Friday, August 30, 2013

World Keeps On Spinning


   We have had a very tough week this week. Xavier is getting eight teeth in so we have spent lots of time cuddling and trying to do whatever we can to ease his pain. 
   One of the things he loves to do is to dance. He started just swinging back and forth. Then, he added his feet marching up and down. Now, he has added spinning. He spins and spins every time a song he loves comes on. He even ends up crashing but still gets up again to spin all over again. 
   I remember spinning as a child how you feel so free and like for a moment you are part of time and you are spinning with the world. Until you get knocked off your feet. 
         Some of us get knocked off our feet and stay down. We never spin again, we stay downward forever. Some of us spin once in a while we try it but it never ends up lasting long so what is the point. Then, the successfully happy of us jump up and spin again, over and over until you are blissfully tired because what is life without the spinning for the pure enjoyment of it.


I hope you all enjoy your weekend and remember to spin!


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stations

 

 Xavier has just turned seventeen months old this past weekend. I have noticed a lot of big developmental changes in him recently. He is always asking questions and pointing to things. I feel we are as though in the "sponge" area of learning. He wants to help with everything and points to everything for me to tell him what it is. He wants me to read to him and do puzzles with him all day long.
    As much as I believe the Next Generation of Stay At Home Moms should not be tied down with housework and should always put their children first. There is a limit. Everything in moderation. It is just as important for your child to learn to play by themselves in several situations.
    In order for me to be able to get stuff done this week and hopefully from now on. I set up different stations for him around the house. I figured he is old enough to be in another room without my constant supervision, plus unbabyproofed rooms are closed off and the others have monitors in them so I can hear him even at the other end of the house. (trust me our house is not that big but sometimes it feels that way when you are trying to get to a crying child). So now he has a puzzle area in his bedroom, a book area in the living room. A toy area in a different part of the living room and I am starting to develop an area for building blocks and such.
   It seems to work really well. All of the stations do not have to be supervised which helps. (notice no art station yet). This way it gives him a different structure for the day. Of course we always make changes to sometimes play outside or bake or even clean, but it definitely has helped his temperament. Also, I think when he goes to preschool it will be a better transition for him as he will be used to doing things on his own a little and not so much with his mom.

Have you ever tried different stations with your kids?


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sponsor Guest Post: Cruising With Infants and Toddlers



Today's post is a sponsored guest post from Alexia from Destinations in Florida. Click on her links below to learn more about her and her wonderful program!


    Cruises are not the most infant and toddler friendly vacations, but they can be done! Here are some tips and tricks for cruising with infants and toddlers:
Know the age requirements. Most cruise lines do not allow women who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy to sail. In addition, most cruise lines will not allow children under the age of six months to sail. Disney Cruise Lines is one of the few exceptions, allowing children to sail at 12 weeks old.
Most cabins will not have a bathtub. Unless you are staying in a deluxe stateroom or are cruising on the Disney Cruise Line, your cabin will probably only have a small shower stall. You might have to get a little creative in giving your little one a bath!
Your child might not be allowed to swim in the ship’s pools. If your child is not potty trained, your child might not be allowed to swim even if he or she is wearing a swim diaper. Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean both have separate swim areas for children who are not potty trained, while most of the other cruise lines do not.
Don’t expect your child’s cruise to be free. Unless the cruise line is running a Kids Sail Free promotion, you will probably be charged for your child on your cruise. These rates are usually a reduced rate.
Know the rates for the nursery. Most cruise ships do have a nursery for children under the age of three. However, these nurseries usually charge an hourly rate. Know the rates and minimum times of the nursery if you plan on using it.
Try to stick to your schedule. This is true of any family vacation. Try to eat meals and take naps around the same time and stick to your bedtime routine. Your child (and you!) will be glad to have routine in a new place.
Bring an umbrella stroller. If you need a stroller, bring a small one that folds down easily. Larger strollers won’t fit through narrow hallways and doorways.
Request a crib. If you think you will need one, request it. There are only a limited number of cribs on most cruise ships. If you think you will need one, request it. If you end up not needing it, you can always request that it be removed from your cabin.
Request the first dinner seating. Most cruise ships serve dinner in the main dining areas at two separate times. The first is around 6:00 PM and the second is around 8:00 PM. Most children eat dinner around the first time, so request it if that fits into your family’s normal schedule. 
 
Research shore excursions. If you plan on booking shore excursions, do so early and book it early. Many fill up quickly, especially the ones that are specifically for children.


What tips and advice would you give someone cruising with an infant or toddler?
Alexia is a Disney Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida. When she is not helping plan magical vacations, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Did you know that the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is so popular it is actually a phrase that is used. The phrase is "Jekyll and Hyde" and it means "a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next" (Wikipedia). Underneath this definition of Jekyll and Hyde was this picture.

 This is a picture of my son, Xavier. AKA Hyde or the beginning of a Hyde personality starting to develop. You see the last couple weeks Xavier has had a total of eight teeth popping the surface all at once.  All of his first molars and canines are coming in at the same time. They are light miniature rockets getting ready to burst out and the poor little guy has been holding his head pretty low in pain the last few weeks. If you have no idea what I am talking about with the teeth, check out my Teething Troubles post for a teething timetable. His teeth are so bad sometimes even his nose runs constantly. When he is Hyde there is no pleasing him. No matter of cuddles, playtime, fun food, new activities, nothing seems to work. We have to just wrestle with the storm.There is no knowing how long it lasts. Last time he got all four front teeth at once it was a good three weeks before we saw our loving Dr. Jekyll back. We are going into week three of this molar/canine situation and I am hoping to see my little Dr. Jekyll return back to our lives again.






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Monday, August 26, 2013

Birthdays




  One really awesome thing about having a kid is all the fun birthday parties you get to go to.  You get to see all the different themes, foods, toys and see your child interact with new and different kids. It is like pure mania to be at a toddler birthday party for a couple of hours. However, while you are there you are able to notice the giant milestones that are being accomplished.
    Such as a child who never likes a certain food, actually tries it for once and likes it. Or the child who is always too scared to jump in the pool finally does because so many other kids do it. It is amazing to watch them all interact in one big environment and see them find out all the new things together.
   Many of these birthday parties we knew the kids when they were little babies and it is always amazing how fast the time goes by. Xavier always seems to have lots of fun at all the birthday parties he goes too. It definitely is always fun to get together with good friends and family.









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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Fun Of Sheets



 People who have children are happy a lot because they are reliving their childhood through another child's eyes. A child they created and love. When you have a child it brings you back to the simplier things in life. They are forever discovering new flavors, sights, sounds and textures. The tiniest things make them jump up for joy. One minute they are delighted by a beautiful flower the next minute they are just as delighted to play with the dirty sock from their laundry basket. Children look at life purely as an experience. That is something parents realize when they have kids so they go back to experiencing life instead of just living it.
     One such way of discovering life that Xavier reminded me of recently was how fun different textures and fabrics are. I had decided to clean out our linen closet one day so I ended up doing a lot of sorting and laundering. Xavier of course wanted to help as he does in everything I do. His favorite part was when I would fold the big sheets and blankets he would dance under them and twirl around them and squeal with glee at the feeling of it. I could not help but think of how my sister and I would always have pillow fights and make tents out of sheets and blankets all the time. I would love the different textures and feels of them all. I also remember times my mom used to tell me about how she would always run through the sheets when her mom was hanging them outside on the clothing line to dry. She thought it was so much fun to play in the sheets. For an instant I fully felt a connection with generations and it was amazing. For generations this family has been playing in sheets and blankets for the pure joy of it.
    It truly is an amazing feeling, not just running through sheets, but doing something for the pure joy of it. The next time you need to think of something to do as a family remember to do something that brings pure joy!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of lots of joys!




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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Stay At Home Mom



   As you have probably read over the course of my blogs, I merely chose being a stay at home mom due the result that after finding out I was pregnant I was laid off from my job. Not just laid off they closed the entire building of over four hundred people so there was no going back.
    I believe there are a lot of pluses and minuses to each choice, be it staying home or working. There are also a lot of in between choices, such as parents working different shifts, one parent working part time, or one parent working at home.
    Since I enjoy writing it has immensely helped me be a stay at home mom because I feel I still have an outlet that is just for me.
     Many people wonder and ask me what I do all day long. That is actually a really hard thing to answer as no day is the same. This is a fly by the seat of your pants type job.For instance yesterday, I had jury duty. Nick had to take care of Xavier for the day. Luckily, he can sometimes do some work at home.
   As I got dressed up and up early and headed out to the courthouse. I tried to think of it as a day of work. A day doing work that I do not usually do. I tried to imagine what it would be like to do this everyday and not be a stay at home mom.
    I am not going to go into the specifics of jury duty but, I did appreciate the dressing up. I do not lay around the house in pajamas, but there is no since in dressing nice with a toddler, the worst I wear is jogging pants and a tea shirt on the best stay at home days you may see me in a light skirt and tank top. However, as I pondered my day I could not help but wish I was home with Xavier. It was crazy, as it was only one day, and who wants to sit in jury duty? However, I missed his little smile our, little games and our little routine. Who am I kidding I missed nap time! Yes, I sometimes nap when he does and I am not ashamed to admit it.
     I am glad that I appreciated that so much. Just getting away for a day and trying another life. I came home to be with my son and happily had a wonderful evening. I woke up the next morning full of happiness and excited with new things to do with Xavier and new things to try at home. Only to be woken up to an extremely grumpy toddler who is getting his molars in and is completely miserable. Two attempts at his morning nap and he had finally gone down for a nap.
    That is what a stay at home mom does for her family, she is there. I am there to help, to pick up, to make sure everyone is happy, fed, healthy and comfortable. Including our pets as well. It is no easy accomplishment. However, I will not say it is always hard either. As all jobs it has it's ups and downs. There are days when things are incredibly wonderful. Where we have wonderful mealtimes, play games, discover new things, I squeeze in some writing and maybe we even redecorate something in the house and plan a nice dinner with dad. There are also days where we struggle to nap, where he whines and throws himself on the floor in tantrums because he is over tired, over stimulated, or just plain bored. No matter what toys I pull out or what activities I do do not seem to work. He does not want to eat because his teeth hurts and sometimes all I do is sit and hold and rock him for the majority of the day. Those days are hard. It does always cross my mind "what have I signed on to be?" but then I think about if I was not here and if Nick was not here. My Xavier would have to go through all this by himself and that is not what we want for our child.
    We have willingly sacrificed our lives for his. When you are a stay at home parent you lose a lot of liberties. For one, we only have one car. It is small and if we go very far we cannot fit all three of us and Vito, our black lab. Money is always tight. We do not have family nearby so scheduling doctor appointments or even a night out is a huge inconvenience. However, I know for Nick and I we would not trade this for the world. We know that at some point in our life. We will have two cars again, time together again, and plenty of fun adult toys again. However, even if we never get there I am happy to say that I am grateful and blessed to be where we are right now. I am happy with our one car, because it saves me from having to run errands with a toddler which I am not fond of. I am happy that we are tight on money, because it makes it that much sweeter every time we save a dollar or receive a dollar. I wish our family was closer to us (hint hint, dad and Angie) however, I believe this has brought our little nuclear family closer together and it has made me a very strong woman and mother. I have pushed myself to the brink and came back perfectly fine and with a very good, close, intelligent, happy and loving family as well.
    You hear it all the time and a thousand times a day if you are pregnant or if you have a baby. Time goes by really fast. There is only so much time for you to be with your little ones. Try to make the best out of every situation and try to have patience as they are learning and so are you. Put the time and effort into children when they are young and you will reap the rewards when they are older.
    I am sad that our society put pregnant women on pedestals, yet once a child is born they are left on the sidelines. To try to figure out parenthood on their own. That is sometimes good to develop your family with your partner, but as a society, generally people look down on people with children.
   Think of it, most people hate to be on a plane with kids, in a car with kids, seated at a table near kids. Our motto is that children should be seen and not heard. I think that is a sad motto. Even the more kids a family has the more they are usually looked at with disdain and instead it should be celebrated.
      I am not saying you should spoil children, but teach your children manners, respect, and empathy. Teach them to be wonderful members of society so that the next time they are in a restaurant with other people, people are impressed with your children. After all your children are the adults of tomorrow. The adults that will be running our country and our world while we are aging adults who need to be cared for. Remember how you cared for your little one as one day you will want them to do the same for you.
   Remember that children are not a right, not a gift, they are a blessing that you have been chosen to have. Cherish those blessings, and teach them the way of the world so that one day they can fly with their wings and make a difference. The most important thing to teach them is gratitude and love, if they have that in their hearts they will most definitely not only fly with their wings but they will soar!


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Blue Cotton Photography

 


  I have a tendency to be shy around people I do not know. One thing that has always brought out my shyness is being in front of a camera. I love cameras and always have. However,  I do not like to take pictures. I love pictures themselves though. They are wonderful memories caught in still frames and can also be pure art. However, I cannot take pictures to save my life.



    One of the wonderful things about having a baby is that you can get some amazing photographs done of your child. You can do maternity, newborn, six month, one year, family portraits, you name it! A lot of people may think it is expensive but if you look around for the right photographer and if you consider the fact of how many photos you take of your child and how few of those photos you and your spouse are actually in,(with makeup and clothes other then pajamas)  you may consider going the professional route at least for special occasions.



        When you do go the professional route, choose a photographer with heart. A photographer with heart knows people, knows how people react and knows how to capture those extremely special moments that happen. They are the photographers who can bring the "shy" out of people and who can capture that person as they truly are.



      One such local photographer based here in Wilmington, NC is Lee Ann Bolton of Blue Cotton Photography. She, herself has a smile that can light up the room and a personality that is sure to make you and your family and little ones feel comfortable and at ease and be able to be yourself. She is amazing at capturing those wonderful moments.



     Blue Cotton Photography specializes in lifestyle, family, newborn, editorial, pet, headshot or portrait,boudoir and event photography.  Lee Ann is a true artist at heart and loves taking photos of people and nature. "Some of my favorite images are those where I catch someone completely in their own element, oblivious to me or their surroundings." says Lee Ann of Blue Cotton Photography. "This is probably why I love shooting newborns so much. They are innocent and pure".



           Her  passion for the arts and photography comes from her parents, as both are extremely creative in their own ways. "I have been taking photos since I was a young girl and I decided to make it my profession."



    We had the pleasure of doing a couple of photo shoots with Lee Ann of Blue Cotton Photography. We did a one year photo shoot for Xavier and we also did a family shoot. As Nick and I quickly realized that a whole year had gone by and though we had many pictures of Xavier there were very few of us as a family, and the few family pictures we had we looked like we had not slept and never put on something other then pajamas.



     Lee Ann's passion was evident right from the start. She was full of great ideas and locations that were fun to do. Xavier loved playing with Ms. Lee Ann and enjoyed her funny faces and cute poses. I clearly think she would do anything to make him smile.



    What was great with the family shoot is she really let us be a family. She would give us directions or places to be but then, let us do our own unique thing and she was able to capture all those precious moments that we had as a family together. Our time together flew by and we remember both days as wonderful days that we spent together.



     After our photo sessions with Lee Ann from Blue Cotton Photography it was clear to me that Lee Ann is a photographer with a big heart. You can see her passion behind the lens, you can feel her heart in all her photographs and the way she interacts with who she takes photos of. Plus, she even  does all the photography for Furever Friends Animal rescue completely free for all the new animals in need of rescuing. If that is not heart I do not know what is.



    So if you live in the Wilmington, NC area and are looking for a photographer for maternity, newborn, six month, one year, family, lifestyle, special occasion, editorial, pet, headshot/portrait,boudoir or event photography you definitely need to find a photographer with heart. The photographer with the biggest heart in Wilmington is Lee Ann Bolton from Blue Cotton Photography.



- To  book a session with Lee Ann Bolton from Blue Cotton Photography you can contact her at her phone number which is 336-749-6346
Her email which is labolton10@gmail.com
Also, feel free to check out her website www.BlueCottonPhoto.com



There is also a Raffle going for a free 16" x 20" Canvas print when you book a photography session with Blue Cotton Photography. Enter for a chance to win a free 16" x 20" canvas print a $200 value! Please note Blue Cotton Photography is located in Wilmington, NC. You are free to enter in the United States but you must travel here for your session. Winner will book session with Lee Ann at Blue Cotton Photography and pay for session and receive free hand painted 16" x 20" canvas print of one picture. Raffle is open from Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8:00AM EST until Tuesday, August 27, 2013at 8:00AM EST






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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What Is A Blog



   Some of you who read this know what a blog is. Some of you read this because you know me, Xavier or Nick or we somehow told to you please read this. I decided although this blog is about raising a family and being a stay at home mom.  I wanted to set the record straight on some blog tips for those of you who are new and just starting to peruse the blog world.
   A blog is very similar to a magazine or newspaper that you get online. There is no set time as to how often a blogger has to post. However, it is recommended that to be a successful blogger you post regularly. If you notice I post everyday except weekends and holidays. There are many different types of blogs.
   For instance there are blogs on many different subjects, parenting, cooking, political, travel, geek/tech, video game, book, photography just to name a few. You can find blogs in many different subjects and you will notice the successful ones post pretty regularly.
   You can join sites like blogger, Word Press, Tumblr and many others to either just have a running log of blogs you follow or to even start your own blog. You can start your blog for many reasons, you may like to write and feel you have something to share with the world, or you may even just have a lot of family and friends on the internet that want to know what is going on with you and your blog is just for your updates. Some bloggers, use their real names, addresses and some use nick names, especially when it comes to children. Nick and I have both been in the public eye somewhat in our life and we are okay with putting Xavier on the web for now when he gets older we figure it will be his choice.
   Blogs are one of the biggest, booming trends right now. Brands and products are trying to get bloggers to review them and let them advertise on their pages, because they believe that people who read blogs trust the bloggers and their opinions. As a blogger myself I find that that is pretty true. I tend to buy things based on other bloggers recommendations as well. Sure many of us get the free item and even sometimes money or giftcard or coupon as well, but they never tell us what we are allowed to write. I can say for me, I get lots of offers to try out things and write about them, but I am very picky. I did not start this blog for the purpose of making money. I write it for the simple joy of writing and in hopes that I am helping someone out there who is reading it.
   I occasionally do the sponsor and try out the new things. First of all I think it is stuff my readers should know about. I have never written about something we do not regularly use or like plus it makes blogging more fun for us and it lets me be able to do it more often.
    A good thing to know is that blogs survive on social media. If you like a blog, like their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and all the pages they have. Subscribe to their blog through email or their service such as blogger. Vote for them on the pages they ask. That is how blogs are measured to be able to be sponsored. It really takes so little from the public. However, in order for me to get a product to be able to review I have to apply and they ask, how many people subscribe to each social media, how many people visit my blog daily and things like that. It is important in the blogging world. So if you love a blog and read it everyday  please do what you can to support it. "Like" it on other media it has, spread it around to your friends. It will help the blogger you like and you will find they are able to write about more and more new things.
    I hope this just offers a few insights into the blogging world. It is not a subject that I would normally write about as I am not much of a self promoter but I think in this day and age it is time people realize just how important blogs are and how you can help the ones you like to read.


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Stuck Like Glue




   When I wanted to become a mom one of the many things I was looking forward to was to have a kid that wants to come to me and only me! You can babysit and have all the nieces and nephews you want but it is never the same as having your own child want to run to you when they are upset or scared or practically anything.
    As I watch Xavier grow older and older by the second, it seems to take a long time. I will admit as a stay at home mom my days are very, very long. I really always feel that about 2pm is the time they should be over. Yet, as time goes by those months and the years really fly by fast.
    I now have a toddler who is stuck to me like glue. He loves to be around me wherever I am. It is really just him and I most of the day in the house with the dog and cats (who mostly sleep). Why he still insists on being in whatever room I am in and doing whatever I am doing I do not know. However, I have to admit it is flattering. It is nice to be needed and depended on. It is nice to know that when all else fails mommy will make it better. I am a superhero in his eyes. To him there is nothing that I cannot do. I hate for him to realize that one day mommy is not a superhero, but hopefully it will be a time when I can explain to him that it is okay to make mistakes in fact sometimes it is good to make them. Then, you learn a valuable lesson and you will never do it again and you only learn from your mistakes and move on to bigger and better things.
   What is my saving grace or I guess I should say who is my saving grace is my husband, Nick. He has been great as Xavier clings to him the second Nick walks in the door. It is really like a cling on sticker. In walks Nick and Xavier magnetically sticks to him practically all night until bedtime and I get to be cling on free!
    I am making use of the little human who is stuck to me like glue. Lately, I have been teaching him chores. He likes to unload the dryer and close the dryer. He likes to help empty the dishwasher and close it up to run. He likes to now pick up his toys and books. Plus, instead of taking out all our shoes as he used to do (See The Shoe Line) he now will put them away for you in the closet. He is such a little helper. Makes for getting stuff done around the house much easier for now. Plus, I figure it is teaching him chores something I am sure his future spouse will definitely appreciate.
     It really is amazing how fast they grow. You will hear it a thousand times from people to savor every second. We are savoring as much as possible and it still is never enough. They still grow right before your very eyes and with every milestone they reach your heart strings tug as you are proud and sad at the same time. I always remind myself that I am teaching him how to leave the nest and survive in this world without losing his childhood innocence and personality. After all that is what we really all strive to be.


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Friday, August 16, 2013

The LIttle Voice

 


     I never get used to the idea that raising a child really does go in baby steps. They do not just take off running one day, or just start eating everything in mouthfuls. Each thing they learn is a little by little everyday. It is no different when they learn language. I know every parent thinks their child is smart and excels at everything but I will admit that I am not the only one who realizes that Xavier's speaking skills are for now slightly above average. It is no wonder since he has to live with Nick and I who jabber on to all hours of the night. He wants to speak so he can either contribute to the conversation or perhaps tell us to "be quiet"!
    Lately, we have been hearing more and more words. Just that words. What is so funny is you may not hear them again for a few weeks. Or it may be something he now says all the time. He now will say yes or no or nod his head accordingly. He has said quite a few times "All Done" and handed me his plate. He points to our cats and says with a big grin on his face "kitty". When you help him with something you may be lucky to get a "thank you".
    It is adorable as you start to learn your little one's voice. As his words sound different then the rest of the babble. You will all a sudden hear a little voice and then, you realize, "Oh my gosh! What have I done? I really created a little human being and now I must listen to him all the time!". I guess my quiet days of staying home with my son will soon be over as they will soon be filled with jabbering days with my son and jabbering nights with my family! I suppose it is a pretty good way to be!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Volunteen Nation



  When you are a parent you have a civic duty to raise good human beings. Make sure they are responsible, capable, intelligent, have manners and most of all have some humanitarianism to help out their fellow man.
   A great site that is now available is called Volunteen Nation. It is a website that you can look on for your child to do volunteer work. Also, if you are a business and would like volunteers  you can put your business availability for volunteer work.
     It is specifically targeted to teenagers. The age range is from 10 to 17 years old and you can even pick different volunteer categories such as animals, nature, healthcare, sports, art, music or other opportunities. Volunteen Nation is a youth-led volunteer-driven non-profit organization helping young people find volunteer opportunities on their site.
     They also offer grants, scholarships, contests and other opportunities for youth. Their organization focuses on inspiring young people to make a difference. Something everyone should get behind.
As parents we need to encourage youth to volunteer in their communities. As there are vital connections and experiences to be made. They can connect with thousands of volunteer opportunities through this site.  I checked our little suburban area and there were a lot of opportunities just in our area. Check out Volunteen Nation for yourself and see if you can find a way to get your child to make a difference for others!

You can contact Volunteen Nation mainly by going to their website or their social media pages!
Website:  www.volunteennation.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VolunTEENnation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/volunTEENnation
Email: info@volunteennation.org
Phone: (314) 467- TEEN (8336)


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Child Alert Center

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Child Alert Center and will receive compensation to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products/services or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.





    As many of my readers know I am a very big safety girl. I think you can never be too careful with your children as they are precious gifts and you should do anything and everything you can to protect them. (If you need other safety tips check out The Mom Area or these specific posts such as Safety Devices, Childproofing 101, Infant Choking and CPR, Toxic Chemicals In Your Home, Poison Control, Debunking Old Wives Tales and Sun Safety for Moms and Kids)
   So when I was asked by the very friendly and professional people at Child Alert Center if they could sponsor my blog I found out what they offered and I jumped at the chance to be able to share this service with all of you. Hopefully, this can help solve some of the many issues with missing children these days.
   Remember when you were little and your parents would take you usually to a mall and they had the policemen set up there and they would finger print you and take a picture of you and say, "okay you are in our database". So that way if you ever went missing they had the resources for your child. They still offer that today for your child which I do recommend doing as well, however, Child Alert Center has come up with an even better idea to be sure your child's information is as accurate as possible and is distributed as quickly as possible.
       As anyone knows when a child goes missing time is a very important factor. You have a better chance of finding your child the quicker the information is spread out. The average time for law enforcement to distribute information on a missing child is seven hours! The average time for Child Alert Center to distribute your missing child's information is seven minutes. The Child Alert Center has a 100% recovery rate for all the children that were pre-registered with them before they went missing. 100% recovery rate, that is results that you like to see with missing children.



  The Child Alert Center is a wonderful and very useful tool for you to have as a "just in case" You set up a profile for your child that is only in their system. It has recent photos, height, weight, and any specifics. If your child goes missing you call their emergency number and in minutes Child Alert Center provides all the critical information to local law enforcement agencies. Child Alert Center also creates and sends out text link alerts of the mini-missing child poster to your buddy list and out on their mobile network. They keep sending more and more alerts to a greater radius area the longer your child is not found.




 Child Alert Center also provides missing child posters to news media, social media and national child-protective organizations. They are sure to disperse the photo, description and information fast so that searchers are able to find the missing child as soon as possible.
   This is an amazing resource to have. Finally, a reason to put all your social media and technology to good use. Child Alert Center was founded in January, 2005 by technology and child-safety professionals who understand there is a better way to help recover missing children. Most children are found using photos, not fingerprints or DNA. Child Alert Center believes that leveraging today’s technology (internet, social media outlets, wireless communications) is the best way to distribute a missing child’s information.



     Child Alert Center also has two additional companies, College Alert Center and Critter Alert Center. College Alert Center is a service available for college students and their parents, http://www.collegealertcenter.com. College parents need all the help they can get if their student goes missing. They have also added Critter Alert Center, www.critteralertcenter.com, for pet owners. As most pet owners know, pets go missing often and their technology is so important in aiding in the recovery of them safely.
    Your child’s safety, both online and off, is the number one priority at Child Alert Center. For your peace of mind, registration information and your child's photos/data are stored in separate secure databases. All credit card information is passed through to the credit card processor and not retained on our systems or marketed to outside sources.To protect your online security, Child Alert Center utilizes some of the most powerful encryption technology available. This technology is more secure than what is used for Internet banking. They utilize redundant storage components in multiple locations to ensure uninterrupted operations for disaster recovery purposes.
    I think when you become a parent it is extremely hard to have a little person with your heart wandering around the world and you have to just sit back, watch and try to let them make their own mistakes and not get hurt. However, as a parent you also have a duty to protect them as much as you can with certain safety measures. I believe that Child Alert Center is one of those safety measures that you should definitely take for your child. For the low cost of just $15.00 per YEAR subscription! You can have the peace of mind that Child Alert Center will do everything possible to find your child should they ever go missing and their recovery rate is 100% that is a recovery rate worth investing in!
If you click the link here or on my side bar enter the code MYCHILD3 for a 20% discount off of your year's subscription! Be sure to sign your children up today!




Child Alert Center
12620-3 Beach Blvd. #302
Jacksonville, FL 32246

*BE SURE TO ENTER THE CODE MYCHILD3 TO GET A 20% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR $15.00 YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION*

  



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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Crock Pot Pumpkin Mac and Cheese




   This is my new favorite fall recipe. It is so easy to make with no prep work and it all goes in the crock pot to cook. Even the pasta will cook. It also is really delicious and is a nice spin on regular macaroni and cheese. Try making this to celebrate back to school or the fall season. Also, it is good for a Thanksgiving dish if you usually have traditional macaroni and cheese try this pumpkin spin on it and it's much easier to make.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:
- cooking oil spray
- 2 cups of milk
- 1  (29oz.) can of pumpkin (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX, JUST PUMPKIN)
-  1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
 - 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni

Directions:
- Spray your crock pot even if you use liners spray the liners with the cooking spray very liberally.



Whisk milk, pumpkin, salt, pepper, paprika, ginger and condensed milk and pour into crock pot.



 Add the uncooked macaroni and the shredded cheese.


Gently stir to mix all ingredients.



Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours until the custard is set and the macaroni is tender.
 DO NOT COOK MORE THEN 4 HOURS OR IT WILL BURN!





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Monday, August 12, 2013

My Co-Worker

  A couple of weeks ago I posted about how I now have a corner office so that I can get some writing done with out being distracted so often by the books and toys being handed to me. (See Post Office Desk Corner)
   It is going quite well. Xavier now knows when mommy is at her desk she is "working". So he never really brings me toys or anything and only really comes to ask for something he thinks is serious, such as a drink or to open something or pull two blocks apart he thinks are very important. I do not mind as I understand he "gets" the idea and that is all I wanted. When typing and writing in the living room around him playing was not working I had to come up with something.
  The other day while I was working in "My Corner Office" as I like to refer to it as. I thought it was too cute that Xavier set up his office right next to me on the floor. He took out his little laptop and brought in a bunch of his books and sat there and played with those items the entire hour I was writing.



   I guess children really are little mirrors of ourselves. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and start to your week!



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