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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies XIII

Xavier last Thanksgiving.
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!

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies XIII

Read About
Family Connections

Be Inspired By
Saying Grace

Learn Some Tips From
Roadtrip With A Toddler

Give Thanks In An Amazing Way
Bring your hostess or decoration your home with some amazing Flowers from The Bouqs!

Pick up some amazing cosmetics
For you or for someone you love EnvyDerm has great deals on eyelash conditioning mascara and natural lip plumping glosses

Stock Up on 
Soothie Suckers Herbal Pops for Immune or Nasal Support for ages 2 to 92
Be sure to get you $2.00 off coupon and enter for a chance to win a box!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy 4 Year Anniversary

    Four years ago on a beautiful warm, sunny autumn day I married my best friend and love of my life! We had a beautiful ceremony in our favorite park and an amazing reception afterwards.

I have loved every second I have spent with my husband and I look forward to spending many, many more.

I love you Nick! Happy Anniversary!

Enjoy a quick music video of our wedding ceremony!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sponsored Review & Giveaway: Soothie Suckers

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.

       Along with my reviews of great holiday gifts I am still keeping with our normal routine of great baby/toddler/kid products. This is a product that Next Generation Stay At Home Mom completely stands behind. I am not sure we have ever tested a product as well as we have tested out Soothie Suckers Herbal Ice Pops. Since it is the cold and flu season we are all looking for ways to boost our immune systems safely as well as get rid of any illness that we get. With children that is a hard thing to do as they cannot have as many medicines as most adults. Soothie Suckers has made sure everyone can be healthy from the ages of 2 to 92!
     Soothie Suckers Herbal Ice Pops were developed by a mom of five. Her mission is "to empower families by creating all-natural health supports that are fun, convenient and tasty". Soothie Suckers come in a box of 8, 1 fl. oz (29mL) pouches each. It is recommended for ages 2 to 92. Soothie Suckers come in two different types there is the Immune Support and the Nasal Support. Both varieties have Echinacea and Astragalus in them. The Immune Support also adds Mullein and Organic Thyme. The Nasal Support adds Pleurisy and Goldenseal. The herbal formulations use certified organic or wild-crafted herbal extracts. There is NO alcohol used in the herbal extraction process.
            Soothie Suckers make a great dietary supplement as they have a Low Glycemic Index. They are sweetened with organic agave syrup (15 calories per pop) and monk fruit ( a zero calorie sweetener). They have no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no alcohol. They were created in conjunction with the President of the American Herbalists Guild, KP Khalsa. Soothie Suckers come unfrozen in the box so you can drink them in the pouch or a cup, add them to tea, or freeze and eat as a frozen ice pop. They are the perfect amount to take on flights with you if you are traveling.
          I mentioned that I am not sure we have ever tested a product as well as we tested Soothie Suckers because they literally came to my door step the day Xavier, Nick and myself came down with horrible colds. Needless to say the box was divided up (mostly for Xavier) and we all used them. They got rid of our colds very quickly. We all enjoyed the taste of them. I did not like the freeze pop idea as Xavier is too messy with ice pops, but he drank it easily out of his cup with a straw. Nick and I both just drank the 1 oz pouch. I could actually feel them helping my cold and I only drank the Immune Support. Both tasted like a natural juice, grape and orange.
       We are big supporters of Soothie Suckers. We have been using herbs a lot for our health and Soothie Suckers took the guesswork right out of it for us! At only $9.99 per box (be sure to check for a $2.00 off coupon at the end of this post) you simply cannot beat these! I think every household should have them especially now during the cold and flu season!

Next Generation Stay At Home Mom Gives Soothie Suckers Herbal Ice Pops 5 Stars!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fighting Nightmares


 Just when we get moving to a toddler bed done and Xavier sleeping well into the night. He has started getting nightmares. Apparently it is common between the ages of two to four.
       It is so odd as when we go in his room due to him crying, instead of him immediately jumping to us we actually have to move him and make sure he is awake. Then, instead of calming him down he usually will say "Hi Mommy" and I have to put him back to sleep. It is very odd, compared to how I am used to running in from a cry of his.
    I did find that the best way to wake him up is by sitting him up in bed. As the shaking or poking him may make the night terror worse. Usually once I sit him up in bed and rub his back and talk to him he wakes up. I then put him back to sleep and kiss him good night. Luckily, they are random night terrors. He could go nights without any and some nights he may have a bunch. I have found no rhyme or reason for them, but this just goes to show that once you have a child, you have no sleep, as they will never sleep through the night. Good thing I am a night person!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Painting and Play-Doh


      There is an amazing thing that happens when you become a parent you find other parents and you inspire your friends to be parents. Some of us have been friends for a while, some we met as new moms, but we all now have a common bond. Our common bond that we share especially at this moment is our toddlers.
      Toddlers forever need to be occupied. They are little sponges just dying for us to give them information about everything and anything. They are willing to try new things and do new things and learn about new things all the time. I wish I could bottle their energy and enthusiasm and use it when necessary.
         A few weeks ago I had a bunch of our good friends over with their toddlers. I decided instead of letting them just play together I would try a structured activity. It was definitely a learning experience, but it was hilariously fun and we cannot wait to do it again!
         Now that Xavier is two and a half he really is getting into art a lot more. He loves to color, draw and paint. I have been itching to get my art supplies back out, but with a baby in the house it just was not necessary. So I decided for our friends who were coming over we would do painting and Play-Doh. The ages were from one to Xavier's age. I bought some of Crayola's fantastic finger paints that are completely washable. (Trust me Xavier had a white shirt that came out white after washing it!). To make it more fun, I got a canvas for each child. I also gave them a cup of water and some old brushes with long handles to try different ways of painting.

         They all loved it! Of course, some more than others and it was funny to see each child's reaction. Some had to try out everything from all Xavier's toys, painting, Play-Doh and even outside toys. Others spent the majority of the time eating. I was amazed at the different ways they all played and expressed themselves. Some grabbed the paint and threw their entire hands and body into the painting. Some experimented with the brushes first then went to their hands. One started playing with the water. He poured it from cup to cup which sparked curiosity among the others. Only a couple tried out the Play-Doh. I am pretty sure all of them and their parents had a blast.

             Xavier was so excited that his friends were coming over to paint and play with him. He could not wait all day. It was so cute to actually hear him talk about how excited he was to play with each and every one of them. Afterwards he still kept talking about how much fun he had. I'm glad I was able to share this wonderful day with our friends and have a lot of fun.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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