Why Buy Name Brand?

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When I realized that breastfeeding Lucy was not going to work out for me, I started to stress out a litle about the cost of formula. Name brand formulas can run up to $30 or so a can, and when you think about having to buy one can a week, the cost REALLY adds up.

That’s why I decided to buy Lucy store brand formula. They’re more than half the cost of their name brand equivalents, and when I compared the nutritional information, I found they were the exact same as Enfamil and Similac. I found that the Target brand is the same as Enfamil and the Walmart brand is the same as Similac. It was a no-brainer for me and really reduced some of my stress.

And, by using the store brand formulas, I didn’t have to worry about any issues like the recent Similac recall. While other Similac users were trying to find formula that hadn’t been effected, I knew Lucy was safe because that wasn’t a brand that we bought.

Now, Lucy is off formula and on whole milk (hooray!), but when we have another child, I will be using store brand formulas again. What about you? Did you ever try store brand formulas or did you buy name brands? What formula did your baby prefer?

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Taking Care of my Teeth

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Toms of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve never been the best dental patient. Sure, I brush twice a day, but that’s about the extent of it. I don’t floss, and I don’t use mouthwash because I’m not a huge fan of the burning sensation, which is the best way for me to describe it.

And, while I can’t even remember the last time I went to the dentist (and because of that, the thought of going now really scares me!), I do try to use the best toothpaste. I don’t have brand loyalty right now, and I’ve been trying out different brands. One brand I haven’t tried yet, though, is Tom’s Of Maine. I’ve seen these products on the store shelves but have yet to purchase any. Tom’s of Maine has Wicked Fresh!™ Long-lasting Fresh Breath Toothpaste that is supposed to be good for cavity protection and Wicked Fresh!™ Mouthwash that is said to not burn like other mouthwashes.

Speaking of Wicked Fresh…there are so many times when you really want to have really fresh breath. A couple that come to mind for me are job interviews and that first kiss. I mean, do you want to have breath that is not so fresh when you are kissing someone for the first time? Of course not. I know when Joe and I had our first kiss that was one thing I was worried about. Obviously, it worked out, though. 🙂

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I’m looking forward to heading to my parents’ for Christmas weekend. It’s always a lot of fun, and this year will be even more fun now that Lucy is mobile and really getting interested in things.

I like to look around fairly reguarly for cheap auto insurance. Doing that is actually a great way to save a bit of money every month. You’d be surprised at what low rates you can find if you spend just a few minutes looking. Our current rate is pretty low, but I find it doesn’t hurt to double check just in case I can find a rate that’s even lower.

Early Christmas

Lucy got her big Christmas present this morning. We’re heading up to my parents’ house tomorrow for the weekend, and since it was too big to bring along, we went ahead and let her have it early so she could start playing with it.



She got a play kitchen! I was worried she might be a little young for it, but her babysitter says she plays with the play kitchen at her house all the time, so I figured it would be a good investment. We got a great deal on the kitchen and 101 pieces of play food. She only got 1/3 of the food because we really don’t need 101 pieces under the couch. 🙂




She also got her stocking early. We got her some snack bowls, food bowls, forks and spoons, and a book. She LOVED the forks and spoons, and she spent the evening banging her bowls together.



And, of course, the forks and spoons already have gotten lost. Par for the course in our house. Now, I’m looking forward to Christmas weekend.

Unhappy Butts

This post brought to you by Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. All opinions are 100% mine.


Lucy has had some wicked diaper rashes lately. The first time, we ended up taking her in to the doctor because it seemed to be getting worse, and some prescription cream cleared it right up. It’s made it’s return, and I think it might be time to switch diaper rash creams.
We’ve been using a brand from the Dollar Tree (Don’t judge! We liked the tagline so we tried it, and it did make Lucy’s butt less unhappy), but now I think we might switch brands again. While I’ve never tried Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with her, I’ve heard pretty good reviews about. I am definitely a fan of the flip top cap, and it’s supposed to on easily and have a nice scent, which I have to admit is a nice thought. I really am not a fan of the smell of diaper rash creams. In addition, it’s been featured on a number of TV shows, including The Oprah Show and The Today Show. You can even sign up on their website for a free sample!
I also love how there are several sizes of tubes (and one jar size), which is handy when I want something a little smaller to throw into Lucy’s slingpack.
What’s your favorite product for dealing with your baby’s unhappy butt?

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