Parkland Mommy!

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Hi There! 

Thanks so much for visiting Parkland Mommy.

I’m Sandra Bryan-Grier and I am resident of Parkland, FL. and creator of Parkland Mommy. My family and I relocated to Parkland, FL in 2017 from Upper Marlboro, MD for a change of pace and to get closer to family and friends. My 5 year old son loves to learn and experience new things so I can’t wait to explore Parkland and the surrounding area with him and share our discoveries with you all. Parkland is overflowing with fun family activities and we look forward to getting out there and meeting our new neighbors. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Sandra 

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Christmas Pajama Sets

Tis the Season to make Memories:

It’s often difficult to find something that my 5 and 27 year old will agree on. That’s important for me especially around the holidays to make sure that we are always looking for ways to include all of us in memorable moments. I found some of the most adorable  options on Amazon with so many fun styles and colors every member of the family will be happy and excited to wear their holiday pajamas. With that said we agreed one of the styles below and can’t wait to receive them in the next couple of days.

Click on the link below to Check out Amazon for great family pajama sets and get your order placed soon for speedy delivery before the holidays.

Happy Shopping

Martha & Marley Spoon Cooking

I love cooking and wanted to mix it up a bit with some new ideas and decided to try some of the prep packaged meals that I had been hearing about. I heard an advertisement from Martha and Marley Spoon for a taste test where you would get 3 free meals plus free shipping so I decided to check it out. I received my first order of Martha & Marley Spoon this week and was pleasantly surprised. I prepared the Glazed Sesame Drumsticks with Kale and Carrots and my family loved it.


The meals are all packaged separately and cold packed for vegetables and seasoning that require refrigeration or ice packed for meats. I received 3 meals for my first order and have already prepared two of them and one remaining. The meals come with clear recipes and instruction for preparation. You basically have all of what you need mailed to you in the package, event butter and cheeses if the recipe requires.

If you are looking to test out prep packaged meals then I would definitely suggest you check them out during the offer period. I will be posting the other meals over the next few days.

Bon a Petit

Sandra

Halloween Festival at Pine Trails Park

Free Family Event 

Looking forward to an amazing time at this years Halloween Festival at Pine Trails Park On October 26th. It’s a great family friendly event where you can stroll through the park, visit trunk or treat lane, enjoy music, stop by the Parkland pumpkin patch to pick and decorate your pumpkin🎃

We had a blast and looking forward to more fun this year.
Location: Pine Trails Park
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Parkridge Pumpkin Patch

 Parkland/Coral Springs Pumpkin Patch

  • When: October 4th to October 31st
  • Location: Parkridge Church
    • 5600 Coral Ridge Dr Coral Springs, Florida
  • Time:
    • 3 pm to Dusk (Monday to Friday)
    • 10 am to dusk (Saturday/Sunday)

It’s a great location to bring your family and your friends to visit
their Patch.

Photo booth available surrounded by lots of pumpkins!! Great Fun will be had by all…..
* All proceeds will go towards the Amplify Youth Ministry, Missions Trip next Summer.

See you there, and thank you for your support!!

  • Website: www.parkridgechurch.com
  • Contact Phone: 954-346-9009

All the best to you and family for a safe and memorable fall and halloween season.

 

There is Beauty in Simplicity

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Floral Tiered Fit And Flare Dress

I always loved bold colors and would wear mostly on the weekends. Now I am in them every chance I get along with having more fun with my new style. .

To my surprise I found this simply gorgeous dress in @express on sale and couldn’t leave without it especially since I also get a military discount on all purchases from Express. It fits right above the knee and have 2 layers. I have a few other photos and will share in a later post. I find some of my best pieces by accident or oddly on the sales rack. I will look for every opportunity to save money especially when it will allow me to buy more pretty things✨💕

Dress- https://www.express.com/clothing/women/floral-tiered-fit-and-flare-dress/pro/07820326C/color/PRINT/

Dress – @express ❤️
Bracelet – @juicycouture ❤️
Purse- @michaelkors ❤️

 

GenMom!

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!

 

 

 

It’s Okay To Be Different

✨Don’t be afraid of being different✨ 

“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to e yourself” – Anonymous

I am sure this story is not new or uncommon to many but it has taken me until now to share some of what I experienced as a teenager with anyone outside of my immediate family and very close friends. It may have taken me until my 30’s to really appreciate how being different was an asset and not a liability. Now that I am in my 50’s being different and unique is everything! ✨ 

I had to grow into myself and learn to appreciate my uniqueness as golden and an asset. I was extremely shy and was an introvert all through high school. I had four true friends my entire time in high school. What made my experience more difficult was that I was from another country already trying to figure out the puzzle of being a teenager in a space where being bullied just for existing was overlooked and there was no outlet to get help. I can’t count the times I complained to teachers and administrators and the answer was just deal with it you are new and have to get used to everything and pot be so sensitive. My mom shared her concerns with the administration and my teachers and nothing was done. 

I can now say that it’s interesting to see how some of the people who bullied and teased me during high school see me and now and want to be friends or look at me and say “you look great and look so different”… No I don’t I am the same person you bullied and made fun of, now you just see what you wish to see on the outside and not what lies inside. I even had some of them try to ask me out when I was single. The person that I am inside and outside have not changed. My clothes changed with the season and fashion, my face stayed the same (literally looked the same now as I did in high school)….The afraid teenage girl who tried to find a way to fit into a new environment has made her way through the cloud and haze of that time and have gained strength that lead me to be the woman I am today. I am happy to be unafraid of being different and purposefully look for ways to stand out. 

Be different! It looks good on You!!! ❤️✨❤️🔥

Peace!

There are times when I will take peace at any price. As I have matured in age I definitely believe that not all battles are worth winning. Some of them are in our space to help us develop the strength to fight a more worthy battle that is ahead. I tend to pick my battles wisely and have no problem stepping away if needed. 

Hope that if you are faced with some battles ahead you are able to step away if possible and gain strength to have to conquer the more worthy battles ahead. 

Be Well! 

 

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!