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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Faves

Xavier when he was only three months old!
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!




Keep yourself healthy with
5 Healthy Foods to Eat Every Day For More Energy


Keep yourself out of
Mom Wars


Grab a good book
Team Us:Marriage Together


Keep your eyes open for that perfect Valentine's Day gift
JVC GZ-E210BU Wi-Fi HD Flash Memory Camcorder


Stay warm with some
Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Artichoke, Spinach and Red Pepper Grilled Cheese







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sponsored Review & Giveaway: Team Us: Marriage Together By Ashleigh Slater

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"):Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.




One of my favorite past times that I do every single day, most of the time more than once a day is read. I not only read to Xavier, but I make a point to read for myself. It is a great way to relax, increase vocabulary, keep your mind going and I actually like for Xavier to see me reading throughout the day. Seeing mommy enjoying a book usually makes him go to his books and start flipping through them. I recommend reading to a lot of people, especially stay at home parents. It is a way for you to leave for a little while, without physically leaving your favorite chair.

I figured with all the reading I do and all the reading I recommend that I should also review some adult books as well as children's books. I was asked to review the first book of a new author named, Ashleigh Slater. Her book is entitled Team Us: Marriage Together. Team Us:Marriage Together encourages other couples to team up and be there for each other. The book is 176 pages and has a nice forward by Dr. Gary Chapman who is the author of the book 5 Love Languages. Ashleigh Slater has a lot of honesty in her writing. As a new writer I found the editing lacking in some areas, but it was much easier to picture myself talking to her over coffee, than read like a regular book. Ashleigh Slater clearly knows how to state what is on her mind. She is refreshing and is really helpful for other couples so that they can learn from her mistakes, compromises and experiences. Team Us:Marriage Together is to help foster cooperation, deepen your commitment to each other, and help you and your partner to exercise grace on a daily basis.

Although I do not fit in the need for marriage advice category, I do enjoy reading books about relationships and have read quite a few similar to this. One of the main things about this book that can either be a plus or minus depending on yourself and your marriage, is that it is extremely Christian based. Each lesson is based on a verse from the Bible and teaches you through the Bible scripture how you can improve your marriage accordingly.

I did enjoy how at the end of every chapter Ashleigh Slater puts "Us Time" questions that you have to ask and go over with your spouse. They are very insightful and also fun questions that I thought would be fun to talk about over drinks or dinner on a date night. The "Us Time" questions can still be done if one partner does not read the book. I enjoyed how she has little tidbits from her husband in every section called "Ted Says". He has some very funny and insightful comments when she discusses problems and solutions they have endured in their marriage. She also includes stories from other couples that she has talked to that had similar situations, which I appreciated the many differences in opinion.

All in all I thought it was a good book for couples who may be starting down a bad path and perhaps want some help in a very Christian way. Ashleigh Slater's writing is very easy to follow and relate to. The advice she gives is very helpful such as picking your battles and denial and discussion. I was disappointed that she did not touch at all on intimacy in a marriage, not just sexual but I think sensuality such as holding hands, hugging, kissing, and cuddling are extremely important and that subject was not even brought up.

Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater is sold  on Amazon for $10.49 and is a great value if you are in the market for any book to help better your marriage. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Team Us: Marriage Together By Ashleigh Slater 4 Stars!



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Talking At The Aquarium


 Last week we took a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It was the first time we took Xavier to the aquarium since he has been talking. We were really excited to see his reactions to all of the exhibits.



He was excited the entire ride to the aquarium. He would just randomly come out with "We're going to the aquarium!" It definitely made for a fun trip and luckily with the beautiful weather it really made it a beautiful time of year to head out to the beach and explore.



He was excited at everything and wanted to be sure to see all the exhibits. He really enjoyed the giant fish tanks with the many different types of fish. Many of the fish seemed to like Xavier! We even took him to a show about jelly fish that he sat perfectly through and he was very enthusiastic. He would clap, cheer and yell "Yay!". He was the perfect audience member.



He held my hand and Nick's throughout the aquarium, and walked around it the entire time. We even strolled on the outside deck together. He is such a cute little man. It is always so amazing to watch how fast they grow up.



I hope you all had a great weekend! Check out some of my other posts on it, Xavier Goes To The Aquarium, MLK at The Aquarium and Trick or Treating Under The Sea






Find out more at their
Website : www.ncaquariums.com

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Mailing address & Street Address:
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Toll Free: 800-832-3474 ext. 2
Fax: 910-458-6812
E-mail: ffmail@ncaquariums.com






Friday, January 23, 2015

National Reading Day




Happy National Reading Day! Today is the day to grab that book, and read, you have no excuses. It is a day that is nationally celebrated in schools and libraries to celebrate and encourage young children to read. Check out the National Reading Day website!

In honor of National Reading Day I figured I would put up some Friday Faves, Oldies But Goodies in a Book theme. Of course, since we are all stuck inside due to weather and winter, I thought it would be a good idea to throw in some yummy recipes for you to try while you are reading your books!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Check out your local bookstore for some of our favorites
Eric Carle Children's Book Author
My First Book Series By Sophie Helenek
Their Name Is Today
Two Bobbies








Don't forget to visit your local library for fun and books!
The Library



Be aware of 
The Repeated Story




Add to your meals this week
Crockpot Pork Pot Roast
Homemade Brownies




Try making baby cereal from scratch it has 75% more nutrition than the processed box cereals and it is cheaper. Try out these recipes.
Millet Cereal
Rice Cereal
Barley Cereal




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Easy Egg Salad





One of my favorite things to keep around in my refrigerator are hard boiled eggs. Sometimes I will buy two cartons of eggs and hard boil a whole carton. They are great for a quick snack, a quick meal, topping on a salad or you can take a few and make some egg salad for a sandwich or with crackers. Check out this easy and delicious Egg Salad recipe and make it the next time you need something different for your lunch!

Easy Egg Salad
- serves around 4-6 sandwiches

Ingredients:
- 8 eggs
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Place eggs in saucepan and cover with cold water.



Bring water to a boil and remove from heat and let eggs sit covered for at least 15 minutes. Run cold water over them to peel them and chop them up. In a bowl stir together the mustard, mayonnaise, green pepper, and paprika.



Add in the eggs and salt and pepper to taste, stir and serve on bread or crackers.






 
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