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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Summer Safety Series

Summer Safety Series: Part – 1
Fireworks Safety:
It’s suggested that families attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home. Fireworks that are not handled correctly could cause fatal injuries.

Summer Safety Series: Part – 2
Water Safety
As you start the summer remember to review pool and water rule with your family. Some of the following are important to a safe and fun summer. Always have an adult monitoring kids in the water. Locate the lifeguard upon arrival and show them to your family. Walking and not running to the pool. Avoid using electronic equipment when you are at the pool and responsible for monitoring kids. Check out the link in my bio for more information.

Summer Safety Series: Part – 3
Playground Safety Tips:
Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part. Parents should be mindful to supervise children on play equipment to make sure they are safe. Avoid using your phones while you are supervising your children. It only takes a second for something to happen. Remember to talk to your kids about stranger danger. Check out the link in my bio for more information.

Summer Safety Series: Part – 4
Bicycle Safety:
A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should always be worn. When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standards. Helmets are particularly important for preventing and minimizing head injuries. Arm and kneepads are always recommended for additional safety in minimizing scratches and injuries from falling. Check out the link in my bio for more information.

Summer Safety Series: Part – 5
Bug safety Tips:
Always avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom. Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child if they are going outdoors.

Have a safe and happy summer!

GenMom.

Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

As we move into our summer schedules and all the activities with our families and kids please remember to place safety at the top of our list. With 4th of July quickly approaching we should be prepared for all emergencies that could occur if we are around fireworks or if you choose to set of fireworks from home. It’s easy to overlook the dangers that may await because everyone is so wrapped up in the excitement of the fireworks and easily overlook hazards. 

Summer Safety Tips: Part – 1
Fireworks Safety:
It’s suggested that families attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home. Fireworks that are not handled correctly could cause fatal injuries. Children should never play with fireworks and it’s suggested that there should always be an adult supervising them while they are in an area with fireworks.

HEre’s a few links to organizations that provide detailed information and guidance on fireworks safety.

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Offers-Summer-Safety-Tips-for-All-Season-Long

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/fireworks.html

Here’s to a safe and happy holiday.

Have a safe and happy summer!

GenMom!

What a Week!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!! It’s been one of those weeks!!!!

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I got sick on Sunday after running my body into the ground over the weekend😢 🤧The challenge of being a GenMom with kids generations apart has its peaks and valleys❤️✨

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Our daughter @satkinsongrier came home for a layover on her way to go to high jump competition in Jamaica and to be home for her brothers birthday🎂❤️ We celebrated our little Prince 5th birthday at Disney all while I was still sick but the show must go on🤧With being sick and birthday trip planning I missed scheduling some of his activities for the next few weeks and planning a project with San😢😰

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Hope you had a productive and fun week. If you missed some of your targets know that the work never ends and move to the next day or week! .

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Enjoy your weekend and welcome summer ☀️ 🌞 📸 by @satkinsongrier

Outfit: @rossdressforless – My new favorite store❤️❤️❤️

All the best until next time.

GenMom!

B-52 Bomber from Recycled Materials

B-52 Bomber from Recycled Materials

One of our favorite places to visit is the Young at Art Museum @youngatartmuseum. It’s a great place for interactive and creative activities for kids of all ages.

He loves airplanes and loves to make them every chance he gets and with anything he can find.✈️Here’s his B-52 bomber he made from recycled materials. As we were leaving the museum one of the attendants asked him to explain what he made. After he told her that it was a B-52 bomber with gunners, engines and cargo space she asked if she could take pictures of his B-52 to show others and her friend who builds airplanes ✈️ 📚📸Proud Mommy Moment✨This is going to be an awesome summer and can’t wait to see what else he creates.

Once we got home he wanted to build a runway with for the plane to take off. The plastic table cloth used for the arts and craft table and his coloring pencils ended up being the runway and the guide path for the plane to travel through. I don’t know how he comes up with these ideas but it’s going to me a busy and creative summer.

Details below on how to make the B-52 Bomber. ✈️💥✨

Making B-52 Bomber

1 – Empty 2 Liter plastic bottle soda bottle
2 – Empty 16 or 12 ounce water bottles
2 – empty glue stick containers
1 – roll of scotch tape
2 – sheets of recycle paper from magazine cover or paper with that texture or thickness.

Directions:

  • Place the 2 -liter bottle on a table or counter
  • Cut the wings from the recycle paper (length of wings to your preference)
  • Tape it across the middle portion of the bottle with scotch tape.
  • Take the two 16 ounce water bottles and cut in two parts.
    • If you use the 12-ounce bottles then cut about ¼ inch off from the bottom and use the remainder for the engine.
  • Use the top of the bottle to tape under the middle of the wings
  • Use the two empty glue stick containers and place on the outer area of the wing to the left of each engine.
  • Have the open portion of the glue stick positioned to the rear portion of the plane.
  • Cut 2 pieces of paper 2’ x 2’ and tape them to the left rear and right rear of the body of the plane.
  • Cut 1 piece of paper 3” long by 2” wide.
  • Make a cut of 2” in the center of the rear tail of the bottle and tape the 3” piece of paper in the 2” open space.

 

Enjoy making and playing with your B-52 Bomber!

All the best until next time!

GenMom!

 

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day 💯 to all the dads today and everyday. Being a father is not for the faint at heart and with some of the perquisites of never again getting a full night sleep, extra patience beyond what you can fathom and never wearing a clean shirt again may be too much for some to handle. 😀❤️

To all the mom’s, aunts, godmothers and grandmothers who have been in the role of mom and dad have a great day.

All the best until next time!

GenMom!

Happy Father’s Day My Love!

Happy Father’s Day My Love!

Happy Fathers Day to my amazing husband. You are a blessing from God to our family. Your unwavering love and care for our family is what makes me love you more and more each day. Whether it’s supporting our daughter @satkinsongrier In going after her dreams and passion for high jumping and getting her Masters Degree or taking our son RJ fishing and teaching him how to roller skate, you never miss an opportunity to be present and involved in our kids lives. I know it gets hectic sometimes trying to keep it all going. Thanks for being the example they need to see of an amazing dad!

All the best until next time!

GenMom!

Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp

Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp

Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon shredded carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon garden seasoning (non-salted) Mrs. Dash (Optional) 
  • 1/3 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • ½ tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced

Preparation Instructions

  1. Add shrimp in a medium size-mixing bowl with salt and marinate for 20-30 minutes; toss every so often.
  2. Heat a large wok or 12-inch skillet until very hot. While the pan is heating, lightly pat dry the shrimp on paper towel and add to wax paper. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to the pan and heat until sizzling. Add half of the shrimp to the pan and stir-fry stirring continuously until just pink but not cooked through, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the partially cooked shrimp to a plate or Pyrex dish, then add the remaining two tablespoons of oil to the pan and heat until sizzling; add the remaining shrimp and stir-fry as follow as you did for the first portion.
  4. When the shrimp are just pink but not cooked through, add the reserved shrimp back to the pan along with the ginger, onion, garlic, sweet red chili sauce and bell peppers; stir-fry for about 1 minute more. Add the water, cloves, scallions, soy sauce, and cook until the shrimp are cooked through, 1-2 minutes more. Do not overcook.
  5. Use a spatula to transfer the shrimp to a serving dish. Continue to cook the sauce until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat then pour over the shrimp. Serve with jasmine or white rice.

 

Bon Appetit!

Enjoy… Until next time!

GenMom

Being the Change You Want To See

Being the Change You Want To See

Our society and world can be so cynical and mean spirited that sometimes you wonder how people can be so down right cruel in their intentions, with their words and actions. The hatred is not restricted to adults in their mean spiritedness, they have no reservation in going after children as well. It seems there is no low that is too low for how people treat each other these days. There is no limit to what people say to others that they don’t know, whether in person or while sitting in front of a computer and attacking someone from a keyboard. Civility seems to have ceased or stood still and that has my heart aching as I try to ensure that our son is not affected by so much of the negativity, animosity and hurtfulness that is expressed everyday.

As parents we try to shield our children to the best of our ability but there is always instances where they come face to face with the madness of what is being portrayed as the norm and as an okay way of behaving when it is certainly not okay. We teach our son that the negativity he may hear is not normal or unacceptable. We are blessed that through our discussions and examples that we have shown him and taught him that he has to be the better person in situations where he would encounter any form of negativity.

It’s great to see how he puts that into action when he is out and he sees or hears something that is unacceptable and he will acknowledge that the person is not being nice or that they should say excuse me or thank you.

We teach our son to treat others the way he wants to be treated and that everyone should be valued regardless of their status or social place in the world.  We are not perfect parents or humans but we are delighter to see his positive attitude in how he interacts with his peers. We have to be the change and show them that they too are the change we want to see in our world!

 

All the best until next time!

GenMom