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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!

      

       Happy Halloween and Happy Samhain to our Pagan friends. We are really excited this year. Since Xavier is two and a half now it is the first time he understands a little bit about Halloween. All month we have been playing with ghosts, bats, spiders and learning about Halloween. We have talked about the costumes and trick-o-treating. I cannot wait to spend the day watching his first wonderment of Halloween. How amazing it is to see the magic in their eyes for the first time.



       We are having a fun filled day of pumpkin painting and carving, trick-o-treating and of course our night time celebration of Samhain, which Xavier does not get to spend as much time doing yet, as he does not make it past 9pm. There is nothing better than cuddling around a fire with jack-o-lanterns, eating candy, sipping cider and laughing with the ones you love.




I hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe Halloween.
For our Pagan friends Happy Samhain, may the new year bring you all your heart's content.

Enjoy some photos of the last couple years. Check back on Monday for pictures from this year!






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crockpot Ham and Scalloped Potatoes


    

      With the busy days, holidays, and cold nights approaching us quickly I decided it was time to break out the crock pot. I barely use it when it is hot outside as I find it much more fun to grill, but I do love crock pots especially in the winter. Nothing is better than coming home to a warm meal that you barely have to cook or clean up.
          Although this may not be the healthiest meal, I always tell myself the more homemade it is the better. Also, try to buy hormone free, grass fed meats as well as organic vegetables. You can always make this meal as healthy or unhealthy as you would like. They way I make it is for convenience and taste. I hope you like it!

Crockpot Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
- made in 4.5 quart crockpot
- serves 4-6

Ingredients:
- 6 serving slices of ham sliced 1/4" thick cut up (I usually buy the giant ham steaks for this as they are cheap and easy to cut up plus they are already smoked and taste great in the crockpot all day)
 - 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced like circles
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
-  1 can (10 1/2 oz.) cream of celery soup
- Paprika to taste

Directions:
Put half of the ham, potatoes and onions in crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and cover with only half of the cheese.






Repeat the layer again.



 Spread the undiluted soup evenly over the top so air does not reach the potatoes. Sprinkle top layer with Paprika.



Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until potatoes are tender.
 





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sometimes Time Stops

    We were rushing around getting ready to go out to a friend's house for a party. A fun party with lots of kids and fun for both adults and toddlers. We were excited for Xavier to go. Of course, the day of the party Xavier decided to sleep in extra late on his nap. I had to wake him up so we could go. I walked into his room and saw this...





My heart just stopped and for that moment I looked at the gorgeous sun streaming through his curtains and his sweet little face sound asleep in bed. I hated to wake him, but knew he would be glad of all the fun he will have.
         Of course, since I had to wake him anyway, I grabbed Nick and made him see our precious angel, quietly beautiful. Then, I snapped a bunch of pictures of him. Funny thing is, he finally woke up and smiled and got right up and dressed without a problem. Some days are just magical and it really feels like we are on a stopped world at least for a little while.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Fun

      

 This year we decided to take the traditional approach and went to the same farm and pumpkin patch we went to last year. We went to Mike's Farm and Restaurant.



            It was so much fun to take Xavier now that he is talking and walking. We went on a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and we each picked a pumpkin. I was so proud of him, he actually went around and looked for a pumpkin for a while and finally ended up picking a gorgeous little one that he was able to hold and carry.




           He loves the pumpkins. We have not carved them yet, will probably do that this week. However, every time Xavier sees the pumpkins on the porch he gets so excited and loves to look  at them. He is really grasping this Halloween idea really well, we cannot wait to celebrate this weekend!





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sponsored Review: Huggies Target Snug & Dry Diapers and Natural Care Wipes



I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
   
 


  Parents may go back and forth on what is needed and not needed for a baby, but what we all need to figure out is the best diapers and wipes that work for us. For some it is cloth, others disposable and of course there are always those parents who do a combination of both.
     Xavier is now two and a half and still in diapers. We have never really been for specific brand of diapers. The only ones we have decided were not for us were the cloth diapers. That still left us deciding on a plethora of different diapers to decipher on. Since Xavier was born until now we have switched diapers a number of times. We had one type when he was a newborn that seemed to fit him very well and hold a lot of waste. However, when Xavier started crawling and walking we needed a different type of diaper one that would move with him and give him the flexibility to explore, crawl, walk and run without a fear that the diaper would not stay on or that it was hindering his movement in some way.
       Now that Xavier is two, a diaper for toddlers has to not only be able to move with them, it must be very flexible material for all the crazy antics toddlers are forever doing. A toddler diaper must have a good leak system and be able to hold a large amount of waste. Toddlers are much bigger than a baby and they produce much more.


      Huggies Snug and Dry diapers have a Surefit design for up to 12 hours of leakage protection. They also have a flexible waistband that stays with your child through all their twists, turns, runs and jumps.


      After giving Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers a good try, they have turned this mom into a Huggies fan. Lately, it has been very hard finding a diaper to keep up with Xavier. They typically fill too quickly and sag right off of him while he is running around. During the night we had to change his diaper at least once so it would not leak.


          I was very impressed by the Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers. The Surefit design was exactly what was needed in his diapers. It is extremely flexible and even easily adjustable to fit any shape of baby or toddler. The diaper holds on very well through all the moving Xavier does and it even lasts all night long! What I especially like is how dry Xavier’s skin is and how dry the diaper actually is even with a ton of urine in it. Xavier has very sensitive skin and he was not bothered at all with the elastic waistband portion or on his bottom. They are a great price and you simply cannot beat the protection.  



      We were also fortunate to be able to try the new Huggies Natural Care Wipes. These wipes have triple clean layers that are thick enough to handle any mess with a texture that is still soft and sensitive enough for baby’s skin. Huggies Natural Care Wipes come in a variety of containers such as tubs to match any room, refill packs to stock up on, convenient soft packs, stylish on-the-go containers, or pop-up tubs so that you can always have the right wipe for baby in the container that fits your needs.



       I have not found many wipes that are as strong as the Huggies Natural Care Wipes. I easily found myself using even less wipes on Xavier than usual as these are so thick and quilted they pick up any mess. I also tried them out cleaning. I scrubbed pretty hard for a wipe and they hardly ever ripped. They also clean amazingly on many surfaces.  Of course the most important was that they did not bother Xavier’s sensitive skin in the least. I love these wipes and with the plethora of ways to stock up on them I’m pretty sure we will have no problem keeping these wipes around our house. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers as well as Huggies Natural Care Wipes 5 stars!
      

       Target is now launching a new subscription program for automatic shipments of diapers, wipes, formula and other household essentials. Be sure to never run out of baby essentials that you need by having them conveniently delivered to your door every month!



If you would like to purchase some Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers or Huggies Natural Care Wipes right now Target is offering a coupon for .50 cents off a box of wipes or $1.00 off a box of diapers. You can access the coupon by clicking the link below to print it!
 Be sure to sign up for the Target subscription program to have them delivered right to your door!

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