Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Talking, Talking and More Talking

  

     It is no secret that since the day I brought Xavier home from the hospital we knew he would be a talker.  At three days old he would coo, gurgle and make as much noise as he could. He continued always making sounds. Always trying to join our conversations, talk during television shows, answer questions and sing-a-long with the music that we play. However, up until now, it was just babbling. Nothing really that you could make out. Then, slowly each day more and more words poured out.
    In the past couple weeks, our son apparently now has a full vocabulary. Why? How did it happen so fast? I have no clue, other than he repeats anything and everything. We are now at the point that when people are around my son I have to use the mommy language of "Please watch what you say", not just to be polite as I do not want my child hearing a ton of profanity, but now because he literally will repeat it right after you say it. The hard part is you never know what exactly what will be repeated. You may say "Oh s#@&, I dropped the spoon" and perhaps he will say "Uh Oh, spoon" or he could say the swear word.
     I now listen to him talk all day everyday. When I turn on the music, he sings with the music, if I turn on the television he talks to or with the show. (It is always kids television we are G rated while Xavier is up). I literally have had the "mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy" and when I say "Yes, Xavier" even though in my head I want to say "WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU WANT!" he always says "Trains" or something similar that has no meaning to me what so ever, but I always act interested because someday it will have meaning and be important. So I say "Wow! That sounds like fun I'm glad you are playing trains" and he happily goes off to sing and say "choo choo" a million times in his room that I can hear over the baby monitor.
      I never worried about Xavier talking Nick and I are big talkers and always are constantly talking our friends usually have to ask us to be quiet so I am definitely not surprised. However, I never realized that you go from completely tuning out noises from our kids to having to really tune in and actually listen and pay attention.
       All the babbling, gurgling and toddler speak I could not understand I tended to ignore. It was in my ears, but I was not actively listening. In fact I actively listen for quiet. Every parent knows if it's quiet your child is up to something. However, now that Xavier does have things to say. He does have an opinion, he does have needs that he will tell you about, he does have things he wants to do.
          I realize that we now have an active contributor to our family. Who not only is here to offer love, to help with chores, to enrich our lives but is also here to tell us Xavier's views on life! I am not sure if I am ready to hear everything he has to say, but I am willing to listen. After all there is nothing better than hearing "Good Night Mommy, I love you!"


Monday, September 29, 2014

Saying Grace

  

    Being mostly Italian heritage we are very much into eating meals together as a family. We usually try to have breakfast and dinner together every day as much as we can. It really has been great to connect, to have a fun thing to always do as a family, and it has definitely come in handy for teaching Xavier to eat and have good table manners.
     For most of my life Grace was not said before a meal. It was if it was a holiday, special occasion, or big get together which was usually like a once a week thing. When Nick and I married we never really bothered much with it. I guess it just seemed silly for two people to say. I deemed it more of a "family" type thing to do. So we stopped saying Grace.
      After having Xavier we have become much more spiritual in our religion and have done many more celebrations and traditions than we usually would do. However, I do love involving him in our spirituality even if it is little by little. Just when I catch him doing something we do spiritual it makes me smile because I know we must be doing something right.
      For a few days we watched my nephews who are around 11 and 7 years old. They usually say Grace before every single meal. They also rotate who says Grace. I am no idiot I realize that saying Grace is exciting for them because they get to talk out loud for a little while and every adult and child has to listen to them. As a theater person there is a slight fun high out of being able to do that. So it is no wonder children love to say Grace especially if it rotates to their turn. So for every meal we all held hands put our heads down, closed our eyes and listened to a child say their version of Grace. I loved their versions so much better. They do not just thank for the food, they thank for the company, their family, the day they are having everything. Then, when we all undo our hands and open our eyes a fun smile just meets and for one moment we were all connected and thinking the same thing.
        After my nephews left. Xavier would still hold Nick and my hand every time we had a meal. He would close his eyes and bow his head and expect one of us to say Grace. We started saying Grace. We now say it for every meal. We started when Xavier was not talking very much. He always closed his eyes and put his head down, but never said anything. Then, one day while Nick was saying Grace, we basically say "Thank you for our family, home and food" Xavier said "Car"! Nick and I tried not to laugh and quickly finished and opened our eyes and he was so excited to have helped with saying Grace.
      It happened again the next day. Nick was away for work and Xavier and I were having lunch together. I started to say Grace and Xavier said "Dada". He now does it every time one of us is with out the other. Sometimes he adds our pets in or the car or even our house one time. In fact it makes Grace more interesting because you never know what he is thankful for and he may just surprise you. I am glad we decided to keep saying Grace there is nothing wrong with being thankful for everything that you have.

I hope you all have a great week!
     

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sisters



SISTERS
BY Renee Arbia

We were given each other from mom and dad,
and for that I am very glad.

Growing up and playing together I always had a blast.
Whether it was Barbies, bikes or boys we had a great past.

I always listen to you, because you are so smart.
It always keeps up close even when we are far a part.

I love that we are both moms of boys.
Again we are able to share clothes and toys.

I love having my sister by my side.
It makes life a really fun ride!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST SISTER A GIRL COULD HAVE. I LOVE YOU!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD

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 really started doing yoga while I was pregnant with Xavier. I had tried it a couple times before and did not find much interest in it. However, when I was pregnant it was great for stretching my muscles and relaxing. It teaches a lot of great poses and stretches to relieve back pain, neck pain, leg pain and all sorts of stress. Yoga can be difficult if you have never tried it depending on the type that you do. It can also be very easy. Lucky for me when I tried Prenatal Yoga it was easy for me and helped tremendously during labor. I still do yoga now.
    I was more than happy to try out Julie Schoen's Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Workout which is 60 minutes for all Trimesters. It also includes meditation and restorative poses. I always recommend meditation for people whether you are pregnant, a man or woman it is amazing how much stress free your life is by adding a few things into your day.
      Julie Schoen is a certified pre-natal yoga instructor in her Vinyasa Yoga Workout DVD you have a 60 minute work out suitable for all trimesters. This is one routine that I thought really worked well for opening your pelvis and to help relieve back pain associated with pregnancy.



      I really did not like this yoga work out prenatal video. First of all I did not like the narrative in it. It is too much talking and not enough quiet or relaxing time. If I was fully pregnant while trying to do it I think I would have thrown something at the television. I would have to mute it.
          It also requires/recommends a lot of props, blocks, blankets, pillows, and mats. I thought that was a little ridiculous for one 60 minute routine. Many of the poses I thought were hard for beginners or very pregnant woman. It was not just an easy routine.
         I would recommend you already practice yoga before doing this as a prenatal yoga work out. This is definitely not for beginners. Lastly, I thought this DVD was lacking with only the one 60 minute routine and the high price of $17.99 for a work out DVD. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD 2 Stars!






If you would like to purchase a copy of your own Julie Schoen Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Workout DVD you can for $17.99 through Amazon.



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Shandali Yoga Towel

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Shandali 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.






     You may think that a Hot Yoga Towel may be an odd thing for a stay at home mom to review but if you are a parent you will probably understand why I wanted to try this. First of all I love to do yoga. I find it very relaxing and easy to do. I use a dvd at home and squeeze it into my day the best I can. The Shandali Hot Yoga Towel is specifically designed to go over your yoga mat. It helps protect and extend the life of your yoga mat. The Shandali Hot Yoga Towel is lightweight, ultra-absorbent and quick drying. It is made of super soft Micro-Fibre: which is 80% Polyester and 20% Nylon. The size of the towel is very large and even goes a little over your typical yoga mat. It is 24" by 72"
 (68cm wide by 183cm long). It also comes with a 30 day hassle free money back guarantee.
          I enjoyed using the Shandali Hot Yoga towel with my yoga a lot. You do not slip at all on it and it stays in place very easily. It is machine washable and dryer safe. I did think it was a little expensive for a yoga towel, so we also tried it as a regular towel.



         It definitely came in handy just as a super large extra-absorbent towel. You see parents are constantly, picking up, drying off, wiping up, and cleaning off somebody or something. To drying off at the beach, to drying off the dog, to wiping up spills, to washing it, to just towel drying after the shower we gave our Shandali a workout! 
    This towel does everything it says it does and more.There is not much explaining that you have to do other than this towel holds a great deal of wetness. We really could not find any problems with it except the price which I think is high. 
           I also found it extremely helpful to keep in the car. If you go to the gym you will definitely want one for your gym bag, you can towel off in a second with it.
     Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives The Shandali Hot Yoga Towel 4 Stars!






You can purchase your own Shandali Hot Yoga Towel from Amazon for $29.99. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Music Man

 To the best father a girl could ever have! This post is written for you, Happy Birthday! I love you!




      Fathers are amazing individuals. They are known for their funny antics, their disciplinary tactics and their special way of calming all the children and women in their households. I know as a daughter, my father and I were very close and shared a variety of interests.
     My dad having two daughters taught us that we can be anything we want to be. We learned how to take out the garbage, plumb the toilet and mow the yard. We also always would talk about our interests to each other. My dad would talk about science and gardening and I would talk about dance or drama club. However, one interest that has stuck with us since the beginning is music.



     Music was there when I was a baby and dad would play the guitar for us or even play music on the speakers for us. He taught me to love the notes of music by showing me the piano and helping me with music class projects. We would look up composers and listen to their music together.
     One of my most treasured memories was when I received my first record player. I was ten and we had recently moved and I got a new room. Dad had an extra record player to put in my room. I'm pretty sure the giant wooden speakers, amplifier, record player and records took up an entire wall of my bedroom but it was amazing. Not only did I receive a record player but records of all different kinds. I remember The Chipmunks, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Songs Record, Cindi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis and the News and Air Supply. He wanted to make sure I had quite the variety.



    We spent many hours listening to his Beatles albums together, along with many other classic rock. He listened to my theater recordings of Rent, Into The Woods. In fact he liked Phantom of The Opera so much I bought him his own one year.



      It was not just listening to music my dad helped me play music, he helped me play the piano, the saxophone, the giant baritone saxophone when I was about the size of it myself, the guitar and be a great singer. We directed choirs and bands together in church. We organized and rewrote songs for special masses. My dad and I not only listened to music together we created music together.



     Xavier is now learning about musical instruments and how they work and he has such a passion in him that I see from the relationship of my dad and I. It is an amazing legacy to pass on to a child. The passion for music.



         Thank you dad for your legacy of music! Must be because you and Bruce Springsteen share the same birthday! Happy Birthday!

 Enjoy Papa and Xavier on their first piano lesson!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Sandwich



   It's officially fall and the end of another fantastic summer. Although I love fall I also love summer with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. Here in the south it still looks a lot like summer and is really nice this time of year, which makes us have some extra time for fruits and vegetables.
     If you have a bunch of strawberries left over here is a great, easy sandwich your whole family will enjoy. It is very good for you and tastes fantastic! We all know what a great combination strawberry and spinach make together, now add some cream cheese by spreading it on the bread as a condiment and you have a high protein, high fiber delicious sandwich! Made on all natural whole wheat bread of course. Try packing this for lunch for a change!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Sing A Long

     It is no secret I love music. Singing is something I do all the time. When you have a child there are even more reasons to sing. You can teach them songs, you can play games with them, you can entertain them and you can even soothe them, all with music.
      Lately, Xavier has been sleeping really hard during his nap times and wakes up very "out of it" and still half asleep. So I started to sit with him. After a while I started singing to him. When he could gesture he would gesture that he wanted me to sing. Then, once he started talking he would tell me to sing and what songs to sing. (We apparently have a repertoire). Now, one day as I started singing our first song, I heard a small back up voice singing with me. He knew majority of all the songs in our repertoire, he could now finally sing them.
       As much as there are days when I cannot wait for nap time to finally come. I am so glad I get to wake my son up with a sing-a-long together.

Check out our video of the end of the ABC's song (Xavier got camera shy and wouldn't sing in front of the camera).



I hope you all have a great weekend full of love, laughter and fun!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Bobbies

  

     Our first trip to the library was so special for many reasons. One of the best reasons was that Xavier and I accidentally picked out the most amazing book to read. As he was pulling books off the shelf one by one looking at them I tried to point him in a better direction, such as perhaps just one aisle. We looked in that area. We settled on a book that had a picture of a dog and cat on the cover. I glanced at it and made sure it was a children's book and took it and gave it to Xavier who was thrilled with the dog and cat on the cover. (He loves dogs and cats probably because we have two cats and a dog and he is always trying to get to know).




     It was not until I got home and we read him the book for bedtime did my husband and I realize how fantastically wonderful this book is. The book is called The Two Bobbies and is written by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. It is a true story of hurricane Katrina, the friendship of a dog and cat and survival.




       The book has such a beautiful story in it. It is about a dog and a cat that get lost during hurricane Katrina and stick together. When they finally are found by the animal shelter they refuse to be separated. The shelter volunteers quickly realize that the cat is blind. The cat was using the dog as a seeing eye dog and they managed through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina together.




      I will not spoil it, but the book has a happy ending with a picture of the real dog and cat. You can also look up the story online of the Two Bobbies. It was such a wonderfully sweet and inspiring story and I am so glad that Xavier picked it out as his first library book.



You can purchase your own copy of The Two Bobbies By Kirby Larson and Mary Netherly from Amazon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: My First Book Series By Sophie Helenek

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Nursery Books 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.




       If you have not guessed this week we are focusing on reading to our children and some great children's books. Feel free to check out the Reviews tab above for more reviews on books and learning material for children. To add to our children's book collection or if you are starting it for the first time, I highly recommend the books My First Book Series by Sophie Helenek. 
      The My First Books Series by Sophie Helenek is a series of four board books that are titled Fruits, Sky Wonders, Shapes and Musical Instruments. The books are simple board books directed at babies and toddlers. They are highly recommended for the infant stage as the words are minimal and the illustrations are in strong colors and contrasts that make infants really enjoy them. Infants tend to look at high-contrast edges and patterns which all these books have. The My First Book Series has won several awards including the Mom's Choice Award Gold Seal and the NAPPA Silver Winner Award. These are not just your ordinary picture board books or bedtime stories. They are more like activity books conceived to stimulate a baby's senses.  The series was specifically developed based on the ultra-complex and rapid development of newborns, babies and toddlers.



     I admit at first I was a little worried about testing these books out. Not that I thought that they were no good, but Xavier is two and is already into reading long stories with plots and twists I was not sure how well I could test out these board books without borrowing an infant. However, I was certainly wrong. As soon as I took them out and set them in Xavier's book area just to see what he would do. He picked them up right away and had me read them to him and go over all the colors of everything. He was already minimally speaking but these really helped him identify a lot more items. I really appreciated the Fruits book. Now Xavier knows what an apple looks like in a book and he can ask for it in real life. He knew most of the shapes and musical instruments already but he still loved learning and reading about them. He loved the patterns and would read and play with them for hours. I was so enamored at just how much interest he got out of them even though they were so young in writing compared to what he has been reading lately.



       I also took the liberty of testing these books out on a friends' infant and they were a hit there as well! I certainly applaud Sophie Helenek on her children's series as these are fantastic first books to give to someone you know! They will certainly be used many times. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom highly recommends My First Book Series by Sophie Helenek and gives it 5 stars!



Go get yourself a set for your child. If you do not have a toddler or younger in your life they make great gifts for any new parents! You can find out more about the books on Sophie Helenek's website and you can purchase the entire series of four books for only $24.00 or you can purchase each one separately!



Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Library

  



  When you are a parent you are always excited to be able to do different things for the first time with your child. You get to experience the childlike wonder and anticipation all at once. As silly as it sounds for this writer/avid reader and parent, taking my child to the library was one of my big things to do with Xavier when he was old enough. We have been reading together since birth and usually multiple times and books per day. If you do not have a reader at home check out my post 10 Tips To Help Your Child Become A Reader.
     Xavier finally got to the point where he knows inside voice and outside voice. He knows how to behave in stores and when we are out in public. We finally decided to take him to the library. I could not have been more excited and proud. As soon as I took him in the children's room he was all excited and of course I had to quiet him down but he understood. He loved looking at and reading the books with me. When it came time to choose one he took forever and pulled nearly every book off the shelf to see them all. I tried to point him in the right direction and we finally settled on a book about a cat and a dog.
       Xavier was in love with the book for the two weeks we borrowed it. My husband and I were afraid that he would not want to give it back and had found a copy on Amazon and was putting it on hold in case we would need to buy one and in case Xavier was not really ready for the library. However, a few days before we brought it back he was asking to read different books instead of that one. It was almost as if he knew he had to say good bye. It was really important to me to show him that he is borrowing the book. (The back up was only for a total meltdown and we never ended up purchasing it).
        We pulled up to the library and I let him drop it in the box outside. He did not have any problem at all. He even said good bye to the book. Then, he promptly went in and picked another selection. It was a children's reference book on Marsupials. Yes, my child has odd taste, but he picked it and liked it.



         We also found the library a great way to try out movies on Xavier. He is now getting to the point where he will watch the 45 minute movies he has. So we thought we would try some of the classics especially since it was free. His first movie was Toy Story. He loved it and watched a good majority of it sometimes playing in the room where it was. The great thing about the movie was he already had a lot of the toys in it such as a dinosaur, Mr. Potato Head and a small Woody and Buzz figurine that goes on his trains. I can see a much bigger Woody and Buzz may be needed in the future as it was a favorite.
       People always say libraries are a dying thing. However, they have been around for ages and have countless information, movies and even ebooks to keep themselves up to date on new information. I am so glad we have a wonderful library in our town that we can take advantage of as much as we like especially since we live so near to it. Now that I know how much Xavier likes it we will be definitely making this more of a habit so mommy has more variety to read to Xavier! Be sure to check out your local library with your kids you will be glad you did!




Monday, September 15, 2014

Big Toy Day

  


    How I love being the mom of a little boy so very much. I do not know why boys get such a bad representation. I have had nothing but joy raising Xavier and the things he comes up with and does never ceases to amaze me. I assume you have all read my post Construction Sites and Toddlers which talks about how much more fun waiting in traffic during construction is due to a toddler who is in total excitement at all the construction vehicles.
     Last weekend we went with some good friends of ours and their toddler son to Big Toy Day where the town got out all the firetrucks, police cars, ambulances, helicopters, planes and other emergency vehicles and parked them in a big field so kids can come with their families and climb in them, touch them, learn about them and have a blast. Of course, they had the bouncy house, funnel cakes and stuff as well.
          Xavier and his buddy had a blast exploring all the vehicles and watching the plans take off. He really seemed to like the helicopter! Even though it was rainy and muddy it was definitely a fun "boy" kind of day! I am so appreciative for the wonderful boys and men in my life. Check out the pictures of our fun day.









Special thanks to our good friend, Diana for taking all the great pictures. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend and have an even better week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies X


Xavier when he was 2 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 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!


Friday Faves Oldies But Goodies X

Start Fall off right by making some yummy chili try out this old family recipe
Chili Con Carne with Tomatoes

Don't forget some 
Tonguespank Spices

Be sure to learn about
To TV or Not To TV
The Magical Kiss And Blow Method
Diaper Champ

Get some new looks for fall by
Shopping Online for Vintage and Hand Me Down Clothing

Inspire Yourself
Superhuman

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, full of love, laughter and fun! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: Their Name Is Today Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign  and will receive a free sample of the product 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.




    Many parents are now turning to read new parenting tips and tricks from books, blogs and online resources. Parents do not have the community or large family near by them as much as they used to so they are left up to their own ideas on how to raise children.
    A new parenting book has come out this year by author, Johann Christoph Arnold called Their Name Is Today Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World. Johann Christoph Arnold is the author of several other books including, but not limited to, Why Children Matter, Seeking Peace and Cries From The Heart. Johann's books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In his book Their Name Is Today he talks about the drastic changes in the way that our society treats our own children. Johann is a big defender of every child's right to the joy and wonder of childhood.
     Being an avid reader, writer and parent I was very intrigued and interested in reading Johann's book. It is a nice light paperback of about 165 pages. I found it to be a great parenting book in the fact that it does not give you specific things on what to do. It gives you main philosophies to follow when you are raising your children. He has many quotes, facts and ideas from other parents, philosophers and educators, yet the language is easy to follow and the book flows very nicely so it is a read that really gives you some great ideas, philosophies and strategies about how to change your way of thinking while you are raising your children.
    For the most part we tend to raise Xavier in the way that he portrays in the book. However, there were  many things I loved about the book and that I found both helpful and interesting to read. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed that it was not a "TO DO" parenting book it was simply changing your perspective on parenting. There are ten chapters which just by reading the titles you can get an idea of some of the main points that he talks about in the book, such as; The World Needs Children, Play Is A Child's Work, Great Expectations, Screening Out, Material Child, Actions, Not Words, Guidance To Grow, In Praise of Difficult Children, Discovering Reverence and Tomorrow Comes.
       I believe his central theme in the book is that the world needs children more than they need us.   We cannot make our children wait until tomorrow they are growing and forming now. He talks about how we as a society are so fueled by money, but yet hardly any of it goes into childcare centers and schools. That children are always last on our list whether in society or even at home. I love how he says "Parenting should not be viewed as an insurmountable financial risk or a great emotional and psychological burden....But it does need a heart of love for children and a willingness to sacrifice for them."
      I only really found a couple issues with the book, but nothing at all that would have deterred me from reading it or stopped me from reading it. I do think the author finds our world a lot more hostile than it really is. I would like to think if he sees such wonderful things in children than that should create hope that our world can only ever be so hostile. However, I did like how he said many of us have lost the meaning of joy in our life and I did find that very truthful in our world today. I also do not agree with Chapter Four, Screening Out where they talk about technology and how bad it is for children. If you are a reader of my blog you will realize I am a fan of teaching children technology. This is what they will have to learn to live and work on in the future and it is important to teach them that. I do believe everything should have a balance though and if you have children who are already addicted to technology or close to it, this chapter can be helpful. However, I never think it is a good idea to cut off children from technology all together. I find balance is the key with everything with children.
     All in all I think this is one of my favorite parenting books. I love that fact that it is more from a philosophical approach than just telling you what to do as a parent. It allows you to still use your instincts and make your own decisions, yet still challenges us as parents to see things from a very different perspective. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Their Name Is Today Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold 5 stars!



         I believe this book is a must read for all parents there is so much valuable information in it. It should be a staple in the parenting world. So go out and grab one for yourself and a parent you know!


To purchase a copy of this book Their Name Is Today Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World By Johann Christoph Arnold for $10.57 (a great price) by visiting their website at www.TheirNameIsToday.com
Be sure to check out their social media pages as well!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The VoiceBoks Top Ten

    I'm sure you all remember that last month I and all my family made sure that you voted everyday and shared our blog contest with your family and friends so that they could vote too.

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY MUCH FOR VOTING AND SHARING YOUR LOVE FOR US AND THIS BLOG! WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL!

   There are many of you who voted and shared everyday and even those who only voted once or a few times thank you so much. We ended up in 3rd place out of the Top Ten Stay At Home Mom Blogs In The World and got this beautiful new badge!



Here is an article VoiceBoks; The voice of parenting did about the competition. Be sure to scroll down to #3 where you will find Next Generation Stay At Home Mom with a wonderful write up about our blog and some great blog posts as well as our social media links. Thank you all for your love!





Monday, September 8, 2014

Coconut Oil Banana Bread

    If you read Friday's Review on Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil I mentioned I tried out a banana bread recipe with it. It came out much more fluffy and moist than my regular banana bread. If you have coconut oil or want to try a great recipe for some try this out. It is easy to make, delicious and so good for you!



Coconut Oil Banana Bread
by Renee Arbia
- makes one loaf

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 or more bananas, crushed
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in small amount of water

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream coconut oil and sugar.



 Add eggs and bananas.



 Add baking soda dissolved in water. Blend in flour.



Bake for 45-50 minutes.  




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