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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sponsored Review: Old Factory Candles Gift Set

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  The Old Factory Candles Gift Set are a fantastic gift for anyone in your life. They are really unique candles that are much better than your average candle. Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon. They are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks and premium fragrance oils.  Each gift set contains three 2 oz. soy wax candles that burn clean and even for 20 hours. They come in a subtle jar design that easily goes with the decor in any room. Old Factory Candle Gift Sets are specially formulated for a pleasing smell, but not over powering. You can burn one candle in a small room or two in a larger room. You can mix and match the scents in the set as they all complement each other very nicely.

     One of my favorite features of these candles and why I think they will make a great gift for anyone in your family is the array of choices of gift sets they have. They truly have a set for everyone in your life. Check out the great gift sets and the complementing scents that they offer.
Fall Harvest- Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Autumn Leaves
Happy Holidays- Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland- Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance- Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh and Clean- Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day- Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation- Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop- Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave- Straight razor, leather, mahogany
High As A Kite- Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies
New Born Baby- Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades- Leather, Vanilla, Jasmine Bubbles

      I had a very hard time picking a set to try as they all seemed nice and intriguing. Instead of taking the holiday route I decided I would get some candles that would always be relaxing and fun to smell in the house so I choose the Vacation Gift Set with the Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei and Awapuhi candles. They shipped quickly in a long rectangular box. Each candle has it's scent labeled on the bottom of it. They come in beautiful glass jars and were very well poured soy candles.

      We really enjoyed these candles immensely. First of all they eliminated smells right away. The first day I decided to try one was because we had cooked bacon in the morning. As much as I enjoy bacon it stinks up the house for the rest of the day. So instead I tried lighting the Sea Breeze candle and in about thirty minutes you could not even smell the bacon at all and it smelled wonderfully fresh. All of the candles scents were very nice and light, but still a relaxing aroma. I found a little went a long way. We only needed one candle at a time and it filled our entire house with the aroma and we even have high ceilings. They are easy to clean and burn really clean which is nice to have the clean jars afterwards.
       Next Generation Stay At Home Mom not only gives Old Factory Candles Gift Set 5 Stars we also highly recommend them for a holiday gift!

There are plenty of people in your life who love candles. Now with these amazing different gift sets you can get them a gift that is as unique as they are!

Old Factory Candles Gift Set sell exclusively on Amazon for $25.00 for a set of three, two ounce candles.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Explaining Thanksgiving

  After all the fun of explaining Halloween, I have to admit it was a pretty hard sale to get Xavier excited about Thanksgiving. It is very hard trying to explain to a toddler what Thanksgiving means in a nutshell without getting into a whole big story. I mainly settled on informing him that it is a day when all of our family gets together and eats a big meal together and we say "thanks prayer together". I also mentioned we eat some of his favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes, apples, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin pie. (He loves to eat at Thanksgiving).
     For about a week that was sufficient enough answer for him. Then, the second week he kept waking up and asking if it was Thanksgiving. So to further his excitement and to get him to perhaps focus on other things until the big day I mentioned that his Papa and Grandma are coming to visit for Thanksgiving. He was very excited. I am not sure that was such a good idea, because now he just keeps saying "Papa and Grandma are visiting me", "Cleaning room for Papa and Grandma", "Gonna play toys with Papa and Grandma", "Gonna eat turkey with Papa and Grandma" and so on and so forth.
        Needless to say Thanksgiving has been a challenge to try to explain. There are not even any shows that really talk very much about Thanksgiving. We tried A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, but he lost interest quickly in it.
    Now he is seeing Christmas in stores and on television and has already mentioned "Christmas tree?". Needless to say the holidays at the Arbia's are going to be very comical this year. I look forward to seeing the toddler wonder that comes along with them!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sponsored Review & Giveaway: Susie's Hope DVD

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         If you are looking for something different to watch on television and something that will inspire you and others around you. You should see the movie Susie's Hope. Susie's Hope is a true story that is based on the successfully passed Susie's Law in North Carolina. Susie's Law seeks stricter punishment for all animal abusers. Susie's Hope is an inspirational story about a woman who was attacked by a pit bull finding forgiveness and healing through a small pit bull mix puppy who was found beaten, burned and left for dead. Together, both survivors and victims of senseless animal abusers they learn to heal, forgive and love again. They lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection for all animals.
       I was very surprised with this DVD. I took this review not knowing how I would or would not like the movie. However, I am a big animal rights advocate and I was here in North Carolina when Susie's Law passed. Finally perpetrators of animal cruelty can receive up to ten months in jail as a result of this law. Before it most animal abusers were out on bail and just paid fines and community service. This made the punishment for animal abuse much stricter. I was very interested to see how this law was finally made in North Carolina. The story is a remarkable one that just when you think it may be corny, or easy to figure out comes out with a twist, a turn or even just a phrase out of the actor's mouths that tug at the strings of your heart and make you fall in love with this movie.
      The cast of this movie is not well known and the movie itself is not a big budget film. However, it has outstanding production quality and the acting is superb. Many characters go through dynamic emotions which is rare to find in small budget movies. There is no way you can watch Susie's Hope and not find anything great in it. It truly inspires.

         It runs about 105 minutes. It is not rated, but that is due to it being a lower budget film. I would guess if it was to be rated it would be around PG13. Although it is a lovely and inspiring film, there are some scenes of gore, attack and maliciousness that should be avoided by young children. If you are unsure, watch the movie first then make a decision for yourself if you think your children can handle it. I certainly think it is a great movie for families with older children as it shows how love and compassion really do create miracles.
         Some of my favorite moments in this film was how you see through the eyes of the dog and how the dog sees a particular object and gets frightened of it. I loved how they showed that big dogs cannot be treated nor trained, the same as smaller dogs. Too many people do not know that simple information. It was great how they said that even though dogs are property they are not the same as property. In the movie Susie's owner, Donna says "burning a sofa is not the same as burning a baby dog", I like that they bring light to the different degrees of animal cruelty that exist in our world. "The way we treat animals says a lot about humanity"- Donna, from the movie Susie's Hope.
    Next Generation Stay At Home Mom not only gives Susie's Hope 5 Stars we think you should add it to your holiday gift giving list. Give your loved ones a gift that will inspire them to love!

You can order your dvd copy of Susie's Hope for $24.99 from proceeds go to benefit the Guilford County Animal Shelter which is the shelter that has taken care of Susie since she first got rescued, among thousands of other animals.

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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 
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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!

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