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!

 

 

 

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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!

Royal Wedding

Love Wins Again❤️ – Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! .

“The power in Love❤️Think about the time you fell in love. The whole world seems to center around you and your beloved” ❤️- Bishop Michael Curry .

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One of my favorite moments was when Harry wiped away tears when Meghan walked down the isle and when he whispered to her how beautiful she looks and how lucky he is. Okay, I was tearing up yoo❤️

What was your favorite moment from the #royalwedding?

All the best until next time!

GenMom ✨

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

“On My Mind” featuring Stephanie Manuel – 2930 Music Group

Music has the power to bring us joy, sadness, take us away, make us reconnect and stir emotions we thought we had forgotten or intentionally locked away. There is music for every occasion and time in our lives. I am a huge music lover and find myself listening to and enjoying music from various cultures and genres.

I recently had a chance to enjoy listening to a new song by a beloved friend. Singer-songwriter Stephanie “The Pen” Manuel debuted her first single featuring DMV producer Esan “The Producer” with their team 2930 Music Group, LLC titled On My Mind. This acoustic song with R&B flair takes the listener on a journey of love lost and reminiscing. Her ultimate goal is to take music back to where lyrics and musicianship is desired and appreciated. Influenced heavy by Anita Baker, Ashford and Simpson, Missy Elliott, Eric Roberson while being blessed to call Avery Sunshine and Dana “Big Dane” Johnson mentors Stephanie is well on her way to creating the music legacy she dreams of. Hope you get a moment to sit back and enjoy her new single.

For collaboration or songwriting inquiries: Lyricsheet1@gmail.com

IG: SimplyBeingSteph

IG: 2930MusicGroup

“On My Mind” is Available on all music platforms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peXxVvQTcwo

Hope you enjoy. All the best until next time!

GenMom

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.

 

Women’s History Month

Newsweek Article

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2018:

12 QUOTES FROM INSPIRING WOMEN

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Women’s History Month, which honors empowering females’ efforts in creating change worldwide, starts March 1. Here, Michelle Obama is pictured at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The month of March means the start of spring, tricky weather, St. Patrick’s Day and daylight savings time. It also kicks off Women’s History Month, an annual month-long celebration of the contributions of women to society that begins on Thursday.

In honor of those contributions, a list of quotes from some of the world’s most inspiring women, past and present:

  1. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ―Rosa Parks
  2. “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” ―Michelle Obama
  3. “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” ―Patricia Arquette
  4. “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” ―Susan B. Anthony
  5. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ―Marilyn Monroe
  6. “You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you’re OK with someone else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything.” ―Jennifer Lopez
  7. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”  ―Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ―Oprah Winfrey
  9. “That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” ―Amy Poehler
  10. “There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.” ―Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  11. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ―Malala Yousafzai
  12. “We are not free until all of us are free. So love your neighbor, please treat her kindly. Ask her story and then shut up and listen…Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues.” ―Halsey

Quotes were pulled from Brainy QuoteGood Reads, and filmed speeches or interviews.

I read this article today and wanted to share with everyone. As women we are so often compared against each other in so many ways that demean and stereotype each other.  We are empowered to break that cycle by standing up and being strong on our own terms in supporting each other. We should not loose our sense of self awareness and forget to celebrate each other and through that celebration we can also achieve greatness as we become an example for young women who look to us for inspiration. This crosses racial. cultural and economic lines and wills strengthen us individually and as a group.

Until Next Time.

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.