Silly Monster Stuff

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured why not gather some of my boy's favorite silly monster stuff to share with you! Even though you can use these fun finds all year round, it is a great way to put a fun spin on Halloween, especially during a time...
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After the Autism Diagnosis…. Now What?

Even though I saw my son's autism diagnosis coming, nothing prepared me. It knocked me down, even though I was ready for the impact. Now what? Navigating through this is not going to be easy.  When J was two we enrolled him a preschool program, that was 2.5 years...
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The Best Emoji Finds

I finally sat down and made the best emoji finds list to help fill your life with these adorable emojis! My list includes a little bit of everything, from an emoji back pack, card games, stamps, and even an Emoji Gumball Machine.  My boys love everything that has...
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My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

My son's autism diagnosis took years of observation, multiple doctors, paperwork, and a variety of tests.  Both my husband and I knew that when our youngest son, J, started to show a language delay when he was a toddler that something was going on. We discussed...
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Emoji Snack Mix Recipe

My kiddo loves everything emoji, so it was no surprise when this emoji snack mix became his new all time favorite! It couldn't come at a better time, because the Emoji movie is coming out in theaters July 28th, 2017!  All of those emoji expressions give us...
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The Beginning of Autism Road

Take the journey down Autism Road Paving the road to where we are today has been one difficult journey to navigate. It all comes down to an adventure centered around finding a village for my family. Since my youngest son was born a little over 4 years ago, a lot has...
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My Mom

My mom, Linda Dunlap, was a school teacher and had been since I was young. She LOVED her job. Everything she did was centered around her students learning in a fun environment. She made learning fun and easy for hundreds of students. As I grew up and the months turned...
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Shark Week S’more Treats

Shark week is greeted with anticipation and excitement in my house, every single year. Let's celebrate with these shark week s'more treats! All 3 of my boys love sharks. They have book after book about these incredible creatures. They also don't dare miss an episode...
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Red, White, & Blue Jello Rolls

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. To find out more, read our disclosure statement. J-E-L-L-O! I love Jello. There are so many different things you can do with it... and the best part, it is kid friendly. When I was young, my mom and dad use to make me and my...
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Raspberry & Kiwi Ice Pops

The perfect healthy, frozen treat Raspberry and Kiwi Ice Pops! With summer comes the heat. Instead of cooling down with a bunch of ice cold treats that are full of extra sugar and junk, keep it simple. With a little bit of pureed fruit, ice pop molds, and a bit of...
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Welcome to Thistle Hill!

Where life happens….

Hello and welcome to my small space on the wonderful world web. My name is Amanda.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. It has helped me sift through life. I have been able to sort out and piece together solutions to all the ups, downs, twists and turns that life has thrown. I’m hopeful that through this blog I will be able to connect with others.

Thank you for stopping by. 

I am a mom to 3 incredible boys, a wife, writer, virtual assistant and a business owner.

Thistle Hill is a name I have heard since I was young. My mom used it to describe the house where we lived. It was full of love, hard work, God, and real people who I call my family. My childhood home was filled with people who were there for me. Wonderful memories were made… life changing events also took place. Members of my family got sick, prejudices were dealt, educations were challenged, vacations were taken, mistakes were made… and so were a lot of birthday cakes! I learned that it wasn’t about the cards you were dealt in life, it was about how you held those cards that counted. Thistle Hill is a platform I want to use to discuss those cards. 

You are welcome to join in the conversation. I would love to hear from you. You can visit our Facebook Page, leave a comment on one of the Thistle Hill Blog Posts, or reach out to me directly by email.  

My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

My son's autism diagnosis took years of observation, multiple doctors, paperwork, and a variety of tests.  Both my husband and I knew that when our youngest son, J, started to show a language delay when he was a toddler that something was going on. We discussed...

read more

Emoji Snack Mix Recipe

My kiddo loves everything emoji, so it was no surprise when this emoji snack mix became his new all time favorite! It couldn't come at a better time, because the Emoji movie is coming out in theaters July 28th, 2017!  All of those emoji expressions give us...

read more

The Beginning of Autism Road

Take the journey down Autism Road Paving the road to where we are today has been one difficult journey to navigate. It all comes down to an adventure centered around finding a village for my family. Since my youngest son was born a little over 4 years ago, a lot has...

read more

My Mom

My mom, Linda Dunlap, was a school teacher and had been since I was young. She LOVED her job. Everything she did was centered around her students learning in a fun environment. She made learning fun and easy for hundreds of students. As I grew up and the months turned...

read more

Shark Week S’more Treats

Shark week is greeted with anticipation and excitement in my house, every single year. Let's celebrate with these shark week s'more treats! All 3 of my boys love sharks. They have book after book about these incredible creatures. They also don't dare miss an episode...

read more

Red, White, & Blue Jello Rolls

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. To find out more, read our disclosure statement. J-E-L-L-O! I love Jello. There are so many different things you can do with it... and the best part, it is kid friendly. When I was young, my mom and dad use to make me and my...

read more

Raspberry & Kiwi Ice Pops

The perfect healthy, frozen treat Raspberry and Kiwi Ice Pops! With summer comes the heat. Instead of cooling down with a bunch of ice cold treats that are full of extra sugar and junk, keep it simple. With a little bit of pureed fruit, ice pop molds, and a bit of...

read more

Hard Strawberry Lemonade Punch Cocktail Recipe

If you bottled up summer into a cocktail, it would be this hard strawberry lemonade punch cocktail recipe!  Lemons.... summer. Strawberries... summer. Ice cold drinks.... summer. Everything...
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Emoji Snack Mix Recipe

My kiddo loves everything emoji, so it was no surprise when this emoji snack mix became his new all time favorite! It couldn't come at a better time, because the Emoji movie is coming out in...
Read More

Shark Week S’more Treats

Shark week is greeted with anticipation and excitement in my house, every single year. Let's celebrate with these shark week s'more treats! All 3 of my boys love sharks. They have book after book...
Read More

Red, White, & Blue Jello Rolls

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. To find out more, read our disclosure statement. J-E-L-L-O! I love Jello. There are so many different things you can do with it... and the best part, it is...
Read More

Raspberry & Kiwi Ice Pops

The perfect healthy, frozen treat Raspberry and Kiwi Ice Pops! With summer comes the heat. Instead of cooling down with a bunch of ice cold treats that are full of extra sugar and junk, keep it...
Read More

Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo I made this delicious margarita cupcakes recipe!   I have been celebrating this day since I was young. If Cinco de Mayo landed on a school day, we would have a...
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