Sunday, July 31, 2011

Google +

Are you on Google Plus? Find and add me! :) I would love that. jentyree08@gmail.com is what you can use to search me by.
If you need an invite, send me your email address, and I will be happy to send you an invite :)

If you don't know. Google+ is Google's version of a social network. I like it. Its clean, simple, and there aren't ads everywhere or spammers... I like that when your on it on your phone, you can see whos posting locally. Its a great way to find people who is local to you, I've added a few friends to my stream that way. So, if your not already in it, come get in! And join me. If you would like an invite, ask!


{Jennifer}

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kids Eating Veggies

Its hard to get our kids to eat veggies. Here are some ways that I am using to get my son to eat more veggies.

1. Party trays! My son will eat the veggies and dip them into the veggie dip. He loves it! And has no ideas that they are good for him .

2. Salad. My son, as weird as he is, likes salad. BUT, doesn’t eat it right. He will put the lettuce in one area, and the egg in another area, and the cheese here, and whatever else he wants. They are never mixed. And the dressing goes in the middle of the plate to allow for dipping. He is weird, yes, but at least he eats it. Whatever floats his boat!

3. Say Broccoli are mini trees! I am trying to get my son to eat broccoli cooked. I tell him, “Tthe broccoli are mini trees. They help you grow big and strong!” He is starting to, but not very often.

4. I don’t expect him to eat anything that I don’t like. Such as Brussels sprouts. Yuck. If I don’t eat it, why do I expect him to eat it?

5. I let him watch his cousins eat them. If he sees other kids eating something, he is more inclined to eat it. Its worked so far with peaches and pineapple. I plan on using it to combat veggies next.

6. I tell him he cannot say he does not like it if he has not tried it. And eventually he gives in and tries it. He found out he likes carrots this way. But only small carrots. Not big ones LOL. His teacher even taught him “You have to try it, to see if you like it”. So I use that against him often.

7. Show their favorite cartoon eating it. If they like Spongebob, try to find a video, whether online or in a show, of him eating a certain food. You can also say that Sea Kelp is Lettuce, and that Spongebob likes it, so they should at least try it.

8. I let my son help me cook the foods that I don’t think he will want. For example, he hated chicken for the longest time. And I had him help me boil it. This way it would not be burned, would be the right texture for him (he has a form of autism, and certain textures he does not like). He helped me add the seasonings, and the herbs. He tried it, and he liked it! I plan on using this method for a few veggies. Like corn (helping me add butter and salt and pepper), and even broccoli (cooked in EVOO and salt, pepper and red and green bell peppers).

9. Offer something to dip it in. My son is weird. And I really mean weird. He believes that everything has a dippy (what he calls dipping sauces). So, most cold veggies can be dipped in either ranch, or a veggie dip. Cooked veggies can be dipped in sauce too – we have not found a dippy for cooked veggies. But some butter mixed in seems to be doing Ok for now.

10. Introduce veggies slowly. I will only do a veggie every once in a while. I don’t try to make him try a new one every day. That’s too much for him. Every other week or so, I bring him to try a new kind of food. Whether it’s a veggie or not. Pork chops was our most recent tryout. He did not like them. But dipped in sour cream, he loved it. There is usually a win. Its just a matter of finding it.

 

I want to mention that I never bribe my son. Because they they will expect it every time they eat. And I don’t even want to begin that. Most psychologists even warn against it, because then the child will start using you for that. I will however tell him if he doesn’t eat, he will be in his room the rest of the night, and that he needs to eat at least half of what's there. That usually works for him.

So tell me – what do you do to help your kids try and like veggies? Any recipe ideas you can share?

 

{Jennifer}

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Peas and Thank You blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

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A childs sense of style

Have you ever noticed that your kids develop their own sense of style pretty early on? While my son still loves his character outfits (Phineas and Ferb, Spongebob, etc), he also really likes stylish clothes. He has this outfit he got for his birthday, and it looks great on him, and he knows which shorts/jeans to match it up with. It’s a green plaid type button up shirt, some blue and light green and white in it. He looks so much older with it. Its my personal Fave.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mamavation Monday -- a tad late

So this week, the topic is Grunt Style... I've never heard of it - well, OK, I've heard of it briefly but never done anything to look into it. So unfortunately, I am not doing any kind of Grunt Style, nor do I have a favorite from them.... And on that note, I don't have a strength training routine... yet.

Eh

OK. So my ankle, while still not healed, is not going to hold me back. I plan on trying to work out at least once before this coming Sunday. I have EAS Active2. And I haven't used it but a few times (eep, I know!).

I need to get my butt back in gear. Get back on track. I want to loose weight. I need to, in order to get pregnant. I worry though. I don't want to loose weight, and then have saggy skin and need to have cosmetic surgery to get it off, and be in more debt than I need to be.. Yikes! But, I don't suppose that's good enough of a reason to just not do anything. So. I am going to suck it up. I know I've said it before. But I need to.

I am doing well in school. I passed Business Communications I and passed with a B! Excited. My next class is College Math. My books should be here Wed or Thurs. I loved math in school, hopefully that love for numbers carries along to now. Ha, I'll let you know as soon as I get started.

Oh, if your personal goal is to go back to school, but you don't have time to make it to a university or a community college. Try online college. I go to Ashworth. If you decide you want to enroll and take your life further, tell them I sent you :) Jennifer Tyree. Yup, thats me. I'll get $50 off my tuition, and so will you. Which helps. They do not accept grants, scholarships, etc. But its $50 a month. Pretty affordable. And when you graduate, you get a class ring and can even go to Georgia to participate in the ceremony!  They are accredited, and so far, works for me. You get 4 years to complete a 2 year degree. So, you can work in your own time. I love it. There is an online community, kinda like a Facebook just for students. Anyways. I thought I would share as its a big part of who I am.


{Jennifer}

Review - TrueCare

Today, its more important than ever to monitor our kids online. There are many threats, from cyber bullying, sending/receiving inappropriate pictures, online predators, and the list goes on. We as parents always want the best for our kids, and its our duty to protect them from the dangers of the world.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is right around the corner, August 27. I will be 25 years old. A whole quarter of my life will be past me. I am finally decided on a career/degree, and am going for it. I have a 7 year old son, been in a good relationship for 7 years, and married for 3.  I think that's pretty cool, huh? Not bad for a 25 year old.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On the go!

People today are very busy... Regardless if your a mom, dad, grandparent, or not. Nowadays, everyone is busy juggling school, home, work, family, appointments, the list goes on and on. Some people really have no idea of time management, or even how to organize their day to make it work for them, rather than them working for the time.

Here are some tips to make busy life, just a tad bit easier. I know what I do may not work for everyone. But you can adjust what I do to work for you.

-If you have a Gmail account, use the Calendar to remind yourself of appointments, schedules, to-dos, etc. And sync with your devise like your iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, or other smart phone. It’s really helpful. You only have to put the event in once, and it will be synced onto every devise you have. 

-If you don't have a Gmail account, get yourself an agenda/planner/organizer. If your always on the go, get one that you can carry around with you in your purse. If you are a stay at home/work at home mom/dad/person, then get one that you can leave out on your desk, and easily scribble your appointments, events, etc. into it. Use a pencil to allow for easy re-scheduling/canceling. 


-Schedule the whole entire day if you have to. But don't be afraid to stray away if something comes up. Don't be specific in your times. For example, you can say between 2pm and 4pm, I want to have at least 30 minutes of workout, nonstop.  Just as long as you get it done, your are good! Things change at the last minute, and giving yourself time to make those adjustments is sometimes easier said than done. But making blocks of time to do smaller things, just may be the trick, I know it helps me. I schedule 2 hours of time, just to study for 1. 

-If you have a smart phone (Blackberry, Android, iPhone, etc.) find apps that make your life easier. If you often shop at Target, look for a Target app. Or Wal-Mart, or whichever store you use. There are tons of apps, and you can even use it to check a price on the go. 

-I use an app to make my grocery lists. This way I can check off the item as I go, and I don't have to worry about losing the paper in my purse that I wrote it on!

-If you use a smart phone, get an app like Scratch Pad. It syncs to Google Chrome, or anywhere else you have the app installed. For example- I can create a list of things to get while I am out shopping (laundry detergent, dish soap, pencils, pens, etc.) on my Google Chrome browser. After I am done with my list, I can save it, and then that same list will be available for me to view in my iPad and my Android phone. This way, I am never lost. No matter which device I have on me, I can see my list.


-If you know you’re going to be busy a few days this week. Instead of thinking you will just order takeout for your family, why not cook the meal ahead of time and freeze it. It’s a shorter cooking time when all you have to do is reheat, and its healthier.

-When going out, make sure you have everything you need. If you are going to take your kid(s) with you, make sure you have snacks, drinks, and whatever toys or activity books that will keep them occupied.

-If I know the morning is going to be crazy before school, the night before, I pull out the cereal bowls, and the cereal, and the spoons, and whatever else I can leave out for breakfast and put it on the table. That way everything is out, and all you have to do is get the milk. It cuts down maybe a minute, depending on how awake you are. Also, setting the coffee pot the night before to start when you get up helps make life a bit easier too.

-On mornings when it’s crazy busy, and you plan on just eating a pop tart, or stopping at McDonalds for a $1 sausage McMuffin, take with you a coffee drink instead of buying one. Like Seattle’s Best Coffee, it’s in a convenient grab and go can, and is cold and refreshing.  And if you didn’t already know, Seattle’s Best is introducing this summer a drink that is “the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything”.

I actually love Seattle’s Best Iced Latte, it's delicious, smooth, and tasty. Its perfect for those mornings when you need a pick me up, but just don't have the time. It hits the spot, perfectly. Its the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything, so no matter what your doing, its the right time, right place. 

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{Jennifer}

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summers here… I wanna go…..

To Virginia Beach. Really. I do.  Let me tell you why!

1. It’s a beach! Who doesn’t want to go to the beach in the summer time. I know I do. I used to live in Ohio, and we had Lake Erie to go to. But now I live south east of Phoenix Arizona (Mesa), and there is no beach here…. How sad. I wanna go!

2. Its on the east coast. I miss that side of the country. Being in Arizona for the past 7 years has been insane. I want to go back East and see my friends and family. We could all meet in Virginia Beach… That would be a great family vacation/get together. We need a reunion.

3. I really want to move to North Carolina. Yea, I know Virginia Beach isn’t in NC, but its close! And I could easily go up to Virginia Beach if I were to live in NC.

4. I really love the rain. And that side of the country gets more rain than we do here in the Valley/central Arizona. I miss seeing flowers, trees, real grass! Ahh, memories.

5. My son needs to learn about other locations. And he really wants to go to the beach. He was born in Ohio, but we moved here to Arizona right afterward. So he doesn’t know anything other than hot desert. 



6. I want to Live the Life. Virginia Beach promotes you Living the Life year round. Yea, we can do that here in Arizona.. But still. The ocean sounds much better. Don’t you think? I want to see the dolphins, the King Neptune statue, the historic First Landing Cross!


7. I want to visit D.C. And its only a 4 hour drive from Virginia Beach! I have always wanted to go and see that stuff. I never got to as a kid, and I would love to take my son to see it too. Get him some education. I think all kids should go and see the place that makes the decisions. To see our nations history.

8. Busch Gardens!!!! Now, I am loyal to my home park – Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. But you always see commercials for Busch Gardens. I would love love love to go. I really love roller coasters,and my son is starting to have an interest. But there's no amusement parks here.  Ok.. I think I need to start saving. I think I made up my mind about next summer already!

9. Coastal food. Now… I am not a seafood eater. But, my husband likes it a lot. And since I don’t cook seafood, I know that he would just love to go somewhere where the seafood is fresh, and made to his perfection.  Personally, I would much rather check out the local farmers markets and see what they have that ours doesn’t have.

10. My sons favorite. Building sandcastles, and seeing starfish live! He really wants to make a sand castle, and doesn’t quite understand why we can’t do that here in Arizona. I try to tell him there isn't a beach nearby, but he's only 7, and doesn’t understand. One day we will get to a beach. And Virginia, I have my eye on you!


So, I told you where I want to go. Tell me, where do you want to go for summer?



{Jennifer}
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach Tourism blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

... Been MIA ... Have you missed me?

Ok.. So the past few weeks has been a bit crazy. My son is on a new medication. One that is supposed to help keep him calm, take away some aggression he has, and what not... I've seen some improvements. But still having issues with him and sleep.  Ugh. I just want something to work. Completely. I feel at this point it never will...

Anyways. I haven't studied for school in about 2 weeks.  I need to get my butt back in gear. I'm slipping on everything.. Part of me just doesn't wanna do anything. Part of me wants to kick myself back in gear. What to do? I set myself on a schedule too. Thats the sad part.

Ugh .  As far as working out... I haven't really been able to. My foot is still sprained real bad, and I am supposed to be in a walking boot. But you probably guessed it, I hate wearing it.  So I've been keeping my foot elevated as much as I could.  I do want to get back at it. The foot doc wants me to go to physical therapy, but at $20 a visit, 3x a week for 3 weeks - I cannot afford that. Not right now.  So, I keep stretching it, keep it elevated, and hopefully soon I will be back to normal.

I need to keep myself motivated. Lately all Ive wanted to do is kick back and relax. But I know that I cannot keep on that path.

So for now, I am going to slowly get myself back in gear.

Good luck to all the Mamavation Finalists, you are all winners in my eyes. Congrats Mamavation for being 2 years old.  The amount of lives changed in those 2 short years are plenty, and many more will be in the upcoming years! Congrats to you!

{Jennifer}

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