The Best 8 Years Of My Life - PLUS: A GIVEAWAY!

I'd like to thank Boudreaux’s Butt Paste for sponsoring this post. 

Eight years ago, my life consisted of driving an hour to work, working 8 hours, driving an hour back home, working out, playing World of Warcraft, and going to bed.

Since then, I've become the mother of three wonderful children, now ages 8, 5, and 15 months. Now, I get up early to get the kids ready for school. Once they're on the bus, I do some housework, and spending time with my baby girl. I pick up A from kindergarten, and come home to eat lunch with the girls, help A with her schoolwork, and play. Baby B gets a nap in my arms, and then Big Brother gets off the bus for school. We eat dinner as a family, make sure his homework gets done, and relax at home together, playing games, having conversations, and just being together.

It is without a doubt that I can say the last 8 years have been the greatest in my life. And, as Baby B grows up, I cherish the moments together with her. The giggles, smiles, and mischief. Oh, is there mischief! Forget those standard milestones, like walking and saying 5 words. Her milestones are a bit more like this.

☑️️ Climbs onto the kitchen table constantly
☑️️ Fell down the basement stairs - sounded like maybe 5 or so to Daddy, but who knows
☑️️ Ingest a small battery from an alarm system that fell off the wall. Bonus points if the event included:
          ☑️️ Baby's first ambulance ride
          ☑️️ Baby's first surgery

Forget the being a perfect mom... some days I feel like I need a pat on the back just for keeping everyone here alive.

Long gone are the days when I prided myself on never letting my kids get diaper rash. Sometimes they happen. When they do, we slap on some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste to help soothe and relieve my baby’s bottom, and keep on moving.

All Boudreaux’s Butt Paste formulas have one thing in common – the ability to kick some serious rash by providing relief to baby's tender skin from the first use and beyond! Each product uses a combination of simple and efficacious ingredients to be fast acting on treating diaper rash without being harsh on your baby’s skin. Soothe your baby’s bottom with the trusted baby booty must-have – Boudreaux’s Butt Paste!

Unlike most diaper rash treatment products, Butt Paste is free of dyes, parabens, preservatives, phthalates and talc.

Tips To Prevent Diaper Rash
  • Use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste as a rash-prevention product to use at every change
  • Change diapers often. Remove wet or dirty diapers promptly.
  • Gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel or let it air dry. Don't scrub your baby's bottom. Scrubbing can further irritate the skin.
  • Don't overtighten diapers. Tight diapers prevent airflow into the diaper region, which sets up a moist environment favorable to diaper rashes. Tight diapers can also cause chafing at the waist or thighs.
  • Give your baby's bottom more time without a diaper. When possible, let your baby go without a diaper. Exposing skin to air is a natural and gentle way to let it dry. To avoid messy accidents, try laying your baby on a large towel and engage in some playtime while he or she is bare-bottomed.
  • After changing diapers, wash your hands well. Hand-washing can prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast to other parts of your baby's body, to you or to other children.
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My Journey Toward Less: Beginning In The Basement

I've been blogging about organizing, decluttering, and minimalism for a few years now. And, as much as I keep trying to get rid of the things I don't love, it can be tough. New purchases, holiday gifts, and birthday gifts quickly add to the clutter.

So, to hold myself accountable, and perhaps inspire others, I've decided to start documenting my journey toward less. I am starting in my basement of my relatively small home. My husband and I would like to finish our basement, but in order to know how much space we need to store our stuff, we need to know how much stuff we really need to keep.

At home, I've been going through each and every item in my basement, and plan to continue to do so until it's finished. Gary Vaynerchuk nails it with his phrase "garage sale your house". Sometimes people go to garage sales to find stuff they can sell for a profit later. Well, pretty much everybody has stuff they can already do this with. No need to even go to a garage sale. Just look around your house for things you don't need, love, or use. 

It's really an easy process that just takes a few minutes. I pick up an item, and decide it's fate immediately.

  • If I think somebody would buy it, I take it upstairs, photograph it, and list it immediately on Facebook sale pages, eBay, Amazon, or all of the above. 
  • If I don't think somebody will buy it, but it still might be useful to someone, I put it in the donate pile.
  • If it's outgrown its period of usefullness, I recycle it if possible. If not, it's trashed.
  • And, if it can still be useful to me, I find a place to keep it.   

Today's Progress

  • 1 Christmas tree with broken lights
  • 2 expired car seats
  • 1 old rug left over from our home's previous owners
  • 1 stuffed animal (people actually buy them on ebay!)
  • 4 books on Amazon

  • snowboard & boots (sold for $100)

I was inspired to share this journey after watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix. If you can, I highly recommend this documentary. They talk to a number of well-known minimalists, and get different perspectives on what minimalism is for different people.

Thanks for stopping by. What area of your house do you need to purge the most? Leave a comment. As always, I read and respond to each and every one.  

DJ Tanner-Fuller of Fuller House on Netflix - Get The Look

I love the new Fuller House on Netflix, and each episode, I fall a little bit more in love with Candace Cameron Bure's character DJ Fuller. From the skinny jeans to the shoes... sexy, but not too revealing... DJ Fuller has got it going on. I also love that in real life, Candace is a 40-year-old mother of three. It's so awesome to see older moms looking, and I'm assuming, feeling great.

So, anyway... I love DJ Tanner-Fuller's style, and have made it my mission to find replica outfits of what she's worn... with links to buy whenever possible. I've done my best to find similar outfits to recreate the style when I can't find the exact outfit or when it is no longer available.

Season 2

That's all for now! I'll keep adding to this page, so be sure to check back for more great looks!

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