How to Calm the First Day Jitters of School

Preparing for school to start can create a major case of first day jitters. The first day of school can be tough for both parents and children. It can be especially difficult if this is the first time they are attending school. As a parent, you have prepared yourself...

Unique Fox Gifts That Will Make You Say For Fox Sake

If you adore the magical fox as much as I do, you have to check out these unique fox gifts.  Fox gifts, attire, home furnishings, socks, and thank you cards are just a few of the goodies I have been able to find on Amazon.com.  Unique Fox Gifts Baby Fox Backpack Too...

The Ultimate Dinosaur Dirt Bars Recipe

Dirt, dinos, delicious treats you can easily make (and devour!) is the perfect equation to a kid-friendly recipe! I absolutely love making things to eat in the kitchen with my boys. Whether the end result is a yummy treat, nourishing meal, snack or burned toast, I...

Insane Slime Green Gift Ideas You Have to See to Believe

These slime green gift ideas will give your gift-giving game a spin in the right direction.  Slime green is a color that sticks out more than most. I have speckles of it around my house because my boys love the color. It jumps out at you and demands your attention......

Avocados from Amazon

  Avocados from Mexico! I can hear the jingle playing now. Don't deny it... let the catchy tune bounce around while you pick up some of these fun and incredible items that revolve around the goodness of avocados from Amazon.  Sporting avocados have taken on an...

Financial Tips and Tricks for Autistic Families

Becoming financial stable is a task in itself. Adding the extra expenses that autism families have to the mix make it next to impossible for many households. Being on this financial road myself, I decided to share what I know about financial tips and tricks for...

Reasons We Stopped ABA Preschool

My son started ABA preschool at a therapy center to help him with his Autism spectrum diagnosis. It didn't take long before he stopped ABA preschool. The class had several students, along with a Habilitative Interventionist for each student. ABA preschool did not go...

The First Week in ABA Preschool

Last week, my kiddo started ABA preschool.  It wasn't easy... It was a gigantic step.  Ever since J was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum just four months ago, I have been trying to find a program that will help him thrive.   All of the experts, doctors, and...

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...

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 ago....

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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 it...

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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 parents the...

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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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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 huge celebration complete with mariachi bands and beautiful dancers in their...

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How to Calm the First Day Jitters of School

Preparing for school to start can create a major case of first day jitters. The first day of school can be tough for both parents and children. It can be especially difficult if this is the first...

Unique Fox Gifts That Will Make You Say For Fox Sake

If you adore the magical fox as much as I do, you have to check out these unique fox gifts.  Fox gifts, attire, home furnishings, socks, and thank you cards are just a few of the goodies I have been...

The Ultimate Dinosaur Dirt Bars Recipe

Dirt, dinos, delicious treats you can easily make (and devour!) is the perfect equation to a kid-friendly recipe! I absolutely love making things to eat in the kitchen with my boys. Whether the end...

Financial Tips and Tricks for Autistic Families

Becoming financial stable is a task in itself. Adding the extra expenses that autism families have to the mix make it next to impossible for many households. Being on this financial road myself, I...

Valentine’s Day Books for Boys

Check out my list of books that can teach boys all about the meaning of love. These Valentine's day books for boys are perfect for any day of the year, in fact, they help shape and guide boys to add...

Reasons We Stopped ABA Preschool

My son started ABA preschool at a therapy center to help him with his Autism spectrum diagnosis. It didn't take long before he stopped ABA preschool. The class had several students, along with a...

The First Week in ABA Preschool

Last week, my kiddo started ABA preschool.  It wasn't easy... It was a gigantic step.  Ever since J was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum just four months ago, I have been trying to find a...

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...

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 that has...

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...