Sunday, January 18, 2015

CJ's Butters

After giving my twins a bath this morning I happily gave them a baby massage as I always do after a bath. I soaked in the smell and couldn't wait to pull them up and snuggle that sweet spot in their hair and neck afterwards. Then it dawned on me that I should share what I use on them because it is awesome and smells amazing! When I was pregnant I was determined to shy away from the typical baby wash and lotions. For months I smelled everything on store shelves at every place I went that offered baby products. Nothing smelled good to me other than old fashioned Johnson and Johnson but I really didn't want to use their products. Also I didn't want them smelling like lavendar or calendula flowers which was the typical ingredients in most of the other baby products. I also hated the smell of Burts Bee's and didn't want my babies smelling like coconut oil either (every one I know these days uses coconut oil for everything). I had noticed CJ's Butters on the cloth diapering sites and decided to take a gamble because I'm a sucker for anything oatmeal and honey. Best purchase EVER!! We joke and say it is their "Signiture Scent". Every one that comes over comments how good they smell and that it makes them want to nibble them lol! It's ok because it makes us want to nibble them too!!! I might or might not have gotten a nibble a time or two. :) I bathe them in Dr Bonners Baby Castille soap and then use the CJ's butter to moisturize their skin. I order it directly from their website at  They do have several other scents (they have samples they sell) but I have personally only used the Oatmeal, Milk and Honey. It goes a long way too because I just ordered another 8oz tub. The originally tub lasted with TWO babies 19 months! 

If you decide to try it let me know what you think! 

*this is not a paid post for CJ's Butters or anyway endorsed by CJ's Butters. This is an independent review from a mom on a product she uses every day. :) 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Years Eve

Every New Years Eve we break out the fondue pots and chocolate fountain! Then we play games! This year we prob played 15 rounds of Candy Land. We have a million games and they always just want to play Candy Land. :))

Brady is Mr Personality!

Ben was NOT happy in this picture because I asked them to fill out these year sheets. So I told him he could skip and we would do it together later. The boy hates to write! 

The babies were sound asleep not to long after this picture! 

Christmas Morning 2014

Christmas Cookie Making!

Each child picked the cookie dough they wanted to make. Ben chose peanut butter blossoms, Brady chose cocoa kiss cookies and Brit picked gingerbread. Each child got to spent one on one time with me in the kitchen!! This was the first time Ben could read the instuctions. I love this time with them!

Brady's turn...

Brit's turn...

Christmas Eve we decorated cookies! 

Happy New Year

I'm sitting here watching my twins climb up on the loveseat and I'm pained at how fast 2014 went and how much they are growing. When did they learn to climb? In five short months they will be two. Weren't they just born? Over the weekend a friend of mine who is having twins bought our infant seats, snap-n-go stroller & two extra bases. They are also going to purchase the bouncy seats, pack-n-plays and ever saucers over the next few months. While I'm so happy that another family can use it and we re-coupled our expenses it was hard to sell it.  Wasn't I just pregnant? Wasn't I just shopping and picking out the perfect items for my babies? While there is a little sadness over the material aspect of having babies there is the unimaginable joy these two bring our entire home. I feel so blessed to be home with them and getting every wonderful moment of their babyhood! They have such different personalities. Riley and I are just amazed at how easy they are. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture! I couldn't find Barrett and this is how I found him.

So far 2015 has been great! I've been in the middle of planning Brits 13th birthday, gathering Valentine items and trying to purge my house. Brit is so happy because she has the Friday before her birthday off from school. Her granny and I plan to take her to lunch and clothes shopping that day. On her actual birthday Riley and I plan to take just her out for a yummy breakfast and then to James Avery to let her pick a bracelet style and get her the 13 charm. She loves my JA charm bracelet and we thought 13 was a great age to start that but age has proved with her other jewelry to be responsible with it. She has no idea the plan but I know she will love it! While we are out we will run by Nothing Bundt Cakes and pick up the cake I ordered her. Normally I make her cake but she loves the White Chocolate Raspberry from there and we thought this would be a nice surprise. I plan to add some decorations to it. Then later that evening we have a small family party planned with cake and presents. She has been asking to redo her room colors to purple and teal as she is sick of pink. I found her the most beautiful hand made quilt for her bed and once it's delivered I can get paint to paint her one colored accent wall and work on curtains/decorations. I had bought her bedding for her last birthday but I had found it all for under $50 at Ross and it's been well washed and used in a year. I can not wait for the quilt to get here! She knows about the quilt as I checked to make sure she liked it but because it was on an auction site she doesn't know I bought it! 

I can't not wait to dive into her room and get it all set up and fresh! 

I took her to a tea house over Christmas. Who is this teen and what did she to with my little girl? 

She did some boot shopping at her favorite store. 

Riley and I took her to Texas De Brazil at Christmas and downtown afterwards to enjoy the Ft Worth Christmas tree. 

It's incredibly hard to get a picture of all five kids, lol.
 They are everywhere....

I'll update with Christmas and New Years next!