Friday, May 29, 2015

It's Summer Time In North Carolina

Now that Memorial day has come and gone the official summer starts, at least in our household. Probably because we live in a beach community, our beaches open on Memorial weekend, and from then on tourists come and visit the beauty of our beaches and towns that we know and love all year round.

Summer is always fun for us. My husband works mostly on weekends so we sneak many weekdays doing lots of fun things that we can cram in just like tourists. We head to the beaches on a Wednesday afternoon. We picnic in parks, pick out summer books from the library, decide on any fun excursions we want to try this year and if we are able to take any vacations.

Our summer start came to a screeching halt over the weekend, when our fun family filled weekend with my family ended up me sick in bed. The dreaded stomach virus that had hit Xavier and my husband last week ended up hitting me smack in the middle of the launch of our summer festivities. I spent three long, sunny and beautiful days in bed with the curtains drawn and a bucket by my side. The flip side, was no one else got sick, and my husband was already off so he got a lot of fun time in with Xavier. I was able to rest and heal as quickly as possible. Plus, I now do not have to worry about losing those extra five pounds for beach season. (though I would not recommend this way of weight loss)

Other than the dreaded stomach bug we have been enjoying our beautiful weather here. Xavier got his first tricycle. He does not ride it too much yet, we still need to help a lot as he is not too good at figuring out the pedals yet. However, he loves to ring the bell. He will just casually walk by it and ring the bell.

We have taken many of our indoor projects and put them on hold for a little while to enjoy the outdoors and focus on some outdoor projects we wanted to get done. This year, I really wanted to do more gardening. So hopefully my thumb will turn from black to green. You will be able to marvel or laugh along with me when you see what my thumb has created.

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful spring/summer weather with your loved ones. Remember to always enjoy every small thing and every beautiful thing that comes your way and you will never be bored.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun In The Sun Friday Faves

 This week's Friday Faves is dedicated to all the fun in the sun I hope you are all having. I love springtime. We are soaking up the beautiful weather with trips to the park, strawberry picking and starting some new gardening projects. I love to watch all the flowers and plants bloom and hear the birds sing. It really is a miraculous thing to be apart of, to watch the earth die at winter and be reborn in the springtime. I love the circle of life sometimes because it inspires me to always know that no matter how bad things seem them will bloom again and be beautiful. I hope you all have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend full of love and laughter.

To our military families we give you a special shout out to THANK YOU for all that you do and sacrifice for all of us who live in this country. I hope you have an extra special Memorial Day.

Fun In The Sun Friday Faves

Get your little one something much more fun than a plain kid pool have Fun Outside With Little Tikes
Make something light and different this season with some Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Cucumber Relish

Get some help with your fussy eater with Some Good Eats

With all the fun activities Is Your Child Over-Stimulated?

Be prepared at family picnics to Debunk Old Wives Tales

Try to keep your child on a regular Sleep Routine

Be ever inspired by The Teachings of Mothering

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CVS Cares About Diaper Changing Stations

This post was originally published on*

The first years of your child’s life you spend changing diapers. Multiply that by more children and you have a lot of children in diapers. As we bring our babies into the world, we realize that sometimes the world does not give us much help. Diaper changing stations are very rare. They are hard to find in places of business and are rarely in restrooms.

My husband loves to take our son on errands and frequently gets annoyed at having no place to change him because there are never diaper changing stations in restrooms (especially men’s restrooms).

Diaper changing stations in restrooms has been a hot topic this spring since actor and director, Ashton Kutcher brought it up in March when he posted on his Facebook page about the problem. He ended up teaming up with to help fathers across the country have the same rights as women when it came to taking care of their children.

 My son, who was just turning three at this time, was still in diapers and my husband was still wrestling with this issue of finding places to change him, especially since we were in the trenches of mixed potty training and diapers. Then, we found a special place in our community that showed us that we are not alone and that they truly do care.

When my son was four days old we had our first family “trip”, we went to his doctor check up. Of course we learned of different vitamins and medicines that are helpful to have on hand with newborns. After visiting the doctor we went to our neighborhood CVS here in Leland, North Carolina off of Village Road. They have been here for a very long time. The manager in charge of the store is, Eric Baughman. We came in with our new addition to the family and Eric smiled a big smile and told us that our son was his youngest customer.

Today our son, Xavier is three. He runs up and down the aisles of CVS with us putting items into the cart. He says hello to everyone who is working. He will walk down the aisles and say “Hi Eric, Hi Martha” and go to the pharmacy “Hi Michelle, Hi Ms. Vernita how are you doing?” Every year we print our holiday cards from them. They have been there with Pharmacy help through all of our issues with my health and through every cold season. The CVS here on Village Road has become a big part of our community and has helped us in raising a son who could trust in a store to help him with what he needed, whether it is medicine, food, or a special gift for someone.

One day while my husband and son were running errands they stopped at CVS. My son needed his diaper changed. My husband went to the men’s restroom and there was no diaper changing station. He asked if there was one in the women’s restroom he could use. To his astonishment there was not one. The CVS was a corporate CVS and in an older building. It had not occurred to them that a diaper changing station may be needed. Eric the manager promptly called and ordered, not just one, but TWO diaper changing stations. One for the women’s restroom and one for the men’s restroom, when they came in everyone at CVS were excited to show them to us, especially Eric. As we were talking we had heard it mentioned that the diaper changing stations were said to be costly and of no value to the store, which is why they were normally not put in. As a parent I proudly applaud Eric and the staff at the CVS store on Village Road in Leland, North Carolina for proving that by really showing you care even if it means by spending a little, you end up earning much more in return. Thank you for the diaper changing stations in BOTH restrooms. Thank you for being a store that promotes a community that I am proud to raise my son in.

If you live in the Leland, North Carolina Area please show some love by buying something at the CVS store on Village Road and thank them for the diaper changing stations in both restrooms. Be sure to spread change (#BeTheChange, #LeaninTogether) in your community for the better. Show some love to the businesses that care.  

117A Village Road
Leland, North Carolina 28451
Open Monday thru Sunday 8am-10pm
(Please call for Pharmacy hours)

 #BeTheChange, #LeaninTogether, #momsmagazine, #nextgenerationsahm, #cvscares, #diaperchangingstations, #CVS

Monday, May 18, 2015

Picking Strawberries

 Strawberries have always been a big part of my life. As a child I loved to eat strawberries. We would always go strawberry picking every year and get buckets and buckets of strawberries. I remember, one year I ate so many strawberries that I even got a rash on my face. Luckily, nothing became of it, the doctor said I just had over dosed on strawberries for the day.

When I was pregnant with Xavier one of the big cravings that I had was for a strawberry milkshake that I made my husband get up from sleeping to go get. Xavier now loves strawberries and eats them with anything and everything. We can barely keep them in the house. I remembered the large amounts of strawberries we were able to get when I picked them with my parents and I decided to take Xavier strawberry picking.

We headed to Lewis Farms here in Wilmington, North Carolina. They have lots of berries to pick, vegetables, plants and homemade ice cream. We decided to invite some of our friends along for a crazy toddler strawberry picking, and ice cream eating day of fun.

Xavier took to strawberry picking right away. He was even going around people looking for the red strawberries and putting them in his bucket. He picked almost two buckets of strawberries himself. He also made sure that he taste tested a fair share of all the strawberries as well as put them in the bucket. 

After strawberries and ice cream we headed on down to the end of the Greek festival for some delicious dinner. It was really great to eat outside and listen to the band and just enjoy the beautiful day that we were able to spend outside as a family and with our friends.

Enjoy the pictures, check out the video and remember we are still offering a free year subscription to Parents Magazine, this is the last week for this offer! I hope you have a wonderful week!

#strawberrypicking, #nextgenerationsahm #lewisfarms

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Blurb Books Create and Inspire

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Our big blog sponsor this month is Blurb Books. I have written my review of them, shared the story about how the company of Blurb started and some of their great free book making tools. Blurb books not only are great for photo books, you can make cookbooks, journals, honeymoon books, wedding books, even write your own book and publish it through Blurb or just make a few for your friends and family. You can even make your very own children's book for your child. Check out the many bonus' that Blurb offers.

Please welcome another guest post from Blurb books.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize it.

Chances are you already have an idea for the kind of book you want to create. But in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books:

A beautiful, custom-made book is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give. With Father’s Day, graduation, and wedding season just around the corner, this type of book can make the perfect gift that keeps on giving. And with Blurb’s cutting-edge book-making tools, you can add photos, words, stories, drawings—anything you want—and make something that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Ideas include: a favorite recipes book, a baby’s first year book, a book of poems, a senior year book, etc.

You have a story to tell. Okay, so you may not have hiked across the Sahara or been on Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t impacted lives or had interesting life experiences. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable insights to impart. Even if you have no interest in sharing your memoir with anyone, the process of reflecting on your life and writing down some of your thoughts and experiences can be incredibly eye-opening and cathartic.

Pet Books
What better way to showcase your best friend than with their very own book. It could be something as simple as pictures and quips of trips to the park, naps on the couch, playing with a favorite toy, or basking in the sun, to a more in-depth life story book about your pet. These can be shared as gifts, sold to fellow pet-lovers, or just kept for your own personal enjoyment.

Non-Profit Fundraising Books
With Blurb, non-profits can share their story with compelling words and images and then sell them via Blurb’s Sell & Distribute option to fund raise for their organization. For example, Gerrit Greve’s Hearts for Healing book showcases how kids interpret a giving heart through art. It also chronicles how Greve’s students gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities knowing that their art could make a difference in someone’s life and health. This beautiful book is an example of how Blurb’s platforms can be used to support a cause that’s important to you.

These are just a few ways that you can use Blurb to share your story or promote a purpose, but know that there are many, many others. Get creative! Honestly, the most important part is just clicking on the “Get Started” link on As you start the process of creating your own book, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the creativity floodgates open!

And when it does and you’ve created your own book, be sure to tell me about it—if you’re okay with me doing so, I’d love to promote it to other readers. Who knows? You may inspire someone else to create a book of their own! 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sponsored Review:Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag


 My son is three we have yet to find a great diaper bag. We have gotten them in all shapes, sizes and straps. I had us settled on a tiny one. However, now that we are potty training I need to bring an extra set of clothing with me and we are starting to need a bigger diaper bag. Plus, our small diaper bag, I could not even squeeze my wallet and cell phone in. I wanted a diaper bag that holds all the essentials, is easily washable, adjustable, and is fairly stylish since I have to bring it everywhere I go.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag comes in leopard print. It has eight pockets on the inside to help you stay organized, four are large pockets, one is a zippered pocket and there is even a padded pocket in an end wall that is the perfect size for a baby bottle, water bottle or cell phone. There are two outside pockets, one is a zipper and the other is another bottle shape holder. I loved the two bottle pockets. It lets me bring Xavier’s water bottle and mine together.

The Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag also includes a changing pad, wet pouch and accessories pouch. The changing pad is very thick and easy to clean material and so is the wet pouch that has a zippered closure. I loved the accessories pouch. It looks very similar to a make up bag. I ended up using it as my purse in the diaper bag. It is leopard print like the outside so it stands out on the inside and it easily fit my wallet, phone, keys and a few other items in it.

The Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag also has two ways you can carry it. It has padded handles and an easy to remove shoulder strap. I also liked how this bag had big rings that were easy to clip things to or clip the bag to things such as strollers.

By far the best part of the Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag is that it is extremely durable, waterproof and easy to clean. The inside walls are padded very well, the vinyl construction gives the bag dimensions of 7”Wx16”Lx11”H. There are no worries about spills or leaks. The bag is easy to wipe clean or rinse out. I found it super easy to clean. It is a great everyday bag, overnight bag and fantastic diaper bag; finally a diaper bag that holds everything my son needs, my purse and a little room for extra stuff, plus it’s easy to clean and is very affordable.

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag 5 Stars!

You can purchase your own Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag from Amazon.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mom's Faves

A very Happy Mother's Day to all of you! I hope your day is filled with love and laughter. If you received the luxury of leisure reading time today check out some of our Mom's Faves!

Appreciate motherhood with 
Parental Power

Learn to stay strong with

Celebrate last year with 
The Teachings of Mothering

Enjoy a sweet poem
Stay Strong Mama

Enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert from Mom's Recipe Box
Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs
Dutch Apple Cake

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Underlining Cards for Mother's Day

Every year it overwhelms me. It gets easier, but I am still never expecting the amount of feelings that come with it all. There are so many Mother’s Day cards I read and I think of one person, there are so many I read and I think of another person. Yet, basically they are still the same type of card. Except to me one person I knew really well and do not see anymore and the other I am just now getting to know and appreciate and love.

Mother’s Day has many different emotions for all of us. For the lucky it is a day filled with a generational brunch and celebration of family. For some they celebrate the strong women they can call mom in their life. For those who are longing to be moms it’s a hard day. It’s very hard for those with moms who are angels. For those who are moms of angels it can be the worst. My mom is an angel and yet this year, I have a mom. My father has remarried and for almost two years she has been a part of our family.

Looking for Mother’s Day cards is a very hard thing for me to do. Cards meant a lot to my mom. I lived far away for college and moved far away. It gets expensive always shipping presents. Many times we would just send each other cards for birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s day and others. I do not really know how long it would take my mom to find a card, but they always were so perfect. She would always underline the perfect parts that spoke right to the person the card was intended. It made me feel special like this card she specifically picked for me because of those lines. Perhaps it’s the sentimental writer in me, but it is nice to have love underlined in flat out words for me. I never cared if there was a check or gift card in it. I just loved the underlined parts.

My mother passed away six years ago from Leukemia. I miss her often, but Mother’s Day is hard. Even when I try not to think about it, it is constantly thrown in my face with bombarding ads and commercials. It’s been much better since I am now a mother myself. I now appreciate it as my day and I love being able to spend the day with my family.

Now, I have another mother. Searching the rows of cards for the perfect one, parts were bookmarked for “mother from daughter”, “mother from both of us”, “like a mother”. However I could not find the “we are on a budget so all I can get is this card, but I love you so much like a mother and I am proud to say you are my mom and that I get to share my grown up life with you and that you are the grandmother to my child”. Somehow, the clerk did not put that sign up. So finally I found one that I thought would be the perfect card.

As my husband was writing his card to his mom and I was writing my card to my step mom, my husband asked me if I was going to underline it. I burst out crying, I had not even thought about the underlining in a long time. I had to think about it for a little while. I mean would she even know why on earth I underlined? Maybe she will think I ruined a beautiful card by underlining it, or maybe she will not get the significance of it. Then, as I looked at her card I looked at it as a mom and suddenly I knew she would get it. She is a mom, she is my mom. We have not known each other very long, but she knows I am a woman of words and instinctively she knows me. She knew when I was in the hospital to visit and call. She knows when we need help, advice, or just laughter. So I proudly underlined her card and mailed it.

 Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you!

 #Mothersday, #nextgenerationsahm

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sponsored Review: Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set

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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

When you have children you are always trying to get them to try new things. You want to see what they may love or even be good at doing. I love introducing new things to Xavier and watching him learn how to do things. However, one thing he loves to do, is he paints lots and lots of pictures.

I ran out of the children’s washable finger paints eventually and I started raiding my artists’ collection of paints. Watercolors were too wet and he could not figure them out, oil was too greasy, required too much patience, and was hard to clean up. Then I remembered what I started painting with when I started enjoying painting, which were acrylic paints. Acrylic paints can be mixed with water or not. Typically so to stretch the paint and to help it mix so it ends up with really bright and fun colors. It also is fairly easy to clean off of human parts such as hands and face. It is a little harder to get out of carpets and clothing so I make sure Xavier has a smock on or is outside. I was lucky to be able to try out some acrylic paints right when we were running out.

Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set has twelve tubes of vibrant colors (Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Medium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Scarlet Red, Crimson, Midnight Blue, Blue Lake, Light Green, Forest Green and Mars Black) all in 0.4 FL. OZ or 12ML tubes. The Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set is great for beginning artists to professionals. Their paints are perfect for many surfaces such as canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood. 

I thought that the Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set was a great set of starter paints. They have genuine pigments and classic buttery texture. The acrylic paint itself is very rich and heavy; I needed to add water to it, which is good, because it helps it stretch very far. The vibrant colors are very eye catching and it comes for an extremely reasonable price and a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. They are even made in Florida. The Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set is a phenomenal value. I always test out products first and never glance at the price until right before the review. I was very surprised at how reasonable these are for paints. Typically these types of paint set cost much more. I would get one while you can, for the artist in your life!

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set 5 Stars!

To purchase your own Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set you can find it buy visiting Amazon!

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