Our Vegan Toddler!

At 3 years old my son is standing steadfast in his decision to be a vegetarian.

How does a toddler decide he is a Vegetarian?

RJ_Vegetarian KidWhen I was growing up and with my daughter there was no option to decide if you were a vegetarian at 3 years old but my son is standing steadfast in his decision. He is now 4 years old and we are in the same place of him not eating any meat. It is one of the most puzzling things that I have experienced with my son and I think I have figured out how it happened. As we started teaching him about animals and watching videos of them and in his books we noticed that he started refusing to eat any meat. He kept saying he does not like meat.

We eat pretty healthy in our home with fruits and vegetables but we do not eat meat and stay away from fried foods. As a baby we would feed RJ homemade prepared fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, applesauce and then started adding chicken hot dogs, dinosaur chicken nuggets, broiled fish, spaghetti with turkey meat sauce, rice and ground turkey.

Well, I have had to get creative in making sure he is getting all of the required nutrition and not lose my mind in trying to figure out what to feed him. He now eats pasta with cheese, tuna sandwiches, boiled eggs, cheese pizza, salads, grilled cheese, yogurt, broccoli and every vegetable you put in front of him or almost anything that does not have meat. We also supplement with pediasure, vitamins and making sure he gets protein from other foods.

His doctors have assured me that he is healthy and ahead of his grown percentile. But I can’t help but scratch my head everyday trying to be creative in making sure he gets the right nutrition. He proudly says he is a vegetarian and not a meatatarian (if there is such a name). I have no idea how he came up with that name. His new saying now is that he is a herbivore not a carnivore. Who knew? I think we are in for run with him being more determined not to eat meat. I hear from some moms that they have had this experience and that it goes away after a few years and some say it continued through their teenage years.

Would appreciate hearing from other parents who have had similar experiences or going through it now. Please share any ideas on fun and tasty kids recipes you have tried.

Best until next time!

Sandra

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Island Flava – How to Make Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Island Flava – Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Ingredients
For 6 Person(s)
Recipe

by GenMom
  • 3 pound(s) chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup(s)  White Vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Grace Browning Sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoon(s) Grace Jerk Seasoning**
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup(s) red sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup(s) onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 Lime, cut into 4-6 wedges

Jerk Chicken Drumsticks Directions

  1. Clean chicken and remove any skin if desired. Wash in a vinegar and water solution (4 1/2 cups water).
  2. In a bowl, add soy sauce, browning sauce, 1 tablespoon parsley and Grace Jerk Seasoning and mix together.
  3. Add chicken to the mixture above and allow to marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Add Vegetable/Olive Oil to marinated chicken pieces until all is covered.
  5. Add chicken to large flat baking pan covered with aluminum foil or Pyrex dish to bake.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 mins then turn over and bake for another 15 mins.
  7. Add some of the remaining water if needed, sweet peppers and onion; simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of parsley to sprinkle across chicken and leave in oven for 5-10 mins with oven turned off. Add lime wedges and celery for garnish.

**add 1 or more tablespoon for a more spicy taste

Preparation time: 30m

Cooking time:  40m

Temperature: 375 degrees

Grace Jerk seasoning and browning sauce can be found on Amazon.com

 

Hope You Enjoy! 

Surprise Visit to Toys R Us!

surprise visit to Toys R US for RJ to pick out a special toy. RJ loves airplanes and has been talking about them all week after seeing a movie recently. We thought this would be a great way to reward him for having a super fantastic week at school and home. Come along and let’s have some fun! Thanks for watching. Please subscribe, share, like and comment below.

We had a surprise visit to Toys R US for RJ to pick out a special toy. RJ loves airplanes and has been talking about them all week after seeing a movie recently. We thought this would be a great way to reward him for having a super fantastic week at school and home. Come along and let’s have some fun!

What are some of the ways you reward your toddlers for doing a great job in school and around the house? Please follow, share, like and comment below.

Best, Until next time!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Fun Ideas

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Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas!

1. Leave a love note or card for your spouse in different places daily.
a) Pinned to clothes, in shoes, TV, remotes.. etc. b) Favorite cup or mug, inside refrigerator etc. c) In bathroom on the mirror or in shower. d) On Pillow or in their lingerie or pajamas drawer. e) Place them in their car, purses, briefcases, backpacks etc

2. Leave rose petals on the floor leading to different places daily the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

3. Plan for an intimate activity in each of those locations on those days. It could be as intimate as reading a love poem together or something more elaborate. Use your imaginations.

4. Surprise your significant other when they get home by meeting them at the door with a glass of wine, beer or their favorite drink.

5. Take a drive to a nearby park and have an early Valentine’s Day picnic watching the sunset or a late night rendezvous watching the stars.

6. Visit an Arts Gallery and take in some of their Valentine’s Day activities.

7. If you have kids look for activities that will include kids as part of the event.

8. Bake Valentines Day cookies with your kids and have them help you fix a Valentines Day dinner for the family.

9. Have fun with using red food coloring to fix dinner and create fun along the way.

10. You really can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed, which also happens to be the best start to Valentine’s Day.

11. Visit a favorite area with restaurants and bars. Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop from place-to-place, grab seats at the bar or if they have an outside seating area, and order different kinds of wine and appetizers while  playing footsie under the table. 

12. Flash back to where it all started for your relationship by reinacting your first date. Play a memory game to see how much details you can remember from your date and order the same items for your evening. 

13. If you and your loved one are into physical fitness go for a bike ride along some of the historic sites in your city. Almost all of the big cities and towns have bike rental websites online, including tandem bikes, that have affordable hourly rates.

14. Seek out some of the areas that are not busy this time of the year and off the beaten path, take a Valentine’s Day weekend excursion somewhere that will get you both exploring the unfamiliar. Make reservations through an Airbnb or other source instead of going through the more expensive hotel options.

15. When museums stay open after-hours, they tend to spice things up by throwing a party or holding a special event—especially on V-Day. Take an after-dark art tour for two like the one offered by the San Diego Museum of Art, complete with a picnic basket for two, chocolate truffles and champagne, accompanied by live music.

16. Plan a scavenger hunt at home. Think for items you can use to hide that are his and your favorite intimate items. Be creative and make up your own with fun and erotic prizes.

17. Venture out for a sip and paint activity in your area. You can find some great deals on Groupon for your area or maybe look for areas a that have museums close by that you can visit. Suggest that you use an Uber, Lyft or designated driver to ensure you’ll get an unforgettable night.

18. February weather isn’t always the most romantic, so if you’d rather stay in on V-Day, channel your inner kids and play your fave childhood board games. It’s a great way to laugh and bond without just watching a movie like usual.

19. Do something adventurous and out of the norm. If you are in a warmer climate try a hot air balloon ride. If you are in a colder climate then try indoor skydiving. There are great finds on Groupon where you can get up to almost half off the cost.

20. Check out some local talent for a comedy show, open mic or new artist in your area. You can usually find them listed on Eventbrite or Groupon for your areas. Another source is the display boards at your local coffee shops.

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Have a Happy and Memorable Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him Under $50

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her Under $50

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Valentines Day Ideas for Her Under $50

For Her:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hill’s $16.00 – Lip Gloss
    https://www.sephora.com/product/lip-gloss-P404830
  2. MARC JACOBS FRAGRANCES Daisy & Daisy Eau So Fresh Mini Set Sephora -$20.00
  3. Sephora- CUSTOM MAKEOVER Private 45-minute session Update your look at the Beauty Studio with a full-face makeover — complimentary with a $50 minimum purchase and FREE for VIB Rouge members.
  4. Sephora – MINI FACIAL 15 Minutes Address specific skincare concerns in a 15-minute session with our Skincare Advisors—free.Personalized Pillowcase Set – Couples

 

 

5. Etsy Personalized Pillow cases – Valentine’s Day – Gifts for Her – Gifts for Couples – GC891 STICKFIGURES – $39

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6. Etsy – Personalized Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet – just breathe, choice of quote, name – Inspirational Birthday for Her – Valentine’s Day for Her – $32.40

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7. Etsy – Signature Bracelet∙Couple name bracelet∙Valentine’s day gift∙Valentine day gift∙Personalized Gift – $34.50

Happy Valentines and Happy Shopping! Best!Val Day Balloons

 

I am here!

At 48 years old we were blessed with a vivacious and healthy baby boy Kenneth Jr. I was expecting for my world to be different but not for it to be literally blown to bits. As I settled back into having a newborn after 22 years of not having to change diapers, breastfeeding, literally no sleep pass 2-3 hours a day and the emotional imbalance your body goes through with postpartum I realized that I was going to be in for a world of difference with our new son.

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At 48 years old we were blessed with a vivacious and healthy baby boy Kenneth Jr.- aka “RJ”, I was expecting for my world to be different but not for it to be literally blown to bits. As I settled back into having a newborn after 22 years of not having to change diapers, breastfeeding, literally no sleep pass 2-3 hours a day and the emotional imbalance your body goes through with postpartum I realized that I was going to be in for a world of difference with our new son. I am now 53 years old and it seems that I will have no opportunity to grow old anytime soon but who wants to get old anyway. The trade off has been some of the most amazing moments of my life. This is my story and how I began my journey as a generational mom. Hope to be able to share some the good, bad, funny and sometimes outrageous times in this space among other fun stuff.

Best, until next time!