Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Faves

Xavier when he was only three months old!
I notice that many of you have children at different ages, or are even grandparents caring for children of all different ages. Plus, you may not have read some of my previous posts. Please note most of my posts are in the above tabs of About This Blog (basically our story as a family), The Parenting Area (inspirational and informative tips and tricks),Party ThemesRecipes (from appetizers to baby food, check out all my yummies), Reviews (we review everything from places, technology, beauty, fashion, and of course baby and toddler items), Sponsor Information (if you are considering being a sponsor of Next Generation Stay At Home Mom) and Contact (if you want to shoot me an email for whatever reason, all are welcome, so are comments on the blog and social media). You can find other posts by searching or looking through the months and years. However, I thought it would be much easier for you to highlight stories and items every Friday so here you go! I hope you enjoy and all have a great weekend!




Keep yourself healthy with
5 Healthy Foods to Eat Every Day For More Energy


Keep yourself out of
Mom Wars


Grab a good book
Team Us:Marriage Together


Keep your eyes open for that perfect Valentine's Day gift
JVC GZ-E210BU Wi-Fi HD Flash Memory Camcorder


Stay warm with some
Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Artichoke, Spinach and Red Pepper Grilled Cheese







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sponsored Review & Giveaway: Team Us: Marriage Together By Ashleigh Slater

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One of my favorite past times that I do every single day, most of the time more than once a day is read. I not only read to Xavier, but I make a point to read for myself. It is a great way to relax, increase vocabulary, keep your mind going and I actually like for Xavier to see me reading throughout the day. Seeing mommy enjoying a book usually makes him go to his books and start flipping through them. I recommend reading to a lot of people, especially stay at home parents. It is a way for you to leave for a little while, without physically leaving your favorite chair.

I figured with all the reading I do and all the reading I recommend that I should also review some adult books as well as children's books. I was asked to review the first book of a new author named, Ashleigh Slater. Her book is entitled Team Us: Marriage Together. Team Us:Marriage Together encourages other couples to team up and be there for each other. The book is 176 pages and has a nice forward by Dr. Gary Chapman who is the author of the book 5 Love Languages. Ashleigh Slater has a lot of honesty in her writing. As a new writer I found the editing lacking in some areas, but it was much easier to picture myself talking to her over coffee, than read like a regular book. Ashleigh Slater clearly knows how to state what is on her mind. She is refreshing and is really helpful for other couples so that they can learn from her mistakes, compromises and experiences. Team Us:Marriage Together is to help foster cooperation, deepen your commitment to each other, and help you and your partner to exercise grace on a daily basis.

Although I do not fit in the need for marriage advice category, I do enjoy reading books about relationships and have read quite a few similar to this. One of the main things about this book that can either be a plus or minus depending on yourself and your marriage, is that it is extremely Christian based. Each lesson is based on a verse from the Bible and teaches you through the Bible scripture how you can improve your marriage accordingly.

I did enjoy how at the end of every chapter Ashleigh Slater puts "Us Time" questions that you have to ask and go over with your spouse. They are very insightful and also fun questions that I thought would be fun to talk about over drinks or dinner on a date night. The "Us Time" questions can still be done if one partner does not read the book. I enjoyed how she has little tidbits from her husband in every section called "Ted Says". He has some very funny and insightful comments when she discusses problems and solutions they have endured in their marriage. She also includes stories from other couples that she has talked to that had similar situations, which I appreciated the many differences in opinion.

All in all I thought it was a good book for couples who may be starting down a bad path and perhaps want some help in a very Christian way. Ashleigh Slater's writing is very easy to follow and relate to. The advice she gives is very helpful such as picking your battles and denial and discussion. I was disappointed that she did not touch at all on intimacy in a marriage, not just sexual but I think sensuality such as holding hands, hugging, kissing, and cuddling are extremely important and that subject was not even brought up.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Talking At The Aquarium


 Last week we took a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It was the first time we took Xavier to the aquarium since he has been talking. We were really excited to see his reactions to all of the exhibits.



He was excited the entire ride to the aquarium. He would just randomly come out with "We're going to the aquarium!" It definitely made for a fun trip and luckily with the beautiful weather it really made it a beautiful time of year to head out to the beach and explore.



He was excited at everything and wanted to be sure to see all the exhibits. He really enjoyed the giant fish tanks with the many different types of fish. Many of the fish seemed to like Xavier! We even took him to a show about jelly fish that he sat perfectly through and he was very enthusiastic. He would clap, cheer and yell "Yay!". He was the perfect audience member.



He held my hand and Nick's throughout the aquarium, and walked around it the entire time. We even strolled on the outside deck together. He is such a cute little man. It is always so amazing to watch how fast they grow up.



I hope you all had a great weekend! Check out some of my other posts on it, Xavier Goes To The Aquarium, MLK at The Aquarium and Trick or Treating Under The Sea






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Website : www.ncaquariums.com

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Mailing address & Street Address:
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Toll Free: 800-832-3474 ext. 2
Fax: 910-458-6812
E-mail: ffmail@ncaquariums.com






Friday, January 23, 2015

National Reading Day




Happy National Reading Day! Today is the day to grab that book, and read, you have no excuses. It is a day that is nationally celebrated in schools and libraries to celebrate and encourage young children to read. Check out the National Reading Day website!

In honor of National Reading Day I figured I would put up some Friday Faves, Oldies But Goodies in a Book theme. Of course, since we are all stuck inside due to weather and winter, I thought it would be a good idea to throw in some yummy recipes for you to try while you are reading your books!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Check out your local bookstore for some of our favorites
Eric Carle Children's Book Author
My First Book Series By Sophie Helenek
Their Name Is Today
Two Bobbies








Don't forget to visit your local library for fun and books!
The Library



Be aware of 
The Repeated Story




Add to your meals this week
Crockpot Pork Pot Roast
Homemade Brownies




Try making baby cereal from scratch it has 75% more nutrition than the processed box cereals and it is cheaper. Try out these recipes.
Millet Cereal
Rice Cereal
Barley Cereal




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Easy Egg Salad





One of my favorite things to keep around in my refrigerator are hard boiled eggs. Sometimes I will buy two cartons of eggs and hard boil a whole carton. They are great for a quick snack, a quick meal, topping on a salad or you can take a few and make some egg salad for a sandwich or with crackers. Check out this easy and delicious Egg Salad recipe and make it the next time you need something different for your lunch!

Easy Egg Salad
- serves around 4-6 sandwiches

Ingredients:
- 8 eggs
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Place eggs in saucepan and cover with cold water.



Bring water to a boil and remove from heat and let eggs sit covered for at least 15 minutes. Run cold water over them to peel them and chop them up. In a bowl stir together the mustard, mayonnaise, green pepper, and paprika.



Add in the eggs and salt and pepper to taste, stir and serve on bread or crackers.






 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Beating The Stomach Flu




If you have noticed my absence this past week, it was certainly not intentional. I had all intentions of starting off the new year on the right foot, getting things done, making new goals, and trying new things. However, my second week into January I was struck down hard, by the stomach flu.

It does not matter if you have a flu shot or not, anyone can get the stomach flu. The stomach flu is a virus called gastroenteritis. It causes fever, nausea, the chills, diarrhea, sore muscles and sometimes vomiting. There is no cure and it can last from 1-10 days.

Anyone can get the stomach flu. Children and seniors or people with compromised immune systems are extremely susceptible. Most of the time you can get it from foods that were inadequately prepared or by hand-washing hygiene, such as not washing your hands or touching something where someone has not washed their hands.

The Stomach Flu is not the same as the flu or influenza. It does not matter if you have the flu shot or not, you can still attract the stomach flu. The stomach flu does not attack your nose, throat or lungs like influenza does. The Stomach Flu can be in your system for up to 2 weeks or longer for kids. You carry the virus long before and after the symptoms, so it is easily passed around. In fact it is also referred to as the "winter stomach bug".

If you catch the stomach flu there are a few big things you can do to get rid of it quickly. Especially since this is a virus it must be treated differently.



REST is the best medicine to fight off the stomach flu. You body needs plenty of sleep to help it fight off the virus. If you cannot sleep all day at least stay in a lying down position and reduce your normal daily activities. When you are resting your body is working hard to fight off the virus and repair any damage from it on a cellular level.

Drink lots of LIQUIDS. Like most stomach problems staying hydrated is the key. Clear liquids such as water and broth are best. Older children and adults can have sports drinks for electrolyte replacement. Ginger Tea and Seltzer can help reduce nausea. I found that lemon tea with a little honey in it worked best for my stomach.

Stick to a BRAT diet. BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Those are things that are best for your stomach along with broth. I found light soups and honey toast with cinnamon very helpful and settling. Avoid alcohol, soda or any caffeinated beverages.



EASY ON THE MEDS Since this is a stomach virus you need to be careful on the pain medicine or it will make things worse. Take medication for pain sparingly. Ibuprofen in small doses with food is best. You should avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin as they cannot fight virus'. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medications. If you are having bad nausea or diarrhea you can take hydrochloride (Imodium) or bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol).


Remember if you or a loved one catches the stomach flu it can be in their system for up to two weeks. Try to avoid contact with infected people and do not share food with them. The best way to beat the stomach flu and most illnesses is with good old fashioned hand washing and getting plenty of sleep. Also, check out my post on 10 Healthy Winter Habits For Your Family to help you stay healthy this winter!


Sources: Healthline.com

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies XVI



I notice that many of you have children at different ages, or are even grandparents caring for children of all different ages. Plus, you may not have read some of my previous posts. Please note most of my posts are in the above tabs of About This Blog (basically our story as a family), The Parenting Area (inspirational and informative tips and tricks),Party ThemesRecipes (from appetizers to baby food, check out all my yummies), Reviews (we review everything from places, technology, beauty, fashion, and of course baby and toddler items), Sponsor Information (if you are considering being a sponsor of Next Generation Stay At Home Mom) and Contact (if you want to shoot me an email for whatever reason, all are welcome, so are comments on the blog and social media). You can find other posts by searching or looking through the months and years. However, I thought it would be much easier for you to highlight stories and items every Friday so here you go! I hope you enjoy and all have a great weekend!

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies XVI

Start the New Year by exercising your mind
10 Minute Meditation For Beginners

Get started on
Sleep Routines

Be Inspired By
I Could Never Stay Home or Be A Stay At Home Mom

Reading is healthy for everyone
10 Tips To Help Your Child Become A Reader

Keep warm with some yummy
Black Bean Soup

Stay Healthy the Natural Way
Soothie Suckers Herbal Pops for ages 2 to 92!

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

To Make Or Not Make Resolutions





Every year in January, I always ponder about writing a post about making New Year's Resolutions. I'm sure I can write some fluff such as; the ten best resolutions you should make. However, in this space, in this blog, I only blog our true selves. In this blog, I remind myself that I owe nobody, as it is mine and mine alone. Therefore, I say do not make new year's resolutions.

It is perfectly healthy to set goals and achievements for yourself, but why only do it at New Year's? My husband and I both are firm believers that you should live your life for today. If you are living your life day by day, you already have goals you are working towards accomplishing.

Typically, what we like to do in January is think over our upcoming year. We look at the calendar, debate dates for vacations, make time in our schedules to do everything we need and want to do. Typically this is a busy time of year in my husband's work so he buckles down to work, and I buckle down as mom to try to keep Xavier busy and stimulated while maintaining the house and our sanity. It is nice to see a quiet year ahead for us. We had a very busy and hard year last year, and finally we have a slow, steady, and quiet year ahead.

I know I find peace in quiet a lot. So many times we are rushing through our lives, that we forget to appreciate the quiet that we do get in our lives. I look forward to accomplishing a lot of things I want to get done this year, and am looking forward to all of the fun times we are going to have with our family and friends.

Perhaps, instead of always trying to improve the road ahead, we can look upon it with excitement and enjoy it for what it is.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kid Friendly New Year's Eve

     
 

    This was our second and much more successful year of having a Kid Friendly New Year's Eve party. Last year a group of us got together and brought our food, and kids, and let them play. After having so much more fun playing with the kids last year, I thought it would be much more fun to throw them a party.
      So let's face it, as a parent, you do not have a lot of options for New Year's Eve. You can either sit at home or go out, if you are lucky enough to find a babysitter. A few mommy friends of mine decided that we should all get together at one person's house with our children and have an early party for them. It ended up being so much fun that I decided to have another one this year.



     Our kid friendly New Year's Eve party had fun games, yummy food, sparkling grape juice, hats, noise makers, glow sticks and a 9pm Balloon Drop. We ended up having every age of child. We started at 6pm and did a countdown balloon drop with the kids at 9pm. Then, at midnight we did an adult toast!



     Xavier loved the balloon drop, of course he loves balloons. I was proud that he made it up until 10:30pm this year! We had a fun music dance party for the children after the balloon drop where they got to dance, play the noise makers, and play with the balloons. It ended up being a great fun for all. I was happy and lucky to be able to spend the New Year's with such wonderful friends and family.



I hope you all have a wonderful New Year filled with amazing things that make you laugh and love even more than ever!







Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 12 of 2014



   Start the New Year off right by improving your health in only 10 minutes a day. I'm over on MomsMagazine.com with 10 Minute Meditation For Beginners! Check out some of our top posts of 2014, that were rated most views by all of you! I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

BEST BLOG POSTS OF 2014



1) All Natural Toddler Cough & Congestion Remedy



2) The 411 On Secondary Drowning



3) Just Say No, to Elf On A Shelf



4) Review: Insta Natural Stretch Mark Cream



5) Holiday Fun From Our Family To Yours



6) Sponsored Review & Giveaway: Ballroom Dancing Mastery System (7 DVD Set)



7) Christmas 2014



8) 10 Healthy Winter Habits For Your Family



9) 12 Tips For Being The Best Grandparent



10) 12 Ways To Bring Out Your Inner Strength



11) Saying Grace



12) Stay Strong Mama




Looking forward to a brand new wonderful year filled with new experiences and love!





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