tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6013755821984726512018-10-07T04:34:32.788-04:00Next Generation Stay At Home Mom #NextGenerationSAHMBlogNext Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.comBlogger748125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-37399944957839294042018-02-03T23:18:00.000-05:002018-02-03T23:18:20.129-05:002018 Turner Syndrome Awareness<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bnSQVM30LQg/WMBGBeT1iAI/AAAAAAAAKuQ/ajCdryn3qiEbF0Myy44qZwD1uWKYh95eACLcB/s1600/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bnSQVM30LQg/WMBGBeT1iAI/AAAAAAAAKuQ/ajCdryn3qiEbF0Myy44qZwD1uWKYh95eACLcB/s400/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />We did this special on our local television station for Turner Syndrome Awareness month. It aired on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in honor of World Rare Disease Day.<br /><br />We hope to raise awareness, research and funds to help these amazing girls. Please consider sharing our story and donating to&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/donate/206099536609002/?fundraiser_source=profile_tile">Turner Syndrome of the Carolinas</a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/null">.</a><br /><br />There were many lonely nights where we would wonder if we would ever get to meet our daughter. I would scroll the internet looking for positive stories and found very few. We hope to encourage families to believe in hope and trust their hearts because miracles happen every day. Thank you for visiting our page and watching our story. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/B_AUsO4uYs8/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B_AUsO4uYs8?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br />You can also read <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen's Birth Story Here</a>! Thank you for visiting!<br /><br /><br /><br />#TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #TSAwareness, #VIBImogen <br /><br />Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-1791377391927979872017-07-11T21:52:00.002-04:002017-07-11T21:52:22.784-04:00Happy 1st Birthday Imogen<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY IMOGEN!</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">A year has flown by in our home. This beautiful soul has touched our lives so much. Imogen is a very sweet and loving little girl with a very strong and funny disposition. She has given us so very much in her tiny lifetime I cannot imagine all that she will give the rest of the world. Happy birthday Imogen, we love you so very much!&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NPouIcwFWuQ/WWV73OvZQvI/AAAAAAAAKys/Nv6zf9cwEtQ1zxT93_i6pAKnWT8wB2sQwCEwYBhgL/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NPouIcwFWuQ/WWV73OvZQvI/AAAAAAAAKys/Nv6zf9cwEtQ1zxT93_i6pAKnWT8wB2sQwCEwYBhgL/s400/2.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Imogen loves her big brother, Xavier</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;It was a hot and rainy day outside, just like last year when I was in the hospital having her. We decided to have a quiet party at home, just the four of us. When I was pregnant with Imogen and wondering if she would beat the odds against her, and be born into my arms, I would dream about this moment; Imogen's first birthday. Celebrating it with my family was the pure celebration of the miracle of our love. Imogen has been an amazing light in our lives and we would not have it any other way.&nbsp; Happy Birthday Imogen!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TKgVcdBCG5Y/WWV9gEkvVdI/AAAAAAAAKzU/b3-c-txqdKcLmne8z8EUaMpazW_k1I1jwCEwYBhgL/s1600/19.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TKgVcdBCG5Y/WWV9gEkvVdI/AAAAAAAAKzU/b3-c-txqdKcLmne8z8EUaMpazW_k1I1jwCEwYBhgL/s400/19.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bE1_BiX0Jy0/WWV74B0XQVI/AAAAAAAAKyw/g8bklpgwpxYZFOZGm-wXDhHmeYpYjGzjwCEwYBhgL/s1600/20.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1196" data-original-width="1600" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bE1_BiX0Jy0/WWV74B0XQVI/AAAAAAAAKyw/g8bklpgwpxYZFOZGm-wXDhHmeYpYjGzjwCEwYBhgL/s400/20.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bemPuOo90VE/WWV76r4ar-I/AAAAAAAAKy8/7iFuTfQCPvgceFndyylyZ-2patqAH4tvwCEwYBhgL/s400/24.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4u4r35oOxeo/WWV78LsZ2UI/AAAAAAAAKzA/1pkXhVeFIgMsbyjXmllaDy-evQ-ONlKNgCEwYBhgL/s1600/25.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4u4r35oOxeo/WWV78LsZ2UI/AAAAAAAAKzA/1pkXhVeFIgMsbyjXmllaDy-evQ-ONlKNgCEwYBhgL/s400/25.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Xavier made Imogen a homemade card for her birthday.&nbsp;</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; 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This cake he picked out.&nbsp;</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-smzcMMLyqSo/WWV7wOWhiYI/AAAAAAAAKyE/6Qo_YTkBb7s5EDvAFKddmXyNi7r0pb-6wCEwYBhgL/s1600/10.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-smzcMMLyqSo/WWV7wOWhiYI/AAAAAAAAKyE/6Qo_YTkBb7s5EDvAFKddmXyNi7r0pb-6wCEwYBhgL/s400/10.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VwIdD-nTzaQ/WWV7wyGDsQI/AAAAAAAAKyI/ZlwsvGu7DnoYu7S7LGBFwGiUOjnd9njNACEwYBhgL/s1600/11.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1196" data-original-width="1600" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VwIdD-nTzaQ/WWV7wyGDsQI/AAAAAAAAKyI/ZlwsvGu7DnoYu7S7LGBFwGiUOjnd9njNACEwYBhgL/s400/11.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/B_AUsO4uYs8/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B_AUsO4uYs8?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br /><br />#NextGenerationSAHM, #VIBImogen, #TSAwareness, #Turnersyndromeawareness, #birthday<br /> Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-63153643642404044932017-07-05T09:30:00.000-04:002017-07-05T09:30:19.821-04:00Clean Your Mouth the Green Way with Himalaya<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="838" data-original-width="871" height="383" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6AOWyMgW9s/WVmrj5bCndI/AAAAAAAAKxw/L8iFhytzocEBUXyRkUrqR4ZdE7dyiSpfQCLcBGAs/s400/6.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsored By Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste and Moms Meet</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">I received this product for free from Moms Meet (<a href="http://www.momsmeet.com/">www.momsmeet.com</a>) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links. </i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I like to consider myself and our family a very green family. We try our best to recycle, reduce and reuse as many things as possible. We try to eat a lot of organic and vegan friendly foods. We even make some of our own soaps, detergents and cleaners. However, some things are harder to switch to green living than others. Toothpaste for us is a hard one. My husband and I are very set in our dental hygiene ways. Our five year old son, Xavier uses toothpaste made by natural ingredients, but my husband and I could not find one that we liked the taste of and trusted for our oral hygiene. We are excited to introduce <a href="http://hs.himalayausa.com/botanique-toothpaste-0?utm_source=landing-page&amp;utm_medium=url&amp;utm_campaign=launch">Himalaya Botanique</a> which offers a full line of clinically studied herbal formulations, certified USDA organic single herbs and body care products. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ENzX8Tib3Gc/WVmrjlKR6aI/AAAAAAAAKxk/ImgCDq7KoTUcL6Yz-P0QmPGaKDIIdtqGACEwYBhgL/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="1280" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ENzX8Tib3Gc/WVmrjlKR6aI/AAAAAAAAKxk/ImgCDq7KoTUcL6Yz-P0QmPGaKDIIdtqGACEwYBhgL/s400/3.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste has a great taste and a long lasting flavor. I especially liked that it does not have a bitter after taste like many natural toothpastes. Himalaya uses an herbal formulation that helps to remove plaque, support healthy looking gums, and maintain white teeth. Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste comes in seven varieties; Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint, Compete Care Simply Peppermint, Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon, Simply Spearmint, and the original Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J4vZ6hWrVTU/WVmrjYD9oZI/AAAAAAAAKxg/hjzvBTvMJ_cwsB7tTzKV567_JKfL-jTKQCEwYBhgL/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="1280" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J4vZ6hWrVTU/WVmrjYD9oZI/AAAAAAAAKxg/hjzvBTvMJ_cwsB7tTzKV567_JKfL-jTKQCEwYBhgL/s400/2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">All seven varieties are gluten free and free from harmful ingredients like Carrageenan, Fluoride and SLS. Himalaya uses ingredients such as the Neem leaf, pomegranate, Triphala, Xylitol and the Whitening toothpastes use Papain and Bromelain, the enzymes from papaya and pineapple, to remove surface stains. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pHyguG2dJOs/WVmrjf4nuVI/AAAAAAAAKxc/CdIN_A42JHo36dU4TDvYn0NL5nARhhyKQCEwYBhgL/s1600/1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1280" data-original-width="1280" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pHyguG2dJOs/WVmrjf4nuVI/AAAAAAAAKxc/CdIN_A42JHo36dU4TDvYn0NL5nARhhyKQCEwYBhgL/s400/1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A week after using the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Himalaya-Whitening-Toothpaste-Simply-5-29oz/dp/B01CWYEUWK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1499048745&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Himalaya+Botanique+toothpaste">Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint</a>my teeth were much brighter. I liked that it did not increase the sensitivity of my teeth like most whitening products. It was much milder and made my mouth feel refreshed.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ddP3GoZxphM/WVmrjy43oEI/AAAAAAAAKxo/7VYlJdnQMNsyxiXjVIJ5GH0iK4bMBHDqgCEwYBhgL/s1600/5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="457" data-original-width="470" height="388" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ddP3GoZxphM/WVmrjy43oEI/AAAAAAAAKxo/7VYlJdnQMNsyxiXjVIJ5GH0iK4bMBHDqgCEwYBhgL/s400/5.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our entire family loves all the different flavors. It is great to have a real clean mouth that is not cleaned with harmful ingredients. We love the toothpaste and that the Himalaya Botanique company gives back to the community by supporting community health, sustainable farming and environmental responsibility. You can visit <a href="http://www.himalayatoothpaste.com/">www.himalayatoothpaste.com</a>to join Himalaya’s sampling program, where you can receive additional samples and coupons. Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste comes in a nice big tube and is reasonably priced. We were very impressed with this toothpaste and hope that more people will try it out. Himalaya should be the next big name in your bathroom. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mtckydDdJTs/WVmrj1KNk7I/AAAAAAAAKxs/W_hkXLzhEegqO4oDClgriSTQiEQSPYuAwCEwYBhgL/s1600/4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="759" data-original-width="1275" height="237" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mtckydDdJTs/WVmrj1KNk7I/AAAAAAAAKxs/W_hkXLzhEegqO4oDClgriSTQiEQSPYuAwCEwYBhgL/s400/4.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can purchase Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste in any seven varieties from </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Himalaya-Whitening-Toothpaste-Simply-5-29oz/dp/B01CWYEUWK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1499048745&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Himalaya+Botanique+toothpaste">Amazon</a><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>use our special coupon code IHEK9SJC to save 25%</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Or their website <a href="http://www.himalayatoothpaste.com/">www.himalayatoothpaste.com</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste is also available at your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage and small independent health food stores. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Connect with Himalaya online to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.himalayatoothpaste.com/">himalayatoothpaste.com </a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/HimalayaUSA">http://www.facebook.com/HimalayaUSA</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/HimalayaUSA">http://www.twitter.com/HimalayaUSA</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.instagram.com/HimalayaUSA">http://www.instagram.com/HimalayaUSA</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#sponsored, #ad, #momsmeet, #himalayausa, #momsmeetusa, #NextGenerationSAHM</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-27765153380633701482017-06-09T09:00:00.000-04:002017-06-09T09:00:20.829-04:00Bosley Bear Bilingual Books<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Bosley Bear Bilingual Books</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DPFnRfxQPRE/WTn7siRs0oI/AAAAAAAAKxI/CQO9v-A_ksEFKeXqcFKZka1sMcwbcGd4gCLcB/s1600/6.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="779" data-original-width="810" height="383" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DPFnRfxQPRE/WTn7siRs0oI/AAAAAAAAKxI/CQO9v-A_ksEFKeXqcFKZka1sMcwbcGd4gCLcB/s400/6.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsored By: The Language Bear Dual Language Books</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</b><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift 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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /> <br /><div class="MsoNormal">When my son Xavier was a little over a year old we did a <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2013/05/sponsor-review-and-giveaway-language.html">book review for a Language Bear Bosley book</a>. Xavier loved the book for its bright illustrations, and I liked the story. It was fun to be able to read the book in English and Spanish. Now that Xavier is five and starting to read. He recognizes words and loves hearing them, and seeing them written on the page. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bosley-Goes-Beach-English-Spanish-Adventures/dp/1484162455/"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bosley Goes to the Beach </i></a>is one of our favorite books to read. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZSxe0qPIGKs/WTn7sa12e8I/AAAAAAAAKxA/jvfimw4ZrbkTiJeM_nHyI5iH0bq58GefACEw/s1600/4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1151" data-original-width="750" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZSxe0qPIGKs/WTn7sa12e8I/AAAAAAAAKxA/jvfimw4ZrbkTiJeM_nHyI5iH0bq58GefACEw/s400/4.JPG" width="260" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This year The Language Bear has come out with a new book, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bosley-Goes-Safari-Se-Adventures/dp/1530694132">Bosley Goes on Safari</a>.</i> When I gave Xavier the new book he noticed right away it was another Bosley Bear book! He was so excited to read his new adventure in English and Spanish. Now, that Xavier loves reading English words he was even more excited to start learning more Spanish words with the Bosley Bear series. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wBboSXuuDM4/WTn7sk_BzFI/AAAAAAAAKxE/-JnD1etD4AYeUa5s0z0rT0mo2Yr5v_ZgwCEw/s1600/5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="749" data-original-width="1252" height="238" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wBboSXuuDM4/WTn7sk_BzFI/AAAAAAAAKxE/-JnD1etD4AYeUa5s0z0rT0mo2Yr5v_ZgwCEw/s400/5.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bosley Goes on Safari, </i>Bosley explores the African plains and meets new and interesting friends. The story introduces children to the concept of diversity, and helps them appreciate others on a deeper level. When the curious Bosley Bear meets a giraffe, hippo, monkey and a lion, he realizes that they all have different preferences and habits, but they all love to relax in the sun and have fun!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j1-kJaxhL-U/WTn7sPYQKHI/AAAAAAAAKw8/_p6fjsPI8CEtyuS95Zgcj6dRrw7LU88lQCEw/s1600/1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="808" data-original-width="1277" height="252" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j1-kJaxhL-U/WTn7sPYQKHI/AAAAAAAAKw8/_p6fjsPI8CEtyuS95Zgcj6dRrw7LU88lQCEw/s400/1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These books are so easy to read. The illustrations are very vibrant and colorful. They can help adults and children to learn another language. You can see the words side by side while reading the story in either language. Some of the words are even in different colors to learn the word in English and Spanish. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Multilingual books are a great way to enjoy stories with your children. You can introduce your children to new words and vocabulary, along with your first language. They are also great if you are an adult that is looking to learn a new language. The simple vocabulary and grammar makes for a great read for all ages. <a href="http://www.thelanguagebear.com/">The Language Bear</a> offers multilingual books of all sorts; children's stories for bedtime reading and exploration as well as multilingual novels for adults. The current children's books are offered in the following languages: French, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean, Sign Language (ASL), Italian, Russian and Portuguese. The Language Bear also offers flash cards as well to go along with your language learning.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILNCxeqwI_g/WTn7r9GLU4I/AAAAAAAAKw0/djoQZvOUj9It6xfL4saxDaC11cYUf11QQCEw/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="693" data-original-width="968" height="286" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILNCxeqwI_g/WTn7r9GLU4I/AAAAAAAAKw0/djoQZvOUj9It6xfL4saxDaC11cYUf11QQCEw/s400/2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We love The Language Bear books they are a fun and easy way to teach your child foreign languages. The stories are fun and heart warming. All Language Bear books are big, thick and very durable. Language Bear comes highly recommended from Next Generation Stay At Home Mom. Teaching your child a foreign language is easy for anyone to do with The Language Bear books. You can learn while reading with your child. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-itbK-lYzpqk/WTn7sAgyQQI/AAAAAAAAKw4/_54BbXTOpQAdNT7_G-tDXGFYldAJOO8RACEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1296" data-original-width="968" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-itbK-lYzpqk/WTn7sAgyQQI/AAAAAAAAKw4/_54BbXTOpQAdNT7_G-tDXGFYldAJOO8RACEw/s400/3.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We read about Bosley’s adventures a lot in our home. Sometimes we read the stories in English, and sometimes we read them in Spanish. We like to say the colorful sight words in both languages. It is amazing to see how well this book series has kept with my child for four years. He has always loved Bosley the Bear, and reading about him. Now at age five, we can really see the quick results of bilingual language development my son has gained from reading just this new story, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bosley Goes on Safari</i>. We were excited to introduce Imogen who is almost one to <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bosley Goes on Safari</i>. She loves listening to the Bosley adventures. The Language Bear books are a simple way to introduce a foreign language to your children, and they are great books that are fun to read. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DPFnRfxQPRE/WTn7siRs0oI/AAAAAAAAKxI/n3bB2zJgR7snY2o8rceH0NSXb28cVdFAwCEw/s1600/6.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="779" data-original-width="810" height="383" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DPFnRfxQPRE/WTn7siRs0oI/AAAAAAAAKxI/n3bB2zJgR7snY2o8rceH0NSXb28cVdFAwCEw/s400/6.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can order <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bosley Goes on Safari</i> from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bosley-Goes-Safari-Se-Adventures/dp/1530694132">Amazon</a>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">You can also order <i>Bosley Goes to the Beach </i>from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bosley-Goes-Beach-English-Spanish-Adventures/dp/1484162455/">Amazon</a> <br />or their website&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thelanguagebear.com/" target="_blank">TheLanguageBear.com </a>or become a fan of their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LanguageBear" target="_blank">facebook page</a>.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#BosleyGoesonSafari, #TheLanguageBear, #BilingualChildrensbooks, #BilingualBosleyBearBooks, #Childrensbooks, #bilingualchildren, #childrensbookreview, #bookreviews, #reviews, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-4212576012273790042017-04-17T09:00:00.000-04:002017-04-22T14:13:05.763-04:00My Baby Butterfly<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">My Baby Butterfly</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pj6sKLhdJYk/WPF99N0gyJI/AAAAAAAAKu0/CkNp3PvfbnU4EuorGYz-DPw-7zZNoQ00QCLcB/s1600/photo%2B4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pj6sKLhdJYk/WPF99N0gyJI/AAAAAAAAKu0/CkNp3PvfbnU4EuorGYz-DPw-7zZNoQ00QCLcB/s400/photo%2B4.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Last week we had a big thunder storm. Nothing that we are not used to, you see we live on the southern coast where we frequently get storms. There is the spring storm season, and hurricane season. The spring season is light rain and thunderstorms. In fact, I actually love this season. During storms, I love to open the window, and hear the rain on the porch. You hear it on the roof, on the chairs, and on the concrete. When the winds get heavy, I eventually have to shut the window, to keep the rain from getting in.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3PdCjEl7TYg/WPF-m8He0hI/AAAAAAAAKvA/sQ7sl35mrsg9pZmz2HW1vJcQDY7RCQiKwCLcB/s1600/xavier4yrsImogen3months.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3PdCjEl7TYg/WPF-m8He0hI/AAAAAAAAKvA/sQ7sl35mrsg9pZmz2HW1vJcQDY7RCQiKwCLcB/s400/xavier4yrsImogen3months.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We have been excited to get out more for family fun, now that Imogen is more alert. She has an excitement for life that is so amazing to watch. She loves to laugh and does so often. She is always smiling, so much so that we actually call her “smiles”. She adores her big brother, and Xavier adores her. I think my favorite thing in the world is watching them play together. They laugh at the same things. They love to be together, and they even get on each others nerves. They are buddies for life. I can already see them whispering and plotting together how to over throw us. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bleZ0Kpzi8s/WPF-4a3MlPI/AAAAAAAAKvI/wVyRExz018w-23nfVXT5xJrNPFw-QbLPgCLcB/s1600/photo%2B3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bleZ0Kpzi8s/WPF-4a3MlPI/AAAAAAAAKvI/wVyRExz018w-23nfVXT5xJrNPFw-QbLPgCLcB/s400/photo%2B3.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It is always challenging traveling with two kids. Trying to figure out who to strap in first, who to get out last, it can be confusing. Every time we go out it takes us a very long time to just “go”. Inevitably, someone still has to potty or a diaper needs to be changed, or it’s time to nurse again. We are just starting to get our time down and be able to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go on adventures outside. Imogen has such an amazing and infectious personality. She is incredibly rambunctious and does not like to sit still very long. She has figured out how to move and she apparently has places to go. Her Shakespearean name is very fitting to her seeing as “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” I have always known that she is a warrior. Her strength and determination inspire me. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d3AMt3CjmOo/WPF_GksPA4I/AAAAAAAAKvQ/iaPyyqaqkjAXX7V8kaXoDVio04ITWrepgCLcB/s1600/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d3AMt3CjmOo/WPF_GksPA4I/AAAAAAAAKvQ/iaPyyqaqkjAXX7V8kaXoDVio04ITWrepgCLcB/s400/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We have received such a wonderful response from Imogen’s special Against All Odds. If you have not seen it yet here is the link. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AUsO4uYs8">Against All Odds: An Inspiring Story of Hope</a> and video<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/B_AUsO4uYs8/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B_AUsO4uYs8?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>&nbsp; <br />here is the link to <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a>. Many of you have sent us amazing messages of love and light, and we could not be more thankful. This whole experience has been very amazing, and humbling to us. Imogen’s pregnancy was a big storm for our little family to go through. These past nine months with her in our arms every day, although tough and challenging, have only been a beautiful rainy season. We decided to do the news special for Turner Syndrome Awareness Month, it also aired on World Rare Disease Day. Turner Syndrome is part of the Rare Disease community. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When Imogen was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome I was only 18 weeks pregnant. We kept it a secret for many reasons, one of which was because I was afraid of labeling her, especially before she was even born. I could have used my blog platform to be an early advocate for Turner Syndrome, but I did not. When she was born we could not help ourselves from announcing our little miracle. In a time of negativity, sharing our story about our sweet miracle seemed the right thing to do. I wrote her birth story when I felt I had recovered my mom brain enough to write it. We then decided to do the news segment to help her future Turner Syndrome Community. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_DYwS5aYV4c/WPF_WngaiFI/AAAAAAAAKvU/K531OKDh864DP6lMxcvdneNCN1SSRbEwgCLcB/s1600/phone1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_DYwS5aYV4c/WPF_WngaiFI/AAAAAAAAKvU/K531OKDh864DP6lMxcvdneNCN1SSRbEwgCLcB/s400/phone1.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It is a hard decision when your child has special needs how to decide what to say. Do you stay quiet about your child’s diagnosis in hopes that they will blend in with the world? Or do you let them know all about their diagnosis and let it be a big part of who they are? Seems to me there are two very different decisions. I do not think either is right or wrong. I think each child is different, and their decision should be distinctly about them. We decided to tell because we feel we are advocating for her and being her voice. We are confident she wants to celebrate her birth. She wants to see and do so much, and she is such a strong personality, that we know that this little butterfly not only wants to find her other butterfly sisters, but she wants to help them out in any way she can so that they can have the most amazing journey together. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Butterflies have always been our family symbol of love. Every time we see a butterfly we are always saying it is a sign of love. When we learned of Imogen’s diagnosis and we searched Turner Syndrome, we immediately noticed that their symbol was a butterfly. We knew at that moment that we were blessed with a butterfly in our little family!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C122U0Svu4E/WPF_kE9zmkI/AAAAAAAAKvY/MczoSNIx0AskDxsIIwVqTDd5RGsTVPTvQCLcB/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C122U0Svu4E/WPF_kE9zmkI/AAAAAAAAKvY/MczoSNIx0AskDxsIIwVqTDd5RGsTVPTvQCLcB/s400/2.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Since our story has been so public we have had the honor of meeting so many butterflies from right in our own town to even other countries. We really appreciate connecting with everyone and hearing your stories. We hope to be able to use our platform for the good and to help advocate for Turner Syndrome and the Rare Disease communities in any way we can.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q_9xr1GfLgk/WPF99DaFtyI/AAAAAAAAKu4/qUnWvPQL0IM5cEWir2h3p6SY4QZIG0KlQCEw/s1600/photo%2B3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q_9xr1GfLgk/WPF99DaFtyI/AAAAAAAAKu4/qUnWvPQL0IM5cEWir2h3p6SY4QZIG0KlQCEw/s400/photo%2B3.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These past nine months with Imogen have taught us so many things but especially that the strong can weather the tougher elements and can see a more beautiful place. </div><div class="MsoNormal">We hope our story will inspire others to share their stories of love!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #TSAwareness, #VIBImogen, #ShareLove, #Rare, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-28459078417594016522017-03-01T21:52:00.001-05:002017-04-22T14:13:39.307-04:00Against all odds: An inspiring story of hope<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bnSQVM30LQg/WMBGBeT1iAI/AAAAAAAAKuQ/ajCdryn3qiEbF0Myy44qZwD1uWKYh95eACLcB/s1600/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bnSQVM30LQg/WMBGBeT1iAI/AAAAAAAAKuQ/ajCdryn3qiEbF0Myy44qZwD1uWKYh95eACLcB/s400/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />We did this special on our local television station for Turner Syndrome Awareness month. It aired on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in honor of World Rare Disease Day.<br /><br />We hope to raise awareness, research and funds to help these amazing girls. Please consider sharing our story and donating to the <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen">Turner Syndrome Global Alliance</a>.<br /><br />There were many lonely nights where we would wonder if we would ever get to meet our daughter. I would scroll the internet looking for positive stories and found very few. We hope to encourage families to believe in hope and trust their hearts because miracles happen every day. Thank you for visiting our page and watching our story. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/B_AUsO4uYs8/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B_AUsO4uYs8?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wect.com/story/34573349/against-all-odds-an-inspiring-story-of-hope">Against All Odds: An Inspiring Story of Hope</a><br /><br /><br /><br />#TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #TSAwareness, #VIBImogen Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-3908284521621347572017-02-26T15:17:00.002-05:002017-02-26T15:17:16.030-05:00Tune In for Turner Syndrome Awareness<!--[if !mso]><style>v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Tune In for Turner Syndrome Awareness</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9nGWY91NGCY/WLM2UPMKpjI/AAAAAAAAKts/KQTPOkXhhjIIzWQp_vMyaO_V0Xhed_LNQCLcB/s1600/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9nGWY91NGCY/WLM2UPMKpjI/AAAAAAAAKts/KQTPOkXhhjIIzWQp_vMyaO_V0Xhed_LNQCLcB/s400/AgainstAllOdds.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We are finishing up Turner Syndrome Awareness month with a bang. Our local NBC affiliate television station is doing a special report on Imogen called “Against All Odds” reported by the talented Chelsea Donovan. It is airing on World Rare Disease Day to help spread awareness for Turner Syndrome and Rare Diseases. We ask if you live in our area to tune in on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11pm to WECT TV6, if you live out of the area we hope to be able to put the link up from the news website. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TTUiLbX8qHw/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TTUiLbX8qHw?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We are spreading awareness for more research and discoveries, for more girls finding other girls just like them, and for helping families be able to support their girls mentally, emotionally, physically and financially.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;There are 10 choices below, pick one and please do it for awareness, BONUS if you want to do all 10! Use whatever platform you have for the good and please help spread Turner Syndrome Awareness!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">1)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Change your profile picture to our ribbon or a picture of Turner Syndrome.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u5XalD_mGfY/WJFVJwApE1I/AAAAAAAAKrY/tDAXg2L1LBwbGygLgrlQXGavJOV1wAjfACEw/s1600/tsgaribbon.JPG"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><span style="mso-ignore: vglayout;"></span></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5I0qlUpi_aU/WLM2UJXpRsI/AAAAAAAAKtw/9VymwtMga64coWx4xlLYcyKRSrgN_075QCLcB/s1600/tsgaribbon.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5I0qlUpi_aU/WLM2UJXpRsI/AAAAAAAAKtw/9VymwtMga64coWx4xlLYcyKRSrgN_075QCLcB/s200/tsgaribbon.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">2)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Share a Turner Syndrome story (<a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen's Birth Story</a>)!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">3)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Share the <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">TSGA Donation page</a>!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">4)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Tell people about the amazing butterfly girl you know or just heard about!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">5)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Watch Against All Odds Tuesday, February 28<sup>th</sup> at 11pm on <a href="http://www.wect.com/story/34573349/against-on-odds-an-inspiring-story-of-hope?utm_content=bufferd68b2&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer">WECT TV6</a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">6)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Advocate for healthcare for disabilities</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">7)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Wear a butterfly on your person, when someone compliments you, tell them about the amazing butterfly girl you know!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">8)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Donate to the <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">Turner Syndrome Global Alliance</a> or another Turner Syndrome organization</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">9)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Mark your calendar for next February 2018 to raise the awareness again</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;">10)<span style="font-size: 7.0pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Be sure to #TurnerSyndromeAwareness your social posts</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;#TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #TSAwareness, #WorldRareDiseaseDay</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-80575379438185214662017-02-13T09:00:00.000-05:002017-02-13T09:00:18.849-05:00Get Dinner Done With Green Chef<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Get Dinner Done With Green Chef</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUuO4xQiDKw/WJ_OcYpUKFI/AAAAAAAAKsw/iwnc3f-NH-cDUCLaWY0syYdVU-b7dCO7gCLcB/s1600/15.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUuO4xQiDKw/WJ_OcYpUKFI/AAAAAAAAKsw/iwnc3f-NH-cDUCLaWY0syYdVU-b7dCO7gCLcB/s400/15.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsored By Green Chef and Moms Meet</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">I received this product for free from Moms Meet (<a href="http://momsmeet.com/">momsmeet.com</a>), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet Blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our winter calendar has been swamped with lots of things to do, and finding time for work, kids, cleaning and cooking has been very challenging. I was more than happy to get some help in the kitchen and jumped at the chance to try out Green Chef, the new meal kit delivery service. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Green Chef is a USDA-Certified Organic meal kit delivery service with pre-measured and largely prepped ingredients, including homemade sauces and marinades. The kits come with easy-to-master, chef-crafted recipes that use fresh, seasonal ingredients from suppliers in about thirty minutes. They have two person plans and family plans for four people. They also offer Carnivore, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Paleo and Vegan plans and each kit comes with two meals for the week to feed either two people or four people in the family plan. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xnHJ24wxP2g/WJ_OcZhOYDI/AAAAAAAAKss/2MP0-IAZBB8C-wOmVjfYBvxEl-0RmGRbACEw/s1600/14.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xnHJ24wxP2g/WJ_OcZhOYDI/AAAAAAAAKss/2MP0-IAZBB8C-wOmVjfYBvxEl-0RmGRbACEw/s400/14.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HVsaAXMGNYA/WJ_Ob5uND9I/AAAAAAAAKsg/XJwTFCDSl8wCKmErRiclDf5z43OT8M9yQCEw/s1600/11.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="395" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HVsaAXMGNYA/WJ_Ob5uND9I/AAAAAAAAKsg/XJwTFCDSl8wCKmErRiclDf5z43OT8M9yQCEw/s400/11.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9pWsy3ztuig/WJ_OcN_8-MI/AAAAAAAAKsk/fIxSEf_SEaM5UDvpIT50x6KQvIIFtXoqQCEw/s1600/12.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="331" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9pWsy3ztuig/WJ_OcN_8-MI/AAAAAAAAKsk/fIxSEf_SEaM5UDvpIT50x6KQvIIFtXoqQCEw/s400/12.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LW2Dk6aWtew/WJ_OcItfOyI/AAAAAAAAKso/HU4ZNNDCnocLlpo3TYRXFXQbjTPthOksQCEw/s1600/13.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LW2Dk6aWtew/WJ_OcItfOyI/AAAAAAAAKso/HU4ZNNDCnocLlpo3TYRXFXQbjTPthOksQCEw/s400/13.JPG" width="226" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our Green Chef kit that I chose was the Omnivore Family Plan. Our kit came right on time and everything in it was fresh and cold. I was able to open it and put it in the refrigerator right away. The first dinner that we decided to make was the Chicken Cassoulet. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Chicken Cassoulet is a traditional French dish that is great for wintry nights. We pan seared chicken thighs and baked them with cremini mushrooms, carrots, garlic, cannellini beans, crushed tomatoes and a breadcrumb topping. For the side dish of this dinner a baby kale salad with radishes and a Honey-Dijon balsamic vinaigrette. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dBArSpNGr70/WJ_ObxtaEfI/AAAAAAAAKsc/Y2AH8JrjKdMBtFuL2zAoM4JfgMnz3DJzwCEw/s1600/10.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="348" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dBArSpNGr70/WJ_ObxtaEfI/AAAAAAAAKsc/Y2AH8JrjKdMBtFuL2zAoM4JfgMnz3DJzwCEw/s400/10.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The directions are very specific and even have pictures to help you a long the way. The only things you may need are salt, pepper, cooking oil and any pans and bowls. Most of the ingredients are already measured and chopped. Some things needed some chopping but the measuring is all done. You follow directions and it works great!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LgaSNk9vZXU/WJ_OdfIbyWI/AAAAAAAAKtM/0qPmgXLEfyUdjywBAmWY0ihk0Sl_twKZgCEw/s1600/8.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="331" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LgaSNk9vZXU/WJ_OdfIbyWI/AAAAAAAAKtM/0qPmgXLEfyUdjywBAmWY0ihk0Sl_twKZgCEw/s400/8.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xya5xkt5Rzs/WJ_OdZmPfPI/AAAAAAAAKtQ/_k_LVz8lGzEtBOpQdPOFNEWUJTg_Kc6hACEw/s1600/9.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="391" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xya5xkt5Rzs/WJ_OdZmPfPI/AAAAAAAAKtQ/_k_LVz8lGzEtBOpQdPOFNEWUJTg_Kc6hACEw/s400/9.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I have never heard of Chicken Cassoulet, but we found it incredibly filling and hearty. My four year old son liked it and even loved the kale and radish salad with the salad dressing. I thought it was a good amount of food. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vpjzQ-zVkdo/WJ_OdECLiaI/AAAAAAAAKtI/mLER5v6elIc8aWGZE7hEAVzxJXNE2SiQwCEw/s1600/7.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vpjzQ-zVkdo/WJ_OdECLiaI/AAAAAAAAKtI/mLER5v6elIc8aWGZE7hEAVzxJXNE2SiQwCEw/s400/7.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The second meal we received in our Green Chef box was Veggie Quesadillas. We make quesadillas a lot in our house. In fact we have a quesadilla maker so I was eager to try out a new recipe. The Veggie Quesadillas came with a lime-dressed slaw and rice in a cilantro-scallion sauce. The whole wheat quesadillas are filled with Monterey Jack cheese, plus red bell peppers, pinto beans and corn that has been seasoned in a paprika-cumin spice blend. These were very easy to make like most quesadillas. I loved the flavors that were added in them. This was also a lot of food for a family of four and everyone devoured it all very quickly!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8IzP_fYw0G0/WJ_Oc-92LoI/AAAAAAAAKtA/kpnzXE_tNHAI_-OtXmA5BerX4VyELEuaACEw/s1600/5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8IzP_fYw0G0/WJ_Oc-92LoI/AAAAAAAAKtA/kpnzXE_tNHAI_-OtXmA5BerX4VyELEuaACEw/s400/5.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4ViYj1iujJ4/WJ_OcuY0wyI/AAAAAAAAKs8/LFfJK1zMa98c1ZSNQFcK5kJjS3pCFo-fgCEw/s1600/4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4ViYj1iujJ4/WJ_OcuY0wyI/AAAAAAAAKs8/LFfJK1zMa98c1ZSNQFcK5kJjS3pCFo-fgCEw/s400/4.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k6-y-LqNMbk/WJ_OcY5vUWI/AAAAAAAAKtU/oIln9Q0D_4EM33OuAVTh-HZt4LoHqFZMgCEw/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="357" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k6-y-LqNMbk/WJ_OcY5vUWI/AAAAAAAAKtU/oIln9Q0D_4EM33OuAVTh-HZt4LoHqFZMgCEw/s400/2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OzwCuj5qD-4/WJ_OcstQuKI/AAAAAAAAKtU/VazkOJ8VWUUIfY1HxKaR7UlWYwfE1bLFACEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="363" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OzwCuj5qD-4/WJ_OcstQuKI/AAAAAAAAKtU/VazkOJ8VWUUIfY1HxKaR7UlWYwfE1bLFACEw/s400/3.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3FfFnWIrf0/WJ_Ob-Vl5SI/AAAAAAAAKtU/WKLa-Kxr_qontXh_3HvrEyetAsc_vKKdgCEw/s1600/1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3FfFnWIrf0/WJ_Ob-Vl5SI/AAAAAAAAKtU/WKLa-Kxr_qontXh_3HvrEyetAsc_vKKdgCEw/s400/1.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Green Chef really was great to have all the ingredients and recipes on my doorstep right when I needed and expected them. They have really delicious recipes that you can easily make any time you want. Some of the other family dinners that they offer are Thyme-Roasted Chicken with cauliflower-white bean mash and roasted veggies, Tuna Tostadas with Spanish rice, jicama, mango salsa and pickled peppers, Ginger-Tamari Steak, spinach, cabbage, pad Thai noodles and peanut sauce and Greek Veggie Pitas with sweet potato fries, couscous, hummus, feta and olives. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Green Chef offers culinary delights delivered to your door and made easy to learn how to cook. It’s great to eat delicious culinary masterpieces suited to you and your family’s dietary guidelines. Green Chef is easy to use and even change plans or deliveries when you need to. Feel free to go on their website and check out their delicious menu!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sign up today using our special<a href="http://bit.ly/NextGenerationSAHM"> Next Generation Stay At Homediscount code link here</a> and get $50 OFF your first Green Chef box!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUuO4xQiDKw/WJ_OcYpUKFI/AAAAAAAAKtU/xZBIGVCyw70Nqit71xBHp3crrZgIDHUTgCEw/s1600/15.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUuO4xQiDKw/WJ_OcYpUKFI/AAAAAAAAKtU/xZBIGVCyw70Nqit71xBHp3crrZgIDHUTgCEw/s400/15.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">To find out more about Green Chef check out their website and their social media pages.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.greenchef.com/">www.GreenChef.com</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/GreenChefPage">www.facebook.com/GreenChefPage</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/GreenChef">www.twitter.com/GreenChef</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/green_chef">www.pinterest.com/green_chef</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.blog.greenchef.com/">www.blog.greenchef.com</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Don't forget February is Turner Syndrome Awareness Month, Check out my blog post on <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2017/02/turner-syndrome-awareness-month.html">10 Ways to Spread Awareness for Turner Syndrome</a> and remember to spread awareness!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#MomsMeet, #GreenChef, #sponsored, #mealdeliveryservice, #reviews, #cooking</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-68439895265067301662017-02-01T09:00:00.000-05:002017-02-01T09:00:29.035-05:00Turner Syndrome Awareness Month<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="ieooui" data-original-id="ieooui" /><style>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Turner Syndrome Awareness</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gaEJMFGiGcY/WJFVSmIHoqI/AAAAAAAAKrU/eZkNYbRKhD00HeaPONQ2J6Fj9fbxAbUDQCEw/s1600/pigtail.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gaEJMFGiGcY/WJFVSmIHoqI/AAAAAAAAKrU/eZkNYbRKhD00HeaPONQ2J6Fj9fbxAbUDQCEw/s400/pigtail.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It seems like winter has been flying by so quickly. Our little butterfly, <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen</a> is now almost seven months old and is growing like a weed. She is now 18 pounds and 22 inches long. She is great in the weight department, but already showing up small in the height department. This is very typical of Turner Syndrome girls.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u5XalD_mGfY/WJFVJwApE1I/AAAAAAAAKrQ/DTsolXKVMfcVCQCfg8QPCiN7GIjgsm-uQCEw/s1600/tsgaribbon.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u5XalD_mGfY/WJFVJwApE1I/AAAAAAAAKrQ/DTsolXKVMfcVCQCfg8QPCiN7GIjgsm-uQCEw/s400/tsgaribbon.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Women with Turner Syndrome typically are just less than five feet tall. If Turner Syndrome is diagnosed early growth hormone shots can be given every night to help the body grow. Ideally, girls start growth hormone shots from around two to three years of age. Many girls are diagnosed at the age of nine when puberty has not started. Turner Syndrome is a chromosome disorder where either all or some cells are missing the X chromosome. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There are a lot of different issues with Turner Syndrome. Girls have to be checked often by many doctors. Heart and kidney issues along with hearing and visual issues are very common among girls with Turner Syndrome. The good news is that the majority of medical issues that may arise can all be solved if found early.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mp3Chn_SHFw/WJFVI7PTe5I/AAAAAAAAKq4/PrdEfGEs_M4vwlHmdxYGWjsaE2U-ARmBwCEw/s1600/1018TSGAFBHeartDefects-582b7f3d58618.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mp3Chn_SHFw/WJFVI7PTe5I/AAAAAAAAKq4/PrdEfGEs_M4vwlHmdxYGWjsaE2U-ARmBwCEw/s400/1018TSGAFBHeartDefects-582b7f3d58618.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turner Syndrome is a chromosome disorder that is extremely rare. In fact only 88,000 cases are in the United States. Many more things need to be discovered about this disorder. There are many women and girls who may have it, but have not heard about it and do not know the signs. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fOKIBZtUNVE/WJFVJm7yuKI/AAAAAAAAKrM/hMPgmg_LFV00F5vv-_dNKTQrmqcOtsikwCEw/s1600/TurnerSyndromeAwareness.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fOKIBZtUNVE/WJFVJm7yuKI/AAAAAAAAKrM/hMPgmg_LFV00F5vv-_dNKTQrmqcOtsikwCEw/s400/TurnerSyndromeAwareness.JPG" width="296" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turner Syndrome Awareness month is just that. Spreading awareness about a disorder in order to help other women and girls get checked for it. We are spreading awareness for more research and discoveries, for more girls finding other girls just like them, and for helping families be able to support their girls mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VYrjQN0Yp1g/WJFVJJf_KgI/AAAAAAAAKrY/5htT2GFETlMnmlUPZocOI-yGkxINNLCTgCEw/s1600/2RTSGAFBageofdiagnosis-582b7ee17e8c9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VYrjQN0Yp1g/WJFVJJf_KgI/AAAAAAAAKrY/5htT2GFETlMnmlUPZocOI-yGkxINNLCTgCEw/s400/2RTSGAFBageofdiagnosis-582b7ee17e8c9.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://tsgalliance.org/">Turner Syndrome Global Alliance</a> directly helps families of girls who have Turner Syndrome. They make sure they receive the care and therapies that they may not be able to afford. Denise Culin is the founder of the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance and was inspired by her daughter to start this organization. The Turner Syndrome Global Alliance<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>are the voices for a patient and parent perspective as they seek collaboration with scientists, researchers, and doctors to ensure that Turner Syndrome research and resources have meaningful outcomes.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gaEJMFGiGcY/WJFVSmIHoqI/AAAAAAAAKrU/eZkNYbRKhD00HeaPONQ2J6Fj9fbxAbUDQCEw/s1600/pigtail.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gaEJMFGiGcY/WJFVSmIHoqI/AAAAAAAAKrU/eZkNYbRKhD00HeaPONQ2J6Fj9fbxAbUDQCEw/s400/pigtail.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The month of February is Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. We are asking YOU READING THIS to please help spread awareness. There are 10 choices below, pick one and please do it for awareness, BONUS if you want to do all 10! I know you are busy and you are asked a million times a day to do something for somebody, but all I’m asking is a voice for these tiny girls who just need to be seen. Use whatever platform you have for the good and please help spread Turner Syndrome Awareness this month!</div><div class="MsoNormal">Please help spread awareness for Turner Syndrome this month by doing some or all of the following!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">1)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Change your profile picture to our ribbon or a picture of Turner Syndrome for the month of February.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u5XalD_mGfY/WJFVJwApE1I/AAAAAAAAKrY/tDAXg2L1LBwbGygLgrlQXGavJOV1wAjfACEw/s1600/tsgaribbon.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u5XalD_mGfY/WJFVJwApE1I/AAAAAAAAKrY/tDAXg2L1LBwbGygLgrlQXGavJOV1wAjfACEw/s200/tsgaribbon.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">2)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Share a Turner Syndrome story (<a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen's Birth Story</a>) once a week this month!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Share the <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">TSGA Donation page</a> once a week this month!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Tell people about the amazing butterfly girl you know or just heard about!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Ask others if they ever beat a 2% odd? Then tell them about the tiny little girl who kicked that odd!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">6)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Advocate for healthcare for disabilities</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">7)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Wear a butterfly on your person once a week. When someone compliments you, tell them about the amazing butterfly girl you know!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">8)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Donate to the <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">Turner Syndrome Global Alliance</a> or another Turner Syndrome organization</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">9)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Mark your calendar for next February 2018 to raise the awareness again</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">10)<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Be sure to #TurnerSyndromeAwareness your social posts</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Be sure to share <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a> on your social networks! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I will be constantly reminding you this month about Turner Syndrome Awareness because it is time to spread awareness for our little butterfly, <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen</a>. Please feel free to copy, paste, and share all my information and be sure to make sure it benefits <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">Turner Syndrome Global Alliance.</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://www.turnersyndrome.org/">Turner Syndrome Society of the United States</a> is also a wonderful organization and we will be talking about them later in the month!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Feel free to give <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turner-syndrome-awareness-month-for-vib-imogen/fundraiser/reneearbia">Turner Syndrome </a>lots of love this month!&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #Imogen</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-76794274384704121802017-01-04T09:00:00.000-05:002017-01-04T09:00:14.226-05:00Welcome 2017<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Welcome 2017</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written by Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span id="goog_897112491"></span><span id="goog_897112492"></span>&nbsp;<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FT_WAwZy6Xs/WGyGSWNoCzI/AAAAAAAAKqI/AL7LKSESABErnIpWd1q801B4gKWxW4dnACLcB/s1600/IMG_2502.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="286" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FT_WAwZy6Xs/WGyGSWNoCzI/AAAAAAAAKqI/AL7LKSESABErnIpWd1q801B4gKWxW4dnACLcB/s400/IMG_2502.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>Xavier playing Legos with his cousin</b></td></tr></tbody></table></b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We had an awesome Yule and Christmas this year. We were excited to celebrate as a new family of four (See Imogen’s Birth Story) after the tumultuous year with Imogen’s pregnancy, and getting used to a newborn in the house. Imogen hit five months right in time for the holiday season. We had a parenting happy sweet spot that was best celebrated during the Christmas holiday. We were lucky to be able to have a lot of family visiting this year to see Imogen and get to know her better. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qTY8TmCdqLA/WGyGCUwR2dI/AAAAAAAAKpg/JZjHsVj67Qknbgk_lkOnybseu2dwIaDugCEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qTY8TmCdqLA/WGyGCUwR2dI/AAAAAAAAKpg/JZjHsVj67Qknbgk_lkOnybseu2dwIaDugCEw/s400/3.JPG" width="355" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Xavier and Imogen had fun visiting with their cousins</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I have to even admit Christmas is not my favorite holiday and sometimes I find it hard to get in the spirit. However, this year was really easy. Xavier is four now and loves everything to do with the holidays. He thoroughly enjoyed Christmas and showing Imogen everything there is to know about his favorite holiday.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3aoh7lCnIVw/WGyGBHBoLPI/AAAAAAAAKqM/Tkb6BCA8ktAPzUrtpGzj8DOiVUUuP1H9wCEw/s1600/11.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="286" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3aoh7lCnIVw/WGyGBHBoLPI/AAAAAAAAKqM/Tkb6BCA8ktAPzUrtpGzj8DOiVUUuP1H9wCEw/s400/11.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ds2wi2uYCBg/WGyGBtoeecI/AAAAAAAAKqM/fD2WtHquPVwOxu5HUA4dF1PWc3DgAbxPQCEw/s1600/13.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ds2wi2uYCBg/WGyGBtoeecI/AAAAAAAAKqM/fD2WtHquPVwOxu5HUA4dF1PWc3DgAbxPQCEw/s400/13.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Lf0IH2ps4lg/WGyGDWeusXI/AAAAAAAAKqM/LLJKxzj2ZWUY0oDBAcTil962_T0JpLjJwCEw/s1600/7.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Lf0IH2ps4lg/WGyGDWeusXI/AAAAAAAAKqM/LLJKxzj2ZWUY0oDBAcTil962_T0JpLjJwCEw/s400/7.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BSEtw_UStaw/WGyGDhqco5I/AAAAAAAAKqM/rbRetcgrIaMErm38jE8lpzBsvjgTP1FNACEw/s1600/8.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BSEtw_UStaw/WGyGDhqco5I/AAAAAAAAKqM/rbRetcgrIaMErm38jE8lpzBsvjgTP1FNACEw/s400/8.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qU8Tie6SOvo/WGyGDrRUOAI/AAAAAAAAKqM/gqInRzjqt5UppaHGHSvKA1nn07NturmgACEw/s1600/9.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qU8Tie6SOvo/WGyGDrRUOAI/AAAAAAAAKqM/gqInRzjqt5UppaHGHSvKA1nn07NturmgACEw/s400/9.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-78rrMWS7PMo/WGyGBb88Z4I/AAAAAAAAKqM/KLJRcqw3KSAygMFPtgrXBxqtg3AcvbG8ACEw/s1600/12.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-78rrMWS7PMo/WGyGBb88Z4I/AAAAAAAAKqM/KLJRcqw3KSAygMFPtgrXBxqtg3AcvbG8ACEw/s400/12.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IdgApDR_tjo/WGyGBvFpzYI/AAAAAAAAKqM/LcPzNG0J-7cgHuoDCTZG5m6pCiDDzZcKwCEw/s1600/15622287_10212255076595845_2308686065953354448_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="347" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IdgApDR_tjo/WGyGBvFpzYI/AAAAAAAAKqM/LcPzNG0J-7cgHuoDCTZG5m6pCiDDzZcKwCEw/s400/15622287_10212255076595845_2308686065953354448_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DxFNkRKFxCo/WGyGSWy77kI/AAAAAAAAKqA/ix3ZiEVtA8YrEOfRxmPwfv9V1KEtP31JQCEw/s1600/IMG_2499.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="215" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DxFNkRKFxCo/WGyGSWy77kI/AAAAAAAAKqA/ix3ZiEVtA8YrEOfRxmPwfv9V1KEtP31JQCEw/s400/IMG_2499.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QWZax1TjFF8/WGyGSdhnOBI/AAAAAAAAKqE/SBoquVrQQgkYw3Wl6hfgK64ib-OGtDmoACEw/s1600/IMG_2500.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="338" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QWZax1TjFF8/WGyGSdhnOBI/AAAAAAAAKqE/SBoquVrQQgkYw3Wl6hfgK64ib-OGtDmoACEw/s400/IMG_2500.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;We are excited for the New Year. We have a lot of fun changes in store, new things to do and learn about on the horizon. It is amazing to have my daughter finally here after so long. We are having lots of fun celebrating her. I love watching her and Xavier play together. She smiles and lights up whenever he is near. He simply adores her, and cannot stop smiling at her, or playing with her. I catch him making goofy faces at her, and she is laughing all the time. I have a hard time changing her diaper because he plays peek-a-boo behind me. She never naps, because the moment she hears or sees him she is awake and ready to play. It makes my body exhausted but my heart so very full. I have not written much lately because I have been soaking in my life. I love just breathing and watching my family. Since Imogen has been born even more people have reminded me that having two young children at home is a blessing and it is very short lived. I am making sure to soak up all the time I can with them. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGF0czN00Lo/WGyGDM1P_NI/AAAAAAAAKqM/oxIxxTaX3z4K3MHca8bghKs5kZKsv-BpACEw/s1600/15697682_10212255205919078_3895644468488734931_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGF0czN00Lo/WGyGDM1P_NI/AAAAAAAAKqM/oxIxxTaX3z4K3MHca8bghKs5kZKsv-BpACEw/s400/15697682_10212255205919078_3895644468488734931_n.jpg" width="343" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I hope you got the New Year off to a good start. We look forward to bringing you more fun, inspiration, recipes, Green Living tips, product reviews, and tricks for your parenting life in the coming year! Follow us on all our social media channels to stay up to date!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Happy New Year!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #inspiration, #2017newyear</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-43312329766045609232016-12-25T08:39:00.001-05:002016-12-25T08:39:18.352-05:00Ideas for an Epic Holiday Family Get-Together <div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Ideas for an Epic Holiday Family Get-Together</b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>By Christine Hill</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IxsSRDR1etE/WF_Lh4K7z4I/AAAAAAAAKos/1uj3-wAu5I8IsprrlVs0bgMJOXtLxD3hQCLcB/s1600/Family%2BGet-Together%2B%2B116315045.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IxsSRDR1etE/WF_Lh4K7z4I/AAAAAAAAKos/1uj3-wAu5I8IsprrlVs0bgMJOXtLxD3hQCLcB/s400/Family%2BGet-Together%2B%2B116315045.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Nothing is better than getting the whole family together to spend some quality time during the holidays. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">However, it can also be a monumental undertaking. Planning food, entertainment, and accommodation for everyone takes time and stress. You want to be able to enjoy the holiday and actually spend time with your family, but if you’re the host, you probably spend most of your time running around like a chicken with your head cut off instead. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Well, there’s only so much you can do to keep your stress reined in during this time of year. But here are a few tips and ideas that I’ve seen be wildly successful in the past. So, if you’re planning a huge family get-together, read on for some inspiration. And then, share your favorite tips and ideas below! </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Have a Kids’ Zone</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">One of the hardest things about a family get-together is making sure that the entertainment and activities will appeal to all ages. However, your job will get a whole lot easier when you realize that not everything needs to appeal to <i>everyone</i> at the same time. There will be times when the old folks want to just relax with a book or talk about old times, and the kids are bound to get restless and whiny over it. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Curtail the family tensions by providing a fun playzone and outlet for the kids. You can have an area set up that’s entirely dedicated to kid’s activities. Here are some ideas: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Paint and accessories to make pet rocks</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Holiday handicrafts like paper snowflakes and popsicle stick reindeer</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Costumes</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Holiday stories and activity books</div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">You might also designate a few older kids or adults to take special time to direct activities for the younger kids. Think about setting up a nativity play for them, or ask a senior member of the family to read to the kids out of your favorite Christmas treasury. You might also have a few adults in charge of snow activities like sledding and building snowmen. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Record as Much as Possible</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Amazing memories are made when family gets together. Come prepared to record and document what goes on. You’ll probably want to have a camcorder for talent shows or special moments from the kids. But what I’ve found really handy in the past is handheld audio recording equipment for the late-night talks. That’s when the old stories and memories come out of grandma and grandpa, and you’ll want to record those reminiscences for the future. Handheld recorders don’t have the same pressure that a video recording does, and you can be inconspicuous and record long measures of time. You can get an audio recording with your phone, but sometimes it’s worthwhile to invest in a <a href="http://www.performanceaudio.com/browse/Handheld-Recorders/405/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>quality recorder</u></span></a> that will pick up the subtleties of sound and cut atmospheric noise.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-avgR3aosz3k/WF_LiTBsjOI/AAAAAAAAKo0/oBa4RwVBmO0mnwGkRBbOTqr6POx75hNNACEw/s1600/Family%2BGet-Together%2B3%2B95906766.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-avgR3aosz3k/WF_LiTBsjOI/AAAAAAAAKo0/oBa4RwVBmO0mnwGkRBbOTqr6POx75hNNACEw/s400/Family%2BGet-Together%2B3%2B95906766.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Do a Secret Santa Gift Exchange</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Getting gifts for everyone during a holiday family get-together is just way too much. And the thing is, no one else wants to deal with that many gifts either. They’re difficult to transport and they drain the bank. Instead, pick names out of a hat ahead of time so that everyone is getting a gift from someone at the get-together, but you yourself aren’t in charge of putting together something thoughtful for every blood relation you have. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Bond with Some Awesome Branded Apparel</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">It might seem like going to extremes for just a family get-together, but if your family is like mine, it’s a monumental event when we get everyone in the same place. And nothing makes a memory quite like customized apparel. T-shirts or hats are the old favorites, but don’t feel too limited. You could also get bags, water bottles, flashlights, or <a href="http://creativexp.com/?page_id=15"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>other cool items</u></span></a>. Challenge someone in your family (or a couple people) with design chops to put together something more than bare text. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Custom apparel has a few great functions. First, it’s a keepsake that your whole family can cherish and flaunt. Secondly, it creates unity in the family right from the get-go. Thirdly, it can help if you go out somewhere to always spot the members of your family (this is especially handy if you’ve got a lot of little ones running around). Last of all, it can make a great Christmas present. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ndLtpD8tyH8/WF_LiC_W-zI/AAAAAAAAKow/q2H9HCcHSAUyOZVkvpFlDo4ljFkFGEeIwCEw/s1600/Family%2BGet-Together%2B2%2B103295630.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ndLtpD8tyH8/WF_LiC_W-zI/AAAAAAAAKow/q2H9HCcHSAUyOZVkvpFlDo4ljFkFGEeIwCEw/s400/Family%2BGet-Together%2B2%2B103295630.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Ask Everyone to Help</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The best way to keep the task of planning a family get-together from becoming too stressful is to balance out the responsibility. Ask smaller groups to take charge of portions. For example, one brother can handle Friday’s dinner plans and another can take care of Saturday morning breakfast. Ask family members ahead of time to prepare something for a talent show that you’ll have one night. Ask someone to take charge of a venture to drive and see the Christmas lights in the area. Although it might feel like a cop out at first to spread the responsibility around, it makes for a better experience for everyone! When people participate and are all involved in making something great, they’re more likely to have a good time. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">How about you? What kind of great ideas have you seen done for family get-togethers?&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P-ywLfw9SAM/WF_LhGXBcaI/AAAAAAAAKoo/1K74rCRt_sIW1-3SExee6-eyshNvxtMagCEw/s1600/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="152" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P-ywLfw9SAM/WF_LhGXBcaI/AAAAAAAAKoo/1K74rCRt_sIW1-3SExee6-eyshNvxtMagCEw/s200/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in all its forms. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from human psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. </div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-72368166025073793382016-12-24T08:58:00.000-05:002016-12-24T08:58:11.984-05:00It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas <div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Happy Holidays everyone! We hope you have a fun, safe and loving holiday with your family. Today's post is a guest post from our good friend Christine Hill.&nbsp;<b> </b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas</b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>By Christine Hill</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pc19QQIWRuA/WF594c8EXbI/AAAAAAAAKoM/8grruQyTUg4cleeG-iLbzMZU1pIXRQlFQCLcB/s1600/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B1%2B127065835.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pc19QQIWRuA/WF594c8EXbI/AAAAAAAAKoM/8grruQyTUg4cleeG-iLbzMZU1pIXRQlFQCLcB/s400/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B1%2B127065835.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Christmas season is in full swing, and I am loving it. I hate winter with a vicious passion, and watch the shortening days with dismay, but Christmas actually makes the month of December worth it. (January is a completely different story, but we won’t talk about that right now.)</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Here’s the thing about Christmas: while we’re putting up decorations and organizing parties and gifts, sometimes the holiday starts to feel a little fabricated or hollow. Going through phases of really good Christmases, and others where I felt adrift and alone, I’ve gradually noticed that there are a handful of things that are undeniably “Christmas” to me. Things that make it feel genuine and familiar. Things I just can’t do without during the month of December. Everyone’s list is different, but these are the things that make it <i>feel</i> like Christmas to me, instead of just <i>looking</i> like it. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>The Smell</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">When I was a kid, my mom watched way too many episodes of Rescue 911. I fully blame this show for robbing us of real Christmas trees each year. I mean, how many episodes about Christmas trees going up in flames do you have to show, Rescue 911? In any case, we switched to a fake tree when I was about 8, and I missed the smell of evergreen in the house after that. To me, that smell is one of the signatures of Christmas. Just for the record, it’s pretty simple to prevent Christmas tree fires. <a href="http://www.utdrs.com/how-to-avoid-christmas-tree-fires/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>This article here</u></span></a> is a great guide. But, if you’re someone who prefers fake trees, that’s fine. I found my peace with fake trees when I started having to vacuum up fallen needles. Here are some natural ways that you can still make your home smell amazing: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Simmer some cinnamon and orange peels in water on your burner</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Bake something delicious</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Collect cedar and pine cones filled with resin from outside, then put them by the door so the smell wafts in with each exit and entrance</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Get a natural wreath</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Make an easy, natural air freshener out of cloves piercing an orange</div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOIMjRMFV8o/WF594SgozKI/AAAAAAAAKoE/fcY4ePKCSCAvwrD4vzHLsEVJKBYkXoIHQCEw/s1600/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B2%2B96953884.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="268" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOIMjRMFV8o/WF594SgozKI/AAAAAAAAKoE/fcY4ePKCSCAvwrD4vzHLsEVJKBYkXoIHQCEw/s400/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B2%2B96953884.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>The Coziness</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Another thing about Christmas is the coziness factor. Even in southern California where I grew up, the December chill would sink into your skin, and it was my favorite thing to bundle up in response. Seriously, is there any feeling more delicious than thawing your feet by a heating vent after coming in from the cold? That’s why every December heralds a tribute to coziness in my house. That means: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Those amazingly soft blankets from Costco</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Super warm double-layered socks</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Special Christmas pajamas</div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">I like to drape pretty blankets and cushions all around my house so that every seat is a perfect place to cuddle, and change into my pajamas absurdly early. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>The Lights</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Twinkle lights! Oh man, another favorite thing about the season. I love seeing stores and businesses deck out their shop windows with lights, and I love when towns decorate main street with light-wrapped trees. Going out with a car full of kids to enjoy the Christmas lights in the neighborhood is a favorite December tradition. This year I’m wrapping white twinkle lights and garlands around the columns on the front porch of my new house. In order to keep the decorating smooth and joyful, instead of stressful and hazardous, remember to follow safety guidelines. <a href="http://cottonwoodland.com/ideas-for-a-festive-front-yard/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>Here are some other ideas</u></span></a> to keep your Christmas front yard decorations festive and safe. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XP8urcJZ5nQ/WF594YdXyKI/AAAAAAAAKoI/bzoQcTGCy68-9TzoM4W2BFgOvyp9z4e_gCEw/s1600/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B3%2B122250191.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XP8urcJZ5nQ/WF594YdXyKI/AAAAAAAAKoI/bzoQcTGCy68-9TzoM4W2BFgOvyp9z4e_gCEw/s400/Feel%2Blike%2BChristmas%2B3%2B122250191.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>The Giving</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">If you’re not feeling the Christmas spirit, it might be time to change your focus. Make it your goal to enter into the spirit of giving, of generosity, patience, and friendliness. Here are some ideas: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Sub for Santa</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Organize a food drive for families in your community</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Find a way to serve seniors in an assisted living community near you </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Strike up a friendly conversation with whoever’s next to you in line at the store </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Bring hot chocolate to homeless people in your city </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Send a personalized thank-you note to someone who’s helped you in life </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Call up an old friend </div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">One of my very favorite Christmas moments was among total strangers, at the Post Office. It was crowded, and everyone was obviously trying to meet some Christmas deadlines. It would be so easy for tensions to run high. Instead, there was an unmistakable spirit of generosity. One mother seemed harried, trying to keep two rowdy children in line. Instead of getting annoyed at the noise, another woman distracted the children with a toy she’d found in her purse while the mother went to the front desk. When an elderly man started getting frustrated by the self-service kiosk, a college student in line behind him stepped in to help. When my credit card simply wouldn’t work and I was about to break down in tears, someone else stepped in and paid for me to send my parcel. Every potentially stressful situation during the holidays can be turned into an opportunity to show others generosity and genuine kindness. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">How about you? What are the characteristic things that make it feel like Christmas to you?&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vk3d2CUa1vc/WF5-zvmV7oI/AAAAAAAAKoY/JWodYWRE9JciUL-75Y8OFQ3JSuGQHVZkgCLcB/s1600/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="152" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vk3d2CUa1vc/WF5-zvmV7oI/AAAAAAAAKoY/JWodYWRE9JciUL-75Y8OFQ3JSuGQHVZkgCLcB/s200/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in all its forms. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from human psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">#nextgenerationsahmblog, #guestpost, #christmas<br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-5387185617074854862016-12-01T09:00:00.000-05:002016-12-01T09:00:15.626-05:00Transform Your Kitchen with Youcopia<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="ieooui" data-original-id="ieooui" /> <style>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Transform Your Kitchen with Youcopia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsored By: Youcopia </b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift 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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgiL6G5gFaQ/WD-VMtWXhQI/AAAAAAAAKms/bVqSJ1C6ZhglI8iktLCXIR79pVvCbPYRgCLcB/s1600/16.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgiL6G5gFaQ/WD-VMtWXhQI/AAAAAAAAKms/bVqSJ1C6ZhglI8iktLCXIR79pVvCbPYRgCLcB/s400/16.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">It is the end of the year and we are cleaning out the old to make way for the new. I like to organize the kitchen in time for the holidays. It makes it much easier to cook and clean quickly, so we have more time with friends and family. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I really wanted to organize our kitchen cupboards. Now that I have a crawling and scooting four month old daughter and a happy to help four year old son I was able to get the cupboards organized and cleaned safely and quickly with the help of Youcopia. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Youcopia helps you simplify and enjoy your life with their line of home organizers that you can buy from Target. I decided to try out Youcopia’s new <a href="http://www.target.com/p/youcopia-storemore-adjustable-lid-holder/-/A-50220207">Store More Adjustable Lid Holder</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/youcopia-storastack-food-container-storage-organizer-drawer-solution/-/A-50220240">Stora Stack for Drawers</a>, and <a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/spicesteps">Spice Steps</a>. They are great for organizing pot and pan lids, Tupperware and your herbs and spices. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aTS65xdx3_8/WD-VM8ZO5eI/AAAAAAAAKmw/UnTS-Sn5z4kt9nwThnoo2gmhqr_PKVHZgCEw/s1600/17.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aTS65xdx3_8/WD-VM8ZO5eI/AAAAAAAAKmw/UnTS-Sn5z4kt9nwThnoo2gmhqr_PKVHZgCEw/s400/17.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aGTzBbyqPoE/WD-VNGjbYMI/AAAAAAAAKm0/fAWdcclVLOoEZ1Wy6ks-GBhjquOcVRdzACEw/s1600/19.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aGTzBbyqPoE/WD-VNGjbYMI/AAAAAAAAKm0/fAWdcclVLOoEZ1Wy6ks-GBhjquOcVRdzACEw/s400/19.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WsLRdE6HxZA/WD-VOQBwcvI/AAAAAAAAKnQ/hhphGtmugF4Z8JwAHkNUIXwi23HkHv6SACEw/s1600/18.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WsLRdE6HxZA/WD-VOQBwcvI/AAAAAAAAKnQ/hhphGtmugF4Z8JwAHkNUIXwi23HkHv6SACEw/s400/18.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">I started organizing our spice cupboard.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hP2yj5u3yD0/WD-VMYVc1qI/AAAAAAAAKmk/pVoZR_SS1U8pIUmzV6OsUIS1-7OnttpVgCEw/s1600/14.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hP2yj5u3yD0/WD-VMYVc1qI/AAAAAAAAKmk/pVoZR_SS1U8pIUmzV6OsUIS1-7OnttpVgCEw/s400/14.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The spice cupboard BEFORE Youcopia Spice Steps</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I love how the <a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/spicesteps">YoucopiaSpice Steps</a> are easy to use with no mounting or installation. The Youcopia Spice Steps lets you maximize space with four tiers instead of the standard three tiers.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6YtYH_Rw_TM/WD-VMgs2ayI/AAAAAAAAKmo/1Y_t6R8vg9M7-4eYrByyWJmy-ulPerYggCEw/s1600/15.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="353" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6YtYH_Rw_TM/WD-VMgs2ayI/AAAAAAAAKmo/1Y_t6R8vg9M7-4eYrByyWJmy-ulPerYggCEw/s400/15.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I also like that it comes with 48 pre-printed labels and 48 blank labels that allow you to label the bottle caps with the included stickers to quickly find your spices.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9InIIXNb-hM/WD-VMUZaS7I/AAAAAAAAKmg/H4ugRmEah_kiRuBPLQSB3pQLJHgceSAPwCEw/s1600/13.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="221" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9InIIXNb-hM/WD-VMUZaS7I/AAAAAAAAKmg/H4ugRmEah_kiRuBPLQSB3pQLJHgceSAPwCEw/s400/13.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mkB97NKEnxM/WD-VMEgW-6I/AAAAAAAAKmc/G8mI-OBK2HA-bQcU7sPiPTpedZZzi9ceQCEw/s1600/12.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mkB97NKEnxM/WD-VMEgW-6I/AAAAAAAAKmc/G8mI-OBK2HA-bQcU7sPiPTpedZZzi9ceQCEw/s400/12.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />The Spice Steps holds 24 standard size spice bottles. It also works great in your pantry for cans, jars and baby food. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P9Y0gi0Ex58/WD-VLxMKRDI/AAAAAAAAKmY/RIDlUNBXPZI3zoge42dws4gY1X8hi_lBwCEw/s1600/11.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="305" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P9Y0gi0Ex58/WD-VLxMKRDI/AAAAAAAAKmY/RIDlUNBXPZI3zoge42dws4gY1X8hi_lBwCEw/s400/11.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The spice cupboard AFTER the Youcopia Spice Steps</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eYIgvG8pxCE/WD-VO6ltxgI/AAAAAAAAKnY/mbIwQM6C-LA0mDXB5vhOcia2VEv2gH-KgCEw/s1600/9.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eYIgvG8pxCE/WD-VO6ltxgI/AAAAAAAAKnY/mbIwQM6C-LA0mDXB5vhOcia2VEv2gH-KgCEw/s400/9.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Tupperware cupboard BEFORE Youcopia Stora Stack.</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The second cupboard I decided to organize was the Tupperware cupboard. It is always so hard to store containers and lids. I can never store them and still make them easy to find quickly when you need them.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s-uhFcMm6Rw/WD-VLyhp8OI/AAAAAAAAKmU/eedV5goCqEk0c2zWxXXLFBBFEL44VTJowCEw/s1600/10.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s-uhFcMm6Rw/WD-VLyhp8OI/AAAAAAAAKmU/eedV5goCqEk0c2zWxXXLFBBFEL44VTJowCEw/s400/10.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I was impressed with the <a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/drawerstorastack">Youcopia Stora Stack for Drawers</a>. This also required no permanent mounting or installation. It even expands to lock into standard kitchen drawers. I do not have my Tupperware in drawers we keep it in the cupboard, but I was still able to organize with the <a href="http://www.target.com/p/youcopia-storastack-food-container-storage-organizer-drawer-solution/-/A-50220240">Youcopia Stora Stack forDrawers</a> by using it in the bottom of the cupboard. I stored the matching sets on the Stora Stack and the rest behind it.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nwd3cJ9ALRY/WD-VOmMEc3I/AAAAAAAAKnU/iiWE9togM5Mp2aemYfw45jANrqJUB8hxwCEw/s1600/8.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nwd3cJ9ALRY/WD-VOmMEc3I/AAAAAAAAKnU/iiWE9togM5Mp2aemYfw45jANrqJUB8hxwCEw/s400/8.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Stora Stack comes with two clip dispensers that can be positioned as needed to hold two container stacks in place. The individual slots keep the matching lids upright so everything stays tidy and easy to find. You can organize twelve plastic food containers from top grocery brands on the Y<a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/drawerstorastack">ouCopia StoraStack</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FdGyv79ssys/WD-VOSTonuI/AAAAAAAAKnM/wIs6GphQlHUvKRnvED2iLOUe5FKIRlf8ACEw/s1600/7.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FdGyv79ssys/WD-VOSTonuI/AAAAAAAAKnM/wIs6GphQlHUvKRnvED2iLOUe5FKIRlf8ACEw/s400/7.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Tupperware cupboard AFTER Youcopia Stora Stack.</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RpC5YtSyEiQ/WD-VN9cXhrI/AAAAAAAAKnE/2SWxhKony6gmLvhtrnFneirVdIMKPYFYQCEw/s1600/5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RpC5YtSyEiQ/WD-VN9cXhrI/AAAAAAAAKnE/2SWxhKony6gmLvhtrnFneirVdIMKPYFYQCEw/s400/5.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The pot and pan cupboard BEFORE Youcopia Lid Holder.</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The last cupboard I organized was the hardest and turned out the best in my opinion. I never can find a good way to store pot and pan lids. They take up so much room and finding the lid you need in a hurry was always hard to do. I love the <a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/storemore-lid-holder">Youcopia Store More Adjustable Lid Holder</a>. It was so simple to use with no mounting or installation. It saves a lot of cupboard space by storing your lids vertically. It comes with seven coated steel secure wire dividers with a U shape to accommodate different types of lid handles.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCkBG96mpbQ/WD-VOI14BiI/AAAAAAAAKnI/E3gXfZxwR00MHfI8Hx8jplVsE2djXeSRwCEw/s1600/6.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCkBG96mpbQ/WD-VOI14BiI/AAAAAAAAKnI/E3gXfZxwR00MHfI8Hx8jplVsE2djXeSRwCEw/s400/6.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">They are easy to use and divide up according to how your pan lids fit. I found it so easy to use and I can even store the extra large lids behind it!&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1dhfoZtELXw/WD-VNuGZi5I/AAAAAAAAKm8/wIxWd1z5cdYeET1KlzdtDlkGEQibJr9QgCEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1dhfoZtELXw/WD-VNuGZi5I/AAAAAAAAKm8/wIxWd1z5cdYeET1KlzdtDlkGEQibJr9QgCEw/s400/3.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The pot and pan lid cupboard AFTER Youcopia Lid Holder!</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I really love how all of the kitchen cupboards turned out. It is easy to find things quickly, and it has made things go much more smoothly in the kitchen. I really enjoy organizing and home improvement projects. I was very satisfied with the sophistication, durability and how easy the Youcopia products are to use. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Youcopia definitely helped me simplify my life by helping me keep my kitchen organized so this holiday season I can spend more time with our friends and family, and focus on what really matters. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgiL6G5gFaQ/WD-VMtWXhQI/AAAAAAAAKms/AxHS85lHA7crQZh3qy04_p2wlSLpOH5BQCEw/s1600/16.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgiL6G5gFaQ/WD-VMtWXhQI/AAAAAAAAKms/AxHS85lHA7crQZh3qy04_p2wlSLpOH5BQCEw/s400/16.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can purchase the <a href="http://www.youcopia.com/products/storemore-lid-holder">Youcopia</a> products at your local <a href="http://www.target.com/p/youcopia-storemore-adjustable-lid-holder/-/A-50220207">TargetStore</a> to find out more visit <a href="http://target.com/">Target.com</a> or <a href="http://youcopia.com/">YouCopia.com</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Enter to win our Youcopia Product Giveaway! </div><div class="MsoNormal">Please note that the giveaway will end on the <b>21st of December.</b> Full terms and conditions can be read, it is open to USA residents only. The prize is a product of choice from the Youcopia range for a value of $40.00</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><a class="e-widget" href="https://gleam.io/LpJ6p/win-a-youcopia-product-of-your-choice-9" rel="nofollow">Win a YouCopia product of your choice #9</a><br /><script async="true" src="https://js.gleam.io/e.js" type="text/javascript"></script><br /><br /><br />#Youcopia, #review, #sponsored, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #homeorganization, #kitchenorganization, #ad, #Target, #TargetHome</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-82606075873653749222016-11-28T22:22:00.000-05:002016-11-28T22:22:26.879-05:00#givingTuesday Hits Home TSGA<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="ieooui" data-original-id="ieooui" /><style>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">#givingTuesday Hits Home TSGA</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Next Generation Stay At Home Mom Blog</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vzMH0fnfbMg/WDzyfxE5ncI/AAAAAAAAKlQ/t7V6b48-W94B60uQpWqJr1dGd2DOOVsHgCLcB/s1600/TurnerSyndromeAwareness.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vzMH0fnfbMg/WDzyfxE5ncI/AAAAAAAAKlQ/t7V6b48-W94B60uQpWqJr1dGd2DOOVsHgCLcB/s400/TurnerSyndromeAwareness.JPG" width="296" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We are not big black Friday shoppers, nor Cyber Monday people. However, we always participate in Giving Tuesday. It is one of my favorite days. We always save at least $10 or more to give to a charity of our choice that day. It may not be much, but every little bit counts, and we try to spread it around for #givingTuesday. It is a great day to remind people to give back. Many charities are in need of extra resources during the cold holiday months. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We rotate every year who we give to, places like local charities, environmental charities and children charities we have given to in the past. This year when thinking about which charity to give to we did not have to look far. We simply had to look in our home. In my home, sleeping like an angel, in her swing, is our sweet miracle girl, Imogen.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This holiday season remember that this sweet miracle girl has touched your heart and life. If you are reading this post then you somehow know me, or have read my works, or are familiar with our situation. If you are reading this for the first time, perhaps you read it for a reason. Imogen has touched your life; Turner Syndrome touches your life. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oabU21js2fE/WDzy_AONjpI/AAAAAAAAKlU/kqEeTWry5bUs6JqBqSbSVn2rDfm4a29tQCLcB/s1600/1week5days3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oabU21js2fE/WDzy_AONjpI/AAAAAAAAKlU/kqEeTWry5bUs6JqBqSbSVn2rDfm4a29tQCLcB/s400/1week5days3.JPG" width="392" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Read <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen's Birth Story</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal">Turner Syndrome is a rare chromosomal condition that happens naturally and has no cure. It is the lacking of an x chromosome resulting in a host of different medical symptoms for girls with this condition. (Only females get Turner Syndrome) Many girls with Turner Syndrome suffer from heart conditions, kidney conditions, small stature, infertility, digestive issues and learning and social disabilities. Only 80,000 girls in the United States of America have Turner Syndrome. One of them has now touched your life. These girls are all strong and amazing. They endure multiple surgeries and medical procedures. They receive extra tutors and guidance, and excel at everything they put their minds to. Almost all girls with Turner Syndrome get a shot at least once a day and some more than others. That alone deserves a donation for the strength these girls have. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S_kbfo-yQvM/WDzzeSKnYOI/AAAAAAAAKlc/6B0Hmv8ZFSYzMk7B7yMSUqlC4flsW5uCgCLcB/s1600/Imogen3months.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S_kbfo-yQvM/WDzzeSKnYOI/AAAAAAAAKlc/6B0Hmv8ZFSYzMk7B7yMSUqlC4flsW5uCgCLcB/s400/Imogen3months.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;There are many worthy charities to give to this holiday season, yet I ask you to please consider donating to the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance for our Imogen. She has a long life a head of her and so do many other girls with Turner Syndrome. Please help us advance the treatments for them. Imogen has touched your life in some way please help us to not only help her, but other girls like her. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bP2Ocxccb4g/WDzznCmIeBI/AAAAAAAAKlg/bw_fu5rcZRYUoabOcNI7jJHNxbBt7cgEgCLcB/s1600/2RTSGAFBageofdiagnosis-582b7ee17e8c9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bP2Ocxccb4g/WDzznCmIeBI/AAAAAAAAKlg/bw_fu5rcZRYUoabOcNI7jJHNxbBt7cgEgCLcB/s400/2RTSGAFBageofdiagnosis-582b7ee17e8c9.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>“By making a #GivingTuesday donation to TSGA, you support our efforts to have a direct impact on the lives of girls, women, and families living with Turner Syndrome by working to include Turner Syndrome in the national conversation on genetic research. We are the voice for a patient and parent perspective as we seek collaboration with scientists, researchers, and doctors to ensure that Turner Syndrome research and resources have meaningful outcomes. On #GivingTuesday, millions of individuals across the United States will choose to support the causes that are important to them. &nbsp;When you choose to support TSGA your donation will have an impact on the thousands of families who struggle daily to support the medical and social needs of their loved one with Turner Syndrome. &nbsp;With more information and better interventions, girls and women with Turner Syndrome can live healthier, more successful lives.” – Turner Syndrome Global Alliance<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A-sZoMc54iE/WDzz5XBm16I/AAAAAAAAKls/i5_XV1gTpO4-QSLPHaFkuFiFLm2H0qIjwCLcB/s1600/810TSGAFBlymphedema-582b7fe58fa16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A-sZoMc54iE/WDzz5XBm16I/AAAAAAAAKls/i5_XV1gTpO4-QSLPHaFkuFiFLm2H0qIjwCLcB/s400/810TSGAFBlymphedema-582b7fe58fa16.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-un6VS7fanQ0/WDzz5ClIErI/AAAAAAAAKlk/pUg8XLx8yoI3IGr96uP8x0SQGoQcgZ7EwCLcB/s1600/1018TSGAFBHeartDefects-582b7f3d58618.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-un6VS7fanQ0/WDzz5ClIErI/AAAAAAAAKlk/pUg8XLx8yoI3IGr96uP8x0SQGoQcgZ7EwCLcB/s400/1018TSGAFBHeartDefects-582b7f3d58618.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /> You can donate by following the link here<br /> <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/turnersyndromeglobalalliance/fundraiser/reneearbia">https://www.crowdrise.com/turnersyndromeglobalalliance/fundraiser/reneearbia</a><br /><br /> Please share this on your social media platforms to encourage others to donate and share! Happy #givingTuesday!<br /><br /> #givingTuesday, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog<br /> <div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-49980319604406208642016-11-23T09:00:00.000-05:002016-11-23T13:48:12.327-05:00A Room for Imogen <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">A Room for Imogen</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_kGouRm_z9M/WDSVDioGKfI/AAAAAAAAKkc/X4UCJXOflvso5TUov_MbrP4O92cSQwZoQCLcB/s1600/2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_kGouRm_z9M/WDSVDioGKfI/AAAAAAAAKkc/X4UCJXOflvso5TUov_MbrP4O92cSQwZoQCLcB/s400/2.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Story Book Ad Campaign Sponsors:</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LCT5UPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Decorative Wall Hooks</b></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J714MFG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1">Ziggy Baby</a> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_147984190178411&amp;key=8a69ede45b8445f6b533712ba9899ffb&amp;libId=ivtvn8po0100r7tw000DAgujmzhdd&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016%2F04%2Fsponsored-gender-reveal-blackout.html&amp;v=1&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLuxury-Homes-Insulated-Blackout-Curtains%2Fdp%2FB0104LR390%3Fie%3DUTF8%26redirect%3Dtrue%26ref_%3Dcm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_1&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2Fp%2Freviews.html&amp;title=Next%20Generation%20Stay%20At%20Home%20Mom%20%3A%20Sponsored%3A%20The%20Gender%20Reveal%20Blackout%20Nursery%20Curtains&amp;txt=Amazon!"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Luxury Homes BlackoutCurtains</b></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift 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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9GHQ72B-phA/WDSVhDefV6I/AAAAAAAAKk4/L7gugdYzoL8yd5WfXBRNrRDiWltsKNF_wCLcB/s1600/4monthpicture.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9GHQ72B-phA/WDSVhDefV6I/AAAAAAAAKk4/L7gugdYzoL8yd5WfXBRNrRDiWltsKNF_wCLcB/s400/4monthpicture.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our sweet girl is now four months old. She is growing up so fast already. She rolls from side to side and can even scoot herself on her back. She loves being around her family and she adores her big brother. At four months Imogen still sleeps in a number of different places and positions. We decided it was time to get her room finished so that we can start to get her to nap in her crib during the day. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBxKghg94tI/WDSVCjzPxWI/AAAAAAAAKkE/kxepIH821X0zuqddKtu29qxl6Sq5UgThQCEw/s1600/13.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBxKghg94tI/WDSVCjzPxWI/AAAAAAAAKkE/kxepIH821X0zuqddKtu29qxl6Sq5UgThQCEw/s400/13.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We only cleaned out her room when I was pregnant with her. We were too afraid to get her room ready for her when her arrival was so unclear. (Read <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a>) Now that she is here and very strong and healthy we decided it was time to give Imogen a place of her own. Rather than doing a set theme with matching curtains, crib and décor I instead decided to just have an overall idea and make her room more of a vintage nursery. I had a lot of items from when I was little, like pictures and blankets so it made it very personal and much more unique. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hs59gTbheZ8/WDSVDL06QBI/AAAAAAAAKkQ/TOM63s6n__wcyvnoKWcJD3FZC3ruQLawACEw/s1600/16.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hs59gTbheZ8/WDSVDL06QBI/AAAAAAAAKkQ/TOM63s6n__wcyvnoKWcJD3FZC3ruQLawACEw/s400/16.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We ended up with a sort of vintage butterfly garden theme. I pretty much tried to keep a color palette for everything as well as anything you would see in a garden. (Ok maybe not the ballet slipper painting, but that is a special picture that used to be mine so it was more sentimental). </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QehXYcfYgkg/WDSVCc40WtI/AAAAAAAAKkA/ReoQi9Bt6dIBofEflVAbK9EtghtZ37H6wCEw/s1600/11.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QehXYcfYgkg/WDSVCc40WtI/AAAAAAAAKkA/ReoQi9Bt6dIBofEflVAbK9EtghtZ37H6wCEw/s400/11.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XQ5IECEoWTE/WDSVCcaYfCI/AAAAAAAAKj8/FaRbe91TAPQvyTuCEiDzVb2i54TMY3JdwCEw/s1600/12.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XQ5IECEoWTE/WDSVCcaYfCI/AAAAAAAAKj8/FaRbe91TAPQvyTuCEiDzVb2i54TMY3JdwCEw/s400/12.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBxKghg94tI/WDSVCjzPxWI/AAAAAAAAKkE/kxepIH821X0zuqddKtu29qxl6Sq5UgThQCEw/s1600/13.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBxKghg94tI/WDSVCjzPxWI/AAAAAAAAKkE/kxepIH821X0zuqddKtu29qxl6Sq5UgThQCEw/s400/13.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G7h9Bs7I57Q/WDSVC67sBwI/AAAAAAAAKkI/7yftZgWTgqk_HrfawKIB6VYUuj03OftqQCEw/s1600/14.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G7h9Bs7I57Q/WDSVC67sBwI/AAAAAAAAKkI/7yftZgWTgqk_HrfawKIB6VYUuj03OftqQCEw/s400/14.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nL_w31EjeK4/WDSVDJX8sEI/AAAAAAAAKkM/nUtLElQpwEIGSSIikIodpq5_PUXBfD9HgCEw/s1600/15.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nL_w31EjeK4/WDSVDJX8sEI/AAAAAAAAKkM/nUtLElQpwEIGSSIikIodpq5_PUXBfD9HgCEw/s400/15.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ciVTxHJQ7LQ/WDSVDedRoiI/AAAAAAAAKkU/MgsFL4yQfIwKnH-gMURlnzHHLN-4YfViQCEw/s1600/17.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ciVTxHJQ7LQ/WDSVDedRoiI/AAAAAAAAKkU/MgsFL4yQfIwKnH-gMURlnzHHLN-4YfViQCEw/s400/17.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I really like the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LCT5UPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1">decorative wall hooks</a> we got for her. They come in blue, yellow and pink and are screws. You stick them to the wall and screw them in. It was so easy Xavier was able to screw them in and they are super strong hooks that do not damage the wall. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SYrsE2tbKOA/WDSVD-CW8lI/AAAAAAAAKkg/L_iUFe6ldy8uru99tsFssd4OoqK0rCgcACEw/s1600/4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SYrsE2tbKOA/WDSVD-CW8lI/AAAAAAAAKkg/L_iUFe6ldy8uru99tsFssd4OoqK0rCgcACEw/s400/4.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IeazhG65qzc/WDSVEPV6utI/AAAAAAAAKkk/fCeOzItVO_MfI6Q5Xzy_xB95bd-8eJz5QCEw/s1600/5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IeazhG65qzc/WDSVEPV6utI/AAAAAAAAKkk/fCeOzItVO_MfI6Q5Xzy_xB95bd-8eJz5QCEw/s400/5.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PSYrneQ1efE/WDSVESvQdxI/AAAAAAAAKko/bDqNifclI8wpQHvCrXzJe9HO_OGH5g5NwCEw/s1600/6.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PSYrneQ1efE/WDSVESvQdxI/AAAAAAAAKko/bDqNifclI8wpQHvCrXzJe9HO_OGH5g5NwCEw/s400/6.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L8UQhsssS-I/WDSVEo6wrSI/AAAAAAAAKks/JlvItsZjDQA8WuTCscCGZ83QecWS4TXIACEw/s1600/7.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L8UQhsssS-I/WDSVEo6wrSI/AAAAAAAAKks/JlvItsZjDQA8WuTCscCGZ83QecWS4TXIACEw/s400/7.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fP77mkXPFkg/WDSVE9PNHdI/AAAAAAAAKkw/Bc2kXT9iZmcUuOQVxK9bKN_bviXwIYg-ACEw/s1600/8.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fP77mkXPFkg/WDSVE9PNHdI/AAAAAAAAKkw/Bc2kXT9iZmcUuOQVxK9bKN_bviXwIYg-ACEw/s400/8.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I also had to have <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2016/04/sponsored-gender-reveal-blackout.html">blackout curtains</a> for Imogen’s room. I love the soft, silky texture of these <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_147984190178411&amp;key=8a69ede45b8445f6b533712ba9899ffb&amp;libId=ivtvn8po0100r7tw000DAgujmzhdd&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016%2F04%2Fsponsored-gender-reveal-blackout.html&amp;v=1&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLuxury-Homes-Insulated-Blackout-Curtains%2Fdp%2FB0104LR390%3Fie%3DUTF8%26redirect%3Dtrue%26ref_%3Dcm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_1&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2Fp%2Freviews.html&amp;title=Next%20Generation%20Stay%20At%20Home%20Mom%20%3A%20Sponsored%3A%20The%20Gender%20Reveal%20Blackout%20Nursery%20Curtains&amp;txt=Amazon!">Luxury Home Blackout Curtains. </a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G7h9Bs7I57Q/WDSVC67sBwI/AAAAAAAAKlA/qmarMc_h1gAD0dJF-dYQLkV8urRzKLh2wCEw/s1600/14.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G7h9Bs7I57Q/WDSVC67sBwI/AAAAAAAAKlA/qmarMc_h1gAD0dJF-dYQLkV8urRzKLh2wCEw/s400/14.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">All the baby toys were easy to store in the adorable and durable <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J714MFG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1">Jute Storage Bins by Ziggy Baby</a>. I like these bins because they look like burlap, but are not, and are easier to clean. They also say “Toys” on one side and “Storage” on the other. We used them for Imogen’s toys. They are really big and hold a lot of toys.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-THoPDwTkZ7E/WDSVCKlmO3I/AAAAAAAAKlA/sTaGSwkowrEzdUFYrwHZ8RcCp3eux57GACEw/s1600/1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-THoPDwTkZ7E/WDSVCKlmO3I/AAAAAAAAKlA/sTaGSwkowrEzdUFYrwHZ8RcCp3eux57GACEw/s400/1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uLjmhVA5ol4/WDSVE9cgNRI/AAAAAAAAKlA/5XDpSz-fuXoPF5uZ2wl5KpbrTBxLgXw9ACEw/s1600/9.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uLjmhVA5ol4/WDSVE9cgNRI/AAAAAAAAKlA/5XDpSz-fuXoPF5uZ2wl5KpbrTBxLgXw9ACEw/s400/9.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Imogen is extremely sensitive to smells and for a while we were debating about painting her room. We decided against it as it is winter time and it would be too hard to air the room out. Instead we decided to get flower and butterfly decals to spread around the walls of her room. We used 3D decals of butterflies and flat decals. Of course, this was Xavier’s favorite part of decorating Imogen’s room. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qm0UZudvgR8/WDSVDyaKeOI/AAAAAAAAKlA/rqdq9rQcjuInLMN81O01xrge5IhbKAL_wCEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qm0UZudvgR8/WDSVDyaKeOI/AAAAAAAAKlA/rqdq9rQcjuInLMN81O01xrge5IhbKAL_wCEw/s400/3.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We think it turned out beautiful and Imogen loves it. It is nice for her to have her own space and we enjoy showing her all the love we put into her room. We hope she enjoys it for years to come!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#Storybookadcampaign, #sponsored, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #Imogen, #butterflygardennursery, #vintagenursery, #vintagebutterflygardennursery, #turnersyndrome, #specialneeds, #review, #adcampaign, #decorativewallhooks, #ziggybaby, #jutestoragebins, #LuxuryHomesBlackout, #blackoutcurtains</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-67809705429142651062016-11-21T09:00:00.000-05:002016-11-21T09:00:03.298-05:00How to Become a Lunch-Making MasterRight about this time of year every year many parents start running low on ideas for making lunches. We are in need of some serious inspiration of what to put in the&nbsp; lunch box every day. My friend and fellow writer Christine has written a great post today about mastering the lunch box! Enjoy!<br /><br /> <div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>How to Become a Lunch-Making Master</b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>By Christine Hill</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mx8gagVhEWk/WC5s83ELXlI/AAAAAAAAKjQ/3-bS30_eoow7363YfVwPu9jZCra-Vfw_wCLcB/s1600/Lunch%2B2%2B59335339.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mx8gagVhEWk/WC5s83ELXlI/AAAAAAAAKjQ/3-bS30_eoow7363YfVwPu9jZCra-Vfw_wCLcB/s400/Lunch%2B2%2B59335339.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">How often do you have a mad scramble in the morning, while you and the kids haphazardly piece together a lunch to take to school? I can promise you… you’re not the only one dealing with the stress of last-minute lunches. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">You always have the option of sending your child to school with lunch money instead of a paper-bag lunch, but if you’re living on a budget, all you have to do is <a href="http://www.rulontburton.com/2016/10/01/track-your-spending/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>track your spending</u></span></a> for a week or two to learn that buying a school lunch isn’t near as cost-efficient as bringing one. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Furthermore, school-provided lunches usually just aren’t as nutritious as a homemade meal. Preparing a <a href="http://caronelearning.com/set-healthy-back-school-habits/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>proper school lunch</u></span></a> is one of the biggest things that you can do to keep your child alert and focused at school, and to keep them healthy in the long-term. So, here are some tips that can help you send your child off to school each day with a lunch that will fuel healthy grades and positive energy. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Plan in Bulk</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Buying things a little bit at a time adds up. Stores will almost always help you save when you buy in bulk. This might mean making room in your freezer and pantry for backup staples, but it will be worth it in savings. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Buying in bulk is an obvious solution, but many people forget the next step: preparing in bulk! Most successful lunch packers prepare on Sunday so that the rest of the week will go smoothly. Sometimes, that’s simply a matter of cutting up a bunch of vegetables, cooking some meat, and preparing a large salad that your family can eat in pieces throughout the week. Freeze extra perishable items so that you can use them later. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1jqkmdjREv4/WC5s8yP4bsI/AAAAAAAAKjU/LpWj2wxBw2Q6lr1hCufv_ieRbXQ7YraggCEw/s1600/Lunch%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1jqkmdjREv4/WC5s8yP4bsI/AAAAAAAAKjU/LpWj2wxBw2Q6lr1hCufv_ieRbXQ7YraggCEw/s400/Lunch%2B2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Salads are a Lunch Box’s Best Friend</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Salads aren’t usually a child’s go-to lunch preference. But that’s often because we tend to take a narrow view of salad. There are a lot of ways to make fun and exciting salads for your child, and it’s a lunch form that keeps well throughout the day, and even for several days at a time. Here are some tips: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Capitalize on ingredients that have punchy flavor, like feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, and berries. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Make a huge salad ahead of time and store it in a bag in your fridge. Chopping and mixing takes the most time when you’re preparing salad, and it’s much faster if you do it all at once. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Think about alternate salads that your kids will enjoy: egg salad, potato salad, and fruit salad are some of the basics. Then there’s pasta salad, tabbouleh, quinoa salad… the possibilities are endless! </div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Think Beyond the Sandwich</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Sandwiches are a lunchtime classic for a reason. They’re delicious cold, and it’s easy to have cold cuts and veggies on hand. However, you don’t have to be limited to the classic format. Consider fun shish-kebabs, pita sandwiches, wraps, and crackers with a hearty dip. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YY2SbipXJks/WC5s9AoCe3I/AAAAAAAAKjY/T0ecO6xhHJgW7V7V-HDOrH5Z2UmGbhqHwCEw/s1600/Lunch%2B2%2B106118894.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YY2SbipXJks/WC5s9AoCe3I/AAAAAAAAKjY/T0ecO6xhHJgW7V7V-HDOrH5Z2UmGbhqHwCEw/s400/Lunch%2B2%2B106118894.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Enlist Your Child’s Help</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">This is hands-down the best way to ensure that all of the healthy elements in your child’s lunch aren’t just dumped in the trash at the end of the lunch break. Kids are always more excited about something that they helped create themselves. Get your child involved and excited in making their school lunches and turn it into a fun activity that you can do together. This starts at the grocery store. Set a limit, but allow your child to pick out a treat that will be in their lunch that week. Then, teach your child to make a few basic things, like tuna salad, or their own PB &amp; J sandwich. As your child grows up, the concoctions that you make together can get more and more exciting. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Use Your Leftovers</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">I’ve learned that the key to maximizing leftovers is all about effective tupperware. In Japan, they have it down with bento boxes, cleverly compartmentalized in order to segregate your food. Treat your child to a quality lunchbox of their choice that will also be functional for leftovers. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">If your child is unable to heat a brown-bag lunch, your choices for leftovers will be more limited, but there are still lots of dinners that make great cold leftovers. Turn pasta into a pasta salad instead, put leftover meat into a hearty sandwich, and consider lunch leftovers when you cook the day before. Here are more tips to get the most out of leftovers: </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Add a side. Leftover eggplant parmigiana simply won’t be as exciting as a main dish, along with a roll and some carrot sticks and almond butter. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Cook extra for dinner so that you have enough to set aside for lunch. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Main dishes that can’t fit into a sandwich might fit better in a wrap or a pita. You can shred meat, crumble meatloaf, and toss stir-fry in to easily transition dinner to lunch. </div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nnpdliwWtEU/WC5t_qgKENI/AAAAAAAAKjc/E75kNXpWQ7IIa9NE_2QWRUAfzcKx7Lb5wCLcB/s1600/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nnpdliwWtEU/WC5t_qgKENI/AAAAAAAAKjc/E75kNXpWQ7IIa9NE_2QWRUAfzcKx7Lb5wCLcB/s200/Christine%2Bbio%2Bphoto.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in all its forms. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from human psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><br /><br />#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #recipes, #schoollunches, #lunchideas, #schoollunchideas, #eatinghealthy, #greenliving, #guestpost Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-60257620984386667552016-11-18T09:00:00.000-05:002016-11-16T22:12:35.091-05:00Try A Different Recipe for Thanksgiving<h3 class="post-title entry-title" itemprop="name">Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes </h3><div class="post-header"></div>&nbsp;&nbsp; If you are still unsure on what you are going to cook for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of my favorite recipes and many of them are quick and easy to make. Feel free to check them out or pin them to your Pinterest boards. Also, always check out the <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/p/recipes.html">Recipe Tab</a> as I log all my recipes on here on that tab. You are sure to find something that will please the relatives!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ozdhTRJom_A/UpLxmGJvnkI/AAAAAAAAFGY/ju_yz9GbI4Y/s1600/photo+7.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ozdhTRJom_A/UpLxmGJvnkI/AAAAAAAAFGY/ju_yz9GbI4Y/s400/photo+7.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2013/10/italian-stuffed-mushrooms.html">Italian Stuffed Mushrooms</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/11/apple-sweet-potato-bake.html">Apple-Sweet Potato Bake</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2013/08/crock-pot-pumpkin-mac-and-cheese.html">Crockpot Pumpkin Mac and Cheese</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2013/10/cranberry-apple-pork-tenderloin.html">Cranberry Apple Pork Tenderloin</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2013/10/cheesy-squash-bake.html">Cheesy Squash Bake</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-lemon-bars.html">Easy Lemon Bars</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/10/dutch-apple-cake.html">Dutch Apple Cake</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkin-spice-bread.html">Pumpkin Spice Bread</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2013/02/chocolate-date-bites.html">Chocolate Date Bites</a>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-52761793843543734262016-11-16T09:00:00.000-05:002016-11-16T09:00:01.618-05:00The Last Bed<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The Last Bed</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KW5nuoClK_g/WCfnptuGp5I/AAAAAAAAKes/TF3tvwTZSAEFQpkwimqbvCibZtG_o0ZOACLcB/s1600/20160924_247.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KW5nuoClK_g/WCfnptuGp5I/AAAAAAAAKes/TF3tvwTZSAEFQpkwimqbvCibZtG_o0ZOACLcB/s400/20160924_247.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><b>#HolidayGiftGuide2016</b> </b><br /><b>&nbsp;Story Book Ad Campaign Sponsors</b><br /><b> </b><br /><a href="https://www.amazon.com/EveShine-Animal-Decals-Stickers-Bedroom/dp/B01D9R82DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479009320&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=eveshine+wall+decals">eveshine wall decals</a><br /><a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_147900956809411&amp;key=8a69ede45b8445f6b533712ba9899ffb&amp;libId=ivg42ujl0100r7tw000DAul526hv&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016_08_01_archive.html&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB01IOJVGYC%2Fref%3Doh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00%3Fie%3DUTF8%26psc%3D1&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016_09_01_archive.html&amp;title=Next%20Generation%20Stay%20At%20Home%20Mom%3A%20August%202016&amp;txt=Kejee%20M1Wood%20Portable%20Wireless%20Bluetooth%20Speaker">Kejee Wood Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a><br /><a href="http://www.amztk.com/theglowerstwo">Glowers 2.0</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift to thank me for my time. 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I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fk56t2Thyrk/WCfneJ9usII/AAAAAAAAKdU/J_GlVyN3ke8uI5Ifr_yU_h87ljXDqhs7QCEw/s1600/20160924_223.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fk56t2Thyrk/WCfneJ9usII/AAAAAAAAKdU/J_GlVyN3ke8uI5Ifr_yU_h87ljXDqhs7QCEw/s400/20160924_223.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bye bye toddler bed</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Last month we finally gave Xavier his big boy bed, it is the last bed size he will ever need. He started in a cradle in our room, then a crib, then a toddler bed, and now a full size bed. He is growing up so fast, and he is so excited with each step that he takes, if only he would slow down just a little. We tried to prolong the big bed as long as possible. We find it best not to rush milestones in our children’s lives. For the most part either Xavier changes or our life changes to make the transition. We were slow to move Xavier to any different sleep arrangements. I did not want to move him out of his toddler bed when we had a newborn baby. I thought it would be too many changes for him all at once and I wanted to wait until Imogen was a couple months old. Imogen sleeps in our room right now and we plan to have her for a while. Although she has a room she does not use it. Due to the nature of my pregnancy with her (Read <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a>) we did not even start decorating her room until recently. It was a guest room, so we planned on moving the full size bed out of Imogen’s room, and into Xavier’s room. Getting the time to start the renovation is a lot harder than we thought with both of the kids, but we are slowly making progress. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VM7qGQOifJk/WCfngeNa-lI/AAAAAAAAKfI/1tlrH7WoeUkj3un-rRymh_VFnQUa_eoXQCEw/s1600/20160924_229.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VM7qGQOifJk/WCfngeNa-lI/AAAAAAAAKfI/1tlrH7WoeUkj3un-rRymh_VFnQUa_eoXQCEw/s400/20160924_229.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One day into the process of fixing up Imogen’s room. Xavier asked me when he would get a big boy bed. I asked him why it mattered to him to have a big boy bed. After all he still fit in his toddler bed and he had more floor space for toys. “My friends have big boy beds. I would like a big boy bed too”. We had not mentioned to Xavier that we already planned on giving him the full size bed that was in the guest room, so it was fun to be able to say “I think that is a great idea! You have been such a great big brother and you are getting to be such a big boy I think that you should get a big boy bed.” He of course was beyond thrilled and we promptly moved the bed into his room. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-izxiV1j_DNw/WCfnieVg8AI/AAAAAAAAKfI/DAIB44WCX0k8iH6b6OvHUnGeg7eV3EGRACEw/s1600/20160924_232.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-izxiV1j_DNw/WCfnieVg8AI/AAAAAAAAKfI/DAIB44WCX0k8iH6b6OvHUnGeg7eV3EGRACEw/s400/20160924_232.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We did not do a total redecorate for his room, but we spruced it up. He has a jungle theme room and I added some new <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BK8tXJaBzuW/?taken-by=reneearbia">wall decals</a> with the world map and animals on them. We also changed out some of his pictures on his walls, and moved around his shelving units. I got him some basic sheets and comforter for his bed. He was really excited to make it with me. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JtXoIDlK-6o/WCfnkWtdT8I/AAAAAAAAKfI/VqKv3pQ9KcEXIrNrkRj2jRIWhv1l3YpnQCEw/s1600/20160924_235.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JtXoIDlK-6o/WCfnkWtdT8I/AAAAAAAAKfI/VqKv3pQ9KcEXIrNrkRj2jRIWhv1l3YpnQCEw/s400/20160924_235.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TfYFd7UN7ZE/WCfnm-yzt7I/AAAAAAAAKfI/ONkfubAr-ngZ3-xF31YJOvFhG2ge6SShACEw/s1600/20160924_238.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TfYFd7UN7ZE/WCfnm-yzt7I/AAAAAAAAKfI/ONkfubAr-ngZ3-xF31YJOvFhG2ge6SShACEw/s400/20160924_238.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One of the things he liked best was picking out the sheets and comforter. He also wasted no time in prompting putting all of his “buddies” (bunch of stuffed animals) on the bed, along with three different blankets that he says are “snuggly” and therefore must be snuggled at bed time. For the most part we let him choose his bedding. I figure he has to sleep in it so he can figure out what works best for him. He is good at keeping his bed nice and making it. His favorite thing is for all of us to “hang out on his bed and listen to <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_147900956809411&amp;key=8a69ede45b8445f6b533712ba9899ffb&amp;libId=ivg42ujl0100r7tw000DAul526hv&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016_08_01_archive.html&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB01IOJVGYC%2Fref%3Doh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00%3Fie%3DUTF8%26psc%3D1&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextgenerationsahm.com%2F2016_09_01_archive.html&amp;title=Next%20Generation%20Stay%20At%20Home%20Mom%3A%20August%202016&amp;txt=Kejee%20M1Wood%20Portable%20Wireless%20Bluetooth%20Speaker">music</a>”. Yes, my four year old wants his family to hang out on his bed and listen to his jams (read <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2016/08/the-music-box.html">music box</a>). </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y92vnqshDgc/WCfoxNTrkRI/AAAAAAAAKfQ/o4n_zAqZFfEAMt4qevbtwcBo6JzuxofSwCEw/s1600/1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y92vnqshDgc/WCfoxNTrkRI/AAAAAAAAKfQ/o4n_zAqZFfEAMt4qevbtwcBo6JzuxofSwCEw/s400/1.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a--mcYt9NdM/WCfnrzj7deI/AAAAAAAAKfI/TKRenIp0hpUfAFWZUxLGcLGqPFAmK-TUACEw/s1600/20160924_249.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a--mcYt9NdM/WCfnrzj7deI/AAAAAAAAKfI/TKRenIp0hpUfAFWZUxLGcLGqPFAmK-TUACEw/s400/20160924_249.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I cannot believe how big my little man is getting. Since having Imogen it seems like Xavier grew up even faster. It is hard to sometimes remember him being as small as she is now. You think as parents that you will always remember every moment. I am a stay at home parent to be here for every moment, but no matter how many photos, videos or mental notes I have of a moment of our child’s life you forget it. Sure you remember the big things, but you really do forget the small everyday things. For now I guess I will soak in more moments lying on his bed, looking at his <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2016/09/star-gazing.html">stars</a>, listening to his music and loving each moment with my son. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ndu134Gc4aY/WCfnt3JmBoI/AAAAAAAAKfI/037bQCrfkbEGPFGyzFqHjarlek-zUYjiACEw/s1600/20160924_252.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ndu134Gc4aY/WCfnt3JmBoI/AAAAAAAAKfI/037bQCrfkbEGPFGyzFqHjarlek-zUYjiACEw/s400/20160924_252.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #sponsored, #storybookadcampaign, #HolidayGiftGuide2016, #eveshine<br /><br /><b>HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016</b><br /><b>Today's sponsors are part of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2016! 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I apologize for not posting as much as usual this month. I definitely under estimated how much work a four month and a four year old are. We are working on trying to have some sort of schedule. Stick with me and I promise to keep you entertained in the parenting world and write more. Please remember to follow all social channels as sometimes it is easier for me to post on Twitter or Instagram, than Blogger.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: left;"><b> <br />&nbsp;</b>As the holiday season is among us I thought a long with gift guides, recipes and fun things to do I would try to give you ways to make the holidays less stressful. I am a fan of yoga and meditation. Here is a great guest post from my friend and fellow writer Christine Hill on how to create a great backyard meditation space. Check it out and post a picture of your meditation space on our Facebook page we would love to see it!</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Creating Your Backyard Meditation Space</b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>By Christine Hill</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">What do you usually do when you come home from a hard day? If you’re like me, you storm in the back door, shed your shoes and bag as soon as possible, then raid the fridge for the most accessible comfort food, and lug your armful over to the couch to zone out on Netflix. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">What if there was a better way? What if instead of numbing with calories and comedies as soon as you got home, you instead found a sanctuary and created half an hour of inner peace that gave you clarity and positivity to deal with the best hours of the day? </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>What if you had a meditation garden in your backyard? </b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Meditation has been proven to help people overcome depression, addiction, and anxiety disorders. It improves sleep and creativity. It helps us regulate our body and mind, leading to better health, and more clear and orderly cognition. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">You probably have heard a lot about the benefits of meditation. You’ve probably even tried it a few times and liked it. But how can you make it more of your daily routine? A meditation garden might be the key. A beautiful, appealing space in your backyard could help you gain peace and refuge in a hectic life. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Here’s a guide, along with some awesome ideas, to get you started! </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>1: Pick a View</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N4FCnoroAhI/WCfQgQ9eXZI/AAAAAAAAKdA/rkQsEe_H1O4SwfZ2ox5YuNQF92LA8NdKACLcB/s1600/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B1%2B27582981.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N4FCnoroAhI/WCfQgQ9eXZI/AAAAAAAAKdA/rkQsEe_H1O4SwfZ2ox5YuNQF92LA8NdKACLcB/s400/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B1%2B27582981.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Although the focus of meditation should be internal, you can help soothe your mind and relax into a meditation mindset with a beautiful view. <a href="http://asphaltmaterials.net/making-a-zen-rock-garden/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>Japanese zen rock gardens</u></span></a> are meant to be observed from a specific meditation location and the whole design is built around that focal point. Now, if you have a garden that’s really not picture-perfect, that’s okay! In fact, a meditation corner could be the perfect start for re-doing your landscaping. Think about how many great ideas you’ll get while you meditate and observe your yard space! </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">When you pick a location for your meditation garden, remember to factor in a few elements that will make it more conducive to its purpose: give it a level of separation from the rest of the world and check the comfort level, including the temperature, noise level, and privacy. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>2: Pick a Seat</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xr0UkCwTZoM/WCfQgmc1ExI/AAAAAAAAKdE/DsFTpY5gwi0ca6XWysK38p6AhoRdH3_3ACEw/s1600/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B2%2B45321138.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xr0UkCwTZoM/WCfQgmc1ExI/AAAAAAAAKdE/DsFTpY5gwi0ca6XWysK38p6AhoRdH3_3ACEw/s400/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B2%2B45321138.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Think about the purpose of your space. Will it be solely for meditation? Do you also want space to entertain and read and eat breakfast? Do you want to do yoga there too? I recommend that you make the space especially for meditation and nothing else. Having it be your own special space will help you get into a meditation mindset each time you go there. (But honestly, it’s your yard. Do what you want!) </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The first and most important thing you need for the beginning of your meditation garden is a proper seat. Remember that you’ll want a place with a nice view, comfortable enough to meditate without distraction (but don’t get TOO comfortable!) Consider a special meditation pillow, a platform, or simply a comfortable flat space that will hold your meditation mat well. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>3: Enhance with Sounds, Smell, and Touch</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Once you have the most essential parts down, it’s time to start in on the fun part! Create a truly atmospheric space using beautiful garden design and meditation aids. This is where you can get really creative. While you’re brainstorming ideas, consider incorporating sounds, smell, and touch that will all focus and aid your meditation. Here are some awesome ideas to get your creative juices flowing! </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nWoV4O9Rd5k/WCfQgFy4Z_I/AAAAAAAAKc8/uSYiZFf6KFsWMMpkneFAAFoVQC7MvKBWACEw/s1600/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B3%2B65069743.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nWoV4O9Rd5k/WCfQgFy4Z_I/AAAAAAAAKc8/uSYiZFf6KFsWMMpkneFAAFoVQC7MvKBWACEw/s400/Meditation%2Bgarden%2B3%2B65069743.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ul><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Chimes</b>: In Buddhism, the sound of the bell represents Dharma, or the law that orders and governs the universe. As a general meditation aid, it can be used to focus and organize your mind, to encourage positive attention and vibrations, and of course… to keep you from falling asleep!</div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Fountain</b>: A fountain is one of the handiest things that you can have in a meditation garden. It provides white noise that blocks out environmental distractions. Additionally, the sound of water itself is deeply soothing, and observing the patterns of water can enable constructive meditation. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Aromatherapy</b>: Your form of <a href="http://barraesthetics.com/aromatherapy-for-better-health-and-relaxation/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>aromatherapy</u></span></a> is up to you, but it’s been long known that certain scents can affect our mood and energy. You can get an essential oil diffuser that will work outdoors, burn incense, or simply plant with aromas in mind. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Labyrinth</b>: Labyrinths were used in ancient time to let the mind meander into spiritual ponderings. You can create a low-maintenance labyrinth in your garden with a stonework feature. The effect can be achieved simply by tracing the lines with your eyes, or by walking the path physically. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Mantra Visualization</b>: Sometimes printing out a mantra that you would like to focus on will remind you of your purpose whenever you sit down to meditation. Think about printing it on a picture that you can hang up, or even on stones that you can hold with each meditation. </div></li><li><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Symbolic Arrangements</b>: Even without an explicit statement or mantra, you can surround yourself with symbols that will aid meditation. For example, arranging stones to build a representation of your family can give you a fun way to ponder on those things that are most important to you. </div></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #backyardmeditationspace, #inspirational<br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-80776190494627289302016-11-04T09:00:00.000-04:002016-11-04T20:49:00.609-04:00Board Free Family Game Night<a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=TOPcceaff8c11fd1b50aa0be22d5124cf08" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.tomoson.com/images/front/pixel.png" style="display: none;" /></a><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="ieooui" data-original-id="ieooui" /> <style>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Board Free Family Game Night</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written by Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsored by: <a href="http://www.blueorangegames.com/games/rally-up">Blue Orange Games</a></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift 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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_fPW7nzBBY8/WBvytRzbwWI/AAAAAAAAKco/EavEfB4JSI8sh-r8zMNOKWMJIqjWsOY9ACLcB/s1600/rallyup1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="337" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_fPW7nzBBY8/WBvytRzbwWI/AAAAAAAAKco/EavEfB4JSI8sh-r8zMNOKWMJIqjWsOY9ACLcB/s400/rallyup1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I love having a four year old. They are so much fun to converse and play with. Something we have really started doing more with Xavier is playing games. He loves the typical Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders board games, but we have also started playing different types of games. I started with a pack of cards and teaching him to play Go Fish. Then, he got a couple Spot It games from Chick-Fil-A. We really enjoy playing card type games. I cannot stand all the set up and tear down of normal board games so just playing with cards is much easier and faster. They are especially easy to use with our newborn. I can easily play with one hand, and set up and clean up quickly. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wqALJqhS3KQ/WBvytFTg5bI/AAAAAAAAKck/5BevREOfAMolOq69epDd0qua6MTOm2atwCEw/s1600/rallyup.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="371" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wqALJqhS3KQ/WBvytFTg5bI/AAAAAAAAKck/5BevREOfAMolOq69epDd0qua6MTOm2atwCEw/s400/rallyup.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We were excited to try out the new Rally Up game from <a href="http://www.blueorangegames.com/games/rally-up">BlueOrange Games</a>. I like that the cards are big and bright and come in a tin. It was a little difficult to follow at first, but we just took things slow. It is fun to sort the cards and put them in different categories. It really helped Xavier to focus and pay attention and I think it helped him to process things at a much faster rate. There are 110 exotically illustrated cards that you shuffle, distribute and turn face up on the table. Then, you race to rally up 2 or more images that belong to the same family. It teaches a lot of visual perception to kids. It is great for 2 to 6 players and is best for ages 6 and up. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Rally Up is a great game to add to family game night. With virtually no set up and easy clean up, there’s no reason not to make a little extra time with your family to let loose and have fun!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Rally Up and many of the <a href="http://www.blueorangegames.com/games/rally-up">Blue Orange Games</a> make great gifts for this Holiday Season! #HolidayGiftGuide2016!&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ya_DgM9l1Oo/WBvytq0T6CI/AAAAAAAAKcs/HOuRxpPo2B8e95ja5gYJTBKtxnPPfby9gCEw/s1600/rallyup3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ya_DgM9l1Oo/WBvytq0T6CI/AAAAAAAAKcs/HOuRxpPo2B8e95ja5gYJTBKtxnPPfby9gCEw/s400/rallyup3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#rallyup, #sponsored, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #HolidayGiftGuide2016, #GameNight</div><a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=BOTTOMcceaff8c11fd1b50aa0be22d5124cf08" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.tomoson.com/images/front/pixel.png" style="display: none;" /></a>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-32157786309507683532016-10-28T18:19:00.000-04:002016-10-28T22:21:32.899-04:00Hooray for Halloween<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Hooray for Halloween</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j5I8sWT9M1s/WBPLSO-HWLI/AAAAAAAAKcI/lVcKtz5JD_0j4mug2yRY-PDvAgw3-DbfgCEw/s1600/4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j5I8sWT9M1s/WBPLSO-HWLI/AAAAAAAAKcI/lVcKtz5JD_0j4mug2yRY-PDvAgw3-DbfgCEw/s400/4.JPG" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Can you guess what the kids will be this year?&nbsp;</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZkaY1zZn5nA/WBPLR08bfLI/AAAAAAAAKcA/a5wNKbqFeOcf2WgMlzq_3chumsMlfZQQQCEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Life is pretty great in our house right now. We have a new family member who is about to celebrate not just our favorite season, but our favorite holiday. I know many would argue that Christmas is the best holiday, and albeit Christmas is pretty great. However, in our house Halloween is the ruler of all the holidays. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">First of all we are Pagan. In the Pagan religion Halloween is the biggest of all holidays and days of the year. It is sort of our New Years. We celebrate all the joys and accomplishments from the past year and look forward to what we will be doing next year. We have a lot to be thankful for this year with the arrival of Imogen (See <a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a>). Secondly, in the Pagan religion, Halloween is the day that the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin making it easier to communicate with spirits, ancestors, and guardians. It is considered a very magical night. This year it also falls on a New Moon. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The second reason we love Halloween is because we love to dress up. I am a mom with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. I can showcase my theater, home economics, and costume training along with all my friends. I also love that this time of year you really can dress up to be whatever you want to be. No one thinks it’s odd if a boy is a princess or a girl a pirate. A man can even dress up as his mother and people just laugh. This is a holiday like no other; when even a zombie is allowed and encouraged to attend a party. As a stay at home mom, a zombie costume is pretty much what I wear most of the time anyway, I can grab a couple of cobwebs off my never dusted walls and I look awesome!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The third reason we love Halloween is because there is a bunch of candy. Sure, Easter and Christmas have candy along with the eggs and fruit cakes. However, Halloween has only candy. You can take your worn out mommy zombie to any door with a light on, knock on it, say “Trick or Treat” and you are presented with a bowl full of candy for the picking. For the most part no one will turn you down, or be mean, you are not really judged by your costume. The bonus part is you even get extra candy if you bring your super cute kids in costume. For once society is not throwing you and your kids away from the activities and telling you to get back in your house and take your hooligans with you. For once, they are opening their doors and giving you and your kids more sugar! You have an excuse to continue buying candy all throughout the month of October because you may need it for trick o treaters. Also, you can look like a rock star without spending much money. It is hard to top the Thanksgiving feast or the gigantic Christmas tree with white lights and glass ornaments. However, you can look like a rock star for $30 worth of peanut butter cups, some spiders and cobwebs and a few pumpkins. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The last and main reason why we love Halloween is simply the fact that Halloween happens in the best time of year, Autumn! The country is turning into a beautiful landscape of falling leaves in an array of colors. The weather is not too cold and not too hot. It is the perfect time to frolic outside in your favorite costume and eat candy!</div><div class="MsoNormal">We are looking forward to celebrating Imogen’s first Halloween this year. I know it will definitely be something to remember as all our big “firsts” are. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For more Halloween fun check out some of my past posts!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/11/xaviers-first-halloween-and-samhain.html">Xavier's First Halloween</a><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2015/10/a-garden-gnome-halloween.html">A Garden Gnome Halloween</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2013/10/bread-of-dead.html">Bread of the Dead</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2015/10/a-toddler-halloween.html">A Toddler Halloween</a><br /><br /><a href="http://nextgenerationsahm.blogspot.com/2012/10/infant-trick-or-treating.html">Infant Trick or Treating</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #Halloween2016</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-12767393266925451232016-10-14T20:29:00.001-04:002016-10-14T20:29:24.505-04:00GP: Fun Ways to Get Your Home Ready for FallToday's post is a guest post by one of our favorite guest writers. I hope you all enjoy it!<br /><br /> <div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Fun Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall</b></div><div align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>By: Aleksandre McMannamin</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cPbEVD_ZVNE/WAF4DaUqeBI/AAAAAAAAKbo/26KsY_kR_7s-XsNSSX4Lfedp9tlkvrIGACLcB/s1600/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="233" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cPbEVD_ZVNE/WAF4DaUqeBI/AAAAAAAAKbo/26KsY_kR_7s-XsNSSX4Lfedp9tlkvrIGACLcB/s400/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Fall is one of the most delightful seasons of the year, one that usually provides a relaxing change of pace from the hustle and heat of summer. As a homeowner or property owner, this means that there are several responsibilities that you have to get ready for the colder months. However, these chores don’t have to be all business. This time of year also provides an opportunity to have fun with the aesthetics of the season, as you can outfit your home with decor that is fitting for the many festivities that fall provides. If you need some help getting started with these ideas, here are some fun ways to get your home ready for fall...</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Seal and decorate windows and doors</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Your doors and windows are a great place to start, when it comes to getting your home up to energy efficient standards after summer. Having to replace these in your home can be incredibly expensive. However, simply using non-expanding foam to update the seals on your windows and doors will prevent leaks in your homes heating, and save you plenty of money in energy costs. This doesn’t have to be all business, though. The holidays in fall make it a great time to let your spooky side out and reflect that when you decorate your home. Decorating your windows with fake cobwebs and candles will put your home in time with the season, and you can always make a homemade Halloween wreath with your kids to hang on your front door.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D5121IuEVpw/WAF4C1m0UhI/AAAAAAAAKbk/WHIh9qmmRc82E1h8nZ1QUJgWC5_8UQHTgCEw/s1600/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D5121IuEVpw/WAF4C1m0UhI/AAAAAAAAKbk/WHIh9qmmRc82E1h8nZ1QUJgWC5_8UQHTgCEw/s400/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Clean out gutters and spruce up your roof</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The changing of leaves is probably the most gorgeous aspect of fall scenery. As they begin to transform into various shades of orange and yellow, the world begins to soften up with a golden glow. However, eventually these leaves will begin to trickle down from their respective tree branches and fill our yards with piles of organic material. One aspect of this beautiful process can be quite damaging to your home, however, and that is when the leaves begin to fill your gutter. If it rains, this can create pools of sitting water on your roof, which can cause leaks and structural issues to develop. For this reason, now is the perfect time to get up on the roof, before the cold season hits, and make sure that your gutters are all in working order. Clear out anything that could cause a problem later, and you could be saving thousands of dollars in repair costs. While you are up there, this also creates a perfect opportunity to adorn your roof with lights and decorations for the holiday season, as it will be much easier to do this before the snow falls</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Transition to a fall garage, and get festive!</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">One piece of homeowner maintenance that always needs to be taken care of, once the summer ends, is getting your garage ready for the colder months. For example, many garages tend to get chaotic and messy during the summer, as tons of activities are happening that require travel. However, if you live in a snowy climate, you are going to need to have space to store your vehicle from the elements. Getting a garage organized and efficient is something that is inherently a fall-time responsibility (if you’re looking for more ideas on how to do this effectively, <a href="http://utahgaragedoors.net/transitioning-to-a-fall-garage/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>check out this informative article here</u></span></a>). Again, though, this doesn’t all have to be business. Plenty of households utilize their garage to help celebrate the scary season. A garage makes the perfect place to set up your own makeshift haunted house for trick-or-treaters, or even a great room to set up fun activities for a Halloween party. Either way, you’re going to want to do some work on your garage come fall.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3B-WF-H5HxQ/WAF4DwvkSkI/AAAAAAAAKbs/d-QxiWMHDFE5OuufVgt9kAPBMO_BEzOLgCEw/s1600/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3B-WF-H5HxQ/WAF4DwvkSkI/AAAAAAAAKbs/d-QxiWMHDFE5OuufVgt9kAPBMO_BEzOLgCEw/s400/Fun%2BWays%2Bto%2BGet%2BYour%2BHome%2BReady%2Bfor%2BFall%2Bpic%2B3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><b>Store your summer playthings</b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">When summer ends, it’s time to put all of the sunny playtime tools away until next year. This includes things like camping trailers, hammocks, even sidewalk chalk. Storing your things nicely, according to the season, will keep them nice and useable for next year, and many years after that. Indeed, this is part of the maintenance that comes with being a homeowner. Some of these responsibilities may be more difficult, however. Larger summer fun amenities, such as swimming pools or gardens, take a little knowledge to know how to put away properly (<a href="http://www.aquatechutah.com/pool-closing-tips-and-tricks/"><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u>here's an article that has some great tips on how to do this with a swimming pool</u></span></a>). However, some things can last for the fall and winter! For example, although a swimming pool would need to be closed, a spa or hot tub can be a great addition to any home during the colder months, as the hot water will feel even better.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp; </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WXO5xwLKD18/WAF4CVy34YI/AAAAAAAAKbg/pTQxivZ8xEgHc2s5jSVQLVibDTSL8lPfwCEw/s1600/Aleksandre%2BMcMenamin%2Bpic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WXO5xwLKD18/WAF4CVy34YI/AAAAAAAAKbg/pTQxivZ8xEgHc2s5jSVQLVibDTSL8lPfwCEw/s200/Aleksandre%2BMcMenamin%2Bpic.jpg" width="163" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Aleksander enjoys wandering the great outdoors and thinking about the ailments that bring ill upon society. A typical day in his life may include learning a dead language, teaching unfortunate children to paint their feelings on canvas, or wiping the sweat from his brow as he finishes work in an immaculate garden. Currently, Aleksandre enjoys writing on a variety of topics for various sites around the interwebs.</div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-87763229107118358372016-10-04T09:00:00.000-04:002016-10-05T17:15:48.295-04:00Believing In Miracles<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Believing In Miracles</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aV8rx2_ajeU/V_MIFBGqzYI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/5eDdoJKQv1AjorGynf7R0X-dTL4K1ONegCEw/s1600/20161001_107.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aV8rx2_ajeU/V_MIFBGqzYI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/5eDdoJKQv1AjorGynf7R0X-dTL4K1ONegCEw/s400/20161001_107.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Imogen is now almost three months old. Many have been asking us how she is doing, what is next for her and what has been going on? Turner Syndrome is a fairly complex syndrome in the fact that no two girls with it are the same.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6-svV2BJhlE/V_MIFSOtx3I/AAAAAAAAKZ4/VLbQNVcPK-4sAgF84uP8sPBLVCs1DKbCQCEw/s1600/20161001_103.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6-svV2BJhlE/V_MIFSOtx3I/AAAAAAAAKZ4/VLbQNVcPK-4sAgF84uP8sPBLVCs1DKbCQCEw/s400/20161001_103.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In girls with Turner Syndrome they are born with only one X. Boys are always XY and Girls are XX,&nbsp; but with Turner Syndrome the person is missing one X. That is why around 99% of people with Turner Syndrome are girls.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EGurpGmCS_8/V_MIHGwedwI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/6KOBSWDeDCEgRqlOk4IxJpL7y3YtcY07gCEw/s1600/20161001_127.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EGurpGmCS_8/V_MIHGwedwI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/6KOBSWDeDCEgRqlOk4IxJpL7y3YtcY07gCEw/s400/20161001_127.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Due to lacking chromosomes girls with Turners Syndrome can have a host of medical issues, but thankfully nothing that modern medicine cannot fix. However, each girl is different because it is a spectrum disorder. Most of the time Turner Syndrome is not even discovered in girls until they reach puberty and they do not ovulate, it is rare to be diagnosed earlier than age nine in the Turner Syndrome Community. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GeCD_zCmVp0/V_MIHlTpxjI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/L7hlqen56Qghnf6JuYcny8fQoyDpLtpuQCEw/s1600/20161001_128.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GeCD_zCmVp0/V_MIHlTpxjI/AAAAAAAAKZ4/L7hlqen56Qghnf6JuYcny8fQoyDpLtpuQCEw/s400/20161001_128.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As I wrote in <a href="http://www.nextgenerationsahm.com/2016/07/imogens-birth-story.html">Imogen’s Birth Story</a> giving birth to a Turner Syndrome baby is very heart wrenching. 98% of baby girls with Turner Syndrome do not make it to birth. Imogen is part of that 2% that survived the pregnancy. She is a rare butterfly in the medical community and in our hearts. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mcaCLHI-vQU/V_MJRcEQhVI/AAAAAAAAKa4/FRo6645oRl0i63tVJoBJh5aZLPxElqmmQCEw/s1600/2months3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mcaCLHI-vQU/V_MJRcEQhVI/AAAAAAAAKa4/FRo6645oRl0i63tVJoBJh5aZLPxElqmmQCEw/s400/2months3.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Imogen has a form of Turner Syndrome called non-mosaicism which means every cell in her body is missing a chromosome. In mosaicism only some cells are missing a chromosome and some are not. However, we are told that the type of Turners she has is very textbook. Yet, Turner Syndrome is a spectrum disorder. So there is a big sliding scale as to what to expect. Basically we were literally handed a sheet that tells us at what age she needs certain body parts and systems checked to make sure she is not prone to any issues. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FaIb8RCJbcU/V_MJRuvsVjI/AAAAAAAAKa8/nuRJ1shwgwAFaOXOP1sTjkAF6J8ppXQLwCEw/s1600/2months5.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FaIb8RCJbcU/V_MJRuvsVjI/AAAAAAAAKa8/nuRJ1shwgwAFaOXOP1sTjkAF6J8ppXQLwCEw/s400/2months5.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When Imogen was born she had a host of ultrasounds and blood drawn for analysis. We were scheduled to meet with all of her specialists to get an initial rundown of any medical problems we may be facing with her. Right now Imogen has a regular Pediatrician, Endocrinologist, Cardiologist and Urologist. Turner Syndrome girls are at very high risk for problems with their heart and kidneys. Our pediatrician does what he does for Xavier with regular check ups and just keeps tabs on her progress with all of the specialists. Imogen’s Endocrinologist is a big part of her life. She will be responsible for watching all of her levels, and for helping her with growth hormones and hormone therapy. She also helped us to find out her exact type of chromosomal abnormality and informed us all about Turner Syndrome, support groups, summer camps, etc. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ENCGolIbFWc/V_MJR1XpDmI/AAAAAAAAKbE/aGZd82gMV5UjoiOlCKNKzQmkS3oLhiKvgCEw/s1600/3.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="390" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ENCGolIbFWc/V_MJR1XpDmI/AAAAAAAAKbE/aGZd82gMV5UjoiOlCKNKzQmkS3oLhiKvgCEw/s400/3.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">Imogen received two more ultrasounds of her heart and kidneys since she has been born. Both of those ultrasounds came back seeing all of her organs working the way they should. We are proud to say that we are specialist doctor visit free for six months which is super big for us to celebrate! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RMaQVjDo6-k/V_MJNjWFWvI/AAAAAAAAKac/6cFtVzT3muMQH9sA1tafLbQhbZaX2kIHgCEw/s1600/20160924_36.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RMaQVjDo6-k/V_MJNjWFWvI/AAAAAAAAKac/6cFtVzT3muMQH9sA1tafLbQhbZaX2kIHgCEw/s400/20160924_36.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">To say that our girl is a miracle is not even half of the amazing spirit she is. When we go to doctor’s appointments we get a lot of doctors, interns and students who want to see the Turner Syndrome baby who defeated the odds against her and is extremely healthy. I was annoyed at the medical community when I was pregnant because they would warn me of the many things that could be wrong with my little girl. I knew in my heart that she was strong and healthy; I just had no way to prove it. Now, she is here and she is proving everyday that miracles exist because she is strong and healthy. For once the medical community is marveling at what I know is a girl made strong and healthy by faith. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKETYCUr8a0/V_MJQVo6gcI/AAAAAAAAKbU/yjdsPlANaOkstW0jqfzf_3h7C4YI3SlZACEw/s1600/20160924_69.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKETYCUr8a0/V_MJQVo6gcI/AAAAAAAAKbU/yjdsPlANaOkstW0jqfzf_3h7C4YI3SlZACEw/s400/20160924_69.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We had faith the moment we saw our little girl on the ultra sound, no matter what the doctors told us. We had faith in the weeks of pregnancy that doctors gave us worrisome news. We had faith when we had to have an emergency cesarean due to her heart rate dropping. We had faith when they added a spine ultrasound because they were afraid there was an issue. We had faith when they made doctor appointments with specialist after specialist. We had faith when we were told that although our baby girl has a very rare chromosomal syndrome, she is incredibly strong and healthy. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VRGGE5DWMP0/V_MJKMyw4EI/AAAAAAAAKbU/TXcjW8KrWssk7vdh3-Z7pc-MJMJoE5OSACEw/s1600/20160924_104.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VRGGE5DWMP0/V_MJKMyw4EI/AAAAAAAAKbU/TXcjW8KrWssk7vdh3-Z7pc-MJMJoE5OSACEw/s400/20160924_104.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our little family has made it through quite a big storm. Right now we are on the other side where the sun is shining and a rainbow has come out. We are spending the next few months celebrating our strong and healthy baby girl and our new family of four! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h9W0TueT3w4/V_MJSfXhMaI/AAAAAAAAKbU/A4N8gvh9EgYm06bp1rjSUeEVn4gsFdsKACEw/s1600/Imogen2monthsold.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h9W0TueT3w4/V_MJSfXhMaI/AAAAAAAAKbU/A4N8gvh9EgYm06bp1rjSUeEVn4gsFdsKACEw/s400/Imogen2monthsold.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #inspirational, #parenting, #TurnerSyndrome, #TurnerSyndromeAwareness, #newbornwithTurnerSyndrome, #specialneedsparenting, #Imogen</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-78473053594522456832016-09-30T09:00:00.000-04:002016-09-30T09:00:17.534-04:00Kick Off Fall with Hubb's "Corn" Maze<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><img src="https://img1.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="ieooui" data-original-id="ieooui" /><style>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Kick Off Fall with Hubb’s “Corn” Maze</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QJAlndIg1FI/V-3BKDYhVZI/AAAAAAAAKXk/RtdLvPNXn1c0hqIAA8lajUYPVFF-XJbHwCLcB/s1600/14440724_10101703665887106_8136843636727406855_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QJAlndIg1FI/V-3BKDYhVZI/AAAAAAAAKXk/RtdLvPNXn1c0hqIAA8lajUYPVFF-XJbHwCLcB/s400/14440724_10101703665887106_8136843636727406855_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">Having a baby in the summer time was actually a slight plan for us. We intended to try to have a baby born in the summer months when it is too hot to go outside for very long. Imogen was born in July and our “nesting with newborn” time was during the very hot south weather and we were fortunate enough to enjoy it in the air conditioning. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">With Imogen two months old and the weather cooling off we are excited to show her our favorite time of year. Xavier loves the fall just as much as Nick and I. September, October and November are our big season of fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving fun. This is when we try to soak up as much of fall as we possibly can. Although we will be much more relaxed in “soaking up” with a newborn this year; we are excited to show Imogen around this world that we love during our favorite time of year. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Jq2RTKrT9E/V-3BMIJ9lgI/AAAAAAAAKY0/7Uw4OtjcwW4S15EVHkqtQpXpqTExJp09ACEw/s1600/IMG_6408.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Jq2RTKrT9E/V-3BMIJ9lgI/AAAAAAAAKY0/7Uw4OtjcwW4S15EVHkqtQpXpqTExJp09ACEw/s400/IMG_6408.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Last weekend our friends won some tickets to <a href="http://www.hubbscornmaze.com/">Hubb’s CornMaze</a> in Clinton, NC. They invited us along with them. It was our first time going. Clinton, NC is about an hour and a half away from where we live. Imogen did really well on her first car ride. Right away we were very impressed with Hubb’s Corn Maze. They had easy and free parking. Their pricing options for the farm are a little complicated to figure out, but it makes it easier for you to pick a package to fit your family’s individual needs and they are very knowledgeable and friendly. Xavier found what he loved best right away. He loved the gigantic sand box with nothing but huge construction trucks. What is not to love about that?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5Ko0wWCMxxc/V-3BLBSV_II/AAAAAAAAKYI/LN8mvxLkgLk_G3j2sWHiCQhKRWh_U-X_wCEw/s1600/14463158_10101703665308266_828596234673900654_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5Ko0wWCMxxc/V-3BLBSV_II/AAAAAAAAKYI/LN8mvxLkgLk_G3j2sWHiCQhKRWh_U-X_wCEw/s400/14463158_10101703665308266_828596234673900654_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Next it was onto the giant tube slides. I loved that they also accommodated Dada along for the ride.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mX0fcQA5qJY/V-3BL8lTrII/AAAAAAAAKYs/9M48DzDoWFoMVl2UezXmTH5-1zEBIaqnwCEw/s1600/IMG_6362.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mX0fcQA5qJY/V-3BL8lTrII/AAAAAAAAKYs/9M48DzDoWFoMVl2UezXmTH5-1zEBIaqnwCEw/s400/IMG_6362.jpg" width="225" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zzMIiPvDvhY/V-3BLwyjGnI/AAAAAAAAKYo/58p_ufh3gewjdWpatROMlAKBqf_J1J2nACEw/s1600/14495483_10101703665567746_3746849488765286342_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zzMIiPvDvhY/V-3BLwyjGnI/AAAAAAAAKYo/58p_ufh3gewjdWpatROMlAKBqf_J1J2nACEw/s400/14495483_10101703665567746_3746849488765286342_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bIaNqbXIZ5s/V-3BMNDckbI/AAAAAAAAKYw/PiBRGuEnUF8CXQQOb_dEd71l32HaXGanACEw/s1600/IMG_6396.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bIaNqbXIZ5s/V-3BMNDckbI/AAAAAAAAKYw/PiBRGuEnUF8CXQQOb_dEd71l32HaXGanACEw/s400/IMG_6396.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wgw9VgfUyTg/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wgw9VgfUyTg?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br /><br />Hubb’s did not just have “bouncy houses” they had two giant bounce pads to jump and play on. One was so big Xavier was a scared of it. However, the other one was one of his favorite things. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K-aHlBk2rKA/V-3BLCRSKEI/AAAAAAAAKYE/pfO_eXQVFpEvhFInQtmkSAlNMJ_vbv62gCEw/s1600/14463014_10101703665951976_3764900651512422934_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K-aHlBk2rKA/V-3BLCRSKEI/AAAAAAAAKYE/pfO_eXQVFpEvhFInQtmkSAlNMJ_vbv62gCEw/s400/14463014_10101703665951976_3764900651512422934_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qhTO12a67vI/V-3BLRLNDKI/AAAAAAAAKYQ/hIGh54dqUZYf8iaASiUvFyEWHqZGH4lzgCEw/s1600/14469730_10101703665617646_2184869696718650338_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qhTO12a67vI/V-3BLRLNDKI/AAAAAAAAKYQ/hIGh54dqUZYf8iaASiUvFyEWHqZGH4lzgCEw/s400/14469730_10101703665617646_2184869696718650338_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When we were ready for some sit down fun we had fun watching Xavier on the barrel train and anyone can ride the big train around the farm. They even have Cranky the Combine giving rides. The family hay ride was lots of fun, it even accommodated Imogen’s stroller. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bzZDsBDDLYs/V-3BLFrs05I/AAAAAAAAKYU/cTOlcFjBQZQoLBEoqv_h25iAkaRHsTRLwCEw/s1600/14449904_10101703894843276_1935174158588277092_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bzZDsBDDLYs/V-3BLFrs05I/AAAAAAAAKYU/cTOlcFjBQZQoLBEoqv_h25iAkaRHsTRLwCEw/s400/14449904_10101703894843276_1935174158588277092_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gXP07vIMIjQ/V-3BK6OCxSI/AAAAAAAAKX8/8esYsDuIPhMEJBwxPdBWv4UM4_p5cWgpgCEw/s1600/14450002_10101703735797006_2060740857964482696_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gXP07vIMIjQ/V-3BK6OCxSI/AAAAAAAAKX8/8esYsDuIPhMEJBwxPdBWv4UM4_p5cWgpgCEw/s400/14450002_10101703735797006_2060740857964482696_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XYzM7WypMoY/V-3BLscDXiI/AAAAAAAAKYg/-7S8pmfMVb0Isyy0uR4HQBx2uwT3Yzq3QCEw/s1600/14495347_10101703665702476_592947742513282721_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XYzM7WypMoY/V-3BLscDXiI/AAAAAAAAKYg/-7S8pmfMVb0Isyy0uR4HQBx2uwT3Yzq3QCEw/s400/14495347_10101703665702476_592947742513282721_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A8rHz1DqOuA/V-3BLr3YwhI/AAAAAAAAKYk/tAqM2mWtwdcTwtTsJDhs8IvuV7TfBYvmACEw/s1600/14495465_10101703714714256_1947562054832317685_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="390" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A8rHz1DqOuA/V-3BLr3YwhI/AAAAAAAAKYk/tAqM2mWtwdcTwtTsJDhs8IvuV7TfBYvmACEw/s400/14495465_10101703714714256_1947562054832317685_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_cHA9hEt4fA/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_cHA9hEt4fA?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I was extremely impressed with the facilities of Hubb’s Corn Maze. They have extra large outhouse bathrooms that are very clean, which you definitely appreciate after the long ride to the farm. Imogen is still nursing and will not take a bottle. I first nursed her on the bench watching the animatronics chicken show. (Yes, you read that correctly) However, it was hot outside and nursing in the heat is not something easily done for us. We luckily found a building called “Baby Hubb’s” which is a changing station and has two rocking chairs, curtains and a fan. It was an actual blissful stop of the day when I took Imogen to change her diaper and nurse her in front of the fan in the rocking chair. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HMZyN8tFyrw/V-3BKHRMwhI/AAAAAAAAKZE/tdYTsczcs14QVUdshg62gkpqjk5Ag037ACEw/s1600/14446217_10101703666241396_5333193153180649391_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HMZyN8tFyrw/V-3BKHRMwhI/AAAAAAAAKZE/tdYTsczcs14QVUdshg62gkpqjk5Ag037ACEw/s400/14446217_10101703666241396_5333193153180649391_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uGHYG1ZkBE8/V-3BKrViXHI/AAAAAAAAKZE/8MoUPioebfEsk1L5uGImvHQHqb-rIkN0ACEw/s1600/14449014_10101703665827226_7186974704750641836_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uGHYG1ZkBE8/V-3BKrViXHI/AAAAAAAAKZE/8MoUPioebfEsk1L5uGImvHQHqb-rIkN0ACEw/s400/14449014_10101703665827226_7186974704750641836_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q4BXKW0igQ4/V-3BKlG9baI/AAAAAAAAKZE/nvtTgzAx6YwravXNnFDuBYXeEYaPEFiIgCEw/s1600/14449892_10101703720402856_4815077428081658608_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q4BXKW0igQ4/V-3BKlG9baI/AAAAAAAAKZE/nvtTgzAx6YwravXNnFDuBYXeEYaPEFiIgCEw/s400/14449892_10101703720402856_4815077428081658608_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n0E0evYDHLY/V-3BK6EtNKI/AAAAAAAAKZE/LLWxN3LSCV8W7cQxA7pfZOcf8zcm_MbJQCEw/s1600/14462876_10101703666046786_6516151794943647526_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n0E0evYDHLY/V-3BK6EtNKI/AAAAAAAAKZE/LLWxN3LSCV8W7cQxA7pfZOcf8zcm_MbJQCEw/s400/14462876_10101703666046786_6516151794943647526_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TkzZiKHyNdk/V-3BLbN1syI/AAAAAAAAKZE/BmPOQOQQwDovVk_VAFWAtaaU42bD6JdpgCEw/s1600/14484718_10101703666440996_4738568132778245852_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TkzZiKHyNdk/V-3BLbN1syI/AAAAAAAAKZE/BmPOQOQQwDovVk_VAFWAtaaU42bD6JdpgCEw/s400/14484718_10101703666440996_4738568132778245852_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v9X0AM6AOtw/V-3BLhTzaUI/AAAAAAAAKZE/kaWQ7snKigULZsgiaH0nWyws-4bL43s9gCEw/s1600/14485155_10101703666266346_4099089430226637774_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v9X0AM6AOtw/V-3BLhTzaUI/AAAAAAAAKZE/kaWQ7snKigULZsgiaH0nWyws-4bL43s9gCEw/s400/14485155_10101703666266346_4099089430226637774_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzezV4kev54/V-3BLj9XJoI/AAAAAAAAKZE/TPqntS9AqGIOx8eP4p9FAknOBjMhgeaAACEw/s1600/14492538_10101703666530816_8771326068960448883_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzezV4kev54/V-3BLj9XJoI/AAAAAAAAKZE/TPqntS9AqGIOx8eP4p9FAknOBjMhgeaAACEw/s400/14492538_10101703666530816_8771326068960448883_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pywhH11ZxM0/V-3BMd-VrMI/AAAAAAAAKZE/EjttXNdPSe0tCTm92a7cziKbAp2F60bgQCEw/s1600/IMG_6530.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pywhH11ZxM0/V-3BMd-VrMI/AAAAAAAAKZE/EjttXNdPSe0tCTm92a7cziKbAp2F60bgQCEw/s400/IMG_6530.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WG3BFwWhpos/V-3BMj-jp2I/AAAAAAAAKZE/-gIVIb7MQAQCbLrm2lwl3RggsrUuugtsgCEw/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WG3BFwWhpos/V-3BMj-jp2I/AAAAAAAAKZE/-gIVIb7MQAQCbLrm2lwl3RggsrUuugtsgCEw/s400/photo.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We enjoyed the simple fun playground and giant lawn games and seeing the animals. Best of all we enjoyed the Corn Maze. I have no idea why I thought I would be good at a corn maze. I mean I’m good at the ones on paper, but you can easily see your way out. You have three choices of corn maze, hard, medium, and easy. We chose easy, because being stuck in a large corn maze with a two month old and a four year old is not my idea of fun. You are provided a map. However, I could not figure out the map. All you are surrounded by is actual corn taller than you. I was waiting for an alien to appear out of the corn while they are making a crop circle. Luckily, our friends are corn maze masters and got us out. If you have older kids they will love this part of the farm and it is beautiful walking through it. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PtGAiRSBzOc/V-3BKic2GMI/AAAAAAAAKZE/KtNqnf2FYiQGZyiVUytI_kAbuWHRd8TGwCEw/s1600/14449016_10101703666555766_2238643575040401072_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PtGAiRSBzOc/V-3BKic2GMI/AAAAAAAAKZE/KtNqnf2FYiQGZyiVUytI_kAbuWHRd8TGwCEw/s400/14449016_10101703666555766_2238643575040401072_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It was great to spend the whole day at Hubb’s Corn Maze. It was beautiful outside, we got to relax and the kid’s had a fun day. It was the perfect start to our favorite time of year. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-baske6CsZh4/V-3BKUQAVRI/AAAAAAAAKZE/Rhp6Z21xPesYzzbgkJcpw2-FVr9-b_IqQCEw/s1600/14440807_10101703722328996_1771073677911430010_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-baske6CsZh4/V-3BKUQAVRI/AAAAAAAAKZE/Rhp6Z21xPesYzzbgkJcpw2-FVr9-b_IqQCEw/s400/14440807_10101703722328996_1771073677911430010_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Start the Fall off right by visiting <a href="http://www.hubbscornmaze.com/">Hubb’s Corn Maze</a> in Clinton, NC. Find out more by visiting their website at <a href="http://www.hubbscornmaze.com/">www.HubbsCornMaze.com</a> you can even win tickets by liking their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Hubbscornmaze/">Facebook page</a> and sharing contest posts. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A special thanks to our friends for inviting us and for the awesome pictures! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#NextGenerationSAHMBlog, #HubbsCornMaze, #reviews, #fallfun, #funforkids, #familyfun, #reviewofplaces, #thingstodo </div>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-601375582198472651.post-79591853502075152602016-09-28T14:48:00.004-04:002016-09-28T14:54:18.341-04:00Be Prepared for Anything with Parenthood Ops<a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=TOP244d68c8996871f2aea1797b2aec504f" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.tomoson.com/images/front/pixel.png" style="display: none;" /></a><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Be Prepared for Anything with Parenthood Ops</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Written By Renee Arbia</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sponsor <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I0N34OC">ParenthoodOps</a></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift 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 or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4WdSsXiDnFM/V-wRGZaR_-I/AAAAAAAAKXQ/e2Iv_unkr-8EWpcvReN7Wtp5Vp0NmGkfACLcB/s1600/2016082917d19e8d4b5dda93e93c741b66c5961125be3fc898.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4WdSsXiDnFM/V-wRGZaR_-I/AAAAAAAAKXQ/e2Iv_unkr-8EWpcvReN7Wtp5Vp0NmGkfACLcB/s400/2016082917d19e8d4b5dda93e93c741b66c5961125be3fc898.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">With two months under our belt with our second child we are starting to venture out more and more as a new family of four. One of the biggest tricks I have found that helped with my first son and now with our daughter is to always try to be prepared. I try to always make sure we are ready for anything as much as possible. That way it minimizes how long it takes to leave the house. Don’t get me wrong, we run late all the time, but it is more likely because of a diaper change than I forgot to put diapers in the diaper bag.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b18Dw6cfHAI/V-wQ5plCqYI/AAAAAAAAKXE/b6B2A0XjmmIRPblwdRrXx1gJbbTn2_ByACEw/s1600/20160924_97.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b18Dw6cfHAI/V-wQ5plCqYI/AAAAAAAAKXE/b6B2A0XjmmIRPblwdRrXx1gJbbTn2_ByACEw/s400/20160924_97.JPG" width="298" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A fully stocked and ready to go diaper bag at all times is a must have. This way I know it is always ready to grab and go. My husband and I tend to disagree when it comes to diaper bags. I just want one that has a ton of pockets for things. He likes one more rugged and durable and not too much baby in its looks. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JgB2uznk-Ss/V-wQ3vQ1Z_I/AAAAAAAAKW4/d1lcCxF3U2004Hh5gE1ZTkthgW0dWQWaACEw/s1600/20160924_153.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JgB2uznk-Ss/V-wQ3vQ1Z_I/AAAAAAAAKW4/d1lcCxF3U2004Hh5gE1ZTkthgW0dWQWaACEw/s400/20160924_153.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We were excited to try out the new <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I0N34OC">EDC Diaper Bag fromParenthood Ops</a>. Parenthood Ops is baby gear inspired by dads. Their diaper bag is all about function and fashion so that dads are excited to help carry the diaper bag or even have their own. The EDC Diaper Bag is ruggedly built to last and is versatile for everyday use. It has a wide variety of pockets in different places and even a hidden back pocket. I loved that there are “TAC-DAD” and “TAC-MOM” patches that come off and stick on with Velcro so you can change it no matter who is using the diaper bag. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The EDC Diaper Bag is one of our favorites; in fact my husband uses it all the time. We love all the different size pockets. I was surprised all the things it is able to hold with room to spare. Also, we love how easy it is to adjust and carry. It is very strong and durable yet lightweight which is hard to find in a diaper bag. We also like that it is a pretty neutral bag and not everyone even knows it is a diaper bag at first glance. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yCzKOoXxMA/V-wRG8jNxxI/AAAAAAAAKXU/LQk4RAY48jIM9BT3fKNLXbg9Y52dfz2QQCEw/s1600/2016082917f8113ba47c8129f4f8775a90077ed085b335f114.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yCzKOoXxMA/V-wRG8jNxxI/AAAAAAAAKXU/LQk4RAY48jIM9BT3fKNLXbg9Y52dfz2QQCEw/s400/2016082917f8113ba47c8129f4f8775a90077ed085b335f114.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Having a diaper bag that is reliable and ready to go is what helps us to have fun new experiences as a family. It also lets us be able to share the fun with Imogen and take turns taking her to new places. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Be sure to have a diaper bag you love!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can order the Parenthood Ops EDC Diaper Bag from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I0N34OC">Amazon</a>!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">#parenthoodops, #sponsored, #reviews, #diaperbag, #NextGenerationSAHMBlog</div><a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=BOTTOM244d68c8996871f2aea1797b2aec504f" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.tomoson.com/images/front/pixel.png" style="display: none;" /></a>Next Generation Stay At Home Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05881039747929244251noreply@blogger.com0