What to Eat Struggles

The struggle continues and seems to be getting more challenging with our selective eater. He will not like or eat meat so chicken, bacon, turkey; hot dogs are all out of the question and he is allergic to nuts so that is another challenge. He wants nothing to do with cereals such as cheerios, frosted/corn flakes, cinnamon crunch etc. He now has found a love for fish so we have fish and tuna that we prepare for dinner and sometimes lunch. He will eat his fill of salads, all kinds of vegetables and fruits so I take advantage of every opportunity to give him his favorites.

Lately he has been even more selective and even his favorites are no longer options for him to eat. That had me a bit concerned so I consulted with his doctor and was told he is healthy and will probably grow out of it. Well in the meantime I am a bit concerned that he may not be getting enough protein and have been trying some fun recipes where I can ensure its packed with enough protein and other nutrients and tasty that he will eat.

I found a new favorite recipe by accident and now he is in love with the idea. I prepared an Acai bowl at home and he wanted to taste it and the rest is history. The difference with his bowl is that it does not have Acai included. It’s prepared with Silk Very Vanilla, blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, pineapples, sliced apples and half or a banana. I top it with blueberries and sliced bananas and he loves it and as far as he is concerned it’s an Acai Bowl. He gets everything in the bowl that would be challenging to give separately at a meal.

If he eats a waffle or bagel for breakfast then the bowl supplements for what he would be missing in other forms of protein. We use it also for dinner regardless of what he eats as a main course. The bowl is used as a dessert and puts my minds at ease knowing that he is getting an adequate serving of protein and other nutrients.

The story continues and I am ready for him to grow out of this phase and start eating or trying other foods. He doesn’t have to eat meat but it would be good for him to go easy on being so selective. Mommy would really appreciate the consideration.

All the best until next time!

GenMom!

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

My Heartbeats 

IMG_6661Motherhood is not for the faint of heart or if you need sleep to survive. The journey to motherhood is easy for some and others walk through broken glass and lava to get there. Then you are blessed and you have nine months and some less of your body turning against you most of the time. All while you try to protect at all cost the little blessing you are carrying.

Upon their arrival your little blessing is everything you imagined and more. While the joys of motherhood can become overwhelming you have to remember that you are not perfect. There will be good days and sad days. There is never a moment of peace or rest and you try to keep your sanity. It seems never ending as they grow and challenge your every nerve, patience and sanity.

Having a 26 year old and a 4 year old has turned my world upside down. I have to say that I would not change a thing in my journey and if I had to do it al over again I would take the same path. Who needs sleep and sanity when you have the love and respect of your children. Blessed that I was chosen as the mother to my children.

Happy Mother’s Day!

All the best until next time.

GenMom

Ice Cream Sunday Treats

Ice Cream Sunday Treats

RJ loves ice cream so thought it would be a great idea to take him to the local ice cream shop to see how ice cream is made from scratch. We found a great local ice cream shop Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt. The attendant was awesome. He explained the process to RJ who had a million questions every step of the way. I wanted to see it too so it was the first time for me too. It was pretty interesting and he had lots of fun. It’s funny because he is not a regular ice cream eater. He prefers fruit popsicles, yogurt, fruits and apple sauce instead. Still cool to see his reaction of how ice cream is made and him eating with the steam coming from the ice cream. Absolutely love these moments and would not change it for the world. Blessed to Great end to a fun weekend.

 

Hope you have a great week. Until Next Time!

Best, GenMom.

 

Mommy and Son Time

Mommy and Son Time

Well, sleeping in on Saturdays and Sundays have been cancelled!! Why can’t kids body clocks on weekend move up at least 2 hours? Why will kids wake up at 6 am on a Saturday and then they want you to be up and fully functional at that time. It’s always, Mommy I am ready to go, ready to play and want to do everything at 6 am. I have one eye open and one eye closed as I try to be responsive to just saying good morning to him. I can’t even think or rationalize moving from one point to the next. I keep saying “I Love my husband”……I will never grow old at this rate because I am always chasing RJ and if it has not caused me to pass out at least I am getting in lots of exercise and it’s keeping me young.

Let’s see what kind of fun we can have today and how much mischief we can get in together. Hope you and your little one(s) have a great weekend. Hug them tight and enjoy the moments even if we get no sleep or have no rest in between.

Until Next Time. Best, GenMom.

Saving Our Children from Violence!

Shaken!

When we live in a world where we have to teach Kindergarten through High School students lock down and active shooter drills, it’s one of despair and a feeling of helplessness as a parent. We send our children to school very day and expect that they will learn, be safe, make new friends, explore new learning and make it home safely. Well, that has forever changed for my family.

We recently relocated to the Parkland area where the shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and it has shaken me to my core. How do we shield your 4 -year old angel from all of this sorrow and evil? How do we explain it to him if he asks? These and may other questions have kept me up over the past few days. There was no sleep over the past few nights thinking about what has occurred in our community.

We are realists and know that there is evil in the world and that bad things happen everyday. What we don’t think of or should have to consider, is that this is commonplace and normal. The incidents we are being sensitized to see as normal and occurring at schools is not acceptable and normal. I just cannot see why our leaders and others see that this is the new normal. We know that while in school our son will possibly get scratches and bruises playing, maybe a broken limb playing a sport, loose a tooth playing or by accident or other non life threatening injury. What we can’t fathom is that there is a possibility for this to happen to anyone or ourselves.

Will our new reality be making sure on their way out of the door or dropping them off that we make sure they have their books, lunch and remember their active shooter drill protocol? We should not and cannot be sensitized to thinking that one of the normal occurrences is that he and other children gets gunned down while in school. How do I wrap my mind around the devastation that parents are handling right now with knowing they will never hug their child again, see them compete in their favorite sport, play an instrument, graduate from high school, college, get married and have children. One of our neighbors in our community lost their son in this massacre. The grief is overwhelming for them and I feel helpless in being able to bring any comfort. I can only offer words of sympathy and pray for them to find solace during their time of grief.

My heart is broken for the families and for what we now have to expect as the new normal because there is not enough will for everyone that can change the course we are on the take action. One thing is evident is that the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become the leaders in this tragedy and will not stand down and wait to see what will happen. They will have support from our community to bring about the change that is needed to ensure more of our children are not victims of gun violence in our schools.

Every day we hug RJ a little longer and take extra time enjoying the silly moments. It should never be taken for granted that our kids are safe in school. This week has confirmed that for me in the most horrific and painful way.

Praying for the families who lost their children, our community and country. We need something to change.

Prayerful. Best!

GenMom.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

RJ’s World Toy Review- Happy Valentine’s Day!

As parents we do our best to teach RJ to be caring and thoughtful of others. In a world where it seems that the goodness has left people and the thought is only of self we take this seriously. We know there is no perfect child but it’s important to teach him to be a good person and thoughtful.

We had a lot of fun with RJ preparing Valentine’s Day gifts for his classmates and teachers. Somehow making the gift bags turned into him making shapes out of blow pops. We had a lot of fun and hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching. Subscribe, share, like and comment below.

Until Next Time.

GenMom!

 

Valentine's Day Ideas

Keeping Kids Home If They Are Sick!

I have been guided by do onto others as you would like them to do onto you. This obviously does not apply when someone has a sick child and have to still take them to school for whatever reason. I get it, there are some situations where parent(s) are unable to take off from work etc. but it is painful for others.

So we have been having a fairly great season and have had no instances of RJ getting sick. We tried to be good parents and made sure that we take the necessary precautions necessary fr the flu season. RJ has had his flu shot and we are cruising right along. Well… Full Stop!!! He comes home today after school and said he was really tired. We did his review of what he learned at school, prepared the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for his class, reviewed and studied his sight words and then he went to play.

He goes to karate and the bookstore and by the time he gets back home he is coughing, eyes watery, felt warm and wanted no part of his dinner. Well that was surprising but what really was shocking was he said he should have taken a nap. RJ has not taken a voluntary nap in his bed for at least a year. If he is in the car and tired he will fall asleep but not happening voluntarily.

He has just passed out after coughing and I can only imagine what the night will hold for me. I am being positive but prepared for a rough night. I am going to need coffee all day tomorrow just to survive.

Hoping for the Best!

GenMom!

Cooking with RJ!

 

Pizza Pizza!!

With our picky eater and self-proclaimed vegan RJ loves pizza. We try to get him to make them and have a little fun along the way. This time he only wanted cheese and sauce for his pizza so here we have it. He does not like the thick pasta sauces so i have to find sauce that is thinner and no so heavy….. I am always on skates trying to keep up with what he will and will not eat as sometimes it changes by the day.

I really don’t recall having these roller coaster moments with food for our daughter 22 years ago and know that I definitely didn’t go through these moments with not eating meat.

We just uploaded this to his YouTube channel and hope you enjoy viewing.

Our next recipe will be one that I have seen on a blog and will make sure to credit the blogger once we prepare.

Best until next time!

No More Meat!

No More Meat!

No More Meat!

Well, since RJ has decided he is a vegetarian my husband  have decided to go on the journey with him and remove red meat, chicken or turkey from his diet and only eat fish and salmon. I am now scrambling to find delicious vegetarian recipes and fun ideas for lunch and dinner. I have found a few great recipes on blogs and now just coming up with others randomly. Let’s see if RJ will try some of the fish and add that to his menu.

My first attempt at a vegetarian recipe for dinner was not as bad I thought. Here goes!

Veggie and Pasta Medley

Ingredients

8- Baby Cabbage
8 – Med Baby Carrots
¼ Green Pepper
¼ Red Peppers
¼ Yellow Peppers
¼ Orange Peppers
4 – Sprigs of Asparagus
6 – Sprigs of Broccoli
½ – Zucchini
½ teaspoon of garlic salt or Mrs Dash
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
1 – Box Penne Pasta |
1 – Jar – 16 ounces Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 – Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ cup of water  

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash vegetables and place in medium size bowl.
  2. Slice vegetables to size of your preference.
  3. Place large saucepan on stove on medium heat.
  4. Add olive oil to saucepan then add vegetables, Mrs. Dash/Garlic Salt and soy sauce.
  5. Place on low heat, pour in water as needed and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. If you prefer for your vegetables to be softer then leave on low for another 5 minutes.
  7. Boil penne pasta on medium heat until it is to your preferred texture.
  8. Drain pasta and add to large mixing bowl.
  9. Add marinara sauce and stir. Serve with mixed vegetables or prepare as meals and store.

    Recipe by: GenMom
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Bon a Petit!

Best until next time!