Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash with Boudreaux’s Rash Kicking Kit

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

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There’s nothing worse than going in to change your baby’s diaper, only to find that they have developed a red, horrible, uncomfortable diaper rash! It makes me so sad to see my sons so uncomfortable and in pain.

Thankfully, we started using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment soon after my twins arrived, and their rashes are normally gone within a couple of days. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste gets their little tushies back to normal so quickly. We also exclusively use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste as a preventative in our household to keep those awful diaper rashes at bay as much as possible.

In addition to its Butt Paste products, Boudreaux’s also has the Boudreaux’s Rash Kicking Kit. This kit includes a 2 oz. tube of Boudreaux’s Original Butt Paste, a 2 oz. tube of Boudreaux’s Maximum Strength Butt Paste and a Diaper Cream Applicator. It makes a super useful baby shower gift!

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Boudreaux’s Rash Kicking Kit

The Original Butt Paste is recommended to prevent diaper rash and to treat mild diaper rashes. The Maximum Strength Butt Paste is recommended for prevention and to treat moderate diaper rash. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is also formulated free from dyes, preservatives, parabens and talc.

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Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Original and Maximum Strength

Now, I have always been one to just use my fingertips to apply diaper cream, but let me tell you, the Diaper Cream Applicator is a game changer! Applying diaper cream can make a total mess and the cream is sometimes hard to wash off. The Diaper Cream Applicator makes applying the product mess free! Plus, the applicator is BPA free and made of soft silicone so it is gentle on babies. My sons didn’t even notice a difference. Diaper changes are messy in and of themselves, so eliminating additional mess is a good thing!

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Boudreaux’s Rash Kicking Kit and other Boudreaux’s products are available to purchase on amazon.com.

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

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Mother’s Day 2018 Recap

Some how, some way, I celebrated my second Mother’s Day this weekend! I cherish every day I get to spend with my two little guys and feel so lucky to be their mom. Of course, we have our moments, and I suspect we will be having many many more once they get closer to two years old, but at this moment, they are still two little squishy boys who love to give hugs, cuddle and always want their mommy. I really cannot ask for more!

So Happy belated Mother’s Day to all my fellow mommies of humans out there! My Mother’s Day lasted a solid week, with lots of activities and fun with my little guys.

Mother’s Day Card Art Project

On Tuesday afternoon, we had a little painting party! The boys stripped down to their diapers and made me Mother’s Day cards and also got their abstract artist palettes out afterwards.

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Mommy and Me photo shoot at Old Poway Train Park

The Mom’s Guide to San Diego and My Gym Poway hosted a Mommy + Me photo shoot at Old Poway Train Park, and we were lucky enough to participate!

It was our first time at this park, and it is really cool! On the weekends, they have a ton of things to do, including the Heritage Museum, Poway-Midland Railroad and the historical Nelson House.

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I would love to visit again during the weekend sometime!

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I love that we got to capture the three of us this week. It is so hard when you are juggling two babies to remember to take pictures. Our photograph came out so sweet! Thanks so much for having us!

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Photo credit: Honeybee Photography

Mother’s Day Shop + Sip at Sakura Bloom

On Thursday, we headed to Sakura Bloom in Encinitas for a Mother’s Day shopping event. It turned out to be a bit of a pain because there was no room for strollers, so I wound up wearing one of the boys and holding the other in my arm. I was there for a whole 30 minutes, and my arms were dying! Ugh! Just another thing singleton moms don’t have to worry about.

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With my one free arm, I did manage to eat a donut, wait in line for a custom floral bouquet and get our picture taken before running back to my car before my arm officially fell off.

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So no shopping was to be had by us. 😦 I also have not gotten our photo back yet, but the floral bouquet was on point.

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Mother’s Day

Hubby was so sweet on the actual Mother’s Day and gave me some time to do some things in the morning. After helping with the kids and Gus, I headed to a morning yoga class at the Free People store in Mission Valley.

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It was a super chill class, and afterwards, we got some healthy snacks and could do some early bird shopping before the mall was officially open.

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Before heading home, I picked up some boba tea from Kung Fu Tea for me and the hubby.

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For lunch, hubby planned a picnic lunch for us at Kate Sessions Park. The views here are to die for! The park also was not crowded at all and had the perfect, huge grassy area for picnicking! I only wish we had brought Gus along, because he would have loved it. Next time…

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This weekend, we also discovered that both of the boys loooove being in the baby swing! The park has a relatively large play area with two baby swings. Perfect!
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Look at this view!

While the babies took their afternoon nap, I was able to get a nice massage. I have been feeling very off the last few days after taking a kickboxing circuit class, but I felt much better after my massage.

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Last but not least, hubby gave me the night off from cooking dinner too! He picked up some sushi for us from Gami Sushi.

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Thanks, boys and hubby, for making me a mom!

A Week in the Life of a SAHM with Twins

Rather than doing the usual “Day in the Life of” post, I thought I would share with you a typical week in my life, as a stay-at-home mom of twin boys. Every single week is different, so a typical week is just like this in that every day and every week changes. Hope you enjoy a glimpse of our week!

Monday

Get the kids up, dressed, fed and settled in for playtime. I eat breakfast and get dressed. I have an appointment with my primary doctor this morning and will have to take the kids with me since we don’t have childcare this day.

Get out the door and make it on time for my appointment! Win!

I decided to play things by ear today, since you never know how long an appointment will last or how long you’ll have to wait. The appointment was surprisingly fast and we had some time before the boys’ second nap. Luckily, I packed their lunch so I decide to head over to the library for storytime. I get us parked and load up the kids, and they have their lunch outside of the library. Lucky for us, we live in a place where we can eat outside all year round!

This was our first time attending this storytime, and the twins loved it! I also loved it because it combined stories with singing and baby sign language.

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We head home and the boys have their snack. Then it is time for their nap! I finally get to eat my lunch and take care of a few things while they are sleeping. After their nap, they get a snack and play until their nanny comes.

While the nanny is here, I take the doggie for a walk and prepare dinner. She oversees their playtime, dinner, gets them ready for bed and down for the night. After dinner, I have a few hours to prepare for tomorrow and the rest of the week, as well as work on tweets and planning posts.

Tuesday

In the morning, we headed to the park for a playgroup and started Easter footprint crafts with the twins. The playgroup organizer took them home to finish for us to pick up later in the week.

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We headed home for naptime and lunch. Both of our nannies came over today, so I was able to head to the gym, make a Target run and do grocery shopping for the week.

Wednesday

We had a bit of a whirlwind morning. First, we met up with daddy to tour a preschool. San Diego preschools are pretty competitive as far as enrollment goes, so we are trying to nail down a preschool in the next couple of months. This is the third preschool I have looked at so far.

After the tour, we said bye to daddy and went to pick up our completed Easter crafts. They turned out so cute!

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Our evening nanny is on vacation for the next two weeks, so hubby came home early to help get the little guys into bed. I still managed to cook dinner and do a few things around the house before the day was done.

Thursday

I was planning to attend a coffee meet up this morning, but the twins were napping so well that I did not want to wake them. Instead, we stayed home for the day. The weather has been slightly icky for the last few days and I had to bring out the rain cover for the stroller so that we could go on a walk with Gus.

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The other nanny came over for the afternoon and the twins met with their new physical therapist for the first time. While the nanny was here, I packed for our trip to Los Angeles to visit my parents! Traveling with twins is like moving! So much stuff!

I did not feel like cooking so we ordered burgers from Monster Crafts Food Truck.

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After the kiddos went to bed, I spent some time loving on Gus because he wasn’t going to be joining us on our excursion.

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Friday

The nanny came over for a few hours. She took care of the littlest one, while I took big brother to the doctor. When I got home, I rushed around to pack up the car and get everything ready to leave for LA.

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Despite my best efforts, I managed to forget to bring the Pack N Play! Ugh! So little brother did not have a place to sleep, but we managed to make it work.

It took half an hour longer to get to my parents’ house, but we made it. Darn you, Friday afternoon traffic! Then it was time to unpack! We stayed in that evening and enjoyed some of my mom’s homecooking.

Saturday

My parents volunteered to watch the twins most of the day, so I had some time for myself. In the morning, I headed to Shine Studio in Redondo Beach for a POUND Fitness class.

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The class was so fun! It is a high energy cardio class, but you do all of the moves using drumstick-like instruments called RIPSTIX. So fun, and stress-releasing because you get to literally pound on the floor!

After class, I went home to shower and then headed out again. I drove to La Brea to meet two friends for brunch and Odys + Penelope.

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We ordered a selection of items to share, and everything was delicious!

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We got the prawns and cauliflower grits, doughnut holes, ricotta corn pancakes, chicken adobo fried rice and sweet potato galette. My favs were the fried rice and pancakes! YUM!

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We were having such fun talking that before we knew it, it had been two hours. I had to bounce because I had to drive all the way to Santa Monica. I’m not kidding. I spent about 2.5 hours driving that day.

I had my first experience with cryotherapy at CryoZone in Santa Monica, which I booked through classpass. I also booked the POUND class this morning through classpass.

I wound up being 10 minutes late to my appointment, but they still let me keep it. Whoops and thank goodness!

I have been having a lot of soreness and pain in my back, so I thought I would give cryotherapy a try. I first heard about cryotherapy from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. LOL!

The whole experience was interesting. Basically, I got undressed and put on two layers of mittens, socks and warm boots and climbed into the machine. Once I was inside, I rang a doorbell and the therapist came back in the room and started my treatment. The whole thing lasts for 3 minutes and she talked to me the whole time, which helped it go by faster. It was actually hard to focus on what she was saying because I was busy focusing on how I felt – COLD and uncomfortable!

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Cryotherapy claims to reduce inflammation, boost metabolism and ease pain. I don’t know about the first two, but my back did feel better afterwards, but that only lasted until I had to care for my boys again!

After my treatment, it was back on the rode. It took me an hour to get home! Ugh!

I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my boys and nephew. My mom was watching him while my brother and sister-in-law attending a wedding.

Sunday

We headed to Del Amo Fashion Center for lunch at Din Tai Fung before the crowds arrived. I love DTF but never feels 100% satisfied after eating there.

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After lunch, we did some shopping and stalked the Easter bunny before heading home for the boys’ naptime.

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Well, that’s a quick glimpse at a week in our lives! Every day is different and hectic and fun, and I would not have it any other way. I’ll post a “Day in the Life” breakdown at some point in the future.

 

 

 

Freebies and Discounts for Twins and Multiples

I originally discovered that many companies offer freebies and discounts to parents after the birth of their twins or multiples through Twiniversity. I am so glad that I read about this because this is honestly something I would have never known about, and it is pretty darn easy to take advantage of.

Since the boys came unexpectedly early and were in the NICU for 4 weeks and life in general was crazy, I did not get around to working on this until 3 months after their birth.

To get started, you will need:

  • copies of their birth certificates or records of live birth from the hospital
  • a form letter (sample form letter can be found below)
  • envelopes and stamps
  • pen

This is an example of the form letter I used. To save paper, I printed two of the letters on each sheet of paper and cut them in half.

[DATE]

Dear Sir or Madam:

On [DATE OF BIRTH], my husband and I became the proud parents of twin boys. We understand that your company offers special benefits for families with multiples. We would love to take advantage of this offer and be added to any mailing list your company may keep for future coupons and informational mailings. Enclosed are copies of the proofs of birth for our children, [CHILDREN’S NAMES].

Thank you for your support of our family. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at [PHONE NUMBER].

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Some of the companies are extremely generous with what they sent to us, some were not and some gave no response whatsoever. Remember that these companies are being generous when they give you anything, so I was grateful for whatever we received.

I put an asterisk (*) next to the brands that I thought gave the best freebies or discounts, in case you are like me and are lacking in the time department. Remember, these programs and freebies can change at any time.

Aquaphor
Used contact form on their website. Received coupons for $1.50 and $2 off Aquaphor Baby products

Beechnut
Emailed through contact form on their website. Received coupons

Earth’s Best 
Consumer Relations
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
4600 Sleepytime Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301

Received coupons for discounted formula, baby food and diapers

Gerber
Attn: Multiple Birth Program
445 State Street
Fremont, MI 49413

Received coupons, including two coupons for $10 off of $20 of Gerber baby food products.

Happy Family Foods *
Emailed parents@happyfamilybrands.com. Received great coupons including free baby food, oatmeal and pouches.

Huggies *
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Department QMB-017063476A
P. O. Box 2020
Neenah, WI 54957-2020

Received coupons including free diapers

Luvs OR Pampers
Luvs [OR Pampers] Multiple Birth Offer
The Procter & Gamble Company
P.O. Box 599
Cincinnati, OH 45201

Received coupons for $3 off specific Procter & Gamble brand products

Ocean Spray Cranberries *
Consumer Affairs Dept.
1 Ocean Spray Drive
Lakeville-Middleborough, MA, 02349

Received coupons for free juice (64 oz or less) and Craisins (6 oz or less) and booklet of recipes

Similac *
If you are planning to formula feed or even if you want to have a stash of formula just in case, talk to your twins’ pediatrician about the Similac Multiple Birth Program. You will need to fill out a form from your pediatrician and mail it in with copies of birth certificates.

Received two cases of six 1 quart ready-to-feed bottles of Similar Pro-Advance formula

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TOMY *
Attn: Multiple Birth Program
2021 9th Street SE
Dryersville, IA 52040

Received two packs of 6 Take & Toss sippy cups and 2 Freddie the Firefly rattle toys

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Triple Paste for Triplets *
Summers Laboratories
103 G P Clement Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

This program is technically for triplets and higher order multiples, but they honor requests from twin parents as well. To sign up, visit their Triple Paste for Triplets page here. Then fill out the form, and mail the completed form along with copies of the birth certificates. This program is so generous!

Received 8 oz jar of Triple Paste, 2 oz tube of Triple Paste, 8 oz bottle of Triple Wash, 3 bars of Comfort Bear Gentle Baby Soap and 3 cotton onesies. You also get 30% off Triple Paste products until their third birthday when you order directly from Triple Paste.

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No Response

Boogie Wipes – used contact form on their website

Evenflo
1801 Commerce Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356

Handi-Craft Company (Dr. Brown’s)
4433 Fyler Avenue
St. Louis MO, 63116

This was my experience in May 2017. Addresses and programs may change at any time.