Monday, July 27, 2015

Thumping Feet Three Year Old

Thumping Feet Three Year Old
By Renee Arbia

Thumping feet run into our room in the bright of the morning sun, saying “Good morning”

Thumping feet scramble to the kitchen to get their milk and cereal, bounding down to sit and watch cartoons while mommy and daddy wake up

Thumping feet as they jump up and down when they get lifted in the air to be put on the footstool to help cook

Thumping feet as they climb into their stool on the chair, and even buckle themselves in

Thumping feet playing footsie with mommy under the table, with a sly smirk just between the two of us

Thumping feet as they rush outside into the warm summer breeze

Thumping feet as they run in the beautiful and bright summer sun

Thumping feet as they follow after dada and mow the lawn just like him

Thumping feet as they kick the ball around upset that they cannot go out of mommy’s sight

Thumping feet as he sweeps the porch because he wants to do it for dada to make him happy

Thumping feet kicking in the air when they are lifted off the ground into their mommy and daddy’s arms

Thumping feet as they kick kitchen cabinets as he sits on the counter top while we wash our hands

Thumping feet as they splash in the shower bathtub filled with soapy and muddy water

Thumping feet as they wiggle back and forth during bedtime story time

Thumping feet as you kiss and whisper good night

Thumping feet kicking the bed until they are so tired they fall to the mattress with a thud

Sleeping now, thumping feet is growing and gaining more energy to start all over again.

#nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmlifestyle, #nextgenerationsahmpoetry

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wedding Friday Faves

My husband and I on our wedding day

We are in a wedding this weekend for some of our very dear friends. They are even getting married where my husband and I did our ceremony. Weddings are such wonderful events for families. It is a wonderful reminder of the beginning of our journey as a family together. This week our theme is Wedding Friday Faves!

Wishing you all a weekend filled with fun, laughter and lots of love!

Wedding Friday Faves

You have not attended a wedding unless you have gone to The Wedding With A Toddler

Have you been taking road trips this summer? Try a Road Trip With A Toddler

See more of our wedding with our video on Happy 4 Year Anniversary

If you want some awesome food without the fuss, be sure to visit Catch Seafood Restaurant

It is always important to remember the Friendship that we have others. 

Be the hottest couple on the dance floor at your next wedding with the Dancing Mastery System

Want a honeymoon of your own? Try out the newly restored The Inn At Cuckholds Lighthouse

 #nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmfridayfaves

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sponsored: Fun with Vintage Toy Jacks

 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.

Sponsored: Fun With Vintage Toy Jacks
By Renee Arbia

As parents we try to provide the best type of toys for our kids. Not only do we want them educational, but we want them to be safe, fun and it’s a big bonus if it is a nostalgic vintage toy. We have been able to collect a few vintage toys for my son, such as old fairy tale books from his grandmother, a teddy from mommy and a train from daddy. We also buy a lot of vintage type of toys. We like the old telephones, wooden cars, and hammer and peg games.

Our son Xavier is now three and loves to do things with us. One thing we found that is easy to play with him is games. After a couple rounds of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders we are ready for something new. However, with him not reading it is hard to find many games he can understand, let alone play on his own.

When I saw these jacks I thought they were a perfect idea for our son. He even knew what they were from some of his books. Jacks are a timeless classic recommended for children three and up as objects are small and can easily be swallowed. The game of jacks helps with hand-eye coordination, helps with developing your child’s fine motor skills and can be played alone or with friends.

We had a lot of fun playing the Onesies, Twosies, Threesies, and just throwing the ball and seeing how many jacks we could pick up and then catch the ball. You are supposed to use the same hand, but with our young son he just had to catch the ball and some jacks. He has fun playing with the Jacks alone and with us.

The Ramini brand Jack set is perfect because it comes nicely packaged. It makes a great party favor, stocking stuffer or gift. The traditional game of jacks is played with ten jacks and one ball, the Ramini Jack Set comes with two extra jacks, one extra ball and a cloth pouch. I loved that they were so entertaining and easy to throw in my purse, diaper bag or pack as a game for vacation.

You can get your Jack Set from Amazon Here

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sponsored: Make Music With Compose Yourself From ThinkFun

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
  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.

Make Music With Compose Yourself From ThinkFun
By Renee Arbia

We have been introducing our son to music for pretty much his entire life, but now that he is three years old, we are able to have much more fun playing music together. He loves to sing songs, pretend to play instruments and he is working on learning to play the piano and the guitar.

We never like to push our son into anything, but music has been a big part of his life. He requests certain stations to listen to at home. He will just randomly sit down and play the piano. We cannot do that to the guitar yet as he strums it a little too harshly, but he loves trying it. He has a toy drum set that he loves. Music is something that reaches people of all levels. No matter what your age sometimes a great song will make everyone dance and sing.

ThinkFun is a toy manufacturer that specializes in educational toys that the whole family can enjoy. We were lucky to try out their ThinkFun Move and Groove Dance Cube, which is a dancing game for young children and parents. That has been one of our son’s favorite games. We were excited when we heard about Compose Yourself, which is a game that actually lets you create music yourself.

ThinkFun’s Compose Yourself let’s you start writing music in minutes, allowing everyone in the family to be a composer. The game comes with directions, a bag and sixty transparent cards that are designed to be flipped, rotated and combined in millions of different ways so that you can create your own musical score.

You can put up to sixteen cards at a time down, and flip them around into a good combination that you like. In the directions, they even tell you that sometimes it is more fun to create a visual picture of the music first. Once you have your sixteen cards in order of fours, you log onto their website and enter the code you will get with your cards. You then are in the composer screen. In the composer screen you type in the number that is always found in the upper left side of the card. It is then played back to you three ways; marimba, orchestra or both. You can also switch or rotate cards to see how they play as well as play individual cards at a time. Compose Yourself also let’s you print out your musical score to play and you can download it as your own mp3 file.

We enjoyed playing with this, of course our son was a little too young to understand it, but we let him play with the cards and help put them in rows of four. The website is extremely easy to use and the game is for ages 6 and up. I had a lot of fun playing with it and so did our family and friends. The only thing I will say is it does not teach music. I find this more of a game type of activity. It does not tell you the clefs of the music, have rests, or long notes (half notes are the longest that is offered) and you have no way to change the tempo. However, I thought for the price and fun it provided it was a great deal and perfect to get your child more interested in music and learning about music.

 You can find out more about ThinkFun Compose Yourself from their website
And you can purchase Compose Yourself on Amazon

Check out their video

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

3 Year Blog Anniversary

3 Year Blog Anniversary
By Renee Arbia

Our family when Xavier was a newborn the start of this blog
 I have kept this blog running for three years today. The main purpose of this blog has never changed. I set out to write a blog that was helpful for all parents. A blog that was unbiased, but true to facts. Unlike most media sources I did not want it jaded by money or sides to a story, but rather to point out facts and let parents decide for themselves.

We survived the first year of parenthood!

 I have always thought the strongest thing is a parent’s own intuition. No one knows their child like a parent. I wanted a blog that reached parents and even caregivers on all levels. That would point out new trends, new products and great things to do and teach to your children.

The terrible two's were pretty terrific to us!

 In the three years Next Generation Stay At Home Mom Blog has been going we have been expanding and growing at a very fast rate. Parents are spreading the word that this is a great resource guide. We have tips and tricks, inspiration, recipes, reviews even party themes. There is just a plethora of information on this blog alone that could keep you occupied all day.

Our third year rolling with all the changes with smiles on our faces. 

I am proud to have given this blog not just my time, but my heart. I have nourished it from the beginning. Entered us into some steep competitions and some big sponsor opportunities; some were won and some were lost. However, I kept writing simply because as great as the competitions and sponsor opportunities would be great for the blog it is not all that this blog is, this blog is a DIY blog as they say in the professional world. I signed up one day onto Blogger and started typing and sharing our stories and our love. In hopes that merely someone would benefit from something I have said. I have heard from many of you and especially now on our Facebook channel how you feel about the blog, and how you really like to read I,t and find information on it.

Thank you for reading this blog, thank you for “liking it” on whatever social channel you may use, thank you for “sharing it” on your social channels, thank you for telling other parents about it and thank you for your sweet comments and emails that I receive from you all. I feel the love for this blog and you are helping it grow. I have no plans on retiring in fact we plan on expanding in many different ways. So be sure to stay tuned in and keep on checking out the blog and get some inspiration, fun and love in your day!

Thank you for your love!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sponsored Video: Traveling with Technology and PowerVibe

 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.

Sponsored: Tuck in Technology with PowerVibe
By Renee Arbia

Last month we had enjoyed visiting family and friends. We plan on taking more trips next month. One of the things that we realized is now that Xavier is three and out of a crib and diapers it is much easier to pack. However, there is still another person in our family so he does have his own bag as well as a toy bag. My husband and I try to pack as light as we can when we go places. I am sure you are familiar with most of those packing tips, rolling your clothes, taking small bottles of items or all-in-one items, and only pack what you need. However, we ended up starting to travel very heavy in the technology area. So we had to figure out ways to slim down.

First thing to go was two laptops. We made one laptop a family laptop where there is different log-ins for different people. This allowed us to only bring one laptop with us when we travel (we use it for work purposes). We then, made sure to get a good bag that could carry everything for the laptop and then some other technology devices. The extra storage in the laptop bag came in handy for chargers that we would want to bring; one for the Nook, one for each of our cell phones, and one for a tablet.

Too many chargers started to become a problem when we also had to plug in a baby monitor and night light. When I saw the PowerVibe travel charger, I realized that was a great way to save our problem of too many chargers taking up too many outlets. The PowerVibe USB Travel Charger is a sleek, lightweight, mini travel-sized, ultra compatible charger with two ports so you can charge two USB devices at once. We loved the idea that with one plug, we could both charge our iPhones.

Each of PowerVibes Universal Adaptors is tested to ensure the highest quality and the fastest charge. They are all FCC, ROHS, and ETL Certified. The PowerVibe Travel Charger comes with a bonus adapter, (so you get two for the price of one) and a universal cable that is compatible with Apple, Android, HTC and LG devices. I loved the two adapters that you get and the cable as well. It is a nice short cable so your device can sit right next to it without taking up much room.

Lastly, we are always sure to bring only one camera with us and we decide if it should be our video or still camera. With the invention of our Smartphones we are able to video and picture take, so we figured we needed to cut down on cameras. As much as I like to preserve memories on the camera, sometimes it is more fun to just partake in the moment.

We had some great moments and made some great memories so far this summer, and we plan on making many more. I am so grateful we are learning great ways to travel light!

You can order your PowerVibe USB Travel Charger from Amazon. Each USB Travel Charger comes with an extra charger and universal cable that is compatible with Apple, Android, HTC and LG devices.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Gardening Project 2015: Gardening 101

Gardening Project 2015 Gardening 101
By Renee Arbia

As I mentioned early this month I took on a new hobby of attempting to garden. We ploughed our own garden and also have some plants in containers outside. If you have not read the previous post check it out here Gardening Project 2015.

Gardening these past two months has been glorious. Every morning after breakfast I take a few minutes to go outside and garden. I find it very therapeutic and it is a nice break from the day. My husband is able to take care of Xavier at that time of day for a little while so I can actually have some peace and quiet. Gardening like most hobbies is nice because it makes you tune out everything that is going on in your life and focus on the here and now. If your tomato plant is leaning and about to fall over you have to fix it now. If it poured last night and your seedlings are overflowing you need to clean them up. You do not have time to worry or to wonder, just to be in the present moment. Being in the present moment outside is extremely addicting. As many of your outdoors enthusiasts will tell you there is no better feeling than feeling the magic of Mother Nature.


We are about two months into our gardening project now and things are going very good and I am learning a lot along the way. I have not really added much more to our gardening. Right now it is very hot where we live and is not the gardening time. We are looking into plants for the fall that will bloom in our winter as we do not get any snow. We are on the southern coast which is zone 8.

Pepper plant 

Tomato plant

The pepper plant not only produced the pepper that I talked about previously, but one other one that we got to eat. It now has five more peppers growing on it all nice sizes and is much taller and stronger. I have not had to replant it which is good because I am running out of large pots. The tomato plant I had to replant into a larger pot and get three different stakes to tie it up. However, it must have helped because we now have six tomatoes we are waiting to ripen. I started trying the trick going around the internet lately that is to mix two tablespoons of Epsom Salt and one quart of water into a misting spray bottle. Then, mist pepper and tomato plants once every two weeks. This is to help the plant absorb more Magnesium and helps it produce more fruit that is also bigger. I have been using it a month and it has worked very well. I also bought just the cheap fertilizer sticks that you would stick in houseplants and use those sporadically on both the pepper and the tomatoes when they need some fertilizing. I find the pepper does good being fertilized right after a pepper is picked off the plant.

Our germination station. You can see the herbs in the back and Xavier's little yellow pot up front.

 The pepper seeds that we are trying to grow into plants made it into small cups, but unfortunately, got completely soaked and rained on in the middle of the night when we did not know was going to storm. So no new pepper plants, I figured we would wait until we harvest the peppers that are growing now and harvest and save some of those seeds to plant next year in the spring again, as it is late where we live to plant any more pepper or tomato plants.

The herbs have been growing very slow and we have not seen any Parsley at all, but we have a little Cilantro and a lot of Basil, so looks like I may need to find a good pesto recipe soon.

Our garden before

Our bulb garden two months in.
The garden that we made that is filled with bulbs is coming along nicely. The bulbs are about halfway right now. Some of them seem to grow better than others but it is hard to tell. As they are flowers that I do not know well and many of them just look like stalks right now. However, I enjoy imagining what they may end up being. The marigolds we planted are of course growing like crazy. You can get marigolds very cheap and they grow every where. They are great to keep mosquitoes away. The flowers for the marigolds are not blooming yet, but the leaves of the stalks are very bushy and pretty. Even Xavier’s pot has one big marigold growing in it.


Right now there is not much that I do to tend to the garden just a little light weeding and fertilizing along with lots of watering and watching. I can already see though how much of a difference it has made in our family. Xavier always asks about the garden and what is growing today and how every thing is. He loves to water it and he is so very proud of his marigold flower that he is growing. Even my husband has starting doing more gardening. It has become a fun family hobby for all of us. It just proves that it is never too late to try something new.


#nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmlifestyle, #nextgenerationsahmgardeningproject2015, #gardening, #gardeningproject2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun in the Sun Friday Faves

This week's Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies is focused on summer fun in the sun. Check out the great stories, projects, recipes, inspiration, products and places. We hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with laughter and love.

Study up on communicating so everyone can communicate at picnics with Baby Sign Language.

Going on a family vacation? Check out Roadtrip With A Toddler.

Summer is the time of weddings check out the fun we had with Wedding With A Toddler.

Find out the real facts and what you need to look for The 411 On Secondary Drowning

Tired of making grilled cheese sandwiches already for your children? Try out this fun Artichoke, Spinach and Red Pepper Grilled Cheese from The Grilled Cheese Cookbook.

Having a picnic and want a new idea? Try out these yummy recipes for Dirt Cake and Punch.

Be sure you are in shape to keep up with your grandchildren by getting The Fit Grandparents.

Take a trip to visit your local aquarium, kids of all ages will love it! Fort Fisher Aquarium

Getting moving and grooving with your kids with the Think Fun Move & Groove, Your Child's First Dance Toy.

Don't forget to get all your summer fun and great memories on video with the JVC WIFI HD Memory Recorder.

#nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmfridayfaves, #funinthesun, #babysignlanguage, #roadtripwithatoddler, #weddingwithatoddler, #secondarydrowning, #gardening, #grilledcheesecookbook, #dirtcakeandpunch, #thefitgrandparents #JVCcamcorder, #FortFisherAquarium

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Backyard Fun

We have been enjoying lots of summer fun lately. We spent most of June visiting local family and friends. So for the month of July we decided we are laying low, working, doing some home projects and soaking up all the summer fun that we can get.

It can be hard to enjoy the summer sometimes when you are stuck inside working. Remember there is a lot of fun you can have in your backyard. We frequently use our backyard for lots of fun. We enjoy sitting on the back porch, playing soccer, gardening and Xavier loves playing in his kid pool. He also received a boat race pool which he loves. It comes in handy in the summer time to fill up the kid pools and break out all the chalk, balls and lawn toys and let the kids run wild. We really enjoy just having summer backyard fun and barbecues. Next time you are short of ideas of what to do with your kids, try a little more simplicity and see what their creativity makes.

#nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmlifestyle, #backyardfun, #kidpools 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Guest Post: Organizing Your Backyard for the Summer

    This month's theme is summer fun, and although organizing and cleaning may not be your idea of fun it is a way of starting your summer off on the right foot. Once your backyard is organized you are able to enjoy each and every precious moment. 
Please welcome today's guest post written by Jane Blanchard who is a home design blogger over on 

Organizing Your Backyard for the Summer

By Jane Blanchard

Summer is here, and so are barbecues, pool days and al fresco dinners. However, if your backyard is more rundown than relaxing, there can be little motivation to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and summer sun. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can get your yard in tip-top shape for all your warm weather gatherings.




In order to organize all your backyard accouterments, start by gathering everything in one place. Once your gardening tools, sports equipment, pool toys and miscellaneous items are all pooled together, you can take inventory of what you have as well as what you’d like to get rid of. It’s also a good way to visually gauge what you need to store. For example, you may realize that you have enough grilling tools or gardening trowels to warrant designated containers.

2.Have a yard sale


If you have enough stuff to part with, consider holding a yard sale. Not only will you make a little extra cash to put towards, but you’ll feel a lot more organized by just clearing out the clutter for good.


3. Manage safety hazards

In order to ensure that your family and friends can enjoy a safe and fun summer in your backyard, it’s wise to check for common safety hazards.

·         If you have a charcoal grill, place it at least ten feet from the side of the house or any overhanging plants, and be sure to soak the coals in cold water after you’re done cooking.

·         If you have a pool, check your fence for holes or breaks – you don’t want small animals or young children to have access to the pool area.

·         Mosquitoes and bugs can be annoying and destructive to your garden, but using pesticides can cause even more problems. Overuse or incorrect application of pesticides can cause flu-like symptoms, so be sure to read the directions carefully or consult a professional if you decide to use them.

·         Inspect your wooden deck for splits and cracks. If you can push a screwdriver a quarter or halfway into the wood, it should be replaced. Waterproofing can also prevent moisture from warping the wood, which is a common cause of many slips and falls.



4. Reel it in


Every backyard requires a hose, but it can be both a hazard and an eyesore. If you’ve ever tripped over a well-camouflaged garden hose hiding in the grass, you understand. However, hose reels, hangers and carts can be pricey and frustrating. Try a simple metal bucket as a home for your unruly hose.


5. Be hospitable


You’ll feel a lot more prepared to have guests over if you prepare for them before you even make plans! Put together guest baskets full of sunscreen, bug spray, aloe and other outdoor essentials. Keep the baskets in the yard, and you won’t have to go digging through the medicine cabinet every time someone needs a spritz of bug repellent. Store some beach towels by the pool for guests who forgot one. Entertaining will be a lot less stressful if you already have all the necessities on hand.


Sprucing up your yard can seem daunting, but these few easy tasks can help turn your backyard into the perfect space to entertain guests and indulge in some summer fun. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money to have the ideal summer hangout spot – elbow grease and ingenuity are all you need!


For more tips and tricks, head to

 Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA.  She currently writes for


Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Fun Friday Faves

This week's Friday Faves oldies but goodies is centered around Summer Fun! This is definitely going to be our theme this month. July is usually a month of fun for many and we too are hoping to soak up every second of it. I hope you all especially have a fun and safe Fourth of July filled with love and laughter!

Summer Fun Friday Faves

Visiting with your grandchildren this summer? Check out these 12 Tips for Being the Best Grandparents

Make sure you can take a great car trip and have room to pack everything you need with the Britax Roundabout 55 Convertible Car Seat

Keep your little one occupied on long car rides with the V Tech Little Apps Tablet

Remember how much fun simple things are with A Toddler and A Hose

What is is like to listen to A Toddler's Voice?

Get the ultimate bubble maker the Happy Motion Bubble Train

Tired of grilling out try out this recipe from Mom's Recipe Box Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs.

Most of all remember to have a Fourth of July  filled with love!



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