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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Xavier's First Easter Egg Hunt




      The weather for our Easter was miserable, but it did not stop us from still having a big Easter egg hunt. (With five eggs still in our yard somewhere) Luckily, my sister and my friend who were at dinner with us and Nick's parents; have boys also so they all went outside and had a fun time getting eggs. Since they were older we put Xavier's in a special area out front just for him and made the other boys who were 7+ really look hard for their eggs to burn off some energy and have some good old fashioned fun. Nothing is better than spending time with family and having fun comfort food, talks, desserts, sweets and wet egg hunts.
     Xavier really enjoyed opening the eggs. He had some filled with M & M's in his Easter basket and he was very excited. He also enjoyed jelly beans for the first time. I definitely enjoyed having a toddler for Easter this year. So far we have been enjoying the two's perhaps we are off to a good start!



Here is a video from my YouTube account of Xavier's First Easter Egg Hunt!



Here are some fun pictures! I hope you all enjoyed your Easter as much as we did!




Xavier and I doing his first Easter Egg Hunt!






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Review: The Bouqs

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by TheBouqs and will receive a free sample of the products to review and 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 love the springtime and especially after the harsh winter I think we all experienced no matter where you live in the country I am appreciating it more this year. We spend more time outside,we garden and do a lot of outdoor activities. I was disappointed that due to the bad winter many of our plants did not make it. Some were too big to move or were planted and we just could not protect them from the frost. One of our plants was our rose bush.
      My husband always tends it and brings me long stem roses from it. I look forward to it every year and I was bummed to not get any this year. So when I got asked if I would write a review for a flower company I was more than excited to at least be able to have some beautiful fresh flowers in the house. To me nothing is better than having a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table. They just beckon to be smelled, and it entices you to go outside and spend time in nature.



     I was proud to work with TheBouqs company, their motto is "fresh, easy, beautiful". All of their flowers come straight from a volcano 10,000ft. above sea level. Due to the equatorial sun around the volcano it amounts to the flowers having much brighter colors than most varieties. TheBouqs flower company cuts their flowers when you order them so that no stems are wasted and they are an eco-friendly, sustainable farm. When you order from TheBouqs you can get your flowers within five days after they are cut unlike most flower companies where you get them fourteen days after they are cut. The Bouqs Company is also  a wonderful company to work for, their farms provide, healthcare, living wages, childcare and adult education to their workers.
      I got to pick out my own bouquet. You can see they really only run in three prices for the most part they are $40, $50 and $60 dollars. I was able to pick any $40 bouquet. I ordered mine on April 10th hoping they would last until Easter and they would look nice. I was unsure what to order so instead I choose the option "Just Make It Awesome". Precisely, on the morning of April 10th I received via FedEx a delivery of flowers. They come in a box with the directions on the outside.




Once open the bouquet is wrapped in cardboard and the powder packet that you put in the water is wrapped on the outside.



 They have a standard typed out card.



The flowers were regular set up, room temperature water, mix, cut one inch of stems off and change water after five days. They lasted until yesterday April 22nd. They even looked fabulous for Easter.
     I admit at first I was not impressed. As I do not like boxed flowers, the whole presentation just stinks and takes some of the fun out of getting a bouquet of flowers. Although I realize I must get with the times and if you order flowers online they must come in boxes, but it would be nice if online flower companies would work on their packaging.

Bouquet fresh out of the box.


              The flowers from TheBouqs were a large bouquet of large size, pink roses. They were very beautiful, much like I have never seen before. The coloring on them was exquisite; the way the delicate pink faded into the darker pink around the rim of each rose caught my attention for hours.

This is the same bouquet a week into having it. 

The bouquet lasted twelve days. They even still looked pretty drooping. 


After about three days they really perked up and bloomed and looked incredibe and were such a bright display of beauty and happiness in our house. Xavier even enjoyed smelling them everyday when he would eat at the table.
       I would definitely, order from TheBouqs Company again for flowers. Their arrangements are exquisite and unique. They also offer free shipping anywhere in the United States all the time. They are offering 15% off your first order now. They also even offer a concierge service that you can set up flower arrangements to be delivered on certain dates to certain people. So you have no reason to forget Mother's Day this year!
      This Next Generation Stay At Home Mom rates TheBouqs Company and Flowers with Four Stars!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day!

    It is finally Spring, the buds are blossoming, the sun is shining longer and longer and today is the day that everyone should celebrate. That is because it is what binds and connects each and every one of us; today we celebrate Earth Day!

So Happy Earth Day! In case you are not sure of a good way to celebrate Earth Day or you are stuck in an office all day here are ten ways to celebrate today for this wonderful place that we live on!

10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day



1. Plant Trees
- It may seem simple but we breathe the oxygen trees produce everyday and quite frankly, we can never have enough trees. A sapling is easy to find at your local home improvement store, garden stores or even your local farmers market.




2. Clean Up Your Community
- We are not asking you to do everything, but add something into your normal routine. Pick up some trash on the side of the road while you are walking into your office. Pick up that stray napkin stuck in the tree. Walk around your local park and you are sure to see something that needs some sprucing up!





3. Contact your local elected officials and talk to them about the environment
 - We elect people into office yet we never bother to let our voices be heard by them. Perhaps if they knew that the people in their area are very environmentally conscious they will keep that in consideration when they make any type of decisions for your area. So be a voice for the earth and make sure you voice your opinion on what we can do as a society to help fix and sustain our beautiful planet.




4. Have a picnic lunch
- Even if you are stuck in work all day, try eating outside today and stay off your cell phone and really enjoy what nature has to offer. You will never seize to be amazed how many things go along around you and you miss it all. The bird looking for a seed, the squirrel in the tree, the ant bringing something home for dinner, our earth not only is our home but the home to many others take a breather and see that today. While you are picking up your trash from your picnic be sure to pick up any other stray trash in the area and you did two good deeds!


 

5. Plant A Garden
- It is Spring time and there is no better time than to plant a garden. So get outside and put anything from a vegetable or flower or even that Easter Lily that is on your table in a garden. Get your hands dirty and enjoy!




6. Take Pictures of Nature
- All day long people snap pictures with their phones, I see endless selfies, dogs, cats, kids and even food, yet rarely do I see nature. Today post a picture of something beautiful you saw on the earth today!




7. Visit A New Park or Hiking Spot
- If you have not checked out that new park yet, today is a great day to do it! Go on that hike you keep wanting to do. Make your morning jog in a wooded area or park so that you get more nature. Go out and explore!




8. Spread the Word About Earth Day
- I would bet that the mass majority of people do not know today (April 22nd) is Earth Day and always has been. So go around and wish them "Happy Earth Day!", post it on your social networks and let them know ways to celebrate, remember everyone lives here as much as you do!




9. Kick Start Recycling
- I am saying "Kick Start" because you should not "just recycle" today. You should be doing that everyday. So if you count throwing your foil in the correct recycle bin your celebration you are wrong. If you already recycle at home, look for other things you can recycle. Donate clothing, donate some furniture. Buy used items, buy vintage and antiques. All that helps to sustain us from making more things and polluting our earth. So ladies today, try buying Vintage (Read: Shopping Online for Vintage or Hand Me Down Clothing) or actually start recycling in your home or work or find something else you can do to help reduce waste.




10. Donate
- Earthday.org is an organization that is worldwide and works to protect the planet in so many different ways. They are always in need of donations. Today is a great day to donate, you can donate as little as $5 and you still made a difference.




The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to remember that every day should be earth day! 
                HAPPY EARTH DAY! I HOPE TO SEE YOU OUTSIDE!







  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and/or weekend with your family!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

National Karaoke Week

    Since it's almost Easter and hopefully a fun weekend for everyone. I thought I would let you kick it off knowing that April 20th- 26th is National Karaoke Week! So sing along with the radio, play karaoke on your gaming system or get out of the house and go to a karaoke bar. Most of all get into music this week with your family you have plenty of reasons to celebrate!

I hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shopping Online for Vintage or Hand Me Down Clothing



 There is a new movement that has been going around lately in the world of clothing. People are reusing other people's clothing without the "gross" stigma attached to it. Women everywhere now have swap parties where they all bring their own clothes, shoes and accessories and each take what they want or sometimes buy (for very cheap) the items that they want.
    Lots of consignment and second hand stores are everywhere especially for children. You can drop off your stuff and buy new stuff and many give you credits for both.
    Lately I have noticed more and more of these places even online. Most of the time the online stores are vintage or high end fashion that is gently used and marked down. I have had the luxury to be able to check out many different sites with coupons and etc. I wanted to let you all in on a couple of my favorites.

If you are looking for designer children's clothes;
  I recommend a wonderful site called DashingBee.com they are a consignment shop where they advertise "Sweet Selection, Prices that Don't Sting". (Adorable slogan) They have some high name brands like Ralph Lauren, Nike, E. Land, Gymboree, Old Navy, Gap, Tea Collection and many others. They have something for all kids. Clothing ranges from $7.00 to around $15.00. However, I have always found their prices reasonable and they frequently have sales and specials for extra discounts. Their shipping is very fast and reliable. The clothing is in pristine condition and looks brand new. They not only offer clothing, but winter clothing, swimwear, costumes and hats and scarves. Their sizes are from newborn to big kid 14. Check them out the next time you are in the market for some children's clothing!

If you are looking for Adult Women's Clothes:
    I recommend checking out BackInStyle.com They are a great high end vintage online shop. There are tons of varieties of styles and you can even search for clothing by decades. They even have accessories such as hats, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Most of the items although vintage are new or in like new condition. They have a wide array of brands such as Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. They also have a wide array of prices to suit any budget. The next time you are in the market for some new clothing I highly recommend checking them out!

One drawback that I should mention if you start to embark on the online consignment buying. You need to check the websites at least weekly. As they get new shipments constantly. Sizes and styles can be hard to find. Typically, I do what I like to call "browse shopping" where I have a few items we may need like shirts and look through those for a good style and size that they may have, if I do not find anything I check back next week! You will be surprised what you can find! Happy Hunting!


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