemat is from Kohl’s several seasons back. If my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure I didn’t spend more than $5 after watching sales and applying Kohl’s Cash and coupons.

These adorable plush bats were actually given to me from my mom! I grew up with them in our home so I was thrilled when she gave them to me 10 1/2 years ago. They’re adorable and I wished I had taken a close-up of the bat family so you could see their goofy toothy grins. The garland was from Michael’s several years ago, too. Again, if you watch sales and apply coupons you can snag them for about $2.

Lily calls the spider in the corner “Mr. Spider”. I picked him up on clearance at Hallmark several seasons ago. Gotta love clearance because I picked up that bad boy for a whopping $3! He’s sensored so that when you turn him on and walk near him he’ll drop down. He has several cute sayings and it’s plays a catchy little tune as he slowly creeps back up his web.

Kitchen

Our kitchen now doubles as Lily’s preschool room since we started preschool with her this year. My husband was kind enough to install a whiteboard on our only blank wall in the house. I pulled out my teaching tub and already had the Halloween bulletin boarder. I purchased these in seasonal two-packs from Target in their back-to-school clearance for 75 cents.

I had this garland is my teaching tub but hadn’t ever used it. It’s a glitter garland from the Target dollar spot. The calendar is new this year from Target’s back-to-school clearance. I did pay $1.39 and it’s a static-cling and dry erase calendar. I like that it came with seasonal bulletin board extras.

This well is adjacent to the preschool wall. It sits behind our table. This is another Target dollar spot garland that I already had on hand from a few seasons back. I hadn’t ever used it before so it was like-new to me.

This little guy was from Kohl’s. Another clearance find for $2.

My Grandparents gave us a table last November. This purchase was made this year, I like tablecloths as part decor and part protectant for real wood tables. They can scratch so easily. Tablecloths are nice for hiding little nicks and scratches. These will run $34.99 full price at Kohl’s. Luckily, they were running a 50% off sale bringing it down to $17.49. I had redeemed my Fetch Rewards points for a $5 e-gift cad to Kohl’s. I also had a 20% off coupon I had found through Retail Me Not. I paid less than $10 for my new tablecloth! 😃🙌🏻 I definitely call that a WIN! I should add that I don’t purchase vinyl tablecloths for decorative use. This is a cloth one and why it’s a bit spendier.

The stacked pumpkin boxes were toll painted and given to me by my Mom. This wasn’t a toll painting class but a home made decoration that she made and sold as a side hustle while I was growing up. She is a gal of many talents! Another Michaels $2 garland and a plush shelf witch that my mom gave me years ago.

Here’s the other side of our kitchen.

My Mom used to toll paint as a side hobby when I was a kid. The wooden ghost on the door is one of those projects. I can’t remember for the life of me where I got the hanging ghost BOO sign. This may be another Target find.

The rugs were $5 at Kohls several years ago along with the middle hand towel. The other two waffle knit were Target dollar spot finds.

The cookie jar and lid are more sentimental decorations that were passed down from my Mom. The cookie jar lid is another toll painting project and that is the same cookie jar I grew up with. Our weekly menu is an old idea that I’ve had. I used it for my in-home daycare and preschool to post the weekly breakfast and lunch menus. I picked up the scrap paper and stickers from Michaels. I picked up the frame from the dollar store. I use slim dry erase markers and it wipes right off for the next week.

These little pumpkins were the only other decor purchases I made this year. They were in the Target dollar spot for just $1. I did, however, snag the Mrs. Meyers pumpkin hand soap off of OfferUp for $2!

Family/TV Room

Moving along to our family/tv room. The TY Beanie Babies we’re passed down from my Mom. My Mom hand painted the wooden purple witch, the jack o’lantern placemats are from Kohl’s, and my former MIL made that clear pumpkin and candy corn jar. She picked up the jar, ribbon, and scrapbook paper from Michaels and made the vinyl face with her CriCut. It would be a really easy DIY craft.

This is our other end table. My Mom hand painted the ghost, the place,at is from Kohl’s, the Jack O’lantern is from Scentsy, the Autumn basket is from Michaels, and the Halloween book collection is from years of teaching. My Mom and Grandma passed down books that I read as a little kid and we all added to the collection as Noah and Haylee were little. This used to be such a big money pit for me… I did order one new book last year called, Lulu Goes To Witch School, because our nickname for Lily is Lulu. I don’t plan to buy any more this year.

This mirror hangs behind our couch. Another beautiful toll painting creation from my Mom! It’ll stay up through November.

Guest Bathroom

This Bathroom is off of our family room. Another Scentsy warmer and a tip toll from Target.

Speaking of Scentsy, two of my all-time favorite fall scents are Cider Mill and Pumpkin Roll! These two scents make our home smell so warm, yummy, and inviting! I wish there was a smell option so you could sample the seasonal scents! If you’re fortunate enough to know a Scentsy consultant make sure you get in touch with them. My Mom used to sell Scentsy and I stock up on seasonal or holiday scents in January when their Fall & Winter catalogue would be 10% off. Unfortunately, Scentsy has raised their prices. A bar (pictured) used to sell for $5 Regular price so I could get bars for a little over $4. That is no longer the case. I believe the bars retail for $6 Regular full price now. I have t bought bars in years. Any new bars I have have been gifted to me. Scentsy still carries Cider Mill and Pumpkin roll as they are two of their most popular fall scents.

Outdoors

My Mom gave me the orange lights years ago and they’re still working! I tell you, they just don’t make things the way they used to. My porch kids were from KMART. The pumpkin porch lights I bought for $3/box on clearance at Target. They were originally $12. I’ve seen Target carry them for several years but didn’t see them at my Target this year.

I do not have a green thumb! I swear I kill every plant I e ever owned. Gardening just isn’t my thing. So these are fake flowers from Michaels! 😂 The flag is also from Michaels. Porch kid was from KMART.

My Mom toll painted this entire welcome sign and each seasonal accessory. Another sentimental hand-me-down.

Last, but not least, these guys were from Michaels. They carry them every year although I’ve noticed they look slightly different year to year.

End of Home Tour

That concludes our Halloween home tour. I hope you found some ways to stay on a budget while shopping for decor. A lot of my decor is brightly colored and cutesy. That’s the former teacher in me. 😉 Again, I’ve learned it’s okay to be content with what I already have. I felt I needed a new tablecloth as I didn’t have a Halloween tablecloth since being gifted a new table. The mini pumpkins in my it the window also were not a necessity but didn’t break the bank or the budget being priced at $1. I also didn’t need the hand soap but couldn’t resist when I saw it listed for $2 when they retail for $4.

Thank you for taking our home decor tour guide on a budget and for joining Adrienne and me for our Fall Friday Favorites! If you’d like to join us next eek or have any frugal decorating tips, please comment below. 🍂👻🍁🍃🎃🍬

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Nat Geo Kids: Kids Almanac Review & Explorer Academy Preview With A Giveaway

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A Classic Favorite

As a kid I remember looking forward to Library days in school. It meant a new chapter book for the week and a chance to read the latest edition of National Geographic for Kids after checking out my books. I always enjoyed watching National Geographic on our local PBS station with my family on the weekends. It made it possible to travel the world through our television from the comfort (and safety) of our living room. National Geographic has been a household name for as long as I can recall and I’m thrilled to have been able to share this experience with my kiddos.

The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 is chalk full of amazing information for school aged kids. It’s a fun resource to inform and educate children on the world around them. This almanac came packed with more than 500 vivid pictures, fun games, jokes, and activities, quizzes, homework help, and updated maps and reference materials.

The Kids Almanac always includes their mind bending Weird-But-True facts, incredible animal stories, and new places to see. Did you know that a peanut isn’t actually a nut at all? Or that bees visit about five million flowers to make one average-size jar of honey? That’s a lot of flowers for just a little honey!

Haylee absolutely loves animals and really enjoys the Amazing Animal Facts and pictures. Noah is our little history, mathematics, and science buff. He enjoys reading up on anything historical and learning about how things work. He’s constantly computing numbers. Noah genuinely loves learning about everything. Haylee is more artistic and enjoys taking in all of the pictures and drawing. She was super excited to see the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge! You can read more about that here to learn how your kiddos can enter, too!

An All-New & Interactive Explorer Experience

The twins are really into reading new chapter books right now. I’ve challenged them to read a new book each week. They’re only required to read a book a month and then do a book report on it at the end of each month. When our National Geographic Kids book set arrived, they were already in the middle of their book reports for the month of September. They couldn’t wait to dive in to a new adventure! Noah and Haylee both wanted to read Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. This new series is perfect for kids age 8-12. It’s fact-based fiction inspired by the real-life experiences of true National Geographic explorers adventures and their work.

I had to have them wait until their September book reports were completed and turned in and for them to be back from their dad’s house before I could let them dive in. The anticipation has been growing! During their much anticipated wait, Noah and Haylee checked out the all-new Explorer Academy website. The twins enjoyed watching the book trailer, preview the characters the were about to read about, and enjoyed the challenge of the code breaking game. To celebrate the launch of Explorer Academy you can enter to win a spectacular ship-based experience! The grand prize is a family trip for four to Alaska’s Inside Passage from National Geographic Expeditions. You can enter the sweepstakes at exploreracademytrip.com

Noah previewing the video for the new Explorer Academy Series.

Checking out the characters of The Nebula Secret before diving into the new book!

This fiction-based series is compiled after real-life National Geographic Explorers!

Trying his hand at Crack the Code.

Perfect For The Whole Family

Our family had a great experience with these new books. They provided hours of educational and informative information not only for our older kids but for our whole family! With Fall now here and some days surprising us with unpleasant weather, National Geographic Kids books offer a healthy dose of fun without screen time. Parents can feel good about their child spending an afternoon on an amazing, new adventure! These would also make great gifts for school-aged kids. Expand their minds and opportunity to learn and grow with the always amazing National Geographic Kids! Or try an extended gift-giving experience with the new Explorer Academy seven-part series.

A huge thank you to Moms Meet and National Geographic Kids for sending us these wonderful books that our whole family is still enjoying!

I’d love to hear what your children and family’s favorite series and books are. Please comment below and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss new posts from us! 😊

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