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!

 

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Lessons of Love from a 4 Year Old!

Teaching kids to be kindhearted, caring and respectful of everyone regardless of their culture or background.

RJ’s Super Star Week!

 

RJ's Superstar Week
RJ’s Superstar Week

This has been an amazing week for RJ at school. He has received the “Fruit of the Spirit for Love” for his class, aced all of his sight words and had top rating for his behavior all week. We teach RJ to be kindhearted, caring and respectful of everyone regardless of their culture or background. He is such a loving son and genuinely cares about people he meets. This is the best Valentine’s Day present that we could receive. 

If someone in his class is sick he includes them in his prayers every night and keeps them there until he replaces their name with someone else that may be sick. He loves to open the door for his mommy and anytime he sees a woman or girl walking to the door he runs to hold it open.

It is heart warming to see what we are teaching him being put into action at school, home and when he is out. We had a great afternoon celebrating with a special trip to a new adventure location. The video of our exciting trip will be posted next week.

Great Week RJ! Thanks for our early Valentine’s DayPresent. 

Val Day Balloons

 

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

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

Valentines Day Heart

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.

Val Day Balloons

Have a Happy and Memorable Valentine’s Day!

How Did I Get Here?

That saying is “I Love My husband”. I say that because when you are 48 years old with a 22 years old daughter out of college and you can see the destinations on the map where you want to travel and thinking of all the date night fun ahead, you have to love your husband to start over being parents.

IMG_1631 2On days when my 4 year old is asking 100 questions a minute and I am helping our 26-year-old daughter manage her Track and Field career along with being a mid-level executive I am forever trying to remind myself how I got here. I am blessed beyond what I deserve and know that the fun times and love outweighs the chaos that sometime fills my days and nights. Here is a backstory of how I am now a generational mom. I was a divorced single mom with a daughter and got re-married to my high school crush. Well, there is a saying I tell family and friends who want to know how I am handling being a mom to a children who are so far apart in age. That saying is “I Love My husband”. I say that because when you are 48 years old with a 22 years old daughter out of college and you can see the destinations on the map where you want to travel and thinking of all the date night fun ahead, you have to love your husband to start over being parents.

Until next time, Best!

Gen Mom!

Generational mom is a place for women and men who have children in various generations (also those who don’t) and working through the complexity of understanding and managing expectations while keeping your cool. Things get pretty interesting when you’re trying to parent a 26 year old and 4 year old at the same time. This blog is going to be a place to lay everything on the table the good, the bad and the hilariously funny.

Welcome to Generational Mom!

I am working through the complexity of understanding and managing expectations with multi generational children. Things get pretty interesting when you’re trying to be supportive of a 27 year old daughter who is an athlete and entrepreneur and a 5 year old  son at the same time. I am new to blogging and working through the maze and all of the areas surrounding this experience. This blog will cover my recent change from having a 26 year career as an executive with a company to making the big decision to be a stay at home mom. Truth be told, if it was up to my husband I would have resigned when I found out I was pregnant in 2013.

After working for over 26 years with the company I never expected to resign and had all expectation of continuing on to the next level in my career. You know what happens when you make plans for your career that does not take into consideration being a mom to a 4 year old at my age and realizing that you are missing out on some of the most memorable moments of his development. I am enjoying every moment and I have to say being a stay at home mom is harder than being senior director to an operational team. What you can proactively plan for in the career world in some cases cannot be done with a 5 year old. I am having fun and making memories but the exhaustion is real and the lack of sleep is overwhelming.

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