Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's game on... know how I said my daughter was a rediculously picky eater...Well she played me like a $2 bill for sure. Let me tell you shes no dummy!

I had a little conference with her teacher yesterday, yea..Interesting. She is in pre-school, and of course they supply lunch WELL here I am thinking that Kyleigh doesnt eat...oh no no no according to her teacher the only thing she doesnt eat is taco salad and spaghetti she eats EVERYTHING else..When I say "everything" I mean turkey, hot dogs, mac n cheese, shephards pie, fish sticks, etc. So my daughter has played me because at home she doesnt eat two licks of anything. So I confronted my daughter and here is how the conversation went: (Mind you shes 4 almost 5).

Mommy: Kyleigh, I talked to Miss. Jenn today.
Kyleigh: I'm in trouble, right?
Mommy: No ma'am, but I found out you do eat everything they make you
Kyleigh: Yea...Your cooking isnt good
Mommy: How would you know my cooking isnt good if you dont eat it
Kyleigh: umm
Mommy: Thought so...Game on girlfriend
Kyleigh: I always win
Mommy: You think so Miss, no going outside till you eat your dinner
Kyleigh: Fine

End result...Eats all dinner, and has a wonderful time bike riding

Moral of the Story: Kids will always try to out smart you and even when you dont realize it they will...But be strong ladies and gentlemen you have the upper hand! LOL

Let me give you an overview..

While my posts are meant to be funny, joking around and funloving..There is a serious side to me. I wanted to give you all a little bit of my background on being a Mom before I got any further and maybe I can help some girl out there who is in the same shoes I was in. 

My daughter was born 11/18/2008 rewind back to March 2008. I met her Dad it was a one time thing...(which was not like me!) He was in and out of our lives my pregnancy, he was there for her birth and I made him sign the birth certificate for child support reasons I knew I would be doing this all on my own. Ok now fast forward back to Nov. 2008, Kyleigh was born! She was 6 weeks early I was not due until mid December but had her Nov 18. Her Dad was there, but left when she was 10 months he got addicted to alcohol and Im sure other things. He doesnt call, text, email, nothing and hasnt in 4 years. It is probably better that way. 

I ended up putting myself thru xray school, graduating with honors, and now working on my Psychology degree. Ladies, you can do it, it is in your blood to be a Mom, its an instinct. I am such a proud Mom and even happier that I can say I have come this far without her Dad. I do have a boyfriend now and he is wonderful but my daughter is a girl so its a bit awkward with somethings. I am living proof that you can do it, you can be all that you wanted to be before having kids...Your a woman we are the only people that can bleed for seven days and survive! POWER TO MOMMIES!

Now onto a funny post....


Monday, September 16, 2013

Dressing a Diva

How many woman out there have daughters that are "into" their appearance even at the ripe age of 2-5? Well add me to that list? My child has more clothes than WalMart has inventory...BUT not only do I get them at consignment stores, she LIKES them! With that she loves to accessorize! What girl doesnt? Here are a few of the challenges I face daily with putting an outfit together for my 4 year old:

1. EVERYTHING must be color coordinated. Not only do our socks have to match our shirt, but our panties have to match our shorts or pants. But when we put a dress on the panties have to match! Yes, I am faced with dressing a major Diva! Here is my solution, make sure everything has at least a little bit of white in it, and buy all white panties! Problem solved! 

2. Accessories are a girls best friend. My daughter (being 4 years old) is more accessorized than I am..Not sure if that is good or bad. But our hair ties MUST match our shirt - any clips in our hair must coordinate with our shirt and/or shorts. If we have a dress on again it all has to match! My solution...Make sure all her clothes atleast have a black spec on them! Yep, you read that right. Whether its the black in the center of a flower, or a black pair of shorts...Its black so therefore all ponytails are black, and bobby pins are black!

3. Cant forget lipstick. Even though shes 4, she still has what she calls "lippy" to her they come in all me they are colorless chapstick with a colorful tube! BINGO...Chapstick! The chapstick comes in all colors, flavors, scents, and themes...Ladies go with pink and purple and you will be safe!

As you can see Im up against a giant - but she's still my little girl at heart and wouldnt trade her ways for anything!

Picky Eaters - A Mom's nightmare!

While Im sure I am not the only Mom on the face of the earth that struggles with a picky eater however I feel so alone. I know there are techniques and solutions that parents around this Country and World have used to overcome this nightmare and here is what I have found useful!

Allow me to lay down a bit of foundation if you will to my 4 year olds diet...Chicken nuggets, cereal, yogurt, PBJ, french fries, and just about any piece of candy. Yep you read them all, thats all she eats, and will even entertain eating. But I have tricked her to eat things like pork chops, baked chicken, turkey, and even seafood...

Here's my secret....

1. What I cook - she can relate to. This what I mean by that. We put milk in our cereal, well I put milk in mashed potatoes, and a mashed potato is just a crushed up french fry! By using this technique she can relate a mashed potato to a french fry which she likes, and she can relate the milk in it to a bowl of cereal. So we call it a bowl of french fries. Another example is Popcorn. Yes you read that right, popcorn. Well we also, have a bowl of corn I just dont pop it, and we add butter to it, just like I add butter when we pop it. So we have corn thats not popped that tastes exactly the same!
2. Shake 'N' Bake everything. I am a HUGE shake n' bake fan - I will shake n' bake anything and everything! So by doing this with chicken my daughter thinks its a chicken nugget just cut up funny, and we have a bowl of french fries with it! I have tricked her into eating not only just chicken this way, but also pork chops! We cant forget the bowl of unpopped popcorn!
3. Vegetables. You are probably wondering what I do for vegetables. This was a big mystery for me to solve because vegetables are hard to mask into something else...So I went out and got V8 juice, and she LOVED it! So we have  glass of V8 juice with dinner. But it cant be the original V8 juice it has to be the berry flavored. But I also, make smoothies and I dump green beans in it with all sorts of fruit, and she doesn't even taste it! 
4. I 'sea'food. I would of never imagined my child enjoying fish sticks...BUT she does, why because they are breaded. Yep wrapped just like a chicken nugget, and cut just like one she loves them! 
5. Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is a picky Moms worst nightmare, why because you want to sit down with your family and enjoy a nice dinner but here you have a child eating a PBJ, or chicken nuggets. I got clever last Thanksgiving, I made just ONE chicken nugget and took the breading off (I thought for sure this would be an epic failure) but to my surprise it wasnt. I mixed the unbreaded chicken nugget with turket, a bowl of french fries, and unpopped popcorn and BINGO Thanksgiving Dinner for the picky eater!

See I am living that there is hope, and you can get your picky eater to eat, you just have to come up with clever tricks to get them to eat! 

Side Note: I tried the whole go to bed hungry thing like the pediatrician told me to, and didnt work my child didnt care she had NO PROBLEM going to bed hungry so that is what prompted me to become creative with not just how I cook, what I say!

My Into

Im full time working Mom to a wonderful, fun loving, outgoing, ball full of craziness 4 year old! Her Dad - he left, and has chosen not to be apart of our crazy life! My daughter.... her name is Kyleigh she is the light of my life, God certainly knew what he was doing when he blessed me with my daughter. 

We live in a suburb outside of Tampa, Florida (which I dont recommend living here) its boring, and Kyleigh *my daughter* tells me we need to move somewhere with playgrounds because playgrounds make the world go round in her mind! Originally, I am from Baltimore, MD (go Ravens!) and me and Kyleigh travel back and forth multiple times a year just to go to a playground and get a snowball! 

Allow me to show you our picture! This is us!! Hope you enjoy our blog!