Saturday, June 28, 2014

Epilepsy Testing

Myself, fully hooked up and ready to begin testing for the week!



    I apologize for not writing for so long but we have had our share of medical issues lately. My seizures (Check out the Epilepsy Awareness Area for the background information) have been steadily getting worse. Around the time I stopped breastfeeding Xavier my seizures started giving me problems. Since I was not on my usual medicines due to the fact I was breastfeeding we assumed I just needed to get back on my old medicines and things would be fine.
       After a visit to my doctor and going back on my normal medicine, reducing stress in our lives and trying to really get some sleep and exercise they continued to get worse. After six months of trying all this we went back to my doctor who referred me to a new Neurologist where we live. (My other one had left). He was wonderful and assured me he did not think it was anything to worry too much about, but that I should have some epileptic tests done to make sure nothing has gotten worse or changed. We agreed to go to UNC Chapel Hill. (Sorry, DUKE fans, we went there last time and had a bad experience).
      We went for a consultation with the head of the Epilepsy Program and she was wonderful and very helpful. I do not know if you know this but if you have never been to a Neurologist, they are usually brilliant, but do not have the best people skills. However, all the Neurologists at UNC Chapel Hill were fantastic. They discussed with us the possibility that it could be very bad news, of course medium news or very good news. However, in order to find out I would have to do a 3-7 day hospital stay of continuous Video EEG monitoring.
      Most people who have never experienced seizures probably have no idea what this is. However, it is certainly NOT a restful visit in a hospital where they draw some blood and run a couple tests here and there. What they actually do is hook you up to at least 25 electrodes glued onto your head and put in a net or wrapped up. Then you are hooked to a heart monitor and IV. Also, due to the fact that I sometimes have fall seizures (no warning) I had to stay in the hospital bed 24 hours a day and had to push a button to get a nurse take me to the bathroom and watch me to make sure I did not have a seizure. You are unable to bathe only by giving yourself a sponge bath in the same bed. If you try to sneak out of your bed an alarm goes off. The reason for all this protection is because they try to provoke as many seizures from you as possible. They want you to have seizures safely in their environment. They hook you up to the continuous brain wave monitoring along with video and audio monitoring of my entire room. Pretty much if I or anyone in my room picked their nose you would see and hear it. Though it is mainly focused on me.
       I do not know a lot of ways to provoke my seizures so I was subject to many tests. I checked in Sunday and was hooked up in my bed. I was in good spirits as I have done this test before, just never for as many days. Then, on Monday they decided to drop me off all my medications in hopes of provoking a seizure. They still gave me shots and other medicines as well to help things along.
They were able to get a mild seizure out of me, but mostly made me very sick and "out of it" is the best way I can describe it.
         Tuesday, they had me hyperventilate and used strobe lights so they could provoke another seizure out of me which they got a big one that day and I certainly gave them a run for their money. After Tuesday's seizure, I was so sick I was throwing up and exhausted they let me sleep a little only to then tell me to stay up until 4AM! My usual bedtime is 11pm or 12am. I think that was the worst.

This is myself Tuesday after two seizures and staying up for the third. Notice they had to redo my wires and head wrap as I knocked it all off! 


            I was so sick from the earlier seizure, throwing up and exhausted, and had to try to stay in bed all night long while being awake. Needless to say everything finally got to me and I had a bad seizure around 2:30am, yet I still was not allowed to go to sleep until 4am.
      They figured out what they were looking for so by Wednesday morning my Neurologist came in and told me I had the best option possible for these types of tests. I have a different type of seizure than was previously thought. Although it is still a long process to fix by taking new medicines and doing new treatments it can be very treatable so that I may not have them as often or at all. So we are very happy with the news, but know it will take a long road to full recovery and we are alright with that.
      I still have a long road of doctor visits, treatment plans, and medicine trials, but I am recuperating from my hospital visit now and know that I am at least in good hands and have received the best treatment possible. Many things are constantly changing with medicine. I had not checked my seizures in four years and many advances have been made in that time. Be sure to always talk to your doctor about your conditions and always consider reevaluating your health plan you may just be surprised like we were!
      One of the hardest things was this was my first time being without Xavier. I have never been away from him for longer than a few hours. So three whole days away from him broke my heart. As "out of it" and sick as I was I missed his kisses and laughter, his arms around my neck and our playtime together. I missed lying in my husbands arms and being held by him. One day he came in to kiss me and we even set the bed alarm off. Xavier was able to visit me, but he only came Monday morning when I was feeling well, since I was so sick the other days I did not want him to see me like that. The first time Nick brought him into the room to see me, I did not get my usual smile as I think the sight of me and everything I was hooked up to was scary to him. He did sit with me a little and made it through a twenty minute visit and as much as it hurt me to say it I told Nick to take him away. I did not want him bored or sad while I was there. Better they have a fun day together than we all be miserable in the hospital.
        When I got out of the hospital there was nothing better than getting good news and having Xavier run up to me and throw his arms around my neck and kiss me. We had some amazing friends who made sure I had fun pajamas, books, magazines, flowers and who called and text in with me everyday. They helped with our pets, watching our home while we were gone, some brought meals, some gave us gas cards. Others offered new toys for Xavier and of course help watching Xavier when needed. I mention these things not only because we have amazing family and friends, but also because if you know someone who is ill these are great ways to help.
      My posts may be only once in a while for a little bit, just know that I have no intentions of not writing in fact just the opposite. I have plans to fix myself up and be better than ever! That has been my motto to help me get through this "Find the problem, fix it, and be better than ever!" I just kept repeating that to myself. We found the problem, and I am now able to work on fixing it. Thanks for your love, support and patience. I appreciate it more than any of you will ever know!

Myself, after 24 hours of being home! Ready to work on the Fix It Phase!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies IV

 

      I notice that as I am about to end my second year with this blog and start my third 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 Mom Area (inspirational and informative tips and tricks), Epilepsy Awareness (My personal battle with Epilepsy and stories of others, as well as information), 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!



Be Inspired
Learn




Fun Outside
 Sun Safety for Moms and Kids

Help Fight Epilepsy
Why Donate?










Refresh
Citrus Mint Iced Green Tea

Get The Feeling Of Home
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies



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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Toddler Spanking

 Spanking can be a touchy subject with parents. For the purpose of this article this only applies to Toddler Spanking! I did not write this article but instead read it and would have liked to have written it word for word but someone has already beaten me to it! Too often I see parents spanking children that are way too young. A toddler being spanked is a definite NO! I think this is one of the best articles that explains it best. This is from WhattoExpect.com by Heidi Murkoff and the article is titled 
One Word About Toddler Spanking: Don't
"Decades of research show spanking to be both counterproductive and unsafe"
You can view the article here
    Though spanking might have been passed on from generation to generation in many families, most experts agree that spanking is not only ineffective, it's actually harmful to a child's physical, psychological, and social development. Instead of learning to differentiate between right and wrong, spanking merely teaches a child what will earn a spanking and what won't. What's more, spanking sets a violent example. Studies show that children who are spanked are more likely to use physical force against peers (and later against their own children). Plus, spanking denies children the chance to learn alternative ways of dealing with anger and frustration.
 
Spanking can also lead to serious physical injury, particularly when it happens in the heat of anger. Yet spanking after the anger has cooled may be even worse; it seems more cruelly calculated and, in the long run, less effective in correcting behavior, since the punishment is so far removed from the offense. So what's the bottom line? Don't ever hit your child out of anger.  
 
A few more things to think about:
  • Is a warning smack okay? Some experts (and parents) believe that a smack on the hand or the bottom may be warranted in a dangerous situation to get an important message quickly across to a child too young to understand words — for example, when a tot wanders into the street or continues to approach a hot stove following a stern warning. That's okay, as long as your intention is not to inflict pain but to quickly call a child's attention to the seriousness of the situation. Such a slap should be followed by an explanation: "If you run into the street, a car could hurt you." Once a child shows that she understands what you say, however, physical force is no longer justifiable.
  • When does spanking cross the line? Most parents who hit or spank inflict physical punishment either out of anger or because they believe they are doing it for the child's benefit (and that's usually how they were disciplined). But anything more than a swat on the (diaper-padded) bottom or back of the hand can injure a child, especially a young one. (Like spanking, shaking can cause serious internal damage to an infant or toddler.)  If you ever feel the urge to strike your toddler, get help immediately. Talk to your spouse, a friend, or a therapist, or call your local child-abuse hotline.
  • How do you protect your tot from others?  Even if you'd never dream of spanking or slapping a child, don't assume your child's caregivers all feel the same. Sitters, relatives, teachers, and other caregivers should be instructed never to administer any form of physical punishment. If you ever suspect your child has been hit, act immediately to remedy the situation. 



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Dead Sea Mud Mask

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
  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.




    One of my favorite things to do with my skin is to give it a facial. Dermatologists recommend it once a week, but with my sensitive skin I usually only do a facial once a month. I have been looking for a really good mud mask for a while. I prefer mud or clay, as I do not like the peel off kind they always get stuck on my face. I was delighted when Pure & Essential Minerals contacted me and asked if I would consider trying out their new Dead Sea Mud Mask.
      Pure and Essential Minerals use 100% pure, natural and certified organic ingredients that are free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens. Pure and Essential Minerals are also cruelty free and vegan certified.
      For centuries mud from the Dead Sea has been known as a natural beauty remedy. The mud contains more than twenty-one skin-reviving materials that include minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. Although we get these minerals regularly in our bodies we are constantly losing them and as we age we lose minerals at an even faster pace. These minerals are important for skin care because they are known to treat, detoxify and cleanse the skin keeping it looking young and refreshed.
      The benefits of this mask are a plethora of things including tightening pores, promoting young natural skin. The Dead Sea Mud can heal, soften and revitalize your skin for an all day glow. The organic essential oils in the mask work to moisturize and hydrate the skin reducing wrinkles.



    Although I do not consider myself having a wrinkle problem at my age, I do believe you are never too young to moisturize and take care of your skin. It is the largest organ of your body. This mask felt fabulous on my face. It went on very easily and a little goes a long way. It did not take long to dry at all. I have used it several times now and it does really improve the texture of my skin and helps to clear my complexion which is always appreciated. I love the feel and smell of the mud and it comes off very easy and is very non irritating. I highly recommend this product. It should be a must have in your beauty regimen.
      Next Generation Stay At Home Mom Gives Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask
 5 Stars!






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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: InstaNatural Youth Express Moisturizer

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 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.






      I was contacted by InstaNatural to try out some of their natural beauty products. Once I saw what they offered I jumped at the chance to try their items out. The first one I have tried out is the InstaNatural 100% Pure Argan Oil which I love, the next one I tried out is the InstaNatural's 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water. By the way, I am able to use all of their products together which is also a big bonus. My third and last product by InstaNatural's that I tried out is their Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer. I am always keeping my eyes looking for that perfect moisturizer. Although this is one of my favorites it did not win my five star approval. Read on to find out more!







 
    InstaNatural's Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging as well as moisturizes your skin from deep within. This may be used as an all around face treatment and as an under eye treatment. It also helps your skin to get better tone, complexion, brightness and that special glow that can get lost with age (or lack of sleep).
           As far as a daily moisturizer I loved this. It is very lightweight and comes in a HUGE bottle. I like that it is all natural and leaves my skin naturally soft and not greasy. Also a little goes a long way. It is very non-irritating to my sensitive and dry skin. It also lasts for a long time I could feel my skin soft over six hours after application.
         There were only a few problems I found with it such as,  it smells really bad. It reminds me of burnt leaves. Unfortunately, it is a side effect of natural products not having fragrances and like all of InstaNatural's products the smell goes away minutes after application! However, I will say my husband tried it as well and he liked the smell of it, so perhaps this is even better for the men out there who need to moisturize.  He also enjoyed using it as a moisturizer for his oily skin.
         The only other disappointment I had with this is that it does not have any sunscreen or UV protection in it and that is always a bonus for me that I try to look for in my moisturizers especially.
       InstaNatural strive to have their customers 100% satisfied. Their logo is actually "we truly care about you". The Youth Express Moisturizer comes in a 4.5 oz 9100ml) container. Trust me while experimenting with this and all their products a little goes a long way. The Youth Express Moisturizer is 98% Natural which is actually very good for a moisturizing cream. The majority of the ingredients are oils, vitamins and organic herb blends. It is good for two years in the bottle, they do not test on animals and they even offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product.
   
    Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives InstaNatural's Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer 4 Stars!





  


If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer you can get it on Amazon for around $19.95.

 InstaNatural usually has sales going on if you get a few of their products at once so check them out, they have very quick and efficient shipping.

If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water you can get it on Amazon for around $13.87.

If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil you can get it on Amazon for around $ 23.97.




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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Father's Day! We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend enjoying each others' company. If you would like to read some great articles about dads check out some of my previous Father's Day Posts

The New Dad

The Lessons From Dads




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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: InstaNatural's 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 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.









      I was contacted by InstaNatural to try out some of their natural beauty products. Once I saw what they offered I jumped at the chance to try their items out. The first one I have tried out is the InstaNatural 100% Pure Argan Oil which I love, the next one I tried out is the InstaNatural's 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water. By the way, I am able to use all of their products together which is also a big bonus.
    Rose water is made from pure Moroccan roses. It is calming and soothing for all skin types. It is good for your skin because it maintains your skin's pH level to make it soft and supple and it still adds a little glow to your skin. It is a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. It is also helpful for sunburn and rashes.
           You can also use Rose Water for your hair, it not only makes it soft and shiny but also improves the quality and strength of your hair.  Lastly, Rose Water is great aromatherapy, the smell is heavenly and goes great with a bath. If you are worried about smelling like roses all day one thing I did like was although the smell is very pleasing it wears right off. My husband loved it as an aftershave and we had to make sure he did not smell of roses which he did not nor did I when using it on my face or hair.
        I have to admit I did not find many useful qualities for it and I do not think it is a must use every day item. However, I am glad to have it. As I found it more useful to add to baths, and to use for sunburns and rashes in general. It reminds me of a sort of Witch Hazel, but it smells much better. Not a bad idea to keep a bottle around especially for the price. It will definitely come in handy at some point especially if you prefer natural cures for kids. I had no problem putting this on Xavier's cuts or bruises as it cleared them up right away and did not hurt him like normal antiseptic does when you put it on.
       InstaNatural strive to have their customers 100% satisfied. Their logo is actually "we truly care about you". The Rose Water comes in a 4 fl. oz (120 mL) glass bottle. Trust me while experimenting with this a little goes a long way. InstaNatural's 100% Pure Rose Water is so natural that the only ingredient is : 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water (Rosa Damascena). There are no chemicals or preservatives added, they do not test on animals and they even offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product.
   
    Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives InstaNatural's 100% Pure Rose Water 4 Stars!




  

If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water you can get it on Amazon for around $13.87.

InstaNatural usually has sales going on if you get a few of their products at once so check them out, they have very quick and efficient shipping.


If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil you can get it on Amazon for around $ 23.97.



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Monday, June 9, 2014

10 Activities for When Mom's Sick

     I have been feeling under the weather a lot lately due to some seizure issues we are trying to get ironed out. It is very hard to be sick when you have a toddler. They just are very narcissistic and only care that you get them what they want the moment they want it. Through being sick I have learned different ways to mainly entertain Xavier. It has helped a lot. Here are our favorites!





10 Activities To Do With Your Little One When Mom Is Sick



1) Read Books
 Unless you have a sore throat this is easy and keeps your little one out of trouble. Break out all the story books, picture books, magazines and look at everything together. Don't just read to each other, also point out things as well, it is a great teaching tool that you can do lying down.

2) Puzzles
  Puzzles are great for any age. For us Xavier will dump the pieces on the floor and I can help him put the puzzles together while lying on the couch. This way we are still playing together and you can do this at many ages. Older kids can bring a big board into bed with you to work on the puzzle together.

3) TV/Movie Day
    This is what these boxes were meant for. When it's rainy, or you are sick and you need some entertainment for your kids. Use it guilt free while you are sick. Let your child watch their favorite movie or show and watch it with them and delight in it with them. It will be a lot more bonding for your child if they know you are into the show as well and you can still rest.

4) New Toy
    If you have spare toys hidden away for rainy days or if you know you may be sick (ie- surgery,etc)  bring out a new toy that your child will love and has not seen or played with in a while. It will definitely occupy them for a while.

5) Set Up A Toy
   Have a doll house  you can set up? A racetrack? A railroad? A Castle? Some blocks? Set up something new with your child's toys even mix in some toys together and see what your child does with it all.

6) Play Peek-a-boo under blankets
   Every time Xavier gets grumpy with me for not getting up and playing with him when I am sick I do peek-a-boo and it always makes him smile and laugh without fail. Kids just cannot resist a good game of peek-a-boo!

7) Doctor Play
   Mom being sick is the perfect time for your tot to take out their doctor kit and learn all about taking care of patients. Even making sure mommy's sippy cup is full!

8) Computer Games
  Like television this is one of the times when video games should be allowed. It is a great way to entertain your children when you are unable to, never feel guilty about it. If you have a little one try out ABCMouse.com they have over 5000 learning games for ages 2-7!

9)  Coloring
 Have some brown packing paper, paper bags or butcher paper? Roll it out on the floor and let the kids go nuts with the crayons. They will enjoy coloring. If you have kids who cannot stay on the paper be sure you have the Crayola Washable Crayons in case they color everywhere. You can even color from your bedside.

10) Blanket Tents
   A fun thing to do is have the kids make a blanket tent around you for the day so you can all hunker down in a fort for the day and have some fun while you are able to rest up.



  Hopefully you will stay healthy and never have to use these but just in case I hope they get you the rest you need so you can get better quickly!


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies III

        

 
    I notice that as I am about to end my second year with this blog and start my third 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 Mom Area (inspirational and informative tips and tricks), Epilepsy Awareness (My personal battle with Epilepsy and stories of others, as well as information), 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!

For Moms
The Evolution of the Diaper Bag Pish Posh Baby













                                                           Beauty for the whole family
                                                                          Arbonne



Switch Out
Get rid of your normal dishwashing detergent and try new Cascade Platinum Pacs that clean your dishwasher and your dishes.













                                                                      Technology
                                                  Subtech Sports Dryskin Phone and Ipad cases



Learning Is Fun
Make a personalized book for your little one with Twigtale Books. You can not just customize pictures, but the story as well!













Travel Gear
Check out Grand Trunk, most of their gear is parachute material and fits in a small bag!



Inspire Yourself With
The Teachings Of Children

Try Out
10 Tips To Help Your Child Become A Reader

Indulge
Cheesy Squash Bake followed by some Easy Lemon Bars



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend full of fun, love and laughter! 





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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Toddler Chores



       As children get older it is important to include them in the daily activities of the house. This helps them feel like they are part of the family. They realize that by working together we are all one unit. Just after many children's first birthday they start really wanting to help out more with household chores. You should try to encourage this as much as possible.
        I will admit, I strongly encourage this with Xavier but it definitely takes patience. When you have to wait for him to take each individual piece of clothing out of his laundry basket to put into the washer one by one, you realize how patient you really can be, and know that it is teaching your child. Plus, their future spouse will definitely thank you if you have a child that can learn to do chores and look at them, not as punishment or something they hate, but something that has to get done to function as a family unit. Here are some of the chores that Xavier is doing at two years old. What have you tried with your children?




Chores for A Toddler

- help sort laundry
- help put laundry into washer/dryer
- help carry laundry in basket (or push basket depending on how heavy)
- put away clothing (this may depend on how picky you are, since I let Xavier put away the majority of his clothes he has three drawers, tops, bottoms and pajamas, he knows those drawers and puts the appropriate things in them, however, they are just strewn about in the drawer and no longer folded, but my toddlers independence and smile when he puts them away matters more to me than if they are folded when he wears them).
- pour ingredients that are already measured out for recipes
- stir with a spoon for a recipe (not recommended for over a stove)
- put items in cart at supermarket
- put items on conveyor belt at supermarket
- help load and unload dishwasher (Xavier hands the plates from the dishwasher to me to put in the cupboard. However be sure to take sharp objects and knives out of dishwasher first before you let your toddler do the rest)
- clean up toys by putting in a toy box or bins
- help feed pets (Xavier puts Vito's food away after every feeding. NOTE: be careful your toddler does NOT EAT your pet food, close supervision is recommended)
- bring items to put on the table (he is too young to really "set" the table, but he will still put the stack of plates and forks and drinks on the table for you!
- help carry groceries from car to house (perhaps this is reaching but if you happen to have a bag of napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, chips, bread or something light it's one less you have to worry about)
- help put away groceries in cupboards and refrigerator (Again for these Xavier hands me the items and I put them away one by one)



Remember toddlers are great helpers so the next time you are wanting to do a project think of ways to include your toddler. It is a great way for them to learn something new, for you to get done what you need to get done and for you both to have some quality time together. Remember anytime, even chores, is quality time with your child!


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil

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 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.









      I was contacted by InstaNatural to try out some of their natural beauty products. Once I saw what they offered I jumped at the chance to try their items out. The first one I have tried out is the InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil.
     Argan oil is a type of plant oil that is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is native in Morocco. Natural Argan oil has a raw, green and nutty aroma, but what is so great about this type of oil is that the scent disappears minutes after being on your skin as true Argan oil absorbs very quickly and without that greasy feeling.
       InstaNatural strive to have their customers 100% satisfied. Their logo is actually "we truly care about you". The Argan Oil comes in a 4 fl. oz (120 mL) glass bottle with a long dropper. Trust me while experimenting with this a little goes a long way. InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil is so natural that the only ingredient is : 100% pure and certified organic virgin cold-pressed argan oil (Argania Spinosa). There are no chemicals or preservatives added, they do not test on animals and they even offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product.
     The InstaNatural 100% Pure Argan Oil is a multipurpose oil.  This is mainly used cosmetically but can be consumed. For cosmetic uses you can use it as a leave-in conditioner, frizz remover, moisturizer, lip exfoliator and softener, hair/scalp treatment, face mask and nail care.
All directions for different uses such as those are on the bottle in pretty large print (at lease as large as you can on a bottle) and are easy to see and use. Most of the time you only need a few drops.
     My favorite use of InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil was as a moisturizer. I could not get over how in only one application my skin looks more radiant with a soft and supple appearance. It definitely filled in any lines and scars that I had. Plus as a moisturizer it also lasts for almost twenty four hours and protects against UV rays. When I used it on my body it also moisturized very well.
 I have dry skin so I use about three drops on my face and then some on the rest of me and I am moisturized for a good twenty four hours. It got rid of any rough patches on my feet, hands, knees and elbows in about two to three days of once a day application and I have been very impressed.
      I also really like it as a frizz remover and detangler for my hair. I rub only 3 drops into my hair after I get out of the shower. I have thick hair so if you have thin hair you will barely need any otherwise your hair will look oily. It protects my hair from any heat damage I may do to it as well as make it shiny, soft and frizz free!

       Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil 5 Stars!




    The only problem I could find with this product is if you are allergic to nuts you cannot use it as the Argan oil is pressed from nuts.  However, InstaNatural makes lots of other products that are free of many allergens. Check the blog next week when I review another one of their products.




If you would like to purchase InstaNatural's 100% Pure Argan Oil you can get it on Amazon for around $ 23.97. InstaNatural usually has sales going on if you get a few of their products at once so check them out, they have very quick and efficient shipping.




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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Running Around Tables




     When you take your toddler somewhere they are unfamiliar in do you stand behind them everywhere they walk? Do you move items out of their way?
        Let's say you are visiting an older relative. It is reasonable to move a few things out of your toddlers reach, such as something your relative treasures and is breakable or drinks or candies that your toddler can get into. After doing a quick look around the room for just a few main things, you go about your visit as your toddler plays. Suddenly your toddler starts running and runs into a coffee table and bumps their head. They are alright, but it stopped the conversation and required a kiss and snuggle. Your toddler goes around and plays and ends up bumping into the table again.

                             DO YOU MOVE THE TABLE?

   Did you know that it is actually more beneficial for you NOT to move the table. I wondered this after having Xavier now walking, running, jumping and climbing and watching other children his age play. Some parents move the table and some do not. I was one who did not move the table. I then, one day thought perhaps I should? Perhaps I should be making places more suitable environments for my son?
     Then, I thought about it, and I realized that I cannot be there to move every table out of his way. The world is full of tables, corners, and rocks to trip you up. However, it is how you navigate through them and how you learn to pick yourself up and keep going that is what is important in this lesson. Also, for toddlers this is a great way to teach them "NO", "STOP" or if they are old enough "Different  houses have different rules" IE- "You can run around our living room, but at Great Aunt Ann's house there is no running inside". Make sure you are clear if you use this as a lesson to your child.
       It is the simple reality that you cannot prepare the world for your children but you can prepare your children for the world.  Children really are these precious beings brought into our lives and we are here to not only learn from them but to fill them with love and security in what is a very uncertain world to them. We can catch them when they fall, but we must gradually pull back our safety net. Similar to when birds teach their young to fly; we too send our young out of our nest and try to watch and help as we can but in the end they make their own decisions and you have to be secure in knowing you taught them and loved them the best they could and hopefully all those lessons and hugs will make for a remarkable human being.
 
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