Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Foodie Faves

I have decided to give our flashback Friday favorites themes and since this week I dedicated to my "foodie" readers I decided to do a Friday "Foodie" Faves as well. I have hand picked some nice food items, stories, and tips for feeding your kids that I thought would be a great way to end not only the week, but the month.

I hope you have had a great couple of months. I know with the bad weather and illnesses running rampant it is hard to keep your spirits up. However, know that we are all "ploughing" (get the snow reference?) through together and there is always a light at the end of the rainbow. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with love!

Friday Foodie Faves
Catch Up on what you missed this week on the blog;

- My newest article on How I Learned To Love My Baby
- Be sure to click on the Recipes Tab and scroll down to the bottom for Mom's recipe Box. These are some great quick and easy recipes. You can also follow Mom's Recipe Box on Pinterest

Remember When Bon appetite Xavier

The cookbook every mom should have in her kitchen Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook By Kit Graham

The pan every woman should have in her kitchen Grazia Silicon 24 Mini muffin Pan

The spices all kitchens need to bring things up a level Tonguespank Spices

Show your kids Some Good Eats (how to get picky eaters to eat)

Give your little one some Spoon and Fork Training Tips

Grab yourself an extra plate of Traditional Parmesan Chicken


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mom's Recipe Box Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

I have been neglecting all my "foodie" readers. I greatly apologize. However, it is no laughing matter, that seriously it is hard to cook with a toddler. So since we have been inside a lot lately due to bad weather and colds. I have devoted some time to fixing up my Recipe section. If you check at the bottom you will see a section entitled "Mom's Recipe Box" there are a bunch of recipes from my mom in there, that I have already reviewed and just separated for you. From now on I will alert you when a recipe is from the "Mom's Recipe Box". The box is a bunch of different types of recipes from generations and also ones my mom picked from magazines and cookbooks and fixed up to fit her personal fancy. They are usually a hit with most people. My mom was a working mom so you will find lots of quick and easy recipes in it. As you will notice in the Recipe tab there is even a crock pot recipe section.

To kick off the Mom's Recipe Box Celebration and to continue our week of recipe and food fun, here is my favorite recipe. My favorite recipe of my Mom's Recipe Box is the Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore. It is extremely easy and cheap to make. It feeds a lot of people on a budget is hearty and healthy. Try it for yourself!

Cooking Tip: Typically, I serve this on brown rice, you can also serve on pasta. Also, it is easier to get boneless, skinless breasts, however, if you are on a tight budget chicken thighs are cheap and you can easily take the skin off before cooking and the bones out before serving.

Mom's Recipe Box Recipe
Crock Pot Chick Cacciatore
serves 6

3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed basil
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup of red wine - the alcohol does cook out of the red wine, but if you do not want to use red wine you can use just water.

Brown the chicken in the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat until cooked through.

Layer onion, pepper and garlic slices in crock pot.

Put browned chicken pieces on top of onion slices and add remaining ingredients.

 Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.

 Discard bay leaf. Serve over rice or pasta. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Greens & Eggs & Ham

Being stuck inside so much lately has had us experimenting with new recipes and new combinations of foods. We tried this yummy recipe from Kiwi magazine/Greenmomsmeet (See side badge)  it came out really delicious. Even Xavier loved it. I also loved how incredibly easy and quick it was to make for breakfast. I rarely find breakfast foods that you can bake, and this is a great, healthy addition to our menu. You can also substitute spinach for the kale and tomatoes for the ham. Try it out to, to make sure you start your mornings off right.

Greens & Eggs & Ham
Makes 6 Servings


Olive oil cooking spray
1 7- ounce boneless ham steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (optional) 
4 cups packed chopped kale
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
8 large eggs
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit with a rack in the center position. Grease a sheet pan with cooking spray. Spread out the ham on the prepared pan and bake, using a spatula to mix and turn the ham occasionally, until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer the ham to a plate with a spatula or slotted spoon. Do not wipe up any grease from the bottom of the pan. Place the kale on the sheet pan, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and toss to coat. Spread out the kale in an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.

 Remove the pan from the oven, but leave the oven on. Use a wooden spoon to make a recess in the kale to accommodate each egg. Crack an egg into each recess. Sprinkle the feta reserved ham cubes, salt, and pepper on top. Return the pan to the oven. Bake the eggs until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve immediately.  

#greensandeggsandham #greenmomsmeet #kiwimagazine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sponsored Review: Francois et Mimi Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottles

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Tomoson and received a gift and or payment to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced nor reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

One of the biggest things that I stepped up when I was pregnant was drinking water. Now that I have a toddler, I am still constantly drinking water. Staying hydrated really keeps my energy up and helps me stay healthy. I am always on the look out for a good water bottle. We are very environmentally friendly in our house so we all have multiple water bottles. I was first delighted that  the Francois et Mimi Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottles were sold as a pair. One for myself, and one for my husband, meant we were both able to test them out, and we both came to the same conclusion about them.

These are a set of 2 20 ounce Francois et Mimi Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottles. The water bottles are BPA free, and have double wall insulation making them ideal for cool beverages. They are vacuum insulated, leak-proof and have a flip top. They are also, food grade unbreakable and easy to clean.

My husband and I both loved these water bottles. They are nicely crafted, durable, yet lightweight water bottles. I love that they are completely leak proof, even if you leave the top up you can completely tip it and nothing will fall out. The straw top can only be used by a sucking motion due to the vacuum seal. It holds ice and keeps your beverage cold for a very long time. I also appreciate that you can easily put a clip on it to clip the water bottle to a bag or stroller. Best of all the price is right, with two water bottles for $19.95 that's a great price for such a well crafted water bottle.

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Francois et Mimi Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottles 5 Stars!

If you would like to get your own set of Francois et Mimi Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottles you can order them on Amazon for $19.95 by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sponsored Review: Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Tomoson and received a gift and or payment to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced nor reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

Shapes are a very critical thing for young children to learn. Learning the names and types of shapes, and being able to fit them where they belong is something every young child needs early on in life. I was eager to try out the new Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot, because it not only teaches your child shapes, but also plays a game with them while they play with it.

The Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot lets your child put shapes in and out of the talking cook pot. There are two play modes, discovery where every time your child inserts a shape into the pot it says "square, thank you". The Find It Game mode the pot will say "can you find the triangle?" and if you put the wrong one in it will tell you what it is and that it was wrong, and to try again for the original shape. It requires two AA batteries and is recommended for ages two and up. The Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot even won the 2013 Creative Child Award from Creative Child Magazine.

We were really excited when the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot arrived. I love the bright colors, the friendly face on the pot and ten, brightly colored shapes. Most shape sorters do not have that many shapes so I was impressed. Before Xavier saw it, (he was napping when it was delivered) my husband and I took it out, and got it ready, and tested it. Our first test was the Find it game, it got the shape wrong. We put in an oval and it said it was a square. We then tried the discovery mode, same thing happened it would name some of the wrong shapes. I would say out of ten shapes two always were wrong if not more. After our disappointment, we discovered it had the factory installed batteries in it so we checked them. They were okay, but we ended up using brand new ones anyway. This did not fix the problem.

By this time Xavier had woken up from his nap and saw the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot. He loved how it looked and as soon as it started talking to him he loved it! He enjoyed putting the shapes in the slot and at first it was on the discovery mode and when the Fun Pot said the wrong name he would just say "no fun pot, that's not a square, that's a circle". Then, he switched the mode by hitting the nose to the find it game. Let's just say, I'm not so sure the makers of this toy have toddlers, because when a toddler finds the correct shape, and puts it in the slot, and it says he is wrong, most toddlers get very mad. Xavier was not happy that the pot did not know it's shapes.

After you put in all the shapes, you then have to twist a circle on the back to unload all the shapes, and dump them out, and put the circle back on. This was also a horrible feature. Why would you not want your child to be able to dump the shapes themselves? There is no way a child could unscrew the pot to release the shapes, I had a hard time with it. I finally just left the back off as most of the shapes stay inside with the side open. By this time I was very frustrated with the shape sorter, it was saying the wrong shapes, it was hard to get the shapes out and it was getting annoying talking constantly (although I will say that may be a bonus, because Xavier liked conversing with it).

We also had an eighteen month old little girl over to play with Xavier who also loved the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot. They had a lot of fun together shoving shapes into it and putting the lid on it to hear the bubbling cooking sound. I was telling her mom about the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot and my annoyance with it. Then, she asked how much it was, which is $24.95. She said she thought it was worth it, as it entertained our children and they seemed to love it. That being said I cannot say it is all bad.

I believe the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot is a good toy, but not a good shape sorter. If you want your child to have fun shoving things in a slot and hearing sounds (good for dexterity) than this is for you. If you are looking for a shape sorter that will teach your children their shapes I would definitely not recommend this one. It just goes to show you that as parents of children we are all unique and what some may love, others do not. So use your own judgement with this toy and take into consideration what your child would like more.

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives the Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot 2 Stars!

If you would like to buy your own Learn With Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot you can order it from
The Learning Journey International Website here it sells for $24.99

#shapesorter, #sponsored, #review, #sponsor

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Valentine for Dadda

We had a wonderful weekend. I was excited Valentine's day was on a weekend this year. My husband had to work most of the day, So we decided to have a friend over. Xavier played and made valentines with one of his friends, and mommy got to hang out and play with one of her friends.

Xavier loves doing anything that involves art supplies. Since we had company, I mainly stuck with crayons, markers and stickers.

 If you want my secret, it is to buy Crayola Washable Markers/Crayons/etc it can be wiped off anything from the dog to the furniture.

This was the first time Xavier really understood that he was making something for someone and what it was. He had watched a couple Valentine shows already, and knew what it was, so he was really excited to make one. When I mentioned he make one for Daddy he said  "Oh yes, Dada needs a valentine!".

 I helped with the glue and peeling of stickers, but the rest was all him. Although he chose the white paper instead of red or pink, he managed to add lots of Toy Story Valentines, stickers, his own art work and I had to transcribe what he wanted written on it.

  I wanted to have Xavier make a bunch of Valentine's, but he ended up practically taking all day on one for "Dada". When he finally finished that one, he was done, and wanted to play with his friend.
 Nick got off for dinner with us and Xavier proudly showed Dada his valentine that is now displayed on the refrigerator. In case you go in our kitchen and do not notice it on the refrigerator, Xavier will point it out to you.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day filled with love!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Faves

Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!

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!


Learn about
Parental Power

Stay away from 
Top 5 Most Unnecessary Baby Items

Get yourself ready for your new baby with
Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump

Keep this information handy
Everything You Need and Need to Know About Breastfeeding

Make something delicious
Chocolate Date Bites

Enjoy a Valentine's Cocktail
Cherry Chocolate Martini


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Birthday Traditions

Xavier's First Birthday!

One of my absolute favorite types of celebration is birthdays. I love not only my birthday, but those of my immediate family. We have always had such wonderful birthdays and traditions. I do think that you should be able to celebrate a day that is just about you. You should celebrate yourself, and all your loved ones should remind you how happy they are to have you in their life, and that your presence on this earth has made a difference in their lives.

This week was my birthday, and Valentine’s Day coming up, thus, not as much blogging and I apologize for that. (Check out my new posts on

My mom and I on my 7th birthday!

I love our little birthday traditions. The birthday person usually gets to pick whatever they want to do that day, within reason. That means you have to take in consideration any prior engagements, work schedules, money, time and weather. You also get to pick the meals for the day, usually just breakfast and dinner, but if we can fit it in, you get to pick lunch also. Then, my personal favorite, all of our close family calls and sings to you, whether they can sing or not, they make sure they do. Our little phone calls have grown, as new people have entered our lives and they have become quite fun. Singing Happy Birthday over the phone is something Xavier not only loves to hear, but also likes to participate in.

Nick and I on his 1920s theme birthday!

I do not think it is always necessary to give over the top gifts or parties for birthdays. I think fun milestones and if you can have a party they are fun, but that is not what really counts. I think on someone’s birthday you should use it as a time to honor that person and appreciate them being in your life. Send your blessings their way and for their year ahead! I’m sure it will help make all their birthday wishes come true. I know my family made my birthday special and helped me get through another year!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: Konjac Facial Sponge

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Tomoson and received a gift and or payment to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced nor reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

Since becoming a parent I run on the currency of time. I try to do everything as quickly as possible, so that I have more time to spend with my family. I think that is the way life should be. I am always looking for great and natural beauty products that not only work well, but make my life easier. I want something that is quick and easy to use. Something that is not going to cost me a fortune if my toddler accidentally gets into it. I was very excited to try out the new Konjac Facial Sponge with activated bamboo and charcoal. I had heard a lot about these sponges and how popular they are becoming.

The Konjac Facial Sponge is a sponge that is 5 x 7 x 1 inch and is made of Konjac Fiber. Konjac Fiber is grown in a very high altitude in places such as Japan, Korea and China. The high altitude makes the fibers very pure and pollutant free. It is filled with nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, iron, phosphorous, copper, zinc, vitamins, A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and Folic Acid. The sponge comes dry and activates under running hot or cold water. You hold it under running water for about a minute and squeeze it and that activates the bamboo and charcoal cleanser that is already in the sponge. The Konjac Facial sponge gently exfoliates dead skin cells, removes, toxins, oils and impurities from your skin. It works great for tired, sensitive or acne prone skin. It is also 100% safe to use everyday, because it has a pH balance in it, it does not damage your skin. The Konjac Facial Sponge is 100% Natural Eco-and-animal friendly, as well as biodegradable.

I have very sensitive and acne prone skin. I love the Konjac Facial Sponge. I was very skeptical as to how well a sponge can over a period of time really clean your face, but I have been using it for two weeks, on my face and I have noticed significant improvement. The Konjac Facial Sponge has helped not only with my existing acne, but acne scars as well. It is also a great exfoliator. I think my favorite thing about it is how easy it is to use and how mess free it is. All I grab is the Konjac Facial Sponge, wet my face, use it, rinse and dry. It is quick and easy with great results. I do not know how much better you can get than that. It also is a great sponge to travel with. It is safe to use all over your body and it lasts for up to three months. It sells for only $10.00 which I have paid more for bodywash and a puff sponge that did not work as well nor were as easy to use.

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Konjac Facial Sponge 5 Stars!

If you would like to order a Konjac Facial Sponge for yourself or someone you love, you can find it on Amazon here!

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