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Garcelle Beauvais’s Blog: A Few of My Favorite Things

11/02/2012 at 09:00 PM ET

We’ve loved having Garcelle Beauvais blog for us these past few months.

Best known for her roles on The Jamie Foxx Show and NYPD Blue, the actress, 45, recently wrapped her second season on TNT’s Franklin & Bash. Her new film, Flight — costarring Denzel Washington — hit theaters Friday.

Mom to three sons — Oliver, 21, and 5-year-old twins Jax and Jaid — Beauvais supports the Step Up Women’s Network and is also active with March of Dimes, Children Uniting Nations and Yéle Haiti Foundation.

She can be found on Twitter @GarcelleB.

In her final blog for a bit, the actress writes about her favorites for her twin boys.

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On our way to Batman Live – Courtesy Garcelle Beauvais


Hi guys,

Welcome back!

In my last blog, I talked about the challenges of divorce when you have young children. Now it’s time for some lighthearted (and practical) fun!

From The Sound of Music to Oprah‘s famous annual picks, who doesn’t love talking about their favorite things?

Being a mom brings me so much joy, and I love sharing the world with my adventurous, bright and curious boys. And as any parent knows, they form opinions of their own early on.

So here are some of our favorite things to eat, do, see and learn:

Food
For Jaid, the texture of food is important, but Jax will eat anything. Luckily, there are plenty of meals that both boys enjoy.

It’s always a relief to find something that little kids love to eat that’s actually good for them and their digestion.

They really like high fiber waffles, thanks to Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Pancake & Waffle Whole Grain Mix. I just add eggs, oil and water and it makes a breakfast they both devour.

I also bake sweet potatoes for them, which I’ll either slice or serve whole. When I grill or barbeque corn, the boys help me shuck the ears. I love that it gets them involved in making dinner.

It’s a fun way for them to help out in the kitchen — a habit I want to continue to nurture, especially as they get older and are able to do more.

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First t-ball game for Jax and Jaid – Courtesy Garcelle Beauvais

Activities
I always try to take my boys places where they can explore and learn about the world around them.

They absolutely love the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The last time we were there, Jaid wanted to touch the stingrays and baby sharks. (I’ve got to say, I was nervous about that one.)

Jax actually touched a baby shark, and in spite of my fear, he left with all of his fingers and toes intact. Both boys got a kick out of seeing the penguins, too.

The beach is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment, and we all love it. We usually go to Will Rogers State Beach because it’s close and has convenient parking — and you know how much stuff we have to carry! Sometimes the sand may be hot so someone may want an “uppie.” :)

Even if it’s a little cool outside, Jax and Jaid don’t seem to mind. They build sandcastles. They venture into the water … and by that I mean they put their feet in before running back to the dry sand. And they have never seen a seagull they didn’t want to chase!

And speaking of pocketbook-friendly fun, we also love going by the airport and watching planes take off and land.

There’s a grassy area near LAX, and when you sit there, the planes fly right over your head. This fascinates the boys, and I must admit that I’m in just as much awe as they are. It really takes you back to what it feels like being a kid, to experience that sense of wonder.

We go to the movies a lot. And of course, it’s all about kid-oriented movies.

We recently saw Brave, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and the newest Paranorman, which I thought may scare them so I was anticipating the boys coming into bed with me, but they slept. Hooray!

And I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen Dolphin Tale.

I want my boys to stay active, and we spend a lot of time bike riding around our neighborhood. I used to run behind them, but they have gotten so good and too fast, so now I have to hop on my own bike so I can keep up with them.

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My firstborn Oliver and me – Courtesy Garcelle Beauvais

Learning
The boys each pick out two books at night, and I read to them. Jax also likes to create and tell me his own stories. He will dictate it to me, and sometimes I’ll read that story back to him at bedtime.

There are a lot of books that they can’t get enough of. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Curious George, and Hot Rod Hamster.

I like The Fat Cat on the Mat because I just think it’s clever and funny. That cat is determined to lie on the mat; nothing will make him move. It reminds me of how stubborn we can be.

One of my favorite things about being a parent is the ability to cultivate my children’s abilities and guide them to (hopefully) live up to their potential. To that end, I thought it would be fantastic to have an analysis of their hands.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I really enjoyed reading author Linda Salazar‘s book. She is also a scientific hand reading analyst. She sent me a package so I could create a print of each of their hands and send it back to her for the results.

I want to stress that this was not some sort of psychic thing. It’s not fortune telling or palm reading. There is no swami with a crystal ball.

This is just an objective, scientific analysis of hand patterns that gives you insight into specific life purpose, lessons and challenges, gifts, and emotional style. She nailed my boys to a T!

I learned a lot about them on a deeper level, helping me parent them better while honoring and supporting their natural way of being.

Jax’s hand analysis revealed he thinks outside of the box and that kind of creativity should be encouraged. Jaid’s handprint confirmed that he will always get his needs met, and that it is up to me to teach him to think of other people.

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Five years old already! – Courtesy Garcelle Beauvais

Of all the things I mentioned above, my favorite by far is waking up on the weekend and my kids climbing in bed with me — that is a little slice of heaven.

It’s been a joy sharing parts of my life with you and I greatly appreciate you reading my words and posting your comments as well. As always, you can find me on Twitter @GarcelleB.

‘Till next time,

– Garcelle Beauvais

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moncher on

They r to cute

Alicia on

Hand pattern tells you what your life purpose is? Objective and scientific? Oooookay.

JM on

Those are two of the most gorgeous children i have ever seen.

but please please please don’t sell unscientific nonsense as FACT. i am sorry, but someone has lied to you, or seriously mislead you if you think this ‘hand reading science’ is ACTUAL science. that’s similar to saying homeopathy is scientific. do it for a bit of fun, but please don’t be taken in by opportunists out to make a quick bit of money off vulnerable and naive people.

Jennifer on

As someone who has actually had a Scientific Hand Analysis done a few years ago I might suggest that you don’t judge JM and Alicia when you haven’t had the experience. This process was quite literally life changing for me and it has nothing to do with palm reading or anything about predicting the future, as you may think.

Doctors often use the hands to determine certain aspects of an underlying cause of a person’s health issues. It is in fact based on scientific studies from a very long time ago and continues to be looked at in the present time.

I commend you, Garcelle, for doing this for your boys because I know how it can help you understand them at a deeper level and raise them in a way that is best for their individual personalities.

I’ve loved all your posts and thank your for sharing some very real emotions with us over the last few months.

Kristina on

I, too, am a divorcée with a 5-year-old daughter who loves shucking corn and eating pancakes! I love riding bikes with her, as well. Have fun with motherhood, and I’ll miss your blog posts, but thanks for gracing us with these few.

anna on

Thanks for your posts/ blog – I enjoyed them all – and the boys are really cute

JM on

Jennifer, i did have a look at the woman’s website who is mentioned in garcelle’s blog post but i couldn’t find any information on the scientific evidence behind this practice (granted, i may have missed it). From what i can tell she doesn’t appear to even have any kind of scientific degree.

could you guide me towards any peer reviewed, fact checked evidence? i am genuinely interested if you say i am wrong about this.

Linda on

JM, I am the person Garcelle mentioned in this blog about Hand Analysis. I always understand those who are skeptical and appreciate that skepticism as I was one of those people, too, before I experienced it first hand – no pun intended.

I’m including a webpage link that goes into detail about the history and science behind this process. Please feel free to call me with any questions should you have others without any concerns of me trying to influence you into doing this. I do not believe in doing that to people. Here’s the information for you to review:

http://www.johnnyfincham.com/history/science.htm

Warmly,
Linda

JM on

Dear Linda,

Thank you for your kind and considered response. I will definitely have a look at the link you posted as these sorts of things interest me.

I apologise if i made a snap judgement about what you do without being fully informed. That was wrong of me. I hope to find what i was looking for in the link you mentioned.

Thank you again.

sonya on

I am so glad you are teaching dem boys to cook.lol Have fun!!

Sheila D. on

In this world of craziness and uncertainty, I LOVED THIS BLOG! I have three children all of whom have bought me so much JOY!! I can feel that you love being a mother it shines so bright,

NATASHA PHILLIPS on

Your sons are gorgeous. Jax and your older son look like you a lot and the other with his missing teeth.. Too cute. You must share your beauty secrets because you are radiant!.

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